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Need for engineers amid infrastructure delivery challenges

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Amid basic service delivery challenges, such as housing, water, transport infrastructure and energy, there is a desperate need for engineers in the country, says association for consulting engineering firms Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather. He says efforts should... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project 

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2018 At the inaugural gold pour at its Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment project, in Mpumalanga, on Thursday, Pan African Resources announced the company's next big project, Royal Sheba, which will be built within the company's existing mining right at Barberton, Mpumalanga, before the end of 2019.... 

Western Surat gas project receives final enviro nod

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2018 ASX-listed Senex Energy has been given commonwealth environmental approval for its Western Surat gas project, bringing the project one step closer to development. Along with the previously granted state environmental approvals and petroleum lease, Senex has received all primary approvals to... 

Randgold looking across the Atlantic

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 African gold mining company Randgold Resources is looking across the Atlantic along the northern edge of South America, which effectively hosts the same geology as West Africa, where the London-listed company has its biggest gold-mining base. This is in addition to intensifying exploration... 

Cokal gets funding partner for BBM

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st August 2018 ASX-listed Cokal has secured development funding for its 60% owned Bumi Barito Mineral (BBM) pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal project, in Indonesia. Cokal on Wednesday told shareholders that it had executed a binding term sheet with Aahana Global Resources & Investment, a special purpose... 

IRS to become a division of Impala Platinum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) subsidiaries Impala Platinum and Impala Refining Services (IRS) have entered into a sale of business agreement for Impala to acquire the metal purchase and toll refining operations of IRS for R8-billion. IRS is now a division of Impala, rather than a standalone... 

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

Future of digital project delivery showcased in KwaZulu-Natal

20th July 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM is pioneering digital project delivery by adding various Immersive Technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to its portfolio of existing three dimensional (3D) models produced by a Building Information Modelling (BIM) process.... 

WBHO grows its UK presence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) subsidiary WBHO UK has acquired a 60% stake in UK construction business Russells for £32.8-million, as well as a 31.7% stake in Russell Homes for £3.25-million. Russells provides design, installation and project management capabilities in the UK construction... 

CoreSlab ranks skills development high on the agenda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 CoreSlab continues to invest heavily into skills development and training to ensure the future sustainability of the South African precast concrete sector and larger construction industry. Both the company’s sophisticated factory in Polokwane, Limpopo, as well as many construction sites have... 

Bell Equipment, Sanral MoU gives small contractors access to earthmovers

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and construction machinery company Bell Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give small contractors access to earthmoving machinery to allow them to participate more meaningfully in major construction projects. The... 

M&A advisory firm aims to use SA as gateway to African market

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Washington DC-headquartered mergers and acquisition advisory firm Taylor Advisory announced last week that it was entering the African market through South Africa with the appointment of Francois Baird as its Africa co-chairperson and Riaan Rademan as its South Africa co-chairperson. This is... 

Gauteng Transport Authority set for rollout in Q1 2019

By: Irma Venter     11th July 2018 Gauteng’s three metros, and all other providers of public transport in the province, will be able to retain their various services’ individualised branding under the new Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. This means that a system such as the... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

Eurasia’s Monchetundra mining permit in ‘final stages’

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 Aim-listed Eurasia Mining on Tuesday announced the approval of the Monchetundra mine permit application by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development (MOED). The mine permit application, for the 80%-owned two-million-ounce platinum-group metals (PGM) reserve and resource, is now awaiting sign... 

Unbundling Eskom

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th June 2018 It should be evident to everybody that State-owned electricity utility Eskom is in the following condition: (a) The road transport coal supply contractors have for years been ripping off the system – the trucks get loaded with good-quality coal, which is driven to an export depot. They then pick... 

Water at centre stage for Schneider Electric

22nd June 2018 Schneider Electric plans to put water at centre stage this month, as it participates in the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) biennial conference and exhibition, taking place in Cape Town from 24-27 June 2018. “Scientists of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's... 

Rio-Carb Commissions Academic Research Into The Future Of SA Mining

21st June 2018 Mr. Martin Maine, Managing Director of Rio-Carb of Alrode, a chromium carbide (CrC) wear-solutions provider, has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry. Failure to galvanise foreign... 

Cost competitiveness key for a thriving energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The number of power projects across Africa and South Africa has grown in the last few years and has given rise to many opportunities, but also challenges, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies executive director Saul Levin said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, he... 

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of SA mining

20th June 2018 Mr. Martin Maine, Managing Director of Rio-Carb of Alrode, a chromium carbide (CrC) wear-solutions provider, has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry. Failure to galvanise foreign... 

Afrimat Construction Index reflects downward trend in construction activity in Q1

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 It is concerning that the construction sector – South Africa’s most labour-intensive sector in terms of labour/capital ratios – is not growing, said economist Dr Roelof Botha on Tuesday at the release of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter. The ACI, compiled by Botha on... 

Tahltan to receive C$7m a year from Brucejack taxes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th June 2018 The Tahltan First Nation will receive about C$7-million a year in tax revenue from the new Brucejack gold mine, under a revenue-sharing agreement between the British Columbia government and the Tahltan central government. The Brucejack mine, in north-western British Columbia, is expected to... 

Project could extend Alaska mine’s life by 6yrs – Kinross

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2018 TSX-listed Kinross Gold has decided to proceed with the Gilmore expansion project at its Fort Knox mine, in Alaska.  

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal at Venetia diamond mine 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has concluded the process of selecting six local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners as part of an impressive R600-million-to-R700-million, eight-year transport empowerment initiative at the Venetia diamond mine in South Africa’s... 

Dispute resolution procedures aren’t working…what’s next?

7th June 2018 With dispute resolution procedures more often than not turning out to be anything but speedy, parties to construction contracts are reaching their breaking points. Is it time for a new approach altogether? How about finding ways to avoid disputes completely? By Kelly Stannard, Associate, MDA... 

Goldcorp signs IBA with three First Nation communities in Ontario

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Goldcorp and three First Nation communities – Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe – have signed an impacts and benefits agreement (IBA) with respect to the development and operation of the Borden gold project, near Chapleau, in northern Ontario.  

Smartphone sales back in the black in Q1 – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2018 Global sales of smartphones to end-users increased by 1.3% during the first quarter of the year to 384-million, market research multinational Gartner reported on Tuesday. Huawei and Xiaomi experienced the most growth during the quarter, and Apple returned to growth after sales declined during the... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Leading infrastructure specialist mobilises in Western Cape

23rd May 2018  M&D Construction Group’s new office in Paarl will assist Breede Valley Local Municipality with the augmentation of the water-storage capacity at the Langerug reservoir. The construction of the 20 ML reservoir is the first contract to be secured by the leading diversified contractor’s new office,... 

Promise and perils

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2018 While President Cyril Ramaphosa was having a breakfast meeting with his Economic Cluster Ministers at Genadendal last week, to deliberate on ways to deliver on the $100-billion-investment goal, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a report highlighting just how important investment is... 

AECOM showcases the future of digital project delivery at KZN event

16th May 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM is pioneering digital project delivery by adding various Immersive Technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to its portfolio of existing 3D models produced by a Building Information Modelling (BIM) process. This allows both... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Alligin and Vorlich satellite fields development, Europe

By: Sheila Barradas     11th May 2018 BP and Shell plan to tie-back Alligin, a two-well development, to BP's Glen Lyon floating, production, storage an offloading vessel. 

Resources sector to inject nearly A$6bn into WA economy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2018 The resources sector is forecast to inject some A$5.9-billion into Western Australia’s economy in 2018/19, with the sector continuing to be a major driver in the state’s economy. The mining industry contributed some A$5-billion, or 17%, of Western Australia’s total revenues during 2017, the... 

Coal ‘not like buying bread’, Hadebe says as Eskom reverses policy on cost-plus mines  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2018 In a major policy reversal, State-owned electricity producer Eskom is budgeting to invest in the sustenance of mines that supply coal to the utility on a cost-plus basis. During Brian Molefe’s controversial tenure as Eskom CEO, the utility became hostile to the cost-plus model, which Molefe... 

Cameco swings into the black as it focuses on what it can control – Gitzel

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2018 Canadian uranium major Cameco is settling into a more relaxed pace of business as it rides out the uranium price doldrums, with two of its best assets languishing on care and maintenance. President and CEO Tim Gitzel noted on Friday that “unprecedented noise in the political economy” are yet to... 

Ferrum Crescent appoints Spanish consultancy at Toral

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd April 2018 European explorer Ferrum Crescent has engaged the services of Spanish consultancy Mining Sense to complement the existing operational team at the Toral lead/zinc/silver project. Led by Mining Sense technical director Jesús Montero, the consultancy team will assist with the preperation of... 

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