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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... 

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
Photo by Duane Daws
FIKILE MASHININI Ncamiso Mining's outsourcing services facilitate job creation and the eradication of illegal miners in some of the communities in which it operates

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
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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

Sandvik to put two units on block amid restructuring drive

By: Reuters     3rd May 2016 Swedish engineering group Sandvik on Tuesday announced that it was preparing to exit two non-core operations as it consolidated its structure into three business areas amid a drive to boost efficiency. The tool and mining equipment maker said it now considered Sandvik Process Systems and Sandvik... 

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

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... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective

By: Nadine James     29th January 2016 Two of the additional regulations pertaining to the operation of  diesel-powered trackless mobile machinery (TMM) on mines – which were published in February 2015 – remain inoperable, as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has yet to stipulate a date when the specific obligations come into... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective
Photo by Bloomberg
AVERTING COLLISIONS Several of the new regulations regarding Trackless Mobile Machinery are meant to prevent or reduce collisions

Service proposition enhancements to prove group’s mettle to Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd January 2016 Despite testing circumstances in the local mining industry, mineral processing equipment and solutions provider Multotec’s business is progressing well, with the group focusing on offering an improved services proposition to its mining customers across Africa, says Multotec CEO Thomas Holtz.... 

Service proposition enhancements to prove group’s mettle to Africa
TRAINING ENDORSEMENT Multotec provided training for 315 trainees in 2015 and aims to increase the number of trainees to more than 500 this year

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

Manufacturer drives R&D to improve efficiencies, reduce operating costs

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th December 2015 Despite a subdued demand for mining machinery globally, Richards Bay-based heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment continues to invest in its articulated dump truck (ADT) research and development programme to drive down operating costs and improve ADT efficiencies while meeting more stringent... 

Manufacturer drives R&D to improve efficiencies,  reduce operating costs
SIMILAR DESIGN Like the E-series small trucks another key aim of the new design for the larger trucks is lowering the cost of every tonne on the truck

Samarco tailings breach underscores need for industrywide best practise

By: Simon Rees     23rd November 2015 On November 5, there was a large, destructive breach of tailings dams at an iron-ore mine run by Samarco Mineração, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It was reported that about ten people had lost their lives, while hundreds more had to be evacuated. Much of Bento Rodrigues village was... 

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve

     13th November 2015 Power management company Eaton last month announced the launch of its CLS sectional mobile valve. The CLS provides patented load sense bleed off, pre- and post-compensated load sense relief on each section, and a highly modular design with one of the smallest envelopes in the industry. 

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve
CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety

Mining solutions provider introduces hard rock mining truck

     13th November 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global recently debuted the Joy 16TD hard rock mining truck, its newest offering for the global mining market. Based on the popular DT-1804 truck model, the 16TD features lower hood lines for improved visibility, a digital operator display, shorter... 

Mining solutions provider introduces  hard rock mining truck
16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws

Pneumatic components distributor introduces new air-filtration series

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 Local hydraulic and pneumatic components distributor Hydramatics Control Equipment extended its air-treatment range last month by adding the Camozzi MD series of compressed air filters, developed and manufactured in Italy, to its product offering. Hydramatics sales manager Vaughan Chapman boasts... 

Pneumatic components distributor introduces  new air-filtration series
CAMOZZI MD SERIES The air filtration series is well suited to pneumatic machine tool applications

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 Recent electronic advancements have made variable inductance position sensors, known as linear variable inductance transducers (LVITs) more cost effective for mainstream in-cylinder applications, says specialised sensor manufacturer Alliance Sensors Group, a division of HG Schaevitz LLC (ASG).... 

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders
LVIT The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in hydraulic cylinders

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th October 2015 Owing to the continued global and local economic challenges that the local mining industry faces, several mining houses are shifting their focus from growth and expansion to efficiency and cost control, says online mining and construction equipment auctioneering company Clear Asset. The slowdown... 

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online
ONLINE ATTRACTION Clear Asset’s September auction registered 29 000 unique auction views and 1 674 bids, with the Vermeer trencher sold to a buyer in the US

Turnkey Instruments

     30th October 2015 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Turnkey Instruments

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental opencast mining contractor DynaD has renewed its focus on its after-sales services, partly owing to slow growth and development in a lacklustre coal sector, says DynaD drill and blasting director Chris Bester. “Nothing much happened in the coal industry in the past year,” he says,... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering
DK DRILL RIG DynaD service offering includes refurbishing the DK drill rig range

Openpit contractor’s mandate extended

     23rd October 2015 Aveng Mining subsidiary and mining contractor Aveng Moolmans has been awarded a five-year extension of its contract with the Tshipi Borwa openpit manganese mine, in the Northern Cape. The mine is owned by empowerment company Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining, and the contract extension was put into... 

Openpit contractor’s  mandate extended
TSHIPI BORWA MINE Mine owner Tshipi e Ntle will continue its relationship with Aveng Moolmans

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 Construction equipment company CSE Equipment’s range of US-manufactured Case SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders is suitable for materials handling operations at mines, owing to their compact design, small turning circles and hydrostatic four- wheel drive, as well as roll-over protection and... 

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment
VERSATILE MACHINERY CSE Equipment’s SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance

Heavy lifting and logistics company aims for mining market

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 Global heavy-lifting, heavy-haulage and logistics company Mammoet is aiming to break into the mining industry with its comprehensive logistics offering, coupled with its traditional heavy-lifting and ability to move heavy equipment, says local branch Mammoet Southern Africa (SA). 

Heavy lifting and logistics  company aims for mining market
INTACT HAULAGE Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units

Material feeders commissioned at Namibia mine

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 Durban-based materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) delivered two Samson 85 t material feeders to Namibian diamond miner Namdeb Diamond Corporation’s mine in Oranjemund, Namibia, in March, with the machines being fully commissioned the same month. 

Material feeders  commissioned at  Namibia mine
OFFLOADING The material feeders can receive materials directly from 40 t dump trucks and have a buffer holding capacity of up to 66.2 t of material

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Australia-based exploration and emerging producer Havilah Resources in June bought a surface laser monitoring and tracking system to use at its opencut Portia gold mine, in South Australia. The mine will use the Sentry monitoring system, designed by mining software, hardware and services provider... 

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system
OBSERVING Maptek’s Sentry surface laser monitoring and tracking system simplifies geotech analysis

Survey finds Latin American mines least satisfied with cost of maintaining EOM equipment

By: Henry Lazenby     24th August 2015 Online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric has found that mines throughout Latin America are dissatisfied with their original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) over cost-related factors, in particular maintenance and servicing costs. In the survey ‘Winning and Retaining Business in... 

South Africa more than just the recipient of investments, says Davies

By: African News Agency      8th July 2015 The handover of a 40 t dump truck to a Russian company at the seventh Brics summit in Ufa illustrated South Africa’s ability to do more than simply receive investments, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday. “We are not just potential recipients of investments but we are also... 

South Africa more than just the recipient of investments, says Davies
Photo by African News Agency
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Bell CEO Gary Bell

Equipment supplier to focus on innovations for local mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global aims to increase awareness of its surface mining technology offerings for the South African mining industry. The company has equipment that is helping customers optimize mine performance, such as the P&H Generation 2 wheel loader. 

Equipment supplier to focus on innovations for local mining industry
ENHANCING PERFORMANCE The P&H Generation 2 wheel loader range is designed to achieve increased operating hours and productivity, and can load 75 t to 400 t haul trucks
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