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Argentina judge to rule on suspended Barrick mine soon – local govt

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago Barrick Gold's Veladero mine, in Argentina, could reopen in coming days if a report confirms repairs were made after a leak of processing solution containing cyanide earlier this month, a provincial government said. San Juan province Mining Minister Alberto Hensel said in a statement on Tuesday... 

Mosaic’s radioactive sinkhole problem could mean mine delays

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2016 As the world’s largest producer of phosphate fertiliser, Mosaic is used to digging up parts of Florida to recover the mineral. But lately, one particular hole is causing the company some headaches. A sinkhole 14 m wide has opened up in a pile of mining waste at the company’s New Wales site, in... 

Fibertex South Africa, manufacturers and suppliers of a wide range of geosynthetic products

     27th September 2016 Fibertex South Africa, manufacturers and suppliers of a wide range of geosynthetic products, will be participating at the Institute of Waste Management’s (IWM) Wastecon 2016 conference to be held at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, between 17 and 21 October. “On display this year will be the... 

Chevron’s Refinery in Milnerton celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Community Day celebration 

     26th September 2016 More than 800 guests marked the Milnerton Refinery’s 50th year with a guided ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour. Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand in South Africa,   celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Cape Town Refinery, situated in Milnerton,by opening its doors to... 

Jacobs Capital, partner invest R300m in recapitalising KZN hardboard manufacturer

By: Shirley le Guern     26th September 2016 Durban-based private equity firm Jacobs Capital and its partner Black Bird Capital are confident that investment of around R300-million will place struggling hardboard manufacturer Masonite back on its feet in the short to medium term.   The troubled company was placed in business rescue in... 

European Lithium plans ‘aggressive development’ of lithium project – Sage

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2016 Australia-based European Lithium has appointed a consultant for metallurgical test work at its Wolfsberg project, aimed at accelerating the development of the lithium project in Austria. The Tony Sage-chaired company, which was formerly known as Paynes Find Gold and last week relisted as... 

City of Cape Town connects more backyarders to the power grid

By: African News Agency      26th September 2016 The City of Cape Town’s electricity services department is pumping a further R50 million into its backyarder electrification project in 2016/17, the city said on Sunday. A total of R229.5-million had been spent on this project from inception up until this financial year, mayoral committee member... 

Barberton tailings plant lifts output ultra cheaply 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2016 In the 12 months to June 30, gold was produced by the Barberton Tailings Retreatment Plant (BTRP) of Pan African Resources at the exceptionally low all-in cost of $332/oz. While Barberton Mines as a whole had a good financial year underground and on surface, it was the on-surface BTRP that shot... 

New pipe and flow calculator app to allow for accelerated pipe design

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 In enabling future generation customers to be part of the smartphone and digital application (app) future, pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics is developing its own internal pipeline design and flow calculator app to assist design, consulting and civil engineers in designing, implementing new and/or... 

Waste-to-energy project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 The project entails the development of South Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant. 

Tribunal confirms R2.9m settlement with Ben Jacobs Metals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd September 2016 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday confirmed a R2.9-million settlement agreement between the Competition Commission and scrap metal dealer Ben Jacobs Metals. 

Leading brick producer replaces fleet with Volvo construction equipment

     22nd September 2016 Using innovative technologies to deliver affordable, sustainable and quality products to their customers is the hallmark of clay brick manufacturer Claytile, which is why the Babcock range of Volvo construction equipment represented much more than just another brick in the wall when it came to a... 

The Energy Trilemma

     22nd September 2016 As the world population continues to grow exponentially and becomes more urbanised and affluent, demand for power, heat and transport will continue to grow. Global energy demand is expected to increase in line and potentially double by 2050. To keep up with global energy demand, the investment... 

Multi-Disciplinary Design Solutions Through Parametric Modelling Paper Presented at SEMC

     22nd September 2016 Arup façade engineer, Rudolf le Roux, presented a paper on ‘Multi-Disciplinary Design Solutions Through Parametric Modelling’ at the Sixth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2016) recently held in Cape Town. The conference, hosted by the University... 

Knowledge-sharing and networking at waste management conference

     21st September 2016 Southern Africa’s premier waste management conference, WasteCon, is around the corner and attendees can look forward to thought-provoking topics and stimulating speakers. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA’s) biennial conference will delve into all aspects of waste... 

Gold digger turns alchemist chasing billions hidden in waste

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 With gold output in South Africa mired in a multiyear decline, the country’s biggest producer is turning to an overlooked and cheaper source of supply: the dump. About 6.5-million ounces valued at $8.5-billion is buried inside mammoth mounds of discarded mine waste at sites owned by  Sibanye... 

FA 07 Refineries are quite sophisticated

     20th September 2016 Valve makers are increasingly targeting refineries outside of Europe. Energy efficiency is decisive for the competitiveness of refinery operators and their valve suppliers. Refineries always are in operation, and simply cannot be replaced. Traffic can only flow with their products, namely petrol... 

Despite reaching production vein, PTM lowers guidance again as stoping delays weigh

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2016 South Africa-focused miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has again lowered its production guidance for the first year of operations at its Maseve mine, in South Africa, citing a delay in ramping up stoping tonnes. Despite monthly output at Maseve increasing to 1 893 oz of platinum, palladium,... 

Awards recognise game-changers in South Africa’s energy sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Strategic adviser Dr Willie de Beer received the 2016 South African National Energy Association (Sanea) Energy Award in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the local energy sector. The awards recognise South Africans and their efforts in ensuring that the country enjoys a stable and secure... 

Ricoh’s giving people hassle-free document sharing for the digital age

     19th September 2016 Ricoh’s new A3 black and white multifunction printer range is ready for the digital age in which people expect hassle-free information sharing, easy interactive finger swipes and taps on responsive touch screens, with cloud-connected and mobile-ready functionality.   The new range of imaging... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has listed the names of several expert advisers whose services it has used over the past five years in relation to the country’s controversial nuclear procurement programme. However, the value of the various contracts was not immediately provided. The... 

Silver Standard lifts output, reduces costs at Marigold

By: Henry Lazenby     16th September 2016 Canadian precious metals producer Silver Standard Resources has updated the five-year production and cost profile of its Marigold mine, in Nevada, lifting output 20% over the 2014 technical report. Since then, the company has completed an assay programme, re-assaying drill holes within the pit... 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

Waste-to-energy project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The project entails the development of South Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant. 

No more cycle lanes and demand for etoll payments by metro police – Mashaba 

By: African News Agency      13th September 2016 Under the Democratic Alliance (DA), the city of Johannesburg would do away with the construction of bicycle lanes, while the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has been instructed to desist from “harassing” residents who owed e-toll fees, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Tuesday. “In our... 

Beware of the bargains - why cheaper is not always best

     13th September 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... 

Pikitup axes controversial Nair

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2016 Johannesburg-based waste management company Pikitup has axed MD Amanda Nair with immediate effect, owing to a breakdown in the relationship of trust. Nair was placed on special leave in July, pending an internal hearing, following allegations of corrupt activity. 

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility 

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Power and engine multinational Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine training programme to the courses available at its Kelvin View training facility, in Gauteng, to support the growing use of CNG engines in public transport and power generation, says Cummins Africa... 

Truck, tyre and logistics shows to share stage with Automechanika 2017

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2016 Next year’s Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket, taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 27 to 30, will also play host to three new, related shows. The new shows are Futuroad Expo, Scalex Johannesburg, and REIFEN. 

Ingeteam successfully completes the first revamp of the oldest PV plant in Europe.

     6th September 2016 The successful completion of this work makes it possible to quantify the service life of a 1MW PV plant as 22 years. Thanks to the new 260 W Jinko Smart modules, the plant will be returned to its original 1 MW power output, equivalent to the annual consumption of some 350 homes. Ingeteam has... 

Materials Producers Win With Trio® Crushers And Screens

     6th September 2016 Smaller independent quarries and concrete recycling operations in Africa and the Middle East are quickly responding to an insatiable need for construction materials by using Trio® crushing and screening equipment. JD Singleton, general manager responsible for Trio® products at Weir Minerals... 

Telcos scramble to leverage $11.1tr opportunities in IoT

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2016 While it is expected that the Internet of Things (IoT) will make its mark in the global emerging market with an estimated economic impact of up to $11.1-trillion by 2025, telecommunications companies globally are increasingly developing and implementing IoT strategies. IoT, which is changing the... 

EFSOP® off-gas system for Kyoei Steel Group plants

     5th September 2016 Japan’s Kyoei Steel Group introduces Tenova’s EFSOP® off-gas system as recognized technology for improving production and lowering cost through energy savings.   With excellent energy saving results from two completed EFSOP® project installations at Kanto Steel (Tsuchiura City, Ibaragi) and Kyoei... 

Gestamp 2 solar project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 The project entails the construction of a 20 MW photovoltaic plant. 

White Paper highlights importance of supply chain data

     2nd September 2016 With supply chain data already running the day-to-day flow of goods globally, global logistics company DHL’s White Paper reveals that there is a small group of trailblazing companies that are using this data as a predictive tool for accurate forecasting as this gives organisations a competitive... 

Ekurhuleni to get its own university, says new mayor 

By: African News Agency      31st August 2016 Ekurhuleni was set to get its own university, said new mayor Mzwandile Masina as he promised to speed up service delivery in the metro. “May I pause here to reiterate the call that a university for Ekurhuleni is no longer negotiable. Our determination in this regard is demonstrated by our resolve... 

Out with the old, in… with the new Eurotech vacuum components catalogue for the glass industry

     31st August 2016 Eurotech has adapted its catalogue for the glass industry to its new corporate design. Design engineers and users get 124 pages’ worth of suitable vacuum components, hand held suction cups and lifting devices for their handling tasks – tailored especially to the glass industry. Eurotech vacuum... 

Water pollution rises across continents, hundreds of millions at risk

By: Anine Kilian     30th August 2016 Water pollution has increased significantly across three continents, placing hundreds of millions of people at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Tuesday. In its latest report titled ‘Snapshot of the... 

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