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Eskom nears completion of rectification of major boiler defects 

29th June 2022 Eskom’s newest coal-fired power stations, Limpopo-based Medupi and Mpumalanga-based Kusile have suffered setbacks since their commissioning, some of which are yet to be finalised. Because Eskom ordered boilers of such a high capacity – at about 800 MW a unit – this meant that the power utility... 

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Roche reveals compact molecular diagnostics system 

22nd June 2022 Pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics technology company Roche has unveiled its new compact molecular diagnostics system, which is geared towards improving access to medical diagnostics capabilities across Africa and elsewhere around the world. Darren Parker tells us more. 

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Hydrox showcases locally developed alkaline electrolyser 

15th June 2022 Hydrogen-powered vehicles and plants of the future will require hydrogen fuel, which is made using an electrolyser. As South Africa looks to introduce hydrogen powered engines, the need for local hydrogen production will also become important. Creamer Media’s Donna Slater recently visited... 

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Technology-driven vibratory equipment manufacturer emerges stronger 

9th June 2022 As South African engineered vibratory equipment manufacturer Kwatani emerges stronger, having overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the technology-driven company is reviewing options of expanding to meet anticipated growth. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

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Anglo launches world-first hydrogen-powered haul truck 

1st June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American on May 6 launched the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, capable of carrying a 290 t payload and generates more power than its diesel predecessor. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

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Corobrik launches new R800m Kwastina brick factory 

25th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa and Corobrik CEO Nick Booth officially unveiled the company’s new R800-million Kwastina brick factory, in Gauteng, earlier this month. Tasneem Bulbulia attended the launch.  

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Drilling of Northam’s Zondereinde No 3 shaft completed 

18th May 2022 Platinum group metals miner Northam last month completed the drilling and reaming of the first shaft of its Number 3 Shaft expansion project. The new shaft, at 1 380 metres deep and 4.8 metres wide, is designed to handle personnel and materials, while two additional shafts will handle... 

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Heineken showcases its water reclamation plant 

13th April 2022 Beermaker Heineken has built a water reclamation plant at its Sedibeng Brewery, in the Midvaal, investing in technology to reclaim and recycle the water used in its production processes and reduce the amount of water it sources from the municipality. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

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Exxaro reinforces socio-economic need to capitalise off coal for future-resilient business 

30th March 2022 Although coal miner Exxaro acknowledges its contribution toward climate change, it also stresses that coal from already-established coal mines need to be capitalised upon to form the foundation of a new and future-sustainable business. 

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Attacq uplifts Phuthumani Primary 

23rd March 2022 Real estate investment trust Attacq has partnered with nonprofit organisation Sage Foundation to build and renovate classrooms at the Phuthumani Primary School, in Thembisa. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

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Drones to the rescue of targeted rail cables 

16th March 2022 Johannesburg-based drones operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions has been using its vast fleet of drones throughout South Africa over the past few years to combat infrastructure theft, as well as surveillance of hotspots. Donna Slater tell us more. 

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Training academy advances vibrant learnership digitally  

8th March 2022 To underpin digital strategy in a business, training needs to evolve to cover critical aspects such as improving safety and productivity in mining. The Murray & Roberts Training Academy, just outside of Carltonville, has therefore introduced multiple methods of achieving “vibrant learnership”... 

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GE, partners launch Next Engineers programme in Johannesburg 

2nd March 2022 Multinational General Electric, in partnership with nonprofit organisations FHI360 and PROTEC, as well as the Gauteng Department of Education officially launched the Next Engineers programme in Johannesburg, last month, a $2.5-million investment aimed at increasing the diversity of young people... 

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Improvon breaks ground on logistics facility at Rand Airport commercial park 

18th February 2022 Real estate investment company Improvon on February 16 broke ground on a new warehouse and logistics facility, the Dakota Precinct, at Rand Airport commercial park. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more.  

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Kangra cuts first coal at underground extension 

11th February 2022 Coal mining company Kangra has extended the life of its operations by opening up a new adit, which provides access to new underground coal reserves. Darren Parker tells us more. 

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UD Trucks looks to build on 2021 growth, further improve sustainability 

4th February 2022 Japanese commercial vehicles manufacturer UD Trucks had to contend with a tough year in 2021, with a number of global challenges, but still achieved solid growth and a number of successes. 

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BME unpacks new-gen electronic detonator 

26th January 2022 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME is in the process of rolling out its new-generation electronic detonator system called AXXIS Titanium across the country and other key markets. Marleny Arnoldi visited the assembly site. 

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Attacq progresses Waterfall developments  

19th January 2022 Real estate investment trust Attacq is continuing to develop Waterfall City, its mixed-used development in Midrand, into a smart, safe and sustainable city. Tasneem Bulbulia expands. 

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Africa Data Centres outlines expansion plans as it launches the flagship JHB1 data centre 

12th January 2022 Carrier-neutral co-location data centre provider Africa Data Centres has showcased its latest data centre at its Midrand campus, which forms an integral part of what it says are the most ambitious data centre expansion plans Africa has ever witnessed. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

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Dwyka Mining Services brings dog-like robot to South Africa 

6th January 2022 Mining technology integration partner Dwyka Mining Services launched US-based robotics developer Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, known as Spot, in South Africa last year. Creamer Media contributing editor Donna Slater attended the launch. 

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City Lodge reinvents itself for competitive edge 

9th December 2021 City Lodge Hotel Group’s new Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City, in Midrand, which opened on March 1, offers a full dining experience, a move away from a breakfast-only offering. This represents the vision for the group moving forward. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

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Tesla’s SA partner raising renewable energy’s profile in SA 

1st December 2021 US automotive manufacturer Tesla’s South African partner, Rubicon Group brought the first Tesla Model X Performance Edition all-electric sports utility vehicle into the country to raise renewable energy’s profile in the country. Simone Liedtke, who saw a demonstration of the vehicle, tells us more. 

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Pluczenik opens local diamond cutting facility 

24th November 2021 Global diamond manufacturer and trader Pluczenik (pronounced Pluchenik, like ch in cheese) Diamond Company has made a re-entry into the South African market by partnering with a local entrepreneur to open a diamond cutting and polishing facility in Bedfordview. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

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New heavy-duty excavator launched in SA 

17th November 2021 CASE Construction Equipment, a CNH Industrial brand, launched its CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator in South Africa last month. This is the latest in the company’s range of excavators with the latest addition geared towards harsh working conditions while prioritising comfort and efficiency. Nadine... 

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Tshwane Automotive SEZ sets precedent for speedy development 

10th November 2021 The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been cited as a testament to how (or cited as a benchmark for how?) special economic zones in South African can be owned and operated, and lead economic development in a province. Marleny Arnoldi provides an update. 

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Transnet reopens Cookhouse-Blaney line in the Eastern Cape 

3rd November 2021 South African rail, port and pipeline company Transnet’s subsidiary, Transnet Freight Rail, in October officially reopened the Cookhouse-Blaney branch line in the Eastern Cape. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

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CSIR unveils 4IR factory to bolster local skills 

27th October 2021 The Pretoria-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has developed a learning factory geared towards upskilling people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This factory showcases various robotic systems, augmented reality, the incorporation of Internet-of-Things and automation,... 

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Community artisanal mining project well-received in Lower Orange River region 

20th October 2021 Situated in a remote desert wilderness along the banks of the South African side of the Lower Orange River, which forms part of the border between South Africa and Namibia, LOR Diamonds has found a solution to illegal mining in the area. Simone Liedtke, who visited the mineral assets last month,... 

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UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen 

14th October 2021 The world is in the process of determining cleaner energy forms for baseload, storage and decarbonisation, which are not always economically viable, according to energy company UHURU Africa. The company poses that biomass can support solar, wind and hydro energy. Marleny Arnoldi gathered some... 

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Bearings International launches new Rexnord bearing solution 

6th October 2021 Bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International has launched a new bearing solution for demanding applications. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

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DCD, Sherp to welcome more Sherp vehicles to Africa for use in remote, search and rescue conditions 

29th September 2021 Particularly well-suited to adverse weather and remote ground conditions, the Sherp heavy-duty vehicle provides an efficient mode of transport when access to remote areas is required, either for exploration, humanitarian, or search and rescue needs. 

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Northam’s Booysendal complex progresses with expansion plans 

22nd September 2021 Platinum group metals miner Northam is expanding its ore handling systems to cater for increased volumes coming from its north, central and currently-under-construction south mines, at its Booysendal complex. 

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Appliance manufacturer establishes global brand in South Africa 

15th September 2021 Turkish appliance manufacturer Arçelik has made its entry into the South African market with its global brand Beko, which is the biggest home appliances brand in the UK. Marleny Arnoldi visited the store.  

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Rosebank developments require greater city involvement  

8th September 2021 The Rosebank node has enjoyed much success and years of developments; however, there are a number of challenges that require further support from the City of Johannesburg to mitigate, and to bolster further developments in the area. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

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Company opens expanded Value-Added Centre for customers’ manufacturing requirements 

1st September 2021 The South African extension of Germany-based Phoenix Contact has expanded its Value-Added Centre (VAC), based in Randburg, South Africa, as part of its continued efforts to provide its customers with manufacturing of their product solutions. Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

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Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills 

25th August 2021 A partnership between Nkwe Platinum, Zijin Mining Group and Sany Southern Africa has resulted in six women from rural Limpopo being provided basic excavator operating skills. The initiative is part of all three companies’ corporate social investment drive and their efforts to empower women during... 

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Battery Electric delivers on diesel machine conversion tech 

4th August 2021 As investors place greater emphasis on carbon footprints, underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric is ready to assist companies on their decarbonisation journey. Tracy Hancock tells us more. 

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Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class 

30th June 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa in June started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Tasneem Bulbulia attended the launch. 

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