Sri Lanka goes into today’s Twenty 20 world cup match against England as the number one T20 team in the world.The latest ICC rankings has Sri Lanka at number one this week with 1120 points from 9 matches while South Africa, who were on top last week, have dropped to number 2 with 1461 points from 12 matches. England are third in the rankings followed by Pakistan, India, Australia and the West Indies.Sri Lanka is at number 5 in the ODI rankings and at number 6 in the Test rankings.
GAF AG, Germany and its partner Sofreco, France, have been awarded the “Renforcement des Capacités de l’ Administration des Mines” contract and the initiation of activities in Gabon. The client and beneficiary is the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Tourism in Gabon. The project has been launched as a response to Gabon’s request for assistance in developing its mineral sector.The project addresses a challenging portfolio of activities in the field of geological and environmental mapping, mineral potential assessment and institutional strengthening. The key aspects include:Geological and geotechnical mapping of the cities of Libreville and OwendoMapping of environmentally sensitive areas in the whole of GabonSynthesis of a metallogenic map of GabonProvision of support in promoting the use of mining and geological data, and establishment of procedures and facilities via which operators can obtain mining and geological dataSupporting of integration regarding the Kimberley processInstitutional and technical capacity building activitiesThe overall aim is to make the mining sector more attractive to private sector investment. This will strengthen the contribution of Gabon’s mining sector to economic development. The assignment is well-suited to GAF, which has a track-record of more than 20 years of experience in the provision of institutional and technical assistance in mining sector governance programs via its consultancy services and cutting-edge software solutions. The project duration is two years and is part of the “PROGRAMME D’APPUI A LA GOUVERNANCE SECTORIELLE (PAGOS)” that supports mining sector governance in Gabon. It is financed by the European Union through the 10th European Development Fund.
Cummins has officially launched its new “Power Hub” in the Waterfall Logistics Precinct in Waterfall City, Gauteng, South Africa.The new premises strategically consolidates and solidifies various business premises in support of the company’s position as Africa’s preferred power solutions provider, Cummins said.The 15,355 m² facility, a ZAR350 million ($24 million) investment, houses the Cummins Southern Africa Regional Headquarters, the Master Rebuild Centre (MRC), Africa Learning Centre and Gauteng Operations.The launch, this week, heralds the completion of a three-year project that culminated in the creation of a world-class sales and service facility, Cummins said.“The new premises are geared to ensure ease of business dealings for customers and support of the Cummins vision of exceeding customer expectations whilst improving operational efficiencies in a collaborative manner,” the company said.Racheal Njoroge, Managing Director of Southern Africa for Cummins, said: “We are extremely excited to officially launch our new state-of-the-art facilities. The architectural layout has been optimally and uniquely designed, adopting the Cummins Smart Office Concept (CSO) to create a space that enhances internal collaboration, encourages engagement and thereby accelerates a solution-orientated approach.”The company has relocated from the Kelvin and Longmeadow offices to the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, positioning it “at the epicentre of Gauteng’s most dynamic and strategically located business hub”, Cummins said.The central hub, providing power solutions for customers across the Southern Africa region, brings together a host of Cummins technically advanced expertise from mining, power systems, automotive and technical training.Additionally, the facility provides the latest cutting-edge technology to meet industry needs: a 3,500 hp AVL Dyno Test Cell that will trial some of Cummins largest engines to full power; a precision-driven spray booth large enough to accommodate the most powerful Cummins engines’ paint applications and an environmentally advanced water purification plant, an efficient waste water treatment system which recycles 80% of water used in the MRC.The Power Hub also launches new progressive build processes that substantially reduce the overall build time while improving quality output, Cummins said. The facility, being a part of the Cummins Distribution Business Unit, also focuses on sales and aftermarket servicing.“The MRC continues to be a focal point of Cummins support to the mining industry, providing rebuilt engines to ensure customers can enjoy a reliable and consistent supply of engines for uninterrupted operations,” Cummins said.