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Frost & Sullivan sees spend on automation and control systems increasing

By: Zandile Mavuso The emergence of new industry techniques, such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for the supply of gas and the discovery of oil in sub-Saharan Africa is set to increase capital spending on automation and control systems (ACS), says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. 

Minister on decoupling oil, gas law, State diamond miner must find cash, more automated systems foreseen

By: Martin Creamer Minister talks of decoupling oil and gas legislation; Public Enterprises Minister goads State diamond miner Alexkor; and consultancy foresees demand growth for automation and control systems in hydrocarbons sector. 

Labour unrest dimming SA precious metals sector’s 2014 prospects

By: Zandile Mavuso Analysts predict that chronic labour unrest and work stoppages in South Africa’s mining sector, which remain fresh in the minds of investors worldwide, will impact negatively on the country’s precious metals sector this year. Already dominating the platinum sector, the Association of Mineworkers... 

Labour unrest dimming SA precious metals sector’s 2014 prospects

By: Zandile Mavuso Analysts predict that chronic labour unrest and work stoppages in South Africa’s mining sector, which remain fresh in the minds of investors worldwide, will impact negatively on the country’s precious metals sector this year. 

Local Mineral Beneficiation to Present Challenges

Over the last few years the South African government has advocated for the domestic beneficiation of locally mined minerals in an effort to grow the economy and create employment. To support this initiative, the government has developed a Beneficiation Strategy which identified ten commodities... 

Increasing demand for oil-platform maintenance work

By: Zandile Mavuso South Africa’s Cape Town harbour is involved in the repair of several oil platforms off the coast of West Africa and the country is set to also benefit from emerging oil exploration in East Africa, as the need for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in the oil and gas industry... 

Mining technology trends support market growth

By: David D‘ Oliveira The demand for enhanced safety standards and energy efficiency, together with technological improvements in monitoring and process control, will support growth in the European mining machinery market, says growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan. A new report titled ‘Analysis of the European... 

Look beyond mining explosives, chemicals companies urged

By: Samantha Moolman African chemical companies need to diversify beyond the manufacture of mining explosives if they want to secure their position in the African and global chemicals market, says growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. While mining in Africa will support growth for chemicals companies in the long... 

Demand for Southern African coal set to increase

By: David D‘ Oliveira The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that global energy demands should increase by almost 3% from 2005 to 2030. The majority of the energy demand increase during this period is predicted to be for fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Coal is not subject to geopolitical tensions... 

Rising water infrastructure investments to spur demand for water-treatment chemicals

By: Natalie Greve Rising investment in water infrastructure, along with infrastructure development trends and overall regional economic development, is expected to trigger increased demand for water-treatment chemicals in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Mining a key component in Namibia’s economy

By: Reggie Sikhakhane Namibia’s mining sector generated $1.6-billion in mining export earnings during 2011, contributing about 11% to the country’s gross domestic product, with the country’s buoyed uranium mining sector forecast to be the single largest mining sector in the country’s mining industry by 2015, states a... 

Concern over proposed amendments to Mozambique’s mining law

By: Idéle Esterhuizen The proposed amendments to Mozambique’s mining legislation could discourage international entities from investing in the coal-laden country, as it will raise the level of uncertainty in investment security, market research company Frost & Sullivan research associate Christy Tawii tells Mining... 

Exhibition highlights industry opportunities

Several significant public and private infrastructure projects across South Africa have proffered a lifeline to the pumps industry following the global recession, says Seventh International Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVPA) 2011 organiser Exhibition Management Services (EMS).  

Coal production insufficient to meet energy demand

By: Carla Thomaz It is estimated that South Africa’s domestic demand for coal will increase by more than 75-million tons a year over the next decade and, at some stage, coal production will be insufficient to meet the expected energy demand and alternative measures will have to be taken, saysglobal engineering... 

Economic squeeze brings about shift in mining industry’s supply chains

By: Loni Prinsloo A national research study of the mining industry’s supply chains, supplychainforesight, has identified a serious strategic realignment in the industry, brought on by the pressure of the global economic meltdown. 

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