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Nadine Ramdass

Nadine Ramdass

Nadine Ramdass is a Creamer Media Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Concurrent rehabilitation improves community relations

19th April 2024 Midtier gold miner Pan African Resources’ concurrent rehabilitation at its Mogale tailings retreatment (MTR) project, located at the Mintails site, near Mogale City in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, is taking the steps required to repair relations with community stakeholders while ensuring value for the... 

Fibre optic cables improve monitoring, safety

19th April 2024 Innovative applications of fibre optic cable technology can provide a proactive solution to detect potential tailings storage facility (TSF) risks and improve protection of the associated environment, thereby vastly improving monitoring solutions, reports test and measurement solutions specialist... 

Fibre optic  cables improve monitoring, safety
STEWART CHAPERON Fibre optic cable technology provides a proactive solution to detect potential TSF risks and improve protection of the associated environment

Tailings equipment security, integrity spotlighted

19th April 2024 The industries involved in tailings retreatment and the rehabilitation of tailings storage facilities (TSFs) are increasingly moving towards more sustainable and socially responsible practices, which are driven by technological innovation, says installation and monitoring of instrumentation... 

Tailings equipment security, integrity spotlighted
MAINTENANCE MATTERS Maintenance at regular intervals can assist in prolonging equipment lifespan

Agreement extends stainless steel reach

5th April 2024 Austenitic stainless steels specialist N’GENIUS Materials Technology has reached an agreement with UK-based stainless steel manufacturer Project Pipeline Supply (PPS) to sell and distribute pipeline and piping packages with products made from the N’GENIUS Series of high-strength austenitic... 

Agreement extends stainless  steel reach
COVETED SPECS The N’GENIUS 316LM4N grade boasts significantly higher minimum yield and tensile strengths

Drone potential hindered by regulatory hurdles, lack of funding

29th March 2024 While the South African drone manufacturing sector could increase its participation in the international market, regulatory hurdles, as well as a lack of funding and government support, are some of the challenges hindering market growth. South Africa has relatively positive geopolitical... 

Drone potential hindered by regulatory hurdles, lack of funding
READY TO LAUNCH South Africa boasts a talented drone manufacturing industry that is impeded by lack of support

Regulations need to adapt to evolving industry – drone specialist

29th March 2024 A collaborative approach between industry authority the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and drone operators is critical in further easing regulations for new and existing drone operators while achieving airspace safety, says drone-based services specialist RocketDNA quality... 

Regulations need to adapt to evolving industry – drone specialist
TAKING FLIGHT Drone pilot training can range from two to three weeks, based on a trainee’s capabilities

Zimbabwean gas project spurs regional interest

22nd March 2024 Following the discovery of the Mukuyu gas field in the Cabora Bassa basin, in northern Zimbabwe, oil and gas explorer Invictus Energy is confident further discoveries will be made in the basin. The company aims to tap into the growing demand for energy in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries, and... 

Zimbabwean gas project spurs regional interest
PROJECT GASSED UP Invictus Energy has made two discoveries of gas in the Cabora Bassa basin of Zimbabwe

Gas industry undergoes shift amid depleting supply

22nd March 2024 The South African gas industry is experiencing pressure as gas supply from energy company Sasol’s Pande and Temane gas fields, in Mozambique, is expected to decline from 2026, while liquified natural gas (LNG) might be too expensive for the local market given international pricing and demand,... 

Gas industry  undergoes shift amid depleting supply
CHANGING LANDSCAPE Liquid natural gas imports through Matola in Mozambique and connecting to the ROMPCO pipeline remains the most viable option to replace current gas supplies in mid-2026

Environmental concerns cloud mineral sands mining

8th March 2024 With the mineral sands mining industry continuing to grow in South Africa, noncompliance with environmental regulations could become significantly costly for the environment and mining companies. Addressing these concerns requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders to ensure sustainable... 

Environmental concerns cloud mineral sands mining
TRUE COST The potential risk of irreversible damage because of mining operations must be weighed against commercial interests

Low demand threatens sustainability

1st March 2024 The South African steel sector is facing significant challenges, primarily because of oversupply, in addition to very little demand, coupled with economic constraints. Resolving these issues requires strategic alignment among steel mills, downstream merchants and policymakers to optimise... 

Low demand threatens sustainability
SPARKING GROWTH A stable, supportive business environment is essential for the long-term viability of the steel sector

Customs increase aims to level out steel products field

1st March 2024 Industry association Southern Africa Coil Coaters Association (SACCA) has applied for an increase in the general rate of customs duty on certain coated or plated flat-rolled steel. The proposed increase, from duty free to the World Trade Organisation-bound rate of 10% ad valorem, has gained... 

Customs increase aims to  level out steel products field
LEVEL FIELD The proposed tariff increase aims to eliminate loopholes exploited and enhance the competitive position of domestic manufacturers

Association remains steadfast amid challenging conditions

1st March 2024 On the back of the energy crisis and poor economic growth, steel consumption has decreased, resulting in the steel and steel-related industries contracting over the past decade. Despite these challenges, industry association Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa (HDGASA) remains... 

Association remains steadfast amid challenging conditions
MEETING NEEDS HDGASA offers an array of training programmes tailored to industry needs

Ringrollers brings its expertise to new sectors

1st March 2024 Leading steel products manufacturer Naledi Ringrollers has, for more than 50 years, been committed to high-quality standards and is making significant strides in the railway, general engineering, automotive and petrochemical industries. Through increased production capacity, Ringrollers has... 

Ringrollers brings its expertise to new sectors

Equity facility to facilitate innovation

23rd February 2024 The newly launched Defence Equity Facility (DEF) aims to bolster private equity and venture capital funds in European companies that are developing innovative technologies with dual-use components, within the European Union (EU), over the next four years. The facility was launched by financial... 

Equity facility to facilitate innovation
Photo by Oscar Romero
BUILDING BLOCKS The Defence Equity Facility is the first step in improving access to finance for the defence sector

Industry faces expertise shortage amid international competition

23rd February 2024 The South African defence industry continues to grapple with diminishing skills availability amid a competitive market dominated by international defence companies. However, increased government support could reinvigorate the industry, enabling it to compete on a global scale, says defence... 

Industry faces expertise shortage amid international competition
KEY PARTNERSHIPS Soteria's partnership with DroneShield enables Soteria to provide cutting-edge technology

Hybrid solutions to boost energy efficiency

2nd February 2024 Hybrid energy solutions combine various technologies that mining companies can integrate to establish a more reliable source of power, decrease operational costs and enhance their sustainability metrics. Such solutions are particularly useful amid mining companies’ encountering several challenges... 

Hybrid solutions to boost energy efficiency
NEW DEVELOPMENTS Emerging customised hybrid energy solutions can address various industry challenges

Standardising best practices to develop better project managers

26th January 2024 Through its commitment to advancing the profession, project management authority Project Management Institute (PMI) is focusing on improving efficiencies and ethical standards of asset-intensive industries by increasingly standardising best practices through its project management certifications.... 

Project management skillsets highlighted

26th January 2024 Developing projects in the mining industry, and other industries, demands a unique and complex set of skills. These skills are often more specialised compared to those typically required for core mining operations. Possessing these advanced skillsets is crucial for facilitating growth within the... 

Gold miner eyes significant growth with project

15th December 2023 Midtier gold miner Pan African Resources aims to increase gold production by about 50 000 oz/y by 2025 through its Mintails project, which will increase the miner’s yearly production to about 250 000 oz. The project consists of the Mogale Tailings Retreatment (MTR) plant which will process the... 

Gold miner eyes significant growth  with project
ELIKHULU TAILINGS RETREATMENT PLANT Pan African has modeled the Mogale Tailings Retreatment plant after plants at its Elikhulu and Barberton sites

Developer progressing Gauteng project

15th December 2023 Gold explorer, developer and producer West Wits Mining’s Witwatersrand Basin project (WBP) is set to reinvigorate the gold mining sector of west Johannesburg, says West Wits Mining COO Rudi Deysel. The project involves the development of three mining reefs –the Main, Kimberley and Bird reefs. 

Developer progressing Gauteng project
STRIKING GOLD The Witwatersrand Basin project comprises a declared resource of 4.28-million ounces of gold

Startup elevates local production, aims for rapid growth

8th December 2023 To promote renewable energy and local manufacturing, lithium battery manufacturing startup IG3N produces battery storage systems to address the intermittent nature of renewable energy while providing an alternative to imported batteries and its associated challenges. A drawback of solar... 

Hybrid solutions gain traction amid energy challenges

8th December 2023 As loadshedding continues to impact businesses, many corporates are opting for hybrid solutions that leverage grid, generator, and renewable energy, mainly solar, to alleviate the pressure of unreliable power supply. In addition to providing a more consistent energy supply, hybrid solutions can... 

Microgrids gain traction to combat critical outage impacts

8th December 2023 Microgrids are gaining traction globally owing to its ability to alleviate the impact of critical outages, caused by extreme weather, climate events, and various other reasons.  Microgrids can secure and provide power for 'critical loads' such as hospitals and data centres when the main grid is... 

Microgrids gain traction to combat critical outage impacts
DOMINIC GONCALVES Integrating microgrids offers significant benefits in South Africa

Industry fundamentals require re-addressing

1st December 2023 Fundamental challenges present in South Africa’s mining and exploration sector need to be addressed to reinvigorate and promote further development of the industries in the country, according to the outcomes of a panel discussion titled ‘Reviving mining and exploration in South Africa’, which... 

Industry fundamentals require  re-addressing
PROACTIVE STANCE Stakeholders need to collaborate and address fundamental issues impacting exploration

West Africa focus

1st December 2023 To meet the growing demand for broadening the range of skill sets in West Africa's burgeoning mining industry, in an effort to cater to its development challenges and various other issues, engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting, through its West Africa hub in Accra, in Ghana, has been... 

West Africa focus
UNEARTHING MINING POTENTIAL SRK is expanding its services to cater to West Africa's mining needs

Policy changes attract investment

1st December 2023 Recent mining policy reforms in Malawi aim to facilitate the sustainable development of the country’s mining industry and mining practices as well as reap the “full benefits” of the country’s vast mineral wealth, reports law firm Sitef and Co director Mihlali Sitefane. Malawi's mining... 

Policy changes  attract investment
STRIKING GOLD Malawian mining policy reforms aim to facilitate sustainable development and increase benefits

Financial software simplifies data collection

1st December 2023 Finnivo software aims to simplify financial reporting processes for mining companies in Africa by automating the data collection process, thereby enabling finance teams to focus more on analysis and the effective presentation of results. The Finnivo software is developed and supported by a... 

Financial software simplifies data collection
BRIDGING GAPS Finnivo is a ‘one-stop shop’ that caters for all reporting and planning aspects

Manufacturing Indaba fosters industry ties

17th November 2023 The recent Manufacturing Indaba conference provided State-owned research body National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) with a platform to highlight the importance of accurate measurements in manufacturing, as well as to showcase its solutions and engage with customers. As an exhibitor... 

Manufacturing Indaba fosters industry ties
REACHING THE RIGHT AUDIENCE The Manufacturing Indaba gives NMISA the opportunity to showcase its offerings to the manufacturing sector

Sustainable gas development needed for South Africa

10th November 2023 Accelerated exploration in the oil and gas sector is critical for South Africa to boost economic development, help meet climate change targets by offering less carbon-intensive fossil fuels, and ensure energy security, says Mineral Resources and Energy Deputy Minister Dr Nobuhle Nkabane. At the... 

Sustainable gas development needed for South Africa
NOBUHLE NKABANE Responsible development of oil and gas resources is crucial to improve energy access in sub-Saharan Africa

Oil, gas development activism lambasted

10th November 2023 Lengthy and costly litigation is stymying significant progress in exploration and development of oil and gas deposits in South Africa, according to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe who spoke at the third yearly Southern Africa Oil and Gas Conference, held at the Cape Town... 

Oil, gas development activism lambasted
Photo by Donna Slater
GWEDE MANTASHE The SADC region was endowed with vast oil and gas deposits

Health, safety measures boost productivity

10th November 2023 In the oil and gas sector, prioritising the health and safety of workers is crucial, particularly considering that operating in onshore and offshore environments presents unique health challenges that need to be addressed effectively. Experienced workers being affected by various health... 

Health, safety measures boost productivity
RISKY MEASURES Onshore and offshore environments presents unique health challenges

Supplier addresses challenges through product offering

3rd November 2023 The mining industry requires innovative and automated solutions to mitigate the impact of various challenges, which industrial product supplier Bolts and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) provides through customised technology solutions. Mining companies adjust to lower commodities demand and... 

Supplier addresses challenges through product offering
MAVIC 3 ENTERPRISE DRONE The drone offers several advantages for surveying and mapping purposes

Optimising to address issues

3rd November 2023 As mining operations contend with various industry challenges, operations and maintenance  specialist Associated Energy Sources (AES) MD Chris Paterson points to energy plant optimisation and alternative energy solutions as techniques to mitigate operational challenges and facilitate growth amid... 

Optimising to address issues
SPECIALISED TEAM Operation and maintenance of a turnkey new boiler house installation executed by AES projects division

Protection systems simplify safety

6th October 2023 Conveyor materials handling original-equipment-manufacturer Electrotron’s ScanBelt suite of conveyor belt protection systems helps to improve safety and efficiency while decreasing downtime and damage to machinery. The range comprises monitoring and safety systems designed in accordance with... 

Protection systems simplify safety
EVOLVING FEATURES Electrotron continues to improve its systems to meet customer needs

Crane-less technology simplifies turbine repair

29th September 2023 Given the increasing size and weight of wind turbine components, ‘crane-less technology’ is becoming more relevant in the wind energy sector and will likely be adopted more widely in South Africa in the coming years, says power plant operator 3Energy CEO Florian Kroeber. While the term crane-less... 

Crane-less technology simplifies turbine repair
CRANE-LESS SOLUTION Crane-less technology mitigates the need for large ground-operated cranes for maintenance purposes

Offshore wind energy offers value to energy mix

29th September 2023 Offshore wind energy has significant potential to provide a consistent source of renewable energy and create jobs in South Africa. While there are challenges to overcome, such as grid upgrades and maintenance costs, the benefits of offshore wind make it a promising solution to the country’s... 

Offshore wind energy offers value  to energy mix
CHANDA NXUMALO Offshore wind energy provides a consistent source of renewable energy

Windaba focuses on wind energy sector impact

29th September 2023 The twelfth edition of Windaba, hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), will focus on the impact of wind energy, its role in the energy mix, and related industry and energy challenges. The event will be held from October 3 to 5 at the Cape Town International Convention... 

Windaba focuses on wind energy sector impact
NIVESHEN GOVENDER Renewable energy must be at a pace that will not risk energy security

Integrated reporting tool to be launched at Indaba

22nd September 2023 Advisory company SSC Advisory will introduce its new integrated reporting tool, which is designed to assist clients in managing their environmental, social and governance (ESG) compliance performance, at the upcoming Joburg Indaba, due to be held on October 4 and 5 at the Inanda Club in... 

Integrated reporting tool to be launched at Indaba
GODKNOWS MUDIMU The integrated tool assists in tracking key sustainability metrics in real time

Regional beneficiation proffered

22nd September 2023 Africa's mining industry is poised for a significant boost, as the demand for critical minerals used in renewable energy technologies continues to grow; however, several barriers to foreign investment in critical minerals in Africa remain, including political instability, corruption and conflicts... 

Regional beneficiation proffered
ENCOURAGING EXPLORATION African countries must develop progressive mining laws to reap the benefits of critical minerals demand

Expansion project strengthens mining operation

22nd September 2023 A $1.8-billion expansion programme at platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Zimplats’ – the Zimbabwean PGMs mining business of South African PGMs major Impala Platinum (Implats) – Ngezi operation, in Zimbabwe, is under way and includes the expansion of existing smelter capacity. Located on the... 

Embracing digital tools to improve efficiency

22nd September 2023 The South African mining industry is increasingly integrating digital tools to improve efficiency and control operation costs, representing a significant shift from previous years where digital technology was seen as merely an add-on to mining operations, says consulting firm PwC smart mining... 

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