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R10m Covid testing lab unveiled at De Beers' Venetia diamond mine

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 De Beers Venetia Mine has unveiled a R10-million coronavirus testing laboratory that will be used to check the diamond mines’ employees and contractors for Covid-19. Discussion with the Department of Health is also under way on assisting with the government’s screening efforts in the mine’s... 

Concor paves the way for remote Botswana mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th June 2020 Tackling the demanding conditions of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert, Concor Infrastructure is nearing completion of a 35 km access road for the Khoemacau Copper Silver Starter Project. Concor is also busy with constructing a parallel haul road , as well as conducting earthworks and concrete civils at... 

Kavango appoints geological modelling firm to advance target selection in KSZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th June 2020 Aim-listed Kavango Resources has appointed specialist geological modelling firm Mira Geoscience to advance target selection for future drilling in the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ), in Botswana. Mira is skilled in advanced geological and geophysical three-dimensional (3D) modelling, including the... 

Rebooting world’s deepest mines sparks massive labour migration

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2020 South Africa’s gold and platinum miners are racing to bring back thousands of skilled migrant workers who are crucial to ramping up output following the easing of the nation’s coronavirus lockdown. For almost 150 years, South Africa’s deep-level mines relied on cheap labor from neighboring... 

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area Protocol on Investment: A Prickly Pear for SADC and other Regional Economic Communities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2020 Current state of play of the AfCFTA The secretary-general of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) secretariat, Mr Wemkele Mene made an announcement on 28 April 2020 of the postponement of the 1 July 2020 official implementation start date. Mr Mene cited the adverse effects of Covid-19... 

LE South Africa’s “Rat Trap” proves not all greases are created equal 

4th June 2020 Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is using a simple mechanical test tool called the “rat trap” to demonstrate how two supposedly similar lubricants may behave differently under pressure. 

Stefanutti starts implementing restructuring plan, expects 610c loss

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2020 JSE-listed construction and engineering group Stefanutti Stocks has announced that a restructuring plan for the company has been completed and approved by its board, including having regard to the potential impact of Covid-19. The company appointed a strategic restructuring team in November to... 

Raubex divisions see return to profitability

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2020 Infrastructure development and construction materials supply group Raubex managed to maintain sufficient capacity to participate in any improvement in the sector, while simultaneously undertaking rightsizing initiatives has seen the company’s roads and earthworks division return to profitability.... 

Botswana Diamonds recovers over 100 diamonds from Marsfontein bulk sampling

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2020 Aim- and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds (BOD) has concluded the processing of two bulk samples taken from the Marsfontein diamond development project, in Limpopo; the samples of which comprised 58 t of fresh high-interest kimberlite and 62 t of kimberlite material from one of the residual... 

International initiative to fund African Covid-19 research unveiled

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) has announced the launch of a $4.75-million (about R90-million) international Covid-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant. The purpose of the fund is to support the creation and translation of knowledge to help with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of... 

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