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Cape Town park earmarked for housing, work development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Plans are under way to develop 120 ha of the 240 ha Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), in Cape Town, into a mixed-use development to provide previously disadvantaged and lower-income families access to the central business district. The TRUP, located near the confluence of the city’s Liesbeek and... 

Reviving king of gold means getting mine workers off their knees

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 During his early years as a miner in South Africa, Joas Mahanuque spent six hours a day on his knees drilling for Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. The dust-filled tunnels half a mile underground were too low for him to stand, and temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).... 

South African Bio-energy Atlas launched to support bio-energy development

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, launched in Pretoria on Friday, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a 'green' economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is about 225-million kilometres away. Heading for the... 

Driving home the renewable energy message

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The Energy and Water Skills Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) has unveiled an innovative mobile renewable-energy technology unit, which has been developed with the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Known as energyDRIVE, the unit comprises a custom-built truck that will be used... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines. 

NCPC-SA to emphasise efficiency at Naacam show

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) will share its knowledge regarding resource efficiency and cleaner production methods to assist industry in lowering costs through reduced energy, water and material use during this year’s National Association of Automotive... 

Peugeot vehicles to be assembled in Kenya

     24th March 2017 French multinational automotive manufacturer General Motors and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA Group) and motor dealer Urysia Limited Authorised Peugeot Dealers, will begin in June with supplying a yearly volume of over 1 000 Peugeot units in order to meet the expectations of the Kenyan market.  

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up 

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is, on average, 225-million km away.  

Gold mining operations need to transform into 'mines of the future' 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland believes it is time for current gold mining operations to “fundamentally transform” into “mines of the future" in order to prosper. Speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) School of Mining Engineering’s celebration of 120 years of service, on... 

Cesa focused on transformation

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has committed to transforming its membership and the industry as a whole. The industry body, which has identified transformation as a critical theme, has established a transformation committee that will embark on a process to develop proposed interventions... 

OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility

     23rd March 2017 In this thought leadership article, Wärtsilä's Wayne Glossop explores the issue of building flexibility into the South African power system as the penetration of renewable energy rises  

Atlas Copco mobile QES generators, predictable power where it’s needed, when it’s needed in six seconds

     23rd March 2017 “The QES range of mobile generators present the most practical Predictable Power choice currently available on the market,” according to Atlas Copco Construction Technique’s Portable Energy Business Line Manager, David Stanford. These high performing, efficient and tough generators from Atlas... 

Maxiflex welcomes customers to their doors

     23rd March 2017 Maxiflex has been a specialist and trusted supplier of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, efficient and reliable door and dock loading solutions to the Southern African industry for 27 years. Alongside the renowned in-house Maxiflex brands, the company also boasts sole distribution... 

The World's Largest Gate Valve

     23rd March 2017 “When the world’s most impressive pipeline scheme asks for 100 year asset life valves, you listen. Blackhall Engineering Limited has a proven track record of making 100 year asset life valves, and we’ve recently designed and manufactured the World’s Largest Gate Valves ever for Texas, USA. My... 

We need to change how we use water – World Bank

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2017 The world needs to transform the way it manages its water, Professor Patrick Verkooijen of the World Bank said on Wednesday. To accelerate the transformation, World Bank President Jim Kim and UN secretary general Antonio Guterres are convening a high-level panel on water with 11 heads of state,... 

Zuma unveils UN's global water and sanitation plan

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2017 President Jacob Zuma unveiled the UN's broad-based plan to provide water and sanitation for ten-billion people by 2030 on Wednesday. Zuma was part of the UN's high level panel on water and sanitation. 

Wärtsilä supplies 15 MW solar plant in Burkina Faso

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has entered into an agreement with independent power producer Eren Renewable Energy’s 90%-owned Essakane Solar, in Burkina Faso, to supply it with a 15 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The remaining 10% is owned by Eren’s development partner African Energy... 

Harmony plans to grow output to 1.5Moz, outlines acquisition criteria

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd March 2017 Dual-listed Harmony Gold is aiming to increase its yearly gold production from the current 1.1-million to 1.5-million ounces over the next three years. This would be achieved by undertaking expansions at its operations in South Africa, the rest of Africa and Papua New Guinea, while also... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

Women Investing in Infrastructure packs a punch for gender equality

     22nd March 2017 Three influential female captains of industry have established Women Investing in Infrastructure (WIiI), a company to fast-track equal gender opportunities in infrastructure development across the African continent. WIiI aims to improve the quality of women’s lives by investing and participating... 

Water availability in rural regions still lags

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 Around 3.5-million rural people in South Africa are still living without access to clean water, WaterAid Southern Africa regional director Robert Kampala said this week following the release of WaterAid’s yearly analysis of global water access. The report, titled ‘Wild Water: The State of the... 

ICMM guide to ensure greater consistency in water use disclosure

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published a water reporting guide to help mining companies disclose their water use data in a consistent manner to allow for easier comparison. ‘A practical guide to consistent water reporting’, which was released on World Water Day,... 

G20’s Compact with Africa launched with widespread support

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 Clear support emerged last week from Group of 20 (G20) members’ Finance Ministers and central bank governors for the broadening of international economic and financial cooperation with African countries to “foster sustainable and inclusive growth” in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063. At... 

Mkango, Metalysis to research development of 3D-printed permanent magnets using rare earth alloys

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 TSX-V- and Aim-listed Mkango Resources has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with research institute Metalysis to jointly research, develop and commercialise novel rare earth metal alloys for use in three-dimensional- (3D-) printed permanent magnets. Under the MoU, Mkango's... 

Oliphant visits various Amplats-led SLP projects in Rustenburg

By: Ilan Solomons     17th March 2017 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Friday hosted Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant at the official handover ceremony of a number of the company’s social and labour plan (SLP) projects in Rustenburg, in the North West. The projects included the official opening of... 

DBSA secures $100m AFD loan facility to support continental activity

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has secured a $100-million loan facility from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), earmarked for energy, water, transport and information and communication technology infrastructure across Africa. The DBSA aims to continue to advance... 

Evowood’s Estcourt mill dismisses 434 workers, remains closed after protracted strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 Some 434 Estcourt mill workers have been dismissed by hardboard manufacturer Evowood following protracted illegal strike action and a subsequent production stoppage costing the company more than R2-million a day. The workers were dismissed following a disciplinary process and a February 27 Labour... 

Tata Motors signs MoU with VW, Skoda to develop affordable vehicles

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 India’s Tata Motors has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Volkswagen Group and its Skoda division, aimed at possible joint product development. The agreement has been signed by Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Skoda Auto... 

It’s business as usual only better, as Atlas Copco Mining & Rock Excavation Technique enters a new era

     17th March 2017 As of 1 January 2018, Atlas Copco will grow into two separate global groups of companies. The split will provide the best growth opportunities for both listed companies with Atlas Copco focusing on the industrial market and the new company (NewCo) dedicated to the mining and civil engineering... 

German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2017 A coal mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 MW pumped-storage... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags

     17th March 2017 While the anticipated size of the harvest could have a stabilising effect on food price inflation, an increasingly competitive global market continues to pressure South African producers to find new ways of cutting costs on grain and silage storage. One such method is the use of massive Hitec... 

Fall Armyworm reported in maize fields in two provinces

     17th March 2017 Last month, independent grain producers' support organisation Grain SA said that reports from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape mentioned that the Fall Armyworm – also known as the Spodoptera Frugiperda – has established itself mainly in maize but also in sorghum, cotton, some vegetables and... 

Fishing company to join JSE to enhance its global expansion

     17th March 2017 Fishing and food company Sea Harvest Group confirmed that it plans to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) by the end of March. According to the group, its success in recent years has led it to consider itself well positioned for “organic and acquisitive growth.” 

Govt’s involvement in promoting energy efficiency needed

     17th March 2017 Government should be more proactive and involved in encouraging energy efficiency, as it lies at the core of sustained economic growth, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). This, along with the statement that industries and businesses must prepare more... 

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