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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... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 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
DIGGING IT Through the Digger app mining professionals are informed of available positions globally, directly on their mobile devices

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... 

Joi Ito to headline #DisruptMining finale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 Tech mogul Joi Ito will deliver a keynote address at the #DisruptMining finale on March 4, during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, in Toronto. A director of the MIT Media Lab and professor of the Practice of Media, Arts and Sciences at MIT, Ito is an... 

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

Manufacturer expands offering

     26th January 2018 To fill a perceived gap between Japanese multinational manufacturing corporation Komatsu’s PC600 and PC850 ranges of excavators, the company launched its PC700LC-8R SE (PC700) excavator in December last year, after consulting with many operators engaged in the global mining industry.  

Manufacturer expands offering
EXCAVATING INTEREST The first two units of Komatsu’s PC700 excavator range to reach South African shores are already hard at work

Upgraded condition monitoring app launched

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Condition monitoring specialists WearCheck launched an updated version of their condition-monitoring application (app) last month. The app was first launched mid-2017. The app provides WearCheck customers with instantaneous mobile access to their condition-monitoring data – which provides... 

Upgraded condition monitoring app launched
NEIL ROBINSON The app is free of charge, data is highly secure and the login process uses the same password credentials as the WearCheck online system

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.  

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

     8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

Intermin reaffirms guidance as first ore is hauled from Teal Stage 2

By: Dylan Slater     6th December 2017 Western Australia-focused gold mining company Intermin Resources has started hauling the first ore from Stage 2 operations at its Teal gold mine, north-west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, to a nearby processing plant, the ASX-listed company reported on Wednesday 

Atrum incorporates Elan project directly into portfolio, reverses decision to list

By: Dylan Slater     6th December 2017 ASX-listed coal miner Atrum Coal has reversed a decision to list its Canada-based Elan Coal properties on a stock exchange and, instead, will integrate the mining project directly into its portfolio 

Pilot Crushtec launches modular solutions, increases service offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st December 2017 Crushing and screening specialists Pilot Crushtec International has launched two new products – the Pilot Modular MAXIscalp 600 and the Metso Nordplant C80 primary crushing station intended for use in modular configurations – at its 2017 Open Day last month.   The MAXIscalp 600 is the world’s... 

Pilot Crushtec launches modular solutions, increases service offering
MODULAR FLEXIBILITY The MAXIscalp 600 scalping plant has a set-up that provides flexibility to adapt to changing operational requirements

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

Flexible couplings able to withstand extreme mining conditions

     17th November 2017 Manufactured by global bearings manufacturer The Timken Company, parts distributor Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Quick-Flex couplings are able to withstand the most extreme mining conditions, including temperatures as high as 100 ˚C. The Timken Quick-Flex couplings, which require minimal... 

Flexible couplings able  to withstand extreme  mining conditions
FLEXIBLE APPLICATION The Quick-Flex coupling’s design makes it suitable for high-speed, low-torque, excessive-vibration drives, to a low-speed, high-torque applications

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits

     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components from manufacturer Fenner Drives includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime, compared with conventional V-belts.... 

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits
STRONG STRETCH The elasticity of the PowerTwist's woven polyurethane fabric enables these belts to be stretched over a pulley drive without any damage

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Mechanised mining produces  indirect jobs, uptake increasing
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

     3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

Influence of association grows in surface mining sector

     27th October 2017 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) says it has become a world leader in the proactive guidance and management of issues facing the surface mining industry, subsequent to gaining the recognition of its local and international stakeholders. Aspasa’s proactive... 

Influence of association grows  in surface mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
LOOKING LOCAL Aspasa advocates the recruitmet of workers living in close proximity to mining operations

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

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

     27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Openpit mining  prolific in recovery  of miner’s diamonds
ORAPA Orapa is the oldest operating mine in Botswana and the largest openpit diamond mine in the world. The mine is expected to produce 145-million carats from 157-million tonnes of ore during its 14-year life

Supplier takes on larger equipment market

     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) has entered the large excavator market and has chosen to represent international construction and mining equipment manufacturer Sany. GEM signed an agreement with Sany on 17 May last year, to be incorporated under GEM, to operate as a... 

Supplier takes on larger equipment market
SPECIAL CONDITIONS Sany equipment has been engineered specifically for African operating conditions

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 The accreditation of University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has been renewed for another five-year cycle by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Renewal of the Wits School of Mining Engineering’s ECSA accreditation illustrates the high standard of the school’s standard

Materials handling software enhanced

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 New haulage functionality for underground mine operators will be built into the upcoming version of Australia-headquartered consulting and technology company Deswik’s software – Deswik.Suite.  

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

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity
COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance

High-quality, regular maintenance enables multiple engine overhauls

     13th October 2017 Users of plant equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls, says specialist diesel engine component remanufacturer Metric Automotive... 

High-quality, regular maintenance  enables multiple engine overhauls
NEW LEASE ON LIFE Beyond their first overhaul at about 15 000 hours, most diesel engines are designed to be overhauled several times

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system
CONVEYING CHROME The IE3-compliant DRN electric motors will propel a chrome producer's main incline conveyors, which carry mined ore to the surface for handling and stockpiling

High-quality components decrease downtime

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 The failure of mining conveyor components, such as bearings, is most often caused by improper sealing arrangements, lubrication and installation, and can cost some mines up to R1-million an hour in downtime, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International.  

High-quality components decrease downtime
MORE OPTIONS Bauer is expanding its B2000 Geared Motors range to include a few intermediate sizes per type to be more competitive in the South African market

World’s ‘largest wheel loader’ bound for Zambian copper mine

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 The Zambia-based Sentinel copper mine is set to receive “the world’s largest wheel loader” – a P&H L-2350 wheel loader – according to Komatsu Mining Corporation, previously known as Joy Global.  

World’s ‘largest wheel loader’ bound for Zambian copper mine
INCREASED PAYLOAD The P&H L-2350 was chosen for loading applications at Sentinel mine owing to its capability of loading the mine’s ultra class haul trucks

Caterpillar to localise components as part of R1.3bn empowerment deal

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2017 US capital equipment giant Caterpillar has announced and equity-equivalent investment programme in South Africa through which it aims improve its black-empowerment rating by localising R1.3-billion-worth of components used in the construction and mining equipment it sells domestically through... 

Caterpillar to localise components as part of R1.3bn empowerment deal
Caterpillar Industries MD Zakieya Parker

Noticeable increase in use of in-cab video surveillance

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Internet of Things solutions provider Orbcomm has seen a noticeable increase in mining companies requesting in-vehicle video solutions for their earthmoving and bulk handling equipment. Orbcomm VP of sales for Africa Henry Smith notes that, since the company launched this solution late last year,... 

Noticeable increase  in use of in-cab  video surveillance
HENRY SMITH Stringent mine health and safety requirements are driving the use of in-cab video surveillance

Tech support, repair and maintenance service critical to 20 years

     29th September 2017 South Korean industrial equipment conglomerate Doosan celebrates its twentieth year in South Africa this year, notes Disa Equipment MD Rod Watson, adding that Doosan maintains its strong position in today’s competitive earthmoving sector through its reputation for reliable engines, a robust... 

Tech support, repair and maintenance service critical to 20 years
DX225LCA EXCAVATOR The hydraulic excavator’s 21.5 t operating weight is enhanced by new specifications that include a 0.92 m³ bucket capacity

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

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to five years, says Fraser Alexander minerals processing GM Jaco Scholtz. “We are particularly proud of... 

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges
ALL ENCOMPASSING Fraser Alexander is able to service clients across the coal washing and processing value chain

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Forsaken underground coal mines are increasingly being reopened using opencast mining methods, according to independent mining advisory group Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who tells Mining Weekly that this practice is effectively enabled through increased mechanisation. While an... 

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines
Photo by Bloomberg
SECOND CHANCE The trend of returning to underground mines and turning them into opencast mines is a cost-effective alternative to exploration

Real-time analysis aids coal mining efficiency

     22nd September 2017 To avoid incorrect plant control decisions and plant inefficiencies, technologies that measure mining process streams must be implemented directly and in real time. Australia-based bulk materials monitoring company Scantech uses real-time analysis technologies to measure conveyed bulk materials... 

Real-time analysis aids coal mining efficiency
REAL-TIME EFFICIENCY The COALSCAN 9500X is installed on the conveyor and only takes up one metre of belt space
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