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Leading power firms showcase new technologies to Africa

     25th July 2017 75 international exhibitors and over 2,800 delegates converged at the Sandton Convention Centre for the fifth annual POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa in July, to explore power solutions and discuss strategies and technologies for power sector growth on the continent. With the urgent need for... 

Kodal receives final high-grade lithium drill results for Bougouni prospect

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th July 2017 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has received final drill results for the Ngoualana prospect at the Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali, which show high-grade lithium mineralisation, the company announced on Tuesday. The West Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company completed... 

First Cut’s solutions-driven business ethic creates cutting-edge solutions to enable productive use of recycled materials

     24th July 2017 First Cut, a leading South African distributor of cutting consumables and capital equipment, has been proud to be able to assist in promoting recycling in South Africa. Through a positive 'can do' attitude to service and excellent product quality- and in three notable examples - the company has... 

Australia ships first uranium to India for testing, Bishop says

By: Bloomberg     24th July 2017 Australia has sent its first uranium shipment to India for testing purposes ahead of possible commercial sales to the nation, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. “I can confirm that the first shipment of uranium has taken place in mid-July, when a small sample of uranium was transferred for... 

SKF inaugurates large-size bearing test centre

     21st July 2017 SKF has inaugurated its newly-built Sven Wingquist Test Centre in Schweinfurt, Germany, an investment totaling EUR 40 million. The centre is the first in the world that is able to test large-size bearings under actual operating conditions. This allows for a more efficient development process for... 

Sarama a step closer to receiving title to key Burkina Faso-based Bondi project

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 TSX-V-listed Sarama Resources on Thursday announced that the Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines and Quarries has issued an invoice, and Sarama has paid, for the transfer of the Djarkadougou exploration permit, which is host to the Bondi deposit. It is a critical part of Sarama’s growth strategy in... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The project to lengthen and deepen two berths at the Durban Container Termnal has been approved. 

High-speed cameras measure motions faster

By: Victor Moolman     21st July 2017 The University of Pretoria (UP) has obtained four new high-speed IDT Vision NX8-S2 cameras that, along with the TEMA motion analysis software, can measure vibrations on moving structures at high speeds or events that are too fast for normal cameras to record. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is using a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of its turbines. 

Lessons learned underpin multicontinent sugar strategy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings believes that the experience it has gained from KwaZulu-Natal sugar mills will prove instrumental in ensuring the success of its multi-continent sugar strategy and grow the company’s revenue from new markets. 

Mercury probe passes key tests on way to 2018 launch

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 The joint European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) modular space probe BepiColombo has passed its final test in its launch and transit flight “stack” configuration, ESA announced on July 6. BepiColombo will become only the third spacecraft to explore the planet... 

Need for NDT personnel to be competent

     21st July 2017 To perform nondestructive testing (NDT) in accordance with code requirements and customer expectations, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) systems and quality manager Harold Jansen says there is a need for NDT personnel to be competent. 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 A digital wireless communications system is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail of South Africa's operations and run its transport systems more efficiently. 

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Transnet has reported progress regarding the delivery of the diesel and electric locomotives for the General Freight Business. 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     19th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

Qld supports METS sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2017 The Queensland state government has outlined plans to grow the states mining technology sector, with the aim of creating 3 000 additional jobs over the next ten years. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham released a ten-year action plan to make the state’s existing A$7-billion mining... 

Newcrest restarts production at Cadia East

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2017 Australian gold miner Newcrest Mining has restarted production at the Panel Cave 2 (PC2) at its Cadia East mine, in New South Wales, after completing a test and response phase. The miner in June started the testing phase at PC2, after operations were suspended in April owing to a seismic event. 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     18th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 The Northern Cape-based Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has been making use of a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of the turbines – a temporary solution until the wind farm can connect to the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.... 

Firestone Diamonds’ Liqhobong mine reaches quarterly targets

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds’ Lesotho-based Liqhobong diamond mine treated 925 000 t of material in the quarter ended June 30. This brings the total for the financial year to 1.97-million tonnes, the company said in a statement on Monday.   

Eicher Trucks’ medium-duty hauler to be followed by heavy truck, bus launch

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 This first phase of VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa’s (VECV SA’s) entry into South Africa will see the introduction of the Eicher medium-duty Pro 3000 series. The 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) haulage trucks (4 t to 5 t payload) will be followed by the launch of the heavy-duty Pro 6000... 

Conformity assessment key to navigating disruption in the power sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 The power industry is a global community that has developed a strong habit of sharing best practice and discussing joint problems – making events like POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa invaluable for advancing the sector in times of disruption, says testing, inspection and certification services... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%

     14th July 2017 Compressor engineering firm Lontra founder Steve Lindsey devised a more efficient, oil-free rotary compressor that offers a greener solution to traditional compression technology, able to deliver energy savings of more than 20%. His efforts gained recognition of the European Patent Office (EPO)... 

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

Pipeline expansion project completed in February

     14th July 2017 In February, high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies announced that it had completed a commission to design and supply a mobile heater skid to a budgeted $210-million pipeline expansion project. The project was commissioned by engineering firm VGI Consulting Africa, on... 

TESTING TIMES

     14th July 2017 News of North Korea’s July 4 intercontinental ballistic missile launch caused much concern across the world when it was broadcast last week. Described as ‘paradigm changing’, North Korea’s State media claimed that the country now had the power to now strike the American mainland with a nuclear... 

Troubleshooting device eases, enables priority maintenance

     14th July 2017 The Fluke 810 – manufactured by industrial testing equipment manufacturer Fluke – is one of the most advanced troubleshooting instruments available for vibration testing, enabling maintenance teams to rapidly collect data and diagnose and solve mechanical problems. Fluke, represented locally by... 

Hycontrol’s Shield Brings A New Level Of Protection

     12th July 2017 Compact, budget-conscious new system is a game-changer for the field of silo pressure safety Redditch, Worcestershire: After months of development and testing, silo protection experts Hycontrol Ltd. are proud to announce the launch of the SHIELD Silo Protection System on Monday 17th July 2017.... 

Bird Flu confirmed on new locations in Gauteng and Mpumalanga

By: African News Agency      12th July 2017 The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 virus – commonly known as bird flu – has been confirmed on two new locations on farms in Gauteng and Mpumalanga, the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said on Tuesday. “The new locations involved commercial layer chickens on farms... 

Composite repair systems an alternative to welding and most steel repairs

     11th July 2017 Industrial lining solutions providers Groupline Projects (GLP) – a subsidiary of Wonderstone, which forms part of the Assore Group of companies – now offer revolutionary alternatives to welding, in the form of Armasteel and Armacoat composite repair systems, in South Africa. Since 2008, the... 

3D Printing A Breakthrough For Rapid Prototyping

     11th July 2017 The use of 3D printing by Multotec over the past two years has proved this technology’s ability to produce prototypes for customers quickly and cost effectively, according to Multotec Manufacturing technology manager, Chris Oldewage. “Our 3D printing facilities bring designs to life, and allow... 

Botswana Diamonds refines Frischgewaagt grade estimates

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2017 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has refined its Vutomi joint venture’s estimate for the grade at its Frischgewaagt project, in South Africa. This followed the inclusion of the results of the bulk sample and an update to the estimation analysis technique, which indicated a medium grade of 78 carats... 

Advantage Lithium accelerates drilling at flagship Cauchari asset

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Canadian explorer Advantage Lithium has added a second drill rig at its Cauchari joint-venture (JV) lithium property, located in the Cauchari Salar of Jujuy province, in north-west Argentina. The Vancouver-based company said on Monday that the second rotary drill rig has been mobilised and has... 

Diamcor sells 2 000 ct in final June tender

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 TSX-V-listed Diamcor Mining sold 2 153 ct of rough diamonds for gross proceeds of $338 380, resulting in an average price of $157.16/ct in a third and final tender and sale for the quarter completed in June. This brings the total rough diamonds tendered and sold from the initial processing of... 

Surrey council to consider Horse Hill planning application this year

By: Mariaan Webb     10th July 2017 The consortium seeking to develop the Horse Hill oil and gas project, near the Gatwick Airport, is hoping to receive approval from the Surrey County Council for long-term production testing and the drilling of more wells later this year. Horse Hill Developments Limited (HHDL), which owns 65% of... 

Another bullion flash crash is testing the nerve of traders

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2017 After-hours surges and plunges that have whipsawed gold and silver prices over the past two weeks are unnerving traders. Silver futures sank as much as 10%, as more than 25-million ounces of the precious metal traded within a minute just after 7 AM in Singapore Friday. Last week, gold fell below... 

Explorer seeking partners to support its efforts to tap Mauritania’s mineral wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Mauritania has many mining investment opportunities, with economic, social and political conditions conducive to the pursuit of developing a sector considered strategic by the country’s government, says Oil, Energy and Mines Minister Dr Mohamed Abdel Vetah. He points out that the Mauritania... 

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