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Shell, IBM team up to accelerate digitalisation in the mining industry
17th June 2020 By: Natasha Odendaal

Oil and gas major Shell and NYSE-listed IBM have joined forces to introduce a new business-to-business digital mining services marketplace platform to offer field-tested technology and digital... 


CONNECTING THE DOTS
Digitalisation leads to connected plants and connected supply chains, which provides immediate benefits of reliability, stability, immediacy and agility
Agility needed in sector transformation
29th May 2020 By: Darren Parker

The world is rapidly changing, with the onslaught of Covid-19 catalysing and concentrating the drivers behind this change. Consequently, manufacturers need to be agile in adapting their systems and... 


TAKING STOCK OF THE SITUATION
The lockdown has provided a good opportunity for companies to check their ERP systems and ensure that they are being used properly and to their full potential
Manufacturers can use lockdown to fine-tune ERP
29th May 2020 By: Darren Parker

The priority for many manufacturers amid the Covid-19 lockdown involves “getting back to basics” in terms of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management, says ERP systems... 


Cartrack says there has been no spike in cancellations owing to Covid-19
29th May 2020 By: Irma Venter

Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto is confident the asset management and workforce optimisation company will be able to weather the current Covid-19 storm, provided “the storm doesn’t last forever”. “We have... 


Accenture Africa Industry X.0 MD Eric Croeser
Nondigital mines losing out on R213bn in value
28th May 2020 By: Donna Slater

An updated version of a 2017 study conducted by professional services firm Accenture in collaboration with the World Economic Forum – the 'Extracting Value and Building Resilience with Data-led... 


JOHN MANUELL
The full potential of sugar production processes lies in leveraging available data to drive the seamless interoperability among people, assets and production processes
Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation
22nd May 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Technology provider ABB Southern Africa believes that digitalisation can address the production challenges of the sugar industry. 


GERHARD GREEFF Greeff believes that the pandemic is going to have some long-term effects on the way companies conduct business
Pandemic prompts automation support, working remotely
22nd May 2020 By: Khutso Maphatsoe

Covid-19 has prompted the automation industry to continuously provide remote services and support, says nonprofit organisation Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) Africa vice... 


Pandemic disrupts jewellery business, but recovery on the cards
20th May 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

The drivers for platinum jewellery business growth in 2019 point the way to a post-Covid-19 recovery, the Platinum Guild International’s (PGI’s) 2020 'Platinum Jewellery Business Review (PJBR)' has... 


Africa’s ICT regulatory framework evolving
8th May 2020 By: Natasha Odendaal

A new report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reveals that the information and communication technology (ICT) regulatory frameworks in Africa have evolved the most over the past... 


BHP makes new board appointments
7th May 2020 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified major BHP has appointed Dion Weisler and Xiaoqun Clever to its board as independent non-executive directors. Weisler’s appointment will be effective from June 1, while Clever’s will... 


Covid-19 shutdown highlights digital transformation urgency
1st May 2020 By: Natasha Odendaal

The sudden shutdowns as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have jolted many industries and tested the capabilities of businesses to alter their practices almost overnight, highlighting the... 


Pandemic highlights role of digital readiness in mitigating supply-chain risks
Pandemic highlights role of digital readiness in mitigating supply-chain risks
1st May 2020 By: Schalk Burger

Covid-19 is disrupting economic and social life, but it is occurring in a time of rapid digitalisation, which, in turn, is helping governments, businesses and consumers in their decision-making to... 


Covid-19 to test limits of telcos as digital adoption accelerates
24th April 2020 By: Natasha Odendaal

The Covid-19 global proliferation has accelerated digitalisation for both consumers and businesses, as a digital lifestyle starts to integrate into everyday lives. The global pandemic has driven... 


Schneider Electric academy develops smart energy management skills
3rd April 2020 By: Schalk Burger

As global power capacity is set to double by 2040, and with 80% more renewable sources than there are currently, Schnieder Electric is providing energy management training to meet the needs of... 


Mark Bristow
Barrick Gold ‘ticks all the boxes’ in 2019 financial year
26th March 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

In the first year following its merger with Randgold Resources, the restructured and refocused Barrick Gold Corporation has delivered a strong operational performance and made significant progress... 


WIDE SCOPE
SMS group will present solutions for the full range of manufacturing materials for tube and wire products
Company to present innovations at trade fair
20th March 2020

Metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider SMS group will present its new plant concepts and innovations at the Tube and Wire Trade Fair taking place from March 30 to April 3,... 


Future electricity system will have to be ‘conducted in an orchestra’
20th March 2020 By: Kim Cloete

Companies and governments have been urged to embrace disruptive technology, as it can contribute to decarbonising energy and make it cleaner, greener and more accessible. Executives and experts... 


DIGITAL ENTERPRISE
Local construction equipment suppliers are being more enterprising with regard to digital tools compared with renters
Digitalisation can rapidly mobilise equipment
6th March 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

Digitisation is playing a limited role in the procurement and mobilisation of construction equipment for capital projects, University of Pretoria (UP) project and quality management senior lecturer... 


CONTINENTAL BENEFITS Through the AfCFTA, the benefits for South Africa and its African peers will be easier distribution, new export markets and new business opportunities
South African rail manufacturing sector needs to reinvent itself
6th March 2020 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

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... 


SAFETY FIRST improved maintenance systems are crucial in addressing the current safety challenges within rail sector
Regulator plans to increase safety awareness
6th March 2020 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

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... 


TERENCE MOOLMAN
Companies must have ongoing training initiatives to arm the workforce with the correct skills in an ever-changing world
Companies urged to tap IT skills concentrated in some regions
6th March 2020 By: Schalk Burger

Concentrations of high-level information technology (IT) skills in various regions worldwide can be tapped to provide expertise and overcome constraints in local talent pools for companies... 


Digitalisation beneficial for steel producers
28th February 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Digitalisation will become an increasingly important strategy for steel producers to achieve a competitive advantage in the market, says metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider... 


LIGHT IT UP The Aggreko power project at Banro Resources
Mines’ demand for hybrid energy increases
28th February 2020 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

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... 


New legislation driven by global digitalisation
28th February 2020

New legislation is driving a slew of changes amid rapid and widespread global digitalisation and has made print feel the impacts of the changing world, says business management consultant Ricoh SA... 


African miners embracing Sandvik’s  high-tech solutions
African miners embracing Sandvik’s high-tech solutions
21st February 2020 By: Kim Cloete

High-tech and global engineering group Sandvik is helping greenfield mining projects in Africa to power ahead through automation and digitalisation aimed at making mining safer and more efficient... 


Siemens leads the way in technology solutions in the mining sector
Siemens leads the way in technology solutions in the mining sector
18th February 2020 By: Kim Cloete

The mining sector has stepped up the pace to embrace digitalisation, with companies reaping the benefits from higher productivity and a more integrated work environment. Within a tough mining... 


Anglo American Platinum's Craig Miller, Emma Chapman and Chris Griffith.
Modernisation, digitisation part of next value delivery – Amplats
17th February 2020 By: Martin Creamer

Top of the list of the four focus areas of platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to drive its next phase of value is operational efficiency. Outlining this at... 


Employment services assist facilities go digital
7th February 2020

Temporary employment services (TES) provide the missing link in helping healthcare facilities on their journey to digital transformation, says information and communication technology company... 


RAMP UP The separators at Kibali will be ramped up to full sulphides in future
Gold paper released at global forum
7th February 2020 By: Halima Frost

The collaborative paper, titled Kibali Gold Mine sulphide concentrate treatment – understanding the pre-oxidation of sulphide concentrates, was presented by dual-listed miner Barrick Gold’s Kibali... 


IN REAL-TIME 
The live streaming service helps fleet managers to improve driver safety and compliance
Telematics company introduces live streaming
7th February 2020 By: Darren Parker

Fleet and asset management solutions company MiX Telematics has added a live streaming service to its MiX Vision solution. The streaming service enables fleet managers to live-stream footage from... 


Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions
Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions
5th February 2020 By: Kim Cloete

High-tech and global engineering group Sandvik is helping greenfield mining projects in Africa to power ahead through automation and digitalisation aimed at making mining safer and more efficient... 


Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining
3rd February 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

Despite mining’s contribution to almost every aspect of modern life, the industry is still seen as an industry “that takes more than it gives”, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani lamented in his... 


Sustainability, investment and digitalisation top agenda at 2020 Indaba
Sustainability, investment and digitalisation top agenda at 2020 Indaba
24th January 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

The organising team of the 2020 iteration of the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba notes an increased appetite for engagement within the African mining sector, particularly for discussions around... 


SHAUN COMBRINCK
Improved efficiency and safety are part and parcel of embracing disruptive technology
Disruptive tech can take industry forward
24th January 2020 By: Darren Parker

Mining industry decision-makers need to be more disruptive in their thinking to successfully bring optimisation and investment to the increasingly digitised African mining sector, says transmission... 


AUTOMATION GENERATION
Part of the change management required is the need to upskill and reskill personnel
Change management key to digital success
24th January 2020 By: Darren Parker

When investing in digitalisation and automation, change management is one of the key challenges that needs to be addressed globally, and not only in the African mining industry, says global... 


Sustainability, investment and digitalisation top agenda at 2020 Indaba
Sustainability, investment and digitalisation top agenda at 2020 Indaba
24th January 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

The organising team of the 2020 iteration of the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba notes an increased appetite for engagement within the African mining sector, particularly for discussions around... 


The future of work is ‘essentially human’
17th January 2020 By: Natasha Odendaal

The future of work will not be an environment that pits people against machines, but rather one where human capabilities are enhanced through collaboration with machines. While the envisioned... 


The Mpumalanga-based mine should produce 2.7-million tonnes a year of coal for export over a 17-year life-of-mine
Belfast first mine to have digital twin
13th December 2019 By: Tracy Hancock

The R3.3-billion Belfast implementation project, owned by JSE-listed resources group Exxaro Resources, will result in the first mine in South Africa with a digital twin. “The . . . twin is a... 


PROCURING GENSETS 
Rolls-Royce is to procure gas-powered generator sets and cogeneration modules in the 250 kW to 550 kW power range with and without heat extraction
Company to procure gas-powered gensets from specialist
6th December 2019

The power systems business unit of global industrial technology company Rolls-Royce sealed a contract of cooperation with gas-powered generator specialist 2G Energy which covers the mutual supply... 


MORE THAN JUST A METAL
Copper is more than just a mined metal – it not only provides jobs but also promotes a higher standard of living
Recent developments bode well for copper, copper alloys
6th December 2019 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Several developments are making copper and copper alloys increasingly important, says metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider SMS group. 


HEMANT HARIE
Without effective data management and protection, organisations within the petrochemical industry may fall victim to data loss
Petrochemicals industry demand forecast to slow down by 2030
22nd November 2019

Management consulting firm McKinsey predicts that by 2030, global petrochemicals demand growth may slow from 3.6% to between 2% and 3%, says data management consultants Gabsten Technologies MD... 


Energy efficiency gains in decline, IEA warns
22nd November 2019 By: Schalk Burger

The global rate of progress of improving energy efficiency is slowing and has declined for three consecutive years, leaving it well below the 3% minimum that intergovernmental organisation... 


Authentic storytelling will attract new tourists
15th November 2019

A powerful message emerged during a presentation on trends by more than 15 high-level expert speakers at the recent Wine & Food Tourism Conference. Held at Spier near Stellenbosch on September 18,... 


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