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Made in South Africa

Made in South Africa

Creamer Media’s Made in South Africa is an exciting new showcase of products that are being manufactured in factories across the length and breadth of the country. Published fortnightly, Made in South Africa provides an exclusive glimpse into the innovative spirit of South Africa's most creative and productive citizens and businesses. Homegrown products, from concept to production, receive particular prominence, but Made in South Africa also features products manufactured locally by enterprises that have chosen to set up shop in Africa’s most industrialised economy. Click here if you have a product that you believe deserves to be showcased on Creamer Media's Made in South Africa platform.

Improved commodity prices spur AFS knife gate valve demand

By: Tracy Hancock     19th June 2022 Improved commodity prices have resulted in increased demand for knife gate valves from slurry-related valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS), in Gauteng, as mining houses upgrade existing facilities and proceed with previously unfeasible projects. “The rand:dollar exchange rate has... 

Improved commodity prices spur AFS knife gate valve demand

Award-winning Optima Classifier supplied for fine coal beneficiation

By: Tracy Hancock     5th June 2022 Minerals and fines processing specialist Gravitas is nearing completion of a fine coal beneficiation project for which it has supplied two Optima Classifier water-only density separator units to produce clean coal that would otherwise have been deposited into a slimes dam. “Historically, the... 

Award-winning Optima Classifier supplied for fine coal beneficiation

Improvements to corrosion resistance of MSP’s Rocnet could yield new product

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd May 2022 Mining support systems manufacturer Mine Support Products (MSP) is working on an improved version of its Rocnet modular safety net that will offer better corrosion resistance for longer-term installations that could evolve into a new product, says MSP technical manager Christiaan Nissen.... 

Major gold producer orders AZMET Cyanide Reduction Process Technology

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2022 A major gold producer has placed the first order for the award-winning AZMET Cyanide Reduction Process Technology (AZ-CRP) developed by professional engineering design and project management company AZMET Technology & Projects. Following the order in January, earthworks are under way at the... 

Major gold producer orders AZMET Cyanide Reduction Process Technology

Powerstart hydraulic starter overcomes overseas quality concern challenge

By: Tracy Hancock     24th April 2022 Non-electric engine starting solutions company Powerworks has secured significant orders for its Powerstart hydraulic starter motors from overseas markets this year, despite the challenges faced by South African manufacturers when exporting their goods, says MD Nick Ruberg. “Our export challenges... 

Powerstart hydraulic starter overcomes overseas quality concern challenge

Brelko installing new Nip Guard at mines

By: Tracy Hancock     10th April 2022 The installation of the Nip Guard safety device from mining industry conveyor belt manufacturer and supplier Brelko Conveyor Products is under way at Southern African mining operations, following its launch at the end of last year. Sites include manganese and iron-ore miner Assmang’s Khumani... 

Brelko installing new Nip Guard at mines

RNE Series 8900 pump in demand in Canada, Zim platinum and gold sectors

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2022 The high-head, 50 mm discharge, 55 kw Series 8900 pump from Gauteng pumps manufacturer RNE Pumps is gaining traction worldwide, says sales manager Mark Enell. Ideal for high-head and deeper sump applications, the pump was developed to meet a need in the mining industry and is particularly in... 

RNE Series 8900 pump in demand in Canada, Zim platinum and gold sectors

Improved raw material availability for Swagefast fasteners, installation equipment

By: Tracy Hancock     13th March 2022 Raw material availability is increasingly becoming less of an issue in the supply of fasteners and installation equipment manufactured by Gauteng-based fastening technology specialist Swagefast Fastening Systems. With production capacity greatly dependent on raw material availability, Covid-19... 

Improved raw material availability for Swagefast fasteners, installation equipment

Afromix AMX Agitators to contain 100% local content where viable

By: Tracy Hancock     27th February 2022 Mixing and pumping equipment manufacturer Afromix is committed to increasing the local content of its customisable AMX Agitator range, manufactured at its facility in Kariega, Eastern Cape, to 100% where possible. “Afromix agitators currently consist of between 70% and 80% local content, and we... 

Afromix AMX Agitators to contain 100% local content where viable

Kama’s Sirenco 15D the only locally made 15 km long-range siren

By: Tracy Hancock     13th February 2022 After being in production for more than 30 years, the 120 kg Sirenco 15D, an outdoor, weatherproof industrial siren, is currently the only locally produced siren with a range of up to 15 km. These units are widely used in the mining sector locally and internationally, according to audible,... 

Kama’s Sirenco 15D the only locally made 15 km long-range siren

‘Zero harm’ mining approach drives demand for Fabchem's GDT100

By: Tracy Hancock     30th January 2022 Strata control solutions provider Fabchem Mining’s internationally patented grout detector, the GDT100, has been recognised by rock engineers as an important tool in the prevention of fall-of-ground (FOG) incidents, as mines globally aim for zero harm. Mine safety standards and the associated... 

‘Zero harm’ mining approach drives demand for Fabchem's GDT100

LTM Energy’s eSUMS tackles rising utility costs and climate change

By: Tracy Hancock     16th January 2022 Local energy services company LTM Energy recently introduced version five of its Enhanced Smart Utility Management System (eSUMS), helping companies not only reduce their utility costs but also boost their climate change mitigation contribution. “In the wake of the United Nations Sustainable... 

LTM Energy’s eSUMS tackles rising utility costs and climate change

New HERO app gives tradespeople better tools to service customers

By: Tracy Hancock     12th December 2021 South African technology company GetTOD has launched its reimagined HERO app for tradespeople, such as plumbers, handymen, locksmiths and electricians, empowering smaller operators to access a broader market and business network and better service their customers. The HERO app provides... 

New HERO app gives tradespeople better tools to service customers

Alvi’s Drift supplies only viognier to SA grocery stores

By: Tracy Hancock     28th November 2021 Worcester-based family-owned winery Alvi’s Drift has found inspiration in proving the impossible is achievable, with its Signature Viognier the only such wine on local supermarket shelves and growing in popularity, says Cape wine master Junel van der Merwe. Viognier is a white wine made from the... 

Alvi’s Drift supplies only viognier to SA grocery stores

Disease risk screening tool to be launched by Stellenbosch University startup BioCODE end-2022

By: Tracy Hancock     14th November 2021 A locally manufactured rapid test that detects the inflammatory molecule Serum Amyloid A (SAA) in a drop of blood is scheduled to be launched at the end of next year by developer, Stellenbosch University (SU) startup, BioCODE. Aiming to empower people to take charge of their own health, anyone... 

Disease risk screening tool to be launched by Stellenbosch University startup BioCODE end-2022

Yoco’s South African designed Khumo assembled and packaged locally

By: Tracy Hancock     31st October 2021 Khumo, the latest and smartest card machine from payments and software company Yoco, is a locally designed innovation, driven by software that was developed by the company’s largely South African based internal teams.  While Khumo, which means wealth, riches or abundance in Tswana, is... 

Yoco’s South African designed Khumo assembled and packaged locally

Nissan introduces made-in-SA Navara single-cab bakkie

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2021 Following the introduction of the new Navara double-cab bakkie in June, Nissan South Africa has announced that it will round out the range with the launch of the single-cab derivative in October. As is the case with the double cab, the single-cab pickup is produced at the Nissan Rosslyn plant, in... 

Nissan introduces made-in-SA Navara single-cab bakkie

Sisi steps up game with women’s Basi Metaguard boot

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2021 With the launch of its Basi Metaguard boot scheduled for this month, women’s safety wear manufacturer Sisi Safety Wear will introduce the first locally produced women’s boot with a metaguard. “Metaguard boots for women are not yet widely available on the South African market. While their male... 

Sisi steps up game with women’s Basi Metaguard boot

Consumers hungry for Otima’s affordable kid’s lunchboxes

By: Tracy Hancock     13th September 2021 Launching its 850 ml kid’s lunchboxes last year, Johannesburg-based plastics manufacturer Otima Plastics is operating at full production capacity to meet demand, manufacturing 60 000 kid’s lunchboxes a month. The price point of the product is a major driver of demand, says Otima domestic and... 

Otima’s affordable kid’s lunchboxes

Mintek’s CyLas upgraded to accommodate remote working amid pandemic

By: Tracy Hancock     30th August 2021 Instrument technicians at remote sites can now install the CyLas on-line instrument for measuring a hydrocyclone’s underflow flare discharge angle with only telephone or email assistance where needed. The inability of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services... 

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Enviro-friendly Battery Electric loco on track for underground testing at Sibanye-Stillwater

By: Tracy Hancock     15th August 2021 Following successful surface trials, mining major Sibanye-Stillwater has approved the testing of a 5 t diesel, hydraulic underground mining locomotive converted into an environment-friendly battery powered electric version. The locomotive was adapted using Gauteng-based underground railway... 

Enviro-friendly Battery Electric loco on track for underground testing at Sibanye-Stillwater

KFP Rail’s fishplate tech thwarts derailments during local mine trial

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2021 Johannesburg-based railway technology developer KFP Rail’s patented fishplate solution has been successfully trialled at a local mine, resolving uneven rail head thickness and, thereby, preventing derailments underground. “The mining industry faces many restrictions regarding maintenance and... 

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Locally crafted, colourful veldskoens head for Olympics

By: Tracy Hancock     18th July 2021 Footwear designer Veldskoen Shoes will add “gees” to South Africa’s Olympic kit as its veldskoen, which sees colourful soles and laces added to the original Chukka leather shoe, is the official off-field shoe of South African athletes competing in Toyko, Japan, this year. Introduced to the market... 

Locally crafted, colourful veldskoens head for Olympics

Rhino polycarb safety cap offers local market a clear solution

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd July 2021 The Rhino clear polycarbonate safety cap from personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Pienaar Bros is the first locally produced clear safety cap of its kind to be offered to the South African market. Approved by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the safety cap took two years to... 

Rhino polycarb safety cap offers local market a clear solution

TOWER A4 printable labels evolve along with changing printer market

By: Tracy Hancock     20th June 2021 South African self-adhesive products brand TOWER has continually adjusted the makeup of its A4 printable label range over the past 28 years to ensure compatibility with evolving desktop printer and high-volume copier technology, says TOWER CEO Stephen Beattie. “Keeping up with how the technology... 

TOWER A4 printable labels evolve along with changing printer market

Des Sol lifting Gen 4 Jimnys to new heights

By: Tracy Hancock     4th June 2021 Automotive manufacturer Suzuki’s Jimny has amassed a loyal following in South Africa, with its new boxy Gen 4 (JB74) model eliciting much excitement in the 4x4 community. KwaZulu-Natal-based aftermarket Jimny 4x4 hardware manufacturer Des Sol MD Lynton Godfrey says many of the company’s clients... 

Des Sol lifting Gen 4 Jimnys to new heights

Popularity of QualiRock’s SafeLight demands increased production

By: Tracy Hancock     21st May 2021 With a healthy order book for its SafeLight, underground mining specialist QualiRock is expanding its manufacturing operation to accommodate increased production at its factory in Gauteng. As manual processes result in the unnecessary loss of time, QualiRock uses the latest manufacturing... 

Popularity of QualiRock’s SafeLight demands increased production

Caring4Girls sanitary pads aiding sustainability of schoolgirl outreach programme

By: Tracy Hancock     7th May 2021 To support the distribution of sanitary pads to schoolgirls across South Africa and ensure their continued education, non-profit organisation Imbumba Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme has recently launched its own locally manufactured range of feminine hygiene products. “It is imperative that... 

Caring4Girls sanitary pads aiding sustainability of schoolgirl outreach programme

Demand climbs for bicycle component manufacturer’s offering

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2021 While international and local demand for bicycle component manufacturer cSixx Components’ offering is steadily increasing, it has also seen a spike in demand owing to a supply shortage from bigger original equipment manufacturers.   This stemmed from the significant global uptake of cycling... 

Demand climbs for bicycle component manufacturer’s offering

Aquabox supplying local water in ‘most sustainable beverage packaging’

By: Tracy Hancock     1st April 2021 Boxed water supplier and/or manufacturer Aquabox is offering South Africans an alternative to single-use plastic when buying water at their local retailer. Boxed using renewable bio-based carton packaging developed in Europe, Aquabox founder Neal McAlpine says before Aquabox was launched... 

Aquabox supplying local water in ‘most sustainable beverage packaging’

Woodies solid fuel firing up cross-border and global interest

By: Tracy Hancock     14th March 2021 Energy company GreenMovement Energy started exporting its Woodies, a solid fuel made from a combination of organic waste materials, to Botswana and Lesotho this year after launching the product in March 2016. “We have also garnered large interest from The European and North American markets,”... 

Woodies solid fuel firing up cross-border and global interest

First National Battery last of local SMP battery manufacturers

By: Tracy Hancock     26th February 2021 Benoni-headquartered lead acid battery manufacturer First National Battery is the only local manufacturer of surface motive power (SMP) batteries left in South Africa, says First National Battery SMP national sales manager Eugene Marais. The company produces more than 2.2-million batteries a year... 

First National Battery last of local SMP battery manufacturers

DMS pioneers first local fibreglass dust fallout unit with locking brackets

By: Tracy Hancock     19th February 2021 To mitigate the theft of dust fallout units deployed in the field, Johannesburg-based dust fallout unit manufacturer Dust Monitoring Services (DMS) has developed South Africa’s first fibreglass single-bucket dust fallout unit with locking brackets. “We received numerous requests for an... 

DMS pioneers first local fibreglass dust fallout unit with locking brackets

Castle Free demand climbs even after lifting of alcohol sales ban

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2021 There has been increased demand for Johannesburg-headquartered brewery South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) non-alcoholic Castle Free beer and this trend has continued despite the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales. “Consumers have had the chance to trial Castle Free during the ban on alcohol sales... 

Castle Free demand climbs even after lifting of alcohol sales ban

KZN-made Razorback boots a hit in US

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd January 2021 KwaZulu-Natal-based manufacturer Jim Green Footwear plans to increase its production capacity in line with the establishment of a distribution network in the US, where it has received much praise, says executive director Gareth Crouch. “So far, the feedback and demand has been great. There have... 

KZN-made Razorback boots a hit in US

Eco-friendly firelighters spark international interest

By: Tracy Hancock     8th January 2021 Western Cape organic firelighter manufacturer FireFly Biofuel delivered its first international shipment comprising 2 t of its FireSpark Jnr firelighters last year to Australia and is in discussions with European countries, but progress has slowed owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. “Since we do not... 

Eco-friendly firelighters spark international interest

Shock Wave Feed Silo Optimiser rental programme kicks off

By: Tracy Hancock     26th November 2020 Monitoring and control technology company Shock Wave Engineering is negotiating rental agreements with local feed suppliers for its Feed Silo Optimiser to eliminate the “headaches” associated with farmers ordering feed too soon and discarding exceed feed unnecessarily, or running out of feed when... 

Shock Wave Feed Silo Optimiser rental programme kicks off

Eco-friendly multipurpose GP² degreaser captures global market’s attention

By: Tracy Hancock     11th November 2020 With environment, social and governance considerations top of mind, owing to issues such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, global markets are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. Consequently, there is growing demand for the GP² Eco-friendly Industrial Degreaser and... 

Eco-friendly multipurpose GP² degreaser captures global market’s attention
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