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Nautilus unveils spider-inspired sediment sampler

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has unveiled a new autonomous sediment sampler called the 'Nautilus Jumping Spider’ for use in sampling deep-sea deposits, that could cut exploration costs “by an order of magnitude”, the company reported on Thursday. Nautilus said it has successfully... 

CIP Process Pumps most suitable for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Process

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     25th May 2018 With the pharmaceutical industry requiring sterile equipment, industrial pumps distributor Verder Pumps says its Packo cleaning-in-place (CIP) pumps ensure the best cleaning and self-draining capability to prevent contamination. Verder Pumps introduced the PRP and CRP+ series of pumps to the... 

Company offers technical advisory for clients

25th May 2018 Industrial supplier BMG’s total plant management solutions encompass a technical advisory service on correct chain selection - a critical factor in any power transmission system. “By investing in quality branded power transmission chain, significant cost savings are achieved. Although the global... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will establish a scientific study group to consult on the filling of the reservoir behind The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. 

Semafo signs mining services contract with AUMS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2018 TSX-listed Semafo has signed a mining services contract with African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) for the Siou underground mine, in Burkina Faso. AUMS will be responsible for supplying the mining fleet and a skilled labour force for the Siou underground mine, in addition to providing... 

Pan African completes commissioning of Barberton regrind mill, Elikhulu to pour first gold in August

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 The commissioning of Pan African Resources’ Barberton Mines Tailings Retreatment Plant (BTRP) regrind mill will be completed this week, on schedule and on budget. The gold producer on Thursday said BTRP is expected to reach an annualised gold production of 21 000 oz in the next month. 

Aura defines new vanadium zone at Sweden project

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd May 2018 Dual-listed Aura Energy has identified a new high-grade vanadium zone at its Häggån project in Sweden, resulting in an overall mineral resource estimate increase. Resource modelling defined an inferred resource of 15.1-billion pounds at 0.26% of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5), at a cut-off of 0.1%.... 

Harmony poised to hit 1.5m oz target – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2018 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is well on track to hit its target of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year. The two big steps needed to ensure this – the acquisition and recapitalisation of the Hidden Valley gold mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the acquisition of the Moab Khotsong in South... 

Bluejay targets 100Mt resource at Greenland prospect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2018 Aim-listed Bluejay is gearing up for an exploration programme to get under way at the Iterlak discovery, which forms part of its Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. Bluejay has set itself a target of delivering a maiden resource at Iterlak of more than 100-million tonnes of material at an... 

BI unveils Agri-Smart integrated solutions for farmers at NAMPO 2018

22nd May 2018 Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) showcase the latest design of its agricultural hub bearings at NAMPO 2018. In addition, it launched a bearing hub for planters, and displayed its full product range for the agricultural industry under its new Agri-Smart banner. Agri-Smart allows BI to... 

A.B.E. Expands Dustless Range With New Pre-Mixed Version Of Popular Floor Screed

21st May 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has expanded its range of dustless cementitious products with the launch of a dustless version of abe.dur – the company’s popular non-metallic high-strength floor screed. a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group of companies. 

Gensource project development secured as formal offtake accord is signed

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2018 The development of Gensource Potash’s first 250 000 t/y production module at its Vanguard project, in Saskatchewan, is another step closer to realisation after the company announced on Friday that it has signed a definitive offtake agreement with a major North American agriculture industry... 

Murray & Roberts Announces The Potential Combination With Aveng Limited

18th May 2018 Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited (“Murray & Roberts”) today announced a potential transaction, proposing to make an all share offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Aveng Limited (“Aveng”), as well as to implement a solution to enable the early redemption of the Aveng convertible... 

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 Iannucci     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... 

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