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European Space Agency announces contract for removal of orbital debris

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th November 2020 The European Space Agency (ESA) is contracting Swiss start-up company ClearSpace to remove a piece of space debris from orbit, in a deal worth €86-million. The will be both the first ever mission to remove orbiting space debris and the first time ESA has contracted a private-sector company to... 

Waterloo solar PV farm starts commercial operations

By: Donna Slater     26th November 2020 The 75 MW Waterloo solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, located 10 km outside of Vryburg, in the North West province, has started commercial operations. The project achieved full quality and grid-code compliance by local engineering, procurement and construction contractor juwi Renewable Energies on... 

Petra acknowledges Raid human rights abuse claims report, takes interim remedial action  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 London-listed Petra Diamonds has acknowledged a report published by UK-based corporate watchdog Raid that identifies a number of alleged human rights abuses relating to security operations at the Williamson mine, in Tanzania. Petra has committed to investigate these claims and plans to appoint a... 

Fort Hare University ready for 2021 student intake

9th November 2020 The construction of South Africa’s largest student housing project is progressing on track at the University of Fort Hare (UFH). Despite delays caused by the national lockdown, the 2 047-bed student village will reach completion in December 2020. The new residence was unveiled at a roof-wetting... 

Tiber Construction and Tjeka Training Matters take training to new heights for prestigious public-sector development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 Tjeka Training Matters, a leading registered private Technical and Vocational Education and Training college, is training 60 unemployed people from Thembisa for a Tiber Construction project that is being undertaken on behalf of a leading public-sector client body. Compass Consultants, which... 

Rocla manufactures largest custom designed jacking culverts in South Africa

2nd October 2020 When the local municipality of Tshwane required 3m x 3m custom-made jacking box culverts for a service delivery project at Iscor Heights, in Pretoria West, the only company in South Africa who was able to design and manufacture culverts to such large specifications was Rocla. The culverts were... 

Eskom COO cleared of all wrongdoing in Aveng payment dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 The grievance procedure brought against Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has been brought to finality and he has been cleared of all wrongdoing in a payment dispute with a contractor, construction company Aveng, power utility Eskom said in a statement on September 25. Following a court’s findings... 

Will pay for Moon dirt: NASA seeks to set law for space mining

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2020 NASA wants to buy some moon rocks, and it’s seeking out companies to make space mining trips so that it can establish a legal framework for its galactic aspirations. The agency is soliciting bids from explorers anywhere on Earth who are willing to finance their own trips to the moon and collect... 

Ridgeline Minerals wins Mines and Money junior pitch battle

By: Donna Slater     4th September 2020 Nevada-based junior gold explorer Ridgeline Minerals won the pitch battle during the Mines and Money Online Connect webinar series, hosted from August 31 to September 3. The pitch battle involved five junior mining companies, who pitched a project of their choice to five investment judges. Each... 

AIIM’s 86 MW Droogfontein 2 Solar Park begins full operation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd September 2020 The Droogfontein 2 Solar Park situated near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, has reached full grid code compliance and Commercial Operation reports Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor juwi Renewable Energies (“juwi”). The 179 hectare solar area (comprising over 260,000 solar... 

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