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EnviroServ CEO cited in 'toxic landfill' charges

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 Dean Thompson, the CE of waste management giant EnviroServ, will be criminally charged alongside the company on several allegations of contravening environmental legislation at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site. The company has come under severe criticism over its management of the landfill by... 

Kenmare swings to FY profit on the back of record production

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 London-listed Kenmare Resources recorded earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $5.2-million for the year ended December 31, a turnaround from the loss of $11.5-million recorded in the prior financial year. Heavy minerals concentrate production increased 28%... 

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

Outa threatens DWS with court over water issues 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Seventy-one per cent of wastewater treatment facilities in South Africa are noncompliant and discharge more than four-billion litres of toxic wastewater into South Africa’s water resources every day, an investigation by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has revealed. The organisation on... 

Trilogy pulls the trigger on high-grade copper Arctic prefeasibility study

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2017 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals will undertake a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Arctic project, in Northwest Alaska – one of the highest-grade copper deposits known in the world with an average grade of 6% copper equivalent. "The PFS will demonstrate the true value of the... 

Mining's biggest loser Lonmin is burning cash to stay alive

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2017 For most of the mining industry, 2017 is turning out to be another good year. The big exception is Lonmin Plc. Investors are losing confidence in the world’s third-largest platinum producer as it burns through cash to stay afloat, just 15 months after raising about $400 million from shareholders.... 

Brazil court suspends lawsuit over Samarco mine disaster – Vale

By: Reuters     17th March 2017 Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA said on Thursday that a federal court in Minas Gerais has suspended a case brought by prosecutors seeking 155-billion reais ($49.7-billion) in damages for the 2015 Samarco mine disaster. Vale said in a securities filing the court suspended other lawsuits to... 

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Partnership aims to build 25 fly farms a year

By: Irma Venter     17th March 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.  

UK Minister forecasts major nuclear expansion over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, at the... 

Ethiopia trash dump landslide death toll rises to 115

By: Reuters     16th March 2017 Emergency workers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa searched through a mountain of garbage for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday as the death toll from a landslide at a rubbish landfill site rose to 115. The Horn of Africa country has declared three days of national mourning for the... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     16th March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

Impairments drag ARM into narrowed loss

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2017 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Thursday reported a narrowed basic earnings loss of R254-million in the six months to December 31. The loss resulted mainly from attributable impairments of the Nkomati nickel and Modikwa platinum mines totalling R1.4-billion after tax... 

Lepidico raises cash for DFS

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th March 2017 Takeover target Lepidico is hoping to raise up to A$5.6-million to start definitive feasibility studies for the Phase 1 L-Max plant. Lepidico earlier this month signed a binding term sheet with Grupo Mota to spend a minimum of €250 000 on exploration and drilling at Alvarrões mine, in Portugal,... 

Air Liquide opposes Evraz Highveld court proceedings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th March 2017 Embattled Evraz Highveld Steel’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have instituted court proceedings against Air Liquide in the High Court seeking to cancel certain obligations under a supply agreement between the two companies. The application also seeks declaratory relief from Air Liquide’s... 

Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

By: News24Wire      14th March 2017 The City of Cape Town said on Monday disaster planning was underway to ensure measures were in place for the possibility of an extended drought. "[We] continue planning for the implementation of contingency and emergency measures in conjunction with the National Department of Water and... 

Samarco mine restart threatened by request to protect forest

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2017 The Samarco iron-ore mine in Brazil is facing one more obstacle to restarting operations later this year after a court accepted a request by prosecutors to protect a forested area that encompasses a pit the venture had planned to use for storing waste. The BHP Billiton-Vale joint venture had... 

Chryso Enviromix® Gives Contractors The Green Edge

     10th March 2017 Billed as a very innovative technology by CHRYSO, EnviroMix® is engineered to boost the performance of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCM). SCMs are industrial by-products which when used as a partial replacement for Portland cement reduce the amount of cement that is required for... 

Three cheers for three years of Cradlestone Mall!

     9th March 2017 Three years after opening its doors, the award-winning Cradlestone Mall has changed lives and raised the bar for shopping centres in South Africa. It has achieved this with its innovative approach to its shopping and entertainment experiences, as well as its commitment to its community and... 

Lepidico looks at Portuguese options

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th March 2017 Takeover target Lepidico has signed a binding term sheet with Grupo Mota over the Alvarrões lepidolite mine, in Portugal. Under the terms of the agreement, Lepidico will spend a minimum of €250 000 on exploration and drilling at Alvarrões over an 18-month period. Exploration will include the... 

Treasury Metals reports strong economics for Goliath project

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 Ontario-focused project developer Treasury Metals has reported robust economics for its Goliath gold project, in North-Western Ontario, with an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) calculating a net present value of C$306-million and an internal rate of return of 25% at a base gold price... 

Earthlife’s application to stop nuclear waste smelter construction fails

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Environmental activist organisation Earthlife Africa has lost a court application against the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to stop the construction and use of a small nuclear waste smelter. On Tuesday, Judge Pierre Rabie dismissed Earthlife’s application in the High Court in... 

EnviroServ lashes out at DEA over Shongweni landfill 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2017 Waste management giant EnviroServ has accused the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of bias and fuelling a “trial by media” through its handling of the Shongweni landfill. It further accused the DEA of having decided, despite no formal resolution or action taken, to suspend the company’s... 

No waste is good waste

     8th March 2017 During 2016, B-Tech students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) where challenged to find solutions to re-use waste generated by local printing company, Paarl Coldset Cape Town, that could also provide a platform for a profitable business opportunity. Up for grabs were prize... 

Greens party criticises Mulga Rock mine approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th March 2017 The Australian Greens party has lashed out at federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s approval of the Mulga Rock uranium mine, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Vimy Resources this week announced that Freydenberg approved the proposed mine, subject to certain conditions, noting that the... 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

SA cleantech entrepreneurs honoured on world stage

     7th March 2017 Two South African cleantech innovators were honoured at the Global Forum during the 2017 Cleantech Week in San Francisco earlier this month. Yolandi Schoeman of Baoberry, the winner of the 2016 South African  Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs  (GCIP-SA), was named one of two  overall... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     3rd March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     3rd March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

Water recycling and reuse a responsibility of all S Africans

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 In an era where conserving water is growing ever more critical, given the shortage of fresh and drinkable water, recycling and reuse plays a pivotal role in driving forward sustainable solutions that will allow for the longevity of South Africa’s water supply, says waste management business... 

Cape water restrictions to remain until dams reach 85%

By: News24Wire      2nd March 2017 Water restrictions in the Western Cape will remain in place until dams have reached 85% of their capacity, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Cabinet was looking at ways to help the province should the current water supply run out, he told journalists at a post-Cabinet... 

Environmental performance improvement at ASPASA member quarries

     2nd March 2017 Environmental stewardship of Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (ASPASA) member quarries across South Africa has improved significantly since the inception of the ‘ASPASA About Face’ program in 1994. The About Face program has guided and aided member quarries from... 

Glencore in pole position to benefit from growing cobalt demand

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2017 Heightened ownership of the Mutanda and Katanga mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) puts cobalt in a strong potential earnings position for Glencore, the world’s dominant supplier of the metal that is attracting attention because of its growing use in electric vehicles (EVs). In an... 

Nearly £1-trillion to be invested in nuclear energy globally over 20 years 

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, on... 

Cape Town water prices could jump – De Lille 

By: News24Wire      28th February 2017 If Capetonians don't cut water use even more, the next step to avert dry taps could be putting treated waste water back into the system and an expensive desalination plant, which would push water prices up by at least 50%, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. With the dams that feed the city... 

CRG acquires concentrator circuit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2017 Central Rand Gold (CRG) has placed an order for a 60 000 t/m concentrator circuit to upgrade the gold grade of mine waste dumps materials before further metallurgical processing. The circuit will comprise four centrifugal concentrators, two scrubbers, a high-speed agitator, a dewatering screen,... 

New Affordable Interface Flooring Range Now Available Locally From KBAC

     27th February 2017 KBAC Flooring, sole South African distributor of the world’s leading modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has locally launched the new Interface Employ Loop and Lines ranges which have been hailed overseas for their unlimited creative design options in commercial installations.  Lesley... 

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