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Contract Mining News

Aveng wins Gamsberg zinc mining contract

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2016 A contract to establish and mine the Gamsberg opencast zinc operation has been awarded to Aveng Moolmans by Black Mountain Mining, a Vedanta Zinc International operation. Vedanta acquired zinc assets including Gamsberg from Anglo American in 2010 for $1 338-million. 

Mobile technology helps eliminate blasting obstacles

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Explosives firm BME explored how mobile technology and centralised data could provide mine managers with an edge to comprehensively eliminate potential blast problems, through among others management of blast inputs, thereby improving blast results, at its annual Drilling and Blasting Conference.... 

Company promotes Italian pneumatic vibrator range

By: Sascha Solomons     11th November 2016 A comprehensive range of electric and pneumatic internal and external vibrators suitable for ore screening and processing applications is now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Bearings International (BI). BI has been a supplier of vibrator motors since 2012. 

Company promotes Italian pneumatic vibrator range
LEWIS HIEPNER Motors’ high-quality bearings and an efficient grease-retaining system ensure long-lasting performance and a low noise level during operation

Pneumatic cylinder uniformity benefits distributor, improves part availability 

By: Sascha Solomons     11th November 2016 With no drastic changes over the last 100 years in the design of the pneumatic cylinders specified by the mining industry, these components are easily replaceable, thereby preventing costly production stoppages at mines, explains Africa-focused branded parts manufacturer and distributor Torre... 

Pneumatic cylinder uniformity benefits distributor, improves part availability
Torre Parts & Components product manager Eugene Van Der Lith discusses the demand for pneumatic systems in the mining industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Gold Fields plans $1.4bn investment to extend Damang’s life-of-mine

By: David Oliveira     4th November 2016 Gold Fields will invest $1.4-billion to extend the life of its Damang mine, in Ghana, from 2017 to 2024, the company announced last month at its third quarter operating update in Johannesburg. Over the life of the mine, 165-million tons will be mined, with 32-million tons processed at a grade of... 

M&R to sell construction units to Southern Palace-led consortium for R314m

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2016 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Tuesday that it had entered into a R314-million agreement to sell eight of its infrastructure and building divisions to a black-empowered entity known as Firefly Investments, led by the Southern Palace Group. The transaction... 

M&R to sell construction units to Southern Palace-led consortium for R314m
Signing the deal: Jerome Govender, Lucas Tseki, Henry Laas, Cobus Bester

Energy sector trade show launch a ‘success’ – organiser

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 The inaugural PowerEx trade show, held last month alongside the biennial Electra Mining Africa at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, in Nasrec, has been declared a success by the show’s organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. 

Energy sector trade show launch a  ‘success’ – organiser
Photo by Duane Daws
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY There is excellent opportunity for growth going into PowerEx 2018, with not all floor space in Hall 9 dedicated to this year's show

Wesizwe opts for contractor mining at Bakubung 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2016 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Wesizwe Platinum has decided to appoint contract miners to operate its Bakubung platinum mine, near Rustenburg. At a media briefing, in Johannesburg, on Friday, Wesizwe projects executive Jacob Mothomogolo explained that 70% of South Africa’s start-up PGMs mines... 

Wesizwe opts for contractor mining at Bakubung
Wesizwe projects executive Jacob Mothomogolo speaks about the platinum industry Cameraperson and editing: Nicholas Boyd 21/10/2016

Collaboration to advance mine ventilation solutions

     14th October 2016 To facilitate collaboration and cooperation around mine ventilation solutions and mine design, a memorandum of understanding has been signed by mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek and engineering consulting firm Bluhm Burton Engineering subsidiary Vuma. Vuma is the developer... 

Collaboration to advance mine ventilation solutions
MINE VENTILATION SOLUTIONS Vuma software is developed for analysis of underground mine ventilation, contaminant tracking, refrigeration and cooling networks

Gold tailings retreatment an attractive proposition in current environment

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th October 2016 The strong performance of the rand gold price, increasingly lower gold grades mined in deeper underground mining operations, as well as costlier labour resources and electricity, are underscoring the attractiveness and accelerating the traction of local gold tailings retreatment operations,... 

Gold tailings retreatment an attractive proposition in current environment

Fraser Alexander’s structured funding offering to revolutionise mining industry – CEO 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2016 Mining Services and construction company Fraser Alexander has, as part of repositioning its business value proposition, introduced a structured funding offering to its Integrated Mining Service (IMS) for its clients. CEO Velile Nhlapo believes this value proposition will “revolutionise the mining... 

Fraser Alexander’s structured funding offering to revolutionise mining industry – CEO
Mining Services and construction company Fraser Alexander has, as part of repositioning its business value proposition, introduced a structured funding offering to its Integrated Mining Service for its clients. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 26.9.2016

Earnings from govt contracts only a tiny fraction of total revenue – Oakbay 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd September 2016 In an attempt to highlight that its revenue is largely driven by private-sector deals – with government contracts accounting for only 8.9% of revenue generation – controversial investment holding company Oakbay Investments has released its first annual results for the year ended February 29. The... 

Earnings from govt contracts only a tiny fraction of total  revenue – Oakbay
Photo by Duane Daws
BRAKFONTEIN COAL MINE Brakfontein supplied 1.49-million tons of coal to Eskom in Oakbay’s 2015/16 financial year

Gangama dry mine aiming for steady state production

     2nd September 2016 Steady-state operation at the Gangama dry mine plant was expected to be achieved within four months, mineral sands company Sierra Rutile reported in June. Plant commissioning of the Sierra Leone-based Gangama dry mine project and the handover from mining project manager DRA Projects to owner... 

Ausdrill subsidiary sees strong growth in West Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th August 2016 The West African gold industry continues to provide strong growth opportunities for Australia’s mining services company Ausdrill, with the company’s wholly owned subsidiary appointed as preferred contractor by private explorer and developer Toro Gold. Ausdrill said on Friday that African Mining... 

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources 

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2016 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says the decision to sell its infrastructure and building unit, as well as Genrec, to create a multinational project company focused on oil and gas, underground mining, as well as power and water has created an entity that no longer fits neatly within the... 

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources
Photo by Duane Daws
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

Gold mining now under way at Sol Plaatjies project

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 Mining has started at ASX-listed gold developer West Wits Mining’s Sol Plaatjies project within the Soweto Cluster prospecting right area, in Johannesburg. With prestripping completed over the past few weeks, the extraction of the first ore from the openpit is imminent. 

Gold mining now under way at Sol Plaatjies project
Photo by Bloomberg
PRIORITY PAYMENT West Wits Mining will receive a priority payment equal to the prevailing value of 0.6 g of gold for each tonne of ore mined

Working towards improving confidence in black-owned businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     15th July 2016 Black-owned companies servicing the mining industry are faced with challenges owing to the demand created for their services by the existing Mining Charter, which stipulates the need for black empowerment of emerging companies servicing the sector, says materials handling and hauling expert... 

Working towards improving confidence in black-owned businesses
Photo by Duane Daws
FIKILE MASHININI Mining houses have little trust in 100%-black-owned companies, which is influenced by South Africa’s political background

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 Mine development and construction company Fraser Alexander has concluded a contract for platinum group metals (PGM) miner Tharisa Minerals to install and commission a tailings storage facility at its Tharisa mine.  

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months
Fraser Alexander CEO Velile Nhlapo tells Mining Weekly about the company’s latest tailings contract

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

enX, Eqstra sign R7.8bn deal to create ‘industrial powerhouse’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 JSE-listed industrial energy group enX will acquire two of JSE-listed industrial and capital equipment group Eqstra’s divisions and recapitalise Eqstra’s contract mining division in a R7.8-billion deal. enX would issue 52.7-million of its shares (consideration shares), at R21 apiece, to Eqstra... 

enX, Eqstra sign R7.8bn deal to create ‘industrial powerhouse’
enX CEO Paul Mansour

Production, maintenance reporting systems to improve production fleet

     17th June 2016 Mining and communications technology provider 3D-P has released the 3D-P Production Reporting and 3D-P Maintenance Reporting systems, powered by iVolve, to improve the efficiency of mines. Adding to its current portfolio of application integration solutions and wireless network services, 3D-P... 

Production, maintenance reporting systems to  improve production fleet
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY OF MINES Production and maintenance reports contribute to better decision-making

Contract mining offers edge in depressed market  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Historically, mining was a highly protected industry and had a low propensity for outsourcing, but more operations are being outsourced across Africa, says global consultant and adviser Deloitte. This is owing to mines not having access to robust mining systems and processes, expertise and the... 

Contract mining offers  edge in depressed market
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA There is a direct correlation between the market size of contract mining and the commodities cycle/prices and investment patterns in capital projects

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Although tailings retreatment is not new to South Africa, the country’s mine dumps, especially those of the gold mining sector, still hold immeasurable value that could increase the profitability of mining projects for clients and contractors, says materials handling and hauling expert Ncamiso... 

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps
Ncamiso Mining GM Fikile Mashinini explains the state and demand for outsource services. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Greater demand for outsourced service providers possible

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Mining projects in South Africa have been placed on hold, owing to the current commodities oversupply and price slump, as well as the shortage of funding for projects, but the concern is whether South Africa will be able to ramp up production when the industry recovers, states specialist... 

Greater demand for outsourced service  providers possible
BRIDGING THE GAP Mining companies operating in South Africa might employ contractors to fill skills gaps once business conditions improve

South African EPCM business acquired by Swiss company

     20th May 2016 Worldwide supplier of advanced technologies, products and services for the metals and mining industries Tenova has concluded the sale of its South African electronically commutated permanent magnet (ECPM) business operation Bateman Projects. The company announced the successful demerger in April,... 

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine

     13th May 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Kombat Copper president and CEO Paul Bozoki is confident that the Kombat copper mine, in the Otavi Mountainlands of Namibia, will start production in late 2016 and begin generating cash flow for the company.  

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine
CONFIDENT CONTRACTOR EBM is confident that it will meet the commissioning date of the production facilities at the Kombat copper mine

Contract miner to restructure partnerships to enhance rewards

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The contract mining, plant leasing and rental division of Eqstra, MCC, is taking a new approach to contract mining to improve its partnerships with clients. The company has embarked on creating a contract model that works on a project-to-project basis to reduce costs, increase revenue and grow... 

Contract miner to restructure partnerships to enhance rewards
RESTRUCTURED CONTRACTS REDUCE COSTS MCC will provide solutions based on each mine it services, enabling the alignment and adaption to clients' changing requirements

MCC

     6th May 2016 MCC, the contract mining, plant leasing and rental division of JSE-listed Eqstra, continues to prove that commitment to partnering with its clients to ensure joint survival and success in the globally constrained mining market has resulted in improved performance and growth of its order book. “We... 

MCC

Dismissal of R42m claim sends coal company's share price up

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2016 A R42.5-million claim brought against coal mining company Keaton Mining by opencast mining services company Megacube Mining has been dismissed with costs. The JSE-listed Keaton said in a Stock Exchange News Service announcement on Tuesday that Megacube would also be liable for its failure to... 

Dismissal of R42m claim sends coal company's share price up
Photo by Duane Daws
Mandi Glad

Companies ink deal to co-market hard-rock mining services in Africa

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 Australian underground hard-rock mining contractor PYBAR Mining Services announced a three-year agreement with LSE-listed drilling services company Capital Drilling earlier this month for the comarketing of underground hard-rock mining services in Africa. Capital Drilling is headquartered in... 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

     8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Eqstra H1 profit falls on exit of noncore operations 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2016 JSE-listed Eqstra’s profits plunged into the red during the first half of the 2016 financial year, as an exit plan and overall progress made on the company’s 2020 strategy – and resultant impairments on discontinued operations – weighed on the interim financial results. The integrated leasing and... 

Eqstra H1 profit falls on exit of noncore operations
Eqstra CEO Jannie Serfontein discusses the company's first-half performance and the impact its strategy has had on the six months to December 2015. Date recorded: 01.03.2016. Camerawork and video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Watpac slaps BC Iron with A$53m counterclaim

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd February 2016 Mining services provider Watpac Civil & Mining has fired back at iron-ore company BC Iron with a counterclaim of A$52.78-million as the legal battle between the two companies intensifies. BC Iron, which is seeking damages for alleged failures by Watpac to comply with a mining services contract at... 

Merger enables engineering firm to weather tough market conditions

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 Metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering has kept its head above water and has been able to secure new contracts despite the depressed market conditions in the mining industry, MDM executive director and founder George Bennett tells Mining Weekly. He attributes the company’s... 

Merger enables engineering firm to  weather tough market conditions
GEORGE BENNETT MDM Engineering is in the process of completing three projects in South Africa

Macmahon wins Telfer mining contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th November 2015 Australian gold miner Newcrest Mining has awarded a mining contract at its Telfer mine, in Western Australia, to project house Macmahon Holdings. Newcrest in September decided to retain ownership of the Telfer openpit mine, but took the decision to move to contract mining in an effort to save costs. 

Excelsior awards mining contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th November 2015 Gold developer Excelsior Gold has awarded an openpit mining contract to Hampton Transport Services at its Kalgoorlie North project, in Western Australia. Openpit mining was expected to start on November 16, with initial tonnes expected from the Castlereagh and Jackorite openpits, which along with... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental opencast mining contractor DynaD has renewed its focus on its after-sales services, partly owing to slow growth and development in a lacklustre coal sector, says DynaD drill and blasting director Chris Bester. “Nothing much happened in the coal industry in the past year,” he says,... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering
DK DRILL RIG DynaD service offering includes refurbishing the DK drill rig range

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016
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