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M&R Water, partner launch innovative wastewater treatment demo plant

By: Shirley le Guern     Updated 1 hour 44 minutes ago Murray & Roberts Water (MRW), together with its European technology partner, Organica Water, on Wednesday launched an innovative, environment-friendly wastewater treatment plant that closely resembles a greenhouse at the eThekwini municipality’s Verulam Wastewater Treatment Works. The first of... 

Minigrid research, development fund launched for sub-Saharan Africa

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2018 Investment firm CrossBoundary, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, on Tuesday launched the Mini-Grid Innovation Lab, in Nairobi, Kenya. The lab is the first research and development fund for sub-Saharan Africa that focuses exclusively on testing business model innovations in the... 

Amplats procures energy storage system for Amandelbult

By: Anine Kilian     23rd April 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has contracted energy storage systems provider Primus Power to supply its Amandelbult mine, in Limpopo, with eight EnergyPod battery systems. The EnergyPods will provide Amandelbult with 200 kW of power and 1 000 kWh of energy. 

Mutamba mining lease applications being considered by Mozambique government

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2018 Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is “actively” considering that granting of three mining lease applications that form part of Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ Mutamba heavy mineral sands project. The mine lease applications cover an area of 417.32 km² and comprise the Jangamo,... 

Toro hunting for gold at Wiluna

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 Uranium developer Toro Energy has told shareholders that it was evaluating other avenues to extract value from its Wiluna project, in Western Australia, given the current suppressed uranium price. The ASX-listed company said on Friday that it was assessing Wiluna’s prospectivity to host other... 

Cape institution uses space to train students and benefit country at same time

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Engineers and researchers at the French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are in an advanced stage of developing the institution’s second nanosatellite, designated ZACube-2. “CPUT has used CubeSat programmes to encourage students to train... 

Semafo’s Boungou mine 91% complete

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 Montreal-based miner Semafo reported on Thursday that construction of the Burkina Faso-based Boungou mine, in Burkina Faso, is 91% complete, and 10% of the equipment has already been commissioned. Commissioning exercises started in February, focusing first on the crushing circuit equipment and... 

TSR finds good gold mineralisation at Djibouti project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Phase 2 drilling at Thani Stratex Resources’ (TSR’s) Pandora gold project, in Djibouti, found an “outstanding” intersection of gold on the previously untested Pyrrha vein. 

Acacia reports lower Q1 adjusted net earnings, but maintains FY production target

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Tanzanian gold miner Acacia Mining reported adjusted net earnings of $7-million for the quarter ended March 31, which is 73% lower than the $26.8-million adjusted net earnings reported for the first quarter of 2017.  

Stringent environments & harsh conditions are no match for SKF’s Explorer tapered roller bearings

18th April 2018 In today’s industrial world, customers need solutions that are robust enough to withstand the toughest challenges and the most testing environments while meeting ever growing demands. In addition, these solutions must work harder, longer and safer for improved uptime and subsequently greater... 

Lithium Australia recommissions VSPC plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia is recommissioning the cathode powder plant acquired through its recent takeover of technology company VSPC. The VSPC facility, which consists of a two- to four-tonne a year pilot plant, incorporates an integrated laboratory, coin-cell production facility and battery... 

Polymetal’s new mine slightly ahead of schedule, Q1 output up

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2018 Construction activities at the new Kyzyl mine, which LSE-listed Polymetal is building in Kazakhstan, are slightly ahead of schedule, with commissioning brought forward by a couple of weeks. Dry commissioning of the processing plant would start on June 1, followed by first concentrate production... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster and eNtsa, an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, have signed a cooperation agreement which is set to boost the development and use of composites in South Africa. In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two entities will work... 

On-Site Oil Treatment Saves Transformers

17th April 2018 With what is claimed to be the largest mobile oil regeneration plant in Africa, WEG Transformers Africa plays a vital role in extending the life of South Africa’s transformer population and preventing unplanned downtime within electricity transmission systems. “Ageing transformer oil introduces a... 

Home-Grown, World Class Mine Winder Manufacture

16th April 2018 So well regarded is Parnis Manufacturing’s reputation in manufacturing and refurbishing mine winders, that the company recently delivered a 23 tonne, 3 metre single drum winder to a gold mining company in Canada. The unit will be used as a man winder and service hoist, and will be used to reach a... 

International Frontier partnership spuds first hole at Mexican Tecolutla block

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 Calgary-based oil and gas developer International Frontier Resources (IFR) announced on Thursday that the first evaluation well, TEC-10, has been spudded at its onshore Tecolutla block, in Mexico, which it is developing in partnership with Mexican joint venture (JV) partner Tonalli Energia. The... 

Costs, downtime impede pressure vessel testing

By: Paige Müller     13th April 2018 Potential downtime and cost considerations are preventing industries from conducting essential pressure vessel testing, says air compression products distributor Tru Compressor Solutions product specialist and sales director Phillip Botha. “Air compressors and pressure vessels are used in... 

Impact, Consensas partner to develop solutions to ensure conflict-free mineral sourcing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 Natural resources management company Impact and technology company Consensas have partnered to create solutions to enable companies to confidently source minerals from conflict-prone and high-risk areas, while compensating women and men in local artisanal mining communities for supply chain... 

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy has made significant progress with exploiting the commercial opportunity of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) technology within the energy storage market in the first quarter of this year.  

Galileo upbeat on Star Zinc potential

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 Resource and development company Galileo Resources on Tuesday announced positive results from a further seven diamond drill holes (DDHs) from its current drilling programme on the Star Zinc project, in Zambia, in which the company has an 85% interest. The results include three DDHs showing... 

Skyriders scores full marks for NDT inspection at Eskom power stations

10th April 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has been honing its Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) expertise since 2002, having received the stamp-of-approval from Eskom to conduct this specialist service at its power-station fleet, including Kendal in Mpumalanga. NDT forms part of a holistic Wear Failure System... 

Engen and SuperSport United, join the PinkDrive to raise cancer awareness in Cape Town

10th April 2018 Engen and their football partners SuperSport United, along with PinkDrive have joined forces to highlight the plight of men and women fighting cancer. The Engen and SuperSport United Breast Cancer Awareness PinkDrive takes place opposite the taxi rank at the Liberty Promenade Mall on AZ Berman... 

BlueRock’s Q1 production in line with expectations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa’s Northern Cape province, processed 38 781 t of ore in the quarter ended March 31, compared with the 9 310 t processed in the first quarter of 2017.  

Latest drilling results show potential to upgrade Singida economics

By: Anine Kilian     9th April 2018 East Africa-focused Shanta Gold has reported positive reverse circulation (RC) drilling results at its Singida project, in Tanzania.  Encouraging mineralised drilling intersections achieved include 10 m at 20.82 g/t of gold from 138 m, including 3 m at 57.13 g/t. 

Autonomous food robots move with the times

9th April 2018 Manufacturers in the food and drink sector are increasingly asked to provide a wider variety of offerings, without suffering a decrease in productivity. These demands have dramatically increased both the amount, and complexity, of tests. Bruno Adam, Omron’s Mobile Projects Director Europe... 

Energas introduces new Mokveld Typhoon Valve System

9th April 2018 After more than a decade of development and testing in diverse applications, Mokveld’s Typhoon Valve System is now ready for commercial use. The technology is also now available locally through Mokveld’s distributor in South Africa, Energas Technologies, a leading supplier of high-end and... 

Tackling malaria with solar-powered mosquito traps

9th April 2018 Malaria remains the number one killer of people worldwide, with 272-million infections and 495 000 deaths occurring annually. This excludes the statistics generated by other mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile, Yellow fever and the Zika Virus. In 2016 the Zika outbreak... 

Diversification sees I-CAT expand its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions

9th April 2018 A successful diversification strategy has seen I-CAT expand two of its biggest growth areas at the moment, namely its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions. The period 2016 to 2017 saw I-CAT focus mainly on its Fire Division, putting in place products and staff to support significant growth. “This... 

Dormant Swedish mine comes alive in rush for car batteries

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2018 The global race to develop batteries for electric cars is reaching deep into the pine forests of central Sweden, where a dormant graphite mine is getting a new lease on life. Woxna, situated about 259 km north of Stockholm, was mothballed in 2001 amid a slump in prices. Now, a Canadian company... 

With respect, Prof, a counter point

6th April 2018 In an article published in Engineering News in March, Professor Robert Lawrence warns us “not to be mesmerised by manufacturing and industrialisation and realise the economy is hugely diverse”.  He states that most jobs in the South African economy are likely to be created in the services sector.... 

Civil engineering shifts towards creative sphere

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The manner in which civil engineers work and the methods they use to find solutions are shifting towards a design-led digital arena, suggests global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon digital practice leader Richard Matchett. “Digital technology and computers have changed the... 

Continued growth for tool manufacturer

6th April 2018 This year, tool and equipment manufacturer the Hilti Group intends to maintain its growth momentum following last year’s growth of CHF 5.1-billion throughout all of its business regions. The company explains that year-on-year the company’s sales are up by 10.8%, and 9.6% in local currencies. 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Saldanha fresh fish processing plant invests in desalination solution

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, says Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown. “The most... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Owing to its well-established relationship with its loyal distribution partners and distribution network in Southern Africa, a large range of about 5 200 individual line items of hand tools from professional tools manufacturer Jonnesway are being used in Southern Africa, says Carel Venter, the... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour has been completed. 

SNC-Lavalin awarded R3.3m Sasol contract

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Project management company SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a R3.3-million contract for a detailed engineering package to provide Sasol with an emergency shutdown (ESD) system replacement in Secunda.   

Savannah discovers high-grade lithium at Mina do Barroso

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2018 Aim-quoted Savannah Resources has discovered new high-grade lithium mineralisation at its Mina do Barroso project, in Portugal, where it believes the Grandoa deposit offers a significant near-term lithium development. The new mineralisation was discovered to the west and southwest of the main... 

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