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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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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