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Khutso Maphatsoe

Khutso Maphatsoe

Khutso Maphatsoe is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Company’s project pipeline healthy despite Covid

9th April 2021 Despite Covid-19 presenting several challenges, mining advisory company Ukwazi has provided services for various mining projects over the past year. “We have completed projects at coal, platinum group metals and chrome mines, as well as projects for manganese and iron-ore operations in the... 

Industry’s appetite for automation, digitisation to increase

9th April 2021 It is expected that the services sector will continue to grow rapidly after Covid-19, as a result of the mining industry’s increased appetite for automation, digitisation and “all things Industry 4.0”, says University of Pretoria graduate school of technology management senior lecturer Dr Taryn... 

Company secures local fabrication contract

9th April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is ordering a bill of materials to begin fabrication for a contract that it secured in October 2020, under the leadership of Thos Begbie sales engineer Ethienne Erasmus. The contract is set for completion by June 2021. The company was invited to... 

Modular units serve projects countrywide

9th April 2021 Prefabricated and modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace has completed various mining civil infrastructure upgrades and has supplied buildings to over 40 mining clients in South Africa in the past year. Additionally, Kwikspace have manufactured, delivered and erected about 100 units for the... 

Manufacturer expands abrasive products range

2nd April 2021 German-owned abrasive products manufacturer PFERD South Africa is continuing with product line extensions for its coated and bonded abrasive products to meet market needs. This follows the manufacturer’s having noticed a steady shift in the market towards hand-held power tools that can improve... 

Toolkit caters for agriculture sector

2nd April 2021 Tools manufacturer Jonnesway’s customised Agri toolkit is a solution comprising tools that have been selected by farmers, for farmers. “The Jonnesway Agri toolkit has become a key offering under bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International’s agri-smart banner,” says Jonnesway... 

College introduces digital artisan training

2nd April 2021 In addition to the initial training of artisans, during which they are taught how to work with hand-held and power tools, artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC) has introduced Artisan 4.0 training. Although the need to carry and use physical tools will remain,... 

Dust control creates safer working conditions

2nd April 2021 Diamond tools and equipment manufacturer Diamond Products’ dust control attachments ensure that operators are no longer required to wear additional attachments or tools when using hand-held power tools. Dust control attachments are usually placed at specific parts of a hand-held and power tool to... 

Compressors are worth ‘their weight in gold’

12th March 2021 Rand-Air recently secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining industry; when underground compressors were required, Rand-Air met the customer’s specific requirements, explains Rand-Air sales consultant Marinda Enslin. She adds that Rand-Air was the only company then and now... 

Solar reduces reliance on grid, generators

12th March 2021 Solar energy equipment supplier Valsa Trading reports that the solar photovoltaic (PV) ground-mounted structures that it recently supplied to a large mine, in the Northern Cape, reduced the miner’s dependency on the local electricity utility in addition to making the mine eco-friendly. The... 

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