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The foundation of sustainable infrastructure asset management: aligning the equipment and financial asset registers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2021 Introduction Many organisations discover that they have two or more duplicate asset registers when they take a good look at their practices and systems. This conundrum of multiple asset registers also surfaces during new system implementation or asset or infrastructure management intervention.... 

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

College introduces digital artisan training

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 In addition to the initial training of artisans, during which they are taught how to work with hand-held and power tools, artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC) has introduced Artisan 4.0 training. Although the need to carry and use physical tools will remain,... 

Rolling renewables auctions follow in wake of ‘emergency’ procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe released the names of the eight preferred bidders – including three powership projects – selected as part of government’s 2 000-MW ‘emergency’ procurement programme and also launched the much-anticipated fifth bid window (BW5) for the... 

Metair won’t build lithium-ion plant in South Africa unless it secures offtake deal

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says the group is currently piloting a plant at its... 

Airbus launches cryogenics and superconductivity research project for aircraft propulsion

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced the start of its Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator (Ascend) project. This would examine the potential application of cryogenics and superconductivity to future alternative aircraft power... 

SA businesses can already benefit from African free trade deal. Here's what you need to know

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2021 South Africa has gazetted African free-trade deal regulations, including a list of thousands of products that can be imported and exported duty-free in future years. This could bring new competitors from other African countries to the local market, and also create opportunities to expand in other... 

Global Recycling Day sees the launch of an e-waste recycling bin to help the rising tide of e-waste in South Africa

19th March 2021 On 18 March, AST Recycling launched an e-waste recycling bin at Jackal Creek golf estate, in what will be the first of many stations nationally, to help battle the rising tide of e-waste in South Africa.  In general, people want to be able to recycle e-waste, but they just don’t know where to go... 

Automakers using know-how to accelerate the uptake of platinum-based fuel cell systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th March 2021 While it is widely accepted that for hydrogen to fulfil its potential in enabling the clean energy transition, collaboration is essential and a recent report by the Hydrogen Council talks of the need to accelerate product and solution development, while acknowledging that this will require new... 

Sika achieves breakthrough in concrete recycling by developing a ground-breaking new process

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2021 Sika has developed a new, ground-breaking recycling process for old concrete. The old concrete is broken down into the individual parts gravel, sand and limestone in a simple and efficient process, which also binds about 60 kg of CO2 per ton of crushed concrete demolition waste. This innovation -... 

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