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New black-owned compressed-air company launched 

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 The South African compressed-air industry has celebrated its first 100% black-owned company following the launch of Enza Air, a division of industrial holdings company Asani Group, in Johannesburg earlier this month. “This is a very important day for us and signals the birth of a new player in... 

Kenya Power expects no drought-related rationing, minimal price hike

By: Reuters     16th February 2017 Kenyans will not be hit by electricity rationing or significant price rises, with diesel generation making up for a fall from drought-hit hydroelectric dams, the head of sole distributor Kenya Power said on Thursday. State-run Kenya Meteorological Department said earlier this week that the East... 

Real, Round-The-Clock Rental Pump Availability

     15th February 2017 There are many companies in the pump rental business that promise, but not all of them deliver, according to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine. “Actually delivering a rental service all day, every day, to the standards that the customer needs, is the core of our business model,”... 

Real, Round-The-Clock Rental Pump Availability

     15th February 2017 There are many companies in the pump rental business that promise, but not all of them deliver, according to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine. “Actually delivering a rental service all day, every day, to the standards that the customer needs, is the core of our business model,”... 

Legal Concerns In Mine Roll-Out Of Proximity Detection Systems

     15th February 2017 Moving machinery is the second highest cause of fatalities in South African mines after falls of ground, making the implementation of effective proximity detection systems (PDS) a crucial step, but there are still perceived grey areas in mine safety regulations. According to Anton Lourens,... 

Canadian Zinc, NTPC to evaluate LNG power generation for Prairie Creek

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2017 Junior project developer Canadian Zinc has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) to assess electricity supply options for the Prairie Creek zinc/lead/silver mine. Under the terms of the MoU, NTPC has agreed to work with Canadian Zinc to... 

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym 

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 “We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

Parker Racor offers OEM fit, performance and quality filtration for the aftermarket at The Commercial Vehicle Show 2017

     13th February 2017 The Racor Filter Division Europe of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, will be exhibiting and demonstrating its leading range of fuel, air and oil filtration products for diesel engine and fuel delivery applications at this year’s Commercial Vehicle... 

Acclaimed A.B.E. Flooring System For Paarl Panel Beating Workshop

     10th February 2017 A.B.E. Construction Chemicals supplied one of its acclaimed epoxy floor coating systems for new workshop floors of the Paarl branch of Tekton Autobody Repairs, a leading panel beating company in the Western Cape. A.B.E. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group of companies. Johnie Emmerich,... 

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

First organic coolant in the lubrications market

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 The correct coolant chemistry is vital in maintaining the longevity of engines, says diesel engine and technology specialist Cummins Filtration technical services support lead - Africa Tim Hayward, explaining that coolants increase the lifespan of engines by removing compounds that are difficult... 

Microlevel electricity grids advantageous for African applications

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Although the price of electricity and cost of generation in many African countries are major challenges, they also present opportunities to implement clean small-scale energy solutions that can use existing infrastructure and apply Africa’s natural resources, says energy, water,... 

Eskom releases redacted version of Dentons report, but only to PAIA applicants 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has agreed to release a redacted version of a “final report” compiled by international legal firm Dentons in July 2015, following a board-initiated probe into the operational and financial underperformance of the organisation at the time. However, the report... 

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... 

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2017 When the Ministers responsible for seeking resolution to the current impasse in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector meet this month, they will be expected to weigh the serious legal and policy implications of backtracking from a Ministerial determination – as well as from one of the country’s... 

Junior coal terminal raising capacity, Transnet forges ahead with Waterberg programme

By: Ilan Solomons     6th February 2017 RBT-Grindrod Terminals is ramping up its coal export capacity to 3.6-million tons of coal. RBT-Grindrod, a joint venture between Grindrod and RBT Resources, offers a fully mechanised, brownfield port solution, at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is entirely separate from the existing... 

Uganda says funding secured for new standard-gauge railway line

By: John Muchira     3rd February 2017 As Kenya gears up to commission the first phase of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line running from the coastal city of Mombasa to Nairobi, the capital city, in June, neighbouring Uganda has closed financial agreements with Exim Bank of China for the construction of its own SGR line, which will... 

Gen 10 Adts Take Terex Trucks To The Next Level

     30th January 2017 “It’s pretty simple” showcasing what 65 years of manufacturing know-how looks like for Terex Trucks as the Volvo CE-owned manufacturer launches its new Generation 10 TA300 and TA400 ADTs in South Africa in the first quarter of 2017. These articulated dump trucks will be available through Babcock,... 

Mozambique awards gas development projects to Yara, Shell

By: Reuters     30th January 2017 Mozambique, which has vast offshore gas resources, has awarded gas development projects to Norway's Yara International, Shell Mozambique and GL Energy Africa, the National Petroleum Institute (NPI) said on Monday. Yara will develop fertilisers and 30 MW to 50 MW of power while Shell Mozambique... 

Digital solutions to drive next wave of industrial productivity – Immelt

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2017 The next wave of industrial productivity will be driven by digital solutions, GE CEO Jeff Immelt argued during a visit to South Africa this week, adding that industrial firms would, therefore, have little option but to rethink their strategies in a digital context. The US multinational is in the... 

La Mède biorefinery project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     27th January 2017 Total is transforming its La Mède site into France’s first biorefinery, which is expected to be one of the largest in Europe once completed. 

Senegal boosts rail rolling stock to enhance passenger logistics

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 Rail systems company Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply 15 regional trains to Senegal to increase the country’s capacity to transport passengers between expanding cities.  

Tanzania opening $290m bus network in commercial capital

By: Reuters     26th January 2017 Tanzania opened a new public transport system in its commercial capital on Wednesday, in an effort to ease the journeys of-millions of commuters.    A city of four-million people, Dar es Salaam until now has had only a haphazard transport system, based on mostly private mini-buses. The new... 

Transnet rejects claims that its locomotive acquisition programme is in tatters

By: Anine Kilian     25th January 2017 State-owned Transnet has denied media reports that its R50-billion acquisition programme for 1 064 new locomotives is in tatters. Transnet in 2014 awarded original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive and Bombardier Transportation South Africa contracts for the supply of... 

Puma Energy’s Richards Bay fuel storage facility operational

By: Anine Kilian     24th January 2017 Independent fuel distribution company Puma Energy’s new fuel storage facility in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, has become fully operational and the company has started supplying aviation fuel to the OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg. Puma Energy established its newest storage... 

Opinion: Billions can be saved by building gas turbines ahead of solar and wind 

     24th January 2017 In this opinion piece, Professor Dawid Serfontein enters the debate on the costs and benefits of South Africa’s renewable-energy fleet, responds to recent media articles on the matter and makes the case for a revision to the sequence in which new generation technologies are added to the... 

Goscor Rental Company has record month

     24th January 2017 A fine year all-round has culminated in Goscor Rental Company (GRC) having its best month ever in November 2016 and according to GM Shaun Morton, the company’s success is a result of the team delivering world class service to its customers. GRC is a division of Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC),... 

SA can save billions by building gas turbines first, then PV-solar and wind

     24th January 2017 Dawid Serfontein, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, North-West University. This is a response to the Fin 24 article Koko unpacks Eskom’s renewable costs, but experts disagree (17 Jan.). I am impressed with the dramatic reductions in the prices of PV-solar,... 

Platinum price upside limited despite stronger structural demand in coming years 

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2017 Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) Global Research forecast little upside for platinum despite strengthening structural demand, saying South African producers are putting more ounces on the market at a time when discipline is required. In a ‘Global Metals Weekly’ report,... 

Motorists warned to brace for more petrol pain 

By: News24Wire      16th January 2017 The Automobile Association on Monday warned motorists to brace for another hike in fuel prices at the end of January. Commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the AA said the the rand/US dollar exchange rate has firmed slightly since the start... 

Zest Energy Provides Mobile Power For Kamoa-Kakula Mine Development In The DRC

     16th January 2017 The development of the world’s largest high-grade copper deposit – the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo– now is running on power from the DRC’s national grid using a mobile substation recently commissioned by South Africa’s Gauteng-based Zest Energy. The 120/11 kV... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The second unit of Eskom's Medupi coal-fired power station was loaded to full capacity in December 2016. 

Sarec slams Eskom for distorting facts in calculating renewables-related loss 

By: Terence Creamer     12th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has slammed as a “blatant distortion of facts” Eskom’s claim that the country suffered a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 as a result of the State-owned utility’s purchases of power from the country’s renewable-energy plants. It has also... 

VW promises big changes after agreeing to record US fine

By: African News Agency      12th January 2017 Volkswagen has given details about a change process that will “transform its core business” after admitting guilt this week in the emissions scandal and agreeing to pay a total of $4.3-billion in penalties in the US The total fine, significantly more than the $1.2-billion penalty against Toyota... 

CSIR responds to Eskom claim of R9bn renewables-related economic loss in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has responded to Eskom’s claim that buying power from the country’s renewable-energy plants resulted in a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 – a trend that could persist for the next five years, owing to the country’s surplus supply... 

Agrium completes urea plant at Texas nitrogen facility

By: Henry Lazenby     11th January 2017 Dual-listed Agrium has completed an expansion build-out at its Borger nitrogen operations, providing improved supply chain integration and product diversification and availability in the important agricultural region of Texas. The company, which is in the process of merging with Canadian... 

Alamos stock jumps more than 15% on receiving Kirazli forestry permits

By: Henry Lazenby     6th January 2017 The TSX-listed stock of Canadian intermediate miner Alamos Gold jumped more than 15% Thursday following the company’s premarket announcement that it has received the forestry permits for the eagerly awaited Kirazli gold project, in Turkey – a key component of the Alamos’ near-term growth... 

Petrol and diesel prices to go up on January 4

By: African News Agency      29th December 2016 The retail price of 93 octane petrol is set to rise by 50 cents a litre and 95 octane by 48 cents a litre on Wednesday January 4, the energy department announced on Thursday. According to a statement from the department, the wholesale price of diesel will go up by 39 cents a litre, while the... 

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