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Mc'Kyla Nortje

Mc'Kyla Nortje is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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PEM ELECTROLYSER The new generators are integrating the 1.25 MW PEM cell stack

New PEM generators launched

9th April 2021

Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen launched the MC250 and MC500 containerised large-scale proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers. The PEM electrolysers represent... 

RICHARD FRASER It is advisable to run generators at least twice a month for half an hour to keep them in a good working condition

Maintenance knowledge key in generator functionality

9th April 2021

Customers should be made aware about the care and maintenance required to keep a generator in good working order, and the type of generator most suited to their needs, says construction equipment... 

The new HGY-25, available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz, is powered by natural gas, delivering 28 kVA of continuous operation power

New gensets developed

9th April 2021

Vertical manufacturer HIMOINSA developed a gas-powered generator set with maintenance periods that stretch for up to 10 000 hours, or 14 months of continuous work, highlights HIMOINSA Southern... 

SRK Ghana is at the phase where young engineers will be drawn into multidisciplinary projects

Industry changes support trend towards sustainable mining

2nd April 2021

There have been several changes globally as well as in West Africa’s mining industry, with the industry steadily embracing a more sustainable approach to mining, highlights SRK associate partner... 

West Africa, and its institutions, such as the Economic Community of West African States, will need to continue relying on the cooperative, regional approach that has resulted in substantial benefits

Investment hindered by illegal mining, other challenges

2nd April 2021

While Ghana has benefited from significant long-term investment, it has also faced significant challenges over the years, the most notable being the significant and justifiable concerns regarding... 

The discovery of abundant reserves of bauxite has attracted interest and the discussion highlights provisions of the regulations that will ensure that the exploration is beneficial to the people of Ghana

Ghana promotes local content after discovery

2nd April 2021

Ghana’s Parliament passed into law the Minerals and Mining Local Content and Local Participation Regulations in December 2020, which is timely following the drive to industrialise the country’s... 

Mofokeng believes that the opportunity to be trained as a drill rig operator for Rosond presented new opportunities for her and other women who are yet to be appointed

Initiatives have increased women’s participation

19th March 2021

Drilling contractor Rosond drill rig operator Veronica Mofokeng highlights that, through continuous encouragement from government and the private sector, industries in all sectors – especially... 

DRILL TIME A Boart Longyear electrohydraulic drill rig will be used for the exploration programme

Diamond mine’s 5 000 m drill programme under way

19th March 2021

Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling was appointed to explore the Kimberlite country rock contacts underground at a Limpopo-based diamond mine in January, with the programme scheduled for... 

NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size

Range presents various benefits, longer life span

5th March 2021

Engineering components provider BMG’s range of high-performance NSK spherical roller bearings is perfectly suited to operate in demanding environments, including foundries, forges and die-casting... 

Apprentice programmes provide good entry-level education, as well as crucial on-the-job training and experience

Workplace-based learning programmes to address skills shortages

26th February 2021

Business development service ProudAfrique Human Capital has partnered with the University of Johannesburg’s training hub, Resolution Circle, to provide focused workplace-based learning programmes... 

SIG’s packaging materials will come from certified responsible sources by 2030, which will make its packaging solutions the most sustainable on the market

Sustainability becomes new trend

26th February 2021

The increased awareness around sustainable packaging has led to consumers being more conscious about their purchasing decisions and shopping choices, highlights carton packaging systems and... 

Waste management plan holds industry accountable

26th February 2021

Plastic industry body Plastics SA and packaging industry body Packaging SA have welcomed the new Section 18 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) plan introduced by Environment, Forestry and... 

Mining industry will grapple with the Covid-19 measures for some time, and notes that they have largely been normalised as part of mines’ work processes

Namibia suspends new mining right applications

19th February 2021

The Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will not consider or process new applications for mineral rights from November 18, 2020, to August 17, 2021,  the ministry said in a statement last... 

The company assist several mining clients with water and waste management design for greenfield operations, as well as expansion plans for existing mines

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use

19th February 2021

Namibia is a water-scarce country in most areas; therefore, minimising water consumption in ore processing is a focus area, especially for tailings disposal, which can account for over 50% of all... 

Radiation Safety Working Group inspecting final product transport at the Husab Mine

Uranium industry awaits price increase

19th February 2021

Despite the prolonged period of low uranium prices, wrought by the Fukushima tsunami and the subsequent oversupply caused by the shutdowns of nuclear power plants, the Namibian uranium sector,... 

Cavitation causes wear and tear and sometimes serious damage

Pump maintenance vital to minimise water leaks

29th January 2021

As one pump can spill up to 8 820 kℓ of water a year, saving water is coming to the fore as one of the most important aspects of mining and the granting of mining permits and licences, highlights... 

The units are manufactured locally and offer an “ideal solution” for cleaning sewer lines, as well as water sandblasting and pressure cleaning

Company’s pump systems an ‘ideal solution’

29th January 2021

High-pressure jetting equipment specialist Werner Pumps continuously supplies systems, such as power jetting pump systems, to several gold mines in South Africa. These systems include the trolley-... 

COATED AND COVERED The impellers on the pumps are coated and highly durable, making them able to withstand corrosive materials, to a point

Supplier extends range, suitable for various sectors

29th January 2021

Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has introduced two robust and durable pump ranges suitable for use in a variety of applications, including within the mining sector.... 

The chamber will foster relations between members and their counterparts as well as develop a platform of companies providing goods and services

Chamber motivates for local participation

15th January 2021

With the current liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way in Mozambique, Mozambique Oil and Gas Chamber executive chairman Florival Mucave notes that government needs to ensure that there are... 

Foreign companies that want to work on the project must value local partnership

Staying local pivotal for Mozambique LNG project

15th January 2021

Local content and employment are integral to one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way on the continent, says petroleum refining company Total Mozambique country chair Ronan... 

The range was designed to produce a competitively priced, versatile and modular genset that is fast and easy to install

Genset range equipped with built-in automatic transfer switch panel

4th December 2020

In response to market requirements for a stationary quality genset (generator set), power solutions provider HIMOINSA launched the new HS stationary genset range in October.   HIMOINSA Southern... 

Although cost and environmental factors do play key roles in the decision-making process, reliability and power supply consistency will always be central

Generators still in high demand

4th December 2020

With unreliable electricity and peaking electricity prices still posing major challenges in South Africa, generators continue to be in demand, says power generation provider Aggreko area GM Riaan... 

FRESH AIR The Titan 
Power Breather is a high flow breather which is perfect for tank farms and large flow applications

Range of solutions ensures clean fluids

27th November 2020

Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Fluid Technology division’s filtration solutions comprise a range of fluid power components and systems. These solutions are supported by the team’s broad... 

Fleetguard NanoNet fuel filters features NanoNet media, that are specifically designed for the higher pressures and tighter tolerances of an MCRS engine

Continuous R&D and filter trials ensure efficiency

27th November 2020

Filtration manufacturer Cummins Filtration continuously works with its parent company global engine supplier Cummins to ensure that it conducts product research and development (R&D) in conjunction... 

 The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

20th November 2020

The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were... 

When the industry becomes more satisfied with this approach to building, and realises the cost benefits of IBT, the uptake of IBT in construction will increase

IBT construction reduces cost, time

20th November 2020

Student accommodation group STAG African says it can reduce construction time and costs for student accommodation using innovative building technology (IBT) – a first for Africa. “By using such... 

Futurecon plans to keep expanding the use of LSF in the large-scale commercial sector

Increased use of light steel frame

20th November 2020

There is a significant increase in the use of light steel frame (LSF) in construction – despite it still being a relatively new building material in the South African market. This increase is... 

The current revamp project focused primarily on enhancing the repeatability and furthering the development of the welding parameters

Digitalised process takes pipe welding to next level

6th November 2020

Japanese steel manufacturer JFE Steel Corporation has produced the first pipe at its Fukuyama Works in Japan after the successful revamp of its submerged arc welding stands by metallurgical plant... 

SYMBIOTIC RELATIONS By working closely with OEMs, mines ensure that the appropriate fleet and technology are selected for each operation

Autonomous mining vehicles to improve efficiency, reduce cost

30th October 2020

Using artificial intelligence and robotic mining systems – such as autonomous vehicles – in the mining sector is an interesting development that could have a significant impact on mine efficiency... 

The correct application of technology and experience also enables Master Drilling to break new ground

App boosts company performance

30th October 2020

Providing advanced and effective drilling solutions and services across geographies and sectors sets South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling apart from its competitors, says Master... 

Combismile is created using only the paperboard made of pulp from trees from Forest Stewardship Council- (FSC-) certified, making it therefore, among the most environment-friendly packaging solutions

On-the-go packed juice sets new trends

16th October 2020

Aseptic packaging provider SIG Combibloc Obeikan – headquartered in Dubai – has set a new trend to conveniently consume on-the-go packed juice, says SIG Combibloc Obeikan marketing and business... 

Company develops packaging solution that is plastic-free and made from recycled wine bottles

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging

16th October 2020

The growth of the e-commerce industry has led to demand for protective and branded packaging, says sustainable packaging solutions provider Mielie Mailer cofounder and MD Trent Pike. Unlike... 

The OMC-V2000 machine is indicative of FROMM’s innovative approach to ensuring the highest possible level of product protection and load securing

Acquisition expands provider’s range of wrapping solutions

16th October 2020

Acquiring Finnish stretch-wrapping machine manufacturer Octomeca in 2018 has allowed Switzerland-based packaging supplier FROMM Packaging Systems to expand its product offering to the packaging... 

The Dodge ISN mounted spherical roller bearing features a patented integral adapter mounting and removal system, making it easy to install and remove without damaging the shaft

Power transmission solutions boost productivity, profit

9th October 2020

Power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB’s Dodge line of bearings, gearing and power transmission components have helped customers in numerous industries to increase the... 

The C2000 series AC motor drives provide the most efficient solutions for all drive applications

Supplier stocks diverse range of drives

9th October 2020

Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) caters for a variety of industries through its extensive range of drives. EM product manager William Cameron... 

INVESTOR CONVIDENCE The primary concerns for investors in Zambia are the complexities surrounding mining law, constrained infrastructure, as well as unreliable electricity supply

Complex legislation may hinder investment

11th September 2020

Despite the Zambian government’s programme to diversify the economy – into such sectors as tourism and agriculture – the mining and natural resources sector, particularly the copper mines, remain... 

MICHAEL PHIRI Should the Covid-19 pandemic continue into 2021/22, a different marketing strategy using information technology solutions would need to be adopted

Pandemic puts strain on Zambian mining sector

11th September 2020

Amid the challenges facing the Zambian mining industry, partially because of Covid-19, government has committed to waiving penalties and interest on the late payment of taxes, explains advisory... 

Opportunities for establishing local mining supply chains are very limited because of the limited number of industry players

Zambia should capitalise on future copper prices, says chamber

11th September 2020

As copper is a major component in electric vehicles (EVs), the expected boom in the EVs market should significantly increase copper demand, with EV copper consumption expected to increase by... 

Gender diversity needed in industry

28th August 2020

Even though the equipment rental and construction sector is still male-dominated, the landscape is changing, says compressor and generator supplier Rand-Air GM Kim Coetzee. “. . . about 48% of this... 

Opportunities for women in demolition

28th August 2020

The nature of the work of demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition can easily be perceived as male-dominated, but there are work opportunities for women in the industry, says executive director... 

Water mist tech sparks industry interest

Water mist tech sparks industry interest

21st August 2020

The use of water mist fire-suppression technologies has been increasing as more land-based applications have been identified and the benefits of such technologies are being realised by industry... 

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