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Local infrastructure impacted on by skills deficit, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 2 hours 47 minutes ago A lack of skilled professionals and maintenance has emerged as among the major issues facing most of South Africa’s infrastructure sectors, according to the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (Saice’s) third Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) for South Africa. “Efficient maintenance... 

Competition Commission publishes code of conduct for automotive sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago The Competition Commission on Tuesday called for input on a draft competition code of conduct for the automotive sector aimed at dealing with anticompetitive conduct concerns, as well as at enhancing transformation in the industry and fostering inclusive growth. Automotive industry participants,... 

Busa backs Cosatu’s anti-corruption, anti-State capture stance

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 5 hours ago Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Tuesday backed the Congress of South African Trade Union’s (Cosatu’s) calls against State capture and corruption; but distanced itself from the protest action due to be held on Wednesday. Cosatu and its members plan to embark on a legal national strike to... 

MMK increases output of galvanized steel

     Updated 6 hours ago New hot-dip galvanizing line from SMS group on stream at MMK The Russian steelmaker PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) has commissioned the new continuous hot-dip galvanizing line No. 3 in July 2017 according to schedule. The facility was completely supplied by SMS group... 

Atlatsa remains uncertain of filings date

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th September 2017 TSX- and JSE-listed Atlatsa Resources is still not in a position to file its unaudited interim financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, the related management’s discussion and analysis and the related CEO and CFO certificates by the filing deadline. In a required bi-weekly... 

Tahoe dials up gold guidance as Escobal impasse drags on

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 Precious metals miner Tahoe Resources has increased its guidance for expected gold output while its flagship Escobal mine, in Guatemala, continues to languish in care and maintenance, despite holding a valid licence to mine. The Vancouver-headquartered company announced after market close on... 

Jarana to start as SAA CEO on November 1

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2017 South African Airways (SAA) announced that its new CEO Vuyani Jarana will take up his position on November 1.   “The decision follows the conclusion of negotiations with his current employer [Vodacom] on his release date,” said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.   Jarana's appointment is intended to... 

Maintenance and rehabilitation – putting African Rail back on track

     22nd September 2017 After a period of decline, Rail in the developed world has made a significant comeback to mature in a vibrant sector. With a few exceptions, Rail in Africa lag behind due to poor or even non-existence of rail maintenance and rehabilitation with the result of an outdated infrastructure – in some... 

An ill wind

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd September 2017 One commentator said this: "The renewable energy purchase programme, launched in 2011, has been celebrated as a spectacular success directing private capital into public infrastructure and a model for attempts to lure private investment into other projects." I am sure this is how wind farm... 

Battery management systems reduce risk of unplanned interruptions

By: Victor Moolman     22nd September 2017 With unplanned interruptions being the greatest risk to distributing power at substations when reserve power fails to support the system, industrial battery management system (BMS) manufacturer Balancell uses precise BMS instrumentation, software and connectivity to continuously monitor battery... 

Digital switchgear launched in China

By: Victor Moolman     22nd September 2017 At an ABB customer event at the Hangzhou International Expo Center, in China, last month, ABB launched its MNS Digital switchgear, which enables electrification systems to become part of the Internet of Things (IoT). ABB product marketing director Avi Ramdhin explains that the MNS Digital is... 

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

Manufacturer looks to strengthen position in HVAC sector

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive is looking to strengthen its foothold within the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sector, having entered into the market last year. SEW national sales manager Norman Maleka comments that at present, the company is building up its experience... 

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

New chillers, heat pumps launch next month

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Multinational heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment producer Johnson Controls is launching its Amichi series of chillers and heat pumps for the South African market on October 1. Johnson Controls building efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron explains that the series has... 

Rocla marks 100 years in SA precast concrete market

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla is celebrating 100 years in existence in South Africa this month, attributing its success to customer satisfaction, competitive pricing, good-quality products and timeous delivery.  

System advantages start with modular abilities

     22nd September 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand explains that the advantages of using modular systems is the integration between Legrand’s busbar trunking systems, cast resin transformers and XL³ cabinets. The modular systems include cast resin transformers, with low... 

Eldorado calls off threat to shutter Greek development projects as relations thaw

By: Henry Lazenby     21st September 2017 Canadian gold producer Eldorado Gold reports that icy relations with the leftist Greek government is on the mend, and it has temporarily postponed its threats to mothball development of the Kasandra Mines assets in Halkidiki, Northern Greece. The Vancouver-based company said on Thursday that it... 

Energy efficient liquid phase for five million tons a year

     21st September 2017 JSW Dolvi orders converter shop and secondary metallurgy at SMS group JSW Steel Limited, India, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the supply of a converter shop for its Dolvi plant which has to fulfill high demands in terms of energy efficiency and environmental protection. 

ARA recommits to 2020 clean fuels policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) on Thursday confirmed its commitment to the 2020 clean fuel policy, which outlined a plan for vehicle emission controls and standards to achieve all the benefits of clean air quality. Following a clean fuels workshop in Togo last week, the... 

Bolivia signs contract with Russia to create nuclear centre

By: Keith Campbell     21st September 2017 Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group is to establish a Nuclear Research and Technology Centre (NRTC) in Bolivia. The contract was signed in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, between Rosatom group company State Specialised Design Institute (SSDI) and the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency... 

PotashCorp curtails some capacity; Mosaic flags Irma disruption

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 Canada’s largest potash producer PotashCorp of Saskatchewan said on Wednesday it would curtail some capacity to balance its supply with market demand. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based PotashCorp said it would fully rely on its lowest-cost Rocanville operations, while the Allan operation would... 

Integra seizes precious metals opportunity in Idaho

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 Mere months after Integra Gold was bought out in a deal worth about C$590-million by Eldorado Gold, essentially the same team – reincarnated as Integra Resources – has reached agreement with major Kinross Gold to buy the DeLamar gold/silver mine, in Southern Idaho. The C$7.5-million... 

Endeavour board OKs Ity CIL expansion in Cote d'Ivoire

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 West African gold producer Endeavour Mining has given the $412-million Ity carbon-in-leach (CIL) project, in Cote d'Ivoire, the go-ahead, adding about 235 000 oz/y over the first five years to Endeavour’s current production profile of between 600 000 oz and 640 000 oz this year, at lower costs.... 

Cummins Provides Latest Technology For Emissions Control In Rail-Engine Market

     20th September 2017 Cummins, the world’s largest independent engine manufacturer, has over 70 years’ experience in high-speed rail engines, reveals Andreas Dammann, Rail Business Manager – EMEA. With engine platforms from 36 kW to 3 300 kW, Cummins has a range of engines specifically for the rail market segment.... 

A resolute commitment to SHEQ keeps fuels and chemical deliveries in the safe lane

     19th September 2017 Renewed and expanded contracts in the fuel and chemicals sector Despite an extremely challenging economic climate, many South African companies are taking a longer-term outlook to business by only partnering reputable providers of specialist supply chain and transport logistics services. 

North West needs R17bn to upgrade road network

By: African News Agency      19th September 2017 The North West province needs R17-billion to upgrade its roads, provincial premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Tuesday. “We have given Transport Minister [Joe] Maswanganyi our total graveled road network. He is going to be coming to us on how we can work together to finance. The problem is we do not... 

Doray finds new gold at Gnaweeda

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th September 2017 Western Australian gold miner Doray Minerals has announced a new gold discovery at the St Anne’s prospect, at its Gnaweeda project. The ASX-listed company noted that first pass reverse circulation drilling over the St Annes prospect had returned strong gold mineralisation, with 20 m at 2.4 g/t... 

Cutting complexity from coding

     19th September 2017 Every business involved in production and packaging aims for optimum efficiency in their coding processes. No organisation can afford the frustration of unnecessary break-downs or down-time due to complex maintenance problems. In this environment, the demand for reliable, innovative coding... 

redT announces new partnerships, new appointments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 Aim-listed redT energy has secured partnership contracts with Central and Eastern European, as well as South East Asian, distributors, which will see the group rapidly expand into these new markets. The energy storage technology company said that, under the terms of the agreement, the partners... 

MZI approves new operating plan for WA mineral sands mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 The board of mineral sands miner MZI Resources has approved a higher throughput operating plan for its Keysbrook mine, in Western Australia, aimed at increasing production and reducing unit cash costs. The plan will result in a throughput increase at Keysbrook from four-million tonnes a year... 

Rockwell perplexed as BRP opts to place 3 subsidiaries into liquidation, despite possible offer

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Canadian alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds remains in the dark as to why business rescue practitioner (BRP) Metis Strategic Advisors had chosen to file a motion in the Kimberley High Court, on Thursday, to place the company's three subsidiaries back in provisional liquidation, when a... 

AngloGold announces potential disposal of lossmaking Kopanang

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2017 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with a selected party which could result in a sale agreement involving the disposal of the 36-year-old, lossmaking Kopanang gold mine. AngloGold Ashanti said in a media release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online on Friday that unsolicited... 

Perth-based company Process IQ, ideal partner for United States revolutionary mining technology

     15th September 2017 Process IQ Pty Ltd, a Perth-based Australian METS company, has been appointed as the exclusive commercialisation partner of new technology developed in the United States that can save energy and maintenance costs in the mining industry.   The track record of Process IQ and its international... 

SKF launches innovative maintenance service packages

     15th September 2017 New service packages from SKF will help manufacturers and users of rotating equipment excel in their sectors and integrate technologies to enable business success.  SKF has taken another leading position within its sector by creating two new and innovative service packages that address the... 

Colourful Concrete That Glows After Dark

     15th September 2017 Chryso Southern Africa has launched a new product that adds an attractive luminous glow to concrete surfaces after dark. LuminTech®, the impressive new addition to Chryso’s wide range of decorative concretes, comprises a variety of different luminescent particles that are applied to the surface... 

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates,... 

Durban to host dozens in Africa’s rail sector

     15th September 2017 Durban, South Africa will soon be host to the largest gathering of African transport professionals – both in rail and in maritime. The second annual African Rail Evolution forum, co-located with the 6th annual African Ports Evolution forum and Kwazulu-Natal Export Week will take place 17-18... 

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