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Helping innovate to improve service delivery in outlying areas of South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 While ageing infrastructure remains a significant challenge in rural areas, this is an opportunity for smaller municipalities and their supply-chain partners to find innovative ways of developing and maintaining the assets they need to provide services to the poor. Shaun Hadkinson, CoreSlab’s... 

Tailored road-freight solutions for SA’s strategic steel industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2018 Cargo Carriers, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed supply-chain solutions specialist, remains committed to providing a cutting-edge road-logistics solution to the South African steel manufacturing industry. About 190 000 South Africans earn their livelihood in the steel value chain, spanning... 

Congo's biggest coltan miner resumes purchases after output halt

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2018 Societe Miniere de Bisunzu, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s biggest coltan miner, resumed purchases of the ore after a three-month shutdown at one of the country’s largest deposits. Output restarted at SMB’s mining permit, comprising seven sites at Rubaya in east Congo, on August 14 and the... 

Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will start requiring that copper producers which source metal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) carry out independent audits to prove their material is ethically sourced, according to people familiar with the matter. The LME is reviewing its requirements... 

Supply-chain blockchain can improve traceability, customer experience

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Using a blockchain-based supply chain management system can significantly improve the transparency of supply chains, provide information for customers about quality and to trace product origins, as well as improving the agility and adaptability of supply chains, says information technology (IT)... 

Cargo Carriers cements its legacy in powders transportation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 South Africa’s embattled cement producers will continue to focus on improving operational efficiencies to ensure their survival in an extremely cautious economy that has brought many large state-driven civil-engineering infrastructure and private-sector property developments to a grinding halt.... 

Sherritt sees soft cobalt prices as temporary trend

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 Sherritt International Corp said on Tuesday that recent weakness in the price of cobalt, a key material in rechargeable batteries, is expected to be temporary as demand continues to grow from the electric vehicle market. Toronto-based Sherritt said prices softened in the second quarter on... 

SEW-EURODRIVE to discuss ‘the future of mining’ at Electra Mining Africa 2018

20th July 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa will give insight into the future of mining at Electra Mining Africa 2018 at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 10 to 14 September, where it will display its total solutions offering for the mining industry. Long-known in the... 

Cargo Carriers gives skills development a jump-start

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 Cargo Carriers, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed supply-chain solutions specialist, continues to contribute towards the long-term sustainability of southern Africa’s transport logistics industry by investing heavily into skills development and training. A dearth of skills at both... 

Cargo Carriers drives excellence in SHEQ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 It is more than an ability to provide an innovative transport logistics solution that has ensured Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Cargo Carriers remains a preferred partner to leading participants in specialist and highly-regulated industry segments. Customers also value the credence this... 

M&D Construction Group sets the benchmark in pipeline quality standards.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading local civil-engineering construction and building specialist, has again taken proactive steps to ensure that the highest quality standards are maintained when it builds critical infrastructure for its many public- and private-sector clients. The company’s Pipe... 

Optimising the supply chain: delivering value for all

8th June 2018 By Rodney Francis and Helen Lane Last-mile solutions (LMS), a key aspect of modern supply-chain management is gaining in relevance, while also changing and expanding its meaning, as the FMCG industry continues to evolve, placing ever-greater importance on sustainability, digital solutions and... 

Optimising the supply chain: delivering value for all

8th June 2018 By Rodney Francis and Helen Lane  Last-mile solutions (LMS), a key aspect of modern supply-chain management is gaining in relevance, while also changing and expanding its meaning, as the FMCG industry continues to evolve, placing ever-greater importance on sustainability, digital solutions and... 

Supply chain is about service first

5th June 2018 Strato IT Group to attend 40th SAPICS It has been four decades since South Africa hosted its first supply chain conference, SAPICS. Since then, there has been significant innovation, leading to evolutionary trends and a change in approach. But, what matters more today, and has for many decades,... 

Supply chain is about service first

4th June 2018 Strato IT Group to attend 40th SAPICS It has been four decades since South Africa hosted its first supply chain conference, SAPICS. Since then, there has been significant innovation, leading to evolutionary trends and a change in approach. But, what matters more today, and has for many decades,... 

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... 

More agile Sherritt focused on building ‘cycle-proof’ balance sheet

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2018 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International is focused on further strengthening its balance sheet, with a view to building a “cycle-proof” balance sheet as Class I nickel and cobalt prices rise, president and CEO David Pathe tells Mining Weekly Online. Building on from the late... 

Cobalt supply pressures rising amid DRC conflict mineral concerns

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 Technology and clean technology companies are increasingly struggling to secure adequate supplies of cobalt, while the ethical sourcing of cobalt also remains a challenge. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) provides about two-thirds of the world’s cobalt supplies, but traceability of... 

Sherritt narrows Q1 loss as metals prices jump

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2018 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has reported a narrower first-quarter headline loss of C$14.7-million, or C$0.04 a share, compared with a loss of C$82.7-million, or C$0.28 a share, for the same period of 2017, mainly as higher metals prices made up for lower output. Sherritt... 

Smart Warehousing and Distribution Systems: Cargo Carriers Is Open For Business

11th April 2018 JSE-listed supply chain specialist Cargo Carriers continues to diversify the logistics services it can offer. The company’s new warehousing and distribution arm includes integrated software tracking and management that reduces the cost to clients of stock-outs and overstocks. Cargo Carriers... 

Foreshore Freeway Precinct, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd March 2018 The qualifying bidder in the first stage of the request for proposals for the development of the precinct has been announced. 

Fire-suppression solutions for the food-and-beverage industry

22nd March 2018 Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion has a range of inert gas and chemical-agent fire-suppression solutions ideal for protecting supply chain systems in the food-and-beverage industry. When setting up a processing facility, retail supplier, or commercial farm, the value of the equipment and... 

BMW cautions on export credits, increased localisation

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2018 Continued support through export credits is “the single most important ingredient” in German car maker BMW’s discussions with the South African government, and not land expropriation without compensation, or the push for increased black economic empowerment within the local auto sector, says BMW... 

New Lucara management to focus on Karowe, digital sales platform

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2018 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – TSX-listed diamond miner Lucara has announced that incoming Lucara CFO and corporate secretary Zara Boldt will join the management team as the company focuses on increasing the value of its core diamond mining business at Karowe, Botswana, and on supporting the... 

Chinese control of cobalt supply risk for EU car industry – Glencore

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Glencore chief executive Ivan Glasenberg said that the automotive industry is waking up too late to the fact that the Chinese will hold most of the world's global cobalt supply, a key metal for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. "If cobalt falls in hands of the Chinese, yeah you won't see EVs being... 

Eskom warns the public against tender scams

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom is warning members of the public against tender scams where fraudsters pretend to represent the Eskom supply chain management section and issue orders and invitations to tender for Eskom contracts.  

Growthpoint sees Gauteng East Rand as hotspot for industrial properties

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Growthpoint sees Gauteng East Rand as hotspot for industrial properties Gauteng’s East Rand was a hotspot for industrial property leasing in 2017, says Growthpoint Properties, which concluded 70 deals – 40 new and 30 renewals – in the area during the year. 

Biomass: untapped potential in Africa

20th March 2018 There is significant potential for biomass power generation to supplement the energy mix and support Speaking ahead of the pan-African power sector forum POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018, international power sector experts participating in the conference noted that biomass optimisation... 

AECOM reiterates Africa’s importance as a strategic business region

20th March 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for AECOM. While the outlook for the continent remains positive, the integrated infrastructure delivery company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In West... 

US Congressional action underscores strong desire to establish domestic REE supply chains

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2018 Recent US Congressional actions point to a strong desire to establish domestic rare earth element (REE) supply chains, as the industry seeks to diversify away from dominant producer and consumer – China. Congress continues to work on the development of REE separation technologies, as evidenced by... 

Battery makers descend on Australia, Canada cobalt developers

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 Nervous Asian battery makers are turning to early-stage cobalt projects in Australia and Canada to lock in supplies of the critical battery ingredient ahead of expected shortages as demand for electric vehicles revs up. Mine developers say interest from Japanese and Korean firms is particularly... 

SEW-EURODRIVE launches new solution to cut costs in materials-handling supply chain

16th March 2018 The latest trend in materials-handling has seen sectors such as warehousing, packing, and pick-and-place use cheaper components for light-load conveyor applications in order to reduce total supply-chain costs. In response to this latest customer requirement, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has... 

Lance Schultz

16th March 2018 This week we feature Lance Schultz, CEO of the Centurion Aviation Village, an aerospace and defence industrial park near Pretoria   

Aerosud Aviation warns of tough times for the South African aerospace industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa’s largest private-sector commercial aviation aerostructures manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerosud Holdings), warns that the local aerospace industry is going through tough times and is not receiving the kind of support that competitors in other... 

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision, on Tuesday, to hold off on the signing of power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPPs).  

LME rethinks cobalt contract for electric vehicle sector

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 The London Metal Exchange has abandoned plans for a cobalt sulphate contract for the electric vehicle battery supply chain because pricing for the chemical has historically been based on the metal it is derived from, cobalt industry sources said. The exchange is instead looking at offering a... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new powertrain technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE), which has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

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