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Nigeria passes major oil reform bill after 17 year struggle

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Nigeria has moved closer to turning an oil industry bill into law after a 17 year struggle to complete the legislation which aims to increase transparency and stimulate growth in the country's oil industry. Nigeria' lower house of parliament has passed a version of the bill which is the same as... 

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... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Livingstone Mashele

     19th January 2018 This week we feature Mabedle Mashele, MD of Hoxana Consulting Engineers, which has a strong inclination towards township infrastructure and project management   

AGM highlights major 2017 accomplishments

     19th January 2018 Representative of the plastic pipe business the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) used the occasion of its thirteenth annual general meeting (AGM) held in Johannesburg recently to celebrate the successes achieved by this nonprofit association over the past 12... 

Up to ten midtier mineral deposits can still be discovered in South Africa – resources consultant

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 There is no reason why South Africa cannot build an exploration and junior mining sector, says resources consultant Dr John Bristow, who notes that while the country has vestiges of this sector, it is hampered by regulatory policy, and a preoccupation with a “Sunset” mining industry. Speaking at... 

Getting it Right

     19th January 2018 Engineering News would like to clarify on civil engineering and construction consultancy South Zambezi Engineering Services’ involvement in the Legaeng Village, Urban Spacing Housing and South African National Roads Limited Central Operations Centre projects. These projects were mentioned in an... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel has been awarded. 

Nigeria moves closer to turning long-awaited oil bill into law

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Nigeria moved closer to turning the first part of a long-awaited oil industry bill into law after the lower house passed the same version of the legislation approved by the Senate last year, a lawmaker in the House of Representatives said on Thursday. It is the first time both houses have... 

Gupta-linked company denies getting asset seizure order from NPA

By: News24Wire      17th January 2018 Gupta-linked companies Trillian and McKinsey have until Thursday to submit to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) a list of its assets to be frozen or seized. They were officially served with a preservation order to freeze assets worth R1.6-billion. 

CoreSlab keeps scoring milestones on municipal sports complex projects

     15th January 2018 Precast concrete technologies are helping municipalities accelerate the delivery of sports complexes in many poor outlying areas of the country. These projects under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) create many employment, as well as skills-development opportunities during the... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th January 2018 The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has moved its dedicated team into the new train manufacturing plant and training centre complex at Dunnottar. 

Monash South Africa to launch Engineering offering

     11th January 2018 Now you can finally study a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at a private institution!   Monash South Africa (MSA) is proud to announce that they are extending their academic offering in 2018 by offering Engineering within their expanded Faculty of Business, Engineering and... 

Zuma free education promise could strain budget, fan protests

By: Reuters     4th January 2018 President Jacob Zuma stirred a hornet’s nest with his sudden pronouncement of free higher education for the poor last month, raising fears of chaos at universities now facing a barrage of applications from thousands of hopeful students who have just finished high school. The South African... 

TSX, NYSE American to delist Banro equities

By: Henry Lazenby     28th December 2017 Embattled miner Banro has received notice from both the TSX and the NYSE American exchanges that its trade-suspended equities will be delisted in the New Year. The Toronto-based miner, which operates two gold mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on Friday filed for bankruptcy... 

Amani Gold extends feasibility study for Giro project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 ASX-listed Amani Gold has secured an agreement with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned entity, Société Minière de Kilo Moto (Sokimo) for an extension to the deadline for completion of a feasibility study at the Giro gold project. The company’s DRC subsidiary, Amani Consulting and... 

Firm completes Soweto-based project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The design and construction supervision of roads, stormwater infrastructure and a bridge for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, in Soweto, were completed last month, states Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East highways and bridges practice lead, Leon Mbongwa. 

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The rehabilitation of 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Road (M22) and the R300, and the addition of a third lane in both directions, will be completed by the end this year, under the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (WCDTPW). 

Update on multimodal project progress set for next year

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 In the first quarter of next year, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is set to provide further update on the Moloto rail corridor expansion project which aims to link Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo to ensure that passenger rail is the backbone of an integrated multi-modal... 

Steve Burks

     15th December 2017 This week we feature Steve Burks, MD of Lycopodium ADP, Cape Town, a company engaged in engineering design, procurement, construction management and the commissioning of metallurgical processing plants   

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 The project is on track for completion in March next year. 

MRC refused mining right for West Coast mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has refused to extend Australian junior Mineral Commodities’ mining rights application for its Tormin mineral sands mine, on the West Coast near Lutzville. In an attempt to accelerate early access to identified resources to extend its mining... 

Lupaka upgrades Invicta road as a critical step towards imminent production

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 Peru-focused gold explorer and project developer Lupaka Gold has appointed a contractor to expand, enhance, and modify 27 km of road starting from the paved Huacho-Churin-Oyon highway, located at about 1 500 m above sea level, up to the Invicta project, located at about 3 500 m above sea level.... 

New JV to develop small-scale Zambian hydropower projects

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The New Africa Power joint venture (JV) plans to develop a 65 MW portfolio of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydropower projects in Zambia. The JV, established by Nairobi-based energy holding company responsAbility Renewable Energy, international finance institution Norfund and investment company... 

eThala Biomass-To-Power Project

     12th December 2017 eThala Management Services has received a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) administrated by the African Development Bank to undertake project preparation/development activities for the proposed eThala Biomass-to-Power Project to approach... 

Kasbah to revise plans for Morocco tin project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 ASX-listed Kasbah Resources will revise its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Achmmach tin project, in Morocco, after having identified several project optimisation opportunities that have the potential to materially improve the project and reduce risk. These opportunities mainly relate... 

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... 

Lead project engineers appointed for Waterberg JV project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th December 2017 A technical committee appointed by Waterberg JV Resources, which holds the Waterberg platinum project, in South Africa, has appointed Stantec Consulting International and DRA Projects South Africa as lead independent project engineers. Stantec will focus on underground mining engineering and... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Steinhoff continues trade, appoints subcommittee

By: News24Wire      11th December 2017 Disgraced retail international holding company Steinhoff has established a board subcommittee to bolster independent governance following the resignation of CEO Markus Jooste over accounting irregularities which are being investigated. In a note to shareholders issued on Monday morning, the group... 

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: 

African Energy Indaba celebrates its 10th edition in 2018.

     11th December 2017 The African Energy Indaba (AEI) celebrates its 10th edition on 20-21 February, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. This flagship annual event on the African business calendar correlates with the growth in African energy on the continent, as the AEI is well-renowned... 

Khoza to continue as Eskom chair

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 Zethembe Khoza will continue in his position as chairperson of State-owned power utility Eskom until the 2018 annual general meeting, according to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who announced the State-owned power utility’s new board on Friday. The new board – comprising Khoza, Dr Pat... 

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 The global diamond industry is either growing in affluent regions or remaining steady in less affluent ones, thereby reflecting a degree of positivity, as well as signs of growth. This also points to untapped potential that is ready to be unlocked through increased investment upstream and... 

Jasco slashes carbon footprint with solar energy solution

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 Technology solutions provider Jasco’s Power Solutions & Renewable Energy team will leverage its experiences from its successful solar project as a base for understanding the engineering, procurement and construction requirements for solar energy systems in high-end residential, commercial and... 

Bursa integrated health campus, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 BRS Sağlık Yatırım plans to build a 459 588 m2 health campus, in the Nilüfer region of Turkey. 

Paragon celebrates 20 years of design excellence

     7th December 2017 Leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice Paragon of Sandton, Johannesburg celebrates 20 years of design excellence this year. The company was established in October 1997 by Founding Directors Anthony Orelowitz and Henning Rasmuss. Since then, Paragon has grown into one... 

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