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Govt calls for JMEI inputs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2021 The federal government has called for consultation in the impact of the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI), which is helping to fund the exploration of new resource deposits. Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt said that the consultation process was an opportunity for companies to... 

DRDGold’s Pretorius highlights rising importance of ESG for miners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th September 2021 Gold producer DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius told investment firm CX Investments in an interview that investors were becoming more supportive of projects that may not necessarily have vast economic upside, but that will deliver in terms of environmental or social value-add. He explained that the... 

Is convenient repair request logging the key to improved uptime?

14th September 2021 The right tools, appropriate systems and accurate data could make a considerable impact on the ease and speed at which equipment is repaired in your organisation. Verdantix’s latest research (Verdantix, December 2020, Global Corporate Survey 2020: Operational Excellence Budgets, Priorities & Tech... 

The role and importance of Reliability Engineering

14th September 2021 The question often arises on the actual role and responsibility of a Reliability Engineer. This article considers where Reliability Engineers fit into an organisation, what kind of data they require, and when and how it should be provided. We also look at their key challenges and possible... 

Freight, logistics integration key to successful intracontinental trade

By: Theresa Bhowan     10th September 2021 Although the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement aims to achieve an economically integrated continent, with successful trading among African countries, the Trade Research Advisory tells Engineering News that this will prove challenging in the short to medium term. “Government... 

Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 The current target date for allowing third-party operators to participate in the rail-freight sector is August next year, says Dr Sean Phillips, head of the National Treasury’s Operation Vulindlela unit. There are, however, ongoing efforts under way to speed up the timeframe put on the table by... 

Three reasons why water will outrank the electricity crisis on your business’s agenda

9th September 2021 By Helen Hulett Water – or rather the lack of it – is one of the biggest risks for business in South Africa as parched industries are faced with a perfect storm of dwindling supplies, rising tariffs and crumbling infrastructure. 

Gold contributing towards efforts to achieve UN SDG 3  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2021 The gold industry is committed to supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the progress being made towards achieving the SDGs, the World Gold Council (WGC) notes. It highlights that this has made the contributions... 

Centre bridges gap between technology, people

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Mining engineering multinational Sandvik Mining and Rock Solution’s Zimbabwe-based Technology Centre is assisting the mining industry’s journey into the digital future by bridging the gap between technology and people. The centre, Sandvik territory manager Ian Bagshaw explains, is the “human... 

Mining reform can alter bleak economic outlook

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd September 2021 The short- to medium-term outlook for Zimbabwe’s mining and natural resources sector is bleak and can be mitigated only if urgent reforms – such as taking a hard stance against criminal activity and a general overhaul of the paper-based cadastre system – are undertaken, says Beech Veltman CEO... 

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