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Aarifah Nosarka

Aarifah Nosarka

Aarifah Nosarka is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Mechanisation of mines inevitable

4th November 2016 The African mining sector is under pressure to become three times more efficient in minerals processing to ensure its sustainability amid low commodity prices, producing more product at a lower cost to become globally competitive. All mines are being forced to adopt mechanisation, which is... 

Enhanced drivetrain solutions a response to mining industry needs

28th October 2016 Drivetrain, sealing and thermal-management technologies supplier Dana expects to start preproduction tests in the first quarter of 2017 for its Spicer 20D rigid nonsteering axle designed for underground mining applications in harsh, rugged environments. The company is concluding verification... 

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa

28th October 2016 For the local mining industry to ensure its sustainability, the industry needs to accelerate the rate at which it is adopting new technology, mechanical engineering consultant CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. “The transitioning of mines to greater mechanisation and... 

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January

28th October 2016 The prototype of the 25 t electric hauler vehicle, with applications in soft- and hard-rock mining, from Johannesburg-headquartered underground trackless mining machinery manufacturer Fermel, is expected to be trialed from January 2017 to June 2017. “The prototype is 85% complete and undergoing... 

Patented mining technology to be released month-end

28th October 2016 Local ultra-low-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting expects to release its patented MT100, MT1000 and automated brake tester technologies for mines by the end of this month. The technology, developed by CMTI Consulting, in Pretoria, comprises 70% local content and is... 

Facilitating stakeholder engagement to drive industry growth

23rd September 2016 Trying to address all the problems the African mining industry faces in two days is a challenge, says Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel, but he believes that the annual Joburg Indaba mining conference has this “down to a fine art”. A major challenge, however, is ensuring the... 

Investor confidence ‘concerning’, key to industry growth

23rd September 2016 The South African mining sector needs policies that recognise the type of investment that mining demands and which reduce the risks related to investing in long-term projects to encourage investment in the sector, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter. He tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Price deflation of fuel cells depends on uptake

16th September 2016 In spite of the current costs involved in the production of fuel cells, platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is positive that the deployment and uptake of the technology will will improve the technology’s affordability. Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith tells Mining Weekly that... 

Completion of fuel cell projects earmarked for 2017

16th September 2016 Platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is finalising the development of a fuel cell-driven load haul dumper (LHD) prototype, which it expects to be ready for trials in underground mines by the end of next year, fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith tells Mining Weekly. Diesel-fueled LHDs are... 

South Africa must embrace new fuel cell manufacturing industry

16th September 2016 South Africa needs to become a manufacturer of fuel cell components and associated technologies using platinum-group metals (PGMs). This will create additional revenue streams, as well as skilled and semi-skilled employment in the alternative-energy developing sector to participate in the growth... 

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