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Contractor building infrastructure at Belfast mine

15th March 2019 Construction contractor Concor Infrastructure has been awarded the job of building dams, roads, platforms and other civil works at diversified miner Exxaro’s new digital coal mine near Belfast, in Mpumalanga. Concor Infrastructure is constructing four major dams, 26 concrete platforms and... 

Company readies itself to be key supplier

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 Germany-based coal cutting machinery and gearbox manufacturer and its subsidiary Eickhoff SA is strategically gearing up to comply with the black economic empowerment (BEE) and Mining Charter requirements in the local market. In January, Eickhoff SA finalised the transition from a Level 8 BEE... 

Company readies itself  to be key supplier
ON AND ON . . . The continuous miner delivered to Exxaro last year has shown good return on investment

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th March 2019 Having initially focused on servicing the coal mining industry, screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has diversified to offer its value-adding services to the heavy minerals market in South Africa. The company can also service the broader African heavy... 

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector
VALUE ADDING SERVICES Aury Africa can service the local and broader African heavy minerals sector with high quality services

Coal will continue to be key resource for decades

15th March 2019 In its annual World Energy Outlook 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that coal will remain the largest single source of electricity generation through to 2040, at 26% of global electricity.  Renewables will have a role to play as future energy sources for the country, region... 

Council sees potential in coal exports

15th March 2019 In its 2018 facts and figures pocketbook published last month, Minerals Council South Africa notes that South Africa has an annual coal export potential of 110-million tons compared with the 75-million tons currently being exported. This would not only increase investment by more than 10% to... 

Council sees potential  in coal exports
ROGER BAXTER A collaborative approach is needed to develop and implement solutions for the mining sector

Order intake and sales increase for valves manufacturer

8th March 2019 Multinational valves producer KSB Group increased both order intake and sales revenue in 2018, compared to the previous year. This is shown by the interim figures for the company for the past financial year. The amount of incoming orders booked by KSB increased by €38.2-million to €2.304-billion... 

Order intake and  sales increase for valves manufacturer
ORDER INTAKE GROWTH Adjusted for currency translation effects, order intake for all regions grew, while currency-adjusted growth of the group was 6%

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September

By: Cameron Mackay     8th March 2019 Valve repair and engineering consulting company Brimis Engineering plans to introduce mobile repair and testing facilities for clients, particularly mining companies, which will be operational from September of this year. This will enable the company to combine the convenience of being on site... 

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September
MOBILE VALVE REPAIR SERVICES Brimis plans to take its mobile valve-repair and testing services to the various refineries from September

SRK Exploration Services appoints John Hunt local manager

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2019 SRK Exploration Services has appointed John Paul Hunt local manager, representing the Cardiff-based company that works in close collaboration with the SRK Consulting South Africa office in Johannesburg. Prior to joining SRK Exploration, Hunt served as senior exploration geologist at the Council... 

Auctions an efficient way to generate cash, reduce costs

By: Nadine James     1st March 2019 The term mining auction refers to a range of disposals in the mining sector, including the disposal of scrap and/or surplus yellow equipment, assets from business rescue and/or liquidation, and the disposal of mining concessions, explains Hogan Lovells partner Nicholas Veltman. The primary... 

Auctions an efficient way to generate cash, reduce costs

Consultancy implements responsible, sustainable practices for tailings facilities

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd February 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to improve project sustainability this year and lower the possible risks that can arise from tailings facilities. This includes regular inspections, geotechnical investigations  and necessary slope analysis, says... 

Consultancy implements responsible, sustainable practices for tailings facilities
TESTS AND MORE TESTS CPTu Style tests measuring friction and pore pressure during the sounding enables the company to interpret how consolidated the material is

Investment in new technologies in mining decreasing

By: Thabi Madiba     15th February 2019 The risk aversion of most mining companies has resulted in their being unwilling to invest in new technologies, which limits their competitiveness and growth potential, says emerging mining project management service provider Manhize Mineral Consultants (MMC) executive director Joel Mungoshi.... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

Battery metals a key opportunity for Africa

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 A number of exploration projects are moving closer to production, following a period of significant explorative work financed by investors in the African battery metals space, says minerals exploration and evaluation consultancy firm The MSA Group principal consultant for critical metals Michael... 

Battery metals a key  opportunity for Africa
OPTIMISING POTENTIAL To attract further investment into the wealth of battery metals available in Africa, countries will need to mitigate investor risk

Energy security in Africa remains a concern

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Amid a continued lack of access to stable and reliable energy sources in Africa – which are critical in supporting energy intensive mining operations – Zest WEG Group, subsidiary of leading equipment manufacturer WEG, expects the provision of secure energy for the African mining industry to be a... 

Energy security in Africa remains a concern
FULL ENERGY LINE SOLUTIONS Zest WEG Group can provide a reliable source of energy to miners and develop energy efficient process lines

Harnessing the power of data vital for industry

25th January 2019 With the rapid development of new technology and the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is disrupting traditional processes and the way people live and work, data is becoming a hot commodity, says engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons. The challenge does not lie in... 

Harnessing the power  of data vital for industry
WORLEYPARSONS TEAM WorleyParsons has the knowledge and expertise to offer a roadmap to help its clients navigate what is unfamiliar territory for many

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Long-time attendee and exhibitor at the Investment in African Mining Indaba engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting will showcase the full range of its mining-related expertise and solutions at this year’s Indaba. “SRK will once again exhibit at the 2019 Indaba, having exhibited at all the... 

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba
ANDREW VAN ZYL, MARCIN WERTZ AND HENNIE THEART The delegation that will lead SRK South Africa’s participation at this year’s African Mining Indaba

Company rebranding to be showcased

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng has begun to consolidate its opencut contracting entity Aveng Moolmans and its shaft sinking and underground business Aveng Shafts & Underground into a unified brand, which will be known as Moolmans. Aveng Mining operating group MD Stuart White tells Mining... 

Company rebranding to be showcased
BRAND UNIFICATION Aveng groups rebranding strategy is aimed at having the African mining market identify with the consolidated brand as Moolmans from the end of 2019

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to expand its mining capability and market share, especially in tailings, as well as assist mines in developing renewable-energy projects in remote areas where grid power is unavailable or unreliable, says Knight... 

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability
AWARD WINNING Knight Piésold won a South African Institution of Civil Engineering award for the design of the tailings storage facility of diversified miner Vedanta’s four-million-tonne-a-year Gamsberg zinc project

New maintenance solution for mining launched

18th January 2019 Industrial solutions provider BT Industrial has developed a solution that enables mine's processing plants to maximise operational hours while performing critical inspections and maintenance of corroded carbon steel pipes, MD Kgomotso Lekola reveals. Traditionally, plants are built with... 

New maintenance solution for mining launched
KGOMOTSO LEKOLA The balance that we need to strike is between increasing efficiencies and mechanising without necessarily putting people out of work

SA company wins international award for ventilation shaft repair and waterproofing

By: Nadine James     18th January 2019 On the November 9, 2018, for the first time in more than two decades, a South African company won the Award of Excellence at the International Concrete Repair Institute Awards, which took place in Omaha, Nebraska, in the US. The Award of Excellence was presented to Sanika Waterproofing... 

Consultancy secures work in gold, coal, base metals sectors

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd November 2018 While it has completed nine projects across various commodities this year, most have been in the gold sector, says Gauteng-based mining consultancy A & B Global Mining (ABGM). This trend has continued, with three of the seven projects across Africa for which the company is finalising commercial... 

Local consultancy shares mineral valuation insights with China

23rd November 2018 An important Chinese mining sector delegation visiting South Africa in October was able to gain valuable insights from specialist engineers and scientists of multidisciplinary consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa, focusing on the range of factors that affect mineral resource and mineral... 

Local consultancy  shares mineral valuation insights with China
MEETING OF MINDS SRK Consulting South Africa engineers and scientists offered valuable insights to the 20-member delegation of the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Natural Resources which visited South Africa recently

Need to include greater detail in mining designs

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd November 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa (SA) is often approached by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms once they have completed designs for their mining clients. 

Need to include greater detail in mining designs
FASTENING DEMAND Across all projects, Hilti is experiencing the most demand for its grating fasteners and multipurpose fastening for the electrical control and instrumentation discipline

SA mines need innovative methods of drought control

23rd November 2018 Barrier Balls could be the innovative drought control solution mining sites in South Africa have been waiting for, says South African mining engineering consultancy VBKom director Eduan Pieterse. 

SRK shares mineral valuation insights with China

By: Nadine James     9th November 2018 A Chinese mining sector delegation visiting South Africa last week gained “valuable insights” from specialist engineers and scientists from SRK Consulting South Africa, specifically pertaining to the factors that affect mineral resource and mineral reserve reporting and valuation. The delegation... 

Wits School of Mining Engineering appoints Bryan Watson as associate professor

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th November 2018 Professor Bryan Watson has been appointed associate professor in the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He has been an adjunct professor at the school since July 2016 and brings extensive experience in mining research and development, mining operations,... 

Wits School of Mining Engineering appoints Bryan Watson as associate professor
Professor Bryan Watson

Awards programme to promote innovation in project management

By: Paige Müller     2nd November 2018 Local project, programme and portfolio management practitioners’ association Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has introduced the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Awards Programme to honour and promote local innovation in project management offices. “This is an exciting step that... 

Awards programme to promote  innovation in project management
NATIONAL BIENNIAL CONFERENCE The Project Management South Africa national biennial conference is taking place from November 14 to 16 at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg

Demand for project management services expands

By: Paige Müller     2nd November 2018 Project Management South Africa (PMSA) CEO Taryn van Olden states that the project management adoption has begun to spread to a variety of unexpected industries and has become bigger than ever before. “Project management as an industry has a long history in construction and engineering. However,... 

Demand for project management  services expands
UNEXPECTED SECTORS At this years PMSA biennial national conference a speaker will highlight how the legal sector is looking to project management as a mechanism through which to manage legal matters

Project management service provider achieves Level 4 B-BBEE

2nd November 2018 Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has announce that its South African mineral project management division SGS Bateman Engineering Services achieved a Level 4 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) status in September. B-BBEE is a legislative initiative to... 

Project management  service provider achieves Level 4 B-BBEE
PROJECT LIFECYCLE SGS Bateman Engineering Services manages the complete mining project lifecycle, from concept to commissioning

Reduced compressed-air use saves Lonmin R15m each year

By: Nadine James     2nd November 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin partnered with Pretoria-based engineering company ETA Operations to benchmark the consumption of compressed air at its Marikana operations in North-West. This was done with the aim of improving operational efficiency and reducing the electricity costs of Lonmin’s compressed... 

Reduced compressed-air use saves Lonmin R15m each year
Photo by Bloomberg
ENGENDERING EFFICIENCY The new benchmarking method is currently being rolled-out across multiple shafts at Marikana

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 As the economic mood in the global mining industry turns towards the better, SRK Consulting’s Accra office, in Ghana, has been making inroads into new markets in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, SRK Ghana country manager John Kwofie noted in a release last week. He believes that there is potential for... 

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets
JOHN KWOFIE The Ghana office is a springboard to other countries in the region

Consulting firm optimises project delivery

28th September 2018 Independent advisory and consulting arm of engineering service company WorleyParsons and networking sponsor of this year’s Joburg Indaba, Advisian, is optimising project delivery across Africa. Advisian provides solutions for clients in the hydrocarbons, minerals and metals, chemicals, and... 

Consulting firm optimises project delivery
ADAM BOUGHTON Advisian’s extensive engineering history has played a fundamental role in much of the organisation’s success

I-CAT partners with UP to develop localised dust suppression solution

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Environmental consultants and product developers I-CAT officially launched its localised dust suppression (LDS) system at Electra Mining 2018, two weeks ago. The LDS system comprises a steel structure with strategically mounted nozzles, used to encapsulate dust particles and prevent them from... 

Local coal future depends on economic situation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 Coal mining currently provides more than 86 000 jobs locally, and this figure will increase as more junior mines are expected to open in the future, provided that the economic situation “does not deteriorate further”, says coal consulting company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost.... 

Local coal future depends on economic situation
PUT TO GOOD USE South Africa should use its remaining coal resources properly

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous recovery of mining sector – govt urged

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM is well-poised to make inroads into the mining industry, says AECOM Africa strategy and growth director Fadzai Nyamasve. She tells Mining Weekly that  although there  is still uncertainty in the market regarding the Mining Charter, AECOM expects... 

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous  recovery of mining sector – govt urged
FADZAI NYAMASVE Regulatory uncertainty is being addressed and there is a deliberate campaign to attract investors, so the pressing challenge is ensuring the industry recovers in a timeous manner

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies Climate Change Bill preparations

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 While industry and environmental practitioners have welcomed the first draft of the Climate Change Bill, there is mounting impatience at the absence of the regulatory detail that organisations need to guide their preparations to comply, mining and environmental consultants SRK Consulting noted in... 

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies  Climate Change Bill preparations
ASHLEIGH MARITZ & ESTIE RETIEF Large carbon emitters face immense technical and financial challenges in repurposing their operations to meet new carbon emission requirements – a process that is hindered by a lack of regulatory clarity

Company awarded R100m in projects

24th August 2018 Engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons’ South African operations have recently experienced a surge in the Southern African platinum market, with a number of significant platinum projects to the combined value of almost R100-million currently under way in sub-Saharan Africa. “A renewed... 

Company awarded R100m in projects
MINING SERVICES WorleyParsons has extensive experience in process plant and shaft sinking projects in the platinum sector
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