At least three killed in accident at Sibanye mine

Three workers have been killed underground a mine owned by Sibanye-Stillwater  and two others are still missing, the company said on Monday. According to a statement by the mine, five workers had entered an “abandoned working place” at Kloof Ikamva shaft, south of Johannesburg. “Sadly, three employees have been retrieved and declared deceased,” the statement read. “Mine rescue teams are still searching for two employees.” The company did not provide details as to what the workers were doing in an abandoned area. The Monday accident is the latest to hit the…

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Davies calls out corruption in awarding of tenders

Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says corruption must be rooted out if government is to realise the full impact of its industrial policy. “If we have corruption in the awarding of government money to support the programmes, it means somebody who is getting it is not supposed to get it and means the programme itself is weakened (sic). “Further, if entrepreneurs fail to abide by the law… [they] out-compete those that do and this includes collusion. In fact, collusion is the polite name for corruption,” said Davies. He…

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Minister impressed by innovations at hydropower plant

The Minister of Water and Sanitation Gugile Nkwinti has expressed appreciation for the innovative technologies at the Bloemwater hydropower plant in Mangaung. The Minister was taken on a tour of the plant on Friday. The plant is able to produce 96 kilowatt of electricity and provides 70% of Bloemwater offices’ power needs. “The plant also uses a changeover panel specifically designed to sense when a dip in electricity supply occurs and changes over automatically to the grid. If all power fails then the changeover panel will automatically activate a diesel…

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Qualifying Thabong residents to connect to digital grid

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will take the Broadcasting Digital Migration programme to Thabong, in the Free State this week. The Minister is expected to connect television decoders to qualifying households onto the digital grid platform on Thursday. As the country celebrates Youth Month, Mokonyane will also take the opportunity to hand out certificates to 50 local youths trained to be installers of government decoders in Lejweleputswa. The Department of Communications is working together with the South African Post Office to reach communities and to distribute the subsidised television decoders to…

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HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY HAVAL!

That’s how much Haval retail sales have increased in SA in a scant 10 months, with the brand having launched here almost precisely one year ago. So, yes, we might live in an age of euphemism and hyperbole. An age where even a moderately good hamburger is dubbed “legendary.” Even so, there’s no denying that Haval’s performance in the past 12 months has been anything less than phenomenal and fantastic, awesome and unprecedented. After all, when Haval debuted on the Mzansi market with a memorable media and dealer launch at…

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Honda Urban EV Concept named ‘Best Concept Car’ by global judging panel

Electric concept car wins global award for outstanding automotive design International judging panel comprised of 12 journalists from renowned publications Honda R&D team recognised for making a significant contribution to the evolution of car design with Urban EV Concept Urban EV Concept will be first production model in Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ strategy Order books for new electric car based on the Urban EV Concept will open in early 2019 An international panel of automobile experts has named the Honda Urban EV Concept as ‘The Best Concept Car’ in the renowned…

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Transportation Components: safe, reliable and consistent supply – OEM aftermarket parts make more ‘cents’ on the road

The heavy transportation sector is the veritable lifeblood of South Africa’s economy, with goods transported daily by thousands of trucking fleets on the country’s roads. It is therefore the reliability and safety of these heavy transport vehicles upon which our nation’s future economic growth is predicated. Essential to this reliability and safety is the quality of the aftermarket components with which these vehicles are fitted. A leading supplier of premier OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) aftermarket components to the heavy transport sector for the past 20 years, Johannesburg-based Transportation Components emphasises…

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The ‘new Ice Age’: Cost-effective, water-saving industrial surface cleaning with first-of-its-kind wet ice blaster from NitraLife and partner Boland Ice

For decades in industry, the cleaning of rust, dirt, old paint and various contaminants off surfaces has frequently presented a major challenge. Cleaning of this type has previously been done manually; or via processes such as sand- or shot-blasting or with the use of high-pressure water jetting (hydro-blasting). Now, in an initiative that is set to revolutionise industrial cleaning, leading nitrogen generation pioneers, Johannesburg-based company NitraLife – along with its long-term partner Boland Dry Ice – has introduced innovative wet ice blasting technology for the first time ever in South…

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Aegion South Africa ‘conveys’ improved, cost-effective bulk mineral hydro-transportation solutions in the pan-African mining sector

Africa faces the urgent problem of having to address its ageing pipeline infrastructure. Specialist pipeline rehabilitation company, Aegion South Africa, has a range of highly effective solutions to this pressing problem; and has been providing successful project solutions locally and to various other African countries, using advanced technology sourced from its US-based majority shareholder Aegion. This advanced technology is very effectively combined with Aegion South Africa’s local knowledge, supported by the extensive expertise and experience of its South African shareholder Robor. “One of our main focal areas is that of…

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Addressing the energy paradox in Africa

Almost 20 years ago, approximately 400 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa had no access to electricity. Today, the number of people without access has increased, as the population growth has outpaced infrastructure development. As a result, there are over 600 million people with no access to electricity today.   The lack of access to electricity is a particular problem in rural areas. Around 63% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa is rural, of which only 19% has access to energy, compared to 63% of the urban population.   Access to…

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