Crushing’ the competition: Betterect builds semi-mobile crushing plant for Mozambique mine

Loading of bottom section of sizer base frame on SMCP project.

Crushing’ the competition: Betterect builds semi-mobile crushing plant for Mozambique mine

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Everising and First Cut: a cutting-edge partnership delivering premium equipment, consumables and technical support to South African steel fabricators.

Everising and First Cut: a cutting-edge partnership delivering premium equipment, consumables and technical support to South African steel fabricators.

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Best ranked tanks: Betterect employs pan-African project know-how and SA steel to build tanks for RioZim mine

The first completed tank for the RioZim project.

Betterect, a South African specialist in steel fabrication and erection of mining, petrochemical and other industrial structures, is drawing on its extensive experience of successfully delivering steel projects locally and across Africa to fabricate and install ten large steel tanks for RioZim, at its Cam and Motor gold mine in Zimbabwe. The tanks – of which the largest measure 12 m in diameter and 12.7 m in height – are part of an expansion of the gold processing plant at the mine. Betterect has also been appointed as the only…

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The Protea Network: helping businesswomen blossom!

The Protea Network: helping businesswomen blossom!

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Training to ‘frame’: SASFA’s very popular light steel frame building (LSFB) training course is essential for the building, construction and allied industries

Light steel frame building (LSFB) could become even more popular in South Africa than it already is, if local suppliers and builders are sufficiently well-trained and equipped to consistently produce quality light steel frame buildings. For this reason, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) offers a tailored five-day training course for builders, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. The course covers the basic components of the light steel frame building process, including the rationale for LSFB building requirements. Students graduate with a thorough understanding thereof, as well as…

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The strongest link is local: Africa must support African supply chains to unlock sustained economic growth

Erection of Convevors- Crushers and Screens by Betterect

 The current Covid19-related economic challenges both locally and throughout the Africa starkly highlight the need for pan-African companies and governments to support African supply chains, and in so doing, to boost economic activity on the continent. This can be achieved by procuring the production of goods and services for infrastructure and industrial projects via the mechanism of ‘Team Africa’, which is a concept in which local suppliers and manufacturers collaboratively supply mining, industrial, power generation and other sector projects. “Covid-19 provides further impetus for Africa to support its own supply…

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Turning challenges in the steel sector into opportunities

Despite the local steel sector currently experiencing tough challenges, some businesses within the steel supply chain have seized the opportunities presented by these challenges to grow their success. One such business is NitraLife, a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996. Of note is that the company supplies various parts of the steel sector supply chain in South Africa with their NitraCut and NitraSpray nitrogen generators, while also manufacturing the generators from local steel components. “We have worked hard to become independent and robust…

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STEEL INDUSTRY: THE PROTECTION OF AMSA IS IRRATIONAL – THEN WHY DO IT?

The Steel Industry is in de-industrialisation mode and the price of steel plays a significant role in this regard. Businesses in the steel downstream are downsizing and closing at an unprecedented rate due to them not being competitive, partly as a result of government’s policy of enforcing import duties to protect AMSA. A few days ago, a fire broke out at AMSA’s Vanderbijlpark plant. This is causing a backlog, increasing AMSA’s inability to supply. Strangely, instead of suspending the duties, AMSA even declined an application to allow companies to import…

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ArcelorMittal gets the go-ahead to buy steel manufacturer

The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved a large merger that will see ArcelorMittal SA acquire the steel and rail manufacturing business of Highveld Structural Mill, the Tribunal said in a statement on Wednesday. HSM, a subsidiary of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium, is the only producer of “heavy sections of long steel” in the country, according to the Tribunal. It went into business rescue in 2015 and ceased production. In 2017, however, it reinstated production of the heavy sections. ArcelorMittal, the largest steel company in Africa, announced the R300 million…

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SAISC Steel Awards – a huge success, but what now for the rest of industry?

On 10 October this year, some 900 people attended the South African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’S) annual Steel Awards held at three venues simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. And they were well rewarded for their attendance as this year they were treated to a record number of highly innovative entries. What is more, the Steel Awards enjoyed unprecedented sponsor support while the entries themselves with the most diverse seen to date. The range of building types entered was compendious and the quality and of the innovation brought…

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