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Govt to ‘amend and relax’ laws for small-scale miners in bid to combat illegal mining

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) –  The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday. The Deputy Minister was speaking following the conclusion... 

Slow progress in payouts to former miners – Oliphant

By: African News Agency      24th March 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory. In his keynote address at the Southern Africa Trust summit on social security and compensation... 

In Search Of A Company With The Most Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Programme For 2016

     24th March 2017 Great companies make for good corporate citizens, positively impacting on their stakeholders and the lives of communities in which they operate.   To celebrate corporate social responsibility by a company in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of... 

Freeport-McMoRan sees no material impact on output from Peru strike

By: Reuters     24th March 2017 Freeport-McMoRan said Thursday that a nearly two-week strike has not materially impacted production levels at its Cerro Verde copper mine in Peru, the country's biggest, though the union said output has been cut in half. The union is preparing to skirt an order by the labour ministry to return... 

Radisson Blue Hotel – Geneva project, Switzerland

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project entails the construction of a 250-room hotel. 

RS Components offers 800 new Bahco tools for thousands of applications

     23rd March 2017 New tools offer specific tailored capabilities for multiple different and demanding industries RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has added over 800 products to its Bahco tool range. 

Agriculture department prefers 'measured approach' to poultry industry crisis

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The department of agriculture preferred a more measured approach to dealing with the crisis in the South African poultry industry as opposed to the “trade war” with the European Union proposed by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), MPs were told on Wednesday. “As a department our view that... 

Carmichael to proceed despite renewed outcry from green lobby – MCA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has labelled the latest environmental resistance against the $16.5-billion Carmichael coal project, in Queensland, as “futile and cynical attention seeking”. The MCA was responding to an announcement by former Greens party leader Bob Brown, in which he said... 

Qld steps up support in battle against black lung

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 Queensland coal miners have been promised additional support from the state government, to battle the ongoing coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung, epidemic. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Thursday said that since the reemergence of black lung, the Queensland state... 

Outa threatens DWS with court over water issues 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Seventy-one per cent of wastewater treatment facilities in South Africa are noncompliant and discharge more than four-billion litres of toxic wastewater into South Africa’s water resources every day, an investigation by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has revealed. The organisation on... 

BHP mine struggling to stave off title of longest Chile strike

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2017 The biggest copper mine in the world owned by the largest mining company is about to gain another, less desirable superlative – that of Chile’s longest mining strike in a generation. Management and union representatives at BHP Billiton’s Escondida are entering into another round of talks on... 

Most rugged multi-gas detector yet sets new safety benchmark

     22nd March 2017 The new MSA ALTAIR® 4XR multi-gas detector provides real-time event notification using Bluetooth connectivity. This sets a new technological benchmark for advanced features, boosting health and safety for workers operating in hazardous or dangerous environments. The latest multi-gas detector from... 

Women Investing in Infrastructure packs a punch for gender equality

     22nd March 2017 Three influential female captains of industry have established Women Investing in Infrastructure (WIiI), a company to fast-track equal gender opportunities in infrastructure development across the African continent. WIiI aims to improve the quality of women’s lives by investing and participating... 

Adani coal mine in Australia faces fresh wave of protests

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2017 A new environmental campaign to stop the development of Adani Group’s $16.5-billion coal mine in Queensland will be launched Wednesday with the high-profile backing of former Australian Greens party leader Bob Brown. “Adani and the federal government have no idea of the scale of opposition and... 

Anglo American readies bond market return

By: Reuters     21st March 2017 Anglo American is poised to sell its first public bond since it was stripped of its investment-grade status last year following the shock capitulation of global commodity prices. The mining company, rated Ba1/BB+, is expected to sell a US dollar and/or euro-denominated bond on Wednesday, after... 

Outa calls on Human Rights Commission to investigate drinking water challenges

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission, calling for an investigation into maladministration within the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), which threatens drinking water supply and quality in South Africa. According to... 

ArcelorMittal consortium submits top bid for Italian steel plant

By: Reuters     20th March 2017 ArcelorMittal, the world's top steelmaker, and Italian processor Marcegaglia have offered €1.6-billion ($1.72-billion) to buy Italy's troubled Ilva steel plant, outbidding a rival consortium, three sources said on Friday. The rival group that includes India's JSW Steel bid €1.2-billion for the... 

Algerian State energy firm Sonatrach replaces CEO

By: Reuters     20th March 2017 Algerian state energy firm Sonatrach has replaced CE Amine Mazouzi after less than two years in the job, naming Abdelmoumen Ould Kadour to replace him, the energy ministry said on Monday. A statement from the ministry gave no reason for the change. Ould Kadour is an engineer who graduated from... 

Oliphant visits various Amplats-led SLP projects in Rustenburg

By: Ilan Solomons     17th March 2017 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Friday hosted Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant at the official handover ceremony of a number of the company’s social and labour plan (SLP) projects in Rustenburg, in the North West. The projects included the official opening of... 

Climate change could have devastating effect on citrus crops

By: Anine Kilian     17th March 2017 Climate change could have a drastic effect on South Africa’s citrus crops, as pests, such as the Asian citrus psyllid, which causes the citrus greening disease, emerge in Africa. Speaking at the Agricultural Research Symposium 2017 in Centurion, on Friday, Agricultural Research Council (ARC)... 

Vedanta already turning Anglo’s discarded zinc assets to account 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta, which is being associated with the acquisition of 13% of the equity of Anglo American by Volcan Investments because of the link both these entities have with Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, has done well with the South African assets it acquired from Anglo... 

Salani Sithole

     17th March 2017 This week we feature Salani Sithole, Managing Director of consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa   

Four ways to optimise pump performance

     16th March 2017 Pumps are the foot soldiers of the process industry, but their quiet dedication means they are often ignored. Ignoring the pumps is a big risk, because when these components break down – or run below optimum efficiency – the whole process suffers. Manufacturing and process companies are under... 

Engen’s partnership with Corner Bakery promises Zambians poultry and motion

     16th March 2017 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products began trading in Zambia 20 years ago. With the strategic acquisition of a leading competitor and the subsequent rebranding of the business, Engen was able to fast-track the growth of its service station... 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released next month

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at the Metal Casting Conference, in Kempton... 

Loeriesfontein completes wind turbine installation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines, while achieving over 1.25-million hours without a single lost-time incident, on March 1. “This is a hugely significant health and safety construction milestone for one of the country’s largest wind farms, so... 

Refiners commit to producing clean fuels 

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 Although Africa’s oil refining industry will need significant investments to adapt to the move by industry and the automotive sector to cleaner fuels, companies say they are committed to the change. “The impact will touch all sides of the industry, starting with refining and marketing. It will... 

Modular construction methods help reduce waiting times at clinics in Mpumalanga

     15th March 2017 In partnership with the Department of Health, Kwikspace Modular Buildings has successfully installed 132 doctor’s consultation rooms at clinics throughout Mpumalanga. The new clinics, each measuring 250 m2, have sufficient capacity for up to six people to be treated simultaneously. Additional... 

Mikono Expo Group will Host the Dar Construction Trade Expo and the East Africa Smart Building Summit 2017 in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania!!

     15th March 2017 Tanzanian based company Mikono Speakers under her sister company Mikono Expo Group, which operates in Tanzania, South Africa and other African nations, is hosting the Dar Construction Trade Expo 2017. This esteemed event will take place along with the East Africa Smart Building Conference. More... 

Royal HaskoningDHV delivers solid performance in 2016

     15th March 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV has seen another year on year improvement in operational performance delivering a net result of €12.1 million in 2016. The company’s strategy to focus and build on its leading positions and increase efficiency in operations has helped to further improve profitability to 4.1%.... 

Royal HaskoningDHV Engineering Inspiring Healthcare through Innovation

     15th March 2017 7 March, 2017 World leaders in Healthcare Engineering, Consulting Engineers Royal HaskoningDHV presented a paper entitled ‘Inspiring Healthcare through Innovation, Western Lessons - African Application’ at the South African Federation of Hospital Engineering (SAFHE) and the Clinical Engineering... 

Pre-certified medical air system solutions from Atlas Copco Compressor Technique

     15th March 2017 Super-efficient, high performing, ultra-reliable and safe equipment is fundamental for the medical sector to remain compliant with exceptionally stringent and ever-tightening regulations. Atlas Copco’s comprehensive range of medical air solutions is backed by more than 130 years of experience and... 

Seifsa In Search Of The Most Innovative Company Of The Year In The Metals And Engineering Sector

     15th March 2017 The company that will have stood head and shoulders above its competitors in the metals and engineering sector when it comes to innovation will be celebrated in Sandton, Johannesburg during a gala dinner at the 2017 SEIFSA Awards for Excellence, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of... 

Cerro Verde strike may end next week if Peru rules against it

By: Reuters     15th March 2017 An ongoing strike at Peru's top copper mine, Cerro Verde, may end next week if the labour ministry declares it illegal, the head of the union said on Tuesday after negotiations with owner Freeport-McMoRan ended without an agreement on labour demands. Workers began the strike on Friday to demand... 

Taking ECSA, Minister to court was a ‘last resort’, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 Taking legal action against the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi was a last resort in attempts to have the current ECSA council suspended, South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Manglin Pillay told Engineering News Online on... 

Seifsa seeks to reward companies with good health, safety performances

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which will hold its yearly Awards for Excellence in May, will honour those companies that have upheld high health and safety performances in 2016.   Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba says that, although the metals and... 

Mining at Rocklands to restart this week – CuDeco

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2017 Processing at CuDeco's Rocklands copper project, in Queensland, is once again under way and ramping up to nameplate capacity. Mining will restart on March 15. 

Strike at Peru's top copper mine in 4th day, output at 50% – union

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 A strike at Peru's biggest copper mine, Freeport-McMoRan's Cerro Verde, stretched into its fourth day after a meeting between the union and management failed to resolve a dispute over labour demands, a union official said on Monday. The mine is now producing about half as much copper as it... 

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