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Colleagues pay tribute to Wits’ Fred Cawood as he prepares to retire  

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2021 After 22 years with the Wits School of Mining Engineering, Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood is planning to retire at the end of May, starting what he calls his “second life” at the age of 60. He explains that the theory behind a “second life” is based on Japanese work ethics... 

Digitising manual and paper-based processes - increasing efficiencies and data velocity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2021 Statistics show that since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many sectors and industries have expedited their digitalisation strategies to stay relevant and in business. The pandemic’s impact on the world economy and the restrictions it enforced on day-to-day business activities have pushed... 

German physicist determines that starships are indeed possible – at least in theory

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2021 New calculations by a physicist at Germany’s Georg-August University, in Göttingen (more generally known as the University of Göttingen) has indicated that superluminal (faster-then-light) space travel may indeed one day be possible. Theoretical considerations of superluminal travel are based on... 

TPI warns that most large firms have not gone clean enough to meet Paris agreement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th February 2021 The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) has warned that 86%, or 95 out of 111, of global publicly listed firms surveyed in heavy industries have failed to prepare for the “transition decade”. Research done by the initiative points to an $856-billion climate risk, which is the combined market cap... 

Alluvial diamond miners outline way to save fast-shrinking industry  

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2021 The number of alluvial diamond operators is decreasing at an alarming rate. In 2004, there were 2 000 small diamond-mining companies, which employed close to 25 000 people, and now there are only about 200 operators employing only 5 000 people – a 90% decline. 

Chrome market could change with new export tax regime, dissuading Chinese offtake  

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 A “delicate” balancing act between chrome ore mining and stainless steel production may be under threat as South Africa changes its export tax regime to boost the commodity’s “welfare benefits” and to favour local chrome buyers instead of foreign buyers, Simon le Roux, a student at Rhodes... 

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector

6th November 2020 Bearings distributor BMG tells Engineering News that its Garlock Klozure and Guardian Bearing Isolators have fared notably well subsequent to being introduction to the BMG range of isolators. A bearing isolator is an advanced sealing solution that is used to protect bearings on rotating equipment... 

Creecy extends public comment on compulsory proposed manufacturer recycling regulations

By: Donna Slater     21st August 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy, on August 5, granted a 30-day extension for public comment on proposed regulations regarding extended producer responsibility with regard to the management of waste post the consumer stage of a product’s lifecycle. Members of the... 

Encouraging exploration would deliver enormous opportunities for SA – Bristow  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2020 Encouraging exploration in South Africa would deliver enormous opportunities, says Barrick Gold president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow, a world leader in exploration success. Bristow was commenting on the call for mining exploration to be encouraged, made last month by the economic transformation... 

Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 Sappi’s Symbio biocomposite cellulose fibre, derived from responsibly managed renewable forests, has been chosen as the feedstock for the development of lightweight biocomposite materials for the Life Biobcompo project.  This project aims to reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions by 8% through... 

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