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Is 5G Hype or Reality for South Africa?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 With global 5G rollout gathering speed and the recent launch of 5G in Lesotho by Vodacom, the question of whether South Africa is ready for the transition to 4G’s successor is dependent on various factors that could cause a delay in the integration of 5G in South Africa. Mobile communications... 

Vodacom showcases 5G capabilities in official launch 

20th September 2018 Vodacom has officially launched its standards-based, commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, service in Lesotho, delivering early access technology initially to two enterprise customers, with ambitions of eventually launching the service commercially in South Africa. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Engen operations in nine African countries transfer to Vivo Energy in March 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Oil company Engen Holdings’ operations in nine sub-Saharan African countries will be transferred to JSE-listed downstream petroleum company Vivo Energy on March 1, 2019. The $203.9-million transaction will see Vivo’s retail service station network expand from 15 to 23 countries in Africa,... 

Premium Lulo diamonds to be sold under new Angola marketing system

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2018 ASX-listed Lucapa is preparing to sell its first diamonds from the Lucapa mine through the new marketing channels that Angola is establishing as part of the government’s diamond sector reforms. Certain large premium-valued diamonds will be the first Lulu production to be sold through the new... 

Vodacom Group launches commercial 5G service in Lesotho

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom Group has launched a standards-based, commercial fifth-generation (5G) service in Lesotho. Delivering early-access to the new technology, using 3.5 GHz spectrum, the company will initially provide fixed-wireless access broadband services to two enterprise customers in Lesotho. 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

Johnson Crane Hire Rolls Out Its Own ‘Big Five’

10th September 2018 Customers of Africa’s lifting leader Johnson Crane Hire were recently treated to an impressive display of a selection of the company’s lifting equipment at an open day where its heavy lift fleet was likened to the ‘big five’ of the wild. “Johnson Crane Hire is a home grown South African business,... 

Giant diamonds has been mining's one success story this year

By: Bloomberg     7th September 2018 This summer’s crash in commodity prices is turning it into a year to forget for miners. Unless you dig the world’s biggest diamonds. Gem Diamonds has been the standout performer in the FTSE All-Share Mining Index, gaining almost 70% this year. In comparison, almost every other miner is in... 

Large diamond recoveries contribute to Gem’s strong H1 financial performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Record recoveries of large, high-quality diamonds at the Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, contributed to a strong financial performance for LSE-listed Gem Diamonds in the first half of this year. The miner, which recovered ten diamonds weighing more than 100 ct each during the six months, on Wednesday... 

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

What advice would you give your younger self? SMEC’s women in engineering reflect on their career journeys

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 Reflecting on Women’s Month in South Africa, SMEC South Africa celebrates their very own women in engineering - inspiring females who are not only transforming our built environment but leading the way for the next generation of female engineers. These women and many more like them in South... 

Metolong dam and water supply programme, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 The dam has spilled for the first time since its completion in 2016. 

Q(h)ubeka Trust pays out R134m to former mineworkers suffering from silicosis.

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 The Q(h)ubeka Trust has, since its establishment in 2016, paid out about R134-million in compensation to qualifying former mineworkers, who are suffering from silicosis. The compensation paid to date represents a first payment to claimants, after which a further distribution will be made once all... 

Vodacom launches 5G internet service in Lesotho

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 South Africa's Vodacom launched what it said was Africa’s first commercial 5G internet service in Lesotho on Saturday, but said it would only be able to provide a similar service in its home market once spectrum was made available. Vodacom, South Africa's biggest mobile operator by market value,... 

Private equity model for newly opened Lesotho Mergence branch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 Specialist boutique asset manager Mergence Investment Managers has opened a licensed subsidiary in Maseru, Lesotho, where it aims to offer an innovative approach to private equity. Mergence Lesotho MD Semoli Mokhanoi said in a statement that the company has adapted and tailored the traditional... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Major engineering milestone as Lesotho dam achieves full capacity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 The new $100-million Metolong Dam in Lesotho has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016. Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during... 

Engineering milestone as $100m Lesotho dam achieves full capacity

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 The new $100-million Metolong dam, in Lesotho, has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016.  Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during... 

Gem Diamonds recovers 12th diamond of over 100 ct for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 138 ct top white colour and Type IIa diamond, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This diamond, the miner said on Wednesday, is the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond in the world. 

Mothae delivers more special stones for Lucapa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th August 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa has recovered more special and coloured diamonds from its Mothae diamond mine, in Lesotho. The special recoveries included a 28 carat stone from the North zone and two light pink diamonds. 

Letšeng large diamond recoveries reach a record in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds continued to recover large diamonds during the first half of this year, with a record ten diamonds greater than 100 ct recovered, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. Gem recovered another such diamond in July, which resulted in the highest number of more-than-100 ct... 

Mothae delivers more diamonds for Lucapa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th July 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa has recovered another special diamond from ongoing bulk sampling at its Mothae mine, in Lesotho. The 11.88 carat diamond was recovered from the North zone, and is the first special diamond recovered from that section of the Mothae kimberlite pipe in the current bulk sample. 

Gem Diamonds recovers 100.5 ct diamond from Letšeng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 100.5 ct, top white colour Type IIa diamond from the Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This recovery is the eleventh diamond of over 100 ct recovered this year.  

Vesco celebrates 60 years, maintains eye on ten-year vision

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th July 2018 As Vesco and its subsidiaries celebrate 60 years of successful operations, the founding Leger family has large ambitions for the future. Despite several challenges, the family-owned enterprise is currently in year three of its ten-year strategy of capturing 10% of the world’s business and growing... 

Semantics around land expropriation

By: Riaan de Lange     27th July 2018 The semantics around land expropriation As I have said many times before, English is, at the best of times, a most intriguing and peculiar language. But I strongly believe that the English are not solely to blame for this. If anything, the Americans did, and continue to, play a role in butchering... 

Firestone achieves record quarterly production, meets yearly guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Aim-listed diamond miner Firestone Diamonds achieved an ‘exceptional’ operational performance at its 75%-owned Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, during the fourth quarter ended June 30. Recoveries for the quarter increased by 36.8% to 263 512 ct, resulting in the production of 835 832 ct for the full... 

New zero-discharge chemical production facility opens in Pomona

By: Schalk Burger     20th July 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, in Pomona, Kempton Park is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of... 

Dagga: a budding opportunity

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2018 First, a disclaimer: I am of very sober habits and this week’s topic – the apparent desire by many on our continent to embrace the cannabis business – is not at all indicative of my recreational preference. I am also not a closet Rastafarian. The latest country to hop on the cannabis bandwagon is... 

It’s Friday I’m in love

By: Riaan de Lange     20th July 2018 It’s Friday I'm in … ‘I don't care if Monday's blue; Tuesday's gray and Wednesday too; Thursday I don't care about you; It's Friday I'm in love.’ 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 South Africa and Lesotho have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Phase 2 project. 

Ministers reiterate commitment to implementation of LHWP Phase 2

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2018 South African Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti, Lesotho Water Minister Samonyane Ntsekele and the Lesotho High Commissioner Sello Moloto have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2. Poised to secure a... 

Telecom Egypt, Liquid Telecom sign MoU to complete fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the Pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has been... 

Gauteng Company Hopes To Expand Market To Angola

13th July 2018 A Gauteng civil and structural consulting engineering company is looking forward to expanding its customer base when they participate in the Trade and Investment Mission to Angola that will take place from 16-21 July 2018. The mission will be led by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr... 

Nkwinti off to see Lesotho Highlands Water Project progress

By: African News Agency      12th July 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti will on Thursday undertake a two-day Ministerial visit to Lesotho to see the developments around the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. "Minister Nkwinti will also have discussions with his counterpart from the government of Lesotho, Minister of Water,... 

Lulo delivers 114ct diamond for Lucapa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company has recovered a 114 ct diamond at its Lulo project, in Angola. The company on Wednesday said that the stone was recovered from alluvial Mining Block 6, and is the eleventh diamond over 100 carats recovered to date, and the third so far in 2018. 

SADC Committee of Ministers of Finance meets in South Africa

By: African News Agency      11th July 2018 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Committee of Ministers of Finance and Investment will meet today in Johannesburg to discuss areas of cooperation and improving regional financial coordination.  The Ministers will be joined by the central bank governors from the region.  

Veolia's new South African chemical production facility offers improved cost competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, which opened in Pomona, Kempton Park, on Thursday, is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its... 

Lucapa recovers 89ct diamond in Lesotho

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th June 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has recovered an 89 carat yellow diamond from the current bulk sampling programme at its Mothae project, in Lesotho. The bulk sampling programme is designed to expand and improve the current Mothae resource by processing areas of the kimberlite pipe which... 

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