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Lucara records strong 2018 operational performance at Karowe mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2019 Lucara Diamonds’ Karowe mine, in Botswana, achieved a strong operational performance in 2018, meeting or exceeding guidance in all areas, the company said on Thursday. Tonnes mined for the year ended December 31, 2018, reached 18.1-million, in line with guidance of 15.5-million to 18.7-million... 

Ennerdale school shut amid collapse fears

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2019 The Gauteng department of education has done nothing to address crumbling infrastructure at Ennerdale Secondary School, putting more than 1 200 pupils' lives at risk, say parents at the school. The parents have lambasted the department and its MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, saying their dithering could see... 

The end of Moore

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd February 2019 There are certainly some of you who have never seen a transistor or held one in your hand. Few will have ever made an electronic circuit using transistors. Briefly, a transistor is an electronic switch that can turn on and off very quickly. In addition it can act as an amplifier to change a small... 

JoJo offering trade-in discount on end-of-life tanks

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Polymer tank manufacturer JoJo is providing a credit of R2/kg for roto-moulded polymer products returned to partner stores as a trade-in on a replacement JoJo product, says JoJo national sales and marketing manager Sebasti Badenhorst. Clients can also bring any end-of -life JoJo tanks to a... 

Disruptive technology for constructive change

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2019 The word ‘disruption’ is a noun, used to describe a disturbance or problem that interrupts an event. So, when we talk about disruptive innovation or disruptive technology, these phrases may evoke thoughts of chaos. However, when done right, disruptive technology can break the confines of... 

Glencore auditing 140 slimes dams 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2019 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is auditing 140 slimes dams, 65 of them active and 75 of them closed. The company has been undertaking detailed assessments and audits of all material tailings storage facilities (TSFs) over the past three years, after accumulating a TSF... 

South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 or face crisis – WWF

By: News24Wire      20th February 2019 South Africa faces an impending food security crisis if there isn't urgent action to correct unsustainable practices, says an environmental organisation. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 to feed an estimated population of... 

Used Oil - do’s & don’t s for DIY mechanics, workshops and service centres

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2019 It is estimated that South Africa generates about 120 million litres of used lubricant oil every year. This is a large amount of used oil that, if not collected and recycled responsibly, could make its way into our environment and cause untold damage– considering that only one litre of used motor... 

BHP can't rescue iron-ore market after Brazil dam disaster

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2019 BHP Group, the world’s biggest miner, doesn’t have capacity to raise shipments into the iron ore market as competitor Vale faces outages following the fatal mining disaster in Brazil last month. The global iron ore market has been thrown upside down by the tragedy, after Vale was forced to... 

BHP calls for international body to oversee tailings dams

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 BHP Group called for the creation of an independent international body to oversee the construction, integrity and operations of tailings dams, which hold mining waste, after the second collapse of a dam in Brazil in the past three years. "As an industry, we now have to redouble our efforts to... 

High-flying Amplats sets ‘next wave of strategy’ in motion 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which shot the lights out with a set of stupendous cash-splurging, debt-negating, high-dividend-yielding 2018 results, on Monday set its “next new wave of strategy” in motion, which involves extracting the full potential from its operations through people and... 

Brazil bans upstream mining dams after Vale's latest disaster

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2019 Brazil is prohibiting a specific type of tailings dam after two of those structures owned by miner Vale burst in recent years, causing death and environmental devastation. All so-called upstream dams need to be decommissioned or removed by August 2021, according to a resolution the National... 

Copper cops play game of cat and mouse around desert convoys

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2019 Just weeks after the police unit was formed, they caught their first glimpse of the copper thieves -- the silhouettes of a group of men on a hill overlooking the rail lines -- triggering a car chase at the dead of night across Chile’s Atacama desert. While the pursuit ended in failure, with the... 

Sierra Metals reports flat Q4 Ebitda, production increases

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2019 TSX- and Peru-listed Sierra Metals reported adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $17.4-million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $17.5-million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The company processed 268 363 t, compared with 254 993 t processed in... 

Trust in tailings? Vale dam disaster spurs investors into action

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Seeking assurances from Brazilian miner Vale by phone after a second deadly dam disaster in three years is not enough for Sasja Beslik. He plans to fly there himself to get answers. Beslik, head of sustainable finance at Swedish bank Nordea, blocked the bank's investment managers from buying any... 

Natural Gas: Fuelling the Future

15th February 2019 Natural gas is a colourless and odourless fuel source that is formed deep beneath the earth's surface, it contains many different compounds, primarily methane. Although considered a simplistic fuel source, it provides consistent and dependable energy. When effectively burnt, Natural Gas is highly... 

NT moves to clarify offshore oil, gas industry’s nuclear waste obligations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 The Northern Territory has passed the Nuclear Waste Transport Storage and Disposal (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, providing the offshore oil and gas industry with a blueprint of their obligations around the management of nuclear waste. The nuclear waste covered by the Bill included naturally... 

City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for a mere few litres of water per person per day, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero". The proposed strategy, if accepted after public comment, presents ways of meeting growing... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address. He said if South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with... 

Hospital group’s impressive energy savings journey recognised

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Private healthcare company Netcare Group replaced 108 000 inefficient lights and light fittings with modern energy efficient alternatives, and reduced its light-load by 40%, offsetting its hospitals’ carbon footprint by 16 000 t/y of carbon dioxide, says Netcare Group CEO Dr Richard Friedland.... 

Rescue Rod

15th February 2019 Rescue Rod has provided pipeline services and waste management solutions since 1990. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment in the world, Rescue Rod has always stayed true to the... 

Lithium Australia progresses towards producing cathode powders in Europe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has identified a metallurgical process route which may provide security for the European renewable energy industry. The company aims to produce lithium from unconventional sources, using mine waste from the Sadisdorf lithium/tin project, in Saxony.  

Pick N Pay Trials A R5 Reusable Bag – Made From Green Plastic Bottles

14th February 2019 Reducing plastic waste one bag at a time.  Pick n Pay is trialling the lowest priced reusable bag yet in South Africa, as an affordable reusable alternative to plastic carrier bags. 

An early diagnosis for the crane under a microscope: A deep look into the crane machinery at Germany’s Palm paper factory

14th February 2019 Konecranes investigates the hoisting gears of the critical overhead cranes at the Palm paper factory, with Oil Analysis and Crane Reliability Study (CRS)  Churning out corrugated base paper: The paper machine 6 (PM6) at the Palm paper factory in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, annually produces some... 

Peru agency rules out tailings spill at Southern Copper mine

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 Peru's environmental regulator OEFA has concluded that mining waste from Southern Copper Corp's Cuajone unit did not spill into the environment during heavy rains last week. OEFA said in a statement late Tuesday that it was still supervising operations at Cuajone but had ruled out any tailings... 

Sierra Metals wins EIA approval for Yauricocha

By: Mariaan Webb     13th February 2019 The National Environmental Certification Service of Peru has now granted Toronto-headquartered Sierra Metals environmental approval for its Youricocha tailings expansion project, reversing a previous rejection of the environmental impact assessment (EIA). With an approved EIA study in hand, the... 

Battle lines drawn as opposition parties contest Ramaphosa’s Eskom unbundling plan  

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 The future structure of South Africa’s debt-laden electricity producer Eskom emerged as the central topic during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s February 7 State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which he announced that the utility would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three... 

Industry leaders share latest insights at Propak Africa 2019

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 From packaging 4.0, to the latest flexographic print trends, from serialization to evaluating the plastics alternatives flooding the local market. More than 20 industry leaders from the packaging, printing, and plastics industries will be sharing their insights into the latest developments and... 

Peru's environmental watchdog reports tailings spill from Southern Copper mine

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Peru's environmental watchdog said on Sunday it was investigating a tailings spill from a unit of Southern Copper Corp, one of the world's largest copper producers, into a river in an area that has been inundated by heavy rains. The Agency of Evaluation and Environmental Enforcement (OEFA) said... 

ArcelorMittal, Vale dam inspections trigger evacuations

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2019 Two Brazilian towns near iron-ore tailings dams in Minas Gerais state were evacuated on Friday as a precautionary measure while inspections of the structures were under way. Vale, which is reeling from a deadly dam wall burst last month, said that the area downstream of the Sul Superior tailings... 

Pikitup finds new bin providers, expects supply to resume by end-Feb 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Waste manager Pikitup’s spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi has confirmed to Engineering News Online that the company has had challenges with its wheelie bin supplier, resulting in a shortage of about 22 000 bins. Contracts with new service providers have, however, been entered into.  

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation

8th February 2019 Tyre manufacturing representative body the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) calls on government to introduce appropriate regulations controlling and enabling the resale of safe used tyres. The SATMC represents the interests of the local tyre manufacturers – Bridgestone South... 

Big economic opportunity being missed as ewaste piles up

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 The rise in electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is resulting in a lost economic opportunity of $62.5-billion a year– a value greater than the gross domestic product of most countries – a new report shows. Each year, about 50-million tonnes of e-waste is being discarded – with less than 20%... 

Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th February 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

Omnia nitrophosphate plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Omnia Holdings plans to build a nitrophosphate plant that will improve the company’s overall competitiveness in the production of fertilisers. 

Brazil set to ban upstream tailings dams after collapse kills hundreds

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 Brazil's mining agency plans to ban upstream tailings dams used for storing mining waste, a director at the National Mining Agency (ANM) said on Thursday, after such a dam burst last month, likely killing at least 300 people. Eduardo Leão, a director at ANM, said the agency aims to issue an... 

IWMSA aligns with IFAT Africa to support industry collaboration

7th February 2019 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Messe Muenchen South Africa, organisers of IFAT Africa, to collaborate on the 2019 exhibition and conference. IFAT Africa is the leading environmental technology trade fair in sub-Saharan... 

Vale moves to reduce reliance on tailings dams

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Disaster-hit Vale has announced a R$1.5-billion (about $390-million) investment in the implementation of dry stacking technology, as the company moves to reduce its reliance on tailings dams. By 2023, Vale will rely on dry processing for 70% of its production, compared with 40% in 2014 and 60%... 

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