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Women in construction sector need more support – Nxesi
Published: 17 Aug 18
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday implored big contractors to support women in the construction industry through subcontracting work. Addressing women in the construction industry at a Construction Industry Development Board (CIBD) sponsored event, in Pretoria, he said it remained a moral imperative for bigger contractors – even big women-owned contractors – to assist smaller contractors.
Get your house in order, MPs tell Transnet
Published: 17 Aug 18
Parliament's watchdog on public account on Friday said it had instructed the Transnet board and management to curb graft at the State-owned company. "The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has told the Transnet Board and management to stop the looting because the business is able to sustain itself very well because it makes money due to it being a monopoly," Scopa said in a statement. 
BlueRock secures loan from chairperson, CEO
Published: 17 Aug 18
Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa, has entered into a loan with chairperson Paul Beck and CEO Adam Waugh.  
Semafo reports two more deaths in restive Burkina Faso
Published: 17 Aug 18
TSX-listed West Africa-focused gold exploration and production company Semafo on Friday reported that a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot at by armed bandits on Friday morning. One Semafo national employee and one subcontractor lost their lives in the exchange of fire between police officers and the bandits.
Icasa publishes findings on priority markets inquiry
Published: 17 Aug 18
Plans to undertake a market inquiry of the identified priority markets that may require regulation intervention in terms of the Electronic Communications Act will be announced in due course, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Friday. Mobile services, upstream infrastructure and wholesale fixed-access have been identified as priority markets that may be prone to regulations in future to address any potential market failures and introduce pro-competitive remedies.
Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch
Published: 17 Aug 18
The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA), previously known as the Chamber of Mines, on Friday launched its National Day of Safety and Health in Mining 2018, which will see 66 MCSA member companies hosting safety and health days at each of their operations in the next month. The launch of the National Safety and Health Day in Mining 2018 reaffirms the industry’s commitment towards the zero-harm goal and ensuring that all employees can go to work in the knowledge that they will safely return home every day.
Impairments dent Harmony’s FY18 earnings
Published: 17 Aug 18
Despite meeting its production guidance targets and increasing its underground recovered grade by 8%, gold producer Harmony Gold warned in a trading statement on Friday that it expects its full-year headline earnings per share (HEPS) to be 40% to 45% lower than in 2017. HEPS for the year ended June 30 are expected to be between 164c and 179c, compared with the 298c reported for the 2017 financial year.
Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope
Published: 17 Aug 18
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) announced on Friday that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio telescope, to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia – with the addition of outstations in other countries during Phase 2 of the project. The TM CDR was carried out by a consortium of nine institutions in seven countries, with SARAO making a significant contribution to it. Within the consortium, SARAO led the Telescope Manager System Engineering team and also participated in the Management work package. The South Africans who worked in the TM consortium were SARAO Software Functional Manager Ray Brederode, and SARAO Software team members Paul Swart, Lize van der Heever and Gerhard le Roux. The TM consortium (formed in 2013) was one of 12 engineering consortia, involving 500 engineers in 20 countries, working on different aspects of the SKA. Nine of these consortia were concerned with critical components for the telescope and three were concerned with developing advanced instrumentation for it. The TM consortium was the first of all the consortia to pass the very thorough CDR.
BBBEE Commission to host first Women Empowerment Conference
Published: 17 Aug 18
The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission will host its first Women Empowerment Conference, in Pretoria, on August 24. The conference, held under the theme ‘Advancing Women Economic Empowerment through the BBBEE Act’, will be addressed by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee chairperson Joan Fubbs and Tourism Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe.
Union for Chilean mine Caserones accepts revised contract, averting strike
Published: 17 Aug 18
The main union for Chilean mine Caserones has accepted a revised contractual offer from the copper company, which averted the threat of a strike, according to an internal memo sent to workers early on Friday. An agreement between the union and the mining company, controlled by JX Holding and Mitsui Mining, had been on the brink of failure over last-minute discrepancies, which led to further negotiations until midnight on Thursday.
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