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Merafe records 37% production decline for nine months to September

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd October 2020 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe chrome venture in the third quarter ended September 30, was 48 000 t. This brought its attributable ferrochrome production for the nine months to September 30 to 168 000 t, a 37% decrease on the 266 000 t... 

De Beers says rough diamond demand is ticking up

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2020 Diamond miner De Beers' rough diamond production decreased by 4% year-on-year to 7.2-million carats in the third quarter of the year as a result of planned reductions in production to match lower demand for rough diamonds in the market, amid Covid-19. Specifically, production from the company’s... 

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore  

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2020 The disposal of thermal coal mines in response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors is not lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions but exacerbating the problem, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg pointed out on Friday. Questioned by Financial Times (FT) natural resources editor Neil... 

Transnet shuts down Saldanha iron-ore terminal for maintenance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2020 Coinciding with Transnet Freight Rail’s ten-day shutdown of its iron-ore rail corridor for maintenance, Transnet Port Terminals has also shut down the Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal, on October 16. The terminal’s shutdown forms part of the port authority’s annual maintenance plan for mechanical,... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation 

16th October 2020 Organised business formations have responded to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan released by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15. On the whole, business has welcomed the plan, including the fact that it embraces many of the recommendations made to government by the social partners through... 

Pragma | 30 Years in the making

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 2020 might forever be known as the year in which Covid 19 struck, but life goes on despite this and many other challenges that businesses face. It is with this mindset, that we take a look back at an engineering firm that was born on the first of June 1990. “Politically South Africa was in chaos... 

Mind shifts save money | Reducing general maintenance costs in Retail

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 Irrespective of your business or work environment, poor decision making often comes back to bite you. When talking about maintenance, it is something that could result in significant damage, costing the business dearly. How can we facilitate better decision making at ground level to prevent... 

Clear vision bags Massmart the prestigious SAAMA Project Achievement Award 2020

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 A clear vision and decisive decision-making clinched Massmart the coveted SAAMA Project Achievement Award 2020 for the successful implementation of Pragma’s enterprise asset management system, On Key. Successfully implementing and managing over 300 stores currently, is a significant achievement.... 

A Case for Condition Monitoring as an Integrated, Continuous Service

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 Deriving the most value from your assets all the while maintaining them in optimum condition is every asset owners challenge. Over maintaining is costly, undermaintaining could be disastrous. Finding a balance between the two is no easy feat, but integrating condition-based monitoring into your... 

10 maintenance tips for lockdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 With many countries currently in some form of forced lockdown, a number of businesses have been forced to shut down their operations for an uncertain time period. Many organisations can lock their front door and go home, working remotely to continue their activities. Others in asset-intensive... 

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