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India’s Coal Ministry prods ICVL to speed up coal production, acquisitions

By: Ajoy K Das     20th February 2017 India’s Coal Ministry has directed International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) not to waste time in operationalising existing overseas coal blocks or delay the acquisition of new assets. It also warned ICVL that delays in achieving these objective were "unacceptable". 

Outa calls for judicial enquiry into Eskom’s affairs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday called for a full judicial commission of enquiry into State-owned Eskom's affairs, following the release of a redacted version of the so-called Dentons report into corruption at the parastatal. International legal firm Dentons conducted a... 

MAC laments Canada’s declining mining competitiveness

By: Henry Lazenby     17th February 2017 Canada's mining competitiveness is declining, while exploration and mining investment dollars are flowing offshore, a new report by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has found. “Very simply, Canada is not as attractive as it used to be for mineral investment and competition for those dollars... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Consumer choices will increasingly drive ‘circular’ manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Manufacturing worldwide is far from adopting circular resource-use principles into the practical reality of its design and distribution streams, but consumer choices can change this reality, says engineering company Aurecon manufacturing market director Tim Plenderleith. Multinational consultancy... 

Product testing facility construction to be completed this year

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 The construction of Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Product Testing Institute (PTI), which started last year, is expected to be completed in the second quarter. 

Renewables division experiences record-breaking 2016

     17th February 2017 Italian energy company Enel Green Power’s (EGP’s) global renewable energies division made 2016 a record-breaking year after building an all-time-high 2 018 MW of new capacity within a calendar year. This is a major achievement for EGP as it more than doubled what it achieved in 2015, when... 

South Africans appointed to top nuclear positions abroad and at home

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE). Tshelane will serve as a member of the Group for two years. The Group... 

Gold Fields set for ‘year of reinvestment’, announces R2.28bn South Deep growth plan 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2017 The South Deep gold mine achieved several milestones in 2016 as interventions implemented over the past two years started yielding results and dual-listed Gold Fields will now embark on a new R2.3-billion rebase plan at the mine to create a defensive asset in a spiralling industry. Equipped with... 

Municipal Stainless Steel Solutions Could Save SA Millions In Water Losses

     15th February 2017 With South Africa experiencing Stage 2 and 3 water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on the solution of using stainless steel in water distribution and service pipes in South Africa to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained... 

Plastics|Sa Clean-Up Crews Tasked With Keeping Cape Town Beautiful During Three Major Events

     13th February 2017 Proud event greening partner of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, SA Navy Festival and Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon The Plastics|SA Clean-Up Crew has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the routes and surrounding areas for three of Cape Town’s biggest spectator events are kept clean... 

Great variety of security and fire technology at Securex 2017!

     13th February 2017 Maintaining its promise to bring the latest security and fire technology and service innovations to the local market, Securex 2017 has an exciting lineup of exhibitor offerings. Being held from 30 May to 1 June at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Securex is undoubtedly Africa’s largest... 

Siana unaffected by quake

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th February 2017 Gold miner Red 5 has eased shareholder fears, reporting that no damage was identified, or disruption caused at the Siana gold project, in the Philippines, following a large earthquake that occurred late on Friday. The miner said on Monday that monitoring and engineering inspections, including the... 

Fly farm venture AgriProtein signs deal for 25 fly farms a year

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Austria-based engineering group Christof Industries has partnered with waste-to-nutrient company AgriProtein to build up to 25 fly farms a year. AgriProtein rears fly larvae (on an industrial scale) on organic waste and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein animal feed products.  

Northern Cape youths receive financial aid for tertiary education

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 Twenty-six youths from the Emthanjeni municipality, in the Northern Cape, were awarded full tertiary bursaries last month by solar energy project developer Solar Capital and its subsidiary Solar Capital De Aar 3. These bursaries were among the 80 distributed at the well-attended Ministerial... 

Gauteng aims to introduce greener freight logistics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Thursday signed a joint declaration of intent with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety for cooperation in the field of green logistics. The German ministry had previously commissioned... 

IFAT Africa 2017: Finding ways out of the water crisis

     9th February 2017 Messe München GmbH Messegelände 81823 München Deutschland Southern Africa suffering under severe drought Pipeline projects worth billions planned Greater use of groundwater and seawater in the future From September 12 to 14, 2017, local and international representatives from the environmental... 

NSW planning dept grants Evolution approval to expand Cowal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2017 Gold miner Evolution Mining has been granted regulatory approval from the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment to extend the life of its Cowal gold mine by eight years to 2032. Evolution will increase the depth of the existing openpit by some 70 m to access additional ore, as... 

Locally developed pelletising technology set for commercial roll-out

By: Ilan Solomons     8th February 2017 Engineering company CoalTech has successfully established a 10 000 t/m coal pelletising and curing plant, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. Having initially launched its pelletising technology at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, the company announced to delegates at this year’s Mining Indaba... 

Water scarcity tops list of world miners' worries

By: Reuters     8th February 2017 The world's top mining companies warned on Tuesday that assets will be stranded and investors will walk away unless they deal with water scarcity in key mining regions such as Africa, Australia and Latin America. After the hottest global year on record in 2016, water has shot up the agenda at... 

Five labelling trends for 2017

     7th February 2017 What will 2017 bring for the labelling and package printing industry? Here are five trends to research and explore. Versions and variations 

Alacer reports lower FY profit as lower oxide ounces, grades weigh on bottom line

By: Henry Lazenby     7th February 2017 Canadian miner Alacer Gold's net profit fell sharply to $6.2-million, or $0.02 a share, for the 2016 financial year, compared with the $46.63-million, or $0.16 a share, reported for 2015. Gold sales of $142-million for the 12 months to December 31, were 40% lower year-on-year, reflecting a 44%... 

Cutifani encourages mining sector to focus on constructive dialogue

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2017 Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani has advocated a new future for mining, through innovation, a sharper focus on resilience and, in South Africa in particular, a recognition that “capital has no colour”. He told delegates at the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba conference, in Cape Town,... 

SA Nuclear Energy Corporation CEO appointed to global advisory group

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE), it was announced on Sunday. Tshelane will serve as a member of the group for two... 

Milestone for Two Rivers as PGM production surpasses 400 000 oz/y

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Mpumalanga-based Two Rivers, a joint venture between diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats), reached an important milestone last year, producing more than 400 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) for the first time since the mine started... 

Concern regarding standard disposable cylinders

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 Speciality chemicals and gas supplier A-Gas highlights its concern regarding disposable cylinders being used as packaging to import hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and in some cases, flammable hydrocarbons (HCs), into South Africa. 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

SA fly-farming venture receives funding for global expansion

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Cape Town-based waste-to-protein producer AgriProtein says it has secured $17.5-million of further capital from its key strategic partners to fund the company’s expansion into Europe, North America and Asia.   The new investment values the fly-farming venture at more than $117-million.   The new... 

Safe transportation of materials a challenge for manufacturers

     3rd February 2017 A critical issue facing manufacturers of powders and bulk solid materials globally is the need for a safe, reliable and efficient packaging and transport system, says manufacturer of pallet-free bulk bag systems Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. 

DRDGold reserves revised upwards by 67%

By: African News Agency      2nd February 2017 DRDGold on Thursday confirmed that it had recorded a 66.6% increase in mineral reserves on December 31. The South African producer that recovers gold from the retreatment of surface tailings, said the revision was the result of a drilling programme and pre-feasibility study that was started in... 

Katanga on track for H2 whole ore leach project commissioning

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2017 TSX-listed Katanga Mining is on track with plans to start commissioning its whole ore leach (WOL) project during the second half of this year, as work continues on design optimisation and construction according to the defined project plan. The Democratic Republic of Congo-focused copper and... 

DTI steps in with task team amid poultry industry crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) action-focused government task team is in the process of identifying several interventions to resolve the current crisis surrounding poultry product dumping in South Africa’s market. The department is seeking out measures to boost trade,... 

Glencore considering bid for Impala’s chrome waste business

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2017 Glencore, the mining and trading firm run by billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, is considering a bid for Impala Platinum Holdings’s 65% stake in a chrome waste-retreatment operation in South Africa, two people familiar with the matter said. Glencore already has an agreement to buy metal from Chrome... 

New Gold stock tumbles on Rainy River project delay, further capex overrun

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2017 The TSX-listed stock of intermediate gold producer New Gold tumbled nearly 26% on Monday after the company announced a three-month start-up delay at its billion-dollar-plus Rainy River project, in Ontario, and a $195-million cost increase. Analysts noted that the Rainy River update increased... 

Energy at work The Challenge

     30th January 2017 In 2014, Italy's Iren Group decided to restructure one of its wastewater treatment systems for urban sewage waste. Analysis by Robuschi's expert engineers showed that the original system was larger than necessary for the tank’s true oxygen demand. The actual air consumption varied significantly... 

Poultry industry to mark ‘day of misery’ with protest march against EU imports 

By: Anine Kilian     30th January 2017 The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) will, on Wednesday, hold a protest march in Pretoria against the dumping of chicken in South Africa by European Union (EU) countries. This is in response to 1 350 employees losing their jobs after packaged goods and milling company RCL Foods, formerly... 

Driving Sustainability Through Energy Efficiency Initiatives

     30th January 2017 Judicious energy usage is not just a passing concern, but one which is now a fundamental part of every organisation’s operational philosophy. As pressure mounts to find creative ways of not only preserving non-renewable energy resources but to also find alternative fuel sources, it is critical... 

Joburg council hopes to reintegrate electricity, waste, water entities – Mashaba

By: News24Wire      30th January 2017 City Power, Joburg Water and Pikitup are one step closer to falling under the operational control of the Johannesburg municipality, Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Sunday. "On Thursday, Johannesburg City Council approved a report proposing the initiation of a process to reintegrate municipal-owned... 

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