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Brazil presidential decree next week to overhaul mining rules – sources

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Brazil's President Michel Temer plans to issue a decree next week to overhaul the rules for mining permits, bypassing Congress after it failed to approve similar changes last year, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The sources, who asked not to be named because the... 

Gold market could put supply on blockchain as soon as next year

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 The gold market could start using the technology behind cryptocurrencies to track an almost-$200 billion supply chain as soon as next year. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) last week closed an invitation for submissions of ideas for how to track the metal as it’s dug out of remote... 

What is best? – Financial Emigration or Double Taxation Agreement

6th June 2018 Jonty Leon, Attorney and Financial Emigration Legal Manager and Claudia Aires, Head of Financial Emigration at Financial Emigration When it comes to choosing financial emigration (FE) or a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA), expatriates must understand that there can never be a one size fits all... 

Nestlé launches 'zero water' manufacturing facility in Western Cape

By: Anine Kilian     5th June 2018 Nestlé South Africa on Tuesday launched its R88-million zero-water dairy manufacturing facility in Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape. The facility will allow Nestlé to reduce the factory’s water consumption by more than 50% during the first year of implementation by reusing the water recovered from... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. Solidarity deputy general secretary for metals engineering Marius Croucamp... 

'Hi, I'm Pepper' – first humanoid robot in South Africa gently introduces herself

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 At your next hotel check-in, you might just be assisted by a robot. Well, perhaps not quite yet, but the first humanoid robot in South Africa is an indicator of the capability of artificial intelligence (AI). Pepper, a humanoid chat robot was recently unveiled at Nedbank's digital-branch, the... 

BK16 diamond parcels delivered to Lucara lab for cleaning

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has delivered the first two parcels of diamonds from its BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field, in Botswana, to Lucara Diamond’s acid cleaning laboratory, in Gaborone, for cleaning. The parcels comprise 101 diamonds weighing 18.57 ct and 130... 

Govt foots gas plant refurbishment bill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2018 The federal government will award privately held Australian Gasfields A$2-million in funding to bring forward the refurbishment and restart of the Eromanga and Gilmore gas plants, in south west Queensland, by a year. The funding will come from the government’s A$26-million Gas Acceleration... 

Robben Island SleepOut event to celebrate Mandela’s centenary

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 On July 18 – what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary – 67 global influencers, business leaders and celebrities will spend the night inside the former maximum-security prison and courtyard on Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 years, with the aim to raise $6.7-million. On the same... 

Two killed in abandoned mine in Morocco – agency

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Two freelance miners have died in a rockfall in an abandoned Moroccan lead mine in a region hit by protests after the similar deaths of two other miners in December, state news agency MAP said. "Two people, aged 33 and 42, were killed on Sunday after a lead gallery partially collapsed in the... 

Emmerson raises cash for Moroccan potash project

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Shares in Emmerson jumped more than 60% on their return to trade on Monday after the London-listed miner raised 6-million pounds ($8.04-million) by issuing 200-million new shares. The shares were halted last October when Emmerson became 100% owner of the Khemisset Potash Project in northern Morocco. 

Iata, Afraa in MoU deal to advance aviation in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) and the African Airline Association (Afraa) have teamed up to pave the way for further development in the African aviation sector. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Sydney, Australia, this week deepens the cooperation between the... 

Trump metal tariffs send corporate Canada reeling in disbelief

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2018 To get a sense of the disbelief gripping Canadian manufacturers since the U.S. imposed metal import tariffs, have a chat with Marc Dutil. “I just want to scream,” the CEO of structural-steel maker Canam Group said Friday by phone. “All this is doing is creating uncertainty. It’s the last thing... 

Brazil says US tariffs and quotas unjust, still open to negotiate

By: Reuters     2nd June 2018 The Brazilian government said US quotas and tariffs that went into effect on Friday on Brazil's steel and aluminum exports to the United States were unjustified, but said it remains open to negotiate a solution that benefits industries in both countries. Under the new quota-based system agreed... 

Galix becomes SonicWall’s first ever Platinum Partner in Africa

1st June 2018 Galix, IT services, infrastructure management and compliance specialists, has become the first ever African partner to receive SonicWall’s Platinum Partner status. This is the highest status offered by SonicWall’s global partner program and is awarded only to their most prestigious partners on an... 

Backup a key defence for critical infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Along with prevention and proactive cyberdefence measures, back-up is an increasingly vital layer to protect critical infrastructure systems from the risks of cyberattacks and subsequent disruption, says data management and availability multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa VP Gregg... 

Safety issues must be addressed – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Safety is a massive problem in the rail industry in South Africa and it must be dealt with, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director and head of rail David Kapelus. Ageing infrastructure and unlawful activity contribute to the country’s rail safety problems, with significant problems... 

Small modular reactors offer promise, but face major challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

Global atomic agency stresses importance of safety skills development

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed two agreements with African nuclear regulatory bodies at the National Nuclear Regulator's (NNR’s) recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference. The agreements were designated "Practical Arrangements" and were between the IAEA and the... 

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration to improve cyberdefence

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 A security strategy that integrates cyber and physical security operations is best practice to protect against increasing cyberattacks and cybercriminal acts that are a challenge for utilities to mitigate, says BT Africa IT Security Sales head Alessandro Postiglioni. Physical and virtual assets... 

Basotho’s affinity for South Africa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st June 2018 One man’s meat is another man’s poison indeed. While scores of South Africans have emigrated to countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK over the past two decades-plus – citing all sorts of reasons, including concerns over safety and security – about half of Lesotho nationals... 

Civil society seeks to protect Mpumalanga water source from coal mining impact

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2018 New legal proceedings have been launched in the Mbombela High Court against Atha-Africa Ventures’ proposed development of the Yzermyn coal mine inside a protected area and strategic water resource area, in Mpumalanga. A coalition of eight community and civil society organisations have lodged a... 

DWS, Sanbi launch R90m water project

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti and South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) chairperson Nana Magomola on Thursday launched the R90-million Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security project, in Johannesburg. The project is aimed at transforming the way people think... 

Gupta-owned Shiva Uranium's business rescue practitioners throw in towel

By: News24Wire      31st May 2018 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) appointed to save Gupta-owned company Shiva Uranium have resigned with immediate effect after their relationship with the state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) - the company's largest creditor – turned sour. Louis Klopper and Robert Knoop... 

Securing the Internet of Things

30th May 2018 Jorina van Rensburg, Managing Director of Condyn With more than 75 billion devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2025, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become an integral part of the digital world. As we become more reliant on these devices for our work and personal lives, we need... 

Efficient, Sustainable And Effective Facilities Management

30th May 2018 A well-maintained facility is imperative for any business. Poor working conditions lead to a decline in the health and motivation of staff members, which, in turn, leads to a decline in productivity and profitability. Facilities that are not properly cared for can potentially result in the ‘sick... 

ADLINK launches IoT Digital eXperiments-as-a-Service to alleviate high costs and risks

29th May 2018 ADLINK Technology has announced the launch of its innovative DXS IoT digital experiments as-a-service offering. The service is for the testing of potential IoT-based endeavours to determine the viability of possible solutions with none of the upfront costs and risk associated with a full solution... 

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), on Monday held its third yearly meeting of the NDB board of governors (BoG) and the fourteenth meeting of the NDB board of directors (BoD), in Shanghai, China.  

End of small-scale mining ban in Ghana to hamper efforts to combat illegal mining

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 The upcoming end of a ban on small-scale mining in Ghana will increase the difficulties in countering illegal mining in the country, with the practice likely to remain widespread, says research firm BMI. In turn, this will create potential risks to cocoa production and threaten social stability... 

Five financial tips for savvy female entrepreneurs

28th May 2018 Casting off the security of a nine-to-five job to kick-start your own business can be both enormously challenging and rewarding, especially for aspiring female entrepreneurs making their way in traditionally male-dominated fields. It’s therefore encouraging to see more and more women taking the... 

Trackmatic simplifies inbound yard execution management with inventive mobile technology

28th May 2018 Mobile tech has the ability to simplify business flow and enable efficient yard execution. Trackmatic, innovative provider of disruptive tech solutions to the supply chain and logistics industry, is presenting its market-leading inbound yard execution management solution at the 40th Annual SAPICS... 

DHYBRID partners with QOS Energy to monitor PV hybrid and energy storage off-grid plants

28th May 2018 DHYBRID, the leading German solution provider for PV hybrid, energy storage and smart-grid projects, has announced its partnership with QOS Energy, the data intelligence cloud specialist, to monitor PV hybrid and energy storage plants. DHYBRID will benefit from the versatility of QOS Energy’s... 

A reflection on the DA-De Lille imbroglio  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     28th May 2018 A hegemonic project is at its zenith when its driving logic, values and what it represents have become commonsensical. Hegemony at this stage of development is about the reproduction of relations in society in a way that continues to guarantee the dominance of hegemonic interests. It is about... 

Fifty years of powering the world

28th May 2018 Modern industrial automation rests on this technology Future only limited by imagination Upgrades available for older systems Schneider Electric is celebrating 50 years of automation transformation, with its invention in 1968 of the first PLC (Programmable Logic Controller). Prior to the... 

Paramount’s KPE JV secures new armoured vehicle order in Kazakhstan

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 Defence and aerospace company Paramount Group’s joint venture in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), has secured a new and substantial order from the government of Kazakhstan for its advanced 4 x 4 mine-protected armoured personnel carrier, the Arlan. This follows the recent... 

Meet the fastest Plus series NAS ever

25th May 2018 Synology® Inc. today launched DiskStation DS1618+, a 6-bay NAS featuring the Intel Atom® C3538. For tech enthusiasts and small to medium sized businesses, DS1618+ is the perfect all-in-one solution for file serving, application hosting, data backup, and real-time collaboration — all aided by its... 

Five killed, including 2 Congolese security forces, in attack on Banro mine

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Five people were killed, including two Congolese security forces, and several company workers wounded in an attack on Banro Corp's east Congo gold mine, a Banro official told Reuters. A Mai Mai militia attacked Banro Corp's east Congo Namoya gold mine on Thursday. 

Uber adds new safety features for drivers

By: News24Wire      25th May 2018 Ride-hailing service Uber hopes the launch of its latest safety feature will further improve the safety of drivers and passengers. It announced on Thursday that it was partnering with Aura, a security technology service that would allow Uber drivers to be connected to the closest private security... 

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