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Hazardous area control system for coal mining

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

MHSC’s centre of excellence set to open in November

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd September 2017 The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) is currently implementing a business plan for its centre of excellence, which is scheduled to open by the end of November. This is according to MHSC research COO Nkhensani Masekoa, who was addressing delegates at Southern African Institute of Mining and... 

MHSC’s centre of excellence set to open  in November
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NKHENSANI MASEKOA The centre of excellence will seek to undertake research, build capacity and facilitate research outcomes for the South African mining sector

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability
CUSTOMISED PROJECTS Every Exxaro project is customised, owing to possible environmental constraints

Rockfall kills two miners at Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg mine

By: News24Wire      20th September 2017 Two miners died when a rock fell on their heads while drilling in shaft 12 of Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg mine on Tuesday morning, the mine said. The two men, aged 31 and 34, died at the scene, Impala Platinum spokesperson Johan Theron told News24. 

MAC adds two new factors to TSM initiative to combat child labour

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has added two new components to its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative to help curb child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to provide the information needed for companies to demonstrate their responsible sourcing of minerals and... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors,... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

Call to mining to update refrigerant systems

     15th September 2017 While the majority of the mining industry use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in its refrigerant systems, these ozone-depleting substances are set to be phased-out in accordance with the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Agreement. 

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining sector remains crucial to the economic growth of many African countries, including copper-dependent Zambia, and, as such, it is important that foreign mining companies operating in these countries can improve the performance of their mining assets to ensure their continued economic... 

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth
STEPHEN DU PREEZ Mines will be transitioning from manual to autonomous operations, with a higher reliance on digitalisation

Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

Hydrogen detection  solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines
HIGHLY VERSATILE The H2Scan Hy-Alerta 500 instrument is a “highly versatile” hand-held detection device

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) states that air compressors used in the mining industry – including in Zambia – are, for the most part, well-proven, reliable pieces of equipment that can operate for years with relatively little maintenance. 

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines
EFFECTIVE SUPPLY The use of a spin filter is a truly effective means of feeding clean air at ambient temperatures

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017
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MTHOKOZISI ZONDI Despite the decrease in fatalities and injuries at mines in recent years, a lot more needs to be done to ensure the ending of injuries and fatalities at mines

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering introduced the company’s newest primary cleaner offering, the CleanScrape, to Zambia, following its launch at Electra Mining, which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, last year. The primary cleaner has been supplied... 

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi
CLEANSCRAPE The primary cleaner has been supplied to mining company First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi mine

Submersible pump that can run dry a safer option

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 The Hippo submersible pumps range from Centurion-based slurry pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps can operate without water for an unlimited amount of time, explains Hazleton Pumps MD Thys Wehmeyer. 

Submersible pump that can run dry a safer option
LARGE PLAYER Hazleton has supplied some of the largest submersible pumps in the world

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Although ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems used to clean refineries or cut rock and prepare surfaces on mines will not save water, it is more efficient than using acid washing or abrasive grit blasting techniques, says water jetting solutions provider Total Blasting sales director Bradley... 

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly
Total Blasting sales director Bradley Storer explains what ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems are used for. Video: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Qld pumps A$25m into coal health and safety

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2017 The Queensland government on Friday announced a A$25-million investment over the next two years to deliver more reforms aimed at protecting the health and safety of the state’s coal workers. In tabling the government’s response to the second Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee report,... 

Qld pumps A$25m into coal health and safety

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2017 All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination, said African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe on Thursday, when he declared the black-controlled company’s highest-ever dividend.... 

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe
All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 7.9.2017

Amplats worker dies after chemical incident at refinery

By: African News Agency      7th September 2017 An Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) employee has died from his injuries after suffering chemical burns in an accident at the company’s Precious Metals Refinery (PMR) in Rustenburg. Amplats said the incident occurred on August 21 but the employee succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday this week. 

DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation  

     7th September 2017 DRDGold says it has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams than it has paid dividends to shareholders in the last ten years and is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the challenges. 

DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation
DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius broaches tailings treatment consolidation with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 5.9.2017

Zwane launches investigation into deadly Kusasalethu mining accident

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has instructed that no stone should be left unturned in getting to the cause of the accident which claimed the lives of five mine workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine last week. “This should be a turning point in as far as accidents and fatalities... 

DRDGold shrugs off challenges, declares final dividend

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface material gold mining company DRDGold on Tuesday declared a final dividend of 5c a share despite the challenging 12 months to June 30. DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius described the company's exacting 2017 financial year as positioning the company well for the 2018 financial year and beyond. 

DRDGold shrugs off challenges, declares final dividend
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DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR
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Department of Mineral Resources chief inspector of mines Mthokozisi Zondi

Zwane calls for turning point after Kusasalethu mine deaths

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday that the Kusasalethu mine incident where five mineworkers lost their lives should be a “turning point” in the health and safety of the country’s mining industry. “Kusasalethu mine deaths should be a turning point in mine safety in the... 

Zwane to receive Kusasalethu mine seismic incident report

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Harmony Gold management is on Friday, expected to brief Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on the seismic incident a week ago, which killed five mineworkers at it’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville. The Chief inspector of mines and the department’s inspectors, who were part of the... 

Anglo, South Africa set to pay to end miners' lung-damage battle

By: Bloomberg     1st September 2017 Former workers who contracted deadly lung diseases in South African gold mines decades ago may soon finally receive compensation. Six large mining companies including  Anglo American Plc have set aside about $390-million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by victims. At the same time, a... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Heavy industries equipment supplier adapts to stay relevant

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Botswana’s decision to diversify its economy away from diamond mining towards coal resources and base metal beneficiation should prompt businesses to adapt to service the changing needs of the market to remain relevant, emphasises global supplier and manufacturer of special mobile equipment for... 

Heavy industries equipment supplier adapts to stay relevant
SAFETY SOLUTION Hencon Vactech’s Robot Mole is designed to clean hard-to-reach or potentially dangerous areas

Lighting equipment eliminates glare

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Lighting plays an important role in mining, as it is vital to be visually aware of potential mine and machinery-related safety hazards, as well as to allow for accommodating working conditions in the dark. 

Lighting equipment eliminates glare
ZERO GLARE A lack of industry standards in mining lighting led to the development of Hella Minings Zero Glare optical system

SA coal sector ‘rapidly falling behind’ in safety practices

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The South African coal mining industry continues to push back on safe practices, states Australian mining-refuge chamber manufacturer MineArc Systems. The company says that although there is plenty of talk and “self-congratulation” on evidence within the coal industry with regards to safety, the... 

SA coal sector ‘rapidly falling behind’ in safety practices
REGULATORY SHORTFALLS? South Africa has ‘an outdated and inadequate regulation’ in Chapter 16 of the Mining Act that requires just a single airline from the surface for the supply of breathable air

Show expected to achieve further growth

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The number of exhibitors and visitors taking part in the Electra Mining Botswana exhibition and conference, since its inception in 2013, has increased by 17% and 8% respectively, with this years’ event expected to attract further key industry players in the mining, industrial and power generation... 

Show expected to achieve further growth
PROMISING PODIUM Electra Mining Botswana is said to be fast becoming a major mining exhibition and networking platform

Bodies of two last remaining trapped Kusasalethu miners recovered

By: News24Wire      31st August 2017 The bodies of the two trapped miners at the Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville have been recovered, Harmony Gold said on Thursday. Harmony Gold spokesperson Marian van der Walt said the bodies were found at around 12:00 on Thursday afternoon. 

Eldorado contractor dies at Skouries project

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 A contractor employee has died on site at Vancouver-based miner Eldorado Gold’s Skouries project, in Greece, the company announced on Tuesday. The company, which maintains equity listings on both the TSX and the NYSE, advised that the employee was struck by a branch from a falling tree, resulting... 

Kusasalethu mine fatalities: Chamber of Mines extends condolences

By: African News Agency      29th August 2017 The Chamber of Mines on Tuesday extended its “heartfelt sympathies” to the families, friends, and colleagues of the three employees who died in a fall of ground accident at Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville. Five miners were trapped underground on Friday after a fall of ground at the... 

Zwane calls on mining sector to prioritise health and safety

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th August 2017 As rescue operations continue at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine after a fall-of-ground on Friday, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has appealed for “extra caution” to be taken on health and safety in the mines. The fall-of-ground, which was triggered by a seismic event some 3 100 m... 

Third trapped miner dies at Harmony Gold South Africa mine

By: Reuters     28th August 2017 A third miner has died at a South African gold mine operated by Harmony Gold and two more remain missing after they were trapped underground following an earth tremor, the company said on Monday. Friday's tremor that rocked the Kusasalethu mine, one of the world's deepest, with gold extracted at... 

Elegen

     25th August 2017 Edenvale-based original-equipment manufacturer Elegen has grown to be one of Africa’s largest generator manufacturer and suppliers, and has complemented its power-generation offering with the launch of its mobile pneumatic light-emitting diode (LED) lighting tower. This lighting tower has been... 

Elegen

Forum welcomes adoption of mercury convention

By: Ilan Solomons     25th August 2017 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Metals, Minerals and Sustainable Development (IGF) has welcomed the “successful adoption” of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which came into force on August 16. “The convention is a crucially important global treaty aimed at protecting human health and... 

Forum welcomes adoption of mercury convention
Photo by Human Rights Watch
HARMFUL SUBSTANCE Exposure to mercury can have serious health impacts including irreversible brain damage

Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Modular, mobile  dry-type transformers ideal for Africa
SAFER OPTION Dry-type transformers are completely flame-retardant and emissions free, using resin and vacuum-pressure impregnation to insulate windings and air as a cooling agent
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