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More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning

By: Bruce Montiea An increased number of mining companies are seeking support from contractors for short-term tactical planning, as opposed to only long-term, strategic and life-of-mine planning, says opencast and underground mining consultant Sound Mining. However, Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke warns against... 

Enterprise resource planning vital to the mining industry’s future

With commodity prices under pressure, the future of mining depends on accessing real-time information to enable quick management decisions, says project management software company Syspro. 

Enterprise resource planning vital to the mining industry’s future
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PROFITABLE FUTURE In the current price environment mining companies need to focus on high production to spread fixed costs

Information management solutions ensure control of mining operations

Mining equipment, tools, services and solutions provider Sandvik Mining’s advanced automation solutions can significantly increase mine productivity and safety, while lowering the total cost of asset ownership, the company says. 

Information management solutions ensure control  of mining operations
VEHICLE MONITORING Sandvik’s Equipment Monitoring product provides easy access to data on equipment use and condition

Mine planning requires comprehensive approach

By: Dylan Slater Integrating mine planning with mine operations and mine safety into a complete package for a life-of-mine solution is the best way in which mining companies can overcome volatility in the industry, says US-based technology company Hexagon Mining. 

Mine planning requires comprehensive approach
MINE PLANNING SOFTWARE As the mining industry explores and mines more complex deposits, the MineSight software grows accordingly to accommodate the complexities

Single technology provider maximises project value

Simplification of ownership, access to a single technical support helpdesk and streamlined workflows are key advantages of using a single technology provider, says mining hardware and software company Maptek. 

Single technology provider maximises project value
REPORT GENERATION Reports are generated to easily visualise mine progression

Consultancy enables miners to remain profitable

Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies, while also dealing with challenges such as reducing project costs and adhering to strict environmental regulations. Consulting and process development company Hatch... 

Consultancy enables miners to remain profitable
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MINERAL PROCESSING Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies

Consulting engineers encouraged to take nontraditional approach

With government pushing for greater transformation and inclusivity in the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) sector, consulting engineers are being called upon to take a nontraditional approach to the implementation of major projects and to spearhead transformation... 

Consulting engineers  encouraged to take  nontraditional approach
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AT WORK A 'back to basics' approach is needed regarding the development of a generation of young talent black engineers, technologists and technicians

Economics, market analysis crucial for effective feasibility study

By: Bruce Montiea An effective mining feasibility study must provide not only the results of a geological evaluation or the development of mine plans, but also an analysis of the market and the fundamental economics of a project, says provider of upfront studies for the minerals industry PEC Consulting. Therefore,... 

Economics, market  analysis crucial for  effective feasibility study
UNDER CONSIDERATION PEC Consulting can help its clients identify all the aspects that have to be considered when planning to expand an underground or surface operation

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment

By: Bruce Montiea Mining houses and consulting engineering firms that continue to conduct business the way they have always conducted it will become irrelevant in the ever-everchanging environment, says  project management and consulting firm Aurecon mining services leader Eduard Vorster. He tells Mining Weekly... 

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment
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MOVING WITH THE TIMES The ever-changing mining environment requires companies to constantly reinvent themselves

Mining companies advised to invest in the future

By: Bruce Montiea Despite tough conditions currently, mining companies should still invest in building their operations for the future, as “the cycle will eventually turn”, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson and corporate consultant Roger Dixon. He adds that it is important for a... 

Mining companies advised to invest in the future
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ORCHESTRATING SURVIVAL Consuting engineers can assist mining companies in surviving difficult conditions by reviewing their plans and providing realistic advice

Mozambique graphite project DFS awarded

Global multidisciplinary engineering group DRA earlier this month announced that it has been appointed as the lead study manager for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) of Australian mineral exploration and resource management company Triton Minerals’ Triton Mozambique Graphite (TMG) project.... 

Project feasibility study for Golpu under way

By: Bruce Montiea Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons started working on the feasibility study for the greenfield Golpu gold project, in Papua New Guinea, last month. The project is owned by the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV), one of three Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) entities, and... 

Project feasibility study for Golpu  under way
GOLPU PROJECT SITE WorleyParsons has started work on the feasibility study for the Golpu gold mine project, in Papua New Guinea

Ghana mining investments redirected to neighbouring countries

By: Pimani Baloyi Ongoing power provision challenges in Ghana, coupled with declining gold prices, have led to a decline in the start-up of new projects, the downsizing of many existing mining projects and the retrenchment of mineworkers in the gold- rich West African country, says multidisciplinary consulting... 

Ghana mining investments redirected to neighbouring countries
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IN NEED OF REVIVAL Ongoing power provision challenges coupled with declining gold prices, have led to a decline in the start-up of new projects and the downsizing of many existing mining projects in Ghana

Mining companies becoming increasingly digital, interconnected

By: Schalk Burger Mining enterprises are becoming increasingly digital and interconnected and this trend promises to make mining companies much more adaptable, robust and sustainable into the future. This is according to information technology consultancy and systems integration firm Wipro global practice mining... 

Mining companies becoming increasingly  digital, interconnected
SHAILENDRA SINGH A digital mining enterprise will be able to overcome volatility through agility, detailed planning and timely responses

Still no word on mooted State-owned miner almost a year after govt revealed plans to table enabling legislation in Parliament

By: Zandile Mavuso It has been almost a year since Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi indicated in his 2014 Budget Speech that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will submit the State-owned mining company (Somco) Bill to Parliament for processing, with industry and various stakeholders waiting in... 

Still no word on mooted State-owned miner almost a year after govt revealed plans to table enabling legislation in Parliament

Improve mining through the exploitation of better data

By: Anine Vermeulen In a data-dominated world, the mining industry remained a labour-intensive enterprise that relied on long-term planning which, when inaccurate, could massively impact bottom lines, consulting company IBM mining executive Magda Honey said on Thursday. Better insight into data technology resulted... 

SRK unpacks Nema regulations for mining clients

By: Zandile Mavuso Global mining consultancy firm SRK Consulting hosted a workshop for its mining clients which aimed to assist them in unpacking the new National Environmental Management Act (Nema): Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations last month. 

Consultancy looking for new customers at Mining Indaba 2015

By: David D‘ Oliveira The Investing in African Mining Indaba is an excellent way to elevate the corporate profile of companies operating in the African mining arena, says Australian engineering and project management consultancy Lycopodium Minerals strategic development director Dr Greg O’Neil. Lycopodium will attend... 

Consultancy looking for new customers at Mining Indaba 2015
AFRICAN FOCUS Lycopodium Minerals is looking to showcase its continued focus on African mining at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

Firm reflects on 2014 success story

The prefeasibility study (PFS) for gold miner Morobe Mining’s Wafi-Golpu project, in Papua New Guinea, was recently completed by project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons, the company announced in December. The Wafi-Golpu project involves the development of a new greenfield... 

Firm reflects on 2014 success story
STYLDRIFT 17 SHAFT The company is undertaking the development of several shaft sinking projects including Wesizwe Platinum’s Styldrift No 17 shaft, in Rustenburg

Several challenges hampering investment in Africa

By: Jonathan Rodin African mining is expected to remain depressed, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith, who believes 2015 will be characterised by depressed commodity prices, weakened demand and an oversupply in most commodity markets. Smith tells Mining Weekly that a price rebound is only... 

Several challenges hampering  investment in Africa
LARA SMITH The price of agriculture commodities, such as potash and urea, as well as energy commodities, such as coal, have declined sharply over the past quarter, driven by lower oil prices

Cashing in on Africa’s infrastructure gap

By: Mariaan Webb With billions set to be spent on infrastructure in Africa over the next several decades, a new opportunity to support mining operations and concentrator plants, which is outside its traditional focus area, is emerging for DRA Infrastructure. 

Cashing in on Africa’s  infrastructure gap
DRA prides itself on providing a ‘pit-to-port’ engineering solution – a vision that the infrastructure division taps into

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion

By: Mariaan Webb From a modest start 30 years ago as an electrical control and instrumentation company, DRA has morphed into one of the continent’s largest project management and engineering enterprises with operations in Africa, North America, Europe and the Pacific. It is to these international markets that the... 

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

Education at the heart of DRA’s corporate social investment

By: Mariaan Webb Recognising the need for a constant supply of well-qualified, locally educated graduate engineers and scientists to recruit from, DRA has placed education at the heart of its corporate social investment (CSI) programme, with 26 local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) benefiting from its... 

Maintenance specialist upbeat about 2014 contract renewals

By: Mariaan Webb Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of the DRA Group, has been awarded three contract renewals in 2014, which MD Gerhard Hendriksz says is indicative of the value-add service that the company offers. 

Mining division expanding again

By: Mariaan Webb DRA Mining – a division offering specialised mining services and total mining service solutions – is bouncing back after the South African mining industry took a knock in the post-Marikana environment. 

Mining division expanding again
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DRA director responsible for the mining division, Neale Goddard

Mining downturn threatens to erode local talent pool

By: Mariaan Webb Slow growth in the South African mining industry is threatening to erode the availability of critical skills in the local industry, as experienced engineers turn to other emerging and faster-growing industries for work opportunities. 

Mining downturn threatens to erode  local talent pool
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

New Oman office already bringing in leads

By: Mariaan Webb Having already established a strong foothold in sub-Saharan Africa, Johannesburg-headquartered  

New Oman office already bringing in leads
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DRA COO Michiel van Niekerk

Refurbished winders attractive alternative

By: Mariaan Webb Refurbishing existing mine winders remains a popular practice in the mining industry, with DRA’s specialist consultant winder systems team reporting that the majority of its clients choose refurbished equipment where possible, owing to significant cost and time savings. 

Refurbished winders attractive alternative
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DRA director responsible for the winder systems business, Graham du Plessis

Infrastructure development to grow Zambia mining sector

Mine consultancy SRK Consulting states that the Zambian mining sector is headed for a growth phase owing to planned infrastructure improvements. According to SRK Consulting principal mining engineering consultant Boniface Mwila, mine expansion and new projects in Zambia are already reflected in... 

Infrastructure development to grow Zambia mining sector
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A RISE IN COPPER Zambia managed a 6.5% growth rate in 2013, supported by a 20% rise in copper output

Mining supercycle highlighted at trade expo

By: Dylan Slater Mining companies need to adopt an increasingly sustained and strategic approach, using end-to-end processes and systems to enhance the productivity and profitability of their ore deposits, says France-based software company Dassault Systèmes. 

Mining supercycle  highlighted at  trade expo
FRANCOIS DU TOIT Employing technology early in the mining process is a key component to mitigating business risks

SRK gearing up for African expansion

By: Sashnee Moodley Global engineering consultant SRK Consulting is gearing up to expand its African footprint with a focus on local skills development and a strategy to be a leader in African natural resources, development solutions and providing sustainable solutions.  

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