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Anglo American’s renewed partnership with Vuka Marine is a boon for South Africa’s maritime industry

Thursday, 08 March 2018 - Anglo American renewed its various ocean freight contracts with Vuka Marine, a joint venture between Via Maritime Holdings of South Africa and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K” Line) of Japan. Under these freight contracts, Anglo American transports bulk iron ore and coal products to its customers around the world.
Vuka Marine operates two capesize bulkers—the Cape Enterprise and the Cape Orchid—the first merchant vessels to be registered under the South African flag since 1985. Signalling a clear commitment to youth empowerment, Vuka Marine has committed to deploy and train local cadets on these vessels.
Peter Whitcutt, CEO of Marketing for Anglo American, said: “Over the past two and half years, our partnership with Vuka Marine has allowed us to create additional value through our commercial shipping activity. This partnership currently accounts for approximately $30 million in annual freight spend and not only makes good commercial sense, but also provides us with an opportunity to contribute towards developing South Africa’s maritime industry.”
“In addition, the training and development of 25 South African seafarers aboard the Cape Orchid and Cape Enterprise, in an industry that has essentially not existed in South Africa in recent years, is a very positive and uplifting outcome. This can now be repeated on-board while also creating employment opportunities on-shore,” commented Whitcutt.
As the Cape Orchid’s first customer in 2015, and through chartering other South Africanflagged ships, Anglo American is committed to contributing towards the revival of the country’s presence in the global maritime economy, a sector in which South Africa’s participation had been declining for many years.
Andrew Mthembu, Chairman of Vuka Marine said: “The ocean economy remains an untapped sector for economic growth in South Africa. We are proud of what we’ve been able to achieve through our partnership with Anglo American, and look forward to delivering more value through this partnership.”
Whitcutt added that the partnership with Vuka Marine has contributed to Anglo American’s competitiveness. “We are in a very competitive international environment, and we must manage our costs and commercial terms to ensure we remain competitive. By chartering South African-registered vessels, we are creating real value, over and above commercial returns.”
Anglo American has partnered with Vuka Marine since 2015 to transport iron ore, as well as coal, on the Cape Orchid and South African sister ship, the Cape Enterprise. Although the two vessels carry mainly South African cargo, they are also traded globally by Anglo American’s shipping team, which has accountability for Anglo American’s ocean freight activity.
Using ships such as the Cape Orchid and Cape Enterprise enables Anglo American to take advantage of the competitive structure that exists for vessels entering the country under the South African registry. The direct effect of attracting more ships into the South African registry includes tangible job growth and development in the local maritime economy.

PRESS RELEASE: Excavators ready to boost economy



Rhett O’Neill of ELB Equipment



A large shipment of Sumitomo excavators has arrived in South Africa in anticipation of future growth of the economy

ELB Equipment is aggressively gearing its excavator offering to meet an anticipated demand upsurge as the economy turns upwards.

“Excavators are at the heart of any construction or mining operation and their availability is pivotal to getting projects off the ground. For this reason, we have brought in extra units, especially 21-tonners, as they are the most commonly used excavators in South Africa. We have also tagged them at competitive prices along with extras and extended-hour warranties to help ensure the success of these new projects.

“Made in Japan, Sumitomo excavators are known to be among the fastest-working and economical excavators that are purpose-built for 24-hour production type operations. Tougher and more durable than the average excavator they are able to boost new contracts and help kickstart the economy,” says local distributor ELB Equipment’s Rhett O’Neill.

Top performers

Sumitomo is a specialist excavator manufacturer with more than 100 years of experience in mining and earthmoving. The company produces premium-brand excavators that excel in tough conditions and often match bigger and heavier machines outputs on site.

These qualities have led to Sumitomo excavators winning Japan’s prestigious “Good Design Award” and “Grand Award for Energy Conservation” in the same category as the country’s legendary automotive counterparts. Not only are they fast, powerful and durable, but they are easier to maintain and operate for extended periods of time on site with less maintenance required.

Another characteristic that endears Sumitomo excavator to the local market is its low diesel consumption that ranks among the lowest in its class. It also has three modes of operation namely: Speed Priority, Heavy, and an Auto option, which gives operators the ability to choose the mode best suited to the kind of operation encountered. Either to speed up work, reduce diesel consumption by as much as 20% or a mixture of both when working in mixed terrain.

Local team

ELB Equipment has represented the Sumitomo brand of excavators in South Africa for almost 30 years during which time the brand has earned an enviable reputation for productivity and reliability. Simultaneously, the distributor has proven to have the best interests of its customers at heart with extensive support offered through its far-ranging branch and support network throughout the country and entire southern African region.

In tough economic times ELB Equipment has also sourced more cost effective but equally good quality Service Genuine undercarriage and service parts through Sumitomo which makes owning and servicing a Sumitomo more affordable than ever before.

ELB Equipment, Rhett O’Neill, Tel: (011) 306 0700, Email:, Web:

PRESS RELEASE: Refurbishment is ideal to ‘sweat’ minerals-processing assets

MIP 2MIP Process Technologies Managing Director Philip Hoff
MIP 3Linear screens are a minerals-processing staple that lends itself to refurbishment.
MIP 1MIP refurbished two 45.7-m-diameter thickener mechanisms for a gold mine

6 March 2018: A change in focus in the local mining industry from Greenfield to Brownfield projects has meant that MIP Process Technologies is positioned ideally to modernise older thickeners and process equipment.

There is an increasing trend in the minerals-processing industry to ‘sweat’ mining assets, Managing Director Philip Hoff comments. “Many South African minerals-processing plants contain outdated equipment that can be revitalised at minimal cost. Better throughputs and higher efficiencies can be achieved reliably with newer technology.”

This refurbishment strategy has proved highly successful at a local phosphate mine, Hoff reports. Here the modernisations of the thickeners resulted in much higher and consistent underflow densities. In addition, subsequent downstream process efficiencies such as filtration have also been improved. An added benefit is a substantial saving in water, which is an increasingly scarce resource.

Another example of MIP Process Technologies’ success in this regard was the refurbishment of two 45.7-m-diameter thickener mechanisms for a gold operation. “Thickeners that have been dormant for years can now be put back in operation at minimal investment. This enables the mining operation In question to increase productivity, and remain economically viable.”

Hoff comments that linear screens are another minerals-processing staple that lends itself to refurbishment as opposed to replacement. “The design of our equipment meets all the requirements of reliability and higher throughput. We are able to supply products speedily and competitively.”

MIP Process Technologies has a large installed base of equipment globally, and services the mining industry via its own offices, combined with its agents. Its ‘proudly South African’ product range includes attrition scrubbers, agitators, bag filters, clarifiers, dry dust cyclones, flocculant plants, horizontal belt filters, reagent plants, slurry samplers, thickeners, and wet scrubbers for dust-extraction applications.


The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) is inviting Expressions of Interest from engineering specialists interested in serving on the  Panel of Experts for  Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
Specialists in the design and construction of major bridges, concrete faced rockfill dams, tunneling and tunnel structures for water and hydropower projects; geology and geotechnical engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering for water and hydropower projects, and construction and contract law for major civil engineering projects are invited to respond to the advertisement published on the LHDA Phase II website at  :
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