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Pluczenik opens local diamond cutting facility 

24th November 2021 Global diamond manufacturer and trader Pluczenik (pronounced Pluchenik, like ch in cheese) Diamond Company has made a re-entry into the South African market by partnering with a local entrepreneur to open a diamond cutting and polishing facility in Bedfordview. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

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New heavy-duty excavator launched in SA 

17th November 2021 CASE Construction Equipment, a CNH Industrial brand, launched its CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator in South Africa last month. This is the latest in the company’s range of excavators with the latest addition geared towards harsh working conditions while prioritising comfort and efficiency. Nadine... 

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Tshwane Automotive SEZ sets precedent for speedy development 

10th November 2021 The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been cited as a testament to how (or cited as a benchmark for how?) special economic zones in South African can be owned and operated, and lead economic development in a province. Marleny Arnoldi provides an update. 

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Transnet reopens Cookhouse-Blaney line in the Eastern Cape 

3rd November 2021 South African rail, port and pipeline company Transnet’s subsidiary, Transnet Freight Rail, in October officially reopened the Cookhouse-Blaney branch line in the Eastern Cape. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

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CSIR unveils 4IR factory to bolster local skills 

27th October 2021 The Pretoria-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has developed a learning factory geared towards upskilling people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This factory showcases various robotic systems, augmented reality, the incorporation of Internet-of-Things and automation,... 

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Community artisanal mining project well-received in Lower Orange River region 

20th October 2021 Situated in a remote desert wilderness along the banks of the South African side of the Lower Orange River, which forms part of the border between South Africa and Namibia, LOR Diamonds has found a solution to illegal mining in the area. Simone Liedtke, who visited the mineral assets last month,... 

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UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen 

14th October 2021 The world is in the process of determining cleaner energy forms for baseload, storage and decarbonisation, which are not always economically viable, according to energy company UHURU Africa. The company poses that biomass can support solar, wind and hydro energy. Marleny Arnoldi gathered some... 

UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen

Bearings International launches new Rexnord bearing solution 

6th October 2021 Bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International has launched a new bearing solution for demanding applications. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

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DCD, Sherp to welcome more Sherp vehicles to Africa for use in remote, search and rescue conditions 

29th September 2021 Particularly well-suited to adverse weather and remote ground conditions, the Sherp heavy-duty vehicle provides an efficient mode of transport when access to remote areas is required, either for exploration, humanitarian, or search and rescue needs. 

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Northam’s Booysendal complex progresses with expansion plans 

22nd September 2021 Platinum group metals miner Northam is expanding its ore handling systems to cater for increased volumes coming from its north, central and currently-under-construction south mines, at its Booysendal complex. 

Image of Northam’s Booysendal complex progresses with expansion plans

Appliance manufacturer establishes global brand in South Africa 

15th September 2021 Turkish appliance manufacturer Arçelik has made its entry into the South African market with its global brand Beko, which is the biggest home appliances brand in the UK. Marleny Arnoldi visited the store.  

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Rosebank developments require greater city involvement  

8th September 2021 The Rosebank node has enjoyed much success and years of developments; however, there are a number of challenges that require further support from the City of Johannesburg to mitigate, and to bolster further developments in the area. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

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Company opens expanded Value-Added Centre for customers’ manufacturing requirements 

1st September 2021 The South African extension of Germany-based Phoenix Contact has expanded its Value-Added Centre (VAC), based in Randburg, South Africa, as part of its continued efforts to provide its customers with manufacturing of their product solutions. Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

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Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills 

25th August 2021 A partnership between Nkwe Platinum, Zijin Mining Group and Sany Southern Africa has resulted in six women from rural Limpopo being provided basic excavator operating skills. The initiative is part of all three companies’ corporate social investment drive and their efforts to empower women during... 

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Battery Electric delivers on diesel machine conversion tech 

4th August 2021 As investors place greater emphasis on carbon footprints, underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric is ready to assist companies on their decarbonisation journey. Tracy Hancock tells us more. 

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Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class 

30th June 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa in June started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Tasneem Bulbulia attended the launch. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa starts production of new C-Class

Illovo, Jobs Fund project benefitting community  

23rd June 2021 Four years in, the Small-Scale Grower Cane Development project has recorded notable successes, with over 860 sustainable jobs created and 3 000 ha of cane developed on communal land owned by small-scale growers. Tasneem Bulbulia elaborates. 

Illovo, Jobs Fund project benefitting community

Menar launches first manganese mining operation as part of diversification 

2nd June 2021 Mining investment firm Menar has officially launched its first-to-portfolio manganese mine, called East Manganese, based in Hotazel in the Northern Cape, which is expected to produce its first ore in July. Marleny Arnoldi visited the mine. 

Menar launches first manganese mining operation as part of diversification

Transnet doubles Bethlehem grain rail haulage capacity, launches 2021 grain export season 

27th May 2021 State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail has increased its planned haulage of grain through the Bethlehem silo facility of VKB Agriculture by 133%, with 550 000 t of grains planned to be moved to South Africa’s ports for export. Creamer Media contributing editor Donna Slater tells us... 

Transnet doubles Bethlehem grain rail haulage capacity, launches 2021 grain export season

Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people  

19th May 2021 Print solutions company Lebone Litho Printers’ infrastructure and technological investments, as well as its skills development and small, medium-sized and microenterprise focus, are engendering benefits for the company. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders 

13th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to accommodate custom-designed equipment in similar time frames that other OEMs deliver standard equipment, while also being flexible enough to handle emergency orders with short lead times. Cameron Mackay tells... 

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders

Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0  

5th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy has made some upgrades that embrace the Industry 4.0 mindset. Darren Parker tells us more. 

Training Academy embraces Industry 4.0

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality 

21st April 2021 Impala Rustenburg in April officially handed over nine Social and Labour Plan projects to the local community. Along with community leaders and representatives of the Royal Bafokeng Nation family and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Impala celebrated the handover of the completed... 

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality

Zest WEG introduces new super premium efficiency motors 

14th April 2021 Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG’s South African subsidiary Zest WEG group has introduced its new WEG IE4-rated super-premium efficiency motor to the South African market. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Zest WEG introduces new super premium efficiency motors

Vukile invests R90m on Daveyton Mall expansion 

7th April 2021 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Vukile Property Fund will invest R90-million on upgrades at its Daveyton Mall, in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, including a new food court. Marleny Arnoldi attended the construction launch. 

Vukile invests R90m on Daveyton Mall expansion

Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction 

31st March 2021 With the surge in hospital admissions brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Gauteng departments of Health and Infrastructure Development embarked on a project to increase its ICU capacity through a national refurbishment and additional build programme. Enza Construction was... 

Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller 

24th March 2021 Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation is this month getting its first-ever 96 t carton cooler ready for delivery to a dairy manufacturer, which has been in development for the last four years. Marleny Arnoldi visited the site. 

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio 

17th March 2021 Transport equipment and engineering solutions provider Babcock International added the latest DAF XF 480, XF 530 and CF 430 truck models to its transport portfolio earlier this month, bringing many improvements compared to older trucks in the portfolio. Marleny Arnoldi visited the company. 

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio

VescoPlastics expansion focuses on cost-effectiveness, product life extension 

9th March 2021 Polymer supplier VescoPlastics, which produces a proprietary brand of Vesconite of bushings and wear plates that operate in various conditions, is now expanding into providing replacement parts for forklifts and forklift companies. Journalist Simone Liedtke gives us more insight. 

VescoPlastics expansion focuses on cost-effectiveness, product life extension

Renergen Covid-19 vaccine transport solution unveiled 

25th February 2021 South African emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen earlier this month unveiled its Covid-19 vaccine transport solution, the Cryo-Vacc. Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke, who attended the unveiling event, tells us more. 

Renergen Covid-19 vaccine transport solution unveiled

MRS tests new mobile rescue winder at South Deep 

3rd February 2021 Nonprofit organisation Mines Rescue Services on January 21 carried out testwork on a world-first mobile rescue winder that can go down to 3 000 m underground. Marleny Arnoldi attended the testing at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, in Gauteng. 

MRS tests new mobile rescue winder at South Deep

Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear 

27th January 2021 Construction academy Tjeka Training Centre, based in Randfontein, is poised for the training and upskilling of future construction industry artisans, according to the centre. While the anticipated infrastructure boom is yet to happen, Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke finds out what the... 

Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear

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
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