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Eaton develops new 10,000-operation switchgear to safeguard Shoprite’s stock quality Has PDF
Published: 25 Sep 18
Shoprite Holdings commissioned WSP Africa, one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms, to design a medium voltage (MV) power distribution system for their new Cilmor Distribution Centre. The system had to provide reliable, continuous power to three large warehouses despite regular utility load shedding issues which were causing an average of two power outages per day. Shoprite wanted a system which would limit their environmental footprint, stay within project budget and ...
Why Are More Mines Integrating Renewables? Has PDF
Published: 25 Sep 18
By Melodie Michel, Energy and Mines Rob Schueffner, Hybrid Energy Solutions Manager for Caterpillar Electric Power, explains how the financial benefits and reliability of renewable energy solutions available for mines today are quickly matching the environmental benefits.
Yokogawa Releases the DTSXTM1 Fiber Optic Heat Detector Has PDF
Published: 25 Sep 18
An OpreX TM Field Instruments facility monitoring and fire detection solution that is housed in an easy-to-install enclosure– Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has developed the DTSXTM1 fiber optic heat detector, an OpreXTM Field Instruments heat sensing and fire detection solution. The new product was released on September 21. Housed in an enclosure and suitable for use with Yokogawa-specified fiber optic cables, the DTSX1 is a cost-effective all-in-one facility monitoring and fire detection solution that is easy to install. It is expected that this solution will aid in the timely identification of maintenance issues and thereby improve plant uptime and reduce maintenance costs.
Parliament's Environmental Affairs committee pays tribute to late Minister Edna Molewa
Published: 24 Sep 18
Parliament's environmental affairs portfolio committee has joined others in paying tribute to environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa, who died at the age of 61 in a Pretoria hospital on Saturday after a short illness.  "The committee is saddened by the passing of the minister, as she has played a significant role in environmental affairs both internationally and domestically. She has also contributed immensely in ensuring that South Africa is on par with other nations on matters that affect the sustainable use of the environment," committee chairperson Philemon Mapulane said on Sunday.
Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund
Published: 21 Sep 18
President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday, Ramaphosa reported that the South Africa Infrastructure Fund would be established immediately, supported by an executive team within The Presidency, comprising individuals drawn from the public and private sectors.
Taskforce outcomes to set basis of Australia’s first resources plan in 20 years
Published: 21 Sep 18
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan on Friday welcomed a report by the federal government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce, which he convened in March to ensure that the Australian resource sector remains globally competitive and sustainable The Minister will use the work of the taskforce to craft a National Resources Statement – the first national statement on resources in 20 years.
Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty
Published: 21 Sep 18
It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan speech on Friday. He said that following extensive consultation that involved industry players, communities, labour and government, the Cabinet had approved long-awaited revised Mining Charter, which will be gazetted next week.
Gold bulls say bears should be nervous as metal's rout ebbs
Published: 21 Sep 18
Beleaguered gold bulls are finally getting a rest from this year’s sell-off, and some see encouraging signs for a turnaround in the metal. After falling for five straight months, the longest slump since 2013, gold is showing resilience, holding near $1 200 an ounce since late August and registering a small gain so far in September. The metal is getting support from signs of a sputtering rally in the greenback and indications – albeit tentative – of easing U.S. inflation pressures that could slow the Federal Reserve’s hand in raising interest rates beyond this month.
Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology
Published: 21 Sep 18
Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association communications and outreach director Jennifer Gangi. “Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction – not combustion. Aside from being efficient, reliable and quiet, fuel cells are rugged, so they can be sited in harsh terrain, extreme climates and rural areas without infrastructure to generate power for buildings, communication and mission critical equipment.”
Appropriate measures, equipment emphasised to ensure safety
Published: 21 Sep 18
Owing to the prevalence of dangers whilst working in confined spaces, it is imperative that companies implement proper measures to ensure safety at all times. This was the message conveyed at multinational company 3M’s Fall Protection – Confined Spaces workshop, held last month at 3M’s offices in Woodmead, Johannesburg.
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