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Acid truck collison near Glencore mine in the DRC kills 20 people

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2019 About 20 people were killed when a truck transporting acid to Mutanda Mining owned by Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo collided with two people carriers about 50km from the site. The acid truck was heading to the copper and cobalt operation near Kolwezi in the southeast of the country. 

Northam lifts H1 earnings, Booysendal on track for FY22 steady-state production  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2019 JSE-listed Northam Platinum has reported normalised earnings a share of 108.5c for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with the 37.1c reported for the six months ended December 31, 2017. This was on the back of normalised headline earnings having increased by 192% to R553-million,... 

Armoured personnel carrier launched

22nd February 2019 South African private defence vehicle manufacturing company Milkor has developed and launched its Milkor 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the African market. Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in... 

Poland orders Black Hawk helicopters

22nd February 2019 Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has confirmed an order for four Polish-built Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to provide an enhanced capability to Poland’s military branch Special Operations Forces. Production of the aircraft will begin immediately with delivery of all four... 

UAVs, e-commerce, set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (particularly the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion on the third and... 

African cobalt to continue dominating EV battery space – consultant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st February 2019 Africa will continue to play a dominant role in the supply of cobalt for use in electric vehicle batteries, says Core Consulting MD Lara Smith. Speaking at a South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) breakfast seminar, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, she indicated that, from an... 

How to use SEIFSA indices for Contract Price Adjustment (CPA)

21st February 2019 Congratulations you have just landed a very big tender contract! Despite this significant achievement you are unsure on how to proceed with the process, and different questions come to mind 

Vibration-Warning Indicator Paste Reduces Downtime, Improves Safety

21st February 2019 A tamper-proof vibration-warning indicator paste that can improve safety and reduce inspection time across a number of industries is now available locally from leading supplier Bearings International (BI). Applications for DYKEM® Cross-Check Torque Seal® ranges from haul trucks to head gaskets in... 

Africa still slow to take up EVs, energy storage solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th February 2019 Globally, there is a rise in the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery storage systems, especially in regions where there is a lack of constant, reliable energy supply or more economically feasible solutions, Electric Vehicle Industry Association representative Carel Snyman said during a... 

Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th February 2019 The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent's air transport sector. So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition. "SAATM is a very... 

Another fuel levy increase lies ahead, carbon tax to be implemented 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 A carbon tax on fuel of 9c/l on petrol and 10c/l on diesel will become effective from June 5, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. Further, the general fuel levy will increase by 15c/l for petrol and diesel from April 3, while the Road Accident Fund (RAF) levy will be increased by... 

Regional development focus necessary for Africa’s energy future – panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th February 2019 A number of trends and influences are driving change in the energy sector, with the collective drive towards a safer, more environment-friendly, reliable and sustainable future. Leading a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, on Tuesday, Strategic Concepts chairperson Sean Cleary said the... 

Air cargo sector essential for Africa but needs infrastructure and regulatory reform

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2019 Air transport would play a crucial role in the growth of intra-African trade, because of the poor terrestrial communications across the continent and the number of landlocked countries it contains. So affirmed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana in his keynote address at the opening of... 

AECOM hones regional focus with integration of its Middle East and African operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2019 “We are incredibly proud to be involved in some of the biggest infrastructure projects across Africa, including the $1.5 billion Tema Port Expansion Project for Meridian Port Services in Ghana,” said Joe Ndala, AECOM’s Managing Director of South Africa and Chief Financial Officer for the African... 

Copper cops play game of cat and mouse around desert convoys

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2019 Just weeks after the police unit was formed, they caught their first glimpse of the copper thieves -- the silhouettes of a group of men on a hill overlooking the rail lines -- triggering a car chase at the dead of night across Chile’s Atacama desert. While the pursuit ended in failure, with the... 

On-The-Air (15/02/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 African countries are streaking ahead of South Africa on the mining automation front; mining companies are opting for solar power because it is cheaper than Eskom power; and only black-owned companies will be allowed to buy the seven mining operations that are up for sale in Mpumalanga.... 

NT moves to clarify offshore oil, gas industry’s nuclear waste obligations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 The Northern Territory has passed the Nuclear Waste Transport Storage and Disposal (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, providing the offshore oil and gas industry with a blueprint of their obligations around the management of nuclear waste. The nuclear waste covered by the Bill included naturally... 

Continent’s energy demands increase

15th February 2019 Africa’s demand for energy is steadily increasing and solutions to meet this growth have become a major concern amongst the energy sector leaders of the continent. Key factors contributing to this soaring energy demand are Africa’s ever-growing population and the continent’s accelerating economic... 

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba

15th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be discussed and debated at the event, based on the outcomes of the 2018... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for infrastructure development

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Transport infrastructure projects comprise 40% of the 482 infrastructure development projects surveyed in Africa, and represent a critical element for supporting further infrastructure development, says Deloitte Infrastructure and Capital Projects East and West leader J-P Labuschagne. The... 

As renewables soar, BP sees China hitting brakes on energy growth

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Global demand for renewable power will soar at an unprecedented pace over the coming decades, BP said in a benchmark report on Thursday, while China’s energy growth is seen sharply decelerating as its economic expansion slows. Still, China is set to remain the largest energy consumer by a long... 

Ramaphosa sets up cabinet committee to manage Eskom daily

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said a special cabinet task team has been established to deal with the Eskom crisis and provide him with reports daily on the State of the power grid and "what actions need to be taken to ensure energy supply". Responding to the debate on the State of the nation address,... 

Ramaphosa promises to correct lack of consultation with labour on Eskom unbundling 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Thursday that there had been insufficient consultation with labour on government’s plan to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies, but he also stressed that the proposed restructuring would not result in privatisation. In his response to the debate... 

Train sets numbers improve in the Western Cape – Metrorail regional manager

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 There has been a great improvement on the number of train sets which are currently in operation compared to last year, Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker said on Thursday. “We are currently operating 48 train sets which is an improvement from where we came down last year being... 

KenGen to raise funds from the market this year, eyes green bond

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 The Kenya Electricity Generating Company plans to raise funds from the market later this year and it may opt to issue the country's first green bond, its chief executive said. KenGen has a 1 631 MW annual capacity and it supplies 70% of the East African nation's electricity. Private investors... 

An early diagnosis for the crane under a microscope: A deep look into the crane machinery at Germany’s Palm paper factory

14th February 2019 Konecranes investigates the hoisting gears of the critical overhead cranes at the Palm paper factory, with Oil Analysis and Crane Reliability Study (CRS)  Churning out corrugated base paper: The paper machine 6 (PM6) at the Palm paper factory in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, annually produces some... 

The future of e-tolls is a political decision, says Sanral’s Kannemeyer 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2019 The decision on the future of electronic toll (e-toll) in Gauteng is a political one, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. Speaking at the Transport Forum, held in Johannesburg on Thursday, he told Engineering News Online that opposing... 

Robot Kamaz is opening its computer vision eyes

14th February 2019 VIST Group (subsidiary of ZYFRA Group) mutually with Nazarbayev University and KAMAZ launched a robotized towing truck project. A fifth-wheel towing truck Kamaz Neo will be equipped with computer vision systems that will allow it to detect a range of objects like people, animals, traffic... 

Quantum leap as Transportation Components now supplies to OEM Henred Fruehauf

14th February 2019 Transportation Components, a recognised leader in the distribution of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components to the aftermarket, has taken the quantum leap to a whole new level, with its recent appointment as the supplier of Duroline brake linings to the well-known OEM Henred Fruehauf,... 

SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. drives assembly-line extension at major automotive manufacturer

13th February 2019 The MOVITRANS® contactless energy transfer system from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd., in conjunction with its MOVIPRO® SDC decentralised drive, position, and application controller, have played a critical role in an assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth. The big... 

South Africa a step closer to new driver's licence demerit system

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport approved amendments to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill, bringing the country a step closer to a point demerit system for traffic infringements by drivers. While DA MPs are keen to see the demerit system... 

SAPICS Fighting The Supply Chain Skills Crisis

13th February 2019 Reflecting its commitment to tackling the supply chain skills crisis head on, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, recently hosted the 11th annual Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards. This event recognises individuals, organisations and educators who are... 

Australia flooding to disrupt lead, zinc concentrate rail shipments

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 Floods in Australia's Queensland state are set to disrupt the rail delivery of zinc exports to the northern port of Townsville, with the line likely to be out of action for at least a month, analysts said on Wednesday. The 1 000 km (620 mile) rail line is used by miners including Glencore, MMG... 

Marginal decrease in South Africa’s unemployment rate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2019 South Africa’s official unemployment rate decreased marginally by 0.4 of a percentage point to 27.1% in the final three months of 2018, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) indicates the number of employed people increased by 149 000 to... 

Siemens working with WestPark to build first industrial and business park in Africa wholly powered by renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th February 2019 Siemens today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with WestPark Enterprises to develop an expandable microgrid solution for the fast-growing industrial and business park based in Takoradi, Western Ghana. The WestPark aims to eliminate many of the challenges faced by... 

Indian Power Ministry directs priority coal supplies to pithead plants ahead of summer

By: Ajoy K Das     11th February 2019 The Indian Power Ministry has issued directives to its counterparts in the Coal Ministry and Indian Railways (IR) to give the highest priority to dry fuel supplies to pithead thermal power plants, in light of a trend of lower coal dispatching from Coal India Limited (CIL) and an expected summer... 

Three consortiums compete to build dry port west of Cairo

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Three consortiums are competing to build a dry port west of Cairo worth $100-million, the Egyptian finance ministry said on Sunday. The project will be a public-private partnership between the General Authority For Ports and Dry Land and the winning consortium, to be built on roughly 104 acres in... 

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