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As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses

By: Donna SlaterThe use of drones and ground-based robotics is evolving to such an extent locally that various companies are using them in all aspects of their operations, which is resulting in “bun fights” about which department gets to use the devices and payloads, says Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van... 

As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses

First Word

The dogged diligence that energy providers are showing deserves backing, not sacking

By: Martin CreamerEnergy planning, execution and delivery are long-term pursuits, and those in position now must be given space to finish the job. The current batch of energy executives are having to deal with inadequacies that were set in motion by those who came before then. Those in charge now are not only very... 

The dogged diligence that energy providers are showing deserves backing, not sacking

Mining Weekly News

Anglo positioning itself as favoured iron-ore supplier to green steelmakers

By: Martin CreamerDiversified mining company Anglo American is taking steps to position itself as a favoured iron-ore supplier to green steel producers. 

Anglo positioning itself as favoured  iron-ore supplier to green steelmakers

BHP adjusts copper and nickel expectations

By: Esmarie IannucciMajor BHP has lowered its full-year production expectations for its copper and nickel divisions, while warning of tight labour markers in Australia and Chile for the rest of the year. “BHP delivered safe and reliable production in the third quarter. Our Western Australian iron-ore business... 

BHP adjusts copper and nickel expectations

Chaarat Gold looking forward to ‘very green’ production out of Kyrgyz Republic

By: Martin CreamerLondon Aim-quoted gold mining company Chaarat Gold is looking forward to “very green and sustainable gold production” coming out of the Kyrgyz Republic, where it is developing two gold projects. The of these first is Tulkubash, a near-term opencast heap leach project, and the second a far larger,... 

Chaarat Gold looking forward to ‘very green’  production out of Kyrgyz Republic

De Beers, Angola govt ink mineral investment contracts

By: Schalk BurgerDiamond multinational De Beers Group has signed two mineral investment contracts (MICs) with the government of Angola for licence areas in north-eastern Angola. This follows the late 2021 announcement that De Beers had applied to explore in Angola following substantive reforms in the country’s... 

Epiroc to supply battery-electric mining equipment to Assmang

By: Darren ParkerMining and industrial equipment manufacturer Epiroc has secured a large order for battery-electric mining equipment from manganese and iron-ore mining company Assmang, which will deploy the vehicles at its Black Rock underground manganese mine in the Northern Cape. On April 19, Epiroc revealed... 

Epiroc to supply battery-electric  mining equipment to Assmang

Geopolitical support for hydrogen evolution good news for platinum group metals

By: Martin CreamerThe overall geopolitical situation is lending strong support to the hydrogen evolution, which in turn continues to drive the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs). Hydrogen Europe and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance are now calculating that 2030 will see the generation of 320 GW to 400 GW... 

Geopolitical support for hydrogen  evolution good news for platinum group metals

Glencore believes ESG stewardship for coal assets should remain in-house

By: Darren ParkerDiversified miner Glencore’s board believes the environment, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities related to its coal assets are best managed by the company as a responsible operator, rather than leaving those responsibilities to become someone else’s problem, Glencore chairperson Kalidas... 

Glencore believes ESG stewardship for coal assets  should remain in-house

US climate envoy John Kerry puts natural gas on notice

By: BloombergUS climate envoy John Kerry on Thursday put natural gas on notice, saying the world’s reliance on the fossil fuel should be limited to potentially a decade, unless its greenhouse gas emissions are fully captured. Though natural gas burns cleaner than coal when used to generate electricity, it... 

Editorial Insight

Politics of power

By: Terence CreamerThe politics surrounding both Eskom and South Africa’s now protracted electricity crisis has always been problematic. It was politics that prevented the implementation of the necessary market reforms, as outlined in the 1998 White Paper, that would have gone some way to ensuring that South... 

Politics of power

Engineering News News & Insight

Airbus concludes wind tunnel tests on nature-mimicking wing design

By: Rebecca CampbellEurope-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that it has completed wind-tunnel testing of its new wing technology demonstrator, the eXtra Performance Wing. This is part of the group’s programme to rapidly test and accelerate the development of new technologies to decarbonise the... 

Airbus concludes wind tunnel tests  on nature-mimicking wing design

Bootlegger Coffee turning its food waste to saleable compost

By: Schalk BurgerSouth African coffeehouse Bootlegger Coffee has partnered with food waste management specialist company Ywaste to turn its waste into compost, using an eco-friendly method for the management of food waste through off-site composting. “Now our customers can up their eco-friendly street credibility... 

Bootlegger Coffee turning its food waste to saleable compost

Daimler, Volvo, Traton sign deal to build European charging network for trucks and buses

By: Irma VenterDaimler Truck, the Traton Group and Volvo Group have signed an agreement to create a joint venture (JV) to install and operate a high-performance public charging network for battery electric, heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe.  The parties say they are committed to initiating... 

Equiano cable lands in Nigeria

By: Natasha OdendaalGoogle and its cable landing partner WIOCC have landed the Equiano subsea cable in Lagos, Nigeria. The cable, named after Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, will become a critical element in meeting Nigeria’s current and future international connectivity demands and will help... 

Eskom wants ‘boots on the ground’ to help stabilise poorly performing coal fleet

By: Terence CreamerEskom has confirmed that it intends procuring engineering and maintenance services from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the coming months to supplement its skills base at power stations that have become prone to repeated unplanned breakdowns. CEO André de Ruyter said the strategy was... 

Eskom wants ‘boots on the ground’ to help  stabilise poorly performing coal fleet

Google launches its first African product development centre in Kenya

By: Natasha OdendaalGoogle has launched its first product development centre in Africa and has started hiring aspiring engineering managers, product managers, software engineers, senior UX designer or UX researchers to lay the foundation for significant growth in the coming years. The Nairobi-based new product... 

Green hydrogen pioneer seeks finance for commercial plant as Vredendal proof-of-concept facility enters production

By: Terence CreamerA small proof-of-concept green hydrogen facility in Vredendal, in the Western Cape, has entered into production and its developers are now seeking to raise finance for a 5 MW commercial project, which they believe could be the precursor to a ‘hydrogen valley’ in the province. The commercial plant... 

Green hydrogen pioneer seeks finance for  commercial plant as Vredendal proof-of-concept  facility enters production

Hyprop to install water-saving toilets at shopping centres

By: Natasha OdendaalRetail property group Hyprop Investments is installing water-friendly Propelair-manufactured toilets across its retail property portfolio following a trial of 47 units at the Clearwater Mall. Some 250 toilets will now be installed at Hyde Park Corner and Rosebank Mall and Offices, with Phase 2... 

Knowledge Pele partners with Coldplay, Costa Rica to promote sustainability

By: Tasneem BulbuliaSouth African development company Knowledge Pele is working with Costa Rica and rock band Coldplay to further sustainability. Knowledge Pele in 2021 became a Coldplay affiliate. The Knowledge Pele affiliation is targeted at solving the dual challenge of food insecurity (a social sustainability... 

Knowledge Pele partners with Coldplay,  Costa Rica to promote sustainability

New report urges ‘dramatic acceleration’ for Africa to meet SDG 6 targets

By: Natasha OdendaalA new report reveals that a few African Union member States may achieve universal access to safely managed drinking water, safely managed sanitation or basic hygiene services by 2030 if the current rates of progress continue. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) and... 

Porsche aims for more than 80% of new-vehicle sales to be all-electric by 2030

By: Irma VenterLast year, almost 40% of all new Porsche vehicles delivered in Europe were either plug-in hybrids or fully electric models.  “In 2025, half of all new Porsche sales are expected to come from the sale of electric vehicles – in other words, all-electric or plug-in hybrid,” says Porsche chairperson... 

Pylon legs at N2 Msikaba Bridge project hydraulically jacked apart

By: Irma VenterThe Msikaba Bridge project notched up an engineering milestone this month, when the south pylon legs were hydraulically jacked apart. The 580-m-long, stay cable bridge – which will span the 198-m-deep Msikaba Gorge – is located near Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, and forms part of the South... 

Rolls-Royce optimistic its SMR design will be approved quickly

By: Rebecca CampbellRolls-Royce SMR, the UK-based global power and propulsion system manufacturing group Rolls-Royce’s small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) subsidiary, hopes that it will receive UK regulatory approval for its design in about two years, and be generating power before the end of this decade. So... 

SABS publishes yearly record of 414 national standards

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) published a record 414 national standards in the financial year ended March 31, 2021, broadening the scope of technical specifications of products, services and management systems in the South African market. This includes new, adopted, amended and... 

SABS publishes yearly record  of 414 national standards

TotalEnergies unit commits to stakeholder engagement for offshore hydrocarbon exploration

By: Schalk BurgerOil, gas and renewables multinational TotalEnergies subsidiary TotalEnergies Exploration & Production South Africa (Teepsa) has committed to extensive engagement with key stakeholders as part of its comprehensive environmental application process for hydrocarbon exploration drilling activities... 

Transnet prepares to invite bids for Richards Bay LNG terminal

By: Terence CreamerThe State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reports that a request for proposals (RFP) will be issued in the coming months for the development of a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. TNPA has confirmed with Engineering News that it... 

Transnet prepares to invite bids  for Richards Bay LNG terminal

Volvo Car SA local range now almost entirely electrified

By: Irma Venter 

Worldsteel forecasts higher steel demand, but warns of volatility

By: Marleny ArnoldiIndustry body the World Steel Association (worldsteel) has released its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2022 and 2023, forecasting that steel demand will grow by 0.4% this year to reach 1.84-million tonnes, after having increased by 2.7% in 2021. In 2023, steel demand will see further growth of... 

Worldsteel forecasts higher steel demand, but warns of volatility

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