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Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Indian captive coal mines to achieve 105Mt production by 2021

By: Ajoy K Das     19th February 2018 Indian coal production from captive blocks allocated to thermal power plants has been estimated at 105-million tons a year by 2021/22, up from about 37-million tons a year at present, according to perspective planning on coal availability by the Power Ministry. To date, 29 coal blocks have been... 

Zimbabwe, Botswana set to sign diamond deal – report

By: News24Wire      19th February 2018 Zimbabwe is reportedly set to sign a diamond processing deal with Botswana within the next three months, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with his counterpart, President Ian Khama, this week in Gaborone. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa was in Botswana on a state visit. 

Conference to foster entrepreneurial opportunities for women

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To assist women in being successful renewable-energy entrepreneurs, the African Energy Sector: Scope and Opportunity discussion topic at this year’s Women in Energy Conference will focus on the entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy sector and how women can maximise their participation. 

Young company grows fast on back of experienced team

     16th February 2018 Proving that experience truly does count, mainstream industrial plant and equipment rental company Afritech Equipment Solutions has secured notable contracts in the petrochemicals industry, having only been in operation for less than a year. Offering what it claims to be the youngest and most... 

Convenient coding: the hand-held printer

     13th February 2018 Coding and marking have come a long way since the concept of a machine-readable barcode was first patented in America in 1949. Innovation in this field has been fuelled by a growing demand for solutions that enable traceability through the entire value chain. It’s also been driven by a demand for... 

Budget is watershed moment for South Africa's economy - economist

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2018 While there are early signs of a recovery in the local economy, with expected business conditions improving, government now needs to show - through its Budget later this month - that it has the credibility to take the country forward and build business and consumer confidence. Speaking at a... 

Shrinking gems are a headache for the diamond industry

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2018 The diamond industry has a size problem. Instead of splashing out on a ring or necklace featuring one big, bright diamond, shoppers are increasingly choosing pieces with several, smaller gems, which are often lower quality. And selling jewellery with smaller stones has been a good way for... 

Supplier adds food-grade range to lubricant offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Engineering consumables and components distributor BMG will start supplying a National Sanitation Foundation International-certified H1 food-grade range of lubricants from the third quarter this year to the food and beverage industry.  

Online-Electrical, EM partnership is a ‘win-win’ for customers

     8th February 2018 Electrical supply company Online-Electrical is a proud distributor of the comprehensive product range of ElectroMechanica (EM), which comprises high-end industrial electrical products, motor control switchgear, and electronic automation products. Online-Electrical MD Joey Gaskell comments that... 

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 As the ongoing drought and resultant water crisis threatens Cape Town’s credit ratings and gross domestic product (GDP) growth, warnings of the impact the drought on the local tourism industry are mounting. Tourism to one of South Africa’s most popular destinations is starting to take a knock as... 

Introducing Cerasmooth™ compound – the wear life solution for the FGD market

     7th February 2018 Weir Minerals has announced an upgrade to its polymer-ceramic composite for the Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) market. Specially engineered for use in FGD applications, the new and improved Cerasmooth™ compound is designed to provide ultimate wear and corrosion resistance. “We are focused on the... 

Launch of The Local Manufacturing Exhibition 2019

     7th February 2018 Local Manufacturing Exhibition 201921-23 May 2019Expo Centre, Nasrec   Organised by the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), in association with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, and endorsed by the Premier of Gauteng   The South African Capital Equipment Export Council... 

Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th February 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan explained at the unveiling of the system at the Investing in African Mining... 

When the going gets tough, Robor continues to find a way!

     6th February 2018 Robor – New Mill / Mine Support Products / Tricom Structures / Aegion Joint Venture Remaining at the forefront of technology and product development is paramount for any company who considers themselves amongst market leaders. At Robor, we take this aspect of our business very seriously. Over the... 

Palladium rally may mean auto catalytic converter price hikes coming

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 With the price of palladium spiking to a record high last month, the effects could be felt in the automotive industry as manufacturers of catalytic converters consider raising their prices and may change the mix of metals in their products. Increased automotive industry demand and a supply... 

Engineering group Sandvik rides strong demand as profit tops forecast

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 Swedish engineering group Sandvik posted better than expected fourth-quarter core profit on Monday and said demand had been strong across all of its business areas. The Swedish maker of metal-cutting tools, mining equipment and speciality steels has been riding booming demand for mining gear as... 

When the going gets tough, Robor continues to find a way!

     5th February 2018 Robor – New Mill / Mine Support Products / Tricom Structures / Aegion Joint Venture Remaining at the forefront of technology and product development is paramount for any company who considers themselves amongst market leaders. At Robor, we take this aspect of our business very seriously. Over the... 

Joi Ito to headline #DisruptMining finale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 Tech mogul Joi Ito will deliver a keynote address at the #DisruptMining finale on March 4, during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, in Toronto. A director of the MIT Media Lab and professor of the Practice of Media, Arts and Sciences at MIT, Ito is an... 

National carrier makes changes on Johannesburg/London route

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Thursday that it was assigning its new Airbus A330-300 wide-body airliners to its Johannesburg/London route, with effect from March 25. It also announced that it was cutting the daily frequency of its flights between Johannesburg and London to one, from... 

Dalian iron-ore near 1-month low, limited impact from icy weather

By: Reuters     30th January 2018 Chinese iron-ore futures ticked higher, but kept near one-month lows on Tuesday, as ample supply of the steelmaking raw material countered transport disruptions caused by heavy snow in the country. Rebar steel prices slipped, touching their lowest in nearly a week at one point. 

Day Zero pushed back to April 16

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2018 Cape Town’s impending Day Zero has been pushed back by four days to April 16, as efforts to “defeat Day Zero” ramp up. The City of Cape Town on Tuesday said collaborative efforts to scale back water use was resulting in small, but significant victories, showing that “residents are coming together... 

High-performance doors from Maxiflex seal the deal for a comfortable, safe and productive work environment

     30th January 2018 Following the installation by Maxiflex of thirteen high-performance doors for a company based in Boksburg on Johannesburg’s East Rand, the customer reports extreme satisfaction with the units stating that production is up and employees are pleased that their work areas are sealed off, preventing... 

Nautilus production equipment exceeding design specs

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2018 Testing of the fleet of underwater machines that marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals will use to mine the Solwara 1 gold/copper project, offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG), has so far delivered results meeting or exceeding design parameters, the company recently reported. Headquartered in... 

Wage negotiations in bus sector ongoing, but progress made

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 The South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) along with four other unions in the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) on Monday said it would take employers' wage offers to their members for approval. Last week, labour unions Satawu, the Transport and Allied... 

Atlas reduces debt, progresses diversification plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 Iron-ore producer Atlas Iron has repaid a further A$20-million of its debt, as the ASX-listed company continues its strategy of repositioning the business by reducing debt, growing its iron-ore business through the Utah Point and diversifying beyond iron-ore. Atlas reported on Monday that the... 

Aluminium maker Norsk Hydro to boost output, cut energy costs

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro plans to transfer energy-saving technology from a pilot project to primary smelters in the next five to six years, boosting output and cutting costs, the company's head of technology told Reuters. Hydro on Monday announced the start of production at its new... 

Opel to export cars to Tunisia, Morocco – CEO in FAZ

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 PSA Group's Opel plans to start exporting cars to Tunisia and Morocco from its European plants, its chief executive told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in an interview. France's PSA agreed in March to buy Opel from General Motors in a deal valuing the business at €2.2-billion... 

How Cape Town businesses are tightening the taps

By: News24Wire      26th January 2018 As the countdown to Cape Town's dreaded Day Zero continues, ratepayers are not the only ones forced to tighten their belts when it comes to water use. Businesses operating in what may soon become the first major city to run out of water have been implementing more large-scale water-saving... 

Bobcat Equipment South Africa stocks up on R18m worth of spare parts

     24th January 2018 Fast-moving general-service parts are critical to customers’ daily operations, and are needed on-hand immediately to avoid costly downtime. It is for this reason that Bobcat Equipment South Africa, part of the Goscor Group, holds a comprehensive spares stockholding of about R18 million. The... 

Nexus Network expands its world-class e-fulfilment service

     23rd January 2018 Third-party logistics (3PL) specialist Nexus Network has moved into a new 10 000 m2 facility in Wadeville, Germiston. This is the next step to boost its capacity to offer its customers a world-class service. The company relocated at the beginning of August 2017 to a reconfigured 9 000 m2... 

Industry confident Eskom board changes will help save utility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The appointment of a new Eskom board with “credibility, business acumen and experience” has given South African businesses hope that the embattled State-owned entity (SOE) can be salvaged, with a number of organisations lauding Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for taking a step in the right... 

China govt curbs drop avg daily steel output to 12-mth low in Dec

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 China's average daily steel output fell 1.9% in December from the previous month, official data showed on Thursday, touching the lowest level in a year as government-imposed production curbs deepened. Total output climbed to 67.05-million tonnes in December from 66.15-million tonnes in November,... 

Vale could be 'natural' owner for Samarco, in talks with BHP

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Brazil's Vale is in talks with BHP Billiton on options for their joint venture Samarco, and it may be easier for Vale to resolve that miner's problems as sole owner, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday. "Maybe Vale would be a natural owner of Samarco, maybe it could make... 

Robot-assisted sawing for greater productivity

     17th January 2018 Automation and robotics are rapidly gaining ground in metalworking – and sawing technology is no exception. Robot-assisted systems are taking over more and more work steps following the sawing process, starting with removal of the cut parts and continuing through deburring, weighing, centring and... 

Gold losses in years past keep producers from buying more mines

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2018 Stung by some lousy investments that led to billions of dollars in losses a few years ago, the world’s major gold producers have cut way back on mining deals – even as metal prices posted their biggest rally since 2010. The value of the industry’s transactions, from acquisitions to... 

New app-based bank to launch in South Africa late 2018

By: African News Agency      16th January 2018 A new app-driven bank is set to launch in South Africa after getting a provisional licence from monetary authorities, the institution said on Tuesday. Bank Zero, a 45 percent black-owned mutual bank founded by veteran bankers Michael Jordaan and Yatin Narsai, is set to launch in the fourth... 

DNI inks flake graphite offtake deal with Korea Graphite

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Madagascar-focused graphite project developer DNI Metals has signed a binding supply agreement with ASX-listed Peninsula Mines’ subsidiary Korea Graphite to supply up to 24 000 t/y of flake graphite, the company announced on Monday. The deal is subject to Korea Graphite finalising offtake... 

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