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Holistic approach to lifting projects saves time, money

By: Shannon de Ryhove     19th April 2019 Germiston-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire tells Engineering News that the heavy lifting capacity of the company’s modern mobile crane is transforming industrial project roll-out. “Twenty years ago, our heavy-lift fleet consisted of 350 t mobile cranes, which were the biggest... 

Access to finance hampers power sector progress

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 Among the challenges facing the power generation sector is access to finance to upgrade and maintain power infrastructure to extend the life of existing assets in a sustainable way, especially when it comes to new digital technologies, says international power generation company General Electric... 

Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data monitoring, says heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard lead sales and project manager Dale Huddy.... 

Petrol, bread and cereals drive CPI up to 4.5% in March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th April 2019 The annual headline consumer inflation accelerated to 4.5% in March, from 4.1% in February, owing to another 74c fuel price hike in the same month. Land Bank economist Tebogo Mashabela on Friday commented on Statistics South Africa’s Consumer Price Index release, pointing out that the fuel... 

South African foundry involved in product development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     18th April 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm. Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Mining Weekly that the development is “top secret” and that the... 

Hulking nukes trying to get nimble in volatile power markets

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 Nuclear reactors, the lumbering giants of electricity generation, are trying to become more agile. Power grids have become so swamped with volatile wind and solar that traditional plants are being forced to abruptly adjust their own output to keep systems stable – or pay a penalty. That’s... 

Africa's sole nuclear plant undergoes revamp to extend lifespan

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 Eskom Holdings, the State utility that supplies 95% of South Africa’s power, is overhauling the continent’s sole nuclear plant with the aim of extending its lifespan by at least 20 years. The revamp of the 1 860 MW Koeberg facility comes as Eskom struggles to produce enough electricity to meet... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th April 2019 Kusile Unit 3 produced first power on April 14. 

Elmacast Engineering- Invests R134 million into autonomous upgrades in foundry

17th April 2019 Elmacast Engineering (PTY) LTD, a foundry situated in Springs, South Africa, has recently completed phase one of its expansion project which entailed the installation of 4 new induction furnaces, automated continuous caster and a fully integrated double line heat treatment plant. The cost of the... 

Payroll services in the digital age

16th April 2019 The digital transformation of payroll services has changed the way companies approach this integral back-office function. According to Ian McAlister, General Manager of CRS Technologies South Africa, specialised compensation and remuneration services can help with this transition. Already, the... 

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