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Gigaba says SAA's Myeni's contract is legal

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has told parliament’s standing committee on finance that South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni’s extended contract is legal. This after the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) said her extended tenure in September was illegal according... 

Fire disrupts Vale Fertilizantes plant in Brazil

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 A fire disrupted operations at a Vale Fertilizantes plant in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais on Thursday, the company said. The fire occurred at a water cooling tower for a plant producing sulphuric acid in its Uberaba facility around noon and was under control within an hour, a... 

Cooling vest reduces industrial heat stress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 Staff exposed to hot environments, in combination with doing arduous work and wearing multi-layered protective clothing, such as firefighters, may suffer thermal physiological strain, says water jet cutting company Total Blasting, which is the South African distributing agent for Sweden-based... 

System advantages start with modular abilities

     22nd September 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand explains that the advantages of using modular systems is the integration between Legrand’s busbar trunking systems, cast resin transformers and XL³ cabinets. The modular systems include cast resin transformers, with low... 

Two more firms fire KPMG as corporate South Africa weighs links with auditor

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 A South African broker and an energy investment firm fired KPMG on Tuesday, two of a host of local firms weighing whether to ditch the auditor to distance themselves from a scandal involving business friends of President Jacob Zuma. Sasfin and Hulisani, both relatively small financial companies... 

Freeport seen facing more battles over world's top gold mine

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 The landmark deal that forced Freeport-McMoRan to cede controlling interest in the world’s biggest gold mine and second-largest copper mine to Indonesia may not be the final outcome as both sides prepare for a politically charged fight over the price of the asset and how it will be run, according... 

Protecting pipelines from overvoltage interferences

     15th September 2017 Pipelines operate under high pressure, meaning that the material used (such as steel) can rapidly reach its maximum lifespan. In extreme cases, heavy corrosion can damage the pipeline and result in leakage that may impact both on the material used and the environment. Thus it is clear that... 

Mitigate summer lightning strike risk and tick insurance compliance boxes for your thatched roof with DEHN Africa

     15th September 2017 It is no longer necessary to install a 30-metre long mast as the only option for lightning protection for residential or commercial thatched roof structures. This is thanks to DEHN’s external protection system for installation on thatched buildings, the High Voltage resistant Insulated (HVI)... 

McKinsey, KPMG targeted as South Africa graft scandal widens

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 After helping topple one of Britain’s best known public-relations companies, South African anti-corruption groups are now targeting US consultancy McKinsey & Co. and auditing firm KPMG for doing work for businesses tied to the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma’s son. The Guptas, originally... 

Fight for world's biggest gold mine isn't over – former CEO says

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 The landmark deal that forced Freeport-McMoRan to cede control of the world’s biggest gold mine and second-biggest copper mine to Indonesia may not be the final outcome as both sides prepare for a politically charged battle over the price of the asset and how it will be run, according to the US... 

Treasury denies report it plans to sack head of $150bn State pension fund

By: Reuters     14th September 2017 The National Treasury on Thursday denied a newspaper report that it was about to fire the head of the State-owned Public Investment Corporation and said the report was baseless. Citing unnamed sources, The Star said the chief executive of Africa's biggest pension fund, Dan Matjila, would be... 

Guinean forces kill 1, wound several in bauxite mining town riot

By: Reuters     14th September 2017 At least one person was killed and several wounded when Guinean security forces opened fire to break up a riot in the bauxite mining hub of Boke, witnesses said on Wednesday. Boke has suffered waves of rioting rooted in a perceived failure of mining to raise living standards, despite 15-million... 

Jasco FY17 earnings hit by ‘unusual items’ in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 “Unusual items” have dealt a blow to the full-year earnings of JSE-listed Jasco Electronics as the group navigates a particularly tough environment. The group on Wednesday reported a 61% decline in both headline earnings and headline earnings a share to a respective R5.6-million and 2.5c apiece... 

Trends in commercial property and the changing nature of risk

     8th September 2017 Pieter van den Berg – Commercial Segment Lead, Eaton Africa Region The business and commercial property landscape is changing as a result of mass urbanisation and population growth, in fact 64.3% of the current South Africa population lives in urban areas. As a result buildings are now being... 

Auckland Airport terminal development, New Zealand

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The project aims to provide an expanded terminal to accommodate further growth in international and domestic air travel. 

Mobile units ensure flexible fire protection at oil refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech commissioned a second firefighting trailer-mounted (FTM) unit for a South Africa-based crude oil storage depot last month, providing a highly portable and flexible solution to complement the depot’s existing large-scale foam and water cannon system. 

Fire & Security Techniques champions Fire Heroes in informal settlements

     6th September 2017 Fire Hero is a ‘smart’ educational strategy that combines leadership training and critical survival skills for residents of informal settlements. The programme is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion. The company was a key exhibitor at the City... 

Eaton Mobile Tech Day: Taking Eaton directly to the customer

     6th September 2017 Leading Power Management Company Eaton has recently launched its 2017 Mobile Technology Tour, a month-long mobile exhibition showcasing Eaton’s latest innovative technologies and solutions for the commercial buildings and utilities industries. The tour commenced on Monday, 21 August 2017 at the... 

Non-traditional threats that cause evacuation

     6th September 2017 By Julian Moss Fire & Life Safety Products – Eaton Africa According to recent research it is estimated that over a third of businesses never resume operations after suffering a major fire. However, while fire is still the most common reason for building evacuation, emerging threats such as... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

City Power working around the clock to restore power in central Joburg

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 Johannesburg’s City Power said on Tuesday that it had restored at least 27% of the power in the inner city following a fire at an underground tunnel that was caused by cable thieves. City Power said the damage to the cables had resulted from fire during the attempted cable theft on Sunday... 

World's richest mines slipping from hands of multinationals

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2017 Outnumbered and outflanked, Freeport-McMoRan CEO Richard Adkerson made an about-face. Only months before, Adkerson had dismissed the idea of selling a majority stake in the Phoenix-based company’s flagship Indonesian copper-and-gold mine to local investors. But, seated beside government officials... 

SA Hippo - World’s Safest Submersible Pump For Underground Mining

     1st September 2017 Coal mining accidents caused by gas and coal dust explosions account for the most fatal mining disasters around the world. However, dangerous Methane gas is present at most underground mines as well and not only in coal mines.  This was, once again, confirmed when a fatal methane gas explosion... 

More Fire Protection For Concrete With Adfil Fibres From Chryso

     1st September 2017 The recent Knysna wildfires and building fires in Johannesburg, as well as mine fires underground, are a reminder of the value of specialised construction materials in passive fire protection, especially in reducing explosive spalling. Such a solution is the specially designed Adfil IGNIS®... 

Gold climbs as North Korea missile test sees price at 2017 high

By: Bloomberg     29th August 2017 Gold rallied to the highest level this year after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan, boosting haven demand. Palladium extended a rally and platinum rose above $1 000 an ounce. Bullion for immediate delivery gained as much as 1.2% to $1 326.08 an ounce, the highest intraday price... 

Denel makes push into Eastern Europe

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has announced that it will have a strong presence at next month’s International Defence Industry Exhibition, in the city of Kielce in Poland. The exhibition is known as MSPO for short, from the initials of its name in Polish. “Eastern and Central... 

Feasibility update on Fortune’s Nico project delayed by laboratory congestion

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2017 Investors will have to wait a little longer to review an update of the 2014 feasibility study on project developer Fortune Minerals’ Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based explorer said on Thursday that the feasibility study update by... 

America’s President needs to stand for American values

By: Keith Campbell     25th August 2017 The apparently never-ending culture wars in the US are ceasing to be depressing and becoming downright alarming, reaching a new low in the recent murderous terrorist-attack-by-vehicle in Charlottesville in the State of Virginia, which killed a young woman and injured some 19 other people. There... 

Cost-effective fire suppression product has desired impact

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire Security and Techniques (FST) has just started supplying the FST Fire Orb – which supresses fires – to those living in informal settlements to mitigate the damage caused by a fire incident. 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire risk assessments are the ideal way to develop and improve fire risk management, from documenting findings, categorisation of risk areas, recommendations or requirements for improvement as well as prioritisation of risk improvement measures, says the Fire Protection Association of Southern... 

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant

     25th August 2017 With the National Building Standard and Building Regulations Act stating that all buildings – including shopping centres – should meet the South African National Standards (SANS) 10400 part ‘T’ fire-protection standards requirements, fire risk management and support consultant ASP Fire supplies... 

Innovative surfactants enhance firefighting

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Owing to ongoing drought conditions and a more intense fire season expected in South Africa, environmental solutions company I-CAT has developed innovative surfactants to boost the fire-extinguishing and dust-suppression capability and effectiveness of water. 

Passive fire protection integral element of safety

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 With passive fire-safety becoming increasingly important in new buildings and renovation work, South Africa-based sealant and adhesive supplier Den Braven says such fire protection systems need to ensure that a fire is contained within specified fire compartments. 

Specialist still major contributor to industry

     25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

The unintended effect of excessive safety measures

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th August 2017 Sometimes certain things just come to a logical plateau. The best way of doing them or the best process for achieving a result has been found. I have this belief that the process of safety education was once at a pinnacle and is now going downhill. I am not sure why this is the case, but I think... 

Ford announces another Kuga recall

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2017 After identifying another Ford Kuga fire risk, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is recalling all Kugas built at the Valencia assembly plant in Spain from July 17, 2012 up to and including June 19, 2014.  In the event of a frontal collision, these vehicles have been identified as having a... 

The importance of fire-detection systems in underground mining

     23rd August 2017 Underground mining is an exceptionally hazardous environment, as persons who work underground have limited means to escape in the event of any fire. In certain situations, there is only one escape path, which can be many kilometres long. Therefore fire-detection systems are critical for both the... 

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd August 2017 Following years of complex negotiations and several delays, the Ontario provincial government on Monday made the historic announcement that it would support and fund road proposals that will connect Northern Ontario’s far-flung First Nation communities and provide industrial road access to the... 

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