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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Orion reveals encouraging results from drilling at Prieska project

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals on Monday announced further encouraging results from drilling at the company's Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape. Drill hole OCOD087_D2, drilled on the south-west margin of the NW Trough Target, intersected 14 m of mineralised massive sulphide... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
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Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2018 Harmony Gold on Tuesday reported improved earnings, production, grade and costs in the six months to December 31, but regrettably also eight fatalities. While Mining Weekly Online was engaged in the media conference, the transfer of ownership of Moab Khotsong assets to Harmony became official,... 

Harmony's headline earnings soar, eight die, Moab transferred
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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Mitchell Services buys underground coal drilling firm Radco

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 ASX-listed Mitchell Services has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Radco Technologies and Radco Group (collectively Radco Drilling), for A$5.3-million in cash. The cash consideration purchase price represents about two-times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation,... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 "There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa," affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency Area Research Group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th February 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan explained at the unveiling of the system at the Investing in African Mining... 

Engineering group Sandvik rides strong demand as profit tops forecast

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 Swedish engineering group Sandvik posted better than expected fourth-quarter core profit on Monday and said demand had been strong across all of its business areas. The Swedish maker of metal-cutting tools, mining equipment and speciality steels has been riding booming demand for mining gear as... 

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Gold sponsor to exhibit latest tech and services

26th January 2018 Capital equipment giant Caterpillar says it is focused on optimising operations – whether surface or underground, large or small – and resolving the issues critical to their success, and will present its technologies and services at the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town.  

Gold sponsor to exhibit latest tech and services
DRIVING EFFICIENCY At 22 t capacity, the AD22 is the smallest underground truck in the Caterpillar equipment line, yet it offers greater payload than competitor trucks of the same size

Investors spur Spitfire’s Western Australia gold development

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 ASX-listed Spitfire Materials has successfully raised $5.33-million, through an oversubscribed share placement at 10c, to fast-track its Australian gold exploration and development strategy. 

Middle Island plans follow-up drilling to enhance Wirraminna deposit

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 Gold exploration and development company Middle Island on Thursday reported the outcomes of a pit optimisation study for the Wirraminna deposit, in Western Australia.  

Eighth high-value Angolan diamond discovered

15th December 2017 Australian diamond mining and exploration company Lucapa Diamonds’ Lulo mine, in Angola, delivered pleasing diamond recoveries in November, on the back of the eighth discovery larger than 100 ct at the mine, reinforcing a strong performance from its operations in October, states MD Stephen... 

Eighth high-value Angolan  diamond discovered
LUCAPA PRIDE The Type IIa-D diamond was discovered in Angola last month

Initial mining programme expected to start next year

15th December 2017 Marine and land-based mining company Diamond Fields International has reaffirmed its commitment to its Namibian operations, announcing at the start of November an initial mining programme for its ML111 licence in offshore Namibia in 2018.  The initial mining programme for the licence area will... 

Initial mining programme expected to start next year
YO TOIVO The vessel is designed to provide efficient and effective mining of diamonds on the seafloor

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward

15th December 2017 The results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by diamond miner Lucara Diamonds in November demonstrate the potential economic viability for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana. The development of the underground mine is planned after the completion of... 

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward
KAROWE OPENPIT The Karowe mine located in Botswana has valuable resources located underground

Fast-paced developments at Prieska benefit all stakeholders

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th December 2017 Australian minerals explorer Orion Minerals’ activity at the Prieska zinc/copper mine present an “unparalleled” value creation opportunity for investors and shareholders while promoting and supporting critical socioeconomic development in the Northern Cape, says Orion Minerals MD Errol Smart.  

Fast-paced developments at Prieska benefit all stakeholders
PROJECT ADVANCES Sixteen drill rigs are operating on site in a dual-focused drill programme that aims to confirm the extensive historical drilling database on the remaining mineralisation at Prieska

First blast marks Kamoa Kakula development

8th December 2017 The first blast at the Kamoa-Kakula mine development, marking the start of work on the twin declines at the ultrahigh-grade Kakula discovery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been completed ten days ahead of schedule. The successful blast at the Tier 1 copper project, near the... 

First blast marks Kamoa Kakula development
KAMOA-KAKULA The combined Kamoa-Kakula indicated mineral resources as of a May estiimate is about one-billion tonnes, grading 3.02% copper, containing 66-billion pounds of copper

GBM scoping study shows economic viability of Mt Coolon project

By: Dylan Slater     4th December 2017 A recent scoping study conducted by junior GBM Resources for its Mt Coolon gold project has indicated that it may be economically viable to redevelop the project, which shows the potential to generate strong positive cash flow 

Aiming to improve emergency preparedness

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 Mpumalanga-based artisan and mining skills training centre Colliery Training College (CTC) is actively seeking more coal projects to contract the services of its Rescue Drill Unit (RDU) to improve the effectiveness of mines’ emergency preparedness procedures. “We encourage mines to contract us to... 

Aiming to improve  emergency preparedness
SAFETY UNIT The Rescue Drill Unit is used for assistance and/or rescue after a mine accident caused by a fire, roof collapse or explosion

European Metals reports increased indicated resource at Cinovec

By: Samantha Herbst     28th November 2017 Following a four-month drilling campaign, ASX- and Aim-listed European Metals has announced an additional upgrade of its Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant Cinovec lithium/tin project, in the Czech Republic, confirming the project’s status as Europe’s largest lithium resource. The drilling... 

Ausdrill wins contract extensions in Africa and Australia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2017 Mining services company Ausdrill said on Tuesday it had secured two contract extensions at African operations and one in Western Australia. The ASX-listed firm reported that South Africa-based AngloGold Ashanti had awarded its wholly owned subsidiary African Mining Services (AMS), a provision... 

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining and civil engineering, and the industrial market

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has started a process to divide the company into two separate entities – Atlas Copco and Epiroc. Epiroc will remain a subsidiary of Atlas Copco.  

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining  and civil engineering, and the industrial market
SANJAY AHUJA Epiroc is now a house where we can live and breathe mining and rock excavation

Gold Fields invests R6m to boost mechanised mining skills

By: Nadine James     22nd November 2017 South African gold miner Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a R6-million, three-year partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to further academic knowledge in the field of mechanised mining and rock engineering in South Africa. Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland and Wits... 

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which relates to the brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining (TMM) equipment, says... 

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations
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DANIE BURGER There are currently a number of problems relating to the standards for the testing of brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining equipment

South Africa’s Master Drilling expands into India, Australia

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2017 Raise bore drilling company Master Drilling on Wednesday announced its expansion into India, where it will support a zinc mine, and Australia, where it will support a gold project. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company said it would be deploying a large raisebore machine to a Vedanta... 

South Africa’s Master Drilling expands into India, Australia
Photo by Duane Daws
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

Drill series evolved to increase cost effectiveness and productivity

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 Intelligence platforms have been added to Sweden-headquartered engineering company Sandvik Mining and Technology’s Ranger series of drills to allow for automation, data connectivity and improved drilling processes, increasing productivity for customers. An example of this integration and the... 

Drill series evolved to  increase cost effectiveness and productivity
DEVELOPED ON DEMAND The DX900i is Sandvik's latest answer to the evolving technological needs of the surface mining industry

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the mining industry in South Africa. Specifically, Mokoatle says the country must begin focusing on... 

Small-scale opencast  mining to boost industry
THINK SMALL Big industries and big underground mines are too capital intensive

Safer rock-breaking alternatives offered

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Rock-breaking technology supplier Nxco Mining Technologies offers nondetonating cartridges that use a pyrotechnic composition to break rock based on its tensile strength, rather than on its compressive strength as is the case with traditional explosives.  

Safer rock-breaking  alternatives offered
CARTRIDGE BENEFITS Using expanding gas improves workplace safety, recovery, reduces costs and also reduces the impact of the mining process on the environment

Rise in DRC exploration activity expected

20th October 2017 With the improvements in the copper price, mining interest will soon be returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says mining consultancy SRK Consulting country manager Susa Maleba.   “In fact, for explorers wanting to initiate drilling programmes, time is running out,” says Maleba.... 

Rise in DRC exploration activity expected
EXTENDING LIFE The sulphide resources underlying the oxide resources at Kinsevere have the potential to extend the mine life to 2033

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Amid low levels of capital project activities in South Africa, the $400-million Gamsberg zinc and lead project, in the Northern Cape, has become the largest mining project under execution in the country. “Commentators have noted that this significant investment in the South African mining... 

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

Atlas Copco

20th October 2017 A world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco is characterised by focused businesses, a global presence with direct sales and service, a strong, stable and growing service business, professional people and an asset-light and flexible manufacturing setup. “We are... 

Atlas Copco

Large and small miners announce, plan contract awards for Moz projects

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 Brazilian mining group Vale has awarded Mota-Engil Africa a $445-million contract to supply mining services to the Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique’s Tete province, the Macauhub news agency has reported. Mota-Engil Africa is a subsidiary of the Portuguese engineering, construction, contract... 

Botswana Diamonds to start drilling at Limpopo project in October

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds has announced that it will start large diameter drilling (LDD) at the Zebediela project, in Limpopo, next month. Zebediela forms part of the Vutomi Joint Venture project, at Frischgewaagt. Seventeen reverse circulation... 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 South African capital equipment manufacturers that are exporting, and which have survived the ongoing turmoil in the mining industry and domestic economic environment, have showed resilience and bear testament to the lifeline provided through exporting products and not relying solely on sales... 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy  amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical, technological diversification

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 Raise-boring and drilling solutions provider Master Drilling continues to extend its service provision capacity and technology reach, with the company focusing on diversifying into new markets and industries and advancing technologically. “Diversification across geographies, commodities,... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical,  technological diversification
KEY COMPONENT Master Drilling aims to grow business not only in underground mining, but also in openpit mining, which makes up the majority of mining

Canadian-listed junior plans further drilling to increase Guinea project resource base 

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 TSX-V-listed Volcanic Gold Mines plans to drill within the significantly expanded mineralized footprint defined by air-core drilling adjacent to the inferred mineral resource at its Mandiana gold project, with a view to a resource increase and is actively orientating its exploration programme... 

Canadian-listed junior plans further drilling to increase  Guinea project resource base
Volcanic Gold Mines president Jeremy Crozier discusses the progress at the Mandiana gold project in Guinea. Video and Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Botswana Diamonds plans additional drilling at South Africa project

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th September 2017 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds’ shares on the LSE rose by nearly 20% on Tuesday as the company announced it would start large diameter drilling (LDD) at the Zebediela project, in Limpopo, in October. Zebediela forms part of the Vutomi Joint Venture project, at Frischgewaagt. 

Master Drilling posts resilient interim results, continues technological innovation focus

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th September 2017 Two additional machines and the impact of favourable foreign-exchange movements have contributed to a 12.5% increase in JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling’s revenue to $60.5-million for the six months ended June 30. The group added two raise-bore machines during the period... 

Master Drilling posts resilient interim results, continues technological innovation focus

Notable shaftsinking progress achieved at Blanket mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2017 Southern Africa-focused gold miner Caledonia Mining Corporation “is progressing well” with the sinking of a central shaft at its Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, Caledonia CFO Mark Learmonth tells Mining Weekly. The company is “very happy” with the progress made thus far, he says, with the... 

Notable shaftsinking progress achieved at Blanket mine
NECESSARY DEVELOPMENTS Once the central shaft at the Blanket mine is completed, it will enhance operating efficiency

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