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Mining equipment supplier Weir buys US market leader Esco in $1.3bn tie-up

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 UK-based mining equipment dealer Weir has signed a binding $1.29-billion accord to buy Portland, Oregon-based Esco – a local market leader in the mining, construction and industrial markets. "We are acquiring a high-quality business at the right time, with the market in the early stages of its... 

Leatherman Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Revival of Original Pocket Survival Tool

     12th January 2018 The first-of-its-kind multi-tool returns: The Limited Edition PST This is the first Tool Tale: In 1975, recent college graduate Tim Leatherman and his wife Chau set off on a roadtrip throughout Europe. Along the way, the unreliable Fiat the newlyweds had purchased for $300 required multiple... 

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

Portland back to full capacity

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th October 2017 Aluminium major Alcoa’s Portland smelter, in Victoria, has been restored to full production capacity, following a power outage in December last year. “Our interventions have protected this crucial industry, saved local jobs and continue to support communities in Portland and throughout... 

CSIR seeking to develop new methods to improve local infrastructure production  

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR principal researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent sixth CSIR Conference in Pretoria. He noted that the country has... 

Regency completes partial sale of UK oil and exploration project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2017 Aim-listed Regency Mines has completed the sale of a 1.9% interest in Horse Hill Developments (HHDL), the special purpose vehicle owning an oil and gas licences in southern England. Regency sold the 19 shares in HHDL to UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG) for £323 000 in cash and shares. UKOG now... 

Portland smelter approaching full capacity

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st August 2017 The Portland smelter, in Victoria, is expected to return to full production shortly, securing the future of more than 650 employees and contractors, Industry and Employment Minister Wade Noonan reported on Monday. Aluminium major Alcoa in January initiated work to restart smelting capacity,... 

Surrey council to consider Horse Hill planning application this year

By: Mariaan Webb     10th July 2017 The consortium seeking to develop the Horse Hill oil and gas project, near the Gatwick Airport, is hoping to receive approval from the Surrey County Council for long-term production testing and the drilling of more wells later this year. Horse Hill Developments Limited (HHDL), which owns 65% of... 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Ethiopia says it will continue to support cement investments

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Ethiopia will continue to offer investors in the cement industry attractive incentives as it seeks to dominate the cement trade in the wider East Africa region. Cement production in the Horn of Africa nation has increased tenfold during the past decade, owing to the entry of new investors... 

Chryso Enviromix® Gives Contractors The Green Edge

     10th March 2017 Billed as a very innovative technology by CHRYSO, EnviroMix® is engineered to boost the performance of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCM). SCMs are industrial by-products which when used as a partial replacement for Portland cement reduce the amount of cement that is required for... 

Portland smelter rescued as Alcoa strikes deal with AGL, govt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th January 2017 Aluminium major Alcoa will restart full operations at its Portland smelter, in Victoria, after striking a deal with state and federal governments, and finalising a new four-year power supply agreement with ASX-listed AGL Energy. It is understood that the Victorian government will invest some... 

Victoria expects ‘positive outcome’ on Alcoa Portland talks soon

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th January 2017 Aluminium major Alcoa and the federal and Victorian governments are continuing discussions over the future of the Portland smelter, with the state government saying that significant progress has been made. “All parties are committed to working towards finalising a positive outcome in the very... 

Sunrise reports strong results from Pozz deposit, Nevada

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Aim-listed Sunrise Resources has reported strong initial strength-test results for natural pozzolan sourced from its Pozz project, in Nevada. The test results indicate that the CS Deposit sample is a high quality natural pozzolan competitive with natural pozzolans available on the market today. 

Khobab wind farm completes foundations ahead of schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The Khobab wind farm, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. Khobab said in a note released Monday that the first foundation pour was finished on June 30, using low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete... 

Power outage shuts potline at Alcoa’s Portland smelter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd December 2016 A power outage at the Portland aluminum smelter, in Victoria, has forced aluminium major Alcoa to halt production at one of two potlines. While the other potline is operating, Alcoa warned on Friday it could experience a significant instability in the short term. 

Eco Readymix Brings ‘Green’ To Concrete

     1st December 2016 In an industry first, AfriSam has released an environmentally responsible concrete range, Eco Readymix that blends high performance cement with carbon neutral mineral components to achieve excellent cementitious properties. The carbon footprint of this concrete has been reduced by between 46% and... 

4 Green Stars for 4 Stan Road

     17th October 2016 Number 4 Stan Road is a slick, sculptural eight-storey intervention in the heart of Sandton. The development boasts both 4-Star Green Star SA Design and As-Built certifications from the Green Building Council of South Africa. Green building consultants, Solid Green, undertook the Green Star... 

Afrisam Powers “Green” Building Movement

     15th August 2016 A major focus point for AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence is its ongoing product development geared at using downstream materials such as slag which is well known for its ability to enhance the performance of readymix concrete. Slag is a by-product from the blast furnace iron manufacturing... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The first of 61 low-carbon foundations for the turbines at the new Khobab wind farm has been poured. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The Loeriesfontein wind farm has completed the foundations for the 61 wind turbines to be erected at the site. 

First carbon-friendly pour for Khobab wind farm foundations

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2016 The first of 61 low-carbon foundations for the turbines at the new Khobab wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has been poured, using a 89% cement-replacement formula that would reduce the wind farm’s carbon footprint to 90.7 kg/m3 of carbon dioxide (CO2). The formula for the emerging wind farm’s... 

Loeriesfontein wind farm turbine foundations completed on schedule

     29th June 2016 The Loeriesfontein wind farm has completed the foundations for the 61 wind turbines to be erected at the site. Situated in the Hantam municipality 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, the wind farm will have 61 99-m-high wind turbines erected on 3 453 ha of agricultural land. 

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Housing and construction systems developer Moladi says its low-cost housing system, comprising plastic formwork panels and a cement admixture, is widely embraced throughout Africa, as it has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the African market. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Conversion of gold tailings into ‘mineral binders’ touted as possible solution to acid mine drainage

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd April 2016 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is currently investigating several options for the development of appropriate measures to address environmental challenges associated with acid mine drainage (AMD). CGS intern Leahn Pieterse points out that each year, the mining industry generates a significant... 

Non-cash, one-time charges pull down ICTSI net income by 68% to US$58.5M; Recurring net income up 1% to US$174.7M

     8th March 2016 Throughput grew 5% to 7.8 million TEUs Revenues down 1% to US$1.051 billion EBITDA improved 2% to US$450.0 million International Container Terminal Services, Inc. reported audited consolidated financial results for the year ended December 31, 2015 posting revenue from port operations of US$1.051... 

The NLRB Once Again Declares the ILWU Guilty of Serious Federal Labor Law Violations at Portland’s Terminal 6

     4th December 2015 For the second time in ten weeks, the National Labor Relations Board has affirmed the decision of an administrative law judge that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU International) and ILWU Local 8 (Local 8) violated federal labor law by engaging in coercive activity directed... 

NC wind project’s turbine foundations among the world’s greenest

     27th November 2015 The Northern Cape’s Loeriesfontein wind farm has announced that its wind turbine foundations comprise very low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete formulation, resulting in what is believed to be one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints for any wind farm foundation, according to... 

PPC prioritising new BBBEE ‘road map’ as rating gets set to drop sharply 

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2015 Cement producer PPC plans to finalise a new broad-based black economic–empowerment (BBBEE) road map in the coming six months in light of an anticipated five-level drop in its empowerment rating under the South African government’s new scoring system. It also intends unwinding a BBBEE deal struck... 

Joburg preparing to issue tender for 3 MW in-pipe hydropower scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2015 The City of Johannesburg reports that it will issue a tender in the coming months for the installation of hydroelectric turbines in its bulk water reticulation system, which could initially generate 3 MW of power for the city. Executive mayor Parks Tau, who first mooted the scheme in his State of... 

Lafarge Zim struggles amid increasing rivalry

By: News24Wire      30th September 2015 Lack of major national projects and large commercial infrastructure projects saw Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited report reduced revenues for the half year ended 30 June 2015. Lafarge, whose biggest competitor is JSE listed Pretoria Portland Cement, reported a 9.71% decline in revenue to... 

Alba increases its share in Horse Hill project

By: Ilan Solomons     25th September 2015 JOHANNESBURG ( – Aim-listed Alba Mineral Resources, on Friday executed a conditional agreement to buy an additional 5% interest in exploration and development company Horse Hill Developments (HHD) from UK oil producer Angus Energy. Alba would, thereby, increase its interest in... 

South Africa (Pty) Ltd’s share price

By: Riaan de Lange     4th September 2015 If I had to single out my biggest bugbear, it would be those who unnecessarily complicate economics. This reminds me of a golfer observing another golfer preparing to tee off, who happened to be using a left-handed club. The observing golfer turns to his playing partner and says: "As if golf is... 

ICTSI 1H 2015 net income down 1% to US$100.4 million

     11th August 2015 Recurring net income up 20% • Throughput grew 9% to 3.9 million TEUs • Revenues increased 8% to US$552.1 million • EBITDA improved 12% to US$237.4 million International Container Terminal Services, Inc. today reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the first half of 2015, posting... 

Extenders Add Cost Savings And Technical Benefits To The Concrete Mix

     9th July 2015 Including extenders to the concrete mix offers several important advantages, says Bryan Perrie, managing director of The Concrete Institute. Among the benefits derived from the now widespread practice of adding ground granulated blast-furnace or corex slag, fly ash, or silica fume, to the... 

ICTSI Oregon Leads Congressional Effort to End West Coast Labor Slowdowns

     23rd June 2015 The Preventing Labor Union Slowdowns Act of 2015 (PLUS Act) was introduced last Thursday in the United States Senate to help prevent the type of maritime labor slowdowns at the Port of Portland and 28 other West Coast ports that disrupted domestic and international trade and nearly brought the... 

Curing Of Concrete Affected By Cement Extenders

     15th June 2015 It is important to consider the effect of cement extenders in a concrete mix when curing concrete, says Bryan Perrie, managing director of The Cement Institute. Perrie says the use of fillers and pozzolanic and hydraulic cement extenders is now commonplace in SA with a large number of available... 

Are sin taxes reflective of all ‘sins’

     29th May 2015 Sin Taxes – Reflective of all the Sins? When L writing the column entitled ‘Plastic bag levy – who derives the benefit?', for the April 17 edition, on one of the lesser known 'contra duties' (‘contra’ means against or opposite) administered by the South African Revenue Service (Sars), it was not... 

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