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Trust in tailings? Vale dam disaster spurs investors into action

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Seeking assurances from Brazilian miner Vale by phone after a second deadly dam disaster in three years is not enough for Sasja Beslik. He plans to fly there himself to get answers. Beslik, head of sustainable finance at Swedish bank Nordea, blocked the bank's investment managers from buying any... 

Centamin announces significant resource increase at Côte d'Ivoire projects

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 A 120 000 m drill programme in 2018 across dual-listed Centamin’s wholly-owned landholdings in Côte d'Ivoire, has resulted in an increase of more than 100% in mineral resources, the company announced on Friday. A maiden resource has been declared at the ABC project, on the west side of the... 

Brucejack to ramp up to 3 800 t/d this year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 In its first full year of production, dual-listed Pretium Resources has generated almost $200-million in cash from operations, while producing 376 012 oz of gold, president and CEO Joseph Ovsenek reported on Thursday. The intermediate gold producer’s all-in sustaining costs (AISC) for the second... 

Reatile acquires 37.54% stake in Pragma Holdings

15th February 2019 The Reatile Group, an investment holding company, has acquired a 37.54% stake in Pragma, one of SA’s leading enterprise asset and facilities management companies. This move enhances Pragma’s potential international growth, while accelerating the organisation’s transformation agenda. “I’ve been... 

Proposed Olympic Dam expansion declared ‘major development’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 Mining giant BHP’s expansion plan at its Olympic Dam project, in South Australia, has seen the project declared a major development by the state government. The proposed $3-billion expansion will increase copper production at Olympic Dam by some 75%, from 200 000 t/y to 350 000 t/y, and will... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address. He said if South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with... 

Yashin Brijmohan

15th February 2019 This week we profile Yashin Brijmohan, executive dean for business, engineering and technology at Monash University South Africa Full Name: Yashin Brijmohan 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Hospital group’s impressive energy savings journey recognised

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Private healthcare company Netcare Group replaced 108 000 inefficient lights and light fittings with modern energy efficient alternatives, and reduced its light-load by 40%, offsetting its hospitals’ carbon footprint by 16 000 t/y of carbon dioxide, says Netcare Group CEO Dr Richard Friedland.... 

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry’s National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) programme states that it will host technical workshops at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. NCPC-SA communication manager Julie Wells tells Engineering News that the organisation plans on “a strong... 

Water-focused incubation scheme for women shows promising results

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2019 An incubation programme aimed at supporting, developing and upskilling female entrepreneurs in the water sector has gained traction since its launch in June 2017, multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB says. The GIBB incubation programme was borne out of a memorandum of understanding... 

Premier agrees to amended terms for KME acquisition, welcomes Ministry’s financial assistance

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2019 The board of Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has agreed to amended terms with KME Holdings for the proposed acquisition of KME’s assets and has, in addition, agreed to terms for the acquisition of 50% of the equity in the Zimbabwe-based near-term gold producer Honey Badger Resources (HBR).... 

Sanral, Nafbi sign MoU to develop small contractors, accelerate BEE implementation

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2019 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and nongovernmental organisation, the National African Federated Building Industry (Nafbi), on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at developing small contractors within the South African construction industry.... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

Luxembourg Protocol can save South Africa billions – Rail Working Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2019 The adoption of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is expected to be a game changer for South Africa, said Rail Working Group chairperson Howard Rosen on Thursday. The treaty, which is expected to enter into force late in 2019,... 

Afgri Technology Services partners with UP organisation to foster agri innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Afgri Technology Services (ATS) has partnered with the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) TuksNovation to foster innovation in the agricultural sector. TuksNovation is a nonprofit organisation founded by the university, in partnership with the departments of Trade and Industry and Small Business... 

Pick n Pay trials reusable bag made from green plastic bottles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Supermarket chain Pick n Pay is trialling a R5 reusable bag made from green plastic bottles, as an affordable alternative to plastic carrier bags. The bag is the first of its kind and will be initially introduced to 22 stores across the country to gauge customer reaction.  

Total Announces Ground-breaking Oil Discovery 175km Off the Southern Coast of South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2019 The recent gas condensate discovery by Total South Africa, 175km off the southern coast of South Africa, has set the stage for a significant contribution to the nation’s economic development as it will assist in reducing dependency on imports of oil and gas, notwithstanding the considerable... 

Marginal decrease in South Africa’s unemployment rate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2019 South Africa’s official unemployment rate decreased marginally by 0.4 of a percentage point to 27.1% in the final three months of 2018, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) indicates the number of employed people increased by 149 000 to... 

Battle lines drawn as opposition parties contest Ramaphosa’s Eskom unbundling plan  

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 The future structure of South Africa’s debt-laden electricity producer Eskom emerged as the central topic during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s February 7 State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which he announced that the utility would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three... 

Harmony exploring Target North, Kalgold 

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Harmony Gold is currently adjudicating a tender for the drilling of the Target North greenfield exploration project in the Free State and is engaged in near mine brownfield exploration at Kalgold in the North West. Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp on Tuesday described the Target North prospect as... 

Harmony cuts energy consumption, ushering in solar, mulling biofuels  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold is intensifying its efforts to cut electricity consumption to a minimum while also looking at introducing solar power and biofuel energy. CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Tuesday when the company issued its half-year results that Eskom’s problems could... 

Siemens working with WestPark to build first industrial and business park in Africa wholly powered by renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th February 2019 Siemens today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with WestPark Enterprises to develop an expandable microgrid solution for the fast-growing industrial and business park based in Takoradi, Western Ghana. The WestPark aims to eliminate many of the challenges faced by... 

What to Expect at 2019’s Africa Energy Indaba

11th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba conference is the definitive energy event for the continent providing an annual programme that influences energy policy for Africa. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be debated together with solutions to best mitigate these concerns. Focused on... 

Siemens launches FABRIC – Turning urban data into a dynamic visualization of Jamestown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 Design and Data combine to tell a fascinating story about Jamestown, Accra. Leveraging Digital technology with Electrification and Automation domain know-how can help build a more resilient Ghana. 

DST to showcase benefits of using STI in designing future human settlements

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 With a surplus of drivers for the adoption of alternative and innovative technologies in the built environment, particularly in the human settlements sector, the effective application of science, technology and innovation (STI) can be a transformative instrument in addressing South Africa’s most... 

Better techniques are making a big difference in drilling and blasting, says MAXAM

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2019 Advanced technologies in mining explosives are making major inroads in the mining industry. This was highlighted by MAXAM, a global technological leader specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic solutions, at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape... 

Lonmin’s Q1 results show improved liquidity despite relatively poor performance  

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Platinum miner Lonmin on Friday released its unaudited first-quarter production results for the three months ended December 31, 2018, stating that its relatively poor operational performance had been partially redeemed by its improved liquidity. The company noted that the first quarter is... 

Investec says Sona focused on reviving growth with enhanced policy certainty 

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 Investec economist Kamilla Kaplan said on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address (Sona) reaffirmed the key economic policy objective of reviving fixed investment rates in a bid to place the economy on a sustainable faster economic growth path. Ramaphosa's Thursday... 

Ramaphosa confirms Eskom restructuring 

8th February 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s confirmation that power utility Eskom will be split into three independent entities, what this will mean for the utility and its customers, and if it will be enough to put Eskom on... 

Executives should take heed of risks, survey shows

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2019 A recent survey has revealed that company executives are not adequately identifying and preparing for risks that could have potentially catastrophic implications on business operations, employees and society. The 2018 Global Operations Risk Survey of Corporate Leaders, was raised during a panel... 

Iron-ore powers to highest since 2014 as Vale crisis intensifies

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2019 Iron-ore futures surged more than 5% to hit the highest level since 2014 on concern that the increasingly severe crisis at top producer Vale will curtail global supplies, tightening the seaborne market and offsetting the impact of a slowdown in China, the largest importer. Vale invoked force... 

Company launches fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles

8th February 2019 Petroleum refinery company Total consolidated its position as key player in electric mobility by launching an innovative line of fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles. Launched in December last year, these products have been specially developed to meet the cooling and lubrication needs of the... 

Big economic opportunity being missed as ewaste piles up

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 The rise in electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is resulting in a lost economic opportunity of $62.5-billion a year– a value greater than the gross domestic product of most countries – a new report shows. Each year, about 50-million tonnes of e-waste is being discarded – with less than 20%... 

Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th February 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture has decided to terminate its Mtentu bridge contract. 

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Thursday that South Africa’s embattled State-owned electricity producer would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three separate entities – generation, transmission and distribution – in an effort to bring credibility to the turnaround of the utility and to... 

CBE announces initiatives to drive transformation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 Transformation in the built environment has progressed at a slower rate than in other sectors, such as the financial sector, with only 26% of all registered built environment professionals being previously disadvantaged individuals and only 0.3% of all registered professionals being women,... 

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