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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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Sisi steps up game with women’s Basi Metaguard boot

4th October 2021 With the launch of its Basi Metaguard boot scheduled for this month, women’s safety wear manufacturer Sisi Safety Wear will introduce the first locally produced women’s boot with a metaguard. “Metaguard boots for women are not yet widely available on the South African market. While their male... 

Consumers hungry for Otima’s affordable kid’s lunchboxes

13th September 2021 Launching its 850 ml kid’s lunchboxes last year, Johannesburg-based plastics manufacturer Otima Plastics is operating at full production capacity to meet demand, manufacturing 60 000 kid’s lunchboxes a month. The price point of the product is a major driver of demand, says Otima domestic and... 

Mintek’s CyLas upgraded to accommodate remote working amid pandemic

30th August 2021 Instrument technicians at remote sites can now install the CyLas on-line instrument for measuring a hydrocyclone’s underflow flare discharge angle with only telephone or email assistance where needed. The inability of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services... 

Enviro-friendly Battery Electric loco on track for underground testing at Sibanye-Stillwater

15th August 2021 Following successful surface trials, mining major Sibanye-Stillwater has approved the testing of a 5 t diesel, hydraulic underground mining locomotive converted into an environment-friendly battery powered electric version. The locomotive was adapted using Gauteng-based underground railway... 

KFP Rail’s fishplate tech thwarts derailments during local mine trial

30th July 2021 Johannesburg-based railway technology developer KFP Rail’s patented fishplate solution has been successfully trialled at a local mine, resolving uneven rail head thickness and, thereby, preventing derailments underground. “The mining industry faces many restrictions regarding maintenance and... 

Oil and gas companies have role to play in lower-carbon economy

29th July 2021 The aim of the decarbonisation transition is not to make the oil and gas industry obsolete, in an effort to achieve a low-carbon economy by 2050, , says leading global professional services company Accenture in Africa strategy and consulting senior manager for energy Yu-Feng McConnachie. 

Locally crafted, colourful veldskoens head for Olympics

18th July 2021 Footwear designer Veldskoen Shoes will add “gees” to South Africa’s Olympic kit as its veldskoen, which sees colourful soles and laces added to the original Chukka leather shoe, is the official off-field shoe of South African athletes competing in Toyko, Japan, this year. Introduced to the market... 

Pienaar Bros’ Rhino clear polycarb safety cap first of its kind in South African market

16th July 2021 Rhino polycarb safety cap offers local market a clear solution The Rhino clear polycarbonate safety cap from personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Pienaar Bros is the first locally produced clear safety cap of its kind to be offered to the South African market. 

Decarbonising oil and gas pivotal to achieving carbon neutral future

13th July 2021 Energy decarbonisation makes good business sense, especially in the oil and gas industry, in spite of the global energy imbalance and the need to achieve the targets set by the Paris Agreement to curb climate change. 

Rhino polycarb safety cap offers local market a clear solution

2nd July 2021 The Rhino clear polycarbonate safety cap from personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Pienaar Bros is the first locally produced clear safety cap of its kind to be offered to the South African market. Approved by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the safety cap took two years to... 

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