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Latest in automation technology goes on show in Johannesburg

     25th May 2017 Advanced automation solutions for every area of process control will go on show at the Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference from 6-8 June 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in North Riding. Africa Automation Fair and the Connected Industries conference, to be staged alongside... 

Cape Town water supplies will last until August – city official

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 The City of Cape Town has enough water to last until August or September at current consumption levels, an official has said. Any rainfall in the coming weeks would change this projection, but there was "significant uncertainty" over the rain forecast for June and July, mayoral committee member... 

Innovation, education key to SA transition to Industrie 4.0

     25th May 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution or ‘Industrie 4.0’ is forever changing the world of manufacturing and automation. To keep pace with global trends, South Africa must invest in education and innovation, experts say. 

NNR CEO elected president of nuclear safety convention review meeting

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been elected to serve as president of the sixth review meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management and Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The joint convention was adopted on September 5, 1997, and... 

Industrie 4.0 set to improve all processes, grow economy

     23rd May 2017 Advanced automation can improve virtually any process, anywhere, and has the potential to grow the South African economy and create jobs.   Industry leaders participating at the upcoming Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference note that Industrie 4.0, the catchphrase describing... 

Gem Diamonds recovers 98 ct diamond at Letšeng

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds on Tuesday reported recovering a 98.42 ct high-quality D-colour Type II diamond at its 70%-owned Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. CEO Clifford Elphick commented that it had recovered 25 479 ct of diamonds at Letšeng at a grade of 1.53 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht), against an... 

Cape Town water usage must come down by 100 million litres - city

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2017 Water use in Cape Town must be brought down by 100 million litres immediately, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday. “Dam storage levels are now at 20,7%, which is 0,7% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being usable, dam levels are effectively at... 

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

From incandescent light bulbs to laser lights

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th May 2017 The incandescent light bulb, rated at about 60 W, is one we all know and which endeared for about 130 years. Along the way had been invented various other types of light: gas-discharge lamps (such as streetlights) fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, and so on. But, for a very long time, basic... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

World Bank loans Botswana $145.5m for emergency water projects

By: Reuters     18th May 2017 The World Bank has given Botswana a $145.5-million loan to build water projects after it suffered a severe El Nino-induced drought in the past two years, Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said on Thursday. In 2015, overall dam levels in the semi-arid southern African nation fell below 20% of their... 

Oxford Instruments launches X-MET8000 Expert Geo - a new high-performance handheld XRF analyser for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process

     18th May 2017 Oxford Instruments has added the X-MET8000 Expert Geo to its successful range of X-MET8000 handheld XRF (X-ray fluorescence) analysers for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process, from the early stages of exploration to process waste analyses. X-MET8000 Expert Geo offers fast material... 

Cape Town’s water crisis calls for drastic steps – city official 

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 Despite dramatically reducing water consumption, the City of Cape Town is still in a severe situation, with dam levels dropping by the day. “We are well beyond the point that Gauteng was at when it declared a disaster,” City of Cape Town executive director of informal settlements, water and waste... 

Mining starts at new Kazakhstan chrome deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     17th May 2017 Ferrochrome producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has started mining a new chrome deposit with mineable reserves of more than three-million tonnes. Located within the site of Kazakhstan's 10th Anniversary of Independence mine, in Khromtau, the deposit is expected to produce 300 000 t/y of... 

Rocla Celebrates 100 Years Of Excellence

     17th May 2017 This year Rocla, one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers of precast concrete products, celebrates 100 years of excellence in the supply of products to the infrastructure, building and construction industries.   The Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG) was formed in 2013 when Rocla,... 

Cape Town recommends Level 4 water restrictions

By: News24Wire      16th May 2017 The City of Cape wants to introduce Level 4 water restrictions which would ban all use of municipal water for outside and non-essential use and limit residents to 100 litres of water per person per day. This means no car washing, watering of gardens, irrigation with municipal drinking water at... 

Critical water warning for Capetonians

By: African News Agency      15th May 2017 The City of Cape Town metro on Monday issued a “critical warning” to water users in the Mother City. The city has warned residents to only use water for drinking, cooking and washing as dam levels drop to 21.2%, or an effective 11.2%, as the last 10% of dam water is not useable. 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resources sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining sectors, with their unique challenges, have proven to be slower in adopting... 

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus 

By: Dylan Slater     12th May 2017 The expansive Pretoria campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is increasingly being taken off the grid with the roll-out of renewable-energy projects as part of its drive to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to the domestic energy industry. To drive... 

Atomic agency looks to increase assistance to nuclear hopefuls

     12th May 2017 Nuclear energy organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom have reached an agreement that is aimed at strengthening IAEA assistance to member States that are considering introducing or expanding nuclear power programmes. Under... 

Fire suppression system to be showcased at Nampo

     12th May 2017 Automatic lubrication system manufacturer Lincoln Lubrication South Africa is showcasing its automated lubrication and Muster II fire suppression systems as well as parts and service solutions at the Nampo Harvest Day show, in the Free State, from May 16 to 19. 

Focus on future uranium tech amid subdued price

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 With innovations in the extraction and application of uranium constantly being made, the Uranium 2017 International Conference will provide a platform for the discussion of advances in the industry and a forum for generating new ideas. 

Least-cost electricity transition being played out at CSIR’s Pretoria campus

By: Dylan Slater     12th May 2017 The expansive Pretoria campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is increasingly being taken off-grid with the roll-out of renewable-energy projects as part of its drive to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to the domestic energy industry.  

Nuclear energy provides secure, clean, affordable baseload power

By: Nadine James     12th May 2017 Nuclear energy is the only provider of secure, reliable, clean and affordable baseload power that, from a total lifecycle cost perspective, offers one of the most affordable electricity sources, states the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa). Niasa supply chain development... 

Avesoro posts positive earnings in March quarter

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 Dual-listed West African gold producer Avesoro Resources produced 14 906 oz during the quarter ended March 31. The company, formerly Aureus Mining, achieved an operating cash cost of $1 051/oz at its New Liberty mine, in Liberia – a 46% quarter-on-quarter decrease. 

Water shortages sound a warning to city planners 

By: Kim Cloete     8th May 2017 The extremely worrying water shortage in Cape Town is an indication that climate change is an issue that can simply not be ignored by engineers and city planners, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has told consulting engineers in Cape Town. She told the International Federation of Consulting... 

Healthy oceans key to welfare, growth of Africa

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 South Africa has about 4,000 kilometers of coastline and if protected and properly managed the country could have about one million jobs by 2032. This emerged at a session of the World Economic Forum on Africa taking place this week in Durban. 

Avezzano mill – Line 2 rebuild and conversion project, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 The project will rebuild and convert the Burgo Group’s Line 2 into a modern brown-packaging-paper machine. 

Business networking at Africa’s biggest trade event

     5th May 2017 By participating in business to business (B2B) meetings at the renowned African Utility Week, small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the water and power utility sector that benefit from European Union (EU) support will be better able to expand business abroad. Business Beyond... 

PPP promising for water industry

     5th May 2017 Water management forms an important part of African Utility Week and this year, the conference will focus on how private-public partnerships (PPPs) can assist water utilities to become more responsive and efficient in their practices. During the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May,... 

Saudi Arabia to host the Middle East’s first fly farm

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to host the Middle East’s first fly farm, following the completion of a licensing deal between Saudi technology hub Sajt and waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein. The agreement signals the start of a new industry for the region, namely the commercial-scale... 

Vinyl recycling initiative yielding results

By: Dylan Slater     5th May 2017 Since launching its own recycling initiative at the end of 2016, vinyl floor and protection solutions company Polyflor South Africa (SA) has recycled more than 4 t of vinyl floor offcuts.  

Taseko swings back into the black as higher copper, molybdenum prices lift Q1 earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     4th May 2017 Base metals producer Taseko Mines has reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, as higher copper prices and a sharp recovery in the price for molybdenum dovetailed into higher sales volumes. The Vancouver-based company reported net income of C$16.5-million, or... 

South Africa starting to embrace a circular economy

By: Anine Kilian     4th May 2017 Developing and embracing a circular economy is one of the key topics of discussion at Word Economic Forum (WEF) Africa, being held in Durban this week. A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy, where countries manufacture products and keep resources in use for as long... 

Katanga on track to commission WOL project in Q4

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 TSX-listed Katanga Mining will continue to focus on waste mining ahead of the commissioning of its whole ore leach (WOL) project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Katanga mined 5.39-million tonnes during the quarter ended March 31, a 250% increase on that mined in the fourth quarter of 2016... 

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd May 2017 The City of Johannesburg cannot continue accepting its projected 1.6% economic growth rate, as it will not be able to reverse the high rates of unemployment, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday, adding that the city needed to achieve a minimum of 5% economic growth by 2021. During... 

Kenya seeks to cure plastic bag addiction with blanket ban 

By: Reuters     2nd May 2017 The sight of overflowing heaps of plastic waste at Gioto, the largest dump in Nakuru County, in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, was an eyesore that turned photojournalist James Waikibia into an environmental activist. Knowing plastic was a national problem, he decided to look beyond his hometown of... 

South Africans to pitch innovations at Vienna Energy Forum

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd May 2017 Five South Africans will be representing South African clean technology initiatives at the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), in Austria, in May, including two top performers from the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa (GCIP-SA). Each... 

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