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Brazil overhauls decades-old mining law to lure investment

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Brazil's President Michel Temer issued two decrees on Tuesday overhauling 50-year-old mining laws in attempt to draw investment to the sector and implementing rules on the collection of higher mining royalties. The changes to the 1967 mining code include measures to allow for mining titles to be... 

African rail operators should jump to digital networks, says DB venture architect 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2018 Similar to large parts of Africa jumping to mobile/phone-based Internet instead of using fixed-line access first, African railway operators should, from the onset, build systems that make use of the recent advances in technology, says Deutsche Bahn (DB) senior venture architect Henning Seeschaaf.... 

Rio appoints replacement for Lynch

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has appointed Jakob Stausholm as CFO, succeeding Chris Lynch who will stand down from the board on September 3, and who will retire from Rio on September 30. Stausholm recently stepped down as group CFO of AP Moller-Maersk, and will join Rio as an executive director on... 

'No sacred cows': SAA boss plans deep cuts

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Six months into the job of running loss-making South African Airways, Vuyani Jarana is mapping out a punishing austerity plan. Jarana, who faces the daunting task of turning the flag carrier around, said layoffs and other cuts were unavoidable as he contends with a draining cost-to-income ratio... 

Flsmidth Offers Economic Options For Large Thickeners

11th June 2018 Finding the optimal design and delivery solution for a large thickener at a remote gold mine in the West African state of Mauritania meant considering a complex range of technical, transportation and assembly options, according to FLSmidth senior account manager Ricus van Reenen. The cost of... 

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre Goes Green

11th June 2018 SA’s largest retail shopping centre awarded a star c for the second time The newly completed and largest retails shopping centre in South Africa’s, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, part of the Pareto Group, has been awarded a 4 -star Green Star Retail Design rating by the Green Building Council of... 

African cities for sustainable future start with building for resilience

11th June 2018 Driving Agenda 2063 to connect communities and seize opportunities Rapid population growth and urbanisation of African cities will see nearly 350 million new city-dwellers by 2030, and a billion more by 20631. In response to meeting the expected demand of the future populous – and the standards... 

Pembridge, Japanese trading house enter into $30m offtake financing arrangement

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 LSE-listed Pembridge Resources has signed definitive heads of terms with a global Japanese trading house to receive $30-million in prepayment financing through an offtake financing agreement for 125 000 t of copper concentrate to be produced at the Minto copper/gold/silver mine, in Canada. The... 

India moots allocating coal blocks to oil companies for methanol production

By: Ajoy K Das     11th June 2018 he Indian government has mooted a proposal to allocate coal blocks to national oil refining-marketing companies to produce methanol and to reduce dependency on imported crude oil-based diesel consumption. The work-in-progress proposal under the Road Transport Ministry will be submitted to the... 

AMCU seeks R12 500 minimum for gold miners

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union plans to demand a R12 500 ($956) monthly minimum wage from some of the country’s top gold producers in upcoming wage negotiations. The labor group decided on its demands on Sunday at a mass meeting near Carletonville, about 90 km west of... 

Optimising the supply chain: delivering value for all

8th June 2018 By Rodney Francis and Helen Lane Last-mile solutions (LMS), a key aspect of modern supply-chain management is gaining in relevance, while also changing and expanding its meaning, as the FMCG industry continues to evolve, placing ever-greater importance on sustainability, digital solutions and... 

Optimising the supply chain: delivering value for all

8th June 2018 By Rodney Francis and Helen Lane  Last-mile solutions (LMS), a key aspect of modern supply-chain management is gaining in relevance, while also changing and expanding its meaning, as the FMCG industry continues to evolve, placing ever-greater importance on sustainability, digital solutions and... 

MinRes infrastructure project progresses

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th June 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) was expecting a State Agreement for its planned Pilbara infrastructure project before the end of the year. The company on Friday said that it was currently in negotiations with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation on the terms of the State... 

Effective control of substance abuse in industry crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is a need for effective control of substance abuse in the manufacturing industry as it is a major issue, says drug and alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe MD Rhys Evans. Alco-Safe has more than 4 000 clients using its services, across industries, including mining, construction,... 

Eltherm’s EHT regulates cold, prevents heat loss

8th June 2018 Electrical heat tracing (EHT) can provide significant cost reductions and energy conservation as it regulates temperature ensuring that during uncharacteristically cold days, other costly sources such as flange or gas heaters do not have to be used to compensate for unplanned heat loss, says EHT... 

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions

8th June 2018 Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the cornerstone of the world’s solution to energy-related carbon emissions, and can provide over 90% of the energy-related carbon emission reductions required to keep global temperature rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, says International... 

Decline in machine tools indicative of manufacturing state

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Although machine tools are the backbone of most industries, their market volume has decreased by 30% a year in the past three years, reflecting the state of the manufacturing sector, says Machine Tool Merchants Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides. “It seems as if we are already 20% down... 

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal at Venetia diamond mine 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has concluded the process of selecting six local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners as part of an impressive R600-million-to-R700-million, eight-year transport empowerment initiative at the Venetia diamond mine in South Africa’s... 

Malawi aviation safety and security equipment upgrade

By: Marcel Chimwala     8th June 2018 The Malawi government is inviting expressions of interest in upgrading and replacing aviation safety and security equipment at two of the country's major airports. for Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in the capital Lilongwe and Chileka International Airport (CIA) in the commercial city Blantyre. 

Plans for second runway at Kenya’s main airport in the balance

By: John Muchira     8th June 2018 Plans to construct a second runway at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) are hanging in the balance, following an announcement by government that it was reviewing the economic viability of the project. Despite the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) floating tenders for the project,... 

Uganda is reviving its civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 The East African country of Uganda is undertaking a major programme to upgrade and expand its civil aviation sector in all respects, including the recreation of a national airline. This was highlighted by Ugandan Minister of State for Transport Aggrey Henry Bagiire at the recent 27th African... 

African Open Skies plan putting cart before horse – Nigerian airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Nigerian airlines are not enthusiastic about any rapid implementation of the Single African Air Traffic Market (SAATM). This was made clear at the recent 27th Annual African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by national industry association Airline Operators of Nigeria CEO Noggie Meggasin.  

Policy posers 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2018 South African energy policymakers would be well advised to take note a few recent reports as they move to finalise the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The first of these is titled ‘Status of Power System... 

City of Cape Town to spend R2.1bn on housing 

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said its Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will spend R2.1-billion on the development of new housing opportunities. This comes after the TDA budget for the next financial year, starting on 1 July 2018, was set at R5.34-billion. 

Transportation Components: safe, reliable and consistent supply

7th June 2018 OEM aftermarket parts make more ‘cents’ on the road The heavy transportation sector is the veritable lifeblood of South Africa's economy, with goods transported daily by thousands of trucking fleets on the country's roads. It is therefore the reliability and safety of these heavy transport... 

Alstom showcases local footprint, rail services and solutions at 21st Africa Rail Event

6th June 2018 Alstom’s stand, #A69, Hall 1 level 0   Alstom is proud to be a sponsor for the eight year of the Africa Rail event, Africa’s largest rail conference and exhibition. The exhibition will take place from 12-13 June 2018 in Sandton, Johannesburg, and is focused on bringing together solution providers... 

Metrorail does not run where people stay, work

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2018 Metrorail does not currently run “where the people are”, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. Metrorail is operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). 

Afrisam Is Key Backer Of The Concrete Conference 2018

5th June 2018 Talking about creating concrete possibilities is one thing but doing something about it is a completely different story. Leading construction materials company, AfriSam put its money where its mouth is by making this year’s Concrete Conference possible as the headline sponsor. According to... 

Transforming solutions from ALLU at Hillhead 2018

5th June 2018 The exciting capabilities of the ALLU range of Transformers will be shown at Hillhead 2018. ALLU’s new UK distributor, Blue Machinery Group Company Murray Plant, will be displaying solutions ideal for the requirements of quarrying companies at its purpose built stand. Hillhead, held from the... 

Auditor casts doubts on Kenya's ARM Cement's viability after losses

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 ARM Cement's independent auditor has cast doubt on the Kenyan company's survival as a going concern after losses mounted last year. The company, Kenya's second-largest cement maker behind LafargeHolcim's Bamburi Cement, sunk into losses in recent years after financing costs associated with an... 

Record amount of renewable energy installed in 2017 - research

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 A record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as the cost of wind and solar became even more competitive with fossil fuels, research by renewables policy organisation REN21 showed. Renewable power generation capacity had its largest annual increase yet in 2017,... 

Taxi industry calls for subsidies at public transport market inquiry, bemoans planning weakness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2018 The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) on Monday voiced its concerns about the state of the taxi industry on the first day of the Competition Commission’s land-based public passenger transport market inquiry, which is in its information gathering phase. The inquiry will look at various... 

Realism Key Component Of Building Projects, Says JBCC

4th June 2018 A lack of realism about important components of a building project is often the cause of major disputes and problems in the completion of a contract, says Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC). JBCC is a non-profit company that represents building owners and... 

Innovative hazardous waste management system launched in South Africa

4th June 2018 Healthcare institutions have a legal duty to ensure that their hazardous waste is managed responsibly. As stipulated in the Proposed National Health Care Risk Waste Management Regulations (2018), the person in charge of a health establishment must ensure that health care waste is handled,... 

Emmerson raises cash for Moroccan potash project

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Shares in Emmerson jumped more than 60% on their return to trade on Monday after the London-listed miner raised 6-million pounds ($8.04-million) by issuing 200-million new shares. The shares were halted last October when Emmerson became 100% owner of the Khemisset Potash Project in northern Morocco. 

Iata, Deloitte publish Airport Ownership and Regulation guidance document

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) and Deloitte have published a Airport Ownership and Regulation guidance booklet to assist governments considering public–private partnership (PPP) or privatisation programmes for airport infrastructure development. With the increasing demand for... 

ACSA launches campaign to rename four South African airports 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has called for public comments and proposals for the renaming of four national and international airports in South Africa. As part of the government’s Transformation of the Heritage Landscape programme, Cape Town International Airport, East London... 

Despite rising costs, airlines showing strong profits

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2018 The rising costs within the aviation industry have not dampened an expected year of solid performance, despite triggering a downward revision in forecasts and a slow downward trend in profits at the operating level. Despite accelerating costs, particularly fuel and labour costs, and an upturn in... 

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