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Makwana returns to lead a new Eskom board that includes five engineers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has unveiled the names of the much-anticipated new Eskom board, which includes five engineers and a trade unionist, and which will be led by Mpho Makwana, who was appointed executive chairperson at the utility in late 2009 following a previous leadership... 

Coal waste could boost REEs supply

By: Tracy Hancock     30th September 2022 The information derived from a study published this year on the mineralogy and distribution of rare-earth elements (REEs) in Waterberg coalfield high-ash coals could assist with a new concept of logging coal seams by considering the REE elemental composition of coal, rather than just its energy... 

Electric hoists ensure safe and stable operations

30th September 2022 Equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s heavy-duty 10-t Kito electric hoist – which was installed in the head frame of a shaft at a platinum mine in 2014 – continues to offer safe and dependable operation in harsh conditions, seven years later. “This robust hoist replaced an existing... 

Contamination at source affecting recycling  

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 A substantial portion of plastic waste is not recycled and ends up in landfills, contributing greatly to plastics being regarded as the biggest environmental threat, says industry body Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom. Forty-three percent of recyclable plastic waste in South Africa... 

Operations challenges impair sector growth

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     30th September 2022 Local companies are not operating at full capacity, owing to a lack of manufacturing and product focus which impairs South Africa’s goal of becoming a relevant global player in the aluminium market, says non-ferrous metals importer and stockist Metal and Tool Trade (MTT) MD Volker Schutte. “We... 

SA largest aluminium-producing country in Africa

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     30th September 2022 In 2021, South Africa produced about 720 000 t of refined aluminium, becoming the largest aluminium-producing country in Africa, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) CEO Muzi Manzi. “A large proportion of the primary metal produced is used in the local market as remelt ingots to... 

Local growth vital for export capabilities

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     30th September 2022 For South Africa to become a net exporter of aluminium, local growth must take precedence, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) CEO Muzi Manzi. This can be achieved by developing research and development communities that support local growth areas, innovation and design, as well as... 

Conference to map future role of aluminium

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     30th September 2022 This year’s International Aluminium Conference and Exhibition serves as a stepping-stone towards the vision of doubling local aluminium demand by 2030 by increasing local demand and exports of value-added products. The conference will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on... 

Supply chain hiccups prevent Bell from fully capitalising on post-Covid demand growth

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2022 The growing demand for commodities, post-Covid-19 stimulus packages and increased infrastructure spend in a number of markets all stimulated demand for Bell Equipment’s products in the six months to end-June. However, the bad news is that supply chain challenges constrained sales and prevented... 

Hydrogen projects bankable, with caveats

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2022 Hydrogen projects are bankable and capital is available to fund them, but there are measures that must be pursued to ensure South Africa can capitalise on these projects and get its share of the available funding to get projects off the ground. This was a key message from a panel discussion... 

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