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Operation Phakisa for water expected by March 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is preparing to launch its own series of mini-Phakisa's to attempt to resolve the most pressing matters facing South Africa's water infrastructure sector. Over the next eight weeks, the department will mobilise provincial level Phakisa's prior to... 

“Intrapreneurs” to lead innovation

25th January 2019 Employee “intrapreneurs” could hold the key to unlocking innovation for South African business faced with the twin challenges of growing local productivity and jobs, and keeping pace with rapid global technology advancement and the demands of increasingly sophisticated consumers. President Cyril... 

Barrick’s Tongon mine meets production guidance despite strikes in 2018

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 NYSE- and TSX-listed Barrick Gold managed to return its Tongon mine, in Côte d'lvoire, to normal operation in the last quarter of 2018 and achieve its revised production target of 230 000 oz. This followed nine months of intermittent production at the mine, caused by illegal strikes and social... 

Collaborative enterprise development partnerships bear fruit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2019 WorleyParsons’ Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) programme has achieved significant success within its first six years of operation, highlighting the benefits of sustainable and collaborative enterprise development partnerships. Through the programme WorleyParsons has been able to streamline... 

Indaba celebrates silver anniversary, reaffirms commitment to Africa

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 The 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to 7 – will be the twenty-fifth iteration of the event, with the “world’s largest mining conference” having reached this milestone being testimony to its relevance and value,... 

Solar streetlights installed at mine

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi 36/55W luminaire, used in solar lighting solutions has been used at four intersections leading to iron-ore and manganese mine Assmang’s Black Rock mine, in the Northern Cape. “The intersections leading to the different sections of the mine have... 

Steam Generation in talks to expand on boiler distribution

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa says it is in talks with a small- to mid-range biomass boiler manufacturer to distribute into the South African and African markets this year. Owing to biomass being readily available and the possibility to produce it as a... 

Integrated engineering supply chains require small and large firms

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Large firms are key to transforming the South African engineering sector as part of a business ecosystem that includes smaller, agile and large entities driving industry to be more innovative, diverse and responsive during fluid and volatile times, says multinational engineering consultancy... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the project. 

Torrefied pellet plant, Estonia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 Baltania OÜ plans to build a commercial, industrial-scale torrefied pellet plant using the latest state-of-the-art technology. 

GEF, UN Environment partner with tech companies to launch e-waste economy in Nigeria

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2019 The Nigerian government, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Environment have partnered with Dell, HP, Microsoft and Phillips to launch a $15-million investment to create a formal electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling industry in Nigeria. A report published on Thursday by the World... 

Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester  

24th January 2019 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology amid climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution launched in November its first institutional anaerobic digester. Simone Liedtke reports. 

Eskom warns of impact of rising municipal debt on its sustainability 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2019 Rising municipal debt, coupled with Eskom’s poor financial and operational performance, pose a systemic risk to the sustainability of the company, State-owned Eskom CFO Calib Cassim said during public hearings into Eskom’s three-year tariff application, in Bloemfontein, on Wednesday. Cassim said... 

Opinion piece: Upcycling beats carbon tax, drives skills and B-BBEE compliance

24th January 2019 By Yasmine Miemiec, Executive Director at 5Inc Upcycling doesn’t just decrease waste and contribute to ‘zero to landfill’ initiatives, it’s also creating a new ecosystem that supports communities, enables skills growth and helps organisations in South Africa meet B-BBEE and Corporate Social... 

Schneider Electric releases EcoStruxure Power 2.0 with comprehensive ISO Certification, compliant with latest Cybersecurity Standards and protecting Critical Power Assets with Thermal Monitoring

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2019 Second generation EcoStruxure Power 2.0 system release delivers unique enhancements: ISO50001, ISO50002 and ISO50006 energy management certification and compliance to IEC 62443-4-2 cybersecurity standards. Latest digital applications for thermal monitoring, power event analysis and microgrids... 

UCT researchers selected for research hubs to address global challenges

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th January 2019 Funding agency United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) have selected University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers to establish research hubs at UK universities, to tackle some of the development challenges facing the world. The hubs offer five... 

New BI Sales and Marketing Director to focus on growth and service

23rd January 2019 As part of its ongoing strategy to promote sustainable growth and increase its value proposition to its broad customer base across a range of industries, leading supplier Bearings International (BI) has appointed Conrad Muller as Sales and Marketing Director, effective from November 2018. Muller... 

Petropavlovsk targeting increased gold production in 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 While subject to further plant development success at its pressure oxidation (POX) hub, Russian miner Petropavlovsk is eyeing gold production of between 450 000 oz and 500 000 oz for 2019, with capital expenditure figures expected to reach levels of between $45-million and $50-million during the... 

Cape Town’s WhereIsMyTransport expands to Latin America, India

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2019 Public transport data and technology company WhereIsMyTransport has raised $1.85-million in funding from Liil Ventures and Goodwell Investments, as part of its Series A funding round. The funding will support the company’s expansion into Latin America and India. 

GETI provides insights into talent environment for energy sectors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report, was released on Tuesday, and offered insights into five industry subsectors – oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report, compiled by Airswift and... 

ERG to pilot blockchain-based solution to enhance provenance, traceability of cobalt

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2019 Global Battery Alliance (GBA) founding member Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) will be piloting a blockchain-based solution based on the IBM Blockchain Solution, to enhance the provenance and traceability of cobalt in the metal’s supply chain. Following the announcement on Monday, ERG explained in... 

President Ramaphosa says Education Lekgotla will focus on improving basic education

By: African News Agency      21st January 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the Education Lekgotla in Boksburg will focus on improving basic education. He said the gathering would look at steps to be taken this year and beyond to make basic education a more effective and efficient platform for the creation of an... 

AGCO to take farm mechanisation into rural African communities

By: African News Agency      21st January 2019 Global agriculture company AGCO has launched an initiative to take farm mechanization deep into rural communities in Africa to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming. AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, unveiled the Farm in a... 

Concor Boosts Safety And Targeted Enterprises In Eastern Cape Road Project

18th January 2019 Safety of both pedestrians and motorists has been boosted by Concor Infrastructure’s rehabilitation of the R75 double-carriageway between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, while the project has had considerable positive spinoff for local small targeted enterprises. The project, which began in May... 

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2019 With diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) flagship Gamsberg project coming on stream, the Northern Cape province has the potential to become a base metals mining, processing and beneficiation hub. VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo says Gamsberg has the potential to have a huge impact on... 

Asset management systems seen as way to bolster utility sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Enterprise asset management (EAM) systems, including metering and billing solutions, help utilities to run more efficiently and, thereby, support utility and infrastructure provision, says information technology services multinational Wipro Africa business development head Marleze van... 

New board has important issues to consider regarding Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2019 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa Board Chairperson Dr Rob Adam has old “Engineering News”. A totally new Board for the corporation was announced by the Government on December 6, the new Board’s term... 

The real challenge facing the Eskom task team

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 The most recent financial and operational crises at Eskom have brought to the fore the serious economic risks associated with relying on an entity that is simply too big to fail. Its governance problems, meanwhile, have highlighted the social, political and reputational risks of allowing such an... 

AEMFC says will submit bid for Optimum assets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 An African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation- (AEMFC-) led consortium on Thursday announced that it would submit a bid for the Optimum Coal assets, which are currently in business rescue. State-owned AEMFC believed the Optimum Coal transaction would be fundamental to the country’s... 

Outa, WSSA call for establishment of independent water regulator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and Water Shortage South Africa (WSSA) says South Africa is in need of an independent water regulator. The organisations agree that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is failing to effectively regulate the country’s water sector and requires a... 

Sibanye adds global experience to safety panel 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has established a Global Safe Production Advisory Panel, after identifying the need for an additional safety initiative in 2018. The panel consists of a group of leading academics and is chaired by Sibanye group safety head Dr Kobus... 

Xolobeni community survey to confirm whether mining can proceed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday announced the imminent start of an independent survey to be undertaken in Xolobeni, in the Eastern Cape. This follows the Minister’s visit to the community on Tuesday in efforts to gain “full consent” to planned mining and economic activity... 

Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2019 The latest fall of the platinum price is threatening to become the last straw that broke the camel’s back for some deep labour-intensive platinum group metals (PGMs) mines on particularly the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, Mining Weekly Online can today report. Well ahead of the latest... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been... 

Don’t hurt farmers with higher electricity tariffs, says Agri Western Cape 

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Sharp electricity tariff hikes would have a major detrimental effect on the agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape has said during public hearings into electricity tariffs. In its submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Agri SA said high increases in electricity costs... 

Planning and the impact of clauses on price escalations

15th January 2019 SEIFSA’s mission is clear: the organisation intends to help companies, especially in the metals and engineering industries, to strive effectively to attain sustainability for their businesses. This goal extends to giving Managers the specific tools and skills to deal with uncertainty and change.... 

IDM wins environmental approval for Red Mountain

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th January 2019 Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has announced an environmental decision for the underground gold and silver mine that IDM Mining is proposing near Stewart, British Columbia. The Minister said that the proposed mine was not likely to cause significant adverse... 

Western Cape spends millions on drought relief

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2019 The Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Department will have spent R78.2-million by March 31 on drought alleviation projects across the province. The average dam level in the Western Cape was 51% on Monday, nearly double the 26.5% recorded in the... 

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