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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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Second phase under way

5th March 2021 Multinational mining and metallurgical company Eramet’s rutile exploration and development project in Cameroon is progressing steadily, with the second phase of exploration under way. A pilot rutile processing plant is also planned, according to a statement issued by Cameroon Ministry of Mines,... 

New titanium processing plant headed for South Africa

5th March 2021 UK minerals technology company Fodere Titanium is taking substantial steps towards the commercialisation of a pilot project in South Africa, through which it expects to commission a small industrial process plant in the fourth quarter of this year. A larger plant will developed thereafter to... 

Failure to consummate titanium smelter deal triggers $18m break-up payment

5th March 2021 Multinational mining and metallurgical company Eramet expects to receive an $18-million payment from titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox, following the collapse of a proposed smelter acquisition. This payment arises as a result of the unilateral termination of the $300-million proposal... 

Rubber manufacturer buoyed in tough economy

19th February 2021 Rubber manufacturer Rubber Products and Mouldings (RPM) is “very bullish” about the year ahead, with the company poised for growth despite the difficult economic circumstances because of ongoing lockdowns. “The economy is not strong, so it certainly won’t be easy for any business. However, RPM... 

Greater localisation of OEM supply needed

19th February 2021 Despite the pandemic being a strong motivator for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to localise procurement, rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber MD Stoney Steenkamp believes that too many local OEMs still lack the drive to do so. “Although many customers made huge efforts to localise... 

Concentrator plant at platinum mine under way

19th February 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is overseeing the engineering design, procurement and construction management of a three-million-tonne-a-year concentrator plan at platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West. Phase 1 of the project,... 

Strategic forethought hindered by crisis mindset

12th February 2021 With South Africa’s fiscus placed under immense strain as government attempts to combat the effects of the pandemic, South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Vishaal Lutchman fears that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s leadership is in “head down crisis mode”, with... 

Heritage building facelift under way

12th February 2021 Construction contractor Icon Group is conducting bulk earthworks and demolitions in the Johannesburg central business district as part of a construction project aimed at developing a new Title Deeds Office for the City of Johannesburg. The project, a partnership between the city and the... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

12th February 2021 The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s... 

Food warehouse expansion under way

12th February 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa has embarked on the second phase expansion of a production and warehousing facility for a food manufacturer in Johannesburg. The first phase was successfully completed last year and the second phase is under way, Peikko South Africa... 

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