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Nadine Ramdass

Nadine Ramdass

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

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Trend towards decarbonisation discouraging coal investment

17th September 2021 South Africa’s coal production, sales and exports reached a plateau some years ago; however, the lockdown last year caused a noticeable decline. The main reason for this local decline is that the industry had reached the ‘coal cliff’ years ago, says advisory firm XMP Consulting senior coal... 

SOE challenges hamper growth

17th September 2021 The South African coal industry is broadly divided into domestic and export consumption. Export coal is sold primarily to India and China markets while coal for domestic consumption is mainly sold to State-owned electricity utility Eskom. The export market currently generates better prices when... 

Infrastructural challenges impede coal industry

17th September 2021 South Africa is a major coal-exporting country, with its coal sector also providing baseload capacity for the country. However, infrastructure challenges negatively impact on the local industry, says coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal COO Clifford Hallatt. Locally mined coal is... 

Novel solutions improve costs

10th September 2021 The South African mining industry “insists on value for money”, which has led to companies’ analysing entire life-cycle costs when making buying decisions, says pumps manufacturer, supplier and solutions company Centex Africa MD Theo Philippou. The increased attention to detail has resulted in... 

Mines’ transition pushes industry to adapt

10th September 2021 The South African mining industry’s expansion and adapting in line with global demands requires the pumps industry to expand accordingly by offering various and robust pumping solutions for versatile applications, says pumps distributor Vansan SA’s marketing coordinator Riëtte Kotzé. Pumps are... 

Local manufacturers struggle to secure business from miners

10th September 2021 The local mining industry fails to consider smaller, local manufacturers’ products, which have the potential to extend the life of equipment, reduce wear and tear and, consequently, decrease downtime, says pumps supplier Pumps for Africa co-owner Dennis Winslow. Companies are not prepared to give... 

Local supplier mitigates mines’ supply chain challenges

10th September 2021 The global disruption of supply chains has resulted in the local pumps industry having to increase stockholding to assist in mitigating production losses and increasing operational efficiency at mines. The lead times of imported spare parts and finished products, as well as other aspects of the... 

Rare helium supply opportunity unlocked

27th August 2021 While the South African helium market is small, helium is sought after in the international market, which has created a good opportunity for dual-listed helium, liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State. Helium is found at a... 

Fully developed legislation needed

27th August 2021 The legislation has not caught up with where the gas industry needs it to be, says gas producer Renergen CEO and MD Stefano Marani. Technical aspects that are critical to companies’ decision-making have not yet been addressed, with industries in the gas sector consequently unable to develop to... 

LNG opportunities abound

27th August 2021 The anticipated decline of Mozambique’s Pande & Temane gasfields creates a need for new sources of natural gas for the local industry, says engineering services consulting firm WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela. “The quickest and most cost-effective option to fill the gap is through the... 

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