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Exxaro, Transnet ink ten-year coal transportation agreement

By: Anine Kilian     3rd October 2017 South African diversified resources company Exxaro Resources has signed a ten-year coal export transportation agreement with State-owned rail utility Transnet, which will increase coal volumes from the Limpopo-based Waterberg region to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Khato Holdings is making great strides in Botswana and other SADC states 

     18th September 2017 Khato Civils has also established a country office in Botswana, where it has 60-million pula of equipment and has bought a 4 ha site on which to construct its head office in the country. Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani explains that the building plans are in the last stages of being approved by... 

Diamcor recovers 5.36 ct green diamond

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2017 Diamond miner Diamcor Mining has recovered a 5.36 ct green gem-quality octahedron rough diamond from its Krone-Endora at Venetia Project, in Limpopo, South Africa. An analysis of the diamond will be performed over the coming weeks to aid the company in determining the best course of action to... 

CoAL’s share price rises as Minister lifts Makhado water licence suspension

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2017 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited’s (CoAL’s) shares on the JSE rose by 8.51% on Monday morning after the company announced that Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane had lifted the suspension of the integrated water use licence (IWUL) for the Limpopo-based Makhado project. The IWUL... 

Production fast-tracked during Phase 1 of Ivanhoe’s Platreef development

By: Anine Kilian     28th November 2016 The main sinking phase of Africa-focused mining developer Ivanhoe Mines’ Limpopo-based Platreef development is expected to reach 980 m below surface in 2018, the company noted during a project update on Monday. Executive VP of operations Mark Farren added that underground access to the deposit... 

Western Cape residents have the most improved drinking water

By: News24Wire      24th November 2016 The Western Cape has the highest rate of universal access to improved drinking water sources in the country, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). At 99.4% the province is closely followed by the Free State at 99.3%, the Northern Cape at 99.1% and Gauteng at 98.6%. 

Tetra Pak teams up with Department of Basic Education for National Nutrition Week

     28th October 2016 Tetra Pak collaborated with the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) for the second year running around National Nutrition Week to spread the word of nutrition among learners.   Tetra Pak and the DBE brought information about nutrition, pencil cases, activity booklets, and hundreds of... 

First local seed selection to take place at Project Solaris 

By: Anine Kilian     14th October 2016 South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in... 

Electricity safety campaign highlights risks of illegal connections

By: Dylan Slater     9th September 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom launched a countrywide week-long safety campaign between August 22 and 28 to create awareness about and responsible use of electricity.  

D4180 road upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th September 2016 The project entails the upgrade of a stretch of road from Atok to Twickenham, in Limpopo. 

Bold EC macadamia nut project unlocks opportunity in the rural space

     6th September 2016 The Amajingqi rural community in Willowvale is set for a major socio-economic transformation when 300 hectares earmarked for macadamia plantations is completed in April 2017. Spearheaded by East Cape Macadamia (ECM), the project is the second macadamia growing site in the Eastern Cape’s coastal... 

Molefe urges municipalities to move to prepaid electricity meters

By: Kim Cloete     1st September 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says municipalities that have electricity arrears, should enter into an agreement to allow Eskom to install prepaid meters for customers. He also anticipates a complete move to prepaid meters in the long term. “[In the] long-term, South Africa should move to prepaid... 

Venetia underground project may deliver first carats ahead of 2022 target

By: Ilan Solomons     26th August 2016 The construction of the R29-billion ($2.1-billion) underground development at the Venetia mine by diamond miner De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is within budget and developing on schedule, with the potential to see underground opera- tions deliver the first ore before the targeted start of... 

Musina-Makhado special economic zone energy and metallurgical industrial park, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The project involves the establishment of an energy and metallurgical industrial park in the Makhado special economic zone. 

Eskom urges South Africans to use electricity safely

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2016 Eskom will launch a countrywide campaign on Monday to educate the public on safe electricity use. Public fatalities and injuries due to the unsafe use of electricity remains a major problem, the electricity parastatal said in a statement. 

Coal export line expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 The expansion of the rail line’s capacity is 79% complete. 

Tom Burke photovoltaic power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 The photovoltaic power plant has an installed capacity of 66 MW and can generate up to 122 GWh/y. 

Hold off nuclear until current projects are complete, Outa urges Eskom  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday urged State-owned power utility Eskom to complete its currently-under-construction Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power stations before embarking on any new mega power station projects, particularly nuclear projects. Outa spokesperson Ted Blom... 

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... 

Screen Specialist Shares Risks And Gains

     2nd June 2016 Suppliers to the mines need to break the traditional way of doing business - selling plant and equipment and then moving on to the next sale. This is according to Joest Kwatani, a Level 3 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment manufacturer of screens for the African mining industry. Kim... 

Afrox signs deal to increase LPG imports

By: African News Agency      12th May 2016 South Africa’s African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) on Thursday said that it had signed “an import agreement” with Petredec Limited and Bidvest Tank Terminals to ensure security of supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for its customers in South Africa. Petredec Limited is one of the largest global... 

CoAL, Rio Tinto reach new agreement over disputed deferred payment

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2016 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) on Wednesday said it had reached an agreement with Rio Tinto Minerals Development and Rio Tinto’s joint venture partner Kwezi Mining over the deferred consideration payable by CoAL subsidiary MbeuYashu. Following the receipt – and subsequent dispute by... 

Turner & Townsend supporting ongoing rehab of asbestos mine sites

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th March 2016 Global programme and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has completed project work and provided quantity surveying (QS) expertise for the rehabilitation of four old asbestos mine sites, which form part of a significant programme by the South African government to close and rehabilitate... 

Mokopane vanadium project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th February 2016 A prefeasibility study on the project has indicated a mine life of 30 years, based on less than 10% of the total project resource. 

Platreef will be the largest PGMs mine in the world, promises Friedland

By: Kim Cloete     10th February 2016 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines is confident that its Limpopo-based Platreef mine, which is expected to produce 12-million tonnes a year, will be the largest platinum group metals (PGMs) mine in the world “by a massive margin”. Addressing conference delegates at the... 

CoAL’s Vele water-use licence renewed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th January 2016 Coal junior Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has successfully renewed the integrated water-use licence for its Vele Colliery for 20 years. The colliery had initially secured a water-use licence, valid for five years, for the Limpopo-based mine in March 2011. 

Govt has lost control over teacher appointments - Motshekga

By: News24Wire      17th December 2015 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday admitted that government had handed control of appointments of teachers and principals to corrupt officials. She said she was saddened to inform the media that half of her department's appointment system was controlled by unions. Motshekga... 

Gupta-linked group moves to buy struggling Optimum for R2.15bn 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 Oakbay Investments Group’s Tegeta Exploration and Resources has concluded a conditional R2.15-billion transaction to buy all the assets of Optimum Holdings, which has been in business rescue since August. Oakbay is linked to the Gupta family, with Atul Gupta its chairperson and his nephew Varun... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th December 2015 The African Development Bank has imposed penalties on Hitachi, of Japan, following a three-year probe into allegations of “sanctionable practices”. 

Eskom secures R2.3bn in development finance from French agency 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2015 South African electricity utility Eskom has secured a R2.3-billion (€150-million) long-term loan from French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to support distribution projects in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. CEO Brian Molefe said the 25-year facility had... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th October 2015 Several actions have been taken to transfer the lessons learnt from the much-delayed commissioning of Unit 6 at the Medupi power station to the other five units. 

Sylvania mulls sale of Grasvally chrome project

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2015 With its focus maintained on its dump retreatment operations, Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum is considering placing its Grasvally chrome exploration project up for sale during the 2016 financial year. The platinum group metals (PGMs) producer expected to complete exploration at the Limpopo-based... 

Evraz Highveld looks to sell Mapochs mine for $10m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2015 Integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium is seeking to sell its subsidiary Mapochs Mine for $10-million to a buyer that will facilitate the rescue of the Limpopo-based mine. A number of preferred bidders were selected in July and due diligence would be finalised... 

Palabora employees expected back at work on Friday

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2015 Limpopo-based Palabora Copper expected its employees to report for duty on Friday, after the company resolved issues with the communities that brought operations to a standstill a week ago. Ba-Phalaborwa community members embarked on an illegal protest last week, leading to the suspension of the... 

Palabora operations hit by wave of protests 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2015 Limpopo-based Palabora Copper on Tuesday confirmed that operations at its copper mine, in Phalaborwa, had been halted since Friday night, as Ba-Phalaborwa community members embarked on violence and intimidation sparked by what the company claimed was propaganda. Corporate affairs manager Hulisani... 

New pipes manufacturing facility to be completed by year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th July 2015 Sasolburg-based pipes manufacturer Africa Pipe Industries (API), which supplies helical welded pipes used in the water and oil and gas industries, has started the construction phase of a new manufacturing facility in Mokopane, Limpopo. API sales and marketing director Jan Jansen van Niewenhuizen... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd May 2015 More than half of the 8 000 workers who embarked on a wildcat strike in April at Eskom's Medupi plant are back at work. 

Evraz subsidiary joins parent company in business rescue proceedings

By: Natalie Greve     30th April 2015 Two weeks after itself filing for business rescue, vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium announced on Thursday that subsidiary Mapochs Mine would also enter business rescue proceedings following “historical operational difficulties” that had... 

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