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Digitising processes could solve skills shortage

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 New Zealand-based engineering consultancy firm BVT Engineering Professional Services (BVT) and global technology consultancy firm Mint Management Technologies (Mint Group), have partnered to address the current shortage of engineers in New Zealand. BVT MD Matt Bishop states that New Zealand’s... 

Weir Minerals shines at Seifsa awards

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals won the 2018 Most Transformed Company of the Year Award, as well as the Environment Stewardship Award, at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence, on Thursday night. Engineering support... 

Resources Watch  

24th May 2018 Learning opportunity on mining training’s competitive edge And, consolidation needed to save jobs 

Cesa to advance ethical leadership strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2018 At industry organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) yearly presidential breakfast, on Tuesday, president Naresh Pather discussed the organisation’s strategy for this year under the theme “the future is now”, which is aimed at harnessing effective ethical leadership to address... 

New Online Licensing Platform allows for greater functionality and increased utilisation

22nd May 2018 After months of development work and consultation with MICROMINE’s global client base, Micromine 2018 was released in March this year and includes a range of exciting new features and enhancements to help improve the mine planning process. Micromine 2018 is the market leading exploration and mine... 

Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Highlights Dire Need To Improve Healthcare Supply Chains, Says Professional Body

22nd May 2018 The vaccine distribution challenges being faced by role players currently racing to prevent an Ebola epidemic in the Congo highlight the increasingly critical need for improvements in Africa’s healthcare supply chains, according to Mungo Park, president of SAPICS – the Professional Body for... 

Presentations: Should I use visual aids?

21st May 2018 Visual aids have the potential to enhance your message, but they can also ruin your presentation if used inappropriately. “The most important thing for you to know with any presentation is your material,” says technical writing specialist Phillip Verwey. The primary function of any visual aid is... 

Volvo Group Southern Africa to invest millions in youth empowerment

By: African News Agency      21st May 2018 Volvo Group Southern Africa said it was planning to invest more than R20-million on apprenticeship training, automotive industry learnerships, disabled person learnerships, as well as internships in 2018. President of Volvo Group Southern Africa, Torbjörn Christensson, said that since 2015, the... 

PASMA Working At Height Theatre Returns To A-Osh 2018

18th May 2018 The PASMA Working at Height Theatre returns to A-OSH 2018 - Africa’s leading occupational safety & health trade exhibition - for a third year on 22-24 May 2018. It will provide a dedicated height safety hub for A-OSH delegates to access expert speakers, live demonstrations, and an opportunity to... 

The opportunity cost of insurance compliance

18th May 2018 Regulatory compliance is a must for any South African business operating in the insurance market. The cost of operational compliance and risk management is substantial and is incurred across the business value chain which includes technology infrastructure, human capital, and professional... 

Building design must incorporate effective disaster management

18th May 2018 All building designs must incorporate effective disaster-management systems to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke. A minor design flaw could potentially place people, equipment, and property at risk of death and destruction, ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk warns. All... 

WA signs co-op agreement with Argentina

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 The Western Australian government has signed an agreement with the government of Argentina to build a stronger mining and resource relationship between the two regions. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will help develop a mutually rewarding... 

Learning opportunity on mining training’s competitive edge 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 The objective of the impressive Murray & Roberts Training Academy in Carletonville is to make mining workplaces safer, more productive, technically proficient and values driven. 

Jared Higgins

18th May 2018 This week we feature Jared Higgins, CEO of Secure Drive, a company that provides security transport services, protection services and risk consulting   

BMG appointed valves distributor in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG was recently appointed as the distributor for slurry valves manufacturer Dual Valves’ products in South Africa and Africa, through its 130 branches, as part of the company’s fluid technology expansion programme. Appointed in February, BMG fluid technology... 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa

18th May 2018 For the past 95 years, State-owned power utility Eskom, has been at the forefront of contributing positively towards fighting the country’s socioeconomic challenges through the Eskom Development Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organisation solely funded by Eskom, has launched many... 

Telecoms group responds to call to support youth employment

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 South African telecommunications giant MTN Group is committing to the creation of 1 000 first job experiences for youth across its South African businesses and head office within the first year of the implementation of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Youth Employment Service (YES). The business-led... 

Manufacturers can reprise Dunkirk by delivering army of young artisans

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2018 Before South Africa lapses into 'business as usual', it is worthy reflecting briefly on that heady moment not so long ago when President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation address to Parliament. In the speech, Ramaphosa disclosed plans for a summit to seek practical... 

Gauteng to incorporate drones into its infrastructure project monitoring

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 Following a fruitful pilot project, the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) will be developing its own policy on the use of drones as a monitoring tool during the construction of public projects facilitating site visits, troubleshooting and intervention, if required. With a... 

Semafo hits 97% completion at Boungou, expects first gold by June

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2018 Montreal-based miner Semafo reports that construction of its $231-million Boungou mine, in Burkina Faso, is 97% complete. Commissioning of the process plant is under way, with the first ore scheduled to be introduced to the mill circuit by month-end, the West Africa-focused miner said on Thursday. 

Physical asset management maturity in mining - case study

17th May 2018 With more than 200 delegates, 35 speakers and only 21 days until the fifth SAAMA Conference officially commences on the 4th of June 2018 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town, organisers are excited to announce yet another case study and topic of discussion presented at this... 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

Ford hopes ‘licence plate’ innovation will free up commercial drone use

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Just as founder Henry Ford had a vision of “opening the highways to all mankind”, US car maker Ford says it wants to open the skies. Ford is the only automaker on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) rule-making committee, and a proactive participant in the regulatory conversation... 

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Lubricants specialist Fuchs Lubricants South Africa (Fuchs SA), together with its parent company Fuchs Petrolub, on Wednesday launched a R125-million grease manufacturing plant at its factory, in Isando, Gauteng. The plant will allow Fuchs to manufacture specialty greases for the local market, as... 

Rosatom, Zambia to build nuclear science centre

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2018 Russia’s Rosatom and Zambia have signed an agreement for the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in the Southern African country. Construction of the centre will be the first joint project between Russia and Zambia in the field of nuclear technologies.  

AECOM showcases the future of digital project delivery at KZN event

16th May 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM is pioneering digital project delivery by adding various Immersive Technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to its portfolio of existing 3D models produced by a Building Information Modelling (BIM) process. This allows both... 

At the heart of long haul

16th May 2018 Blurb: Shell Rimula believes that driver health and education lie at the fore in the prevention of road accidents for truck drivers As an advocate of driver wellness and health, Shell Rimula is committed to promoting road safety and education amongst both private and professional drivers. 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Government ready to do business with the private property sector – Nxesi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2018 The government is ready to do business with the private property sector to bring certainty to the market, says Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Delivering his Budget Vote in Parliament, on Tuesday, the Minister said market certainty would be based on market-related pricing, improved value and... 

Goscor Cleaning Equipment unveils newly-revamped showroom

15th May 2018 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE), part of the Goscor Group, officially opened its newly-revamped, state-of-the-art showroom at its head office in Edenvale, Johannesburg at the end of March, to provide added value for customers, distribution partners, and staff members. A feature of the upgraded... 

Is desalination the key to our water future?

14th May 2018 Victaulic believes that alternate pipe joining systems will ensure optimal productivity of these vital projects   Recent droughts experienced have caused much of the country to be deemed somewhat of a disaster zone, and with the dreaded Day Zero imminent, the only solution appears to be a manner... 

Molewa invites public comment on waste tyre management plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa has given notice in the Government Gazette of four industry waste tyre management plans.  

A-OSH EXPO 2018 exhibitors gearing up for show

11th May 2018 As the continent’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) show draws closer, it’s all systems go for this year’s exhibitors as they work on the finishing touches for their stands and marketing plans. Whatever your interest in the OHS arena, there is something for everyone at A-OSH EXPO... 

First use of drone for inspection in Namibia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has used a drone to undertake inspection for an undisclosed mining company on its operation in Namibia, marking it the company’s first use of a drone in this regard for an African country outside of South Africa. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn informs... 

Bigger turnout anticipated at DroneCon

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 This year, DroneCon will have more than 40 keynote speakers made up of international and local experts, discussing different topics and issues within the drone industry. DroneCon and Centurion-based company United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz states that the conference, taking place for the... 

Substantial need for skills development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 There is a massive need for skills development in the construction industry, particularly in the concrete industry, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “However, with relatively little work available and companies retrenching... 

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