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Safety in the office environment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2020 “As a company we need to ensure we keep each other safe and adhere to legislative requirements,” says Marius Geyer, General Manager Operations, Bidvest International Logistics Wrench Road. The company’s four-storey Wrench Road office in Isando was home to 300 employees before lockdown. “Employee... 

The importance of localisation has never been more evident

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2020 The South African government has been encouraging the localisation of manufacturing for years and, given the current Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on global supply chains, this drive has become more pertinent, says refractory producer and supplier Refractory and Metallurgical Solutions (RMS).... 

Zero harm difficult to attain – Aspasa

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar tells Mining Weekly that the surface mining industry currently faces many challenges that need to be addressed so that mines can achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm. These include illegal mining not being adequately addressed by the... 

Air cargo demand dropped sharply in March, except in Africa; capacity down even more

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th April 2020 Worldwide air cargo demand fell sharply in March, but air cargo capacity fell even more, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on April 28. But the demand for air cargo for pharmaceuticals increased by about 100%. (Iata defines air cargo as being freight plus mail.) These... 

Saice supports rapid built environment reopening

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2020 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) supports the call by the built environment industry for it to be designated as an essential service that can be among the first to restart operations once the lockdown restrictions in South Africa start easing in early May. Before... 

Nervous bankers leave the gold market stuck in disconnect

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2020 Gold has rarely been a hotter trade, but the world’s two most important markets remain out of sync. In New York, the price of gold topped $1 750 for the first time in seven years on April 9. In London, it still hasn’t caught up. The dislocation first blew out in late March, when disruptions from... 

South Africans abroad are now allowed to return home - but the how is unclear 

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2020 South Africans who are abroad and want to return during the lockdown are allowed to do so, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has said. The how, however, remains unclear. Mthembu tweeted the update on Friday morning, elaborating on remarks made by National Command Council ministers on... 

ACSA has started implementing air travel restrictions at its airports 

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) announced on Friday that it had, in conjunction with the other appropriate authorities, implemented the air travel restrictions decreed by the government, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. These restrictions apply to air travellers from designated high... 

Is mining in South Africa a sunset industry? 

18th February 2020 Recently, for the first time in the history of gold mining in Africa, South Africa toppled from its position as the biggest gold producer on the continent, as production figures coming out of Ghana revealed it has now assumed that number one spot. 

Mechanised boring solutions making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The development of rock-boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel borer (MTB) and shaft-boring system (SBS) technology is advancing, with the machinery expected to reduce project development times by three to four times, says Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius. “These... 

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