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Long-duration clean energy storage ideal for mining microgrids

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2020 Reliable, cost-effective energy supply 24x7 is an essential resource for successful mining operations, whether grid-connected or off-grid.  In Africa, reliability of utility-sourced electricity is becoming more and more of a challenge, while off-grid diesel generation and the cost and logistics... 

Can maggots fuel sports drinks? South African startup thinks so

By: , Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 A South African startup aims to produce high-quality protein powder from maggots for use in food products and sports drinks by the end of the year. By doing so, it will become the first company in Africa to make insect protein for human consumption. South African rivals currently harvest larvae... 

Clayton Valley study proves viability for Cypress to go ahead with pilot plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 TSX-V-listed Cypress Development has announced positive results from a prefeasibility study (PFS) of the company’s Clayton Valley lithium project, in Nevada, US. The study, prepared by Continental Metallurgical Services, envisions an average production rate of 15 000 t/d to produce 27 400 t/y... 

Rhodes' interim performance buoyed by strong sales ahead of lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2020 JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group’s headline earnings a share for the six months ended March 29, 2020, decreased by 2.8% year-on-year to 31.2c, while its earnings a share decreased by 2.3% to 30.2c. Diluted headline earnings a share were down 3.1% at 31.1c. 

Rainbow Rare Earths further defines Gakara orebody

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2020 London-listed miner Rainbow Rare Earths reports that, resulting from a recent structural and lithological review of its Burundi-based Gakara project, three large carbonatite bodies have been identified, representing the regional source of rare earth elements. The structural and lithological... 

The importance of localisation has never been more evident

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2020 The South African government has been encouraging the localisation of manufacturing for years and, given the current Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on global supply chains, this drive has become more pertinent, says refractory producer and supplier Refractory and Metallurgical Solutions (RMS).... 

Online platforms should adapt to ensure post-Covid-19 survival

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 With people around the world increasingly using Web-based platforms to communicate, buy, sell and otherwise inform themselves about current affairs, Accenture technology practice MD Kirtan Sita says such platforms need to prioritise and implement essential functions that come with this vital... 

Tips launches Covid-19 weekly monitor

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 To assist individuals, economic stakeholders and policy makers in managing the Covid-19-related risks of re-opening the South African economy, the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (Tips) is launching a weekly monitor to track the spread of Covid-19 and its impact on the economy. To be... 

Long4Life delivers 'credible' full-year performance, cuts costs as Covid-19 impact starts to bite

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2020 JSE-listed lifestyle investment company Long4Life says it has delivered a credible performance in the financial year ended February 29, with trading profit up 15% year-on-year to R520-million. Headline earnings a share increased by 12% year-on-year to 43.4c.  

AfriSam now operating under Level 4 restrictions

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2020 The first steps in relaxing South Africa’s national coronavirus lockdown will allow critical supplies of cement and construction material to reach specified markets. “With the lowering . . . to Alert Level 4, the new regulations permit AfriSam to resume some of its production and to supply... 

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