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Institute to use programmes to address skill shortages

19th August 2022 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has taken a proactive role in addressing the engineering skills shortage through initiating self-paced online learning and informed mentorship programmes, says SAISC technical director Amanuel Gebremeskel. 

Institute encourages members to reuse steel

19th August 2022 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is set to draw on its standards and frameworks to encourage its member companies to reuse steel to promote environmental sustainability, says SAISC technical director Amanuel Gebremeskel. 

Institute encourages members to reuse steel
SMOOTH TRANSITION The institute is ready to assist companies with challenges facing industry

Company expects to benefit from its diverse portfolio offering

12th August 2022 In spite of chemical supply chain constraints, flow measurement and calibration technology company Wika expects to benefit from its diverse portfolio offering to provide quality instrumentation for clients. 

Hurdles in Central, East Africa hamper mining

29th July 2022 While the outlook for mining is bright, continued resource nationalism, increasing Chinese influence in mining affairs and illegal mining are significant challenges that Central and East Africa continues to face, says Boies Schiller Flexner partner Timothy Foden 

Company’s expertise wins multimillion-rand project

29th July 2022 Diversified engineering company Iritron has defied the odds brought on by supply chain challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, by winning a multimillion-rand, cross-border project that will assist Gabon-based manganese mining company Comilog increase its yearly tonnage, says Iritron CEO... 

Company’s expertise wins multimillion-rand project
ALWYN RAUTENBACH The semiconductor shortage prompted Iritron to look for alternative component suppliers

Project lets firm explore African opportunities

29th July 2022 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider ICON Group states that a recent contract to install high-density polyethylene (HDPE) linings at a gold mine tailings project, in Burkina Faso, has provided an opportunity to explore projects, and entrench its footprint across... 

Project lets firm explore African opportunities
SURFACE PREP ICON was appointed by geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax to install the HDPE linings for this project

New gauge assembly protects people and the environment

22nd July 2022 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments has launched its new Emission Control Gauge, referred to as the Emico gauge pressure measuring assembly, to ensure safety for people and the environment in critical processes, says Wika product specialist Sagadevan Kanniappen. 

Petrol refinery closures affect testing company

8th July 2022 The move from a hybrid petrol-producing country to a petrol-importing country is increasingly becoming a challenge for South Africa, as many companies have been shut down or bought out, says testing and inspection provider Oleum Process & Pipeline (OPP) services sales project engineer Stuart... 

Petrol refinery closures affect  testing company
BUSINESS EXPANSION Company at its testing station to test out new pipelines

New standards for municipalities

8th July 2022 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) technical committee has added new standards that municipality procurement teams need to adhere to when awarding tenders. 

New standards  for municipalities
STANDARD ENFORCEMENT Companies must strive to use quality products

Consulting engineering sector faces skills depletion

1st July 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to increased retrenchments and job losses in the consulting engineering industry, which, in turn, has led to a skills drain in the sector, temporary works consultant Waco Engineering Services MD Otto Botha says. 

Consulting engineering sector faces skills depletion
OTTO BOTHA Government projects are important because engineers gain the required skills and create job opportunities for community members, adding that the Sanral’s decision to cancel R17.47-billion in tenders will lead to delays in executing projects

Infrastructure rebuilding good test for sector

1st July 2022 The rebuilding of damaged infrastructure, in KwaZulu-Natal, after the devastating floods, will be a good test for the consulting engineering sector’s capacity to supplement skills shortages, says consulting engineering and scientist firm SRK Consulting MD Vis Reddy. 

Infrastructure rebuilding good test for sector
VIS REDDY Rebuilding projects will see many engineering companies hired to fix the infrastructure in the province.

Diamond miners require supportive regulation

17th June 2022 Government needs to provide regulatory laws that protect the interests of natural diamond owners with the rise of laboratory-grown diamonds in the market, Aim- and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell tells Mining Weekly. 

Diamond miners require supportive regulation
ILLUMINATING OPERATION Botswana Diamonds exploring the Thorny River licence area

Pandemic revives diamond industry

17th June 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the diamond industry, as supply constraints caused by the knock-on effects of the restrictions resulted in increased prices, after sustained periods of subdued commodities prices, says minerals processing plant supplier Bond Equipment business... 

Pandemic revives diamond industry
BUSINESS BOOMING In the period following the pandemic, the number of brownfield developments increased for the diamond industry in the Southern African region

Drones launched for boiler inspections

10th June 2022 Rope access specialist Skyriders introduced the new Elios SkyEye drones last month for use in non-destructive testing when inspecting boiler internals at power stations. 

Drones launched for  boiler inspections
BOILER INSPECTION Rope access Specialist adds drones for burner inspection

Automation supplier launches MV VSDs

3rd June 2022 Earlier this month electrification and automation product supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) extended their portfolio with the launch of the high-performance and cost-effective Delta MVF23/MVF20 series medium-voltage variable speed drives (VSDs).  

Automation supplier launches MV VSDs
NEW DRIVES The Delta MVF23/MVF20 series offers advanced flux-oriented vector control techniques, with or without the use off-speed sensors
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