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Rosond’s new rigs ready to be operationalised at Kumba mines 

7th January 2021 Rosond has delivered a range of newly manufactured, technologically advanced drill rigs to Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomelo and Sishen mines, to be fully operationalised early this year. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Rosond’s new rigs ready to be operationalised at Kumba mines

Local natural gas producer keeping its foot on the gas 

8th December 2020 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen, who continues to keep its foot on the gas in South Africa, invited the Engineering News team to visit the company’s project site in the Free State, South Africa. Creamer Media journalist, Simone Liedtke, gives us the update. 

Local natural gas producer keeping its foot on the gas

New Castle Gate Lifestyle centre opens its doors in Pretoria 

2nd December 2020 The first phase of the new multibillion-rand Castle Gate mixed-use precinct development in Pretoria has officially opened its doors to the public. Home to some of the latest store concepts for the likes of Woolworths, Checkers, Dis-Chem and Builders Warehouse, Creamer Media Journalist Simone... 

New Castle Gate Lifestyle centre opens its doors in Pretoria

BT Industrial goes from strength to strength with manufacturing diversification 

26th November 2020 Plastic pipes manufacturer BT Industrial Group has extended its plastics-processing capacity to include polymer-based medical fabrics and components. Marleny Arnoldi attended a tour of the company’s cleanroom manufacturing facility. 

BT Industrial goes from strength to strength with manufacturing diversification

Sarens Siba opens Brits mining-specific depot 

18th November 2020 Crane company Sarens Siba opened its new Brits-based crane depot in mid-November to cater specifically for the regional mining industry. Demand and logistics were the main driving factors for the company to branch out from its depot in Brakpan to service mines in the northern part of South Africa. 

Sarens Siba opens Brits mining-specific depot

New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct 

12th November 2020 Chinese information and communication technology giant Huawei, data-only network operator Rain and the University of the Witwatersrand have partnered to launch South Africa’s first 5G laboratory, located at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, in Johannesburg. Natasha Odendaal tells... 

New 5G lab unveiled at Tshimologong Innovation Precinct

Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology  

22nd October 2020 Mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services has conducted what it claims is the first Autonomy Level 2 flight in South Africa, using a drone-mounted light detection and ranging payload fitted to a drone. Donna Slater tells us more. 

Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory  

15th October 2020 Drive and control technologies specialist SEW-Eurodrive on October 1 started construction on its new R200-million head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg. 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory

Divercity launches Jewel City 

23rd September 2020 Divercity Urban Property Fund has completed the first phase of its Jewel City project in a two-year development programme, and the new inner-city mixed-use precinct officially launched to the public on Heritage Day. Jewel City is a residential, commercial and retail development. 

Divercity launches Jewel City

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities 

16th September 2020 Nonprofit organisation, the South African Emergency Ventilator Project, or SAVE-P, was launched in March in an effort to cost-effectively locally produce much-needed ventilators to meet an expected shortage. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities

Locally-produced fuel cells being used by army field hospital  

8th September 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: 

Locally-produced fuel cells being used by army field hospital

Betterect, FLSmidth showcase bolted thickeners for southern African mine 

3rd September 2020 Steel fabrication, steel erection and corrosion protection specialist Betterect and engineering, equipment and services solutions company FLSmidth have collaborated to deliver several 45m diameter modular bolted thickeners for an undisclosed mining project in southern Africa. Natasha Odendaal... 

Betterect, FLSmidth showcase bolted thickeners for southern African mine

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities 

21st May 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. AECI has established a ‘filling station’ for the City of Tshwane to supply 40 000 ℓ of safe drinking water to the water-stressed Hammanskraal community amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities

Ford’s Straundale Engine Plant produces for export markets 

23rd April 2020 Automotive company Ford Motor Company South Africa hosted a two-day media tour in February, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, to showcase its engine plant. Mamaili Mamaila tells us more. 

Ford’s Straundale Engine Plant produces for export markets

Bosal opens new emission control systems plant in Pretoria 

8th April 2020 Automotive component manufacturer Bosal Afrika in February officially opened its new emissions control systems manufacturing plant, in Pretoria, which is supplying major original-equipment manufacturers including Ford, Nissan, Isuzu and Volkswagen, in South Africa. Marleny Arnoldi attended the... 

Bosal opens new emission control systems plant in Pretoria

Corteva spearheading agricultural growth on the continent  

26th March 2020 Agricultural company Corteva Agriscience considers Africa as an important market for the company, as it presents a multitude of opportunities for agricultural development. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Corteva spearheading agricultural growth on the continent

Werner Pumps upgrades facility to ramp up output 

19th March 2020 Local hydraulic pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has upgraded its on-site facilities to allow for better quality control, more environment friendly manufacturing and faster assembly of its hydraulic pump trucks. Halima Frost has the details. 

Werner Pumps upgrades facility to ramp up output

Pilot Crushtec positions compact Metso range for African applications 

12th March 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment company Pilot Crushtec has introduced a range of mobile and compact equipment into the market, which will help it to diversify its customer base and meet requirements for small and medium-sized operations. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Pilot Crushtec positions compact Metso range for African applications

Pratley launches all-rounder cable gland 

5th March 2020 Industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley has launched a new internationally-certified corrosion-resistant flameproof compression cable gland that boasts a number of world firsts. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Pratley launches all-rounder cable gland

Schneider Electric Academy 4IR energy skills 

27th February 2020 Electricity management company Schneider Electric’s academy is linked to its global community of practice, and provides training on new energy and electricity management technologies. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Schneider Electric Academy 4IR energy skills

Arnot OpCo launched to transfer mine to former employees  

20th February 2020 Exxaro Resources this month officially launched Arnot OpCo, the consortium through which the Arnot coal mine in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, will be owned and managed by the mine’s former employees. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Arnot OpCo launched to transfer mine to former employees

Accelerator Lab aims to use innovation to tackle SA's biggest social problems 

13th February 2020 In an effort to provide a network and platform through which new solutions can be developed to mitigate and solve the country’s challenges, the United Nations Development Programme has launched its 60th Accelerator Lab in South Africa. Journalist Simone Liedtke attended the launch event last month. 

Accelerator Lab aims to use innovation to tackle SA's biggest social problems

Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape 

6th February 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Port of Gauteng development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Port of Gauteng development to revamp logistics landscape

Demolition works underway at Melrose Arch 

29th January 2020 ICON Earthworks, part of the ICON Group, has been awarded a R2.5-million contract for the demolition of four buildings by property development company Amdec. Mc’Kyla Nortje has the story.  

Demolition works underway at Melrose Arch

SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020 

23rd January 2020 AB InBev and SAB procurement and sustainability VP Taryn Rosekilly started off by giving Engineering News and Mining Weekly a bit of insight into the company’s plans for 2020 in the lead up to its renewable energy goal. 

SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020

Two new South African-developed rock drills unveiled 

16th January 2020 The Mandela Mining Precinct has unveiled the two new rock drill prototypes that are set to enhance drilling operations and reduce the exposure of operators to dangerous conditions. Natasha Odendaal has more. 

Two new South African-developed rock drills unveiled

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports 

8th January 2020 In an effort to push the boundaries of innovation through partnerships, and to improve the customer experience, Airports Company South Africa and BMW South Africa have launched BMW ChargeNow electric vehicle charging stations at OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and... 

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports

OptiPower making progress on EC wind farm project, welcomes benefits of M&R buyout  

12th December 2019 Transmission and distribution services provider OptiPower Projects, which was recently acquired by Murray & Roberts, is progressing with its work on the Golden Valley Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

OptiPower making progress on EC wind farm project, welcomes benefits of M&R buyout

Digital mine reaping benefits before ramp up 

5th December 2019 JSE-listed resources group Exxaro Resources’ Belfast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, is enjoying the benefits of being a digital and connected mine, and is on track to start up ahead of schedule next year. Tracy Hancock tells us more.  

Digital mine reaping benefits before ramp up

Steyn City continues to invest as luxury development nears completion 

28th November 2019 In unveiling Steyn City’s Vision 2020 guideline last month, Steyn City Properties revealed that it continues to invest in its luxury lifestyle estate development as it nears completion. With the most recent investment totaling R5.5-billion, Simone Liedtke gives us some insights into what... 

Steyn City continues to invest as luxury development nears completion

AfriSam showcases urban quarry amid focus on quality 

21st November 2019 Cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregates company AfriSam is focusing on providing high-level, responsive services and high-quality products to its clients as it weathers the sustained doldrums the construction industry remains in. Schalk Burger has the story. 

AfriSam showcases urban quarry amid focus on quality

Renergen’s Virginia project could place SA on helium export map 

14th November 2019 Emerging natural gas producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State, has the potential to position South Africa as a prominent player in the helium market, making it the eighth country in the world to export helium. Simone Liedtke chats to Renergen about what the project is all about. 

Renergen’s Virginia project could place SA on helium export map

Ubunye inaugurates modern rail components factory 

7th November 2019 Rail components manufacturer Alstom Ubunye last month inaugurated its 80 000 m2 modernised factory, in Nigel, Gauteng. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more about the site. 

Ubunye inaugurates modern rail components factory

Lasher highlights quality and importance of local manufacturing skills 

31st October 2019 Tools maker Lasher Tools recently took media through its Wadeville factory to display its focus on producing quality tools and to highlight the jobs this sustains. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Lasher highlights quality and importance of local manufacturing skills

Clariant’s new centre of excellence to serve growing African mining industry  

24th October 2019 Specialty chemicals company Clariant has launched a new centre of excellence in Johannesburg, in South Africa, with this aimed at supporting the growing African mining industry.  

Clariant’s new centre of excellence to serve growing African mining industry

BMG industry days highlight portions of its components range to clients 

17th October 2019 Equipment and components manufacturer BMG hosted its food and beverage industry day last month, which was the first of its showcase days that it intends to use to deepen its relations with clients and to highlight the products and solutions suitable for each industry. Schalk Burger has the story. 

BMG industry days highlight portions of its components range to clients

Local OEM’s partnerships boost growth through expanded product range 

9th October 2019 Bulk handling vehicles original-equipment manufacturer Desmond Equipment South Africa, also referred to as Dezzi Equipment, is aiming to capitalise on and boost years of consistent growth in the South African market by expanding its product range through partnerships. Cameron Mackay tells us more. 

Local OEM’s partnerships boost growth through expanded product range

FNB unveils first phase of revamped BankCity precinct 

3rd October 2019 Banking giant First National Bank in September unveiled the first phase of its BankCity campus revitalisation project in the Johannesburg CBD. Tasneem Bulbulia tell us more. 

FNB unveils first phase of revamped BankCity precinct
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