Flameproof switchgear for enhanced safety and system protection

Becker Mining South Africa’s Energy Distribution division manufactures customised switchgear, designed for the efficient distribution of electrical power, energy co-generation, rectification and traction. “These systems are certified for safe and dependable use in hazardous and non-hazardous applications in surface and underground mining, as well as chemical and petrochemical plants,” says Nico de Lange, Vice President: Operations & Systems, Becker Mining South Africa. “Becker’s compact flameproof KE 1008 1.1 kV switchgear units, which are imported from Germany and adapted to customer requirements, comprise power bus technology and plug connections, that ensure…

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Logistics -Transportation 

Forestry operators get superb spot cultivation from ten-year partnership

PRODUCT | Established in 2009, Novelquip Forestry, a South African designer, manufacturer and exporter of forestry soil preparation and planting equipment, celebrates its 13th anniversary this year. Over the years, the company has trusted Volvo excavators, particularly the EC55D (and previous models), as the base machine of choice for its flagship MPAT pitting equipment, forging a 10-year relationship with Babcock in the process. With a workforce of nine people, Novelquip’s workshop is based in the coastal town of George, Western Cape. While the company offers a wide range of solutions –…

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GROUNDBREAKING 

An innovative alternative to mechanical seals

BMG’s range of Garlock sealing products includes a versatile sealing system that replaces mechanical seals in industrial pump applications. Garlock’s Hydra-Just system is a reliable, leak-free rotary sealing system, which consists of a minimal number of components and comes completely split, eliminating the need for a costly dismantling process or backup equipment. Machinery can be serviced without having to uncouple the motor. “Because this system provides cool, dry operation, with no product dilution, overall water consumption is significantly reduced. Unlike mechanical seals, this sealing system can withstand fluctuations in water…

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Logistics -Transportation 

Transnet concludes its evaluation of bids for slots on two major corridors

TRANSNET has concluded the evaluation of applications received for the sale of slots on the Container and Cape Corridor that was advertised on April 1, 2022 and closed on August 31, 2022, Transnet Freight Rail said in a statement issued on November 23. The media statement continues, in finalising the slot sales process, as communicated to all interested and qualifying parties, there are governance activities underway including the recommendation and final approval of the evaluation outcome for both the Container Corridor (Gauteng to Durban) and the Cape Corridor (Gauteng to…

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Logistics -Transportation Tourism-Hospitality 

Experts collaborate to diversify Moz tourism economy

Tourism marketing and business development experts are working closely with the Government of Mozambique to diversify the tourism economy and address other barriers facing the sector. Co-founded by business development expert Cordelia Masher and tourism marketing specialist Nikki Weidemann, Destination Mozambique is working to fill marketing, collaboration and skills development gaps. “What we have noticed is that many properties first have to explain everything about Mozambique, the location that they are situated in and the country’s political and economic environment, before they can even get to promoting their business,” says Masher. Destination Mozambique…

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National 

TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BANK WILL FINANCE COPPER AND COBALT PROJECTS IN THE DRC THROUGH TRAFIGURA

FOLLOWING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SWISS COMPANY OPERATING IN THE MINING SECTOR ON CONGOLESE SOIL, TRAFIGURA AND THE EAST AFRICAN TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BANK, THE SWISS COMMODITY TRADER, TRAFIGURA ANNOUNCES THAT THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION WILL FINANCE COPPER AND COBALT PROJECTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC). Through Trafigura, the financial institution will act as lead arranger for a $600 million syndicated loan with other banks for Congolese company Chemaf and its parent company based in Dubai, Shalina resources. Indeed, these funds will essentially be used to complete the construction…

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National 

OVER 7.306 MILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL PRODUCED IN DRC BY THE END OF OCTOBER 2022 (REPORT)

OIL COMPANIES IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) PRODUCED 7 MILLION 306 THOUSAND 590 BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL IN THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF 2022. This is what emerges from the summary of statistical information from the Central Bank of Congo (BCC) published on November 15, 2022. During the same period last year (2021), this document informs, oil companies based in the DRC had recorded production of around 7,718,521 barrels. There is thus a slight drop in production during the first ten months of 2022 compared to last year,…

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Agriculture NEWS 

FISP: Govt devises a way to immediately pay farmers as soon as they meet the set conditions

The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that Government has issued letters of credit to all the suppliers contracted for the 2022/2023 Farmer Input Support Program – FISP, which they can claim full payments once they meet the set minimum delivery conditions. This follows reports that had earlier emerged that most of the current suppliers for the Famers Input Support program – FISP have delayed delivering their quotas because the Government has not yet paid them and are cash-strapped. Agriculture Permanent Secretary Green Mbozi however said the government has devised a way such that suppliers…

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Agriculture NEWS 

Challenges of farmers on the spotlight at COP27

The climate crisis effects are felt all over the world with certain regions, particularly disaster-stricken. Farmers are on the front and have to look for ways to adapt before they can no longer feed their communities or sell fruits of their toil. Some of them are attending the UN climate summit in Egypt and described the new challenges and problems they are experiencing as a result of climate change. “We can see the (effects of) climate change, that okay the growing season is long so now we can have new…

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GROUNDBREAKING 

For high efficiency pumping in tough places

BMG’s Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps – the SF series – are used mainly on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry. “SF heavy duty pumps, which offer pulsation-free pumping delivery, are designed to pump any grade of lube oil, including high viscosity oils. These pumps are particularly suitable for transporting media with minimal lubricity, that is chemically compatible and does not contain solids,” says Joe Pinheiro, BMG’s National Product Manager, Pumps. “SF gear pumps are used as circulation pumps in oil lube systems,…

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