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GDID opens infrastructure projects monitoring centre

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated 1 hour 19 minutes ago The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) has officially opened its electronic infrastructure projects management centre, giving the GDID the ability to monitor, in real-time, the R30-billion in infrastructure projects under its management in Gauteng. Speaking at the opening in... 

The Connected Enterprise: why Africa’s operations managers should care

     24th May 2016 With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), a wealth of possibilities have emerged that, through greater connectivity between the plant floor and the enterprise, are revolutionising efficiencies of production. Through greater industrial connectivity, we can make better decisions, expose... 

Hydro-Clean™ Commissioning and Training

     24th May 2016 Haver & Boecker's Hydro-Clean™ washing system effectively cleans deleterious material from aggregates and minerals while reducing water consumption by as much as 75 percent and energy costs by up to 15 percent over traditional washing systems. The innovative washing system improves productivity... 

A Twist of Arup

     24th May 2016 The horizon of Midrand, north of Johannesburg, is set to change forever with the construction of the new PwC Tower, which will be widely visible and a focal point in the up and coming Waterfall City development. It is set to become a structure of iconic proportion due to its distinctive twisted... 

Woolworths Holdings Limited challenges itself to bold, Group-wide sustainability targets Good Business Journey goals set for 2020

     24th May 2016 Woolworths Holdings Limited is on an ambitious journey of continuous change in the way it does business and has put sustainability at the core of its strategy. Central to this is the setting of sustainability targets for the Group, and WHL is proud to announce its Good Business Journey goals for... 

New Mexico sues EPA, mine owners over massive gold mine waste spill

By: Reuters     24th May 2016 New Mexico sued the US Environmental Protection Agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states. The Gold King Mine rupture, which was accidentally... 

Collaboration And Integrity Required For Infrastructure Project Success Says Arup SA

     23rd May 2016 “Two key factors for the success of infrastructure projects in Africa is the collaboration between the private and public sector, whilst using a third party for early engagement and de-risk; and integrity in the design process,” said Poya Rasekhi, Chief Executive Officer of Arup SA, at the recent... 

About Bidvest Faclities Management

     20th May 2016 Bidvest Facilities Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the JSE-listed Bidvest group, is one of the premier Facilities Management solutions companies in southern Africa, providing a wide range customised and end-to-end integrated facilities management services to the industrial, engineering,... 

Be wary of self-proclaimed environmental campaigners

By: Kelvin Kemm     20th May 2016 The concept of environmentalism is undoubtedly good. People across the plant need to have a mental frame of reference in which they appreciate living in a clean world – no litter, no waste chemicals in rivers, and so on. But it goes further than that. An appreciation of the balance of nature and... 

Koeberg dry-cask storage project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The project involves the transfer of used nuclear fuel from the spent-fuel pools into dry spent-fuel storage casks at the Koeberg nuclear power station. 

Polystyrene homes for North West orphans

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Nonprofit organisation Mobile Education and Training Trust (METT), in a joint venture (JV) partnership with polystyrene recyclers’ association Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC), is finalising construction of 75 housing units of 68 m2 each using polystyrene and cement-admixture panels to house... 

Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment research reactor decommissioning project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The facility has gamma spectrometers to analyse radioactive materials from many different sources.  

Too costly to shut: Mine sales stumble on looming clean-ups

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Major miners are trying to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in closure costs by selling off pits, as cash is tight due to a prolonged commodities price slump, but the crippling cost of environmental rehabilitation makes it tough to seal deals. Where mine sales have gone ahead, production is... 

MB presents the new MB-LS220, the screening bucket for larger loaders and backhoes

     19th May 2016 Who came to the last edition of Bauma, has seen the world premiere of the latest MB model, the new screening bucket MB-LS220. The MB-LS220is not simply a screening bucket, but the screening concept evolution: designed specifically for owners of loaders and backhoe loaders from 12 to 35 tons,... 

Resolve wins R400m contract for Pick n Pay logistics control tower

     19th May 2016 Resolve’s recent R400-million partnership extension with Pick n Pay represents the company’s biggest logistics control tower project to date. Resolve, an Imperial Logistics group company, was initially awarded a five-year contract by Pick n Pay for transport managed services in 2012. The... 

PanAust sees costs of PNG copper/gold mine doubling to $3.6bn

By: Mariaan Webb     19th May 2016 The cost estimate of the Frieda River mine, in Papua New Guinea, has more than doubled to $3.6-billion, from an earlier estimate of $1.7-billion, China-owned PanAust reported on Thursday. The company published a feasibility study for the project, which contemplated a large-scale, openpit mining... 

Arafura lowers Nolans operating cost estimate

By: Mariaan Webb     18th May 2016 Rare earths company Arafura Resources reduced the operating costs for its Nolans project, in the Northern Territory, by 15%, the company announced on Wednesday. Operating costs were lowered to A$12.36/kg, which MD Gavin Lockyer said entrenched Nolans in the lowest quartile of the cost curve. 

Volt's Tanzanian project could be economical

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2016 An initial prefeasibility study (PFS) into the development of the Namangale graphite project, in Tanzania, has proven positive for Volt Resources, the company said on Tuesday. The Stage 1 PFS considered various production scenarios ranging from 60 000 t/y to 240 000 t/y of graphite concentrate,... 

New Brazil Minister says will not commit to restart Samarco mine

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 Brazil's Environment Minister, José Sarney Filho said on Monday he will not allow Samarco Mineração to reopen its iron-ore mine without assurances that the causes and damages of a deadly tailings dam collapse were fixed. Sarney Filho, appointed last week, made the comments during an official... 

Global companies start to influence consumers

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 In the wake of mounting climate change, a global conference on sustainable brands has shown how some companies are starting to innovate and redesign manufacturing, products and services to be more in tune with sustainable practices. “Brands, large and small, are showing the way, with some... 

Finnish government plans $113m funding for nickel mine – sources

By: Reuters     13th May 2016 The Finnish government is planning to inject around €100-million ($113-million) into Terrafame Mining, the state-owned company that runs Talvivaara's former nickel mine, but may eventually still have to close the operation, sources said. The government is planning to propose this month that... 

New nuclear project financing discussed at conference in France

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) secretary-general Angel Gurría has called for a level playing field for all low-carbon electricity generating technologies in energy markets. He was delivering the opening address at an international conference in Paris on Wednesday, on... 

Bioremediation at North End lake shows promising results

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 Water-quality test results following the organic clean-up of the North End lake in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, were positive in various critical parameters, suggesting a significant drop in pollution levels, which made the lake unsuitable for swimming events in the past. According to... 

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Water-leak detection and control systems provider AquaTrip South Africa has reasserted its focus on conserving water with the installation of its electronic valve, which monitors water flow at schools across Johannesburg. The Brisbane-based company has a regional office in Stellenbosch, in the... 

Tanzania aiming to become East Africa’s regional transport hub

By: John Muchira     13th May 2016 Tanzania is determined to implement transport infrastructure megaprojects in a bid to become East Africa's regional transport hub. The country, which is investing massively in port, airport and railway projects, has earmarked $445.6-million in the current financial year budget for the... 

Terex Washing Systems To Unveil New Products At Hillhead 2016

     12th May 2016 Terex Washing Systems will launch a number of new product lines serving an increasingly diverse range of materials handling sectors.  First in the new product line-up is the eagerly awaited Modular Scalping Unit.  This modular chassis-mounted scalping unit brings operators a well proven, cost... 

Technovision implements AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design solution

     12th May 2016 New software will support the delivery of Architect Engineering Services to EPC Contractors of power plant projects and will help avoid costly on-site inaccuracies.   Ankara, Turkey – 12 May 2016: AVEVA announced today that Technovision (Technovision Müh. Dan. Ve Dış. Tic. A.S.), the Engineering... 

Oil & Gas Africa 2016 Conference – Focus on Logistics

     12th May 2016 The world’s oil and gas industry is probably experiencing its most tumultuous period since the infamous oil crisis of 1973. However, instead of severe oil shortages and sky-high prices, current market turmoil is due to the inverse - Middle East wells pumping at maximum capacity with concomitant... 

Brazil mining dam reforms unsettle companies, do little for safety

By: Reuters     11th May 2016 Brazilian regulators plan to tighten rules on dams used in the mining industry after a breach last year caused the nation's worst environmental disaster but the changes, while opposed by struggling companies, look unlikely to improve safety. Environmental authorities say they will demand an... 

Peering into the Future of Global Waste & Resource Management, by Marilize Worst, MD of SmartMatta

     11th May 2016 Global population growth is skyrocketing. In 2025, there will be approximately 1.8 billion more middle class consumers. These consumers will be adding to the existing mounds of waste – a problem that will be compounded by an increasing reliance on packaged products. In 2013, reports indicated... 

CuDeco fully funded for Rocklands development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2016 Copper developer CuDeco on Wednesday announced that its Rocklands project, in Queensland, was funded to production, after the company closed a A$63-million nonrenounceable rights issue. The one-for-four rights issue was priced at 80c a share, and was launched in April this year. 

Biogas industry could contribute to job creation in South Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2016 The South African biogas industry is in its infancy and its true potential has not yet been realised, South African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) VP Eddie Cooke said at a conference held in association with the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Johannesburg, on... 

Mpact officially opens R350m rPET recycling plant 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2016 Paper and plastics packaging business Mpact’s new R350-million polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling operation in Wadeville, Germiston, has resulted in South Africa becoming the twenty-fourth country – and the first on the African continent – to meet beverage company The Coca-Cola Company’s... 

Aureus temporarily suspends New Liberty gold plant operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2016 Gold processing operations at dual-listed Aureus Mining’s New Liberty mine, in Liberia, have been temporarily suspended owing to problems with the detoxification circuit in the process plant. The gold miner on Tuesday said the detoxification circuit had not been operating to original design... 

S Australia can safely increase nuclear participation, says report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2016 The resources sector has welcomed the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s report, which looks into the state’s role in the nuclear fuel cycle. The report, which was delivered to Premier Jay Weatherill this week, found that South Australia could safely increase its... 

Two SA doctors make top 10 nominations for Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 ceremony

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Two South African doctors are among the ten people nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa, the African Innovation Foundation announced on Monday. South Africans Dr Imogen Wright (South Africa), who invented Exatype – a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV... 

Sika Scoops Unilever Ice Cream Project

     9th May 2016 As a reliable supplier of high performance flooring systems, Sika recently scooped the contract for flooring Unilever’s new state-of-the-art ice cream factory at Lord’s View Industrial Park, Midrand. The first factory of its kind in Africa, it boasts the latest green technology including zero... 

Shanta Gold strengthens financial position through share placing

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 East-Africa focused gold producer Shanta Gold has successfully completed an oversubscribed bookbuild for the conditional placing of about 111-million new ordinary shares. These shares were conditionally placed by stockbroking and advisory house Peel Hunt at 6.5p a share, with certain existing,... 

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