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Zambia reopens border with Tanzania to cargo after Covid-19 closure

By: Reuters     15th May 2020 Zambia reopened its Nakonde border with Tanzania on Friday for cargo after a five-day closure of the key transit point for copper and cobalt exports and fuel imports, but people were still not allowed to cross, a provincial minister told Reuters. President Edgar Lungu had shut the border on... 

Open up the supply chain, Road Freight Association urges government  

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) is urging government to open up all sectors of the economy to “lessen the already devastating economic impact of the lockdown and Covid-19”. “The movement of both goods and people is vital for the wheels of South Africa’s economy to keep turning,” says RFA CEO... 

B2Gold testing finds 10 positive Covid-19 cases at Mali mine 

By: Mariaan Webb     8th May 2020 Proactive testing at gold miner B2Gold’s Fekola mine, in Mali, has identified ten positive Covid-19 cases, nine of which are asymptomatic. The company is now considering conducting comprehensive onsite testing of all employees for coronavirus with the goal of testing each employee prior to... 

Covid-19 lockdown pummels April new-vehicle sales, exports 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2020 As could be expected during the level 5 Covid-19 lockdown, new-vehicle sales and exports numbered almost zero in April. With dealerships closed, businesses forced to work remotely and consumers stuck at home, traffic was at an all-time low, never mind sales, notes vehicle and asset finance... 

Covid-19 to have outsized impact on mining – developer

1st May 2020 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic and, at the time of writing, there were more than 1.3-million confirmed cases worldwide. Mining companies have been affected by Covid-19 outbreaks, and global restrictions to encourage physical distancing have meant... 

Proper wash-bays prove beneficial

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Investing in a ‘proper’ wash-bay water cannon can save money and time on vehicle upkeep and maintenance for an opencast operation, says fire protection supplier DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. He notes that operations often uses standard fire protection ‘monitors’ or water cannons, which are not fit for... 

Uranium surges 31% amid shutdowns to become year’s top commodity

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2020 ​​​​​​While most commodities are getting hammered by the coronavirus crisis, uranium prices are skyrocketing. The radioactive metal used in nuclear fuel has climbed 31% this year, making it the world’s best-performing major commodity. The gains have been spurred by mine shutdowns that have wiped... 

Rainbow Rare Earths continues to export through Tanzania

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2020 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has exported a further 100 t of concentrate, after having exported 75 t in February. The company has steadily increased production at its Gakara mine, in Burundi, and commissioning of a fleet of five new trucks will grow production further, which will be... 

Werner Pumps upgrades facility to ramp up output 

19th March 2020 Local hydraulic pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has upgraded its on-site facilities to allow for better quality control, more environment friendly manufacturing and faster assembly of its hydraulic pump trucks. Halima Frost has the details. 

Better flow of Work with Apex Strip Curtains

4th March 2020 Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are used to enhance workplace demarcation and workflow. Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, highlights the advantages. As the manufacturing industry pays closer attention to best practice, quality control and safety in the workplace,... 

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