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Lincoln raises nearly A$10m for graphite projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th May 2017 Graphite developer Lincoln Minerals will raise up to A$9.6-million through two share placements to progress the development of its assets. The company will issue some 300-million fully paid ordinary shares, at a price of 3.2c each, through Direct Investment Agreements. The placement was subject... 

Bongiwe Pityi

     26th May 2017 This week we feature Bongiwe Pityi, GM of OR Tambo International Airport   

Liang He Kou hydropower plant project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     26th May 2017 The project entails the construction of a 3 000 MW hydroelectric plant. 

Local company invests in space worthiness of new generation of space imagers

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 South African private-sector space company SCS Space is looking forward to establishing the spaceworthiness credentials of its Gecko imager, which is mounted on South Africa’s nSight-1 nanosatellite and which was scheduled to have been launched from the International Space Station on May 23.... 

New WD solid-state drives launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2017 Data storage multinational Western Digital has launched its new WD Green and Blue range of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) in South Africa for business and private users. The drives can be used to boost the performance of computer equipment, says Western Digital Storage Technology... 

Peristaltic pump ideal for pharmaceuticals industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Owing to the pharmaceutical industry requiring gentle pumping solutions, pump solutions supplier Verder Pumps South Africa emphasises the importance of the standard peristaltic pump for the pharmaceutical industry.  

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Medical laboratory DNAlysis Biotechnology has added the mygeneRx – which analyses genotypes to highlight drug responsiveness for cardiovascular disease, psychiatric and pain management – to its testing portfolio.  

Kanmantoo offering Hillgrove more upside

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2017 Copper/gold miner Hillgrove Resources has earmarked a number of organic growth opportunities which it will assess later in 2017, including an opportunity for near-mine growth at its Kanmantoo mine, in South Australia. An exploration target of between five-million and ten-million tonnes, with a... 

Eskom tests microgrid technology in Free State

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 The Eskom Research, Testing and Development (RT&D) unit is building a MicroGrid technology demonstration plant in a rural unelectrified village, near Ficksburg, in the Free State. “This project is a demonstration of next-horizon technology that supports Eskom’s future strategic objectives, as... 

Company climate risk disclosure could become mandatory in a few years

By: Reuters     23rd May 2017 Companies' disclosure of risks to their business from climate change could become mandatory in a few years as investor pressure gathers pace, climate finance experts said on Tuesday. Investors have urged companies, particularly those operating in the oil, gas and coal sectors, to disclose the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Western Cape declared disaster area to repriotise funding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 The Western Cape was on Monday declared a disaster area, with local government implementing drastic interventions to relieve the distressing water shortage in the province. This includes the drilling of boreholes at hospitals, starting in the metro, and followed by schools in high-risk water... 

Move over Tesla, Europe's building its own battery gigafactories

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2017 Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a €500 million... 

Engen Driver Wellness 2017 travels to Gauteng

     19th May 2017 Engen Petroleum launched their annual Driver Wellness programme in Gauteng this week. Truck drivers were invited to receive free voluntary health screenings at the Kranskop 1 Stop North and South Bound on the N1 Highway, Bela Bela and the Vaal 1 Stop on the N3 Highway as part of Engen’s Driver... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The construction of the Dunnottar manufacturing facility is well under way and due to be completed by the end of 2017. 

Homo naledi coexisted with Homo sapiens, new research asserts

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2017 The Homo naledi hominin species, first described in 2015, has been found to have coexisted in sub-equatorial Africa with other hominin species and was likely present in the same general region as the Homo sapiens species – the direct ancestors of modern humans – scientists say. The age of the... 

Millions invested in renewables, research excellence

     19th May 2017 Last month, State-owned power utility Eskom says over an extended period of time, funded research work done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Stellenbosch University has ostensibly benefited research in the renewables space. “Eskom’s unique role in driving... 

Rope access services provided for coal-fired power station

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists is providing rope access services for State-owned power utility Eskom at its Kendal power station, located about 40 km southwest of Witbank, in Mpumalanga. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News that the company... 

Training facility in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Valve company Invincible Valves is in the final stages of completing its new training facility on-site at the company’s factory in Knights, in Germiston.  

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

De Beers to hold auctions for polished diamonds

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 De Beers’ Auction Sales business will pilot the sale of its own polished diamonds using auctions for the first time, it said on Thursday. The sale will comprise a range of polished diamonds manufactured directly from De Beers’ rough diamonds. 

Oxford Instruments launches X-MET8000 Expert Geo - a new high-performance handheld XRF analyser for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process

     18th May 2017 Oxford Instruments has added the X-MET8000 Expert Geo to its successful range of X-MET8000 handheld XRF (X-ray fluorescence) analysers for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process, from the early stages of exploration to process waste analyses. X-MET8000 Expert Geo offers fast material... 

Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula in DRC now holds 1bn-tonne resource

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th May 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ Kakula discovery, at its Kamoa-Kakula copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), now contains indicated resources of 116-million tonnes at 6.09% copper, plus inferred resources of 12-million tonnes at 4.45% copper, at a 3% cut-off. The new estimate... 

Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new accreditation standards for people conducting the compulsory lung function test on the state’s 30 000 coal miners, as part of its reform to tackle black lung disease. “The new standards will ensure quality tests, so if a coal mine worker has lung... 

Platinum misses out on clean air push for vehicles

By: Reuters     15th May 2017 With London mayor Sadiq Khan and his Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo cracking down on vehicle emissions this spring in the global push for clean air, it should be a boom time for platinum which is used in catalytic converters. But it is not likely to translate into higher demand for the metal.... 

WAFM completes scoping study

By: Anine Kilian     12th May 2017 A recently completed scoping study on Aim-listed West African Minerals Corporation’s (WAFM’s) Cameroon-based Sanaga iron-ore project has identified two potential pathways to production of 2.4-million tonnes a year of premium grade iron-ore concentrate. The study indicates robust economics and... 

Pure Energy picks up Lithium X's Nevada assets, combines 10 500 ha landholdings

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2017 Lithium explorer and project developer Lithium X has agreed to sell its Nevada-based assets to Pure Energy Minerals and become the largest shareholder of the company as it develops the package of Clayton Valley projects surrounding Albemarle's Silver Peak lithium mine, in Nevada. The partners... 

Daimler testing the effects of augmented lighting on health of truckers

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 A research team from German truck maker Daimler recently explored an interesting question in the darkness of Finland’s polar night: Does the biological effect of light have a positive influence on the wellbeing and performance of truck drivers? Eight Daimler test drivers simulated two typical... 

Dnipro 1 hydropower station modernisation project, Ukraine

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project entails the complete rehabilitation of three Francis turbines and generators. 

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

ELB completes first phase, Tippler A at the Manganese Terminal, Port of Port Elizabeth

     11th May 2017 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) has successfully completed the refurbishment of the first phase, Tippler A, of the Transnet Tippler Refurbishment project at the Transnet Port Elizabeth Manganese Terminal. ELB’s scope of work included the design, supply of new components, stripping,... 

South Africa’s premier Engineering event of the year

     10th May 2017 The ECC is hosted by ESTEQ on 18 May 2017 at the CSIR ICC (International Convention Centre) in Pretoria. The ECC is fast becoming the premium event of its kind in South Africa. Industry itself showcases the exceptional work being done in Design, Simulation and Testing, through to Manufacturing... 

SKF South Africa Training Solutions receives third accreditation

     9th May 2017 SKF South Africa Training Solutions is proud to have obtained accreditation through the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) on five of its training courses. SKF South Africa is the first bearing manufacturer to receive SAIMechE accreditation which is mandated by the... 

Orion starts drilling at Prieska to define resources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th May 2017 ASX-listed Orion Gold has started a major new phase of drilling at its Prieska zinc-copper project, in the Northern Cape, where the first two holes of the programme are designed to test mineralisation in the north-west target area. The programme will further evaluate the main deep sulphide target... 

In it for the long haul

     8th May 2017 A railway company is Argentina has requested a quote from South Africa-based Vesconite Bearings for the supply of locomotive axle box pedestal liners, following the successful testing of the liners on a working locomotive over a period of six years. The pedestal liners were moulded from the... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the Port of Durban, berths 13 and 14 are now fully operational. 

Flexible engineering borescopes seeing rising demand 

     4th May 2017 US borescope manufacturer Gradient Lens Corporation’s new Hawkeye V2 flexible video borescopes are in demand in South Africa’s technical industries where they support efficient, documented non-destructive testing and inspection.  

Green Answer For Readymix Returns At Jukskei Quarry

     2nd May 2017 AfriSam’s Jukskei Quarry in Midrand has cracked the problem of returned concrete with an environmentally-friendly solution that even pays its own way. Every provider of readymix concrete must expect a certain amount of returned material as a result of unforeseen circumstances on the construction... 

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