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Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Local pet food manufacturer Montego Pet Nutrition increased production at its Graaff-Reinet facility, in the Eastern Cape, by 30%. The R70-million expansion, which will also create 30 more direct jobs, included a new 3 600 m2, R15-million depot, divided equally for use as a warehouse and treats... 

Balama fines circuit gets an upgrade

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2018 The commissioning of attrition cells for the fines graphite circuit at the Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, has been successfully completed, ASX-listed Syrah Resources said. The company told shareholders that initial assessment was showing significant improvement in fines graphite fixed... 

Wide Stabila range caters for diverse requirements and applications

13th August 2018 Stabila’s continuously expanding range of highly accurate German-engineered measuring tools sets it apart from competitors supplying the local and African markets. Stabila’s official Southern African distributor Upat carries out significant market research before adding the latest tools to its... 

Forward-looking Epiroc makes a move in Mozambique

13th August 2018 The drive to become a stronger partner and bolster services to customers in Mozambique fueled the decision by global mining equipment specialist, Epiroc, to relocate to larger premises in Maputo on 1 July 2018. Epiroc made the bold decision to establish a foothold in Mozambique with the opening... 

Forward-looking Epiroc makes a move in Mozambique

13th August 2018 The drive to become a stronger partner and bolster services to customers in Mozambique fueled the decision by global mining equipment specialist, Epiroc, to relocate to larger premises in Maputo on 1 July 2018. Epiroc made the bold decision to establish a foothold in Mozambique with the opening... 

Mustang to raise A$2.4m in private placement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 ASX-listed Mustang Resources will raise about A$2.4-million through a private placement to advance its Caula vanadium/graphite project, in Mozambique, and for general working capital. Of this amount, A$2.18-million will be raised through the issue of about 158.6-million shares at $0.01374 apiece.  

Mozambique's ruby mining goes from ‘wild west’ to big business

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 Sebastiao Pedro struck it lucky in 2014 when, as a 21-year-old small-scale miner, he found a large red ruby in northern Mozambique. He sold it to a buyer from Vietnam for $43 000, returned to his family 900 miles away and built a house with the proceeds. Then the money ran out. 

AfDB head calls for agriculture technologies to optimize African farmers' output

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 African farms should be given access to technologies that will enhance production, with evidence from countries such as Nigeria demonstrating that technology coupled with strong government backing are yielding positive results, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has said.... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

Mozambique finalises block 5 oil deals with multinational firms

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Mozambique's government on Tuesday approved contracts giving exclusive rights to energy companies to act on concessions awarded to them to explore for oil following four years of negotiations and delays that threatened to derail the projects. Cabinet spokesperson Ana Comoana said the companies... 

AB InBev to build new brewery in fast-growing Mozambique

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer, will start building a more than two-million hectolitre a year brewery in Mozambique in the second half of next year, the company's Africa head said on Tuesday. The Mozambique investment will look to fend off competition from rival Heineken, which... 

Celebrating the women of the Engen Knockout Challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Women are making their mark in football officiating in South Africa.   As we enter Women’s Month, the role of women in football was highlighted when the South African Football Association (SAFA) recently appointed its first female vice-president, Ria Ledwaba, and the Premier Soccer League (PSL)... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

Low cost airline Fastjet makes further changes to its market offering

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th August 2018 Pan-African low cost carrier Fastjet (which operates under the brand fastjet) is continuing its programme of optimising its services, routes, and fleet, it reported on Monday. The aim is to restore its financial health, ensure it becomes a sustainable going concern, and thereafter achieve... 

Rail infrastructure in state of neglect

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s railway infrastructure is in a state of neglect, says rail consultancy and rolling stock supplier African Railway Systems technical manager Dylan Knott. “Rail has been in decline for the past three decades, and with it, almost all the once thriving branch lines have closed. The... 

Nacala corridor transaction reaffirms ‘Africa open for business’

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Owing to a consortium of three export credit agencies (ECAs), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and a lending consortium of six international and four South African banks, a collaboration on funding for the revamp and extension of the Nacala Logistics Corridor has successfully raised... 

Fura Gems to acquire another ruby prospecting licence in Mozambique

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 Gemstone mining company Fura Gems has entered into a share purchase agreement with Azores Overseas to acquire a ruby prospecting licence in the Montepuez district of Cabo Delgado province, in Mozambique. Fura president and CEO Dev Shetty said the company is pleased to further consolidate its... 

Kibo to raise £500 000 for Botswana, Mozambique projects; shareholders approve name change

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Mining has received commitments from an Ireland-based Investment Fund to raise £500 000 through a placing of just over 9.5-million ordinary shares in Kibo of par value at €0.015 at a placing price of 5.25p a share. The funds from the placing will go towards general working... 

New plant at Balama lowers 2018 guidance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th July 2018 A ramp-up review of the Balama project, in Mozambique, has seen graphite producer Syrah Resources adjust its full year production expectations. The company on Monday said that its new COO Julio Costa’s review had identified graphite recovery performance improvement actions, focused on stable... 

Chinese investors plan $10bn metallurgical complex in South Africa

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 Chinese investors signed agreements to build a $10-billion metallurgical complex in South Africa during President Xi Jinping's state visit this week and hope to start construction next year, an executive involved in the project and a provincial official told Reuters. South Africa's President... 

Funding a vital link across 912kms

27th July 2018 Railway infrastructure is key to the growth of any economy – all the more, if you are exporting coal across international trade waters. Thanks to the revamped and extended Nacala Logistics Corridor, the Moatize coal mine in the northwest Tete region of Mozambique can now export greater volumes of... 

Natural gas vital for S Africa’s energy security

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 The energy sector’s global and inclusive forum for engagement, the Energy Council, believes that South Africa’s Gas-to-Power programme is vital to ensuring energy security for the country. Consequently, the Energy Council regularly engages with the Department of Energy (DoE) to see how the... 

Limited gas exploration affects South Africa’s energy mix

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 Gas could soon become an important element in the South African energy mix, despite the amount of gas used currently being very low, with limited imports and exploration activities, says South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) CEO Niall Kramer. “South Africa’s gas usage is about 3% of our total... 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

Zimbabwe's African Chrome Fields eyes equity sale to fund expansion

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Zimbabwe's largest chrome miner African Chrome Fields (ACF) is talking to foreign investors about an equity sale to help fund expansion but will ensure the firm's two main partners retain control, the majority shareholder said on Wednesday. The chairman of Moti Group, which has a majority stake... 

Ncondezi submits updated tariff proposal for Mozambique energy project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has submitted an updated tariff proposal to Mozambican State-owned power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (Mireme). The updated tariff proposal arose from a financial model submitted to the two authorities, which... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project 

26th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is located about 90km from Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us a bit more about this step towards building an international enterprise. 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

As crops dry, Malawi turns to solar irrigation

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 As climate change brings longer droughts, farmers in eastern Malawi's already dry Lake Chilwa basin are seeing an ever-more-frequent disaster: maize wilting or drying completely, leaving families hungry. "In the past many farmers relied on rain-fed agriculture to grow their food," said Edwin... 

De Beers to move 200 elephants from South Africa to Mozambique

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 Diamond producer De Beers said on Monday it was relocating 200 elephants from its private reserve in South Africa to neighbouring Mozambique, part of wider efforts to restore wildlife populations ravaged by conflict there. The Anglo American unit said its 32 000 ha Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve... 

Securex South Africa sees record-breaking 25th year

23rd July 2018 Securex South Africa reinforced its reputation as Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition this year, with its 25th anniversary show delighting visitors and exhibitors alike. The expo, which took place recently at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, was once again co-located... 

Mustang reports maiden resource at Caula

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2018 ASX-listed Mustang Resources has reported a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant resource of 22-million tonnes, at 0.37% vanadium pentoxide at its Caula vanadium-graphite project, in Mozambique. The Caula project is currently estimated to host some 81 600 t of vanadium pentoxide.  

Finding common ground in the energy mix

20th July 2018 South Africa’s energy sector has been mired in controversy of late, leaving citizens in the dark as to where the country’s energy future is headed and what it will take to keep the lights on. Be it the delays in signing power purchase agreements for the renewables projects, the National Union of... 

Finding common ground in the energy mix

20th July 2018 South Africa’s energy sector has been mired in controversy of late, leaving citizens in the dark as to where the country’s energy future is headed and what it will take to keep the lights on. Be it the delays in signing power purchase agreements for the renewables projects, the National Union of... 

Production at Xtract’s Manica concession increases 42% q/q

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Alluvial mining contractors operating at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession, in Mozambique, produced 1 703 oz of gold in the second quarter – a 41.9% quarter-on-quarter increase.  

Fura to expand its Mozambique ruby holdings; considering an LSE listing

By: Anine Kilian     16th July 2018 TSX-V-listed gemstone producer Fura Gems has entered into an agreement to acquire an interest in nine ruby assets in Mozambique from ASX-listed Mustang Resources and Regius Resources Group for A$15-million, or about C$14.6-million, in cash and shares. Upon closing of the acquisition, Fura, which... 

More resources at Montepuez

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th July 2018 Graphite developer Battery Minerals has reported a 14% increase in the mineral resource estimate of the Elephant deposit, at its Montepuez project, in Mozambique. The project is now estimated to host a total measured and indicated resource of 76.9-million tonnes, at 7.3% total graphitic carbon. 

Transnet Pipelines unveils new national operating centre

By: Shirley le Guern     13th July 2018 A new national operating centre (NOC) that will serve as a nerve centre for Transnet Pipelines (TPL) and its 3 800 km underground national pipeline network was officially opened in Durban on Friday. Up until now, the control centre was based at TPL’s head office in the Durban central business... 

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