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Illegal mining a substantial burden on South African economy, warns Sibanye  

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated 6 hours ago Illegal mining is by no means a victimless crime, as it costs South Africa an estimated R20-billion a year in lost mineral sales, taxes and royalties, Sibanye protection services senior VP Nash Lutchman said on Wednesday. In a presentation on the negative impact of illegal mining on the South... 

Moving to LPG: summit focuses on LPG in Africa

     27th June 2017 You are invited to join over 500 pan-African energy stakeholders who will participate in the largest conference around LPG and CNG in the region. The fourth edition of the Africa LPG Summit, co-located with CNG-NGV Africa will be staged from 11 - 12 July at Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg. Limited... 

Premium market in for another tough year; Audi’s first EV coming to SA 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2017 The South African new premium car market will this year probably decline by another 7% to 15%, to between 55 000 and 60 000 units, down from the roughly 65 000 units recorded last year. This follows a 20% drop in the domestic new premium car market in 2016, says Audi South Africa (SA) head Trevor... 

Southern Africa’s first SDLG wheel loader continues to head operations at South African bulk terminals

     26th June 2017 The very first SDLG wheel loader, an LG958L, to be sold in southern Africa by regional dealer Babcock International, has now amassed some 5,000 operating hours in extreme conditions at South African Bulk Terminals (SABT) in Durban. Despite the workload already under its belt, the machine... 

Cobalt 27 aims to tap electric car revolution with $150m IPO

By: Reuters     23rd June 2017 Minerals company Cobalt 27 Capital made its debut on Canada's Venture Exchange on Friday, raising C$200-million in a listing that offers investors exposure to cobalt, a key metal for batteries in electric cars. Cobalt 27's initial public offering highlights the burgeoning market for cobalt as the... 

Meat, petrol price increases drive up May CPI food inflation

By: African News Agency      21st June 2017 The headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation lifted slightly in May to 5.4 percent from 5.3 percent year-on-year in April on food and petrol prices, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday. Figures released on Wednesday, showed that South African food and non-alcoholic beverages price... 

Transnet denies claim that no CSR locomotives made in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has described as “inaccurate” the claim that none of the locomotives procured from China South Rail (CSR) have been manufactured locally. Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)... 

Goldplat’s Kilimapesa switches to grid power

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 Africa-focused Goldplat will start using grid power at its Kilimapesa mine, in Kenya, as it is facing ongoing difficulties with its generators, primarily owing to poor diesel quality. The miner has reached an agreement to pay the $200 000 installation cost for the required infrastructure to the... 

More than 7 500 animals ready for African Animal Ark operation

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 Trailed by great clouds of dust, a massive convoy of noisy diesel trucks rumbles out of Zimbabwe this week starting on Monday to begin one of Africa's largest-ever wildlife relocation projects. The aim is to shift more than 6 000 wild animals from Zimbabwe to neighbouring Mozambique to replenish... 

A new refinery would be a sensible move for South Africa’s future 

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th June 2017 When she prese Budget Vote in Parliament in May, the Minister of Energy; Mmamoloko Kubayi said that she intended to approach Cabinet with a proposal to build a new oil refinery in South Africa. I think that this is a good idea.  The sooner the better.  The Minister pointed out the danger of... 

Equipment supplier introduces four new welding machines

     16th June 2017 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has incorporated four new models from equipment manufacturer Miller’s range of welding machines for use in large industrial applications. 

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has found that, despite local-content obligations, not one of the China South Rail (CSR) locomotives being procured by Transnet has been assembled in South Africa and that all have... 

Slurrysucker Makes Quick Work Of Cleaning Tank On Platinum Mine

     13th June 2017 Integrated Pump Rental reports that its locally produced SlurrySucker Maxi dredge unit recently made quick work of desilting a process water tank at a local platinum mine. The ongoing build-up of slurry, due to inefficiencies in the thickener process, had become a major issue at this process... 

This year's best commodity is one of the smallest metals markets

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2017 In the main commodity markets, nothing is doing better than palladium this year. The metal is up 30%, beating 33 other raw materials, including lean hogs and aluminum, tracked by Bloomberg. On Friday, prices surged as much as 7.9% to a 16-year high of $928.36/oz as some traders were said to... 

Transnet sets up special review committee as locomotive-contract heat is turned up

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has established a special committee to review the company’s procurement processes, with a specific focus on the locomotive acquisition programme. The programme, and specifically the procurement of 359 electric locomotives from China South Rail (CSR),... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 Eskom announced on June 1 that Unit 4 had been synchronised to the grid. 

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Tina river hydrodevelopment project, Solomon Islands

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The Tina river hydrodevelopment project aims to provide electricity from indigenous renewable-energy sources to ensure more affordable and reliable energy options for the capital.  

Experts see radical changes ahead in the oil and gas industry

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2017 Climate change policies, green investment and changes in consumer behaviour are beginning to bite and are expected to have a major impact on oil consumption throughout the world, a special seminar on the future of oil and gas has heard. “The collapse in the price of oil and the failure of the... 

EFF to lay charges against Gigaba over Transnet locomotive procurement 

By: African News Agency      8th June 2017 The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday said it would open a criminal case against Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, whom it alleged was at the centre of corruption in the procurement of diesel locomotives by Transnet. The EFF could also lay charges against the Transnet board that was in... 

New approaches needed for utilities, municipalities

     8th June 2017 Utilities and municipalities need to innovate and be optimised to address SA’s power challenges and stay relevant, say experts Speaking ahead of the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg, key industry stakeholders have highlighted the need for utilities and... 

Champion receives Quebec govt grant for two Bloom Lake ‘green energy’ conversions

By: Henry Lazenby     6th June 2017 The Quebec government's Green Fund has granted Quebec Iron Ore (QIO), a subsidiary of Champion Iron, C$5.2-million in financial assistance for two energy conversion projects at the flagship Bloom Lake iron-ore mine, near Fermont. The first project involves the replacement of a steam boiler using... 

Digital technology influences rail industry positively

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Rail infrastructure in South Africa is trending towards smart digital technologies that will influence the industry positively, says consulting engineers company Aurecon. “The integrated three-dimensional (3D) designs used particularly in South Africa are being used to plan and model rail... 

Truck model previously imported from India now being assembled in East London

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

Lonmin confident it can turn around troubled business

By: Reuters     1st June 2017 South Africa-focused platinum producer Lonmin is pulling every lever to try to restore confidence in its ailing business, including reopening a major shaft and expanding its biggest operation, its chief executive said. Lonmin, one of the world's top platinum producers, has been in the doldrums... 

Johnson Matthey predicts pollution push to boost catalysts

By: Reuters     1st June 2017 Johnson Matthey forecast on Thursday that a greater focus on vehicle pollution would lift long term sales growth of its catalysts as it reported improved annual revenue and profit. The British company, which this year divided into four sectors – clean air, efficient natural resources, health and... 

Kubota RTV-X900 delivers deep underground

     31st May 2017 With a rich founding history of gold and diamond mining, South Africa remains a leader in deep underground mining as well as safety in this arena, making the transfer of equipment and goods underground a task with little margin for error. Enter the Kubota RTV-X900. While the tasks involved in a... 

Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African mining... 

Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles used for rough terrains 

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Distributed in South Africa by equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), single seater quads and side-by-sides – two-and three-seater vehicles – are used for robust tasks. 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Move over Tesla, Europe's building its own battery gigafactories

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2017 Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a €500 million... 

BAW, IDC invest R250m to expand Gauteng minibus taxi plant

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

Traction transformer investment a response to South Africa’s local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

ABB opens traction transformer factory 

     18th May 2017 The Global CEO of technology group ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was in South Africa this month to officially open the company’s latest manufacturing investment in the country – a state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. 

African countries look to minigrids to light up rural areas

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 African countries are increasingly looking towards minigrids to provide people living in remote areas access to electricity. Government officials from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, this week, that minigrids are the way to go for many... 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

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