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Balan Govender

     22nd September 2017 This week we feature Balan Govender, MD of Bosch Ulwazi, a skills development and mentoring company   

Big opportunity for change amid renewables-led disruption

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

Intercontinental alignment agrees to increased economic cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The five member countries of the Brics alignment – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are to strengthen trade and investment between themselves. This was affirmed in the “Xiamen Declaration” issued during the IX Brics Summit in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen. The... 

System advantages start with modular abilities

     22nd September 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand explains that the advantages of using modular systems is the integration between Legrand’s busbar trunking systems, cast resin transformers and XL³ cabinets. The modular systems include cast resin transformers, with low... 

Taking the green out of economy

By: Saliem Fakir     22nd September 2017 There is only one economy, not two. The challenge all societies face today is leaving behind the legacy of an old system. How do we embark on a systems change – a shift from System A to System B? Fundamentally, it is a shift in production and consumption systems. How do we interlink the two to... 

Tariff push-back

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has outlined the process it will be following to assess Eskom’s request for a 19.9% tariff increase for the 2018/19 financial year, setting a deadline of October 13 for the submission of written comments. Nersa has approved Eskom’s request to... 

Human Settlements department dealing with title deed backlog, rapid urbanising trend

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2017 Clearing the backlog of about 800 000 title deeds is a major focus point for the Department of Human Settlements (DHS), Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the 2017 National Human Settlements Development Summit, in Ekurhuleni, she stressed the importance of dealing... 

Gauteng govt to launch six megahousing projects in Ekurhuleni in the next 5 years

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2017 In a move to address the housing backlog across Gauteng, the provincial government will launch two new megahousing projects a month from now until February 2018, revealed Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the 2017 National Human Settlements Development Summit, in... 

Kallak shows jobs, revenue potential – Beowulf

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 Aim-listed Beowulf Mining on Thursday said the development of its Kallak magnetite iron-ore project, in Sweden, into a mining operation will create direct and indirect jobs, increase tax revenues and slow down population decline in the nearby town of Jokkmokk. A socioeconomic study, initiated by... 

New power plant with Wärtsilä generating equipment will boost Indonesia's clean energy capacity

     21st September 2017 The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the generating equipment for a new 48 MW power plant to be built in Indonesia. The plant will be operated by PT PLN, the Indonesian Government owned utility, which already has a number of power stations running with Wärtsilä engines... 

Ideas that work for industrial development. The 6th CSIR Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2017 The 6th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference themed ‘Ideas that Work for Industrial Development’, will take place at the CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria East on October 5 and 6 this year. 

Enel celebrates its Tom Burke solar plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 Some three years after expanding operations into South Africa, Italian renewable energy firm Enel Green Power (EGP) has established a significant presence locally, boasting more than 520 MW of wind and solar projects in operation, one of which was declared a National Key Point in June. The 66 MW... 

ELB sees 143% increase in profitability

By: Anine Kilian     20th September 2017 With profit for the year ended June 30 up 143% to R82-million, from a loss of R189-million in 2016, JSE-listed engineering services provider ELB has seen a 147% increase in headline earnings a share to 243c, from a loss per share of 519c. “Despite political uncertainty, the volatile currency and... 

Engen launches Auto Gardens in 100 schools across South Africa

     20th September 2017 Engen, in collaboration with Acts of Random Kindness South Africa (ArkoSA), a not-for-profit company which encourages acts of random kindness one person at a time, are striving to assist schools in the production and growth of year-round crops.   With the introduction of Auto Gardens to 100... 

Sasol proposes new R21bn BBBEE ownership transaction 

By: Anine Kilian     20th September 2017 JSE-listed Sasol on Wednesday announced a proposed new R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership transaction, Sasol Khanyisa, which will replace Sasol’s debt-ridden Sasol Inzalo fund, which expires in June 2018. When Sasol Inzalo lapses, it will not be able to... 

Premier sells forestry interests to focus on lithium, tungsten assets

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 Multicommodity mining and natural resources development company Premier African Minerals will sell its 52% interest in TCT Industrias Florestais (TCT IF), which principally owns a limestone deposit and forestry interests, in Mozambique, to Amire Glory. Aim-listed Premier will retain a 50%... 

Tax benefits rejected under new Indian mineral policy

By: Ajoy K Das     20th September 2017 As the Indian government begins work on a new version of the National Mineral Policy (NMP) 2008, the Finance Ministry has said that it will not be possible to incorporate any direct or indirect tax benefits in the new policy document. The Finance Ministry said this week that use of direct and... 

Consortium to acquire 30% stake in Ethos Private Equity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 RMI Investment Managers and Royal Investment Managers (RIM) will, as the RMI & RIM Consortium, acquire a 30% interest in private equity investment firm Ethos Private Equity through a series of transactions. The transactions will include a vendor-facilitated black economic empowerment component... 

Big fall in DBSA disbursements partly attributed to renewables stand-off 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) recorded a sharp fall in disbursements to R12.4-billion in 2017, from a record R17.1-billion in 2016, but has promised to "step up" its role as a catalyst of development in 2018, setting a R20-billion disbursement target for the year. The development... 

“Probiotics” Revive And Restore Septic Tank Systems

     19th September 2017 Bioremedial sewage treatment solutions are like probiotics for septic tanks and help revive and restore these systems resulting in much less odour.   That’s according to Ian Wright, CEO of organic air, water and sewage treatment firm, Biozone. “Our natural sewage reclamation solutions reduce the... 

South Africa leads AU trade ministers in discussions on WTO issues

By: African News Agency      19th September 2017 South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies and Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe have returned from Ethiopia where they attended the Informal Meeting of African Union Ministers of Trade on World Trade Organisation (WTO). The meeting took place at the African Union Headquarters... 

Afrox unveils welding school at LIV Village

     19th September 2017 Afrox’s commitment to assisting young South Africans to acquire welding skills and knowledge recently culminated in the official opening on 7 September of the LIV Welding Academy, a custom container welding school that was developed by Afrox in partnership with LIV and the Southern African... 

MAC adds two new factors to TSM initiative to combat child labour

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has added two new components to its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative to help curb child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to provide the information needed for companies to demonstrate their responsible sourcing of minerals and... 

Renttech SA: ‘Business as usual’ – with a renewed focus: New MD to ensure higher than ever service, product and technical excellence

     18th September 2017 Renttech South Africa has a proud 20-year track record of providing a combination of high-quality local and international branded equipment for rental or purchase, allied to superb customer service and business integrity. After two decades, a new Managing Director, Duncan Whitehead, has taken up... 

Encha appoints new chief technology officer

By: Samantha Herbst     18th September 2017 Information and communication technology professional Andy Brauer is the new chief technology officer of investment company Encha – an appointment in line with the company’s strategy to attract partners who are subject-matter domain experts with relevant industry-specific experience and... 

Research consortium to spend A$14.6m on South Australian copper

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 he South Australian government will spend A$4-million over the next four years on a research consortium, led by the University of Adelaide, to develop advanced technologies to boost copper production and to develop a globally competitive mining technology services sector. The University of... 

MZI approves new operating plan for WA mineral sands mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 The board of mineral sands miner MZI Resources has approved a higher throughput operating plan for its Keysbrook mine, in Western Australia, aimed at increasing production and reducing unit cash costs. The plan will result in a throughput increase at Keysbrook from four-million tonnes a year... 

Khato Holdings is making great strides in Botswana and other SADC states 

     18th September 2017 Khato Civils has also established a country office in Botswana, where it has 60-million pula of equipment and has bought a 4 ha site on which to construct its head office in the country. Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani explains that the building plans are in the last stages of being approved by... 

New business appointments at DEHN Africa

     15th September 2017 DEHN Africa (PTY) LTD has appointed a new managing director, Hannes Ackermann, and promoted incumbent technical manager Hano Oelofse to the position of technical director. DEHN Africa is the local subsidiary of Germany-based lightning and surge protection, earthing components and safety equipment... 

Perth-based company Process IQ, ideal partner for United States revolutionary mining technology

     15th September 2017 Process IQ Pty Ltd, a Perth-based Australian METS company, has been appointed as the exclusive commercialisation partner of new technology developed in the United States that can save energy and maintenance costs in the mining industry.   The track record of Process IQ and its international... 

Avalon intent to cash in on rapidly rising technology metal demand

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2017 A whole new world for lithium demand has aspiring technology metals firm Avalon evaluating its options to cash in on the red-hot industry, with the company patiently advancing three projects in its portfolio that will benefit from higher metals prices. Just this week, new evidence was provided... 

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Repackaged technology to serve local minerals market well – FLSmidth 

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 The repackaging of established technology to process mined minerals is set to serve the local market well, according to mining and cement process technology company FLSmidth.  

Riachuelo environmental restoration project, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 The project involves the clean-up of the Matanza-Riachuelo catchment basin. 

The six major economies reaffirm their commitment to free trade

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 Leaders of six of the world’s ten biggest economies have reaffirmed their support for free trade, at two high level meetings held in Asia recently. The countries concerned are Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and the UK. In terms of gross domestic product (GDP) measured in purchasing power... 

Renewables’ share of global energy market to rise, system stability central

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 The world’s energy system will decarbonise over the next three decades, says advisory services and risk management company DNV GL Africa business manager Robert O’Keefe. Unpacking DNV GL’s ‘Energy Transition Outlook 2017’ report at the Nordic Energy Days conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday, he... 

Training facility to mitigate skills deficit challenge in artisan industry 

     14th September 2017 Industrial rope access specialists Skyriders Access Specialists aims to bridge the rope access skills deficit in the artisan industry through offering training at its Midrand-based facility, in South Africa.  

Stakeholders to push back at upcoming hearings into Eskom’s 2018 hike 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has outlined the process it will be following to assess Eskom’s request for a 19.9% tariff increase for the 2018/19 financial year, setting a deadline of October 13 for the submission of written comments. Nersa has approved Eskom’s request to... 

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