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Opinion: How African countries can mobilise private capital for their infrastructure drives

27th November 2020 In this opinion piece, Standard Bank corporate and investment banking CE Kenny Fihla writes about governments turning to public-private partnerships to deliver large-scale projects. Given the pressure on investment yields in developed markets, African nations have an opportunity to attract... 

Colloidal silica – one of the best sources of the pozzolanic reactions known to man

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2020 Spray-Lock Concrete Protection’s SCP technology is classified as a colloidal silica, which is one of the best sources of the pozzolanic reaction known to man. “SCP colloidal silica is among the smallest post placement pozzolan that is currently being used in the global construction industry.... 

Mayur eyes more spin-outs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2020 ASX-listed Mayur Resources has completed a A$5.5-million capital raise, to advance its flagship Central cement and lime project, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), with the company raising the potential disaggregation of it this asset. The company on Tuesday reported that more than 15.7-million chess... 

Minister blasts gas report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2020 Federal Energy and Emissions Minister Angus Taylor has bashed research by the Gattan Institute, which questioned a gas-led economic recovery. The Gattan Institute argued that despite government promises and promotions, the east coast of Australia was faced with ‘inexorably more expensive gas’,... 

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector

6th November 2020 Bearings distributor BMG tells Engineering News that its Garlock Klozure and Guardian Bearing Isolators have fared notably well subsequent to being introduction to the BMG range of isolators. A bearing isolator is an advanced sealing solution that is used to protect bearings on rotating equipment... 

Concrete that works fine – without any sand

27th October 2020 No-fines concrete (NFC) is obtained by eliminating the fine material – sand - from the normal concrete mix. Instead, single-sized coarse aggregates are surrounded and held together by a thin layer of cement paste to add strength. Among the main advantages of NFC is economy in materials, higher... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation 

16th October 2020 Organised business formations have responded to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan released by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15. On the whole, business has welcomed the plan, including the fact that it embraces many of the recommendations made to government by the social partners through... 

Joburg Indaba speakers advocate for cleaner coal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2020 Coal plays an integral part in South Africa's energy mix and this will not change for many years to come. Speakers participating in a discussion during the second day of the Joburg Indaba on October 8, suggested that the country should, therefore, focus on adopting cleaner ways of coal mining and... 

Minergy achieves milestones despite Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2020 Coal mining and trading company Minergy recorded considerable achievements and milestones during the financial year ended June 30, despite a significant part of the year being impacted by Covid-19. “Despite border restrictions between South Africa and Botswana (a minimum of 15 weeks), Minergy, in... 

Anglo’s July Ndlovu says coal underpins societal development

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2020 Despite coal being a commodity “that some have chosen to hate”, Anglo American Coal South Africa CEO July Ndlovu says it will continue to remain relevant, as it “underpins societal development”. Ndlovu, recently appointed as World Coal Association chairperson, emphasised during the virtual Coal... 

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