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Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 The remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry is growing at a staggering rate and such systems are increasingly being taken up by mining companies as a tool to manage their assets, operations and land.  

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Mining solutions provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) is engaged in extensive talks with various mining companies about solutions for their greenfield and existing mines. Surface miners are set to change the opencast mining industry in South Africa, as they have done worldwide, by addressing the... 

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa
MODERNISING OPENCAST MINING Wirtgen surface miners offer an alternative mining approach that will benefit the South African coal mining industry

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Developments over the past three decades by mining explosives manufacturer BME, have resulted in a lowered negative impact on the environment through the impeded release of nitrates during blasting operations, thereby, preventing possible groundwater contamination and allowing enhanced recycling... 

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives
EXPLOSIVES DEVELOPMENT Emulsion-based explosives released about 0.7% of its nitrate content into water in tests

Tyre management project yields positive results for producer

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 A tyre management project under way at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Mogalakwena platinum mine, in the Waterberg district of Limpopo, aims to increase hauling days without tyre failures to improve the operation’s productivity and safety, as well as facilitate financial savings by make... 

Tyre management project yields positive results for producer
DAMAGED TYRES Tyre life is directly affected by the condition of haul roads

Japan’s Komatsu to buy US Joy Global for $2.89bn

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2016 Komatsu, the world’s second-biggest mining and construction equipment maker, agreed to buy Joy Global for $2.89-billion, in a deal signaling the Japanese company is optimistic that a recent rebound in commodities prices will endure. Tokyo-based Komatsu will pay $28.30 a share in cash for the... 

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 Mine development and construction company Fraser Alexander has concluded a contract for platinum group metals (PGM) miner Tharisa Minerals to install and commission a tailings storage facility at its Tharisa mine.  

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months
Fraser Alexander CEO Velile Nhlapo tells Mining Weekly about the company’s latest tailings contract

Mozambique mining to benefit from infrastructure developments

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 Encouraging news for the Chibuto heavy minerals sands project in Mozambique is that three companies are, it has been reported, interested in developing the Chongoene Logistics Corridor, without which Chibuto will not be viable on an sustained basis. The information was revealed by Transport and... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

Liner plates extend life of dump truck bin sixfold

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert Rio-Carb has successfully supplied its R-C700 liner plates to be fitted on South African crushing specialist Danoher Construction’s R3.9-million Volvo 30 t dump truck, currently being used on a silica sand mine in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. The R-C700 CrC... 

Liner plates extend  life of dump truck  bin sixfold
WORKING LIFE EXTENDED Rio-Carb designed, manufactured and installed the liners to specifically fit Danoher Construction’s 30 t Volvo dump truck

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Mining services and construction provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) has supplied its biggest surface mining model, the 212 t 4200SM, to diversified miner Vale’s Moatize coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique. The 4200SM costs about €5-million depending on client specifications and can mine out... 

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner
REDUCED CONTAMINATION Wirtgen surface miner machinery aims to to mine cleaner coal

Motor grader incorporates latest technology

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Case 885B series motor graders, locally available from construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment, have been enhanced to offer clients the most recent technological advancements and improved design features for better performance and productivity. “Case continuously improves... 

Motor grader incorporates latest technology
MEETING MARKET NEEDS The Case 885B series has been designed for minimal downtime and reduced maintenance requirements

Moving ahead with strategy to expand offering

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Materials handling equipment supplier Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has been appointed the official distributor in Africa for global trommel screens and apron feeder specialist MDS International. This development, announced in May, is in line with its “carefully structured” expansion programme - an... 

Moving ahead with  strategy to expand offering
FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS MDS trommels and apron feeders available from BLT are designed for mineral processing and recycling applications

Atlas Copco launches automated surface drill rig

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 Equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco in April launched its automated surface drill rig – the SmartROC – to the South African industry in the mining town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape.  

Atlas Copco launches automated surface drill rig
AUTO DRILLING The drill setup and drill cycle of the Atlas Copco SmartROC drill can be run with a touch of a button

Gold recovery expert working with government to uplift staff

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Local mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining is currently working closely with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to train and develop staff through short courses based on the goals of both the company and its employees.  Ncamiso MD Fikile Mashinini says the continued... 

Gold recovery expert  working with government to uplift staff
REMEDIATION Ncamiso's latest achievement is its maximum gold recovery and environmental remediation partnership with Mintails Mining South Africa

Company retires production of mining excavator

     17th June 2016 After being available for sale for almost 30 years, Swiss-based equipment manufacturer Liebherr has decided to retire production of the  R 984 excavator. One-third of these 120 t class machines were shipped within Europe, while another third were sent to Africa. The very last unit was delivered... 

Company retires production of mining excavator
Photo by Bloomberg
MANUFACTURING TERMINATED Liebherr has decided to retire production of the R 984 excavator

Knowledge hub for quarrying

     17th June 2016 Construction equipment provider Sandvik Construction has launched a Web portal called "Crushology" to help quarry owners and operators get more from their equipment, thereby improving operational productivity and economy. The Crushology Web portal, launched in March, features a collection of... 

Knowledge hub for quarrying
ENHANCING DRILLING EFFICIENCY Sandvik believes that knowledge is the fundamental for the development of new techniques and technologies involved in quarrying

Production, maintenance reporting systems to improve production fleet

     17th June 2016 Mining and communications technology provider 3D-P has released the 3D-P Production Reporting and 3D-P Maintenance Reporting systems, powered by iVolve, to improve the efficiency of mines. Adding to its current portfolio of application integration solutions and wireless network services, 3D-P... 

Production, maintenance reporting systems to  improve production fleet
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY OF MINES Production and maintenance reports contribute to better decision-making

UK show sees strong demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th June 2016 The Hillhead international quarrying and recycling show is famous for its live demonstrations and 2016 will be no different with a range of equipment being put through its paces in a live quarry environment. Demand for the 2016 event has been strong with every square metre now allocated,... 

UK show sees strong demand
UNIQUE OFFERING Hillhead demonstrates real ‘job of work’ in a live quarry environment

Aggregates quarry opens in Eastern Cape

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Development financier the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has spent R736 000 in preparing a quarry, which will have a future value of R200-million, in Indwe, which is about 120 km from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.  

Aggregates quarry opens in Eastern Cape
QUARRY LAUNCH At the launch of the Indwe-based aggregate quarry is quarry manager Divan Swanepoel, ECDC CEO Buhle Dlulane, ECDC deputy chairman Loyiso Jiya, Emalahleni mayor Nomveliso Nyukwana, Tau Pele representative Marius Prinsloo and Blue Crane Resources and Minerals directors Mcebisi Limba and Moss Magwebu

Companies in partnership to enhance gold recovery, enviro remediation

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Local mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining has collaborated with ASX-listed mining company Mintails Mining SA-Mogale Gold to carry out vital services to ensure maximum gold recovery and environmental remediation. Ncamiso specialises in screening gold from material that would... 

Companies in partnership to enhance gold recovery, enviro remediation
INCREASING YIELD Ncamiso Mining’s work includes the screening out of fine and materials from waste rock to increase gold yield

Local manufacturer showcases equipment in Russia

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 Johannesburg-based equipment manufacturer Osborn attended the Mining World Russia exhibition last month to showcase its range of South African-designed and manufactured equipment.  

Local manufacturer showcases equipment in Russia
LOCALLY MADE South African equipment manufacturer Osborn exhibited its products in Russia

Rough terrain forklift enters the Southern African market

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling partner and forklift supplier Masslift Africa expects to release the B50 MP 4WD Bomaq Badger, a 4x4 rough terrain forklift, offering greater manoeuvrability on dirt roads and uneven terrain than standard forklifts, in Africa before the end of this year. Masslift Africa sales... 

Rough terrain forklift enters the Southern African market
MEETING INDUSTRY REQUIREMENTS The Bomaq Badger 4x4 forklift is tailor-made to suit the terrain typically found on mines

Contract mining offers edge in depressed market  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Historically, mining was a highly protected industry and had a low propensity for outsourcing, but more operations are being outsourced across Africa, says global consultant and adviser Deloitte. This is owing to mines not having access to robust mining systems and processes, expertise and the... 

Contract mining offers  edge in depressed market
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA There is a direct correlation between the market size of contract mining and the commodities cycle/prices and investment patterns in capital projects

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Although tailings retreatment is not new to South Africa, the country’s mine dumps, especially those of the gold mining sector, still hold immeasurable value that could increase the profitability of mining projects for clients and contractors, says materials handling and hauling expert Ncamiso... 

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps
Ncamiso Mining GM Fikile Mashinini explains the state and demand for outsource services. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Greater demand for outsourced service providers possible

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Mining projects in South Africa have been placed on hold, owing to the current commodities oversupply and price slump, as well as the shortage of funding for projects, but the concern is whether South Africa will be able to ramp up production when the industry recovers, states specialist... 

Greater demand for outsourced service  providers possible
BRIDGING THE GAP Mining companies operating in South Africa might employ contractors to fill skills gaps once business conditions improve

South African EPCM business acquired by Swiss company

     20th May 2016 Worldwide supplier of advanced technologies, products and services for the metals and mining industries Tenova has concluded the sale of its South African electronically commutated permanent magnet (ECPM) business operation Bateman Projects. The company announced the successful demerger in April,... 

MCC

     6th May 2016 MCC, the contract mining, plant leasing and rental division of JSE-listed Eqstra, continues to prove that commitment to partnering with its clients to ensure joint survival and success in the globally constrained mining market has resulted in improved performance and growth of its order book. “We... 

MCC

Optimisation process determines risk versus reward

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The use of multiparametric block models, which contain more than just geological data, to analyse the risks associated with the mining process, allow more informed business decisions to be made on the basis of risk and exposure to that risk. This is according to The MSA Group mine optimisation... 

Optimisation process determines risk  versus reward
Photo by Bloomberg
OPENPIT RISKS PREDETERMINED When working an openpit resource, The MSA Group uses an optimisation process to determine the net present value generated from a particular geological resource

Surface mining equipment market boost

     6th May 2016 Based on a report by global market research and consulting service provider Global Market Insights (GMI), the surface mining equipment market is likely to be valued at $28.97-billion by 2022. The company notes in a press release in April that the flourishing demand for metallic ore as well as... 

Surface mining equipment market boost
Photo by Bloomberg
EQUIPMENT VALUE Opencast mining equipment reduces manpower needs, as these machines offer high accuracy while cutting stable, as well as, steep surfaces

Despite some commodity price spillover, Caterpillar lowers 2016 midpoint outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2016 US earthmoving machinery manufacturer Caterpillar on Friday lowered the midpoint of the outlook for 2016 sales and revenues by about 2% on Friday, despite reporting some signs of improvement. The profit outlook at the midpoint of the sales and revenues range was now $3 a share, or $3.70 a share... 

Despite some commodity price spillover, Caterpillar lowers 2016 midpoint outlook

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

     8th April 2016 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

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 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

African mineral sands market biggest trial, logistics specialist

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 There are limited ongoing or prospective mineral sands projects under way in Southern Africa, says heavy transport specialist Mammoet Southern Africa (SA) marketing manager Ryan Amos, but the company is still actively pursuing the regional mining market, despite the global mining industry being... 

African mineral sands market biggest trial, logistics specialist
HEAVY HAUL Mammoet is capable of transporting fully assembled mining haul trucks such as the CAT 797

Resources Watch 

     10th March 2016 This week: Eqstra H1 profit falls on exit of noncore operations RBPlat posts FY loss, delays projects And, Sibanye Gold preparing to spend upped R3.9bn capex 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Earthmoving solutions to launch in 2016

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 Several new Cat earthmoving products for the mining, construction and allied industries are scheduled to be released in South Africa during 2016 by Caterpillar’s Southern African dealer, Barloworld Equipment, a division of  Barloworld. An example is the 22 t payload Cat 6020B hydraulic shovel,... 

Earthmoving solutions to launch in 2016
THE CAT 6020B In the first phase of production, the Cat 6020B, with its 224 t operating weight, will be supplied only in backhoe configuration

Solutions for energy efficient, productive mining showcased

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 To further expand its mining and industrial solutions, global technologies and services supplier Bosch is now increasingly targeting markets in Africa and Oceania. “With positive economic development underpinned by a wealth of raw materials and an increasingly well-educated workforce and growing... 

Eqstra warns of lower H1 earnings, to sell Moz mining equipment assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd February 2016 JSE-listed mobile capital equipment distributor Eqstra has, through its Mozambican subsidiary, signed a memorandum of agreement with Minas de Benga Limitada to dispose of all plant and equipment assets used in the provision of mining services during a five-year contract at Minas’ Benga coal mine,... 

Nautilus takes delivery of seafloor production tools

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2016 Marine-mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals on Monday announced that the Solwara 1 Joint Venture (comprising Nautilus 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15%) has taken delivery of the three seafloor production tools (SPTs) from British manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics’ (SMD) facility, in Newcastle... 

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