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BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria, last week as part of the company’s contribution to education and information sharing on blasting... 

Sentula sells DRC-based drilling assets amid exploration crunch

By: Natalie Greve Sentula Mining subsidiaries Sentula Mining Services and Senex have inked a deal to offload idle property, plant, equipment and associated inventory held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Orezone Drilling Mauritius and its DRC-focused drilling subsidiary Orezone Drilling DRC for... 

Tertiary Minerals' MB fluorspar project approved for Phase 3 drilling

By: Creamer Media Reporter Aim-listed Tertiary Minerals on Tuesday said the permitting for Phase 3 drilling at the MB fluorspar project, in Nevada, had been approved. The Phase-3 drilling programme was planned to increase the size of the inferred mineral resource by extending the drilling to the north and west of the... 

Tertiary Minerals' MB fluorspar project approved for Phase 3 drilling

Drilling to start at synclinorium shaft this month

By: David D‘ Oliveira Mining contractor and engineering firm Redpath Mining Africa will begin drilling at Mopani Copper Mines’ synclinorium shaft project, in Kitwe, Zambia, at the end of the month. The project is owned and operated by joint venture company Carlisa Investments Corporation, comprising mining companies... 

Drilling to start at synclinorium shaft  this month
Photo by Ngage
THE REDBORE 100 This raise drill will be used to drill a 1 167 m vertical shaft, at Mopani Copper Mines' synclinorium shaft

Machine reduces shaft-sinking time by 20% to 30%

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation, in partnership with tunnel boring machine manufacturer Herrenknecht and Germany-based Thyssen Schachtbau have develop the latest generation rodless shaftboring machine known as the shaft boring enlarger (SBE), which reduces shaft sinking... 

Machine reduces shaft-sinking time by 20% to 30%
ALLAN WIDLAKE The newly developed 350 t shaft boring enlarger basically works like a modern hard rock tunnel boring machine, but vertically

Master Drilling reports growth, but falls shy of expectations

By: Tracy Hancock JSE-listed Master Drilling on Thursday reported a 20.6% increase in revenue to $65.2-million for the six months ended June 30, from the $54.1-million recorded in the previous comparable period, while its profit was up 20.9% from $7.7-million to $9.3-million compared with the 2013 period. In its... 

Master Drilling reports growth, but falls shy of expectations

Grindrod Rail’s focus firmly on Africa as mining expands

rivate rail service provider Grindrod Rail is well placed to take advantage of the demand for commodities from Africa, providing key services for strategic customers wishing to get their product to port and supporting national rail operators in meeting their rail commitments. The historic under... 

Grindrod Rail’s focus firmly on Africa as mining expands

Hansen + Genwest eager to spread its wings

outh African transformer and switchgear manufacturer Hansen + Genwest is eager to diversify its product range and expand its customer base, setting its sight on acquisitions and spreading its wings into the rest of Africa. The Benoni, South Africa-based company, which prides itself on selling the... 

Hansen + Genwest eager to spread its wings

Mining equipment manufacturer Kopex increases its presence in Africa

Mining equipment manufacturer and service provider Kopex Group, which is headquartered in Poland, is increasing its presence on African soil, where it sees increased demand for more user- and environment-friendly mining equipment. Through its subsidiary company, Hansen + Genwest, based in Benoni,... 

Mining equipment manufacturer Kopex increases its presence in Africa

New core orientation system to increase drilling productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach US-based integrated drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear has added an industry-first integrated core orientation system – TruCore – to its product range. The system enables drillers in the mining industry to increase productivity and decrease consumables... 

New core orientation system to increase drilling productivity
INDUSTRY FIRST The TruCore integrated core orientation system enables drillers to increase productivity

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion system. The pipeline, scheduled for completion at the end of this year, will reduce the usual shaft time... 

New vertical pipeline  supports narrow-reef  emulsion system
BLASTING EFFICIENCY BME’s portable charging unit enables mines to employ safer and more cost-effective emulsion-based blasting technology

Australian states convinced fracking's viable but not taking concerns lightly

By: Esmarie Swanepoel While Australia is estimated to host more than 800-trillion cubic feet of gas resources, the rapidly expanding gas industry is facing a significant battle in exploiting some of these resources. During the three months to March, Australian gas production reached 15-billion cubic meters, and for... 

Australian states convinced fracking's viable but not taking concerns lightly

Major Drilling expands services underground

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian drilling equipment and services provider Major Drilling this week announced its entry into the underground percussive/long-hole drilling sector with an agreement to buy Taurus Drilling Services for C$27.7-million. The Moncton, New Brunswick-based driller on Monday said Taurus was... 

Major Drilling expands services underground

Continuous product development necessary

By: Mia Breytenbach Considering some of the key challenges currently facing the iron-ore industry, there is a definite need for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to focus on product research and development for specific customised products, says tooling, materials technology, mining and construction... 

Continuous product  development necessary
Photo by Sandvik
CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT As part of product development, Sandvik’s considerations include the design of rotary bits with more operational flexibility

US company contracted to drill at Chile mine

Integrated exploration drilling services provider Boart Longyear was, in May, contracted to conduct exploration drilling at BHP Billiton-operated Minera Escondida copper mine in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, says Boart Longyear Latin America drilling services GM Scott Whitt. Minera Escondida... 

US company contracted to drill at Chile mine
Photo by Duane Daws
LEADING THE PACK Chile is widely known as the world’s number one copper producer

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in good stead

Cement and concrete manufacturer AfriSam says its Coedmore sand and stone quarry in Bellair, KwaZulu-Natal has survived tough market conditions and robust industry competition by adhering to strict safety, health, environment and quality (Sheq) principles. “Our Sheq credo has been instituted and... 

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in  good stead
SAFETY BARRIER SYSTEM When drilling or blasting takes place, blue poles are sunk into the ground 3 m away from the crest and static climbing rope is strung between the poles to indicate where the no-go areas are

Master Drilling names new chair as Ledger exits

By: Natalie Greve JOHANNESBURG ( – Following the recent resignation of its independent nonexecutive chairperson Peter Ledger, Master Drilling said on Thursday that Hendrik van der Merwe had been appointed to replace Ledger with immediate effect. Van der Merwe would also be appointed a subcommittee... 

Ausdrill slashes profit forecast

By: Mariaan Webb 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... 

Data management is a critical concern

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... 

Resources Minister on Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act

By: Carina Borralho 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... 

2 000-m-deep shaft project well under way, says drilling company

By: Jonathan Rodin The initial phase of shaft sinking and drilling company Redpath Mining South Africa’s infrastructure development at Zambia-based copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines’ (MCM’s) Mindola deep shaft is currently under way, says Redpath Mining South Africa MD Ockert Douglas. 

Compact drill design proves popular

By: Jonathan Rodin South African equipment supplier Mine Support Products’ (MSP) drill rig, the Terra, is being used by gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti and Sibanye Gold. The drill rig’s enhanced ergonomic design enables it to manoeuvre around easily tight slope conditions underground, says MSP research and... 

Company launches new track drill

Machinery and engine manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat) has launched its new MD5150C track drill, the first of the C-Series drills, which features more Cat components and a choice of three different rock drills. 

Industry requires formal skills recognition

By: Jonathan Rodin Sixty-two mining industry stakeholders, including mining company representatives, drilling contractors and equipment suppliers last month attended the first South African Exploration Drilling Forum, initiated by iron-ore mining major Kumba Iron Ore, in association with the Drilling Industry... 

Industry requires formal  skills recognition

New drilling software ready for implementation

By: Jonathan Rodin Technology group Sandvik Mining’s new tunneling project management and information analysis software, Intelligent Sandvik Underground Rock Excavation (iSure), which helps to optimise drilling and blasting patterns, is ready for implementation, says Sandvik Mining business line manager for... 

Company to highlight own brand, add new products to Botswana offering

By: Ilan Solomons Local drill equipment provider Schwalbe will place greater emphasis on promoting its self-manufactured Orange rock-tool equipment range and will introduce new products to the Botswana mining industry to meet clients’ growing demand, MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly. “This year, Schwalbe... 

Company to highlight own brand, add new products to Botswana offering
THREADED BITS Schwalbe will add threaded drill equipment to its Botswana product offering this year

Company exhibits ability for remote exploration and drilling

By: Jonathan Rodin Remote Exploration Services (RES) and Remote Drilling Services (RDS), both part of exploration and mining firm MS Group, will be exhibiting its ability to implement and fully support exploration and drilling projects in the most remote areas in Africa at the 2014 Investing in African Mining... 

Mining services group aims to strengthen customer relations at indaba

By: David D‘ Oliveira Australia-based mining services provider Ausdrill and its subsidiary, contract surface mining and exploration drilling services company African Mining Services, will display the range of mining services the group offers customers across Africa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2014. The... 

Mining services group aims to strengthen customer  relations at indaba
JOSÉ MARTINS The indaba offers Ausdrill an opportunity to strengthen its business relationships with major mining companies attending the event

Middle Island Resources to pursue further West African gold prospects despite failure to gain majority interest in Niger gold mine

By: Chantelle Kotze Despite failing to secure a majority interest in the Samira Hill gold mine, in Niger, ASX-listed Middle Island Resources’ board plans to focus on pursuing other projects to maximise shareholder value, as well as to advance the company’s existing gold projects in West Africa. 

New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Study aims to improve blasting methods

By: Carina Borralho South African mining industry explosives supplier BME technical manager Refiloe Kekana has co-written a paper that aims to increase the mining industry’s depth of understanding in rock and its characteristics, thereby helping mining companies to plan explosions more efficiently. “This paper... 

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