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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,... 


Middle Eastern countries to add more renewables to their energy mix
15th November 2019 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Germany-headquartered multinational Siemens foresees countries in the Middle East increasing renewables’ share of their hydrocarbons-heavy energy mix by five percentage points in the coming decade.... 


NICOLE OLIVEIRA
SAM is a business enabler that helps CIOs and facilitates CEOs’ digitalisation strategies
Sound software asset management solid basis for cloud management
15th November 2019 By: Schalk Burger

Best practices to manage software assets provide companies with a robust foundation from which to manage cloud-based software assets and services, and achieve the goals and cost structures that... 


MOUNTAINS OF DATA
The Black Mountain Mining operation will now be able integrate relevant operational and maintenance data into one source
Digital platform improves zinc miner’s operations
1st November 2019 By: Darren Parker

Global engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is commissioning a comprehensive data analytics and information management system called OptiMine for base metals miner Vedanta Zinc... 


Kibo, AB Group partner to develop MED’s flexible power plants in the UK
30th October 2019 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy’s subsidiary MAST Energy Developments (MED) has signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with AB Impianti, a subsidiary of heat and power generation solutions... 


Manufacturing skills shortages a worldwide problem and action is needed
25th October 2019 By: Rebecca Campbell

In its 2019 World Manufacturing Forum Report: Skills for the Future of Manufacturing, the World Manufacturing Forum (WMF) lists ten “key recommendations” to address the skills gap problems that are... 


MINERAL POTENTIAL
South Africa’s reserves of key minerals are still high, but that it will take a long time to unlock them
Industry changes impact on explosives sector
18th October 2019 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Owing to low overall business confidence, year-on-year mining production declining by more than 4% and volatility across all mineral commodities, the explosives industry has remained relatively... 


WiFi 6 marks new era of wireless connectivity
18th October 2019 By: Natasha Odendaal

Twenty years after the updated 802.11b protocol bolstered the popularity of WiFi, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the introduction of fifth-generation (5G) technology has driven... 


Rolls-Royce strengthens position in race to develop electric aero-engines
18th October 2019 By: Rebecca Campbell

Renowned UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has completed its purchase of Siemens’ eAircraft business. The deal was originally announced in June. eAircraft was the German electrification,... 


Leading bus company makes case for greater State support  as urbanisation accelerates
Leading bus company makes case for greater State support as urbanisation accelerates
11th October 2019 By: Irma Venter

It would probably be fair to say that Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) has seen the best and worst the South African transport industry has to offer. The company this year celebrates its 158th... 


Airports Company reports sharp fall in profits, but remains in black
4th October 2019 By: Rebecca Campbell

State-owned Air ports Company South Africa (ACSA) has again reported a profit in its latest annual results, for the 2018/2019 financial year (FY). However, that profit, of R227-million, was 58.9%... 


MTN unveils new data, airtime solution for SMEs
4th October 2019 By: Natasha Odendaal

Telecommunications giant MTN has introduced a new, flexible mobile price plan for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Made To Share solution enables small businesses to manage their... 


Private LTE network for Peru copper mine
4th October 2019 By: Natasha Odendaal

Information and communications technology groups Nokia and Telefónica Peru have joined hands with Minera Las Bambas copper mine to enable digitalisation and automation projects at its site in... 


Digitalisation, automation could deliver 1.2m net jobs – report
20th September 2019 By: Natasha Odendaal

A new report has revealed that technology-related gains could triple South Africa’s productivity growth, more than double the growth of per capita income and add more than a percentage point to its... 


Banking firm, educational institute in cybersecurity skills push
20th September 2019 By: Natasha Odendaal

South African banking giant Absa and nonprofit Maharishi Institute have partnered to establish the Absa Cybersecurity Academy in an effort to close a growing global cybersecurity skills gap. With a... 


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