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Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd August 2017 Following years of complex negotiations and several delays, the Ontario provincial government on Monday made the historic announcement that it would support and fund road proposals that will connect Northern Ontario’s far-flung First Nation communities and provide industrial road access to the... 

Vibrant future planned for remaining South African mines – AngloGold 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2017 The removal of loss-making ounces from old mines will result in a vibrant and sustaining future for the remaining long-life operations in AngloGold Ashanti's South African region, which is at the receiving end of $200-million worth of capital expenditure (capex). In outlining this to Creamer... 

Supplying lithium gets trickier as electric revolution looms

By: Bloomberg     22nd August 2017 Hidden within the salt flats high in the Andes mountains of South America are vast deposits of the lithium that Elon Musk may need for his electric-car revolution. But extracting the mineral from brine ponds created by Orocobre has proved more difficult than expected. Bad weather and pump... 

A cosmic theory and two-inch lump of gold drive Novo's 500% surge

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2017 Quinton Todd Hennigh has spent 13 years scouring the Earth for clues to back a hunch: that the world’s biggest gold resource has lost siblings elsewhere on the planet. Now the president of Novo Resources Corp thinks he may have found a counterpart of South Africa’s Witwatersrand in the ancient... 

Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards winners for 2017 announced

     18th August 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), supported by Aon South Africa, on Thursday announced the winners of this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry and celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and... 

Discovery CE scoops innovation award

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2017 Discovery Group CE Adrian Gore has been awarded the 2017 Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Visionary Innovation Award: Africa 2017. He received the award from global research and consulting organisation Frost & Sullivan, which, this week, hosted its yearly GIL Africa summit, in Cape Town.... 

Biofuels company launches franchise solution

     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based biofuel company Biogreen Diesel will start franchising its ‘Biodiesel & Research model’, to aid in the expansion of the industry and simultaneously increase awareness of biofuels in the region. The company, having made the announcement in June on its website, says it felt it had... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The first locally built train will be delivered by the end of 2018. 

Licensing rules for large desalination plants remain challenging

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 With increased debate around water security in South Africa, as a result of growing surface-water scarcity and future uncertainty, the prospect of implementing large-scale desalination of seawater is also increasing.  

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 The National Treasury’s (NT’s) standard for infrastructure procurement and delivery management aimed at addressing government’s use of “cheap” professional service providers in public infrastructure projects officially became applicable to municipalities last month.  

Global information security spending to reach $86.4bn in 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2017 Worldwide spending on information security products and services will increase 7% year-on-year to $86.4-billion this year, driven by the business impact of security incidents and an evolving regulatory landscape. This spending is expected to grow further to $93-billion in 2018, the latest... 

Arup Structural Engineering Expertise Highly Commended By Saice

     16th August 2017 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) recognised Arup with a Highly Commended Award in the Structural Engineering Project Division for their work on the PwC Tower, at the Most Outstanding Project Awards ceremony hosted by SAICE, Johannesburg Branch.   “Our unique contribution... 

Pullback in US fracking sand use pressures producers

By: Reuters     16th August 2017 US shale oil companies are pulling back on the amount of sand they use to hydraulically fracture new wells, responding to rising prices of the material that are driving up costs. Investors worry a slowdown in sand use, combined with new mining capacity coming online, could lead to a glut of the... 

Leading the market with LPG and more: Easigas’s ‘hot’ and innovative energy monitoring, optimisation and management value-add

     15th August 2017 As a source of energy, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is hard to beat. Easy to use, efficient, cost-competitive and environmentally-friendly – for both domestic and industrial use – its excellent properties are playing an active role in contributing towards a gas-powered economy. Furthermore, from an... 

Trevali lowers guidance as Santander water ingress delays development

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2017 Pure-play zinc producer Trevali Mining expects to produce less metal from the Peru-based Santander mine this year, after extreme rainfall during the recent mountain wet season delayed high-grade stope development by a quarter. The company announced on Thursday that the excessive rainfall during... 

Eastplats reports mineral resource estimate for Zandfontein TSF

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 SRK Consulting has recommended that a prefeasibility or feasibility study be undertaken to determine if the mineral resource at the Zandfontein upper group two tailings storage facility (TSF) at Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) Crocodile River Mine (CRM) can be mined economically in the current... 

KITE 2017 provides a comprehensive portal for industrial technology solutions

     11th August 2017 The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE), held between 26 and 28 July 2017 at the Durban Exhibition Centre, once again proved that it is undoubtedly the only place in KwaZulu-Natal to source and experience a comprehensive variety of industrial technology solutions under one roof.... 

Merger completed in thermal application sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Export-oriented engineering company Loesche Group has completed the merger of its combustion systems and drying systems businesses into one central location. Completed in April, the group has built a team of specialists to manage the merger accordingly, as all technical details, drawings,... 

Smart factory systems boosting product customisation

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Smart factory systems – specifically digital information technology systems that support highly detailed, varied and variable industrial work – are integral to enabling effective customisation of products and their management across disparate supply chains, says enterprise resource planning... 

Survey identifies protecting market share as one of top priorities for South African organisations

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Protecting market share, strengthening customer relationships and driving efficiencies are key priorities for South African organisations, according to survey findings presented at the Experian 2017 Innovation Summit in Johannesburg last month. While South African businesses are gearing up for... 

Clyde & Co further expands its insurance footprint in South Africa with key partner hires

     8th August 2017 Global law firm Clyde & Co has today announced the appointment of Deon Francis and Reshana Pillay as Partners in its leading insurance practice in South Africa. They will be based in Johannesburg. Deon and Reshana both join from Hogan Lovells, where they have built successful self-standing... 

Mining needs more activist investors, top gold producer says

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2017 Mining companies could benefit from more investor activism in the wake of Elliott Management’s campaign for improved performance at BHP Billiton, according to Australia’s second-largest gold producer. The sector’s record of returns warrants closer scrutiny from shareholders, Evolution Mining... 

Engineering marvel at foot of Lions Head places JG Afrika at the top of SAICE Awards

     4th August 2017 It is more than just sheer magnitude and modern aesthetics that have placed a new residential development in a very affluent area of Cape Town in the spotlight. This new six-storey residence at 145 Kloof Road at the foot of Lions Head in Clifton is also a major civil- and structural-engineering... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the end of 2018. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project continues to closely manage contractor productivity. 

New approaches key to surmounting water infrastructure challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Infrastructure modernisation, consumer education and data analytics will be key tools to overcome the challenges posed by ageing water infrastructure.  This is according to engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch’s 2017 global ‘Strategic Directions Water... 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Competition Commission raids premises of 25 fire sprinkler installers 

By: Anine Kilian     3rd August 2017 The Competition Commission on Thursday carried out simultaneous and coordinated search and seizure raids at the premises of the Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (Asib) and 24 fire control and protection services companies that are members of Asib. This is the largest number of premises... 

SMMEs need better access to markets, finance

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2017 The biggest challenge facing small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is access to markets, says consulting firm Tutwa Consulting researcher Anna Ngarachu. Addressing delegates at the SADC Industrialisation Week Conference, in... 

Cash-strapped ASA Resource Group suspends trading on Aim

By: Samantha Herbst     28th July 2017 Cash-strapped diversified miner ASA Resource Group has suspended the trading of its ordinary shares on the Alternative Investment Market, with effect from 11:00 on Friday morning. The Africa-focused miner attributed its cash constraints to currency restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank of... 

KZN Industrial Show 2017, Durban ICC, 26 – 29 July, Stand D01, D14 & E19, Hall 1

     28th July 2017 Parker Hannifin to showcase motion and control solutions for the industrial industry at KZN Industrial Show 2017 Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, have three distributors exhibiting at this year’s KZN Industrial Show in Durban, South Africa from 26 – 29 July... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Cameco settles US tax spat, 2017 outlook weakens

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2017 Canadian uranium producer Cameco has reached a settlement with the US Internal Revenue Service for the tax years 2009 to 2012, bolstering the company’s position that its transfer pricing arrangements are appropriate. The settlement agreement results in a cash tax payment of about $122 000, which... 

African countries embrace alternative energy sources

     28th July 2017 With African governments realising that long-term power solutions will not come in the form of one technology, South Africa’s Department of Energy is advocating advances in coal, renewable energy, gas and nuclear technologies, says global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Leading the market with LPG and more: Easigas’s ‘hot’ and innovative energy monitoring, optimisation and management value-add

     28th July 2017 As a source of energy, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is hard to beat. Easy to use, efficient, cost-competitive and environmentally-friendly – for both domestic and industrial use – its excellent properties are playing an active role in contributing towards a gas-powered economy. Furthermore, from an... 

Shale gas still a power resource option

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Global leading engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko says successful exploration for shale gas could make up for South Africa’s lack of natural gas as a power resource. “Concerns about the possible detrimental... 

Undocumented capture?

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2017 Arguably one of the most telling statements made at last week’s Eskom results presentation was the public assurance given by interim CEO Johnny Dladla that “no decision would, in future, be taken outside the executive committee meetings. “Whatever decision is taken, it will be a decision that is... 

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