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Salt Lake gets approval for Williamson pond

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has given ASX-listed Salt Lake Potash the go-ahead to construct a pond system to dewater the Williamson pit, at its Lake Way project. The Williamson pond will be the first operational scale sulphate of potash (SOP)... 

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

Sappi launches sustainable dissolving wood pulp brand

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Diversified woodfibre company Sappi on Friday launched its Sappi Verve brand, which the company intends to use to strengthen its leadership in the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) market. Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said the company’s products and service offering within the DWP market are “highly valued... 

Petrochemicals becoming largest driver of global oil demand – IEA

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Petrochemicals are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, ahead of cars, planes and trucks, a study undertaken by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. Petrochemicals, which are components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as... 

India’s Mines Ministry pushes for governance of minor mineral sector

By: Ajoy K Das     5th October 2018 India’s Mines Ministry is pushing 21 mineral bearing states to bring about better organisation and governance of the fragmented minor mineral sector, plagued by illegal mining and major law and order issues. The Mines Ministry has convened a meeting of all these states next week, to take stock... 

Atlas Copco’s DrillAir compressor technology – why have two when one will do!

5th October 2018 Atlas Copco’s rugged and flexible DrillAir compressor range has been scientifically designed around pressure and flow to offer a superior quality compressed air solution for a wide range of high capacity drilling applications. The DrillAir range which includes the XATS 1200, XAVS 1000, V900,... 

SAA appoints Telkom’s Fredericks new interim CFO

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 South African Airways (SAA) on Friday announced that Deon Fredericks has been appointed SAA’s new interim CFO, effective October 15. Fredericks is on secondment from Telkom for a 12-month period. 

Economic stimulus and recovery plan

By: Riaan de Lange     5th October 2018 It is said that there are only three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who cannot. The stimulus and recovery plan has sevral broad parts: implementation of growth-enhancing economic reforms, reprioritisation of public spending to support job creation, the establishment... 

Cooperation urged if South Africa is to meet the United Nations’ SDG 6

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 While South Africa is ready to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal number six (SDG 6), it is critical to cooperate on various matters, such as water use and scarcity, wastewater and water quality, sanitation and hygiene, drinking water and the overall ecosystem. The Water Sector... 

Liquid, Zindi partner to accelerate development of Africa’s data science ecosystem

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom is backing newly launched platform Zindi to accelerate the development of data scientists across Africa. Zindi provides a competitive platform for African data scientists to convene, collaborate and compete to solve the continent’s most pressing... 

Recovery is the key word

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2018 “It’s still in the morning, it’s not a midnight special,” President Cyril Ramaphosa jested ahead of his speech at the Union Building last month to unveil the contents of government’s economic stimulus and recovery plan. While obviously light-hearted, the quirky introduction is important for two... 

We are rooting out State capture, corruption to save and create jobs - Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said his government was determined to eliminate the capture of the State and its organs through corruption which he said was one of the greatest barriers to investment and job creation in South Africa. "One of the greatest barriers to investment, growth and... 

FOUR-TIME WINNER: Averda South Africa walked away with four category wins at the recent PMR business excellence awards.

4th October 2018 AVERDA SCOOPS FOUR BIG WINS AT PMR AWARDS A national survey on waste management companies in South Africa has awarded Averda South Africa with four category wins. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     4th October 2018 The The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has started a series of workshops with registered construction companies to explain the procurement framework of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase 2. 

Mathunjwa calls on govt to implement more socialist policies to retain jobs

By: Nadine James     4th October 2018 South Africa should transition from a constitutional democracy to a “social democracy” and implement more socialist policies to retain jobs in the mining sector, suggests Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa. Speaking on the second day of the Joburg... 

Integrated Solutions Key To Growing Africa’s Power Generation

4th October 2018 As African countries work to develop their power generation capacity in the most cost effective ways, the key will be to find integrated solutions that attract investment throughout the value chain. According to Alastair Gerrard, integrated solutions executive at Zest WEG Group, the energy sector... 

Eskom, coal sector must collaborate to overcome challenges

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 Power utillity has not ruled out the possibility of introducing special tariffs for industry, Matleng Energy Solutions chairperson and Eskom nonexecutive director Nelisiwe Magubane noted in an address at the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. She stated, however, that, to date, the coal mining “industry... 

Leading Edge announces potential graphene JV in Sweden

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2018 TSX-V-listed Leading Edge Materials has signed a nonbinding letter of intent (LOI) with private Swedish company Graphmatech, defining a pathway to form a binding joint venture (JV) between the companies to produce graphene at the Woxna graphite mine. Announcing the LOI on Wednesday, Leading Edge... 

Infrastructure Africa 2018 to discuss development business opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across the African continent and a critical enabler for productivity and sustainable economic growth. It contributes significantly to human development, poverty reduction, and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).... 

Water an asset for sustainable growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd October 2018 Over and above appreciating the intrinsic value of water as a vital human resource, the South African approach should be to recognise the business value of the commodity and, therefore, the country should pursue investments in the sector to generate sustained economic growth, employment and... 

High administrative costs, industry uncertainty holding mining back

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 The mining sector is poised for a positive future but is still hindered by a “harsh” environment, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter stated at the Joburg Indaba, on Wednesday. In his keynote address, titled ‘A harsh environment in South Africa or a new dawn’, he noted that one of the... 

Aveng to sell rail business to Mathupha Capital for R133m

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2018 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng announced on Wednesday that it would sell its rail business to black-owned investment company Mathupha Capital for R133-million. The proposed transaction is subject to several conditions, including Competition Commission approval, but it is nevertheless... 

Infrastructure Africa 2018 to discuss development business opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across the African continent and a critical enabler for productivity and sustainable economic growth. It contributes significantly to human development, poverty reduction, and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).... 

14 Projects Shortlisted for AfriSam-SAIA Award 2017/2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2018 Shortlisted projects for the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation for 2017/18 highlight how reducing the environmental impact of building is pivotal for good architecture and social design It was the Roman architect Vitruvius who defined the principles of good architecture... 

Millennium increases production at Nullagine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2018 Junior gold producer Millennium Minerals has reported a 77% increase in production in the September quarter, compared with the previous quarter, as head grades increased on the back of new ore sources at its Nullagine gold project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday reporte... 

Mars Changing How It Does Business One Year From Launch Of $1b Sustainable In A Generation Plan

1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of Mars Incorporated (Mars), a global family owned food, well known for producing global brands such as M&M’s®, Snickers®, Pedigree®, Whiskas®, Royal Canin®, Orbit® & Airways® gum, Royco® and many more, is proud to announce the progress made on the company’s... 

Mars’ sustainable generation plan achieves key milestones globally, locally

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of global family-owned food company Mars, has recorded progress with its global Sustainable in a Generation plan, which was launched globally last year. The plan is designed to make tangible, scientifically-based changes to the way Mars does business globally. 

IPCC opens meeting to consider 1.5 °C report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on Monday to consider its special report on global warming of 1.5 °C. Representatives of the IPCC’s 195 member governments will work with scientists from the IPCC from October 1 to 5 to finalise the Summary for Policymakers of... 

Bokamoso Ba Rona Initiative seeks programme manager

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater, the West Rand Development Agency, the Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency and the Far West Rand Dolomitic Water Association (FWRDWA) have issued a request for qualification (RfQ) for a suitability qualified programme manager for the multistakeholder... 

Babcock and ZAC partnership a success story

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 Striving to find effective, flexible solutions to customers’ unique needs underpinned Babcock’s recent partnership with Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC). Earlier this year ZAC celebrated an impressive average of 5 000 machine hours worked in the space of just one year, with zero downtime while... 

Mindful spending critical for sustainable infrastructure under economic stimulus package – Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 In light of the launch last week by President Cyril Ramaphosa of an economic stimulus package for South Africa, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) reiterates that public funds management is critical to deriving true value for money. CEO Chris Campbell said in a statement issued on Friday... 

Law firms see benefits of gazetted Mining Charter 3, MPRDA amendment Bill removal

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2018 To effect the necessary changes that are needed for South Africa’s economy to grow, government and industry will, moving forward, have to focus on economic assessments, instead of policy development, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner and mining sector head Jonathan Veeran. Following the... 

Hwange Colliery narrows interim loss, signs of recovery shown

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 Hwange Colliery Company has narrowed its loss for the six months ended June 30 to $23-million, compared with a loss of $24.5-million reported for the six months to June 30, 2017. Despite the loss position, the financial results indicate signs of recovery. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 South African Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti, Lesotho Water Minister Samonyane Ntsekele and the Lesotho High Commissioner Sello Moloto have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Phase 2 project. 

Behavioural change a hurdle across industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 A change of attitude towards waste management and recycling is needed to effect a real and positive cultural shift in the sector, but cooperation and willingness to change behaviours is a significant obstacle, says waste management company Interwaste business development and marketing director... 

Carrier-grade offload network set up to mitigate spectrum shortage

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2018 Open-access network provider Vast Networks has developed a new true carrier-grade offload network to offset South Africa’s spectrum shortage and facilitate access to affordable connectivity. The group in September unveiled the “first of its kind” technology on the continent to proactively and... 

Mall of Africa to debut world first in integrated solar system

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 Mall of Africa is set to unveil a world first in integrated renewable energy systems, with the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system of its kind in the southern hemisphere and tenth worldwide. The 4 755 kW installation covers most of the available mall roof space, an area of about 45 000... 

Jasco achieves third consecutive profitable year

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2018 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has posted increases across the board for the year ended June 30, marking the third consecutive year the group has been profitable since bouncing back into the black in 2016. The group on Thursday posted earnings a share of 3.9c, an 8% rise on the prior year, while... 

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