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Darren Parker

Darren Parker

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

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New dryer range piques mining interest

28th May 2021 The introduction of compressed-air equipment manufacturer Artic Driers International’s new SA Series heatless pressure swing air dryers has sparked significant interest in the South African mining sector, says CEO Allen Cockfield. “Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build... 

Furnace sector heating up after Covid-19

28th May 2021 There has been a significant increase in project activity for furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) since the start of this year. DGC commercial manager Louwrens Minnie tells Mining Weekly that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a slump in activity last year, but... 

New services enhance repairs

28th May 2021 Furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies’ (DGC’s) new service offerings help to ensure more cost-effective furnace maintenance and repair. DGC added endoscopic furnace inspection services to its service offering, which is ideal for smaller scale maintenance and repair work, just... 

Construction turnaround requires collaboration

21st May 2021 Partnerships between the private and public sectors are paramount to turning the built environment and construction sectors around in South Africa, says engineering firm Aecom Africa programme cost consulting director Dean Narainsamy. “This will encourage collaborative thinking and combine the... 

Direct cement sales to industry drop

21st May 2021 About 30% of cement sales in South Africa are going directly to the construction industry for construction projects, which is down from about 50% being sold directly to the construction industry about ten years ago, says cement manufacturer AfriSam sales & marketing executive Richard Tomes. “We... 

Sustainable construction ethos prioritised by manufacturer

21st May 2021 Cement additive manufacturing company CHRYSO Southern Africa has installed a solar electricity generating system at its Jet Park manufacturing facility, in Gauteng; this forms part of the company’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. The installation was completed in January and consists of... 

Construction sector builds hope

21st May 2021 Although there is uncertainty regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy and the construction sector, hope remains as long as South African policy makers continue to recognise that the built environment sector is an important pillar in terms of stimulating the economy, says... 

Academy’s upgrades embrace Industry 4.0 approach

7th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) has invested in a series of additions and upgrades to further ensure that learners are better prepared for the digitised, mechanised and automated future of mining. One of the most significant... 

Pandemic highlights value of digital learning

7th May 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic made all sectors realise just how powerful the online technology at our disposal truly is, says University of Pretoria (UP) project management associate Professor Giel Bekker. “Platforms, such as Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting and Microsoft Teams, were available, but the real... 

Business skills offered at platinum mine

7th May 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is providing business skills development training for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) at the Mogalakwena platinum mine, in Limpopo. The three-month development programme, presented by COENG in partnership with platinum... 

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