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Call for three-year renewal of Canada’s exploration tax scheme to arrest signs of decline

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2018 The Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC), which incentivises exploration financing by providing individuals investing in companies exploring for minerals in Canada with a 15% tax credit on eligible expenditures, has to be renewed for at least three years to provide greater certainty and boost... 

Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Two of Russia's biggest mining companies said on Wednesday they were investigating rouble-based payments schemes, amid calls from Moscow to reduce the role of the US dollar in Russian trade and so limit the impact of US sanctions. The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favoured bilateral trade... 

Galeforce growth for compressed air systems specialist - Integrated Air Solutions

10th August 2018 Integrated Air Solutions, an industry power house in the supply of turnkey air compressor solutions and services, is one of only a few OEM companies with the ability to locally customise compressors to OEM warranty. The Air Solutions team have decades of unrivalled experience in providing... 

Alt eyes future production

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2018 Mineral explorer Alt Resources on Friday told shareholders that the potential for near-term gold production existed within the tailings dam operations at the Bottle Creek project, in Western Australia. Preliminary testing on the Bottle Creek tailings dams have estimated an average grade of 0.16... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

Ovens supplied to varied industries

10th August 2018 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) in July announced the shipment of a custom Gruenberg bench oven to the movable machinery industry. The bench oven is rated for Class B operation in accordance with the NFPA 86 specifications. 

Space agencies of South Africa and India strengthen cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2018 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formalised their relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the fringes of the recent Brics Summit in Johannesburg. (Brics is the alignment between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Full control over raw-material sources, production and packaging, as well as the in-house expertise that this stimulates, enables the Pratley group of companies to develop innovative products, ensure quality control and grow, says Pratley CEO Kim Pratley. The company, which produces a well-known... 

Biomass power plant, the Philippines

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 North Negros Biopower is building a 25 MW biomass plant in Northern Negros. 

Global precast-concrete industry takes centre stage as a driver of innovation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 The global precast-concrete industry can lay claim to being a leading driver of innovation in the construction industry. This has been an ongoing process since the lattice girder was harnessed in the 1960s to allow for the first large-scale industrial production of precast-concrete elements. 

Taseko posts Q2 net loss, but output rises

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 TSX-listed Taseko Mines on Tuesday reported a net loss of C$4.67-million for the quarter ended June 30, compared with net income of C$5.25-million in the second quarter of 27. Adjusted net income of C$2.34-million was also lower than the net income of C$14.31-million reported for the prior... 

Preventing building fire incidents with fischer FireStop from Upat

8th August 2018 The fischer FireStop range aids in the compartmentalisation of fire, smoke, and toxic gases, ensuring the safety of building occupants and protecting properties in the event of any fire incidents. The fischer FireStop range, comprising of passive fire-prevention systems, is available exclusively... 

HTSP50T Silicone Thermal Paste

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Electronics for military applications are expected to operate first-time, every time in some of the most hostile and demanding environments. Military programmes are often designed to run over several decades, with hardware likely to be updated several times over the programme's duration.... 

Russia's shield against sanctions draws praise from Moody's

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Russia is ready to absorb the blow from any new sanctions the US throws its way, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Measures to cut down holdings of Treasuries and reduce exposure to the dollar have made the economy less vulnerable to the threat of deeper penalties, Moody’s analyst Kristin... 

Sipa takes greater stake in Great Sandy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th August 2018 Junior Sipa Resources has increased its stake in the Great Sandy copper/gold tenements, in Western Australia, to 80%, after spending A$2-million to earn a further 29% stake. Under the terms of a current joint venture (JV) agreement with private company Ming Gold, Sipa earned the majority stake in... 

Mothae delivers more special stones for Lucapa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th August 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa has recovered more special and coloured diamonds from its Mothae diamond mine, in Lesotho. The special recoveries included a 28 carat stone from the North zone and two light pink diamonds. 

RenGold in Nevada sublease deal with Newmont

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Western US focused prospect generator junior Renaissance Gold (RenGold) has entered into a mining sublease agreement with gold major Newmont, covering about 1 120 acres of mineral rights adjacent to claims on its Ecru project, in Nevada. The Ecru project is located in the Cortez area on the... 

Dacian adds to Mt Morgans resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th August 2018 Junior gold miner Dacian Gold has reported an 11% increase in the indicated resource at its Mt Morgans gold project, in Western Australia. A maiden mineral resource estimate of 245 000 oz has been declared at the Cameron Well deposit, with the project’s total measured and indicated resource now... 

Number of female mineworkers gradually increasing as technology and conducive policies are introduced

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 The mining industry remains male dominated and much can still be done to address issues that specifically affect women. However, policies aimed at attracting, supporting and retaining women have led to a gradual, but steady increase in the number of women in core roles, as well as the industry in... 

R400m boost for small-scale fishing industry and tourism in W Cape

3rd August 2018 The national Department of Public Works (DPW) has teamed up with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on the roll-out of the first phase of the upgrade of 13 Western Cape harbours worth R400-million. The project – known as the Small Harbours Programme – spearheaded by the DPW and implemented... 

Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners  

2nd August 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two innovative technologies – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Preventing building fire incidents with fischer FireStop from Upat

2nd August 2018 The fischer FireStop range aids in the prevention and suppression of the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gases, ensuring the safety of building occupants and protecting properties in the event of any fire incidents. The fischer FireStop range, comprising both active and passive fire-prevention... 

Auto suppliers retool to chase electric vehicle bonanza

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 In what seems to be a magic trick, Dele Fayemi runs a batch of batteries in a beaker of boiling water - a physical impossibility that should cause a short circuit. But instead of a highly-dangerous combination of water and electricity, the 3M Co (MMM.N) engineer is testing the batteries in Novec,... 

Fire engineering research and postgraduate programmes launched at Stellenbosch University

30th July 2018 Dr Richard Walls (Stellenbosch University) Stellenbosch University has established the Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) which is the first university research group focussed on fire safety in Africa. The team, located within the Department of Civil Engineering, will now be offering... 

SA HIPPO applauds trade minister for dissolving SABS board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2018 Dr Rob Davies, the South African minister of Trade and Industries dissolved the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Board on 28 June 2018 and placed the SABS under administration owing to SABS failing to exercise its fiduciary duties in terms of the Standards Act and the Public Finance... 

No matter the cause, DEHN AFRICA protects data centres from lightning and surges

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Data centres rely on the optimal performance of equipment, and surges can cripple operations. Data centre operators need to be able to effectively manage these energy spikes, as it can cost a significant amount of money to recover from the resultant downtime or hardware damage. Across the... 

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 The new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck can save South African fleet owners up to 6% in fuel compared with the previous model, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) executive director Jasper Hafkamp. If calculated over a four-year period, this could mean a saving of up to R300 000 per... 

Lepidico hunts for lithium on Venus soil

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th July 2018 ASX-listed juniors Venus Metals and Lepidico have entered into an option agreement under which Lepidico will explore for lithium mineralisation in the Youanmi district in Western Australia. On executing the agreement, Venus will receive A$50 000 in cash and A$120 000 worth of Lepidico shares,... 

Ford vehicles face extreme conditions in new €70m weather factory

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2018 US car manufacturer Ford has invested €70-million in a new weather factory, based in Germany. The facility features three climate wind tunnels, including a high-altitude lab, and four temperature-controlled test chambers. 

Biotechnology disinfectant for industrial water treatment

24th July 2018 Local biotechnology company Biodx’s Decont-A biodegradable disinfectant, which has been tested and proven under operating conditions in industrial, power generation and mine water treatment applications, helps to reduce the energy and chemical costs associated with the cleaning and treatment of... 

Rainbow targeting production rate increase to 5 000 t/y by end-2018

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 LSE-listed rare earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths is targeting a production rate of about 400 t/m, or 5 000 t/y, for its Gakara project, based in Burundi, by the end of this year. According to CEO Martin Eales, the 180% year-on-year increase in tonnes of concentrate sold in the... 

Babcock’s new resource screening centre maximises efficiency on site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Launched less than a year ago, Babcock’s new resource screening centre is already proving its value in matching skilled labour resources to specific on-site job requirements in the power sector. Over the past 11 months, the centre has significantly contributed to improving efficiencies on site by... 

Leading Edge to start testwork at Woxna to design optimal demonstration plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 TSX-V-listed Leading Edge Materials has had discussions with European customers that confirm that large sample volumes and commercial scale processes are necessary if battery materials are to gain industrial qualification. Leading Edge is positioning its Woxna graphite mine, in Sweden, to... 

Braze-A-Gas is best-practice solution for brazing copper tubes

23rd July 2018 Speciality chemicals supplier A-Gas South Africa launched its new Braze-A-Gas products at FRIGAIR 2018, Africa's largest heating, energy, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration exhibition, from 6 to 8 June at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Braze-A-Gas has been developed... 

VW to temporarily park cars due to new emissions testing bottlenecks

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 Volkswagen is renting parking spaces from August to stockpile vehicles which cannot be sold due to bottlenecks caused by new engine emissions tests, a spokesperson said on Sunday. Carmakers are rushing to get models through a new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) tests on a... 

Nordgold plans to rapidly advance exploration at Burkina Faso mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 The exploration programme at gold producer Nordgold’s Taparko mine, in Burkina Faso, is advancing rapidly and is on track to achieve its objectives of replacing mined gold and increasing resources. In 2017, exploration activity added more than 200 000 oz to Taparko’s mineral resources and some... 

Terrafugia flying car to hit market in 2019

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2018 Flying car manufacturer Terrafugia has announced that its first production vehicles will come to market in 2019. Newly added and/or improved features in the 2019 Transition production vehicle – a two-seater car and aircraft – will include updates to the interior, safety systems, motor and flight... 

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