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Mamaili Mamaila

Mamaili Mamaila

By Mamaili Mamaila

SCHALK GROBBELAAR
South Africa is lagging in the current race

Mass timber has competitive building-material qualities

26th March 2021

As the construction industry is moving towards modular construction, University of Pretoria (UP) Graduate School of Technology Management senior lecturer Schalk Grobbelaar says mass timber is one... 


REPRIORITISATION 
The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s members had to reconsider aspects, such as staff deployment, the use of facilities and cost structures

Association hopeful despite challenging environment

26th February 2021

The stainless steel sector, similar to the rest of the local economy, was under pressure before the onset of Covid-19, says the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 


JABULILE MLAMBO 
Rio-Carb’s approach offered an environment-positive option to the mining, steel and cement industries

Company adopts ‘three Rs’ approach to reduce environmental impact

26th February 2021

Wear-resistant chromium carbide-clad liner plates manufacturer Rio-Carb has aligned itself with the ISO14001 environmental management system to benchmark its manufacturing processes by following... 


PIERRE GRATTON 
It is clear our industry has much more to do to eliminate racism, discrimination and sexism in all its forms

Association commits to supporting diversity, inclusion

12th February 2021

In December, the national organisation for the Canadian mining industry, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members, which include 45 of Canada’s leading mining companies, released a... 


GETTING THERE 
The NICO Project (pictured above) is a near shovel-ready, vertically integrated primary cobalt deposit with a 1.1-million-ounce in-situ gold co-product

Canada’s potential growth backed by non-traditional demand

12th February 2021

Canada is the second largest country in the world and has vast uninhabited regions with diverse geology, hosting one of the most prolific mineral endowments on the planet, says North American mine... 


GOVERNANCE GOALS 
Governments in Canada, particularly those provinces responsible for resource development, need to be more aligned with national objectives, priorities and policies

Challenges need to be met to further development

12th February 2021

While Canada’s mineral potential is well recognised, it has several challenges that need to be addressed to capitalise on the resource development opportunity, says North American mine developer... 


ALBIE VISSER 
The state of the global economy has been an important external factor, leading to weak commodity prices that weighed on mining pre-Covid. However, several commodities have recovered well in recent months.

Conducive environs offer lucrative prospects despite difficulties

29th January 2021

Many of Africa’s mineral deposits can deliver good yields to investors, even after the additional costs that are often incurred when operating in regions without sufficient infrastructure. 


ANDREW VAN ZYL 
The African mining sector will, similar to other regions, face uncertainty around supply and demand dynamics

Industry expected to shoulder heavy responsibility

29th January 2021

Much is expected of pioneer industries, such as mining, which often have to establish themselves and operate in environments that are less than ideal, lacking, for instance, in energy and transport... 


MARCIN WERTZ
As a conference that focuses on business networking, the Mining Indaba is certainly compromised by being limited to a virtual format

Technology presents opportunities for company, industry

29th January 2021

While it will always be important for people in the mining sector to interact regularly in a forum where they seek new business opportunities, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that virtual events... 


EXPANDED HORIZONS The mobile tunnel borer (pictured above) has expanded Master Drilling Group’s offering into rapid horizontal blind hole development using mechanised methods without blasting

Tech keeps MDG going despite Covid-19 pandemic

29th January 2021

South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling Group (MDG) has always been keen to get involved in the digitisation aspect of technology advancement in the mining industry, with 2020 having... 


MUSTAFA YESILYURT 
As long as there is demand for energy, there will be a need for some form of mineral extraction, with clear evidence pointing to an increase in global energy requirements

Tech to advance African mining development

29th January 2021

Despite the devastating economic repercussions of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Africa continues to be an integral component of the global financial system, says international technology company... 


PROCUREMENT ROAD MAP
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will seek to procure 6 800 MW of solar photovoltaic and wind renewable energy from 2022 to 2024

REIPPPP requires more traction to address challenges

11th December 2020

The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) continues to take years to move through the various phases – from initiating tenders to delivering energy to the... 


FUELLED UP
Africa Mining Services Incorporated has ongoing projects across some of the largest copper mines in the world, based in Zambia

Cloud-based system proves beneficial

27th November 2020

Amid fluctuating fuel prices, it has never been more important for businesses to ensure that they manage this “vital resource” correctly, says mining solutions provider Africa Mining Services... 


BILLY TOM 
Isuzu has maintained its number one position in Kenya, to which it exports semi-knocked down bakkies

Automaker notes industry decline, expands African footprint

20th November 2020

Global automotive company Isuzu Motors South Africa – a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited – expects that domestic vehicle sales will decline by around 30% this year, compared with those of 2019. 


CONTRADICTORY MUCH? 
There is a paradox in the South African construction sector of large construction firms collapsing amid a housing backlog of about 2.3-million units

Consultancy laments construction sector decline

13th November 2020

The construction sector experienced a significant contraction in terms of the change in value added to the gross domestic product year-on-year in quarter two of 2020, at -30.7%, compared to -2.2%... 


SONGEZO BOOI 
After almost 12 years, the home-building industry is still struggling to reach its former peak

Economy to affect home builders more

13th November 2020

The effects of Covid-19 and the sluggish economy remain the biggest challenge for the civil engineering and construction sectors. 


REFINED STRUCTURES 
The construction of a new zinc refinery will reduce dependence on special high-grade zinc imports, and provide a much-needed boost for the construction industry

Infrastructure recovery roadmap mulled

13th November 2020

If South Africa is to have any hope of economic recovery, no sector can afford to do things the way it did before 2020, says the International Zinc Association (IZA). 


KATE BESTER
It would be beneficial if contracting and consulting firms were to align their personnel development strategies and actively encourage young engineers to explore these aspects in the industry, within defined frameworks

Collaboration could eliminate challenges

13th November 2020

Although the construction industry offers many opportunities for collaboration between consultants and contractors, these opportunities are often not fully explored. “This results in contractual... 


DANIEL PETROV 
Africa is the future and remains so, even in a depressed economic environment

Company set for expansion despite difficulties

30th October 2020

Despite Africa’s holding much promise in terms of business development, the business dynamics in African countries have been severely affected by the effects of Covid-19. 


GET IT TOGETHER 
While there is so much potential in Africa, political certainty is required in conjunction with more streamlined procurement processes

Private-sector investment key amid challenges

30th October 2020

From an economic perspective, the Covid-19 pandemic has not affected countries in Africa, apart from South Africa, as much as countries on other continents.  


CHECK THIS OUT
Verder Pumps South Africa also launched the new Verder HI-Clean AODD and EODD pumps earlier this month, with more announcements planned heading into 2021

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead

30th October 2020

South Africa’s subdued economic growth has been well recorded – even prior to the pandemic, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall. 


A BIT OF EVERYTHING 
Menar is considering other diversification avenues while developing its coal and anthracite projects

Collision avoidance system installed, investment on track for Menar

23rd October 2020

Mining investment firm Menar recently procured a collision avoidance system (CAS), which has been installed in all the company’s opencast mobile equipment, notes Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela. 


HIGH PRECISION
Setting up a digital twin in mining operations starts with a really accurate high-resolution three-dimensional model of the mine or asset in question

Phased approach key for digital twin adoption

23rd October 2020

It is important that the creation of a digital twin be conducted in stages, with every stage building on the previous one, drone survey and inspection specialist Rocketmine business development... 


GLOBAL FOOTPRINT 
From its humble beginnings in Perth, CPS now ships its products internationally, reinforcing the brand in the global mining industry

Diverse offering key for Australian mines

16th October 2020

Conveyor roller technology specialist Conveyor Products & Solutions (CPS) first sought to change the bulk materials handling market by introducing all-polymer rollers – the Yeloroll product range –... 


EXPLOSION PROTECTION 
The MRS supplied flameproof pumps are designed and manufactured strong enough to contain an explosion and prevent a flame or heat from escaping that could ignite mine damps

Flameproof double pump set installed for mine

9th October 2020

Industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) commissioned an underground double configuration flameproof pump set in August, at a colliery in Mpumalanga, to dewater its... 


EASY ACCESS 
The Dura range of peristaltic pumps use a one piece flange design for greater strength and integrity as well as an easy access hose change

Local provider joins forces with global pumps supplier

9th October 2020

Industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has teamed up with industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa as a service and distribution partner. 


SUPER FLUID
Werner Pumps units are fully customisable, and the company is always willing to adapt to customer requirements

Customised equipment pleases customers

9th October 2020

Pumps manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps offers custom-built high-pressure jetting trucks and vacuuming equipment to match customer requirements. 


GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
Werner Pumps now has a training programme that will be made available free of charge – the first time – to existing and new customers

Manufacturer launches customer training programme

9th October 2020

Pump manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps launched a training programme for customers and their equipment operators on using the Werner Pumps trucks. 


INCORPORATED FEATURES 
The Tsubaki Titan chain’s use of seamless bushes incorporate lube grooves

Components provider launches ‘improved’ chain range

2nd October 2020

Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division has launched the new Tsubaki Titan chain series, which offers “significant improvements” in wear-life in demanding applications. 


SAFETY FIRST 
Tsubaki backstop cam clutches, which are designed for safety in high- or low-speed applications, meet the requirements of the Mine Health and Safety Act

Versatile cam clutches ensure broad application

2nd October 2020

Engineering components provider BMG’s range of Tsubaki cam clutches comprises the backstop reducer high-torque (BR-HT) series, designed for use in equipment that includes inclined conveyors and... 


GAME OVER 
BLT WORLD’s Scrapetec PrimeTracker eliminates problems normally associated with conveyor belt systems, including misalignment of the belt, which results in costly downtime and abrasion and belt damage

Tracker negates challenges linked to conveyor belts

2nd October 2020

Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD’s comprehensive range of bulk materials handling equipment encompasses conveyor components designed to enhance productivity, minimise downtime and... 


SHAUN COMBRINCK
The main challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic for businesses was also to mitigate the economic impact of the associated lockdown

Increased focus on mining sector during pandemic

2nd October 2020

Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) was heavily focused on the mining sector during all stages of the South Africa’s national lockdown, which was triggered by the... 


LOCAL IS LEKKER 
NEPEAN has locally developed a range of standard plant conveyors with the aim of delivering these conveyors in as short as possible time to the market at competitive pricing

Company raises bar with innovative components

2nd October 2020

Engineering, mining services and industrial manufacturing specialist NEPEAN Conveyors recently unveiled two ground-breaking conveyor component solutions in South Africa - a conveyor belt monitoring... 


GOING GREEN 
Driven by environmental concerns, global promoters are advocating the phase-out of traditional refrigerants in favour of new alternatives with a lower global warming potential

Environmental concerns driving industry change

18th September 2020

A disruptive change is currently underway in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) refrigerant market, global safety science company UL states. 


EVEN ODDS
Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports

Initiative to accelerate technology strategies amid aerospace industry decline

18th September 2020

The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. 


KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate

HVACR industry at a turning point

18th September 2020

The heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry is at a turning point and it is up to all the innovators in the industry to take the lead and set a new standard for... 


GLOBAL SIGHTS SET 
Similar to the local automotive industry that is manufacturing for European countries, so must there be opportunities to manufacture aircraft under licence for foreign companies

Industry’s wings seemingly clipped

11th September 2020

South Africa’s economy is hanging by a thread and this has presented massive challenges for the local aerospace industry, says aircraft design organisation Aerodesigns Africa director Murray... 


OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY 
While there is scope for black people with potential to thrive in this space, this needs to take into account the whole value chain in the aerospace industry

Level playing field key to moving industry forward

11th September 2020

Transformation should be a top priority among the issues that need to be addressed in manufacturing for the aviation industry, says maintenance solutions provider Dynamic Aerotech technical... 


AIRING IT OUT 
In its efforts to ensure that the sector returns to its former glory, Camasa has participated in the process of drafting a sector masterplan

Association laments sector decline

11th September 2020

The aerospace manufacturing sector is in a “freefall” and there does not appear to be any parachute in sight, says industry body Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa... 


EVEN ODDS 
Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports

Initiative plans to accelerate tech amid industry decline

11th September 2020

The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. “The impact of the... 


LEE STOKES 
It is important for us to note that there still are industry barriers that affect the advancement of women in mining

Challenges remain as industry forges ahead with transformation

4th September 2020

It is important to acknowledge that the regulatory environment for local mining companies has been instrumental in progressing transformation and inclusion of women in the mining sector, integrated... 


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