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Trent Roebeck is a Creamer Media Features Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Trent Roebeck

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Companies to improve railway operationality

14th June 2024

Construction Group Enza Construction and electrical engineering and infrastructure development company Tractionel Enterprise are assisting in the process of reviving South Africa’s rail and freight... 

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Digital twins as test beds for planning

31st May 2024

Digital twins can, and should, be used by mine operators as a “testing ground for analysis and scenario planning”, as well as to provide real-time feedback through Internet of Things (IoT) sensors... 

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Collaborative exploration plan adopted

17th May 2024

A cooperative exploration plan has been established between Zambia-Congo Copperbelt-focused copper explorer and developer Midnight Sun Mining and copper producer First Quantum Minerals (FQM) to... 

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Lighting essential to mining health, safety

17th May 2024

South African luminaire and lighting products manufacturer BEKA Schréder, through its continual supplying of solutions to African mining operations, industrial clients, infrastructure providers and... 

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Consultancy concludes water project

10th May 2024

Multidisciplinary consulting firm SRK Consulting recently completed a project involving mine water, in West Africa, which started with characterising the key aquifers at the mine. Thereafter, SRK... 

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Analytics software improves water management

10th May 2024

TalbotAnalytics, software as a service (SaaS), developed by water solutions provider Talbot, uses data and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable mining operations in South Africa to efficiently... 

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Compressed natural gas to benefit S African business

26th April 2024

Despite ongoing concerns about gas shortages, regulatory uncertainty, geopolitical constraints and infrastructure limitations, using compressed natural gas (CNG) for various business and industrial... 

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Local supplier establishes LPG division

26th April 2024

Eligible small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa will benefit from cylinder manufacturer Cylinders4Africa’s (C4A’s) establishing a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) bulk tank supply... 

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Automated project manager scorecards enhance operations

19th April 2024

Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold’s project management office (PMO) recently showcased its digital project manager scorecard – developed by project solutions company Project... 

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Hybrid solution offered to big energy consumers

12th April 2024

Project finance and transaction advisory firm Cresco has recently supported South African mobile telecommunications corporation MTN in acquiring a hybrid energy system solution that incorporates... 

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Hybrid systems incorporating diesel gensets can enhance power generation

12th April 2024

With the ongoing energy crisis in South Africa, and the lack of generation capacity from State-owned power utility Eskom, diesel generator manufacturer Mahindra Powerol SA provides a range of... 

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Hybrid systems posited for power redundancy

12th April 2024

For businesses and industry to flourish and remain sustainable, generator manufacturer Maverick Generators says it is important to consider deploying a hybrid, or mixed, energy system to ensure... 

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Coal mining remains important

29th March 2024

A prosperous future for the coal mining industry in South Africa depends on public and private sector parties tapping into its vast coal reserves, and power generation processes by State-owned... 

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Spiral beneficiation boost for coal industry

29th March 2024

Original equipment manufacturer for the mineral processing industry Multotec is making excellent headway in putting its SX10 spiral separator – which has been subjected to development processes... 

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Europe’s energy demand boosts Africa’s importance

22nd March 2024

Ongoing geopolitical tensions and conflicts – such as the war between Ukraine and Russia, and trade tensions between China and the US – are increasing the trend of European countries investing in... 

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Alternative fuel production to increase during energy transition

22nd March 2024

One of the foreseeable local and global energy transition trends in 2024, and beyond, is that of increased production of transport fuels made of vegetable oils and animal fats in the short term,... 

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Mixed generation necessary for ‘seamless’ energy transition

22nd March 2024

The energy transition – in South Africa, Africa, and globally – entails an appropriate mix of energy generation sources, including gas, hydrogen power and renewables, in order to achieve the goals... 

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Cap output will benefit breweries, bottling companies

15th March 2024

Leading metal crown manufacturer Coleus Packaging will produce between seven- and eight-billion metal crown closures for bottling companies, breweries and other beverage industry players in South... 

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Solutions provider helps improve production efficiency, enhance sustainability

15th March 2024

Process solutions provider, Bühler Johannesburg, offers Southern African and global food industry players equipment solutions and services to improve food production efficiency, meet consumers’... 

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Demand trends show increasing need for gold production

1st March 2024

With the price of gold at an all-time high, gold-producing African States – such as South Africa, West African countries and sub-Saharan Africa countries – can benefit from the increased demand for... 

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Gold price set to increase despite challenges

1st March 2024

Despite challenges that may cause the price of gold to fluctuate, it is set to remain high this year, owing to “uncertainties linked to the stacked electoral calendar globally”, says leading trade... 

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Gold demand and price increase promising for industry

1st March 2024

Gold has proven to be an enduring and reliable asset, especially during challenging times, with demand for gold by central banks remaining stable in 2023, which is likely to continue this year, say... 

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Developer progresses copper project

23rd February 2024

After having been stalled for seven years, the Omitiomire copper project of Namibian copper explorer and developer Omico Mining has now completed phases 1, 2 and 3 of metallurgical testwork, with... 

Coleus Packaging MD Ian Victor; Nokusa Packaging MD Phillip Sathekge and Astir Vitogiannis MD Stelios Vitogiannis in front of Coleus' new PMC500 machine

Coleus Packaging notes production volume, cost benefits of new machine

21st February 2024

Metal crown closures manufacturer Coleus Packaging has acquired a new machine, the PMC500, for its factory in Alrode, Alberton, in order to increase its production of closures for the beer and... 

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Ancillary product reduces harmful emissions

16th February 2024

Lubricant supplier FUCHS Lubricants South Africa introduced TITAN AdBlue – an ancillary product that helps reduce diesel exhaust emissions – for use in buses, trucks and agricultural vehicles.... 

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Manufacturer introduces ‘evolved’ engine oil

16th February 2024

As a successor to its TITAN CARGO MAXX 10W40 performance engine oil, lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants South Africa now offers the TITAN CARGO MAXX II performance engine oil, which also has a... 

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Supplier secures five-year contract

16th February 2024

Marking a successful 2023, lubrication solutions supplier ISO-Reliability Partners has secured a five-year contract with State-owned rolling stock company Transnet Engineering. The company will... 

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Customer portal set to boost hydraulic hose customer satisfaction

2nd February 2024

Hose product and service provider Pirtek introduced an online key performance indicator (KPI) customer portal in late 2023, early 2024, as a complementary service for its broad client base in... 

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Precision engineering firm tallies up project portfolio

2nd February 2024

Bay Engineering is an outsourced engineering and jobbing shop, based in Benoni, that specialises in steel pipe fabrication and welding, computer numerical control (CNC) turning and milling and... 

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Local electric vehicle roll-out successful, despite challenges

26th January 2024

Automotive vehicle manufacturer Audi South Africa (Audi SA) maintains a positive outlook on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by customers and businesses in the country, despite the... 

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Modified fleets can benefit African sectors

26th January 2024

Special vehicle modifications company RMA Automotive South Africa (RMAA SA) has deepened its promise to use “excellent” design expertise and capabilities, as well as “cutting-edge technology” to... 

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Exhibition celebrates 30 years of promoting trade opportunities

19th January 2024

The country’s oldest multi-sectorial trade exhibition, the South African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX) will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary in 2024, commemorating its role in... 

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Africa’s Big 7 provides marketplace for food industry players

19th January 2024

Africa’s Big 7 will be celebrating its twenty-first year of providing a platform in Africa for food and beverage product manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and other food industry service... 

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Diversification said to be key to industry’s survival

8th December 2023

Despite Phase 1 of the “all-important” Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030 (Sugarcane Master Plan) having expired on March 31, 2023, government has allowed for two additional years so that... 

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Financial support aids industry

8th December 2023

To address the ongoing negative impacts and challenges posed by the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), or sugar tax, industry association SA Canegrowers, in partnership with millers from the South... 

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New tanks acquired for fuel storage, transportation across Africa

1st December 2023

Celebrating 40 years in business this year, South African tank and container supplier Container World last month bought 20 container tanks, which were delivered to the company’s Durban depot, in... 

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App streamlines filling, exchanging processes

1st December 2023

South Africa’s only approved 9 kg pressure vessel manufacturer Cylinders4Africa has developed a tech-forward application (app) for various contemporary industries and sectors that rely on portable... 

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New machine aids component manufacture

1st December 2023

Having accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the local manufacturing industry, specialised manufacturer and materials processing company MAXJET has commissioned the EnduroMAX – a... 

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New wine industry professional body launched to formalise sector

17th November 2023

Having officially launched the South African Wine Industry Professional Body (SAWIPB) last month, nonprofit advocacy organisation South Africa Wine maintains its pledge to address challenges facing... 

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Lubricant benefits breweries, wineries

17th November 2023

Lubrication products supplier FUCHS LUBRICANTS SOUTH AFRICA provides CASSIDA food-grade lubricants, which ensure equipment reliability and food safety, for companies active in the local brewery and... 

An image of Jet Demolition workers sealing and capping a redundant mineshaft

Closing redundant shafts mitigates illegal mining

10th November 2023

Amid the ongoing threat and prevalence of illegal miners, sealing legacy mine shafts and access points is becoming increasingly necessary to prevent illegal access and to ensure the safety of... 


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