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Aug 14, 2017

Local manufacturer and maintenance service provider of utility-scale pulverised coal steam generators Steinmüller Africa is now offering turnkey solutions for both shell and tube heat exchangers – both the header type and the tube sheet type are offered.

Mar 23, 2017
The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus, which it sees persisting for a number of years yet.
Mar 14, 2017
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has narrowed its loss for the six months to December 31, to $12.97-million, from the loss of $14.2-million recorded in the six months to December 31, 2015.
Mar 9, 2017
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – South African mine-to-metals specialist Jubilee Platinum will jointly explore and develop Resilience Mining Australia’s (RMA’s) Leigh Creek copper mine (LCCM) and other copper tenements collectively owned or held by LCCM, in South Australia.
Mar 2, 2017
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The Cabinet this week endorsed the appointment of Advocate Thabo S Mokoena as the new Director-General (DG) of the Department of Mineral Resources (DME), a position that has been vacant for more than a year, and also approved the gazetting of a draft mine water management policy for public comment as well as spatial transformation plans for fivemining towns.
Feb 21, 2017
PERTH (miningweekly.com) – Miningmajor BHP Billiton has more than doubled its net profit to $3.2-billion for the six months ended December 31.
Feb 9, 2017
KOLKATA (miningweekly.com) - India’s Coal Ministry has decided not to rush through the auction of coal supply linkage to power companies in light of the high availability of the fuel, even though the auction of such linkages would be done for non-power industries.
Feb 2, 2017
PERTH (miningweekly.com) – As investment in the Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector falls to its lowest level since 2009, LNG exports were tipped to increase on the back of the completion of the Gorgon, Prelude and Ichthys developments in 2017.
Jan 26, 2017
The first large-scale waste-to-energy plant in Africa will be opened in Athlone in Cape Town, with the aim of converting municipal solid waste into energy.
Jan 17, 2017
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Jan 5, 2017
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's state-owned power producer Eskom will meet with Exxaro Resources after the coal producer approved a transaction that will see its black ownership drop to 30% from over 50%, the utility said on Wednesday.
Jan 3, 2017
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Dec 20, 2016
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Dec 15, 2016
Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate, in Stellenbosch, have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared half the R204 000 paid out from carbon credits – derived from practicing regenerative farming on a section of the organically certified wine farm.
Dec 8, 2016
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Additional samples taken from a historic drill core at Aim-listed Sula’s Ferensola goldproject, in Sierra Leone, have yielded further positive results, with one oxide sample returning an assay of 28.9 g/t gold.
Dec 1, 2016
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Nov 16, 2016
Ever looked up at the night sky to see a full moon so close you could almost touch it? Well done, you've spotted a supermoon. The impressive sight happens when a full moon is closest to Earth. It orbits our planet in an oval shape so sometimes it comes closer to us than at other times. To us Earth-lings, the moon appears 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger.
Nov 6, 2016
While reiterating its call for citizens to use water wisely, the Department of Waterand Sanitation (DWS) on Thursday announced that it would release water from its reserve Sterkfontein dam into the Vaal dam on November 7.
Oct 29, 2016
VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – Zinc’s 66% rally this year is expected to continue in 2017, analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) Global Research shows.
Oct 23, 2016
GABORONE – Contract miner Basil ReadMining Botswana (BRMD) has announced an immediate cessation of allmining operations at Lerala Diamond Mine(LDM), which is owned by Australian gem minerKimberely Diamonds.
Oct 16, 2016
The skyline associated with Sasol’s $11-billion ethane cracker project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is starting to change fundamentally as the plant’s large steel structures are installed on a portion of the vast 890 ha site, where the South African energy and chemicals group is creating a new multiproduct chemicals complex.
Oct 6, 2016
CULLINAN (miningweekly.com) – Raise boring and drilling services group MasterDrilling is nearing completion of a 220 m horizontal raise bore (HRB) trial project atSouthern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng.
Oct 3, 2016
Unless strong action is immediately taken to stem the export of scrap metal and keep it in South Africa at competitive prices, the scrap beneficiating industry will further decline and directly affect the aluminium sector, saysaluminium foundry alloys producer Zimco Aluminium Company (Zimalco) sales and marketing director Bob Stone.
Sep 22, 2016
KOLKATA (miningweekly.com) – India’s Mines Ministry has set an ambitious target of doubling mineral production by 2020, but dichotomously about 288 noncoal mining projects are still hanging fire and drilling targets by exploration agencies are falling short of targets.
Sep 16, 2016
The Department of Water and Sanitation(DWS) has until the second week of October to submit a draft National Waterand Sanitation Master Plan to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation.
Sep 7, 2016
RTH (miningweekly.com) – ASX-listedBase Resources is optimistic about the price outlook for mineral sands heading into 2017.
Aug 30, 2016
CoalIndia Limited’s (CIL’s) proposed collaboration with South African State-owned African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC) is expected to focus on coking coal in the African nation, with India facing limited opportunity to ramp up domestic production of the dry fuel.
Aug 23, 2016
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Aug 16, 2016
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate wastetyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning incement kilns.
Jul 29, 2016
JONNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Despite a 93% quarter-on-quarter uptick in mining and metals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal value in the second quarter, suggesting growing confidence in the sector, deal value year-on-year is 51% down on the second quarter of last year, with deal activity predicted to remain rocky in the coming months.
Jul 26, 2016
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Jul 19, 2016
Car engines that rely on gasoline direct injection (GDI) are more efficient than traditional engines, and are set to make up more than half of the U.S. passenger fleet by 2020. Yet despite their fuel savings, switching to these engines could actually accelerate climate change, according to an analysis of their exhaust emissions (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, DOI:10.1021/acs.est.6b01800). Today’s GDI engines release more heat-absorbing black carbon particles in their exhaust than standard engines, and the study found that they would need a further fuel efficiency boost of as much as 14% if they are to become less of a climate burden than conventional engines.
Jul 19, 2016
Car engines that rely on gasoline direct injection (GDI) are more efficient than traditional engines, and are set to make up more than half of the U.S. passenger fleet by 2020. Yet despite their fuel savings, switching to these engines could actually accelerate climate change, according to an analysis of their exhaust emissions (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, DOI:10.1021/acs.est.6b01800). Today’s GDI engines release more heat-absorbing black carbon particles in their exhaust than standard engines, and the study found that they would need a further fuel efficiency boost of as much as 14% if they are to become less of a climate burden than conventional engines.
Jul 11, 2016
Scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are working on developing high-resolution predictive and observational capabilities to support decision-making in South African territorial seas and its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Jul 11, 2016
Scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are working on developing high-resolution predictive and observational capabilities to support decision-making in South African territorial seas and its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Jun 28, 2016
Rail supply in the Waterberg region since the beginning of the year has been disappointing, Exxaro Resources said on Tuesday. The JSE-listed company reported receiving only 3.5 trains a week from Transnet Freight Rail instead of the required five, a situation likely to persist until the culmination in July of the coal line shutdown.
Jun 10, 2016
Sate-owned company for the development of 11 500 ha of industrial land in Port Elizabeth, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC), last month announced a R22-million expansion project by agroprocessing company Dynamic Commodities to be developed in Zone 3 of the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ). The project brings the total number of investors, which has increased in the Coega IDZ over the past two financial years, to more than four.
May 31, 2016
State-owned power utility Eskom has reiterated its commitment to keeping unplanned breakdowns below 4 000 MW and ensuring no load-shedding for the rest of the year, as it revises its weekend maintenance plans in line with dropping temperatures.
May 19, 2016
Demand for State-owned land and agricultural financial services provider Land Bank’s recently announced drought relief concessional loans is surging as South Africa’s record-breaking drought conditions continue to cause widespread devastation to agricultural crops and livestock.
Apr 19, 2016
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed yet another round of price increases on both flat- and long-steel products, announcing average increases of 10% from May 1 and reinforcing what has become an established pricing trend since the start of 2016. However, acting CEO Dean Subramanian has again insisted that the latest increases have nothing to do with recent moves to raise import barriers and are, instead, the result of a recovery in international prices from depressed 2015 levels.
Apr 13, 2016
Farmer-owned agribusiness GWK on Monday unveiled its R400-million GWK Farm Foods wheat mill, pasta plant and biscuit factory in Modder River, the Northern Cape, which was was completed on time and within a deviation of less than 2% of original cost projections. Of the R400-million, R60-million was invested in expanded silo capacity to service the new facility. More than 400 temporary employment opportunities were created during construction, with 88 contractors and 48 subcontractors involved at different times. More than 100 permanent jobs were created at the new plant. The new agroprocessing plant boasted a capacity of 25 t/h for wheat flour, 1.3 t/h for biscuits and 1 t/h for pasta. GWK Farm Foods, a subsidiary of GWK, would initially produce wheat flour, pasta and biscuits under the new Nature’s Farms brand, in addition to its already established maize meal products.
Apr 8, 2016
While consumers continue to grapple with high food prices triggered by the current drought and the ailing economy, milk will soon be added to the list of costly staple foods, according to FNB senior agricultural economist Paul Makube. In a statement published Tuesday, Makube noted that dairy farmers were facing production shortages and would likely run into supply issues in the coming months. He pointed out that some dairy processors were already paying commercial farmers an average of 60c/ℓ more for milk to ensure consistent supply in winter.
Mar 31, 2016
The use of drones, wearable technology and real-time video training are expected to gain traction in mines across Africa over the next two years, as a new survey by online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Center (MIC) shows growing interest in next-generation technologies. The 'Technology Investment Priorities in African Mining 2016' report revealed that, while only a handful of operations in Africa made use of these types of equipment, “sharp increases” in the implementation of the latest technologies were expected over the next few years.
Mar 31, 2016
The use of drones, wearable technology and real-time video training are expected to gain traction in mines across Africa over the next two years, as a new survey by online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Center (MIC) shows growing interest in next-generation technologies. The 'Technology Investment Priorities in African Mining 2016' report revealed that, while only a handful of operations in Africa made use of these types of equipment, “sharp increases” in the implementation of the latest technologies were expected over the next few years.
Mar 31, 2016
The use of drones, wearable technology and real-time video training are expected to gain traction in mines across Africa over the next two years, as a new survey by online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Center (MIC) shows growing interest in next-generation technologies. The 'Technology Investment Priorities in African Mining 2016' report revealed that, while only a handful of operations in Africa made use of these types of equipment, “sharp increases” in the implementation of the latest technologies were expected over the next few years.
Mar 24, 2016
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Mar 16, 2016
KOLKATA (miningweekly.com) – India’s attempts to launch commercial coal mining would be initiated by government-owned mining companies, breaking the near monopoly of behemoth Coal India Limited (CIL). The federal Coal Ministry has identified 12 coal blocks that would be allocated to a number of mining companies owned and operated by provincial and federal governments, with freedom for merchant coal sales to various consumers without any end-use restrictions.
Mar 10, 2016
The worst drought in decades has cost South Africa’s agricultural industry some R16-billion to date; however, despite many provinces being hard-hit by the prolonged drought conditions, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana did not believe the crisis was deep enough to declare a national emergency.
Mar 3, 2016
Steel construction industry representative organisation the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for its Steel Awards 2016, which will take place simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on September 15. The deadline for entries is April 21, however, a 10% early-bird discount is being offered for completed entries that arrive at Saisc on, or before, April 14.
Mar 3, 2016
Steel construction industry representative organisation the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for its Steel Awards 2016, which will take place simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on September 15. The deadline for entries is April 21, however, a 10% early-bird discount is being offered for completed entries that arrive at Saisc on, or before, April 14.
Feb 25, 2016
Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose 6% to 894c for the year ended December 31, mostly owing to benefits gained from the company’s bulk property sale in Somerset West in June 2015, which contributed 230c to HEPS. Speaking at the company’s results presentation on Tuesday, CEO Mark Dytor highlighted the group’s interest in increasing the foreign revenue and moving into additional geographies.
Feb 18, 2016
Global industrial and automotive lubricants brand Castrol will be on the forefront of innovation when the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) attempts to break the land speed record by reaching 1 609 km/h this year. The British Pangbourne- based oil company, which announced its participation in the project in 2014, will supply all the lubricants for the car that will match speeds near to Mach 1.4. The Bloodhound SSC will be piloted by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Andy Green, who holds the current land speed record and will attempt to better his record on the 20-km-long flat surface of Hakskeenpan, in the Northern Cape.
Feb 11, 2016
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Feb 4, 2016
South Africa must formally declare a national disaster for the government to release relief funds to help farmers through the worst drought in a century, the country's largest grain producer group said on Wednesday. While higher than expected January plantings saw Grain SA reduce its 2016 maize imports figure to 3.8-million tonnes from 5-million tonnes previously, late seeding has put young plants at high risk from extreme weather over their growth cycle.
Feb 4, 2016
South Africa must formally declare a national disaster for the government to release relief funds to help farmers through the worst drought in a century, the country's largest grain producer group said on Wednesday. While higher than expected January plantings saw Grain SA reduce its 2016 maize imports figure to 3.8-million tonnes from 5-million tonnes previously, late seeding has put young plants at high risk from extreme weather over their growth cycle.
Jan 27, 2016

The ongoing drought conditions in the Western Cape will reduce animal, crop and horticultural production by as much as 10%, which will have a significant impact on the price of consumer goods, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde warns. At a Minister and Members of Executive Council meeting, held in Pretoria last week, Winde tabled a report outlining the anticipated impact of the drought, noting that next year’s harvest would be hardest hit, owing to farmers not having sufficient water for post-harvest irrigation.

Jan 18, 2016

LONDON – Gold edged higher on Monday as crude oil prices slid to 12-year lows and European stocks fell on persistent worries about global growth, prompting investors to seek assets considered a safe store of value. Gains were limited, however, as the dollar firmed and oil inched up from earlier lows, pointing to a slight cooling of the risk aversion that lifted gold 1% on Friday.

Jan 7, 2016
The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) is in the process of constructing a Lunar laser rangefinder, to widen its area of scientific research. The project is being developed with the assistance of the Côte d’Azur Observatory, in France, and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa). “It’s very much a shoestring development,” says HartRAO acting MD Professor Ludwig Combrinck. “The French have donated the telescope and Nasa is helping develop the laser.” The instrument will be dedicated to lunar range finding, but, as it will not be worthwhile to use it for this when the moon is low in the sky (the earth’s atmosphere will cause the laser beam to diverge too much to be useful), it will have a secondary task of satellite laser range finding. This latter task will employ a 0.5 milliJoule laser which will be switched on to the telescope. In contrast, the Lunar range finding laser will have a pulse length of 80 picoseconds and power of 100 milliJoules, running at a rate of 20 Hz.
Dec 29, 2015

Diversified miner Anglo American has agreed to sell its 83.33% interest in the in the Dartbrook coal mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia. Under terms of the agreement, Australian Pacific Coal (APC) as guarantor and a subsidiary of AQC as purchaser, would pay up to A$50-million ($36-million), comprising an upfront cash payment of A$25-million and the grant of a royalty equal to A$3/t of coal produced by the operation in the future and A$0.25 for each tonne of coal sourced from other sites and processed using Dartbrook’s processing infrastructure.

Dec 15, 2015

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The current crisis in South Africa’s mining industry should be grasped as an excellent opportunity to introduce material change through an effective joint organising body that gets things done within specified timelines. “We’re in a rut and need to pull ourselves out of it together,” says former President of South Africa and former National Union of Mineworkers luminary Kgalema Motlanthe.

Dec 9, 2015

South Africa is laying the groundwork in case it needs to import as much as 4-million tons of maize after successive seasons of drought threaten the crop in Africa's top producer of the grain, which is usually a net exporter. State-run ports and rail company Transet CEO Siyabonga Gama told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday that the company's talks with the industry indicated that 4-million tons was the "worst-case scenario".

Dec 1, 2015

South Africa's Illovo Sugar said on Monday a scorching drought in crucial sugar-producing regions and low prices cut its half-year profit by nearly 60%. Headline earnings per share - the main gauge of profit in South Africa that strips out certain one-off items - for the six months to end-September fell to 71.7 cents from 171.1 cents a year earlier, Illovo said in a statement.

Nov 24, 2015

South Africa’s goal to close the gap between business-as-usual carbon intensity from 4.7% a year to 1.5% a year is ambitious and is starting from a very high base – the highest of the Group of 20 countries, a PwC report has shown. PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index outlined that the country’s Intended Nationally Desired Contribution (INDC) proposed significant investments that required international support up to 2030, including more than $40-billion a year needed for investment in next-generation vehicles – split at three-quarters hybrid electric vehicles and one-quarter electric vehicles – and about $500-million a year for public transport infrastructure.

Nov 10, 2015

Mining companies often complain endless red tape makes it hard to do business in Brazil but prosecutors and environmentalists say burst dams at an iron-ore mine that triggered massive flooding last week point to gaping lapses in regulation. The floodwaters and mudflow killed at least two people and another 25 are still listed as missing in a disaster that came two years after a study requested by a prosecutor warned the dams in the mineral-rich state of Minas Gerais could collapse.

Nov 2, 2015

Platinum mining company Lonmin on Monday reported employee cuts, shrinking capital expenditure (capex), lower unit costs and the highest refined platinum production in eight years. But that did not stop the share price of the London- and Johannesburg-listed platinum-mining company from initially falling by as much as 3.8% to 451c a share before closing the day 0.37% up at 541c a share.

Oct 22, 2015

Focus on improving farm management and exploring high-yield farming methods have never been more important for smallholder farmers than at present, says FNB Agriculture information and marketing head Dawie Maree.  Focus on improving farm management and exploring high-yield farming methods have never been more important for smallholder farmers than at present, says FNB Agriculture information and marketing head Dawie Maree.

 

Oct 19, 2015

South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division Field Procurement Service chief Sean Purcell pointed out recently that the amount of goods bought by the UN from South African companies declined from 2009 to 2012, increased in 2013 and decreased again in 2014

Oct 8, 2015

The South African government has recognised the need to increase the country's research and development (R&D) budget. This was stated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria. He was opening the fifth CSIR Conference.

Oct 5, 2015

Commercial operation has started at the 335 MW Dedisa Peaking Power project, in the Coega industrial development zone, in Port Elizabeth.

Sep 29, 2015

SINGAPORE – Platinum fell below $900/oz on Tuesday for the first time since January 2009 on fears that the Volkswagen emissions scandal would reduce demand from the auto sector. Spot platinum slid to $899.80/oz, before paring some losses to trade at $902.99 by 0651 GMT.

Sep 23, 2015
The National Braai Day initiative aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa's annual day of celebration.
Sep 10, 2015

Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 17% fall in headline earnings to R49.76/share in the year to June 30, 2015, with a strong operational performance offset by a sharp weakening in market conditions, including a year-on-year oil price decline of 33%. Print Send to Friend 2 0 Outgoing President and CEO David Constable indicated that the group expected oil prices to remain low until the end of the 2017 calendar year, with average Brent crude oil prices expected to remain between $50/bl and $60/bl in the 2016 financial year.

Sep 3, 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that his attempts to improve the efficiency of South Africa's state-owned entities (SOEs) are not an attempt to get more votes in the 2016 Local Government Elections.

Aug 27, 2015

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday called on government, business, and trade unions to work together to prevent job losses in the struggling iron and domestic steel industry sector.

Aug 21, 2015

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – While a solid showing from its Peruvian, Ghanaian and Australian operations pushed Gold Fields’ second-quarter earnings to $22-million, the company has cautioned of a likely output slip at its South Deep gold mine, located along the Witwatersrand basin, narrowing the operation’s forecast yearly production by 8.5% to 229 280 oz.

Aug 13, 2015

South Africa's biofuels funding incentive is being revamped over concerns that it is unaffordable after a halving of global crude oil prices over the past year, officials said on Tuesday. A net importer of crude, Africa’s most advanced economy wants biofuels initially to meet 2%, or around 400-million litres, of the country’s annual fuel consumption to wean itself off oil imports and improve the trade balance.

Aug 7, 2015
South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that its earnings for the financial year to June 30, 2015, would be down on the previous year, despite a strong operational performance – the weaker result was largely attributed to the sharp fall in the oil prices during the period.
Aug 3, 2015
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has entered into a partnership with the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) that will further extend the services offered by the university’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment robotics centre, Technolab, to disadvantaged learners.
Jul 23, 2015

Technical fundi Tony O’Neill, who put his imprimatur on game-changing technology during his short spell in South Africa, has been appointed with immediate effect to the board of Anglo American as an executive director, less than two years after taking over the company’s technology, business performance and safety responsibilities. O’Neill, who joined Anglo as group director technical in September 2013 after seeing to AngloGold Ashanti’s new mechanical-cutting mining technology passing its tests at the TauTona mine, is currently a director of Anglo American Platinum, where most platinum ounces produced in the next ten years will come from mechanised mining, and Kumba Iron Ore, where major mine rejigging has had to take place in line with falling prices.

Jul 16, 2015

The private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) on Thursday announced a R1.34-billion equipment replacement project to boost South Africa’s coal supply chain and replace aging equipment with minimal impact on the business of the coal terminal.

Jul 9, 2015

Sustainable drinking water solutions provider Cirrus Water Management (CWM) installs atmospheric water generators as a healthier alternative to bottled water, which is also more cost effective and features a much-reduced carbon footprint.

Jul 2, 2015

Morocco's Platinum Power, a subsidiary of US private equity firm Brookstone Partners, plans to invest 500-billion CFA francs ($845.87-million) to build a hydroelectric project in Cameroon, the company said.

Jun 25, 2015
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – JSE-listed Exxaro has maintained steady overall coal production during the first half of 2015; however, the diversified miner’s exposure to State-owned power utility Eskom, both as a supplier of steam coal and as an electricity consumer, has emerged as a material risk.
Jun 22, 2015

If rainwater is collected and stored over a year, 86% of a household’s water requirements could be met using that water. Rainwater harvesting is the easiest method of water conservation and if we are not collecting rainwater, we are actually wasting water, polyethylene plastic storage tanks manufacturer JoJo Tanks chairperson Rod Cairns tells Engineering News.

Jun 11, 2015

Drone and robot developer CyPhy Works showcased its LVL1 drone at Cisco Live in San Diego, in the US, on Wednesday.  The drone was also launched on crowdfunding website Kickstarter and fulfilled technology giant Cisco’s aim of connecting everything to the Internet, with the drone equipped with WiFi and global positioning system (GPS) capabilities.

Jun 5, 2015

Power plant developer and owner ACWA Power, of Saudi Arabia, is aiming to develop a 5 000 MW portfolio of renewable-energy and conventional generation assets in Southern Africa by 2025 and reports that it is ready to bid into South Africa’s upcoming Coal Baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme.

May 28, 2015

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – De Beers has partnered with six other diamond miners to establish the Diamond Producers Association (DPA), which would actively engage with industry and nonindustry organisations to promote the interests of the diamond sector.

 

 

 

May 21, 2015

JSE-listed Infrasors on Wednesday said its turnaround initiatives were bearing fruit, with headline earnings for the year ended February 28 up 70% to R16.38-million, compared with R9.63-million in the prior financial year. Print Send to Friend 0 0 Revenue rose 3% year-on-year to R337.3-million.

May 14, 2015

The Brazilian iron-ore port of mining company Anglo American is being deepened to increase the volume of ore that can be loaded on to the Cape-size vessels calling there.  The full 180 000 t volume that Cape-size ships offer cannot be taken up because of the lack of port depth.  High-quality iron-ore from Anglo’s low-cost Minas-Rio set to leverage price premium West Pilbara proponents mindful of iron-ore market Australia's Newcastle coal port to reopen after storm, but that is in the process of changing, with the present 17.7 m depth being extended down to 20.5 m so that the full 180 000 t of ore can be loaded.

May 10, 2015
The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) confirmed on Friday that it had received Eskom’s application for the selective reopening of the final three years of the third multi-year price determination (MYPD3) decision, which began on April 1, 2013 and will continue until March 31, 2018. Print Send to Friend 5 0 Should the application be approved, the 2015/16 increase would surge to 25.3%, inclusive of the 12.69% already granted for the current financial year.
Apr 28, 2015

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has appointed Department of Chemical Engineering head Professor Alison Lewis as dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment  – the first woman to receive such an appointment.Print Send to Friend 0 0 Lewis had headed the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2013, after having moved up through the department’s ranks since July 1996, when she was appointed a senior lecturer.

 

 

Apr 21, 2015
Ministers from governments across Africa have renewed their call for a strong, new universal climate-change agreement and increased flows of funds, including through market and finance opportunities, sufficient to fulfil Africa’s development aspirations, at the day-long Ministerial segment at Africa Carbon Forum 2015 hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco.
Apr 14, 2015
Twenty two current and former employees of South African petrochemicals group Sasol have filed a civil claim against its mining unit, regarding illnesses allegedly contracted while they worked for the company.
Apr 8, 2015
Mine management and the local leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have reportedly jointly agreed to end the unprotected strike at the BHP Billiton-managed Hotazel manganese operations in the Northern Cape.
Mar 31, 2015

State-owned freight transport group Transnet has announced that Richard Vallihu has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) from April 1, following the retirement of Tau Morwe.

Mar 17, 2015

LONDON – Anglo American and other companies looking to sell some of theirmining assets in South Africa should sell to national champions, or companies owned by local communities and by their workers, South Africa's mining minister said on Monday.

Mar 10, 2015
Substantially more plant nutrients will be required in future, with estimates indicating that by 2030 the current demand for fertiliser will grow from 10 kg/ha to 50 kg/ha, Fertiliser Association of Southern Africa(Fertasa) noted in a release on Monday.
Mar 3, 2015


JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The completion of the bulk surplus property sale of a 2 300 ha Heartland property in Modderfontein to Chinese investment company Shanghai Zendai and a “record performance” from the speciality chemicals cluster were key to the growth of JSE-listed speciality chemicalsand explosives group AECI’s profitability, said CEO Mark Dytor during the company’s financial results presentation in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Feb 24, 2015

South African construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Tuesday said its results for the six months ended December 31, were likely to show an improvement on that of the first half of the prior financial year.

Feb 12, 2015

Although the power supply system is constrained, there is a low risk of rolling powercuts, Eskom said on Thursday.

"The risk of load shedding is expected to be low to medium," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said in a statement.

Feb 5, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

SABMiller chairperson John Manser expects Trevor Manuel’s experience in advising multilateral organisations on emerging market development and sustainability to be a “great asset” to the soft drinks and brewing giant’s board.

Jan 15, 2015

It was crucial for renewable-energy projects to be fast-tracked nationally to counter electricity shortages in the short-term, photovoltaic (PV) solutions provider Talesun Energy VP Arthur Chien said.

Jan 6, 2015

TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused gold miner Banro Corporation in the December quarter produced the most gold than any previous period since starting itsoperations.

 

Dec 18, 2014

Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge.

Dec 9, 2014
Kenya Electricity Generating (KenGen) is seeking bids for the design andconstruction of two geothermal power plants with capacity totalling 210 MW.
Dec 4, 2014

Dust-Act, through seven years of experience in engineering solutions for dust suppression on mining plants, is the only company in the continent who truly understands the complex dynamics of dust generated by raw material and has its own R&D department to offer the industry with the latest cutting-edge technologies available on the market.

Dec 1, 2014

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has unveiled a draft version of the AgriculturePolicy Action Plan (Apap), which is aligned with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) target of creating one-million agricultural-sector jobs by 2030. The aspiration is outlined in Chapter 6 of the NDP, which provided the backdrop for recent government–industry engagement at Agri SA’s yearly congress.

 

Nov 24, 2014
The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) – a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – says that its industrial energy efficiency training will be forming the basis for a national qualification in energy efficiency, which the body is in the process of developing.
Nov 11, 2014
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is set to officially open the Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, on November 14, placing the institution at the forefront of international nanotechnology research.
Oct 30, 2014
The African continent had to move away from being a “client” in terms of accessing scientific information to rather having customers coming to the continent to access its information, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Monday.
Oct 24, 2014

An agriculture industry-based hydraulic system, the Electrohydraulic Hitch Control (EHC-8) fromengineering firm Bosch Rexroth, recently underwent enhancements to replicate the same, precise regulation of power and positioning for the lifting and lowering of towed agricultural ploughs for conditions in Asia, and has been delivered to European and North American markets.

Oct 16, 2014
South Africa must improve its engineering-design capabilities to compete in a globalised world.
Oct 9, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has highlighted the importance of forming partnerships within the miningindustry to ensure a successful future.

Oct 2, 2014

Changing dairy consumption patterns in developed markets and rising consumption in emerging markets is resulting in increased trade from dairy producing countries to emerging markets, says Swiss food packaging and processing multinational Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jönsson.

Sep 26, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Coal pricing was more stable in South Africa’s domestic market than in export markets, where South Africa was competing with Colombia andRussia for European market share and with Australia for Indian business, JSE-listed Exxaro said on Friday, when it outlined a five-year, R16-billion capital expenditure (capex) plan.

Sep 26, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Coal pricing was more stable in South Africa’s domestic market than in export markets, where South Africa was competing with Colombia andRussia for European market share and with Australia for Indian business, JSE-listed Exxaro said on Friday, when it outlined a five-year, R16-billion capital expenditure (capex) plan.

Sep 18, 2014

Despite apparent legitimate reasoning behind State-owned power utility Eskom’s electricitytariff increases, increased costs would undoubtedly hurt those in the lower portion of South Africa’s income distribution, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Africa energy and environmental research associate Thembie Chehore said on Thursday.

Sep 11, 2014
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The restructured and recapitalisedAngloGold Ashanti would be able to deliver more bang for the buck as the South African operations morphed from six to three and the international assets were cut loose to strut their own stuff, an upbeat CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) outlined following the proposal that AngloGold be split in two, asking shareholders to chip in $2.1-billion to make it debt free.
Sep 3, 2014
Nancy Njeri lugs a sack of fresh coffee berries to a hilltop factory from her small farm, which produces one of Kenya's main cash crops yet earns barely enough for her family of seven children.
Aug 26, 2014

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has announced plans for the development of a R2-billion aquafarming facility for abalone and finfish on 300 ha of land in Zone 10 of the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ).

 

Aug 19, 2014

South African gas and welding products company Afrox, part of the German Linde group, publicly unveiled its new R14-million high-purity hydrogen and oxygen plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, at the end of last month. The new plant uses latest-generation electrolysis technology.

Aug 12, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Tanzania-based energy group Swala Oil & Gashas listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), becoming the first publicly owned oil and gascompany in East Africa.

Aug 5, 2014

The new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has geared the department's 2014/15 budget towards the implementation of programmes set to make a “significant dent” in unemployment through the creation of one-million jobs by 2030.

Jul 31, 2014
South African gas and welding products company Afrox, part of the German Linde group, publicly unveiled its new R14-million high-purity hydrogen and oxygen plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, on Thursday. The new plant uses latest-generationelectrolysis technology.
Jul 25, 2014
JSE-listed speciality chemicals group AECI on Tuesday announced that it expected to report higher earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30, mainly owing to the sale of the group’s surplus property assets at Modderfontein.
Jul 17, 2014
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has reiterated that critical talks are under way within government to address Eskom’s financial problems, adding that the issue is being addressed “not as an Eskom problem but as a national priority”.
Jul 10, 2014
Polystyrene recycling association the Polystyrene Packaging Council of South Africa (PSPC) is running a school recycling project to educate schoolchildren on the importance of recycling.
Jul 3, 2014
June data for banking and financial services organisation HSBC’s latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for South Africa points to a further deterioration in operating conditions at South African private-sector companies, with the headline PMI falling fractionally from 49.7 in May to 49.5.
Jun 24, 2014
Johannesburg-based process solutions design and development company GEA Process Engineering has strengthened its emission control unit with the appointment of new sales manager Kayimbi Mpanya.
Jun 12, 2014
Energy and petrochemicals group Sasol’s oil and gas subsidiary Sasol Petroleum International has concluded a farm-out agreement with Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni for theexploration of hydrocarbon opportunities along the east coast of South Africa.
Jun 5, 2014
South African laboratory equipment supplier Labotec says its supply of air-filtration protection equipment for laboratory personnel, which is manufactured by global laboratory equipment manufacturer Erlab, ensures chemists’ safety in laboratories.
May 29, 2014
Businesses are increasingly under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. But a sustainability expert says they should see this as an opportunity rather than a threat.
May 20, 2014
South African industrial instrumentation and control equipment supplier Etest says its compressed-air-sourced Air Amplifier – manufactured by US-based compressed-air product manufacturer Exair – remains one of the most effective methods for air, gas, fumes and dust control available to industry and mining.
May 15, 2014
With torrential rain in February causing existing potholes to widen and new ones to emerge,soil stabilisation products supplier AnyWay Solid Environmental Solutions South Africa believesroads authorities should consider new ways to deal with what is now a persisting scourge.
May 8, 2014
Corporate companies are likely to take up National Treasury’s new carbon offset proposal “in a big way”, GCX Africa lead strategist Kevin James said this week.
May 1, 2014
Water and wastewater treatment equipment supplier Circuit Water Engineering Equipmentcommissioned a multimillion-rand supply contract for the Darvill wastewater treatment works in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in October last year, says company MD Ryan Beswick.
Apr 24, 2014
Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Tshediso Matona confirms that the interdepartmental task team established to find a solution to Eskom’s financial problems has agreed that further support will be required. However, he says it is premature to place a monetary value to that possible support, or divulge details of the other elements of a possible long-term package.
Apr 17, 2014
A United Nations (UN) report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.
Apr 10, 2014
The Department of Labour (DoL) and its social partners signed the Chemical Sector Health and Safety Accord to improve the status of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the South African chemicals sector, in November 2013.
Apr 3, 2014

As Barclays on Tuesday revealed a conservative 2.2% gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for 2014 – a growth prediction notably lower than that of its peers – the banking group’s macroeconomist for AfricaPeter Worthington said near-term adjustments to the current account deficit, which stood at 5.1% of GDP in the fourth quarter of 2013, would likely come from import compression as demand remained weak and new price incentives encouraged the use of domestically produced alternatives.

Mar 27, 2014

Independent oil and gas exploration and production company Camac Energy on Wednesday announced that the Parliament of Ghana had ratified an agreement between the government of Ghana, Camac EnergyGhana, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Base Energy Ghana, and GNPC Exploration and Production Company (GNPC Explorco), for the exploration of oil in the Expanded Shallow Water Tano block, offshore Ghana, in the Gulf of Guinea’s Tano basin.

Mar 20, 2014

Although the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, set the global nuclear energy sector back, this has since been overcome. So affirmed US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman at the Nuclear Africa 2014 conference in Midrand (between Johannesburg and Pretoria) on Tuesday.

Mar 13, 2014

About a decade ago, the U.S. Army was disappointed that its existing causeway systems (floating bridges) did not meet its requirements for rapid deployment. The bridges were too heavy, required deep-draft vessels with high-load capacity cranes to transport and unload them, and took too long to deploy.

Mar 7, 2014

State-owned electricity producer Eskom, which declared its fourth power emergency of the 2013/14 summer maintenance season on Thursday morning, began implementing load shedding from 9:00.

Feb 27, 2014

Three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed between South African and Malaysian companies at the Malaysian High Commission, in Pretoria, on Friday. These MoUs are part of the indirect offsets programme South Africa is providing in return for Malaysia’s order for armoured vehicle turrets fromDenel Land Systems (DLS).

 

Feb 21, 2014
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has issued a call for proposals to conduct a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the establishment of a soda ash, or sodium carbonate, manufacturing plant in South Africa.
Feb 13, 2014

(By Naomi Lubick)

An electrochemical cell could someday generate electricity from carbon dioxide emitted by power plants as the gas wafts into the atmosphere. Researchers demonstrate that the cell harvests energy released by the entropycreated when CO2 mixes with fresh air (Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2013, DOI:10.1021/ez4000059). The device could help power plants increase electricity output without producing additional CO2. Bert Hamelers of Wetsus, a research center focused on water treatment technology in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, and his team developed the new device based on one they created to tap energy released when seawater and freshwater mix. The previous cell consisted of electrodes coated with ion-exchange membranes. As seawater and freshwater flowed through the cell, the membranes absorbed and released sodium and chloride ions, creating a current.

Feb 5, 2014

“The deadline is for Medupi to deliver power from the first unit by the end of 2014 and South Africadesperately needs the power station to come on line.”

The forthcoming national elections are, however, likely to delay other large infrastructure developments in 2014.

Jan 30, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU’s) Coalgae technology, converting waste coal dust into high-quality clean coal, that could then, with further processing, be transformed into biofuel, would undergo a full feasibility study early this year, the university said on Monday.

 

Coalgae formed a part of the university’s Microalgae to Energy project that was being funded by the Department of Science and Technology’s Biofuels Demonstration programme, aimed at promoting late-generation biofuels in support of the National Biofuels Strategy.

Jan 23, 2014

After becoming the country’s first real estate investment trust (REIT) to list on the JSE, in July last year, Tower Property Fund produced a “pleasing” operational and financial performance, generating headline earnings of R35.3-million for the six months ended November 30, 2013.

Jan 22, 2014
21 January 2014: The suggested target date for switching on South Africa’s digital television signal in the proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy was not likely to be met, the South African Communications Forum (SACF) said on Tuesday.
Jan 10, 2014

Under the MoU, ASX-listed Sunbird and Eskom had agreed to jointly investigate the economic and commercial viability of the development of Ibhubesi in the 5 000 km2 Production Right Block 2A, located off the west coast of South Africa.

The utility would be tasked with completing several studies to determine the viability of indigenous gas sales from Ibhubesi, including identifying the governance process for the replacement of the existing diesel feed stock with indigenous natural gas, in conjunction with Ankerlig’s OCGT conversion project.

Jan 2, 2014

South Africa’s national oil company this week signed a cooperation agreement with State-owned oilcompany Botswana Oil to jointly explore upstream and downstream hydrocarbon opportunities and ensure security of petroleum supplies for their respective countries.

Dec 26, 2013
In the modern world of wastewater treatment, control of odors has moved from an afterthought to a primary design consideration for most collection and treatment facilities. As development encroaches on our facilities and our new neighbors become less tolerant of nuisance odors, wastewater professionals have found the need to address odor as a primary concern in the design and operation of collection and treatment facilities. As the attention paid to odor control has increased, so has the number of odor control technologies that are available in the marketplace.
Dec 20, 2013

LONDON – Anglo American has struck an exploration deal in Gabon which could hand it ownership of the Mebaga iron-ore project, as the miner and unit Kumba Iron Ore look to Africa's untested regions for growth in the steelmaking ingredient.

Dec 12, 2013

Effective management of an uncontrolled chemical spill depends on the skill and efficiency of the local fire services – prepare yourself…Hazardous materials are differentiated by their nature to explode, burn violently, corrode, poison, irradiate, contaminate or react violently. Chemical emergencies and pollution-related incidents are common and range from minor industrial spills to major calamities, such as derailments, chemical fires and tanker spills on land or sea. The effective and safe management of these emergencies demands highly specialised skills, resources, experienced staff and the abilities of the local fire department and approved environmental clean-up specialists.

Dec 3, 2013
Save our planet, save electricity!
Nov 26, 2013
Recycling for your average suburban household in South Africa is a bit of a schlep: the infrastructure for collecting recyclable material isn’t really in place – yet. Households generally have to separate their rubbish and take the recyclables to a municipal drop-off centre or a buy-back centre because there’s not much in the way of kerbside collection. Many people just can’t be bothered. But, there are also many people out there who would recycle if they knew how to.
Nov 19, 2013

The supply of electricity from the 50 MW Droogfontein solar power project, in Kimberley, to the national grid was expected to start this week, as the commissioning of the plant got under way.

Nov 12, 2013

Firefighters are trained for every eventuality, including the management of hazardous material incidents – but the emergency crews working alongside these dedicated firefighters may not always have knowledge of the specific chemicals or how to treat contaminated patients.

Nov 6, 2013

South Africa’s construction industry has, of late, undergone a sustained period of inactivity following the 2010 FIFA World Cup, throwing the industry into a ‘mini-recession’.

 

Oct 29, 2013

“There are many challenges to food safety in Africa, but the continent has to establish safety standards before it can attain the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.”

- Malose Matlala-

(Department of Health deputy director of regulatory nutrition)

Oct 22, 2013

Agriculture in South Africa contributes around 10% of formal employment, relatively low compared to other parts of Africa, as well as providing work for casual laborers and contributing around 2.6 percent of GDP for the nation.

Oct 17, 2013

Eltura's dust control products and solutions stop all types of particulate matter from entering the air and water, solving even the most stubborn dust control problems.

Oct 16, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. -- BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Scientists who helped calculate oil spilled from a broken BP well into the Gulf of Mexico are questioning the methodology used to estimate the amount of crude that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline into a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota.