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Roodepoort Rocket back as DRDGold pays off-charts dividend 

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2016 It will be tough for dump retreatment company DRDGold to beat this year’s results. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s market capitalisation has rocketed from R700-million to more than R3-billion, reminding investors of its Roodepoort Rocket nickname of old, because of the way it... 

Stop the mud slinging over Hawks and Gordhan, says ANC

By: African News Agency      30th August 2016 The ongoing public spats around the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan brought confusion among South Africans and should stop, the African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday. ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the matter should be dealt with within the security cluster and... 

Building the foundations of an Industry 4.0 ready network

     30th August 2016 The first industrial revolution was based on the use of steam to power machines. The second centred on the use of electricity to supply energy to assembly lines. The third came about with the use of electronics and IT to further automate production. But all of that is in the past. We are now in... 

Mozambique seeks Kimberley Process certification to export newly-found diamond wealth

By: African News Agency      30th August 2016 The Mozambican government is seeking clearance to export its newly-found diamonds from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) amid reports that up to 34 international mining companies have joined the country’s diamond exploration rush. Top Mozambican mines ministry official Ordelio De... 

Jogmec joins Atrum’s anthracite search in Canada

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th August 2016 Australia-listed, but Canada-headquartered developer Atrum Coal and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) will jointly explore for anthracite in the southern part of the Groundhog coal field, in British Columbia. The joint venture (JV), which was announced by both companies in... 

LCP Roofing scoops three ITC-SA timber construction awards

     29th August 2016 South African leader in roof truss technology, LCP Roofing, has won no fewer than three awards for their roofing projects at the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA) Timber Engineered Product Awards which took place at Expo Centre Nasrec on the 19th of August. While the awards have... 

SA to cease membership of SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation

By: African News Agency      29th August 2016 South Africa is to end its membership of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) troika on politics, defence and security, the Presidency has revealed. “South Africa will cease to be a Member of the Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation on 30 August 2016 when the... 

Japan pledges $30bn for Africa over next three years

By: Reuters     29th August 2016 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told African leaders on Saturday that his country will commit $30-billion in public and private support for infrastructure development, education and healthcare expansion in the continent. Resource-poor Japan has long been interested in tapping Africa's vast... 

EDF chief urges Britain to give go-ahead to nuclear plant

By: Reuters     29th August 2016 The head of EDF Energy has urged the British government to approve the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, an explict appeal by the French energy giant ahead of a decision due within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May intervened last month to delay the £18-billion ($24-billion) project, just... 

More financial access needed for female entrepreneurs – Zulu

By: Anine Kilian     26th August 2016 Regulatory frameworks, red tape and a lack of knowledge and understanding of support programmes are major challenges facing small businesses and cooperatives in South Africa, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said on Friday. She was addressing a delegation of female small business... 

Drones Now Regulated Heat-Seeking Troubleshooters

     26th August 2016 New rules regulating the use of remotely-piloted aircraft systems, colloquially known as drones, are now firmly in effect after having been signed by the Minister of Transport. "The regulations governing the use of drones in South Africa are welcome because they bring clarity," says Philip... 

Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis 

     26th August 2016 South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.... 

Business travellers’ data more at risk than their money – Kaspersky

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 A survey conducted by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has shown that travellers are more likely to be robbed of their private and corporate data than their currency while travelling abroad, and that pressures to work while abroad add to the likelihood of corporate and private data exposure. The... 

Gas company able to remotely monitor customer sites

     26th August 2016 South African automation specialist Abacus Automation was in July approached by a natural gas supplier, which requested that Abacus provide a solution that would allow the supplier to conduct remote monitoring of its customers’ sites. Prior to the implementation of this solution, the customer... 

Malawi water board seeks bids for water treatment plant

By: Marcel Chimwala     26th August 2016 Malawi’s Lilongwe Water Board is seeking bids for the supply and commissioning of a water treatment plant to be containerised for ease of transportation from one site to another within the city. The water board says the plant must have all necessary components for coagulation, flocculation,... 

Nimble operator with a gas turbine

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     26th August 2016 In May of this year the state of South Australia closed down its last coal-fired power stations. This could happen because the state has an extensive installation of gas turbine, wind turbine and solar energy power. A report from InDaily reads like a murder mystery: “On Christmas Day, according... 

Cracker ‘fundamentals intact’ despite cost rise to worst-case $11bn

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2016 Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell insists that the “fundamentals” of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US state of Louisiana, remain intact despite confirmation that the project’s costs have increased to the ‘worst case’ projection of $11-billion, from an initial forecast of... 

Ingula’s second unit in operation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 The second unit at State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme has entered into commercial operation. The second unit has been contributing 333 MW to the national power grid since May, while in a testing phase. 

New technology puts customers in control of express deliveries

     23rd August 2016 Leading express parcels company DPD Laser has rolled out the most advanced mobile technology platform of any SA express service in its Dawn Wing and Time Freight businesses. The platform offers customers unprecedented real-time visibility and control of their deliveries.  The rollout is a key... 

Goscor Lift Truck ISO 9001:2008 Certified

     23rd August 2016 Goscor Lift Truck Company has been ISO 9001:2008 certified and according to GLTC MD, Darryl Shafto, this is an important confirmation of the company’s high levels of service, efficiency and product quality. “It’s all very well believing that the way you run your business is excellent, but the... 

Political risk, poor infrastructure and lack of geodata stymying African exploration

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 It is an age old adage that, when the mining industry enters a slump, exploration budgets, particularly those designated for greenfield activities, are the first to be curtailed. This has certainly been reiterated over the last few years as the drastic slump in commodity prices and, consequently,... 

Embrace digitisation with care, GIL speakers advise

By: Kim Cloete     19th August 2016 Countries in Africa need to “lean in” towards cloud computing even though it may be uncomfortable and could cost jobs, says T-Systems South Africa MD Gert Schoonbee. “Data is the new currency. One of the key enablers of digitisation is the cloud, and it’s no good running away from it. We must... 

Joemat-Pettersson to be quizzed on missing nuclear documents

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will be asked in Parliament next week to account for missing documents in a court case regarding the nuclear energy programme. That is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay on Thursday, who sits on the energy... 

Company emphasises importance of fire detection maintenance

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 Although fire detection is generally seen as a grudge purchase and done only when it becomes a legal requirement, fire and electronic security solutions systems integrator FS-Systems points out that building owners have a moral obligation to ensure that all occupants of their facilities are kept... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Fourteen Terberg haulers have entered operations at Pier 1 at Transnet Port Terminal's Durban Container Terminal. 

Leidy South pipeline project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 The project aims to meet the increasing demand for natural gas in the mid-Atlantic. 

New fire door in high demand

     19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

New Schneider Electric variable-speed drives improve efficiency, security

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 The research and development (R&D) of the latest generation of industrial equipment manufacturer Schneider Electric’s Altivar process variable-speed drives (VSDs) focused on smooth performance and efficiency, cybersecurity and connectivity to support automated industrial systems, says Schneider... 

Rwanda plans $85m petroleum products depot

By: John Muchira     19th August 2016 Landlocked Rwanda plans to build a $85-million petroleum products depot as it seeks to increase the country’s strategic fuel reserve from 70-million litres to 150-million litres by 2018. “Maintaining adequate fuel reserves is one of the key measures towards safeguarding national security and... 

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2016 A more than 40% increase in the price of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) since December lows is invigorating the industry, just as it is poised to see significant new demand for the steel-strengthening ingredient coming from the increasing adoption of vanadium-redox flow batteries (VRBs). The commodity... 

Excellence in Asphalt Production

     18th August 2016 More than manufacturing and supplying equipment’s, it´s key to present technical solutions for each application, and currently there are an extensive portfolio of products and solutions for a wide range of applications in construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of asphalt pavements. In each... 

Shanta reports ‘robust’ H1 financial performance, maintains FY guidance

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th August 2016 Aim-listed Shanta Gold increased its gold production to 48 237 oz in the first half of this year, up from the 28 180 oz produced in first half of 2015. This enabled Shanta to maintain its production guidance for the full year at 82 000 oz to 87 000 oz, with production expected to be towards the... 

South Africa's uncoordinated border management vulnerable – Home Affairs

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 Five uncoordinated organs of state are currently involved in managing the country's borders, resulting in a large influx of undocumented foreigners and contraband goods, Parliament's home affairs committee heard on Tuesday. Just under 9 000 employees were involved in border management and the... 

Mineworkers must be valued – Mathunjwa

By: African News Agency      16th August 2016 Mineworkers must be valued, the Association of Mineworkes and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa said on Tuesday. “Our miners need to be valued. Mining underground is the hardest job within the market,” he said at the commemoration of the Marikana massacre in Marikana, in the... 

Fortinet’s Next-Generation System-on-a-Chip Accelerates the World’s Most Powerful Distributed Enterprise Firewall

     16th August 2016 Fortinet Sets a New Benchmark for Secure Networking Performance and Enhances Fortinet’s Security Fabric for Distributed Enterprises, Branch Offices and Small Businesses Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, today announced the expansion of its... 

Iata, lithium industry bodies call for stricter transport enforcement for lithium batteries

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th August 2016 Pressure is mounting on airlines and regulators to “unilaterally ban” all forms of lithium-ion battery shipments from being delivered by air amid a lack of enforcement of the international regulations governing their transport. The abuse of dangerous goods shipping regulations, which places... 

Illegal miner progress at Obuasi ‘frustratingly slow’ – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2016 The occupation by illegal miners of part of the Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, is slowing the feasibility work AngloGold Ashanti is undertaking for the modernisation of the troubled operation. Obuasi’s first half of 2016 has been dominated by the incursion of illegal miners on to the operating area,... 

Protect local e-Sports before it’s game over

     12th August 2016 At the start of this year, South Africa announced its first one million Rand prize money in an e-Sports tournament, the Telkom DGL Masters tournament. e-Sports, or electronic sports, is competitive gaming via electronic systems. It’s a growing industry in South Africa with local e-Sports... 

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