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Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt is Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Dual carriageway conversion for Joburg road

2nd March 2018 The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has developed a draft design for the future upgrading of Jan Smuts avenue to a dual carriageway from Northwold drive to Bolton drive and from Eighth avenue to Kent road in Rosebank, to improve mobility and decrease congestion on the main arterial route. The... 

Sasol Chemicals completes alumina expansion

2nd March 2018 Sasol Chemicals' inorganics and catalyst division has completed a 15 000 t/y expansion of alumina capacity at its  Brunsbuettel site, in Germany, enabling the company to meet growing global demand. The expansion involved debottlenecking the alumina slurry feed capacity by installing an additional... 

Central bank keeping abreast of fintech developments

2nd March 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has established a financial technology (fintech) programme to strategically assess the emergence of fintech in a structured and organised manner, and to consider its regulatory implications. The central bank explains that the programme is aimed at tracking... 

R57bn for fee-free higher education and training

2nd March 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said R57-billion from the 2018 Budget would be allocated towards the fee-free higher education and training alluded to by former President Jacob Zuma in December 2017. Noting that this was the largest reallocation of resources to fulfil government’s... 

RCL Foods eyes greater market share as new pet food facility opens

1st March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods on Thursday launched its new R150-million pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein. Through the establishment of the 1 500 m2 facility, which employs around 700 people, the company aims to take a greater share in the R5-billion a year South... 

Jubilee, BMR extend agreement deadline for Zambia project

1st March 2018 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals Group and Aim-listed BMR Group have agreed, under their joint venture (JV) agreement for the Kabwe lead/zinc/vanadium project, in Zambia, to extend the date for the fulfilment of all conditions precedent from February 28 to March 31. The extension will allow for the... 

Stratex welcomes geologist Livesey as CEO

1st March 2018 Gold-focused Stratex International on Thursday welcomed CEO Tim Livesey in his new position. “I am very pleased to be joining Stratex International and am looking forward to working with the team to enhance the value of our existing portfolio and, importantly, to develop some new avenues for... 

Battery Minerals completes scoping study on Balama graphite project

1st March 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has completed a $50.1-million scoping study on its Balama Central graphite project, in Mozambique, to determine the potential viability of an openpit mine and building a graphite processing plant on site. The study was also aimed at determining the order of magnitude... 

Las Iguanas to open 200-seater restaurant in Centurion in June

28th February 2018 The UK restaurant chain Las Iguanas will open its first restaurant in South Africa's Irene Mall, in Centurion, on June 7, franchisor Gold Brands said on Wednesday. The chain specialises in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and other South American food and cocktails, and the Irene restaurant will seat... 

South Africa hosts first UN Drought Core Group meeting

28th February 2018 A meeting, focusing on the outlook and risks for drought and famines on the African continent in the year ahead, was held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation's (Dirco's) offices, in Pretoria, on Wednesday. The inaugural meeting, which was hosted and chaired by South... 

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