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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... 

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Company prefers sponsoring event, expands African footprint

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth will be the exhibit hall title sponsor for the Investing in African Mining Indaba for the third consecutive year.  

Company prefers  sponsoring event, expands African footprint
EXPANDING NETWORK FLSmidth is reaching out to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Angola and Cameroon to appoint agents and representatives

Exploration unit set to be launched at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Firm of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting (South Africa) will launch its specialised unit, SRK Exploration Services, in Southern Africa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held from February 5 to 8 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Exploration unit set to  be launched at Indaba
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MARCIN WERTZ Miners and explorers need to move decisively in terms of initiating new ventures and optimising current projects

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
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer discusses Mining Indaba plans with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Presentation to bridge gap between mine planning and execution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 A presentation on how technology-based consulting can help bridge the gap between planning and execution will be delivered by mine management solutions’ provider Modular Mining Systems (MMS) solution manager for customer value Sergio Rojas at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be... 

Presentation to bridge  gap between mine planning and execution
OVERALL OPERATION Modular Mining Systems will exhibit its mining management platform at the Investing African Mining Indaba 2018

Upgraded condition monitoring app launched

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Condition monitoring specialists WearCheck launched an updated version of their condition-monitoring application (app) last month. The app was first launched mid-2017. The app provides WearCheck customers with instantaneous mobile access to their condition-monitoring data – which provides... 

Upgraded condition monitoring app launched
NEIL ROBINSON The app is free of charge, data is highly secure and the login process uses the same password credentials as the WearCheck online system

Bakubung Koepe rope-up procedure successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, engineered for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, was successfully used at Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West. The system was designed and manufactured by the Tech... 

Canadian junior mining company makes progress in Northern Cape

15th December 2017 Canadian junior mining company Tango Mining has made progress at its Oena diamond project, based in the Northern Cape in South Africa, appointing diamond recovery company Bluedust 7 as its mining contractor, which it announced in October. The contract will take place for a 60-month period, during... 

Canadian junior mining company makes progress in Northern Cape
EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES The Oena diamond mine will see the mining of alluvial diamonds over a 60-month period

Initial mining programme expected to start next year

15th December 2017 Marine and land-based mining company Diamond Fields International has reaffirmed its commitment to its Namibian operations, announcing at the start of November an initial mining programme for its ML111 licence in offshore Namibia in 2018.  The initial mining programme for the licence area will... 

Initial mining programme expected to start next year
YO TOIVO The vessel is designed to provide efficient and effective mining of diamonds on the seafloor

Lesotho mine delivers another high-value diamond

15th December 2017 Global diamond producer Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng diamond mine in Lesotho yielded a high-quality 202 ct Type IIa-D colour, the seventh diamond over 100 ct to be recovered this year. The announcement marks the seventh diamond of over 100 ct to be recovered in 2017 from Letšeng. The mine, it is... 

Lesotho mine delivers  another high-value diamond
PICTURE PERFECT The Letšeng mine, located in Lesotho, which is claimed ot be the highest dollar-per-carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward

15th December 2017 The results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by diamond miner Lucara Diamonds in November demonstrate the potential economic viability for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana. The development of the underground mine is planned after the completion of... 

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward
KAROWE OPENPIT The Karowe mine located in Botswana has valuable resources located underground

South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant

8th December 2017 South Africa-based process equipment sales and supply company MIP Process Technologies has landed a contract to supply equipment to global iron-ore giant Ehya Sepahan, which has operations in the Middle East, most notably Iran. Ehya Sepahan CEO Hadi Golzar and technical and planning manager... 

South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant
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STEEL COMMITMENTS Half of Ehya Sepahan’s iron-ore is consumed by the steelmaking industry

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

Ireland-based Connemara Mining to advance exploration on key gold, zinc prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 Irish gold and zinc explorer Connemara Mining aims to further advance exploration activities on key gold and zinc prospects, following the successful execution of several drilling programmes at these projects, Connemara Mining CEO Patrick Cullen tells Mining Weekly. Connemara currently holds... 

Ireland-based Connemara Mining to advance exploration  on key gold, zinc prospects
EXPLORATION DRIVE Active exploration programmes on Connemara Mining’s gold projects at Inishowen, in Donegal, are under way, while drilling on the Wicklow/Wexford project has started

Company continues ramp-up of new iron-ore asset

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2017 Industrial minerals, commodities and construction materials group Afrimat has successfully recommissioned its recently acquired iron-ore play, with full production on track for March 2018. The acquisition of the distressed small iron-ore mine, Diro, in the Northern Cape, had marked a new phase... 

Company continues ramp-up of new  iron-ore asset
DIRO MINE Afrmat invested R300-million into the Diro iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape

Kibaran to build battery-grade graphite producing pilot plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of  premium battery graphite... 

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