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Contract Mining News

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning 

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 An increased number of mining companies are seeking support from contractors for short-term tactical planning, as opposed to only long-term, strategic and life-of-mine planning, says opencast and underground mining consultant Sound Mining. However, Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke warns against... 

Company to optimise gold mine’s water treatment plant

     10th April 2015 Water management company Veolia has been appointed to optimise, operate and maintain the water treatment plant of gold major AngloGold Ashanti’s Iduapriem gold mine in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality of the western region of Ghana, over the next two years. “This contract that will be handled by... 

Eqstra not selling contract mining business – yet

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2015 Eqstra Holdings was going to reduce its exposure to contract mining, but it was not yet ready to sell the troubled business, said CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. He said Eqstra would not sell its contract mining business in a “depressed market”. He said it would be prudent to first make the business... 

Eqstra not selling contract mining business – yet
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Walter Hill

Downer wins Fortescue work

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd February 2015 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has awarded project house Downer Edi a A$720-million mining contract at Christmas Creek mine, in Western Australia. Downer is currently employed as the mining services contractor at the Christmas Creek 1 mine, while Macmahon Holdings performs mining services at... 

Local construction company secures contract in Ghana

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 South Africa-based privately-owned and managed structural steel, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, piping and platework (SMEIPP) construction company Redis Construction Afrika, which will exhibit at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba, in November announced that it had been awarded... 

Company increases African network through indaba

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd January 2015 Oil condition monitoring company WearCheck, a member of Setpoint Group, hopes to increase its network on the African continent and reach a new market of mining customers, MD Neil Robinson tells Mining Weekly. The company will exhibit at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is... 

Company increases African network through indaba
LAB WearCheck also aims to showcase its interest in wind testing, a deviation from its usual mining-related activities

SA mine fatality at all-time low, sets positive outlook for 2015

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2015 South Africa may be gaining traction on its ambitions of “zero harm” within the mining sector, with indications that the number of recorded fatalities in 2014 had reached a record low with the unofficial count at 84. In the run-up to the release, at the end of January, of the latest Department of... 

SA mine fatality at all-time low, sets positive outlook for 2015

Underground mining platform most active shaft sinker outside China

     16th January 2015 With 22 active shaft projects under way globally, construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts’ underground mining platform is ranked the most active shaft sinking group in the world, outside of China, says Murray & Roberts Cementation business development executive Allan Widlake. The... 

Sandvik Mining supplies drills for contract miner Aveng Moolmans’ Nkomati site

By: Henry Lazenby     24th December 2014 Global mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining has recently provided one of Africa’s largest contract miners Aveng Moolmans with five diesel-powered drill rigs for use on the Nkomati nickel mine, in the northeast of South Africa, near Machadodorp in Mpumalanga. Speaking to Mining... 

Maintenance specialist upbeat about 2014 contract renewals

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of the DRA Group, has been awarded three contract renewals in 2014, which MD Gerhard Hendriksz says is indicative of the value-add service that the company offers. 

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime

     7th November 2014 In response to the high incidences of workplace injuries, mining services company Group R Mining & Exploration runs training courses and safe work procedures workshops to assist its clients in empowering their workers to prevent workplace injuries, says company director Hein van Staden. “A... 

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime
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PAYING ATTENTION Group R Mining & Exploration offers training courses and safe work procedures that are in line with its clients’ safe working structures

New technology assisting Canadian miners 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th September 2014 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.... 

New technology assisting Canadian miners
MECHANISED RAISE CLIMBER Redpath’s battery-powered raise climber uses lithium-ion batteries to propel the electric drive

Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2014 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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Walter Hill

Ausdrill slashes profit forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd June 2014 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 Oliveira     30th May 2014 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

Turbulent SA mining industry challenging for contractors

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 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... 

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 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 Oliveira     23rd May 2014 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... 

Equipment supplier aims to secure new contracts

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 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... 

Data management is a critical concern

     9th May 2014 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     2nd May 2014 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

     18th April 2014 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... 

Resources Minister on Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act

By: Carina Borralho     11th April 2014 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... 

Construction of grinding plant under way in Ghana

     11th April 2014 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... 

Aus contractor has much to offer African mining industry

By: Ilan Solomons     7th March 2014 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     27th February 2014 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     21st February 2014 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 Oliveira     31st January 2014 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

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 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

Indaba serves as platform for recruitment agency

By: Carina Borralho     24th January 2014 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

Blasting specialist receives $230m in contract extensions

     22nd November 2013 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     18th November 2013 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 Oliveira     8th November 2013 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 Oliveira     8th November 2013 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     1st November 2013 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     11th October 2013 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     4th October 2013 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     13th September 2013 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. 

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