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BMI lifts thermal coal price outlook; says nickel has bottomed

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2016 Fitch group research firm BMI has raised its thermal coal price forecasts on the back of a more aggressive contraction in global mine output than initially expected, mainly in China. The firm now forecast Newcastle coal to average $53/t in 2016, up from $51/t, and $57/t in 2017, up from a... 

SKF solutions for enhanced conveyor efficiency

     28th June 2016 SKF’s range of world class bearing, seal, lubrication, alignment and housing solutions optimise conveyor performance and efficiency by enhancing component reliability and extending equipment life. Great demands are placed on conveyors operating across diverse industries which are required to... 

Gemco, land council ink agreements to benefit traditional owners

By: Samantha Herbst     28th June 2016 After three years of negotiations, traditional owners represented by the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) and managers at the Gemco manganese mine have settled on a range of landmark agreements to substantially expand the Gemco mine, located on Australia’s Groote Eylandt, which will generate new... 

Substantive mineral law issues still far from resolved – Herbert Smith Freehills 

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2016 The content and the implications of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill are extraordinarily complicated. Three issues, which embody the most significant negative implications for the mining industry and South Africa, have been delaying the finalisation of... 

LVIT Technology™ is Making Position Measuring Simple and Cost Effective

     27th June 2016 Alliance Sensors Group a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC linear position product-line of LVITs (Linear Variable Inductive Transducer) is a  true disruption in the industrial position sensor industry by merging the benefits of contactless inductive sensing and low cost of contact based technologies.... 

West Wits Mining finalises Sol Plaatjies extraction, rehabilitation project agreement

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 ASX-listed gold developer West Wits Mining has signed an agreement that will allow for the start of the Sol Plaatjies project within the Soweto Cluster prospecting right area, in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The objective of the Sol Plaatjies project, which was conceived and advanced in consultation... 

Zuma proud of megahousing project in KZN 

By: News24Wire      24th June 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Thursday gave a "mega" housing project in Pietermaritzburg his stamp of approval. Zuma visited the Vulindlela rural area to celebrate the project that has built 12 300 houses since 2012. The project aims to deliver a total of 25 000 homes by completion in 2018. 

Report highlights need for spatial transformation in South African cities

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2016 Deputy Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Andries Nel has stressed that cities must use public resources in the most effective, transparent and accountable manner. Speaking at the launch of the State of South African Cities Report 2016, on Wednesday, he pointed out that local... 

Cameco, Areva and First Nations ink new collaboration accord

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2016 Canada’s largest uranium operators Cameco and Areva Resources Canada, and local communities traditionally associated with the Cigar Lake, McClean Lake and Rabbit Lake uranium mining operations, have inked a new collaboration agreement that builds on the existing impact management accord signed in... 

Cape Town seeks partner to unlock potential of unfinished highways  

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 The City of Cape Town will next month issue a call to prospective investors and developers, or a consortium, to provide a solution to address the congestion the city is currently facing in the foreshore precinct. The city would issue a document, the ‘Prospectus for the Development of the... 

As wage talks continue, Mibco positive strike will be avoided

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2016 Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco) general secretary Tom Mkhwanazi said on Tuesday that he “was positive” that the motor industry would “avoid a strike this year”. “I think parties will get to the point where they will say it is not to the benefit of employers or employees, looking at the... 

New LA-25-A LVDT linear position sensor by Alliance Sensors Group Linear Position Sensor Designed for Extreme Environments

     17th June 2016 Alliance Sensors Group is proud to release its LA-25-A series LVDT linear position sensors, designed to handle extreme industrial environments. Available in ranges from 3 inches (75 mm) to 15 inches (375 mm), the LA-25-A is ideal for roller gap positioning, process valve displacement, head box... 

Chicago Pneumatic launches its most productive industrial impact wrench for intensive use

     17th June 2016 Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new generation of its best-selling CP6120 Series premium industrial impact wrench. The new impact wrench sets a high standard of performance and value, delivering more power and ergonomics to maintenance, repair and operations personnel, yet at a very competitive... 

Always do the sums when dealing with emotive social issues

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th June 2016 The issue of land and land claims continues to irritate me. Much of it is so unreasonable.  It is also, of course, highly emotive, so people are often scared to even venture into the discussion. In any debate, on almost any topic, one should, early on, carry out the mathematical calculations. As... 

World Power Products - affordable off-the-shelf premium quality products come standard

     15th June 2016 World Power Products is not only renowned for its industry leading custom-built work but also for providing a wide range of standard, in-house designed, off-the-shelf products manufactured locally to world-class quality and available at highly competitive prices. This 100% South African-owned... 

Significant Increase to Your Weld Purge Monitor’s Sensor Life

     15th June 2016 It is vital during the welding of stainless steel, titanium and nickel alloy to monitor the oxygen level at the weld root to ensure non-oxidised, zero colour welds are achieved. The lifetime and accuracy of the oxygen sensor within the Weld Purge Monitor® is critical to the continuous achievement... 

Safe and sound: Zanardo enclosures from Elquip Solutions protect the electronic nerve centres of SA business

     15th June 2016 Electrical and automation systems are central to the functioning of businesses across South Africa, and damage to this equipment can lead to expensive delays. It makes sense, then, for companies to source enclosures for electronics and automation with the same care they would use to select the... 

Leuze 10 Series Engineered For High Tolerances

     14th June 2016 Engineered with a high tolerance to different materials, the Leuze 10 Series optical sensors are able to detect objects and measure distances with an incredible accuracy of +/-30 mm. These high performance sensors have an operating range of up to eight metres. The high tolerance of the Leuze 10... 

The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick

     13th June 2016 A total of 612 000 Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks are being used in the construction of Royal School Alberton in Cosmopolitan Projects’ Leopard’s Rest housing development in Albertsdal, bringing rich aesthetic appeal and integrity to this greenfield project.   Leopard’s Rest... 

Quest for living wage, need to contain costs overshadow upcoming platinum pay talks

By: David Oliveira     3rd June 2016 Striking a balance between workers receiving a living wage in line with the national inflation rate and avoid mass job cuts, owing to cash-strapped mining houses looking to reduce costs, remains a major concern for labour unions and platinum miners as wage negotiations loom. The current wage... 

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Solar system specialist and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika has since 2012 supplied and installed up to 25 000 units of their solar direct current (DC) home power solution in low-cost housing units, called Siyakhanyisa. The renewable energy capacity of up to 500 kWp was installed in... 

LVITs for Cylinder and Actuator Feedback

     1st June 2016 Alliance Sensors Group is pleased to announce the continued success and expansion of the ME, MR, MHP, and now the SS-7 Series Linear Position Sensors used to measure the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in industrial, mobile, or subsea applications. With NO MAGNET REQUIRED the... 

Flexible Screw Conveyor For Front End Loader

     1st June 2016 A new extreme-duty Flexicon™ flexible screw conveyor with purpose-built hopper transfers bulk material received from front end loaders. The conveyor consists of a heavy-gauge stainless steel screw that rotates within a 200 mm stainless steel tube.  Since the conveyor is driven at its top end by a... 

Urbanisation, spatial injustice remain a challenge in Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2016 The world is urbanising rapidly and, according to the United Nations (UN), 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, a statistic set to increase to 66% by 2050, said Deputy Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Andries Nel on Tuesday. Speaking at the second African... 

Troy says Karouni output to be at lower end of guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     27th May 2016 Gold miner Troy Resources advised shareholders on Friday that gold production at its Karouni mine, in Guyana, would be at the lower end of its guidance for 2016, owing to ongoing disruptions in the milling circuit. The company explained that contaminated lubrication oil was found to be the cause... 

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution

     27th May 2016 The Leuze S420  stainless steel safety hinge switch, available from South African sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, offers an ideal solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging applications such as the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics industries. It is... 

Gibb upgrades Mkuze water treatment facility

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 The northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Mkuze’s water treatment facility will be upgraded by engineering firm Gibb, resulting in a larger output of clean water and improved water quality. Gibb announced on Thursday that the upgrading of the plant was earmarked to unlock growth and development within... 

Esor returns to FY profitability

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2016 Civils and construction group Esor on Thursday posted a return to profitability for the year ended February 29, 2016, after a “painful” restructuring that set the JSE-listed group on a more stable path for recovery and growth. Esor swung to a profit of R3.7-million for the year under review, from... 

Corobrik’s quality face bricks used in the construction of Marikana’s housing project

     23rd May 2016 Residents in the North West town of Marikana, situated just east of Rustenburg, welcomed the donation of much needed housing earlier this year. Implemented by the North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements in conjunction with Lonmin Mine, the Marikana Extension 2 Housing... 

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Housing and construction systems developer Moladi says its low-cost housing system, comprising plastic formwork panels and a cement admixture, is widely embraced throughout Africa, as it has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the African market. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Imminent lack of coarse ash will change cement brick industry

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Cement stock brick manufacturer Brick-It director Sean Cameron predicts that the upcoming shortage of coarse ash – which is combined with cement and other aggregates before being moulded into cement  bricks – will force the industry to change the bricks’ composition, subsequently affecting many... 

Modular electric drive system to start volume production in 2018

     20th May 2016 Last month, powertrain, chasis and safety technology developers ZF Motion and Mobility announced that its new electric drive system, which is based on a modular approach, will start volume production with a European vehicle manufacturer in 2018. 

Polystyrene homes for North West orphans

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Nonprofit organisation Mobile Education and Training Trust (METT), in a joint venture (JV) partnership with polystyrene recyclers’ association Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC), is finalising construction of 75 housing units of 68 m2 each using polystyrene and cement-admixture panels to house... 

More oil sands interruptions as Alberta wildfires spread; to cost local economy C$1bn

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2016 As the evacuation zone on Tuesday increased north of Fort McMurray, where a gigantic wildfire was spreading out of control, a top Canadian think tank estimated that the Alberta wildfires could have an impact of almost C1-billion on the local economy. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo... 

Western Cape launches climate change action plan 

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 The Western Cape government on Tuesday launched a comprehensive climate change response strategy called Smart Agri, which aims to to combat the impact of extreme weather events on the province’s agriculture sector. Smart Agri was unveiled by provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde... 

Customised solution for automated small part welding

     17th May 2016 CLOOS presents the new QIROX QR-CC-4.1 compact cell, a "Ready to weld" system with many new features. The robot cell has a 2-station workpiece positioner with vertical change and vertical rotation. Whilst the robot welds at one station, the other station can be loaded again. With a clamping... 

Motor industry driving Tshwane economy – Mayor

By: African News Agency      17th May 2016 Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Tuesday paid tribute to the automotive sector for driving the capital city’s economy during the current challenging global economic conditions. “I assume all of us have seen in the recent months investments made in the automotive sector of the our economy... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

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