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Gold paper released at global forum

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 The collaborative paper, titled Kibali Gold Mine sulphide concentrate treatment – understanding the pre-oxidation of sulphide concentrates, was presented by dual-listed miner Barrick Gold’s Kibali gold mine technical manager Dr Thamsanqa Mahlangu at the World Gold 2019 conference held in Perth,... 

Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions 

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 High-tech and global engineering group Sandvik is helping greenfield mining projects in Africa to power ahead through automation and digitalisation aimed at making mining safer and more efficient and sustainable.   “If you look at the global automation footprint, Africa is using some of the most... 

Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions
Mining Weekly correspondent Kim Cloete interviewed executives from global engineering group Sandvik on the sidelines of the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mechanised boring solutions making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The development of rock-boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel borer (MTB) and shaft-boring system (SBS) technology is advancing, with the machinery expected to reduce project development times by three to four times, says Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius. “These... 

Mechanised  boring solutions  making headway
MTB TESTING Master Drilling is undertaking field testing of its mobile tunnel borer at platinum producer Northam Platinum’s Eland mine, in the North West

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated

By: Darren Parker     29th November 2019 Mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens is anticipating a surge in demand for proximity detection systems (PDS) next year. In 2017, the Department of Mineral Resources, as it was known then, issued a 2020 deadline for mining companies to implement stipulations laid out... 

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated
ANTON LOURENS As the 2020 deadline approaches, many late adopters are going to rush to be made compliant

Kavango advances exploration in Botswana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd November 2019 LSE-listed Kavango Resources on Friday announced that core and reverse circulation drilling on its Kalahari Suture Zone Project (KSZ), in Botswana, had intersected a high-level gabbroic intrusive at 53 m from surface in one of the holes (RIT50) drilled. The 1 000 m drilling programme is designed... 

Solar, private sector, new rock drill prototypes make headlines  

21st November 2019 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks developments around solar energy, the private sector and new rock drill prototypes.   

Solar, private sector, new rock drill prototypes make headlines
Solar, private sector, new rock drill prototypes make headlines. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Roof bolt placement critical to safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 Roof bolts, in helping to create a stable rock structure, are the first line of defence to protect mineworkers from fall-of-ground-related hazards, which highlights the importance of correct roof bolt placement in underground mining, South African mining safety and monitoring solutions provider... 

Roof bolt placement critical to safety
NICK MURRAY The principal objective of roof bolting is to help the rock mass support itself

Drill project assists in resource optimisation

18th October 2019 Chemical manufacturer Foskor awarded drilling contractor Geomech Africa a contract to conduct geotechnical drilling at the Foskor Mining Division in Limpopo in July, with completion set to happen in October. The aim of the project is to obtain sufficient geotechnical data for optimisation of the... 

Drill project assists in resource optimisation
THRILLS AND DRILLS The main purpose of this drilling programme is to obtain sufficient geotechnical data for optimisation of the north and south pits

Transformation in explosives sector yet to ignite

By: Cameron Mackay     18th October 2019 Economic transformation in the mining, drilling and blasting industry remains slow and requires greater engagement from critical roleplayers, such as government, who should encourage the industry to realise the benefits of transformation, says rock blasting and demolition company Master Blasters... 

Transformation in explosives sector  yet to ignite
TRANSFORMATION TROUBLES Despite legislation, emerging black-owned companies still struggle with access to larger mining projects, owing to a lack of resources, experience and support

Water-gel technology allows for customised blasting solutions

By: Cameron Mackay     18th October 2019 Global blasting solutions provider MAXAM’s premium bulk water-gel technology range of blends, referred to as RIOFLEX, has been well received by the South African market and will allow the company to build on its presence in the country for over 20 years, says MAXAM Southern Africa regional sales... 

Water-gel technology allows for customised blasting solutions
CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT MAXAM has been implementing continuous improvement programmes targeting cost reduction over the mine-to-mill process

Master Drilling sees encouraging results from testing of new shaft boring system 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th October 2019 Jse-listed Master Drilling is recording progress with its pursuing of a shaft boring system that it is pioneering, with the company recording positive results from pilot concept validation tests that are currently being undertaken. The system that is being pursued is in response to industry... 

Master Drilling sees encouraging results from testing of new shaft boring system

Kavango starts drilling in Botswana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2019 LSE-listed Kavango Resources has started drilling at the first of its three targets in the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) in Botswana. The objective of the drilling is to verify the company’s geological model, aimed at discovering a Norilsk-style magmatic sulphide orebody. 

Capital Drilling secures mining services contract at Côte d'Ivoire project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2019 Mining services company Capital Drilling has entered into agreements to provide a full range of mining services at private gold mining and development company Allied Gold's Bonikro mine, in Côte d'Ivoire. In addition to an existing exploration drilling contract between the companies, Capital... 

Metal Tiger pleased with drilling progress at Botswana projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th October 2019 Aim-listed Metal Tiger reports positive developments at the Ngami copper project and the Okavango copper project, in Botswana, in which it holds an interest through its 59.81% investment in Kalahari Metals. Inaugural diamond core drilling works at both projects are being used to test geological... 

Another step towards fully autonomous mining

By: Debbie French     4th October 2019 A fifth generation Rig Control System (RCS) has been introduced. The RCS is a hardware and software interface between a drill rig and the operator. Features such as machine-to-machine communication, sharing real-time drill plan updates between drills, auto tower angle and integrated camera view... 

Another step towards fully autonomous mining
The rig control system enhances automation of rotary blast hole rigs

Miners need to be agile, innovative, says Andrew Lane

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2019 In the current socioeconomic environment, mining companies need innovative business models, as well as new strategies to adapt to the changing landscape, Deloitte Africa energy and resources leader Andrew Lane believes. However, he warned on Thursday that mining companies would first need to... 

Miners need to be agile, innovative, says Andrew Lane
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Deloitte Africa energy and resources leader Andrew Lane

Earthmoving supplier launches new excavator series

27th September 2019 Earth-moving and construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has launched two new series of excavators from automotive manufacturer Hyundai, namely the R480LC-9S range and R330LC-9S machines. Both series are designed for high performance in tough conditions in various... 

Earthmoving supplier launches new  excavator series
SMOOTH OPERATOR HPE Africa’s new series of Hyundai excavators are designed for high performance in tough conditions

Excavator series well received by local mining sector

27th September 2019 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Doosan’s DX800LC-5B tracked excavator series, which was launched early last year, has received a positive market response from the local mining industry. Doosan is part of the Capital Equipment Group (CEG) division of investment holding and... 

Excavator series well received by local mining sector
MADE FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS The excavator has an operating weight of 78 500 kgs and is the largest machine in the Doosan’s range of construction and mining equipment

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Resources Watch  

18th September 2019 The hydrogen economy could happen; And, Master Drilling remains focused on regional growth strategy 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Arc records notable drill results at Zambia project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th September 2019 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has received further near-surface, high-grade copper assays from its maiden diamond drill exploration programme at the Cheyeza East target in Zambia. These indicate further high-grade shallow copper intersections. 

Master Drilling remains focused on regional growth strategy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2019 JSE-listed drilling solutions company Master Drilling’s acquisition of Atlantis Group helped to boost its revenue and regional operations in the six months ended June 30. CEO Danie Pretorius on Tuesday said the company has remained committed to diversifying its presence across geographies,... 

Master Drilling remains focused on regional growth strategy
Master Drilling CEO discusses the market conditions in the six months ended June 30 and the company's commodity focuses. Video done by Kutlwano Matlala; editing done by Nicholas Boyd.

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July 

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2019 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has added a further R10-billion to its order book, which stood at R46.8-billion at the end of July, and CEO Henry Laas believes the backlog could rise even further in the months ahead. At the end of July 2018, the group’s order book stood... 

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Further gold mineralisation confirmed at depth at Sanankoro

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2019 Aim-listed Cora Gold has received assay results from three out of four core holes completed at the Sanankoro gold discovery, in southern Mali, in the third quarter of this year. This has confirmed vertical continuity of gold mineralisation at the Selin prospect to depths of 170 m. 

Existing technology still has vital role to play

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 Despite new and innovative mining technologies continuing to enter the mining sector, tried-and-trusted technologies may still have an important role to play, says working face consumables manufacturer Terramin CEO Martin van Schoor. New mining technologies can provide many benefits, such as... 

Existing technology still has vital role to play
MARTIN VAN SCHOOR Old-fashioned techniques still have a place in modern mining

New mobile scanner allows for rapid on-foot mapping

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 Surveying equipment distributor Autobuild Africa launched a new mobile scanner – the Heron Lite – at the SA Geotech 2019 conference, in Kempton Park, last month. The device was developed by survey technology company Gexcel as part of its Heron range of wearable mobile mapping products. 

New mobile scanner allows for rapid on-foot mapping
A FEAST FOR THE SENSORS The Heron Lite enables easy and accurate on-foot mapping

Kumba, Rosond sign R2bn deal to advance next-generation drilling 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2019 Diversified mining company Kumba Iron Ore, an Anglo American subsidiary, has entered into a R2-billion multiyear agreement with drilling specialist Rosond to develop and implement a next-generation drilling contract. The agreement forms part of Kumba’s initiative to modernise its geoscience... 

Kumba, Rosond sign R2bn deal to advance next-generation drilling
Rosond drill rig

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme

9th August 2019 Australian mineral exploration company Lindian Resources has received binding commitments in a placement to investors to raise up to $1.3-million for the company’s inaugural drilling programme at the Gaoual bauxite project, in Guinea. The $1.3-million raised, which includes $200 000 from Lindian... 

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme
Photo by Bloomberg
EAGER TO DRILL With Lindian Resources now funded for the Gaoual drilling programme, the company is looking forward to drilling as soon as possible

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour

9th August 2019 Australian gold miner Gold Road Resources’ Gruyere gold project in the eastern Yilgran in Western Australia delivered its first gold pour from the carbon-in-leach (CIL) circuit in the June quarter of this year, containing 1 138 oz of gold. This milestone, which was achieved safely and in line... 

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour
Photo by Reuters
READY, SET, GOLD Gold Road Resources' focus now turns to commissioning of the final components of the gold process plant, which is expected to be in the September quarter

Infill drilling confirms resource robustness

9th August 2019 Gold-focused exploration and development company Cardinal Resources’ close spaced infill drill pattern has showed the continued presence of mineralised zones within the infill drilling area of the company’s flagship Namdini gold project, in Ghana. The positive results were from the selected area... 

Infill drilling confirms resource robustness
Photo by Bloomberg
CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING DRILLING The infill drill programme displays the robust nature of Cardinal Resources' current mineral resource and also supports the company’s project finance plans

Trash pumps suitable for water transfer

9th August 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Australian Pumps Industries highlights industry experts’ recommendations that heavy duty wet prime trash pumps be used in the transfer of site tailings water, silt, as well as slurries. This is owing to the pumps’ wide open impellers, non-clog design, and suitability... 

Trash pumps suitable for water transfer
FIRE FIGHTING BOSS Aussie’s Pumps' new Mine Boss version of the Fire Chief fire fighting pump is vital for mine sites where combustion hazards occur

IronRidge signs MoU with GeoDrill for drilling for equity programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th August 2019 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has entered into a binding memorandum of understanding with TSX-listed GeoDrill for a drilling for equity programme of up to $4-million, or 40 000 m of drilling. The drilling programme will take place across the company’s gold and lithium portfolios throughout Africa. 

Drill rig improves sample recovery in variable conditions

By: Darren Parker     2nd August 2019 Increasing pressure on mining companies to publicly disclose information on their tailings dams highlights the need for improved technology to more accurately test dam stability and more reliably predict potential failures. This was highlighted by the Brumadinho tailings dam failure in January,... 

Drill rig improves sample recovery in variable conditions
TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE The dual-head Geo 601 drill rig is equally effective in soft and hard ground conditions

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th July 2019 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of Murray & Roberts by ATON be prohibited. ATON, through Redpath South Africa, provides a range of mining services, including the excavation of vertical or inclined openings from the surface for... 

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R

Project involvement increasing for contractor

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th July 2019 Mining contractor Moolmans is showcasing its shaft-sinking and access development capacities at the Platreef platinum project, in the North West, with Shaft 1 close to the planned shaft bottom, at 982 m below the surface. 

Project involvement increasing for contractor
PROJECT UNDERWAY The expected completion of Shaft 1 sinking at Platreef is July 2020

New wheel loader ensures flexible features

19th July 2019 Construction equipment provider Caterpillar’s new 920K Compact Wheel Loader’s new features allow operators to tailor machine performance to individual preferences for added operating efficiency, while a choice of auxiliary-hydraulic systems expand the use of work tools for added utility. With a... 

New wheel loader ensures flexible features
OPERATING WITH EASE With a net power rating of 74 kW, the loader shows product enhancements that contribute to high productivity, versatility, operator convenience and safety, and serviceability

Drill attachment provides opportunities in underground

By: Cameron Mackay     19th July 2019 Remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk, in collaboration with construction equipment supplier TEI Rock Drills, has introduced the new MMB326 hydraulic drifter rock drill attachment, which can be used for drilling and blasting applications in mining operations. Using this drill... 

Drill attachment provides opportunities in underground
EXPLOSIVE COMBINATION The MMB326 pairs with the Brokk 300 and allows for drilling multiple hole sizes of up to 3 inches in concrete, rock and compact soil

New multipurpose drill rig launched

5th July 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has added a new surface top hammer drill rig – the versatile Commando DC300Ri – to its offering. The drill rig is ideal for drill and blast contractors as it suits multiple different applications, according to the company. 

New multipurpose  drill rig launched
DRILL SERGEANT The new Commando DC300Ri is a tough and manoeuverable drill rig for multiple applications
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