Autodesk acquisition delivers powerful urban design platform into South Africa

Autodesk announced the completion of its acquisition of Oslo, Norway-based Spacemaker on November 24, 2020, for $240 million net of cash. This represents Autodesk’s thirteenth investment in design and construction solutions providers in three years, including five acquisitions.   Spacemaker helps architects and urban designers maximise developers’ long-term property investments and realise the full potential of the site by enabling them to quickly generate, optimise and iterate on design options taking into consideration design criteria and data like terrain, maps, wind, lighting, traffic, zoning, etc. Further, supporting the effort to…

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Juanita Fisher-Hill: a powerful woman creating strong customer connections

As the designated sole distributor for Anderson Power Products (APP) – the international leader in high-power interconnect solutions in Southern Africa – Alexander and Poole not only supplies the full APP product range; but greatly values and concertedly drives a strategy of consistent contact and connections, resulting in resilient customer-supplier relationships.   Powerfully connected Captivating industry with a wealth of powerful connections is National Sales Manager for Alexander and Poole Juanita Fisher-Hill, who is responsible for the sale and distribution of APP products in South Africa.   As the face…

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Glencore to Reopen One of World’s Biggest Cobalt Mines in Congo

Glencore Plc could reopen its Mutanda Mining copper and cobalt project in Democratic Republic of Congo by the end of 2021, about two years after idling the mine. Congo’s new mines minister, Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi met with representatives from the Swiss company Monday to discuss the restart of the mine, which closed in November 2019, the ministry said in a statement sent to reporters. Mutanda “will start the commissioning of operations towards the end of this year in order to allow the return to production in 2022,” Glencore said in a separate emailed statement.A…

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Rand-Air’s committed fleet renewal makes agility count for customers

As the market focuses increasingly on improving operations to ensure profitability and sustainability, businesses require swift access and reliability from the latest technologically-advanced products and solutions, which will offer the highest quality and efficiency.   As such, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, and part of the global Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division believes in pursuing constant fleet renewal to ensure customers receive the best fit possible: the right fleet, at the right time and at the…

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Large methane cloud detected in South Africa

A cloud of methane was detected by satellite near coal mines in South Africa, drawing attention to a lesser-known environmental risk that comes from using the dirtiest fossil fuel. The potent greenhouse gas — methane traps roughly 84 times more heat than carbon dioxide in its first two decades in the atmosphere — was emitted at an estimated rate of 65 metric tons an hour on May 10, according to Kayrros SAS. The Paris-based analytics company found the leak by parsing European Space Agency satellite observations. It was the worst…

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Involving the youth in the mining sector is key to addressing rampant unemployment rates

Opinion Piece By Carol Brandt, Metallurgy Training Manager at PRISMA Training Solutions, a member of the Workforce Training and Consulting Group Youth unemployment is a longstanding issue for South Africa, and one which was made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. The mining industry has a pivotal role to play in solving this crisis. As one of the largest economic sectors in the country, it employs many people, and additionally creates an entire value chain of peripheral services. Getting the youth involved in mining and related industries will not…

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‘Tipping the scales’: Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group weighs up well with cutting-edge services to Klerksdorp customer.

The investment in customers’ businesses through a solutions-driven approach, continuous, personal interactions and outstanding customer service ensures long-standing and strong relationships, with notable achievements in operational efficiency.   For Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group (B.E.D.), which supplies a vast product range to a wide variety of industry sectors – including agriculture, mining, materials handling, working at height and welding – this dedicated commitment has resulted in many robust service accomplishments over the years:   “In particular, B.E.D.’s consistent interaction with valued industrial weighing equipment manufacturer and supplier Klerkscale for more…

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ArcelorMittal SA vows to address SA’s steel shortages

  JOHANNESBURG – ARCELORMITTAL South Africa (Amsa) said in its 2020 integrated annual report that it was committed to addressing the country’s steel shortages. Chief executive Kobus Verster said on Friday the group had experienced considerable delays with starting the N5 blast furnace in Newcastle. Verster said the N5 setbacks were frustrating, particularly because of the group’s intense focus on addressing customers’ steel shortages that had been building up since before Covid-19. “In the new year we have budgeted and planned to fix the problems caused by the unusual post-pandemic…

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‘World platinum demand will outstrip supply’

JOHANNESBURG – THE WORLD Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) yesterday projected an annual deficit of the metal this year and next year, with demand expected to outstrip supply on the back of ongoing processing disruptions in South Africa and mine closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The WPIC said it expected the market to shift to a record annual deficit of 1.2 million ounces this year, compared with a prior estimate of 336 000 ounces only two months ago. The council said the deficit would be -224 000 ounces for 2021.…

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West Coast beach mining challenged by environmentalists

Environmentalists concerned over massive expansion into critical biodiversity areas. By John Yeld, GroundUp 15 Nov 2020 Current beach mining operations for heavy minerals on the West Coast north of the Olifants River estuary. Image: GroundUp Government is facing a High Court challenge that goes to the heart of a surge in mining and prospecting applications along several hundred kilometres of the West Coast and offshore. The legal challenge is to specific decisions taken by the government: its approval of a massive expansion of the current Tormin mineral sands beach mining operation near Lutzville, and…

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