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Draft Mining Charter 'only a proposal' – Zwane

By: Ilan Solomons Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday sought to assure mining industry stakeholders concerned about certain provisions in the new broad-based black economic-empowerment Mining Charter that the draft was “just a proposal by government” and that “nothing has been cast in stone". The... 

New drill rig alignment tool drastically slashes rig set-up time

By: Dylan Slater Australia-based mining technology firm Minnovare’s drill rig alignment tool, the Azimuth Alinger, is delivering “unprecedented” efficiency to the underground drilling process by substantially reducing rig set-up time, the company claims.  

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

By: David Oliveira 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... 

Infill drilling at DRC copper project to start next month

By: David Oliveira Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland announced earlier this month that the company and its joint venture partner Chinese miner Zijin Mining were preparing to accelerate a planned infill drilling programme on the Kakula discovery area at... 

Main sinking at Platreef Shaft 1

The changeover from presinking activities to main-sinking activities at Shaft 1 of the Platreef platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining project, in Limpopo, is expected to be completed by April, enabling the start of main sinking. Presinking of the shaft was completed to a depth of 54 m below surface. 

Main sinking at Platreef Shaft 1
MOVING ON Presinking of Shaft 1 at the Platreef project was completed to a depth of 54 m below surface

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

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

Infill drilling programme at Kamoa to kick-off next month

By: David Oliveira Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines and joint-venture partner Chinese miner Zijin Mining were preparing to accelerate a planned infill drilling programme at the Kamoa copper project’s Kakula discovery, area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), starting next month.... 

Karoo uranium promising

By: Sascha Solomons Australia-based uranium miner Peninsula Energy is determined to wrap up the reserve drilling for the definitive feasibility study on its Karoo uranium projects, in Beaufort West, in the Western Cape of South Africa, which will pave the way for a mine to be built  by 2019, says Peninsula Energy MD... 

Karoo uranium promising
GUS SIMPSON The Karoo projects offer an excellent opportunity for domestic uranium supply to fuel the new reactors that are being developed under the recently announced expansion of South Africa’s nuclear power generating capacity

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus More South African mining companies are shifting from using conventional labour forces to mechanising their deep-level operations, as they are exposed to increased seismic stress and the subsequent seismic activity, higher temperatures and time-consuming travelling to the rock face, says... 

Mine mechanisation gains traction
Photo by Duane Daws
DECLAN VOGT Mines and mining corporations have shifted their focus to improving production efficiency and maintaining steady productivity to prevent capital expenditure amid the commodities slump by means of using machinary

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch

By: Simon Sonnekus Some of the most exciting opportunities are in deep-level mining, says Hatch Goba associate and Africa, Europe and the Middle East mining director Kevin Seyfried. The scarcity of capital, lower operating costs and the reaffirmation of safety by mining companies have prompted multinational... 

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch
DIGITAL MINING TECH Hatch Goba has highlighted an increase in mechanised mining and the subsequent need for such solutions

Master Drilling maintains eye on growth as strategy gains traction

By: Natasha Odendaal JSE-listed Master Drilling continued to pursue its geographic, commodity and business diversification strategy throughout 2015, with gains expected to start being realised in the coming year. The company had set the platform with the acquisition of a Sweden-based company and its Chilean... 

Master Drilling maintains eye on growth as strategy gains traction
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

Master Drilling delivers higher FY earnings, no dividend yet

By: Natasha Odendaal As JSE-listed Master Drilling continued its steep upward earnings trend, the company declared no dividend for the period ended December 31, 2015. The drilling solutions provider, which on Thursday reiterated it was still in a growth phase, posted basic earnings per share (BEPS) of $0.13 in 2015,... 

Company showcases drilling products at Indaba

Drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear’s product experts were on hand at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to discuss its range of new solutions suited to the African mining market. The company, exhibiting at the event in Cape Town, which ran... 

Company showcases drilling products at Indaba
UPDATED OFFERING The upgraded LS250 MiniSonic is wide track mounted and offers a low ground pressure of 28 bar for every 4 lb of force per square inch, which is suited for increased accessibility

Manufacturer offers enhanced productivity and reliability

Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar notes that it is the only manufacturer offering rock drills designed to be serviced on site for reduced downtime and costs. The company explains that CAT drills are designed for easy maintenance with simple and well-organised electrical... 

Manufacturer offers enhanced productivity and reliability
LONGER-LASTING The MD5075C track drill is designed for best-in-class productivity, durability and low total cost of ownership, which enable the CAT rock drills to deliver three times the lifespan of competitive drills

Mining deeper while maintaining value

By: Kimberley Smuts Multidisciplinary professional services firm Hatch Goba is continuously developing more cost-effective means of extracting ore, especially in South Africa, where mining is deeper and more difficult amid falling commodity prices, resulting in decreasing profit margins. Technologies that allow for... 

Mining deeper while maintaining value
KEVIN SEYFRIED Hatch Goba works across various sectors, from infrastructure to metals and energy, providing clients with numerous services

Series increases safety, importance of students emphasised

There is increasing focus on safety within the mining industry, says sustainable productivity solution provider Atlas Copco, adding that its Diamec Smart core drilling rigs eliminate many of the hazardous operations at mines involved in underground core drilling. Atlas Copco introduced its Diamec... 

Series increases  safety, importance of students emphasised
SMART RIG The Diamec Smart core drilling rigs have an advanced rig control system that enables automatic functions such as drilling and adding and removing of rods

Spin filters reduce dust exposure underground

By: Kimberley Smuts Specialised engineering solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering is receiving an increasing number of enquiries from various markets, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and India, for its inertial spin filters used in small to medium-sized mining applications.  This increase in interest can... 

Spin filters reduce dust exposure underground
IAN FRASER Inertial spin filters are an effective and practical solution for the challenges in the underground mining environment such as heavy dust loads generated by drilling and tunnelling

Hackathon fast-tracks development

By: Kimberley Smuts Technology implementation costs time and money – two critical resources that the mining sector currently requires to reinvent itself, says Anglo American Technology and Innovation head Jeannette McGill. “The Unearthed hackathon is the perfect platform to fast-track innovation and short-circuit... 

Hackathon fast-tracks development
PIETER HOLTZHAUSEN Team Middebosch took top honours for its visualisation of offshore diamond mining analytics for diamond miner De Beers

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling

Vancouver-based gold explorer Pilot Gold expects to resume drilling in March at its Goldstrike property in Southwestern Utah, in the US, to focus on extending and defining mineralisation along the main gold trend. The company released the results of the second phase of its inaugural drill... 

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling
The Goldstrike property comprises a past-producing gold mine within an 8-km-long corridor of gold mineralisation that is largely untested and ready to be drilled

New ultralow-profile mining machine operated successfully for 500 hours at SA mines

By: Ilan Solomons Local ultralow-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting’s MT100 ultralow-profile mining machine has successfully operated for more than 500 hours at several gold and platinum mines throughout South Africa, CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. The MT100,... 

New ultralow-profile mining machine operated successfully for 500 hours at SA mines
MT100 MINING MACHINE The locally manufactured MT100, with a sweeper and a dozer attached, is a battery-driven platform with a maximum height of 420 mm and a battery life of seven hours

Council for Geoscience advances shale gas research in the Karoo

By: Ilan Solomons The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has embarked on a three-year research programme involving a range of geoscientific investigations associated with the drilling of a vertical deep-core borehole to better conceptualise some of the geological issues related to potential shale gas resources in South... 

Council for Geoscience advances shale gas research in the Karoo

‘Frack mining’ mooted as a future mining innovation

By: Ilan Solomons Miners currently face many challenges, from low commodity prices to the exhaustion of accessible high-quality orebodies and high development costs. However, by drawing on the oil and gas industry’s process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, miners may have new ways to tackle those problems... 

‘Frack mining’ mooted as a future mining innovation
ADRIENNE RATMANSKY Frack mining combines the mining industry’s practice of in-situ leaching with the oil and gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing process

Faster, easier access to orebodies

By: Mia Breytenbach JSE-listed drilling solutions provider Master Drilling will not only exhibit but also launch a new technological advancement – a mechanised blind shaft boring system – at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, following a successful experience at the 2015 Cape Town-based event. Master... 

Faster, easier access to  orebodies
MILESTONE ACCURACY The breakthrough of the pilot hole in the shaft at the Palabora copper project was within 0.5 m from the theoretical centre line of the shaft

Merger enables engineering firm to weather tough market conditions

By: Nadine James 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

Schwalbe

Focused on providing products and services while ensuring competitiveness in quality, reliability and price, South Africa-based drilling equipment supplier Schwalbe’s product lines have been supplied to and also tested with favourable results achieved by companies such as gold producer Anglo Gold... 

Schwalbe

Supplier to feature LS250 MiniSonic in 2016

By: Kimberley Smuts Despite the industry downturn, drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear continues to invest in new product development and innovation in mining and expects to launch more than four new products this year. The company aims to share these latest product... 

Supplier to feature  LS250 MiniSonic in 2016
DRILL RIGS ON SHOW Boart Longyear will promote the LS250 MiniSonic (pictured) at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

New geology software version due for release next year

Mining solutions developer Maptek will release the latest version of its mine-planning software suit Vulcan 10 in the first quarter of 2016. Vulcan incorporates a dedicated geology package that features tools that enable geologists to access and view drillhole data, define geological zones and... 

New geology software version due for release next year
GEOLOGISTS AID Horizon adaptive rectangular prism modelling in Vulcan enables drillhole data and downhole geophysical characteristics to be used to interpret and interpolate coal horizons

Master Drilling expands European footprint 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Drilling services provider Master Drilling International (MDI) has inked a €5-million deal that will see it acquire a 40% stake in Scandinavian raisebore drilling company Bergteamet Raiseboring Europe. This formed part of MDI’s long-term growth strategy and was an effective entry into the... 

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised

Electronic detonators are fast becoming an integral part of effective mining processes across the world, says electronic initiation system designer DetNet marketing director Johann Smit. “[The benefits of] electronic blast [initiation] are being recognised worldwide,” he says, adding that using... 

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised
EASY TO USE The DigiShot Plus is an easy-to-use electronic initiating system primarily for use in surface blasting applications

Mining solutions provider introduces hard rock mining truck

US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global recently debuted the Joy 16TD hard rock mining truck, its newest offering for the global mining market. Based on the popular DT-1804 truck model, the 16TD features lower hood lines for improved visibility, a digital operator display, shorter... 

Mining solutions provider introduces  hard rock mining truck
16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws

Company to launch underground mining machines

By: Bruce Montiea Ultralow-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier Centre For Machine Technology and Innovation (CMTI Consulting) will launch two underground mining machines next month. CMTI Consulting MD Danie Burger says the machines are still being developed and will be delivered to gold miner Sibanye... 

Company to  launch underground mining machines
NEW MINING CONCEPT Most of the parts used to develop the Centre For Machine Technology and Innovation’s underground mining machines were produced locally

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to the continued global and local economic challenges that the local mining industry faces, several mining houses are shifting their focus from growth and expansion to efficiency and cost control, says online mining and construction equipment auctioneering company Clear Asset. The slowdown... 

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online
ONLINE ATTRACTION Clear Asset’s September auction registered 29 000 unique auction views and 1 674 bids, with the Vermeer trencher sold to a buyer in the US

New pneumatic face advance and roof bolter rock drill systems launched

By: Ilan Solomons Local pump and rock drill manufacturer Scamont Engineering’s range of locally manufactured pneumatic rock drills and roof bolters, the Shova face advance and Shova roof bolter have the ability to significantly increase mining extraction volumes and improve the safety levels for rock drill... 

New pneumatic face advance and roof bolter  rock drill systems launched
SHOVA FACE ADVANCE The new pneumatic drill system provides for easy, fast collaring, thereby, ensuring on-mark drilling for rock drill operators

Master Drilling remains optimistic with headline earnings up, focused on diversifying

By: Megan van Wyngaardt JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling has declared a 22.9% jump in headline earnings from 61c to 75c for the six months ended June 30. At its results presentation in Johannesburg on Monday, the group also noted a profit of $10.4-million, up by 11%, and cash generated from... 

Prevalent mining risks necessitate more protection measures, says consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach The pervasiveness of key risks to mineworker health and safety, notably silicosis and fall-of-ground incidents, underscores that much still needs to be done to protect workers, states multidisciplinary consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa (SA). SRK Consulting SA... 

Prevalent mining risks necessitate more protection measures, says consultancy
Photo by Bloomberg
PROTECTION MEASURE The mechanisation or automation of drilling and other mining operations is a solution that could reduce miners’ exposure to silica dust

Aircore drilling starts at Fisher East

ASX-listed exploration company Rox Resources has started an aircore drilling programme on the Fisher East nickel sulphide project located 500 km north of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia. The drilling programme, announced by the company last month, will test several strong electromagnetic (EM)... 

Assay results find significant zinc concentration

ASX-listed metal producer Mungana Goldmines last month announced high-grade zinc results from previously unassayed diamond drill holes, within its Red Cap project area, 4 km from Mungana’s partially completed base metals concentrator at Chillagoe, in north Queensland. The drilling was done by... 

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