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Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock is Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Thermal fragmentation tech readying for mining upswing

11th July 2019 Northriding-based underground drill and blast solutions provider MaXem Investments continues to locally develop the thermal fragmentation equipment from junior mining company Nippon Dragon Resources in preparation for an upswing in the mining market. Established in 1997, MaXem, formerly a group... 

South African gold sector far from ‘dead’, despite dwindling output

28th June 2019 Although South Africa is now Africa’s second-largest gold producer, after Ghana, its gold mining industry still accounts for more than 21% of the continent’s total mined gold production, precious metals refining and smelting complex Rand Refinery CEO Praveen Baijnath tells Mining Weekly. Almost... 

Locally-built Stampede pedestrian rollers dispatched to Kemach branches

27th June 2019 Earthmoving solutions dealer Kemach Equipment has dispatched the first six rollers from South African vibratory compaction rollers manufacturer Stampede Compaction Equipment to each of its main branches across the country. The companies partnered to supply the South African market locally... 

Corruption, maladministration of royalties leave mine-affected communities high and dry

14th June 2019 Maladministration and misappropriation of funds continue to render South Africa’s mining royalties system mostly ineffective, with no one being brought to book. Established to deliver transformation in impoverished, mining-affected communities through the distribution of royalties paid by the... 

Gen sets locally manufactured to meet African demands

13th June 2019 Starting as an importer of small household generator sets from China, Pretoria-based commercial and industrial diesel generator supplier Maverick Generators has grown into a local manufacturer, offering the African market products designed to withstand the continent’s harsh operating conditions.... 

Turnaround strategy for production tech industry making headway

7th June 2019 Intsimbi Future Production Technologies Initiative (IFPTI) is making headway with its turnaround strategy for South Africa’s distressed tooling industry and is receiving substantial recognition locally and internationally, but many small, lower technology companies are still struggling, says... 

‘Unintended consequences’ killing industry – MTMA

7th June 2019 There is no improvement in demand from the South African manufacturing sector for machine tool imports, says Machine Tool Merchants’ Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides, adding that government’s local content drive has been unsuccessful in increasing local manufacturing. He told... 

Machine tools sector preparing local manufacturing for 4IR

7th June 2019 Technological advancements in the local machine tools industry will help grow South Africa’s struggling manufacturing sector, says corporate association of manufacturers Manufacturing Circle (MC) executive director Philippa Rodseth. The manufacturing sector’s contribution to South Africa’s gross... 

Demand for South African engineered drones grows in Africa

28th May 2019 The benefit of accessing high-end unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) products and support on the same continent has seen increased demand from African countries of late for products from Cape Town UAV manufacturer Airborne Drones, says partner Gideon Gerber. Airborne Drones products are manufactured... 

Ramjack remote operational centre has potential to save mines millions

14th May 2019 The South African-developed rROC remote operations centre (ROC) can potentially save mines millions of US dollars by addressing their skills issues while driving productivity figures and improving safety records. rROC was created by Randburg-based specialised systems integrator Ramjack Technology... 

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