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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... 

Production at Xtract’s Manica concession increases 42% q/q

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Alluvial mining contractors operating at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession, in Mozambique, produced 1 703 oz of gold in the second quarter – a 41.9% quarter-on-quarter increase.  

McEwen’s operations on track to meet full-year guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer McEwen Mining produced 36 959 oz of gold and 772 432 oz of silver, or 47 258 gold-equivalent ounces (GEOs), for the second quarter of this year.  

Rio says workers return at South Africa's Richards Bay Minerals

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa said workers are reporting for duty after violence and protests that started more than a week ago shut the operations. “Following a significant improvement in the security situation, employees are returning to work today and we will safely ramp up... 

Major Beadell shakeup targets $100m cost savings

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th July 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources has implemented major management changes and cost reductions at its Tucano mine, in Brazil, that could save more than $100-million. CEO and MD Simon Jackson and COO Peter Holmes will step down from their current positions, with Dr Nicole Adshead-Bell taking over as... 

Inquiry into Grayston drive bridge collapse awaiting heads of arguments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2018 The Department of Labour-led inquiry into the October 2015 collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge this week completed its work of gathering evidence. It is now awaiting the submission of written heads of arguments by legal representatives of interested... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

Company calls for distribution partners to increase footprint

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) is calling for distribution partnerships to help the company expand its footprint in Africa. The company – the only certified African distributor of the US and UK manufactured Band-It products – has noted a... 

Arup Recognised At Saice 2018

12th July 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Johannesburg division honoured Arup with multiple project and individual awards at its 2018 regional award ceremony. The twisting PwC Tower in Midrand won both the Structural Engineering category and the Overall Technical Excellence... 

ARUP Recognised at SAICE 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Johannesburg division honoured Arup with multiple project and individual awards at its 2018 regional award ceremony.   The twisting PwC Tower in Midrand won both the Structural Engineering category and the Overall Technical Excellence... 

Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since 2013. The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, is set to blast off in December from Florida's Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9... 

Eskom and IPP deal to create more than 60 000 jobs

By: African News Agency      10th July 2018 More than 60 000 jobs are expected to be created during the 27 new renewable energy plant projects being rolled out under the independent power producers (IPP) programme, valued at some R56-billion. According to a statement issued on behalf of Workforce Staffing, a temporary employment service... 

AngloGold Ashanti selects MineSuite for underground tracking and control

9th July 2018 AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd has selected MinLog’s MineSuite system to provide an Underground Mine Management System at the Sunrise Dam operation in Western Australia. The initiative will build capacity for supporting increased production targets at the gold mine. MineSuite will enable... 

Shell ramps up in Kitimat, raising Canada’s C$40bn LNG hopes

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 A flurry of activity in a remote Canadian town is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a C$40-billion liquefied natural gas terminal that could at last unlock energy exports to Asia. The action is... 

Kibo to issue shares to Sanderson to settle debt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining has settled the outstanding balance of £1.11-million on the forward payment facility that was agreed on in December 2016 with Sanderson Capital Partners.  

MTN Uganda says security personnel raided its data centre

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 MTN Uganda, a unit of the South African telecoms firm, said security personnel had raided its data and disconnected four of its servers. The firm said in a July 3 letter to the State-run telecommunications regulator that it had "reported to police a case of illegal intrusion into the data centre... 

Mt Morgans delivers first quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th July 2018 Junior gold miner Dacian Gold has reported a maiden quarterly production of 34 155 oz from its Mt Morgans project, in Western Australia. Mt Morgans in April this year poured its first gold.  

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Kosova e Re power plant project, Kosovo

By: Sheila Barradas     6th July 2018 ContourGlobal plans to build a 500 MW coal-fired power plant. 

Fire away with FOGMAKER fire-suppression system at Electra Mining 2018

4th July 2018 FOGMAKER South Africa (Pty) Ltd. will not only display its efficient triple-action fire-suppression system at the highly anticipated Electra Mining Africa 2018 but will also be conducting live demonstrations to show the remarkable effectiveness of water-mist technology. Intelligently engineered... 

M&D Construction Group sets the benchmark in pipeline quality standards.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading local civil-engineering construction and building specialist, has again taken proactive steps to ensure that the highest quality standards are maintained when it builds critical infrastructure for its many public- and private-sector clients. The company’s Pipe... 

Alara awarded first mining licence in Oman since 2004

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 The awarding of the first mining licence in 14 years in Oman marks a new chapter for copper mining in the Sultanate, Mineral Investment Affairs director-general Dr Salim Al Mahrougi has said. According to Australian junior Alara Resources, Al Mahroughi said at an event marking the official launch... 

Q2 building, civil engineering business confidence weakest in six years – CIDB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) says general building confidence fell by three points to 33 index points in the second quarter – its lowest level in six years.  

PERI Rail Climbing System reaches new heights at Katherine Towers

2nd July 2018 The complex core geometry at the Katherine Towers project in Sandton saw PERI South Africa deploy its RCS-CL (Rail Climbing System Carriage Light) to reduce crane time and maximise platform sizes for the complex core geometry. The project was designed by architecture and interior architecture... 

PERI Rail Climbing System reaches new heights at Katherine Towers

29th June 2018 The complex core geometry at the Katherine Towers project in Sandton saw PERI South Africa deploy its RCS-CL (Rail Climbing System Carriage Light) to reduce crane time and maximise platform sizes for the complex core geometry. The project was designed by architecture and interior architecture... 

Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th June 2018 The Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm projects have reached financial close. 

Skyriders scales new heights with hotel waterproofing project in Zambia

28th June 2018 Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. showcased the flexibility of its rope-access solutions at a recent waterproofing contract on a 19-storey hotel building, in Lusaka, Zambia for a major hotel group. The initial scope of work was to assist the primary contractor with waterproofing on one or... 

Teal beats expectations

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2018 The Teal gold mine, in Western Australia, has delivered above expectations, with ASX-listed Intermin Resources on Tuesday saying that both gold production and revenue exceeded the feasibility study estimates. Mining was completed at Teal earlier this year, and the last ore was processed through... 

Edenville, Sinohydro extend MoU to December 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Energy commodity developer Edenville Energy has extended the validity of its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hydropower engineering company Sinohydro Corporation of China, over the Rukwa coal project, in south-west Tanzania, to December 2019.  

Good Partnerships Can Lower Mining Contractors’ Cycle Times

25th June 2018 When planning and implementing load-haul mining contracts, the importance of close cooperation between contractor and customer cannot be over-emphasised, says Graeme Campbell, commercial and operations manager of Raubex Group company SPH Kundalila. “It begins with the customer providing relevant... 

Xtract reviewing new contractor proposals for Western half of Manica mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Diversified miner Xtract Resources continues to review new contractor proposals for the Western half of its Manica gold project, in Mozambique, after previous contractor Moz Gold’s gold recovery rate was found to be unsatisfactory as a result of the fine nature of the gold and the processing... 

Beadell terminates Tucano contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd June 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources and contract miner MACA have mutually terminated the openpit mining contract for the Tucano gold mine, in Brazil Beadell said on Friday that MACA and its Brazilian subsidiaries will cease mining services immediately, with mining at Tucano to be conducted by a... 

Solutions engender safety, reliability for chemical fasteners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two “innovative technologies” – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners, Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel tells Engineering... 

China Nonferrous Gold signs Pakrut mining contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Aim-listed mineral explorer China Nonferrous Gold (CNG) has awarded the contract for first-stage mining of its Pakrut gold project, in Tajikistan, to local contractor Wenjian. The contract, worth about $7.56-million, is a tolling arrangement that is payable in accordance with each stage of... 

Concor Infrastructure To Construct New Wind Farms

19th June 2018 Concor Infrastructure has been appointed, in a consortium with Conco, by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power as the construction contractor for two large scale wind farms. The wind farms, located in the Northern and Western Cape, represent an investment of approximately R6.6.... 

PEA completed for South America’s ‘most advanced’ PGM project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Pedra Branca platinum group metal (PGM) project, in north-eastern Brazil, has confirmed the economic potential of the project, which Aim-listed Jangada Mines says is South America’s largest and most advanced PGMs play. The PEA has assigned a net... 

Arc buys a further 6% stake in Zamsort

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has acquired a further 6% interest in Zamsort, which is developing a copper/cobalt project in Zambia, from two separate shareholders. It now holds a 61% interest in Zamsort. 

Green building requires holistic approach

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 With the current water shortage in the Western Cape having encouraged efficient water use and proactive ways of saving water, building industry representative the Joint Building Contacts Committee (JBCC) CEO Uwe Putlitz says a similar attitude should be pursued regarding green building in the... 

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