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On-The-Air (23/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2020 South Africa’s biggest mechanised gold mine is expecting to get approval to generate its own electricity before year-end; The decision of the Cabinet to impose a tax on the export of raw chrome will bring essential relief to our important but struggling ferrochrome industry; and there is growing... 

Company engages govt for greater awareness of local industry

23rd October 2020 Stainless steel producer Wire Products Stainless Steel Productions (WPSSP) is engaging government to create greater awareness about the local supply of stainless steel long products and wire. The Germiston-based company has met with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Public... 

Iron-ore extends gains as Vale halts Viga plant operations

By: Reuters     29th September 2020 Iron-ore futures rose on Tuesday after miner Vale said it was suspending operations at a concentration plant in Brazil, though trading was subdued as market activity winds down ahead of China's October 1-8 National Day holidays. The steelmaking ingredient's most-traded January 2021 contract on... 

Global chromium production impacted by Covid-19 outbreak, says ICDA

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2020 Global chromium production impacted by Covid-19 outbreak, says ICDA Chromium production and consumption remained constrained during the second quarter of this year, in line with lockdown restrictions implemented in various countries, says the International Chromium Development Association (ICDA). 

From sugar highs to agri-processing, how a Free State entrepreneur made it on the farm

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2020 Basil Phupha has come a long way from his teenage entrepreneurial forays, when he would buy sweets and biscuits and sell them at a mark-up to the sugar-deprived kids neighbouring his grandparents’ farm in Dewetsdorp outside of Bloemfontein. The 29-year-old self-starter now owns his own... 

4IR brings new tech to fire prevention

21st August 2020 With the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technological advancements introduce new possibilities, and the fire protection and detection sector is no exception, highlights leading engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company Lesedi fire engineer Francois Holtzhausen. An... 

Reprieve for molybdenum prices from China's import surge

By: Reuters     18th August 2020 An upsurge in Chinese demand and imports of minor metal molybdenum have revitalised prices of the stainless steel ingredient, but a reversal is expected as local production ramps up after disruptions. Molybdenum oxide prices are up nearly 10% to around $7.8 a lb since July's... 

Philippine nickel miners see 2020 back on track after virus hit H1 sales

By: Reuters     14th August 2020 The two biggest nickel miners in the Philippines do not expect further major disruptions to their operations this year, after posting lower first-half ore sales due to lockdown measures aimed at containing the coronavirus. Since neighbouring Indonesia banned nickel ore shipments at the start of... 

Company’s belt products ideal for diverse sectors

14th August 2020 Equipment supplier BMG’s Light Materials Handling division supplies and supports a comprehensive range of belting products which are suitable for use in diverse sectors, including high-temperature applications, like in furnaces in glass bottle manufacturing. “Owing to extreme heat generated from... 

Collaboration improves quality of products

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th August 2020 Continuous engagement with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users has allowed roller chain specialist KÖBO to continuously improve the quality and designs of its products, which meet the stringent hygiene and health and safety requirements of the food and beverage industry, says... 

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