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Illegal dumping threatens Philippi aquifer

By: African News Agency      Updated 1 hour 5 minutes ago Illegal sand mining, along with dumping in and around the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) poses a huge risk of contamination to the underground Cape Aquifer, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has warned. At a briefing by the Environment Law Enforcement Unit in the Western Cape Provincial... 

India’s HCL to invest in greenfield copper cathode plant

By: Ajoy K Das     Updated 4 hours ago India’s sole integrated copper producer, Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL), will invest $472-million in a new greenfield copper cathode plant, in the central Indian province of Chhattisgarh. The investment proposal has been submitted to the Mines Ministry and the Cabinet Committee for Economic... 

Vibrant future planned for remaining South African mines – AngloGold 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2017 The removal of loss-making ounces from old mines will result in a vibrant and sustaining future for the remaining long-life operations in AngloGold Ashanti's South African region, which is at the receiving end of $200-million worth of capital expenditure (capex). In outlining this to Creamer... 

China Minmetals to invest 10bn yuan to upgrade smelters in Hunan province

By: Reuters     21st August 2017 China Minmetals Corp (CHMIN.UL) plans to invest 10-billion yuan ($1.50-billion) to upgrade its copper, lead and zinc smelting facilities Hunan province, a spokesman confirmed on Monday, after a recent rebuke from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). The company will invest in new... 

A cosmic theory and two-inch lump of gold drive Novo's 500% surge

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2017 Quinton Todd Hennigh has spent 13 years scouring the Earth for clues to back a hunch: that the world’s biggest gold resource has lost siblings elsewhere on the planet. Now the president of Novo Resources Corp thinks he may have found a counterpart of South Africa’s Witwatersrand in the ancient... 

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

Biofuels company launches franchise solution

     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based biofuel company Biogreen Diesel will start franchising its ‘Biodiesel & Research model’, to aid in the expansion of the industry and simultaneously increase awareness of biofuels in the region. The company, having made the announcement in June on its website, says it felt it had... 

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John Muchira     18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 With increased debate around water security in South Africa, as a result of growing surface-water scarcity and future uncertainty, the prospect of implementing large-scale desalination of seawater is also increasing.  

Gem mulls Ghaghoo buyout offer; H1 revenues decrease

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds, which on Thursday reported lower revenue and earnings for the six months to June 30, is considering an offer from an undisclosed party that is interested in buying its Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana, which was placed on care and maintenance earlier this year. The company in... 

Enviroserv officials in the dock over 'big stink'

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 EnviroServ CEO Dean Thompson and four other officials from the waste management company are now personally facing criminal charges relating to allegations that their Hillcrest landfill site is causing a noxious "big stink" in the area, west of Durban. The alleged gases emanating from the site are... 

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Arup Structural Engineering Expertise Highly Commended By Saice

     16th August 2017 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) recognised Arup with a Highly Commended Award in the Structural Engineering Project Division for their work on the PwC Tower, at the Most Outstanding Project Awards ceremony hosted by SAICE, Johannesburg Branch.   “Our unique contribution... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Despite ongoing diamond breakage, Stornoway reports higher prices for its gems

By: Henry Lazenby     16th August 2017 Quebec-based miner Stornoway Diamond Corp has reported higher prices for rough diamonds produced at its flagship Renard mine, the Francophone province’s first diamond mine. For the three months ended June 30, Stornoway earned revenues of C$42.6-million, as rising rough diamond prices at Renard... 

City of Cape Town to release 'Water Resilience Plan'

By: News24Wire      15th August 2017 A comprehensive plan to avoid the City of Cape Town running out of water will be announced on Thursday, the city said on Monday. This as the city's storage dam levels stood at 31.1% on Monday compared to 56.1% for the same period in 2016. 

Canada's MGX Minerals sets out to lead way from oil to petrolithium

By: Reuters     12th August 2017 A small Canadian miner has set out to lead the way into petrolithium production, combining oil for conventional vehicles with lithium for electric vehicles (EV) produced from oilfield waste water. Shares in MGX Minerals have doubled this year as investors seek exposure to the predicted electric... 

Nevsun delays Timok schedule, provides more capital for flagship Bisha ops

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2017 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources this week announced a strategic update on its capital allocation plans, allotting extra capital to its Eritrea-based Bisha zinc/copper/gold operation and delaying the timetable for delivery of the Serbia-based Timok prefeasibility study (PFS) to the... 

A milestone of Bosch Ulwazi’s...

     11th August 2017 A milestone of Bosch Ulwazi’s ‘Enterprise and Supplier Development’ (ESD) programme for Transnet Pipelines, which commenced in 2015, was the presentation of ISO certificates to nine emerging enterprises. The Transnet Pipelines ‘Business Breakthrough Initiative’ supports enterprise development... 

Vedanta commits majority of Gamsberg capex, progresses waste stripping

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. The first phase of the Gasmberg project is expected to have a mine life of 13 years,... 

On-The-Air (11/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2017 Technology has been configured that will unleash another mining boom when implemented by the struggling mining industry; A massive 40% of the gold ore in South Africa’s rich gold basin is wastefully left behind because of outdated mining methods; and If platinum ore could be pre-sorted using... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustain- ability has been posited as the... 

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable cheap processes to treat mining-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for the treated MIW... 

AgriProtein assessing two new fly-farming sites in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 Waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein will expand its presence in South Africa with two new fly-farming sites, while also growing its research and development function in the country, says CEO Jason Drew. AgriProtein started operations in Cape Town in 2015, launching the world’s first... 

Amid growing water worries, desalination option enters SA’s supply debate

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 Scarce surface-water resources in South Africa are threatening the availability of potable bulk water, which is also coming under strain because of growing suburban areas and increased demand from consumers. The recycling of wastewater to ensure long-term sustainability has been posited as the... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

KM 2 board machine rebuild project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The project entails rebuilding the KM 2 board machine at Knauf’s mill, in Kommunar. 

Smart factory systems boosting product customisation

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Smart factory systems – specifically digital information technology systems that support highly detailed, varied and variable industrial work – are integral to enabling effective customisation of products and their management across disparate supply chains, says enterprise resource planning... 

Jubilee’s shares rise as it secures funding to advance metals recovery strategy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 The share price of dual-listed Jubilee Platinum rose by as much as 9.23% on the JSE on Thursday morning, after announcing it had secured $50-million in project funding to support the growth strategy for its metals recovery business. The company has executed a funding agreement with RiverFort... 

Firestone Diamonds revises FY18 guidance downwards

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds’ Liqhobong diamond mine, in Lesotho, is now expected to produce between 800 000 ct and 850 000 ct in the 2018 financial year. This is lower than the one-million carats previously targeted and is expected to impact revenues in the financial year to June 30, 2018. 

Cape Town residents advised to use water sparingly during hot weather

By: News24Wire      8th August 2017 The City of Cape Town is urging all water users to reduce their water usage further during the unseasonably hot, dry weather that Cape Town is currently experiencing. The city said consumption has remained too high, exacerbated by the warmer weather and associated evaporation. 

One step ahead

     7th August 2017 The increasing relevance of electromobility offers opportunities for light metal casting The automobile industry is experiencing a strong trend towards electromobility. The figures and deadlines given vary, but as of 2025, the industry expects a considerable increase in the number of electric... 

African Marine Waste Conference Highlights Need For More Collaboration, Communication And A Clear Game Plan For The Plastics Industry

     7th August 2017 The 2017 African Marine Waste Conference took place from the 9th to the 13th of July in Port Elizabeth, and was attended by approximately 200 delegates from 9 African states and a further 10 countries from other continents. The inaugural African Marine Waste Conference was managed by the... 

Yokogawa Establishes Sustainability Goals for the Year 2050

     7th August 2017 - Addressing global issues through co-innovation to create new value - Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that it has developed sustainability goals for the year 2050 that will guide its efforts to make the world a better place for future generations. 

Accelerated mining plan to bring forward 200 000 oz at Tropicana

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th August 2017 Diversified metals miner Independence Group is on track to bring forward over 200 000 oz of gold production at its Tropicana gold joint venture (JV), in Western Australia, between 2017 and 2019, with the re-introduction of grade streaming. Independence, which owns 30% of Tropicana in a JV with... 

New Springs plant able to recycle used juice and milk cartons

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 An investment worth R46-million in a new liquid packaging recycling plant is enabling paper and plastics packaging company Mpact Recycling to recycle used juice- and milk cartons at its Springs-based paper mill facility on the East Rand.  

Volume of recycled glass almost doubled in past financial year 

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 The recycling rate for all glass packaging in the 2015/16 financial year increased by 41.1%, with more than 80%, or 2.77 t, of all glass bottles being diverted from landfills, according to the latest figures released by glass-recycling promotion organisation The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC).  

Waste specialist makes South African investments following contract awards

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 Dubai-headquartered specialist waste management multinational Averda has made several investments in its South African operations after it won medical waste management contracts in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The firm developed a hazardous waste landfill site in Vlakfontein, Gauteng, to drive... 

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