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Local valves company employs competitive strategy

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 Over the past two years, the African valves market has experienced trying conditions when dealing with the mining industry; however, the business environment is now slowly recovering as a result of improved commodity prices, South African valves industry manufacturer AR Controls director Julien... 

Mining to continue to support valves industry

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 Mining will remain the primary long-term source of revenue for the valves industry on the African continent, says valves and actuator technology manufacturer and supplier AR Controls director Julien Van Niekerk. He is confident that, with the cyclical nature of commodities, prices will improve... 

Mining to continue to  support valves industry
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND Commodity prices are expected to improve and give rise to a massive mineral-processing plant expansion across Africa

Tech trade between Australia, S Africa can be mutually beneficial

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Owing to the global mining downturn, lower commodity prices are forcing manufacturers and suppliers to expand into international markets to take advantage of more supply opportunities, a wider demand base and favourable exchange rates. 

Tech trade between Australia,  S Africa can be mutually beneficial
INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS SSG Consulting says South African mining goods and services suppliers need to enter new markets through distribution deals or establishing international offices to remain competitive

Employee diversity fosters innovation, creativity

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Global engineering consultancy Aurecon geotechnical engineer Dr Gabrielle Wojtowitz advocates for cross-gender, -cultural and -border teams in the workplace, as this stimulates diverse thinking and creativity. Within her role at Aurecon, Wojtowitz works within the built environment space as well... 

Employee diversity fosters innovation, creativity
GABRIELLE WOJTOWITZ Aurecon is exposing young women to the subjects of science, technology, economics and mathematics to increase the number of women in the mining industry

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience which makes it easier for project managers to make decisions on and improve project designs, and to undertake other activities that ensure the effective implementation of their strategies, believes the University of Pretoria's (UP’s)... 

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis
ACTUAL BENEFITS Aside from improving the decision-making process, virtual reality ensures that risky incidents are reduced

Mines continue to drive sustainable value creation

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The African mining industry is increasingly focusing on generating as much value as possible from mining projects to benefit all mining stakeholders and strengthen its position as a sustainable contributor to the continent’s economies, says consulting engineer Aurecon resources client director... 

Mines continue  to drive sustainable value creation
ASSMANG KHUMANI Community-benefiting projects are associated with mining company Assmang’s Khumani iron-ore mine, located in the Northern Cape, South Africa

Top trends impacting on mining come under the spotlight

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2017 During project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons’ Supplier Grow Conference earlier this month in Johannesburg advisory firm Deloitte Africa energy and resource leader Andrew Lane discussed ten trends currently impacting the global mining industry. The first trend highlighted was... 

Top trends impacting on mining come under the spotlight
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDREW LANE The mining industry is realising that it operates in an ecosystem where it is dependent on governments for regulatory access and to communities for physical access

Pockets of potential bode well for future

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The expected turning point in the African mining sector has not yet occurred, owing to continued soft economic growth in emerging economies allied to uneven global economic recoveries, divergent monetary policies and significant geopolitical/social issues, which continue to create further... 

Pockets of potential bode well for future
PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY The boiler emission abatement plant at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s refinery, in Springs is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa

Advanced diagnostics, IIoT to unlock valuable mining data – Endress & Hauser

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 Using the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and advanced diagnostics systems that draw new data from sensors in mines can provide deeper insight into operations and improve control, says industrial automation multinational Endress & Hauser Group mining industry manager Jenish Gheewala. Data is... 

Data-mining improves mine management  

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The new technologies being developed by multinational engineering and electronics company Bosch to help improve mine management are part of Mining 4.0 taking place at projects worldwide. 

Data-mining improves mine management
Bosch Africa region key account manager mining Landry Meya explains the technology available from the company. Camerawork: Victor Moolman.

SA company designs shaft hoisting infrastructure for Philippines gold mine

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Pretoria-based engineering firm Thuthukani Engineering has designed full service shaft hoisting infrastructure for Philippines-based gold miner Philsaga Mining Corporation, which is owned by Australian mining company Medusa Mining.  

SA company designs shaft hoisting infrastructure  for Philippines gold mine
PHILIPPINES PROJECT The Philsaga Mining Corporation project is testimony to South African mining engineering capability

Disruptive tech needed in local gold sector

     30th June 2017 Trends in gold production and processing have remained largely unchanged; however, the varying nature of future gold reserves will force change and, as such, the industry needs to be prepared to invest in and employ disruptive technology, says independent process industry consultant Santosh... 

Disruptive tech needed in local gold sector
SANTOSH GUNPATH To maintain its relevance to the global gold industry, South Africa has no option but to position itself as a gold technology sector

Implementation of hybrid renewable-diesel microgrids set to increase

By: Nadine James     30th June 2017 Mining houses’ use of microgrids and renewable energy to generate power and supplement diesel energy at isolated mining operations has been steadily increasing, says renewable-energy and microgrid consultant THEnergy. THEnergy founder and MD Dr Thomas Hillig notes that the company has been... 

Implementation of hybrid renewable-diesel microgrids set to increase
ENERGY EFFICIENT A growing confidence in renewables has ensured that the use of hybrid plants will increase

Local miners leverage existing infrastructure to extend operations

By: Nadine James     30th June 2017 As a result of financial constraints, South African gold miners are looking to exploit their existing infrastructure to mine licensed blocks adjacent to existing operations, says mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi Mining. Ukwazi underground engineer Hans Dippenaar notes that, in this way,... 

Local miners leverage existing infrastructure  to extend operations
REDUCE REUSE RETREAT Mines are attempting to reduce costs by using existing infrastructure to mine new blocks, while supplementing revenue by retreating tailings

Start of Elikhulu TSF construction imminent

By: Nadine James     30th June 2017 Mining services company Fraser Alexander will start construction of a tailings storage facility (TSF)  at the Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga, next month, with completion of the TSF expected by December 2018. Last month, the company was awarded the tender for the construction of the TSF for the... 

Start of Elikhulu TSF  construction imminent
WADE LEAF Fraser Alexander is confident that DRA’s decision is owing to the company’s long-standing reputation for building tailings dams,

Association applying changes to expand representation

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 Owing to it being approached by various other opencast mining and quarrying companies and bodies, private-sector producers’ association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will from now on only be known as Aspasa as it has dropped the ‘aggregate and sand’ from its... 

Association applying changes to expand representation
SEVERE NEED There is a severe need for services to be delivered from a central and well-organised body to the opencast mining sector

Multidisciplinary mining company says market is challenging

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 With the general depletion of natural sand reserves around South Africa, especially within large cities, multidisciplinary materials openpit mining company Afrimat has invested in sand producing plants – especially in Gauteng – to produce high-quality concrete sands to ensure higher concrete... 

Multidisciplinary mining company says market  is challenging
CHALLENGING CONDITIONS Overall, the construction materials sector remains relatively flat

Process-focused solution ups output

     23rd June 2017 North West sand and aggregate supplier CNC Crushers raised throughput by 45% at its Roadstone Shaft 5 crushing plant while simultaneously cutting back on maintenance, after implementing a full process-focused solution from industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa. 

Process-focused solution ups output
NEW TECHNOLOGY PAYS The installation of the Cavex hydrocyclone at CNC Crushers’ Stilfontein operation has resulted in increased production and reduced slimes to the tailings dam

Manica neither complex, capital demanding

     9th June 2017 The Manica gold project’s definitive feasibility study (DFS) results demonstrate a robust, simplistic project with an average gold grade of 2.62 g/t producing 215 293 oz over its seven-year life, says diversified miner Xtract Resources. In the DFS results announcement in February, Xtract... 

Manica neither complex, capital demanding
EXPLORING FUTURE PROSPECTS The three nearby prospects for further expansion in the Manica concession area, the Guy Fawkes, Boa Esperanza and Dot’s Luck deposits, all have declared resources

New mine design focused on realising business excellence

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th June 2017 Johannesburg-based project management and engineering company Paradigm Project Management (PPM) will apply its “three halves” philosophy to design and develop diamond producer Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone. 

New mine design focused on realising business excellence
Photo by Duane Daws
RADICAL REVIEW NECESSARY With a diamond supply shortfall looming, exploration companies must employ innovative planning to obtain funding for new projects

Tete steel project BFS near completion

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 SRK Consulting South Africa, a firm of consulting engineers and scientists, has completed its share of work on the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Tete iron-ore mining and steelmaking project, in Mozambique. The BFS for the project, which is expected to start production in the first half... 

Tete steel project  BFS near completion
HENNIE THEART The Tete project has a Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant measured resource of 156-million tonnes, grading 36% iron-ore and 13.3% titanium dioxide

Mines can use their vast amounts of data to lower costs – Rockwell Automation

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2017 The connected mine concept helps mines to lower costs by providing detailed, real-time control at all levels of operations, says industrial automation multinational Rockwell Automation sub-Saharan Africa MD Barry Elliot. The concept can be implemented in areas where mines have optimisation... 

Mines can use their vast amounts of data to lower costs – Rockwell Automation
BARRY ELLIOT The ability of personnel to leverage data is key to enabling a connected mine

Botswana to adopt Canadian model of sustainability

     26th May 2017 A Canadian model aimed at improving the sustainability of mining through environmental and community outreach practices is being introduced in Botswana, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Botswana to adopt Canadian model  of sustainability
CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT TSM requires miners to continuously assess their mining practices and report them to the community

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Botswana's mining industry will see steady value growth as government continues its efforts to diversify away from the diamond sector, encouraging foreign investment, particularly in coal projects, says industry analyst BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. 

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds
STEADY AS SHE GOES Government's efforts to develop Botswana’s coal mining sector are also expected to yield steady progress

Valves training centre well received by industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 Valves supplier AVK Southern Africa (AVK SA) strives to deliver high-quality, flawless and durable valves, and assist mining companies with the critical aspect of selecting the correct valve for high-quality water flow solutions, by providing training to mining industry players through its new... 

Valves training centre  well received by industry
VITAL COMPONENT It is critical that mines select the correct valves to suit their specifications for quality water-flow solutions

Collaboration key to build pipeline of opportunities on global scale

     28th April 2017 Québec-based carbon-capture technology developer CO2 Solutions president and CEO Evan Price expects its collaboration with global consulting and engineering firm Hatch to be central to the success of its Valorisation Carbone Québec (VCQ) project and instrumental in building the company’s... 

Collaboration key to build pipeline of opportunities on global scale
CLEAN TECH The Valorisation Carbone Québec project aims to demonstrate carbon dioxide capture and beneficial reuse at the large-scale industrial facilities of Québec’s main industries, namely manufacturing and mining

Consultancy offering miners ‘optimisation tools’

By: Ilan Solomons     28th April 2017 In the current climate of constrained capital, clients in the mining sector are seeking ways to maximise returns while minimising exposure to risk, particularly those companies which need to make strategic decisions on potential investments, says engineering company WorleyParsons CEO Denver... 

Consultancy offering miners ‘optimisation tools’
PROVIDING EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS Advisian draws on WorleyParsons’ ‘deep domain expertise’ and experience in the mining sector to advise clients and then can partner with them to implement that advice

Consulting engineering’s viability proportional to mining’s growth

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 The consulting engineering industry’s sustainability and growth are largely dependent on and proportional to the mining industry’s sustainability and growth respectively, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa). Cesa CEO Christopher Campbell notes that the success or decline... 

Consulting engineering’s viability proportional to mining’s growth
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL The current impasse between South Africa’s government and its mining industry needs to be resolved

Durban-based plant delivered to Guyana mine

     28th April 2017 A $2.5-million project, facilitating, executing and unloading a shipment of assets for an 800 t/d modularised gold plant relocated from Durban, in South Africa, to Buck Hall, in Guyana, was concluded toward the end of last year by Canadian engineering, procurement and construction firm JDS Energy... 

Durban-based plant delivered to Guyana mine
HEAVY LOAD TO BEAR The majority of the mill assets totalled over 16 000 m3 and necessitated the chartering of a speciality heavy-lifter ship to accommodate all cargo as a single loa

Evaluation reaffirms decision to acquire gold assets

     28th April 2017 London investment company Opera Investments’ decision to acquire the Lubando and Imweru assets, in Tanzania, has been reaffirmed by an evaluation by South African consulting group Minxcon, which confirmed Lubando’s gold resource at 6.78-million tonnes, grading 1.10 g/t, containing 293 870 oz.... 

Evaluation reaffirms decision to acquire gold assets
GOLD STRUCK Lubando's evaluation demonstrated an increased mineral resource tonnage of 160% with gold content increasing by more than 42%

Greater emphasis on ensuring sustainability

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Engineering expertise can be used to generate socioeconomic gains for mining companies, particularly in jurisdictions that are dependent on the finite business of mineral extraction, states global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon, an adviser to the African mining sector.... 

Greater emphasis on  ensuring sustainability
ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION Engineering innovation could transform mining assets into new business opportunities

Internship to benefit more students

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb plans to expand its internship programme, aimed at preparing second-year engineering students for their careers, in the near future. With two students having completed the internship programme, launched last year, the Chromium Carbide (CrC) plate... 

Internship to benefit more students
SOUND INVESTMENT Promising students will be offered an opportunity for full-time employment at Rio-Carb upon successful completion of their studies

Mining consulting outlook stable to positive – consultancy

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 The short-term outlook for the mining consulting industry is “stable to positive”, says SRK Consulting, a firm of consulting engineers and scientists. SRK partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl stresses that the South African economy is still in a transitional phase which – combined with... 

Mining consulting outlook stable to positive – consultancy
ANDREW VAN ZYL Increasingly complex deposits will require thorough and expert technical knowledge, increasing the need for mining consultants

Optimisation tools up probability of success

     28th April 2017 In today’s world of constrained capital, engineering, procurement and construction consultant WorleyParsons notes that clients in the mining sector are seeking ways to improve returns while reducing their exposure to risk, particularly those companies who need to make strategic decisions on... 

Optimisation tools up probability of success
AIDING DEVELOPMENT Advisian acts as lenders’ independent technical and environmental adviser for nonrecourse project finance, export credit agency finance and structured trade commodity finance

SRK rated among SA’s top five consulting engineering firms

By: Ilan Solomons     28th April 2017 Independent engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting South Africa has been rated a top five company in South Africa’s consulting engineering, mining and infrastructure segment in the recent Top 500 Companies Awards. The awards survey over 3 000 businesses and honour those that excel... 

SRK rated among SA’s top five consulting engineering firms
VIS REDDY SRK Consulting South Africa is owned and managed by its staff and invests significantly in ‘fostering talent in a culture of excellence’

New forum created to discuss exploration, mining, metals and minerals

By: Dylan Slater     21st April 2017 To continually develop, refine and extend the knowledge base regarding mining definitions and standards, vendor- and technology-neutral industry consortium The Open Group has established a forum in which exploration, mining, metals and minerals (EMMM) is discussed.  

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

     21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

Strategic mining alliance  to clients’ benefit
SINGLE SOURCE Through the Redpath Mining and Stefanuti Stocks alliance, mining clients benefit from a single role-player taking responsibility for an entire project

Major contract secured for Guinea bauxite plant

     14th April 2017 A major contract, valued at about €100-million, has been secured by German integrated solutions provider to the global mining, bulk materials handling and minerals industries Tenova Takraf for the turnkey supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. The plant, for... 

Major contract secured for Guinea bauxite plant
BAUXITE PLANT IN GUINEA The Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée plant is scheduled for commissioning in the second half of 2018

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