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Engen operations in nine African countries transfer to Vivo Energy in March 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Oil company Engen Holdings’ operations in nine sub-Saharan African countries will be transferred to JSE-listed downstream petroleum company Vivo Energy on March 1, 2019. The $203.9-million transaction will see Vivo’s retail service station network expand from 15 to 23 countries in Africa,... 

Anglo American asks Angola for permission to explore for metals

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Anglo American, one of the world's largest commodities miners, has asked Angola for permission to explore for base metals, the country's Ministry for Mines said on Friday. Anglo, which operates diamond, copper, platinum mines around the world, submitted a letter of intent to invest in the... 

Consultancy pursues innovation, growth

14th September 2018 Engineering consultancy AZMET continues to showcase South African engineering talent to a global audience, and the company is pursuing a number of plans for further expansions and opportunities that exist for organisations willing to innovate, says AZMET marketing director Ruan Kukard. AZMET,... 

Renewable-energy guide offers insight into maturing African markets

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Global law firm DLA Piper has characterised the regulatory environments for renewable-energy projects in 12 African countries in response to developing markets on the continent, says DLA Piper Global co-chair of energy sector Natasha Luther-Jones. Renewable energy projects are becoming... 

Galileo to acquire Kabwe residual rights, 95% stake in Star zinc project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has executed a heads of agreement to acquire the Kabwe residual rights, in Zambia, from BMR Group. The acquisition excludes BMR’s small-scale licence which is used as a zinc/lead/vanadium tailings recovery project, situated within the Kabwe mining licence.  

VIPs attending Infrastructure Africa attest to big infrastructure opportunities on the continent

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2018 Infrastructure Africa is bringing together global and regional infrastructure leaders and experts to attend the 7th annual event, kicking off in Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on the 9 -10th October 2018. Africa’s premier infrastructure event continues to grow its line-up of stellar... 

Johnson Crane Hire Rolls Out Its Own ‘Big Five’

10th September 2018 Customers of Africa’s lifting leader Johnson Crane Hire were recently treated to an impressive display of a selection of the company’s lifting equipment at an open day where its heavy lift fleet was likened to the ‘big five’ of the wild. “Johnson Crane Hire is a home grown South African business,... 

ENRC wins UK appeal in attorney-client privilege case

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 A UK appeals court on Wednesday overturned a decision forcing a Kazakh mining company to hand over documents to prosecutors who are investigating the firm for corruption, marking a decisive victory for law firms helping firms manage fraud and bribery cases. The ruling means that Eurasian Natural... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     6th September 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Zambia seen considering higher mine taxes to trim Budget gap

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 Zambia plans to trim its fiscal deficit next year even as Africa’s second-biggest copper producer boosts spending. It may be considering raising mine taxes to achieve that, according to analysts. The Finance Ministry is targeting a budget shortfall of 6.5% of gross domestic product next year,... 

Master Drilling acquires Atlantis

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 The strengthening of diversified geographic footprint of mining technology company Master Drilling is continuing with the announcement on Wednesday that the Johannesburg Stock Exchange company had entered into agreements to acquire the businesses of the Atlantis Group, a South African... 

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

Hotel group Hilton opens $100m Society Business Park in Zambian capital

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 Luxury hotel group Hilton has opened the refurbished 20-floor mixed-use development Society Business Park which houses Hilton Garden Inn in the Zambian capital Lusaka. In 2011, Zambia National Building Society (ZNBS) and the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) entered into a 20-year... 

China's Xi offers another $60bn to Africa, but says no to 'vanity' projects

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping offered another $60-billion in financing for Africa on Monday and said Chinese companies will be encouraged to invest no less than $10-billion over the next three years, but he also warned against "vanity projects". Speaking at the opening of a major summit with... 

What advice would you give your younger self? SMEC’s women in engineering reflect on their career journeys

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 Reflecting on Women’s Month in South Africa, SMEC South Africa celebrates their very own women in engineering - inspiring females who are not only transforming our built environment but leading the way for the next generation of female engineers. These women and many more like them in South... 

China's Xi says no strings attached to funds for Africa

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese funds are not for "vanity projects" in Africa but are to build infrastructure that can remove development bottlenecks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday, telling Chinese firms they also had to respect local people and the environment. Xi said at a business forum before the start... 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

Bigen wins two Standard Bank Top Women Empowerment Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 The Bigen Group, an innovative and solutions-focused infrastructure development group, earned two sought-after Standard Bank Top Women Awards. Bigen was named Top Gender Empowered Company in Infrastructure Development and CEO Anton Boshoff the Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment at the annual... 

Waste gas fuels smelter

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 A gas processing plant, built by backup and continuous power solutions provider Diesel Electric Services, in Boshoek near Rustenburg, has achieved over 45 000 lost-time injury-free hours in its first year of operation. The project –  which started in January 2016, and took about 16 months to... 

Ngonye solar plant, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Construction has started on the plant. 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2018 Innovative drilling technologies company Master Drilling, which will next month launch a new blast-free mobile tunnel boring machine that is expected to have a far-reaching beneficial impact on mining, on Tuesday reported satisfactory results for the six months ended June 30. The Johannesburg... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Enel starts construction of its first power plant in Zambia

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 Enel Group’s global renewable energy division Enel Green Power (EGP) has started construction on the 34 MW Ngonye solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is the group’s first power plant in Zambia. The PV facility, which is located in Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone in the country’s south,... 

Zambia copper output up 10.6% in first half of 2018 – central bank

By: Reuters     22nd August 2018 Zambian copper output rose 10.6% to 402 222 t in the first half of the year, the central bank governor Denny Kalyalya said on Wednesday. Zambian copper mining industry has been increasing production of the metal thanks to stable power supply and relatively higher metal prices in recent months. 

Italtile delivers resilient FY18 performance despite subdued consumer sentiment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 JSE-listed Italtile has declared an ordinary dividend a share of 38c for the year ended June 30, which is a 27% increase on the dividend of 30c declared for the prior financial year. The higher dividend follows a strong trading profit of R1.5-billion, which is up 43% on the trading profit of... 

ExecuJet to welcome first Pilatus PC-24 to Africa in Oct

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2018 Aviation company ExecuJet, which is part of the Luxaviation group, will, in October, become the first business aviation company to operate and manage a Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet in Africa. With the aircraft to be based at the Cape Town International Airport, ExecuJet will be responsible... 

Ethiopian Airways plans to rule Africa’s skies

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 Ethiopian Airlines has signed joint venture agreements and business partnerships with at least 14 countries on the continent as part of its Vision 2025 growth plan, under which the carrier hopes to become “the leading aviation group in Africa”, the East African reported. From Zambia and Malawi in... 

Zambian Revenue Authority executes search warrant at Gemfield’s Kagem mine

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Gemstone miner Gemfields on Friday said its Kagem Mining company had been subjected to an unannounced visit on Thursday by the Zambian Revenue Authority. Kagem Mining, through which Gemfields operates and holds 75% of the Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, and its South African polygraph service... 

Dachser South Africa driving excellence in road freight services

17th August 2018 According to logistics company Dachser South Africa road freight in Africa can be a challenging undertaking. Therefore, transporting goods and services throughout the continent requires a network of support partners, a team that has up-to-date information on multi-country customs and border... 

Experts collaborate to deliver project in Kenya

17th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom’s Nairobi team, consisting of experts from South Africa, Kenya, Germany and the US, is working on a civil-structure assessment project for a transmission line in Kenya. “A major advantage for Aecom in the region is its ability to leverage its... 

Budget airline continues to refine its service and aircraft mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 Pan-African low cost carrier Fastjet (which operates under the brand fastjet) is continuing its programme of optimising its services, routes, and fleet, to restore its financial health, ensure it becomes a sustainable going concern, and thereafter achieve consistent profitability. “As a... 

Our innovations are the key partnership to your future

By: Yolande Botes     17th August 2018 “The EIE Group is known for its innovative state-of-the-art machinery and associated technologies on their automated and semi-automated solutions. Similarly, our reputation for applying solutions that ensure that our customer’s operations are fully optimised and fully supported through our... 

Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will start requiring that copper producers which source metal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) carry out independent audits to prove their material is ethically sourced, according to people familiar with the matter. The LME is reviewing its requirements... 

Barrick says China partner for copper 'makes all kinds of sense'

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2018 Barrick Gold executive chairman John Thornton says the Canadian miner is looking at its copper assets “very seriously” to see if it makes sense to form a copper company with one or two partners, most likely from China. “The question for us on copper is, ‘Can you take the copper assets, combine... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

New-configuration valve creates export potential

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak has placed an order for about 30 redesigned FK industrial butterfly valves (FK d90) from its Italy-based supplier Formatura Iniezione Polimeri (FIP) Valves, with first shipment expected later this year. The valves will be added to the... 

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