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eDART Dart Valves And Process Control Samplers Enhance Plant Efficiency At Booysendal Plant

     Updated 49 minutes ago eDART dual valves and poppet samplers continue to offer exceptional level control at Northam’s Booysendal plant near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga.    eDART Slurry Valves Director, Richard Rule commented “When Booysendal was originally built in 2010, we supplied dual dart valves and poppet samplers, and... 

Atlatsa retreats into hibernation

By: Henry Lazenby     16th October 2017 Black economic empowered platinum group metals (PGMs) company Atlatsa Resources has confirmed that its 51%-owned Bokoni platinum mine, in South Africa, has been placed on care and maintenance on October 1, as part of an Anglo American Platinum- (Amplats-) backed restructuring agreement. The TSX-... 

Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2017 Unless South Africa starts exploring again and finds new ore deposits, the country will continue to turn out the lights of the mining sector. With poor policy added, disinvestment and lack of interest will ultimately stop South Africa’s mining industry in its tracks, which will deal a colossal... 

Evolution reports higher output, lower costs in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th October 2017 Gold miner Evolution Mining has reported record production and cash flow during the three months to September, as the Cowal, Ernest Henry and Mt Carlton operations continued to deliver standout performances. Gold production during the September quarter reached 220 971 oz, up from the 218 079 oz... 

Lynas sets records in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th October 2017 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record sales revenue for the three months to September, along with record production and cash flows. Lynas on Monday reported record production of 1 442 t of neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) during the quarter, which was up 22.6% on the previous corresponding... 

Skeena starts underground exploration at Snip

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Exploration and development company Skeena Resources has started underground drilling at its 100%-owned Snip gold project, located in the Golden Triangle of northwest British Columbia. The programme will comprise 9 000 m of drilling spread across 73 holes. 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage technoeconomic study, ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

Alamos reports record Q3 output at 107 000 oz

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Miner Alamos Gold has hit record third-quarter production of 107 000 oz of gold, 8% higher when compared with the same quarter ended September 30, 2016. The record performance was mainly owing to the best-yet production of 55 800 oz from the Young-Davidson, mine, in Ontario, with 36 300 oz... 

Supplier aims to change industry mindset

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) – a division of Smith Mining Equipment – is aiming to change the “bigger is better” mindset of the construction materials and equipment market in South Africa by offering construction equipment developer Kubota’s 3 t Kubota U30-6 mini... 

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Countries seeking to promote economic growth and job creation tend to adopt policies that create flexible and open immigration regimes, contrasting with South Africa’s adoption of restrictive immigration laws, which when coupled with bureaucratic inefficiency creates a barrier to the entry of... 

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to combat water loss

     13th October 2017 The Drakenstein local municipality in Paarl, Western Cape, has begun a 20-year master plan to replace old or ageing asbestos pipes in the region with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, which will achieve significant success in reducing water loss throughout the municipal area. Water leakage... 

Not a cent available to implement the Defence Review, Wakeford warns

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 The South African defence sector needs to bring home to the country the importance of defence for the technological, innovation and economic development of the country. So affirmed Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford in his address to the recent fourth annual Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in... 

Technologies that cut manufacturing costs

     13th October 2017 The cost of production remains the biggest pressure point for local manufacturers, but there are technology-driven solutions to reduce costs, contends Dereshin Pillay Local manufacturing firms continue to face blustering headwinds – from heightened global competition from the likes of China and... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage techno-economic study ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Local property developer Abland and joint venture partners Ellerine Brothers have started development of the 35 Lower Long office tower in Cape Town, in the Western Cape. The four-star green building will be situated on Lower Long Street, in the City Bowl. The 24-storey office tower will replace... 

China gobbles Amazon rainforest ore to clean polluted skies

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2017 A bid by China to clean up pollution in its biggest cities and industrial towns is fueling a push to mine resource riches on the other side of the globe in the Amazon rainforest -- one of the most environmentally sensitive areas on Earth. Smog-laden skies across the world’s most-populated country... 

Regis reports another record quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th October 2017 Gold miner Regis Resources has reported another record quarter for production, producing 91 921 oz of gold during the three months to September at its Duketon project, in Western Australia. This was up from the 90 428 oz produced in the previous quarter, and was at the upper-end of the annual... 

Whitehaven sees higher thermal prices

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th October 2017 Coal miner Whitehaven Coal has reported a 5% increase in run-of-mine (ROM) coal production and a 14% increase in saleable coal production for the three months to September, compared with the previous corresponding period. The company on Thursday announced that ROM coal production for the... 

Atlas Copco Condensate Separators – When less really means more

     11th October 2017 The OSC range of condensate separators for compressed air systems from global quality compressed air technology, equipment and systems specialist, Atlas Copco Compressor Technique, delivers high performance, versatility and low maintenance. Consisting of eight models, the OSC range can... 

Plymouth lodges San Jose mining licence application, earns 50%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2017 ASX-listed junior Plymouth Minerals has earned a 50% interest in the San Jose lithium/tin project from Spanish partner Valoriza Mineria by spending €1.5-million to complete the technical work at the project in 12 months. Plymouth can now earn a further 25% in San Jose by completing a feasibility... 

Going Digital: Bentley Announces Microsoft Azure-based Cloud Services Extending ProjectWise CONNECT Edition for Comprehensive Project Delivery

     11th October 2017 Also, New ProjectWise “365 Services” Leverage Microsoft Office 365 as Project Delivery Organizations Increasingly Embrace Microsoft Azure Today, Bentley Systems announced new ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services, powered by Microsoft Azure. The Azure-based services complement ProjectWise... 

Liberal party blocks Western Australia gold royalty hike

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2017 The Western Australian gold sector has welcomed a decision by the Liberal party to block a proposed increase in gold royalties in Parliament. Following a protest by representatives from the gold industry earlier in the day, the Liberals jointed other opposition parties in their vow to block... 

Thunderbird mineral sands mine gains EPA approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2017 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the Thunderbird mineral sands project, which ASX-listed Sheffield Resources is developing, subject to a number of conditions. Under the recommended conditions, Sheffield will be required to undertake progressive mine... 

Bass signs offtake for 50% of Graphmada Stage 1

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2017 Graphite developer Bass Metals has inked a sales agreement for 50% of the Stage 1 production from its Graphmada graphite project, in Madagascar. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday announced that it had signed a sales agreement with Europe-based Possehl Erzkontor for the purchase of 3 000 t/y of... 

Cannon holds 23 580oz - Southern Gold

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th October 2017 A new mineral resource at the Cannon gold mine, in Western Australia, could assist ASX-listed Southern Gold in establishing a development model for an underground operation. Southern Gold on Monday reported a total mineral resource of 142 270 t, grading 5.17 g/t gold for 23 580 oz of contained... 

SANY hydraulic excavator takes on the toughest working conditions

     6th October 2017 Goscor Earth Moving, part of the Goscor Group, is continuing its introduction of the latest SANY equipment into the local market with the launch of a new hydraulic excavator for the toughest African operating conditions. The SY215C hydraulic excavator is one of five models developed specifically... 

TransCanada snuffs out Energy East, Eastern Mainline projects

By: Henry Lazenby     6th October 2017 TransCanada has pulled the plug on the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects, the oil and gas infrastructure major revealed on Thursday. The TSX- and NYSE-listed oil and gas company said it will inform the National Energy Board (NEB) that it will no longer be proceeding with its... 

Unique financing needed for the township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     6th October 2017 One of the township economy's most crippling challenges is the lack of access to easily obtainable finance that is available at short notice. It is generally accepted that financial institutions will do proper due diligence investigations before giving their clients funds for their business... 

Company provides energy-saving pumps solution

     6th October 2017 Australia-based pump refurbishment company FITT Resources has prioritised energy efficiency as an important driver in its refurbishment packages. This includes South Africa-based manufacturer Vesconite, whose bushings are part of its energy-reducing refurbishment package. 

Innovative system helps control wastewater pumping

     6th October 2017 Pumps and valves producer KSB Pumps and Valves has introduced the PumpDrive variable speed system, for the effective and controlled pumping of waste water. The system has been designed specifically to overcome problems related to the pumping of waste water. Three innovative functions have been... 

Pumps investment solidifies Mozambique sugar industry

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 South African pumps manufacturer and supplier Brehnor Pumps has commissioned two Ornel Floodlifter 1 200-mm-diameter pumps on the Xinavane sugar estate, in Mozambique, owned by agricultural and agroprocessing business company Tongaat Hulett. 

Supplier extends pumps offering

     6th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Atlas Copco’s portable energy division expanded its offering for the dewatering market, launching more than 20 new heavy-duty, high capacity pumps in August. The launch included the addition of three high-flow models to its PAS range of centrifugal dry prime pumps.... 

Company upgrades Verderflex Vantage 5000

     6th October 2017 Pumps products and services provider Verder Liquids, part of the Verder Group, has released a new remote terminal unit (RTU) version of its Verderflex Vantage 5 000 peristaltic pump. The RTU brings easier system integration and real-time communication to form a sophisticated, remotely operated... 

Water solutions company active at World Water Week

     6th October 2017 International water pump technology company Xylem Water Solutions attended and participated in the annual World Water Week event, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden from August 27 to September 1, where the company coconvened several forums and workshops to showcase its dedication in developing... 

Traffic volumes between Buccleuch and Allandale have nearly doubled since 2006

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 The busiest section of the Gauteng open-road tolling (GORT) system is between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges, in Midrand. The traffic volume in both directions in 2016 reached 245 500 vehicles a day during the week, on average, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has reported that the start of construction works on Phase II is only a few months away. 

Better air flow, increased efficiency: why pneumatic systems should be optimised

     5th October 2017 Hermann Störk, European Product Manager for Air Preparation, Parker Hannifin, Pneumatic Division Europe In the 21st century, we find pneumatics everywhere in manufacturing as one of the most universally adopted utilities. Compressed air is used in everything from cooling to controlling automated... 

SMC Sponsors ProPak Cape 2017 as Part of its Commitment to the Packaging Industry

     5th October 2017 As ‘partners in packaging’, SMC Pneumatics is dedicated to product innovation for the food processing and packaging industry whilst maintaining its global commitment to safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. The company has spent more than half a century developing more than... 

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