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WA engineering company providing specialised services for mining industry

     8th August 2014 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. 

Metals mine to implement planning solutions system 

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th July 2014 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
Mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi Group director and principal engineer Jaco Lotheringen discusses the Open Pit Metals Solutions software for metals mines.

SRK Consulting

     11th July 2014 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

Infrastructure deficit thwarting investment

By: Pimani Baloyi     11th July 2014 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     11th July 2014 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

Bunker poses unique challenge to GMEP

By: Dylan Slater     27th June 2014 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 Oliveira     23rd May 2014 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
Mining Weekly writer David Oliveira speaks to ComplyWorks MD Nicolai Massyn about the company’s services.

Mining lab focuses on Namibia

By: Carina Borralho     16th May 2014 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... 

Data management is a critical concern

     9th May 2014 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... 

Careful water management is required at openpit mines, says consultancy

By: Carina Borralho     9th May 2014 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

Mine planning essential for opencast environment

     9th May 2014 A project team with mine planning as its core business is best positioned to deliver appropriate, integrated, optimum and executable mine designs, says mining consultancy Ukwazi. Ukwazi is the largest-capacity mining engineering-focused consulting services provider in Africa and has successfully... 

Holistic software the future of mining industry – project manager

By: Jonathan Rodin     9th May 2014 South Africa-based mining project management and engineering company DRA Mineral Projects has developed a software solution, Mine Operations Management System (MOMS), which the company believes will revolutionise the mining industry in the next five to ten years. “MOMS enables mining companies to... 

Holistic software the future of mining industry – project manager
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COMMON CHALLENGES The biggest challenge for mining companies is to meet high demand by increasing ore throughput while maintaining quality and reducing costs

First-time exhibitor aims to create strong communications base in West Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi     2nd May 2014 US-based test and measurement tools manufacturer and distributor Fluke Corporation says it wants to use its presence at this year’s West African International Mining and Power Exhibition, which will be held at the Accra Convention Centre, in Ghana, from May 28 to 30, to create a strong... 

First-time exhibitor aims to create strong communications base in West Africa
FRANCESCO PAGIN Fluke customers mostly rely on the Internet for information about product and service options and availability

Investment can improve Ghana’s infrastructure development

By: Pimani Baloyi     2nd May 2014 Continued investment in Ghana through opportunities offered by events, such as the West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex), can support growth in Ghana’s mining and power industries and subsequently improve the country’s infrastructure, says UK-based engineering solutions provider Eriks... 

Investment can improve Ghana’s  infrastructure development
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INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Financial support and investment from international companies will lead to infrastructure development in West Africa

40 years of technical excellence, 40 more to follow

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Multidiscipline consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, “commemorating a period highlighted by global expansion and technical excellence”, enthuses SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. “The expansion of the group, since it was... 

40 years of technical excellence, 40 more  to follow
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ALCHEMY SIGNING Anglo American Platinum’s Alchemy initiative seeks to facilitate real and sustainable community development

Mining consultancy celebrates ten years

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Centurion-based medium sized mine consultancy Ukwazi will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary, says director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen, who tells Mining Weekly that the company has developed into a sustainable and reputable mining engineering consultancy over the past... 

SA consultancy acquired

     25th April 2014 German consulting and engineering company DMT has completed a majority holding acquisition of South Africa-based Kai Batla Minerals Industry Consultants. The acquisition, completed in March, supports DMT’s global growth strategy in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Kai Batla is... 

Cost management services secured for town resettlement project

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Cost engineering and construction economist consultancy Mandla Mlangeni Quantity Surveyors (MMQS) is providing cost management services for JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore’s Dingleton town-resettlement project, in the Northern Cape. The residents of Dingleton – a small town near the iron-ore miner’s... 

Merger details to be discussed at extraordinary general meeting

     25th April 2014 The details of metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering’s merger with global engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler will be announced at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which is expected to be held early next month. Subject to the approval of the merger by MDM... 

UK subsidiary relocates

     25th April 2014 Project management services company Tenova Mining & Minerals announced in February that group subsidiary Tenova Delkor UK will be relocating its business to Tenova Takraf’s global headquarters in Leipzig, Germany. As from June 1, Tenova Delkor’s business activities will be conducted and managed... 

WorleyParsons

     25th April 2014 Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons has been consulting in the global resource and energy sectors, as well as other complex-process industries, since its inception in 1977. With a wealth of expertise and experience in the hydrocarbons, minerals, metals and chemicals, and... 

WorleyParsons

Large mining projects under pressure as capital strategies are reviewed

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Much has changed in the mining industry in the last two years, with large capital projects coming under pressure as major mining houses review their capital strategies, project delivery and consulting services provider WorleyParsons RSA CEO Digby Glover tells Mining Weekly. He adds that whereas a... 

Wastewater treatment specialist offers expertise to consulting engineers

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 International water-treatment plant specialist Degrémont has made itself available to advise South African consulting engineers on the issue of mining-focused wastewater treatment solutions, Degrémont South Africa GM Remy Jaffray tells Mining Weekly. “We conduct regular meetings with consulting... 

Wastewater treatment  specialist offers expertise  to consulting engineers

Fracturing and automation a solution for deep-level mining challenges

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 The deep-level mining sector is researching and piloting fracturing methods that could help mitigate the three main challenges facing deep-level operations – rock stability, ventilation and time wasted while travelling to mining areas – says research organisation the Council for Scientific and... 

Fracturing and automation a solution for deep-level mining challenges
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JEANNETTE MCGILL The deep-level mining sector is faced with the challenges of rock instability, the difficulty of installing ventilation systems and time wasted while travelling to the mining area

If proven commercially, Geomega’s technology could transform REE industry

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2014 Montreal-based rare earth elements (REE) development company Geomega Resources is making steady progress with research and development work on a proprietary technology that could have the power to reshape the rare earths industry. Despite it still being early days, and the technology not having... 

If proven commercially, Geomega’s technology could transform REE industry
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Rare earth elements.

CoM Facebook fan page achieves community engagement score of 10% in about two years

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th March 2014 Almost two years after the launch of the Mine campaign by the Chamber of Mines (CoM) to demonstrate the positive contributions of the mining industry to South Africans, the campaign has managed to maintain a community engagement score of 10%, which is well above the 7% benchmark. 

Sustainable growth programme a highlight at Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     7th March 2014 Engineering, project delivery and advisory services group Aurecon’s Partnering for Sustainable Growth programme provided conference delegates who attended the programme at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba with a holistic approach to mine development, said Africa and Middle East... 

Sustainable growth programme a highlight  at Mining Indaba
GARTH HIGGO Aurecon using the lens of the Six Capitals approach developed by the global integrated reporting coalition the International Integrated Reporting Council, measured six capital models for sustainable growth

Consultancy showcases comprehensive service offering at Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     7th March 2014 International environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy Environ showcased its services and solutions offering for the African mining industries at last month’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6. The company established an... 

Consultancy showcases comprehensive service offering at Mining Indaba
SERVICE OFFERING David Scott, Clinton Phaal, Glenn Mills and John Lambert

Materials symposium to focus on research commercialisation

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 The macromolecular and supramolecular architectures and materials symposium, MAM-14, will focus on providing companies with the opportunity to acquire new technologies and processes, while providing students and researchers the opportunity to present their work, says mineral processing research... 

More mines seen using human-hair mats to combat oil spills

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th February 2014 With an increased focus on health and safety in the mining industry, hairstylist and entrepreneur Johan Nortjie believes that more mining companies are likely to consider using Acublot products to reduce oil spills and leakages on site this year.  

More mines seen using human-hair mats to combat oil spills
OIL ADSORBS The Acublot adsorb mat solution allows the recovery of oil to take place

Consultancy launches fully customised subscription reports service

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th February 2014 Mining consultancy Core Consultants launched its fully customised subscription reports service at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which was held in Cape Town earlier this month. 

Consultancy launches fully customised subscription reports service
LARA SMITH Core Consultants is focusing on supporting its two new service offerings

Mining explosives maker hires Johnson Controls to help solve logistical challenges

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th February 2014 Mining explosives supplier AEL Mining Services (AEL) has approached energy and operational company Johnson Controls to assist in resolving AEL’s logistical challenges in supplying ammonia – which is a key ingredient in the manufacturing of explosives for the mining sector. 

Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2014 Mechanical engineer Rod Pickering spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, the part of the now-defunct Comro that focused on hard rock, narrow-reef mining. After leaving Comro in 1996, he spent another 18 years running his... 

Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads

Project house to reintroduce itself to the African market at indaba

By: David Oliveira     31st January 2014 Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons TWP will reintroduce itself to the African market as WorleyParsons RSA at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 3 to 6. This comes after... 

Project house to  reintroduce itself to the African market at indaba
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DIGBY GLOVER We would like to continue to increase our ability to work effectively from as far up the mining value chain as possible

Engineering firms launch Aboriginal mining services company

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2014 Several engineering and construction firms announced that they had partnered with Aboriginal groups to launch the First Nations Mining Corporation (FNMC) to promote, develop and carry out engineering, construction, environmental and other services for mining companies in Ontario. SNC-Lavalin,... 

 Engineering firms launch Aboriginal mining services company

Specialist on getting value for money

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 Performance improvement specialist Partners in Performance (PIP) regards the Investing in African Mining Indaba as a platform for the company to showcase its ability to assist mining companies improve performance and notes a current upsurge in interest in transitioning from being contractor... 

Gaining insight at indaba

By: Carina Borralho     24th January 2014 Banking, financial and advisory services provider Macquarie Capital Securities (MCS) will participate for the first time in this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, as consultant Jim Lennon will deliver a speech to provide delegates with a global update on the current outlook for the... 

Gaining insight  at indaba
OFFERING INSIGHTS Macquarie Capital Securities' presentation will provide attendees with insight into the African commodity sectors

CEO to present on the state of mining at indaba

By: Pimani Baloyi     24th January 2014 Consultancy firm CRU Strategies CEO Phil Newman will give an overview on the state of mining and commodities at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 3 to 6. “The presentation will focus on several... 

CEO to present on the state of mining at indaba
PHIL NEWMAN Demand drives commodities, but supply separates the winners from the losers

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