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Fastjet once again wins Transport Africa’s Innovation Award

     29th June 2016 Fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, was awarded the Transport Innovator Award for a second consecutive year at the 9th Transport Africa Awards 2016 held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 28 June 2016. The Transport Africa Awards set out to identify and reward leaders in transportation who... 

Pyrotec PackMark expands into Botswana

     28th June 2016 Committed to its customers, and in line with its goals to expand into sub-Saharan Africa, Pyrotec PackMark, a Pyrotec brand, has confirmed the appointment of a distributor in Botswana. Pyrotec has a national South African footprint with centres in the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the... 

Zimbabwe loses half its daily power supply after technical hitch

By: Reuters     28th June 2016 Zimbabwe lost half of its daily power supply on Tuesday after a technical hitch, the State power company said, disrupting business in an economy struggling to overcome a commodities downturn and severe drought. The power firm said a total of 800 MW of electricity was lost due to the fault on its... 

MBE Minerals Proves That Pneuflot Is Suited To All Ores

     27th June 2016 Pneumatic flotation technology is delivering outstanding results in field trials involving platinum group metals and iron ore, and will soon be put to the test in gold, rare earth and graphite circuits in southern Africa. Gregory Niekerk, business development manager at MBE Minerals, says that... 

$5m equipment for Zim small-scale gold miners

By: Oscar Nkala     24th June 2016 Chinese-made mining equipment worth $5-million is to be delivered to small-scale gold miners in Zimbabwe by the end of August as the first consignment of a much bigger deal that has been in abeyance since 2012, owing to failure by the Southern African country to guarantee a loan from the China... 

Graphite mine seeking $5.9m for plant upgrades, mechanisation and exploration

By: Oscar Nkala     24th June 2016 Zimbabwe's sole graphite mine is seeking joint venture partners or capital lenders willing to $5.9-million to fund plant upgrades and the purchase of equipment to start underground mining, as well as exploration projects to increase the operation's resource base.   Lynx Graphite board member... 

Mango founder-CEO Bezuidenhout to join fastjet, while SAA admits subsidy

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2016 Beleaguered African low-cost airline fastjet, which is listed on the London AIM, has announced that it has appointed South African airline executive Nico Bezuidenhout as its new CEO. Bezuidenhout will take up his new post on August 1. He has been CEO of Mango Airlines, the low-cost subsidiary of... 

SA has potential as a global centre of excellence – consultancy

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 South Africa has the potential to become a global centre of excellence for consulting engineering services, according to Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East (AEM) region MD Dr Pierre Olivier.  

Zimbabwe’s Hwange coal mine to cut 1 500 jobs, Minister says

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2016 Hwange Colliery Ltd., a partly state-owned Zimbabwean coal miner, plans to cut 1 500 jobs this year to make it more viable and has put measures in place to protect it from lawsuits, Deputy Mines Minister Fred Moyo said. “Hwange’s labour force is 3 000 and about 1 500 are going to be laid off to... 

African Tax Outlook

     22nd June 2016 Launch of the first edition of the African Tax Outlook – a premium ATAF tax publication on tax indicators of the fifteen African countries. This first edition of the African Tax Outlook, which brings together valuable, practical and relevant descriptive and analytical information on tax issues... 

Zimbabwe State diamond miner produces 500 000 ct since March launch

By: Reuters     20th June 2016 Zimbabwe's new State-owned diamond miner has produced 513 000 ct since March when it started operations after the government ordered all mining companies to halt work in the Marange fields, its acting CEO said on Monday. The government on Feb 22 evicted all diamond mining firms in the Marange... 

Zimbabwe expects power supplies from Kariba expansion to start in Dec 2017

By: Reuters     15th June 2016 Zimbabwe, which endured power cuts almost daily last year, is on track to start generating additional power supplies at its Kariba hydro plant in December 2017, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Construction of two new generating units at the country's biggest power plant to add 300... 

Drilling just got smarter with new Atlas Copco SmartROC

     15th June 2016 Atlas Copco’s new ground-breaking SmartROC D65 down-the-hole drill rig combines brains and brawn to set the industry benchmark in intelligent, powerful and efficient high-precision drilling for improved production, productivity and ultimately profitability. In the current protracted tough... 

Africa’s food suppliers target international exports in the drive for growth and profit

     14th June 2016 Suppliers at the continent’s largest food expo that begins on Sunday reveal aggressive plans for investment and expansion in the run up the three-day exhibition. Companies from across the world arrive in Johannesburg this weekend for the start of the biggest food and beverage expo on the... 

Zimbabwe villagers displaced by diamond mining hope to see action from government

By: Reuters     13th June 2016 Villagers re-located to a sprawling government-owned farm complex in eastern Zimbabwe to make way for the nation's biggest diamond field are hoping that President Robert Mugabe's move to take control of the valued resource will benefit them. More than 1,000 families were moved in 2009 from a... 

Low-cost airline fastjet recruits Mango founder-CEO Bezuidenhout

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2016 Beleaguered African low-cost airline fastjet, which is listed on the London Aim, announced on Thursday that it had appointed South African airline executive Nico Bezuidenhout as its new CEO. Bezuidenhout will take up his new post on August 1. He has been CEO of Mango Airlines, the low-cost... 

Dubai-based solar firm pursuing 650 MW African project pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2016 Solar energy company Phanes Group, of the United Arab Emirates, reports that its African project pipeline currently exceeds 650 MW, including a 150 MW project under development in South Africa, where it recently opened a regional office. The Johannesburg office is the Dubai-headquartered firm’s... 

Zimbabwe sets Tuesday deadline for chrome miner to cede half its claims

By: Reuters     7th June 2016 Zimbabwe's second largest ferrochrome producer Zimbabwe Alloys has been given until the close of business on Tuesday to hand over half its chrome mining claims or risk having them seized, according to a letter from the government seen by Reuters. The Southern African nation holds the world's... 

Dollar shortages threaten Zimbabwe mining production

By: Reuters     7th June 2016 Zimbabwe could lose the equivalent of four months of mining output this year because an acute dollar shortage has led to delays by banks in processing payments for imports of spare parts and supplies, the Chamber of Mines said on Monday. The problem affects the entire mining sector, which... 

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Solar system specialist and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika has since 2012 supplied and installed up to 25 000 units of their solar direct current (DC) home power solution in low-cost housing units, called Siyakhanyisa. The renewable energy capacity of up to 500 kWp was installed in... 

Moz coal sector under strain as country looks to cooperation with Botswana

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 It is reported from Mozambique that three of the companies producing coal in that country have stopped, or significantly scaled back, their mining activities. According to the Maputo daily Notícias that are the Indian groups International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) and Jindal Africa, and... 

Health…a cornerstone to building a stronger SA

     1st June 2016 Provision and access to quality health is a key part of the National Development Plan. Health has been identified as an important aspect that will help drive growth in the South African economy due to the social effects it will have on the lives of South Africans.  Currently, the public health... 

Sugar drags down record performance of other Tongaat divisions

By: Tracy Hancock     30th May 2016 JSE-listed sugar producer Tongaat Hulett’s cash flow from operations took a significant blow in the year ended March 31, owing to its sugar production reducing by a further 291 000 t to 1.023-million tons from 1.314-million tons and 1.424-million tons in 2015 and 2014 respectively. Tongaat Hulett... 

Water footprinting integral to water management systems

     27th May 2016 Professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa have shifted focus to advising clients within the private sector to focus on their water strategies in order to sustainably manage water resources while lowering operational costs. WSP have assisted companies such as private hospital... 

POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers

     23rd May 2016 POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers Africa’s leading power generation and distribution stakeholders are set to converge in Sandton later this year, for talks on creating power for sustainable growth in Africa. 

Top economist will discuss Land Reform as part of The Food Forum 2016 in Johannesburg

     23rd May 2016 Following new South African government pledges to speed up Land Reform over the weekend, Africa’s biggest food expo promises expert analysis at a major conference in Johannesburg next month. Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world and hosts The Food Forum... 

Zimbabwe's platinum industry calls for $2.8bn in new investment

By: Reuters     20th May 2016 Zimbabwe could double annual platinum production to more than 900 000 oz in the next decade and become the nation's top export earner but current producers need $2.8-billion in new investment to do so, the industry associaton said on Friday. The southern African nation holds the second largest... 

AG wheels launches a wheel machining shop

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2016 South African rail engineering company Grindrod Locomotives and ATCOM Wheels, a supplier of new and refurbished wheel sets are in the process of establishing a wheel shop located at Grindrod Locomotives' works in Pretoria West.  Our joint goal is  to accommodate  wheel machining opportunities... 

Operations resume at Premier’s RHA tungsten project

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has re-equipped the 120-m vertical shaft at its RHA tungsten project, in Zimbabwe, and expects to return to operations this week. Premier reported on Tuesday that mining equipment and minerals processing specialist Appropriate Process Technologies (APT) would... 

End of commodities boom hits African countries

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 The global commodities super cycle has come to an end, sharply lowering the price of oil, gas, metals and minerals,” stated the World Bank in its most recent ‘Regional Overview for Africa’ review (published in late March). “As a net commodities exporter, Africa is deeply affected by falling... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 Zambia and Zimbabwe plan to start repairs to Kariba dam in the first quarter of next year. 

Anglo dangles goody-two-shoes Grosvenor to lure coal buyers

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 At most other times in the mining cycle, news of the sale of a goody-two-shoes metallurgical coal asset like Australia’s Grosvenor would have had buyers queuing up to buy. But disposal of even alluring resources in today’s uncertain and low-price environment needs to be accompanied by an enticing... 

Caledonia’s Q1 performance better than expected

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2016 TSX- and Aim-listed Caledonia Mining on Thursday posted a “better-than-expected” first-quarter performance from its 49%-owned Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe. The group reported a 3.7% increase in gross profit to $3.9-million on the back of higher gold production and sales and a lower average cost per... 

Power, equipment challenges impede Metallon’s Q1 production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2016 Power supply interruptions and equipment breakdowns have contributed to a 15% year-on-year decrease in Zimbabwe-based Metallon Corporation’s production for the quarter ended March 31. The company on Thursday reported production of 20 676 oz for the quarter under review, compared with the 24 386... 

Exploration, mining expected to grow in importance for cement producer PPC 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2016 The medium-term game plan of African cement producer PPC is to find new resources needed by its operations, which will probably require it to engage in some form of exploration and eventual mining close to where urban development is expected in Africa. Over time, the resources side of the... 

Illegal mining suspects arrested in Springs after shoot-out

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2016 Eight suspected illegal miners were arrested in Springs following a shoot-out with police, the Ekurhuleni metro police department said on Monday. Lt-Col Wilfred Kgasago said that police raided various informal settlements in the Springs area in the early hours of Friday morning following reports... 

Barloworld expands into Southern Africa

     29th April 2016 Machinery and global brands distributor Barloworld Equipment group has invested $14-million in its equipment operations in the city of Kitwe, in Zambia.  

PPC planning to double every ten years  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2016 The target of major cement producer PPC to more than double the size of its business every ten years to retain its market share in Africa is based on the continent’s world-leading rate of urbanisation and the projection that the population of Africa will double by 2050. 

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