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Botswana mining conference yielding opportunities

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Mining and engineering company Pan African Minerals says it attended the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana Conference, which was held in Gaborone from April 10 to 11, to create partnerships, networks and take advantage of the business matching prospects. The company’s attendance has already yielded... 

SA company wins social services bid for Malawi graphite mine

11th May 2018 South Africa-based integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM has produced the winning bid for social services for mining company Sovereign Metals’ Malingunde graphite project in the Lilongwe district, in Malawi. The Malingunde graphite project is prospective for saprolite-hosted flake... 

SA company wins social services bid for Malawi graphite mine
GRAPHITE MINE The Malingunde graphite mine, in Malawi has a maiden mineral resource estimate of 65.1-milllion tonnes at 7.1% total graphitic carbon

Local market welcomes launch of SRK Exploration Services

By: Nadine James     11th May 2018 The local and sub-Saharan African market has responded “very positively” to the establishment of SRK Exploration Services, a discipline-led division of SRK Global, says SRK Exploration Services Southern African exploration manager Oliver Bayley. He explains that the Cardiff-based division... 

Local market welcomes launch  of SRK Exploration Services
HENNIE THEART AND OLIVER BAYLEY The growing ranks of midtier and junior mining companies who lack in-house technical ability has created an untapped market for SRK

Sustainable solutions possible for AMD treatment

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa states that while acid mine drainage (AMD) decant in the Witwatersrand gold fields and surrounds should be dealt with urgently, there is no company large enough to start a large-scale water rehabilitation programme. “The Witwatersrand gold... 

Sustainable solutions  possible for AMD treatment
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TACKLING ACID MINE DRAINAGE Acid mine drainage is one of the single most significant threats to South Africa’s environment and needs to be urgently addressed

New mining precinct, fuel cell frenzy and a six-point industry plan make the headlines  

2nd May 2018 A new mining precinct will soon be launched, there is fuel cell frenzy and a six-point plan could help the mining industry. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines.   

New mining precinct, fuel cell frenzy and a six-point industry plan make the headlines
New mining precinct, fuel cell frenzy and a six-point industry plan make the headlines

Digitisation, safety hot topics in mining consulting

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 There is “much discussion” in the global mining consulting industry around digitisation and safety in mines, says engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon client director for resources Dr Eduard Vorster. The interrelation between digital advancements and safety is an important... 

Digitisation, safety hot  topics in mining consulting
EDUARD VORSTER Aurecon strives to develop its smaller partners so that they can become significant future players in the mining industry

Discounts on professional fees a looming issue

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The issue of discounting the professional fees of consulting engineers, driven by public sector and private sector clients alike, is plaguing the sustainability of the consulting engineering industry, says voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. “Would... 

Discounts on professional fees a looming issue
Photo by Knight Piésold Consulting
MINING OPTIMISATION Consulting engineers try to minimise the mining client’s total cost of ownership in the mining investment

New approach to outsourcing

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th April 2018 With local and global mining companies operating under continuous pressure to consistently deliver on operational targets, save costs and sustain profitability amid an age of smart business and regulatory uncertainty, local technical services provider Ukwazi is offering a turnkey outsourced... 

New approach  to outsourcing
JACO LOTHERINGEN Outsourcing technical services to companies such as Ukwazi ensures that the technical team is part of a revenue centre

Stagnant mining industry detrimental to consulting engineers

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The local mining industry is “almost dormant” and it is having a knock-on effect on consulting engineers, leaving them with little in the way of projects, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. Many consulting engineers servicing the mining industry are... 

Stagnant mining  industry detrimental  to consulting engineers
CHRIS CAMPBELL The current state of the industry has mostly been brought on by the debacle surrounding the Mining Charter

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 Recent changes in political leadership suggest that the South African mining industry may be moving towards a clearer operating framework but much uncertainty remains, says consulting engineering and science company SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. “This uncertainty... 

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising
INNOVATION IMPERATIVE Innovative thinking must be embedded into all specialist disciplines of consulting engineering so that the full benefit of modern invention can be applied

‘Toolbox’ helps Harmony Gold improve environmental management

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th April 2018 JSE-listed Harmony Gold Mining (Harmony) has improved its environmental management through the implementation of a system that centralises the company’s environmental data. The system, named Management Toolbox (MTB), facilitates the capturing of environmental data, the storing of related source... 

Online submission streamlines application procedure for water licences

By: Nadine James     26th April 2018 The process for water use licence applications (WULAs) is improving as a result of an online system being put in place by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), according to SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Jacky Burke. Burke, the leader of SRK’s WULA Group, hosted a... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Remote sensing increasingly being used in mining to monitor water

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 It is becoming increasingly important for mines to stay up-to-date with the latest monitoring technology to ensure water resources are efficiently monitored on site, both from a water management point of view and from a compliance and legislative point of view, says SRK principal hydrologist... 

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 While there is no doubt that conglomerate gold has been discovered in the Pilbara, the broader understanding of this style of gold mineralisation in the Pilbara remains incomplete, and therefore any comparisons with the Witwatersrand (Wits) Basin are premature, states SRK Consulting geologist... 

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

EY launches new team in Natural Resources segment

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 Assurance and advisory firm EY in Africa, has incorporated a new Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) technical team into its Natural Resources segment. The team includes a century’s worth of combined mining and oil and gas expertise and combines “deep sector expertise and economic competence” to... 

Services demand in Africa rising

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Over the past two years, local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi has registered a rise in demand of between 20% and 30% for its service offering across Africa. The demand can mostly be attributed to the openpit operations across South Africa and Africa, but also to openpit operations... 

Services demand in Africa rising
SERVICES DEMAND Ukwazi has a pipeline of clients requesting additional services, mostly in the Southern Africa region

First phase at platinum mine project completed

6th April 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons RSA in December completed the first phase of platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum's R10.7-billion Bakubung platinum mine project near Rustenburg in the North West. Wesizwe Platinum officially launched its flagship Bakubung... 

First phase at platinum mine project completed
DEEP LEVEL Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine project production shaft headgear

Technical innovation receives industry thumbs up

6th April 2018 Consulting firm Mira Geoscience received the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) Outstanding Achievement in Commercialisation award for a technical innovation and commercial sale that is quickly becoming the industry’s most comprehensive and advanced geotechnical data management and hazard... 

Technical innovation  receives industry thumbs up
Photo by Bloomberg
GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES The Ultra-Deep Mining Network is accelerating commercially viable technologies to the mining industry

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 Advancing and applying smart technology is improving miners' ability to delineate geological structures more accurately, which is important because a key aspect that affects safety in the sector is the variability of rock mass characteristics over time and space, says consulting engineers and... 

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines
WILLIAM JOUGHIN SRK Consulting is collaborating with the Australian Centre for Geomechanics to develop apps to manage seismic hazards that are dangerous for deep-level mines

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 The MT3500X/NX and MT950 ultralow-profile (ULP) machines designed and developed by mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group can facilitate mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels. "This is the... 

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme
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DANIE BURGER CMTI Group has embarked on a fundraising round that will close during the first quarter of this year to satisfy growth and the significant demand for South African mechanised-mining solutions

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised  

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Underground rail infrastructure at South African mines is not operating at its full potential, predominantly owing to poor track-system choices and a lack of critical maintenance, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa technical director of rail transport and... 

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised
Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa discusses the state of underground rail transportation in South Africa’s mines. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining Charter must ensure radical transformation, inclusive growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 In light of the Mining Charter III currently under review by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and various stakeholders including mining houses, Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation Advisory (SSC Advisory) believes an ideal outcome would be for the charter to focus on radical... 

Mining Charter must ensure radical transformation, inclusive growth
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SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT Community problems cannot be solved by a one-size-fits-all, blanket approach – every mine and community is unique

Company starts offering advisory services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Following the realisation that their mining clients often need advisory services with regard to technical or operational issues at a cost-effective rate, mining services and solutions provider Dickinson Group began offering advisory services to the industry in November.  

Company starts offering advisory services
ADVISORY ADDED Dickinson Group provides refractory and a range of smelter services to the mining industry, as well as advisory, aimed at improving efficiencies

Sustainable management of risks gains traction

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Amid a range of land contamination issues in South Africa, mining houses are increasingly adapting their operations to be more holistic to curb environmental risks and create meaningful value for local stakeholders while achieving their objectives. Engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Sustainable management  of risks gains traction
HAZARDOUS The impacts of land contamination can be significant and widespread for mine operations, leading to high costs

Coal mining needs effective extraction means

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The best process for extraction of coal depends on the geographical and geotechnical information of the deposit, says Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary engineering consulting company GO Holistic Engineering engineering consultant Kevin Jacobs. He tells Mining Weekly that South Africa's diverse... 

Coal mining needs effective extraction means
LONGWALL COAL MINING A longwall miner used to extract coal in underground coal mining allows for a higher extraction rate of coal

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Sustainability raising the bar in mining industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 Mining companies are taking an increasingly leading role in improving sustainability across the industry, and a proactive approach towards ensuring long-term sustainability, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch chief technical officer Dennis Gibson.... 

Sustainability  raising the bar in mining industry
Photo by Duane Daws
REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT Technologies, such as solar photovoltaic, hydro and wind can deliver clean energy and aid sustainability

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 South Africa needs stability, continuity and fairness in the mining industry, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure division MD Dr Terence Milne, who tells Mining Weekly that presenters at the Investing in African Mining Indaba highlighted “political stability, fair... 

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth
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CLEAN ENERGY WSP aims to explore green energy for miners in the year ahead

Digitalisation to impact on every aspect of mining – Schneider

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Of all the trends impacting on the mining industry, none will be as critical as digitalisation, says power management and automation systems Schneider Electric South Africa mining, minerals and metals (MMM) Africa business VP Wilhelm Swart.  

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

‘Digital mine’ solution for local market launched

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 In tandem with the yearly mining investment conference Investing in African Mining Indaba, digital industrial company GE launched its global Digital Mine solution onto the South African market.  

Joi Ito to headline #DisruptMining finale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 Tech mogul Joi Ito will deliver a keynote address at the #DisruptMining finale on March 4, during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, in Toronto. A director of the MIT Media Lab and professor of the Practice of Media, Arts and Sciences at MIT, Ito is an... 

Johnson Controls’ dual centrifugal chiller selected for cooling system at Ghana gold mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd February 2018 Engineering consultancy Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) has selected diversified technology provider Johnson Controls’ York YD dual centrifugal chiller to meet the cooling requirements for gold and copper producer Newmont Mining Corporation’s Subika underground project at the Ahafo complex, in... 

Johnson Controls’ dual centrifugal chiller selected  for cooling system at Ghana gold mine
MEETING REQUIREMENTS The York YD dual centrifugal chiller with its cooling capability meets the needs of the surface air cooling plant design at Subika

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants  as they acquire  Tier 1 coal assets
Photo by Duane Daws
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer

Achieve sustainability through long-term budgets, risk assessments on health

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 For operational sustainability in the mining industry, mining decisionmakers need to take a proactive approach to protect and promote worker health, supporting productivity and to reduce legal liabilities associated with occupational disease. All of these could have significant direct and... 

Achieve sustainability through long-term  budgets, risk assessments on health
OFTEN OVERLOOKED International SOS says health risks are not always easy to quantify and end up being under-appreciated in mining companies’ budget allocations

Civil engineering solutions provider secures new contracts

26th January 2018 Civil engineering solutions provider Concor Infrastructure, formerly known as Murray & Roberts Infrastructure, is well positioned to take advantage of the recent increase in optimism in the mining space, with company representatives poised to attend the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba in... 

Civil engineering solutions provider secures new contracts
ERIC WISSE Concor Infrastructure secured the contract for the earthworks and civils for the box cut at Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef mine
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