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Blasting and drilling increasingly automated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     Updated 6 hours ago Ongoing developments to underground mining solutions provider iRing’s mine planning software suite are increasingly automating blasting and drilling operations, providing increased accuracy and safety in hazardous mining environments. 

Explosionproof monitor launched locally

     Updated 6 hours ago Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering has launched the Hy-Optima 2700 in South Africa, providing an advanced explosion-proof instrument for monitoring hydrogen levels in the oil and gas refining industries.  

Explosionproof monitor launched locally
SAFETY FIRST The Hy-Optima 2700 features a cast-iron casing that will safely contain any explosive events that should result from hydrogen entering the instrument and igniting

Software agreement advances explosion protection devices

     Updated 6 hours ago In a clear push towards mobile innovation, global explosion protection solutions provider Bartec and Netherlands-headquartered software provider eVision will deliver rugged, intrinsically safe devices, which will ensure worldwide distribution and support of eVision’s suite of mobile Control of... 

Software agreement advances  explosion protection devices
IMPROVED CONTROL eVision’s software will increase the safety and efficiency of Bartec’s explosion-proof mobile devices in mining and industrial environments

Top trends impacting on mining come under the spotlight

By: David Oliveira     Updated 6 hours ago During project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons’ Supplier Grow Conference earlier this month in Johannesburg advisory firm Deloitte Africa energy and resource leader Andrew Lane discussed ten trends currently impacting the global mining industry. The first trend highlighted was... 

Top trends impacting on mining come under the spotlight
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDREW LANE The mining industry is realising that it operates in an ecosystem where it is dependent on governments for regulatory access and to communities for physical access

UP short diamond course in October

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated 6 hours ago Bamboo may be suitable as potential cover to remediate asbestos related mine waste in semi-arid regions of South Africa, states South African State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek mineral economics and strategic unit manager Godfrey Mothapo. He was speaking at the Fossil... 

UP short diamond course in October
GODFREY MOTHAPO Since 2010, Mintek has rehabilitated about 500 ha of former asbestos mine land

Gold miners make provisions for possible settlement in lung disease lawsuit

By: Reuters     27th July 2017 Mining companies Gold Fields and Anglo American have set aside over $130-million between them for a possible settlement with miners who contracted lung diseases at work. A class action suit, mostly relating to the fatal lung disease silicosis, was filed on behalf of miners in 2012 and has further... 

Smart investments key to improving miners’ health

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2017 A meeting between representatives from the private sector, government, civil society and associations of miners and ex-miners took place in South Africa on Wednesday to identify significant interventions for further investments in occupational and public care.    Representatives believe that... 

Smart investments key to improving miners’ health

Harmony reports fatality at Target mine

     25th July 2017 A Harmony Gold employee was killed in an accident at the Target mine, near Welkom, on Tuesday. The accident occurred during the performance of maintenance work at the underground refrigeration plant. 

Kumba lifts iron-ore output 23%, reinstates dividend, shares rise

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2017 Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday reported a 23% increase in production in the six months to June 30 on the back of a productivity step change linked to the revised Sishen mine plan. The Anglo American subsidiary achieved a fatality-free half year and reduced lost-time injuries in... 

Kumba lifts iron-ore output 23%, reinstates dividend, shares rise
Photo by Duane Daws
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi

Fuel cell vehicle sales boosting platinum demand outlook  

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2017 Growth potential for platinum is emerging in the rapid build-up off a low base of fuel cell electric vehicle sales. Fuel cell vehicle sales are expected to grow by more than 200% this year, with Japan targeting 200 000 fuel cell electric vehicles on its roads in 2025 and 800 000 in 2030. 

Fuel cell vehicle sales boosting platinum demand outlook
Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith outlines platinum’s electric vehicle demand potential to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Four bodies retrieved from North West mine

By: African News Agency      24th July 2017 Rescuers have retrieved bodies of four mine workers trapped underground during a seismic accident at Tau Lekoa mine in Orkney, North West. The incident happened over the weekend. 

Aveng Mining gets health and safety thumbs up

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 Turnkey mining solutions provider Aveng Mining was awarded a safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) integrated management system (IMS) certification in May this year from multinational inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS. Aveng Mining initiated the development... 

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 South African bituminous and anthracite coal miner Buffalo Coal is determined to repay all its debts and continue to improve safety standards while improving overall operating capacities to ensure its operations become optimally efficient, says interim CEO Rowan Karstel, who was speaking with... 

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

Metso clinches life cycle services contract renewal at Swedish mine

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 Base metals miner Lundin Mining’s Zinkgruvan zinc, lead, copper and silver mine in Askersund, Sweden has signed a new life cycle services (LCS) agreement with diversified engineering group Metso. The agreement covers mill lining and related services for five grinding mills and is valid for three... 

Metso clinches life cycle services contract renewal at  Swedish mine
Photo by Metso
TERMS OF RENEWED AGREEMENT The agreement between Zinkgruvan and Metso covers mill lining and related services for five grinding mills and is valid for three years

Proper hose assemblies improve hydraulic safety and life span

     21st July 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG urges that care be taken when selecting, installing and maintaining high-quality components in any hydraulic system because hose assemblies can be highly dangerous if misapplied and if inadequate attention is given to maintenance of the hose and related equipment.  

Social media fuelling illicit diamond trade in Central African Republic – report

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 A new undercover investigation by international watchdog organisation Global Witness has uncovered how diamond smugglers are making use of social media platforms as they seek to get diamonds linked to the ongoing violent conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) out of the country and into... 

Social media fuelling illicit diamond trade  in Central African Republic – report
Photo by Global Witness
CONFLICT MINERALS It is critical that the trade in CAR’s natural resources be given a prominent role in efforts to find peace, as they have played a role in fuelling the conflict itself

Zambian miners join forces to improve occupational health and safety

By: Dylan Slater     21st July 2017 Metals mining company First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) subsidiary mining companies in Zambia, Kansanshi Mining and Kalumbila Minerals, together with gold and copper miner Barrick Gold’s nearby copper mine – Lumwana mine – have taken proactive steps to improve their mine safety procedures to save... 

Amplats own-mine output up, sales down in two-fatality quarter

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2017 Performance from its own mine operations helped platinum production from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to increase in the three months to June 30, but sales volumes fell sharply on technical problems and two mineworkers succumbed to fatal injuries. Full-year production guidance remains... 

Brazilian judge suspends Samarco dam disaster civil claim indefinitely

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2017 A Brazilian federal judge of the Federal Court of Minas Gerais has, for an indefinite time, suspended a public civil lawsuit against Samarco Mineração over the miner’s tailings dam collapse in November 2015, the company said on Tuesday. Vale, the world’s largest iron-ore producer, said in a press... 

Demand growth for some metals may exceed 1 000% – World Bank

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 A new World Bank report highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals, including Southern Africa's platinum, manganese and chrome. Using wind and solar energy, and energy storage batteries, as... 

Two injured in electrical fire at Congo's Tenke copper mine

By: Reuters     17th July 2017 Two employees at the Tenke copper mine in Democratic Republic of Congo suffered minor injuries in an electrical fire at the weekend, majority owner China Molybdenum Co said on Monday, disputing media reports the workers had died. France's Le Figaro and Congolese media had reported that the two... 

Lonmin boosts turnaround on upped output, suffers fatalities

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2017 In the three months to June 30, platinum mining major Lonmin recorded lower unit costs and higher net cash on improved production and rising sales – but suffered two fatalities in a quarter when the overall injury level was on a firmly downward trajectory. On sustaining the company’s financial... 

Lonmin boosts turnaround on upped output, suffers fatalities
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, who has also assumed direct hands-on COO control of all operations

Greater demand for rope access

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Inspection and maintenance work is increasing for rope-access technicians across the African mining industry, says industrial rope-access solutions company Skyriders, which boasts a zero-fatality rate. Maintenance and inspection budgets are under strain due to the current tough economic... 

Greater demand for rope access
EFFECTIVE INSPECTION Inspections carried out by means of rope access offer a safer, more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional inspection methods

Largest-diameter hole reamed in Africa – contractor

     14th July 2017 The reaming phase of a 7.3-m-diameter hole at South African integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine, in Mpumulanga, has been completed, setting an African record for the largest-diameter hole reamed to date, says South African mining company Redpath Mining. Mining... 

Largest-diameter  hole reamed in  Africa – contractor
DRILLING WORK Redpath Mining's Redbore 90EX is being to raisebore the shafts at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing
Photo by Duane Daws
MOSEBENZI ZWANE Zwane published the Mining Charter on June 15, which was received with much turbulence and controversy

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 In Southern Africa, power is becoming a far higher input cost in industries and processes than it was in the past, says mining ventilation solutions provider TLT Actom director Craig Johnston, highlighting that one of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of... 

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining
TOTAL VENTILATION One of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of ventilation or air used in the process

South African simulators commissioned in Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Mining company Sherritt International’s Ambatovy operation, in Madagascar, has commissioned its Cybermine heavy equipment operator training simulators from South African surface and underground mining simulator supplier ThoroughTec Simulation. 

South African simulators  commissioned in Madagascar
NEED FOR SAFETY The Cybermine high-fidelity training simulators answer the need for safe training of heavy equipment operators

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level
Photo by cH2ange
Daimler fuel cell director Prof Dr Christian Mohrdieck

South Africa, Chile sign mining cooperation MoU 

     12th July 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his Chilean counterpart Aurora Elvira Williams for the two countries to cooperate in the mining and minerals field. The MoU, which was signed in Santiago during the LatAm Mining Cumbre, commits the two... 

Fires hit Canada lumber mills, get close to Kinder pipeline

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2017 Wildfires in British Columbia have forced Canadian lumber mills to shut and were edging closer to a Kinder Morgan Inc. oil pipeline as hot, dry weather sparked blazes across swathes of western Canada and the U.S. Norbord Inc., the largest North American producer of oriented strand board used in... 

Caledonia reports fatality at Blanket mine

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 An employee at Southern Africa-focused gold miner Caledonia Mining’s Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, has died in a mining-related accident. The accident occurred at the Number 6 shaft on July 7. 

Gas blast kills three in Norilsk Nickel mine

By: Reuters     7th July 2017 A methane gas explosion on Friday ripped through an Arctic mine run by Russian miner Norilsk Nickel, killing three people and injuring several others, the company said in a statement. All workers were evacuated from the Zapolyarnaya mine. "All necessary rescue work is being carried out, the cause... 

Fatigue-monitoring system installed at Anglo coal mines

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Mining safety systems company Expert Mining Solutions is rolling out a wearable fatigue-monitoring system at Anglo American’s thermal coal opencast mines, in South Africa, to assist in monitoring fatigue levels of equipment drivers.  

New mining technologies inspire optimism in South America

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2017 While there is a level of general caution, owing to the inherent “volatile nature” of the mining industry, the South American mining market is mostly characterised by growing optimism, owing to the benefits of mining technologies, posits global leader in the development of advanced dragline and... 

New mining technologies inspire optimism  in South America
Photo by Bloomberg
ADVANCING SECTOR Some of South America’s newer mines, as well as those yet to be developed, are favouring an uptake of technology that ensures the lowest possible mining costs per ton

Zama-zamas depriving South Africa of R20bn in revenue each year – Sibanye  

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Illegal mining is by no means a victimless crime, as it costs South Africa an estimated R20-billion a year in lost mineral sales, taxes and royalties, diversified miner Sibanye protection services senior VP Nash Lutchman said last week. Sibanye estimates that it has lost between 3% and 4% of its... 

Zama-zamas depriving South Africa of R20bn in revenue  each year – Sibanye
Sibanye protection services senior VP Nash Lutchman discusses the challenge and threat illegal mining poses to South African mining companies. Video: Nicholas Boyd; editing: Lionel da Silva.

Deloitte unpacks Mining Charter ahead of High Court hearing into Chamber’s application to halt its implementation

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane on Wednesday said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Deloitte unpacks Mining Charter ahead of High Court hearing into Chamber’s application to halt its implementation
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Queensland underground coal mine dust levels now online

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Dust monitoring results from Queensland’s underground coal mines are now available online for the first time. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Friday the results – found on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website – would be published quarterly as part... 

Queensland underground coal mine dust levels now online
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