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Tongon permit review confirms opportunities to extend mine life

24th April 2017 A review of Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources’ Nielle permit, which hosts the company’s Tongon mine, in Côte d’Ivoire, has confirmed a number of opportunities to extend the life of the operation beyond the current four-year projection, company CEO Mark Bristow said during a site... 

Joburg pilots scheme to improve energy access in informal settlements

21st April 2017 To address the challenges of supplying electricity to informal settlements in Johannesburg, the city’s electricity utility City Power is managing a pilot project to supply residents in the Lawley and Thembelihle informal settlements. During the Power and Electricity World Africa conference, which... 

Pay-as-you-go microgrids seen offering rural electrification alternative

21st April 2017 Pay-as-you-go solar microgrid solutions, coupled with energy storage, is proving to be a boon for the African communities they power and offers opportunities to entrepreneurs to tap into this growing market. South Africa has highlighted the potential of this system through the government Green... 

Solar, liquid-energy storage solution seen having big off-grid potential

21st April 2017 Containerised liquid-energy storage machines, or flow machines, coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation, could provide Africa with the most cost-effective and energy efficient off-grid electricity generation solution, said UK-based energy storage solutions company redT CEO Scott... 

Solar industry registers quality and safety training programme

13th April 2017 Fifteen representatives from tertiary learning institutions in South Africa attended the first workshop – Inform the Trainer – at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) last month. These representatives will train solar photovoltaic (PV) technicians to install solar panels... 

RBPlat lifts Q1 output while expansion projects advance

12th April 2017 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) achieved a 6.5% year-on-year increase in platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) metals in concentrate production to 72 300 oz for the three months ended March 31. Platinum ounces were up 6.2% year-on-year to 46 300 oz. 

Pretoria property development to incorporate lagoon technology

7th April 2017 Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons has partnered with JSE-listed Balwin Properties to construct and operate South Africa’s first local Crystal Lagoon, a proprietary technology used to construct and maintain lagoons at low costs.   Balwin Properties’ new R4.2-billion The Blyde... 

Testing of world’s first fuel-cell-powered train under way

7th April 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom successfully completed an 80 km/h test run of the Coradia iLint, the world’s first fuel-cell-powered passenger train, at the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Germany, last month. An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and the Czech... 

Bushveld Minerals to proceed with Uis tin acquisition

4th April 2017 Diversified mineral development company Bushveld Minerals will pursue the acquisition of the Uis tin project, in Namibia, following the successful completion of a due diligence. Accordingly, Bushveld's wholly-owned subsidiary tin platform Greenhills Resources has signed a sale of shares and... 

Goldplat, Rand Refinery to take contract dispute to court

4th April 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat on Tuesday said it would take immediate legal action against Rand Refinery. This follows after an independent expert’s report concerning the ongoing contractual dispute between the two companies supported Goldplat’s assertions that it has fulfilled its obligations, acted in... 

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