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EXPLOSIVES SOLUTIONS MAXAM helps customers optimise their drilling and blasting operations, bringing transparency, cost control and improved rock output

Growing explosives sales in a declining market

19th October 2018

Although rising mineral production costs have led to declining competitiveness for the South African mining industry, which has negatively affected the sale of explosives materials company MAXAM... 


CTC sees increase in surface explosives

19th October 2018

Mpumalanga-based training college Colliery Training College (CTC) has noted an increase in enrolments for surface explosives courses, while the number of enrolments for courses pertaining to... 


COMMON GROUND
The future of the Tanzanian mining industry relies on finding common ground between investors and the government

Graphex positive common ground to be found

12th October 2018

Australian mineral exploration and development company Graphex Mining submitted a 200-page document to the Tanzanian Ministry of Minerals earlier this month. The submission contains recommendations... 


ERIC ZURRIN 
The changes in mining legislation prompted Shanta Gold to streamline some of its procedures and increase cash flow

Shanta looking to positive future in Tanzania

12th October 2018

Amid recent changes to Tanzanian mining legislation that has emphasised localisation, Guernsey-based East Africa gold producer Shanta Gold remains optimistic about its future mining prospects in... 


TARIFF SEE-SAW 
US tariffs have had a positive and negative effect on aluminium profit margins

Record-high margins for aluminium sales

28th September 2018

Johannesburg-based precision water-cutting and -profiling company AquaJet Profiles noted record-high aluminium sales profit margins earlier this year, owing to the sanctions placed on Russian... 


DESIGN VERSATILITY
The aluminium composite material panels allow for versatile facade designs

Company diversifies aluminium offering

28th September 2018

Aluminium composite cladding / material (ACP or ACM) is widely used on building facades internationally, and although very much in its infancy in South Africa, it is slowly gaining traction. It is... 


MPHO PHALOANE
Many new applicants lack a proper understanding of accreditation requirements.

Increased demand for accredited inspection services

14th September 2018

Over the past three years, there has been a significant increase in demand for accreditation in inspection programmes services, such as those provided by conformity assessment bodies (CABs), across... 


ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Oil refineries need to take steps to reduce their environmental impact to pacify investors

Investment affected by environmental impact compliance

7th September 2018

South African oil refineries need to be aware of their impact on the environment to comply with changing legislation and to further investment opportunities, states Norton Rose Fulbright insurance... 


LOCAL REFINERIES 
South African oil refineries face two main challenges

S African refineries pulled in two

7th September 2018

Local oil refineries will find it difficult to adjust to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) new sulphur cap of 0.5% by 2020 for residual marine fuels, and the Clean Fuels Two... 


WATER WISE 
Mintek recently showcased its water rehabilitation technologies

Mintek showcases developed water rehabilitation technologies

31st August 2018

South African research and development company, Mintek, showcased the Savmin, NICMembrane, biological sulphate reduction and MetRIX technologies on 14 to 16 March. They use different methods to... 


CHRIS DAVISON 
Service, warranty and maintenance are all part of the Himoinsa package

Backup power to ensure safety, continuous production

24th August 2018

There has been increased interest in the generator sets of Himoinsa Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Spain-based power solutions provider Himoinsa. This is a good sign from the mines, as it... 


GREG AUSTIN
Redeployable solar power solutions can be reused, justifying investment in multiple applications on mines

Rising oil prices fuelling renewables

24th August 2018

The key drivers of an increased uptake of renewable and alternative energy sources by mines in Africa are an increasing oil price and the steadily decreasing price of renewable technologies, claims... 


RENEWABLE PROLIFERATION
Renewable-energy sources could transform electricity supply for mines in Africa

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels

24th August 2018

Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for... 


IMPROVING PERFORMANCE
CYBERMINE WX targets operator performance and unsafe practices to improve safety and efficiency in mines

Software platform boosts operator performance

17th August 2018

Durban-based global supplier of surface and underground mining simulators ThoroughTec Simulation developed the CYBERMINE WX platform that monitors operator performance and provides targeted... 


FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE
Axis House develops specifically designed chemical reagents

Laboratory to expand services, product range

17th August 2018

Sandton-based chemical reagents supplier and distributor, Axis House, plans to considerably expand its metallurgical laboratory in the Western Cape, as well as its laboratory services and product... 


COMMITTED TO AFRICA Vedanta Resources has invested significant capital in Africa

Miner looks to meet Southern Africa’s zinc deficit

17th August 2018

While the zinc industry is poised to have a structural deficit until 2022, diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) is well positioned to meet the needs of South... 


ROAD TO RECOVERY 
Drought stricken regions in South Africa need three years of significant rainfall to recover

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

10th August 2018

Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says... 


CERTAINTY NEEDED 
Farmers are positive about recent rains in the Western Cape, but more rain is needed to sustain recovery efforts

W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector

10th August 2018

The Western Cape provincial government is focusing on creating certainty for the agriculture industry by trying to ensure that farmers can continue farming and save jobs by requesting an increase... 


WATER CONSERVATION 
The Tree Hog can reduce water consumption by up to 70%

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%

10th August 2018

Louirrigate’s micro drip irrigation system, Tree Hog, can reduce farmers’ water use by up to 70% in orchards, and save up to 70% of energy costs, claims Tree Hog designer and Louirrigate owner... 


BIOPHARMING POTENTIAL 
Maize, potato, and tobacco plants can be used in biopharming

South Africa has significant potential for biopharming, bio economy

10th August 2018

Judging by the number of patent applications filed for biopharming inventions by local universities, research councils and science councils, there is significant potential for South Africa to... 


PEST ARMY 
The invasion of the fall armyworm is threatening the food security of 300-million people in Africa

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

10th August 2018

The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to... 


TSHILIDZI LUTSINGE 
Keabetswe Beverly Sehoole and Nokubonga Lady-Peace Nxumalo will receive funding from the AECOM Educational Trust this year

AECOM focused on funding STEM education for women

27th July 2018

This year, integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM’s Educational Trust received more that 4 000 applications for bursaries for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degrees from... 


Conference to address shortage of STEM graduates

27th July 2018

The second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference and Career Expo will aim to address a shortage of technically skilled STEM graduates in South Africa. The... 


Blended learning can improve maths, science results

27th July 2018

Blended learning, a combination of traditional classroom learning and online learning, can assist South African high school and university students in understanding complex formulas in mathematics... 


ARTISAN TRAINING
The two new training centres aim to combat the dearth of artisan skills in South Africa

Sappi to combat artisan skills dearth with two new centres

27th July 2018

To ensure an adequate supply of skilled labour and artisans, pulp and paper company Sappi has opened training centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Sappi opened a training centre at its Saiccor... 


GRADUATE PROGRAMME
Of the 16 graduates accepted this year, only one is male

Graduate programme ensures pipeline of new talent

27th July 2018

Sixteen graduates have been accepted into Southern African Caterpillar dealer Barloworld Equipment’s two-year graduate programme this year, during which time they will gain industry knowledge and... 


SIPHO MDANDA 
Anderson & Kerr Engineering is working towards becoming a world class manufacturer

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets

20th July 2018

Following Germiston-based investment company iSipho Capital Holdings’ acquisition of 90% of Boksburg-based hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer Anderson & Kerr Engineering in 2017, the hydraulic... 


INVESTMENT POTENTIAL 
West Africa holds potential for further investment, as indicated by the results of the Investment Battlefield at the Investing in African Mining Indaba

West African mining industry shows strong growth potential

13th July 2018

The crowning of two West African mining projects as the winner and the runner-up of Investment Battlefield at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in February this year, indicates strong... 


Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits

13th July 2018

Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains... 


EMMERSON MNANGAGWA 
The new Zimbabwe government is taking steps to attract investment in the country

Zimbabwe has skills, natural resources to support increasing investment

13th July 2018

Zimbabwe has adequate skilled and unskilled labour to support increasing investment and the expansion of mining operations, claims mining, exploration and development company Caledonia Mining.... 


Artisanal mining, geopolitical milieu remain challenges

13th July 2018

Artisanal mining in West Africa, as well as an unstable geopolitical environment, remain core challenges to mining investment in the area, states Western Australia-based project developer Sarama... 


Asanko focusing on Esaase development to expand production

13th July 2018

As part of its near-term organic growth strategy, Canadian junior gold producer Asanko Gold is focusing on expanding production at the Asanko Gold Mine (AGM) in Ghana, with the development of the... 


NEW TECHNOLOGY
African mines can implement the Internet of Things to improve efficiencies and increase their competitiveness

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness

13th July 2018

Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating “a huge wave” in Africa, as smart connected devices are being deployed at mines, there is further potential for smart devices and IoT to positively... 


MICHAEL ADE 
The local steel industry should look to new markets in the rest of Africa, given existing logistics constraints to servicing external markets

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry

6th July 2018

Following its initial forecast of a 1.1% expansion of the metals and engineering cluster at the beginning of the year, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa)... 


ANDREW VAN GOOL
Fabcon Steel will focus on innovation, with its new division focused on specialised products

New division to focus on diversification, innovation

6th July 2018

Midvaal-based structural and reinforcing steel supply company Fabcon Steel is developing a new engineering division to diversify into different market segments. The company provides turnkey... 


OPTION B 
B grade steel can be a cost-saving method for non-essential construction

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident

6th July 2018

The growth of various economies in Africa and the reliance on agriculture, means there will be a growing market for B grade steel for use in agriculture equipment, fencing and security in addition... 


WARNE RIPPON
Slow and steady is the name of the game for the future of the steel industry

Africa expansion can boost local industry growth

6th July 2018

With South Africa being under new leadership since Cyril Ramaphosa became president, Alberton-based steel supplier and value-added processing company Allied Steelrode executive director Warne... 


WELD FREE 
The Hilti X-HVB shear connector system does not require welding

Alternative solution for composite construction

6th July 2018

Construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa’s Hilti X-HVB system – an alternative composite deck shear connector – makes composite construction more convenient and cost effective, says Hilti... 


EXPANDING RANGE 
Bell Equipment is extending its excavator range with the addition of new Kobelco excavators

Bell Equipment extends excavator range, Kobelco partnership

6th July 2018

South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment is expanding its partnership with Japanese excavator specialist Kobelco Construction Machinery (Kobelco) with a range of... 


ANDREW POOLE 
Automation relies on consumer confidence to make technology investment, even in tough markets

Automation, technology integral to competitiveness

6th July 2018

Benrose-based cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut believes it has a role to play in educating the downstream steel industry on the possibilities offered by new... 


KAMAZ TRUCKS
The Kamaz tipper trucks were formally introduced to the South African market at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership

22nd June 2018

South African materials handling equipment supplier Bell Equipment has entered the Southern Africa tipper truck market through a partnership with Russian heavy duty truck manufacturer Kamaz. The... 


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