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The Phalaborwa Rare Earths Project involves the recovery of rare earths from gypsum and waste dumps.
Likely lifespan boost for critical rare earths project in South Africa’s Limpopo province
26th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s rare earths project in Limpopo has received a distinctly possible lifespan boost to more than 16 years following an updated bulk density calculation, which has enlarged the likely... 


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SGB-Cape Announces Strategic Partnership with ICR Group
26th February 2024

SGB-Cape a renowned leader in industrial services, proudly announces a significant milestone in its 75th year of operation with the establishment of a strategic partnership with ICR Group, a global... 


US targets ‘disposable’ firms in new Russian sanctions blast
26th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

The latest round of Russia sanctions unveiled Friday targeted hundreds of people and entities from around the globe, including a Liechtenstein company that traded precious metals, a semiconductor... 


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Another 124 power plants registered with Nersa raising total to 1 087 since 2018
23rd February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that a further 124 generation facilities were registered during the third quarter of its financial year from October to December,... 


Rolls-Royce highlights its African presence, and delivers record results for 2023
23rd February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based global major propulsion and power systems group Rolls-Royce has highlighted its presence in Africa. It did so in parallel with the release of its full-year results for 2023. The group’s... 


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On-The-Air (23/02/2024)
23rd February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer discusses phosphate, junior miners and clean electricity. 


dtic to host second Black Industrialists and Exporters Conference
23rd February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) – in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Empowerment Fund – will host the second Black Industrialists... 


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Controller for control cabinets
23rd February 2024

An Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) controller from ifm is said to offer a powerful, communicative and flexible programmable logic controller (PLC) solution in machine and plant digitalisation.... 


FUCHS offers a range of service and maintenance solutions for mining
23rd February 2024

Such has been the success of its relationship building that FUCHS LUBRICANTS SOUTH AFRICA has been offering its man-on-site service to some mining clients for over 30 years, according to Tiaan Le... 


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Large hydrocyclone cluster for gold project in West Africa
23rd February 2024

Weir Minerals Africa recently manufactured a 20-way cluster of Cavex 500 CVX hydrocyclones, specifically tailored to the classification and processing requirements of a gold project in West Africa.... 


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Weir Minerals Africa
23rd February 2024

Market leader in slurry handling equipment, Weir Minerals Africa, has an unrivalled installed base of its Warman centrifugal slurry pumps across Africa. The company offers a wide range of slurry... 


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Smarter mining key amid current market conditions
23rd February 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

Despite the boon of improved uranium demand, overall, depressed commodity prices and costly operating conditions are emphasising the need for Namibian mining companies to ensure that they mine a... 


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Embracing new tech in marine diamond mining
23rd February 2024

To increase the net present value (NPV) of Namibia’s marine diamond mining sector, four strategies – economies of scale, economies of scope, productivity and efficiency improvements, and... 


Tyre manufacturer to invest $90-million in hydraulic hose production plant
23rd February 2024

German technology company Continental in January announced an investment of $90-million towards the construction of its new plant for hydraulic hose for industrial purposes in the west-central... 


A new Internet of things enabled camera supplied by Axis Communications
Upward trend in generative AI adoption
23rd February 2024 By: Halima Frost

Security system provider Axis Communications has noted a marked increase in the uptake of new security-focused applications based on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), especially... 


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Lighting system advances energy efficiency
23rd February 2024 By: Lynne Davies

Luminaire manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s wireless control system Schréder ITERRA offers a wireless control solution for lighting applications, providing a “robust, cost-effective and futureproof... 


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Junior mining fund is a start, but should not be seen as the end game
23rd February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The Junior Mining Exploration Fund just launched by the Industrial Development Corporation and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is a start but must not end up as the finish.... 


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Crunch time
23rd February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The consequences of policy failure in electricity are so obvious there is no need to ventilate them again. Not so for gas, however, given that they are only visible to those manufacturers that have... 


Awards will showcase African supply chain excellence
22nd February 2024

Entries are open for the 2024 Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards. This prestigious annual event, which is now in its third year, acknowledges the vital role played by supply chain management and... 


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One simple trick to cut industrial water use in half
22nd February 2024 By: Yolande Botes

Monitor Engineering, the sole agent for US-based Spraying Systems Co, offer a free sustainability audit that helps plug the water-wasting practices that has made manufacturers and food producers... 


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RFP for private transmission investment to be launched in July
21st February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government will release a request for proposals (RFP) in the coming months seeking private sector investment into a pilot electricity grid infrastructure project. The National... 


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Understanding standby, Prime and continuous gensets
21st February 2024

The increasing reliance of South African businesses on generator sets (gensets) to mitigate power disruptions highlights a crucial need for proper selection based on specific operational demands.... 


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South Africa’s IDC begins due diligence work for Qala Shallows project funding
21st February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South African development finance institution the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has begun work to complete its due diligence investigation as part of its proposed R300-million (about... 


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Glencore pleased with its performance against the backdrop of lower commodity, energy prices
21st February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Global mining company Glencore has recommended a $0.13 a share, or $1.6-billion, base cash distribution to shareholders for the 2023 financial year, comprising $1-billion from marketing cash flows... 


Breaking gender roles to achieve real inclusivity in the energy sector
Breaking gender roles to achieve real inclusivity in the energy sector
21st February 2024

By Desiree Hlubi, Brand Manager of Sisi Safety Wear Women are often underrepresented in technical industries, particularly within South Africa’s power and energy sectors. In the coal sector, they... 


Aluminum spikes as White House plans fresh sanctions on Russia
21st February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Aluminum surged on speculation that a fresh wave of US sanctions against Russia may target the metal, potentially disrupting supplies. US President Joe Biden said the US plans to unveil a “major”... 


Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm
Rio Tinto posts lower FY profit
21st February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining major Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm on Wednesday reported “resilient” financial results for 2023, with free cash flow of $7.7-billion and underlying earnings of $11.8-billion.... 


The deal is a major step in the work to repower the Gladstone production assets, including the Boyne aluminium smelter (pictured), Yarwun alumina refinery and Queensland Alumina refinery.
New deal makes Rio Tinto Australia’s biggest renewable energy buyer
21st February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Mining group Rio Tinto has signed Australia’s biggest renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply its Gladstone operations in Queensland, agreeing to buy the majority of electricity... 


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Metals, engineering output up 1.7% but still far below 2008/9 peak
20th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

While aggregate production in the South African metals and engineering sector increased by 1.7% last year, which is slightly higher than the 1.5% increase in 2022, it remains 18% below where it was... 


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Petra urges discipline among diamond producers to ensure balanced inventory levels
20th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Despite its exposure to various risks and uncertainties, such as rough diamond prices, political instability and liquidity challenges – which could have a material impact on its long-term... 


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Kumba weathers headwinds but 490 jobs at risk as it reconfigures business
20th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore delivered solid operational and financial results for the year ended December 31, 2023, despite macroeconomic challenges; however, about 490 jobs could be... 


BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA
BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA
20th February 2024

Vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa has brought prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to South Africa to showcase the future mobility technology to local stakeholders, test its domestic... 


US moves to restore stockpiling ‘panic button’ in EV metals fight with China
US moves to restore stockpiling ‘panic button’ in EV metals fight with China
20th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Insiders liken it to a “panic button.” And for more than 80 years, the primary job of the National Defense Stockpile has been to keep the US military supplied with essential raw materials and... 


BHP CEO Mike Henry
Worst of inflationary wave over, says BHP CEO
20th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining group BHP CEO Mike Henry has expressed confidence in a more favourable economic outlook for 2024, declaring that the worst of the global inflationary wave is over. BHP, which on... 


Forge Academy launches new 4IR training centre in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater
19th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Technology training company Forge Academy has launched a new Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) training centre and two courses in partnership with mining company Sibanye-Stillwater. The first two... 


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Consultancy laments R10bn/y deficit in exploration investment against govt target
19th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Despite the South African government having set a target to attract 5% of global exploration spend within five years from 2019, the country attracted just 0.8% of global exploration spend in 2022... 


Agriculture – farming for the future with modernised systems
Agriculture – farming for the future with modernised systems
19th February 2024

By Clive Roberts, Segment Lead: CPG - Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric According to a new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation  (FAO), Tracking progress on food and... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
New fund to mobilise public and private funding to climate-proof existing essential infrastructure
19th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa has provided some additional background to the Climate Change Response Fund, the formation of which he announced in his recent State of the Nation Address. Writing in his... 


WearCheck’s technical manager, Steven Lumley
SLIDING THROUGH TIME: Lubrication from stone age to modern age
19th February 2024

In part one of Lubrication from Stone Age to Modern Age (WearCheck Technical Bulletin 88), we slid through 5,000 years of lubrication history and left off at the end of the age of enlightenment in... 


Rusal to add Abramovich to lawsuit against Potanin over nickel miner pact
19th February 2024 By: Reuters

Aluminium giant Rusal obtained permission by a London court on Friday to add Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his firm Crispian Investments as defendants in the case against Vladimir... 


Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Climate Change Response Fund to channel resources to adaptation, early-warning systems – Creecy
16th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that the Climate Change Response Fund announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) has... 


Fortescue Metals chairperson Andrew Forrest
Carbon capture tech a 'complete falsehood', says Fortescue Metals' Forrest
16th February 2024 By: Reuters

Carbon capture is not a solution for the energy transition and political leaders need to provide real, non-greenwashed, commitments to encourage investment, Andrew Forrest, executive chairman of... 


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Astron Energy introduces new solution for varnish
16th February 2024

At Astron Energy, we don’t accept the status quo, particularly when challenges are industry-wide and costly. We sat down with Astron Energy Technical Specialist Faiz Regal to find out which big... 


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