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ALROSA starts large rough diamond auction in Vladivostok

19th October 2018 ALROSA, the world's largest diamond mining company, is starting the forth auction this year for the sale of special size rough diamonds (over 10.8 carats) in Vladivostok. The auction will start on October 22, and the results will be announced on November 2.   The company is putting for sale 166... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability 

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Tech, fashion showcased in iconic African designs

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 A successful campaign aimed at bringing to life the transformative capabilities of data has revealed the combination of the power of technology and fashion and turned a concept into a dialogue. A thought-provoking project under the bannered theme “Fabric” undertaken by Siemens in August... 

Containerised workshop facilitates hydraulic services

19th October 2018 Hydraulics components supplier Hytec Services Africa (HSA), part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group, has launched its mine site based containerised hose workshops to provide a comprehensive onsite hose and fittings service to its mining clients across Africa. Set up in refurbished and... 

Hytec Group companies reduce OEM’s energy costs

19th October 2018 In a first for South Africa, automation solutions provider Tectra Automation and hydraulic solutions provider Hytec collaborated to aid a motor vehicle original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) reduce energy costs at its Port Elizabeth engine plant. 

Port of Cape Town infrastructure and port development projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 The Transnet National Ports Authority has identified infrastructure and port development projects that will address three critical sectors in the Port of Cape Town – liquid bulk, ship repair and tourism. 

Olkaria V geothermal power plant project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 The project is three quarters complete and on schedule for commissioning in July next year. 

Transnet starts preparation work on reconstruction of Island View accumulator tanks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 State-owned Transnet has started preparation work on the reconstruction of the accumulator tanks at the Island View precinct in the Port of Durban, with the project expected to get under way in 2019. The project plan for the reconstruction of the tanks is currently at a feasibility phase, with... 

BHP iron-ore output up, FY copper guidance trimmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Diversified giant BHP has reported increases in copper and iron-ore production during the three months to September, while petroleum and coal production fell. Iron-ore production for the three months to September was up by 10% on the previous corresponding period, to 61-million tonnes of ore,... 

Ramp-up for Anglo American's Minas Rio mine likely delayed to 2021

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Anglo American should restart operations at its Brazilian Minas Rio iron ore mine in November or December but a planned ramp-up to 26.5-million tonnes per year is likely to be pushed back to 2021 from 2020 as previously expected, the miner's Brazil chief said on Tuesday. The company halted... 

TNPA tests helicopter service at Cape Town port 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is exploring options to introduce a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to assist with operations during major swells and to increase the availability of service during stormy conditions. With Cape Town having been plagued recently by... 

KenGen says new geothermal plant nearly ready

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 KenGen's new 165.4 MW capacity plant powered by geothermal steam is three quarters complete and on schedule for commissioning next July, Kenya's main electricity producer said on Friday. Geothermal steam, hot underground steam found in the Rift Valley which is used to drive turbines for... 

Polymer Concrete Market Growing At 3.5% CAGR To Reach USD 600 Million By 2025

12th October 2018 According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Polymer Concrete Market size is forecast to exceed USD 600 million by 2025. High polymer prices may prove to become a obstacle in the growth of the polymer concrete market. Few resins, fibers or acrylates that are added to the... 

Bulk water supply project nears completion

12th October 2018 Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda – formerly known as Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape – which started last year in September is due for completion in December. The first phase of the four-phase project,... 

Cranes used for heavy lifting on N2 upgrade

12th October 2018 Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes deployed equipment manufacturer Liebherr’s 440T mobile cranes to the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). According to Sanral, this has been acknowledged... 

WINDOW ON GROWTH

12th October 2018 Container ships moored alongside ship-to-shore cranes at Mombasa port, in Kenya. The East African economy expanded by 6.3% in the three months to the end of June, up from 5.7% in the previous quarter, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics reported in Septemebr. The accelertion was supported by... 

Durban Container Terminal: Pier 2 North Quay berth deepening project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Transnet plans to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2’s North Quay to enable the Port of Durban to accommodate newer-generation container vessels. 

New equipment to boost PE port’s manganese export capacity by 1.8 Mt/y

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has taken delivery of the first two of four RAM rotating spreaders that are set to create an additional 1.8-million tons a year of capacity for manganese exports at its Port Elizabeth (PE) terminal. A further two spreaders will arrive from China at the end of... 

Ford produces first trial Ranger Raptors in SA, invests another R160m

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2018 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has produced its first batch of trial Ranger Raptor bakkies at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. In preparation for full-scale production of the new model, the plant assembled its first ten official Ranger Raptor units as part of the tooling... 

Africa needs to invest more in infrastructure to meet Agenda 2063 goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2018 For Africa to reach its Agenda 2063 goals, the necessary infrastructure needs to be in place, especially to support Africa’s accelerated integration and growth, technological transformation, trade and development. This will include high-speed railway networks, roads, shipping lines, sea and air... 

Altura ships first lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has shipped its first cargo of spodumene concentrate from Port Hedland to its offtake partner in China. The company on Tuesday said that some 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate was loaded onto the vessel MV Clipper Tenacious, which was shared with two other exporters. 

Australia’s Newcastle port is ordered to cut coal carrying costs for Glencore

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ordered the Port of Newcastle Operations (PNO) to reduce its charges for ships carrying coal for mining major Glencore by 20%. In January 2015, PNO increased the charge for coal ships entering the port by about 40% to A$0.69/t. 

Vitol, Trafigura to bid for coal mines once owned by Guptas

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 Commodities traders Vitol Group and Trafigura Group have entered the bidding process for South Africa’s Optimum Coal, a miner under bankruptcy protection that was once controlled by the Gupta family. The interest from two of the biggest commodities trading houses underscores the strategic value... 

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

Kemach JCB’s commitment to service builds long-term customer relationships

5th October 2018 Kemach JCB’s strong service ethic provides a solid foundation on which the company builds and maintains sound long-term relationships with customers like Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire. Founded by Anton Schonken, Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire specialises in quarry and gravel road building projects,... 

CR range increases pumping efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     5th October 2018 To improve pump reliability and increase performance limits, Grundfos, the world’s leading manufacturer of energy efficient water pumps launched its new and extended generation of booster pumps, the CR range, during Electra Mining Africa 2018, held at Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, from... 

Economic stimulus and recovery plan

By: Riaan de Lange     5th October 2018 It is said that there are only three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who cannot. The stimulus and recovery plan has sevral broad parts: implementation of growth-enhancing economic reforms, reprioritisation of public spending to support job creation, the establishment... 

Adventures on the Eskom system – Part 4

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th October 2018 In my last column on the Eskom integrated power system, I explained that I worked for Eskom as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for nearly two years. My region, the Eastern Cape region, included Port Elizabeth. Eastern Cape Control reported to me and all I had to do was to... 

Ntshonweni Urban Development, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th October 2018 Tongaat Hulett has been given approval to break ground on the first phase of the project. 

Ports’ Customer Forum seeks to align Eastern Cape planning

4th October 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) hosted port clients and representatives of government, business and industry at the Nelson Mandela Bay ports’ Customer Forum on 28 September in the Port of Ngqura. The session aimed to align TNPA’s plans to meet the business requirements of port users.... 

Altura loads first cargo ship

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has started loading its maiden cargo of 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate at Port Hedland, bound for customers in China. The ASX-listed company said on Thursday that the final product testing of the cargo is ongoing, however, it added that the processing plant has... 

African transport infrastructure insufficient for continental growth – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has said that if Africa wants to capitalise on its fast growth trajectory it needed better transport and logistics as current infrastructure was “insufficient”. Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference at the Inkosi... 

Taxify expands South African operations with two new cities

3rd October 2018 Ride hailing service Taxify has significantly expanded its South African operations by announcing the launch of services in the cities of Polokwane in Limpopo, and East London in the Eastern Cape. This announcement comes shortly after the ride hailing service said in June 2018 that it had... 

Jaguar I-Pace EV drives from JHB to Durban on two charges 

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Jaguar has successfully completed the long-distance journey between Johannesburg and Durban in its all-electric I-Pace, using the recently announced Powerway network to charge the vehicle. The pre-production Jaguar I-Pace, in South Africa for testing and homologation purposes, began its trip with... 

Protect potential explosive zones from lightning strikes with DEHN AFRICA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2018 a lightning strike caused a major fire in an oil storage tank on Butcher Island (Jawahar Dweep), off the Mumbai shore. It took four days to extinguish the fire on the island, which houses a marine oil terminal of the Mumbai Port Trust, where oil tankers discharge crude oil, thereafter transported... 

Pilbara readies for first shipment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st October 2018 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has loaded its maiden shipment of spodumene concentrate at Port Hedland, which is expected to depart shortly to offtake partners in Asia. The company’s chartered vessel is expected to receive up to 8 800 t of spodumene concentrate, with the product being loaded... 

Motherwell Passenger Rail a potential boon for Port Elizabeth

28th September 2018 Designed by GIBB Engineering and Architecture, the Motherwell Passenger Rail Corridor (MPRC) in the Eastern Cape is one of PRASA’s largest rail projects. The MPRC, when constructed will be a major benefit for Port Elizabeth and could lead to other important developments, such as the upgrading of... 

On-The-Air (28/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 A China-backed South African mining company plans to build a rich metallurgical coal project in Limpopo province; Investment in South African mining was strongly promoted at this week’s Denver Gold Forum in the United States; and The government of Australia this week identified mining as the main... 

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