Guideline for short interval control in mining published

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) has published the Guideline for implementing short interval control in underground mining operations. Short interval control (SIC) is a structured system in which data from mining processes is reviewed and action taken accordingly. This guideline provides a roadmap to increase the speed and likelihood of success during SIC implementation […]

Triple-sealed bearings launched at NAMPO 2019

Bearings International (BI) has launched its locally-designed Agri HUB bearings with tri-ply seals for agriculture equipment ranging from planters to combine harvesters. The launch took place during Grain SA’s NAMPO 2019 Harvest Day at Bothaville, Free State. BI marketing manager Victor Strobel says the bearings are encapsulated within a hub with a labyrinth seal against dust […]

Digital farming’s inroads into South African agriculture

Farmers, investors and entrepreneurs in agriculture are not new to digital technology, but the recent NAMPO Harvest Day trade show held this week in Bothaville, Free State, indicates how advanced and popular these solutions have become. The term “precision farming” describes the important role that geospatial technologies such as GNSS and satellite imagery play in […]

Annual flameproof symposium held

The South African Flameproof Association (SAFA) hosted its Annual Symposium 2019 on 9 May 2019 at Carnival City Casino in Brakpan, Ekurhuleni. A total of six papers, networking breaks and a panel discussion were presented at the symposium. The papers were presented by delegates from Digital Matters; Explolabs; Mining and Surface Certification (MASC); SALLAB Explosion […]

Open letter on the boiler and mill problems at Medupi and Kusile

. * Mr Alex Ham worked for Eskom for 30 years, where he held the position of Chief Engineer: Power Station Design. During this period, he was responsible for the overall design of Eskom’s Lethabo, Majuba, Matimba and Kendal power stations. During the latter part of his career, he was appointed Executive Director: Technology. He […]

Appointment of acting electricity regulator questioned as legal challenges mount

. Ms Nomfundo Maseti has been re-appointed acting electricity regulator board member at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) with effect from 1 March 2019, after her previous term as acting electricity regulator board member expired on 28 February 2019. This is the second 12-month term by Maseti as acting electricity regulator at […]

South Africa to host WEF C4IR

South Africa and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have signed a host government accord to establish an affiliate centre of the WEF’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre (C4IR). The WEF established the C4IR in San Francisco in the USA in March 2017, as a hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations […]