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Businesses that offer a good service, reliability and value are often in high demand at significant cost

Quality offering in a competitive market key

24th February 2017

Now is the right time to focus on supplying a high-quality offering while remaining relatively competitive, says South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors' Association (Saracca)... 

COOLING SYSTEM FITTINGS 52 Engineering provides its clients with high-quality heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products

Company completes cooling system installation

24th February 2017

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracting company 52 Engineering has completed the installation of a cooling system at tyre manufacturing company Bridgestone, in Brits, in the... 

SEW’s HVAC VSD supply smooth ventilation to any given building

New VSDs in high demand

24th February 2017

Following the launch of its Movitrac LTP B HVAC, or heating ventilation and air-conditioning, variable-speed drives (VSDs) last year, automation manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive says the demand from the... 

Japanese-manufactured variable refrigerant flow introduced into South Africa

24th February 2017

Electronics and electrical products manufacturer Toshiba’s super heat recovery multi (SHRM) variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology for the air-conditioning industry has been introduced to the... 

The mining industry in general remains a substantial contributor to the South African economy and the platinum mining industry makes a significant contribution

Platinum still a substantial contributor to local economy

10th February 2017

South Africa accounts for about 96% of all known global reserves of platinum-group metals (PGMs); therefore, stability and sustainability in its mining sector are essential for the platinum... 

Call to review charter’s proposed home ownership model

10th February 2017

Corporate monitoring organisation Bench Marks Foundation has long proposed that all platinum producers in South Africa, which promote private home ownership in line with the proposed Mining... 

WARREN BEECH Renewed consultation might eliminate some of the concerns on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Amendment Bill

Amendment Bill in limbo, but processes crucial

3rd February 2017

While stakeholders are waiting for the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill to pass into law, it is important to not only comply with the current version of the... 

The real-world implications of the revised charter will be fairly substantial for mining companies if it is published in the form in which it was published for comment in April 2016

Mining Charter ‘merely draft’ – law firm

3rd February 2017

Much controversy surrounds the April 2016 publication of the draft reviewed Mining Charter, but law firm Werksmans Attorneys reminds concerned stakeholders that it is still “merely in draft form”.... 

Many residential and business consumers aim to produce their own electricity and rely less on Eskom

Electronics company boasts unique PID inverter

27th January 2017

Global electronics company Omron says the Omron KP100L photovoltaic (PV) inverter has the unique distinction of being the only potential induced degradation (PID) preventive inverter on the market.... 

Solar Eco Systems Africa’s range of self-sustaining solar LED street lighting combine enhanced aesthetics and the latest PV and LED technology

Solar LED light available in Southern Africa

27th January 2017

To reach its goal of enlarging its footprint in Southern Africa, solar street light  manufacturing and distribution company Solar Eco Systems Africa has made promotional magnets manufacturer Magnet... 

Ongoing solar projects promote  IPP success

Ongoing solar projects promote IPP success

27th January 2017

Global private engineering and technology company Sener and its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partners, Emvelo and Cobra, are scheduled to complete the EPC of the 100 MW Ilanga... 

The Wolmerton Depot overhaul falls under PRASA’s Depot Modernisation Programme

Company completes Wolmerton rail project

16th December 2016

Rail track construction, rehabilitation, electrification and maintenance provider Grindrod Rail Construction (GRC), in a joint venture with engineering company Bakara, has completed the rail... 

investments by the PRASA and Transnet will largely facilitate economic growth in South Africa

Railway company investments to facilitate economic growth

16th December 2016

The current investments by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and State-owned freight utility Transnet will largely facilitate economic growth in South Africa through major... 

The company enables real-time integration with a variety of couriers

Need for centralised courier point made clear

2nd December 2016

As tech-savvy customers demand faster and more efficient services, the need for a centralised technology-enabled courier point has become clear. Owing to this, outsourced e-commerce warehousing and... 

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create standalone distribution businesses

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses

2nd December 2016

As a means to grow the customer base in underserved communities and informal markets, global beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s) local distribution partner (LDP)... 

WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES SewTreat offers a specialised, modular biological wastewater treatment plant tailor-made for the African market

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified

25th November 2016

Using technology in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of its own bacterial strains developed in-house, South Africa-based biological wastewater treatment solutions... 

Property developers, designers and architects have a crucial role to play in providing inspirational working environments for employees

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies

25th November 2016

Although noise pollution has been described as the next ‘green’ barrier to overcome, flooring solutions provider KBAC Flooring says noise pollution is often overlooked in corporate environmental... 

Ever-growing plastic waste problems is a pertinent issue for DPI Plastics, as it considers itself a responsible plastics manufacturer focused on recycling and environmental sustainability

Company supports plastic waste management

25th November 2016

As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was... 

Nonwoven geotextiles play an important role in diverse sectors

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes

25th November 2016

As a means of protecting the environment, nonwoven geotextile manufacturer Fibertex uses chemical-binder-free products and production processes to manufacture Fibertex geotextiles, which are made... 

Friburge provides waste treatment solutions that are on board and can be flushed regularly with water or chemical to clean them of debris and built-up residue

Exclusive rights for wastewater treatment acquired

25th November 2016

Angolan oil and gas services company Friburge has acquired the exclusive rights to provide waste treatment solutions using wastewater treatment company Nature Oil and Gas’s technology in... 

NDY OIL BLENDING PLANT KwaZulu-Natal facility has as a bulk-storage capacity one-million litres for base oils and additives

Multimillion-rand investment furthers aim of industrial market growth

11th November 2016

The growing strength of GUD Holdings-owned lubricant company Indy Oil’s brand and reputation among its customer base, which includes members of the mining industry, has led to a multimillion-rand... 

Components of the cylinders are easily replaceable and cost effective

Pneumatic cylinder uniformity benefits distributor, improves part availability

11th November 2016

With no drastic changes over the last 100 years in the design of the pneumatic cylinders specified by the mining industry, these components are easily replaceable, thereby preventing costly... 

Motors’ high-quality bearings and an efficient grease-retaining system ensure long-lasting performance and a low noise level during operation

Company promotes Italian pneumatic vibrator range

11th November 2016

A comprehensive range of electric and pneumatic internal and external vibrators suitable for ore screening and processing applications is now available in South Africa from industrial equipment... 

DOMINANT PLAYER In Australia, the Nautitech Spitfire broadband power line modem has 100% of the shearer market. Pictured are Nautitech GM Alex Lester and MD Aga Blana

Australian company sees growth potential in African market

4th November 2016

Australia-based mining safety solutions company Nautitech Mining Systems has chosen South Africa as its gateway into the African mining market, owing to the number of mining projects and... 

Despite challenges for the African mining market, those in the industry continue to undertake significant capital investments

Investment in mineral-rich Africa continues despite challenges

4th November 2016

It remains possible to realise potential growth opportunities in the African mining industry despite the challenges of local economic constraints, volatile commodity prices, corruption and... 

The project involves the construction of a 7-m-diameter main shaft and a 6-m-diameter ventilation shaft to depths of 1 277 m and 1 167 m respectively

Zambian project achieves one-million lost-time injury-free work hours

4th November 2016

Mining and exploration company Group R Mining & Exploration Zambia achieved one-million man hours without a lost-time injury (LTI), at its Synclinorium shaft expansion project on behalf of owner... 

To become globally competitive, emerging economies in Africa are looking to leverage the latest technological advancements

Foreign demand still drives African mining

4th November 2016

Africa’s mining and quarrying activities continue to be characterised by export-oriented activities and, as a result, the mining sector of this mineral-rich continent is driven primarily by the... 

Viewing the warehousing and storage industry as an entire supply chain rather than siloed disciplines

Need for industry to reconsider production, storage and distribution

21st October 2016

As large amounts of working capital continue to be tied up in high inventory levels, which is often paired with slow reaction times to market changes, beverage company Coca-Cola Beverages South... 

Safer system for product management completed

21st October 2016

Africa-based intra logistical storage solutions provider APC Storage Solutions SA completed the installation and training for the racking, pallet shuttles and sprinkler system of a turnkey system... 

Dust can be a major problem in the mining sector, notably in working spaces and control rooms

Benefits of spin filters emphasised

14th October 2016

With the South African mining industry facing the prevailing costs and uncertainties in the labour market that it does, industrial technology and solutions specialist RTS Africa Engineering says... 

External mechanical drives for the lift II extension project have been delivered for the block-cave mine development

Mechanical drives supplied for block cave mine development

7th October 2016

Industrial components and technical expertise solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has supplied seven external mechanical drives for the Lift II extension project at Palabora Mining Company... 

FICKLE TIMES Businesses operating in the mining industry are forced to reduce stock availability

Tough times for motors and drives, but mechanisation creates hope

7th October 2016

The uncertainty of the mining market necessitates that motors and drives businesses, among others, limit their operating expenses while supplying products and services at minimal cost to their... 

QUALITY LEADS TO DURABILITY Franklin Electric South Africa's previous motor achieved a lifespan of 30 years

Next-generation submersible motors to be launched

7th October 2016

South Africa-based pumping system solutions provider Franklin Electric South Africa (SA) is working on launching its next generation of 4” submersible motors, following the success of its previous... 

Pumps manufactured to operate in the general industry proves to be more advantageous

Pumps industry thriving in new developments

30th September 2016

With substantial developments under way within the pumps industry, magnetic drive pumps manufacturer and supplier Brubin Pumps, which forms part of pumping requirements solutions provider Letaba... 

Producing safer pumps decreases health concerns

Bearings advance safety and performance

30th September 2016

Amid health and safety issues regarding pump selection, technical design and pump- bearing solutions supplier VescoPlastics says pumps manufacturers are trying to replace lead-containing bearings... 

Monitoring the use of pumps results in longer lasting and cost effective pump use

Monitoring the use of pool pumps results in greater efficiency

30th September 2016

Pool maintenance and renovations company Pool Busters notes that monitoring pool pumps can lead to greater savings. “Using a pool pump that is popular in the market and readily available doesn’t... 

MOVING FORWARD The market is moving towards installing original equipment manufacturer pumps

Move towards OEM pumps becomes an emerging trend

30th September 2016

With the recent market move towards installing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) pumps in the Southern African mining sector, industrial pumps distributor Integrated Pump Technology asserts... 

Next-generation peristaltic pump system with touch-screen technology and an intuitive operating system

Pumps solutions provider launches new products

30th September 2016

Innovative pump solutions provider Verder Pumps South Africa (SA) launched its new peristaltic tube pump, the Verderflex Vantage 5000, at Electra Mining Africa 2016 earlier this month. Verder... 

Electrification by Eskom in the Western Cape has been undertaken in urban areas within the metropolis, peri-urban areas , rural areas and deep rural areas towards the border of the Northern Cape

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges

16th September 2016

Service delivery in South Africa is a very demanding undertaking, says the Western Cape provincial branch of State-owned utility Eskom; however, it has to be done regardless of the challenges.... 

The major current developments in the electricity generation space include the initiation of the GTP, which aims to use LNG for the gas-turbine power plants

Uncertainty surrounding resource programmes highlighted

16th September 2016

With South Africa needing to ramp up its potential power supply in the medium and long term, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa comments that the biggest challenge impeding... 

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised

9th September 2016

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlights that regular testing of samples from ropes forms a vital part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation. “Testing ropes in service... 

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