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Dangote Cement still interested in South Africa's PPC – CEO

By: Reuters     20th October 2017 Dangote Cement is still interested in acquiring South African rival PPC and would do a deal at the right price, its outgoing chief executive officer Onne van der Weijde said on Thursday. Weijde said PPC was a "good fit" for Dangote Cement, which is majority owned by Africa's richest man, Aliko... 

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Economic growth in Africa is ensuring a steady demand for infrastructure development and by tailoring its business model to access this demand, engineering services provider ELB Group has enhanced its activities on the continent and announced a return to profitability. 

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

St Helena Airport development

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 St Helena has welcomed its first commercial flight. 

PPC, NUM make headway on wage impasse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2017 Cement producer PPC and trade union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have reached an agreement on wage negotiations at the company’s Slurry plant, in the North West. This followed a protected strike by the union on Monday after the parties were unable to reach an agreement through a Commission... 

Pre-cast at the CORE of modern hotel

     18th October 2017 The new six-storey 2Ten Hotel is immediately noticeable by the slender and elegant vertical and horizontal lines that traverse the full length and width of the east, west and south walls of the structure. Meanwhile, lean horizontal and vertical strips of pre-cast concrete coping on the perimeter... 

China factories grapple with soaring prices as pollution crackdown bites

By: Reuters     17th October 2017 Chinese exporters at the country's biggest trade fair are more optimistic about global demand now than six months ago but Beijing's crackdown on pollution is ramping up costs and product prices, hurting smaller factories and foreign buyers. At the Canton Fair where some 25 000 manufacturers are... 

NUM members down tools at PPC Cement over wages

By: African News Agency      17th October 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said that its members at South Africa’s leading supplier of cement and related products, PPC Cement Slurry in Mafikeng, North West, have embarked on a strike over wages. This comes after the NUM gave PPC Cement a notice to strike on Sunday last week and... 

PRASA says it’s on top of security problems

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has responded to the damning letter written by Ernest Hendricks, regional security manager of the Western Cape. In the letter, dated 31 May and addressed to PRASA's head office in Pretoria, Hendricks described problems with the security system,... 

Pan Mixers South Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th October 2017 Quality concrete equipment supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) also provide a full range of on-site batching plant solutions. Having supplied the construction industry with its equipment for over 40 years, one of the product ranges that PMSA is proud to distribute is the Self-Loading FIORI. 

Construction of Mombasa container terminal second phase to begin 2018

By: John Muchira     13th October 2017 Construction of the second phase of a modern container terminal in Kenya's port city of Mombasa is set to start in January as the country seeks to cement its position as East Africa’s transport and logistics hub. This comes after the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) secured a $333.7-million loan from... 

JV brings suspension products closer to market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 A new joint venture (JV) – National Spring Manufacturers – between Italian suspension products provider Mollebalestra and local auto spring manufacturer Golden Spring & Engineering Services was launched last month, boosting the availability of the international brand and creating employment... 

Pollution prevention plans worthy of prompt attention

     13th October 2017 The South African government is developing the climate change regulatory environment in line with the Paris Agreement. Regulations and guidelines published recently in terms of the Air Quality Act require companies to now draft pollution prevention plans how they will mitigate emission of gases... 

Bunch of old bananas or building materials of the future?

By: Reuters     12th October 2017 Potatoes reborn as insulation, peanuts processed into partition boards and mushroom bricks that grow in five days - just some of the ways the building trade could change its wasteful ways and construct virtuous new cities. In a report released on Wednesday, international engineering firm Arup set... 

CSIR seeking to develop new methods to improve local infrastructure production  

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR principal researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent sixth CSIR Conference in Pretoria. He noted that the country has... 

Eicher trucks to be assembled in SA in 2018

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2017 Eicher trucks will be assembled in South Africa in less than 12 months, says VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa (VECV SA) country head Surender Singh. “The project has a one-year lead time. We are currently in discussions to make it happen.” 

Protests test tribal authority on South Africa's platinum belt 

By: Reuters     9th October 2017 A new power struggle is unfolding in South Africa's old homelands between global mining giants, traditional leaders and an impoverished rural populace. Parts of an industry long used to labour unrest are now contending with community protests that have cut production of the country's largest... 

LafargeHolcim names new CFO

By: Reuters     9th October 2017 Cement maker LafargeHolcim on Monday said Geraldine Picaud from French optics maker Essilor International would replace CFO Ron Wirahadiraksa next year. Picaud will take over on Feb. 1, 2018. Wirahadiraksa, who joined LafargeHolcim from Philips in December 2015, is leaving to pursue opportunities... 

Dangote withdraws PPC offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2017 Nigerian cement maker Dangote Cement has withdrawn its nonbinding expression of interest for the acquisition of South African cement producer PPC. In September, Dangote proposed a combination of the two companies. 

New Range Of Eco-Friendly Road Dust Suppressants From Chryso S.A.

     6th October 2017 Chryso Southern Africa has launched a new range of dust suppressants locally developed by the company specifically for the sealing of dirt roads on the African continent. The new Chryso Eco Dust range consists of four products: 

The ins and outs of the new GHG emissions regulations

     6th October 2017 By Peggy Schoeman The national greenhouse-gas emission reporting regulations came into effect on April 3 under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004. The regulations provide for a data collection mechanism in terms of which certain companies and organisations are, as... 

High-pressure water jetting pumps witness growth in market

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 In the last three to four years, hydrodemolition by means of automated technological advances has become an increasingly popular method for significant concrete repairs, says water blasting and surface preparation equipment supply company Total Blasting director Bradley Storer. Storer says the... 

SMC Sponsors ProPak Cape 2017 as Part of its Commitment to the Packaging Industry

     5th October 2017 As ‘partners in packaging’, SMC Pneumatics is dedicated to product innovation for the food processing and packaging industry whilst maintaining its global commitment to safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. The company has spent more than half a century developing more than... 

Rainbow revises guidance for FY17/18, on target to ship first concentrate in Q4

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 Run-of-mine (RoM) for LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Burundi-based Gakara rare earths project is forecast to be in the range of 3 000 t to 4 000 tons, which is expected to generate 2 250 t of mineral concentrate for sale for the current financial year.    “Rainbow's revised guidance compares... 

Concor Gives Port Alfred To Fish River Road Vital Upgrade

     2nd October 2017 Extensive realignment and rebuilding of the R72 route from Port Alfred to the Fish River by Concor Infrastructure will make this busy route safer and more suited to heavier traffic. Concor Infrastructure, previously known as Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, is part of Concor Construction which... 

Ideas that work for industrial development. The 6th CSIR Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 The 6th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference themed ‘Ideas that Work for Industrial Development’, will take place at the CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria East on October 5 and 6 this year. 

SEZ receives recognition, contributes to SMME participation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2017 Special economic zone (SEZ) developer and operator Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has been recognised by export assistance company Exporters Club for its dedication to job creation initiatives and excellent services to export orientated investors.  

NDT at height can start immediately after shutdown 

By: Victor Moolman     29th September 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists (Skyriders) can reach high places as soon as ropes have been rigged after which nondestructive testing (NDT) can be done. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn explains that the company uses rope access techniques to do different... 

India eases auction rules to usher in commercial coal mining

By: Ajoy K Das     26th September 2017 To successfully break out of the more than four-decade-long nationalisation of the coal industry, the Indian government will ease rules for the auctioning of ten coal blocks. To open up commercial mining of coal to private miners, the government will neither be setting a minimum reserve price,... 

Development of Rainbow Rare Earths’ Burundi project advancing on schedule  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has started mining ore from the Gasagwe pit at its Gakara rare earth project, in Burundi. CEO Martin Eales on Tuesday said the company was firmly on track to deliver its first shipment of concentrate from the mine in the fourth quarter of this year. 

Australian Bauxite completes shipments

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th September 2017 ASX-listed bauxite producer Australian Bauxite has delivered 30 000 t of bauxite ahead of schedule, from its Bald Hill mine, in Tasmania. The customer will pay 90% of the invoice value immediately, with the balance due on proof of weight. 

Perth-based company Process IQ, ideal partner for United States revolutionary mining technology

     15th September 2017 Process IQ Pty Ltd, a Perth-based Australian METS company, has been appointed as the exclusive commercialisation partner of new technology developed in the United States that can save energy and maintenance costs in the mining industry.   The track record of Process IQ and its international... 

Rope access ensures successful inspection of cyclone

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Using rope access, inspection company Skyriders Access Specialists overcame height challenges, as well as confined-space and limited-access options, to conduct critical routine inspection of a cyclone at a Northern Cape-based cement producer. 

Repackaged technology to serve local minerals market well – FLSmidth 

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 The repackaging of established technology to process mined minerals is set to serve the local market well, according to mining and cement process technology company FLSmidth.  

Consortia, skills, logistics key factors for South Africa to make its mark in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2017 Consortia, skills and logistics have become the most critical elements in ensuring South Africa’s input in a growing Africa, delegates at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba heard on Thursday. Within a rapidly changing landscape, South Africa urgently needs to start planning... 

Atlas Copco liquid ring vacuum pumps - resource-conserving plug-and play solutions

     14th September 2017 The tough construction and proven operating principle of AWS, AWD & AWL liquid ring vacuum pumps from Atlas Copco make them suitable for use in the most demanding of environments across all sectors, from food processing and petrochemical to construction. Pre-engineered and fully assembled... 

India likely to miss mineral block auction target

By: Ajoy K Das     8th September 2017 India’s Mines Ministry is likely to miss its goal of completing the auction of 71 noncoal mineral blocks across seven provinces in the current financial year, despite a flurry of activity to ease federal rules. The unpreparedness of provinces to conduct auctions is largely blamed for the tardy... 

Comair dealing with poor economic situation in SA 

     7th September 2017 The weak South African economy is affecting the local airline sector. Keith Campbell reports on how one local airline group, Comair, is meeting the challenge. 

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