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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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MMP announces shortlist of three in rock-drill innovation challenge

25th October 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has announced the three winners of phase 1 of its Isidingo Drill open innovation challenge. They are Novatek, HPE and Fermel. Fermel is a Gauteng-based manufacturer of mechanised machinery for underground hardrock and flameproof mining operations. 

Afrimat sets sights on midtier mining niche as it eyes bulk commodities

8th June 2018 “The fact that ArcelorMittal, Aveng, Group Five and Basil Read today have a smaller combined market capitalisation than a ‘little’ quarry company such as Afrimat, shows you that the economy is in trouble,” says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. “Not long ago any one of them was twenty times our... 

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

15th March 2018 The 2017 fourth quarter results of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) show an upward trend, broadly in line with the uptick in South Africa’s gross domestic product. After reaching an eight-quarter high of 127 at the end of 2016, the ACI declined for two successive quarters before recovering in... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Sanral freeway incident management project clinches intellegent transport award

24th March 2017 The Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) this year introduced a single biennial award for an outstanding achievement in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) industry in South Africa, for a project completed in the preceding two-year period. This first award was made at the... 

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail

17th February 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson

21st November 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, in Johannesburg, he said he believed the current cycle had reached its bottom. 

Volvo places self-driving truck in operation at underground mine

14th September 2016 The Volvo Group has put a fully autonomous truck to the test at underground operations at the Kristineberg mine, 100 km from Arvidsjaur, in northern Sweden. The mine was opened in 1940 and is the oldest in operation in the Boliden area. A polymetallic ore containing zinc, copper, lead, gold and... 

Malema outlines mining and land policies in interaction with business

9th October 2015 When the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) speaks of nationalising South Africa’s mines, it means that the State will own 60% of the operation, says party leader Julius Malema. Malema says this move will not chase away investors, as some of the same mining companies that operate in South Africa... 

EFF seeks 60% State ownership of mines, govt as custodian of farmland

29th September 2015 When the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spoke of nationalising South Africa’s mines, it meant that the State would own 60% of the operation, said party leader Julius Malema in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) breakfast, Malema said this move would not... 

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