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Booyco Electronics

Booyco Electronics (Pty) Ltd is a market leader in the innovation and supply of specialised electronic safety equipment to the southern African mining sector. Some of these warning, locating and monitoring systems are unique in the industry and new products are being introduced to the line-up on an ongoing basis.


Former coal baron Blankenship’s conviction upheld on appeal

By: Bloomberg     20th January 2017 Former coal baron Donald Blankenship will stay in jail for now after an appeals court upheld his conviction for flouting mine-safety laws. The self-described “political prisoner” didn’t identify any reversible errors in his 2016 trial on charges he ignored safety rules at Massey Energy’s Upper... 

Owners of other Ford models join complaints over burning vehicles

By: News24Wire      20th January 2017 Owners of other models of the Ford Kuga  say their vehicles have also caught fire, challenging the vehicle manufacturer's claims that only one version of the car has a fault that could result in it bursting into flames. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) on Thursday confirmed it had received... 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria (within the Tshwane metropolitan municipality), is the nest within which a fledgling civilian aircraft manufac- turing company is developing. Based in the airport’s Hangar 1, Falcon Air has developed and is producing its Falcon 402 general aviation aircraft, albeit... 

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing truck drivers

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Commercial vehicle insurance firm Regent’s Highway Heroes campaign recognises the skill required to safely and efficiently handle a freight vehicle on South Africa’s and Southern Africa’s testing roads, and has demonstrated the benefits of driver-centric initiatives to improve awareness and safe... 

Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 The insights generated from wearable and connected devices are expected to enable more effective management of employee wellness and productivity within the next four years, says Deloitte human capital technology and digital learning associate director André Vermeulen. On average worldwide, a... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 A a significant milestone has been celebrated at the Port of Durban, with the Maydon Wharf precinct having serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. 

Dutch Windwheel project, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 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. 

IAEA says SA nuclear regulator effective, but warns on control gaps in health

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is in good shape, but the oversight of radiation safety in the country, which is the responsibility of the Directorate of Radiation Control of the Department of Health, could be improved. These were findings of an Integrated Regulatory Review... 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria (within the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality), is the nest within which a fledgling civilian aircraft manufacturing company is developing. Based in the airport’s Hangar 1, Falcon Air has developed and is producing its Falcon 402 general aviation aircraft, albeit... 

Pipe strainers inexpensive option to protect equipment

     20th January 2017 Pipeline strainers can be seen as an “inexpensive insurance policy” as they help to protect piping systems, say liquid filtration manufacturers Flow Clear Filtration. 

Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate agricultural information

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Scientists at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) are using high-technology methods to provide accurate information and research for the agricultural sector, such as the use of genomics to significantly and rapidly improve breeding of animals and plants, and using high precision mapping to... 

Mine safety a casualty of too many distractions, say unions as 2016 statistics show marginal improvement

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2017 South Africa’s mining stakeholders need to “go back to the drawing board” and refocus efforts on bringing down the number of fatalities in the sector, trade union Solidarity's deputy general secretary for occupational health and safety and sustainable development Advocate Paul Mardon said, as a... 

Dromex Electric Arc Workwear Passes International Testing

     19th January 2017 The Dromex Arc Flash Protera workwear has recently passed Open Air Arc test, which was performed by Kinectrics, the leading Arc test facility in Canada. The same garment has also passed a Box Arc Test 8 Cal at a ratio of 12.4 Cal/cm2. “Providing the correct PPE for health & safety is always our... 

Denel On Track To Meet Contract With Namibia

     19th January 2017 Denel is on track to deliver armoured patrol vehicles and light-weight remote weapon systems to Namibia within the next four months.   The contract is a substantial one and consists of eight RG32M vehicles and four SDROW weapon stations. Johan Steyn, CEO of Denel Vehicle Systems, says delivery to... 

Denel meeting mine-resistant vehicle contract from Namibia

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2017 South African defence group Denel reported on Thursday that its subsidiary, Denel Vehicle Systems, was on track to complete an export order to Namibia by the end of March. The order is for eight RG32M vehicles and four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SDROW) stations. The group described... 

Rockfall claims one life at Implats’ 20 shaft

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2017 A rockfall at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) 20 shaft, in Rustenburg, on Wednesday claimed the life of one mineworker and injured another. Implats spokesperson Johan Theron confirmed the incident to Mining Weekly Online, noting that the shaft has been shut down pending investigation. 

Transnet continues to boost maritime skills

By: Anine Kilian     18th January 2017 State-owned Transnet has further committed to building and strengthening the country’s oceans economy with a further intake of trainees for its maritime training academy, the Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), in Durban. The intake of unemployed learners is part of Transnet’s Market Demand... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Vehicle owners to sue Ford over Kuga saga

By: African News Agency      17th January 2017 The majority of families whose Ford Kuga SUVs burst into flames in South Africa in the past few months will be filing a class action lawsuit, their attorney announced on Tuesday. “Initially I have been instructed by the Jimmy family [Reshall Jimmy died in December 2015 after his Ford Kuga burst... 

Western Australia approves Cameco uranium mine for development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th January 2017 The Western Australian government has approved Canada-based uranium major Cameco’s Yeelirrie uranium project, subject to 17 conditions. Considered one of Australia's largest undeveloped uranium deposits, the Yeelirrie project has an estimated resource of 127.3-million pounds.  Cameco is proposing... 

South Africa lags digital construction

     17th January 2017 The 2016 Building Information Modelling (BIM) Institute survey shows that there is a significant lack of education in terms of digital construction and building information modelling for complex building projects in South Africa. “A cursory glance at construction projects in our major cities... 

MAC’s TSM initiative emerges as proven mining sustainability standard

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has released its twelfth yearly ‘Towards Sustainable Mining’ (TSM) progress report, highlighting the significant impact the initiative has had over the years to foster sustainability practices among its members. According to the MAC, Vancouver-based... 

Ford South Africa recalls Kuga model  

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2017 Ford South Africa has recalled its 1.6 litre Ford Kuga model. CEO Jeffrey Nemeth on Monday said the recall was limited to 1.6 litre models manufactured in Valencia, Spain, between December 2012 and February 2014. About 4 556 vehicles will be affected by the safety recall. 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last week celebrated a significant milestone, when the Port of Durban’s Maydon Wharf precinct serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the port,... 

Right-First-Time Construction

     16th January 2017 The competitive construction market demands quality results – first time around – to keep clients happy and business profitable. Gauteng-based contractor Probuild has its own proprietary quality management software to make sure this happens. It is busy applying this technology and approach on the... 

Material Specifiers Are Dropping The Safety And Performance Ball

     16th January 2017 Cost and price are two separate factors, and with increased pressure on the purchase price specifiers of floor grating are purchasing material at the expense of structural integrity and loading capacity. Elaine van Rooyen, marketing manager at Andrew Mentis, has raised the important issue that... 

Probe into Indian coal mine disaster likely to be expanded

By: Ajoy K Das     16th January 2017 The investigation into the Lalmatia coal mine disaster in India that killed 18 and injured scores of others may be expanded to include federal agencies. The mine collapse is being investigated by the Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) and is being monitored by the Ranchi High Court.... 

PTM aims at positive Maseve cash flow by midyear, looking at interim financing options

By: Henry Lazenby     14th January 2017 To achieve positive cash flow and to maintain its working capital covenants under existing loan facilities, Vancouver-based Platinum Group Metals (PTM) estimates that it needs to source between C$5-million and C$15-million of additional funding. The company would weigh options, including... 

Sarens Debuts New Jacking Solution for Schierstein Bridge

     13th January 2017 Sarens installed a 120m long, 2.000T bridge segment using new CS1000 jacking system Sarens is excited to announce the debut of the CS1000 jacking system, which was used to install a 2.000T, 120-meter long segment of the new Schierstein Bridge in Germany. Since 1962, the Schierstein Bridge has... 

Zim gold producer claims ownership of cargo on crashed plane

By: News24Wire      13th January 2017 A leading gold producer, developer and explorer in southern Africa, Metallon Corporation, has claimed ownership of the gold that was being transported by a private plane that crash-landed in southern Zimbabwe on Tuesday, putting to rest speculation that the mineral was being smuggled out of the... 

Kusasalethu employees end 48-hour sit-in – Harmony

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2017 With the 1 700-odd employees who staged a 48-hour wildcat underground sit-in at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, safely back on surface on Friday, JSE-listed Harmony Gold has initiated an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the workers’ actions. Production at the... 

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. 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers stage underground sit-in, no demands made

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 Around 1 700 workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, in Carletonville, have staged an illegal sit-in underground, with no demands or grievances yet forthcoming. Harmony Gold on Thursday said the employees had refused to return to surface on Wednesday after the end of the morning shift, with... 

VW promises big changes after agreeing to record US fine

By: African News Agency      12th January 2017 Volkswagen has given details about a change process that will “transform its core business” after admitting guilt this week in the emissions scandal and agreeing to pay a total of $4.3-billion in penalties in the US The total fine, significantly more than the $1.2-billion penalty against Toyota... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

Integra, Goldcorp team with 4 global technology majors seeking disruptive mining technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2017 Gold companies Integra Gold and Goldcorp have teamed with four of the world's largest technology companies to explore potential applications of disruptive technologies in the mining sector. #DisruptMining is a marquee event during the yearly Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)... 

Water shortages still a concern despite recent rainfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2017 South Africa will need ten times as much rainfall as the amount of rain it received in the past week to pull the country out of its water shortage crisis, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Wednesday. Despite the mid-summer rainfalls, South Africa remains a long way from being... 

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