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Explosives News

Explosives industry needs knowledge management to close gaps  

By: David Oliveira     16th November 2015 Knowledge management was key to bridging the knowledge gap in the explosives industry, North-West University chemical and mineral engineering lecturer and explosives engineering programme manager Joe-Nimique Cilliers said at the inaugural Explosives Education and Research in Africa conference, in... 

Existing technology used to enhance blast design methods

     23rd October 2015 Mining solutions provider and explosives supplier BME’s technical director Tony Rorke asserts that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), global positioning systems (GPS) and three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric software, has enhanced the field of blast design, thus improving blast results... 

Existing technology used to enhance blast design methods
HIGH QUALITY IMAGING Pre- and post-blasting photos taken with an unmanned aerial vehicle

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th September 2015 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that Keenan was an accomplished international executive with more than 20 years of global experience in... 

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD
Joseph Keenan

Precautionary measures highlighted by explosives regulations

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 Changes in the explosives regulations under the Mine Health and Safety Act are increasing the focus on safety through prescribed precautionary measures for explosives and blasting, states commercial law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau South Africa (SA). The changes were promulgated in July... 

Precautionary measures  highlighted by  explosives regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
REGULATORY CHANGE Additional prescribed measures in the explosives regulations cover the storage, preparation, detonation and destruction of explosives in mining methods

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future

     28th August 2015 Mining houses that are deploying the latest technology in the areas of robotics, sensors, automation, wearables and connectivity will likely emerge as winners in the unceasing quest for operational excellence in the mining industry, says global information technology, consulting and outsourcing... 

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future
SAFETY UNDERGROUND Anglo American is partnering with tertiary institutions to advance its underground mining technologies

AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline earnings for the six months to June 30, up 45% to R632-million, compared with R436-million in the first... 

AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th July 2015 To emphasise the importance of adopting effective fire-suppression solutions designed for specific, special fire risks, environmental solutions company I-Cat showcased several fire-suppression technologies, which the company recently introduced to the industry, through live demonstrations last... 

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology
FIREFIGHTING ENHANCEMENT The EXTINGUISHmist sprays only 6 ℓ of water per minute, guaranteeing longer-lasting firefighting capacity of up to four times

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 Persons working in hazardous locations have to understand their environment, its associated risks and the applicable laws and standards better, the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) tells Mining Weekly, stating that education is of paramount importance. In addition, better monitoring in... 

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body
DANGEROUS BUSINESS Workplace monitoring is crucial to ensure that mining risks are mitigated and incidents avoided

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 Mine owners and mining-sector stakeholders will benefit from attending the 2015 South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference, Exhibition and Training event owing to the inherent risks of the industry, conference organiser Sean Macnamara from Interact Media Defined tells Mining... 

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event
RESCUE CHALLENGES The SAESI 2015 training component includes various challenges during which emergency management services personnel can compete individually or as a tea

Event highlights explosives health and enviro risks

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 The health and environmental issues pertaining to explosives have to be addressed, says Mogorosi Communications conference producer Grace Gambiza, commenting on topics discussed at the third Annual Explosives Conference, which took place on May 26 and 27, in Johannesburg. Mogorosi Communications... 

Speciality chemicals demand rising

By: David Oliveira     10th July 2015 An appreciation of the differences in ore characteristics and the need to improve mine tailings are driving demand for speciality chemicals in African mining, says growth consultancy Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food research associate Lloyd Rubaba. He notes that demand for... 

Speciality chemicals demand rising
NEW PROJECTS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES Mining chemicals companies are eager to take advantage of the 30 mining projects, which are scheduled to start production by 2018

Zambia copper mine blast company’s biggest blast to date

By: Dylan Stewart     10th July 2015 Explosives supplier and service provider BME achieved its biggest blast to date in March at Kansanshi copper mine, in the north-west of Zambia, detonating 4 141 electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in a single blast in the operation’s north-west pit. 

AEL manager elected board member of Institute of Quarrying

By: Zandile Mavuso     8th May 2015 Mining explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services global mining optimisation manager Simon Tose has been elected as a board member of the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ). 

Opencast mines benefit from electronic detonation technology

     8th May 2015 The popularity of electronic initiation in blasting is bound to grow as more opencast mines and quarries benefit from the reliability and accuracy of these systems and the broader impact of high-quality blasts to their operational bottom-line, says specialised mining chemical products and... 

Opencast mines benefit from electronic detonation technology
BURNING FRONT Illustration of a cross-section through a blast showing the sequence of detonator initiation using a shocktube initiation system with typical firing times shown

AECI appoints acting CEO for mining subsidiary

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate has been completed. Ludick is a member of the AECI executive committee and an executive of the... 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela

By: Ilan Solomons     27th March 2015 Explosives company BME is supporting platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) efforts to improve and modernise its operations through the introduction of a new portable emulsion system at the miner’s Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo. BME officially opened its first... 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela
TRIAL AND ERROR BME will roll out 54 portable charging units and train the shaft’s 180 underground personnel on how to use the new equipment during the four-month trial period

Documentaries on horrors of mining’s past mooted at Coalsafe 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2015 The names of each of the nine mineworkers killed last year in South Africa’s coal mines were flashed singly on to a large screen during a solemn minute’s silence at Thursday’s packed coal safety conference at Emperor’s Palace, where special homage was paid to the thousands of mineworkers who... 

Documentaries on horrors of mining’s past mooted at Coalsafe
CoalSafe 2015 conference speakers outline to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer that strong initiatives are under way to implement zero harm practices in the South African coal-mining sector, which suffered nine fatalities last year – two up on 2013. Photographs: Duane Daws: Photographs. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BME launches narrow-reef emulsion site at Amplats’ Tumela mine

By: Ilan Solomons     4th March 2015 Explosives company BME officially opened its first narrow-reef emulsion site and training centre at platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo on Wednesday. Tumela mine production manager Pierre Prinsloo said the bulk emulsions system was... 

Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th February 2015 The completion of the bulk surplus property sale of a 2 300 ha Heartland property in Modderfontein to Chinese investment company Shanghai Zendai and a “record performance” from the speciality chemicals cluster were key to the growth of JSE-listed speciality chemicals and explosives group AECI’s... 

Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI
To watch a video in which AECI CEO Mark Dytor discusses the group's performance in 2014 and aims for the year ahead. Camera work and editing: Nicholas Boyd

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 The June 2014 acquisition of US-headquartered mining software developer MineSight by design, measurement and visualisation technology provider Hexagon AB to form its new division Hexagon Mining (HxM) has created many possibilities, highlighted by MineSight’s new data repository and analytics... 

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology
HXM BLAST Viewing the volume of influence solids and polygons will be among the features of MineSight's new blast technology

Orica unveils new African headquarters

By: Ilan Solomons     5th February 2015 Australian services provider Orica on Thursday officially opened its new 2 600 m2 double-storey African headquarters in Isando, Gauteng, to support and grow the company’s footprint in Africa. The building featured several boardrooms, as well as a multipurpose training centre for the company’s... 

Orica unveils new African headquarters

Godfrey Gomwe joins AECI board

     12th January 2015 South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Godfrey Gomwe as nonexecutive director, effective January 31.  

Godfrey Gomwe joins AECI board
Godfrey Gomwe

AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th December 2014 As part of its growth expansion strategy, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services announced the appointment of Francois van Niekerk to manage its global sourcing department. 

AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager
Francois van Niekerk Van Niekerk, who replaces Sylvester Duma, has spent an 11-year tenure at AEL Mining Services

Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th November 2014 Only 13% to 15% of Africa’s trade takes place within the continent – compared with 63% in Europe and 40% in North America – leaving huge scope for better economic integration among African countries, according to futurist and scenario planner Guy Lundy. 

Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration
GUY LUNDY Although Africa’s borders were starting to become more efficient, it had a lot of work to do regarding the integration of its regional economies

Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower

By: Leandi Kolver     25th November 2014 Specialised chemicals provider Omnia was expecting to see financial gains from its new underground charging unit, which enables it to take its emulsion into the underground mining space, during the next financial year, MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s... 

Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower
Photo by Duane Daws
Omnia CEO Rod Humphris

Blasting project work remains steady

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 Specialist blast consulting company Blast Consulting Services (BCS) is undertaking blasting work at several platinum and ferrochrome mining projects in the North West for several mining companies. BCS MD Marco Olivier says the company is blasting at these mining sites almost every day and that... 

Blasting project work remains steady
NURTURING BLASTING MASTERS Blasting Consulting Services provides trainees with two-and-half years of blasting training, which covers all aspects of blasting

Used oil recycling important for explosives

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 The use of recycled fuel oil as a key ingredient in ammonium nitrate-based explosives is an accepted practice in the local explosives industry. However, few users of the explosives give much thought to the processes that are involved in collecting, transferring and transforming the used oil in an... 

Used oil recycling important for explosives
USED OIL END PRODUCT It is possible to recover value from a product once it has reached the end of its life through recycling and reuse

Explosives environment, cost efficiency in the spotlight

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 Mining companies increasingly needed cost-effective, safe and environment-friendly explosives systems that were simpler to use and produce, said explosives company AEL Mining Services technology group executive director Liesel de Villiers at an event held by the company in Bryanston,... 

Explosives environment,  cost efficiency in the spotlight
USED-OIL LIFE CYCLE Black oil in emulsion refers to the life cycle of used oil

Explosives technology offering showcased

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 Explosives company AEL Mining Services showcased its new Buffalo Booster, which improves blasting operations, at its 2014 Blasting Masterclass conference, in Bryanston, last month. AEL technology group executive director Liesel de Villiers said at the event that the company was scheduled to have... 

Explosives technology  offering showcased
BUFFALO BOOSTER The Buffalo Booster is made of nonexplosive materials which become explosive only about one hour after being manufactured

Bigger blasts better for mines, says consultant

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 To ensure that mining pits are cleared in one blast, instead of being cleared before several smaller explosions, mining companies are requiring larger volumes of explosives, in the region of 75 t to 150 t, says local specialist blast consulting firm Blast Consulting Services. MD Marco Olivier... 

Bigger blasts better for mines, says consultant
BIG BLAST Large-scale blasting allows for the mining process to start sooner as only one blast has to be performed

Electronic detonators provide best success rate

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 The rate and sequence at which energy was released in a blast ultimately determined the successful outcome of a blast, making electronic detonators in surface and underground mining applications the best option, as they provided the best results, said explosives company AEL Mining Services... 

Electronic detonators provide best success rate
CE 4 TAGGER The CE 4 Tagger offers significantly improved operating times of 20 hours under standard operating conditions

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th November 2014 Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria, last week as part of the company’s contribution to education and information sharing on blasting... 

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing
FRANCOIS HAY Despite low commodity prices throughout Africa, BME's vision as a group is to create customer wealth by leveraging its knowledge

AEL leans on coal, iron-ore

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2014 As strikes in South Africa’s mining space, particularly within underground operations, weigh on AECI during 2014, the JSE-listed group has moved to lean more on the coal and iron-ore sectors to bolster the group’s bottom line. Speaking at an investor day at AECI’s Woodmead offices, on Tuesday,... 

AEL leans on coal, iron-ore
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Companies commoditising explosives as Asian market slows

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th October 2014 The fall of thermal coal prices in China has impacted the Asian mining industry negatively as it has led to companies requiring explosives to be commoditised, says explosives company AEL Mining Services. 

AEL entrenching itself in Latin American market

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th October 2014 Explosives company AEL Mining Services says its supply of electronic detonators to the Latin American countries has been successful in the past four years, with the company’s focus currently on maintaining its presence in the area by advancing technologically. 

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions

     3rd October 2014 Explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services (AEL) is developing wireless electrical blasting technology that will prevent hazardous explosions during the blasting process. AEL group consulting mining engineer Simon Tose says the company is committed to mitigating the damage that the... 

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW METHOD Electronic blasting gives the mining company control over the blasting process’ environmental impact

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion system. The pipeline, scheduled for completion at the end of this year, will reduce the usual shaft time... 

New vertical pipeline  supports narrow-reef  emulsion system
BLASTING EFFICIENCY BME’s portable charging unit enables mines to employ safer and more cost-effective emulsion-based blasting technology

AEL eyes Australian market for growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2014 AECI’s explosives arm AEL has branched out into Australia as it teams up with undisclosed customers for the supply of explosives into this new market. An AECI office had been established in Brisbane, while preparations were under way to ship a bulk emulsion plant from South Africa to an operating... 

AEL eyes Australian market for growth
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

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