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Darren Parker

Darren Parker

Darren Parker is a Creamer Media Senior Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Institute’s online courses fare well

18th June 2021 Training organisation Corlia Roberts Institute of Diamonds has added a gold and precious metals course, as well as a second-hand and estate jewellery course, to its roster. The courses aim to assist working professionals in the diamond industry in honing new skills and applying expert knowledge... 

Diamond market’s sparkle returns

18th June 2021 Diamond demand bounced back stronger than expected in the fourth quarter of 2020, says diamond producer De Beers senior sales manager for South Africa Richard Steenkamp. “Much of this recovery is attributed to the key holiday selling season for diamond jewellery, which outperformed the... 

Junior diamond mining sector in trouble

18th June 2021 The small and junior diamond mining industry in South Africa is in dire straits, says South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) vice chairperson Lyndon de Meillon. “Over the past 16 years, we've lost about 90% of the companies involved in the sector and about 20 000 jobs. Covid-19 has... 

New dryer range piques mining interest

28th May 2021 The introduction of compressed-air equipment manufacturer Artic Driers International’s new SA Series heatless pressure swing air dryers has sparked significant interest in the South African mining sector, says CEO Allen Cockfield. “Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build... 

Furnace sector heating up after Covid-19

28th May 2021 There has been a significant increase in project activity for furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) since the start of this year. DGC commercial manager Louwrens Minnie tells Mining Weekly that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a slump in activity last year, but... 

New services enhance repairs

28th May 2021 Furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies’ (DGC’s) new service offerings help to ensure more cost-effective furnace maintenance and repair. DGC added endoscopic furnace inspection services to its service offering, which is ideal for smaller scale maintenance and repair work, just... 

Construction turnaround requires collaboration

21st May 2021 Partnerships between the private and public sectors are paramount to turning the built environment and construction sectors around in South Africa, says engineering firm Aecom Africa programme cost consulting director Dean Narainsamy. “This will encourage collaborative thinking and combine the... 

Direct cement sales to industry drop

21st May 2021 About 30% of cement sales in South Africa are going directly to the construction industry for construction projects, which is down from about 50% being sold directly to the construction industry about ten years ago, says cement manufacturer AfriSam sales & marketing executive Richard Tomes. “We... 

Sustainable construction ethos prioritised by manufacturer

21st May 2021 Cement additive manufacturing company CHRYSO Southern Africa has installed a solar electricity generating system at its Jet Park manufacturing facility, in Gauteng; this forms part of the company’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. The installation was completed in January and consists of... 

Construction sector builds hope

21st May 2021 Although there is uncertainty regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy and the construction sector, hope remains as long as South African policy makers continue to recognise that the built environment sector is an important pillar in terms of stimulating the economy, says... 

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