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Contract Mining News

Xtract subsidiary signs second contractor mining agreement for Manica project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 Xtract Resources’ subsidiary Explorator has completed a mining contractor agreement with Sino Minerals Investment Company for the exploitation of alluvial gold deposits at the Manica mining concession, in Mozambique. Xtract and Nexus Capital in February agreed that the alluvial gold deposit at... 

WPG picks contractor for Challenger Deeps

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th July 2017 Gold miner WPG Resources has tapped contract miner Byrnecut Australia as the preferred contractor for the Challenger Deep development, in Western Australia. WPG reported on Friday that rehabilitation work at the bottom of the Jumbuck decline at Challenger had been completed, and development... 

Fortescue extends Thiess contract at Solomon Hub

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th July 2017 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has awarded project house Thiess a A$650-million contract extension at the Solomon Hub, in Western Australia. The contract extension will involve Thiess continuing to deliver mining services at Solomon until 2020, including maintenance of mobile and ancillary... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Association applying changes to expand representation

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 Owing to it being approached by various other opencast mining and quarrying companies and bodies, private-sector producers’ association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will from now on only be known as Aspasa as it has dropped the ‘aggregate and sand’ from its... 

Association applying changes to expand representation
SEVERE NEED There is a severe need for services to be delivered from a central and well-organised body to the opencast mining sector

Loaders drive down cost

     23rd June 2017 An investment in three Bell wheel loaders to drive down the rand-per-ton cost of aggregate production, is paying off handsomely for the owners of Flanders Quarry, in Mount Edgecombe, Durban, enthuses South African mining machinery and equipment manufacturing company Bell Equipment. 

Loaders drive down cost
BIGGER AND BETTER The first Bell Loader supplied to Flanders Quarry improved its productivity substantially because it was a bigger machine, quicker and more robust

Multidisciplinary mining company says market is challenging

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 With the general depletion of natural sand reserves around South Africa, especially within large cities, multidisciplinary materials openpit mining company Afrimat has invested in sand producing plants – especially in Gauteng – to produce high-quality concrete sands to ensure higher concrete... 

Multidisciplinary mining company says market  is challenging
CHALLENGING CONDITIONS Overall, the construction materials sector remains relatively flat

Process-focused solution ups output

     23rd June 2017 North West sand and aggregate supplier CNC Crushers raised throughput by 45% at its Roadstone Shaft 5 crushing plant while simultaneously cutting back on maintenance, after implementing a full process-focused solution from industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa. 

Process-focused solution ups output
NEW TECHNOLOGY PAYS The installation of the Cavex hydrocyclone at CNC Crushers’ Stilfontein operation has resulted in increased production and reduced slimes to the tailings dam

eXtract Group, enX provide further details of restructure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 As part of its restructure and recapitalisation, contract miner eXtract Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary MCC Contracts will remain indebted to enX Group for R250-million, with the remaining R1.87-billion MCC owes to enX to be repaid by enX subscribing for new ordinary shares in MCC. enX then plans... 

Brierty suspends work at Rio's Western Turner Syncline

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2017 Contract mining has been suspended at mining major Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline Stage 2 iron-ore project, in the Pilbara. Mining contractor Brierty said on Wednesday that the company had received a notice of default from Rio Tinto, with the diversified miner raising safety concerns. 

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

JV contract secured  to desilt acid ponds
CAUSE AND EFFECT Acid ponds and dams that have become silted have serious repercussions for a mining operation

Consolidation of efforts key to increasing youth participation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     16th June 2017 South Africa’s mining sector needs to consolidate its current youth development initiatives to ensure meaningful upliftment of the country’s youth, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa skills development head Mustak Ally. The pooling of resources will provide a more focused and centralised... 

Consolidation of efforts key to increasing youth  participation in mining

Former Sentula director approaches Netherlands court in fraud case

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2017 A former director of Sentula Mining is approaching a court in the Netherlands over R383-million ($30-million) in civil damages awarded against him in South Africa. Sentula won a civil suit against Casper Scharrighuisen in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg in November 2010, seeking... 

Sentula said to identify assets to recover money after fraud

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2017 Sentula Mining has identified assets that could be sold to recover some of the R383-million ($30-million) in civil damages being sought from a former director, the first significant progress in the case since the amount was awarded more than six years ago, according to a person familiar with the... 

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2017 While outsourced mining services specific to the resources sector are adequate for now, the depressed commodity cycle in South Africa has masked the need for outsourcing to robustly position itself for the future, says Independent process industry consultant, business analyst and chemical... 

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success
SANTOSH GUNPATH Global, rather than local macroeconomics will be the driver for the outsourced mining services sector

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Botswana's mining industry will see steady value growth as government continues its efforts to diversify away from the diamond sector, encouraging foreign investment, particularly in coal projects, says industry analyst BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. 

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds
STEADY AS SHE GOES Government's efforts to develop Botswana’s coal mining sector are also expected to yield steady progress

Botswana to adopt Canadian model of sustainability

     26th May 2017 A Canadian model aimed at improving the sustainability of mining through environmental and community outreach practices is being introduced in Botswana, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Botswana to adopt Canadian model  of sustainability
CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT TSM requires miners to continuously assess their mining practices and report them to the community

Diamond recovery projects scheduled for Q3 completion

     26th May 2017 Canadian diamond producer Lucara Diamond’s capital expenditure for 2017 is forecast at between $33-million and $35-million, and will largely fund the completion of its mega diamond recovery (MDR) and X-ray transmission (XRT) projects at the Karowe mine, in Botswana. 

Botswana agency to support installed base, new projects

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Key mining, materials handling and minerals processing equipment supplier Takraf Africa – part of the global Tenova Takraf group – has appointed engineering service agency Etuba Engineeringits agent in Botswana. Takraf Africa engineered technologies GM Richard Späth tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Botswana agency to support installed base, new projects
PROMOTING UPTAKE Etuba will market the full range of Takraf Africa’s mining, materials handling, dust control, comminution and Delkor solid/liquid separation equipment

‘Attractive’ copper project advances on back of $50m loan

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Copper miner Cupric Canyon Capital has secured $50-million to develop its Khoemacau underground mine in north-west Botswana and bring the copper-silver project into production. 

‘Attractive’ copper project advances on back of $50m loan
Photo by Bloomberg
OUTPUT OUTLOOK The first shipment of the red metal to markets is expected in 2019

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 By loading, transporting and offloading draglines for opencast mining clients in one piece, global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet is driving project feasibility by saving its clients time and money. 

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time
ADDITIONAL SERVICES Mammoet is also capable of moving rock trucks and hydraulic shovels

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

     21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

Strategic mining alliance  to clients’ benefit
SINGLE SOURCE Through the Redpath Mining and Stefanuti Stocks alliance, mining clients benefit from a single role-player taking responsibility for an entire project

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 The mechanisation and automation of mines in South Africa and globally is accelerating, with ancillary support services, such as information technology (IT), information transfer and data analysis, among others, taking on greater importance, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik... 

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating  in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik
SIMON ANDREWS Mining companies have realised that it is no longer good enough just to have high-tech equipment in operation at their projects

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances
Photo by Goldcorp
Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place

ELB, ENFI team up to advance joint interests in rest of Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd March 2017 South African engineered solutions provider ELB Engineering Services and Chinese engineering company ENFI Engineering Corporation have signed a strategic partnership agreement to tackle mineral and metal process projects and associated infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa. At a private... 

ELB, ENFI team up to advance joint interests  in rest of Africa
MAKING IT OFFICIAL ELB CE Dr Stephen Meijers and ENFI VP Wei Jiaming signing partnership agreement to formalise companies’ long standing working relationship

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that its application to transfer its listing from the ‘Construction and Materials’ sector of the JSE to the ‘General Industrials’ sector has been approved and that the change will become effective from Monday, March 20. From that date, the company will trade... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Henry Laas

Convention aims to bridge communication gap

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 As a continually evolving industry that operates globally, sometimes the biggest difficulty for the mining industry is getting the right people together in one place to discuss their challenges and find ways to address and, ultimately, overcome them, says Prospectors and Developers Association of... 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap
EIGHTY-FIFTH CONVENTION Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2017 convention will feature more than 400 exhibitors at the investors exchange and 500 at the trade show

Bisie project to benefit from forecast tin shortfall

By: Simone Liedtke     10th February 2017 The Bisie tin project’s Mpama North prospect in North Kivu province in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most significant tin deposits in the world, Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra explains to Mining Weekly - no other undeveloped tin asset has as... 

Bisie project to benefit from  forecast tin shortfall
NEW LIFE The Bisie tin project and surrounding development has breathed new life into the economic activity of the local communities of North Kivu

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
VENETIA MODEL What the Venetia underground diamond mine will look like when complete

JSS eyes R1bn capital raise to fund junior miners

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2017 JSS Empowerment Mining Fund, a new empowerment fund aimed at filling a junior-mining niche funding gap, is targeting a capital raise of R1-billion in two windows this year to fund junior opencast miners to get over the start-up hump and reach profitable operations. The Section 12 J company (in... 

JSS eyes R1bn capital raise to fund junior miners
Photo by Duane Daws
JSS executive director Gaurav Nair

Indaba attendance expected to improve in line with investment climate

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The cyclical nature of mining continues to be reflected in the attendance figures of the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is expected to attract greater numbers in 2017, indicating an improvement in economic conditions and the mining investment environment, says event organiser... 

Indaba attendance expected to  improve in line with investment climate
HIGH PROFILE EVENT Twenty-four African Ministers, 30 investor company speakers and 35 mining company speakers will be in attendance at the 2017 event

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. 

Aveng wins Gamsberg zinc mining contract
Photo by Duane Daws
Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo

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

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