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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 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... 

Global car manufacturer tests 3D printing for production

     24th March 2017 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is testing three-dimensional (3D) printing of large-scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at the Ford Research and Innovation Centre in Dearborn, in the US.  

Longer-ranged artillery shell unveiled by South African defence company

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has reported that it has successfully qualified its 155 mm calibre M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP). This is a longer-ranged enhancement of the company’s Assegai series of 155 mm artillery rounds. The qualification... 

Majuba coal Silo 20 rebuild project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project was completed this month. 

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Competition in the pumps industry has become fierce, owing to demand for cost efficiency that has seen growing calls for product refurbishment, says pumps manufacturer and distributor Mather + Platt. 

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.  

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... 

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... 

Qld steps up support in battle against black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 Queensland coal miners have been promised additional support from the state government, to battle the ongoing coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung, epidemic. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Thursday said that since the reemergence of black lung, the Queensland state... 

Ram raises funds for Irish exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 ASX-listed junior Ram Resources is hoping to raise A$3.5-million through a share placement to advance its Keel zinc project, in Ireland. The company on Thursday said it would issue some 70-million shares, at a price of 5c each, to sophisticated and institutional investors. 

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

Trilogy pulls the trigger on high-grade copper Arctic prefeasibility study

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2017 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals will undertake a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Arctic project, in Northwest Alaska – one of the highest-grade copper deposits known in the world with an average grade of 6% copper equivalent. "The PFS will demonstrate the true value of the... 

Barkerville exploration returns high grades at Island Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     17th March 2017 Ongoing drilling as part of a 130 000 m Phase 2 exploration programme by junior Barkerville Gold Mines on its flagship Cariboo gold project, in central British Columbia, has uncovered new high-grade gold mineralisation, not far from surface. The TSX-V-listed company on Thursday reported that... 

Wealth Minerals files technical report that will guide Atacama lithium exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     17th March 2017 Vancouver-based lithium exploration junior Wealth Minerals has filed a Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant technical report with securities regulators that will guide a two-pronged exploration campaign at the company’s Atacama lithium project, in Chile. To test the exploration potential... 

Export orders continue to flow for home-grown mobile load simulator

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 The Mobile Load Simulator (MLS), designed and developed locally for the testing of the load-bearing capacity of highways and airport runways, was recently completed and exported to a client in China.  

Kwatani

     17th March 2017 Kwatani, previously known as Joest South Africa, is one of the largest local original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of custom-engineered vibratory equipment solutions for the African continent. On average, one machine a day leaves the company’s 17 000 m2 heavy fabrication facility outside... 

Weapon system controlled from vehicle 

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Defence vehicle manufacturer Denel Vehicle Systems will deliver four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapons (SD-ROW) systems and eight RG32M defence vehicles to the Namibian government by the end of this month for defence purposes and tactical observation. 

Modular construction methods help reduce waiting times at clinics in Mpumalanga

     15th March 2017 In partnership with the Department of Health, Kwikspace Modular Buildings has successfully installed 132 doctor’s consultation rooms at clinics throughout Mpumalanga. The new clinics, each measuring 250 m2, have sufficient capacity for up to six people to be treated simultaneously. Additional... 

Pre-certified medical air system solutions from Atlas Copco Compressor Technique

     15th March 2017 Super-efficient, high performing, ultra-reliable and safe equipment is fundamental for the medical sector to remain compliant with exceptionally stringent and ever-tightening regulations. Atlas Copco’s comprehensive range of medical air solutions is backed by more than 130 years of experience and... 

New EOS/ESD Association, Inc. Online Academy Classes

     14th March 2017 Education is the EOS/ESD Association, Inc.'s first priority. By offering convenient training, EOS/ESD Association, Inc. provides ESD professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the challenges of ESD in their companies and in industry. • Learn from top industry professionals. • Meet... 

Apollo buys into French project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2017 ASX-listed Apollo Minerals will acquire an 80% interest in the Couflens tungsten-copper-gold project, in southern France. The company has entered into a share sale agreement to acquire Ariege Tungstene, which holds the rights to an 80% interest in the project, for A$250 000 in cash and the issue... 

Sanral appoints first research associate  

By: Anine Kilian     13th March 2017 A PhD candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Keith Nare, has been appointed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) first ever research associate at the entity’s materials lab in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Nare’s role at the lab is to perform a role linking... 

South Australian magnetite consortium finds possible offtake partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th March 2017 ASX-listed Magnetite Mines has announced the signing of a sale and purchase letter of intent (LOI) between the South Australian Magnetite Consortium and a non-Chinese steelmaker for the purchase of one-million tonnes a year of iron-ore concentrate for pelletising purposes. The South Australian... 

South African defence company unveils increased range artillery round 

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has reported that it has successfully qualified its 155 mm calibre M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP). This is a longer-ranged enhancement of the company’s Assegaai series of 155 mm artillery rounds. The qualification... 

Kodal concludes placing, enters negotiations for Mali mine offtake, investment

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th March 2017 As West Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals completes a £500 000 share placing, negotiations have been entered into for a proposed offtake agreement and possible further investment in its Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali. The company on Friday said... 

Chryso Enviromix® Gives Contractors The Green Edge

     10th March 2017 Billed as a very innovative technology by CHRYSO, EnviroMix® is engineered to boost the performance of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCM). SCMs are industrial by-products which when used as a partial replacement for Portland cement reduce the amount of cement that is required for... 

Afrisam Steps In To Boost Customer Efficiency

     10th March 2017 A new initiative by leading cement and construction materials supplier, AfriSam is helping concrete product manufacturers (CPMs) to reduce their costs of production while maintaining quality output. According to Amit Dawneerangen, AfriSam’s national sales manager, the new service is an Efficiency... 

Cradle of South African aviation

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2017 The birth of South Africa's aviation industry cannot be pinpointed to one location or date or to a single individual. While East London may boast the status of hosting the first flight in South Africa, the first aerodrome, along with the first flying school, was, in fact, established in... 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

Rocla’s Versatile Concrete Poles

     9th March 2017 In the last decade, questions about the cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness of timber and steel poles have inevitably made industry seek alternative solutions for applications across a wide variety of sectors which include electricity, electrical, telecommunications, security... 

Vital Engineering’s ‘powerful’ project wins in many sectors

     9th March 2017 According to a well-known adage: ’Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.’ This very much applies to Vital Engineering, which has gone more than the extra mile to successfully complete the 2 largest gratings, handrail and stair tread supply contracts so far in Africa. The contracts in question... 

Trackless mobile machinery regulation a contentious point for industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 The regulation of trackless mobile machinery (TMM) in the mining industry will be the subject of ongoing debate between mines and the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate in the next couple of years, when further regulations may be promulgated. At ENSAfrica’s Mine Health and Safety (MHS) Seminar... 

Cannon underground could be an option – Southern Gold

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th March 2017 The Cannon gold mine, in Western Australia, is continuing to deliver above expectations, with Southern Gold reporting that 44 576 oz of gold had been recovered during the seven processing campaigns undertaken to date. The seventh processing campaign, which treated ore during January and February... 

Ford Tests Large Scale 3D Printing with Light-Weighting and Personalization in Mind

     7th March 2017 Ford Motor Company is testing 3D printing of large scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer Ford is the first automotive company to trial this technology with Stratasys, and is currently exploring potential applications for future production vehicles, like Ford Performance... 

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