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Economy, and SMEs in particular, need Freedom From Dependence
22nd September 2022

We all know how the story started: warnings from as early as the late-1990s were not heeded, new builds went over time and budget, and they included design flaws. 


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More cables available to SA market
13th September 2022

An expanded range of flexible cables and energy chains that protect moving cables is now available to South African industry. The local division of German company igus has extended its product... 


Rise in Limpopo illegal mining concerns portfolio committees
12th September 2022 By: Donna Slater

Limpopo is experiencing a surge in illegal mining activity, particularly in the Sekhukhune, Mopani, Capricorn and Waterberg districts, the Portfolio Committees on Mineral Resources and Energy,... 


Dry-ice blasting service provider underscores advantages of dry ice blast cleaning
Dry-ice blasting service provider underscores advantages of dry ice blast cleaning
2nd September 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Similar to sand blasting, bead blasting or soda blasting, dry ice blasting service provider Dry Ice Blasting Services underscores the advantages to dry ice blast cleaning, which it says is “not... 


How the undersea cables connect the world?
29th August 2022

Sending a message or an email takes just a few seconds. With a click of a button, it is possible to connect with any website. Even though the internet functionality looks so simple, it is actually... 


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KonNx portfolio ensures constant connection, safety
26th August 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

In an effort to ensure constant connection between power cables, the relevant equipment and electricity, high voltage cable coupler manufacturer KonNx designs, manufactures and distributes high and... 


Beware of high horses
26th August 2022 By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy

About 20 years ago, I was phoned up by a client who said that she happened to be selling a 17-storey property in Cape Town. She wanted the sale to go through quickly and, as a result, she needed... 


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Lapp - Women in Industry
26th August 2022

VENESSA BOTHA - Head of Human Resources and Finance As a fully-fledged Global LAPP Subsidiary, LAPP Southern Africa is the only distribution and logistics entity in Africa selling cables,... 


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Scrap metal export ban to buy time for SA to build systems to tackle illegal activity
23rd August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The proposed policy to ban the export of waste, scrap and semifinished metal products for a period of six months is necessary to immediately reduce the ability of criminal syndicates to monetise... 


South Africa is perfectly positioned for solar
18th August 2022

The solar debate is hot, but its information is a mashup of facts and hearsay. Homeowners share concerns about South Africa's regular week-long rainy, no-sun weather stints, while businesses are... 


More flooding in Mexican mine frustrates rescue effort for 10 miners
16th August 2022 By: Reuters

Mexico's efforts to save 10 miners who became trapped in a flooded coal mine 13 days ago hit another setback as underground water levels have surged higher, officials said on Monday. The miners... 


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Siemens, Mahle sign declaration of intent on wireless EV charging
15th August 2022 By: Irma Venter

Technology groups Mahle and Siemens have signed a declaration of intent on cooperation in the area of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs).  In the future, both companies will... 


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Halogen-free TPE cables
13th August 2022

The US National Fire Protection Association reports that machine fires are the fourth leading cause of fires in industrial environments in the US, making the use of flame-retardant cabling... 


Once upon a time
12th August 2022 By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy

Many years ago when I was a young engineer, I had finished my national service, got married and started work. The work that I found was to be employed by GEC Engineering Services. It was an... 


Metal recyclers say proposed metal export ban will negatively impact price of scrap metal
11th August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the Metal Recyclers' Association of South Africa (MRA) says the six-month ban on the export of metal proposed by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC),... 


BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP needs to pay more for EV, clean energy metals as it returns to dealmaking
10th August 2022 By: Reuters

BHP must shell out more if it wants to snap up assets like those of OZ Minerals - a play on the future of electrification and decarbonisation, analysts and bankers said, after the miner's... 


Into the future
5th August 2022 By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy

If one considers the way things have progressed, we are now in 2022, which is 100 years later than 1922. Looking back to 1922, a great number of things had changed from the beginning to that... 


Vodacom injecting R500m into Western Cape network to increase capacity and uptime
29th July 2022 By: Natasha Odendaal

Telecommunications group Vodacom aims to spend more than R500-million in the Western Cape to grow coverage reach, increase capacity and improve network uptime across the province this year. The... 


Cape Town pursues reinstatement of joint rail enforcement unit
29th July 2022 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town says it is keen to help revive the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) rail enforcement unit (REU), which operated as a three-way government partnership between... 


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Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, South Africa – update
29th July 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Renewable-energy solutions provider Scatec is optimistic that its R16.4-billion solar-battery project in the Northern Cape will finally address long-standing questions about the so-called... 


Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet to issue big locomotive tender in August as it clears legal hurdles
27th July 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet intends launching its much-anticipated tender for new locomotives in August having recorded a 5.6% drop in rail volumes last year as a result of a... 


Cost-effective electrical termination solutions for the construction industry
27th July 2022

Pratley has a range of cost-effective electrical solutions available to assist contractors in a recovering construction industry. “It is important that one does not compromise on quality in favour... 


Vodacom to inject R600m into Mpumalanga connectivity
27th July 2022 By: Natasha Odendaal

Telecommunications group Vodacom plans to spend R600-million to accelerate coverage reach and network capacity and provide access to affordable, high-quality connectivity across Mpumalanga this... 


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PRASA gears up to open sections of the Western Cape’s Central line
25th July 2022 By: Irma Venter

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will start trial operations on the Cape Town to Langa via Mutual station route, the Cape Town to Langa via Pinelands station route, and the... 


The emperor again
22nd July 2022 By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy

There is a story about an emperor who is told by his staff that he is wearing a very beautiful jacket and that the jacket is more beautiful than any of the other jackets that he has worn. They say... 


Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
PRASA working to restore three Gauteng rail corridors before year-end
21st July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is rebuilding and recovering five high-priority commuter rail corridors, three of which, in Gauteng, will reopen before the end of the year. These... 


Preparatory work under way for Kenhardt projects, in the Northern Cape
Scatec confident R16.4bn solar-battery project will lay renewables ‘intermittency’ debate to rest
20th July 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Renewable-energy solutions provider Scatec is optimistic that its R16.4-billion solar-battery project in the Northern Cape will finally address long-standing questions about the so-called... 


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South African company offers the latest in fireproofing solutions
15th July 2022

A range of locally developed fireproofing solutions is available for the fire engineering, mining, construction, commercial and industrial sectors. Part of the Advanced Group of Companies,... 


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Safely connecting power cables and electricity
15th July 2022

High voltage cable coupler manufacturer KonNx designs, manufactures and distributes high and low voltage cable couplers and connectors for use in heavy industrial applications, such as opencast and... 


How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash
15th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen.... 


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Business outlines 10-point plan for unlocking 15 GW of new electricity capacity
14th July 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has outlined a set of ten interventions that it believes could unlock much-needed investment into new generation and storage capacity over the coming two years... 


ITA Officially Rebrands to Paratus Angola
12th July 2022

Angolan telco takes next step in its vision for a connected Africa Luanda, Angola – Angolan telecommunications service provider, Internet Technologies Angola (ITA), has officially changed its name... 


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PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa – update
8th July 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Gibela unveiled the one-hundredth X’trapolis Mega commuter train it is building for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa on July 4. 


Cable theft disrupts coal deliveries by rail to Majuba power station
6th July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Cable theft has critically constrained the delivery of coal by rail to the Majuba power station, as the portion of the rail network owned by State-owned power utility Eskom that feeds directly into... 


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City of Cape Town pursues reinstatement of joint rail enforcement unit 
1st July 2022 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town says it is keen to help revive the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) rail enforcement unit (REU), which operated as a three-way government partnership between... 


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Easy access to pump, hose flotation devices
1st July 2022

Every dewatering project is different, but most do require the using of accessories such as hosing and flotation systems. While these accessories may seem to be just that, it is essential that when... 


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Pump and hose flotation devices on offer
1st July 2022

Specialist pumps supplier Integrated Pump Rentals (IPR) says it carries a comprehensive range of pump flotation devices (PFD) and hose flotation devices (HFD) which are available for either... 


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Illegal mining brazenness a significant concern to legitimate industry
29th June 2022 By: Donna Slater

Minerals Council South Africa legal deputy head Mxolisi Ngubane says that, although the prevalence of illegal mining is not new, the brazenness and evolving nature at which operations are taking... 


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Industry body assures job security for welders
24th June 2022 By: Halima Frost

Despite a marked increase in the uptake of robotic welding systems, owing to Covid-19 and the fast-tracking of automation, artisanal welding will never be completely replaced, says Southern African... 


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The Real-World Solution to Load-shedding
23rd June 2022

We can all agree that things get interesting once the power goes out. And 99% of the time, not in a fun way. Not having electricity negatively impacts any business or service. 


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Rail infrastructure thieves sentenced to ten years
21st June 2022 By: Donna Slater

Seven criminals, found in possession of Transnet railway tracks in January, were sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to tampering with, damaging and destroying essential... 


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Rail infrastructure challenges abound
17th June 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

Train operators are working to restore the condition of South Africa’s rail network, including trains and stations, which is in “dire straits”, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) chief operations... 


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Kusile power plant project, South Africa – update
17th June 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Eskom’s actions to rectify major boiler defects at its newly built Medupi and Kusile power stations are improving the plants’ energy availability factor. 


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