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Dylan Stewart

Dylan Stewart

Dylan Stewart is a Creamer Media Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Development bank seeks to grow North African presence

22nd January 2016

To bolster the presence of North Africa at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, multilateral development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) has collaborated with the... 


SMALL IN COMPARISON Konkoonsies I is 10 MW peak while Konkoonsies II will be 86 MW peak

Consulting firm wins LTA contract for NC solar projects

22nd January 2016

Multidisciplinary consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Africa has been appointed as the lender’s technical advisor (LTA) for two Northern Cape-based solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, by... 


Online auctioneers to launch 24/7 listing platform at Indaba

22nd January 2016

Online auctioneer Clear Asset will launch its daily marketplace through which customers can buy and sell equipment at any time, at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, next... 


Galvanised investor programme, conference agenda

22nd January 2016

The more than 5 500 delegates expected at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba can expect a more robust investor programme and a wider, but more thematic approach to the conference... 


Company optimistic about rebranding despite downturn

22nd January 2016

Multidisciplinary engineering and technology provider thyssenkrupp, formerly ThyssenKrupp, will showcase its new branding at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba as it tackles the... 


Gold royalty, streaming panellist to provide investment strategy insight

22nd January 2016

Mining executives and investors have shown increased interest in gold streaming and royalty company Sandstorm Gold’s investment strategy in the current capital-challenged environment where there is... 


MINING MATTERS The copper-heavy Democratic Republic of Congo relies on mining for about 12% of its gross domestic product

Engage African govts as mining woes addressed

22nd January 2016

Ministers from 16 African nations will outline their countries’ reserves, their case for investment in the short and long term and initiatives that will safeguard stakeholders at this year’s... 


Clients are the focus of accommodation solutions provider

22nd January 2016

Modular accommodation solutions provider Kwikspace will use the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba to network with clients and discuss new product ranges that the company will launch this year. 


Expert to unpack China, India impact on mining in Africa

22nd January 2016

The impact of slowed demand from China and growing demand in India for African commodities will be highlighted during a presentation at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba by the Robert H... 


Giving the mining investor a chance

22nd January 2016

Attendees of a technical workshop, facilitated by mining consulting firm The MSA Group at the start of the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, will gain insight into the value proposition of... 


Stock exchange seeks to attract new listings

22nd January 2016

The JSE will attend the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba to list basic resources companies that do not yet trade on Africa’s largest stock exchange, states JSE capital markets director Donna... 


CHANGE OF PLAN A group of about 30 employees – typically electrical engineers and electricians – were transferred in September last year from Bidvest Facilities Management to Highveld

Contingency plan to rescue employment of professionals

15th January 2016

As an alternative to retrenching about 55 professional employees, a large facilities management company had partnered with contingent workforce solutions provider Highveld EOH to transfer the... 


SECURE PROCESSING PoPI will demand that employers implement more stringent measures when processing employees' personal information

PoPI delays impact on employer accountability

15th January 2016

The commencement of the dormant provisions of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act 4 of 2013 is possibly being delayed, owing to the establishment of the Office of the Information... 


GROSS INSUBORDINATION An employer is entitled to dismiss an employee if the refusal to carry out a lawful and reasonable instruction is of a deliberate and serious nature

Is insolence as deserving of dismissal as insubordination?

15th January 2016

Despite the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration’s (CCMA’s) findings that insolence and insubordination might overlap in certain instances, it is yet to be clarified whether all... 


EXTENSIVE FUNDING Between R600-billion and R1-trillion worth of investment will be required by 2030 to develop gas-to-power facilities

Natural gas will power South Africa’s future, says consulting firm

11th December 2015

As South Africa grapples with its current and future energy challenges, global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company argues that gas energy, supplemented by renewable power, is a feasible... 


MANUFACTURING EFFICIENCY Tenneco PE implemented an energy management system that allowed for energy savings of R2-million within the first year of implementation

Case studies prove success of energy efficiency project

11th December 2015

Having been implemented in South Africa in 2010, the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, facilitated by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa, the Council for Scientific and... 


LEARNING EXPERIENCE The construction of Kusile (pictured) will have the benefit of lessons learnt at Medupi

Late project delivery part of Eskom’s monetary woes

11th December 2015

The behind-time and above-budget construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile coal power stations, both with an output of 4 800 MW, is a significant contributor to Eskom’s... 


WIND POWER The 140 MW Cookhouse wind farm in the Eastern Cape is one of the projects to have been funded by Standard Bank

Bank’s IPP projects producing over 40% of connected renewables

11th December 2015

Renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects financed by South African commercial banking firm Standard Bank are producing more than 40% of the 1 760 MW currently provided by the... 


DRC remains a complex operating environment – copper mine GM

4th December 2015

While the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has made solid progress over the past decade, it remains a complex environment in which to operate, says copper mine Kinsevere GM Miles Naude. 


Copperbelt trade expo grows into new space, but industry facing tough times

4th December 2015

The Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-Tec) – hosted exclusively in the Zambian Copperbelt for the region – has moved location to accommodate the growth of the third edition of the... 


STILL A FUTURE Despite operational suspension at Katanga and cutbacks at Mopani, Glencore is showing commitment to its copper mines in Central Africa

SA mining consultant to remodel copper resources in Congo

4th December 2015

Specialist mining consultant The MSA Group is assisting mining major Glencore in re-modelling its mineral resource and geological models for Katanga Mining’s Kamoto Copper Company’s large-scale... 


AFRICAN TREND Exploration and prospective investment for oil and gas is experiencing a shift from established nations like Angola an Nigeria to emerging nations like Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya

Fortification of west-to-east exploration trend needs oil price revival

27th November 2015

There has been a definite shift in oil and gas exploration from the west to the east coast of Africa in the past five years; however, a revival of the depressed oil price is needed to accelerate... 


RYAN AMOS Mammoet is looking to specifically target Mozambique and Angola, where many liquid natural gas developments are taking place

Lifting expert to perform New Year’s Day loadout for Angolan client

27th November 2015

Industrial lifting expert Mammoet is scheduled to perform the second of two load-outs on the upper module of an offshore oil platform belonging to Paenal Shipyard, off the coast of Angola, on New... 


SHAUN LOVETT Greater travel savings opportunities for oil and gas companies lie in the reduction of indirect travel costs such as ticket cancellations and advanced booking

Lean economic times create opportunity

27th November 2015

Owing to the extensive cost-cutting in the oil and gas industry, specialist oil and gas travel management company (TMC) Wings Travel Management says companies operating in the sector have expressed... 


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Sasol moves ahead with planning to explore new Moz gas blocks

27th November 2015

Petrochemicals giant Sasol is gearing up to exploit its successful bids in Mozambique while the exploration and production concession contract (EPCC) is finalised. 


MARK WILSON Vamcosa has hosted a series of open sessions to inform industry stakeholders about designation

Implementing local designation of valves a challenge for industry

6th November 2015

Since the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) designated valves as a priority product that needed to be locally manufactured, in March last year, it has become quite a challenge for the valves... 


SMOOTH DESIGN The absence of cavities in the design of the plug valve ensures a smooth slurry flow

High-performance plug valves delivered

6th November 2015

Valve manufacturer AZ-Armaturen (AZ) South Africa delivered a total of 22 high-pressure plug valves to a mineral sands operation near Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal over two occasions, once in June... 


PASEKA LESOLANG A single leaking toilet can cause a loss of between 30 ℓ and 700 ℓ of water daily

Innovator wins R1-million for leak-detecting valve

6th November 2015

Water-savings solutions company Water Hygiene Convenience (WHC) CEO Paseka Lesolang won first prize at the City of Johannesburg’s Green City Startup Awards, in September, comprising R1-million for... 


LANGLEY GATE VALVES The Langley range is mostly sold to the oil and gas industry where the valves are suited to the demanding applications

Specialised gate valves supplied to synfuels operation

6th November 2015

Valves stockist and distributor Heaton Valves Africa in August supplied two 24", class 300 Langley gate valves to petrochemicals company Sasol’s Secunda-based synfuels operation in Mpumalanga, says... 


MANY BENEFITS Plastic valves do not corrode, pit or rust internally and externally

Plastic valves distributor stakes claim in SA market

6th November 2015

Local flow and measurement specialist Instru-Serve in August began distributing a range of plastic valves, manufactured by piping systems manufacturer Georg Fischer, to the South African market. 


JOB CREATOR Building concrete roads requires little machinery and can therefore create more low-skilled jobs

Only Tshwane municipality pursues ultrathin reinforced concrete roads

30th October 2015

Since 2010, when the Tshwane municipality stated its intention to pursue the use of ultrathin reinforced concrete pavements (UTRCPs) specifically for roads in townships, it is the only municipality... 


KEY CORRIDOR The N3 runs from Durban to Johannesburg

Preliminary design assessment of N3 highway upgrade under way

30th October 2015

Infrastructure consultancy SMEC South Africa is assessing the preliminary design for upgrading an 11 km stretch of the N3 highway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, says SMEC... 


SPECIALLY DESIGNED Unitrans Abnormal petroleum tanker

Abnormal load vehicle tested on N2

30th October 2015

Sub-Saharan supply chain solutions provider Unitrans will operate one of its abnormal vehicles – designed according to performance-based standards (PBS) – from South Africa to Swaziland for the... 


NEW LIGHT To date, over 4 000 LED luminaires have been installed in streetlights in the Swartland municipality

LED streetlights installed in Western Cape

30th October 2015

By June this year, the Swartland municipality, in the Western Cape, had retrofitted 69% of its existing streetlights with locally designed and manufactured light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights... 


BIG RESPONSIBILITY The interchange will allow for traffic to flow on the N3 as it crosses Epworth and Market roads in the south of Pietermaritzburg

Design for Pietermaritzburg N3 interchange under way

30th October 2015

Planning, engineering, and programme and construction management company WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff won a tender last month to design two new interchanges of the N3 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal,... 


Consulting engineering firm suggests tolling of regional roads

30th October 2015

International consulting engineering firm Arup suggests a user-pay policy for regional roads as one method of generating revenue to build, maintain and expand the national road network. 


DE BUYS SCOTT While roads are critical to any economy, they are even more important in South Africa

SA’s primary highway network as good as any, says consultancy

30th October 2015

South Africa’s national highway network is comparable to some of the best road networks in the world, including those of developed countries, says KPMG infrastructure advisory head De Buys Scott. 


BIG SHOW 616 exhibitors from 42 countries showcased their products on 68 000 m2

BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA sees increased international interest, despite economic downturn

16th October 2015

Despite the lower-than-expected visitor numbers at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, the event’s organisers argue that BAUMA has established itself as the most important trade event in Africa,... 


PUTTING IT OUT THERE Scaw Metals' stand at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015

Construction and mining markets targeted

16th October 2015

“Presenting its products to members from the construction and the mining industries was the focus for steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, held at... 


NEW RELEASE The SDLG B877 backhoe loader is designed for all-day operation

SDLG introduces backhoe loader onto African market

16th October 2015

Chinese construction machinery manufacturer Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery (SDLG) exhibited its range of SDLG machines at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015, including its SDLG B877 backhoe loader,... 


FLYING HIGH Torre's tower crane and the Team Torre aerobatic team

Industrial equipment group secures sales at BAUMA

16th October 2015

Diversified industrial group Torre Industries sold a hoist, telehandler and tower crane at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, which Torre CEO Charles Pettit says is testament to the quality of... 


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