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Melissa Zisengwe

Melissa Zisengwe

Melissa Zisengwe is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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FireDos trailer system was specifically designed by the Sasol Sasolburg Emergency Management Engineering Team to meet its facility’s requirements and challenges

Refinery receives new fire protection trailer system

26th October 2018

For three consecutive years, fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech and Germany-based dosing technology company FireDos have supplied the latest portable foam fire-protection system to... 

EQUIPPED FACTORY Zyteq’s detection products are manufactured in the company’s own ISO9001-certified factory, in Cape Town

Local company launches new fire-detection range

24th August 2018

Fire-detection manufacturer Zyteq Fire launched a locally designed and manufactured range of conventional fire-detection products at security and fire trade exhibition Securex in Johannesburg in... 

FIRE-PROTECTION A typical transformer detection medium will be a hydraulic pilot line with fast response sprinkler heads

Local company offers transformer fire-protection solutions

24th August 2018

Industrial fires cause damage of about R430-million a year. Transformer fires are disruptive, dangerous and may cause loss of life. Depending on the severity of the fire the likelihood of... 

Company gets new foam-dosing trailer system

24th August 2018

For three consecutive years, fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech and Germany-based dosing technology company FireDos have supplied the latest portable foam fire-protection system to an... 

NEW PRODUCT The plastic pallets were manufactured in South Africa

Local company to introduce new plastic pallets

17th August 2018

Plastic pallets distributer, Premier Pallets will introduce new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pallets to the market next month. Premier Pallets owner Tilania du Preez says the pallets were... 

NEW REGULATION Companies are now required to declare their cargo conveyed to South Africa 24 hours prior to transportation

New regulation increases interest in local industry

17th August 2018

The logistics industry will be boosted by the New Customs Acts Programme (NCAP), which was formally introduced this year, says working capital specialists Investec Import Solutions customs manager... 

RIAAN GRAHAM says all property owners and tenants now expect functional and reliable Internet connection

Internet connectivity increases property value

3rd August 2018

Bundling WiFi connectivity is a commercial and industrial property value-proposition, which attracts potential buyers and boosts property value, says wireless networking company Ruckus Networks.... 

 	A UNIQUE CHALLENGE The project was a major challenge from a structural and architectural point of view

Unique design solution for 92 Rivonia Road project

3rd August 2018

Formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI South Africa was able to supply a unique design solution for the challenging 92 Rivonia Road mixed-use development. This allowed main contractor WBHO to... 

PIPPA BROWN Energy Council Africa director speaking at the Energy Council event in May

Natural gas vital for S Africa’s energy security

27th July 2018

The energy sector’s global and inclusive forum for engagement, the Energy Council, believes that South Africa’s Gas-to-Power programme is vital to ensuring energy security for the country.... 

NIALL KRAMER The gas industry has the potential to grow and catalytically influence our economy

Limited gas exploration affects South Africa’s energy mix

27th July 2018

Gas could soon become an important element in the South African energy mix, despite the amount of gas used currently being very low, with limited imports and exploration activities, says South... 

MARTIN MKHABELA The Integrated Resource Plan forecasts South Africa’s long-term electricity demand

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

27th July 2018

One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa... 

MINE READY AfriSam processes and systems ensure high quality consistent readymix concrete products

AfriSam offers ‘mine-ready’ concrete, technical expertise

20th July 2018

As many built structures in the mining environment require the use of aggregates, cement and concrete, leading construction materials supplier AfriSam can collaborate with contractors and mines to... 

PROJECT OFFTAKE The Matla project is expected to start in September this year

Construction project boosts services demand

20th July 2018

Multidisciplinary engineering service provider TDS Projects Construction has secured an integrated construction project, which has significantly boosted the company’s order book and the demand for... 

FIRST SALE Goscor Earthmoving Equipment has clinched its first sale of a SY750 excavator to a local major coal-mining company

Manufacturer to launch new excavator

6th July 2018

Heavy machinery manufacturer SANY will launch the new 75 t SY750 excavator this month for the local mining industry, having first launched the excavator onto the global market in 2017. According to... 

JAN VENTER Pipes form part of the infrastructure; therefore, they are essential to the development of the country

Association takes firm stance on quality of products

29th June 2018

The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is taking a “no-nonsense, uncompromising” stance on the quality of pipes that are manufactured by Sappma members. The... 

Dragline hose can be manufactured to a custom length

Local company diversifies its product offering

29th June 2018

Following the slump in the mining industry, hose manufacturer Astore Keymak has diversified its range of hoses for application in the industrial and agriculture sector. “The company has always... 

LOCAL PROGRESS The company has also introduced its fleet of trucks for the local market

Inkulu Plastics expands offerings and services

29th June 2018

Gas pipes provider Inkulu Plastics now offers the South African market a range of small-, medium- and large-bore high-density polyethylene (HDPE) gas pipes of between 16 mm and 630 mm in diameter.... 

ENERGY TRANSITION Solar power could transform the South African energy sector

Two approaches for energy transformation in South Africa

22nd June 2018

Solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South Africa says it wants to be part of the transformation of the energy system in South Africa using two approaches. One... 

MARKET POTENTIAL The German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association says there is a demand for food technology in South Africa

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry

22nd June 2018

Last month, the German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association held a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a delegation of 13 high-profile and diversified member companies... 

SUGAR MILLING Hosokawa introduced the Sugarplex sugar grinding machine to the local African market at the German technology Symposium

German company looks to enter African markets

22nd June 2018

Technology developer Hosokawa Alpine Aktiengesellschaft plans to enter the South African market with Sugarplex – a sugar grinding machine for sugar milling companies in the food industry. The... 

NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

22nd June 2018

The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC,... 

FILLING THE GAP KHS expects its innovative product range to further strengthen local market share

Manufacturer showcases food & beverage processing technologies

22nd June 2018

Manufacturing company KHS South Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-based KHS GmbH, presented its technology and solutions to 90 local food and beverage companies at the German Technology Symposium,... 

ON TARGET The prefeasibility study assesses the Mutamba project’s potential development and the economic aspects

Resources company on target for PFS completion

8th June 2018

Diversified resources company Savannah Resources says the company is well on target to complete the Mutamba prefeasibility study (PFS) in early 2019, as stage one of the PFS is well advanced and... 

OPERATING STABILITY The Balama graphite project provides a long-term and consistent source of high-grade flake graphite

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential

8th June 2018

Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources says the Balama graphite project is the first major resources development in Mozambique for several years, with the company, along... 

GRAPHITE DEMAND Syrah Resources expects global demand to grow by 10% and reach about 780 000 t in 2018

Natural flake graphite market expected to move into a deficit around 2020

8th June 2018

Graphite miner Syrah Resources is expecting the global flake graphite market to remain in a state of small oversupply this year but to move into a deficit in the coming years, as the company... 

SIXTH EDITION The Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and 26

MMEC conference outlook indicative of state of mining industry

8th June 2018

The increase in international participation at the sixth edition of the Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference (MMEC) reflected the state of the Mozambique mining industry, which is... 

SUPPLY BOOST The Ncondezi project will supply 300 MW to the Mozambican grid, specifically into the northern grid, where power supply is unreliable

Energy company expects appropriate tariff from financial model review

8th June 2018

Emerging Mozambican power development company Ncondezi Energy says the positive preliminary results from updated proposals from the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), as well as... 

CORROSION MONITOR Swarm provides rapid response to wall thickness changes in pipes and vessels

JST to introduce Swarm in July

1st June 2018

Local corrosion control solution provider JST in association with Total Heating Solutions, or THS, will introduce Swarm, a new corrosion-monitoring system, to the South African market next month,... 

JEAN-PATRICK LEGER In applications, two surfaces rub and/or spin against each other causing friction and leading to wear

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges

1st June 2018

Last month, bearings and bushings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings chairperson Dr Jean-Patrick Leger presented a talk on the adventures and challenges in overcoming wear in different industries at... 

NEW PRODUCT HRCSA coating technology has been used in the US to prevent crevice corrosion

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion

1st June 2018

Companies and industries affected by corrosion should consider Afrisun’s High Ratio Calcium Sulfonate Alkyd (HRCSA) coating to mitigate the threat of corrosion at production plants in the metal-... 

SIGNIFICANT RESOURCE The Mmamabula coal mine contains more than 90-million tonnes of high-grade thermal coal

Maatla on track for coal project take-off

25th May 2018

Coal and energy company Maatla Energy remains on track to start site establishment and construction activities later this year, and production in 2019 at the company’s Mmamabula coal mine, in... 

SAMPLING SORTED Tsodilo Resources has completed processing of all the large diameter drilling samples through its dense media separation plant

Diamond evaluation sampling progressing at Botswana BK16 project

25th May 2018

Some 101 diamonds (18.57 cts), the largest of which was 1.38 ct, were recovered last month from the treatment of the first evaluation samples taken the BK16 kimberlite pipe, which forms part of the... 

NKULULEKO MHLABA As a result of the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana conference we now also have three pending transactions in Botswana

Botswana mining conference yielding opportunities

25th May 2018

Mining and engineering company Pan African Minerals says it attended the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana Conference, which was held in Gaborone from April 10 to 11, to create partnerships, networks... 

WHITE DIAMOND One of Lucara Diamonds’ exceptional diamonds

Lucara Diamond on track with diamond production

25th May 2018

Lucara Diamond Corp. is pleased with the progress and developments it has made during the year to date, with the company doing significant work in Botswana and remaining consistent in... 

ROB JEFFREY Nuclear energy would be a new industry for South Africa

Nuclear energy vital in building sustainable economy

11th May 2018

The adoption and implementation of nuclear energy would help the country reach its energy targets and build a sustainable economy, says independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey. “South... 

SECOND CONFERENCE The conference will be an interactive platform for the NNR to share regulatory information

NNR conference a key stakeholder platform for nuclear industry

11th May 2018

State-owned entity National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will host its second nuclear regulatory information conference at the Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre, Johannesburg, from May 16 to 18. The key... 

DES MULLER highlights the importance of making smart choices regarding Africa’s energy planning

Nuclear to shape future energy solutions

11th May 2018

Nuclear Energy is globally recognised as a valuable source of safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy, and when harmonised with Africa’s abundant thermal, renewable and hydro resources, a... 

THE OPTIWAY A low-power LED bulkhead luminaire that can be mounted on any structure

Latest LED luminaire range to be showcased at AUW

4th May 2018

Luminaires manufacturer BEKA Schréder will showcase its latest light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire range at African Utility Week (AUW), which will be held in Cape Town from May 15 to 17. The range... 

RICHARD OTOO Once people understand the economic value of water, willingness to pay for the long-run marginal cost of water may not be a problem

Company to address water investment and tech advances at AUW

4th May 2018

State-owned Ghana Water Company chief technology and innovation manager Richard Otoo will highlight the importance of water management as well as the impact of technology on a utility company in... 

SHANE PEREIRA AUW is an opportunity to meet companies and energy professionals in the African market

Local company targets mechanical tube cleaning opportunities at AUW

4th May 2018

South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services says the African Utility Week (AUW) is the ideal platform to introduce energy companies and utilities to... 

UTILITY CEOs About 40 CEOs from the continent are expected to attend the forum

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW

4th May 2018

CEOs from Africa will meet at the Pan-African Utility CEO Forum to discuss pertinent issues affecting the power, energy and water sectors. The Forum at African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from... 


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