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Nadine Ramdass

Nadine Ramdass

Nadine Ramdass is a Creamer Media Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Nadine Ramdass

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Enhanced steel grade meets demanding needs

7th June 2024

Stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, has improved on the “workhorse” 3CR12 utility steel by adding the high-strength 3CR12HP400 version to meet the... 

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Cost-effective corrosion technology excels in harsh climates

7th June 2024

Corrosion control specialist Cortec’s migrating corrosion inhibitors (MCIs) technology offers a cost-effective solution to extend structural service life in high-temperature areas, such as those in... 

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Specialist expands in sub-Saharan Africa

31st May 2024

Following its acquisition of chain solutions manufacturer IWIS Drive Systems South Africa in November last year, industrial supplies specialist Bearings 2000 (B2K) has become the exclusive... 

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Operations resume at coal mine

24th May 2024

Coal mining and trading company Minergy Coal has resumed production at its Masama coal mine, in the Mmamabula West coalfield of southern Botswana, after successfully entering a mining contract with... 

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Diamond miner progresses move to underground

24th May 2024

Ahead of its fifty-fifth anniversary, Botswana-based diamond miner Debswana Diamond Company is undertaking an expansion project at its flagship Jwaneng mine, in the south-central part of Botswana,... 

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Committed to strategic growth goals amid industry challenges

24th May 2024

Despite encountering various challenges – including commodity price volatility closely linked to global economic conditions and supply chain dynamics – metallurgy and process engineering company... 

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Virtual training key to cost-effective skills development

10th May 2024

The mining industry is increasingly turning to virtual reality (VR) training to equip employees with essential skills in a simulated environment that mimics real-life conditions while reducing... 

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Hosted learnerships allow for collaborative skills development

10th May 2024

Hosted learnerships play a crucial role in addressing the skills gap in the mining sector, particularly in areas with high unemployment rates, by upskilling local talent, providing additional... 

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Access to farming equipment boosts mechanisation

3rd May 2024

Agricultural technology company Hello Tractor, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, aims to improve small-scale farming practices through its app Hello Tractor, which facilitates increased... 

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Job, cybersecurity concerns cloud 4IR transition

26th April 2024

While mining companies are exploring the integration of data analytics and other artificial intelligence (AI) systems into their operations, job-loss concerns, compounded by cybersecurity concerns,... 

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Enhancing efficiency

26th April 2024

Software solutions provider GEOVIA, a brand of software company Dassault Systèmes, has introduced two new roles to its portfolio, which facilitate improved collaboration, and fast-track work... 

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Scanner finds copper-rich mineralisation

26th April 2024

Mining technology provider Veracio’s TruScan core scanning system has facilitated the generation of geological insights instrumental to discovering diversified explorer and developer Foran Mining’s... 

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Concurrent rehabilitation improves community relations

19th April 2024

Midtier gold miner Pan African Resources’ concurrent rehabilitation at its Mogale tailings retreatment (MTR) project, located at the Mintails site, near Mogale City in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, is... 

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Fibre optic cables improve monitoring, safety

19th April 2024

Innovative applications of fibre optic cable technology can provide a proactive solution to detect potential tailings storage facility (TSF) risks and improve protection of the associated... 

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Tailings equipment security, integrity spotlighted

19th April 2024

The industries involved in tailings retreatment and the rehabilitation of tailings storage facilities (TSFs) are increasingly moving towards more sustainable and socially responsible practices,... 

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Agreement extends stainless steel reach

5th April 2024

Austenitic stainless steels specialist N’GENIUS Materials Technology has reached an agreement with UK-based stainless steel manufacturer Project Pipeline Supply (PPS) to sell and distribute... 

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Drone potential hindered by regulatory hurdles, lack of funding

29th March 2024

While the South African drone manufacturing sector could increase its participation in the international market, regulatory hurdles, as well as a lack of funding and government support, are some of... 

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Regulations need to adapt to evolving industry – drone specialist

29th March 2024

A collaborative approach between industry authority the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and drone operators is critical in further easing regulations for new and existing drone... 

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Zimbabwean gas project spurs regional interest

22nd March 2024

Following the discovery of the Mukuyu gas field in the Cabora Bassa basin, in northern Zimbabwe, oil and gas explorer Invictus Energy is confident further discoveries will be made in the basin. The... 

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Gas industry undergoes shift amid depleting supply

22nd March 2024

The South African gas industry is experiencing pressure as gas supply from energy company Sasol’s Pande and Temane gas fields, in Mozambique, is expected to decline from 2026, while liquified... 

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Environmental concerns cloud mineral sands mining

8th March 2024

With the mineral sands mining industry continuing to grow in South Africa, noncompliance with environmental regulations could become significantly costly for the environment and mining companies.... 

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Low demand threatens sustainability

1st March 2024

The South African steel sector is facing significant challenges, primarily because of oversupply, in addition to very little demand, coupled with economic constraints. Resolving these issues... 

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Customs increase aims to level out steel products field

1st March 2024

Industry association Southern Africa Coil Coaters Association (SACCA) has applied for an increase in the general rate of customs duty on certain coated or plated flat-rolled steel. The proposed... 

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Association remains steadfast amid challenging conditions

1st March 2024

On the back of the energy crisis and poor economic growth, steel consumption has decreased, resulting in the steel and steel-related industries contracting over the past decade. Despite these... 

Ringrollers brings its expertise to new sectors

Ringrollers brings its expertise to new sectors

1st March 2024

Leading steel products manufacturer Naledi Ringrollers has, for more than 50 years, been committed to high-quality standards and is making significant strides in the railway, general engineering,... 

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Equity facility to facilitate innovation

23rd February 2024

The newly launched Defence Equity Facility (DEF) aims to bolster private equity and venture capital funds in European companies that are developing innovative technologies with dual-use components,... 

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Industry faces expertise shortage amid international competition

23rd February 2024

The South African defence industry continues to grapple with diminishing skills availability amid a competitive market dominated by international defence companies. However, increased government... 

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Hybrid solutions to boost energy efficiency

2nd February 2024

Hybrid energy solutions combine various technologies that mining companies can integrate to establish a more reliable source of power, decrease operational costs and enhance their sustainability... 

Standardising best practices to develop better project managers

26th January 2024

Through its commitment to advancing the profession, project management authority Project Management Institute (PMI) is focusing on improving efficiencies and ethical standards of asset-intensive... 

Project management skillsets highlighted

26th January 2024

Developing projects in the mining industry, and other industries, demands a unique and complex set of skills. These skills are often more specialised compared to those typically required for core... 

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Loadshedding could increase in 2024

19th January 2024

Loadshedding is expected to continue in 2024, possibly at even higher levels than those of 2023, says tertiary institute Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy... 

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Hydrogen implementation remains limited

19th January 2024

Following global trends, discussions in South Africa on hydrogen, its production and use have gained momentum, although actual implementation remains limited, says power technology provider Cummins... 

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Gold miner eyes significant growth with project

15th December 2023

Midtier gold miner Pan African Resources aims to increase gold production by about 50 000 oz/y by 2025 through its Mintails project, which will increase the miner’s yearly production to about 250... 

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Developer progressing Gauteng project

15th December 2023

Gold explorer, developer and producer West Wits Mining’s Witwatersrand Basin project (WBP) is set to reinvigorate the gold mining sector of west Johannesburg, says West Wits Mining COO Rudi Deysel.... 

Startup elevates local production, aims for rapid growth

8th December 2023

To promote renewable energy and local manufacturing, lithium battery manufacturing startup IG3N produces battery storage systems to address the intermittent nature of renewable energy while... 

Hybrid solutions gain traction amid energy challenges

8th December 2023

As loadshedding continues to impact businesses, many corporates are opting for hybrid solutions that leverage grid, generator, and renewable energy, mainly solar, to alleviate the pressure of... 

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Microgrids gain traction to combat critical outage impacts

8th December 2023

Microgrids are gaining traction globally owing to its ability to alleviate the impact of critical outages, caused by extreme weather, climate events, and various other reasons.  Microgrids can... 

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Industry fundamentals require re-addressing

1st December 2023

Fundamental challenges present in South Africa’s mining and exploration sector need to be addressed to reinvigorate and promote further development of the industries in the country, according to... 

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West Africa focus

1st December 2023

To meet the growing demand for broadening the range of skill sets in West Africa's burgeoning mining industry, in an effort to cater to its development challenges and various other issues,... 

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Policy changes attract investment

1st December 2023

Recent mining policy reforms in Malawi aim to facilitate the sustainable development of the country’s mining industry and mining practices as well as reap the “full benefits” of the country’s vast... 

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Financial software simplifies data collection

1st December 2023

Finnivo software aims to simplify financial reporting processes for mining companies in Africa by automating the data collection process, thereby enabling finance teams to focus more on analysis... 

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