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Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Solar energy may get boost from Africa’s biggest oil exporter

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil exporter, may be about to turn sunward to generate more of its power. Senators in the capital of Abuja are debating an allocation of $30-million to solar projects in this year’s Budget, according to the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN). They are... 

New British factory turns London's black cabs green

By: Reuters     22nd March 2017 The Chinese-owned maker of London's black cabs opened a new factory in central England on Wednesday to produce electric taxis which it also hopes to sell overseas for the first time to cities keen on the famous brand and concerned about pollution. The London Taxi Company plant near the city of... 

Davyhurst crushing circuit commissioning to start shortly

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd March 2017 Commissioning of the newly refurbished crushing circuit at the Davyhurst mill, in Western Australia, is poised to start next week, with the balance of the circuits expected to be commissioned in April, owner Eastern Goldfields said. The refurbishment of the 1.2-million-tonne-a-year mill is some... 

First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction production plant launched at NWU

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2017 South Africa’s first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant was launched at North-West University (NWU) earlier this month, which will result in the production of bio-oils, bio-char, biochemicals and biogas. The plant is one of the outputs of the Department of Science and Technology- and the... 

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort

     17th March 2017 American battery manufacturer Aquion Energy last month announced the completion of  a newly installed offgrid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array. Aquion, which... 

Refiners commit to producing clean fuels 

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 Although Africa’s oil refining industry will need significant investments to adapt to the move by industry and the automotive sector to cleaner fuels, companies say they are committed to the change. “The impact will touch all sides of the industry, starting with refining and marketing. It will... 

South Africa's Engen to ship gasoil to Singapore in rare move – sources

By: Reuters     15th March 2017 South African petroleum company Engen is set to export a gasoil cargo to Singapore, according to trade sources and shipping data. The company has provisionally booked the Torm Horizon to transport 35 000 t of gasoil to Singapore from Durban, shipping fixtures showed. 

Tanzania gives coal mining licence to Dangote after President's order

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 Tanzania has awarded a coal mining licence to the local unit of Nigeria's Dangote Cement as part of plans to lower the company's production costs and ease disruptions caused by energy shortages. The cement maker suspended output in December, citing technical problems and high production costs,... 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

Norwegian company to design the South African Navy’s new survey ship

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Norwegian ship design and shipbuilding company Vard Marine, a subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantiere group (which holds 55.63% of the Norwegian enterprise), has confirmed that its VARD 9 105 hydrographic/oceanographic ship design is the one offered to the South African Navy (SAN) by Southern African... 

Atlas Copco portable dewatering pumps are tough!

     9th March 2017 High performance, class-leading fuel efficiency and complete portability underpin the PAS range of centrifugal diesel-driven open-frame dewatering pumps from Atlas Copco Construction Technique’s Portable Energy division. The development of the PAS range is centred on vital information gained... 

Brown calls for Eskom to bring Dentons report to Parliament 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2017 Eskom should be called before Parliament to brief MPs on the Dentons report, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday. “Eskom should come and run you through the report,” the minister told the portfolio committee on public enterprises after she was asked for her view on the... 

Trackless mobile machinery regulation a contentious point for industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 The regulation of trackless mobile machinery (TMM) in the mining industry will be the subject of ongoing debate between mines and the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate in the next couple of years, when further regulations may be promulgated. At ENSAfrica’s Mine Health and Safety (MHS) Seminar... 

Brokk Acquires Aquajet Systems AB

     8th March 2017 Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, recently acquired Aquajet Systems AB, the world’s leading manufacturer of hydrodemolition robots. The acquisition expands the application solutions offered by Brokk in the construction and demolition industry.... 

‘What a difference a year makes’ – analysts outline mostly strong commodity fundamentals despite uncertainty

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 “What a difference a year makes,” John Butcher, principal economist at commodity consultancy Wood Mackenzie exclaimed during a technical programme at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s yearly convention this week. While global economic growth came in at a disappointing 2.3% in... 

West African gold mine signs solar power agreement

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2017 West African gold mine Iamgold Essakane has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with renewable-energy providers in a move that will cut its diesel use and lower its carbon footprint.  EREN Renewable Energy and its partner African Energy Management Platform (AEMP) on Monday announced that... 

Sacoil buys majority stake in Afric Oil

By: African News Agency      6th March 2017 Sacoil, the South African based independent African oil and gas company, said on Monday that it had acquired a 71% interest in Afric Oil Group, one of the largest independent fuel distributors in South Africa. Following completion, Sacoil’s portfolio will consist of operated production activities... 

Dirty fuel conundrum may open door to electric vehicles in Africa 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 South Africa is fifteen years behind the rest of the world in terms of legislation regulating the quality of fuel available at the pump, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen. He says new clean fuel legislation should have been in place in... 

On-The-Air (03/03/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2017 Platinum has been badly hit by anti-diesel sentiment in the wake of the Volkswagen car emission scandal in the United States; South Africa’s Sibanye Gold went on a charm offensive in the United States this week to woo shareholder backing its big American acquisition; and the mining industry’s... 

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Toyota Dyna truck redesigned as a light commercial vehicle to sidestep new speed-limiter law

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 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... 

What can we tell of Eskom’s future from the Denton report?

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd March 2017 The debate on the independent power producer (IPP) programme can serve as a useful distraction, and power utility Eskom is exploiting it to the full. The problem is not the IPPs, and they never will be. IPPs are a scapegoat to obfuscate the many long-term multiple challenges Eskom faces, which it... 

Platinum needs marketing, marketing and more marketing – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2017 Embattled platinum needs ongoing marketing, with producers needing to invest in the promotion effort and ensure that the metal does not continue to be demonised by the anti-diesel hype, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri told investors, unionists, analysts and journalists on... 

Cape Town’s e-buses to arrive at end 2017; e-bus plant on track 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Froneman shows off Sibanye in US as Stillwater deal advances

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2017 Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman on Monday showed off the low-cost performance of this gold and platinum-mining company to a top-level audience in America at a time when the South African company’s proposed acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company of the US is edging forward. In an address to the BMO... 

LH Marthinusen completes locomotive traction motors manufacturing project

     27th February 2017 LH Marthinusen (LHM), a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, isa leading repairer of transformers and large rotating machines and manufacturer of specialised transformers, recently completed a contract for the manufacture of 16 new 500kW DC traction motors to replace existing motors for diesel electric... 

Design for the South African Navy’s new survey ship confirmed

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 Norwegian ship design and shipbuilding company Vard Marine, a subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantiere group (which holds 55.63% of the Norwegian enterprise), has confirmed that its VARD 9 105 hydrographic/oceanographic ship design is the one offered to the South African Navy (SAN) by Southern African... 

Electric vehicles unlikely to scale battery hurdle 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th February 2017 Much scientific work has gone into the development of electric vehicles over recent years. Huge strides have been made, but I cannot see a way past the battery problem in the case of day-to-day electric cars. This is always glossed over by the proponents of electric cars.  Making the electric... 

New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SA chief outlines ‘get fit’ vision

By: Irma Venter     24th 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... 

New training course offered on refrigeration units

     24th February 2017 Transportation and logistics solutions company Eqstra Flexi Fleet has introduced a new training course at its training academy, specifically designed to equip qualified auto-electricians and diesel mechanics to work on refrigeration units fitted within cold chain vehicles.  

CRG production impacted by summer rains

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Ongoing adverse weather conditions that have negatively affected JSE-listed Central Rand Gold’s (CRG’s) cash flow as a result of production downtime, have prompted the miner to introduce programmes and plans to address the issues. This includes the openpit mining and processing of CRG’s own... 

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... 

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... 

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