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Mc'Kyla Nortje

Mc'Kyla Nortje

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New PEM generators launched

9th April 2021 Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen launched the MC250 and MC500 containerised large-scale proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers. The PEM electrolysers represent automated megawatt-class on-site hydrogen generators, using a modular containerised design for ease of... 

Maintenance knowledge key in generator functionality

9th April 2021 Customers should be made aware about the care and maintenance required to keep a generator in good working order, and the type of generator most suited to their needs, says construction equipment hire and sales company Hire It director Richard Fraser. He explains that the maintenance... 

Maintenance knowledge key in generator functionality
RICHARD FRASER It is advisable to run generators at least twice a month for half an hour to keep them in a good working condition

New gensets developed

9th April 2021 Vertical manufacturer HIMOINSA developed a gas-powered generator set with maintenance periods that stretch for up to 10 000 hours, or 14 months of continuous work, highlights HIMOINSA Southern Africa senior sales engineer Warrick Taylor. The generator's estimated service life of 30 000 hours... 

New gensets developed
NEW GENSET The new HGY-25, available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz, is powered by natural gas, delivering 28 kVA of continuous operation power

Initiatives have increased women’s participation

19th March 2021 Drilling contractor Rosond drill rig operator Veronica Mofokeng highlights that, through continuous encouragement from government and the private sector, industries in all sectors – especially those that previously excluded or disadvantaged women – have accelerated the sustainable participation... 

Initiatives have increased women’s participation
OPENING DOORS Mofokeng believes that the opportunity to be trained as a drill rig operator for Rosond presented new opportunities for her and other women who are yet to be appointed

Diamond mine’s 5 000 m drill programme under way

19th March 2021 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling was appointed to explore the Kimberlite country rock contacts underground at a Limpopo-based diamond mine in January, with the programme scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2022. A Boart Longyear LM90 electrohydraulic drill rig will be used... 

Range presents various benefits, longer life span

5th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s range of high-performance NSK spherical roller bearings is perfectly suited to operate in demanding environments, including foundries, forges and die-casting applications. The NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of... 

Range presents various  benefits, longer life span
HERE FOR A LONG TIME NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size

Workplace-based learning programmes to address skills shortages

26th February 2021 Business development service ProudAfrique Human Capital has partnered with the University of Johannesburg’s training hub, Resolution Circle, to provide focused workplace-based learning programmes for the plastics manufacturing, computer numerical control (CNC) and injection-moulding industries.... 

Workplace-based learning programmes to address skills shortages
DEON OBERHOLZER Apprentice programmes provide good entry-level education, as well as crucial on-the-job training and experience

Sustainability becomes new trend

26th February 2021 The increased awareness around sustainable packaging has led to consumers being more conscious about their purchasing decisions and shopping choices, highlights carton packaging systems and solutions provider SIG director corporate responsibility Michael Hecker. According to Deloitte’s 2018... 

Sustainability becomes new trend
THE VISION IS CLEAR SIG’s packaging materials will come from certified responsible sources by 2030, which will make its packaging solutions the most sustainable on the market

Waste management plan holds industry accountable

26th February 2021 Plastic industry body Plastics SA and packaging industry body Packaging SA have welcomed the new Section 18 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) plan introduced by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy, which is expected to be implemented on November 5, 2021. Section 18 is... 

Namibia suspends new mining right applications

19th February 2021 The Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will not consider or process new applications for mineral rights from November 18, 2020, to August 17, 2021,  the ministry said in a statement last year.   The reason is to enable the ministry to review requirements and procedures for right... 

Namibia suspends new mining right applications
BRYAN WHITE Mining industry will grapple with the Covid-19 measures for some time, and notes that they have largely been normalised as part of mines’ work processes

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use

19th February 2021 Namibia is a water-scarce country in most areas; therefore, minimising water consumption in ore processing is a focus area, especially for tailings disposal, which can account for over 50% of all new/fresh water used in processing, states engineering and environmental consulting firm Knight... 

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use
FOR THE BETTER OF IT The company assist several mining clients with water and waste management design for greenfield operations, as well as expansion plans for existing mines

Uranium industry awaits price increase

19th February 2021 Despite the prolonged period of low uranium prices, wrought by the Fukushima tsunami and the subsequent oversupply caused by the shutdowns of nuclear power plants, the Namibian uranium sector, unlike those in other countries, has not stagnated, states Namibian Uranium Institute executive director... 

Uranium industry awaits price increase
SAFETY FIRST Radiation Safety Working Group inspecting final product transport at the Husab Mine

Pump maintenance vital to minimise water leaks

29th January 2021 As one pump can spill up to 8 820 kℓ of water a year, saving water is coming to the fore as one of the most important aspects of mining and the granting of mining permits and licences, highlights industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) CEO Franscois Steenkamp. He... 

Pump maintenance vital to minimise water leaks
BREAKING IT DOWN Cavitation causes wear and tear and sometimes serious damage

Company’s pump systems an ‘ideal solution’

29th January 2021 High-pressure jetting equipment specialist Werner Pumps continuously supplies systems, such as power jetting pump systems, to several gold mines in South Africa. These systems include the trolley- and trailer-mounted units, says Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. 

Company’s pump systems an ‘ideal solution’
IDEAL SOLUTION The units are manufactured locally and offer an “ideal solution” for cleaning sewer lines, as well as water sandblasting and pressure cleaning

Supplier extends range, suitable for various sectors

29th January 2021 Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has introduced two robust and durable pump ranges suitable for use in a variety of applications, including within the mining sector.  The new ranges include the Weda electrical submersible pump, which features low to medium heads, and... 

Supplier extends range, suitable for various sectors
COATED AND COVERED The impellers on the pumps are coated and highly durable, making them able to withstand corrosive materials, to a point

Chamber motivates for local participation

15th January 2021 With the current liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way in Mozambique, Mozambique Oil and Gas Chamber executive chairman Florival Mucave notes that government needs to ensure that there are rules and regulations in place to encourage local participation. Mozambique has a unique... 

Chamber motivates for local participation
FLORIVAL MUCAVE The chamber will foster relations between members and their counterparts as well as develop a platform of companies providing goods and services

Staying local pivotal for Mozambique LNG project

15th January 2021 Local content and employment are integral to one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way on the continent, says petroleum refining company Total Mozambique country chair Ronan Bescond. The Area 1 Mozambique project is one of three LNG projects that are under way along the... 

Staying local pivotal for Mozambique LNG project
RONAN BESCOND Foreign companies that want to work on the project must value local partnership

Genset range equipped with built-in automatic transfer switch panel

4th December 2020 In response to market requirements for a stationary quality genset (generator set), power solutions provider HIMOINSA launched the new HS stationary genset range in October.   HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell explains that the design of the range resulted in the... 

Genset range equipped with built-in automatic transfer switch panel
NOTHING BUT QUALITY The range was designed to produce a competitively priced, versatile and modular genset that is fast and easy to install

Generators still in high demand

4th December 2020 With unreliable electricity and peaking electricity prices still posing major challenges in South Africa, generators continue to be in demand, says power generation provider Aggreko area GM Riaan du Toit. “Sectors such as mining, food and beverage and manufacturing already depend on good... 

Generators still  in high demand
KEY FACTORS Although cost and environmental factors do play key roles in the decision-making process, reliability and power supply consistency will always be central

Range of solutions ensures clean fluids

27th November 2020 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Fluid Technology division’s filtration solutions comprise a range of fluid power components and systems. These solutions are supported by the team’s broad technical capabilities to ensure fluids – including oil, fuel and lubricant oil – operate within the... 

Range of solutions ensures clean fluids
FRESH AIR The Titan Power Breather is a high flow breather which is perfect for tank farms and large flow applications

Continuous R&D and filter trials ensure efficiency

27th November 2020 Filtration manufacturer Cummins Filtration continuously works with its parent company global engine supplier Cummins to ensure that it conducts product research and development (R&D) in conjunction with engine development. This enables Cummins Filtration to test its filters’ capabilities in many... 

Continuous R&D and filter trials ensure efficiency
PRESSURE TOLERANCE Fleetguard NanoNet fuel filters features NanoNet media, that are specifically designed for the higher pressures and tighter tolerances of an MCRS engine

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

20th November 2020 The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were showcased during the live stream event, with the coveted titles of Overall Winner and Bridge Category... 

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards
FAR AND WIDE The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam

IBT construction reduces cost, time

20th November 2020 Student accommodation group STAG African says it can reduce construction time and costs for student accommodation using innovative building technology (IBT) – a first for Africa. “By using such technologies, developers can reduce building time by 40%, which has the effect of reducing associated... 

IBT construction reduces cost, time
BUILDING CONSENSUS When the industry becomes more satisfied with this approach to building, and realises the cost benefits of IBT, the uptake of IBT in construction will increase

Increased use of light steel frame

20th November 2020 There is a significant increase in the use of light steel frame (LSF) in construction – despite it still being a relatively new building material in the South African market. This increase is mostly owed to the multitude of benefits it offers over traditional building methods, says LSF... 

Increased use of light steel frame
FAR AND WIDE Futurecon plans to keep expanding the use of LSF in the large-scale commercial sector

Digitalised process takes pipe welding to next level

6th November 2020 Japanese steel manufacturer JFE Steel Corporation has produced the first pipe at its Fukuyama Works in Japan after the successful revamp of its submerged arc welding stands by metallurgical plant supplier SMS group. The revamp included five-wire submerged arc welding heads, digital inverter... 

Digitalised process takes pipe welding to next level
BETTER AND BETTER The current revamp project focused primarily on enhancing the repeatability and furthering the development of the welding parameters

Autonomous mining vehicles to improve efficiency, reduce cost

30th October 2020 Using artificial intelligence and robotic mining systems – such as autonomous vehicles – in the mining sector is an interesting development that could have a significant impact on mine efficiency going forward, says mining advisory company Ukwazi Northern Cape mining head Jaco Mans. “The use of... 

Autonomous mining vehicles to improve efficiency, reduce cost
SYMBIOTIC RELATIONS By working closely with OEMs, mines ensure that the appropriate fleet and technology are selected for each operation

App boosts company performance

30th October 2020 Providing advanced and effective drilling solutions and services across geographies and sectors sets South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling apart from its competitors, says Master Drilling group business development manager Izak Bredenkamp.  “We are flexible and provide specialised... 

App boosts company performance
BREAKING THROUGH The correct application of technology and experience also enables Master Drilling to break new ground

On-the-go packed juice sets new trends

16th October 2020 Aseptic packaging provider SIG Combibloc Obeikan – headquartered in Dubai – has set a new trend to conveniently consume on-the-go packed juice, says SIG Combibloc Obeikan marketing and business development manager Hugo Klaasen. This follows the partnership between SIG Combibloc Obeikan, and... 

On-the-go packed juice sets new trends
FROM PULP TO PACKAGING Combismile is created using only the paperboard made of pulp from trees from Forest Stewardship Council- (FSC-) certified, making it therefore, among the most environment-friendly packaging solutions

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging

16th October 2020 The growth of the e-commerce industry has led to demand for protective and branded packaging, says sustainable packaging solutions provider Mielie Mailer cofounder and MD Trent Pike. Unlike warehouse-to-store fulfilment – usually by road, with consignments usually packaged in bulk format of about... 

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging
RECYCLED WINE BOTTLES Company develops packaging solution that is plastic-free and made from recycled wine bottles

Acquisition expands provider’s range of wrapping solutions

16th October 2020 Acquiring Finnish stretch-wrapping machine manufacturer Octomeca in 2018 has allowed Switzerland-based packaging supplier FROMM Packaging Systems to expand its product offering to the packaging industry.  Octomeca offers horizontal and vertical film-wrapping solutions, which enable the company to... 

Acquisition expands provider’s range of wrapping solutions
WRAPPING IT UP The OMC-V2000 machine is indicative of FROMM’s innovative approach to ensuring the highest possible level of product protection and load securing

Power transmission solutions boost productivity, profit

9th October 2020 Power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB’s Dodge line of bearings, gearing and power transmission components have helped customers in numerous industries to increase the productivity and profitability of their operations, says ABB product manager Lucas Pretorius.   “By focusing on... 

Power transmission solutions boost productivity, profit
EASE OF INSTALLATION The Dodge ISN mounted spherical roller bearing features a patented integral adapter mounting and removal system, making it easy to install and remove without damaging the shaft

Supplier stocks diverse range of drives

9th October 2020 Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) caters for a variety of industries through its extensive range of drives. EM product manager William Cameron says despite the company not always offering bigger drives for mining applications, it has... 

Supplier stocks diverse range of drives
EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS The C2000 series AC motor drives provide the most efficient solutions for all drive applications

Complex legislation may hinder investment

11th September 2020 Despite the Zambian government’s programme to diversify the economy – into such sectors as tourism and agriculture – the mining and natural resources sector, particularly the copper mines, remain the most substantial potential contributor to growth and development in Zambia, says law firm Beech... 

Complex legislation may hinder investment
INVESTOR CONVIDENCE The primary concerns for investors in Zambia are the complexities surrounding mining law, constrained infrastructure, as well as unreliable electricity supply

Pandemic puts strain on Zambian mining sector

11th September 2020 Amid the challenges facing the Zambian mining industry, partially because of Covid-19, government has committed to waiving penalties and interest on the late payment of taxes, explains advisory firm KPMG Zambia tax partner Michael Phiri. The Central Bank has also set aside about R9-million, which... 

Pandemic puts strain on Zambian mining sector
MICHAEL PHIRI Should the Covid-19 pandemic continue into 2021/22, a different marketing strategy using information technology solutions would need to be adopted

Zambia should capitalise on future copper prices, says chamber

11th September 2020 As copper is a major component in electric vehicles (EVs), the expected boom in the EVs market should significantly increase copper demand, with EV copper consumption expected to increase by 1.7-million tonnes by 2027, according to a report commissioned by the International Copper Association.... 

Zambia should capitalise on future copper prices,  says chamber
TALENT NG’ANDWE Opportunities for establishing local mining supply chains are very limited because of the limited number of industry players

Gender diversity needed in industry

28th August 2020 Even though the equipment rental and construction sector is still male-dominated, the landscape is changing, says compressor and generator supplier Rand-Air GM Kim Coetzee. “. . . about 48% of this sector currently comprises female employees in South Africa - many of them very small women-led... 

Opportunities for women in demolition

28th August 2020 The nature of the work of demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition can easily be perceived as male-dominated, but there are work opportunities for women in the industry, says executive director Liz Brinkmann. “As society encourages more women to enter the engineering field, companies such as... 

Water mist tech sparks industry interest

21st August 2020 The use of water mist fire-suppression technologies has been increasing as more land-based applications have been identified and the benefits of such technologies are being realised by industry leaders and experts, says environmental solutions company I-CAT mechanical engineer Jeanri van Tonder.... 

Water mist tech sparks industry interest

Collaboration improves quality of products

14th August 2020 Continuous engagement with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users has allowed roller chain specialist KÖBO to continuously improve the quality and designs of its products, which meet the stringent hygiene and health and safety requirements of the food and beverage industry, says... 

Collaboration improves quality of products
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT KÖBO also has a continuous improvement programme, which entails doing research and introducing new products to the market

Technology to mitigate water- treatment challenges

14th August 2020 The 2030 Water Resources Group - hosted by the World Bank - held a webinar last month to showcase three international technologies that can help the food and beverage sector rise above business continuity challenges amid diminishing resources within the sector. The webinar included partners such... 

Technology to  mitigate water- treatment challenges
DECREASE USE The food and beverage sector faces increasingly stringent environmental legislation, with the consequent need to drive water demand down to a minimum

Online courses upgrade skills in concrete technology

31st July 2020 The School of Concrete Technology is offering ten online courses to assist those in the concrete industry, and concrete-related industries, in upgrading their skills. The courses are offered on the school’s online platform and are supplemented with online lectures that are used to explain... 

Online courses upgrade skills in concrete technology
UPSKILLED AND EDUCATED The courses are also designed to enable a student to advance in a staged approach to higher levels of education and knowledge in concrete technology
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