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M&R Cementation awarded Palabora ventilation shaft contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2019 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has been awarded a contract by Palabora Mining Company for a 1 200 m deep ventilation shaft. The shaft, with a lined diameter of 8.5 m, will reach a final blind sink depth of 1 190 m before a drop raise takes it to its final depth.  

Contractor building infrastructure at Belfast mine

15th March 2019 Construction contractor Concor Infrastructure has been awarded the job of building dams, roads, platforms and other civil works at diversified miner Exxaro’s new digital coal mine near Belfast, in Mpumalanga. Concor Infrastructure is constructing four major dams, 26 concrete platforms and... 

Contractor building  infrastructure at  Belfast mine
DAM BIG JOB Dams are lined in compliance with environmental regulations and best practice

Company secures Canadian government funding for final process testwork

15th March 2019 Canadian rare earth elements (REE) exploration company Medallion Resources will receive up to $50 000 in funding from the Canadian federal government, through small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) assistance programme the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance... 

Company secures Canadian government funding for  final process testwork
Photo by Bloomberg
BY-PRODUCT MONAZITE Monazite sand is available as a by-product of heavy mineral sands mining operations and is recognised as an important commercial source of REEs

Mining Charter sets tone for mining suppliers and service providers

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The 2018 Mining Charter has increased the black-ownership target for suppliers and service providers to 50% +1%, compared with the 26% of the past few years, says supply chain and enterprise and supplier development (ESD) advisory company TK Global Experts CEO Kamogelo Mampane. Subsequently, many... 

Mining Charter sets  tone for mining suppliers and service providers
COMPLIANT MINES Mines should put strategies in place to achieve the targets set by the Mining Charter

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector

15th March 2019 Supply chain solutions provider Makoya Group has celebrated a successful five-year relationship with heavy equipment supplier HPE Africa, the sole distributor of Hyundai construction equipment in South Africa, and has affirmed that the partnership has been integral in securing the company’s... 

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector
TOP OF THE PILE Wheel loaders help maintain order in the stockpiles

Policy safeguards suppliers and service providers in mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The predominant policy that should be in place regarding the relationship between suppliers and service providers is an anti-bribery and corruption policy, says legal services company ProEthics founder, Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren. An anti-bribery policy and framework demonstrate a company’s... 

Policy safeguards suppliers and  service providers in mining industry
DR JANETTE MINNAAR-VAN VEIJEREN When entering into a contract, service providers, subcontractors and consultants are bound by a mining company’s ethics policies

M&R’s underground mining order book rises to R25bn amid oil and gas slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2019 A strong performance from Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) underground mining business was insufficient to offset lower contributions from its oil and gas, as well as its power and water platforms in the six months to December 31, 2018. The JSE-listed company reported a 17% fall, to R9.8-billion, in... 

M&R’s underground mining order book rises to R25bn amid oil and gas slowdown

Aveng outlines piecemeal sale process being pursued at Grinaker-LTA 

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2019 JSE-listed construction and engineering group Aveng says the disposal process for Grinaker-LTA is well advanced, but has also confirmed that the company will not be sold as a single going concern. The R95-million sale of Aveng Water has already been agreed and newly appointed CEO Sean Flanagan... 

Aveng outlines piecemeal sale process being pursued at Grinaker-LTA
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack and CEO Sean Flanagan

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation  

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the implications of Mining Charter 3 for equipment manufacturers. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Aury Africa aims for expansion into PGMs sector

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa is planning to expand its operations into the platinum group metals (PGMs) market this year with the introduction of radio-frequency identification (RFID) audit and inspection solutions. Aury Africa regards the local... 

Aury Africa aims  for expansion into PGMs sector
EXPANSION INTO PGMS MARKET The company hopes to use its signature range of products and services, such as vibrating screens, to capitalise on opportunities in the PGMs market this year

Company rebranding to be showcased

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng has begun to consolidate its opencut contracting entity Aveng Moolmans and its shaft sinking and underground business Aveng Shafts & Underground into a unified brand, which will be known as Moolmans. Aveng Mining operating group MD Stuart White tells Mining... 

Company rebranding to be showcased
BRAND UNIFICATION Aveng groups rebranding strategy is aimed at having the African mining market identify with the consolidated brand as Moolmans from the end of 2019

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Hire compressors can play a cardinal role in keeping some local mines operational, especially amid ageing surface compressors that feed air underground, says portable air compressors and generator rental Rand-Air long-term rental business development manager Henry Fourie. Rand-Air provides... 

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions
HENRY FOURIE There are many benefits to mines hiring equipment on a long-term basis from Rand-Air

Gupta-linked mining contracting firm said to be liquidated

By: Bloomberg     2nd November 2018 A South African mining contracting firm owned by the Gupta family has been put into liquidation, according to people familiar with the matter. Westdawn Investments, which also trades as JIC Mining Services, has debt of almost R60-million, said the people, who asked not to be named because the... 

Upgrades to mine increase plant efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 Mining electrical equipment manufacturer Emis Sales 2002 has completed upgrade projects comprising the design and installation of communication, automation and protection systems at South African anthracite producer and exporter Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in KwaZulu-Natal, to improve... 

Upgrades to mine  increase plant efficiency
INDOOR The upgraded SBV vacuum circuit breaker switchboard offers higher continuously rated currents

Sasol Lake Charles – a picture worth $11.13-billion

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol has invested billions of dollars in the Lake Charles Chemical Projects, in the US, which entails a steam cracking plant, and ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol storage and piping facilities for the product and its derivatives. Specialized storage... 

Sasol Lake Charles  – a picture worth $11.13-billion
ETHYLENE OXIDE & GLYCOL Units being installed on site

Lake Charles on track and within budget

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Next year will be a defining year for petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol, with the start-up of its Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, which is earmarked as a catalyst for transforming Sasol’s earnings profile. In its 2018 annual results, Sasol announced that it had achieved... 

Lake Charles on track and  within budget
BOILING POINT The Lake Charles boiler facility has produced first steam

Last of four mines to be completed

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol forecasts it will complete the 10.5-million-ton-a-year Impumelelo colliery - formerly known as the Brandspruit mine - replacement project by June next year. The project involves the construction of a new 8.5-million-ton-a-year coal mine, which is... 

Last of four mines to be completed
AHEAD OF THE GAME The Shondoni headgear being installed during the construction phase

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 Contractor Basil Read’s mining division has added four new excavators from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai to its fleet of mobile mining equipment. The excavators – a Hyundai R520LC-9S hydraulic crawler excavator, a Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavator, and two 22 T Hyundai R220LC-9S... 

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho
UNEARTHING POTENTIAL Basil Read is using Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavators for a diamond operation in Lesotho

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets 

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2018 Following a series of capital markets transactions, which have helped stabilise Aveng’s precarious balance sheet, the JSE-listed infrastructure group has turned its attention to the disposal, by June 2019, of several noncore businesses, including its well-known construction business,... 

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on prospects for the group following some major interventions aimed at stabilising the balance sheet and turning around the struggling business. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.09.2018

Local mining services company owners win Entrepreneur of the Year accolade  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Mining engineer Samuel Molefi and his entrepreneurial wife and business partner Motlapele Molefi have won the Entrepreneur of the Year award – a premier entrepreneurial platform sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners every year. Samuel and Motlapele are founders and owners of Modi Mining, a... 

Local mining services company owners win Entrepreneur of the Year accolade
Modi Mining owners Motlapele and Samuel Molefi

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Embattled construction group Aveng expects to finalise the disposal of all noncore businesses by June 2019. Following a strategic review, the JSE-listed company identified Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Aveng Manufacturing, as well as certain properties and other assets, for sale. 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

MC Mining to negotiate EPC package with Chinese group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2018 Coal miner MC Mining has signed heads of agreements with Chinese construction group China Railway International Group (CRIG) to negotiate an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Makhado project, in Limpopo. Under the terms of the agreements, MC Mining and CRIG will... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’
M&R Cementation aiming to become leading mechanised mining operator in Africa

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project

By: Donald Makhafola     24th August 2018 Platinum producer Ivanplats, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines, is focusing on bringing its Tier 1 Platreef project, in Limpopo, into production in 2022, says Ivanplats VP and executive head of projects Gerick Mouton. The mine will produce platinum, palladium, rhodium, nickel,... 

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project
PHASED PROGRESSION Ivanplats' primary objective is to reach steady-state production of four-million tons a year in Phase 1 of the Platreef project

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2018 The protracted tussle for control of Murray & Roberts (M&R) took yet another turn this week, after the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) overturned a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP), allowing M&R to continue with preparations for a potential combination with Aveng, despite the... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2018 The board of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has again guided shareholders not to accept ATON’s mandatory offer of R17 a share, which it argues undervalues M&R’s strategic platforms and business prospects. The board made the statement in a circular response to ATON’s... 

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

Support to ensure optimal performance

22nd June 2018 With mining operations remaining under pressure to optimise plants, original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers must be more dynamic and focused in terms of their overall market offering, says minerals beneficiation technology supplier MBE Minerals SA MD Johannes Kottmann. He says that... 

Support to ensure  optimal performance
THOROUGH MAINTENANCE MBE Minerals is capable of undertaking ongoing equipment condition monitoring, maintenance and service support

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Thursday that it would proceed to further develop a potential tie-up with Aveng after the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) sanctioned the outcome of an earlier shareholder vote, which approved a resolution stating that the proposed Aveng deal was not designed to... 

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Shareholders in South Africa’s Murray & Roberts voted on Tuesday for the company to look into a potential tie up with construction rival Aveng, sending Aveng's shares around 25% higher. The resolution got the backing of 52.06% of votes at the Murray & Roberts' (M&R) annual shareholder meeting. 

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Investment company ATON, which is seeking to acquire Murray & Roberts (M&R), has welcomed a Competition Tribunal ruling opening the way for it to vote all its shares at a general meeting at which M&R shareholders will vote on the merits of a proposed transaction with Aveng. The meeting is... 

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

Heavy rains affect production at Manica gold concession

8th June 2018 The alluvial production at the Manica gold mining concession in Mozambique for the first quarter of the year was disappointing on the back of prolonged heavy rains, although real progress was made, says diversified metals and minerals producer Xtract Resources executive chairperson Colin Bird.... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2018 Investment company ATON, which is preparing a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has reiterated it steadfast opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, describing the proposed Aveng transaction as a “poison pill” to prevent a takeover... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal
Photo by Creamer Media
ATON says Aveng transaction would distract M&R from focusing on growth opportunities in mining

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) confirmed on Wednesday that it would be meeting with its largest single shareholder, ATON, to discuss the merits of M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, which it continues to describe as “highly strategic”. No date has been provided for the meeting, which is being pursued... 

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 The takeover battle for engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) by German investment company ATON intensified this week with ATON announcing its intention to make a new mandatory offer, following a Takeover Special Committee (TSC) ruling instructing ATON to withdraw its earlier... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba
SERVICE OFFERING African Sun Mining offers a full package of opencast mining services

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2018 Wholly black-owned construction group Concor, which marked its first year of operations in April, is aiming to materially increase its share of the public infrastructure market as part of an ambitious plan to increase its order book to R10-billion by 2020. The company, which has a Level 1... 

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push
Concor CEO Riaz Saloojee

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

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
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