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Johane Turkstra

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NON-RENEWABLE ENERGY
Eskom is responsible for generating about 95% of South Africa’s electricity and the firm mainly relies on coal for its power generation

Industry leaders warn of loss in investments in renewables sector

19th May 2017

Following State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision last year not to sign a number of contracts with independent power producers (IPP) and the delay in doing so since, industry leaders are warning... 


LAMO SOLAR
Co-owners Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu and Elmond Khoza

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

19th May 2017

State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit... 


WATER INFRASTRUCTURE 
South Africa’s water wastage is at between 37% and 39%

Need for partnerships in water sector emphasised

5th May 2017

With South Africa’s water infrastructure in need of an upgrade, advisory firm KPMG says utilities and the private sector need to form partnerships that will ensure that these upgrades take place.... 


South Africa’s junk status problematic for power sector

5th May 2017

South Africa’s recent demotion to credit rating junk status is immediately and directly affecting the country’s power supply. South Africans should not “bluff themselves” as the country’s newfound... 


Energy management to improve

5th May 2017

Attending this year’s African Utility Week taking place from May 16 to 18, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes that the implementation of energy management... 


WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY 
After rolling out its 2 open-acces wireless network, Comsol has introduced its to a new LPWAN

Alternative connectivity available for utilities

5th May 2017

Wireless solutions company Comsol Networks will raise awareness about alternative connection at this year’s Africa Utility Week conference, which will take place from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town.... 


RENEWABLE ENERGY
Renewables will receive considerable attention at African Utility Week and in Africa’s energy sector in the future

Challenged renewable energy sector growing rapidly in Africa

5th May 2017

The renewable energy sector has grown rapidly in the last four years and has delivered over 5 000 MW in South Africa alone, owing to the completion of about 80 renewable energy projects, says... 


GENERATOR FIRES
Flammable liquid and hot components can easily cause a fire

Generator servicing lessens fire hazard risk

28th April 2017

Companies need to service generators regularly to lessen the fire hazard risk they pose, says risk management company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. “A generators is used only occasionally and... 


INDUSTRY CHALLENGE 
There is a need for artisan mechanical skills in the generator industry

Experts positive despite industry challenges

28th April 2017

Despite the generator industry facing various challenges, some of the industry’s leaders say they are optimistic about the future of the industry. Industrial equipment company Generator and Plant... 


POWER STORAGE
Demand for backup power has increased, owing to interruptions in grid power supply

Interrupted grid energy supply stimulates energy-storage growth

28th April 2017

Owing to the need for instantaneous backup storage systems, industrial equipment distribution company EIE Group says the power storage market is showing good projections thus far. “The... 


SHARING VISION
The yearly Sumposium Mines Guinea conference reflects government of Guinea’s vision of transformational investment

Guinea stable, predictable investment destination – Ministry

14th April 2017

Guinea is suitable for mining investment, says the Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology, which will host Symposium Mines Guinea 2017 in Conakry, the country's capital, next month, in partnership... 


DAVID KHOZA
Airborne geophysics is the most cost-effective method to produce a geological map that can be used in follow-up exploration

Geospatial surveys the solution to map West Africa

14th April 2017

Airborne geophysics can cost effectively uncover valuable metal deposits in largely underexplored West Africa to allow for growth in the region’s mining sector, airborne electromagnetic technology... 


ALAN MARTIN
Owing to a lack of government support, artisanal and small-scale miners often trade gold on the black market, depriving countries of revenue

Artisanal gold mining has economic value, call to legalise

14th April 2017

Natural resources governance-focused nongovernment organisation Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) is advising the Malian, Burkinabe and Ivorian governments to decriminalise artisanal and small-scale... 


DRAWING DELEGATES  
In Nigeria last year, Mining Investment Africa attracted more than 150 international and local delegates

2017 important for industry growth in Nigeria

14th April 2017

With the introduction of the Nigerian mining-growth roadmap, 2017 will be an important year for sector development and industry growth in the country, and Mining Investment Africa endeavours to be... 


ULTRA-LOK 
Ultra-Lok streamlines the process of cable bundling

Innovative solution to cable theft in South Africa

7th April 2017

Amid concern over cable theft in various South African industries, clamping and fastening company Band-It’s Ultra-Lok tool has been improved to assist in mitigating cable theft.  


THE HILTI THREADED STUD S-BT
A cost-effective solution for fastening onto steel in mildly and highly corrosive environments

New fastening solution introduced onto market

7th April 2017

To mitigate welding, bolting and clamping, construction company Hilti introduced to the South African market its Threaded Stud S-BT technology for multipurpose fastenings, including grating, onto... 


INTEREST GROWING
There has been a substantial interest in air quality testing as there have been numerous high-profile issues that have developed around South Africa

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth

24th March 2017

Local environmental laboratory X-Lab Earth Science plans to expand its support for air-quality testing companies servicing the mining and minerals industry as demand grows for accredited data... 


SIGNIFICANT EXTENSION Era Bricks is looking to extend its southern clay quarry project’s life-of-mine to 2086 through phases

Clay mine aims to expand output to 2086

24th March 2017

Feedback from the Mineral Resources Minister on whether the expansion of clay brick company Era Bricks’ southern clay quarry can proceed is expected in the second quarter of this year. Era Bricks... 


ROBIN BOLTON 
The environmental, social and governance concept is not often considered, apart from in acquiring the social licence to operate

More focus needed on ESG factors

24th March 2017

Mining companies operating globally need to pay greater attention to their social licence to operate in terms of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors associated with their... 


Inflation, competition and rand volatility challenges for industry

17th March 2017

Unstable inflation and rand volatility, coupled with global competition, have been the biggest challenges for the food and beverage industry in South Africa in recent times, says derivatives... 


EVERT JANSE VAN VUUREN
People in assembly lines can make mistakes and this can have dangerous consequences, robots reduces mistakes

Robots use motion control technology for safe food packaging

17th March 2017

With there being a need for the correct packaging of foods that contain allergens, electronics company Omron says its Delta robot series provides a very accurate means of high-speed, pick-and-place... 


ANTON HERTENBERGER 
Manufacturers are often not aware that their environments are extremely explosive

Filtration solutions can prevent explosions in food and beverage sector

17th March 2017

Food processing, involving baking flour, soup powders, milk powder, spices, flavourings and sugar for instance, can cause highly explosive organic dust, and industrial equipment company Envirox... 


SCHRÉDER LEDBAY UNIT
The unit also has a lifespan of about approximately ten years with very little maintenance needs

LED lights beneficial to beer industry

17th March 2017

Luminaire manufacturing company Beka Schréder advocates that using light-emitting diode (LED) lights is more effective for beer brewing and bottling facilities because the type of light source used... 


THE HELICAL-BEVEL K19
The K19 is used for smaller-scale applications which demand torque and efficiency

Automation company focuses on energy efficiency

17th March 2017

Drive and automation technology company SEW-Eurodrive has standardised all its equipment to be more energy efficient as of the first of this month to cater for various industries’ demand for energy... 


ERNST SMITH
The regulated compressed-air in pneumatics is clean and therefore perfect for the food and beverage industry

Pneumatics a cleaner solution for packaging, sealing and sorting

17th March 2017

Pneumatic valve manifolds have the potential to be the safest means of mechanical driving for the food and beverage industry, as they use clean air to elicit movement in the manufacturing process,... 


LUCRATIVE SECTOR Mining accounts for 11.5% of gross domestic product, but provides more than 50% of foreign exchange earnings

Three main challenges facing sector

24th February 2017

There are three main challenges facing the Namibian mining sector: rail services, water shortages and the introduction of policies that could stunt investment. Chamber of Mines of Namibia CEO... 


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