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Knysna residents, clean-up crews warned not to touch hazardous asbestos

By: News24Wire      27th June 2017 Residents and crews cleaning up after the Knysna fire not touch or work with any asbestos they find because it is a health hazard, the Eden District Municipality said on Tuesday. A specialist registered with the Department of Labour started an assessment last Thursday of the about 650 structures... 

Rod Charger From Multotec Enhances Safety At Black Mountain

     27th June 2017 Working with Vedanta Zinc International’s Black Mountain mine in the Northern Cape to enhance safety in its milling plant, Multotec Manufacturing recently designed, manufactured and installed an automated rod charger for the mine’s rod mill. Holder of the Southern African Institute of Mining and... 

Old dame receives her makeover

     26th June 2017 The old South African Police Service (SAPS) storage facilities in Cape Town, Western Cape, have undergone important upgrades that have given them a completely new lease on life. This extensive overhaul was driven by the South African Department of Public Works (DPW), which nominated JG Afrika as... 

Cobalt 27 aims to tap electric car revolution with $150m IPO

By: Reuters     23rd June 2017 Minerals company Cobalt 27 Capital made its debut on Canada's Venture Exchange on Friday, raising C$200-million in a listing that offers investors exposure to cobalt, a key metal for batteries in electric cars. Cobalt 27's initial public offering highlights the burgeoning market for cobalt as the... 

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently settle in mining towns, but prefer to maintain their homes in the rural areas and return to them, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as... 

Local defence sector seeks strategic support from government

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the Government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a recent function... 

Maile’s 2017 budget to focus on jobs

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2017 Gauteng will continue its focus on intervening decisively to resolve the bottlenecks facing various industry sectors to save and create jobs at a time when the unemployment rate in the province remains high. Economic Development and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Lebogang Maile on Thursday... 

$140m EBRD loan for Polymetal’s Kyzyl gold mine

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd June 2017 Precious metals miner Polymetal has secured a $140-million loan to finance the remaining capital expenditure for its Kyzyl project, paving the way for operations at the 300 000 oz/y Kazakhstan gold mine to start in the third quarter of 2018. The loan agreement with the European Bank of... 

Mining Charter exposing South African economy to GATT angst  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2017 The procurement rules of the new Mining Charter may violate South Africa’s obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), exposing the country to challenges by other member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers Peter Leon and Patrick... 

SKF Enlight Centre redefines machine condition monitoring for the maritime sector

     21st June 2017 SKF launches Enlight Centre, a next-generation Internet-enabled condition-based maintenance (CBM) and condition monitoring (CM) system designed for the global marine industry. SKF Enlight Centre is a first-of-its-kind, asset based (as opposed to measurement focused) machine health monitoring... 

Ansys outperforms in tough FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2017 AltX-listed Ansys celebrated a successful turnaround, its thirtieth year in operation and its tenth year as a listed company with a surge in earnings in what CEO Teddy Daka described as an exceptional 12 months to March 31. The technology-based solutions company had registered a second... 

Numsa deadlock on wage agreement with employers in engineering sector

By: African News Agency      21st June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Wednesday that wage negotiations and employers in the engineering sector have deadlocked after the union rejected the 5.3% wage increase earlier this month. Numsa has been meeting employers under the auspices of the bargaining... 

SA Vinyls Association Hosts Successful Vinyls Sa 2017 Conference

     21st June 2017 The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) hosted a successful Vinyls SA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton last week.  Delegates representing the leaders of the local PVC industry, the media and other interested parties attended the presentations by international and local experts... 

Free power: African launch of new batteries you recharge from saltwater

     20th June 2017 Hydra Light launches fuel cells at Johannesburg show next week that recharge by dipping in seawater, offering hours of free power possibilities without an electrical source After winning innovation awards around the world, Hydra Light, an Australia company, this week launches its innovative... 

Virtualscape Visuals – Visual Communication for the Mining & Engineering Industries.

     19th June 2017 Visual content is an organisation’s secret weapon Video has become a powerful tool for companies across many industries. For mining companies, especially, multifaceted concepts when portrayed as moving visuals are stronger, make a greater impact and leave an impression, says Aliza Visagie,... 

South Africa, Rwanda sign environmental cooperation agreement

By: African News Agency      19th June 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Rwandan Natural Resources Minister Vincent Biruta have signed a cooperation agreement on environmental protection and sustainable development, the environmental affairs department said on Sunday. Molewa and Biruta met in Kigali, Rwanda, on Thursday... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Company focuses on total cost of ownership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 With an increased focus on total cost of ownership rather than individual product expenditure, chemicals supplier CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech has started tailoring its optimisation services to cater for improved total cost of ownership solutions.  

Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The Lesotjo Highlands Water Commission has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the project. 

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

NBI offering guidance for workplace-based learning for youth

By: Schalk Burger     16th June 2017 Business organisation the National Business Initiative (NBI) is using its construction industry youth internship project to determine best practices in establishing effective youth training initiatives in other industries. The organisation, in June, launched the NBI Guidelines for Work Integrated... 

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations for hazardous chemical and petrochemical industries – which fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – are under review to align them with international standards.  

Wind energy continues to grow as installed capacity reaches 500 GW

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2017 Wind energy has become a major driver for a sustainable energy future and, with over 500 GW of capacity installed worldwide, it is a leading source of new power generation globally. In 2016, $112.5-billion was invested in wind power globally, and the industry now employs 1.2-million people,... 

Multidisciplinary Engineering From Arup On Park Square Project

     15th June 2017 Arup has been appointed to supply multidisciplinary engineering services to the iconic mixed-use office and retail development, Park Square situated in the heart of Umhlanga New Town Centre, north of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The project is being developed by Nedport Developments (Pty) Ltd, a... 

Jincom EHS: Continuing their winning ways

     14th June 2017 Earlier this year Jincom EHS reaffirmed its position as a global leader in HSE communications with their second Beaumont Safety Trophy award in two successive years. The Beaumont Safety trophy is awarded in recognition of ‘Innovation in Health and Safety’ in the UK, and is presented by the... 

Engen helps intellectually disabled young adults this Youth Month

     14th June 2017 Ten intellectually disabled students have received the chance to transform their lives and build a better future. In a partnership between non-profit organisation The Living Link and Engen, these students have commenced a year-long ‘Adult Integration Programme’ aimed at integrating them into... 

Goscor Cleaning Equipment launches Kaivac at CleantexPulire 2017

     13th June 2017 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) launched the Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning® system at the CleantexPulire Trade Show at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, from 12 to 14 June. The Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning® system is described as a cleaning concept that aims to replace the... 

Aspasa to go by acronym only

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Local quarrying and mining industry representative association, the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa, will from now on be known only by the acronym Aspasa. The association on Tuesday said the name change better reflects a growing and diverse member base. 

2017 Manufacturing Indaba an important event in terms of Responsible Care® in the chemical industry

     13th June 2017 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) is proudly participating and exhibiting at the 2017 Manufacturing Indaba Conference and Exhibition on 27-28 June this year.   The CAIA team will be there, representing the chemical industry as an endorsing partner, and we invite all our... 

US Energy Department selects research projects for rare earths from coal industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2017 The US Department of Energy (DoE) has selected three projects for funding to research the recovery of saleable rare earth elements (REE) from domestic coal and coal byproducts. The DoE will invest about $3-million into these projects, which will focus on laboratory testing and the preparation of... 

Renewable energy eclipsing coal – Fieldstone 

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 Renewable energy is very rapidly ousting coal, which could present a blow to Botswana, which has been pinning its hopes on coal replacing the static diamond industry as its new platform for economic growth. “Renewable energy is just about the only thing being invested in,” Fieldstone Africa MD... 

Digital Transformation in Africa: Real change requires a fundamental shift

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2017 Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2017 Africa summit will discuss how to build effective digitalization strategies Global markets are being disrupted by an accelerating pace of technological change, and Africa is close behind. Digital transformation has entered an era of unprecedented change for... 

State defence group Denel could be transferred from Public Enterprises to Defence 

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a function marking the... 

Bids sought for construction and rehab of Malawi water supply schemes

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th June 2017 Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development is inviting bids for the construction and rehabilitation of gravity-fed water supply schemes in Rumphi district, in the Northern Region, and in Nkhotakota district, in the Central Region. The assignment will be financed by the... 

Despite a gloomy outlook, Baxter highlights opportunities for emerging miners

By: Ilan Solomons     7th June 2017 While the South African mining sector still faces significant challenges, Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter believes that great opportunities still exist in the sector, particularly for emerging miners. Presenting the keynote address at the Junior Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday,... 

Boart Longyear Earns Safety Awards in Canada

     7th June 2017 Boart Longyear was recognized by the Canadian Diamond Drill Association (CDDA) with year-end safety achievement awards for working more than 100,000 hours in 2016 with a best in class incident frequency rate. The awards, one for surface drilling and one for underground drilling sites, were... 

Crane, Hoist Safety Vital To Smooth Projects

     5th June 2017 Deploying tower cranes and construction hoists on work sites raises the pace of the project through higher productivity, but any non-compliance with the numerous safety regulations will have the opposite effect. “This is why we, at SA French, take as much of the administrative load as possible... 

SAB puts youth entrepreneurship in the spotlight as it announces SAB Kickstart finalists

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2017 South African Breweries (SAB) has announced the ten finalists for the 2016 class of its youth entrepreneurship programme, SAB KickStart Boost.   Up to R3.1-million in business support and funding has been awarded between the finalists.    SAB KickStart Boost provides established businesses... 

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