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CSIR signals renewables-led electricity mix by 2050

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2017 The CSIR Energy Centre has published updated research outcomes indicating that South Africa’s least-cost electricity mix, by 2050, includes predominantly solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind contributing nearly 80% of the country’s electrical energy. The research outcomes, which were released... 

Environmental activists to appeal enviro authorisation for proposed new nuclear power station

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Greenpeace Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) have officially filed a notice informing the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) that they intend to jointly appeal the environmental authorisation for the... 

Tradecore Steel Enters Third Year Of Operation

     8th November 2017 Local steel trading company’s growth shows there is no substitute for experience and expertise. November 2017 marks two full years of operation at TradeCore Steel (Pty) Ltd, a privately-owned steel trading and distribution company based in Wadeville, Gauteng. 

Diamond company invests in mining communities

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 There is a new language to be learnt and a new mindset to be adopted in South Africa’s opencast mining industry, says diamond mining company De Beers’ Limpopo-based Venetia mine GM Benford Mokoatle. As many underground resources have been depleted in the region, mining companies have been forced... 

KSB Pumps & Valves

     27th October 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

Oil prices still struggling but huge potential ahead for Africa

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2017 Experts from UK-based Standard Chartered Bank expect the oil price will remain in the $45/bl to $60/bl-plus range. “We are in a lower for a longer cycle,” Standard Chartered Bank global head of energy and natural resources Peter Gaw told delegates at the Africa Oil Week, in Cape Town. 

Uganda expects up to $20bn oil sector investment in next 3 to 4 years

By: Reuters     25th October 2017 Uganda expects investments of $15-billion to $20-billion in its oil industry in the next three to four years, Ernest Rubondo, executive director of Uganda's petroleum authority, told a conference in Cape Town. 

Nigeria oil minister says prices encouraging, Opec not ruling out more cuts

By: Reuters     24th October 2017 Nigeria is targeting oil production of 1.8-million barrels per day by early next year but that will be the ceiling to comply with Opec targets its oil minister said in Tuesday. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu also told reporters at an oil conference in Cape Town that oil prices were encouraging but Opec,... 

Conference cornerstone of geophysics industry

By: Nadine James     20th October 2017 The fifteenth biennial South African Geophysical Association (SAGA) conference and exhibition has become a cornerstone of the geophysics industry within the African region, says SAGA conference committee chairperson Reece van Buren. “No other event caters for our science quite like this one and... 

Eskom must implement ‘aggressive’ cost cutting, EIUG says as it urges Nersa to reject 19.9% hike

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2017 Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff hike from April 1, 2018, is unacceptable and will result in the partial or full closure of plant capacity and increase unemployment, the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) states in a written submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa... 

PIC said to mull backing bid for Chevron's South Africa Unit

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2017 Africa’s biggest fund manager is interested in taking part in the acquisition by Glencore and a group of black South African-owned companies of Chevron Corp.’s assets in the country, according to three people familiar with the matter. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which manages the... 

Magnet Service Binder

     10th October 2017 Magnet Service Binder (South Africa) is the sole distributor of Binder, Kendrion, Siegerland, Linnig and Merobel brake products in Africa. The company also distributes Binder solenoids, Wistro Force cooling and EMG thrusters. 

Mining company has eyes on West Coast National Park, say activists

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 Kropz mining company has told SANParks executive committee members that it may ask to extend its phosphate mine into the West Coast National Park. The company, formerly Elandsfontein Exploration and Mining, has also approached the department of mineral resources (DMR) to "protect our rights" over... 

Glencore to acquire Chevron’s South Africa, Botswana assets for $973m

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2017 JSE-listed Glencore has entered into an agreement with Off The Shelf Investments Fifty Six (OTS) to acquire a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa, as well as a 100% interest in Chevron Botswana, for an aggregate consideration of $973-million. The assets comprise the interests of the Chevron... 

Unreasonable electricity price curve contributing to weak business climate – EIUG

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2017 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) has called for urgent intervention to halt what it describes as the current “downward spiral” of a shrinking electricity sales base and increasing and unaffordable electricity tariffs. The EIUG represents 32 mostly mining and industrial... 

BLSA suspends 'corrupt' Eskom and Transnet

By: News24Wire      28th September 2017 Business Leadership South Africa on Thursday booted out State-owned entities Eskom and Transnet for their involvement in corruption and State capture with immediate effect. The announcement comes as BLSA launched its #BusinessBelieves campaign in Cape Town, where it signed a “contract” with South... 

Rail company unlocking coal export potential

     22nd September 2017 According to South African rail, port and pipeline company Transnet, increasing rail capacity in South Africa is critical for unlocking coal export opportunities, both for neighbouring African countries and for the domestic market. The rail utility discussed its approach to increasing rail... 

‘Rebasing’ for lower Eskom sales to trigger 9.4% hike even before any revenue adjustment 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sounded that warning that, even if its allowable revenue is not increased at all for the 2018/19 year, tariffs will still need to rise by 9.4% simply to accommodate a “rebasing” electricity sales volumes when compared with those approved in the third... 

CTC Plant Company turns 25

     20th September 2017 The year of 2017 is a landmark year for South Africa’s most experienced used equipment company, CTC Plant Company (Pty) Ltd, based at Airport Industria, Cape Town, conveniently located right next to the Airport and close to main access highways. 

Fleet Renewal Puts Burma Plant Hire At Cutting Edge

     18th September 2017 A restructuring and fleet renewal programme at Cape Town-based Burma Plant Hire has put the company on track for further growth in the construction, mining and other sectors. Significantly, the company is a Level 2 contributor to BBBEE. In addition to its traditional base load work in the... 

Nelson Mandela Bay chamber says 19.9% power hike would be ‘crippling’

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has expressed extreme disappointment with Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff increase from April 1, 2018, warning that such a hike would be “crippling” to business and the economy. Should the increase be approved it could translate to a 27.5% municipal... 

McKinsey, KPMG targeted as South Africa graft scandal widens

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 After helping topple one of Britain’s best known public-relations companies, South African anti-corruption groups are now targeting US consultancy McKinsey & Co. and auditing firm KPMG for doing work for businesses tied to the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma’s son. The Guptas, originally... 

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Although ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems used to clean refineries or cut rock and prepare surfaces on mines will not save water, it is more efficient than using acid washing or abrasive grit blasting techniques, says water jetting solutions provider Total Blasting sales director Bradley... 

Specialist helps Zambian mines save on maintenance costs

     15th September 2017 More and more mines in Zambia are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and reduced maintenance costs, enthuses condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck. 

Charl Groenewald

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Charl Groenewald, the customer support executive of Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa, the Caterpillar dealer for Southern Africa, Iberia, Siberia and Russia Far East 

Stakeholders to push back at upcoming hearings into Eskom’s 2018 hike 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has outlined the process it will be following to assess Eskom’s request for a 19.9% tariff increase for the 2018/19 financial year, setting a deadline of October 13 for the submission of written comments. Nersa has approved Eskom’s request to... 

Eskom inquiry reference book published

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2017 Professor Anton Eberhard and Catrina Godinho have published ‘The Eskom Inquiry Reference Book' as an aid to the upcoming Parliamentary inquiry into so-called State capture at the power utility. The inquiry by the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises is due to kick off later this month. It... 

Thermaspray showcases thermal spray coating technologies and welding capabilities in Limpopo

     7th September 2017 Thermaspray showcased its ground-breaking thermal spray coating technologies and Plasma Transferred Arc (PTA) welding process capabilities at the Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) which took place in Mogalakwena and Lephalale, Limpopo, on 1st and 3rd August 2017 respectively. Thermaspray’s... 

Zwane launches investigation into deadly Kusasalethu mining accident

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has instructed that no stone should be left unturned in getting to the cause of the accident which claimed the lives of five mine workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine last week. “This should be a turning point in as far as accidents and fatalities... 

Heavy haul rail industry urged to improve efficiencies

By: Kim Cloete     5th September 2017 The heavy haul industry should work hard to improve the efficiency of rail operations, cut costs of doing business and create internationally competitive supply chains, says Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama. He told delegates at the eleventh International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference,... 

Marinda Rasmussen

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2017 This week we feature Marinda Rasmussen, business unit managing partner Africa and Middle East at Environmental Resources Management, a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting and sustainability services 

Jennifer Broadhurst

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 This week we feature Jennifer Broadhurst, Associate Professor with Minerals to Metals Initiative at the University of Cape Town, which is an inter-disciplinary research and education initiative focusing on the sustainable development of mineral resources in Africa  

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable cheap processes to treat mining-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for the treated MIW... 

Company catches wave of renewed Aussie exploration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Johannesburg-based airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air will later this month explore 6 000 km2 for an Australian mining company in Western Australia using its airborne geophysics SPECTREMPlus system.  

Tech trade between Australia, S Africa can be mutually beneficial

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Owing to the global mining downturn, lower commodity prices are forcing manufacturers and suppliers to expand into international markets to take advantage of more supply opportunities, a wider demand base and favourable exchange rates. 

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable, cheap processes to treat mine-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for treated MIW... 

Zuma is said to consider dropping Minister Zwane if he wins vote

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2017 South African President Jacob Zuma is considering making changes to his Cabinet if he survives a motion of no confidence in Parliament, according to two officials of the ruling African National Congress who have knowledge of the matter. Minerals Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Energy Minister... 

Aviation company adds drones to African offering

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Multinational aviation company ExecuJet has added unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services to its African facilities, Cape Town and Johannesburg, in South Africa, and Lagos, in Nigeria, enabling clients to carry out inspections, surveys, mapping and photography in greater detail. ExecuJet Cape... 

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