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South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2019 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Sylvania delivers ‘significantly better’ third quarter, despite challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2019 After a challenging second fiscal quarter, Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum’s Sylvania Dump Operations performed “significantly better” and delivered 16 256 oz of platinum group metals (PGMs) – a 9% quarter-on-quarter increase – in the quarter ended March 31. The increased production was owing to a... 

Solutions provider tailoring its product offering for South African market

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 Solutions provider Buraaq Mining Services is working towards rebuilding mining equipment and to specifically tailor its product offering for the South African market. 

Drilling oil in one of fastest ocean currents tests Total

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2019 Total’s discovery of South Africa’s first oil in deep water could prove to be a bonanza for a country lacking crude reserves of its own and prompt a rush from other majors. That’s if they’re able to solve the engineering challenges of operating in one of the fastest ocean currents in the world.... 

Full agri range from Pratley Adhesives, Pratley Minerals at NAMPO 2019

25th March 2019 The full range of products from Pratley Adhesives and Pratley Minerals for the agricultural industry will be on display at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day 2019, the leading event of its kind for the farming community. Pratley has been exhibiting at NAMPO for about 20 years, and sees the event as a... 

Boiler-tube leaks playing big role in rise of unplanned losses to over 12 000 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2019 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that boiler-tube leaks are significant contributor to unplanned losses of more than 12 000 MW across its coal fleet. The underperformance of the coal fleet, including those units in commercial operation at the Medupi and Kusile projects, is... 

Poseidon launches Black Swan refurb

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th March 2019 ASX-listed Poseidon Nickel has started the refurbishment of its Silver Swan decline, in Western Australia. The underground refurbishment of the Silver Swan decline will entail the upgrading of ground support, repair of the southern ventilation surface infrastructure, inspection of the northern... 

Eskom to seek special procurement dispensation to help it address ‘crisis’  

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2019 Crisis-ridden power utility Eskom is approaching the Auditor-General and the National Treasury to seek approval for a special procurement dispensation that will allow it to accelerate the purchase of critical goods and services required to address ongoing breakdowns of its coal fleet. The... 

MC Mining achieves operational milestones in H1, narrows losses

By: Simone Liedtke     14th March 2019 Despite having experienced some challenges during the six months to December 31, 2018, ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining on Thursday reported a loss for the period of $3.6-million, compared with the $97.3-million loss reported for the six months to December 31, 2017. Revenue was $15.2-million,... 

Fiat recall leaves palladium buyers bracing for 'supply shock'

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’s recall of almost 900 0000 gasoline-fueled vehicles could spur additional demand for the palladium market that’s already reeling from shortages. Replacing the catalytic converters in these vehicles would require an additional 77 000 oz of palladium, said Miguel... 

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