http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 16.28Change: -0.08
R/$ = 14.23Change: 0.07
Au 1292.80 $/ozChange: 28.53
Pt 1076.00 $/ozChange: 30.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jun 05, 2009

On-The-Air (05/06/09)

Back
podsafm_05062009
 
 
 
Gold|Africa|CoAL|Copper|Diesel|Engineering|Engines|Mining|Platinum|Road|Technology|Africa|Automotive|Diesel
Gold|Africa|CoAL|Copper|Diesel|Engineering|Engines|Mining|Platinum|Road|Technology|Africa|Automotive|
gold|africa-company|coal|copper|diesel-company|engineering|engines|mining|platinum|road|technology|africa|automotive|diesel

Every Friday morning, SAfm's AMLive's radio anchor Tim Modise speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday's At the Coalface transcript:

Modise: A new microdot technology is available that puts car thieves on the spot. This seems like very good, positive technology that we should be excited about.

Creamer: What is happening now is there's a new technology, a microdot technology, which is sprayed onto your vehicle. You get about 10 000 dots sprayed onto your vehicle, and sometimes up to 15 000 dots. Just one of those dots has the identity of the vehicle. It's got space for 17 digits. When we're talking about these dots, they're as small as a grain of salt, like a pin-prick, and there are 10 000 of them on 88 different parts of the car.

What has been happening with car theft is that car thieves take the cars and file off the chasis number, they take away the vehicle identity number, so people don't even know who's car it is. The police recover about 12 000 vehicles a year worth about R1-billion, but they have to destroy them because nobody knows who the owner is. Half of the cars that are stolen and hi-jacked get a new identity and they come back on the road. Another 30% get chopped up for parts and 20% get exported.

Now, you'll have cars with an actual DNA so that their identity cannot be destroyed. They've tried to experiment now by putting these microdots on vehicles and blowing these cars up and you can still find that identity and, by using ultraviolet light and magnifying lenses, you can pick up from those tiny grains of salt-sized dots what the ownership is.

Modise: The determination of the world to reduce its carbon footprint may lift the price of palladium that is mined in South Africa. How so?

Creamer: The darling of the platinum group metals has been platinum, which has been in demand and grown so vigorously because of the demand for diesel vehicles, where it is actually used. But the world now wants to get rid of CO2, as that is public enemy number one. On the drawing boards now of the automotive industry companies, although they're down at the moment, they will come back, and what they're planning is a big emphasis on much smaller vehicles, turbo charged vehicles, engines that are gasoline driven, which will mean that the same growth in that demand for platinum won't be there, but fortunately, we've got platinum group metals and within those platinum group metals is palladium and many see that the future demand is going to have an emphasis on palladium going forward.

That has always been a Russian story in the past because the Russian's are seen as very big suppliers of palladium, but South Africa is also a very big supplier of palladium and some manufacturers are forecasting, like GMSA, that the next decade looks like being a palladium decade.

Modise: Still staying with mining, Zimbabwe is taking steps to attract billions of dollars of investment in its neglected mining sector. What's happening there?

Creamer: Zimbabwe's new prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been doing his sums and he is looking for new investment opportunities in Zimbabwe, and the one that is really looking promising is the mining opportunity.

The Zimbabweans are calculating that, by 2011, there will be a new demand for mining commodities and we'll be out of the slump and back into the boom. What they're doing is retailoring their mining policies to attract investors now. Those policies haven't been investor-friendly in the past and the policy of indigenisation, where 51% of the mines would have to be owned by local Zimbabweans, slows down the investment.

But, he calculates that between 2011 and 2018 they could attract something like $16-billion worth of investment into mining and we know that their agricultural sector is not doing too well, they need something to boost them and this is what they're looking to because they are endowed with very good metals and minerals. They are the second-biggest potential producer of platinum. We do know that some of the South African companies have gone through the bad times there, like Implats and Aquarius Platinum, who are still in there. But there is a lot of opportunity for more activity within the platinum group metals space and then there's also gold, copper, coal and nickel so they are looking towards this new era, the comeback of demand in commodities, and we even saw the prices rise again and that there will be this comeback in demand and they want to be prepared for it with good policies to attract strong investment.

Modise: That's Martin Creamer, the publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. He will be back At the Coalface at the same time, next Friday.

 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here
 
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other SAFM
More
 
 
Latest News
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Updated 5 hours ago Cabinet has extended the contract of Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) director-general Nosipho Ngcaba and approved the appointment of Limpho Makotoko as the new DEA COO.     “Under the leadership of Ngcaba, the DEA has consistently received clean and...
Mzwandile Masina
Updated 6 hours ago The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited companies to participate in a trade and investment mission to Ghana and Nigeria from August 8 to 12.   Companies in the agriculture and agroprocessing sectors, built environment professionals, automotive and...
Updated 6 hours ago Cabinet has approved the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2016/17 to 2018/19, which seeks to achieve a higher-impact industrial policy in difficult economic circumstances, including the difficulties faced by the domestic steel industry and the drought which has...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Automotive 2016 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into local demand and production, vehicle imports and exports, investment and competitiveness in the sector, as well...
Energy Roundup – April 2016 (PDF Report)
The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South...
Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Energy Roundup – March 2016 (PDF Report)
The March 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for February 2016 and includes details of the Department of Energy’s plans to announce the preferred bidders for the first tranche of the coal independent power producer procurement programme; the Council...
Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main...
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a...
South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme,...
DOROS HADJIZENONOS The 700-series devices provide network security monitoring, app control, URL filtering, VPN security, antivirus, antispam, antibot, and advanced intrusion prevention and detection functionality
Cybersecurity multinational Check Point has released its latest 700-series cybersecurity systems for small businesses, which draw on its international threat intelligence to provide up-to-date cybersecurity, says Check Point South Africa country manager Doros...
Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014...
Group of 20 (G-20) economies threatened to penalise havens that don’t share information on their banking clients after the leak of the Panama Papers provoked a global uproar over tax evasion. The G-20 will consider “defensive measures” against financial centers and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $149 Close
Subscribe Now for $149