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Mozambique power utility begins the long process of recovery following cyclones

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2019 Mozambique’s energy sector is trying to get back on track following the devastation wreaked on its power system by Cyclone Idai in March and cyclone Kenneth in April.   Electricity Company of Mozambique chairperson and CEO Aly Impija told delegates attending the African Utility Week, in Cape... 

Finding fossil fuel investors is becoming harder, says Hadebe 

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 With a crackdown on carbon emissions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find investors that support fossil fuels, says Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe. “The truth is, how will we fund fossil fuels if we remain on them? The trend in financial markets is that you see fewer and fewer investors... 

UJ designs mobile lab to aid in water contamination testing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has created a mobile lab for water testing, amid various sewage spills in South Africa. The Transnet National Ports Authority reported earlier this month that it had prohibited angling and diving activity at the Durban port, owing to a massive sewage spill in... 

Fitch warns iron-ore price increase may be ‘more structural’ than initially thought

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 The sharp rise in iron-ore prices to over $90 per dry metric ton (dmt) from under $75/dmt since January, may be “more structural than initially anticipated”, says Fitch Ratings. It believes sustained iron-ore prices of above $85/dmt over the next 9 to 12 months should provide cash flow windfalls... 

Rio Tinto cuts iron-ore guidance after challenging start to 2019

By: Mariaan Webb     16th April 2019 The year has started with “several challenges” for diversified mining group Rio Tinto’s iron-ore business, resulting in the major downgrading its guidance for 2019. Pilbara shipments are now expected to be between 333-million and 343-million tonnes for the year, compared with the previous... 

Catch Components Before They Fail with FLIR Thermal Optics

12th April 2019 Whether one attributes South Africa’s continued electricity woes to cyclones in neighbouring countries or poor maintenance at home, one thing is abundantly clear, says Philip Smerkovitz, managing director of TeleEye SA. “Most electrical components heat up before they fail,” explains this 20-plus... 

Engineering innovation to help relief cyclone-stricken Mozambique

10th April 2019 The catastrophic Cyclone Idai, was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere as a whole. The long-lived storm caused catastrophic damage when it hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi earlier in March, leaving more than 800 people dead and hundreds... 

AfDB to institute climate risk management programme for African countries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Africa Disaster Risks Financing (ADRiFi) programme – the institution’s first climate risk management programme aimed at boosting resilience and responding to climate shocks in regional member countries. The initial phase is expected to run from... 

Cavex® Hydrocyclones Expand Footprint Across Africa

16th October 2018 Weir Minerals Africa has expanded its Cavex® hydrocyclone footprint across Africa with its most two recent orders going into the Central African Copperbelt; one in Zambia and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sheldon Gabriel, Product Manager – cyclones at Weir Minerals Africa, says... 

Rio-Carb invests in hi-tech machines to boost its hard-facing capability

2nd October 2018 Chromium Carbide (CrC) wear solutions provider Rio-Carb of Alrode has invested in state-of-the-art precision rotating equipment, column-and-boom positioning equipment, and plasma gouging and preparation in order to boost its hard-facing capability. Hard-facing, a metal-working process whereby... 

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