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Growsmart Western Cape finalists announced

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Children from across the Western Cape are preparing for a thrilling battle of the brains in the hopes of becoming Growsmart champions. Growsmart is the leading education initiative by Growthpoint Properties in collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Education, is an annual programme focused on boosting the literacy, numeracy and science performance of primary school children. The competition has now reached its most challenging stage yet for the fierce, young intellects. Of the 160 schools that began participating in the competition at the beginning of year, the top 22 teams of three learners each have advanced to face each other in the finals. Growsmart is proud to announce the 2018 competition finalists are: Literacy: Northpine Primary, Hillwood Primary, Liwa Primary, Marconi Beam Primary and Dr. van der Ross Primary. Mathematics: Blomvlei Primary, St Augustine’s Primary, Spine View Primary, Yellowwood Primary and Palm Park Primary. Science: Welcome Primary, Tuscan…

thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programme develops people for a sustainable future

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thtyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programmes are successfully developing people to secure a sustainable future not only for the company, but also for southern African industry and the regions in which thyssenkrupp is operating. “We are very happy to contribute to the development of skills in South Africa with this programme and are proud to see the fantastic results our apprentices have achieved,“ says Philipp Nellessen, CEO of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Sub-Sahara Africa. “In developing technical competent employees for the future, our programmes are part of the solution in meeting the challenges of unemployment and skills shortages facing South Africa. Successful apprentices are armed with thyssenkrupp plant and equipment knowledge enabling them to provide engineering and technical support to our Field Services, Site Teams, O&M Contracts as well as the Service Centre workshops,“ Nellessen concludes. “Upliftment through skills development and job creation are the …

Brand new from Wacker Neuson, the MCT36-5 walk-behind concrete trowel, for perfect concrete finishing results

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Wacker Neuson, global specialist in light and compact equipment design, manufacture and supply, proudly introduces the new MCT36-5 M Series walk-behind concrete trowel to the southern African market. Equipped with everything that is needed to deliver superior concrete finishing results, this machine is affordable and easy to operate and maintain, delivering prolonged uptime and lowest total cost of ownership for end-users. “This rugged and robust concrete specialist which complements our existing range of walk-behind trowels is exactly what the local construction industry and concrete contractors have been waiting for,” says Dennis Vietze, Managing Director of Wacker Neuson Sub-Saharan Africa. “Most industries are under constant pressure to reduce input costs while increasing output and the construction industry is certainly no different. We listened to what our customers wanted and, with our over 60 years of experience as a market leader in concrete finishing, we responded with t…

SKF Automotive Packaging re-launches the CR seals brand

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SKF, a leading global supplier of premium quality bearings, seals and related products, introduced a new packaging design for its vehicle aftermarket products in 2017. This introduction was a continuation of a global roll out of the new packaging that started in 2016. In addition to synchronizing the global packaging, SKF – inspired by the 140th anniversary in 2018 of the founding of Chicago Rawhide (CR) – has decided to re-launch the CR Seals brand as a pure product brand within the SKF portfolio. Chicago Rawhide, founded in 1878, became a well-known supplier of seals to a variety of industry segments, including automotive, industrial, truck and marine markets. CR was acquired by SKF in 1990 and the brand was eventually retired in 2007. Since then, CR has maintained high brand recognition in the market where many channel partners still use the CR name. The SKF packaging design stays true to the company’s traditional blue color for bearings and green color for seals, and incorpo…

New remote monitor for automatic lubrication systems

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SKF announces the introduction of its LRM2 lubrication remote monitor. Compatible with oil or grease, the monitor is designed for use with lubrication systems that cannot be checked daily due to the nature or position of the application. The LRM2 can be used on single-line, dual-line and progressive lubrication systems and can communicate with a pump or group of pumps on a system of the same type. The monitor utilises a SIM card similar to those found in cell phones to send and receive text messages via iOS or android mobile devices or via e-mail to a computer. Featuring two digital inputs and outputs, the LRM2 sends both low-level and fault messages. The monitor can be used to start an additional lubrication cycle and can be reset simply by sending a message from a mobile device or computer. In addition, no special software is required as system information can be accessed using a web browser. The LRM2 is suitable for wind energy, railroad wayside, cable car and wastewater tr…

Quality Powermite/Conductix festoon systems keep electric bulk materials handling machinery moving

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Mobile electric bulk materials handling machinery found across a wide spectrum of sectors, from open cast and underground mines to quarries, stockyards and ports, require energy, data, air and/or fluids to operate. Extended uptime and high productivity levels, a consequence of equipment reliability and longevity, are fundamental to sustainable production and subsequently the profitability of these large operations. Consequently, it is paramount that festoon systems, the life blood of these machines, operate seamlessly, even under the harshest conditions. “Incorporating state-of-the-art, world-class technology, our specialised Conductix festoon systems are next level when it comes to quality, reliability and efficiency,” notes Rolf Lung, Managing Director of Powermite, a specialist supplier of electrical and mechanical equipment for moving machinery to local industry for close on 50 years. “Powermite aligns itself only with quality products and the Conductix-Wampfler brand is reno…

Atlas Copco BD+ air dryer range - maximum efficiency meets ultra-reliability

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Atlas Copco’s class-leading BD 100+ - 300+ heat reactivated adsorption desiccant air dryer range is designed and engineered with a focus on delivering maximum efficiency and reliability in diverse ambient conditions. The air dryer range effortlessly meets every requirement for demanding applications that require an uninterrupted, ultra-reliable supply of clean, high quality air. “Ever cognisant of customers’ ongoing drive to reduce energy consumption, the BD+ range keeps energy costs to a minimum by using mainly heated ambient air to dry its desiccant as part of the regeneration cycle,” states Wayne Jacobs, Business Line Manager, Industrial Air Division at Atlas Copco Compressor Technique. Jacobs adds that the BD+ blower purge technology delivers further cost and energy savings by allowing the downsizing of both the BD+ desiccant dryer and the compressor. The BD+ range which comprises five models with capacities ranging from 100 l/s (212 cfm) to 300 l/s (636 cfm), features two-stag…

Double up on power and flexibility with Atlas Copco QAC TwinPowerTM generators

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The innovative and smart design of the new QAC 1100 and QAC 1450 TwinPower™ containerised generators from Atlas Copco Power Technique present the ultimate power solution for applications that have variable power needs. “End-users receive twice the power and double the flexibility on a single compact platform, making the economic viability of the QAC 1100 and QAC 1450 second-to-none,” says David Stanford, Atlas Copco Power Technique Business Line Manager - Portable Products. The advanced TwinPower concept offers two fully loaded generators housed in one 20-foot certified container. Stanford explains: “The positioning of the two generators, two 500kVAs (QAC 1100) and two 725kVAs (QAC 1450) on one platform provides the ultimate solution to customers and end-users that require changeable power and current usage options. In addition to solving variable load issues, this innovative arrangement also reduces fuel consumption with savings of to 10%.” A forerunner in flexibility, the QAC …

thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programme develops people for a sustainable future

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thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programmes are successfully developing people to secure a sustainable future not only for the company, but also for southern African industry and the regions in which thyssenkrupp is operating. “We are very happy to contribute to the development of skills in South Africa with this programme and are proud to see the fantastic results our apprentices have achieved,“ says Philipp Nellessen, CEO of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Sub-Sahara Africa. “In developing technical competent employees for the future, our programmes are part of the solution in meeting the challenges of unemployment and skills shortages facing South Africa. Successful apprentices are armed with thyssenkrupp plant and equipment knowledge enabling them to provide engineering and technical support to our Field Services, Site Teams, O&M Contracts as well as the Service Centre workshops.“ Nellessen concludes. “Upliftment through skills development and job creation are the …

SKF ReMan extends service life of centre suction roll bearing after more than 20 000 hours of operation!

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SKF ReMan delivered a 60% cost saving to a key paper mill customer by refurbishing a SKF centre suction roll bearing which had exceeded 20 000 hours of service life. When the SKF suction roll bearing which was installed at the paper mill in November 2015, reached over 20 000 hours of operation, the paper mill pulled the bearing out of service on its scheduled change. The customer sent the bearing to SKF’s Witfield facility in Boksburg where, following a detailed damage assessment, the product was declared fit for remanufacture. The capabilities of SKF ReMan once again came to the fore when its competent team of qualified technicians ReMan’ed the bearing to SKF Global Quality standards and delivered the product to the paper mill within one week. SKF ReMan delivered substantial cost savings to the customer as the cost of remanufacture was only 40% of the price of a new bearing. In addition, the short lead time of only a week kept the paper mill’s downtime to an absolute minimum and…

KATHU’S MINING SUCCESS STORY!

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JOMO Khomo and his wife, Kefilwe, worked abroad for several years and came back with a suitcase full of great ideas. And now their company, KELE Mining Solutions, is an example of what is possible through real empowerment in South Africa’s mining industry. Established just two years ago, the company, based in the John Taolo Gaetsewe Municipality in the Northern Cape, has over 3000% revenue increase a year and offers opportunities for other local businesses. KELE is a 100% black owned and operated company implementing mining solutions through contract mining. The Khomo’s have never looked back since they partnered with Anglo American’s iron ore business, Kumba Iron Ore, two years ago. Daily Sun flew to Kathu, where the Khomos run their operation close to some of their clients in the mining industry. “We saw an opportunity to enter the contract mining space when we got back to South Africa. Our experiences living abroad, and seeing how this was possible in a country like Canada i…