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PPC to pay particular attention to its financial position in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2018 While Johan Claassen, who was, on Wednesday, appointed permanent CEO of PPC, does not foresee any major changes for the company this year, he notes that particular attention will be paid to the company's financial position this year. This, he explained to Engineering News Online, falls in line... 

Lotus River learner takes top honours in the Western Cape

     15th February 2018 Claremont High School matriculant Uri Engelbrecht did it for the Western Cape when he was named the third best performer nationally - and tops in the province – beating out more than 550 other Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) participants.   Aged just 17, the Lotus River learner attributes... 

PPC appoints Claassen as CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2018 Cement producer PPC has appointed Johan Claassen as CEO and executive director of the company. Claassen has served as interim CEO for a number of months, with PPC chairperson Peter Nelson noting that he has overseen a number of important milestones, including the successful stabilisation of the... 

PFS outlines 'compelling case' for Pilgangoora expansion – Pilbara

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 Australian lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has delivered a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its flagship 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia. The company reported on Tuesday that the PFS outlined a "compelling business case" for the expanding the project to... 

Lubricants company creates specialist division to drive localisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa (FUCHS) and its parent company FUCHS Petrolub SE, based in Germany, have created a Lubritech division to drive a specialisation and localisation agenda.  

PPC supported by Africa growth, while local sales dwindle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2018 Construction materials supplier PPC's revenue for the nine months ended December 31, 2017, improved on that of the prior comparable period, with interim CEO Johan Claassen noting on Friday that the company continued to make good progress in terms of its deliverables. However, PPC noted that the... 

Hexagon signs MoU for offtake, project finance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 ASX-listed graphite developer Hexagon Resources has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China National Building Materials – General Technology (CNBM-GT) to purchase 30% of planned primary production from the McIntosh graphite project, in Western Australia. The parties have... 

Tubular – Professionals of choice for SMEIPP services

     2nd February 2018 Structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) services specialists for the construction industry Tubular offers clients a seamless process from foundation level to commissioning and the final handover of the project. A well respected and privately... 

India's growing economy holds promise for coal exporters

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2018 India’s growing economy is hungry for coal, with a huge demand for imported coal, delegates attending the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, have heard. Adani Enterprises COO for Coal Trading Rajendra Singh said the Indian government was investing heavily in... 

Zambia says miners must move 30% cargo by railway 

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Mining firms and other bulk cargo firms in Zambia must transport at least 30% of their freight by railway, the government said on Friday, imposing a law to revive the sector. Transport Minister Brian Mushimba told reporters there was evidence of a huge imbalance between use of the road and rail... 

High-performance chain offers enhanced strength and reliability

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 To ensure greater strength and durability, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG’s range of Tsubaki high-performance product chains now includes the robust Workhorse elevator series. 

PPC reschedules DRC cement plant debt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Construction materials provider PPC has further improved its liquidity position by finalising a capital repayment moratorium with funders of the group’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) operation, limiting PPC’s capital requirements to only interest payments from January this year to January... 

SKF quality and service value proposition improves delivery time of large size roller bearings

     19th January 2018 The SKF Explorer series large size roller bearings presented the most optimum solution for a vertical roller mill used in the production of cement. A long-standing SKF customer in the cement and concrete industry contacted SKF for a solution when a routine maintenance check determined that the... 

Norway's $1tn fund curbs holdings in biggest carbon dioxide emitters

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Norway's sovereign wealth fund has trimmed the proportion of its $1 trillion fortune that is invested in companies that emit the most greenhouse gas, a Reuters survey has shown. Environmental campaigners hope the move by the world's biggest State-owned investment fund signals the start of a trend... 

Thyssenkrupp closes the loop in Africa’s sugar industry

     18th January 2018 Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa combines local knowledge with global expertise to bring turnkey technology and equipment solutions that will promote the sustainability and profitability of the sugar industry in the Sub Sahara African region. The company offers market, feasibility... 

Ultratech Cement Q3 profit falls 23 pct on raw material price rise

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 India's UltraTech Cement Ltd, part of the Aditya Birla Group, on Thursday posted a 23 percent drop in third-quarter profit, hurt by rising pet coke and coal prices. Profit fell to 4.56 billion rupees ($71.4 million) for the quarter ended Dec 31, from 5.95 billion rupees a year ago, the company... 

Argentina energy producer Genneia weighs IPO

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Argentine thermal and renewable energy producer Genneia will consider an initial public offering on the local or international stock market, the company said in a letter to the Buenos Aires stock exchange on Wednesday. The proposal will be discussed at a shareholders meeting on February 7, said... 

Concrete Technology In Demand At New Chryso Centre Of Excellence

     15th January 2018 Concrete admixture users have wasted no time in taking up the testing and advisory services of Chryso Southern Africa’s new Centre of Excellence, which provides a complementary role to specialist testing laboratories. Opened just six months ago by the leading admixture producer, the Centre has... 

Order from Willowton Group continues 40 year business relationship with TAKRAF Africa

     9th January 2018 Two Redler Chain Elevators ordered from key equipment supplier TAKRAF Africa by the Willowton Group in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, brings the number of machines supplied to this plant to more than 40 in a business relationship stretching back some 40 years. In addition to the 40, TAKRAF... 

Rio Tinto embarks on automation roll-out at Pilbarra iron-ore operations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Mining giant Rio Tinto will expand its fleet of autonomous haul trucks at its iron-ore operations in the Pilbara by more than 50% by 2019, after signing agreements with manufacturers Caterpillar and Komatsu to convert traditional trucks to autonomous vehicles. A total of 29 Komatsu haul trucks... 

LafargeHolcim revamps management, trims executive board

By: Reuters     15th December 2017 LafargeHolcim is revamping its management structure to make countries more accountable for results, the world's largest cement maker said on Friday, in a bid to boost growth and performance. "The strengthening of the profit and loss responsibility of the countries and the simplification of global... 

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges

     15th December 2017 Infrastructure construction firm Concor Infrastructure is making progress on the 34 km section of the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, while ensuring minimal impact to environmentally sensitive areas along the route. 

PPC ends merger talks with LafargeHolcim; proposes top-up BEE transaction

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2017 Cement producer PPC’s shares fell by nearly 20% in early morning trade on the JSE on Thursday, after announcing that it has ended merger talks with LafargeHolcim and that it is considering a new black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction. The independent board set up by PPC to evaluate bids... 

DA consulting lawyers on legality of energy blueprint

By: African News Agency      11th December 2017 The Democratic Alliance said on Monday it was taking legal advice on the approval of government’s new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which envisions nuclear procurement. Democratic Alliance energy spokesperson, Gavin Davis, said the apparently rushed approval of the policy blueprint with no... 

Fairfax exits PPC partial acquisition bid

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 Fairfax Africa Investments has withdrawn its intention to acquire R2-billion worth of shares in cement producer PPC. In an update to shareholders on Monday, JSE-listed PPC said it had received formal notification on Friday that Fairfax would no longer pursue the partial offer. 

Amended BBBEE Construction Sector Code

     11th December 2017 Who does it apply to? The Amended B-BBEE Construction Sector Code was gazetted on 01 December 2017 with immediate effect.  Those who already have an Amended DTI Code certificate have 2 options available to them, viz: 

South Africa in junk or high on it?

By: Riaan de Lange     8th December 2017 Have you seen junk? Ever touched, used it or sailed on it? No, not in it, but on it? A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to sail on a junk while visiting Hong Kong. A junk, a Chinese flat-bottomed sailing ship, came into use in 220 BC and is still in use to this day. You can no longer sail... 

SA’s not-so-impressive showing in the governance stakes

     8th December 2017 South Africa is a force to be reckoned with in Africa. It is one of the continent’s powerhouses – politically and economically – with its gross domestic product (GDP) being the largest, although it had to contend with being second best to Nigeria in the GDP stakes between 2014, when the latter... 

Cement grinding plant, Rwanda

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 Prime Cement is building a 700 000 t/y grinding plant in Musanze, in the Northern Province of Rwanda. 

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said wider use of systems that trap carbon emissions will be needed to meet international climate goals, even as investments in the technology stall. “We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there’s probably something we can bring... 

Good Training Key To Safe Use Of Conveyor Splicing Equipment

     5th December 2017 Training in the correct use of mechanical splicing equipment is critical to ensure safety and productivity, according to Benjamin Sibanda, general manager of Mato Products “Tested and proven the world over, the Mato Belt Fastening System is a reliable and cost effective solution for conveyor belt... 

Nigerian’s Dangote Cement partners with online shopping giant Jumia

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 Nigerian based Dangote Cement has signed a deal with the e-commerce platform Jumia Nigeria to sell its cement to online. According to the group, the move was designed to reduce price and ease logistics inherent in the purchase of its products. 

Green Building... Green Cleaning... Green Washing?

     4th December 2017 Issued by Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd In today’s facilities management (FM) market, achieving Green Building Status has become vital. According to Matt Sena’s Green Industry Analysis 2017; “Green industry practices not only enjoy favorable public sentiment and the psychic income of a lower... 

Cement production line, Uruguay

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 The contract for the engineering, procurement and supply of equipment for a complete cement plant has been awarded. 

FLSmidth launches new, modular Reflux Classifier plant 

     30th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Power underpins wave of African industrialisation

     24th November 2017 Power is closely tied to a surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation across Africa, with significant opportunities still open to the power sector, delegates heard at a briefing for key power sector stakeholders in Sandton this week. Infrastructure spend across Africa will... 

Cement plant, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     24th November 2017 Power Cement plans to expand its cement production line in Nooriabad. 

GirlCode floats ambitions of becoming world’s largest women's digital agency

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) GirlCode, which aims to empower women in the technology sector, on Thursday revealed its new programmes for 2018, as well as its Vision 2030 ambitions, which includes reaching ten-million women by 2030. GirlCode chairperson Zandile Keebine commented that reaching that... 

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