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Increasing demand for variable-speed drives

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Following the successful commissioning of two MoviDrive B ventilation and air conditioning variable-speed drives (VSDs) at an underground mine in the North-West, in South Africa, drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa will commission an additional four of its MoviDrive B drives... 

Relays assist with cable-theft detection

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable-theft detection, in diverse industries, including ventilation and cooling applications in mining and quarrying. 

Relays assist with  cable-theft detection
PROTECT AND SERVE The Proloc and ProBeck relays are programmed to detect cable theft by identifying a change in electrical impedance of a cable

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which relates to the brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining (TMM) equipment, says... 

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations
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DANIE BURGER There are currently a number of problems relating to the standards for the testing of brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining equipment

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Project management facility designed to  enhance every plant
ADDITIONAL OFFERING BMG also offers extensive customer training on site at mining operations or at its upgraded premises

Turnkey solutions provided for gold mine in East Asia

     3rd November 2017 Gauteng-based mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge Group recently supplied winches, winders and a range of ancillary products and services for a new service shaft at a gold mine in East Asia. This, the company notes, was carried out in collaboration with consultants from Australia and South... 

Turnkey solutions provided  for gold mine in East Asia
FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION Tech Edge Group offered a full turnkey solution service that included high-level design

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Mechanised mining produces  indirect jobs, uptake increasing
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Scarce funding necessitates  effective project management
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JEREMY CLARKE A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management

South Africa’s Master Drilling expands into India, Australia

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2017 Raise bore drilling company Master Drilling on Wednesday announced its expansion into India, where it will support a zinc mine, and Australia, where it will support a gold project. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company said it would be deploying a large raisebore machine to a Vedanta... 

South Africa’s Master Drilling expands into India, Australia
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Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba... 

CoAL settles major liabilities, transitions into coal producer in 'extremely positive year'

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following an “extremely positive and transformational year” in which South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) achieved significant milestones, such as settling significant liabilities and transitioning into a coal producer with the acquisition of the cash-generative Uitkomst colliery,... 

First gold pour at new Mali gold mine by year-end

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 The ball mill shell has been successfully installed at emerging gold miner Hummingbird Resources’ flagship Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule and on budget for the first gold pour by the end of this year. The installation is a significant milestone in progressing the project to... 

First gold pour at new Mali gold mine by year-end
OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHT Installation of the ball mill shell, following delivery of the ball mill are key milestones in progressing the project to production

Construction progresses at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila gold project

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th September 2017 The ball mill shell has been successfully installed at Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources’ flagship Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule and on budget for the first gold pour by the end of this year. The installation is a significant milestone in progressing the project to... 

Construction progresses at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila gold project
Yanfolila gold project, Mali

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to five years, says Fraser Alexander minerals processing GM Jaco Scholtz. “We are particularly proud of... 

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges
ALL ENCOMPASSING Fraser Alexander is able to service clients across the coal washing and processing value chain

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Forsaken underground coal mines are increasingly being reopened using opencast mining methods, according to independent mining advisory group Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who tells Mining Weekly that this practice is effectively enabled through increased mechanisation. While an... 

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines
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SECOND CHANCE The trend of returning to underground mines and turning them into opencast mines is a cost-effective alternative to exploration

Platinum mining to play role in emerging sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 With there being a global increase in demand for all fuel cells, with low temperature platinum bearing fuel cells seeing the largest increase in market pull, independent analysis and advisory firm 4th Energy Wave CEO Dr Kerry-Ann Adamson believes that this creates an increasing opportunity for... 

Platinum mining to play role in emerging sector
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INCREASED ADOPTION Trends and demands for an increasing availability of fuel cells are leading to increased adoption

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Nonprofit organisation, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aiming to invite more German companies to Zambia to display digital solutions for mining and Industry 4.0, following the success of its German-Zambian Business Forum. SA-German Chamber Lusaka office head... 

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines
BUSINESS FIRST The first German-Zambian Business Forum was held in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier this year to strengthen economic ties between Germany and Zambia

Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Zambia Chamber of Mines, and its initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ), is enthusiastic about the reopening of mining operations in Zambia, which it says will not only result in increased copper production but also translate into stabilised employment levels in the country and improved tax revenues... 

Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues
CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPMENT The mining sector contributes to Zambia’s socioeconomic development through the creation of jobs and new business opportunities

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry

     15th September 2017 By the first quarter of 2018,  a building site in Kalumbila, in North-Western province, in  Zambia, will be transformed into a $40-million manufacturing facility that will produce high-quality mill-balls for mines in Zambia, neighbouring countries and the world market, says Zambia Chamber of... 

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry
TANGIBLE EXCITEMENT There’s a tangible feeling of excitement in the air at Kalumbila with the coming of the ME Elecmetal plant

Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

Hydrogen detection  solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines
HIGHLY VERSATILE The H2Scan Hy-Alerta 500 instrument is a “highly versatile” hand-held detection device

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering introduced the company’s newest primary cleaner offering, the CleanScrape, to Zambia, following its launch at Electra Mining, which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, last year. The primary cleaner has been supplied... 

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi
CLEANSCRAPE The primary cleaner has been supplied to mining company First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi mine

Specialist helps Zambian mines save on maintenance costs

     15th September 2017 More and more mines in Zambia are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and reduced maintenance costs, enthuses condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck. 

Specialist helps Zambian mines save  on maintenance costs
NEIL ROBINSON Customers are able to see for themselves the savings on the bottom line that are attributable to condition monitoring

Zambian interest in heavy-duty equipment range

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The trommel screens and apron feeders from engineering solutions developer Ireland-based MDS International (MDS) are of particular interest on the Zambian Copperbelt, states bulk materials handling equipment distributor BLT. Designed by MDS for mineral processing and recycling applications, BLT... 

Zambian interest  in heavy-duty equipment range
HIGHLY ACCURATE The MF0814T tracked material feeder has a holding capacity of up to 100 t and is designed for high discharge control accuracy

Metro awards Bauxite Hills contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th September 2017 Bauxite developer Metro Mining has awarded a mining contract at its Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland, to contractor SAB Mining. Mine construction at Bauxite Hills started in July this year, and mining operations were on schedule to start in April 2018, with Metro saying on Thursday that SAB was... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

Mining contractor activity progressing at Moz gold project

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 The mining contractor activity at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession area, in Mozambique, is progressing “favourably”, with initial mining of the alluvial gold deposits expected to start at the end of this month, the company reports. Xtract’s Mozambique subsidiary Explorator concluded... 

Mining contractor activity progressing at Moz gold project
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ALLUVIAL MINING Mining contractors Omnia Mining and Moz Gold and Sino Minerals Investment Company will exploit the alluvial gold deposits

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2017 Restructured engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which offers project lifecycle services in selected natural resources markets globally, is actively pursuing a US acquisition, which it hopes to consummate during the company’s 2018 financial year. CEO Henry Laas tells... 

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition
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CEO Henry Laas

M&R reports ‘low’ order book of R26.9bn, but says outlook more promising

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) said on Wednesday that its “low” order book of R26.9-billion was reflective of tough conditions in the natural resources markets it serves internationally. However, the company described the near- and medium-term outlook as... 

M&R reports ‘low’ order book of R26.9bn, but says outlook more promising
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Simulators to facilitate training on new mining equipment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Tertiary education institution the Canadian Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) plans to initially offer two mining programmes through its newly launched Mine Training Centre in September, after taking delivery of six military-grade Cybermine simulators in March. 

Simulators to facilitate training  on new mining equipment
CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING Servicing the construction, military and mining industries allows for the cross-pollination of technology, keeping ThoroughTec’s products up to date with the latest international simulation trends

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech Piping Systems has supplied “next-generation” plastic pipe butt-welding technology for the installation and commissioning of a 15-km-long, 315-mm-wide, high-density polyethylene water supply pipeline for the Balama openpit graphite mine being... 

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track
Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont discusses the Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 machine. Video and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

M&R warns ‘costly’ Middle East exit will drag 2017 earnings lower

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2017 Engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which sold its Southern African infrastructure and building units to a Southern Palace-led consortium in November, has warned that its earnings will fall by more than expected in 2017, owing to additional costs associated with four remaining building... 

Mining contractors progressing work at Xtract’s Mozambique gold project, alluvial mining to start soon

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 The mining contractor activity at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession area, in Mozambique, is progressing “favourably”, with initial mining of the alluvial gold deposits expected to start at the end of this month, the company reported on Wednesday. Xtract’s Mozambique subsidiary... 

Mastermyne awarded Whitehaven contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 Mining contractor Mastermyne has been awarded a roadway development contract at coal miner Whitehaven’s Narrabri mine, using place change methodology. Mastermyne will manage the project and supply personnel to execute works under the contract. The company said on Friday that the 18-month project,... 

Gamsberg zinc project on course for first production in mid-2018

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape, remains on track for first production in mid-2018. Prestart activities and waste stripping at the project have progressed well, with the completion of the north access ramp – a critical milestone and part of the... 

Gamsberg zinc project on course for first production in mid-2018
ON TRACK Vedanta has excavated more than 22.5-million tonnes of waste rock while orders for the integrated process plant, water and power and mining activities have been placed

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent
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M&R CEO Henry Laas

Accelerating growth of services in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Mining services company Fraser Alexander is focused on expanding its presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, both prime locations of high-grade copper deposits. With more than a century of experience, the company has been expanding into most gold- and copper-producing... 

Accelerating growth  of services in Africa
CONTRACTS CAPTURED In the past eight months, Fraser Alexander has secured two new hydraulic mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one tailings deposition contract in Zambia

Burundi rare earths project on track for first production

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Rare-earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths says it has made significant progress towards achieving first production at its Gakara rare earths project in Burundi, East Africa, with about $6-million has been invested in the project to date. Bolstered by Rainbow’s completion of an... 

Burundi rare earths project  on track for  first production
MAIN VEIN Rainbow Rare Earths is focused on exposing Gasagwe’s main vein, at the Gakara project’s initial mining site

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 African mining has entered into the new up-cycle for commodities, which is fuelled by the economic growth profile in the eastern hemisphere – which includes China, Mongolia and the Pacific rim region, as well as the global uncertainty over the value of and the sustained availability of ‘cash-money’. 

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed
A CASE FOR MAJORS Bulk commodities are for major investors only, as these require substantially ‘deep pockets’
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