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Engen operations in nine African countries transfer to Vivo Energy in March 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Oil company Engen Holdings’ operations in nine sub-Saharan African countries will be transferred to JSE-listed downstream petroleum company Vivo Energy on March 1, 2019. The $203.9-million transaction will see Vivo’s retail service station network expand from 15 to 23 countries in Africa,... 

Botswana trims growth prospects, sees wider budget deficits

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Botswana's economy is expected to expand by 4.5% this year, down from an estimate in February of 5.3%, the finance ministry said on Tuesday at a 2019 budget conference. A senior official in the diamond-producing southern African nation’s economy said the government expects an optimistic medium... 

New Botswana coal mine development under way – Minergy

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 Work is under way on the new Masama coal mine, which Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy expects to commission in January, ahead of its primary listing on London’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim) in the first half of next year. The 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula... 

Cradle Arc renews prospecting licences near flagship Mowana copper mine

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Africa-focused base and precious metals exploration and production company Cradle Arc on Friday announced that it had renewed prospecting licences to the north of its flagship Mowana copper mine, in Botswana, along the same Bushman Lineament that hosts the current resource estimate for Mowana.... 

Tsodilo's Botswana kimberlite project produces 44 ct

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources’ BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa kimberlite field, in Botswana, has produced a third parcel of diamonds, comprising 279 diamonds weighing 43.95 ct, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The diamondiferous BK16 kimberlite pipe is about 6 ha in size at... 

Tango’s African diamond focus grows

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Africa-focused Tango Mining on Thursday reported production since January of 941 ct of high-value diamonds from its Oena diamond mine, in the Western Cape. It also reported on progress at further diamond exploration projects in Angola, Liberia and Botswana. 

Renewable-energy guide offers insight into maturing African markets

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Global law firm DLA Piper has characterised the regulatory environments for renewable-energy projects in 12 African countries in response to developing markets on the continent, says DLA Piper Global co-chair of energy sector Natasha Luther-Jones. Renewable energy projects are becoming... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

Johnson Crane Hire Rolls Out Its Own ‘Big Five’

10th September 2018 Customers of Africa’s lifting leader Johnson Crane Hire were recently treated to an impressive display of a selection of the company’s lifting equipment at an open day where its heavy lift fleet was likened to the ‘big five’ of the wild. “Johnson Crane Hire is a home grown South African business,... 

Crade Arc signs Mali project exploration agreement with Indiana Resources

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Aim-listed copper and gold miner Cradle Arc’s subsidiary Caracal Gold Mali has entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with Mukuyu Resources for the exploration and development of Cradle’s 137 km2 Kossanto West gold project, in Mali. The area comprises the Kobokoto and Koussikoto... 

Kavango receives permit for Botswana electromagnetic survey

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2018 Exploration group Kavango Resources has received a permit for the airborne electromagnetic geophysical survey of its KSZ project in south-west Botswana. The permit for the flying of the electromagnetic survey (VTEM) to be carried out over the licences in the Kalahari Suture Zone area was granted... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

Lab-made diamonds for less: Why De Beers's plan worries rivals

By: Bloomberg     4th September 2018 De Beers hasn’t even opened its first synthetic diamond store, but its looming entry into the market for man-made gems has already shaken the industry. The unit of Anglo American said three months ago that it plans to sell lab-grown diamonds at a fraction of the going rate, undercutting rivals... 

De Beers will allow buyers to reject cheap diamonds

By: Bloomberg     4th September 2018 De Beers is allowing its diamond buyers to refuse some lower-quality stones at its sale this week, according to people familiar with the situation. It’s a rare move by De Beers, which is famous for requiring buyers to take what’s offered, and highlights the weak state of the low-end diamond... 

Bigen wins two Standard Bank Top Women Empowerment Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 The Bigen Group, an innovative and solutions-focused infrastructure development group, earned two sought-after Standard Bank Top Women Awards. Bigen was named Top Gender Empowered Company in Infrastructure Development and CEO Anton Boshoff the Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment at the annual... 

Cradle Arc cuts 2018 guidance, appoints senior industry execs to board

By: Mariaan Webb     29th August 2018 Aim-listed Cradle Arc’s share price tumbled 28% on Wednesday after the company lowered its 2018 production guidance and detailed the operational difficulties that it faced at its 60%-owned Mowana copper mine, in Botswana. The mine’s revised guidance for 2018 is to produce 4 000 t of copper in... 

Kibo, GE expand their collaboration on energy projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Energy has entered into an expanded collaboration agreement with US-based General Electric (GE). Under the terms of the agreement, GE will work with Kibo to develop its portfolio of energy projects in Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique, as well as enhance its strategy of... 

Air quality control solutions balance social and environmental needs

29th August 2018 Coal-fired power generation remains an important component of Africa’s energy landscape. Air-quality control solutions are key to preserving clean air and quality of life, says Webb Meko, Business Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch Johannesburg, 21 August 2018 – According to... 

MOD to make T3 decision by March

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th August 2018 ASX-listed MOD Resources is expected make a decision to mine its T3 copper project, in Botswana, in by the end of March next year, with first production targeted for late 2020. MOD MD Julian Hanna told delegates at the Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, that an updated feasibility study for... 

Minergy awarded mining licence for Botswana coal mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy aims to commission its Masama coal mine, in Botswana, in January, and to start producing coal within a month thereafter. This follows the company being granted a mining licence by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security.  

MSQ, Coega SEZ to build R100m medical device factory

By: Shirley le Guern     28th August 2018 South African healthcare company MSQ is positioning itself to become South Africa’s third active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer. The company, which has set its sights on becoming a market leader in a sector dominated by imports, has teamed up with the Coega Special Economic Zone... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Botswana Diamonds excited about working with Vast on Zim diamond concession

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2018 Botswana Diamonds chairperson John Teeling on Thursday said the company was looking forward to working with fellow Aim-listed Vast Resources on realising the full potential of the Hertiage diamond concession area and other areas in Zimbabwe. This followed Wednesday’s announcement by Vast that it... 

South African watchdog approves Glencore's bid for Chevron assets

By: Reuters     23rd August 2018 South African competition watchdog has given Glencore's bid worth roughly $900-million for Chevron's local and Botswana assets the green light, it said on Thursday. But the Competition Commission placed a number of conditions on its approval, including the preservation of jobs after the deal and... 

Uniquely African Skincare Range Branches Out

22nd August 2018 Local entrepreneur wins Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award with business growth Local entrepreneur Portia Mngomezulu, founder of Portia M Skin Solutions, was today awarded Pick n Pay’s 2018 Small Supplier of the Year award for her business’ exceptional growth performance and job... 

Lucara subsidiary to collaborate with diamond tech company

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 Lucara Diamond Corporation’s Clara Diamond Solutions subsidiary has entered into a collaboration agreement with diamond industry technology developer Sarine Technologies. Clara, a digital sales platform acquired by Lucara in February, will be the exclusive, worldwide customer for customised... 

China sells diesel to South Africa as refiners seek new export markets

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 State-run oil company Sinopec is selling diesel as far afield as South Africa as China's refiners seek homes for their surplus fuel in the latest sign of troubles in the domestic refining business. Sinopec said on Monday it shipped its first 30 000 t of diesel from its Shanghai refinery heading... 

Our innovations are the key partnership to your future

By: Yolande Botes     17th August 2018 “The EIE Group is known for its innovative state-of-the-art machinery and associated technologies on their automated and semi-automated solutions. Similarly, our reputation for applying solutions that ensure that our customer’s operations are fully optimised and fully supported through our... 

One of South Africa’s oldest gold mines likely to reopen next year

By: Mariaan Webb     16th August 2018 Southern Africa-focused Galane Gold is advancing plans to reopen the Galaxy gold mine near Barberton, in Mpumalanga, with the company saying on Thursday that first production at the property is planned for March next year. The TSX-V-listed miner, which operates the Mupane mine in Botswana, said... 

First-half diamond sales down 16% at Botswana's Okavango

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Sales at Botswana's State-owned Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) fell 16% in the first half of 2018 to $260-million, its managing director said, citing a high comparison base against last year's record growth. Marcus ter Haar said the company sold 1.778-million carats in the first half of 2018... 

Energy committee blasts department for ‘boycott’ of meeting on fuel prices

By: Kim Cloete     14th August 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe and his department’s failure, on Tuesday, to show up at a hotly anticipated meeting in Parliament on the fuel price has been described as a “boycott” and “a disgrace” by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy. Neither the Minister, nor his deputy Thembisile Majola,... 

Lucara recovers 253 special diamonds at Karowe in Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamonds’ Karowe mine, in Botswana, delivered 253 diamonds larger than 10.8 ct during the second quarter, ended June 30, representing 10.5% of the total recovered carats. This is also the highest number of specials recovered, by quarter, since production started at Karowe. 

MOD adjusts T3 feasibility

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2018 Copper developer MOD Resources has incorporated a lager process plant for its T3 resource, in Botswana, into the project’s feasibility study, following a 44% increase in the project’s resource estimate. The feasibility study will now be based on a plant throughput rate of 3-million tonnes a... 

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals continues to provide large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings in Gaborone, Botswana. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the... 

New-configuration valve creates export potential

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak has placed an order for about 30 redesigned FK industrial butterfly valves (FK d90) from its Italy-based supplier Formatura Iniezione Polimeri (FIP) Valves, with first shipment expected later this year. The valves will be added to the... 

Unctad, Alibaba say Africa is ripe for e-commerce opportunities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Across Africa, e-commerce platforms flanked by payments, logistics, tourism and big data partners, are beginning to lift local economies, says e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), which co-hosted the Netrepreneurs: The... 

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