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High-strength fischer chemical fixings prop up the mining industry

Updated 4 hours ago German-engineered fischer chemical fixings are popular in the African mining sector due to their high-performance, added safety benefits and quick installation, which avoids costly downtime. The complete fischer product range is available exclusively from leading distributor Upat. The chemical... 

Public works to recover R1.2bn lost through lease irregularities and corruption

By: News24Wire      20th July 2018 While the Department of Public Works turns to the court for the recovery of around R1.2-billion lost to collusion, corruption and irregularities in leases, Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi is singing President Cyril Ramaphosa's praises. "We now have a leader, in President Cyril Ramaphosa,... 

AngloGold chairperson warns South Africa on 'reckless' mining rules

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 South Africa risks driving away new investment and crippling its mining sector if “reckless” new rules are implemented, according to AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana. The latest Mining Charter, which is aimed at sharing the benefits of the country’s mineral wealth more equally among... 

Terrafugia flying car to hit market in 2019

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2018 Flying car manufacturer Terrafugia has announced that its first production vehicles will come to market in 2019. Newly added and/or improved features in the 2019 Transition production vehicle – a two-seater car and aircraft – will include updates to the interior, safety systems, motor and flight... 

Perceptions mines are not doing enough for nearby communities fuelling protests

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 In developed countries, community-based protest action (as opposed to industrial action) against mining companies is primarily related to environmental concerns. In South Africa, community-based protests against mining companies are rooted in socioeconomic issues, such as job creation, and... 

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

Certified NDT personnel needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 A major challenge facing the nondestructive testing (NDT) sector is that companies require NDT personnel who are certified, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. However, to acquire certification, technicians must meet certain... 

Provincial presence benefits company

20th July 2018 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex SA’s local operation plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, is well positioned to meet growing demand for geosynthetic products, not only in Africa, but also from countries in Europe, Australasia and Asia, and is the largest plant in Africa... 

Focus on noise reduction engineering solutions lacking

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Government is not prioritising noise reduction with the necessary vigour in industry across the board, says acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy. He notes that the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires... 

System installed at sugar refinery

20th July 2018 Industrial equipment group Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE), in partnership with authorised dealer Maverick Industrial Cleaning Solutions, recently supplied and installed a Delfin vacuum system at agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett sugar refinery in Rossburgh, Durban, the company noted in a... 

Nxesi wants lifestyle audit done in all management at public works including himself to fight corruption

By: African News Agency      19th July 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday announced that he requested a lifestyle audit starting with himself and all management of the department after internal investigations revealed 16 000 suspicious transactions to the value of R2-billion. Nxesi was speaking in Pretoria on Thursday... 

New Aperio® H100: Wireless access control technology inside a stylish door handle

18th July 2018 The new Aperio® H100 packs the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio® H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors... 

Competition Bill’s national security veto of foreign mergers ‘tightly codified’

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2018 The national security veto included in the Competition Amendment Bill, which was tabled before Parliament on Tuesday, had been “tightly codified” so as not to deter potential investors, but rather offer certainty, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said during a briefing in Cape Town.... 

Union calls for mine bosses to be prosecuted for deaths of mineworkers

By: African News Agency      17th July 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday called for mine bosses to be prosecuted for the deaths of six miners in Limpopo at the Phalaborwa Mining Company's copper mine. The men died after they became trapped underground when a fire broke out in the early hours of... 

SARB launches commemorative Mandela notes, R5 coin for circulation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Friday hosted a commemorative occasion at Freedom Park, in Pretoria, to introduce a series of banknotes and a R5 circulation coin, in honour of what would have been former President Nelson Mandela’s one-hundredth birthday this year.  

Transnet Pipelines unveils new national operating centre

By: Shirley le Guern     13th July 2018 A new national operating centre (NOC) that will serve as a nerve centre for Transnet Pipelines (TPL) and its 3 800 km underground national pipeline network was officially opened in Durban on Friday. Up until now, the control centre was based at TPL’s head office in the Durban central business... 

Sliding easy with wear-resistant tribo-tape liners from igus

13th July 2018 The company igus displays its advanced tribo-tape product range at the 2018 Hannover Messe As a sliding surface, the tribo-tape reduces abrasion during linear movements, allows easy sliding and reduces wear. The film is also already being used as edge protection and product protection by lining... 

Copper trains ransacked by 'moles' in full-moon desert heists

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2018 On nights lit by a full moon, thieves leap from trucks onto trains as they roll through Chile’s Atacama desert, before throwing 80-kg slabs of copper to the ground and disappearing into the dark. It’s a tactic known as “the cat” and the robbers are “moles” because no one knows where they come... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Rio Tinto autonomous train makes first delivery 280 km away

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has delivered its first iron-ore delivery by autonomous train from the Tom Price mine, to the port of Cape Lambert, some 280 km away. The autonomous train consisted of three locomotives and carried about 28 000 t of ore. The train was monitored remotely by operators in... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

Company calls for distribution partners to increase footprint

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) is calling for distribution partnerships to help the company expand its footprint in Africa. The company – the only certified African distributor of the US and UK manufactured Band-It products – has noted a... 

New measuring instrument launched

13th July 2018 Last month, measurement technology specialist WIKA launched the CPH7000 portable process calibrator, which is the first handheld instrument from WIKA that records measured values of up to 10 000 bar. With the CPH7000 portable process calibrator, high-pressure measuring instruments can now also be... 

Data-driven HR can augment, rather than weaken, human touch

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Data-driven human resource (HR) management systems are arming managers with facts to improve employee management and are also helping the company to attract and retain staff more effectively, says JSE-listed information technology multinational Dimension Data Middle East and Africa HR executive... 

Ansys rebrands as Etion

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2018 Digital technology solutions provider Ansys has embarked on a significant rebranding to breathe new life into its business units and reflect its new position as a diversified digital technology group. Now evolved into Etion, representing “energy in action”, the AltX-listed group has changed the... 

Solid demand forecast for turboprop aircraft amid growth in regional routes

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Regional turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR has released its 20-year (2018 to 2037) forecast for global demand for turboprop airliners. It estimates the market at 3 020 aircraft, worth more than $80-billion. “The key driver for this positive outlook is traffic growth in regional connectivity,”... 

Atlas Copco

13th July 2018 A world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco is characterised by focused businesses, a global presence with direct sales and service, a strong, stable and growing service business, professional people and an asset-light and flexible manufacturing setup. “We are... 

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 State-owned regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that its certification as an aircraft maintenance organisation (AMO) had been reinstated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) on June 22. “Since then SA Express has undergone a stringent and rigorous process to meet... 

Get reel quality with new SR-Express spring cable reels from Powermite

12th July 2018 Powermite, South Africa’s industry-leading supplier of electrical and mechanical equipment for moving machinery, has boosted its superior quality, rugged and reliable cable reeling systems with the introduction of the new SR-Express range from Conductix Wampfler. Powermite holds exclusive... 

Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2018 Pan African has repositioned itself as a lower-cost, longer-life gold mining company that is guiding production of 170 000 oz of gold in the 12 months to June 30 next year. The Aim- and JSE-listed company saw its Barberton Mines commendably achieve a million fatality-free shifts and help the... 

Weir completes acquisition of ESCO Corporation

12th July 2018 The Weir Group PLC has completed the acquisition of ESCO Corporation, the world’s leading provider of ground engaging tools for surface mining and infrastructure markets, for an enterprise value of US$1,285m.  It follows regulatory clearance for the transaction, which was first announced on 19... 

Caledonia reports fatality, flat Q2 production at Zim mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2018 Caledonia Mining Corporation’s 49%-owned Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, produced 12 657 oz of gold in the quarter ended June 30. Output was 2% lower quarter-on-quarter, but 1% higher year-on-year. 

Everising’s upgraded E- and P-Series sawing machines: ‘cut out’ to meet customers’ sawing requirements with faster cutting times and greater functionality

12th July 2018 To maintain its enviable reputation for excellence and sophistication in sawing, the Taiwan-based Everising Machine Company continuously strives to anticipate its customers’ requirements to provide timeous and effective solutions. What the company established recently was that many customers... 

Cargo Carriers gives skills development a jump-start

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 Cargo Carriers, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed supply-chain solutions specialist, continues to contribute towards the long-term sustainability of southern Africa’s transport logistics industry by investing heavily into skills development and training. A dearth of skills at both... 

Turkish court jails executives over 2014 coal mine disaster

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A Turkish court sentenced five mining executives to up to 22 years in jail on Wednesday for their role in the coal mine disaster in May 2014 that killed 301 people, the ruling showed. The deaths were caused by a fire that swept through the mine in the town of Soma, 480 km south of Istanbul. It... 

Endress+Hauser development team earns the AMA Innovation Award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 iTHERM TrustSens recognized as an exceptional innovation in the field of and instrumentation Innovation, originality and market relevance: these are the three key criteria that are applied when selecting the winner of the AMA Innovation Award. With the iTHERM TrustSens, a development team from... 

Jarana confirms aim of strategic partnership for SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th July 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana confirmed on Wednesday that a Strategic Equity Partner (SEP) would be sought for the airline. He was addressing the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria. "The government has pronounced, last year already, that there would be private... 

Drilling game changers - Epiroc COP 66 and T-Wiz60

11th July 2018 The COP 66 hammer for DTH applications and T-WiZ60 T-thread system for Tophammer drilling, both from Epiroc are defined by efficiency and reliability, two factors that are fundamental in curtailing operational costs and extending equipment life leading to maximised uptime and increased... 

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