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Khutso Maphatsoe

Khutso Maphatsoe

Khutso Maphatsoe is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Group introduces new blasting brand

30th April 2021 Blasting technology is moving mining towards a more sustainable future, a trend spurred by the recent launch of blast services provider BME’s Blast Alliance brand on April 1, says BME MD Joe Keenan. Member of the JSE-listed Omnia group, BME announced during the launch that the Blast Alliance... 

Mines shift towards cloud-based ERP

30th April 2021 With mining companies often operating in remote locations and having to adapt to poor communications infrastructure and sensitivities regarding data security, companies must have a deployment strategy that allows for flexibility in choosing which business operations should run on cloud-based... 

Local mine planning on par with global offering

30th April 2021 South African mine service providers are on par – or even slightly advanced – compared with international peers in terms of mine planning and software offering, says Ukwazi Mining business development manager Spencer Eckstein. “Mine planning is a fundamental discipline for mining companies and,... 

Tech assists water utilities improve sewer systems

23rd April 2021 Water technology company Xylem Africa offers the BLU-X wastewater network optimisation technology to water utilities for better control over the performance and capacity of their sewer system assets. “BLU-X helps utilities to reduce sewerage overflow, detect sewer blockages, minimise flooding... 

Company’s project pipeline healthy despite Covid

9th April 2021 Despite Covid-19 presenting several challenges, mining advisory company Ukwazi has provided services for various mining projects over the past year. “We have completed projects at coal, platinum group metals and chrome mines, as well as projects for manganese and iron-ore operations in the... 

Industry’s appetite for automation, digitisation to increase

9th April 2021 It is expected that the services sector will continue to grow rapidly after Covid-19, as a result of the mining industry’s increased appetite for automation, digitisation and “all things Industry 4.0”, says University of Pretoria graduate school of technology management senior lecturer Dr Taryn... 

Company secures local fabrication contract

9th April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is ordering a bill of materials to begin fabrication for a contract that it secured in October 2020, under the leadership of Thos Begbie sales engineer Ethienne Erasmus. The contract is set for completion by June 2021. The company was invited to... 

Modular units serve projects countrywide

9th April 2021 Prefabricated and modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace has completed various mining civil infrastructure upgrades and has supplied buildings to over 40 mining clients in South Africa in the past year. Additionally, Kwikspace have manufactured, delivered and erected about 100 units for the... 

Manufacturer expands abrasive products range

2nd April 2021 German-owned abrasive products manufacturer PFERD South Africa is continuing with product line extensions for its coated and bonded abrasive products to meet market needs. This follows the manufacturer’s having noticed a steady shift in the market towards hand-held power tools that can improve... 

Toolkit caters for agriculture sector

2nd April 2021 Tools manufacturer Jonnesway’s customised Agri toolkit is a solution comprising tools that have been selected by farmers, for farmers. “The Jonnesway Agri toolkit has become a key offering under bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International’s agri-smart banner,” says Jonnesway... 

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