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New signs of hope for junior miners, says Minerals Council’s Chabana 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd March 2019 Despite the sector having been relatively unorganised and with junior mining companies rarely given an opportunity to influence national mining policy, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana believes there are “new signs of hope and... 

Intervention needed to protect South Africa’s infrastructure projects 

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2019 Urgent intervention is needed to protect infrastructure projects, investor confidence and the safety of professionals in the built environment, Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) member Yunus Bayat said on Friday, in response to reports of widespread “construction mafia” and... 

Black Management Forum questions 'lack of transparency' in appointing new Sars commissioner

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2019 The Black Management Forum (BMF) has said that it is concerned with what it deems to be a 'rushed and guarded' recruitment process in appointing a new commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (Sars). Last week Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reappointed Mark Kingon as the acting head of... 

Boeing makes safety change, Indonesian airline cancels order

By: Reuters     22nd March 2019 Indonesian airline Garuda said on Friday it would cancel a $6-billion order for Boeing 737 MAX jets, citing concerns over passenger confidence, as Boeing tried to quell safety worries by making a previously optional cockpit warning light compulsory. National carrier Garuda is the first airline to... 

Hudbay wraps up Rosemont permitting process

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd March 2019 TSX- and NYSE-listed Hudbay Minerals has wrapped up the permitting process for the Rosemont mine in Arizona, having received the approved mine plan of operations (MPO) from the US Forest Service. The issuance of the MPO is the final administrative step in the permitting process. 

Bobcat positive ahead of elections

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 While the fragmentation occurring in the mining and construction industries – where major contracts are being awarded to smaller empowered startups without major track records or even assets – is cause for concern, meaningful change is likely to emerge after the national election in May. 

KSB expands its aftermarket services

22nd March 2019 Local pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves is intensifying its focus on aftermarket services that add value to customer operations far beyond the supply and maintenance of its own products, under the umbrella of the SupremeServ division. SupremeServ division manager Grant Glennistor says in the... 

Company adds hydraulic submersibles to rental fleet

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd March 2019 Last month, pump solutions specialist Integrated Pump Rental  became the exclusive distributor of the UK Quax pump range in Africa. “These mobile, hydraulically driven submersible pumps are particularly suited to instances where power is not readily available,” explains Integrated Pump Rental MD... 

Weir Minerals online store in demand, increases offering

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd March 2019 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa launched its e-commerce platform to the market in 2016. Dewatering product manager and person responsible for launching the platform Afzal Chothia says the e-commerce site has evolved significantly over the past two years and today has about 2... 

MTN targets fintech, digital as it seeks to increase revenue

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2019 JSE-listed telecommunications giant MTN is seeking out a greater share of the financial technology (fintech) market as the group extends its Bright strategy to build MTN into a digital operator. Moving forward, a large focus for MTN will be on fintech, which includes Mobile Money (MoMo),... 

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