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Nyanza Light Metals secures R28m facility from Afreximbank

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th May 2021 Pan-African multilateral trade finance institution the Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has approved a R28-million project preparation facility for titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Nyanza Light Metals, which is based in the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ). Afreximbank... 

Mergence gains majority ownership of Ejuva solar plants

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Asset manager Mergence has increased its shareholding of the two Ejuva renewable energy projects, in Gobabis, Namibia, from 17% to a majority stake of 66%. It acquired the 49% interest previously held by co-developer and initial part-financier energy engineering company CIGenCo. 

Can Canada's oil-rich Alberta capture a low-carbon future?

By: Bloomberg     7th May 2021 At a research site in rural Alberta, carbon dioxide is injected deep into the ground. Using remote sensors, scientists monitor its movement to ensure the planet-heating gas does not migrate upwards. "Basically, think of ultrasound on bodies – we're doing ultrasound on the earth," said Don... 

New Memsa CEO to focus on advocacy, partnerships to grow local mining equipment manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Industry organisation the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) has appointed Lehlohonolo Amos Molloyi CEO and programmes manager. He plans to maximise the industry body's impact through advocacy and partnership to support localisation, transformation, technology development and... 

Solar Power Helping Eradicate High Youth Unemployment in West Africa

7th May 2021 GREEN Solar Academy and Valentin Software have joined forces with Takoradi Technical University in Ghana and KYA-Energy Institute in Togo, with financial backing from Germany’s develoPPP.de fund, to implement expert training and job placement opportunities for future PV engineers. BTech graduates... 

Reforms needed to unlock private energy capacity  

7th May 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about increasing calls for reforms to the Electricity Regulation Act that will truly unlock new private capacity. 

On-The-Air (07/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2021 Gold Fields is spending R660-million on solar power at the big South Deep gold mine in Gauteng; Strict new global rules now apply to mine dumps in a bid to ensure that they don’t kill any more people; and South African and Ghanaian business locked armed this week in a welcome automotive deal. 

Sandvik Group to acquire African OEM Kwatani

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Mining and construction equipment and services company Sandvik Group will acquire African original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of custom-engineered vibrating equipment Kwatani. The transaction is expected to be finalised in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approvals and... 

Company offers engineered solutions for pump systems

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2021 Specifying pumps for mine water applications is not as simple as it would first appear, and these applications often require a bespoke solution, says original-equipment pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa. Incorrect specification could result in poor performance, excessive operational and... 

Prevailing low capacity use in manufacturing industry a worry for Seifsa

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2021 Persistent low levels of capacity use in the manufacturing sector and low demand for locally manufactured goods are “worrying” trends compounding the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions that are limiting operations at industrial plants, says the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of... 

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