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‘We need to insist that processed minerals are used as inputs into locally manufactured goods’

The Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo believes that it is through the exploitation of its raw materials that Namibia has a clear window of opportunity to transform the economy and effectively address the triple social ills of unemployment, poverty, and inequality. He said currently, Namibia’s biggest socio-economic challenge is unemployment, especially youth unemployment. He also said the country must insist that critical raw materials are not exported without value being added locally. Alweendo said this at a stakeholder meeting held in Windhoek recently. “And where possible, we need…

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ZAMBIA’S “GREEN CITY” PLAN NEEDS TO PRIORITIZE THE CLEANUP OF LEAD MINES

According to the Alliance for a Lead-Free Kabwe, a group of Zambian and international organizations, the Zambian government’s recent announcement to transform Kabwe into a “green city” could present a significant chance to tackle the toxic lead that has affected residents for many years. Elijah Muchima, acting minister of green economy and environment, disclosed the plan during a roundtable conference arranged by the alliance in Lusaka, the capital city, on March 2, 2023. Kabwe is known to be one of the most heavily polluted places globally, with lead and zinc…

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COPPER PRICES COULD SOAR 33% IN THE NEXT YEAR DUE TO LOW GLOBAL INVENTORIES

Copper prices could spike over the coming year as growing demand from China puts stress on already-thin inventories, according to top metal trader Trafigura. The economic-bellwether commodity currently trades at around $9,000 per metric ton and will likely top the record of $10,845 to potentially go as high as $12,000, said Kostas Bintas, co-head of metals and minerals at Trafigura, at the FT Commodity Global Summit. “I think it’s very likely in the next 12 months that we will see a new high,” he said, according to the Financial Times. “What’s…

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EPIROC WINS LARGE ORDER FOR MINING EQUIPMENT IN DRC

JCHX, a mining contractor, has ordered several Epiroc loaders, mine trucks and drill rigs, including service support, for use at the Kipushi zinc, copper, germanium and silver mine in the Haut-Katanga province in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. After decades of production the mine closed for care and maintenance in 1994. Construction started last year to re-open the mine, with late 2024 as target to start production. The equipment order is valued at about MUSD 17 (MSEK 175) and was booked in the first quarter 2023. “We look forward…

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The role of AI in consulting engineering

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming quite predominant and is going to be a major player within the next few years, reflects Sergio Castanheira, newly appointed Digital Lead – Enterprise Capabilities at globally trusted infrastructure firm AECOM. Tools like Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer, or ChatGPT, can assist with routine tasks like report writing, translation or even coding, to a certain degree. “AI is definitely going to augment our current skill set.” Castanheira says AECOM already has an Australian team focusing exclusively on workflows and automation routines. He points out that BIM…

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ABB supports National Water Week

Water Week is a national campaign to educate the public about their responsibility in water conservation initiatives The water industry needs to automate their processes to increase plant efficiency, productivity and reduce plant maintenance costs In terms of affordable SCADA and PLC solutions, ABB offers automation at all levels of complexity and as an enabler for future developments Potable water is treated before distributed in pipes across the entire city. The process runs 24/7 to enable fresh, safe access to water. The automation level in the water industry needs to…

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SBTi approves SKF’s near- and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets

SKF has received validation of its Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions reduction targets from the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). The SBTi has verified SKF’s net-zero target by 2050, validating both SKF’s near and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets. As the global body enabling companies and financial institutions to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science, SBTi validation means that SKF’s targets comply with their criteria and that targets are in line with both climate science and the goals of the Paris Agreement. SKF…

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IVANHOE MINES’ UPDATES ON THEIR PLATREEF PROJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Platreef Project is owned by Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd (Ivanplats), which is 64%-owned by Ivanhoe Mines. A 26% interest is held by Ivanplats’ historically disadvantaged, broad-based, black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) partners, which include 20 local host communities with approximately 150,000 people, project employees and local entrepreneurs. A Japanese consortium of ITOCHU Corporation, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, and Japan Gas Corporation, owns a 10% interest in Ivanplats, which it acquired in two tranches for a total investment of $290 million. The Platreef Project hosts an underground deposit of…

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Hitachi Energy high-voltage technology strengthens northern Namibian electricity backbone

Hitachi Energy’s leading high-voltage solutions will play a significant role in ensuring reliable power supply in Oshakati, Ongwediva, Ondangwa and surrounding areas. Zurich, March 22, 2023 As a pioneering technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all, Hitachi Energy is delivering a comprehensive range of high-voltage equipment to leading hydropower construction company Sinohydro Corporation Limited, to enhance NamPower’s Kunene and Omatando substations in northern Namibia. In order to meet Namibia’s rising electricity demand, NamPower, the country’s bulk electricity supplier, is implementing the two substations as part of…

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Fast-track, turnkey demolition solutions

By providing turnkey solutions, Jet Demolition ensures an optimised approach, as multiple contractors are replaced by a single service provider. It ensures a fast-track approach to projects, undertaking various activities simultaneously as opposed to having one contractor following on from the next. “We are committed to find the best and most viable solutions for our clients, based on streamlined design proposals that result in a cohesive approach,” comments Jet Demolition Contracts and Project Manager Kate Bester. “Our demolition projects are highly mechanised, thereby removing the direct physical interface between personnel…

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