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South African intellectual property agency seeking to stimulate innovation

By: Keith Campbell     26th April 2017 The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has been holding talks with the Department of Higher Education about establishing a national Intellectual Property (IP), or Innovation, Academy, reported CIPC Executive Manager:... 

POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2017 to power up delegate skills

     26th April 2017 Delegates to POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2017 to earn SAIEE CPD points POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2017, Africa’s leading power sector conference and exhibition, has been awarded a pre-validation by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) of 2.5 CPD credits. Engaging... 

Afrox invests R10-million on upgrades to Special Gases Propellant Plant

     26th April 2017 Since 2011, Afrox has invested over R10-million in upgrades at its Special Gases Propellant Plant in Roodekop, effectively positioning the company as a well-established supplier to South Africa’s FMCG personal care market. Personal care propellant requires that stringent quality standards are met... 

Fast Population Growth Means Fast Infrastructure!

     26th April 2017 The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2025 half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. That is a frightening statistic. With water being the key source to life as we know it, this is a serious problem that needs serious solutions. 

Shongweni landfill site owners get death threats  

By: News24Wire      25th April 2017 Shongweni landfill site owners EnviroServ – accused of being responsible for a "big stink" which is making people sick – says its officials and their families are being intimidated and harassed and have been forced to up security at their homes after receiving threats of abduction and even death.... 

MindSphere with new partners, new applications and extended connectivity

     25th April 2017 • New infrastructure, app and technology partnerships • Extended connectivity simplifies link-up to machines and plants • New apps for industrial security and condition monitoring Siemens is driving forward the expansion of its cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere with new... 

Engen Driver Wellness 2017 kicks off in the Eastern Cape

     25th April 2017 Engen Driver Wellness, a mobile health awareness initiative run by Thubelihle Occupational Health & Wellness kicked off this month at Cape Road Convenience Centre in Port Elizabeth. The initiative which impacts positively on the country’s bulk truck driver operators continues to increase driver... 

AzarGen’s case for a commercial plant-made pharmaceutical facility in South Africa

     25th April 2017 AzarGen Biotechnologies, South Africa’s only private plant-based biopharmaceutical company, is imagining a world-class commercial plant-made pharmaceutical facility for South Africa. AzarGen, one of a few biopharming companies in the world focuses on developing human therapeutic proteins using... 

Auditor General findings on water department disturbing – Outa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is investigating alleged abuse of capital grants, which were intended to address the dire situation of South Africa’s increasingly threatened natural water resources, following “disturbing” findings by the Auditor General (AG) in a special performance... 

Recognising The Impact Of Health And Safety In Manufacturing, Seifsa Seeks To Honour An Exemplary Company

     24th April 2017 Health and safety in business, but especially for companies involved in manufacturing, is paramount – and the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa seeks to honour companies in the metals and engineering sector that have shown an exemplary record with their health and... 

Aspen welcomes DA-initiated price-fixing probe

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 Aspen Pharmacare on Monday issued a statement welcoming reports that South Africa’s Competition Commission had agreed to take up a request from the country’s official opposition to investigate alleged anti-competitive conduct by the company. The South African pharmaceutical company said it... 

AfDB to review development of Senegalese power plant after complaints 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) will review compliance eligibility at the €206-million, 125 MW Sendou coal-fired power plant project, in Senegal, following several community complaints. Two groups raised eight similar issues with the bank, including an unviable government policy option to use... 

Reservations expressed about India’s proposed rules for commercial coal mining auctions

By: Ajoy K Das     21st April 2017 As the government readies to open commercial coal mining to private miners for the first time since 1973, prospective private investors have raised reservations about the terms and conditions laid down by the Coal Ministry. According to minutes of a meeting between the Coal Ministry and... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Bunkers improve product quality

     21st April 2017 Dutch axial control valve manufacturers Mokveld Valves BV has recently commissioned two new test bunkers for testing critical, high quality valve systems – used in process control applications for the oil and gas industries – thereby improving the quality and safety of the system. Mokveld, whose... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Pay-as-you-go microgrids seen offering rural electrification alternative

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Pay-as-you-go solar microgrid solutions, coupled with energy storage, is proving to be a boon for the African communities they power and offers opportunities to entrepreneurs to tap into this growing market. South Africa has highlighted the potential of this system through the government Green... 

Can fake daylight in truck cabs lead to better driver performance?

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2017 A research team from German truck maker Daimler recently explored an interesting question in the darkness of Finland’s polar night: Does the biological effect of light have a positive influence on the wellbeing and performance of truck drivers? Eight Daimler test drivers simulated two typical... 

Trump 'Buy American' edict may have little impact on US steel

By: Reuters     19th April 2017 US President Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" executive order on Tuesday left questions about how the government would enforce the order and whether it would make a real difference in output and employment, according to steel executives and analysts. "Buy American" provisions already... 

Australian PM Turnbull scraps the 457 visa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the scrapping of the 457 visa by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, saying that the natural resource sector was no longer a significant employer of these visa holders. Turnbull on Tuesday announced the abolishment of the 457 visa for foreign... 

World's nutrient-poor farms get a vitamin boost from zinc mines

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2017 Injecting an industrial metal back into the ground could prove a boon for farmers and miners alike. The metal is zinc. Used mostly to reduce corrosion in iron and steel, zinc also is needed in trace amounts to keep humans and plants healthy. Without it in their diets, people are prone to... 

Salga’s Parks Tau to serve on UN panel

By: Sane Dhlamini     13th April 2017 South African Local Government Association (Salga) president Parks Tau has joined the United Nations (UN) high level independent panel to oversee the effectiveness of UN-Habitat – a programme that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities.  His appointment follows the... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2017 The South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria, Gauteng, is set to steadily ramp up production using a fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies, while ensuring improved personnel health and safety, as well as morale. The... 

AXA Mansard Hospital project, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 AXA Mansard Insurance proposes to build a 150-bed hospital in Lagos. 

Latest safety record for DPI Plastics Roodekop manufacturing facility

     11th April 2017 A leading proponent of health, safety and the wellbeing of its employees, DPI Plastics is proud to announce it has maintained a Disabling Injury Frequency Rate (DIFR) of <1 for the past year, in accordance with OHSAS 18001’s standard AS NOSA Five Star principles. As a recognised leading... 

Downgrade will have major consequences for economy, businesses and citizens, warns AHI

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2017 Small business representative organisation AHI says ratings agency Fitch’s decision to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating to junk status, will lead to lower economic growth, with some expecting billions of rands in outflows and a doubling of the current account deficit for South Africa. In... 

Government infrastructure projects: Why it matters who manages the spend

     10th April 2017 Quantity surveyors are best positioned to keep public infrastructure spend on track, despite 83% of government infrastructure spend currently managed by engineers. An estimated R875.70 billion has been committed to a number of ambitious government infrastructure projects for the Medium Term... 

Chile's Codelco unit seeks value in copper impurities, arsenic

By: Reuters     7th April 2017 Ecometales, a unit of Chile's state-run Codelco, is in talks with smelters in Europe and China to share its technology for stabilising arsenic while processing lower-quality copper ore, an executive said on Friday. Codelco was hit hard by the commodity price crash of 2015 and early 2016 and... 

Opinion: Renewables IPP programme an example of impeccable governance

     7th April 2017 It is important to regularly pause, reflect and appreciate a job well conceived and well executed. Back in 2010, the South African government took the bold decision to create a legislative and practical environment in which the Department of Energy could procure power generated by private... 

Compact self-erecting cranes for smaller building sites

By: Dylan Slater     7th April 2017 Self-erecting cranes have several benefits for contractors wanting a quick, easy and efficient solution to their lifting and moving requirements on smaller building sites, and perhaps even the larger ones, according to Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French.  

When the going gets tough, the tough go skiing

By: Riaan de Lange     7th April 2017 In a mere ten days, the men of the next generation of two internationally renowned (you can also read infamous) families on both sides of the pond made the same decision when their presence was required at home at two very important events. Both men attained their privilege by birth (well, one of... 

Creamer Media deepens partnership with Security and Health and Safety events

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th April 2017 Creamer Media is a media partner for SECUREX 2017 (link to site) and for A-OSHEXPO 2017, taking place from 30 May to 1 June 2017, and will distribute special editions of Engineering News and Mining Weekly at these events.   

The HOT topic in Beverage Production

     5th April 2017 Louis Pasteur was a French biologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurisation. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases. Pasteur's research showed that the growth of... 

CuDeco secures A$22m facility to repay debt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd April 2017 Copper miner CuDeco has secured financing of A$22-million, to repay debt owed to China Minsheng Banking Corporation. CuDeco on Monday announced that it had entered into an agreement with Gemstone 101 for the provision of a A$22-million convertible note facility, with some 44-million notes to be... 

Modernisation, not gold price will determine success of South Africa’s gold sector – Briggs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st March 2017 South African’s gold mines could face another 60 000 job losses by 2025, unless the industry starts engaging a shift in mining methodology, Ninety Eight Degrees Group consultant Graham Briggs says. He told attendees at the Geological Society of South Africa’s Gold Day meeting on Friday that the... 

The Changing Face Of Valve Manufacturing In South Africa

     31st March 2017 “Manufacturing in South Africa in the current climate is not for the faint hearted. Material costs are high – skills at all levels are scarce – labour laws and health and safety regulations are stringent and restrictive – and the volatility of the Rand makes long term planning a challenging... 

Zuma’s night of the long knives

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 President Jacob Zuma has fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his biggest Cabinet reshuffle yet since assuming office in 2009. In a brutal display of power, the president fired five ministers, including former tourism minister Derek Hanekom, who asked for Zuma to be recalled last year. 

Wind farms cause drought

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st March 2017 I quote from an obituary (of Nancy Wertheimer, which refers to her partner, Ed Leeper – both were American): "In 1979, Wertheimer and Leeper reported that children living near high-current electrical wiring had a higher than expected rate of leukaemia. At the time, the association was seen as a... 

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