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Latest technology promises to solve drone/manned aircraft interaction problem

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The latest generation of aircraft transponder technology, known as ADS-B, offers to provide the safety and security necessary to prevent collisions between manned aircraft and civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, popularly known as drones) and so will allow drones to be operated in controlled... 

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2017 Robert Dennis has mined coal in West Virginia for 10 years but a recent evening found him in a classroom at his local community college. He came to learn about opportunities in fracking, a drilling technique used to produce natural gas — the very fuel that is threatening coal’s future. “I know... 

Ferguson calls on NT govt to reconsider fracking stance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th August 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has called on the Northern Territory government to reconsider its stance on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), saying an onshore gas industry in the region could deliver new sources of stable, long-term revenue for the Territory... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Attention to detail crucial for conveyor belts

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Stringent adherence to safety protocols and a fit-for-purpose design are important factors governing the successful use of conveyor belts to increase production rates in mining, say industrial rubber products manufacturer Dunlop Industrial Products product managers Paul Nel and Dave Pitcher.  

Billions in investment to propel Zambia’s Mopani mine into costs ‘premier league’

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 “Like a sports team, Mopani copper mine, in Kitwe, Zambia is near the bottom of the league and needs to improve its ranking to avoid relegation or closure,” says diversified mining major Glencore’s Mopani copper mine CEO Johan Jansen, using a football analogy to explain where the company is in... 

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 The future of the South African materials handling sector will be impacted on significantly by sub-Saharan Africa development and the ability of South Africa to leverage its export capabilities on the subcontinent, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Nthabiseng Kubheka

     18th August 2017 This week we profile Nthabiseng Kubheka, an executive project director at GE Power, a provider of technology, solutions and services across the energy value chain   

Processing power, analytics enabling machine learning across industries

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Analysts, businesses and whole industries have become empowered with the flood of data that can be processed to build stronger models and make data-driven decisions in shorter periods of time, says credit bureau Compuscan senior data analyst Jacobus Eksteen. The powerful combination of machine... 

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

Speed up productivity with efficient overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex

     17th August 2017 The Crawford range of high quality, robust overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex has been bolstered with the recent introduction of a new high speed solution that boasts an operational speed four times faster than standard counterparts. In 2013 Maxiflex was appointed sole Sub Saharan distributor... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Sierra Rutile bribery scandal unlikely to affect Iluka operations

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2017 ASX-listed mineral sands miner Iluka said on Wednesday that a bribery scandal at its recently acquired Sierra Rutile operations, in Sierra Leone, was unlikely to have a material impact on the company. Reports emerged this week that Iluka had uncovered suspected bribe payments made by... 

Sunflowers, Smiles and Safety Shoes

     15th August 2017 Sisi campaign showcases and celebrates the hard-working women of South Africa Every August, South Africans commemorate Women’s Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the role of women and the incredible contributions they make to society. In 2017, the theme for Women’s Month is “The Year of OR... 

SA Hippo - World’s Safest Submersible Pump For Underground Mining

     15th August 2017 Coal mining accidents caused by gas and coal dust explosions account for the most fatal mining disasters around the world. However, dangerous Methane gas is present at most underground mines as well and not only in coal mines.  This was, once again, confirmed when a fatal methane gas explosion... 

Bisie boxcut nears completion, first tin concentrates in 2019

By: Ilan Solomons     15th August 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources is nearing completion of the boxcut at its 9 900 t/y Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra tells Mining Weekly Online that local earthworks contractor Kongo River, which is... 

PoC Works team a powerhouse of innovation

     15th August 2017 Innovation has been the driving force behind RCT’s success with the company going from strength to strength in the past 45 years. As a result, the company now spans five proven sub-brands comprising of numerous proven solutions. RCT continues to advance its products and technology through formal... 

Leading the market with LPG and more: Easigas’s ‘hot’ and innovative energy monitoring, optimisation and management value-add

     15th August 2017 As a source of energy, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is hard to beat. Easy to use, efficient, cost-competitive and environmentally-friendly – for both domestic and industrial use – its excellent properties are playing an active role in contributing towards a gas-powered economy. Furthermore, from an... 

Slash Energy Consumption and Improve Safety with SMC’s Standby Valve

     14th August 2017 SMC Pneumatics, worldwide leading experts in automation, has developed a series of standby valve  solutions which can be incorporated into a system to drastically reduce energy consumption especially during brief, recurring equipment stoppages.   With safety and energy efficiency in mind, the... 

Concor Buildings Showcases Flexibility On Makro Riversands Project

     14th August 2017 Visible Felt Leadership is a philosophy that Concor Construction drives and an excellent example of a project where this is reaping significant rewards is the Concor Buildings Makro Riversands contract. Concor Buildings, previously known as Murray & Roberts Buildings, is part of Concor... 

Egypt streamlines industrial licensing to boost investment

By: Reuters     14th August 2017 Egypt announced executive regulations on Sunday for a new industrial licensing law it says will slash bureaucracy and decrease the waiting time for new projects, reforms it hopes will draw badly needed investment. Egypt's economy has struggled since a 2011 uprising drove tourists and investors... 

What Is Your Real Cost Per Ton?

     14th August 2017 When mines go out to tender on the goods and services they require, procurement officers should be looking beyond the service provider’s rates to the contribution they make to the mine’s cost per ton of minerals produced; not an easy task when there are so many hidden factors at play. In fact,... 

Anglo, Glencore coal mines warned over dust levels

By: Mariaan Webb     11th August 2017 Queensland has warned multinational miners Anglo American and Glencore about dust levels in their coal mines and has said that operations that fail to comply with legislation will be closed. In a rare move, Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham named the two companies in Parliament on... 

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable cheap processes to treat mining-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for the treated MIW... 

Bloodhound set to be driven for the first time in October

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, this October, twenty years after the current land-speed record of 1 228 km/h was set.   Wing Commander Andy Green, who steered the Thrust SSC to a new record on October 15, 1997, will... 

BMG to distribute Eaton’s conveyor solutions across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Power management solutions provider Eaton has signed a distribution partnership agreement with technical solutions provider and engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG), whereby BMG will be responsible for the distribution of Eaton’s range of conveyor solutions... 

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Sealing products manufacturer Klinger Mzansi has opened its training academy, which offers a learnership programme, joint integrity training as well as an introductory course on all of the company’s products. Klinger sales and marketing director Phillip Herbst notes that the academy opened on... 

Merger completed in thermal application sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Export-oriented engineering company Loesche Group has completed the merger of its combustion systems and drying systems businesses into one central location. Completed in April, the group has built a team of specialists to manage the merger accordingly, as all technical details, drawings,... 

Nurek hydropower plant rehabilitation project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The Nurek dam, commissioned in 1972, is the highest embankment dam in the world at 300 m high. 

SA air traffic company focuses on safety and the environment

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2017 South Africa’s air traffic management agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), is working hard to improve air safety in the country. “During the 2015/2016 [financial year] our safety performance was not as we would have liked it to be, with a record low of 34 Risk Safety Index [RSI],”... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

The costs of safety

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th August 2017 A well known South African electrical cable manufacturer will not hold it against me when I say that, at one time, about 25 years ago, the manufacturer ran the most unsafe cable making operation that I had seen. To the accompaniment of whistles and shouts, a group of men dragged wires, PVC... 

Sibanye Gold continues its contrarian path with its purchase of a US mining company.

     10th August 2017 Despite low commodity prices and political uncertainty in the mining sector, South African-based mining company Sibanye Gold announced in December last year that it had agreed terms to buy a little known US-based miner. The purchase of Stillwater Mining Company for US$2.2-billion, which was... 

Booming end-user industries and adoption of premium footwear will drive new growth opportunities, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Science team

     10th August 2017 The Western European protective footwear market continues to pick up pace, driven by technology advancements and end-user preference for comfortable, aesthetically appealing, ergonomically designed, lightweight footwear that offer mandated protection levels. Iberia will be a hotspot while... 

Sisters are doing it for Barloworld Equipment - celebrating women’s month

     10th August 2017 Let’s hear it for the 70 female apprentice mechanics specialising in heavy earth moving equipment   “It’s not easy being a woman in a male dominated world but we are definitely going to make it!” This is the declaration of Mbali Dlalani, one of 70 female trainees currently doing 3-year... 

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