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MB star of the world's most important trade fairs this autumn

     23rd August 2016 As usual 2016 is confirmed to be very busy for MB Crusher that, after the great success of Bauma last April, will be involved until the very end of the year in the most important international trade fairs. Fairs always represent an important opportunity to meet new clients, make tangible and... 

Mining lobbyists urge Canada to once more take global mining lead 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2016 Canada’s mining lobbies have outlined seven top priorities at the 73rd Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference currently underway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, urging federal and provincial leadership to take action to regain Canada’s former title as the top mining destination in the world. The Canadian... 

Eskom under fire as Ingula costs said to balloon to R36bn 

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2016 Eskom’s board is facing calls to appear before Parliament with documents relating to the Ingula pumped storage scheme, which has allegedly seen costs spiral from R8.9-billion to R36-billion. On July 27, President Jacob Zuma unveiled the first of four turbines at Ingula, which is on the border of... 

Dramatically reduce Weld Purging times with QuickPurge®

     22nd August 2016 Time after time, welders, supervisors, quality control personnel and others are kept waiting, sometimes for many hours, for stainless steel or titanium pipes to be purged of oxygen ready for welding. In addition, all involved are watching the expensive inert argon gas flow away to waste after it... 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Pilbara resources increase significantly ahead of DFS

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 Lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has seen a 136% increase in its total proved and probable ore reserve for its 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region to 69.8-million tonnes, grading 1.26% lithium oxide (Li2O). This more-than-double upgrade was... 

Report urges govt inquiry into Glencore Australia zinc mine clean-up

By: Reuters     22nd August 2016 Plans to expand Glencore's McArthur River zinc mine in Australia should be put on hold, subject to a government inquiry to ensure it can be run soundly and its waste rock stored safely, a report released on Monday said. The call comes following problems at the mine over the past few years,... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

Food and beverage companies aim to minimise project risk

     19th August 2016 In line with ELB Engineering Services’ (ELB’s) diversification strategy the Industrial Projects business line has expanded from its traditional pneumatic and fine handling capability into the food, beverage and fast moving consumer goods sector, as well as the power sector associated with... 

Increasing support for Omron robotic solutions

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 With robotics becoming a more viable alternative for food and beverage applications, the number of plug-and-play robotic solutions that are supported by industrial automation company Omron’s latest machine automation platform Sysmac is increasing, says Omron GM South Africa Victor Marques. 

Research identifies barriers, suggests new approach to building black industrialists

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The South African economy requires a new approach to regulation, competition and industrial policy to open the economy for greater participation, particularly for black industrialists, according to research released last month by the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development... 

DEA calls on three sectors to prepare waste management plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Thursday published a notice to the paper and packaging, the electrical and electronic equipment and the lighting industries to prepare and submit waste management plans for approval under the National Environmental Management Waste Act. The... 

2016 engineering awards offer glimpse into South African profession's excellence

By: Samantha Herbst     18th August 2016 Creamer Media’s Engineering News was among the organisations and individuals recognised at 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards, hosted by Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and Aon South Africa in Gauteng on Wednesday night. Engineering News received recognition for Publishing Excellence in... 

Averda’s new contract win aims to increase recycling in Dubai

     18th August 2016 Beginning October 2016, the residents, schools, universities and public hospitals of Al Mizhar, Al Muhaisnah and Nadd Al Hamar districts in Dubai will see Averda’s ‘men in blue’ at work as part of a new waste management contract award by Dubai Municipality. They will be cleaning their streets,... 

Revolutionary gold-mining machine making progress – AngloGold 

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2016 The innovative Mark IV high-technology machine that AngloGold Ashanti is developing to improve the economics of gold mining in South Africa’s low-height, hard-rock reef is continuing to make progress, AngloGold COO South Africa Chris Sheppard said on Monday. Speaking at Monday’s presentation of... 

On-The-Air (12/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2016 Plans are under way to recover huge quantities of gold lying on the waste dumps of the Far West Rand; Hard-pressed mining companies are rolling out an array of low-capital, quick-return projects to ensure that they keep growing; and Mining may be on the brink of an exciting new era with the... 

Company receives environmental certification

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Tile and construction adhesive products manufacturer Tal, in May this year, became the first company in the construction adhesives industry to gain full ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification. Tal safety, health, environment, risk and quality manager Julius McMaster says ISO 14001... 

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th August 2016 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme delivered by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus has proven to be important in the creation of several synergies that are providing effective recycling... 

Integrated technology mindset needed for logistics success

     12th August 2016 A change in approach towards an ‘integration mind-set’ and the understanding that no part of the supply chain should be reported on in isolation is needed for the success of the logistics industry, says supply chain technology and consulting solutions provider VSc Solutions. “Solution buzzwords... 

LSFB demand shows steady growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 The use of light steel frame (LSF) building has been growing steadily for the last seven years, partially owing to architects looking for alternative building methods to overcome the inefficiencies of conventional masonry building, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association... 

Remediation of waste tyres reduces carbon emissions

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate waste tyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning in cement kilns. From January last year... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Being active in reducing energy consumption, The Concrete Institute (TCI) notes that concrete is a cost-effective material with low embodied energy and is, therefore, important in contributing to the sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of... 

Lower containerboard sales cut Mpact’s H1 earnings, profit

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2016 Lower containerboard sales and a loss in its Mpact Polymers business led to a 6% year-on-year decrease in JSE-listed Mpact’s underlying operating profit to R321.7-million for the six months ended June 30. The group’s basic and underlying earnings a share decreased by 29.6% to 95.2c, while... 

Alamos trading in negative territory as Young-Davidson output disappoints

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2016 The NYSE-listed stock of Canadian gold miner Alamos Gold on Wednesday fell nearly 6% after the company announced disappointing results for the second-quarter ended June 30. The Toronto-based intermediate miner, which operates the Young-Davidson mine, in northern Ontario, and the Mulatos and El... 

Congo gets first solid-waste landfill

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2016 Lifoula village in the Congo will open its first solid-waste landfill cell in 2017, designed, built and operated by global waste management solutions provider Averda. The Lifoula landfill, which will span 40 ha, will have eight storage cells in total and an operational life span of 15 years. 

Averda Is Set To Build Republic Of Congo’s First Municipal Solid Waste Landfill

     10th August 2016 In July 2016, members of the Parliamentary Committee of the Congolese Government and the Economic and Financial Commission of Congo National Assembly, representatives of Brazzaville Municipality and the Mayors of Pointe Noire and Brazzaville, visited Lifoula landfill site – this will become... 

Genesis aims to start mining at Ulysses next month

By: Mariaan Webb     10th August 2016 Junior Genesis Minerals is planning to start mining at Ulysses gold project, near Leonora in Western Australia, in late September, the ASX-listed company reported this week, announcing the positive outcomes of a feasibility study and the completion of mining agreements. Mining will start at the... 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Terex Implements Expansion Plan For Fuchs Material Handlers

     8th August 2016 Terex Corporation continues to implement a series of strategic moves and investments to better position its purpose-built Fuchs material handler business for global expansion and sales growth. Recently, the business was rebranded “Fuchs – A Terex Brand” in key markets for consistent global brand... 

Lubrication management – a strategy rather than a practice

     5th August 2016 “Lubrication management can make or break asset performance, therefore getting it right will provide a sound foundation for asset reliability,” notes SKF Lubrication solutions and dealer manager, Jan Backer. Citing a food and beverage industry estimation that states ‘15-25% of maintenance budget... 

Benban 1 solar photovoltaic project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 The project is being developed under Egypt’s first-round feed-in-tariff programme. 

TAQA Arabia solar project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 It will comprise a single-axis tracking system, with 206 400 photovoltaic panels, an estimated capacity of 50 MW ac and a peak capacity of 60.016 MW dc. 

‘Clear Rivers’ campaign reaches 50-rivers milestone

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th August 2016 The ‘Clear Rivers’ campaign, an initiative of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and its partners, has managed to clear more than 50 rivers of pollution to date, the department reports. The campaign, the umbrella initiative for all clean-ups across South Africa, was established by the... 

Beware of the bargains - why cheaper is not always best

     4th August 2016 With the South African economy struggling to grow and many companies tightening their budgets, it is very easy for businesses to fall into the trap of choosing price over quality when making purchase decisions. On the surface, cheaper equipment may offer most of the features and benefits that the... 

New patent makes for environment-friendly leaching

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 Canadian junior Iberian Minerals has filed a patent for its HM X-leach formula to reduce the gold industry’s sustainability challenges in terms of reduced grades, more complex ores and increasingly stringent environmental conditions. The patent, which will be marketed by Iberian’s new, 100%-owned... 

Partners appointed for first SA waste-to-energy project 

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2016 Black & Veatch announced on Tuesday that it had been chosen by MBHE African Power to provide technical assistance for South Africa’s first waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to be located in the Drakenstein municipality, near Wellington in the Western Cape. A statement from the US-based, employee-owned... 

Water wise: agriculture gets innovative amid crippling drought

     2nd August 2016 WITH eight of South Africa’s nine provinces declared drought disaster areas, the agricultural sector and other water-intensive industries are incorporating clever water conservation solutions to preserve this increasingly scarce commodity. Among these solutions are the lining of dams and... 

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