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Difficulties continue for Afarak in Q3

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 Industry seasonal effects, coupled with some internal adversities, primarily in the ferro-alloys segment, continue to make this a difficult year for specialty alloys producer Afarak. During the company’s third-quarter period, ended September 30, the benchmark price for ferrochrome fell further,... 

Industry should use slowdown to train staff

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The construction industry should use recessions to train staff to gain a competitive edge when work volumes increase, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology senior lecturer John Roxburgh. “It is crucial to have competent people... 

Thermaspray brings 360° coating solutions with the introduction of Laser Cladding technology

7th November 2018 Thermaspray proudly introduces laser cladding technology in a bid to offer customers a 360° coating product and service solution. “As one of South Africa’s leading surface engineering specialists, we boast an extensive range of coating and welding solutions including thermal spray coatings,... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     2nd November 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Smart, self-managing lighting the future for municipalities

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The time of humans controlling light fixtures is fading rapidly, says BEKA Schréder product development manager Daniel Kasper. “The luminaire will control itself; it will react and adjust by itself to the conditions around it. Soon there will be no need for light switches.” 

Repairs on R510 completed

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The repairing and resealing of the R510, which runs from Rustenburg to the Limpopo border, has been completed. “The road is now much more comfortable for drivers and safer for pedestrians,” says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

Vacuum truck recovers raw materials

By: Halima Frost     2nd November 2018 Industrial services company Dickinson Group has successfully concluded a mineral recovery and clean-up contract at an international copper smelter, using the Koks Cyclovac - a heavy duty industrial vacuum truck. Since the clean-up started in May 2016, the facility attained an additional 8 400 t... 

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise  

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The spectre of load-shedding, which has haunted South Africa and its economy since 2008, but has lifted somewhat in recent years, appears to have returned. State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirmed with Engineering News Online on Thursday that the system had become vulnerable once again,... 

Mixed picture emerges of state of SA’s road bridges following deadly Genoa collapse

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 In light of the highly publicised Genoa bridge collapse, in Italy, as well as the abrupt closure of Johannesburg’s M2 east highway, questions surrounding the structural integrity of South African bridges have been raised. Bridges that fall within the South African National Road Agency Limited’s... 

Automatic shut-off valves improve plant safety

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Valves, steam and combustion system solution provider Heaton Valves Africa (HVA), states that its extensive range of German-made Albrecht-Automatik safety shut-off systems and components, significantly improve combustion system operational safety in the industries it serves. HVA combustion... 

Wind farm to power local development

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 The R3.1-billion Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg local municipality, has started work on its electrical distribution network, edging closer to not only making an impact on the national grid but also on the economies of surrounding communities. 

Mixed picture emerges of state of SA’s road bridges following deadly Genoa collapse

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 In light of the highly publicised Genoa bridge collapse, in Italy, as well as the abrupt closure of Johannesburg’s M2 east highway, questions surrounding the structural integrity of South African bridges have been raised. Bridges that fall within the South African National Road Agency Limited’s... 

A-Gas, CRS help major shopping centres keep cool and green

23rd October 2018 Commercial Refrigerant Solutions (CRS) of Johannesburg recently used the Rapid Recovery high-speed refrigerant recovery solution from A-Gas South Africa on a range of major projects. The two companies have been collaborating successfully for a year, ranging from Woolworths in Alberton to the... 

The future of jobs in a digital age

23rd October 2018 Time to embrace the opportunities presented by digitisation When looking at the impact of digital on the workforce, we need to view job creation in the emerging markets very differently. South Africa needs to embrace the opportunities for innovation and job creation.  

Skyriders saves the day at silo inspection for Delmas colliery

22nd October 2018 A combination of rope access and the use of an Elios collision-tolerant drone allowed a prominent colliery near Delmas in Mpumalanga to complete a routine silo inspection in record time, not only minimising downtime, but ensuring the health and safety of all involved in the fast-track project.... 

Wacker Neuson solidifies dealer partnership with Demolition Technologies

22nd October 2018 Demolition Technologies is a renowned and respected supplier of pneumatic and hydraulic construction, demolition and portable power equipment. “With this in mind, the decision to appoint them as our dealer to serve customers in the Western Cape region was an extremely simple one,” affirms Dennis... 

Uncertainty causing slowdown in hydraulics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     19th October 2018 There has been a decline in new projects locally, owing to economic uncertainty, with many clients are reducing costs and spending on equipment only where and when required, says hydraulic and pneumatic equipment manufacturer and supplier Germiston Hydraulics MD Archie Leitch. “Most of the... 

Cold Asphalt Mix Provides Versatile Pothole Solution

16th October 2018 Having been tested and rolled out across South Africa for over a decade, National Asphalt’s Cold Mix has proved to be a highly effective response to the country’s growing pothole problem, and can even be used to repair larger sections of road. “Manufactured using the high quality Macfix® additive... 

ACSA reports fall in earnings in line with lower aeronautical charges

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported recently that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it was... 

Syrah's improvement plans bear fruit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has reported an 83% increase in production between the second and the third quarters, as the company’s improvement plan at its Balama operation, in Mozambique, starts to take shape. During the three months to September, Syrah produced 38 700 t of graphite, up from... 

Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2018 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Monday voiced its support for the Competition Commission’s proposed voluntary Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South African vehicle repair, service and parts supply sectors. However, the association emphasised that it... 

Kemach JCB’s commitment to service builds long-term customer relationships

5th October 2018 Kemach JCB’s strong service ethic provides a solid foundation on which the company builds and maintains sound long-term relationships with customers like Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire. Founded by Anton Schonken, Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire specialises in quarry and gravel road building projects,... 

Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 Implementing the proposed automotive industry Code of Conduct (CoC) in its current form will have a “catastrophic effect on the economy as it undermines investment, employment and consumer welfare in this important sector of our economy”, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA)... 

Diesel Electric Services acquires ASIB approval, thereby adding Fire Pump Sets and Fire Pump Panels to their basket of products / services

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Ensuring the safety of one’s employees is of paramount importance. The insurance industry is hardening world-wide and this has filtered into South Africa too. There are definite requests for compliance with local and international standards. 

Reitech SA celebrates 55th anniversary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2018 This year marks the 55th anniversary of Reitech SA, a customer-focused solutions provider of machines and systems engineering primarily for the FMCG and pharmaceutical markets. While Reitech SA is fully focused on continuing to evolve as a strong market competitor, it’s worth a glimpse back in... 

M2 Kaserne and Selby bridges repairs and rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency has concluded that the structural integrity of the M2 Kaserne and Selby bridges have been severely reduced and require repairs and rehabilitation. 

Airports Company reports fall in its earnings but also in its debt

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th September 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), one of the few South African State-owned companies that has been able to keep itself financially healthy, reported on Thursday that, despite declines in its revenues, profits, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), it... 

Sanral completes road improvements on R510

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has completed repairs to and the resealing of the 61-km-long R510, which runs from Rustenburg, in the North West, to the Limpopo border. “The road is now much more comfortable for drivers and safer for pedestrians. It has brought some... 

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

TNPA to prioritise ship repairs, oil and gas facilities at Cape Town, Saldanha ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has identified infrastructure and port development projects that will be prioritised at its Cape Town and Saldanha ports. This was announced following the Western Cape Regional Customer Forum, held on August 31. The forum is aimed at aligning TNPA’s... 

Eureka gold mine to restart production in H1 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources hopes to restart production at the Zimbabwe-based Eureka gold mine, in which the company’s 25%-owned Dallaglio Investments holds a 95% interest, in the first half of 2019. Multiple work programmes are currently being undertaken at Eureka to restore the mine to... 

There are deliberate attempts to sabotage government buildings – Nxesi 

By: African News Agency      7th September 2018 There are deliberate acts to sabotage government buildings through arson, Public Works Minister, Thulas Nxesi, said on Friday. Nxesi was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, accompanied by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. 

Welding company embarks on massive expansion

7th September 2018 Secunda-based welding company Hydra Arc – ISO 3834 certified by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification has grown into a leading South African specialised welder that provides services for Southern Africa’s petrochemicals, power, mining and minerals processing industries.... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

AI in your car: ways in which driving will change forever

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2018 Artificial Intelligence embedded throughout vehicles and roads infrastructure will be as revolutionary for transport as the internal combustion engine once was, says Payment24.   Autonomous or self-driving vehicles may appear to be a new phenomenon, but key transport manufacturers and... 

Kelmeg Lifting Services provides customer support ‘on site and on demand’ with its mobile LMI unit

28th August 2018 When it comes to lifting, rigging and lashing, Kelmeg Lifting Services (KLS) is South Africa’s leading manufacturer and supplier, and a company within the Commercial Products division of Bidvest. For the past 26 years, KLS has been providing customers in all industry sectors with excellent... 

Plastic Pipes Body Plays Important Role In Trenchless Technology

24th August 2018 The development of trenchless technology to rehabilitate existing underground infrastructure with minimal disruption to surface traffic, business, and other activities has left a lasting impact on the construction and civil engineering industries.  As the name denotes, trenchless technology... 

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 While trying to contain costs it is still essential that commercial fleet owners maintain fuel injection systems to the requisite standards as this will ultimately reduce operating costs. Those operators that are extending these critical service intervals as a cost reduction exercise are not... 

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