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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


Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

Natural gas to play important role in the energy future

16th October 2020 Energy solutions company GE expects gas power to play an increasingly important role in the medium- to long-term future of the country’s energy mix as government continues to pursue decarbonisation through balancing the demands between a coal-fired past and a renewables future. GE Gas Power... 

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost

16th October 2020 In a capital-constrained Covid-19-affected market, gas-fired generators offer the advantage of a relatively low upfront capital cost, compared with coal- or diesel-fired alternatives, says energy solutions company GE Gas Power Sub-Saharan Africa  executive Nosizwe Dlengezele. She adds that it is... 

Virtual event showcases new screening solutions

2nd October 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s new Peak Screening solution – an integrated system designed to help ensure every square meter of a customer’s screening is as productive as possible – was showcased at the company’s Innovation in Mining virtual event, hosted... 

Safety a major driver for innovation in crushing

2nd October 2020 An increased focus on safety is one of the key driving factors behind innovation and development in original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s crushing and screening product ranges. “We’ve seen an evolution around the safety aspect of technology developments in our... 

New tech boosts productivity

2nd October 2020 Comminution, separation and sorting technology provider IMS Engineering now supplies process systems and equipment manufacturer General Kinematics’ STM-Screen – which can replace a brute force screen and provide an increase of up to 40% in circuit capacity, helping mines to improve their... 

OEM renews strategy to promote various brands

2nd October 2020 Multinational original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) group Astec Industries, based in the US – which has had a presence in South Africa since 2000 through its acquisition of South African crushing and screening OEM Osborn Engineered Products – is renewing its focus on a strategy to consolidate its... 

Acquisition ensures increased OHS offering

18th September 2020 Facilities management services provider Afroteq Advisory, a subsidiary of holding company AFMS Group, expanded its service offering in the occupational health and safety (OHS) sector by acquiring OHS service provider OHS Africa. Acquired in May this year, the new division, OHSAfroteq, forms part... 

Breathalyser tests should be adapted, not cancelled

18th September 2020 The misconceptions regarding the potential hygiene risks associated with alcohol breathalyser tests can have a significant negative impact on affected industries, since the safety of staff and expensive equipment can be compromised by intoxicated workers, says alcohol breathalyser and drug... 

Covid-19 outbreak delays launch of dust suppression system

18th September 2020 Environmental solutions company I-CAT intended to launch a new dust suppression system earlier this year but there were many delays owing to the national lockdown, says I-CAT director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg. “While the Covid-19 national lockdown halted many mining operations, the outbreak... 

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