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Halima Frost

Halima Frost

Halima Frost is a Creamer Media Senior Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

HVACR firm acquired to bolster portfolio

31st May 2024 As a way of meeting the growing need for energy efficient heating and cooling solutions, South African corporate and investment bank Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Corvest has partnered with UK investment firm Bay Tree Private Equity and alternative investment funds manager and adviser Westbrooke... 

Wood pushed as viable construction material

24th May 2024 Engineered wood has emerged as a viable alternative to concrete and steel in the construction industry, owing to its low-carbon footprint and technical performance as a structural material, says tertiary education institution University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Graduate School of Technology... 

Wood pushed as viable construction material
PROMOTING ALTERNATIVES The use of engineered wood as an alternative to concrete and steel in the construction sector is being promoted by the University of Pretoria

Algae offers new carbon emissions solution

24th May 2024 Based on the concept that algae are a carbon-capture powerhouse, Austin, Texas biotech company Reactive Surfaces has invested over $2-million in the research and development of an algae-infused paint and surface area treatment, to not only capture but also sequester carbon emissions. Lichen is a... 

Algae offers new carbon  emissions solution
GROWING INTEREST The lichen life form has piqued the interest of paint manufacturers after Reactive Surfaces introduced it to paint to allow for carbon capture

Solutions provider helps manage emissions reduction

17th May 2024 As a company that delivers modern, efficient solutions for oil and gas burner and boiler installations, Combustion Technology prides itself on its continuous carbon reduction cognisance, both for its own operations and for those of its clients, says Combustion Technology MD Grant Renecle. He... 

Solutions provider helps manage emissions reduction
WORKING HARD The new Mini MK9 developed by Autoflame and distributed locally by Combustion Technology it can trim the air/fuel ratio of a client's operation by monitoring the actual flame itself

Big guns will speak at Enlit

10th May 2024 Advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan, a global strategy consulting and market intelligence firm with a long-standing presence in Africa will again be represented by its partner and Africa CEO Hendrik Malan at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape Town International... 

Big guns will speak at Enlit
NATURAL SELECTION The increased uptake if natural gas will be the talking point at a panel discussion held at this year’s Enlit Africa

Cooling company to highlight new concepts

10th May 2024 After two successful webinars that unpacked the use of air-cooled condensers (ACC) for recoverable energy in power generation, thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) aims to address future clients and investors at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape... 

Cooling company to highlight new concepts
COOL AS A CUCUMBER According to thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Coolin air-cooled condensers are the most efficient, green option for cooling

Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic

10th May 2024 Of the 103 countries that in 2020 pledged to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions by at least 30%, 54 are African, says global technology giant Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo. These countries have agreed to implement Nationally Determined... 

Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic
SABINE DALL"OMO A panel – The Factors Determining Success in Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Future – will be sponsored by Siemens, and be led by Dall’Omo on May 22

Organisers expect record attendance at event

10th May 2024 With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by global dignitaries and industry leaders”. The Enlit Africa 2024 will be held at the Cape Town... 

Organisers expect record  attendance at event
TAKING TO THE FUTURE This years Enlit Africa theme – Less Talk, More Action – aims to encourage attendees and speakers to move away from talk in favour of action and implementatio

Circular minerals, metals initiative launched

26th April 2024 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP), with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) Circular Innovation South Africa fund, launched the South African Circular Minerals and Metals Initiative (SACMMI) on April 11. “The aim of the initiative is to support the mining sector in... 

Circular minerals, metals initiative launched
THE RIGHT STUFF The small, yet specialised, team at the Mandela Mining Precinct celebrated its five year anniversary late last year

Focus on programmes driving tech development

26th April 2024 The five mining technology research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) have garnered much attention and have, thus far, yielded positive results, pointing to “great future potential”, reports MMP director Julie Courtnage. In celebrating the MMP’s fifth anniversary, she tells Mining... 

Focus on programmes  driving tech development
TESTING THE LIMITS The Mandela Mining Precinct's Test Mine, based at platinum producer Impala Bafokeng’s Maseve mine, offers the opportunity to put to test thoeries and technologies being developed in a safe and controlled real-life environment

Conference drives mining innovation, skills

26th April 2024 The second yearly Mind Shift Conference, hosted by industry association Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa), will delve into innovation, digital technology and skills in the South African mining supply chain. This year’s event will be held from May 15 to 16 at a new location –... 

Conference drives mining innovation, skills
LEHLOHONOLO MOLLOYI South African industrial developments are gradually decreasing the country’s reliance on multinational developers, thereby further promulgating locally developed and manufactured technologies

Driller foresees revenue boost with strong order book

19th April 2024 Boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling is optimistic its revenue for this year will improve on the back of a strong order book, the company reported during its 2023 full-year results presentation, held last month. Master Drilling COO Roelof Swanepoel reported that the company’s... 

Driller foresees revenue boost with strong order book
TRIPPLE XL The rotary drill 7-series and rotary drill 8-series drill rigs which Master Drilling is currently manufacturing are on schedule for delivery as ordered

Wind energy poses increased fall risks

12th April 2024 As the demand for greener energy helps drive the increased uptake of wind energy, the dangers that face workers in the sector are becoming even more evident. As reported by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report named ‘Green Job Hazards’, workers in the wind energy... 

Wind energy poses increased fall risks
TALL ORDER Maintaining safety standards especially in the wind turbine installation and maintenance sector has come to the fore as the development of green energy gains impetus

Institute warns of looming change in standards

12th April 2024 As the unit standards of the current National Qualifications Framework (NQF) expired in June 2023, with the last enrolment of learners in June 2024, professional body Institute for Work at Height (IWH) continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector. As a result of... 

Institute warns of looming change in standards
STANDING FOR STANDARDS The Institute for Work at Height continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector

Deep-level investment

5th April 2024 Gold major Harmony’s strategy is to direct major capital towards its high-grade underground mines and high-margin surface source operations to improve profitability. The decision to extend Mponeng, already the world’s deepest mine, to over 4 km is an example of its commitment to South African... 

Deep-level investment
DEEPER THAN DEEP The development of the Mponeng mine will further cement it as the deepest mine globally

Miner eyes further growth in Zimbabwe

5th April 2024 In its constant drive to increase its representation and relevance in the country’s mining sector, Zimbabwe-focused explorer, developer and miner Caledonia Mining Corporation has changed its mining strategy to become a multi-asset gold producer. The miner’s flagship Blanket gold mine, about 15 km... 

Miner eyes further growth  in Zimbabwe
BLANKET INVESTMENT Caledonia Mining Corporation has changed its mining strategy to become a multi-asset gold producer in Zimbabwe

Mining innovators recognised

22nd March 2024 In conjunction with this year’s yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town at the start of February, industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) held a virtual webinar – titled ‘Innovation, Digitisation and Collaboration in the South African Mining... 

Mining innovators recognised
FUTURE FORWARD the future of mining will see companies and mines embracing new technologies and developments

Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems

15th March 2024 Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and petrochemicals bulk transport supply chain businesses. “Owing to the significant volatility of its... 

Company invests in driver,  vehicle management systems
TRUSTED TANKER The in-vehicle management systems implemented by Unitrans make sure its fleet of tankers are safe for both the drivers and cargo

Programme targets underprivileged youth

15th March 2024 Commercial fuels, lubricants and oils retailer Shell Downstream South Africa has invested over R30-million in its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bursary programme to help develop less fortunate youth in South Africa. STEM subjects are more than gateways to “great,... 

Programme targets underprivileged youth
KEFILWE MASEKO For over ten years, the programme has given young individuals from disadvantaged or underprivileged backgrounds who have met the relevant academic requirements the opportunity to further their studies in tertiary institutions.

Sizable trunnion cast for SAG mill breakdown

8th March 2024 Mill roll and ring manufacturer South Africa Roll Company (Sarco) has delivered what it believes to be the largest locally cast semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill trunnion casting to grinding mill manufacturer New Concept Projects (NCP). NCP needed the cast for a client that experienced an... 

Sizable trunnion cast  for SAG mill breakdown
MILLING MILESTONE The trunnion cast by Sarco for a SAG Mill is believed to be one of the largest ever cast in South Africa

Dry ice blaster popular in cleaning applications

8th March 2024 With more than 30 units of the Intelblast (IBL) 3000 having been sold to foundries, forges and die-casting companies across South Africa, blasting machine manufacturer Dry Ice Blasting Services continues to maintain its foothold in the sector. More than 200 of the industrial-sized dry ice... 

Dry ice blaster popular  in cleaning applications
AS DRY AS ICE The use of solid carbon dioxide, or dry ice, reduces wet waste during the cleaning for foundries, forges and die-cast companies

New analysers launched at Indaba

8th March 2024 International elemental analysis company Innov-X Africa has taken delivery of the newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers, which were showcased at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town last month.   The company also plans to promote... 

New analysers launched at Indaba
NEXT-GEN PRODUCTS The new Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence analysers being distributed by Innov-X Africa were launched at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba

Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices

23rd February 2024 The ongoing shift from traditional coal mining to sustainably mined coal in 2024 and beyond will “witness remarkable advancements” in new coal mining methods, driven by innovative technologies and evolving industry practices, says coal procurement, mining project development and services company... 

Coal mining to move to more sustainable practices
THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS The future of coal as an energy source needs to be aligned with more sustainable mining practices

Upward trend in generative AI adoption

23rd February 2024 Security system provider Axis Communications has noted a marked increase in the uptake of new security-focused applications based on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), especially in the South African mining sector. The company, which provides security solutions – including... 

Upward trend in generative AI adoption
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Security systems and the uptake of new technologies in the mining sector will continue its upward trajectory

DRC investment to be buoyed by elevated copper price

16th February 2024 A forecasted increase in global copper prices will encourage continued investment in the “copper and cobalt mining powerhouse of Africa” – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – reports business advisory firm BDO South Africa senior audit manager Dorcas Nhlapo. She attributes this elevated... 

DRC investment to be buoyed  by elevated copper price
COPPER CAMPOUT An artisanal miner encampment which is a prolific occurrence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Human rights a key issue

16th February 2024 Modern slavery risk mitigation data and research company Evidencity says although poor governance is an endemic issue in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the protection of human rights – primarily those pertaining to the use of child labour – is the greatest challenge.   

Human rights a key issue
MINOR MINERS The use of children and disadvantaged people in the Democratic Republic of Congo mining sector is rampant

Positive reaction to machine, tech partnership

9th February 2024 Mining equipment manufacturer Veracio, a new subsidiary of international exploration drilling company Boart Longyear, says although its partnership with directional drilling service provider International Directional Services (IDS) is still in its infancy, the response from clients has been... 

Positive reaction to machine,  tech partnership
DEDICATED DRILL DISTRIBUTOR The partnership between IDS and Veracio will see the new TruGyro north-seeking continuous gyro tool being distributed to IDS clients across North America

Company showcases contribution to positive disruption

26th January 2024 Explosives and mining chemicals company AECI Mining will attend this years’ Investing in African Mining Indaba to showcase some of its new technologies and innovations aimed at unlocking value in the mining industry. “As a global organisation, we aspire to embark on partnerships with our clients... 

Company showcases contribution to positive disruption
EXPLOSIVE TOPIC according to AECI the concept of positive disruption clearly speaks volumes to the explosives in mining sector

AI must be sustainably embraced by mining sector – law firm

26th January 2024 In an everchanging mining environment, it is crucial for the industry to approach technological advancements, especially artificial intelligence (AI), with a focus on sustainable development and positive disruption, says law firm ENS in the build-up to next month’s Investing in African Mining... 

Event organisers anticipate sizable attendance

26th January 2024 On the back of a record-breaking attendance at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in 2023, event organisers Hyve Group are anticipating more than 8 000 delegates from over 100 countries to attend this year’s event, set to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February... 

Event organisers anticipate  sizable attendance
DIGNITARIES AND DELEGATES The upper echelon of Africa's mining sector will be attending this years Investing in African Mining Indaba being held in Cape town in February

Exploration deficit hampering sector

26th January 2024 South Africa’s mineral exploration sector is underperforming, with as much as a 15-year deficit in terms of the required exploration activity for a minerals- and mining- prolific country, posits industry employers’ association Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging mining leadership... 

Exploration deficit hampering sector
EXPLORING THE OPTIONS Minerals Council South Africa hopes to engage with prospective exploration companies to address the exploration deficit

PGMs, hydrogen think tank hosted

26th January 2024 A discussion on platinum group metal (PGM) miners and the role of these resources in hydrogen technology will be presented at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. As a panellist involved in this... 

PGMs, hydrogen  think tank hosted
PLATINUM A PRIORITY The role that platinum group metals have in the development of a green economy will be discussed by Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

Processing solutions manufacturer optimistic for African mining

26th January 2024 Despite economic challenges globally, international minerals processing specialist Multotec Group remains optimistic about the future of mining in Africa and the company is looking forward to a productive and insightful Investing in African Mining Indaba this year, says Multotec Africa MD Peter... 

Processing solutions manufacturer optimistic for African mining
CHUTING FOR THE STARS A Multotec pulping chute which embraces new technology to maximise efficacy being manufactured

Green blasting tech to be showcased

26th January 2024 Commercial explosives and blasting systems developer Orica will showcase its lead-free, non-electric detonator range, its 4D underground (UG) bulk explosives solution as well as its new electronic blasting system, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held in Cape Town next... 

Green blasting tech  to be showcased
PLUG N' PLAY The new remote detonation technology offered by Orica will be showcased at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba

Disruptive tech to be showcased at Indaba

26th January 2024 In partnership with French government business export agency Business France, energy management and automation company Schneider Electric will exhibit at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba, showcasing its offerings to the African mining market. “Business France is responsible for... 

Disruptive tech to be showcased at Indaba
TECHING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL Offering advanced and more digitised technologies to the mining sector are what the Schneider Electric team hope to achieve at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

Circularity promoted

26th January 2024 Bearings manufacturer and distributor SKF South Africa intends to promote its continuous drive towards reliability improvements and a circular economy to attendees of this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8.... 

Circularity promoted
PERFECT CIRCLE Bearings manufacturer SKF has adopted the circular economy concept in its manufacturing processes

Young mining potential

26th January 2024 To ignite conversations about the ballooning youth unemployment rate in South Africa, private-sector-funded initiative Youth Employment Services (YES) programme CEO Ravi Naidoo will unpack the topic at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International... 

Young mining potential
POSITIVE OUTLOOK The Youth Employment Programme offers youth training and job opportunities in a tough and often daunting environment

Manufacturer secures new clients despite challenges

24th January 2024 Despite the negative effects of illegal mining and copper scrap exports on the confidence levels of international investors and clients, South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has manged to secure a large number of new international clients. The company’s direct marketing... 

Manufacturer secures new clients despite challenges
EXPORT QUALITY Thos Begbie has secured many new international clients for its copper and copper processing products

Local companies distribute new inverter, battery solutions

7th December 2023 Energy technology provider Midea Energy Solutions, a product division of global appliance and air conditioning manufacturer Midea, has partnered with local distributors Livance Distributors and Fourways Group to launch the Midea Energy Solutions range of inverter and energy storage products. The... 

Local companies distribute new inverter, battery solutions

New waste management system has multiple environmental benefits

1st December 2023 Sustainable waste management solutions provider Asher Africa’s latest waste management system effectively decreases a client's waste output and offers an “almost emissions-free process”, contributing to a client's decarbonisation efforts. The Asher, introduced to the South African market in... 

New waste management system has multiple environmental benefits
BREAKING IT DOWN The Asher uses lower operating temperatures to reduce waste to an ash more efficiently

COP 28 to host fossil fuels debate

1st December 2023 This year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, referred to globally as COP 28 and being held from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will look to address environmental issues, including decarbonisation... 

COP 28 to host fossil fuels debate
GLOBALLY GREEN The drive to a decarbonised economy will again be addressed at this years Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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