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Darren Parker

Darren Parker

Darren Parker is a Creamer Media Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Tel: +2711 622 3744


Steely resolve, innovation continue despite lockdown

31st July 2020 Although production came to a halt over the past two months, light-steel-frame building materials supplier Etex South Africa – formerly known as Marley Building Systems – continued planning and innovating throughout the Covid-19 lockdown so that it would be well positioned to take advantage of... 

Difficult times ahead for property sector

31st July 2020 Following the significant challenges because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the outlook for the South African commercial and industrial property sector for next year remains somewhat bleak, says South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) CEO Neil Gopal. Since the start of the national lockdown... 

Economic recovery interventions present hope

31st July 2020 South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) CEO Vuyiswa Mutshekwane says it is encouraging to already see a number of the proposals being put into practice from the SAIBPP’s 10-point plan to catalyse economic development and drive the post-lockdown economic recovery. The... 

Advocacy for women to ramp up going forward

31st July 2020 Following the negative impact of Covid-19 on the commercial and industrial property sector, industry body Women’s Property Network (WPN) aims to ramp up its advocacy work going forward to further promote and support the interests of women working in the sector. WPN national chairperson Nonhlanhla... 

DRC hydropower construction to start within a year

17th July 2020 With delays from Covid-19 taken into consideration, Mauritian hydropower provider Tembo Power CEO Raphael Khalifa expects construction on three hydropower projects and one solar photovoltaic project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to have started by July next year. These four... 

Next-generation shovel designed for better performance

17th July 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar opened orders for its next generation Cat 6060 hydraulic mining shovel late last year, although none have been sold in Africa yet. Caterpillar hydraulic mining shovels senior product application specialist Dirk Tegtmeier explains that there are many... 

More skilled experts needed in hydraulics sector

17th July 2020 The hydraulics sector in South Africa could benefit from more highly skilled hydraulics experts, says hydraulics company Axiom Hydraulics GM Eugene Tondolo. “The hydraulics sector is unique in that it is small in terms of the pool of skilled professionals, but big in terms of value,” he explains. 

New approach adopted in uncertain steel market

3rd July 2020 Steel merchant Macsteel has been re-evaluating its business strategy, owing to a steady decline in steel consumption over the past five years, with 2019 being a “new low” and the start of 2020 faring just as poorly – a situation that has been exacerbated by the lockdown because of Covid-19.... 

New booster for industry

3rd July 2020 Nitrogen generation equipment manufacturer and supplier NitraLife has introduced a booster for its NitraCut nitrogen generator product, which ‘bolts’ onto the company’s NitraCut nitrogen generator, to increase its nitrogen delivery pressure and therefore also increase the thickness of steel it... 

Future order book to relieve pressure for fabricator

3rd July 2020 Although the strategic decision to continue to pay employees full salaries during the Level 5 lockdown in April put pressure on its cashflow, steel fabricator and erector Betterect believes a healthy order book of projects for the next 18 months should ensure that the pressure will be relieved.... 

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