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POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers

     23rd May 2016 POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers Africa’s leading power generation and distribution stakeholders are set to converge in Sandton later this year, for talks on creating power for sustainable growth in Africa. 

Despite delay, Denison and GoviEx asset merger to create new African uranium champion

By: Henry Lazenby     20th May 2016 A new Africa-focused uranium champion is in the making, with the planned combination of Canadian explorers Denison Mines and GoviEx Uranium’s assets on the continent which, once completed, was expected to comprise the largest undeveloped uranium resource base in the world. Despite the partners... 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked radio astronomy developments

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2016 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array will be ready to start scientific observations by the end of next month, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced at last month’s Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. By then, 21 antennas would be... 

AG wheels launches a wheel machining shop

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2016 South African rail engineering company Grindrod Locomotives and ATCOM Wheels, a supplier of new and refurbished wheel sets are in the process of establishing a wheel shop located at Grindrod Locomotives' works in Pretoria West.  Our joint goal is  to accommodate  wheel machining opportunities... 

Applied Mineral Technologies

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th May 2016 Established in 2001, Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) has grown into a large structural, mechanical, platework and piping (SMPP) services company specialising in the fabrication and construction of materials handling systems and processing plants for clients in the coal, diamonds, iron-ore,... 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked radio astronomy developments

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2016 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array will be ready to start scientific observations by the end of next month, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced at last month’s Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. By then, 21 antennas would be... 

Australia’s GB Energy to acquire lithium project in Namibia

By: Samantha Herbst     19th May 2016 In line with its strategy of targeting minerals critical for the future of the energy environment, ASX-listed GB Energy has entered into an option agreement with an unnamed South African company which, if exercised, provides the GB Energy with the right to acquire a 70% stake in Namibia’s... 

Best friends? Anglo keeps De Beers' diamonds

By: Reuters     18th May 2016 Mining group Anglo American has retained De Beers as a prize asset after a radical overhaul in the belief that surging Chinese and Indian demand for diamonds will outstrip dwindling supply even after a 2015 crunch. The group, in which Anglo American has an 85% stake, has seen its market share... 

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come. Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo told delegates at... 

IFRC promises $110m for drought relief in Southern Africa

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 The International Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has pledged $110-million to a new initiative to help drought-stricken Southern African countries. In South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, last year's poor rains have been... 

De Beers and Namibia ink new decade-long Namdeb sorting, valuation, sales accord

By: Henry Lazenby     16th May 2016 Diamond major the De Beers Group of Companies and the Namibian government have signed a new ten-year sales agreement for the sorting, valuing and sales of Namdeb Holdings’ diamonds, representing the longest-ever signed agreement between the two partners. Namdeb Holdings is a 50:50 joint venture... 

Atterbury launches new growth fund

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 Property development group Atterbury on Monday launched its Atterbury Property Fund real estate growth fund, which would become the investment vehicle for existing and future Atterbury assets in South Africa, Namibia and Mauritius.  Starting as a closed unlisted fund, Atterbury Property Fund... 

It all starts with lifting: Renttech South Africa’s Unilift range of lifting and rigging equipment provides both peace of mind and value for money

     16th May 2016 The role that lifting and rigging plays in industry is often underestimated, but in many cases an entire industrial process both starts and ends with the lifting of heavy materials. Indeed, lifting is an integral part of most industries, from mining to manufacturing, construction to engineering,... 

End of commodities boom hits African countries

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The global commodities super cycle has come to an end, sharply lowering the price of oil, gas, metals and minerals,” stated the World Bank in its most recent ‘Regional Overview for Africa’ review (published in late March). “As a net commodities exporter, Africa is deeply affected by falling... 

Consulting firm calls for privatisation of power utility

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom needs to be operated more like a private-sector business by people who have knowledge of the energy sector, experience in bureaucratic processes, business acumen and political influence, says global growth consulting firm Frost and Sullivan. “Bringing politics... 

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping

     13th May 2016 Electric power generation and electromechanical power transmission specialist Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson notes that reliable power supply is a top priority in shipping. Therefore, Vert Energy has tailored its capability to assist vessel owners – not only with routine maintenance programmes,... 

Anglo dangles goody-two-shoes Grosvenor to lure coal buyers

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 At most other times in the mining cycle, news of the sale of a goody-two-shoes metallurgical coal asset like Australia’s Grosvenor would have had buyers queuing up to buy. But disposal of even alluring resources in today’s uncertain and low-price environment needs to be accompanied by an enticing... 

Paladin posts Q3 loss despite Langer Heinrich performing well

By: Henry Lazenby     10th May 2016 TSX- and ASX-listed uranium producer Paladin Energy has reported an adjusted loss of $14.8-million, or $0.01 a share for the third quarter ended March 31, as an improved performance at its Langer Heinrich mine, in Namibia, was undercut by weak sales volumes. The performance was in line with... 

Tallying the benefits of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme

     9th May 2016 As energy investors eagerly await announcements of the preferred bidders in the latest round of South Africa’s renewable IPP programme – the so-called expedited bid window - it is worth reflecting on the successes of the country’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)... 

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 Eleven African countries are considering building nuclear power plants over the next 14 years to overcome the continent’s extreme electricity shortage. Outside South Africa, the entire installed generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa was now just 28 GW – equivalent to that of Argentina – Anton... 

Car and bakkie exports into Africa declined for third year running in 2015

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 South African car and bakkie exports into Africa declined for the third year in a row in 2015, falling from 79 228 units in 2012, to 77 589 units in 2013, 60 189 units in 2014, and 41 446 units last year – this according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newest Automotive Export Manual,... 

Namibia, De Beers to sign new diamond sales agreement within days

By: African News Agency      5th May 2016 Global diamond mining and trading concern De Beers says it is finalising a new diamond sales agreement that will govern the disposal of diamonds from its Namdeb Mine, which is a joint venture with the Namibian government. In a briefing posted on its Report to Society 2015 bulletin released this... 

Barloworld expands into Southern Africa

     29th April 2016 Machinery and global brands distributor Barloworld Equipment group has invested $14-million in its equipment operations in the city of Kitwe, in Zambia.  

Installation of largest air environmental project under way

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th April 2016 Resource industries solutions provider Tenova Takraf Africa is installing the largest air- environmental plant that the company has received to date at platinum producer Impala Platinum’s (Implats) Impala Platinum refineries, in Gauteng. The first phase is complete and is in the process of... 

MeerKAT and SKA astronomy projects making ‘good progress’

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for institutionalising cooperation in radio astronomy between South Africa and the other Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African partner countries was approved at the recent Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting, at Muldersdrift, north west of... 

SA ‘will be ready’ to begin Square Kilometre Array construction in 2018

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 SKA South Africa (SKA SA), the local organisation responsible for the country's involvement in, and contributions to, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, has been authorised by the Ministers of Finance and Science and Technology to start buying land for the core site... 

South African power solutions firm expands into Namibia

By: David Oliveira     29th April 2016 South African power solution and data centre specialist Master Power Technologies last month opened a branch in Windhoek, Namibia, as part of its growth strategy in Africa. The new office complements the Master Power branches successfully operating in Kitwe and Lusaka, in Zambia, as well as in... 

Despite Otjikoto slope failure, B2Gold gold output on course for another record year

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2016 Canadian gold producer B2Gold has exceeded its first-quarter production guidance by 8 966 oz of gold, for company-wide output of 127 844 oz of the yellow metal, an increase of 10% over the same period in 2015. Despite a slope failure on the pit access ramp at the Otjikoto mine, in Namibia, on... 

Namibia loses 500 t of fish annually to illegal fishing

By: African News Agency      28th April 2016 The Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) has warned that illegal fishers stationed alongside Namibia’s 140-km-long Zambezi River border, which it shares with Zambia, are bleeding revenue from the country’s fishing industry. Speaking from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, the MFMA... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

Square Kilometre Array project, Africa and Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The Ministers of Finance and Science and Technology have given their approval for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation to start buying land for the core site of SKA Phase 1. 

Anglo diamond, copper, coal, manganese alloy, niobium outputs fall

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2016 Diversified mining company Anglo American has produced less diamond, copper, coal, manganese alloy and niobium in the three months to March 31. Diamond production fell by 10%, copper production by 19%, export thermal coal by 13%, export metallurgical coal by 9%, Eskom coal by 8% and niobium by 13%. 

Home-grown Value Addition

     21st April 2016 Weatherly is a London-based resources company active in Namibia, producing copper from the Otjihase, Matchless and Tschudi  operations in Namibia, with more prospects still under development and exploration. Tschudi is the most recent mine in the Weatherly stable to be put into operation, having... 

Ensuring future growth and sustainability in challenging times: EBH Namibia puts strategic stabilisation plan into action

     20th April 2016 Like all stakeholders in the international oil and gas industry, leading ship repair company, Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia, has been closely tracking the sliding oil price since it dropped to below US$ 80 per barrel in late 2014. In anticipation of the ‘lag effect’ of the sustained low oil... 

SA car, bakkie exports into Africa continue to slide

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 South African car and bakkie exports into Africa declined for the third year in a row in 2015, falling from 79 228 units in 2012, to 77 589 units in 2013, 60 189 units in 2014, and 41 446 units last year – this according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newest Automotive Export Manual,... 

Memorandum strengthening African radio astronomy collaboration signed

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for institutionalising cooperation in radio astronomy between South Africa and the other Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African partner countries was approved on Friday at the Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. The MoU was signed by the... 

South Africa reports good progress on Square Kilometre Array project

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 SKA South Africa (SKA SA), the local organisation responsible for the country's involvement in, and contributions to, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, has been authorised by the Ministers of Finance and Science and Technology to start buying land for the core site... 

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