Coal will be around for a long time yet

  The idea that coal mining is a sunset industry was put to rest at the Coal Industry Day in Johannesburg this week. Coal’s outsized contribution to mining and the energy grid cannot be wished away, no matter how many wind turbines are erected in honour of environmental correctness. Xavier Prévost, senior coal analyst at XMP Consulting, ran through the numbers and it’s clear coal will be here for a long time yet. Coal is found in 70 countries and mined in 50 of them. At current rates of consumption,…

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Kenya launches program to help improve nut crops

  NAIROBI – Kenya’s researchers said Thursday they have launched a program aimed at improving the growing of nut crop, processing and marketing. Eliud Kireger, director general of Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), said the country’s nut industry is performing poorly because most of the nut crops that were introduced in the country have aged, and are now producing low quality nuts. “We have started research on macadamia, groundnuts, coconut and cashew nuts to improve their quality to boost trade locally and internationally,” Kireger told journalists in Nairobi. Kireger…

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The Future of Zero Waste to Landfill and the New Carbon Tax

  South Africa is fast approaching a situation of running out of landfill space; the inevitable “day full” is on our doorstep. The roll-out of the country’s carbon tax – which is geared towards reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025 – will change the way that companies do business.   This was the message from Wasteplan CEO Bertie Lourens in a presentation at the 2019 SAPICS Conference in Cape Town. Africa’s leading event for supply chain professionals is hosted annually by SAPICS, The Professional Body…

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Going safely into the brave new world of 4IR

  Put cybersecurity at the heart of industrial digitisation on the journey to 4IR, warns GECI The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is changing the world as we know it, and South Africa is pinning its growth ambitions on a 4IR-enabled economy. But 4IR adoption without putting cyber safety first could undermine growth efforts and expand the risks to manufacturing, heavy industry and key infrastructure, warns GECI. GECI, a specialist in industrial cyber security, says key infrastructure, manufacturing and heavy industry is potentially at greater cyber risk than knowledge-based enterprises. “Industries…

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RTS Africa Group gets a ‘Fair’ chance to highlight its many leading industrial automation solutions.

  For the past three decades, the RTS Group has been introducing pioneering solutions to South Africa’s various industrial challenges. At the recent Africa Automation Fair held at the Ticketpro Dome in northern Johannesburg, the company joined the 124 other exhibitors in a quality exposition of control and automation. “South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly,” says RTS Africa group MD Ian Fraser. The advantages of automation, he explains, are considerable and include higher production rates, better productivity, better use of materials improved product…

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