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Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats), which is collaborating closely with the South African government to preserve jobs at the heavily lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, is also working in very close cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe, where it has secured major tax... 

ADLINK launches IoT Digital eXperiments-as-a-Service to alleviate high costs and risks

29th May 2018 ADLINK Technology has announced the launch of its innovative DXS IoT digital experiments as-a-service offering. The service is for the testing of potential IoT-based endeavours to determine the viability of possible solutions with none of the upfront costs and risk associated with a full solution... 

JG Afrika’s water management interventions help alleviate pressure on Cape Town’s strained water system

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2018 A school in drought-stricken Cape Town has reduced its water use by more than 90% and will continue working with JG Afrika to further mitigate its reliance on a strained municipal water-supply system. The leading firm of consulting engineers and environmental scientists commenced work on the... 

LOVEMORE BROS

2nd March 2018 Established in 1989 by brothers Rob and Bruce Lovemore, Lovemore Bros has become one of South Africa’s premier machine moving and rigging companies, with branches in Johannesburg, Gauteng, and Durban and Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. A family business built on a legacy of performance excellence... 

Machine learning to improve IT service management

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Intelligent automation, big data analytics and machine learning systems will become a significant part of information technology (IT) services and support decision-making, enhance staff productivity and facilitate smart self-service for end-users, says workflow specialist firm Marval Africa... 

Machine learning offers slew of advantages

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In a recent study, information technology (IT) research company Gartner posed that, “by 2019, IT service desks [using] machine learning enhanced technologies will free up to 30% of support capacity.” This idea is supported by Marval Africa executive director Edward Carbutt who believes that the... 

Ecsa launches satellite office

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2017 In collaboration with the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) this week launched its first satellite office in East London.  “We are very excited to be launching our satellite office. During our annual stakeholder roadshows, East London... 

New knife gate valve gains traction in mining market

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 Having secured the first installation of its Victaulic Series 795 knife gate valve (KGV) – which is under way at diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals’ Modikwa platinum mine, near Burgersfort, in Limpopo – mechanical piping systems supplier Victaulic has sold two 3” KGVs to a platinum mine... 

Fate is against us

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th September 2017 Recently, somebody was  discussing minibus taxis and how badly they drive. It was mentioned that, in fact, they drive very well: they pass through the narrowest of gaps between cars, they glide down pavements. They can reverse at high speed through rush hour traffic. They can embark and disembark... 

Platinum’s plight under Ministerial spotlight

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday received a presentation from the Platinum Leadership Forum, led by CEOs of platinum mining companies operating in South Africa. According to a Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) release, the CEOs presented on the current state of the... 

Action plan not enough to lift ailing mining sector, says CoM

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2017 While Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's new economic action plan has been welcomed, the Chamber of Mines (CoM) believes that more must be done to stabilise an industry in crisis. With some 70 000 jobs lost over the past five years, and declines in net and gross investment over the past two years,... 

SWC welcomes moratorium on Wild Coast mining, but remains sceptical

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2017 Activist group Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC) has welcomed a notice gazetted by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane which blocks any mining or prospecting applications on the Xolobeni mine area, in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape, for the next 18 months, “or until the Minister is satisfied... 

Johannesburg needs clear infrastructure delivery plan to attract investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 To examine challenges posed by, and find possible solutions to, Africa's urban infrastructure deficit as a result of rapid urban growth, international law firm Pinsent Masons has launched a thought leadership programme, which will bring together numerous experts from its network of 23 global... 

Steel industry to discuss import challenges at June workshop

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2017 Consulting firm XA International Trade Advisors will, on June 14, host a workshop for domestic steel industry participants to meet and discuss possible solutions to the threat posed by rising steel imports. The workshop will look at the trend of increased global protection in the steel industry... 

Daimler testing the effects of augmented lighting on health of truckers

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 A research team from German truck maker Daimler recently explored an interesting question in the darkness of Finland’s polar night: Does the biological effect of light have a positive influence on the wellbeing and performance of truck drivers? Eight Daimler test drivers simulated two typical... 

African countries must create conducive environment to attract more infrastructure investment

By: Shirley le Guern     4th May 2017 Development finance institutions, banks and private investors are collectively sitting on trillions of dollars in capital that could be invested into African infrastructure projects if they were offered returns commensurate with the perceived higher risk environment, Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobisse... 

Can fake daylight in truck cabs lead to better driver performance?

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2017 A research team from German truck maker Daimler recently explored an interesting question in the darkness of Finland’s polar night: Does the biological effect of light have a positive influence on the wellbeing and performance of truck drivers? Eight Daimler test drivers simulated two typical... 

Plastic bag working group weighing solutions to recyclability problem 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 A working group set up to investigate the impact ‘fillers’ are having on the recyclability of plastic supermarket carrier bags is said to have “progressed well” in researching possible solutions and will report back to the industry in June. Established four months ago, the group includes... 

Evowood’s Estcourt mill dismisses 434 workers, remains closed after protracted strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 Some 434 Estcourt mill workers have been dismissed by hardboard manufacturer Evowood following protracted illegal strike action and a subsequent production stoppage costing the company more than R2-million a day. The workers were dismissed following a disciplinary process and a February 27 Labour... 

Gauteng infrastructure dept mulls concept of construction bank or fund

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2017 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) is exploring the possibility of establishing a dedicated construction or infrastructure bank or fund aimed at providing specialised funding or financing services to the construction sector. Chairing an exploratory roundtable on the... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Water scenario plan seen as way of stimulating innovative responses to crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2017 An international scenario planner has teamed up with conservation organisation WWF to chart scenarios for South Africa’s water future in light of the country’s precarious position as a water-stressed country, as well as the recent drought, which caused serious social and economic damage. The... 

Future of St Helena airport uncertain as it is deemed unusable by commercial airlines 

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £285.5-million of British taxpayers’ money on building an airport in St Helena that is not usable by commercial airlines. This is the main finding of a report published by the UK House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts. 

Proposals on potential Competition Act changes could be released this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel plans to release proposals regarding changes to the Competition Act during this year. In a written reply to a Parliamentary enquiry made by the Democratic Alliance’s Michael Cardo, Patel said this followed a further round of engagements with... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those handling more than 1-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those hand- ling more than one-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

UK government report slams St Helena airport development 

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2016 The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £285.5-million of British taxpayers’ money on building an airport in St Helena that is not usable by commercial airlines. This is the main finding of a report published by the UK House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts on... 

MB star of the world's most important trade fairs this autumn

23rd August 2016 As usual 2016 is confirmed to be very busy for MB Crusher that, after the great success of Bauma last April, will be involved until the very end of the year in the most important international trade fairs. Fairs always represent an important opportunity to meet new clients, make tangible and... 

Cybersecurity documents made available to city authorities

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2016 City authorities can use the documents published by cybersecurity non-profit organisation (NPO) Securing Smart Cities when investigating how to adopt smart city technologies and organise a smart city security department. The organisation makes the published findings of practical research... 

New dawn for entrepreneurs in KZN’s Cornubia, Blackburn communities

20th June 2016 Entrepreneurs in Cornubia and Blackburn communities may get assistance to grow their businesses to the next level, thanks to Tongaat Hulett Developments, the property arm of agricultural and agri-processing group Tongaat Hulett’s investment in a new business incubator serving the area.   This is... 

New data monitoring device to be introduced

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Energy consultancy firm EON Consulting will introduce the new Check Meter that it is currently developing at this year’s African Utility Week, which will be held in Cape Town from May 17 to 19. 

Power, equipment challenges impede Metallon’s Q1 production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2016 Power supply interruptions and equipment breakdowns have contributed to a 15% year-on-year decrease in Zimbabwe-based Metallon Corporation’s production for the quarter ended March 31. The company on Thursday reported production of 20 676 oz for the quarter under review, compared with the 24 386... 

Vedanta’s Zambian unit's copper output remains flat

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2016 Output from London-listed Vedanta Resources’ copper unit in Zambia remained flat during the fourth quarter of the year. This emerged as the unit battled a 25% increase in power tariffs in January, which impacted negatively on the cost of production, costing the miner $3-million a month. 

SMC offers shorter lead times and flexible solutions thanks to its SY series

5th April 2016 SMC, the world’s leading provider of pneumatics continues to dazzle with the new SY series of Valve Manifolds which will be manufactured on-site in SMC South Africa’s brand new production facilities.  With its diverse customer base, SMC covers all automation industries and provides customers in... 

Global chemicals production growth continues to slow

4th March 2016 Ahead of 2016 local chemicals industry body the Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) projected a continued slump global chemical production growth rates ahead of 2016.  Among the factors global trends that will affect the chemicals industry worldwide are as the twenty-first... 

Amplats to cut about 2 000 jobs at Twickenham and Union mines

By: Ilan Solomons     26th February 2016 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) wholly owned subsidiary Rustenburg Platinum Mines on Friday began a consultation process in terms of Sections 189 and 189A of the Labour Relations Act on the proposed restructuring of its Union mine joint venture, in the North West, and the... 

Unearthed ‘hackathon’ seeks solutions to challenges facing mining sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2016 Australia-based innovation programme for the global resources sector, Unearthed, will host a ‘hackathon’ event in Cape Town from February 5 to 7 – its first international event. Unearthed’s ‘hackathon’ events brought together young software developers, designers and industry insiders to develop... 

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