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WearCheck’s technical manager, Steven Lumley
SLIDING THROUGH TIME: Lubrication from stone age to modern age
19th February 2024

In part one of Lubrication from Stone Age to Modern Age (WearCheck Technical Bulletin 88), we slid through 5,000 years of lubrication history and left off at the end of the age of enlightenment in... 

Nigeria to offer investors 75% stake in proposed solid minerals firm
31st January 2024 By: Reuters

Nigeria plans to offer investors at least a 75% stake in a proposed solid minerals corporation, a minister said on Tuesday, as lawmakers draft legislation to create the new state-backed firm to... 

Sliding through time: Lubrication from stone age
12th December 2023

By Steven Lumley – technical manager, WearCheck Lubrication from Stone Age to Modern Age 

Nigeria revokes 1 633 mining titles for defaulting on service fee
21st November 2023 By: Reuters

Nigeria has revoked 1 633 mining titles for non-payment of statutory annual service fees, its minister of mines said on Tuesday. The affected titles, which are part of a total 2 213 pencilled for... 

Choosing the Correct Bitumen Membrane
Choosing the Correct Bitumen Membrane
7th November 2023

Bitumen has been a popular roofing material choice for thousands of years, and with good reason. The benefits of the sticky substance include versatility, durability, and cost-effectiveness. Above... 

Nigeria to require mining firms to invest in domestic processing - minister
18th October 2023 By: Reuters

Nigeria is toughening up licensing rules for foreign mining companies to push them to boost processing and refining of metals like lithium and zinc within the country, its minister of mines said on... 

Suncor to buy Total's Fort Hills stake in C$1.47bn deal
5th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Suncor Energy agreed to buy TotalEnergies' stake in the Fort Hills oil-sands mine for C$1.47-billion after an earlier deal to buy the French company’s Canadian assets was scuttled by... 

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Opinion: Innovations in ecofriendly pavement solutions
22nd September 2023

In this article, University of KwaZulu-Natal Sustainable Transportation Research group head Professor Mohamed Mostafa writes about the growing use of sustainable materials in road construction... 

Nigeria to set up solid minerals corporation to attract investment
4th September 2023 By: Reuters

Nigeria plans to set up the Nigerian Solid Minerals Corporation, a State-backed company to help attract investments into the extraction of gold, coal, iron-ore, bitumen, lead, limestone and baryte,... 

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Kasiya rutile project, Malawi – update
21st July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Rio Tinto will make a A$40.4-million investment in Sovereign Metals in exchange for a 15% initial shareholding in the critical minerals developer. 

Waterproofing roads using nano-modified emulsion could reduce potholes, expert says
10th July 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

University of Pretoria (UP) Department of Civil Engineering Professor Gerrit Jordaan has said the key to solving South Africa’s pothole problem is using modified emulsion and nano-materials, which... 

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Kasiya rutile project, Malawi – update
23rd June 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Sovereign Metals has started a graphite bulk sample programme for qualification, downstream testwork and product development purposes. 

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Taking oil out of bitumen
16th June 2023

Instant Bio-Bitumen, a carbon-negative alternative to conventional bitumen derived from the refining of crude oil for use as the binder in asphalt products, is currently being tested by asphalt... 

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Extreme weather erodes road networks
16th June 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Extreme weather associated with climate change has resulted in many roads becoming impassable, sustaining serious damage or being completely destroyed. The South African roads industry has sought... 

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Kasiya rutile project, Malawi – update
16th June 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Sovereign Metals is progressing with a prefeasibility study. 

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Infrastructure projects critical to sector’s growth
9th June 2023 By: Halima Frost

The cement and concrete industry is stagnant and the only avenue for rejuvenation is the implementation of some of the infrastructure projects for which government has allocated over R900-billion,... 

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Astron Energy to leverage Development Fund to assist SMMEs in key sectors supply chain
18th May 2023

As economic recovery continues to ramp up post the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a huge push to drive the South African economy back to pre-pandemic productivity levels. Astron Energy forms a... 

Afarak announces merger with fellow ferro-alloy producer LL Resources
12th May 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Vertically integrated speciality alloys producer Afarak Group has signed an agreement to combine with LL Resources (LLR) for a consideration of €59.3-million. Austria-headquartered LLR is a... 

Suncor to boost oil sands output with $4bn Total deal
2nd May 2023 By: Bloomberg

Suncor Energy is set to boost its carbon-intensive oil sand reserves after agreeing to buy TotalEnergies'Canada unit in a C$5.5-billion (all-cash deal. The acquisition represents a “major step”... 

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Fort Hills oil sands mining project, Canada – update
21st April 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering the approval of a plan that enables Suncor Energy to extend its Fort Hills oil-sands mine. 

RMF resolves to collaborate, train and test
13th April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Several resolutions emerged from the Road Maintenance Forum's (RMF’s) virtual workshop, held on April 13, which coincided with International Road Maintenance Day. The RMF is a joint initiative by... 

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Range of lubricants for sugar sector
7th April 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Lubricants company FUCHS Lubricants South Africa offers a range of food-safe lubricants for sugar and packaging processes to aid the safety of production and seal off journals and/or bearings... 

Omaruru Bridge, Namibia
13th March 2023

When we think of Namibia, most of us will conjure thoughts of hot, dry desert rock, blanketed seasonally by a blast of beautiful flowers. Henties Bay and Swakopmund are two coastal towns that... 

Suncor mulling options to replace supply from key oil sands mine
16th February 2023 By: Reuters

Canada's Suncor Energy on Wednesday said it is weighing options for replacing around 200 000 bbl/d of raw bitumen supply from its largest oil sands mine, which is set to run out by the mid-2030s.... 

Oil firms eye $11bn Canada fund to match Biden's subsidies
23rd January 2023 By: Bloomberg

Oil-sands companies see a chance to secure a steady stream of government aid as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges to keep Canada competitive with the massive clean-energy subsidies on offer in... 

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Company supplies innovative products to sector
25th November 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

The prevalence of build projects for new warehouses, distribution centres and other logistics infrastructure has provided local steel supplier Macsteel with opportunities to supply its innovative... 

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Independents bullish on oil and gas outlook in Nigeria
11th November 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) – implemented in Nigeria last August – provides an ideal regulatory framework for the industry, as well as opportunities for smaller oil and gas companies, such as... 

Sika South Africa excited to acquire Index Construction
31st October 2022

Sika is proud to have acquired a majority stake in Index Construction Systems and Products. Index is a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems near Verona, Italy. In acquiring... 

Teck exits oil sands with C$1bn Fort Hills sale
Teck exits oil sands with C$1bn Fort Hills sale
27th October 2022 By: Mariaan Webb

Canada’s biggest diversified miner, Teck Resources, on Wednesday announced the sale of its 21.3% interest in the Fort Hills Energy partnership to Suncor Energy for C$1-billion in cash. With the... 

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New state-of-the-art performance asphalt testing facility opening in Pretoria
19th October 2022

Transport and mobility are a key part of today’s society. Roads must be durable and safe otherwise they present a danger to their users and the environment, as well as increasing repair costs.... 

Teck eyes spinoff or divestment of Fort Hills oil sands stake
Teck eyes spinoff or divestment of Fort Hills oil sands stake
30th September 2022 By: Reuters

Canada's Teck Resources said on Thursday it could pursue a spinoff or divestment of its stake in the Fort Hills oil sands project if the value of the asset is not reflected in Teck's share price.... 

FFS expanding storage, handling capacity for bulk bitumen imports
29th September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Hydrocarbon solutions company FFS Refiners is investing R350-million into the expansion of the existing storage and handling facility of FFS Tank Terminals that will enable the bulk import of... 

Astro and Greenvale firm up Georgina Basin plans
20th September 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Junior Astro Resources has struck a definitive deal with fellow-listed Greenvale Mining to acquire a majority interest in the Georgina Basin iron-oxide/copper/gold (IOCG) project, in the Northern... 

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AECI Much Asphalt to pioneer low carbon asphalt production
12th August 2022

South African chemicals group AECI Much Asphalt and carbon negative materials producer Origin Materials have launched a programme to create a novel low-carbon bitumen that is expected to create... 

Tribunal approves SFF’s buyout of an interest in bpSA’s Cape Town Terminal
3rd August 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved the large merger whereby the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) intends to acquire an interest in the assets of bp Southern Africa’s (bpSA’s) Cape Town... 

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Teck's quarterly profit surges to C$1.8bn, CEO Lindsday retires
27th July 2022 By: Mariaan Webb

Canada’s biggest diversified miner, Teck Resources, has announced record quarterly profit, warned of inflationary pressures, adjusted its costs guidance and made some big changes to its deck with... 

Commission recommends approval of SFF’s buyout of 50% stake in Cape Town Terminal
22nd July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that it approve, without conditions, the State-owned Strategic Fuel Fund’s (SFF’s) acquisition of  a 50% interest in the Cape... 

Limited financial resources and rapidly ageing road infrastructure make it challenging to carry out all maintenance activities
Maintenance of ageing road network a top priority – JRA
24th June 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

The deterioration of Johannesburg’s roads is a key concern in terms of the general maintenance of the city, with inclement weather, vandalism and theft, as well as ageing infrastructure, the key... 

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Kasiya rutile project, Malawi – update
17th June 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Sovereign Metals has received analysis of the Kasiya rutile project's graphite co-product, one of the critical raw materials contained in the Kasiya deposit. 

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Kasiya rutile project, Malawi – update
3rd June 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Sovereign Metals has taken what it deems proactive steps to establish an environment, social and governance framework that will position it as an industry leader on corporate social responsibility... 

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‘Worst first’ road repair strategy no solution amid rapid deterioration
27th May 2022 By: Irma Venter

A lack of preventive maintenance is by far the biggest contributor to the deterioration of the South African road network, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering... 

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‘Worst first’ road repair strategy no solution amid rapid deterioration
27th May 2022 By: Irma Venter

A lack of preventive maintenance is by far the biggest contributor to the deterioration of the South African road network, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering... 

Raubex posts good full-year results amid higher infrastructure spend by govt
16th May 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed construction and engineering company Raubex posted a 159% year-on-year increase in its operating profit to R945-million for the financial year ended February 28. The group posted a... 

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