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Lifestyle audits on government politicians, public servants set to start - Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 Tests on whether the lifestyles of politicians and public officials in South Africa match their incomes are set to become the norm, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, starting with himself and members of his cabinet. "If there ever has been anything that many South Africans would like to... 

Infrastructure financing à la Ethiopia

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th February 2018 Media reportage on Egypt and Ethiopia during the past few years has emphasised the simmering tension between the two countries. The bone of contention is the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD), which the Horn of Africa is building on the headwaters of the Blue Nile, one of the two major... 

Three months to first gold at Dalgaranga project

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2018 Construction of the Dalgaranga gold project, in Western Australia, is on budget and ahead of schedule with first gold expected in May, ASX-listed gold exploration and development company Gascoyne Resources reported on Thursday. Construction of the 2.5-million-ton-a-year Dalgaranga processing... 

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages

By: Kim Cloete     14th February 2018 In the wake of the severe water shortages in and around Cape Town, Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station has launched a mobile groundwater desalination plant which will take care of the station’s water needs. The temporary groundwater desalination plant has a 920 kilolitre-a-day capacity. The... 

Fire suppression technology improves industrial kitchen safety

     9th February 2018 Electric and gas operated equipment in kitchens, which uses large amounts of flammable ingredients, is susceptible to ignition and a fire break out, says protective fire equipment provider Centa Group chairperson Duncan Boyes. “Cooking oils have high ignition temperatures and spontaneously... 

Booyco Brings New Technology To Fire Suppression Market

     7th February 2018 Building on its established reputation in proximity detection systems (PDS), Booyco Electronics is now also offering the latest fire suppression technologies to help customers manage their health and safety risk. “It was a natural extension of our business to move into fire suppression,” says... 

Crossroads duped by alleged fraudsters in Western Cape water scam

     5th February 2018 Crossroads has been the unwitting victim of an alleged scam as it sought to be a good Samaritan in the Western Cape water crisis and warns others against similar scams during this difficult period for millions of people.    Crossroads is a logistics services organisation that operates a large... 

Getting more efficient

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd February 2018 About four years ago, I launched a project called the 400 W house. The house I proposed would use no more than an average of 400 W of electricity an hour over a 24 hour period. I specified a fridge that would use 180 W, a TV at 90 W, an induction cooker/hob at 900 W and an induction water heater... 

Leeway proposed for exploration projects in existing oil and gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     31st January 2018 The Indian government is likely to permit existing oil and gas field operators to undertake new exploration projects within their existing licensing area even as it goes ahead to woo new investors through auction of 55 discovered oil and gas fields. In a leeway to be offered by the Directorate of... 

Fire & Security Techniques Introduces New Range Of Local Zone Valves

     30th January 2018 Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion has introduced the Fire-Eater ZSV-25 Local Zone Valve for use in systems where multiple zones are protected by one cylinder bank. Zone valves control the flow of water or steam in a hydronic heating or cooling system in order to boost system efficiency.... 

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more compatible installations

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to the installation of electrical products onto panels and enclosures being time-consuming and costly, electric solutions provider Magnet Group MD Brian Howarth says product installations need to be made simpler and more compatible with existing wiring through the supply of cost-effective... 

Thyssenkrupp spreads a little joy at Nyeleti’s Children’s Home

     24th January 2018 In the true spirit of Christmas, Thyssenkrupp heeded the call from Nyeleti’s Children’s Home in Putfontein, Benoni, to bring a little joy to the children currently under their care. The home was badly damaged by a veld fire which severely depleted their already meagre funds. “We approached... 

New, effective pipe joining method announced

     19th January 2018 Producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions Victaulic last month announced the European premiere of its Refuse-to-Fuse solution. This new technique enables high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes to be coupled without the need for fusion.  HDPE pipes are widely known and popular for their... 

Fibertex SA hosted a conflict resolution workshop for staff, customers, suppliers and interested business associates, at the company’s Hammarsdale head office, at the end of 2017

     18th January 2018 This interactive workshop was run by John Ford, a highly experienced workplace mediator, who provided practical tips, using proven responses and techniques, on how to resolve conflict situations, before they escalate into difficult disputes. “Conflict in the workplace and other environments is... 

BHP maintains guidance for most commodities, targets 6% volume growth

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 Multinational miner BHP on Thursday kept its full-year production guidance unchanged for all commodities, except metallurgical coal, and said that it would achieve 6% volume growth in the 2018 financial year.  

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Trelleborg Fenders Protect Johan Sverdrup Topsides

     17th January 2018 Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has won a contract to supply DD fenders to Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea for the safe and efficient installation of topside modules bound for Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup oil field project, located in the North Sea. Trelleborg was asked... 

Effective control of bird infestation with Maxiflex high-speed doors

     15th January 2018 The rapid opening and closing action of high-speed doors from Maxiflex help to keep birds out of facilities like factories and warehouses, consequently saving end-users substantial costs as well as reducing health risks and increasing productivity by promoting a safer and more comfortable working... 

Protestor killed during community uprising at RBPlat’s North shaft

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Thursday said a person was killed after a group of more than 100 protestors – including former employees and unknown persons – attempted to gain unlawful access to the shaft premises at its North Shaft, near Rustenburg, on Wednesday evening. The premises were... 

PRASA warns of impact of prohibition notice on commuters

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has warned that a ban on manually authorising trains will negatively impact on Metrorail commuters. The Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) on Wednesday enforced the ban, after two trains collided in Germiston, Gauteng, on Tuesday morning. About 200... 

Regulator clamps down on PRASA’s manual operations after crash

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2018 The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has banned the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) from operating trains under “abnormal conditions”, or manual authorisations, following a second accident in less than a week involving passenger trains. Two Metrorail trains were involved in a rear-end... 

Ortac analyses gold potential at Akyanga

By: Anine Kilian     9th January 2018 Aim-listed gold explorer and developer Ortac Resources has reported positive gold assay results from the Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based Akyanga licence area, following the company’s acquisition of Casa Mining. To date, Ortac owns 87.4% of Casa and expects to complete the acquisition... 

Coal dwarfs battery metals in mining deals despite war on pollution

By: Reuters     8th January 2018 Coal and iron-ore dominated mining takeovers in 2017, Thomson Reuters data shows, with buyers favoring the heavily polluting devil they know over the uncertainties of a battery-powered future. While the biggest deal was in Brazil, China was a top player despite planning to reduce domestic coal... 

Reducing costs in the oil and gas industry: how mechanical pipe systems can help oil companies streamline operations

     8th January 2018 Arrie Nel, Territory Manager at Victaulic   PwC’s “Africa Oil and Gas Review” for 2017, which was released in November, highlights how the global industry is still adjusting to the realities of a $50 to $60 per barrel oil price landscape. On the continent, other challenges that are specific to... 

Champion ramps up Bloom Lake activity, first train to roll by March

By: Henry Lazenby     30th December 2017 Activities are ramping up at the Bloom Lake mine, in near Fermont, Quebec, with preparations well under way towards the ultimate goal of sending off the first fully laden train of iron-ore by the end of February, or early March. “The highlights have been coming thick and fast this year,” Champion... 

IHS Materials Price Index buoyant on strong commodity rally

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has gained a strong 1.3% last week, hitting its highest level since late 2014 the company reported on Thursday. Three categories led gains, including ferrous metals, rubber and freight, all of which posted large jumps, according to... 

First mover Noront shifts RoF focus to Cu/Zn exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 With the first commitments in place to build roads into Northern Ontario’s emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp, regional first mover Noront Resources is taking the opportunity to continue to build out its inventory of polymetallic resources by prioritising copper/zinc targets for exploration... 

Brown to reveal new Eskom board late on Friday

By: News24Wire      8th December 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown will reveal Eskom's new board on Friday. Brown's spokesperson Colin Cruywagen said that the long-awaited announcement would be made by end of business on Friday. 

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Valves supplier APVF will supply pipeline products for six desalination plants earmarked for construction in the Western Cape, which are expected to deliver 28 M of water to the province daily.  

Energy efficient transformers reduce financial and environmental costs

     8th December 2017 Electrical solutions supplier Legrand last month introduced its upgraded range of cast resin transformers, which offer advanced environment-friendly features that enable the products to meet the requirements of the new European standard for distribution transformers (EN50541-1) and ensure the... 

CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, having being launched in 2007. It was set up to help implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy. Nanotechnology is concerned with... 

Functional Affordable And Reliable Comms For Underground

     6th December 2017 Experts in communication systems for underground coal and hard rock mines, Ya Batho’s locally developed and manufactured communication products offer both a high level of functionality and an affordable cost of ownership. Active in the market since 2010, Ya Batho grew quickly from its focus on... 

What should we ban?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     1st December 2017 Edgar Allen Poe wrote that he took drugs, since "it has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom”. Chuck Palahniuk wrote :“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some... 

Premium German anchoring systems available locally

     30th November 2017 Some of the most technically-advanced anchoring system solutions in the world are being made available to the local construction and allied industries by leading distributor Upat in Johannesburg. Established in 1983, one of the sole distributorships that Upat prides itself on is, fischer from... 

MPs call for Parliamentary probe into Transnet–Gupta links

By: African News Agency      28th November 2017 Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the political divide on Tuesday called for a probe into allegations of State capture at South African State-owned freight and logistics company, Transnet. Transnet group chief executive Siyabonga Gama and his team appeared before Parliament’s standing... 

Noront hits encouraging VMS mineralisation at McFaulds No 8; requests proposals for plant

By: Henry Lazenby     27th November 2017 Ring of Fire (RoF) development champion Noront Resources has intersected encouraging results at the McFaulds No 8 volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposit, hosted on the property where the first discoveries in the RoF were made and which spurred the initial staking rush in 2002 to 2003. The... 

CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement

By: Keith Campbell     27th November 2017 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrated its tenth anniversary on Monday, having been launched in 2007. It was set up to help implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy. Nanotechnology is concerned with... 

‘Mining’ the most out of OTR tyres with NitraLife’s nitrogen filling: improved safety, better inflation and less ‘hot air’

     24th November 2017 Today, in the mining industry, safety standards are more stringent than ever. Should a mine experience an incident, which results in an injury or even a fatality, the subsequent legal consequences and financial penalties can be severe. A potential risk in open-pit mines concerns the ultra-large... 

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