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Chrome market could change with new export tax regime, dissuading Chinese offtake 

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 A “delicate” balancing act between chrome ore mining and stainless steel production may be under threat as South Africa changes its export tax regime to boost the commodity’s “welfare benefits” and to favour local chrome buyers instead of foreign buyers, Simon le Roux, a student at Rhodes... 

Philippines' Duterte stops mining on 'devastated' southern island

By: Reuters     12th January 2021 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a halt to all mining on an island in a southern province that is home to some of the country's nickel projects, a Cabinet official said on Tuesday. Duterte was "very much concerned" about reports that the Tumbagan Island in Languyan, in Tawi-Tawi... 

On-The-Air (13/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2020 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry is staking steps to generate 750 MW of its own electricity; Southern Africa was this week urged to enter the new trillion-dollar green hydrogen economy with vigour; and Gauteng’s rich South Deep gold mine is entering a new high-technology phase. 

Extended service life with NSK NH/NS linear guides

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th November 2020 The number of machine builders and end users benefiting from the NH/NS series of linear guides from NSK is continuously expanding in new fields and applications, thanks largely to a long service life which is double that of conventional products. This longevity is a primary advantage in an... 

DTIC emphasises commitment to improve chrome beneficiation

By: Donna Slater     29th October 2020 Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) director-general Lionel October emphasised, during a recent meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, the department’s support for the implementation of a set of interventions to promote chrome beneficiation.   It emerged during... 

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... 

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