Rand-Air strikes gold – again! – Repeat hire to long-standing customer in the gold mining sector

  Rand-Air has been the established leader in the local portable air compressor and generator rental market for 47 years, recently also introducing pumps to its popular rental range. With a central ethos of exceptional customer service – coupled with the regular training and development of its people – the company’s dedication to excellence has paid off once again: this time, in the form of valuable repeat business from a long-standing customer in the gold mining sector. Recently, Rand-Air secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining…

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SA looks to mining industry to fuel Covid-19 recovery

  The need to rebuild investor confidence in a sector that once formed the bedrock of Africa’s most-industrialised economy was identified. By Mike Cohen, Felix Njini and Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg 17 Sep 2020  15:37 Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg South Africa is banking on a rejuvenation of its flagging mining industry to help counter the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus and a lockdown that was imposed to curb its spread. The need to rebuild investor confidence in a sector that once formed the bedrock of Africa’s most-industrialised economy was identified as a key tenet…

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Two sectors may be SA’s economic revivers

    Mining and agriculture were among the stand-out performers during what is set to be known as the ‘pandemic quarter’. An increase in maize exports and rising international demand for citrus fruits and pecan nuts helped the agricultural sector expand by more than 15% in Q2. Image: Shutterstock Statistics SA predicts that the second quarter of this year will become known as the ‘pandemic quarter’. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by just over 16% between the first and second quarters. However, according to PwC chief economist Lulu Krugel, mining…

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Modernising water infrastructure: what will it take to address the water challenges in Africa?

JOHANNESBURG, SA,  Water is a critical resource and has a tremendous impact on Africa’s development. Unfortunately, climate change, together with a soaring population, has led to an increase in the demand for water – a demand that in many countries, outstrips the available resources. As the availability of water declines, the facilitation of water for domestic consumption, agriculture and other uses is becoming critical, as is the modernising of water infrastructure to meet the growing demand. Bear in mind that Africa is a continent with 1.2 billion people, and a…

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Manufacturing contracts for 8th straight month, but mining sees surprise jump

  Mar 12 2020 14:43 Londiwe Buthelezi Manufacturing production in South Africa decreased for the eighth consecutive in January 2020 as sectors such motoring, wood and as chemicals producers extended declines that they’ve registered in the past few months. Production fell by 2% in January, which was, however, better than the 5.9% contraction recorded in December, when Eskom implemented unprecedented stage 6 load shedding. Nine out of 10 manufacturing divisions in the country experienced a drop in activity, said Statistics SA’s director of industry statistics, Nicolai Claassen. Wood, paper, publishing and…

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Rand-Air’s portable LED lighting units: placing mines in a favourable light

With the enormous investment placed in large open-pit mines, the pressure is on these operations to produce. Inevitably, this dictates that they work around the clock. However, working at night does present some very real potential safety hazards which are not present during the hours of daylight. This is according to Craig Swart, Fleet Manager at Rand-Air, the leading local provider of compressed air and power to the mines, as well as to many other industry sectors. “The most serious potential hazard in an open-pit mine – even during daylight…

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RTS Africa Technologies principal H2Scan opens new Environmental Conditioning Laboratory to further ‘refine’ hydrogen detection in gas process streams

Hydrocarbon fuels are essential for our daily existence. However, extracting usable fuels from crude oil is a complex process in which hydrogen plays a cardinal role, as the correct levels of hydrogen in a refinery process stream largely determine the quality of the final product. “At RTS Africa Technologies, we have been distributing H2Scan hydrogen detection and analysis products for the past decade. In particular, H2Scan’s Hy-Optima range of products have numerous applications in South Africa’s oil refineries,” says Ian Fraser, MD of RTS Africa Group, a Tshwane-based company specialising…

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Moving with the times – Pilot Crushtec makes coal crushing simple and mobile

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If the 21st century has taught us anything, it is that that things are changing quicker than ever before. To succeed in the current business landscape, companies need to be agile and tool their operations to cater to the ever-changing environment with innovative and appropriate solutions. Case and point is a company operating in KwaZulu Natal that had to rethink their equipment needs, to meet the requirements of their client. The company has had to increase their average monthly processed coal production from some 20 000 tons a month to just…

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Planned new coal plants seen as threat to 26 ‘frontier countries’

JOHANNESBURG – Plans for new coal plants threaten to push 26 “frontier countries”, including South Africa, into a cycle of coal-dependency, according to the latest Global Coal Exit List (GCEL), released yesterday.More than 200 financial institutions are now registered users of the database and investors representing close to $10 trillion (R146.6trln) in assets are using one or more of the GCEL’s criteria to screen coal companies in their portfolios. The index is compiled by Germany’s non-profit Urgewald and 30 other non-government organisations. GCEL said 26 commercial banks had committed to…

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South Africa’s rand strengthens, reignited by upbeat remarks from U.S. Federal reserve chairman

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand strengthened against the dollar on Monday, with momentum reignited by upbeat remarks from the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman and a Chinese economic stimulus package. At 0734 GMT the rand was 0.34% firmer at 14.7700 per dollar from an overnight close of 14.8200. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said on Friday in Zurich the central bank will continue to act “as appropriate” to sustain the economic expansion in the world’s biggest economy, sticking to a phrase that financial markets have read as signalling further interest-rate reductions…

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