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New numbers impart shine to BCI’s Mardie SoP and salt project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th May 2019 An optimisation of the prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Mardie salt and potash project, in Western Australia, has improved the project economics, with a definitive feasibility study (DFS) now targeted for late 2019. ASX-listed BCI Minerals on Friday reported that the optimised PFS estimated a... 

Rebranded Minerals Council reflects the promise of the future 

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa – formerly the Chamber of Mines –  officially rebranded in May 2018, repositioning the organisation to reflect, “the promise of the future”, by amending its role and ethos to drive a positive reform agenda that enables the industry to reach its true economic and... 

Port of Saldanha marks first sludge transfer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2019 Effective planning and oversight between the office of the Port of Saldanha’s Harbour Master, African Marine Solutions, the South African Maritime Safety Authority and SpillTech resulted in the successful first sludge transfer operation at the port last month. About 104 m3 of sludge was... 

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... 

Tanzania rail project to take half of Transport Ministry's budget

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Tanzania’s transport ministry is seeking approval from lawmakers for its 2019/20 budget of 4.96-trillion shillings ($2.15-billion), which includes 2.48-trillion shillings for construction of a standard-gauge railway line. The railway line will link the East African nation’s commercial city of Dar... 

TNPA suspends diving, angling near Durban port after sewage spill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2019 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has suspended all diving operations and angling activities within the Durban port, owing to a severe sewage discharge that poses a risk to diving personnel and marine life, it said on Friday. The discharge stems from the failure of pumps at the... 

Kenya fails to secure funding for extension of flagship rail project

By: John Muchira     10th May 2019 Kenya’s flagship infrastructure project, the standard-gauge railway (SGR) project, will terminate about 120 km from the capital, Nairobi, after government failed to secure funding for an extension to Kisumu. Hopes by Kenya to extend the project to the lakeside city of Kisumu from Naivasha were... 

Australia's Pilbara Ports throughput drops 1% in April

By: Reuters     8th May 2019 Australia's Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) said on Wednesday that throughput slipped 1% in April from year earlier. April's throughput was 58.8-million tonnes, the PPA said in a statement. 

South African logistics firm recommends review of bulk liquid terminal tender

By: Reuters     3rd May 2019 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will recommend to its board that a tender to build and operate a bulk liquid terminal in Durban be reviewed and possibly cancelled, a senior official said. The "Lot 100" tender at South Africa's main petrochemical hub Island View on the east... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

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