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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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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... 

Mintek cracks spiral automation

3rd May 2019 An actuation mechanism developed by South Africa’s national mineral research organisation Mintek has been demonstrated to increase metallurgical performance at spiral plants. Spiral separators are helical chutes that are designed to separate wet minerals based on density. They are often used for... 

Huge demand for copper, cobalt, lithium and nickel in the offing as EV uptake increases

15th March 2019 Investors focused on the mining sector may not fully appreciate how quickly the electric vehicle (EV) is being adopted globally, in light of the world pursuing a low-carbon emissions future, says battery metals investment vehicle Colbalt 27 Capital chairperson and CEO Anthony Milewski, who warns... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

7th December 2018 Energy efficiency in the mining and minerals processing sector continues to be a hot topic, especially in South Africa, where increases in the cost of energy sources – namely electricity, diesel and coal – along with that of labour, exceed inflation.   

Cost limiting uptake in Africa as technology is deployed against mining accidents

23rd November 2018 South Africa’s mining safety statistics are commendable, but the same cannot be said for some of the mining jurisdictions in Africa, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) chairperson Freddy Mugeri tells Mining Weekly. “I have been around the world and have not heard any one... 

SAWEA CEO bullish about SA wind energy outlook

26th October 2018 As forecast, 2018 is shaping up to be a landmark year for the South African energy sector, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Brenda Martin tells Engineering News. Bolstering South Africa’s energy sector is much-improved policy certainty, transparent decision-making and public... 

Industry growth demands maintenance skills

26th October 2018 With the growth in wind energy utilities, the demand to install, repair and maintain such facilities in Africa, including South Africa, is on the rise, says Knowledge Pele (KP) Academy head Richard Setati. He tells Engineering News that many reports and commentators attest to the overall growth... 

Klawer awaits PPA signature, while Roggeveld surges ahead

26th October 2018 Having received preferred bidder status three years ago, Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies’ Klawer wind farm project awaits a power purchase agreement (PPA) signature before undertaking the 18 months of construction needed to add 5 MW of electricity to the national grid. 

Wind farm to power local development

26th October 2018 The R3.1-billion Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg local municipality, has started work on its electrical distribution network, edging closer to not only making an impact on the national grid but also on the economies of surrounding communities. 

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