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Errol Kerst

     20th April 2018 This week we profile South African Institution of Civil Engineering president Errol Kerst   

Continuous slab caster modernisation, China

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 Angang Iron & Steel Group Co is modernising the CMM1 twin-strand continuous slab caster at the Anshan plant No 3 steelworks, in Liaoning province. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 General Electric has successfully completed performance tests on Unit 1 of the power plant. 

Maiden resource announced at Connemara’s Stonepark JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2018 Irish gold and zinc explorer Connemara Mining has announced a maiden inferred resource estimate at its Stonepark zinc project, in Limerick. The joint venture (JV) project between Group Eleven (76.56%) and Connemara (23.44%) has a mineral resource estimate of 5.3-million tonnes, grading 11.15%... 

South Africa and France announce the launch of Africa’s most advanced CubeSat to date

     16th April 2018 Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will participate in the send-off of Africa’s largest and most advanced cube satellite this week. The 4kg ZACUBE-2 has been developed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African Institute of... 

Russia takes aim at titanium, US workers in sanctions plan

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 Russia outlined a broad range of potential retaliatory moves against new US sanctions, including curbs on imports of American farm products and cooperation in nuclear energy and space launches, as well as a possible ban on titanium sales to Boeing Co. The proposals, which also include a... 

Sense of optimism for greater industrialisation in Africa prevails – DTI

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Regardless of barriers to trade between African countries, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) African integration and industrial development chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans believes there is currently a sense of far greater optimism among heads of State that these issues can be overcome.... 

Cazaly proceeds with Kaoko buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 Metals developer Cazaly Resources on Friday confirmed that it would proceed with the acquisition of the Kaoko cobalt project, in northern Namibia. The ASX-listed company in March announced an option over the project. A due diligence has now confirmed the potential of the project, with Cazaly... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain a foothold in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in the safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 While there is no doubt that conglomerate gold has been discovered in the Pilbara, the broader understanding of this style of gold mineralisation in the Pilbara remains incomplete and, therefore, any comparisons with the Witwatersrand (Wits) basin are premature, states SRK Consulting geologist... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Rio Tinto’s Thompson deals with misconduct allegations at AGM

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th April 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has again denied allegations of withholding information from shareholders regarding its Mozambican coal assets, with chairperson Simon Thompson saying that the company would “vigorously” defend itself against these allegations. The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)... 

Burgh picked to keep Gupta coal mines going

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 South Africa’s Burgh Group Holdings won a temporary contract to keep mines linked to the Gupta family afloat, according to a business-rescue manager for the assets. Other parties offered financing, but Burgh “came without conditions,” Louis Klopper, a bankruptcy-proceedings manager at Coronado... 

AECOM provides social services for Malawi graphite project

     11th April 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM produced the winning bid for social services for Sovereign Metals’ Malingunde graphite project in the Lilongwe District in Malawi. AECOM received a request for proposal from Sovereign Metals’ Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP), Dhamana... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

Smart Warehousing and Distribution Systems: Cargo Carriers Is Open For Business

     11th April 2018 JSE-listed supply chain specialist Cargo Carriers continues to diversify the logistics services it can offer. The company’s new warehousing and distribution arm includes integrated software tracking and management that reduces the cost to clients of stock-outs and overstocks. Cargo Carriers... 

PGMs industry sees crisis, Mantashe sees new dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday described the mining industry as one that is in self-doubt, believing that it is about to die, where suspicion and mistrust is at a high level. “I fail to understand why platinum is in a crisis,” he said, adding that mining stakeholders need to... 

Day hospital opens at Atterbury’s The Club precinct

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 South African property investor and developer Atterbury’s landmark new development The Club, in Pretoria, now includes the fully operational Club Surgical Centre. Club Surgical Centre, a state-of-the-art day hospital that offers cutting-edge treatment in skin cancer, cosmetic, ear-nose-and-throat... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

     9th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

SMEC Develops Master Plan for an Oil and Gas Industrial Park in Uganda

     9th April 2018 Global consulting engineering firm SMEC, part of the Surbana Jurong Group, was engaged by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda to develop a Master Plan for an Oil and Gas Industrial Park in Kabaale, western Uganda. As a result of the discovery of oil in the region, and the... 

MoU to facilitate efficient engineering services, procurement processes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The invitation by Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo to voluntary association Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) at Cesa’s seventh annual Infrastructure Indaba, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) is expected to spur the provision of quality-based consulting... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

     6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Sustainable strategy engenders results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 Consulting firm Knight Piésold’s sustainable, quality process ethos across the board, from executing projects to implementing transformation, has enabled the company to maintain its competitive advantage amid a currently turbulent consulting engineering industry. Knight Piésold CEO Vishal... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour has been completed. 

Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 Western Cape-based craft brewery Darling Brew has been named Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery and is expected to offset a total of 687.96 t of carbon dioxide over the next year. This, the brewery explained, will be equivalent to having eliminated the same amount of carbon from the... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

     5th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

M&R Cementation employees return to work at Booysendal North mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2018 Employees of Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) returned to work at platinum group metals producer Northam Platinum’s Booysendal North mine, on the border of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, on Wednesday.  

JG Afrika’s water management interventions help alleviate pressure on Cape Town’s strained water system

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2018 A school in drought-stricken Cape Town has reduced its water use by more than 90% and will continue working with JG Afrika to further mitigate its reliance on a strained municipal water-supply system. The leading firm of consulting engineers and environmental scientists commenced work on the... 

Rose Heathcote

     30th March 2018 This week we feature Rose Heathcote, CEO of Lean Institute Africa, a a not-for-profit organisation advancing lean thinking and practice in Africa   

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed

     30th March 2018 Consulting engineering solutions provider Bosch Projects has recently completed the upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour. The shiploaders have been used to load sugar onto vessels at the South African Sugar Association’s sugar terminal for over 50 years. 

Transformation initiatives revitalize South Africa’s construction industry

     29th March 2018 What are acceptable tools of measurement and how do you analyze transformation in South Africa’s construction industry?  With transformation now at the helm of many development partnerships, South Africa’s construction industry calls for expanded governance in the sector to promote an enabling... 

Effective supply chains give mines a competitive advantage

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2018 Effective procurement and supply chains can be a key competitive advantage for mining businesses operating in Africa, CGC Consulting Services CEO Clive Govender said at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. “A good supply chain is key for reducing poverty,... 

Living Building Challenge – A reality for South Africa?

     23rd March 2018 The Living Building Challenge is possibly the most rigorous green building certification programme and sustainable design framework in the world. Developed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) with the mandate of leading transformation toward a civilization that is socially just,... 

Excellon swings back into black on dry mining conditions

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 Mexico’s highest-grade silver producer, Excellon Resources, has reported its first quarterly headline profit since the second quarter of 2016, thanks to optimisation efforts to effectively dewater the flagship Platosa mine. The Platosa deposit comprises several high-grade massive sulphide mantos... 

Strategic Minerals updates Cornwall tin project resource

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2018 The inferred mineral resource of the Redmoor tin/tungsten project, in the UK, has increased to 4.5-million tonnes, at 1% tin-equivalent, Aim-listed Strategic Minerals reported on Tuesday. The update, established by mining consultancy SRK Consulting, is nearly double the previously reported... 

UCT scientists convince city to drill cautiously into aquifer

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee. This is to ensure boreholes are located in ecologically-acceptable areas and are operated responsibly, according to a GroundUp report. The programme, that... 

Industrial automation solutions improve South African industry's global competitiveness

     19th March 2018 Digitalisation and automation are driving South Africa towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where smart technology improves efficiency, upskills workers and creates new jobs. At the forefront of South Africa's industrial revolution is automation specialist PCMP. The Pretoria-based company... 

Political convergence emerging against commercial coal mining in India

By: Ajoy K Das     19th March 2018 Trade unions operating in the India coal mining industry, irrespective of their political affiliations, are converging in opposing opening up coal mining for private miners, although their modes of protest form will differ. At one end of the opposition brewing up against opening up commercial... 

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