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Donna Slater

Donna Slater

Donna Slater is a Creamer Media Staff Writer and Photographer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Restructured association aims for industry development

13th June 2014 The South African Pumps Manufacturers Association (Sapma) has launched itself as a restructured association and, as of January, officially changed its name to the Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda). 

Air-powered pump suitable for mines

13th June 2014 Local pumps supplier Aquapump’s ARO series of air-operated diaphragm pumps, manufactured by diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand, are suitable for use in mines owing to the pumps’ lightweight construction and ability to be used in a dusty environment, which is often the case with mines,... 

Wireless control for boiler maintenance

6th June 2014 Maintenance and testing procedures on power plant boilers can be monitored with engineering consulting company Carab Tekniva’s U-Fi wireless communication solution that was released in South Africa last year. 

Boiler fuel dominance is changing

6th June 2014 The popularity of coal-fired boilers is slowly losing momentum to the rise in cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, according to heat generation company Steam Generation Africa. 

Charities benefit from recycled carpets

23rd May 2014 As part of global carpet tile producer Interface’s carpet recycling programme, its local distributor, Kevin Bates Flooring & Carpeting Group (KBAC) has collected 4 000 m2 of used tile carpets and distributed them at several local charities. 

Heavy rains dampen piling

23rd May 2014 Despite being hampered by water ingress after heavy summer rainfall, piling company and Master Builders Association (MBA) North member Gauteng Piling has completed its piling contract for a new large-scale warehouse for Value Logistics in Pomona, Kempton Park, in March. 

Multibillion-rand electricity infrastructure investment

23rd May 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom has invested R35-billion in improved electricity transmission infrastructure – boosting the utility’s capacity to provide electricity – as part of its new build programme. 

Sustainable building driven by environmental concerns

23rd May 2014 Construction companies are aiming to use more sustainable methods of building, as the sector is increasingly being driven by companies’ need to have a lower environmental footprint to meet increasingly stringent environmental legislation, states audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG. 

Building green impeded by skills shortages

23rd May 2014 A lack of skills and resources nationwide is hampering environment-friendly and sustainable methods of construction, says engineering and design company WSP Group Africa. 

Tilt-up construction gaining popularity

16th May 2014 The tilt-up method of using concrete in the construction of buildings can be one of the most cost-effective building techniques when using concrete, reports Midrand-based cement and concrete advisory organisation The Concrete Institute. 

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