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Thabi  Shomolekae

Thabi Shomolekae

Thabi Shomolekae is a Creamer Media Senior Writer for Polity.org.za

By Thabi Shomolekae

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Business wants govt to urgently address Eskom corruption

24th February 2023

Business is urging government and the appropriate State agencies to urgently investigate and take action regarding Eskom corruption, following the recent allegations made by former Eskom CEO Andre... 


Glencore invests 5.5m in NPA partnership to combat GBV

28th November 2022

Mining giant Glencore Ferroalloys and the National Prosecuting Authority officially handed over the fully equipped Dilokong Thuthuzela Care Centre to the Ga-Maroga community in Limpopo as part of... 


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No guarantee that Guptas will be extradited to SA – Gungubele

9th June 2022

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said on Thursday there is no guarantee that Atul and Rajesh Gupta will be brought to South Africa following their arrest in the United Arab Emirates.... 


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Companies must do fact finding if adversely mentioned in State capture report – Pinsent Masons advises

4th March 2022

Pinsent Masons partner and white collar crime expert Edward James has advised companies to stay up to date with media reports about companies implicated in State capture and to check whether... 


SACP remembers Marikana tragedy, calls for unity against economic exploitation

SACP remembers Marikana tragedy, calls for unity against economic exploitation

16th August 2019

The South African Communist Party on Friday commemorated the seventh anniversary of the Marikana tragedy by calling on workers and trade unions to unite in the struggle against economic... 


HANDS-ON Experience-based training groomed artisans for real operations

Competence development a key focus for Sandvik

24th May 2019

Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa will launch its Mechatronic Training Program, which is a competence service offering that aims to take advantage of the... 


ON ITS KNEES The construction industry is currently “dismal and pitiful” considering the inherent infrastructure that exists in South Africa and the opportunities that abound

Software provides support for project’s design phase

24th May 2019

To help avoid construction failures for building contractors and consulting engineers, construction fastening and fixing supplier fischer fixings SA’s design software FIXPERIENCE has been developed... 


IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The upgraded Micromine 2020 offers enhancements to implicit modelling and pit optimiser modules

Micromine software upgraded to increase performance

10th May 2019

Following the positive effect of current worldwide exploration on the demand for mining software solutions specialist MICROMINE’s products, the company will release the latest version of its... 


GROWING DEMAND More than 280 MineWare systems currently support more than 130 surface mining operations throughout South Africa, North and South America and Australasia

First factory-fitted payload management system launched

10th May 2019

Japanese yellow metal equipment manufacturer Komatsu and its subsidiary, mining equipment solutions provider MineWare, launched the first factory-fitted payload management system – the Argus PLM –... 


PLANNING PROCESS Correct project control tools manage costs better to ensure that there is no overspending on projects

Sector focuses on cost, project control solutions

10th May 2019

While the mining sector is mainly focused on old production methods, the economy has changed the market in terms of commodities, labour structure and technology. This has led to the sector being... 


SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Through simulation-based training operators are trained on how to respond to real-life situations without putting them and machinery at risk

Operator training service for mining to be launched in S Africa

3rd May 2019

Workforce development provider Immersive Technologies will launch the Operator Performance Analytics (OPA) service to compare and improve operator skills and behaviour in South Africa later this... 


WITS DIGIMINE CONTROL ROOM DigiMine is equipped with digital systems that allow for hands-on research into ‘the mine of the future’

Digital technologies address mine modernisation

3rd May 2019

Mineworkers and communities are negatively affected – through frequent and large-scale retrenchments – by the twenty-first-century trend of mine modernisation, which shows that the mismatch between... 


IN-SERVICE TRAINING Artisans provided with competence to perform in the workplace

Theoretical balance crucial in applied competencies assessment

3rd May 2019

In assessing applied competencies in terms of training and working on mining machinery, there must be a balance between theoretical, practical and workplace competences that are suited to a... 


JANINE ESPIN EDS ensures that mines are legislatively compliant particularly in terms of the human resources component of the social and labour plan

Upskilling of mineworkers required

3rd May 2019

The South African mining education and training sector is in a dire state, with not enough focus on adult basic education and the proper upskilling of mineworkers, states socioeconomic development... 


CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Wits School of Mining Engineering has the largest student enrolment of all mining schools on the African continent

Wits School of Mining Engineering climbing up global rankings

3rd May 2019

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has improved its standing in the global QS World University Rankings to thirteenth position.  The school moved up from... 


Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0

19th April 2019

The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data... 


Oxygen tanks successfully installed

19th April 2019

In February machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros successfully installed new oxygen tanks at 27 provincial hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, after removing redundant oxygen tanks. Lovemore... 


CONCRETE FLOOR SPECS Concrete floors must also be aesthetically pleasing, with minimal surface defects and cracking

Lack of knowledge a concern in flooring industry

12th April 2019

A lack of knowledge, specifically among structural engineers on specifications for concrete floors, poses a challenge to the industry, says concrete technical services provider The Concrete... 


ADHESIVE-FREE FLOORING The specially formulated studded emboss works as a barrier and allows for moisture to escape from the subfloor

Company launches loose-lay flooring range

12th April 2019

With vinyl flooring continuing to gain much more traction in the market, owing to beneficial properties and an appealing aesthetic, vinyl flooring and wall-protection solutions specialists Polyflor... 


STAIN AND SLIP RESISTANT Concrete can achieve a high-quality and aesthetically pleasing polished finish

Demand for concrete flooring continues to increase

12th April 2019

The demand for concrete flooring continues to grow at a robust rate, as more commercial, retail and residential customers opt for polished concrete, says diamond tools and equipment manufacturer... 


QUINTIN BOOYSEN There is a huge lack of knowledge on industrial flooring requirements, which leads to small contractors delivering inferior-quality flooring

New machine collection for floor preparation launched

12th April 2019

Floor grinders and dust extractors manufacturer HTC Sweden AB launched a new line of smaller grinders and dust extractors, the Start and Grind collection, to assist flooring contractors when... 


SEYDOU KANE Energy storage solutions provide not only flexibility but also cost savings, should they be integrated into a company’s power grid

Energy storage a viable solution to load-shedding

5th April 2019

Amid State-owned power utility Eskom’s announcement of there being a high risk of rotational load-shedding, which will be implemented only if absolutely necessary, power management company Eaton... 


ROBBEN ISLAND BATTERY ROOM  SOLA stores excess solar power in lithium-ion batteries and deploys it as the sun sets, resulting in an overall reduction of the diesel used to operate generators

Demand for utility-scale battery solutions increasing

5th April 2019

Advancements in energy storage technology are starting to reflect in the rise of utility-scale battery solutions, which could revolutionise the ability of intermittent renewables to have higher... 


Interest in hydrogen storage increasing

5th April 2019

Interest in hydrogen energy storage continues to grow, owing to the very large storage capacity that liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology offers, compared with other technologies.... 


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Mining has a large environmental impact that affects not only the health and wellbeing of mining communities

EIA recommendations essential for new mining projects

22nd March 2019

It is crucial for mining companies to consider the recommendations of all the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) before the start of any new mining projects, says waste management solutions... 


WASTE REDUCTION Using cleaner production techniques, environmental control technologies and process re-engineering can further reduce waste output of mines

Industry adopting more sustainable approaches to mining activities

22nd March 2019

As water balances are being calculated more precisely, the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling water are being adopted more strictly, as is the separation of clean from dirty water on... 


HARD AT WORK DRDGOLD reclaims and retreats gold mining waste – mine dumps – of previous miners

Gold surface tailings re-treater increases environmental spend

22nd March 2019

South African gold producer DRDGOLD is continuing its progress on environmental initiatives, having increased its environmental spend by 23% to R51.6-million for the 2018 financial year. Total... 


Recovery process aiding cyanide detox

22nd March 2019

To assist mining companies in managing and recovering cyanide, engineering consultancy AZMET Technology & Projects developed the AZMET cyanide recovery process (AZ-CRP) to provide an alternative to... 


POOR PLANNING Too often, poor planning in the supply chain results in too many incorrect products, which leaves too little cash to keep the right products in stock

Software simplifies food manufacturing processes

15th March 2019

With supply chain waste, as well as health and safety issues, affecting the food and beverage industry, software company Syspro Africa’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can allow for... 


CHICKEN FOOT CHICKEN BASE Brazil now accounts for more than 60% of South Africa’s chicken imports, while local producers claim imports are not necessary at all

Movement calls for Brazilian chicken import ban

15th March 2019

Following the recall by a Brazilian producer of more than 450 t of chicken because of potential salmonella contamination last month, nonprofit trade advocacy movement FairPlay founder Francois... 


GAME CHANGER Brulpadda was drilled in a challenging deep-water environment

Gas discovery potential indicator of more local resources

8th March 2019

A significant gas condensate discovery, made by petroleum company Total South Africa, shows there are potentially more petroleum resources available in South Africa, which will definitely create... 


BANK ANTHONY OKOROAFOR Gas should be an opportunity to create a viable economy and a vibrant way of growing Nigeria’s gross domestic product

Waipec focuses more on sub-Saharan Africa

8th March 2019

The third West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Waipec) was a success, bringing sub-Saharan African companies together to learn from one another about best practices to... 


ONE OF A KIND Vedermag is the only magnetic drive pump that can handle up to 20% solids

Pumps range eliminates leakage of corrosive chemicals

8th March 2019

Using the Verdermag pump range in the chemicals and petrochemicals industries eliminates leakage of corrosive and hazardous chemicals, as it is an encapsulated pump and therefore leak-free, states... 


GROWTH IN NUMBERS Hunger for taking up new changes in a demanding market will catalyse growth for Advent Oil

Growth boosts fuel distributor

8th March 2019

The 100-million litres supplied to logistics, construction and mining companies in 2017 compared to the 151-million supplied in 2018, shows a significant growth of 51%, which fuel distributor... 


ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTS BEKA LEDpost bollards and LEDduo up- and downlighters illuminate the hotel

Energy efficient lighting solution successfully installed

22nd February 2019

Luminaires and glass-fibre-reinforced polyester poles manufacturer BEKA Schréder is proud to have worked with consulting engineers and project managers firm Bicon Consulting Engineers, consultant... 


WERNER KOCH Lighting is a critical factor on any job site, as workers need to be able to see properly in order to carry out their work safely and correctly

More trade-focused lighting solutions for the construction industry

22nd February 2019

With lighting being a critical factor on any job site, as workers need to be able to see properly in order to carry out their work safely and correctly, heavy-duty, portable electric power tools... 


PROJECT MANAGEMENT The right control helps mining companies understand where they have already overspent, but more importantly, assists them forecast the project-to-completion and highlight upcoming problem areas

Economic climate poses threat to effective project management

15th February 2019

Although there is much room for growth and the implementation of effective project management tools in mines across Africa, the current global economic climate has led companies to refrain from... 


Investment in new technologies in mining decreasing

15th February 2019

The risk aversion of most mining companies has resulted in their being unwilling to invest in new technologies, which limits their competitiveness and growth potential, says emerging mining project... 


ON DUTY An employee holds a metal casing for an automotive steering system

Software adds value to automotive manufacturer supply chain

8th February 2019

Software company Syspro Africa’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software enables automotive manufacturing and distribution companies to manage supply chain and financial processes. Syspro... 


READY FOR A PRICE TAG The new passenger car market and light commercial vehicle market reflected year-on-year volume declines of 0.2% and 7.0%

Naamsa projects 1% increase in new-vehicle sales

8th February 2019

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) projects a marginal increase in new-vehicle sales of 1.0% for 2019, premised on the assumption that South Africa will... 


LITTLE BIT OF COLOUR The UF membrane has been supplied to automotive manufacturers for vehicle paint jobs

New paint process leads to greater flux stability

8th February 2019

Converting to potted Koch KPAK ultrafiltration (UF) membrane in the automotive electrodeposition paint process from the drop-in style process can lead to greater flux stability over time and lower... 


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