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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Cable bolt technology to improve safety

17th August 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology continues to set the pace in underground mining with the launch of its rock-reinforcement cable bolter with automated one-hole drilling designed to improve safety and productivity. The Sandvik DS221L will significantly... 

Australia remains competitive in drillhole technology use

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Australia is often regarded as the battleground for new technologies, and is well recognised as an early adopter, says Australia-based supplier of drill-hole navigation and measurement equipment Axis Mining Technology director Paul Wilkie. “Following the post-boom gloom, we are now seeing... 

Australia remains competitive in drillhole technology use
DRILLING SOLUTION Mining and drilling companies regard Axis' high-end north-seeking Champ Gyro technology as essential for their drilling projects

Orion starts drilling at high conductance target at Rok Optel

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Drilling has started on a high conductance target at ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ Rok Optel nickel/copper target on the Namaqua and Disawell mineral rights in the Areachap Belt, in South Africa. “Our first intersection at Rok Optel demonstrated that geological conditions exist for the... 

New drilling fleet to launch all-women crew

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond will acquire a new fleet of fully remote controlled drills, which it will use as an opportunity to bring more women into the mining drilling arena by assembling its first ever all-women drilling crew, Rosond operations director Ricardo Cravo... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     20th July 2018 Following Germiston-based investment company iSipho Capital Holdings’ acquisition of 90% of Boksburg-based hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer Anderson & Kerr Engineering in 2017, the hydraulic manufacturer will actively focus on client and market expansion to increase turnover, market footprint... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets
SIPHO MDANDA Anderson & Kerr Engineering is working towards becoming a world class manufacturer

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times

20th July 2018 Kempton Park-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Hytec Engineering, which is part of the Hytec Group, has enhanced its service offering this year by purchasing four additional computer numerical control (CNC) machines to increase quality improvements and lower cylinder downtime with the... 

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times
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REDUCING TURNAROUND Hytec Engineering is taking steps to reduce turnaround time for clients

Construction project boosts services demand

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering service provider TDS Projects Construction has secured an integrated construction project, which has significantly boosted the company’s order book and the demand for construction services in the local mining sector. In June, TDS was awarded two distinct, but... 

Construction project boosts services demand
PROJECT OFFTAKE The Matla project is expected to start in September this year

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 The DrillSafe initiative will host its inaugural Drill Safe Drill Rig & Safety Innovation Forum at the Glen Hove Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, on July 20.  The forum will explore innovations in to drilling equipment and the exploration work environment, explains DrillSafe founder and Colin... 

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month
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SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT Colin Rice notes that almost every accident in an exploration drilling environment is related to human error

TDS, Newrak awarded construction contract for Exxaro’s Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3

By: Nadine James     10th July 2018 TDS Projects Construction, in a joint venture with Newrak Mining, has been awarded the contract for two distinct but integrated mine development and infrastructure projects at Exxaro's Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3. The project will start on September 7, with the first blast taking place at Mine 3 for... 

Sandvik offers safe, dependable blast drilling

6th July 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has delivered and commissioned the first DR461i, now identified as the DR412i rotary blast hole drill, to the African continent.  According to Sandvik, the DR412i blast-hole drill improves productivity while returning fuel... 

Sandvik offers safe,  dependable blast drilling
SURFACE LEVEL The Sandvik DR412i is focused on the changing requirements of surface miners

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2018 The board of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has again guided shareholders not to accept ATON’s mandatory offer of R17 a share, which it argues undervalues M&R’s strategic platforms and business prospects. The board made the statement in a circular response to ATON’s... 

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

Mining, manufacturing sectors urged to focus on local content

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 There is a close relationship between mining and manufacturing, especially in terms of the equipment that is manufactured and supplied to the mining industry, Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth said at the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel session on... 

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project

8th June 2018 Emerging multicommodity miner Mustang Resources’ latest assay results for the Caula vanadium/graphite project in northern Mozambique continue to underpin a strong economic outlook for the project, with the miner noting that a maiden vanadium resource is due soon. Mustang Resources announced last... 

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project
HIGH-GRADE VANADIUM The latest assays indicate grades of up to 1.02% vanadium pentoxide and 24.2% total graphitic carbon

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2018 Investment company ATON, which is preparing a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has reiterated it steadfast opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, describing the proposed Aveng transaction as a “poison pill” to prevent a takeover... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal
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ATON says Aveng transaction would distract M&R from focusing on growth opportunities in mining

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) confirmed on Wednesday that it would be meeting with its largest single shareholder, ATON, to discuss the merits of M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, which it continues to describe as “highly strategic”. No date has been provided for the meeting, which is being pursued... 

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 The takeover battle for engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) by German investment company ATON intensified this week with ATON announcing its intention to make a new mandatory offer, following a Takeover Special Committee (TSC) ruling instructing ATON to withdraw its earlier... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba
SERVICE OFFERING African Sun Mining offers a full package of opencast mining services

Schramm appoints HUD as sub-Saharan Africa hammers, bits distributor

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Equipment manufacturer Schramm Hammers & Bits has appointed HUD Mining Supplies as its reverse circulation (RC) consumables distributor for sub-Saharan Africa.  

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership

11th May 2018 Last month equipment supplier Epiroc delivered three FlexiROC D65 surface drill rigs to Northern Cape-based drilling specialists Booysen Bore. The delivery has increased Booysen Bore’s total drilling machine fleet to 51, while the addition of the new machines has strengthened the relationship... 

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership
STRONG RELATIONSHIP Epiroc has been supplying surface drill machines to Booysen Bore for several years

Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The modernisation of mining operations is essential to contribute towards the survival of the South African mining industry by enabling mining at increased depths and narrow, hard rock reefs. 

Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation
Beeuwen Gerryts interviewed by Martin Creamer.

Manufacturing capability to underpin SA’s reindustrialisation 

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 Mining capital goods industrial cluster, the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA), funded by its members and the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), aims to harness the collective capability of South African capital equipment manufacturers for the development of a world... 

Manufacturing capability to underpin SA’s reindustrialisation
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the activities and objectives of both MEMSA and the Mandela Mining Precinct. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

W completes drilling campaign at Tarouca tungsten project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Aim-listed W Resources has completed a reverse circulation (RC) drilling campaign at its Tarouca tungsten and tin exploration licence in Portugal.  

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Engineering firm to launch raise mining offering for Africa

6th April 2018 Mining contracting and engineering firm Redpath Mining Africa, in partnership with Redpath Mining Australia, is gearing up to launch a new raise mining offering and adding the new Redbore 65 raise drill to its fleet of Raisebore drilling equipment in Africa from the fourth quarter of this year.... 

Engineering firm to launch raise mining  offering for Africa
RAISEBORE EQUIPMENT Redpath's new Redbore 65 raise drill is expected in Africa by the fourth quarter of 2018

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 Advancing and applying smart technology is improving miners' ability to delineate geological structures more accurately, which is important because a key aspect that affects safety in the sector is the variability of rock mass characteristics over time and space, says consulting engineers and... 

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines
WILLIAM JOUGHIN SRK Consulting is collaborating with the Australian Centre for Geomechanics to develop apps to manage seismic hazards that are dangerous for deep-level mines

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 The MT3500X/NX and MT950 ultralow-profile (ULP) machines designed and developed by mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group can facilitate mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels. "This is the... 

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme
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DANIE BURGER CMTI Group has embarked on a fundraising round that will close during the first quarter of this year to satisfy growth and the significant demand for South African mechanised-mining solutions

Digital tools deliver transparency, control to deep-level mining

6th April 2018 To deliver transparency and control to deep-level and other mining operations, global supplier of engineering and mining equipment Sandvik has developed the next generation of service offering from Optimine, OptiMine Analytics, which can  transform data into process improvements through... 

Digital tools deliver transparency, control  to deep-level mining
VERSATILE IMPROVEMENT Mining companies can reduce costs, increase productivity, improve safety and make smarter decisions using predictive insights

Botswana approves drilling at Metal Tiger, MOD’s T3 Dome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 Botswana’s Department of Environmental Affairs has approved the environmental management plan (EMP) for a drilling campaign to test numerous high-priority targets along the T3 project’s 50-km-long T3 Dome.  

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Negative investor sentiment in the mining sector over the past four years has slowed the local mining industry’s adoption of a new suspended underground mining transportation system, designed by South African transportation system solutions provider Futran Holdings. Futran Holdings, the developer... 

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle
SUSPENDED TRANSPORTATION Futran Holdings has developed the Futran OreVeyor suspended underground mining transportation system

Beowulf releases Finland graphite drilling results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Aim-listed exploration and development company Beowulf on Friday announced the preliminary drilling results for its latest drilling campaign at its Aitolampi graphite project in Finland.  

Beowulf releases Finland graphite drilling results
Photo by Bloomberg
Beowulf Mining is drilling for graphite at its Aitolampi project in Finland

HRB technology, advantages drilled out at SANCOT talk

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 JSE-listed raiseboring and drilling services provider Master Drilling featured its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology and its advantages for mechanised mining at the latest South African National Committee on Tunnelling (SANCOT) breakfast, held in Woodmead last month. Master Drilling... 

HRB technology, advantages  drilled out at SANCOT talk
INNOVATIVE TUNNELLING Master Drilling was involved in the boring and excavation of a 180-m-long horizontal tunnel at Cullinan mine, in Gauteng

Polymer bushings find favour in mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 Specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings has been supplying bushings made from the polymer Hitemp 150 for use in rock drills, significantly improving their wear life, and reducing their replacement intervals. Hitemp 150 was developed about 20 years ago and is an internally lubricated... 

Polymer bushings find favour in mining
QUALITY BUSHINGS The Hitemp 150 bushings have to be replaced only three to four times a year

Geographical diversification bodes well for South Africa’s Master Drilling

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 South Africa-based raisebore driller Master Drilling’s expansion into new markets, particularly its recent entry into India and Australia, should stand it in good stead to benefit from a global uptick in the commodity cycle. The JSE-listed company in November announced its entry into the Indian... 

Master Drilling warns of lower FY17 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2018 Master Drilling on Thursday said its earnings per share (EPS), in rand terms, for the year ended December 31, were likely to be between 22.1% and 32.1% lower year-on-year at between 142.60c and 163.60c. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) are, similarly, expected to decrease by between 20.2% and... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Disruptive MTB solution to provide for continuous operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 JSE-listed raise boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling launched its new mobile tunnel boring (MTB) system at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which was held from February 5 to 8, in Cape Town. The system, specifically designed for the mining sector, is suited to the... 

Disruptive MTB solution to provide  for continuous operations
Photo by Duane Daws
DANIE PRETORIUS Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel boring system is due to arrive in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 and it will be used at a local mine

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... 

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