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Transnet exec suspended after tender report

By: News24Wire      Updated 4 hours ago 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... 

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Business management consultant SSG Consulting will continue to focus on project management and execution as its core business this year, with the intent of increasing its drive to further improve operational throughput of organisations and projects by 30% to 50%, despite the challenges facing the... 

Luther Erasmus

     17th February 2017 This we feature TLT MechCal and TLT Actom MD Johannes Erasmus. The group is a global leader in the supply of innovative ventilation solutions for the mining, power, industrial and process industries   

SK 9 set for early 2018 clinker production 

     15th February 2017 Cement producer PPC invited media in January to a tour of its Slurry operation, in the North West, and the construction site of the R1.7-billion Slurry Kiln 9 project, which is scheduled for first clinker production at the beginning of next year. 

Wellgreen sells noncore Ontario assets, completes Yukon metallurgical testwork

By: Henry Lazenby     11th February 2017 Yukon Territory-focused Wellgreen Platinum has sold a suite of noncore assets held by subsidiary Ursa Major Minerals to a private company for C$200 000, payable over three years. Ursa holds the Ontario properties, comprising the Shakespeare, Shining Tree, Fox Mountain, Stumpy Bay, Porter Baldwin... 

Airport upgrade project sees over a million LTI-free hours achieved

     10th February 2017 Integrated firm AECOM has clocked up over a million lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free hours at the Kasane International Terminal project, where it is providing consulting and supervision services for the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana. The AECOM project team, which oversaw the achievement of... 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Going beyond the Limits to Growth debate

By: Saliem Fakir     10th February 2017 The Limits to Growth (LTG) thesis was developed in the 1970s by a group of experts collectively called the Club of Rome. They used a computer (at that time, they did not have sufficient data or the computing power that we have today) model to link exponential population growth, income/gross... 

Mali gold

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2017 There has to be somebody out there who watches Gold Rush on TV. A short summary is as follows: three different crews are mining for alluvial gold in Alaska. In the programme, every tenth sentence contains the G word: "Hey, look! It's gold!" and "I'm sure we'll find gold!" You get the idea? Last... 

Structured maintenance programme emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 Introducing a structured maintenance management programme that ensures ongoing effective lubrication is critical in maximising production efficiencies, says technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG). BMG fluid technology manager Wayne Holton says the company’s efficiency drive, which... 

Training company acquired to boost safety services

     10th February 2017 Diversified services company Workforce Holdings (Workforce) has acquired KBC Holdings and its wholly-owned subsidiary, KBC Health and Safety with effect from January 1, 2017 for a maximum purchase consideration of R47-million. KBC provides induction training, safety, health, environment and... 

Collaboration, inclusiveness among key themes at 2017 Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 There are signs of hope for recovery in some commodities, owing to recent price improvement, which has lent a more upbeat tone to this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town. However, South Africa has some “sobering lessons” for African countries, which have yet to fully launch... 

Cesa eyes ambitious consulting engineering profession transformation strategy  

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2017 A year after taking a back-to-basics approach, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is gearing up to tackle transformation within its membership base and throughout its industry, with a transformation committee embarking on a process to develop the industry body’s proposed interventions to... 

FEM Longstanding MD retires

     7th February 2017 Outgoing MD – FEMA Since joining FEMA in 1969, Thelma Pugh has spent the better part of 48 years promoting health and safety in the construction industry. From her humble beginnings as a Retention Fund Clerk, she worked her way up the organisation, which saw her become the CFO and later moved... 

Marlin ships record gold as La Trinidad output ramps up

By: Henry Lazenby     7th February 2017 Junior miner Marlin Gold has shipped a record 10 121 oz of gold from its cornerstone La Trinidad mine, in Mexico, in January. The Vancouver-based miner attributed the improved performance to consistently accessing the higher-grade HS Zone since September, allowing it to stack more ore on the heap... 

Domestic coal sales becoming more important than export market – Prevost

By: Ilan Solomons     6th February 2017 South Africa’s coal exports are dwindling to the point where it will become a minimal part of the market, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. Speaking at IHS Markit’s 2017 South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, last week, he said that, in 2016, South Africa... 

Africa’s premier professional bootcamp to grace SA this February

     6th February 2017 Launched in 2016 by She Leads Africa, a social enterprise that encourages African women to build the businesses and careers of their dreams, SheHive is gearing up for a South African take over like no other this February. SheHive, an innovative professional bootcamp, which has been hosted in key... 

While coal remains important, its future is uncertain – Prevost

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 Although the world still needs coal, particularly for power generation, it is an unloved commodity that is facing a myriad of challenges from different forces, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. Speaking at IHS Markit’s 2017 South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town,... 

Championing Delivery

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd February 2017 Founder of black-empowered consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo & Associates Pragalathan Dhanapalan (Dempsey) Naidoo may be retiring from Mott MacDonald, but the civil engineering industry and business world, he tells Tracy Hancock of Engineering News, has not yet seen the last of him. 

Diversified fuel source required to fuel local facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 South Africa requires a diversified fuel source for power generation, and natural gas is an ideal fuel, as several facilities in the country are compatible with natural gas to fuel power plants, and the resulting infrastructure will benefit other industries and end-users, says engineering... 

Switzerland to share skills development insight with South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 Best practice cases for skills development and implementation from Switzerland will be the focus for skills development company Expect More International (EMI) at the first Switzerland and South Africa Sustainable Skills Development Conference. EMI partner Bert Evers notes that the 2017... 

Bepec expands membership base, aims to further SA Inc approach in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2017 The Built Environment Professions Export Council (Bepec) has expanded its membership platform to include the construction services sector in an effort to have a united South Africa Inc expand into the rest of Africa. The council’s broadened base unlocks all the Bepec export promotions and... 

Water scenario plan seen as way of stimulating innovative responses to crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2017 An international scenario planner has teamed up with conservation organisation WWF to chart scenarios for South Africa’s water future in light of the country’s precarious position as a water-stressed country, as well as the recent drought, which caused serious social and economic damage. The... 

Eskom ‘back in business’ for large power users

     31st January 2017 Eskom says large power users can now launch their growth plans with confidence, thanks to the utility’s turnaround strategy delivering an operational surplus capacity. Speaking at the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa industry reception event in Johannesburg last week, Eskom interim group chief... 

As from 1 December 2016 Talent Africa became a member of Signium

     31st January 2017 Formed in 1951 in the US, Signium is an international executive search firm specialising in talent management that has 46 offices in 30 countries.  Talent Africa will form part of Signium’s EMEA Region and the membership will allow them to service international clients not only in South Africa,... 

Rio unit born in Death Valley is retooled for battery boom

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2017 During the financial crisis,  Rio Tinto Group needed cash and tried to unload its oldest mining business – one that began in 1872 hauling borates salts by mule from Death Valley to make US laundry soap. The company gave up on a sale because no one would pay the asking price. A decade later, the... 

Arup collaborates for community engagement through design

     27th January 2017 The recently opened Isivivana Centre in the developing central business district of Khayelitsha, Cape Town will be home to numerous activist organisations as well as community services.  Arup provided multidisciplinary building engineering services for the design of the centre, with a focus on... 

Wacker Neuson provides equipment to build Pump Track for Pretoria school.

     26th January 2017 Pump Tracks are a worldwide phenomenon that allow cyclists of all levels and ages to experience the thrill of truly sportive bicycle riding in a relatively small area, and in so doing promote whole-family and community involvement in healthy exercise and leisure activities. They typically... 

Uranium output forecast to hit 76 493 t in 2020 – report

By: Henry Lazenby     26th January 2017 New analysis by research and consulting firm GlobalData has forecast global uranium output to rise at a compound yearly growth rate of 4.3%, to 76 493 t in 2020. The company’s latest report states that growth in production is needed to meet upcoming demand from new reactors. 

New ICT policy could throw industry into tailspin, warns analyst  

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2017 Despite the positive, well-intended rationale behind South Africa’s new National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper, the implementation of the policy could turn the industry on its head and into untested, questionable territory. The implementation of... 

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines  

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 Mining group Anglo American says it has held discussions with and continues to engage with Eskom, government and potential bidders on its plan to exit its Eskom-tied mines – Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal. Responding to Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko’s insistence that Eskom had assets at the... 

Bigen Africa launches Health division with key senior appointment

     23rd January 2017 Bigen Africa, a thought-leading, solutions-driven infrastructure development Group with a firm foothold in southern Africa and a fast-growing Africa footprint, is expanding its service offering to South African clients with a new focus on healthcare provision facilitation, and has appointed an... 

South Africa’s mining sector at a crossroads, collaborative effort required

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 The global mining industry has been struggling since the 2008 international financial crisis set off a chain of events resulting in contracted growth in important markets, such as China, and recession in others, such as Europe, leading to severe declines in commodity prices. In South Africa, the... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 A a significant milestone has been celebrated at the Port of Durban, with the Maydon Wharf precinct having serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. 

We should spend time with our loved ones

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th January 2017 A week ago, my darling, my best friend, was driving back from her mother’s house. She must have felt a slight pain in her chest and so pulled over into the parking area near Kloof Neck, which has a beautiful view of Camps Bay. There she died. When they found her, she had a smile on her face. She... 

Decision Inc. proud partner of the Qlik Southern Africa Summit 2017

     19th January 2017 Decision Inc., a management and technology consulting organisation, is one of the largest Qlik partners in South Africa. Qlik implementations focus on driving value, and support strategic and operational initiatives through process improvement, technology innovation and talent enablement. The... 

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