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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


Event organisers adopt flexible approach

22nd May 2020 This year’s Junior Indaba is one of many conferences that have been postponed because of the international Covid-19 crisis, and although a new date has been set for November 3 and 4, the organisers have to remain flexible and adaptable to an uncertain and unprecedented set of circumstances.... 

Juniors should look for opportunities amid crisis

22nd May 2020 While junior and emerging miners are experiencing tough times, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent national lockdown, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners forum chairperson and board representative Errol Smart says juniors and emerging miners should stop “licking... 

Juniors reach out for government support

22nd May 2020 A survey of about 25 junior miners, who are members of the Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk, conducted by the desk last month, showed that the majority of juniors intended to pay full wages for the first two weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown – docking it as paid leave –... 

Pandemic survivors among juniors will face new reality

22nd May 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the consequent national lockdown on junior miners is likely to be devasting, mining services provider Ukwazi Mining business development director Spencer Eckstein tells Mining Weekly. However, he believes that survivors in the real economy will occupy a vastly different... 

Condition monitoring solution mitigates risks

22nd May 2020 Manufacturers are exposed to various operational risks relating to the performance of their critical production equipment, all of which can directly impact the bottom line. 

Agri hub units remain focus for supplier

1st May 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) is maintaining its focus on promoting its bearing hub units for agricultural applications this year. The BAA0005 is the latest in the series of specially designed, self-lubricating bearing hub units. It is a completely modular... 

Accelerated business activity could follow lockdown slowdown

1st May 2020 Following a “drastic” slowdown in sales, rentals and aftermarket support in the agriculture sector during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, equipment supplier Goscor Earthmoving (GEM) national sales manager Kevin Purcell expects that business will either return to normal in the sector once... 

New tractor designed for African conditions

1st May 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer John Deere received approval from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications to market and sell its new 6B series of tractors in South Africa, following several years of extensive testing throughout Africa. “The 6B series was designed specifically with... 

Good agricultural sales expected post lockdown

1st May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 and the consequent initial 21-day national lockdown in South Africa, which has since been extended by two weeks, caused a slowdown in sales for almost every sector in South Africa, including the agricultural sector. Despite the lull, Pratley marketing director Eldon... 

Lockdown highlights food supply importance

1st May 2020 The Covid-19 outbreak and consequent measures taken by government to combat its spread have highlighted the importance of food supply, says motors and drives company SEW Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer. “We will ensure that we reconsider the areas that we believe will benefit the agriculture... 

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