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Digital education offers new experiential training opportunities

17th May 2019 Digital technologies are helping to improve education and leading to experiential training – a learning-by-doing approach that helps students to apply fundamental learning and merging experience and training, says Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Lausanne Hospitality School) associate professor Dr... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution could offer manufacturing and mining boost

17th May 2019 Digitally-enabled changes, called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – the most profound changes in the past 2 000 years – can boost and reinvigorate the mining and manufacturing industries if they seize on the opportunities presented by the digital disruption. This is one of the views of... 

Rising demand for versatile mini cranes

10th May 2019 There is growing demand for the versatile and compact Unic Spider Mini Cranes in South Africa’s construction and mining sectors, says local distributor B & B Group CEO Bob Fogg. The cranes range from 1 t to 10 t cranes, and many are small enough to fit through doors and into confined construction... 

Noninvasive industrial cybersecurity aims to make South African industries resilient

10th May 2019 France-headquartered cybersecurity multinational GECI has launched its suite of industrial cybersecurity services and solutions in South Africa to help make local industrial companies and sites resilient to cyberattacks, says GECI South Africa director Mike Bergen. The solutions can be deployed... 

Green chemistry requires whole value chain approach

3rd May 2019 Green chemistry requires that the entire value chain be considered to ensure that the use and reclamation or disposal of chemicals are economically feasible, says multinational specialty chemicals producer Clariant South Africa head Nicol Meyer. Clariant’s local clients are receptive to using... 

Sars wants tech to help it stop illicit tobacco revenue leaks

30th April 2019 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is seeking to introduce a track-and-trace marker technology in the cigarette industry, which will enable it to monitor the journey from cigarette manufacturing plants to points of sale and/or import or export trades. This is aimed at curbing revenue... 

Competition Tribunal unveils new website to provide easier access to information

29th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Monday announced that it had rebranded under a new logo and had redone its website to offer easier access to information for companies. The revamped website offers users the latest case information and documentation, breaking news, as well as improving search... 

Environmental assessment gets under way at NexGen’s Rook 1 project

29th April 2019 The Rook 1 project, which is a proposed uranium mining and milling operation that will be 100% owned and operated by TSX-listed uranium mine development company NexGen Energy, in the south-western Athabasca Uranium Basin region in northern Saskatchewan, has been given permission to begin... 

Global steel production increases to 444 Mt in first quarter

29th April 2019 Global crude steel production for the first quarter of this year increased by 4.5% year-on-year to 444.1-million tonnes, global industry body, the World Steel Association (worldsteel), said in a statement on Monday. Asia produced 312.9-million tonnes of crude steel during the first three months... 

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga

26th April 2019 Mining and cement equipment multinational FLSmidth is producing equipment for mines and processing plants globally at the newly upgraded Delmas Supercenter, including large vibrating screens and flotation components, as well as repairing and upgrading customer equipment. The upgrade improves... 

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