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M&R hopes to convince ATON of commercial merits of Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says he will make every effort to convince its largest shareholder ATON – the German family-owned business, which owns 39% of the company and which has made a firm offer to acquire majority control of the South African engineering and construction group – of... 

Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 The telescope is creating a favourable impression for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.  

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY operating loss widens on impairment

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks’ operating loss widened to R451-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with the R106-million loss incurred in the prior financial year. The company on Thursday reported that goodwill and intangible assets of R667-million had been impaired,... 

Kootenay sets its sights on potential high-grade silver/gold deposit in Mexico

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2018 TSX-V-listed Kootenay Silver has entered into an option agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the Copalito silver/gold project, in Mexico. The project comprises seven concessions totaling about 3 700 ha.  

Maiden resource estimate for Asiamet's BKZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2018 London-listed Asiamet Resources believes that its BKZ polymetallic deposit has the potential to be the company’s second mine in the BK district of Kalimantan, Indonesia, the firm said on Wednesday, announcing an initial resource estimate for the project. The resource estimate for BKZ, which is... 

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 The UK team attempting to break the world landspeed record has announced a revised timeline for the project. It has been the expectation that the Bloodhound supersonic car would travel to South Africa, where the record attempt will take place, later this year. 

The world’s first high visibility safety work wear wellington boot

16th May 2018 Brightboot launches its unique and innovative wellingtons at this year's Safety & Health Expo 2018 – Stand P172. Brightboot delivers a world first in combining safety footwear protection with compliant high visibility performance. Brightboot conform to the EN ISO 20345:2011 S5 HRO CI SRA footwear... 

Fogmaker fire suppression system takes the heat in the forestry industry

16th May 2018 South Africa‘s plantation area covers more than 1.5 million hectares, stretching over five provinces - Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern and Western Cape. “With the forestry industry in the summer rainfall areas nearing the fire season, forestry machinery not fitted with a fire... 

Metal Tiger, MOD to start drilling campaign at Botswana project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 Natural resource investor Metal Tiger on Tuesday said a significant drilling campaign is starting at the T3 Dome Complex at the company’s 30%-owned joint venture project with MOD Resources in the Kalahari copperbelt, in Botswana. This follows the completion of the public review of the... 

Goscor Cleaning Equipment unveils newly-revamped showroom

15th May 2018 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE), part of the Goscor Group, officially opened its newly-revamped, state-of-the-art showroom at its head office in Edenvale, Johannesburg at the end of March, to provide added value for customers, distribution partners, and staff members. A feature of the upgraded... 

Galileo hits 15.4% zinc mineralisation at Zambia project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources on Monday announced drilling results for its final eight drill holes – as part of a 26-hole diamond drilling programme – at the Star Zinc project, in Zambia, in which the company has an 85% interest.  

Refuse-to-Fuse

14th May 2018 Known as the leading innovator in piping solutions and services, Victaulic continues to transform the industry with the most advanced engineering technologies and services that allow customers to tackle their most unique construction challenges. One such innovation is that of Victaulic’s... 

Hera telescope takes shape in the Karoo 

By: Kim Cloete     11th May 2018 The construction of a radio telescope that will look for the first stars in the universe, is making headway near Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape. It is also making waves for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.    

Decorative concrete market looking good

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Decorative concrete solutions can raise the aesthetic value of both new projects and renovations, and construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa is participating in the market to supply such solutions for aesthetic and practical applications, company CEO Norman Seymore tells... 

Wheel of industrial safety has turned too far

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th May 2018 There is no hotter topic than safety matters on mines and industrial plants. It has become a religion. Like all religions, it causes some unintended problems. When I was young, I worked for a number of years on various mines and industrial plants. (I did this to get money to pay my university... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

11th May 2018 The optimised maintenance of vertical roller mills (VRMs) using hardfacing technology does not consist solely in refurbishing the surface by means of welding to the original profile. To achieve an efficient solution for improvement and reliability of components, an assessment of these components... 

SKF Explorer tapered roller thrust bearings: optimised for the most demanding oil & gas applications

10th May 2018 Advanced bearing design offers higher load rating and up to 300 percent longer rating life The oil and gas industry continues to push the limits of technology. Deeper wells, harsher environments and more sophisticated drilling approaches all place additional demands on equipment, calling for... 

Coating solution from Surcotec extends Labyrinth casing life span and saves costs for Eskom Palmiet Hydro installation

10th May 2018 Surcotec’s metal spray coating solution has extended the life span of a Labyrinth casing thereby avoiding the need for costly replacement, leading to significant cost savings for key customer, Eskom, at its Palmiet Hydro installation.  The power station is located near Grabouw in the Western Cape... 

New Volvo CE rigid haulers to deliver improved production

8th May 2018 Babcock customers can now look forward to achieving production targets faster as the new range of Volvo Construction Equipment rigid haulers becomes available in southern Africa later this year following the official launch in Scotland in April. The new Volvo Construction Equipment hauler range... 

Ivanplats signs water offtake agreement for Platreef project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines’ 64%-owned subsidiary Ivanplats has signed an agreement with the Mogalakwena municipality, in Limpopo, for the supply of at least five-million litres of treated water a day for 32 years, starting in 2022, from the town of Mokopane’s new... 

South African output rises as AngloGold delivers at lower cost

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2018 The smaller South African footprint of gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti, consisting of one underground mine and one tailings treatment operation on surface, delivered impressive first-quarter results with rising production and reduced rand-denominated costs. Production rocketed 29% at... 

Wealth Minerals switching gears from project accumulation to exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 The largest holder of Chilean lithium brine assets Wealth Minerals expects to have a drill turning in the ground at its Trinity project before month-end, the company announced on Monday. The Vancouver-based company said transient electromagnetic surveys have identified highly conductive zones,... 

Efficient Surface Drainage Blocks

7th May 2018 Ineffective drainage causes a multitude of issues when areas such as roadways, parking lots, walkways and areas around buildings become swamped with large volumes of non-dispersing water. The Beany Block from Technicrete is an efficient and practical solution for effective drainage due to its... 

Mackay to cost $409m - Agrimin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th May 2018 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Mackay sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, has found that the project could deliver an average 426 000 t/y over an initial mine life of 20 years. ASX-listed Agrimin on Monday told shareholders that the project would require a capital... 

The True Flat Top Floor Grating Is From Mentis

7th May 2018 Not all floor gratings that claim to have a flat top surface actually do, but unfortunately this is something that is commonly misunderstood in the industry and often leads to specifiers and buyers using a product that will not meet the requisite parameters on a project. Grating made from flatbar... 

Bauer from BI drives innovation in the food and beverage industry

4th May 2018 The AsepticDrive™ from Bauer Gear Motor, distributed locally by Bearings International (BI), is an asynchronous motor with a basic design that does away with a fan and cooling ribs. As a result, its entirely smooth outer casing makes it ideal for the strict hygiene requirements of the food and... 

BP said to tap Morgan Stanley as it weighs buying BHP assets

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2018 BP is weighing an acquisition of some of BHP Billiton’s energy assets as the British oil major seeks more US shale, according to people familiar with the matter. The London-based company is working with Morgan Stanley to advise on the plans, said the people, asking not to be identified as the... 

Investment underpins African expansion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2018 Private equity fund Agile Capital’s investment in consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering Group (BBE Group) serves as a prime example of the company’s strategy to aggressively drive expansion into African markets through its portfolio of companies, Agile Capital CEO... 

New range of coalescing and particle filters launched

4th May 2018 Pneumatic treatment products supplier Artic Driers International has recently launched the E series compressed air range of coalescing and particle filters. The E series filter range, that can be used on a number of pneumatic devices, is available from 0.5” to 3” BSP port sizes and flow... 

Golden Rim reports 1Moz resource at Kouri

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd May 2018 ASX-listed junior Golden Rim Resources has reported a one-million ounce maiden mineral resource at its Kouri gold project, in Burkina Faso. The project is estimated to host an indicated and inferred mineral resource of 20.8-million tonnes, grading 1.5 g/t gold for one-million ounces of... 

Kirkland Lake triples Q1 headline earnings as sales, prices rise

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2018 Midtier gold miner Kirkland Lake Gold has more than doubled its first-quarter earnings as higher output and revenue dovetailed with lower production costs and reduced depletion and depreciation costs, the company said on Wednesday. The Toronto-headquartered miner reported 201% year-on-year growth... 

Kirkland Lake looks towards Australian Union Reefs revival; visible gold near Fosterville

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2018 Triple-listed Canadian miner Kirkland Lake Gold has reported strong drill results from the Union Reefs project, located in Australia’s Northern Territory, the company announced on Monday. Four holes for 4 287 m were drilled from surface to test the potential of the Prospect, Crosscourse and the... 

Reduced processing plant capacity results in 9% fall in Highland’s Q1 output

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 Aim-listed Highland Gold Mining’s Mnogovershinnoye (MNV), Novoshirokinskoye (Novo) and Belaya Gora mines, in Russia, produced 59 311 oz of gold and gold equivalent in the first quarter of this year, a 9% year-on-year decrease. MNV’s quarterly output slowed as technical issues that were uncovered... 

On-The-Air (27/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The imminent opening in Johannesburg of the exciting new Mandela Mining Precinct is a major boost for badly needed research and development. This month’s rapid-fire announcements of the widespread new use of fuel cells globally is great news for South Africa’s struggling platinum mining... 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

Nevada Copper hires new CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2018 Development company Nevada Copper has appointed former Barrick Gold senior executive Matthew Gili as its new president and CEO, the company announced on Wednesday. The TSX-listed company’s flagship Pumpkin Hollow project was recently re-engineered and the company expects to be in production... 

W completes drilling campaign at Tarouca tungsten project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Aim-listed W Resources has completed a reverse circulation (RC) drilling campaign at its Tarouca tungsten and tin exploration licence in Portugal.  

Centre of pressure

26th April 2018 The development of a range of class-leading hydraulic piston seals required SKF engineers to create tailor-made materials and apply advanced analytical techniques. Latest AnnouncementsThe piston seal lies right at the heart of hydraulic cylinder performance. Located in a groove on the outer... 

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