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Rwanda and global airline body partner to improve air safety

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2018 The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Air Transport Association, to partner to improve aviation safety, it was announced on Tuesday. The MoU will allow the two sides to jointly establish a framework for the employment of... 

Union takes illicit cigarettes trade fight to National Treasury

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 Members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) joined by tobacco farmers and informal traders on Tuesday as they marched to the National Treasury offices in Pretoria CBD, protesting about the thriving inflow of illegal cigarettes into the South African market, suffocating the local... 

Premier African Minerals’ RHA tungsten mine almost back to production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals is fast progressing towards bringing its RHA tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe, back into production in the coming weeks. Operations were halted towards the end of last year amid cash flow constraints.  

Caledonia achieves marginal increase in Q2 output

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 Caledonia Mining’s 49%-owned Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, produced 12 657 oz of gold in the second quarter ended June 30, marginally higher than that produced in the second quarter of 2017 and in line with expectations.  “The second quarter was a difficult quarter for the business as production was... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

New-configuration valve creates export potential

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak has placed an order for about 30 redesigned FK industrial butterfly valves (FK d90) from its Italy-based supplier Formatura Iniezione Polimeri (FIP) Valves, with first shipment expected later this year. The valves will be added to the... 

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Blockchain systems can provide a trusted registry of property ownership in communal lands, which can facilitate their development into productive assets, says Zimbabwean former commercial farmer and former chairman of the National Association of Dairy Farmers Dave Conolly. Conolly is researching... 

Celebrating the women of the Engen Knockout Challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Women are making their mark in football officiating in South Africa.   As we enter Women’s Month, the role of women in football was highlighted when the South African Football Association (SAFA) recently appointed its first female vice-president, Ria Ledwaba, and the Premier Soccer League (PSL)... 

South African industry has new infrastructure opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa if they take long-term view

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 In the face of growing international competition in Sub-Saharan Africa, South African-based companies need to take a long-term strategic view of the region and how best to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the industrial and energy evolution that is taking place, combined with... 

Banding & ID Solutions Africa looks to continent for growth

7th August 2018 Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa, in addition to targeting opportunities anticipated to arise locally from new infrastructure build projects, is also seeking to expand its product footprint in neighbouring countries. The South Africa-headquartered company already has distributors in... 

Low cost airline Fastjet makes further changes to its market offering

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th August 2018 Pan-African low cost carrier Fastjet (which operates under the brand fastjet) is continuing its programme of optimising its services, routes, and fleet, it reported on Monday. The aim is to restore its financial health, ensure it becomes a sustainable going concern, and thereafter achieve... 

Rail infrastructure in state of neglect

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s railway infrastructure is in a state of neglect, says rail consultancy and rolling stock supplier African Railway Systems technical manager Dylan Knott. “Rail has been in decline for the past three decades, and with it, almost all the once thriving branch lines have closed. The... 

Success of Africawide free trade area will partly rest on world-class infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 The construction industry - a key partner in the economic integration of the continent envisaged by the African Continental Free Trade Area By Mokate Ramafoko, PPC Managing Director: International Operations 

Implats’ R2.7bn cut of 13 000 jobs, five shafts, 230 000 oz, evokes Minister’s rebuke 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2018 The drastic R2.7-billion restructure of the Impala Rustenburg mine, involving the loss of 13 000 jobs, the closure of five shafts and cutting of 230 000 oz out of yearly platinum production, has evoked a strong rebuke from the Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, who has accused Impala... 

Cummins ISX475 engines give 30-year-old firefighting vehicles a new lease on life

30th July 2018 Cummins is supplying specialist manufacturer Marcé Fire Fighting Technology of Centurion, Gauteng with six new ISX475 engines for firefighting vehicles to be deployed at various airports in Zimbabwe. The Cummins ISX475 is an Inline (Straight) 6 diesel engine, specifically for use on heavy-duty... 

Cummins ISX475 engines give 30-year-old firefighting vehicles a new lease on life

27th July 2018 Cummins is supplying specialist manufacturer Marcé Fire Fighting Technology of Centurion, Gauteng with six new ISX475 engines for firefighting vehicles to be deployed at various airports in Zimbabwe. The Cummins ISX475 is an Inline (Straight) 6 diesel engine, specifically for use on heavy-duty... 

Chinese investors plan $10bn metallurgical complex in South Africa

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 Chinese investors signed agreements to build a $10-billion metallurgical complex in South Africa during President Xi Jinping's state visit this week and hope to start construction next year, an executive involved in the project and a provincial official told Reuters. South Africa's President... 

Lonmin reports increased Q3 PGM sales despite lower production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 Platinum producer Lonmin mined 2.6-million tonnes of ore for the quarter ended June 30, which is a 3.1% year-on-year decrease, partly reflecting the planned reduction in mining from Generation 1 shafts and in line with company strategy to reduce high-cost production in a low-cost industry... 

SA varsities deserve a pat on the back

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th July 2018 Two international university rankings published in the last couple of months had me thinking about a perception index released by consultancy firm Ipsos in January, which revealed that South Africans are in a league of their own apropos of their perceptions of key scenarios in the country, with... 

Zimbabwe's African Chrome Fields eyes equity sale to fund expansion

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Zimbabwe's largest chrome miner African Chrome Fields (ACF) is talking to foreign investors about an equity sale to help fund expansion but will ensure the firm's two main partners retain control, the majority shareholder said on Wednesday. The chairman of Moti Group, which has a majority stake... 

Karo officially launches Zimbabwe platinum project

By: Anine Kilian     24th July 2018 Zimbabwe and platinum producer Karo Platinum on Tuesday officially launched the Karo platinum project, in Chegutu, Zimbabwe.  “We are excited about partnering with Zimbabwe and its people in building a long-term and sustainable business. Zimbabwe has an extraordinary metal and mineral endowment... 

Anglo Platinum taking steps to reverse unjustified investor bearishness 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining, refining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which on Monday delivered an outstanding set of dividend-yielding financial results for the six months to June 30, is taking steps to reverse unjustified investor bearishness. After the company... 

Securex South Africa sees record-breaking 25th year

23rd July 2018 Securex South Africa reinforced its reputation as Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition this year, with its 25th anniversary show delighting visitors and exhibitors alike. The expo, which took place recently at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, was once again co-located... 

Premier appoints chairperson, considers way forward for RHA Tungsten project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has appointed nonexecutive director Michael Foster as nonexecutive chairperson effective July 20, to succeed George Roach, who remains CEO. Roach commented on Friday that the separation of chairperson and CEO is long overdue and is expected to enhance board... 

Dagga: a budding opportunity

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2018 First, a disclaimer: I am of very sober habits and this week’s topic – the apparent desire by many on our continent to embrace the cannabis business – is not at all indicative of my recreational preference. I am also not a closet Rastafarian. The latest country to hop on the cannabis bandwagon is... 

Amplats lifts FY platinum guidance after strong Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has revised its full-year platinum production guidance upwards to between 2.4-million and 2.45-million ounces, following a strong second-quarter performance. The miner had previously expected to produce between 2.3-million and 2.4-million ounces of... 

Ethekwini Municipality Supports Intra-African Chemicals Trade

18th July 2018 Durban to Host African Chemicals Imbizo 2018 The recent signing of commitment to the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCTA) by 27 African states creates significant opportunity for stronger intra-Africa trade and regional integration. Intra-Africa trade is seen as one of the ways in which the... 

WorleyParsons Awarded R100-million in Projects on the back of renewed focus on platinum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th July 2018 As the Global Centre of Excellence for Mining and Minerals, WorleyParsons’ South African operations has recently experienced a surge in the southern African platinum market, with a number of significant platinum projects to the combined value of almost R100-million currently underway in... 

Telecom Egypt, Liquid Telecom sign MoU to complete fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the Pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has been... 

Gauteng Company Hopes To Expand Market To Angola

13th July 2018 A Gauteng civil and structural consulting engineering company is looking forward to expanding its customer base when they participate in the Trade and Investment Mission to Angola that will take place from 16-21 July 2018. The mission will be led by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr... 

Event provides inclusive platform for power supply industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is an important power generation and distribution event, as it enables the entire spectrum of the power supply industry to convene in one place, from end-user and supplier to service provider, says industrial rope access provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike... 

Suspicious calm before Zim elections

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th July 2018 Zimbabweans go to the polls in about two-and-a-half weeks and, for the first time in yonks, the name of Robert Mugabe – who was deposed in November in an army-led operation that everyone seems to refuse to call a coup – will not be on the ballot paper. The ‘secret’ to Mugabe’s political longevity... 

M&A advisory firm aims to use SA as gateway to African market

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Washington DC-headquartered mergers and acquisition advisory firm Taylor Advisory announced last week that it was entering the African market through South Africa with the appointment of Francois Baird as its Africa co-chairperson and Riaan Rademan as its South Africa co-chairperson. This is... 

Caledonia reports fatality, flat Q2 production at Zim mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2018 Caledonia Mining Corporation’s 49%-owned Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, produced 12 657 oz of gold in the quarter ended June 30. Output was 2% lower quarter-on-quarter, but 1% higher year-on-year. 

SADC Committee of Ministers of Finance meets in South Africa

By: African News Agency      11th July 2018 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Committee of Ministers of Finance and Investment will meet today in Johannesburg to discuss areas of cooperation and improving regional financial coordination.  The Ministers will be joined by the central bank governors from the region.  

Vast appoints Zim mining exec as it re-evaluates prospects

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources has appointed Zimbabwean diamond mining executive Mark Mabhudhu to the board of its Zimbabwean subsidiary as the company moves to step up its presence in the country. "The political amelioration in Zimbabwe over recent months has made us revaluate our activities in the... 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 An industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

Vast lifts Zimbabwe, Romania production in Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Vast Resources on Wednesday released a solid set of production results for the three months ended June 30, including a record quarter for the Pickstone-Peerless gold mine, in Zimbabwe.  

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