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Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Bunkers improve product quality

     21st April 2017 Dutch axial control valve manufacturers Mokveld Valves BV has recently commissioned two new test bunkers for testing critical, high quality valve systems – used in process control applications for the oil and gas industries – thereby improving the quality and safety of the system. Mokveld, whose... 

Franklin Electric 4” NextGen submersible motors available after four years of development

     20th April 2017 Following a two-year design and laboratory test phase and a further two years of field testing, the new generation of Franklin Electric’s 4” submersible motors was launched into the southern African market last year. The new design, which was introduced to the European market in 2012, includes... 

Eskom pumps R4m into renewable-energy research at Stellenbosch 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 To further fund research in the renewable-energy space, Eskom will, through its Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI), donate a further R4-million to the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), based at Stellenbosch University. It donated R2.6-million to CRSES last year. 

German logistics company to pilot electric vans in 2018

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2017 German logistics company Hermes and Mercedes-Benz Vans have agreed on a strategic partnership to electrify the courier service’s vehicle fleet. Under this agreement, Hermes will use battery-electric vehicles in its normal operations in a pilot phase in Stuttgart and Hamburg, in Germany, in early... 

Americas Silver gains momentum in transition to low-cost producer by 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 Bolstered by improving silver and base metals prices, junior miner Americas Silver is in the home stretch to deliver on a four-year turnaround strategy at its two operating mining complexes in Sinaloa state, Mexico and Idaho, in the US. “We have a lot of intrinsic value that’s about to be... 

Seismic event hits Newcrest’s Cadia mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 A seismic event in the region of the Cadia gold operation, in New South Wales, has seen gold miner Newcrest Mining suspend operations at the mine. The seismic event occurred on Friday and an assessment of the damage caused is currently under way. 

Australian PM Turnbull scraps the 457 visa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the scrapping of the 457 visa by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, saying that the natural resource sector was no longer a significant employer of these visa holders. Turnbull on Tuesday announced the abolishment of the 457 visa for foreign... 

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

HFO plant’s commissioning process under way

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Specialised oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies started the commissioning process last month for the heavy fuel oil (HFO) storage facility it specifically designed for multidisciplinary engineering firm DRA Global. Energas’s scope for the project included the fabrication,... 

Increased demand for SD flooring

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Static control solutions provider Altico completed two static dissipative (SD) flooring installations last month for the electronic repairs franchise weFix at Balito Lifestyle Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as at the Vaal Mall, in Gauteng. 

Laser-coding guide dispels misconceptions, enhances technology

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 Global coding and marking specialist solutions provider Markem-Imaje, represented in Southern Africa by product identification solutions provider Pyrotec, has produced a guide focusing on laser-coding technology that aims to help manufacturers meet the technical challenges commonly encountered on... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Multipurpose fast breeder reactor project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 Rosatom is building a multipurpose research facility featuring a sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor with a 50-year design life, in Ulyanovsk. 

Decreasing fibre installation costs

     12th April 2017 South Africa is currently experiencing phenomenal activity in the roll-out of fibre optic cables.  While no-one disputes that the installation of fibre presents tremendous opportunities, the question being asked is how will this demanding initiative affect consumers’ Internet connection costs?... 

CME Group, UK’s Royal Mint test blockchain-based gold trading platform

By: Reuters     12th April 2017 Chicago-based exchange CME Group and Britain's Royal Mint have started testing a blockchain-based platform for trading gold, as more projects using the emerging technology come closer to deployment. CME Group announced on Tuesday that the new platform, built with technology companies AlphaPoint... 

Bougouni drilling continues, investor progresses due diligence

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 West Africa-focused Kodal Minerals on Tuesday said a due diligence by its strategic investor and proposed offtake partner, Suay Chin International, to support potential further investment in the company of up to £4.3-million, is now substantially complete. Meanwhile, drilling at Kodal’s Bougouni... 

South African nanosatellites to be launched soon as part of international project 

By: Keith Campbell     11th April 2017 Two South African-designed and built nanosatellites, designated nSight1 and ZA-Aerosat, are set to be launched into space next week, as part of a consignment of 28 nanosatellites from 23 countries. The entire shipment of nanosatellites will, according to current plans, be lifted into space by a... 

SKF bearings put Scuderia Ferrari in the driving seat

     11th April 2017 With the Formula 1 season started, SKF strengthens its 70-year association with Scuderia Ferrari by providing the team with bearings expertise and customised parts. The 2017 Formula 1 season is upon us, and SKF is right at the heart of it again, extending its long association with Scuderia... 

Despite ramp-up delay, Diamcor reports improved tender results

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2017 South Africa-focused project developer Diamcor Mining has reported improved diamond tender sales despite the ramp-up to double output at the Krone-Endora at Venetia mine being dogged by operational and product delivery issues. The issues have pushed finalisation of the testing, commissioning and... 

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Long-running oscilloscope provider upgrades tools

     7th April 2017 After 17 years of leading the 20 MHz and 40 MHz hand-held industrial oscilloscope category, electronic test tool company Fluke’s 123, 124 and 125 models of ScopeMeter test tools are being replaced by the 120B series which includes new models namely the 123B, 124B and the 125B. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Eskom announced on April 3 that Unit 5 had reached commercial operation. 

Testing of world’s first fuel-cell-powered train under way

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom successfully completed an 80 km/h test run of the Coradia iLint, the world’s first fuel-cell-powered passenger train, at the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Germany, last month. An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and the Czech... 

The mind-machine interface really counts

By: Kelvin Kemm     7th April 2017 In 1903, the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, made the first powered aircraft flight. Their first flight’s distance was less than the wingspan of a Boeing 747. But they had done it, they had achieved powered flight.  That story is well known. But what happened next? Well, five years later,... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Nautilus to test seafloor production tools in PNG submerged trials

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 Marine mining hopeful Nautilus Minerals will shortly start submerged testing of its fleet of seafloor production tools, following the equipment’s arrival in Papua New Guinea (PNG). "We are delighted to be undertaking submerged trials in PNG. The trials will result in money and investment going... 

Eskom’s Medupi Unit 5 reaches commercial operation

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom announced on Monday that Unit 5 at the Medupi coal-fired power station project, in Limpopo, has reached commercial operation. “Commercial operation status ensures technical compliance to statutory, safety and legal requirements. This signatory milestone marks the... 

Nevada Zinc focused on organic growth as zinc fertiliser, Yukon gold prospects suggest upside

By: Henry Lazenby     1st April 2017 Canadian explorer Nevada Zinc is working towards publishing a maiden resource estimate for the flagship Lone Mountain zinc project by the end of the second quarter, as it continues to evaluate the best ways to monetise zinc products. Toronto-based Nevada Zinc in January completed a technical... 

Big boost for platinum as world's mayors tackle urban air pollution 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2017 The plans of the mayors of the world’s biggest cities to tackle urban air pollution head-on are a major plus for platinum, which catalyses the exhaust systems of vehicles and is the key metal in the emergence of emission-destroying fuel cells. The clean-air programme is being spearheaded by C40... 

Armadale starts graphite exploration programme at Tanzania mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 An exploration programme at dual-listed Armadale Capital’s Mahenge Liandu graphite project in Tanzania, aimed at upgrading its resource estimate, has kicked off. The project currently has an existing Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant inferred mineral resource estimate of 40.9-million tonnes... 

Radisson chases potential ‘game-changing’ discovery at high-grade O’Brien project

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2017 Following on the heels of a successful 2016 exploration campaign, junior explorer Radisson Mining Resources has doubled its current drill programme to 20 000 m and added a second drill at the O’Brien project, cut by the prospective regional Larder-Lake-Cadillac Fault, in Quebec. Emboldened by... 

RenewSys is part of the 55 year old , R 3.75 Bn “Enpee Group” .

     28th March 2017 The core competency of the Company lies in manufacturing. Headquartered at Mumbai , Renewsys has a global presence with offices at Dubai, Johannesburg , Durban , Lagos , London , Mauritius & Singapore and representative offices in the USA and several countries in Europe. RenewSys is one of the... 

Osisko Gold Royalties picks up 0.75% Cariboo NSR from Barkerville

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2017 TSX-V-listed Barkerville Gold Mines has sold another 0.75% net smelter return (NSR) royalty on its flagship Cariboo gold project, in central British Columbia, to TSX-listed Osisko Gold Royalties for C$12.5-million in cash. This will take Osisko’s total NSR royalty on the Cariboo project to 2.25%,... 

Sappi appoints CellMark as lignin sales agent

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2017 Paper and pulp producer Sappi’s Biotech division has appointed testing laboratories company CellMark as nonexclusive sales agent for the Hansa lignin products produced in liquid and powder formats at Sappi’s Tugela mill, in South Africa. Sappi is the world’s largest producer of lignosulphonates... 

Parker domnick hunter launches BEVPOR BR filter cartridges for cold stabilization applications, designed for longer service life and ease of integrity testing

     27th March 2017 Technology significantly reduces the cost of microbial stabilization, whilst protecting the sensory appeal of beer The new range of BEVPOR BR filter cartridges from Parker domnick hunter – a division of the Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies – allows brewers to... 

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).... 

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