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R300m empowerment project launched in citrus industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 The launch of a R300-million black economic empowerment project in the citrus-rich Sundays River valley, in the Eastern Cape, could have significant ramifications for the roll-out of similar empowerment deals around the country which, until now, have experienced very limited success, according to... 

Mining restarts at Merlin diamond mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th November 2016 Mining has started at the Kaye openpit, at the Merlin diamond mine, in the Northern Territory, owner Merlin Diamonds said on Wednesday. The company reported that a short mining campaign had started in November, following the successful dewatering of the Kaye pit, with the campaign aimed at... 

Rocla Initiative And Quality Sourced During 2016

     29th November 2016 Public sector infrastructure spend in South Africa is budgeted at approximately R865.4 billion over the next three years, with much of it focused on infrastructure for schools, healthcare facilities, roads and  transport developments or upgrades,  energy, water and sanitation provisions. Rocla,... 

Meridian takes up TSX-V listing as it prepares for two-pronged BMC exploration approach

By: Henry Lazenby     29th November 2016 Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Meridian Mining has completed its acquisition of Canadian junior Cancana Resources, the companies announced Monday – a deal that is expected to streamline the ownership structure of Cancana and Meridian's joint venture (JV) exploration and development project Brazil... 

BRT bridge to be completed by end of February

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The 255-m-long bus rapid transit (BRT) bridge, which links Alexandra and Sandton, in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, will be completed by the end of February 2017, says engineering consultant Hatch. The Johannesburg BRT system, known as Rea Vaya, is to be extended through the establishment of BRT trunk... 

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Using technology in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of its own bacterial strains developed in-house, South Africa-based biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat can respond to the demand for water management across sectors. SewTreat spokesman Theunis... 

Rio-Carb celebrates 35 years of innovation and service excellence

     23rd November 2016 Rio-Carb, a leading manufacturer of R-C700 Chromium Carbide (CrC) clad liner plates for the materials-handling industry, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Founder and CEO Martin Maine has extensive experience in physical metallurgy, and has participated in several international... 

Pipe Plugging and Blocking of all shapes and sizes with Pipestoppers®

     22nd November 2016 Pipe plugs and stoppers are in use globally for a large variety of applications. This includes leak testing, weld purging, debris stopping and pipe freezing for repair or maintenance work for thousands of different industries. Manufacturing a wide range of plugs and stoppers of up to two meters... 

DPI Plastics awarded SATAS certification

     18th November 2016 DPI Plastics, a leading manufacturer of PVC and HDPE water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems, has received certification for some of its products from the South African Technical Auditing Service. SATAS is a regulatory body, accredited by South African National Accreditation... 

Rocla Pipes For Diepkloof Sewer Upgrades

     17th November 2016 The maintenance of infrastructure is critical for the well-being of communities, particularly water and sewage piping, which, if left eroded and non-functional, can be the cause of an unsanitary environment. In February 2016 work began on the upgrading and installation of a new sewer line in... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses 

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2016 The amount of municipality-supplied water being lost through leaking pipes and dripping taps – which amounts to about 25% – is a significant concern in the current drought-promoting climate and subsequent water restrictions in the country, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 Eskom has reported that work is progressing well at the project. 

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2016 Following heavy rains that led to flash flooding on key roads around Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has assembled a team of engineers to inspect its Gauteng network for damage. Sanral will also appoint engineers to investigate the... 

Rocla Interlocking Joint Pipes Used At Musina Mall  

     8th November 2016 The Musina Mall, an extension of the Great North Plaza situated in Limpopo, looks to service cross-border trade as well as increase retail facilities to the local community through its current vast extension from 14 000 to 34 000 m2 . The R320 million mall which will be fully operational by April... 

Cullinan mine set for increased, lower-cost production as R4bn C-Cut project progresses

By: Ilan Solomons     4th November 2016 Southern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds is making good progress on completing the R4-billion C-Cut Phase 1 expansion project, which will initially extend its Cullinan diamond mine’s life span by about 15 years. Development of the 5.7 ha C-Cut will consolidate the areas that the company is... 

Ageing infrastructure offers opportunities

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has noted a growing trend towards high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions, presenting its water infrastructure segment with a major growth opportunity, as South Africa’s ageing water infrastructure network requires serious government... 

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Valves supplier Astore Africa officially introduced the DK diaphragm valve to the African market at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in September. Astore Africa product manager Francois van Vuuren notes that the DK range, developed by Italian industrial... 

Saving water - TVET students receives vehicle from AquaTrip

     28th October 2016 Sixteen Johannesburg schools are benefiting from an innovative new technology that is set to help them identify leaks and save water. Aquatrip is a new technology that was selected for demonstration by the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) – a joint programme of the Department of... 

Two tales from construction sites

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th October 2016 In contrast to the gloom and doom of the economy and the political goings-on,I thought I would cheer you up with tales from two of the various sites I have worked on. Most construction sites start work at 07:00 and finish at 17:00. On Fridays, it is common to stop work at 15:00. Very often, once... 

Sappma Appoints New Board Members At Its 12th Agm

     27th October 2016 “As times get tougher, the need for an effective association in the value chain of plastics pipe only increases” The South African Plastic Pipes Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) held their 12th Annual General Meeting in Midrand on the 5th October 2016.  

Ingersoll Rand Material Handling and Fluid Management Solutions for Offshore and Onshore Oilfield Environments at ADIPEC

     26th October 2016 Ingersoll Rand will showcase its safety and durability focused material handling and fluid management solutions for oil and gas operations at the stand number 12430 in Hall 12 of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, the world’s leading oil and gas exhibition and... 

SewTreat to Provide Eco-Friendly Innovations in Onsite Wastewater Treatment

     26th October 2016 By making use of the latest advancements in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of their own bacterial strains developed in-house, SewTreat are able to answer the needs of industrial, construction and mining operations with efficient, affordable and eco-friendly waste... 

Bosch Sabre saw blades make light work of steel and wood

     21st October 2016 The new Progressor for Wood and Metal series of Sabre saw blades from Bosch allows efficient cutting of various building materials by professional tradespeople carrying out demolition and renovation work. “In construction, hardened and high-alloy steels such as stainless V2A, V4A or duplex steel... 

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st October 2016 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Plastics|SA joins DTI on trade mission to Ghana

     19th October 2016 Exciting export opportunities exist for the South African plastics industry as part of the plastics industry’s Export Development Programme. Plastics|SA was recently part of a delegation that joined the Department of Trade and Investment on a special trade mission to Accra, Ghana. The delegation... 

COMPUTER generated frequencies are being used to alter the composition of water to improve quality and eliminate scaling.

     14th October 2016 Hydrosmart has developed a device in Adelaide, South Australia that sits on the outside of pipes, treating water as it passes without the use of chemicals or filters. The microprocesser unit consists of an antennae wound in a metal coil, which emits a series of computer-generated frequencies to... 

New range showcased at Electra Mining

     14th October 2016 Hytec, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT), Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW), Hytec Services Africa and Hytec Engineering – all part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group – collaborated at Electra Mining Africa 2016 to showcase their range of products and solutions for the hydraulics... 

‘Catastrophe’ to hit Tshwane unless water usage is cut, says mayor

By: African News Agency      10th October 2016 Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday urged residents to adhere to the new water usage restrictions announced by the municipality, warning that the capital city could be heading for disaster if the consumption was not arrested. “We will now be intensifying the community awareness. This campaign,... 

Growing trend for HDPE pipe solutions

     10th October 2016 One-stop fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon is experiencing a growing trend towards High-Density Polyethylene pipe solutions. This is giving the company a welcome boost in the water infrastructure segment, which presents a major growth opportunity at present. “South Africa has an ageing... 

Plastic pipes integral to water infrastructure

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 The plastic pipe industry is arguably one of the most important in South Africa as infrastructure such as water distribution, waste disposal, irrigation, telecommunications and a myriad of other services rely on pipe infrastructure to work effectively, says Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

SaaS solutions reduce water loss

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With almost 40% of municipal water supplied in South Africa being lost before it even reaches the public, information and communications technology solutions provider Jasco Group states that there are tools and technologies available, such as big data, analytics and Software as a Service (SaaS),... 

Sewer pipes’ difference key in fitting and installation

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high-density polyethylene water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems manufacturer DPI Plastics warns that the South African market needs to be aware of the differences between PVC sewer fittings and polypropylene (PP) sewer fittings, as a fitting... 

Expo 2017 focuses on Africa’s growth opportunities for pumps, valves and pipes sector

     6th October 2016 New owners announce special three-days conference that brings together the PVP sector at Johannesburg’s INDUTEC exhibition. Africa’s biggest trade show for pumps, valves and pipes will have a new international focus at INDUTEC when it opens in Johannesburg for three days under new ownership next... 

Wesizwe concludes early termination of Bakubung contract with Aveng

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2016 Emerging miner Wesizwe Platinum concluded an amicable agreement with appointed shaft sinking contractor Aveng Mining for an early termination at its Bakubung platinum mine, in Rustenburg. The agreed handover will be concluded by May 2017, when Phase 1 main shaft commissioning, which was initially... 

Movement, at last, to extend WiFi into unconnected communities

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2016 WiFi is starting to shift into the limelight as the disruptive technology that is increasingly a critical element of the ‘always-on’, connected society; however, townships and citizens in the living standards measure (LSM) five and below category are, for the most part, being sidelined. New... 

Movement, at last, to extend WiFi into unconnected communities

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2016 Wi-Fi is starting to shift into the limelight as the disruptive technology that is increasingly a critical element of the ‘always-on’, connected society; however, townships and citizens in the living standards measure (LSM) five and below category are being, for the most part, sidelined. New... 

Rocla Supplies Ij Pipes And Culverts For Polokwane Eastern Ring Road Phase Two

     28th September 2016 Six new bridges and four new major structures (overpasses) will be constructed along Phase Two of the Polokwane Eastern Ring Road development which will align the N1-27 towards the south of Polokwane in order to ensure a more streamlined traffic flow on this very congested freeway. The N1 through... 

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