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SEW-EURODRIVE confirms its presence at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018

     24th November 2017 SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has confirmed its  presence at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018 from 13 to 16 March 2018 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Hall 5, Stand D30. Attending this premier exhibition for the mining and construction industry in Africa is part and parcel of the company’s strategy to... 

Driving innovation in public transport

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 Location-based services (LBS) will be a driving force in the public transport sector, and are being used to drive efficiency in the industry, enthuses access network infrastructure provider Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. LBS allows service providers and enterprises to... 

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Company assists in developing WiFi blueprint for educational institutions

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Wireless connectivity firm Ruckus will form part of a consortium of companies developing a blueprint for the implementation of WiFi and other IT services at education institutions.  Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa director Riaan Graham says this blueprint, which will eventually be sent to the National... 

Game Changers

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 Without doubt, the problems at Eskom, together with the ongoing debate over nuclear, are making it extremely difficult for South Africans to pay proper attention to some of the game-changing shifts under way in global energy markets – ones that have real and far-reaching implications for this... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th November 2017 The penultimate tug in Transnet National Port Authority's nine-tug construction contract was launched on November 9. 

Vale says Brazil iron royalty hike could hurt high-cost mines

By: Reuters     23rd November 2017 Brazil's Vale, the world's largest iron ore producer, said on Thursday that a hike in the country's royalty rates for the mineral could compromise its ability to maintain high-cost mines and would hurt its ability to compete. Congress passed the higher royalties in votes on Wednesday with the... 

South32 intent on resolving Appin, Cannington challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 Having acknowledged challenges at its Australia operations, particularly at the Appin metallurgical coal mine in Illawarra, New South Wales, diversified miner South32’s focus remains on resolving operational challenges and improving operational efficiency. “We had an unacceptable year as we... 

South32 bullish on aluminium, manganese, energy coal prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 With the price of various commodities having improved during the 2017 financial year, diversified miner South32 remains optimistic about the aluminium, manganese and energy coal sectors for the year ahead. “Manganese led the way [in terms of price increases], and metallurgical coal, energy coal,... 

Edenville eyes efficiency rally at Rukwa on rising demand

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is reviewing options to further optimise the efficiency and throughput of its wash plant at the recently commissioned Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, on expectations of greater demand beyond its planned output of 10 000 t/m. The company started producing washed coal... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

Dynamics 365 transforming public service delivery in South Africa – NDoH case study

     23rd November 2017 In South Africa digitisation in the public sector is being rolled out to help government optimise ICT spend and maximise on the return-on-investment by ensuring alignment and visibility between all government institutions and improving the delivery of healthcare to citizens. 

Evolution’s Klein expresses concern as young Australians shun mining as career option

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd November 2017 The mining industry has to pull together to make it an attractive career option for young people if the industry is to sustain itself, Evolution Mining chairperson Jake Klein said on Thursday, expressing concern about the low number of mining engineering enrolments and graduates at two Australian... 

Brazil lower house okays higher mining royalties, new regulator

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would boost royalty rates on iron ore by 75% - instead of doubling the rates as had been proposed - and later voted to approve the creation of a new mining regulator. Under the revised plan, gold mining royalties would rise 50%,... 

After 130 years cooling comes to the oldest listed mine

     22nd November 2017 As you mine deeper, sooner or later it’s going to get hot. And so it has at Barberton, although it has taken more than a hundred years. BBE Projects have recently commissioned a refrigeration and air cooling system at Barberton Mine’s Fairview Shaft to provide much-needed cooling for the on-going... 

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline clears key hurdle despite oil leak incident

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2017 Oil and gas pipelines operator TransCanada is reviewing a decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approving an alternative route for the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline project through the state. "As a result of today's decision, we will conduct a careful review of the PSC’s... 

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2017 A major topic of discussion during recent public hearings into Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application, was whether a further double-digit tariff hike could trigger a “utility death spiral”, whereby rising tariffs and utility costs spark an exodus of energy-intensive customers from the network,... 

Rhodes Food's FY17 performance dragged by international operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 The headline earnings of JSE-listed Rhodes Food declined by 19.1% to R237-million for the financial year ended October 1, as regional gains were offset by a disappointing international performance. Diluted headline earnings a share decreased by 27% to 93.4c for the year under review, with... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

New Generation Engines Raise Bar For Remanufacturers

     21st November 2017 So complex has modern engine design become that companies wanting to have their engines remanufactured should first look carefully at their service provider’s equipment and in-house skills profile. According to Andrew Yorke, operations director of Metric Automotive Engineering, the cost benefit... 

Corsa sees sales volume growth for sixth consecutive quarter

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2017 Even though the global supply chain for metallurgical coal remains challenged and prone to disruption, strong steel pricing and production levels have helped to sustain a high level of demand for raw materials, which include metallurgical coal, according to Corsa Coal CEO George Dethlefsen. In a... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

Focus on flooring helps companies save

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Demand for the floor inspection services and maintenance programmes provided by concrete flooring solutions provider Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) has doubled in the last six months as companies grow increasingly aware of the importance of basing operations on solid ground, says CLF manager Angus... 

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process

     17th November 2017 The food and beverage industry is continuously looking for solutions to increase production efficiency with extremely high system pressure applications becoming more common, especially in typical reverse osmosis applications for whey, wine and beer filtration. 

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

SA lacking global competitiveness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Local legislation, including stringent policy frameworks, continues to prove cumbersome for the South African construction sector, particularly owing to the necessity to conduct socioeconomic- and environmental-impact assessments, as well as obtain approval from the respective government... 

Maintenance programmes crucial for mine cost management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 In challenging economic times, mining companies are looking to ‘sweat’ their assets, and a key cost management strategy in this endeavour is the implementation of sustainable cost management programmes with structured and proactive maintenance programmes, says mining, materials handling and... 

Stephen Goldberg

     17th November 2017 This week Engineering News profiles Stephen Goldberg, CEO of Selpal, which provides retailers in the informal sector with a platform to sell a full suite of virtual products and produces deep data that brings efficiency and transparency to the informal-sector supply chain   

Embraco enters local markets with strong R&D background

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 Brazil-headquartered hermetic compressors and refrigeration solutions multinational Embraco will leverage its research and development (R&D) competitive advantage to gain market share in Africa, says Embraco business and marketing VP Marcio Schissatti. The company invests 3% to 4% of its net... 

New technologies promise to improve air traffic management

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 Air traffic control/air traffic management (ATC/ATM) agencies need to embrace new technologies in order to further improve air safety. This was stressed by Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (Canso) Director General Jeff Poole at the recent Canso Global ATM Safety Conference 2017 in... 

Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project, Swaziland and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 An expression of interest for the proposed cross-border Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project will be released to potential investors before the end of this year. 

Eskom executives, managers to undergo lifestyle, conflict of interest audits – interim CEO

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2017 Power utility Eskom will implement independent audits on its leadership, with members of the executive committee, as well as divisional executives and senior general managers to undergo regular independent lifestyle and conflict of interest audits, interim CEO Sean Maritz announced on Thursday.... 

EM poised to take advantage of renewed growth opportunities in 2018

     16th November 2017 ElectroMechanica’s (EM’s) significant investment in its internal processes in 2017 will stand it in good stead to reap the benefits of renewed growth in the New Year, EM Sales and Marketing Director Richard Nobbs comments. Describing 2017 as a year of “real development and structural change,”... 

AVeS, Veritas hold countrywide information governance roadshow

     15th November 2017 Information governance is essential to manage information risk proactively. This requires the systematic integration of people, process, and technology in order to identify and protect a company’s most critical information. To highlight this critical issue, AVeS Cyber Security arranged a... 

Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

Few cities have experience to deliver smart city systems

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2017 Transforming the world by 2030 to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require the establishment of more smart cities, information and communication technology multinational Huawei industry, marketing and solution department CTO Joe So told delegates at the Smart City World... 

Solar to power ahead as it emerges as ‘cheapest’ source of generation

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2017 The World Energy Outlook 2017, released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in London on Tuesday, presents a base case scenario that foresees the world’s growing energy needs being met increasingly by renewables and natural gas over the coming 25 years, as “coal strikes out” and nuclear’s... 

Datatec puts disappointing first half behind it, looks forward to improvements

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2017 Information and communications technology solutions and services provider Datatec on Monday said trading in the first half of its 2018 financial year had been disappointing, with the company reporting earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $39-million for the six months... 

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