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Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick
Published: 19 Jan 18
The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low investor confidence and continuing breaches of trust between government and industry, resulting in declining constructive engagement. The charter and its potential impact remain the headline cause of concern for the industry, say many industry commentators.
Australian junior to acquire Namibia zinc project Australian junior to acquire Namibia zinc project
Published: 19 Jan 18
ASX-listed Tanga Resources will acquire the high-grade Joumbira zinc project, in Namibia, and raise A$1.16-million to fund the transaction and start planned work programmes. The company entered into a binding option agreement to acquire 100% of the issued shares of Namibia-registered Coldstone Investments, which has a joint venture (JV) agreement with government-owned Epangelo Mining to earn 80%, potentially 90%, of the zinc/lead/silver project in the Damaran belt.
Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month
Published: 19 Jan 18
Multidisciplinary engineering services provider TDS Projects Construction, in partnership with Robor Pipe Systems, has started construction of 13-km-long tailings pipeline for the Nkomati nickel mine’s Onverwacht site, in Mpumalanga. Reports from site indicate that the project is on track for successful completion next month, according to TDS Projects Construction.
Flights to encounter increasing turbulence in the future, study shows
Published: 19 Jan 18
Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.   A new study published online in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate change will significantly increase the amount of severe turbulence worldwide between 2050 and 2080. Severe turbulence involves forces stronger than gravity, and is strong enough to throw people and ...
Channelling all ewaste to one plant the best way to ensure  viability of recycling in Southern Africa Channelling all ewaste to one plant the best way to ensure viability of recycling in Southern Africa
Published: 19 Jan 18
The establishment of an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling plant, which can cost R1.5-billion to build, will work best if the e-waste streams from across southern Africa can be channelled to such a megaplant, says information technology asset and e-waste recycling company Xperien CEO Wale Arewa. E-waste in South Africa is generally shipped to Germany, China, Singapore or Japan for processing, as these countries have the recycling facilities to do it at scale and profitably. Most of the e-waste streams in South Africa are non-profitable, with a need for producer responsibility schemes to support recycling or sufficient economies of scale to make recycling economically viable, he explains.
New, effective pipe joining method announced New, effective pipe joining method announced
Published: 19 Jan 18
Producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions Victaulic last month announced the European premiere of its Refuse-to-Fuse solution. This new technique enables high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes to be coupled without the need for fusion.  HDPE pipes are widely known and popular for their flexibility, long-term reliability and corrosion resistance. They are widely used, especially in the gas, water and wastewater sectors. The pipes are usually coupled using electrofusion or mirror welding, which require costly equipment and qualified personnel with a good command of these techniques.
AGM highlights major 2017 accomplishments AGM highlights major 2017 accomplishments
Published: 19 Jan 18
Representative of the plastic pipe business the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) used the occasion of its thirteenth annual general meeting (AGM) held in Johannesburg recently to celebrate the successes achieved by this nonprofit association over the past 12 months. Addressing the Sappma members and other interested parties in attendance at the meeting, Sappma CEO Jan Venter said during the AGM that the organisation looked back at the past year with a great deal of satisfaction at what had been achieved, despite difficult socioeconomic conditions and financial pressures bearing down on the industry.
New hydraulic hose launched New hydraulic hose launched
Published: 19 Jan 18
Global leader in motion and control technologies Parker Hannifin introduced the GlobalCore 187 High Performance Hydraulic Hose, a 7 MPa / 1 000 psi constant working pressure hose, to enhance its GlobalCore product line. Announced towards the end of last year, the 187 Hose is designed to provide maximum performance, flexibility and hose life in demanding hydraulic applications across a variety of markets. As the only 1 000 psi constant working pressure hose on the market, 187 Hose is a revolutionary product made to meet the needs of evolving higher pressure hydraulic systems, including rigorous mining applications.
Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency
Published: 19 Jan 18
The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer.
UK reaffirms commitment to promote trade and investment with Africa
Published: 19 Jan 18
The British government has again given the assurance that it desires a mutually beneficial and thriving trade relationship between the UK and Africa once the country has left the European Union (EU). This was affirmed by Trade Policy Minister (equivalent to Deputy Minister in South Africa) Greg Hands when he addressed the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group in the British Parliament, early last month.
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