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SA distributor secures rights to market cable fire-protection system

By: Dylan Slater     Updated 6 hours ago A joint venture (JV) between 24-year-old South Africa-based construction access systems provider IBAS Group and Norway-based fire-prevention solutions company Fire Security aims to increase market awareness in South Africa for two fire-prevention systems developed and manufactured by Fire... 

Company offers customisable electrical distribution solution

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     Updated 6 hours ago Transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions is offering dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for several applications. “Mini substations generally include oil transformers, but Trafo Power Solutions is now able to design and deliver dry-type... 

Cape institution uses space to train students and benefit country at same time

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago Engineers and researchers at the French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are in an advanced stage of developing the institution’s second nanosatellite, designated ZACube-2. “CPUT has used CubeSat programmes to encourage students to train... 

CMH achieves 17.2% y/y increase in FY18 headline earnings despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) on Tuesday reported a good set of results for the financial year ended February 28, despite ongoing challenges including a difficult economic, trading and political environment.  

Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Community Training Opens Doors For Unemployed

     17th April 2018 A proactive and ongoing training programme by the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy (MRTA) is empowering hundreds of unemployed community residents with basic technical and safety skills, paving the way for them to enter the job market in mining and other sectors. According to Murray... 

Product excellence enhanced by stylish new design of ASSA ABLOY door closers

     16th April 2018 ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has updated its door closers to give the range a distinctive and stylish appearance. The new ASSA ABLOY design marks a significant step in the evolution of the company’s comprehensive door control portfolio Architects and specifiers will... 

Skyriders progresses with five-year contract at major petchem producer

     13th April 2018 From work at tank farms to power station boiler inspection, Skyriders’ five-year contract at a major petrochemical (petchem) producer in South Africa has progressed in leaps and bounds. The access specialist began its association with the company by carrying out maintenance and inspection work on... 

Maxiflex overhead sectional doors product of choice for fire emergency services

     13th April 2018 It is crucial that fire station doors operate ultra-reliably and efficiently at all times to ensure that in an emergency, fire trucks are able to leave the station without delay. The rugged and attractive OH1042F overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex are defined by all-round efficiency,... 

Shopping centres need to buy into compliant fire-prevention strategies

     11th April 2018 Imagine a fire breaking out in a densely-packed shopping centre. Are you sure you know where the nearest emergency exit is, or even if that particular shopping centre has the necessary equipment and evacuation planning in place? ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk argues that many shopping centres... 

Diversification sees I-CAT expand its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions

     9th April 2018 A successful diversification strategy has seen I-CAT expand two of its biggest growth areas at the moment, namely its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions. The period 2016 to 2017 saw I-CAT focus mainly on its Fire Division, putting in place products and staff to support significant growth. “This... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Securex 2018 launches new Cyber Lab feature

     5th April 2018 Securex South Africa 2018, the biggest security and fire trade show of its kind on the African continent, has announced that it is launching a brand-new Cyber Lab feature this year, the first one of its kind to be introduced at the expo. Powered by XGRC Software, a range of integrated management... 

Five arrested for murder of miners who were burnt beyond recognition

By: News24Wire      4th April 2018 Five men have been arrested for the violent murders of six Modikwa Platinum Mine workers outside Driekop, in Limpopo. Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said two of the men had been arrested on Tuesday evening, and three more on Wednesday. "The high-level investigation... 

Coal India lines up logistics investment to reduce transportation dependency

By: Ajoy K Das     4th April 2018 Starting the new financial year with a shift in focus from coal production to distribution and supplies, State-owned miner Coal India Limited (CIL) will invest $3.08-billion over the next five years to achieve full self-sufficiency in transportation of the dry fuel. Coal Minister Piyush Goyal... 

DEA indicates 2018 fire season readiness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday said its Working on Fire team was ready for the upcoming winter fire season, which usually starts early in June and ends in November.  

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 Klevabrick is a new low-cost building system, designed to help build homes with little to no prior building skills, thereby adding to the available methods of low-cost building.  

Customised ELGi compressor–drill-rig-combo delivers efficient drilling solutions

     29th March 2018 An ELGi diesel compressor, customised by Integrated Air Solutions to fit a state-of-the-art JCB-derived drill and blast drill rig, provides direct flow to all on-board air-dependent equipment and delivers substantial cost savings for the end user. Integrated Air Solution, a GiGi Investments... 

Indian sand mining framework suggest ‘manufactured sand’ and imports to bridge supply gap

By: Ajoy K Das     29th March 2018 Indian demand for sand, categorised as a ‘minor mineral’, has been estimated at about 700-million tons a year and is growing by 6% to 7% a year, according to a Sand Mining Framework document of the Mines Ministry. The document; however, does not give any estimation of supplies, but acknowledges a... 

Innovation that takes drilling to the next level

     29th March 2018 The conversion of a JCB JS205 excavator into a drilling rig has produced a machine that rewrites the efficiency, productivity and safety rulebooks. The innovation, which stems from a partnership between three specialist companies - Kemach Equipment (Pty) Ltd., Liyema Drilling and Integrated Air... 

Innovation that takes drilling to the next level

     28th March 2018 The conversion of a JCB JS205 excavator into a drilling rig has produced a machine that rewrites the efficiency, productivity and safety rulebooks. The innovation, which stems from a partnership between three specialist companies - Kemach Equipment (Pty) Ltd., Liyema Drilling and Integrated Air... 

Mercury Rising: Gold mining takes a toxic toll on Kenyan women

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 Scorching sun beats down on half a dozen women as they carry large sacks of crushed ore on their backs at the Osiri-Matanda gold mine near Kenya's border with Tanzania. On wooden tables, they sieve the powdered ore into metal pans, add mercury, and heat the mixture over a charcoal fire. The air... 

Save the date: A-OSH EXPO 2018 now in its eighth year as Africa’s premier OHS exhibition

     26th March 2018 A-OSH EXPO, Africa’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) trade exhibition, is returning to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand once again from 22 to 24 May 2018. Now in its eighth year, A-OSH EXPO has shown steady growth in industry support year-on-year, helping to match up the... 

Cause of fire at Exxaro reductants plant in Limpopo being investigated

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources and the Department of Mineral Resources are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk reductants plant, in Lephalale, Limpopo, on Wednesday.  

Driving fan and pump control in a range of niche sectors from HVAC to wine farms and mining

     23rd March 2018 From wine farms to the mining industry, the new LTP-B Eco drive from SEW-EURODRIVE is finding application in a range of sectors. The purpose-built drive is distinguished by the fact that different parameters can be set for a range of functions, from fan to pump control. While SEW-EURODRIVE does... 

Fire-suppression solutions for the food-and-beverage industry

     22nd March 2018 Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion has a range of inert gas and chemical-agent fire-suppression solutions ideal for protecting supply chain systems in the food-and-beverage industry. When setting up a processing facility, retail supplier, or commercial farm, the value of the equipment and... 

Trends transforming the local security landscape

     19th March 2018 The South African security industry has been described as cutting-edge, comprising a number of segments from physical- to cybersecurity. The sector boasts a current growth rate of around 15 percent per annum, and is estimated (in its entirety, including commercial, industry and domestic security)... 

African Rainbow Minerals ups earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Diversified black-led mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Friday announced a 15% increase in headline earnings for the six months to December 31 to R1 945 million. This increase was mainly as a result of improved headline earnings from the manganese division, ARM Coal, Modikwa... 

Relaxed export, production quotas an 'inflection point' for Chile's lithium industry

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2018 In the days following conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera being sworn in as president of Chile for a second term on Sunday, the new government is signalling a more relaxed approach to the hot-button issue of lithium production and exports. This week's announcement that the Chilean Nuclear... 

Vasilikos power station seawater flue gas desulphurisation plant reconstruction, Cyprus

By: Sheila Barradas     16th March 2018 The Electricity Authority of Cyprus has awarded the construction contract for the project. 

Cemteq Established To Supply Smart, Sustainable Building Materials

     15th March 2018 Wadeville-based Sun Silicates has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions (Pty) Ltd, that specialises in developing and marketing unique, value-adding products for the building and construction industries. Initially CemteQ will focus on using high quality Perlite produced by Sun... 

Dry-Type Mini Substation Now Available From Trafo

     14th March 2018 Trafo Power Solutions is extending the benefits of dry-type transformers by offering customised dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for users in mining, industrial, marine, commercial and residential applications. “Using the well-proven... 

VAT hike tests SARB's hawkish stance 

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 After the first VAT hike since apartheid, South African consumers are calling for an interest rate cut but the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has numerous reasons to resist this pressure, chief amongst them a desire to sustain an inflation-busting rally in the rand. Since market-friendly Cyril... 

The benefits of fire compartmentalisation in warehouses and factories

     7th March 2018 It is important that architects understand the benefits of, and need for, fire compartmentalisation in industrial design, such as for warehouses and factories, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. The idea behind fire compartmentalisation is to divide a structure such as a warehouse or... 

Zest Weg Adds Value In The HVAC Space

     5th March 2018 With access to years of experience in the Heating, Ventilation Air-conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) market, and its range of quality products to service HVAC applications, the Zest WEG Group can tackle any single product installation right through to a customised solution. Zest WEG Group sales... 

Integrated Air Solutions showcases specialist compressor engineering at Bauma 2018

     1st March 2018 Integrated Air Solutions will showcase its comprehensive range of world-class compressed air solutions for customers in the construction, mining and drilling sectors in South and Sub-Saharan Africa at Bauma 2018 (stand ES 213). Integrated Air Solutions boasts decades of experience with the ELGi... 

Live demonstrations of FOGMAKER fire-suppression system at Bauma 2018

     28th February 2018 FOGMAKER South Africa (Pty) Ltd. will conduct live demonstrations of its innovative triple-action fire-suppression system at Bauma 2018. “Our launch of FOGMAKER to the South African market at BAUMA 2015 was a huge success which motivated us to participate in Bauma 2018,” explains Managing... 

Gold struggling to compete with battery metals

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2018 Gold producers are doing everything they’re supposed to be doing -- squeezing more profit out of mines, penny-pinching on projects and resisting the kind of big deals that got them into trouble when prices fell. While that’s satisfying their large institutional shareholders, it’s not enough to... 

Diesel cars can be banned from German cities, court rules

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets, a court ruled on Tuesday, a move likely to be mirrored in other parts of Europe and to force automakers to pay to improve exhaust systems or switch to cleaner vehicles. There has been a global backlash against... 

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