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Alcohol, tobacco industries bemoan excise tax increase

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2021 The South African alcohol industry, including the National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC), South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba), Vinpro, the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), retailers and manufacturers, have noted their concern about Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s... 

Job initiative to train youths to install solar geysers made from recyclable materials

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2021 Youth employment organisation Lulaway's social impact division Lulalab Foundation has developed a youth employment initiative that trains youths to assemble, install and maintain gravity-fed solar geysers that are made from recycled materials in informal settlements. The pilot phase of the... 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa signs e-sports partnership with ATK  

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and local electronic sports (e-sports) company ATK has announced the first-ever motorsport partnership to encompass e-sports teams, events and gaming spaces in the country.  MBSA will be the first motorsport sponsor for a South African e-sports team, entering the... 

Robust planetary gearboxes for long service

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th February 2021 The G3 full line of planetary gearboxes from Zest WEG are among the world’s most robust and capable of running for 10 years before major servicing is required. With an output torque range from 400kNm to 8,750kNm, the range boasts bearings designed for over 100,000 hours of operation. These... 

Pump containing Hitemp 160 SABS certified

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th January 2021 A pump containing three sleeve bearings made from a new bearing material, Hitemp 160 − which can operate to temperatures up to 160°C and is resistant to abrasive material − has been tested in a pump that has received South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification. Vesconite Bearings pump... 

Steinmetz’s bribery trial starts a fresh chapter of mining saga

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2021 Beny Steinmetz goes on trial facing bribery charges in Geneva on Monday in the latest chapter of a legal saga that’s dogged the Israeli businessman’s gamble on a multibillion-dollar mine. Steinmetz and two businesspeople are accused of paying the wife of Guinea’s deceased former president... 

Frontier Lithium starts Falconbridge pilot plant operations

By: Donna Slater     8th January 2021 TSX-listed junior miner Frontier Lithium and XPS Expert Process Solutions – a Glencore company − have started mini-pilot plant operations at their research and development centre in Falconbridge, Ontario, and at other off-site locations. Frontier last year awarded XPS the contract to jointly... 

Aluminium complex greases: why they make excellent multifunctional lubricants

4th January 2021 While no grease can truly be an “all-purpose” lubricant, aluminium complex grease is a valuable multifunctional, multipurpose product. Since they first came into the market in the 1960s, they have undergone numerous improvements, especially in terms of water resistance and thermal and mechanical... 

Energy Fuels to enter commercial REE business in Q1

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2020 US-based Energy Fuels is set to become a rare earth producer in the first quarter of 2021, announcing on Monday that it had entered into a supply agreement to process monazite at its White Mesa mill, in Utah. The company signed a three-year supply deal with the Chemours Company to acquire 2 500... 

Issues arise at Aurelia's Peak mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2020 Equipment failure has been detected at ASX-listed Aurelia Metals’ Peak gold and base metals project, in New South Wales, causing interruptions to the shaft operations. The company on Monday said that an operational fault was detected when the haulage system tripped as a skip was positioned for... 

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