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New technology assisting Canadian miners

By: Ilan Solomons Global contractor and engineering firm Redpath says its battery-powered mechanised raise-climber system and Wi-Fi communications for shaft sinking system, introduced to the Canadian mining industry in January, have been well received, as they improve mine safety and simplify mining operations.... 

Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit

By: Irma Venter Eqstra’s Contract Mining and Plant Rental division served as a heavy drag on the company’s results for the year ended June 30, released on Tuesday. Group revenue increased by 9.8%, to R10-billion, compared with the previous financial year, while operating profit dropped by 9.6%, to R938-million. 

Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit
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Ausdrill slashes profit forecast

By: Mariaan Webb Australian mining contractor Ausdrill has slashed its profit forecast for the 2014 financial year, which ends this month, as the performance of its African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) business disappoints. The company, which owns 50% of AUMS, said on Monday that it expected to report a net... 

Weighbridge solution installed at Mpumalanga coal mine

By: David D‘ Oliveira Software development company Dariel Solutions is installing its Weigh Bridge Connectivity (WBX) goods-delivered and goods-received system at a diversified mining major’s coal operations, in Mpumalanga, says Dariel Solutions executive director Greg Vercellotti. Dariel Solutions secured the... 

Weighbridge solution  installed at Mpumalanga coal mine
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GREG VERCELLOTTI We have come a long way in terms of weighbridge automation

Equipment supplier aims to secure new contracts

By: David D‘ Oliveira South Africa-based equipment supplier Schwalbe Import and Export is in negotiations with two Africa-based mining companies to secure contracts in July, after a tumultuous 2013, Schwalbe MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly. “Last year was a difficult year in the mining industry and Schwalbe... 

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity

By: David D‘ Oliveira Mining contractors could be forced to close shop as a result of force majeure being declared at the strike-affected operations of platinum majors Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. “Many of the general mining contractors survive on a month-to-month basis and the effects of... 

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity
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PROTRACTED STRIKE, CONTRACTOR PLIGHT Mining companies are more likely to drop the axe on contractors than their permanent labour force

Training institute to upskill Northern Cape mineworkers

By: David D‘ Oliveira Black-owned private artisan training academy the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) has been awarded a contract by a South Africa-based diversified mining major to conduct training programmes at the facility for the next ten years. “The mining house is investing about R180-million in the... 

Turbulent SA mining industry challenging for contractors

By: David D‘ Oliveira Local hospitality services and facilities management company Tsebo Outsourcing Group has been affected by the recent platinum sector strike, which started in January this year, Tsebo CEO Clive Smith tells Mining Weekly. “Strikes, by their very nature, have a negative impact on the revenues and... 

Data management is a critical concern

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... 

Supply chain services showcased at Wampex

By: Pimani Baloyi Africa-focused supply chain administration solutions provider Sherwood International will showcase its solutions at this year’s West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) to be held at the Accra International Conference Centre, in Ghana, from May 28 to 30, says new business development GM... 

Supply chain services showcased at Wampex
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SUPPLY-CHAIN MANAGEMENT Sherwood International is identifying West Africa-based business partners

Shaft-sinking specialist awarded work at platinum mine

Additional shaft-sinking work was awarded early this year to international shaft sinking and underground construction group Shaft Sinkers by platinum producer Lonmin for work at its existing Karee 3 upper group two (UG2) project in Marikana, Rustenburg, in the North West. The Karee No 3 shaft UG2... 

Construction of grinding plant under way in Ghana

Construction is under way on a new grinding media plant that promises to significantly increase South African steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals’ grinding media capacity on the African continent, the company tells Mining Weekly. The media plant, which is being constructed in Tema, Ghana, is... 

Resources Minister on Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act

By: Carina Borralho Promulgated in 2006, Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act is aimed at highlighting the country’s mining sector as attractive to investors, while at the same time ensuring that government takes a fair share in revenues that accrue from mining operations, said Ghana Lands and Natural Resources Minister... 

Aus contractor has much to offer African mining industry

By: Ilan Solomons As an Australian company, underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco believes it has the right skills, new technology and knowledge of the mining industry and its operations to benefit the African mining industry, says Barminco business development executive GM Daniel Archer. Speaking to... 

Aus contractor has much  to offer African mining  industry
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SUKARI GOLD MINE Barminco is responsible for all underground developments at Centamin’s Sukari gold mine, in Egypt

M&R’s international businesses underpin current and future growth prospects

By: Terence Creamer JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R), a company synonymous with the South African construction industry, is increasingly deriving the bulk of its earnings from offshore operations, while its future fortunes are also increasingly tied to non-South African prospects, especially in the global natural... 

M&R’s international businesses underpin current and future growth prospects
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Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads

By: Martin Creamer 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 D‘ Oliveira 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

Indaba serves as platform for recruitment agency

By: Carina Borralho Power employment recruitment agency Mecs Africa has reaped great value from contacts established through previous Investing in African Mining Indabas and is, therefore, looking forward to connecting with new companies and individuals in the mining sector, Mecs Africa MD Roland Glass tells Mining... 

Indaba serves as platform for recruitment agency
ROLAND GLASS Mecs Africa is looking forward to meeting with existing clients and to building new business relationships at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range

By: Ilan Solomons Total technology solutions provider to the global mining, minerals and bulk materials handling sectors Tenova Mining & Minerals, will showcase its comprehensive offering across the mining and minerals value chain at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape... 

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range
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TOLLIE NEL Tenova Bateman’s capabilities and track record will be on exhibition at the Mining Indaba

Blasting specialist receives $230m in contract extensions

Mining industry services provider Downer Blasting Services (DBS) has been awarded $230-million in contract extensions for various blasting operations at mining sites across Australia. DBS was awarded three-year contract extensions with coal miner Yancoal Australia, Japanese trading corporation... 

Downer gets A$500m Roy Hill contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Project house Downer has been awarded a A$500-million contract for early mining services at the Roy Hill opencut iron-ore mine, in the Pilbara. Downer would perform the pre-strip and supplementary mining activity over an initial four-and-a-half years, while Roy Hill Iron Ore would predominantly... 

Contractors need to meet mining companies’ business aims

By: David D‘ Oliveira Mining contractors have an important role to play in helping to drive the business objectives of mining companies, says professional services firm Deloitte Africa mining advisory leader Abrie Olivier. He adds that contractors form an intrinsic part of the South African mining landscape, as they... 

Fewer employment opportunities for mining professionals

By: David D‘ Oliveira South Africa-based resource sector recruitment specialist Mecs Africa, a subsidiary of JSE-listed company MICROmega Holdings, notes that, in the last nine months, there has been a reduction in appointments, such as operational and project positions, within their domestic and international mining... 

Safety training facility to start operations by year-end

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining contractor and engineering firm Redpath South Africa completed the construction of a Mining Qualifications Authority- (MQA-) accredited training centre in August at its head office in Johannesburg. 

SA company supplies second motors and drives order to DRC mine

By: Zandile Mavuso Electric motors and drives supplier Zest WEG Group reports that it has supplied a second order of electric motors and drives for a mining project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the first quarter of this year. 

FETs not churning out suitable artisans for a mining sector that needs to mechanise at a faster pace

By: Sashnee Moodley The South African mining sector needs to mechanise at a faster pace to remain competitive and the skills needed to achieve this are sourced from the artisan pool, but the skills shortage in this area is increasing because further education and training (FET) colleges are not providing the... 

R6.3m project almost complete

By: Zandile Mavuso South Africa-based pipeline solutions provider Rare is working on a R6.3-million infrastructure contract for steel piping, which conveys abrasive and corrosive mining slurry from the plant to the tailings dam, for Zambian copper mine Kansanshi. 

Refractory lining to be completed in June next year

By: Zandile Mavuso Mineral processing and mining services company Dickinson Group has been contracted to complete the refractory lining of all the smelting units at Toronto-listed company First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi mine, in Zambia.  

Trackless high-speed development project to be completed next year

By: Zandile Mavuso Following the success of the decline sinking project in October last year at Lubambe copper mine, in Zambia, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a new contract, extended until January next year, for trackless high-speed development at the joint venture-owned... 

Australia-based contractor sets sights on Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze Australia-based underground mining contractor Barminco will begin work next month on a three-year development and production contract at the Mount Lyell copper, gold and silver mine, in Queenstown, Tasmania, 240 km south of the Australian mainland, CEO Peter Stokes tells Mining Weekly. 

M&R Cementation reaches 700 m milestone on Zambia shaft project

By: Samantha Moolman Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia has reached the 700 m mark in its endeavour to sink and equip a synclinorium shaft for integrated copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines (MCM). The Mopani synclinorium shaft project, which is due for completion in June 2015,... 

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