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Unrehabilitated Mpumalanga asbestos mine tailings a possible health hazard – scientist

By: Ilan Solomons     16th June 2017 Asbestos mining was banned in South Africa because of the health effects linked to the inhalation of asbestos dust-fibres. However, asbestos mine tailings in Mpumalanga have not been rehabilitated and dust-fibres could easily be lifted and transported by the wind and then settle in sensitive... 

New version of breathalyser used at mines, industrial sites reduces chances of cheating

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 To further improve the security of testing and reduce “cheating”, or circumvention of breathalyser tests, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe is developing a new version of its ALControl breathalyser unit for application at mine and industrial sites. “The new unit,... 

New version of breathalyser used at mines, industrial sites reduces chances of cheating
PRODUCT OF INTEREST Alco-Safe has installed more than 15 of its new ALControl standalone breathalyser units at various coal mines in Mpumalanga in the past two months

Pumps companies among winners at awards ceremony

     16th June 2017 Family-owned, Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazelton Pumps has walked away with the Most Innovative Award and the Best Customer Service of the Year Award – as it did in 2015 – at the third annual Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence.... 

Pumps companies among winners at awards ceremony
Photo by Duane Daws
KAIZER NYATSUMBA In such turbulent economic times and a challenging business environment, it is critically important for those companies which excel at what they do to get the acknowledgement and recognition that they deserve

Indian miner slow to respond to Mozambique court order

By: Keith Campbell     15th June 2017 Radio Mozambique has reported that Indian company Jindal Africa had failed to comply with a court order ordering it to stop coal stockpiling activities at its Chirodzi mine in the Moatize district of Mozambique’s Tete province. The order was issued by the Tete Provincial Court. The radio reported... 

Violence erupts as Sibanye workers strike at Cooke

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th June 2017 Employees at dual-listed Sibanye’s Cooke operations, near Westonaria, Gauteng, have embarked on an illegal and unprotected industrial strike, following the company’s attempts to combat illegal mining, which is threatening the mine’s sustainability. Sibanye gold division CEO Wayne Robinson noted... 

Violence erupts as Sibanye workers strike at Cooke
Sibanye gold division CEO Wayne Robinson

New mine design focused on realising business excellence

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th June 2017 Johannesburg-based project management and engineering company Paradigm Project Management (PPM) will apply its “three halves” philosophy to design and develop diamond producer Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone. 

New mine design focused on realising business excellence
Photo by Duane Daws
RADICAL REVIEW NECESSARY With a diamond supply shortfall looming, exploration companies must employ innovative planning to obtain funding for new projects

Gold mine reopens using ex-illegal zama-zamas as workforce

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2017 Gold mining company Birrell Mining International has reopened the recently acquired Bosveld Mining’s Klipwal Gold Mine in KwaZulu-Natal, the company said on Monday.   Birrell completed the purchase of Bosveld Mines from Stonewall Mining earlier this year, after having been responsible for the... 

Gold mine reopens using ex-illegal zama-zamas as workforce
Birrell chairperson Graham Briggs

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The first flameproof skid steer, the JCB 155, developed by explosion protection and industrial equipment provider Exis Engineering, together with equipment manufacturer JCB, has been supplied to mining company Exxaro’s Matla coal mine, in Mpumalanga. 

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla
SAFETY AT THE FORE The JCB 155 is the first skid steer in the world capable of safely operating in hazardous underground environments

Demand boost for containerised transport from mine to buyer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Linde Material Handling South Africa has observed steadily increasing interest in Italian manufacturer CVS Ferrari’s brand of equipment from mining companies operating in Africa, with businesses across all industries increasingly moving towards the... 

Demand boost for containerised transport from mine to buyer
ENSURING SAFE HANDLING The CVS Ferrari F500 reach stacker series is the first of its kind to feature electrohydraulics that enable the equipment to react quickly to changes in power demand and modulation

Demand up for conveyor belt fire protection solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT is seeing an uptick in demand for its fire-protection systems as global mining houses increasingly recognise that effective firefighting technologies at their operations are a primary component of mining safety. The Pretoria-based company’s T-Rotor... 

Demand up for  conveyor belt fire  protection solution
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDRO GIBHARD Effective fire protection solutions are imperative for high fire-risk elements on mining conveyor belts

Lift trucks and support services boost warehouse efficiency

     2nd June 2017 Forklift and warehouse specialist Goscor Lift Truck has supplied 38 machines to mining and industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals’ Alrode facility, in Gauteng. 

Lift trucks and  support services boost  warehouse efficiency
BILLY DOOLING Doosan forklifts will facilitate the lifting of a range of items at Weir Minerals’ Alrode warehouse

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Lifting equipment supplier CMCO Material Handling is preparing for increased demand for its Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoist when the full range of the equipment arrives in South Africa this month, meeting the evolving needs of the mining industry. 

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists
ERGONOMIC DESIGN The lever and crank design of the Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoists enable the operator to control the unit safely and effectively

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine

     2nd June 2017 Mining system solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa has secured an order for two 10 t electric chain hoists with motorised trolleys from equipment supplier Klevan Mining – Becker Mining’s distributor in Limpopo. 

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine
SMOOTH OPERATOR Motorised trolleys on the Kito ER2 hoist will ensure smooth and precise traversing and positioning of the equipment

Antimicrobial tech could bolster copper beneficiation

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is negotiating the use of antimicrobial copper technology at healthcare clinics in copper-rich African countries, which could aid the continent’s beneficiation goals. The initiative, launched in... 

Tensioning system extends conveyor belt life

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The new automatic pneumatic tensioning system for conveyor belt cleaners from Neponset-headquartered bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering will be available in South Africa through its office in Mpumalanga in the second half of this year. 

Tensioning system  extends conveyor belt life
AUTOMATION ACCURACY Users benefit from a consistently correct blade tension and reduced power demand on start-up when using Martin Engineering's Automated Blade System

Kumba aiming to achieve ‘whole new way of mining’ through new initiative

By: Dylan Slater     2nd June 2017 Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore business is embarking on modernisation using its FutureSmart Mining programme, which is aimed at bringing its overall mining business in line with new innovations and technology to mine safer and more efficiently.  

Varsity launches centre to help mining sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering last month launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from Earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

Banro welcomes safe return of kidnapped employees

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2017 The four employees kidnapped in March while working at dual-listed Canadian gold mining company Banro’s Namoya gold mine, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been released after a “long and difficult ordeal”. The company on Monday announced the safe return of its employees, three... 

Canada publishes rules to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions, air pollution

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2017 Canada has introduced new rules aimed at reducing methane emissions and cutting air pollution from its significant oil and gas industry, a move that met with mixed reaction from the industry itself. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna introduced the new regulation on... 

Canada publishes rules to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions, air pollution

Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African mining... 

Digital fixed gas monitoring system launched

By: Ilan Solomons     26th May 2017 Australian mining-refuge chamber manufacturer MineArc Systems has released its new Aura-FX digital fixed gas monitoring system, which it says provides a “more convenient” solution to internal refuge chamber gas monitoring. The company believes that it is a “vast improvement” on current digital... 

Mineral scanner to facilitate identification of reactive ground

     26th May 2017 In another step towards safer blasting practice, Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanner to quickly identify reactive-ground conditions that could lead to blast site incidents. “This can give us real-time information that... 

Authorities 'rely heavily' on info from illegal miners after gas explosion

By: News24Wire      19th May 2017 Authorities say they have relied heavily on the information from illegal miners at Harmony Gold’s Eland mine in Welkom, Free State, after a gas explosion on Thursday last week. Major General Lerato Molale said on Friday that the search was still continuing. 

Time to get PDS-ready is now

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 As of June, all new original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) trackless mobile machines (TMMs) bought by mining houses need to be proximity detection system- (PDS-) ready. 

Time to get PDS-ready is now
PROXIMITY DETECTION SYSTEMS The Booyco PDS warns when pedestrians enter the area around a machine

New multigas detector sets benchmark – supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 With the experience gained through the application of its Altair 4X multigas detector in the South African mining sector, safety equipment supplier MSA Africa believes that the mining industry could benefit greatly from its newly launched Altair 4XR. Meant for application in confined spaces in... 

New multigas detector sets benchmark – supplier
ALTAIR CONNECT The MSA Altair Connect application can immediately send alarm notifications to other users using text messages

AMCU to continue pressuring mining houses to pay ‘living wages’

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 Workers Day is a time when South African workers come together in solidarity with workers worldwide to celebrate the gains made, while also calling for more improvements to the livelihoods and working conditions of labourers around the world, said Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union... 

AMCU to continue pressuring mining houses  to pay ‘living wages’
RAISING THEIR VOICES AMCU will “intensifying the struggle” for the betterment of the working conditions of mineworkers in South Africa

New toolkit to help govts manage small-scale mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 Governments struggling to manage the complex and sometimes chaotic artisanal and small-scale mining sector have a new toolkit, which was developed by the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF). IGF is a Canada-based, international member-driven... 

New toolkit to help govts manage small-scale mining sector
Photo by BGR
GIVING GUIDANCE The guidance report provides direction on how to ensure effective, inclusive strategy development and implementation, as well as effective governance of ASM

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Legislation plays  ‘big role’ in uptake  of healthcare services
International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg speaks about 'Duty of Care' and the company's services and products. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse
EFFECTIVE TESTING Testing needs to be carried out every single day as part of the mine’s standard health and safety policy to be effective

Search continues for more illegal miners trapped at Welkom mine

By: News24Wire      18th May 2017 The search for the bodies of more illegal miners is continuing at Harmony Gold’s Eland mine in Welkom, Free State, after a gas explosion on Thursday last week. Major General Lerato Molale said on Thursday that police believed there were more miners underground. 

Cosatu welcomes compensation for Lily mine victims’ families

By: African News Agency      17th May 2017 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has welcomed payments to the families of Pretty Mabuza, Solomon Nyarenda and Yvonne Mnisi whose bodies are still trapped underground at the Lily Mine, in Mpumalanga, since a rockfall in February 2016. “We also welcome the payment of R10 000 to... 

Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new accreditation standards for people conducting the compulsory lung function test on the state’s 30 000 coal miners, as part of its reform to tackle black lung disease. “The new standards will ensure quality tests, so if a coal mine worker has lung... 

Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards
QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane

13 more bodies pulled from Free State mine

By: African News Agency      17th May 2017 The search for more miners continues in a Welkom mine after 24 bodies were retrieved, Free State police said on Tuesday. “Thirteen more bodies have been retrieved, which brings the number to 24. The mine’s security company is busy retrieving the bodies. At this time we have no idea who the people... 

11 bodies pulled from Free State mine

By: African News Agency      16th May 2017 Police in the Free State are investigating the deaths of 11 people who were pulled from a mine in Welkom. Police spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said police were investigating a case of inquest following the retrieval of the 11 bodies from the mine. 

Mining resumes at Blanket mine following fatality

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th May 2017 Mining activities at a section of TSX- and Aim-listed Caledonia Mining’s Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, resumed on Monday morning. All activities at the Eroica orebody, which contributed 10% of production in the first quarter, had been halted at the weekend, pending a full risk assessment and on site... 

Evander shafts back in operation after R41.5m refurbishment

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 South African gold miner Pan African Resources has completed the R41.5-million stoppage and refurbishment programme for the 7 and 8 shafts at its Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga. Normal production has resumed. Evander GM Tenda Tendaupenyu noted during a media briefing at the mine last month that... 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resource sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining, with its unique challenges, has proven to be slower in the adoption of new... 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

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