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Mc'Kyla Nortje

Mc'Kyla Nortje

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

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Power tools innovation leads to industry growth

3rd April 2020 The power tools market is on the rise and there are “exciting trends and innovations’ emerging” in the industry, says power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus marketing manager Candice Knipe-Tlhotlhalemajoe. Some of these innovative trends include cordless power tools, battery switches and... 

Current prevention unable to mitigate explosions

13th March 2020 Explosion, fire and dust suppression system original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Explospot Systems MD Arend Späth warns that current prevention used in underground coal mines is not enough to mitigate all methane and gas explosions or related fires during mining operations. He adds that methane... 

Safety paramount at gold mine

13th March 2020 Gold mining company Harmony’s portfolio of operations is “a tribute to its commitment to complex underground mining in South Africa” and the most stringent of safety measures are required to offset the risks that accompany this complexity, the company stated in its safety fact sheet, that was... 

Blast software boosts productivity, reduces costs

13th March 2020 Commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems manufacturer Orica launched its SHOTPlus Underground solution, two months ago. SHOTPlus Underground is the company’s latest blast design and modelling software which specifically targets “advanced underground blast design” and “complex... 

Companies sign MoU for rail development on the continent

6th March 2020 Multilateral development finance bank African Export-Import Bank and local railway services company Thelo DB signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop, finance and operate railway projects in Africa. Thelo DB is an incorporated partnership between Thelo Ventures and Germany-based... 

South African rail manufacturing sector needs to reinvent itself

6th March 2020 Despite South Africa’s having a strong presence on the railway scene – claiming almost 30% of the continent’s kilometres and more than 60% of its rail freight – the country’s rail manufacturing sector has not leveraged this position to lead in the manufacturing of rolling stock on the continent,... 

Regulator plans to increase safety awareness

6th March 2020 Owing to various safety-related challenges that the South African rail industry has faced in the past year, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) plans to increase its safety awareness activities to mitigate the risk of operational occurrences. According to the ‘State of Safety’ report 2018/19, a... 

Need for change to address challenges in rail sector

6th March 2020 Despite the local rail industry in South Africa constituting a sizeable and critical portion of the economy, and being well developed, compared with the rest of Africa, the rail infrastructure is not properly maintained, says rail equipment manufacturer Evorail GM Daniel Tchengoue. “The biggest... 

Mines’ demand for hybrid energy increases

28th February 2020 As the mining industry is continuously striving for sustainable extraction – and with high electricity costs and environmental impact as key factors – power provider Aggreko has seen increased interest in its hybrid energy microgrids, says Aggreko Africa MD John Lewis. Since launching the... 

Gold strong despite dip in demand

28th February 2020 Despite gold demand declining by 1% to 4 335 t in 2019 – as reported by international association the World Gold Council (WGC) – central bank demand for gold and gold exchange traded fund (ETF) purchases remained strong, says WGC member and market relations director John Mulligan. Referencing the... 

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