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Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training

     24th February 2017 From next year the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 cadets to a US military academy each year to pursue their first degree in their chosen fields. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support mustering. 

New VSDs in high demand

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Following the launch of its Movitrac LTP B HVAC, or heating ventilation and air-conditioning, variable-speed drives (VSDs) last year, automation manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive says the demand from the HVAC industry has been high. 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Commission warns South32’s Metropolitan acquisition may harm Australian steelmakers

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd February 2017 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has raised concerns around diversified miner South32’s $200-million acquisition of the Metropolitan mine. South32 in November 2016 struck a deal with US miner Peabody Energy to acquire the Metropolitan mine, as well as Peabody’s 16.67%... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in Cala

     23rd February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass.The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

St Augustine certain Philippine mineral sharing accord will withstand legal scrutiny

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2017 TSX-listed St Augustine Gold and Copper (SAGC) this week said its mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA), which covers the King-king copper/gold project in Mindanao, Philippines, will withstand legal scrutiny after authorities earmarked the permit for cancellation. The Philippine Department... 

De Beers lifts FY16 underlying Ebitda by 42%

By: Ilan Solomons     21st February 2017 Higher revenues contributed to a 42% improvement year-on-year in diamond miner De Beers’ underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to $1.4-billion in 2016. A 30% increase in revenue to $6.1-billion was driven by stronger rough diamond demand, which led to... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in Gauteng

     20th February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Expansion project to support economy and create job opportunities

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Professional and technical services firm AECOM will oversee the construction of the Tema Port expansion project in Ghana for Meridian Port Services (MPS), operator of the container terminal at the existing adjacent port. The project is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Product testing facility construction to be completed this year

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 The construction of Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Product Testing Institute (PTI), which started last year, is expected to be completed in the second quarter. 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 A fifth tug has been launched in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. 

Bloom Lake FS demonstrates financially viable, competitive project

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2017 A feasibility study (FS) completed on ASX- and TSX-listed Champion Iron Ore’s Bloom Lake mine, in north-eastern Quebec, has demonstrated a financially viable and competitive project in current global markets. “This is a major result for the company. Based on conservative assumptions, the FS... 

Sanral rolls out R120m training programme for N2 Wild Coast project  

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

First Quantum says restores access to Ravensthorpe nickel mine

By: Reuters     16th February 2017 Access to the Ravensthorpe nickel mining complex in Australia has been re-established following heavy rains last weekend that flooded local roadways, owner First Quantum Minerals said on Thursday. There were concerns that supplies of nickel from Ravensthorpe would be cut off, exacerbating an... 

Engen continues to build future leaders

     15th February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

China iron-ore slips from record high as steel retreats

By: Reuters     15th February 2017 Iron-ore futures in China fell more than 1% on Wednesday after reaching a record high in a rapid rally spurred by rising steel prices that some market participants feel may have been overdone. Both commodities had started their rally shortly after China returned from the Lunar New Year break... 

Galaxy weighing options for lithium exports

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th February 2017 ASX-listed Galaxy Resources has assured shareholders that despite the recent heavy rainfall in Western Australia, the company’s Mount Cattlin lithium operation continues apace. The Mt Cattlin and the general Ravensthorpe area experienced extensive unseasonal rain, with some 240 mm falling. 

Choosing a Hawkeye Borescope...let us assist you!

     15th February 2017  Choosing the correct borescope for your application, can seem a little daunting.  G.P.Agencies are equipped to assist you in identifying the best borescope for you depending on your exact requirements. Below however, you can find a general overview as to what aspects are considered when choosing... 

Road to Las Bambas copper mine clear after Peru protest ends

By: Reuters     13th February 2017 MMG has been transporting copper concentrates from its Las Bambas mine, in Peru, since late on Friday, when residents of a nearby town called off protests that had blocked the road used by the company, a representative of the ombudsman's office said. The five-day protest in Challhuahuacho ended... 

TNPA launches newest tug, the Ukhozi

By: Shirley le Guern     13th February 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Southern African Shipyards (SAS) on Monday launched a fifth new tug, the Ukhozi, in Durban. TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu told guests at the launch ceremony that the nine-tug R1.4-billion project was 81% complete and was progressing on schedule and within... 

Engen KZN learners scoop top three positions

     13th February 2017 Engen Maths and Science Schools learners in KwaZulu-Natal scored top marks in 2016, scooping the top three programme positions nationally.   The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields by... 

Australia's Ravensthorpe nickel mine cut off by rains – First Quantum

By: Reuters     13th February 2017 Heavy rains have cut access in and out of the Ravensthorpe nickel-producing operations in Western Australia, owner First Quantum Minerals said on Monday. The processing of nickel ore into metal was continuing at the site, 250 km from the Port of Esperance on the Indian Ocean, the company said in... 

Continental Tyre SA appoints new manufacturing GM

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) has appointed JJ Dowling as the manufacturing GM at its Port Elizabeth plant. He replaces Wayne Brown, who has taken up a position at Continental Tire in the US. 

Elidz Enterprises Impact Local Economy

     10th February 2017 The operations of enterprises in the East London Industrial Development Zone have had a tremendous impact on the broader economy of the Eastern Cape Province.  This is according to a report released in 2016 by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) which evaluated the ELIDZ’s impact on job creation,... 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The outlook for the local automotive industry for the next three to five years is very positive, with several manufacturers planning upgrades and expansions at their facilities to increase capacity, says drive technology provider SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA) sales engineer Willem Strydom. 

Tanzania set to proceed with Dar port expansion

By: John Muchira     10th February 2017 Tanzania is set to proceed with the long-stalled expansion of the Dar es Salaam port, after securing funding from the World Bank. Two years after breaking ground, the project has been in doubt until recently, when the Bretton Woods institution approved a $305-million loan for the project. 

Choking China backs race to mine greener iron-ore for top mills

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2017 Chinese engineers who carved a railway through the Tibetan plateau and built the world’s longest sea-bridge across Hangzhou Bay have a new challenge: developing a $3.4-billion project on Australia’s remote Eyre Peninsula to meet increased demand for cleaner iron ore. China Railway Group Ltd., the... 

IFAT Africa 2017: Finding ways out of the water crisis

     9th February 2017 Messe München GmbH Messegelände 81823 München Deutschland Southern Africa suffering under severe drought Pipeline projects worth billions planned Greater use of groundwater and seawater in the future From September 12 to 14, 2017, local and international representatives from the environmental... 

Fluor Selected for Bauxite Mining Project in Guinea

     8th February 2017 Fluor Corporation announced today that Guinea Alumina Corporation S.A. has awarded Fluor an engineering and program management consultancy contract for a major bauxite mine in the Boké region of Guinea, Africa. Fluor booked the approximately $700 million contract value into backlog in the fourth... 

Fluor clinches $700m Guinea bauxite mine management deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th February 2017 Engineering company Fluor Corporation has been contracted by Emirates Global Aluminium’s wholly-owned subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) to manage the development of a 12-million-tonne-a-year bauxite mine, in Guinea. The $700-million contract will also see Fluor manage the mine’s... 

Mt Marion ships its first lithium

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th February 2017 The Mt Marion lithium project, in Western Australia, has shipped its first lithium concentrate. Project partners Mineral Resources and Neometals on Tuesday said the first shipment of 15 000 t of lithium concentrate was loaded at the port of Kwinana, for delivery to Chinese offtake partner Ganfeng... 

Junior coal terminal raising capacity, Transnet forges ahead with Waterberg programme

By: Ilan Solomons     6th February 2017 RBT-Grindrod Terminals is ramping up its coal export capacity to 3.6-million tons of coal. RBT-Grindrod, a joint venture between Grindrod and RBT Resources, offers a fully mechanised, brownfield port solution, at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is entirely separate from the existing... 

Local fuel cell manufacturing launch boost for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2017 The government-backed fuel cell plant launch scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town has important potential demand implications for South Africa’s platinum-mining industry. With the backing of the Department of Trade and Industry, Isondo Precious Metals, headed... 

Eskom’s refusal to sign new renewables PPAs costing jobs, investments – DCD 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2017 Fears that State-owned Eskom’s protracted delay in concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with selected independent power producers (IPPs) could result in job losses and the idling of projects, are emerging, as DCD Wind Towers starts cutting jobs. The R536-million DCD Wind Towers venture,... 

Tanzania said to pick Mota, Yapi to build $1.1bn rail

By: Bloomberg     3rd February 2017 Tanzania chose Turkish construction company Yapi Merkezi Insaat VE Sanayi As and Portuguese building firm Mota-Engil SGPS SA to build a railway at a cost of more than €1-billion ($1.1-billion) to connect the East African country with landlocked neighbors, people familiar with the matter said. The... 

AIIM acquires stake in DCG

By: Anine Kilian     2nd February 2017 African infrastructure equity investment manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has acquired a 60% interest in dry bulk terminal operator DSM Corridor Group Tanzania (DCG), in the Port of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. “The port and surrounding infrastructure is set to be... 

The SMC SY Series continues to deliver local innovation and flexible design

     2nd February 2017 SMC Pneumatics South Africa, a leading provider of pneumatics, continues to drive design excellence and application with its SY series of Valve Manifolds which is manufactured locally at its production facilities in Midrand, Johannesburg.  New-generation benefits 

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