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Tlou submits plans for Botswana power plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 30 minutes ago ASX- and Aim-listed Tlou Energy has submitted a proposal to the Botswana Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security to develop up to 100 MW of coal bed methane (CBM) fuelled pilot power plants in the African country. The government of Botswana earlier this year requested... 

More British funds for trade with South Africa and renewed bilateral commitment to post-Brexit trade

By: Keith Campbell     20th September 2017 British International Trade Secretary (equivalent to Minister in South Africa) Dr Liam Fox announced in Pretoria on Wednesday that his country’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, has increased the funds available to South African enterprises buying British goods and to British companies... 

Botswana seeks option to buy unusually big diamonds from its mines

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Botswana is amending its law to give the government the first option to buy diamonds that are unusually large or have other unusual features found in its mines, such as the world's second-biggest 1 109 ct diamond discovered two years ago. The cornerstone of Botswana's success has been one... 

Khato Holdings is making great strides in Botswana and other SADC states 

     18th September 2017 Khato Civils has also established a country office in Botswana, where it has 60-million pula of equipment and has bought a 4 ha site on which to construct its head office in the country. Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani explains that the building plans are in the last stages of being approved by... 

South African civils firm still keen on Botswana, despite recent setback

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 South African civil construction company Khato Civils is continuing with the roll-out of its broad investment into the Botswana market, despite legal action recently taken against the company, which saw several of its business bank accounts being frozen. Khato Civils chairperson Simbi Phiri tells... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, the 126 ct D-colour Type IIa... 

WBHO upbeat about UK market potential following Byrne acquisition

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 A problematic Australian contract and a payment in accordance with a settlement agreement between government and the local construction sector following an investigation into collusion have seen profits slip at JSE-listed construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO). The group earlier this... 

De Beers is said to hire leak hunter to probe gem data breach

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2017 The world’s biggest diamond producer hired an external investigator to find the source of possible leaks of its most sensitive price data, according to people familiar with the matter. De Beers hired investigators from KPMG International in South Africa to find the source of the leaks, according... 

Botswana Diamonds plans additional drilling at South Africa project

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th September 2017 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds’ shares on the LSE rose by nearly 20% on Tuesday as the company announced it would start large diameter drilling (LDD) at the Zebediela project, in Limpopo, in October. Zebediela forms part of the Vutomi Joint Venture project, at Frischgewaagt. 

Lucara completes diamond recovery capital projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2017 Lucara Diamond Corp has completed the Mega Diamond Recovery (MDR) and sub-middles XRT capital projects at its Karowe mine, in Botswana, ahead of schedule. The MDR circuit treats material in the size range between 50 mm and 120 mm and is located directly post the primary crusher and ahead of the... 

Solar grid keeps harvests high, hospitals lit in parched rural Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     11th September 2017 Until recently, farmers in this town in southern Zimbabwe struggled to water their crops, frustrated by poor rainfall and the regular breakdown of the diesel engines that powered their irrigation systems. As in most areas of rural Zimbabwe, rain-fed agriculture provides most of the jobs in this... 

Diamonds fund Zimbabwe political oppression, Global Witness says

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2017 Zimbabwe’s government is using money earned from diamond exports to fund its Central Intelligence Organisation, blamed for a raft of human-rights abuses as it’s helped to keep President Robert Mugabe in power since 1980, Global Witness said. Diamonds dug from the Marange fields in eastern... 

Afrox sees 22% increase in headline earnings  

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2017 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has reported a 22% rise in headline earnings a share to 93.3c, though this was at the lower end of the company’s recent guidance for the half-year ended June 30. Delivering the company’s financial results presentation in Johannesburg on Friday, CEO Schalk Venter... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, last month, members of the nine countries, represented by their science and technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

Volvo Car SA expecting big change in EV perceptions in coming years

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Russia plans gem reform to compete with India's million workers

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2017 Russia wants its biggest diamond miner to work more closely with the country’s top gem cutters so the industry can better compete in a market that’s dominated by Indian manufacturers. As part of a plan to boost the competitiveness of Russian diamonds, the government wants  Alrosa PJSC to offer... 

Minergy maintains positive momentum, eyes secondary listing by July 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2017 As emerging coal miner Minergy posts its maiden results for the year ended June 30, much work has been completed in the background to bring to fruition the full potential of the Masama project, in Botswana. So far, the potential of the resource, which was beyond expectations, had proven far... 

WBHO sees challenging Australian project, settlement agreement sip from the profit cup

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2017 A problematic Australian contract and a payment in accordance with a settlement agreement between government and the local construction sector following an investigation into collusion have seen profits slip at JSE-listed construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO). The group on Tuesday... 

Mod doubles Botswana exploration budget

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st September 2017 Metals developer Mod Resources on Friday announced plans to double its exploration budget for the next 12 months to A$10-million, to further test its licence holdings in Botswana. Mod would extend drilling well beyond its T3 copper project, where a 70 hole diamond drilling campaign was... 

Extended component and solutions range ensures management and control

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 Engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) has extended its range of power management solutions provider Eaton’s hydraulic components to include Eaton’s advanced conveyor solutions, which are designed for safe and efficient electrical power management and control. 

Poultry industry challenges, drought negatively impact on RCL Foods’ FY17 profit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th August 2017 The widely reported challenges facing the local poultry industry and the performance of JSE-listed RCL Foods’ chicken business unit decimated the company’s profits in the financial year ended June 30, with the company reporting a 0.8% decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Botswana reaffirms commitment to 100 MW solar project

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2017 The Botswana government has assured potential renewable-energy investors that it will follow through with the implementation of a proposed 100 MW utility-scale solar project, for which it received 166 responses to a call for expressions of interest (EoI) released earlier this year. The Botswana... 

Khato Holdings – growing Africa on time and within budget 

     29th August 2017 With plans to expand further in Africa, South African black emerging design and construction company Khato Civils expects that, in three to five years, 20% of its workload will be attributable to South Africa, while 80% will be based across the rest of the continent.  

Namibia black-ownership plan risks repeating South Africa's errors

By: Bloomberg     29th August 2017 A plan by Namibia, among the world’s most economically unequal nations, to better distribute wealth among its citizens may end up the way neighbouring South Africa’s has – benefiting an elite minority. The nation is working on a law that will require all businesses to be at least a quarter owned... 

Adapt IT pursues Pan-African expansion

By: Schalk Burger     28th August 2017 JSE-listed specialised software group Adapt IT aims to gain a foothold in all African markets as part of its strategy to become a R3-billion-a-year-turnover business by 2020, CEO Sbu Shabalala said on Monday. The group grew its turnover by 25% year-on-year to R994-million for the financial year... 

Tsodilo kicks off BK16 drilling programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th August 2017 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has started the large diameter drill (LDD) drilling programme at its wholly owned BK16 kimberlite project, within the Orapa kimberlite field, in Botswana. The diamond and metals exploration company planned to drill 14 holes, 24 inches in diameter, to a cumulative... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, on Thursday, members of the nine countries, represented by their Science and Technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

British Trade Policy Minister again assures Southern Africa over future trade

By: Keith Campbell     25th August 2017 Following his recent trip to South Africa for talks with senior representatives of the countries of the Southern African Customs Union (SAC) – Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland – (plus Mozambique), UK Trade Policy Minister Lord Price wrote a column which was issued by the... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

Parnis Manufacturing

     25th August 2017 Besides its baseload work for the mining industry in South Africa and beyond the country’s borders, Johannesburg-based Parnis Manufacturing has made great strides into the energy sector, where it has identified expansion opportunities in the design, fabrication and assembly of mobile switch rooms... 

South African companies urged to prepare for Brexit

By: Keith Campbell     25th August 2017 Analysts with international professional (including legal and financial) services group Herbert Smith Freehills have urged South African companies doing business with the UK to take care that their interests would be protected as Britain leaves the European Union (EU) – a process popularly known... 

Mod rethinks T3 plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2017 ASX-listed junior Mod Resources was ‘rethinking’ its plans for the T3 copper project, in Botswana, following a resource upgrade. The company on Thursday reported a 16% increase in the contained copper at the T3 project, which was now estimated to host a total mineral resource of 36-million... 

Himoinsa

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd August 2017 As a global corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes power generation equipment globally, Himoinsa adds incomparable application and engineering know-how, excellent design and service capabilities, delivering value beyond the equipment it produces. 

Tlou secures mining licence for Lesedi CBM project

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 Aim- and ASX-listed Tlou Energy has been granted a mining licence for its Lesedi coal-bed methane (CBM) gas project, in Botswana. “The mining license for the Lesedi CBM project was the first application of its kind to be lodged in Botswana. The awarding of the licence by the Ministry [of Mineral... 

Crystal Events Africa

     18th August 2017 Crystal Events Africa, formerly Crystal Events & Incentives, is a leading conference, incentive travel and corporate meeting organiser in South Africa. Its recent expansion into Africa has increased its business capacity to successfully drive intercontinental business through in-bound incentive... 

Firms joining forces to raise $500m for mining projects, particularly in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors and law firm Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa are collaborating to assist in raising about $500-million in finance for mining projects worldwide and for Africa based ones in particularly. MX Mining is focused on raising capital and... 

The real conflict is between truth and lies

By: Riaan de Lange     18th August 2017 The Real Conflict is between Truth and Lies It is 21 hours since the unthinkable has happened, an event which has divided, and is expected to continue to divide, the athletics world for the foreseeable future. It will take the athletics world a considerable time to recover from the effects of the... 

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