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Expansion in site for company

8th April 2022

With the pyrometallurgical industry continuously evolving, smelter campaign life spans have extended from a two- to three-year furnace campaign cycle to a ten-year campaign cycle, consequently... 

Drilling contractor plans to evolve grouting services

25th March 2022

Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond’s grouting services are one of the foundations on which the company has built its reputation in the mining industry and, as such, it is a critical part... 

Packaged-goods plant receives full makeover

18th March 2022

Automation company Iritron is executing a project for a major South African packaged-goods company, which requires refurbishing and upgrading a plant with the latest optimised control systems.  

Prevailing food-borne disease needs to be addressed

18th March 2022

Since its initial outbreak in 2017, Listeria monocytogenes has been an ongoing challenge in South Africa, and food testing laboratory and food safety consultancy Food Consulting Services... 

New contract pushes company towards one-stop-shop goal

11th March 2022

Foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a consecutive contract to do more component installations for the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum smelter plant, in the North West. 

New burrs designed for foundries

11th March 2022

Abrasive tool solutions developer, manufacturer and supplier PFERD offers a range of tungsten carbide burrs, specifically designed for the foundry and castings industry. 

Company plans to expand wear parts market locally

11th March 2022

High chrome white iron foundry Mitak is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, and plans to expand its reach locally in the coming 10 years. 

New tyre models launching later this year

25th February 2022

Two models from the SPVAN01 tyre range, manufactured by global tyre and rubber company Sumitomo Rubber, are set to be launched later this yea 

Noncontact temperature measurement vital for cement industry

18th February 2022

Industrial infrared sensors and systems for noncontact temperature measurement are vital to the cement industry and can be employed throughout a plant for process monitoring and predictive... 

Newly built facility to cater for calibration market

18th February 2022

The newly built Water Flow Meter Calibration facility in Alberton, Gauteng, completed last month, has been built solely for the purpose of providing South African National Accreditation System... 

Society aims to bridge graduate skills gap for industry

18th February 2022

With the development of control devices and systems changing and migrating to smart technology in preparation for artificial intelligence (AI) for easier maintenance and faster responses, there is... 

Reagents finally ready to break into PGMs market

11th February 2022

Reagents manufacturer and supplier Axis House has identified 2022 as the year to introduce its platinum group metals (PGMs) range of technical reagents – comprising collectors, depressants and... 

Turnkey lubrication for platinum mine customer

11th February 2022

Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF’s South African distributor Bolt & Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) supplied and fitted System 24 to provide a seamless solution for a platinum mine that was... 

Role of SEZs expanding in African mining

11th February 2022

Over the last decade, dozens of new special economic zones (SEZs) have been created to cater to the mining industry and as new zones are announced, this will change many of the underlying... 

Profits mimic recycled demand

11th February 2022

Since the emergence of exchange traded funds, platinum has increasingly been used as an investment vehicle. Owing to its value, platinum tends to be recycled quite readily and, because of its... 

Platinum industry expected to take off

11th February 2022

Global platinum investment organisation the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) believes that the current state of the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry is, overall, buoyant as PGMs... 

Supplier reconditions hydraulic cylinder assemblies

28th January 2022

Honed tube, chrome bar and cylinder kits supplier Honingcraft group of companies has reconditioned its hydraulic cylinder barrels and hydraulic cylinder rods as semi-finished assemblies. 

SA’s aggressive decarbonisation strategy to start

21st January 2022

South Africa is planning to source 41% of its total energy supply from renewable energy –including solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, hydropower and concentrating solar thermal power components – by... 

Picture of the PV panels on the roof of a retail development on the westrand

Integrated solution offers less reliance on national grid

21st January 2022

South Africa-based renewable-energy solutions company Solareff has designed and installed an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV), diesel generator and battery energy storage system (BESS), with an... 

Picture of BEKA Schréder's new SOLARPOLE design

Solar streetlight designed for longevity

21st January 2022

Last month, lighting solution manufacturer Beka Schréder began the first SOLARPOLE project roll-out in the country.  

Picture of a hand holding pieces of iron ore

SA traders subjected to losses in iron-ore investments

3rd December 2021

South Africa often misses the most lucrative parts of boom markets, says African commodity market consultancy Core Consultants CEO Lara Smith. 

Wastewater use in desalination, a viable drought solution

26th November 2021

Water treatment supplier Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) has designed a solution-based technology – the Coastal Drought Buster – for coastal towns to augment their conventional water sources. 

Picture of pyro-flo being sown into a filter bag

New filtration product developed

26th November 2021

Dust and liquid filtration systems manufacturer Crosible Filtration, in collaboration with afabric developer, have developed a product called Pyro-flo. 

LSFB creates faster, more economical construction

19th November 2021

Developers, local authorities and housing associations are quickly embracing steel framing technology, such as light-steel-frame building (LSFB), says the International Zinc Association Africa Desk... 

Picture of Veers steel Mills alrode Plant

Second phase of plant expansion begins  

19th November 2021

Secondary steel manufacturer Veer Steel Mills has entered its second phase of expansion with the construction of a melt shop – the newest addition to its plant in Alrode, Alberton. 

Picture of an mobile electrical air compressor designed by Atlas Copco called the e-air compressor

Mobile e-air compressor suitable for niche markets

5th November 2021

Given global demand for carbon-neutral products, industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Industrial Southern Africa is increasing its range of electric equipment, such as its mobile e-air... 

Picture of interviewee Eckart Zollner who is the Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development

Amendments demand stringent compliance

5th November 2021

With the new amendments to the Carbon Tax Act earmarked to pave the way for developing a national standard to approve offset carbon positive projects and administer these projects on a national... 

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Project managers’ skill set must evolve

29th October 2021

Project management in South Africa requires continued change in all facets of society, with projects having to consider and address the needs of a multitude of stakeholders while being successful... 

Viable project management for small-scale mining success

29th October 2021

The multidisciplinary nature of mining projects requires strict, iterative processes in terms of establishing what will make the project and its future operation viable, says Johannesburg-based... 

Picture of Giel Bekker, University of Pretoria project management Associate Professor

Weighing the viability of in-house, outsourced project management

29th October 2021

The concept of project co-sourcing – a hybrid model that uses in-house management and outsourced project managers – is not yet readily practiced in South Africa because of perceived resource and... 

Sustainable rare earths separation facility on horizon

29th October 2021

UK-based exploration and development company Pensana, formerly Pensana Rare Earths, is aiming to establish, subject to funding, a world-class, independent and sustainable supply chain of rare-earth... 

A picture of a centrifugal pump used in mining

Market responds well to high-pressure pumps

22nd October 2021

High-head pumps are the workhorses of many fluid control systems, and their role can often be mission-critical in dewatering applications in construction and mining, where the control and removal... 

Image of sand blowing of the back of an open truck at a mine

Illegal sand mines continue to profit

22nd October 2021

Statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) inaccurately reflect the volume of illegal mining operations in South Africa, says mining industry body Aspasa (formerly... 

A birds eye view shot of the East Manganese mine in the Northern Cape of South Africa

East Manganese achieves first ore

22nd October 2021

Investment company Menar's first manganese asset, the East Manganese mine, located near Hotazel, in the Northern Cape, mined ore for the first time in September.  

Modernisation transition made easier

8th October 2021

Modernised plants have shown greater resilience while operating under restrictions, which has been evident during Covid-19 in South Africa, and although technology empowers business, many mines... 

Image of the Gates Power grip synchronous belt

Synchronous belt technology advanced

8th October 2021

Manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions Gates Industrial Europe has released the Gates PowerGrip GT4 – a newly designed ethylene elastomer (EE) high-torque... 

This picture is of a mining vehicle being shipped by MHS Plant and Equipment to a Zambia-based junior miner

Equipment procurement shakeup

24th September 2021

Owing to rising commodity prices and subsequent efforts to ramp up production, the mining industry is focused on the availability of larger earthmoving equipment, ensuring that equipment disposal... 

Supplier to break into mining

24th September 2021

Industrial equipment supplier and specialist Shumani Industrial Equipment is striving to secure its spot and compete in the mining industry, with Shumani MD Victor Nemukula noting that a few... 

Election result ignites opportunity to participate in supercycle

10th September 2021

With copper in the midst of a supercycle, and the recent ousting of Zambian President Edgar Lungu and the election of President elect Hakainde Hichilema, the potential for rapid reform to increase... 

Predicted growth to bolster services demand

10th September 2021

Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, expects growth opportunities that will run parallel to the predicted growth of the Zambian... 

An image of a 500 KVA generator used to power mines during load shedding

Generators necessary despite new legislation

27th August 2021

With load-shedding a reoccurring problem for mines and businesses in Southern Africa, standby power generation company Generator and Plant Hire South Africa (GPHSA) suggests that mines will... 


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