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Significant changes to South African mining methods required – Hermanus

By: Ilan Solomons     31st August 2016 If there is no substantial change in the mining methods used in South Africa, gold and platinum mining could cease in 2033 and 2029, respectively, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Natural Resources and Environment unit executive director Mavis Ann ‘May’ Hermanus warned on Wednesday.... 

IDC aims to grow approvals beyond R14.5bn in 2017, despite impairment worry

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2016 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has committed to continue increasing its level of finance approvals and disbursements, despite a surge in impairments to over R3-billion. Funding approvals increased to a record R14.5-billion during 2016 from R11.5-billion a year earlier, while... 

Ekurhuleni to get its own university, says new mayor

By: African News Agency      31st August 2016 Ekurhuleni was set to get its own university, said new mayor Mzwandile Masina as he promised to speed up service delivery in the metro. “May I pause here to reiterate the call that a university for Ekurhuleni is no longer negotiable. Our determination in this regard is demonstrated by our resolve... 

Building the foundations of an Industry 4.0 ready network

     30th August 2016 The first industrial revolution was based on the use of steam to power machines. The second centred on the use of electricity to supply energy to assembly lines. The third came about with the use of electronics and IT to further automate production. But all of that is in the past. We are now in... 

Communication costs hindering South Africa’s BPO potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2016 South Africa has what it takes to become a business process outsourcing (BPO) “destination of choice”; however, the high cost of communication is limiting its potential. Deloitte South Africa on Tuesday said South Africa’s BPO industry accounted for 1% of global revenue in 2014, with expectations... 

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors

By: Simon Sonnekus     30th August 2016 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme delivered by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus has proven to be important in the creation of several synergies that are providing effective recycling... 

Agilitude says African cloud adoption will outpace global growth

     30th August 2016 Recent reports predict that over the next five years, Africa will see rapid growth in its cloud service adoption. Stating a forecast of 42% growth per annum, Quinton Pienaar, CEO of Agilitude, a platinum Salesforce reseller, says he agrees with this sentiment and says the growth of Agilitude is... 

Cost of telecoms limiting BPO growth in SA

     30th August 2016 Even though South Africa is considered to be an attractive emerging offshoring destination for business process outsourcing (BPO), there are several factors limiting the growth potential of the country, according to Deloitte South Africa. In 2014, the South African BPO industry accounted for 1%... 

Concept Laser will be showing innovation on all levels at formnext powered by TCT

     29th August 2016 Sales launch of the new machine architecture Innovations in the small and large machine segment Expansion of the range of materials announced The AM scene awaits the second edition of formnext powered by TCT in Frankfurt a. Main (November 15-18, 2016) with great excitement. It is already... 

Saryx Engineering Group receives Wonderware Certification

     29th August 2016 The goal of Wonderware’s system integrator certification programme is to improve the excellence of industrial process control and industrial IT implementations that use Wonderware solutions. Certification is also one of the most important buying criteria for end users and one of the SI’s key... 

The Changing Face Of Valve Manufacturing In South Africa

     29th August 2016 “Manufacturing in South Africa in the current climate is not for the faint hearted. Material costs are high – skills at all levels are scarce – labour laws and health and safety regulations are stringent and restrictive – and the volatility of the Rand makes long term planning a challenging... 

India to seek $15bn of investment to double mining output

By: Bloomberg     29th August 2016 India expects to woo one-trillion rupees ($15-billion) of investment over five years to double mining output and cut mineral imports. The government’s goal is to fast-track exploration, including upfront payments for discovered deposits when the mines are auctioned, Mines Minister Piyush Goyal... 

Drones Now Regulated Heat-Seeking Troubleshooters

     26th August 2016 New rules regulating the use of remotely-piloted aircraft systems, colloquially known as drones, are now firmly in effect after having been signed by the Minister of Transport. "The regulations governing the use of drones in South Africa are welcome because they bring clarity," says Philip... 

Adcock turns focus from survival to development

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2016 After being in “remedial mode” for the past two years, JSE-listed pharmaceuticals giant Adcock Ingram is eyeing growth and development after generating healthy amounts of cash and accumulating “significant” resources during the year ended June 30. The group, which is progressing the sale of its... 

New tug fleet will enable South African ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

Amid low prices and weak demand, steel protectionism goes global

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 From the US to India, regulators around the world are pushing harder than ever to shield local steel industries from foreign competition. Nations imposed 85 new duties and other taxes on steel imports in the first half, according to the Russian Steel Association, which counted preliminary and... 

Auto component body’s new chief has strong policy background

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2016 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has appointed Renai Moothilal as its new executive director. Moothilal will take over from Roger Pitot in September. Pitot has been advising Naacam in part-time capacity since last year, following the departure of... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The Beijing Automotive Group Corporation (BAIC) plans to build a completely knocked-down vehicle manufacturing plant in the Eastern Cape Industrial Development Zone. 

Cuxhaven wind turbine manufacturing facility, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 Construction at the building site has started.  

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 Gibela has made significant progress, together with its empowered partners, since site mobilisation for the construction of the Dunnottar train manufacturing complex started seven months ago. 

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 Although demand for power has decreased, owing to stagnation in the economy, meaning less demand from key industries such as mining and manufacturing, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa believes that the Gas-to-Power Programme (GTPP) has a substantial role to play in... 

Hygiene products manufacturer adds new product line at upgraded plant

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 Hygiene products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser (RB) South Africa opened its upgraded Dettol antiseptic liquid (ASL) plant in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, earlier this month, and launched a new line of Dettol bar soap. Gauteng Department of Economic, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development... 

Image processing system upgraded

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Multinational electronics company Omron earlier this year launched the upgraded Vision FH high-speed camera controller with enhanced optical character recognition (OCR) to allow for high-speed production line inspection without compromising on quality. Omron South Africa Vision field application... 

Kemm’s piece on alternative take on history spot-on

     26th August 2016 Editor –I thoroughly enjoyed Kelvin Kemm’s column in the Engineering News edition published on July 29, 2016, concerning presenting an alternative take on history not seen through the lens of politics. His article skimmed over the main scientific, technological and economic issues of the last few... 

Megafertiliser manufacturing plant project, Tanzania

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The project involves the construction of a fertiliser production plant in the Lidi region of southern Tanzania. 

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. 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reported that manufacturing of the trains is progressing well. 

SA slides down global manufacturing competitiveness ranking

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th August 2016 Despite being regarded as the most competitive manufacturing country in Africa, South Africa is losing momentum when compared with other countries, particularly China. South Africa dropped three places – to twenty-seventh position – on the global ranking of the world’s most competitive countries,... 

Silo cleaning service expands into sub-Saharan Africa

     26th August 2016 Furnace and industrial service Dickinson Group of Companies offers a highly specialised service for cleaning contaminated and clogged up bulk storage containers to manufacturing companies across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  

Software maximises mineral recovery

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Process management specialists BluESP’s advanced process control (APC) solution uses software that incorporates multivariable model predictive control to manage and stabilise complex interactions in industrial processes and maximise mineral recovery processes at mining companies, says BluESP... 

Still tough, but Group Five says pace of decline is easing

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2016 The momentum of decline in the South African construction environment has finally shown signs of slowing, says construction company Group Five CEO Eric Vemer. Speaking at the company’s annual results presentation in Johannesburg, Vemer said the outlook for the market is by no means “rosy, but at... 

The ‘unbelievably’ low cost of solar PV electricity in South Africa

     26th August 2016 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has seen South Africa leapfrog from renewable energy zero to hero in a few short years. This progress has contributed significantly to acceleration of growth in the commercial, industrial and residential spaces as... 

UAVs lead way for smaller aerospace manufacturers

By: Sebastian Whyle     26th August 2016 Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly referred to as drones – have led the way in introducing smaller manufacturers to what has typically been a large-scale industry, says South African aerospace-focussed programme National Aerospace Centre (NAC) director Philip Haupt.  

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2016 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says the decision to sell its infrastructure and building unit, as well as Genrec, to create a multinational project company focused on oil and gas, underground mining, as well as power and water has created an entity that no longer fits neatly within the... 

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2016 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation on Thursday inaugurated a new 6 000 m2 production site and headquarters in Isando. The facility will produce Bombardier Mitrac high-power propulsion equipment for use in the Transnet locomotives project, for which Bombardier is delivering 240... 

Resolve Immix wins Microsoft ERP Partner of the Year Award

     25th August 2016 Resolve Immix, leading software solutions provider, is proud to announce that they have won Microsoft’s FY16 ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Partner of the Year Award for South Africa. Microsoft’s Partner Network Awards takes place on an annual basis and recognises South African partners who... 

Bayer opens first SeedGrowth Centre in Africa

     25th August 2016 The SeedGrowth Centre has the potential to help farmers in the region to not only secure, but significantly increase their yields in key crops   Bayer South Africa has opened its first multi-million rand SeedGrowth Centre, the first of its kind for the company in Africa, at its Production... 

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