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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.  

Company acquires new openpit mine software

Mining software and services provider Maptek has acquired mine planning consultancy Orelogy’s Evorelution strategic openpit mine scheduling set of software which, as of this month, will be developed and marketed as the Vulcan Open Pit Scheduler. 

Company acquires new openpit  mine software
BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION Evorelution assesses thousands of schedule scenarios rapidly to present users with the best options

Stakeholder buy-in key for successful openpit planning

When it comes to openpit mine planning, it is essential to establish a thorough understanding of the practical mining cycle and how mine-planning software can help, says mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi Group. 

Stakeholder buy-in  key for successful  openpit planning
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JACO LOTHERINGEN Great care should be taken to ensure that a mine plan is achievable and based on valid mine planning principles

ELB Group lifts FY turnover 18%

By: Natalie Greve Engineering solutions provider ELB Group has reported an 18% increase in turnover for the year, boosting overall income, from R1.9-billion in 2013, to R2.3-billion for the 12 months ended June 30. Describing this as “a satisfactory result, given the current difficult trading conditions” the group... 

ELB Group lifts FY turnover 18%

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions based on customer requirements

By: Schalk Burger A holistic solution for drives and materials handling systems in the mining industry will provide customised systems and maintenance services specifically suited to the requirements of each mine and plant, says industrial drives and gear major SEW-Eurodrive South Africa MD Ute Schoeman.... 

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions  based on customer requirements
UTE SCHOEMAN New technologies are promising, but end-users require customisation and extensive experience regarding implementation to improve their confidence adopting and implementing new technologies

Standby capacity for SA mines

By: Pimani Baloyi Harare-based mining equipment supplier Machinery Exchange, in expectation of a time when Zimbabwe’s mining industry can live up to its full potential, prioritises staff training, the supply of quality services and world-class equipment and keeping abreast of global trends in its sector, says... 

Standby capacity  for SA mines
BRENDAN & GEOFF REILLY Machinery Exchange has trained its staff and ensures that it keeps abreast of global mining trends

WA engineering company providing specialised services for mining industry

Modern hydraulic vulcanising equipment, available from Western Australia-based engineering company Murray Engineering, enables rapid, efficient and reliable repairs to all types of trailing and extension cables used in dragline machinery, electric shovels, jumbo drills and solo drills. 

WA engineering company providing specialised services for mining industry
UNIQUE FACILITIES Murray Engineering offers unique mining-related services available from no other Australian company

Metals mine to implement planning solutions system

By: Mia Breytenbach Mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi Group is working with mining major Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore (Kumba) to implement the new Open Pit Metals Solution (OPMS) software system at Kumba’s Kolomela mine, in Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape, says Ukwazi director and principal... 

Metals mine to  implement  planning  solutions system
STRATEGIC PLANNING TOOL Ukwazi will assist Kolomela mine in implementing the Open Pit Metals Solution software

Infrastructure deficit thwarting investment

By: Pimani Baloyi A lack of infrastructure in several African countries continues to hinder investment in new mining projects and efficient operations at existing mining operations, says multidisciplinary mining and engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting. Company chairperson and corporate consultant Roger... 

Infrastructure deficit thwarting investment
ROGER DIXON A lack of well-maintained infrastructure in many African countries remains a serious obstacle to new mining investment

Insufficient infrastructure a challenge for Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi African governments should prioritise infrastructure development to attract foreign investment to the continent, which boasts a wealth of mineral resources, says South Africa-based midtier mining consultancy Ukwazi Group. Company director Hugo Tukker tells Mining Weekly that the lack of... 

Insufficient infrastructure  a challenge for Africa
HUGO TUKKER African countries should work on creating standardised legislation that cuts across all mining operations

SRK Consulting

Founded 40 years ago in South Africa, SRK Consulting is a global leader in natural resource and development solutions, providing independent technical advice and services, with a staff complement of 1 500 working from over 50 offices, across 22 countries, on all six continents. In Africa, SRK has... 

SRK Consulting

Bunker poses unique challenge to GMEP

By: Dylan Slater The sheer size of the storage bunker constructed for the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP), owned and operated by coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources, posed a daunting challenge for engineers and contractors in terms of design and construction, reports... 

Bunker poses unique challenge to GMEP
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AWARD-WINNING DESIGN Exxaro presented LSL Consulting with an award for its innovative design of the coal dispatch systems at the expansion project

Helping contractors meet miners’ compliance needs

By: David D‘ Oliveira Compliance management solutions provider ComplyWorks is rolling out its contractor and supplier management system at diversified miner Glencore Ferro Alloys and at platinum major Lonmin Platinum. Roll-out started at the two mining houses last year, but has been delayed as a result of the platinum... 

Helping contractors meet miners’ compliance needs
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NICOLAI MASSYN ComplyWorks provides an information platform, enabling contractors to upload information that matches the information needs of employer organisations

Mining lab focuses on Namibia

By: Carina Borralho Namibia is replete with skilled, English-speaking professionals required by the chemicals and mining industries and, as such, is proving to be an invaluable African investment for many companies worldwide, says mining laboratory services provider Tramecon. “We are very excited to see the... 

Careful water management is required at openpit mines, says consultancy

By: Carina Borralho Independent consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting SA has completed numerous surface water studies for feasibility studies for openpit in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) and tropical areas to the North of the DRC.  One of the main issues around openpit mining in these... 

Careful water management is required at openpit mines, says consultancy

Data management is a critical concern

Managing data has become a critical concern in the minerals exploration community, according to a global survey report published by software developer Geosoft in November. The report found that there was a growing need for effective data management in the minerals exploration community to attract... 

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