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Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock is Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Manufacturers feeling pressure as payment delays continue

5th August 2022 Local valve manufacturers continue to struggle with delayed payments from the mining industry, which comprises 55% to 60% of the South African valve manufacturing market, says South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association chairperson Pam du Plessis. Implemented during the Covid-19... 

Local demand lower than rest of Africa

5th August 2022 The demand for valves specified for mining applications in the rest of Africa is much higher than demand in South Africa, says valve manufacturer RGR Technologies MD Marinus Ras. “New underground mines are starting to come on stream in certain parts of the continent, where greenfield construction... 

Replacement valves supplied to gold and coal mines

5th August 2022 South Africa-based valve manufacturer LVSA Group completed the manufacturing of valves for a Ghanaian gold mine and a South African coal mine last month. The orders, comprising of knife gate, pinch, diaphragm, and RSV gate valves for slurry applications, were placed in April, says LVSA marketing... 

Commodities surge boosts demand

5th August 2022 The global increase in commodity prices is motivating local mines to spend capital on new and existing projects, while the long delivery times of imported products have shifted their focus to South African-manufactured valves, says slurry-related valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS)... 

Orders for cost-effective Dezzi MG80T continue to roll in

31st July 2022 Demand for the Dezzi MG80T motor grader from KwaZulu-Natal specialised heavy earthmoving machinery manufacturer Dezzi Equipment has steadily increased since its launch in 2001, with minimal advertising, says Dezzi MD Carl Gutzeit. “We normally carry stock of two to three units. However, we have... 

Bioeconomy could support S Africa’s energy needs

22nd July 2022 Amid unstable power supply, the development of a wood bioeconomy could help support South Africa's energy needs while ensuring that the country meets its carbon emission reduction targets, says University of Pretoria Graduate School of Technology Management senior lecturer Schalk Grobbelaar. The... 

Telemetry critical for sustainable water infrastructure development

22nd July 2022 Digitally transforming water supply and treatment plants can elevate the water and wastewater sector’s operational effectiveness for increased sustainability, says energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa software leader Johan Potgieter. In South Africa,... 

S Africa offers pragmatic solution but still far from sustainability

22nd July 2022 While South Africa offers the rest of Africa practical examples of sustainable infrastructure development, there is still much that needs to be done before the country achieves a sustainable transition, says Stellenbosch University Centre for Sustainability Transition professor Desta Mebratu... 

Falcon rotary cutters’ local content still significant after almost 40 years

17th July 2022 Since being introduced in 1985, the traditional rotary cutters in the Falcon range – consisting predominantly of the Slasher and trademark-protected Haymaker – still maintain local content upward of 90%. Initially comprising 100% local content by necessity, owing to political sanctions, over the... 

Mines opting for solar security lighting

15th July 2022 Many African mines are opting for solar-powered perimeter lighting so that their security is not compromised during power failures, says luminaires manufacturer BEKA Schréder export manager Paulo Mamede. “Demand also depends on the mineral being mined, with security being stricter at gold and... 

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