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Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 Precious gem miner Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. Mothae is located approximately 5 km from Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine. 

Miners regain mojo to spark $18bn in exploration hunt

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 A rebound in exploration by global miners could see spending hit $18-billion by 2025 with China the front runner in the search for a new generation of giant discoveries. Exploration budgets are rising after they plunged to an 11-year low of about $10-billion last year as mining companies slashed... 

Cesa focused on transformation

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has committed to transforming its membership and the industry as a whole. The industry body, which has identified transformation as a critical theme, has established a transformation committee that will embark on a process to develop proposed interventions... 

Rainbow progresses Burundi rare earths project

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 Rare earth elements mining company Rainbow Rare Earths has started work on the now fully permitted Gakara rare earths project, in Burundi, ahead of trial mining. Following its $8-million fundraising and successful initial public offering (IPO) on the LSE in January, preparation for mining at... 

Jasco acquires 65% stake in Cross Fire for R52m

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 JSE-listed Jasco is acquiring a 65.4% stake in Cross Fire in a R52.3-million deal with Cross Fire management and its Cross Fire founder John Cross. The addition of Cross Fire will bolster Jasco’s existing fire solutions portfolio in the blue-chip corporate market and lift it into the top three... 

South Africa needs a water-conscious, water-smart approach to mitigating looming water deficit 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 A new report ‘Scenarios for the future of water South Africa’ has revealed how the drought-stricken, water-scarce country needs to transition towards a water-conscious, water smart economy with stronger water governance. In the report unpacking various scenarios, the World Wide Fund for Nature... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Junior miners under strain as investors increasingly look elsewhere

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 Encouraging investment for junior miners is becoming a persistent issue amid faltering markets and investors increasingly seeking ways to settle their capital in other markets, stocks and companies that can guarantee its safeguarding and growth. Based on the sentiment of participants of the... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Salani Sithole

     17th March 2017 This week we feature Salani Sithole, Managing Director of consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa   

BBE Group launches new automation division

     16th March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

Royal HaskoningDHV delivers solid performance in 2016

     15th March 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV has seen another year on year improvement in operational performance delivering a net result of €12.1 million in 2016. The company’s strategy to focus and build on its leading positions and increase efficiency in operations has helped to further improve profitability to 4.1%.... 

Royal HaskoningDHV Engineering Inspiring Healthcare through Innovation

     15th March 2017 7 March, 2017 World leaders in Healthcare Engineering, Consulting Engineers Royal HaskoningDHV presented a paper entitled ‘Inspiring Healthcare through Innovation, Western Lessons - African Application’ at the South African Federation of Hospital Engineering (SAFHE) and the Clinical Engineering... 

Sandspring on the hunt for major minerals, partner in Guyana

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2017 Canada-listed project developer Sandspring Resources is firming up the resource base at the Toroparu gold project, in Guyana, with the focus on enticing a major partner to join the development of the nearly seven-million-ounce project. “We’ve got the backing of major mining investors such as... 

Taking ECSA, Minister to court was a ‘last resort’, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 Taking legal action against the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi was a last resort in attempts to have the current ECSA council suspended, South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Manglin Pillay told Engineering News Online on... 

Innovative Use Of Technicrete Aqua Zig Zags And Dzz’s For Storm Water Attenuation Management

     13th March 2017 All new properties developed in the Ekurhuleni region, regardless of the size, are required to submit a storm water management plan to the Ekurhuleni Municipality. To meet this prerequisite, the consulting engineers, Mhiduve (Pty) Ltd, developed an innovative storm water attenuation management... 

Spirit AeroSystems says ex-CEO breached retirement deal – Elliott filing

By: Reuters     10th March 2017 Elliott Management reported in a regulatory filing that Spirit AeroSystems Holdings has said its former chief executive officer, Larry Lawson, has breached his retirement contract by consulting for the hedge fund during its proxy fight with Arconic. Elliott hired Lawson as a consultant on... 

Auction for Peru metals smelter draws zero bids in first auction

By: Reuters     10th March 2017 No company placed a bid on Peru's nearly 100-year-old  

New retirement fund for South African expatriates launched

By: Dylan Slater     10th March 2017 A new global retirement fund and medical plan, specifically designed for South African expatriates, has been launched by consulting, technology and outsourcing firm EOH.  

Northern Dynasty appoints HDR Alaska to start Pebble permitting process

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 The proponent of the controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in Alaska, one of the largest undeveloped projects in the world, is taking advantage of US President Donald Trump’s pro-development agenda and has appointed regulatory and permitting consultant HDR Alaska to start the federal and... 

‘What a difference a year makes’ – analysts outline mostly strong commodity fundamentals despite uncertainty

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 “What a difference a year makes,” John Butcher, principal economist at commodity consultancy Wood Mackenzie exclaimed during a technical programme at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s yearly convention this week. While global economic growth came in at a disappointing 2.3% in... 

Edenville appoints consulting engineer, coal engineer for Rukwa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has appointed a consultant mining engineer to oversee the mining development and efficient operation of its Rukwa coal-to-power project, in western Tanzania. The unnamed engineer has over 20 years of experience in the resources industry, including ten years on the... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     3rd March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     3rd March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

Water crisis impacting economic growth, but there are solutions – GIBB

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd March 2017 With the Water Research Commission (WRC) predicting that South Africa will require 17% more water by the year 2030 and with the country’s water supplies almost fully allocated, it has become even more pressing to change peoples’ attitude towards water use and effectively manage water demand,... 

Group Five appoints interim CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2017 Group Five has appointed Themba Mosai interim CEO, while it seeks a successor to former CEO Eric Vemer. Vemer last week announced his surprise resignation from the group after less than three years in the position. 

SMEC South Africa, DEC Trust, Kapela Holdings establish partnership

     1st March 2017 More than two million disabled South Africans stand to benefit from a new partnership entered into between SMEC South Africa and the Disability Empowerment Concerns (DEC) Trust, in partnership with the Kapela Holdings Group. Signed at an official ceremony at SMEC South Africa’s Randburg head... 

Kenya's energy regulator approves coal-fired Amu Power plant

By: Reuters     28th February 2017 Kenya's energy industry regulator has overruled environmentalists' objections to Amu Power Company's planned 1 000 MW coal-fired power plant in the country's coastal region. Amu Power, backed by a consortium that includes Centum Investments and a group of Chinese companies, was initially expected... 

First high-speed railway safety standards in South Africa

     27th February 2017 A high speed railway system may not be on the cards for South Africa in the near future, however, GIBB, South Africa’s leading black owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, has given the country a head start by developing a suite of safety standards for the construction of such... 

Diverse technologies combine to offer ‘smart’ ways of improving farm yields

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s science team finds that factors such as information and communications technology (ICT), chemicals, hydroponics and aquaculture inputs are augmenting profits for farmers.  

Keeping up with technology trends imperative for efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th February 2017 With the growing woes of electricity costs in South Africa, engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff believes that it is imperative to keep up with air-conditioning technology trends that promote energy efficiency and ease of maintenance. 

Kenya reins in 5 000 MW power plan amid surplus worries

By: John Muchira     24th February 2017 The Kenya has shelved plans to increase installed electricity generation capacity to 5 000 MW in the immediate future is it is concerned that this could leave the country with excess capacity Previously, the East African country intended to implement a "5 000 MW by 2018 project" to attract... 

Quality offering in a competitive market key

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Now is the right time to focus on supplying a high-quality offering while remaining relatively competitive, says South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors' Association (Saracca) director Barney Richardson. He highlights that it is not worth the profit, if anything, to work on... 

Ranked top engineering and construction company for sixth year in a row

     23rd February 2017 IRVING, Texas announced today that the company was named by FORTUNE magazine as the top-ranked engineering and construction company in its 2017 World’s Most Admired Companies list. It is the sixth year in a row Fluor has earned the top designation among its peers in the engineering and... 

Transnet exec suspended after tender report

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 A senior Transnet executive has been put on special leave following a News24 report on a R10-million tender the State-owned company awarded to the executive's former boss. Transnet confirmed on Wednesday that Sandile Simelane, the head of Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR) corporate affairs... 

Anglo’s New Largo project considered in coal mine sale package

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2017 Anglo American may sell its New Largo project in a package with three other coal mines that supply South Africa’s power utility, as the company moves forward with plans to scale down operations. State-owned Eskom is discussing with Anglo the sale of the New Vaal, Kriel and New Denmark mines that... 

Conference to boost key partnerships

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Industry representative Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) will host the twenty-fourth International Federation of Consulting Engineers’ Group of African Member Associations (FIDIC GAMA) Conference – one of the biggest networking events for African consulting engineers – in Cape Town from... 

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