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Jessica Oosthuizen

Jessica Oosthuizen

Jessica Oosthuizen is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Thos Begbie aims to add another robotic welder to complement its existing unit

Company completes smelter welding project

6th November 2019

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company, Thos Begbie, successfully, and timeously delivered erosion-resistant copper coolers, which are being installed, to a smelter in Southern Africa.... 

Software crucial in project management

19th July 2019

Software solutions play a critical role in cost control to ensure that cost overruns on projects are avoided and, where possible, projects are delivered under budget to the benefit of the... 

Project entered for Cesa award

19th July 2019

Multidisciplinary engineering company Bosch Projects has entered one of its recently completed projects for the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence awards, which... 

PMI South Africa Chapter builds on PMI fiftieth anniversary

19th July 2019

PMI South Africa is joining the global fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Project Management Institute (PMI) which was established by project managers to advance the project management... 

The Ansul Liquid Vehicle Suppressant liquid agent fire suppression system is designed to rapidly suppress fires in mobile equipment

Fire protection company increases footprint in Africa

12th July 2019

Fire protection company Advanced Fire Suppression Technologies (Advanced FST) will extensively increase its African footprint in the next three to five years through local partnerships and... 

We believe that the project is a significant, high-quality project and would like to get it towards producing in the short to medium term

Armadale to publish graphite project resource update

12th July 2019

Mining investment company Armadale Capital has been fast-tracking work on the graphite resource update to be published this month for its Mahenge Liandu project, in south-east Tanzania, says... 

The Ringfeder-Henfel-Hernflex split flexible coupling is one of Bearings International’s new product offerings

Cost savings crucial amid local industry decline

12th July 2019

The local mining industry declined by 10.8% in the first quarter of this year and the industry is on a huge cost-saving run, says bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings... 

Local miners struggling to acquire funding, yet opportunity exists

12th July 2019

Although mining companies and junior miners are struggling to secure funding for projects, listing on a stock exchange may offer opportunities for these companies to raise capital and grow their... 

It is essential to be on the lookout for loose bolts and nuts when servicing equipment or carrying out routine maintenance to prioritise safety and reduce downtime

Indicator paste takes care of nuts and bolts in mining

28th June 2019

There is significant interest from the local mining community in bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International’s (BI’s) Dykem cross-check torque seal, and company sales at BI branches... 

Lubricants company expects growth in mining segments

28th June 2019

Certain segments of the mining sector that have traditionally provided most of the impetus for players in the mining lubricants industry have declined significantly, but lubricants specialist FUCHS... 

Cummins Filtration launched the Fleetguard portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit earlier this year

Fuel analysis kit can reduce costs for mines

28th June 2019

Filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration’s new Fleetguard portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit can reduce mining companies’ total cost of ownership for equipment using modern... 

Afritech Equipment Solutions offer clients on-site turnkey equipment and consumable solutions

Welding industry shows steady growth and stability

21st June 2019

The welding industry is more stable, compared with other industries, such as civil engineering and construction, says mainstream industrial plant and equipment rental company Afritech Equipment... 

Unique Welding Alloys is actively educating its clients about the risks it faces as well as the solutions it employs to ensure their health and safety

Industry needs to ‘normalise’ to foster growth

21st June 2019

The local gas and welding industry is still a reflection of what it was about 20 years ago and the industry is using less than 20% of the productive economy, which subsequently inhibits growth and... 

The Milwaukee M18 FMCS metal-cutting saw uses a Powerstate brushless motor, which improves the motor life of the tool by up to ten times that of the competition

Unique cutting tool enhancing SA projects

21st June 2019

Construction products and fastener distributor Upat, which exclusively distributes power tools manufacturer Milwaukee power tool products in Southern Africa, is supplying the Milwaukee M18 FMCS... 

There is a shortage of welding industry professionals and a need for highly-skilled individuals

Welding industry still offers viable opportunities

21st June 2019

Owing to minimal project work being undertaken in the private and public sectors, many companies involved in welding activities are reliant on maintenance projects, says nonprofit technical... 

Terrapinn is expecting 250 exhibitors at Africa Rail

Event will address challenges facing African rail industries

14th June 2019

Several challenges face Africa’s rail industries, and global events company Terrapinn will host the twenty-second annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference, which aims to tackle these... 

Etion Digitise’s integrated system display serves as a human-machine interface for other systems in the train

Technology integration crucial

14th June 2019

Digital technology solutions provider Etion Digitise CE Koketso Seripe is set to deliver a presentation at the Africa Rail exhibition and conference, which will be held at the Sandton Convention... 

The Railroad Association of South Africa works to promote and protect the interests of its members and the rail industry

Government departments need to align to revive industry – RRA

14th June 2019

There is no alignment in terms of the objectives of the local rail industry, and the country lacks a united vision, says the Railroad Association of South Africa (RRA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo. Currently,... 

CRITICAL STEP Once financing discussions for Ancuabe are complete, Triton Minerals expects to start design work, mobilisation to site and construction

Ancuabe expected to deliver first graphite in 2020

7th June 2019

Graphite developer Triton Minerals aims to start full construction of its Ancuabe graphite project, in the Cabo Delgado region of northern Mozambique, in the third quarter of this year and, subject... 

Multotec supports its products and regularly communicates with and visits clients

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz

7th June 2019

Minerals processing specialist Multotec boasts an entrenched presence in Mozambique, having operated in the country’s mining sector for more than 15 years, and Multotec Mozambique regional manager... 

Our focus for this year is for consistency and stability through methodical continuation of production volume increase

Market growth supports Moz graphite project reaching full production

7th June 2019

Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources’ base case demand view provides natural graphite market growth of about 270 000 t in the next three years from about 750 000 t at the... 

The Mutamba project is one of the largest undeveloped mineral sands accumulations in the world

Company awaits mining lease approval

7th June 2019

Diversified resources company Savannah Resources is eagerly awaiting the last outstanding mining lease approval for the Mutamba heavy mineral sands joint venture (JV) project, in the Gaza and... 

Aury Africa to open an office in Mozambique

7th June 2019

Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa will open an office in Tete, Mozambique, by the third quarter this year. Aury Africa director Sydney Parkhouse says all... 

A-OSH Expo will feature exhibitors that offer tailor-made products and services for the mining industry

A-OSH Expo will showcase latest innovations and technology

17th May 2019

The ninth edition of Africa’s leading occupational health and safety expo – A-OSH Expo – will provide the ideal platform for companies to demonstrate the latest innovations and technologies from... 

Protecting workers is the right thing to do

More efficient health and safety management in mining holds much promise

17th May 2019

The mining sector is often a risky environment in which to work, making health and safety a major focus, and much has to be done to ensure that it is managed more efficiently in the industry, says... 

WorksiteVR Quest is a three-dimensional computer generated environment

Technological advancements improve health and safety

17th May 2019

Global advancements in mine automation, remote monitoring, control technologies and improvements to equipment operator interfaces have created many new opportunities for mining companies to improve... 

The Flir Saros camera was introduced to the international market in November last year

Visual security can curb illegal mining

17th May 2019

The right visual security components can assist in securing mining properties to prevent illegal miners from gaining entry, says video surveillance specialist Graphic Image Technologies (GIT)... 

I-CAT has completed 17 dust suppression projects in Africa in the past three months

I-CAT finalises dust management project in Guinea

17th May 2019

Environmental consultancy and product developer I-CAT finalised a dust management project on a bauxite mine – a first for the company – in Guinea last month. “This is a different ore than what we... 

It is important for Managed Integrity Evaluation to understand its clients’ requirements and specifications to put together a complete solution for them

Qualification verification key aspect in mining

17th May 2019

Given the high risk of the mining environment, companies should ensure that their employees are correctly qualified to meet their job requirements, says background screening and vetting specialists... 

Central plant optimisation software can constantly and consistently maximise the efficiency and performance of an entire central chilled water plant

Company is driving acceptance of central plant optimisation

10th May 2019

Central plant optimisation (CPO) is at this point relatively new to the South African market and not widely accepted, but multinational diversified technology and industrial leader Johnson... 

ISO 50001 helps companies reduce their environmental impact to meet emissions reduction targets

Industry not fully maximising benefits presented by ISO 50001

10th May 2019

South African industries have not yet fully maximised the enormous benefits that the ISO 50001 standard presents for them, says National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) project... 

BUILDING SOLUTIONS EcoStruxure Power enables building owners and managers to track energy use and the potential for energy savings

Solution assists in energy optimisation

10th May 2019

Energy management multinational Schneider Electric’s digital energy management system EcoStruxure Power can help organisations to improve their efficiency and uptime. The system assists clients... 

Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

Africa gains traction as trade destination

3rd May 2019

Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says... 

Agile Capital is actively looking to invest in new opportunities in Africa

Urbanisation prompts investment opportunities

3rd May 2019

Urbanisation in Africa will increase significantly, compared with the rest of the world, and this will result in several significant investment opportunities, says fully black-owned private equity... 

TGOOD’s electrical houses are built according to clients’ specifications

Energy solutions provider aims for Africa expansion

3rd May 2019

Electrical house (eHouse) solutions and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure provider TGOOD Africa is expanding its business into Africa and aims to establish offices in Mozambique,... 

Last year, ADA Consulting Engineers completed work for the extension of the Airport Junction shopping centre, in Gaborone

Firm well-positioned for business in Botswana and Africa

3rd May 2019

The working environment in Botswana is stable, and civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting Engineers welcomes the country’s focus on infrastructure development, which the company is... 

Listing on an exchange is critical and gives companies some credibility

Capital markets in Africa are evolving

3rd May 2019

Africa’s financial and capital markets are on a “path of evolution” and this is impacting on foreign investment and competition on the continent, says exchange trading platform 4 Africa Exchange... 

SRK Consulting acknowledges the growing value of Big Data and technology-focused expertise

Consulting could play an increasingly important role in SA

26th April 2019

While the local mining industry is shrinking, this is not necessarily the case for the mining consulting industry, as the role of mining consulting firms has evolved in response to changes in the... 

Stakeholders must remain hopeful that the mining industry can be resuscitated

Improvement in mining industry will manifest only in time

26th April 2019

There have been positive developments in local mining, such as the significant improvement in the relationship between government and industry stakeholders, says industry body Consulting Engineers... 

Magnitech’s products can be found in factories, power stations and mines

Qualified lighting experts crucial for mining operations

26th April 2019

The importance for mines to consult on lighting requirements with lighting experts that are recognised by the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA) cannot be overstated, says... 

From a consulting engineering and project management point of view, mine safety is a key focus area and a business imperative

Consulting engineers face volatility, lack of opportunities

26th April 2019

The volatility of the local mining industry, particularly in terms of Mining Charter III, coupled with political uncertainty and unstable power supply, is directly impacting on consulting engineers... 

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