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Established in 1948 by George “Monty” Pratley, the Pratley stable of companies rests on a foundation of research and innovation. Drawing from over 70 years of experience, Pratley has filed more than 350 patents worldwide and is involved in the manufacturing and marketing of brand leading electrical cable termination products to global markets.


Cape Town readies battery storage, ‘dispatchable IPP’ procurement programmes 

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2022 The City of Cape Town, which is in the process of procuring up to 200 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs), expects to initiate a utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) programme in 2023. It is also working on the design of a so-called ‘dispatchable IPP... 

PGMs miner emphasises female representation

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th August 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Gender Equity forums have made progress in advancing gender mainstreaming activities and the company is working towards achieving 15% female representation by 2025. Implats has achieved its aim of having women account for 25% of... 

Utilities that can provide services will thrive in a disrupted energy sector 

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2022 Municipal utilities and distributors will have to "provide more than one product" and will have to develop new services and business models to effectively serve the market, such as by reselling and wheeling power between producers and consumers. These are some of the views presented during the... 

Ironveld starts refurbishment work at Rustenburg smelter

By: Donna Slater     11th August 2022 Aim-listed iron, vanadium and titanium project developer Ironveld and its team of specialist contractors has started work at the mothballed Ferrochrome Furnaces (FCF) smelter site, in Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province. This follows the successful completion of a £4.5-million... 

Former Transnet executives’ properties, pension benefits frozen with SIU order

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2022 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and Transnet have obtained a preservation order from the Special Tribunal to freeze five luxury properties, and pension benefits valued at about R1.8-million, linked to former Transnet executives and their spouses, pending the final determination of civil... 

Charles Kachuma embarks on a journey of lifelong learning

10th August 2022 Adult basic education and training (ABET) is a starting point in a lifelong journey for many individuals. A case in point is 31-year-old Charles Kachuma who is now studying for a Bachelor of Laws Degree while working as a Weaver for GKD Africa, a leading manufacturer and supplier of filtration,... 

Zest WEG develops a significant manufacturing capability

8th August 2022 Over the past 12 years Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has evolved from being primarily a sales and distribution company to a fully-fledged manufacturer working to the best global standards. “In 2010 WEG acquired a majority shareholding in... 

Imperial Metals seeks to raise $45m to bridge Mount Polley restart revenue shortfall

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2022 Vancouver-headquartered Imperial Metals Corporation is seeking to secure additional funds for restart activities at its Mount Polley copper and gold mine by way of a nonbrokered private placement of $45-million in convertible debentures. The company notes that the mine is operating at targeted... 

China’s change of tack

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th August 2022 Many countries in Africa and elsewhere have been the beneficiaries of China’s largesse for many years. This has largely been in the form of financing for infrastructure projects, and I have often cautioned against getting heavily indebted to the Asian nation, given its tendency to show little or... 

Into the future

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th August 2022 If one considers the way things have progressed, we are now in 2022, which is 100 years later than 1922. Looking back to 1922, a great number of things had changed from the beginning to that century until that time. Motor cars had gone from being fairly slow devices with no cabin (and in Britain,... 

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