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Appeals for pipeline upgrades unheeded

By: Victor Moolman     Updated 3 hours ago Despite numerous appeals to government by the plastics industry, not enough has been done in the past year to improve South Africa’s pipeline infrastructure, says the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma). 

Dutch Windwheel project, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     Updated 3 hours ago The Dutch Windwheel will be a 174 m iconic building and will comprise two three-dimensional rings with a light and open steel and glass construction. 

Growth in HDPE market boosts manufacturer production

     Updated 3 hours ago Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon notes a growing trend towards the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions in the water infrastructure sector, which presents a major growth opportunity that the company has begun to grasp. 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     Updated 3 hours ago Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

Market needs education on plastic pipe advantages

     Updated 3 hours ago The South African market is not well educated to look for, and know, the difference between high-quality plastic pipes and low-quality plastic pipes, says plastic producer DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman. 

New range to ensure clean tube and pipe welds

     Updated 3 hours ago Pipe welding purging systems specialist Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has introduced the PurgElite low-cost range of tube and pipe purging systems to achieve a clean, oxide free, zero colour weld in tubes and pipes, which can be used in any other industry where stainless steel or titanium is... 

S African manufacturer of steel tube and pipes commissions new mill

By: Victor Moolman     Updated 3 hours ago The new capital expenditure (capex) project to replace two older mills with one new mill at steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s plant, in Elandsfontein, in Johannesburg, will be concluded in early 2017 with the installation of a fully automated mill capable of producing 60 000 t/y of pipe at... 

5 ways technology can power enhanced Government services

     19th January 2017 Latest-generation enterprise technologies have the potential to improve financial and operational management within Public Sector entities, and enhance service delivery to citizens.   Let’s look at five of the most important applications of technology in Government:   Transforming, simplifying... 

DRC drops objection to $3.8bn Freeport, Lundin sales

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 The Congolese government has dropped objections to Freeport-McMoRan and Lundin Mining’s $3.8-billion combined sales of one of the country’s biggest mines to Chinese companies, bringing an end to an eight-month dispute. Minister of Mines Martin Kabwelulu said by text messages that he had written... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Eskom connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station at the end of December 2016. 

Renowned Dow Corning Sealants For Final Phase Of 11 Alice Lane

     11th January 2017 Three renowned Dow Corning sealants supplied by a.b.e. Construction Chemicals were used for the curtain wall construction of the third and final phase of the imposing new 11 Alice Lane precinct in Sandton. a.b.e., which is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, is the South African distributor... 

Necsa subsidiary Pelchem ordered to end exclusivity agreements

By: Anine Kilian     12th December 2016 The Competition Tribunal on Monday confirmed last week’s order of consent agreement between the Competition Commission and State-owned Pelchem, in which Pelchem, which provides surface fluorination for various uses, agreed to remove exclusivity clauses in its agreements with clients. This follows... 

Rio’s CEO wants to buy diamonds, but finding them won’t be easy

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2016 Even for the deepest pockets in the mining industry, diamonds are hard to find. Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques said this week he’s on the hunt for new diamond mines, but with more than half of the industry controlled by just two companies and new discoveries rare, it’s going to be a... 

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

Welding of Vacuum Tubing and Piping

     8th December 2016 Welds in tubing and pipework for vacuum systems should have many important characteristics. They ideally need to be manufactured from stainless steel, leak tight, the joints should have full penetration with excellent sidewall fusion, there should be no porosity and the finish should be free from... 

KIOCL makes headway in securing iron-ore for its pellet plants

By: Ajoy K Das     5th December 2016 Indian iron-ore pellet producer KIOCL, formerly Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited, is poised to strike key deals in securing new iron-ore sources across the country. As a primarily iron-ore pellet producer without a captive iron-ore access source, new sources are key to its long-term survival... 

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... 

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