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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Dekra Industrial – Encouraging women in safety to ‘dream it and achieve it’

Dekra Industrial, a leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT), inspections, advanced NDT technologies, aims to be the global partner for a safe world with the support of a dedicated team of people striving to ensure long-term safety, quality, and environmental protection.   Testament to this ethos is Dekra Industrial RSA’s encouraging approach to gender equality and respect, which is also reflected in its like-minded client base within the South African industrial sector.   Dekra Industrial RSA’s culture – combined with a positive working environment, and encouraging support from clients –…

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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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Bolt and Engineering Distributors’ Klerksdorp – helping customers to ‘find their bearings’ with excellent service and continuous innovation

While the North West region in South Africa is renowned for its precious resources, this province has also become a major centre for mining and agricultural activities alike.   Notably, the  regional town of Klerksdorp is an important trading hub – linking the mining centres of Johannesburg and Kimberley – and home to miners, farmers and other sectors servicing these industries; as well as one of the largest agricultural co-operatives in the southern hemisphere.   In light of this, Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group’s (B.E.D.’s) well-positioned and experienced Klerksdorp branch…

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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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Department monitors safety in mines

  The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) will intensify the monitoring and evaluation of mine health and safety management systems through inspections and audits during the remainder of the year. “As we approach the end of the year, all mine employers, employees, managers and supervisors are alerted to the historical high number of fatalities and injuries that occur during the last quarter of the year. This period is traditionally very difficult for health and safety at mines,” the department said on Tuesday. Historic data on mine accidents reveals…

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Dekra Industrial: keeping industry ‘on the safe side’ with holistic NDT and solutions

Dekra Industrial: keeping industry ‘on the safe side’ with holistic NDT and solutions

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Mining exploration finally gets some love from regulators

  Industry wants government to emulate Canada’s hugely successful exploration model to unlock financing. By Ciaran Ryan 12 Oct 2020  00:03 A flow-through tax incentive wouldn’t hurt SA’s revenue collections and would deliver considerable macro-economic impact, including immediate job creation. Image: Shutterstock It’s astonishing how fast things can change in a few months. A year ago mining exploration, while not exactly dead, was gasping for air. “There’s no reason why SA should not account for a far larger share of global investment in mineral exploration,” says Errol Smart, MD of junior miner Orion Minerals,…

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Agriculture the main pillar of Limpopo’s economy

  Tourism, mining and agriculture have proven to be Limpopo’s three main pillars that support the province’s economy, with the province now boasting the second most agricultural jobs in the country. The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo claims urgent government intervention is needed to prevent massive job losses, unemployment and the escalating skill shortages that continue to hamper the ailing Limpopo economy. Tourism, mining, and agriculture have proven to be Limpopo’s three main pillars that support the province’s economy. The party said in a media statement on Tuesday that although…

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