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Sun shines on South Africa’s clean energy future

     21st April 2017 Substantial ultra-violet radiation levels and excellent wind conditions have allowed South Africa to diversify its energy generation mix from one that previously relied heavily upon fossil fuels towards a national grid network that is now supported by “green” renewable energy (RE). In line with... 

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Generator giant to expand its Southern Africa network

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Power generation equipment developer Himoinsa’s new subsidiary, Himoinsa Southern Africa, will provide a base from which the company can develop its geophysical footprint in Southern Africa by expanding and supporting its existing distribution network. 

Evolution costs and production down in March quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2017 Gold miner Evolution Mining has reported record low group all-in sustaining costs (AISC) of A$840/oz during the three months to March, down 7% quarter-on-quarter. Group gold production during the quarter reached 202 926 oz, which was in line with the 200 000 oz target previously set by the... 

Centerra receives all required Kumtor permits for 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 TSX-listed Centerra Gold has received its 2017 maximum allowable discharge (MAD) permit that allows it to discharge treated effluent from the Kumtor mine tailings management facility, in the Kyrgyz Republic, starting in the spring. Centerra advised on Wednesday that Kumtor had all the necessary... 

Cape Town finally hits water use target

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 Water consumption in Cape Town has dropped below the city’s 700-million litre per day target for the first time. The city’s inhabitants used 685-million litres per day in the past week, the city said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Glencore cobalt supplies in Congo face hold up over mine row

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2017 A dispute between State-owned Gecamines and its joint venture partner at a Congolese cobalt mine that supplies Glencore threatens to halt the supply of as much as 4% of the metal within two months. Jersey-registered GTL, a joint venture between Gecamines and closely held Groupe Forrest... 

Govt not delaying Vredefort Dome’s heritage proclamation – Molewa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Concerns of landowners within the Vredefort Dome, in the Free State, are preventing government from proclaiming the area as a world heritage site, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, published on Tuesday, she said the area, which was... 

De Lille to address Cape Town drought intervention plans 

By: News24Wire      18th April 2017 Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille will join a panel discussion on Tuesday to discuss the city's interventions in the metro's drought crisis. De Lille will address the Climate Change Coalition at Green Point Urban Park, and will also discuss the city's stance on climate change, and the risks... 

PTM reviews strategic alternatives as Maseve’s underperformance leaves a hole in pocket

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 Canadian precious metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has cut its 2017 guidance from 100 000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) to 85 000 oz 4E, saying it is working with BMO Capital Markets and Macquarie Capital to review and assess corporate and asset-level strategic... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

DEA to delve into plastic bag recycling saga

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will be liaising with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and the South African Bureau of Standards to ensure that manufacturers of plastic carrier bags comply with regulatory requirements and standards, it says. This follows... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Water situation in Nelson Mandela Bay a 'crisis'

By: African News Agency      13th April 2017 Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay can gear up for stringent water restrictions within the next week as the water situation in the city is on the verge of a “crisis”. Executive Mayor Athol Trollip on Wednesday called an emergency media briefing at Port Elizabeth City Hall to address the critical... 

Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation has granted its first consent for the start of construction of a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C. 

Metrology institute invests in new mixing technology

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2017 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) on Wednesday launched its new Resodyn Acoustic Mixer (RAM), which it bought for R12-million. The RAM is an industrial mixer that thoroughly mixes gases, liquids, solids, powders and viscous compounds, without the need for impellers or... 

Perseus makes positive start to 2017, as Edikan’s Q1 production rises 51% q/q

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th April 2017 Dual-listed gold miner Perseus Mining has made a positive start to 2017, with 48 655 oz of gold produced in the quarter ended March 31. Production for the quarter was 51% higher than that produced in the December 2016 quarter, with the Edikan mine, in Ghana, on track to achieve its production... 

Western Areas restarts mill recovery project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th April 2017 The board of nickel miner Western Areas has approved a A$17.5-million investment in its mill recovery enhancement project (MREP) in Western Australia. The MREP will process one of the tailings streams from the flotation plant, which contains valuable amounts of nickel that cannot be recovered as... 

Recycling problem not just confined to plastics – Sapro

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The recyclability of many products in the South African market is “just not being considered anymore”, with very few product designers considering end-of-life during the design stage of the product, South African Plastics Recycling Organisation’s (Sapro's) Annabé Pretorius tells Engineering News... 

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

BHP says DLC restructure to destroy $1.3bn in value, waste franking credits

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The proposal by BHP Billiton’s activist shareholder Elliott Advisors that the company scrap its dual-listed company (DLC) structure in favour of a primary listing in London and a secondary listing in Sydney, could destroy at least $1.3-billion in value, to save less than $2.5-million a year, the... 

LatAm water scarcity, pollution to drive more stringent enviro rules

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2017 New analysis by the research arm of the Fitch Group, BMI, forecasts water scarcity and contamination in Latin America will drive increasingly stringent environmental regulations in the region over the coming years. While increasing the costs for miners and delaying certain projects, the focus on... 

Vedanta's Skorpion, BMM operations report solid FY17 results, Gamsberg development on track

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 Production at diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Zinc International business fell by 31% year-on-year to 156 000 t for the financial year ended March 31. This was mainly the result of the ramp down of the Ireland-based Lisheen mine, which was closed in November 2015 following 17 years of... 

Richards Bay plant to make pearly whites from industrial slag

By: African News Agency      11th April 2017 It’s hard to avoid references to a phoenix while thinking about a deal being inked on Tuesday that will turn industrial waste into a pearly white pigment … and put hundreds of people to work. A technology partnership between Johannesburg-based Nyanza Light Metals and Avertana of New Zealand will... 

New Liberty mining, processing operations continue to improve – Avesoro

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 TSX-and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources’ New Liberty mine, in Liberia, produced 14 906 oz of gold in the quarter ended March 31, with continued improvement in both mining and processing operations achieved. “As anticipated, this was a 21% decrease on [production of 18 872 oz in] the fourth quarter... 

Ransacked gold mine venture reboots as arguing partners quit

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2017 South African mining veteran Peter Skeat is pressing ahead with plans to squeeze more gold out of an 80-year old ransacked gold mine west of Johannesburg after settling a dispute with three former partners. The entrepreneur, who is part-financing the venture himself, is seeking investors to help... 

Capetonians urged to keep up water-saving efforts despite rain

By: News24Wire      11th April 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday urged consumers not to relax their water-saving efforts after two days of light rain in the city. The city's dam levels have declined to 25.2%. With the last 10% of a dam's water mostly unusable, dam levels are effectively at 15.2%, the city said in a statement. 

Plastic bag working group weighing solutions to recyclability problem 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 A working group set up to investigate the impact ‘fillers’ are having on the recyclability of plastic supermarket carrier bags is said to have “progressed well” in researching possible solutions and will report back to the industry in June. Established four months ago, the group includes... 

Duncan Ayling

     7th April 2017 This week we feature Duncan Ayling, GM of Wind Prospect, a wind and solar engineering and technical consultancy providing services for developers, investors, lenders and utilities throughout Africa   

Engineers set benchmark in sustainable building

     7th April 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has achieved the first Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings’ Parkside building.  

South Africa has real bioenergy potential

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Principle Engineer Crescent Mushwana at the recent launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry and... 

South African automotive industry at a crossroads

By: Shirley le Guern     6th April 2017 The local automotive industry is at a crossroads and the timing of the inaugural National Association of Automobile Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) show, in Durban, came at a critical point for those rising to the challenge of massive policy changes and industry challenges. Speaking... 

Tech firms must go beyond Congo's 'conflict minerals' to clean supply chain – study

By: Reuters     6th April 2017 Abuses linked to mining in countries such as Myanmar and Colombia are being overlooked by technology companies focused only on eliminating "conflict minerals" from war-torn parts of Africa in their supply chains, researchers said on Thursday. In Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), competition for... 

Mindset, technology changes needed to operate ports of the future

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2017 Current ways of operating ports and port cities are not viable or sustainable and a complete change in mindset, technology and skills would be needed in the very near future, Norton Rose Fulbright Attorneys national transport team head and master mariner Malcolm Hartwell said this week. “Ships... 

DEA suspends activities at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday suspended the acceptance, treatment and disposal of waste at EnviroServ Waste Management’s Shongweni landfill site, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, which failed to comply with provisions of the law and conditions of its Waste Management... 

100 days of water left in Cape Town dams, restrictions to be tightened

By: News24Wire      4th April 2017 Cape Town’s water supply is down to its last 100 days, resulting in the municipality bringing forward its emergency supply schemes. Dam storage levels had declined to 26.2%, one percentage point down from last week, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday. 

Afrimat referred to Tribunal for prosecution

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd April 2017 The Competition Commission on Monday referred Afrimat, through its wholly owned subsidiary Clinker Supplies, to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for allegedly abusing its dominance by charging excessive prices. Through the subsidiary, Afrimat is a supplier of a main ingredient in clinker... 

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