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Pimani Baloyi

Pimani Baloyi

Pimani Baloyi is a former Creamer Media Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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By Pimani Baloyi

Private sector, govt should discuss BEE

17th July 2015

Black economic empowerment- (BEE-) compliant companies, the private sector and government should discuss ways in which the mining industry can ensure it creates business opportunities for reliable... 


MINIMAL MAINTENANCE REQUIRED
Applied Vacuum recently sold spare parts to an edible-oil distillery for the first time since the company bought the ejector 12 years ago

Locally manufactured vacuums offer cost-effective solution

10th July 2015

Steam-powered and high-pressure water-powered ejectors do not require maintenance and regular replacement, compared with regular vacuum pumps and, therefore, save clients time and money that could... 


COMPANY STRATEGY Air Compressor Engineering is focused on supplying energy efficient solutions to help expand its African footprint

Compressor supplier aims to grow market reach outside South Africa

10th July 2015

Cape Town-based industrial equipment supplier Air Compressor Engineering (ACE) is exploring strategies to leverage its 36 years of experience to expand its market share on the African continent.... 


SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP
Actum Group co-directors Kevin Klaff and Greg Barron

Latest range of service-friendly air motors launched

10th July 2015

Germany-based air motors manufacturer Deprag Schulz in December launched its latest Basic Line air vane motor, which features improvements to the flagship product that makes the unit more service... 


CONSTRUCTION POTENTIAL Growth in the construction sector has significant benefits compared with other sectors, such as water and service delivery

Consulting engineering sector sheds jobs as govt projects decline

26th June 2015

While most South African consulting engineering companies are redirecting their focus to opportunities outside of the country, others are retrenching employees, owing to a decline in... 


RICHARD DEH
South African cities still face the spatial challenges created by past spatial injustices

Consultancy prioritises integrated infrastructure planning across Africa

26th June 2015

The future of African cities lies in integrating infrastructure to provide citizens with a high level of access to residential, employment and recreational areas that are intrinsically linked... 


Consulting firm focuses on grooming junior engineers

26th June 2015

Black-owned multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Gibb is exposing its junior engineers to as many large-scale projects as possible to secure development of the company and South Africa’s... 


ANDRE VAN DER WALT
SMEC South Africa is confident that the market in Africa will continue to grow, with many projects ready to get under way

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in power infrastructure

26th June 2015

There are abundant project opportunities for consulting engineers in Africa, as many countries on the continent are embarking on power generation infrastructure development projects, says... 


VIS REDDY
SRK expects to become increasingly busy in a range of fields associated with the low carbon economy

Mining downturn, lack of govt spend impacting on consulting engineers

26th June 2015

The downward cycle currently facing the global mining industry has negatively affected consulting engineering firms servicing mining companies, says consulting engineering firm SRK’s newly... 


MATHIEU DU PLOOY
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff aims to be a responsible corporation by empowering and upskilling young engineers

NDP to bolster private–public sector relations

26th June 2015

Government must make strides to start implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) to strengthen the relationship between the private and public sectors, says consulting engineering firm WSP... 


GARY THEODOSIOU
It is important for consulting engineers to fully grasp concrete and how it works

Advanced concrete course upskills consulting engineers

26th June 2015

Qualified and experienced consulting engineers are one of the primary target audiences for the Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) course offered by the School of Concrete Technology, as the... 


Efficiency training programme includes water and waste

26th June 2015

Resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is expanding its industrial energy efficiency training programme to include... 


SILVERBIRCH HOTEL Birchwood’s new business-focused hotel caters for business travelers

German chamber membership helps hotel grow market share

19th June 2015

Local hotel and business conference facility provider Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre has grown its market reach since it became a member of the Southern African–German Chamber of... 


YUGAN MOODLEY
We want to operate in-country and become part of every African country’s culture

S Africa key to German tool manufacturer’s Africa growth

19th June 2015

South Africa remains an important market and source of revenue for Germany-headquartered machine tools manufacturer Robert Bosch Power Tools, says Southern Africa regional sales director Yugan... 


German packing specialist invests in local branch

19th June 2015

The Southern Africa subsidiary of global manufacturing specialist Haver & Boecker is being assigned to increase after-sales service support, thus expanding the German group’s presence in Africa,... 


IMPROVING EFFICIENCY
The SAGCC's building, in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has been fitted with solar panels to improve energy efficiency

South African companies gain German insight into energy efficiency

19th June 2015

With South Africa seeking ways of mitigating the country’s ongoing power challenges, the Southern African–Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC), in cooperation with the Germany Federal... 


South Africa is a base for German continuous miners and gearboxes

19th June 2015

As one of the world’s largest coal producers, and with South Africa having the second largest fleet of continuous miners in the world, after the US, the country is a strategic base for... 


UTE SCHOEMAN
SEW-Eurodrive South Africa is committed to growing its global market share

South Africa branch aims to climb in-house rankings

19th June 2015

The South Africa branch of German engineering company SEW-Eurodrive plans to improve its position in the company’s in-house rankings. The branch, currently listed among the company’s top fifteen... 


MOZAMBIQUE POWER
In the past twelve years, the percentage of families that have access to electricity in increased from 7% to 45%

Mines encouraged to contribute to Moz power grid

5th June 2015

Organisers of the yearly Powering Africa: Mozambique investment meeting, EnergyNet, say that this year’s two-day event, held last month in Maputo, focused on getting the mining sector and other... 


ECONOMIC BOOSTER
Coal is a significant contributor to Mozambique’s gross domestic product

Moz coal conference to focus on attracting foreign investment

5th June 2015

The sixth yearly Mozambique Coal Conference, to be held on July 27 and 28 in Maputo, will focus on ways to attract further investment in the country’s coal mining industry. The conference will also... 


Negotiations under way for Benga mine contract extension

5th June 2015

Contract mining company MCC is in negotiations with mining consortium Indian Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) to continue providing mining services or a mining solution, for ICVL’s  Benga mine in Tete,... 


FOOD AID
Oxfam recommends that ICVL should offer food packages to the communities until they can secure their own food sources

Study recommends ‘greater dialogue’ during resettlement

5th June 2015

The ‘Mining, Resettlement and Lost Livelihoods: Listening to the voices of resettled communities in Mualadzi, Mozambique’ study published by nongovernmental aid and development organisation Oxfam... 


MOZAL SMELTER
The aluminium smelter is scheduled to undergo phased upgrades over the next ten years

Smelter substation PLC upgrade under way

5th June 2015

Industrial automation and information solutions provider Rockwell Automation South Africa is upgrading the programmable logic controller (PLC) of mining major BHP Billiton’s joint venture (JV)... 


GRANT ROBINSON 
Voith offers products that are reliable, and easy to use and maintain

Coupling specialist awarded spares contract

5th June 2015

The South African wing of Germany-headquartered couplings manufacturer Voith has been awarded a contract to provide repair work and spares for a major coal operation in Tete, Mozambique. Voith... 


ENABLING GROWTH While Mozambique's mining sector continues to face the challenge of access to infrastructure there has been a surge in development projects aimed at improving the situation

Moz government, private sector committed to infrastructure development, sustainable mining

5th June 2015

The private and public sectors in Mozambique have shown a commitment to developing the infrastructure necessary for sustainable mining activity in the country, says strategy and communications... 


JULIUS KLEYNHANS
South Africa has skilled and experienced engineers available to deal with the water situation

Govt snubs local skills – Afriforum

29th May 2015

The Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) announcement in February that it had signed a two-year contract with 35 water engineers from Cuba is a waste of taxpayers’ money and overlooks local... 


SKILLS TRANSFER
Rexus shares its experiences and research in all aspects of pipeline design and often provides technical seminars and on-site training

Local company completes R21m EC water project

29th May 2015

Local pipeline systems manufacturer Rexus completed a project to supply pipes, valves, fittings and couplings to the value of R21-million for an Eastern Cape municipality water project in January.... 


BULK WATER SUPPLY The R513-million Valdezia-Makhado project aims to solve water challenges in the Makhado West area

R97m pipe supply contract to be completed soon

29th May 2015

The supply of steel pipes, fittings and valves to the value of R97-million to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) Valdezia-Mowkop water line project, in the Makhado local municipality,... 


SECURING WATER 
Damax Kahn and Kahn Plastics’ dam liner is an effective barrier against water loss

Recyclable dam liner prevents excess water loss

29th May 2015

With South Africa facing high levels of water loss and having to secure existing water resources, industrial packaging and sheeting company Damax Kahn and Kahn Plastics says its dam liner is an... 


HIGH DEMAND Fewer sites are available on which to build new dams in South Africa, as existing water resources become increasingly strained

SA should focus on regional partnerships to deal with water challenges

29th May 2015

Advisory firm KPMG says South Africa should focus on forming regional partnerships with its neighbours when creating water infrastructure, such as dams, reservoirs, pumpstations and pipelines, to... 


MAKRO ALBERTON
Massmart conserves water by capturing and reusing condensate from its carbon dioxide refrigeration plants at its new generation Makro stores

Retail group saves nearly 8 000 kℓ/y of water

29th May 2015

South African retailer Massmart has saved about 7 750 kℓ/y of water since implementing its water efficiency strategy at ten Makro stores and 65 Builders Warehouse stores in 2014. Massmart group... 


ADVOCACY 
Doug Potter and Jeff Sease maintain fatigue is a real health hazard for workers

Fatigue-monitoring COP welcomed

21st May 2015

Fatigue-management advocacy company Fatigue Sharks and technology developer Prism Services have welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) code of practice (COP) on risk based fatigue... 


 	DAVID MSIZA Emphasis should be placed on reducing transport-related fatalities at mines

Major mining commodities show decline in worker fatalities

15th May 2015

In February this year diamond producer Namdeb Diamond Corporation was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) of tertiary education institute Polytechnic for... 


HUMAN ERROR REMOVED
The Lifeloc FC5 Sentinel eliminates the possibility of human error by being fully automated

Alcohol testing equipment gains momentum

15th May 2015

Substance abuse and specialised safety equipment supplier PSA Africa has noted increased interest from the mining industry in its Lifeloc FC5 Sentinel alcohol testing product, which was launched... 


HONOURED David Msiza, Christo De Klerk and Ronald Mafoko

Deepest mobile rescue winder commissioned

15th May 2015

Mining-focused rescue organisation Mines Rescue Services (MRS) is commissioning the “world’s deepest-reaching” emergency mobile rescue winder, specifically designed for MRS to accommodate the deep... 


PAUL FOUCHE Fasken Martineau advocates for ongoing training and monitoring to ensure health and safety in mining

SA making strides in health and safety legislation

15th May 2015

South Africa is making progress in legislating and monitoring compliance with health and safety regulations, says commercial law firm Fasken Martineau, noting that significant amendments to the... 


ANTON VAN DER MERWE
I-Cat has made inroads in developing products for the underground mining sector

Contract for dust-control product extended

15th May 2015

Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions’ contract to supply GreenBit dust palliative – its locally produced dust-control solution – to a mining company, has been renewed for... 


AGRO-ECOLOGICAL POTENTIAL
Africa boasts one-quarter of the world’s arable land, but generates only 10% of global agricultural output

Agriculture-equipment suppliers shift focus north of South Africa

8th May 2015

In the past six to twelve months, there has been an increase in international and South African agriculture-equipment suppliers establishing branches in many sub-Saharan African countries, as... 


JOHN THOMSON EMS has introduced a free business matchmaking app to enhance the benefits of attending Indutec

Industry expo includes waste and recycling tracks to 2015 programme

8th May 2015

Exhibition Management Services (EMS), organiser of the 2015 South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) that will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from May 20 to... 


OUTLOOK Resources-rich Africa has an integrated market potentiak of $2.6-trillion

Mugabe says Zim open to foreign investment

8th May 2015

Despite media reports and fears that Zimbabwe’s indigenisation policy – which stipulates that Zimbabweans must own 51% of foreign-owned companies – implied that the country was not open to foreign... 


LOCAL BASE Youfumi is focused on finding ways to grow its market share in Southern Africa

Manufacturer looking to open plant in South Africa

8th May 2015

Chinese pipes and valves manufacturer Youfumi Valve and Pipe (Youfumi), which will showcase its products to the Southern African market at the 2015 South Africa Industrial and Technology Fair... 


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