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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... 

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

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines
READY TO GO Aksa’s new generator rental fleet is well stocked and designed to operate in harsh conditions, providing the ideal interim power solution for mines expanding in Africa

Seventh platinum conference to be held in October

25th August 2017 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum mining head Frik Fourie is scheduled to present a keynote address on how to make the South African mining business globally attractive again at the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM’s) seventh International Platinum Conference –... 

Seventh platinum conference to be  held in October
TECHNICAL TOURS The first of the Platinum 2017 conference's technical tours will take place at Mogalakwena, the world’s largest openpit platinum mine

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

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

Qld delivers workers compensation for black lung sufferers

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2017 The Queensland government has enacted laws to deliver stronger workers’ compensation protectors for Queensland miners affected by black lung and associated dust diseases. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace on Thursday said the protections outlined in the Workers’ Compensation and... 

Strong operating recovery as AngloGold sets new safety record

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Production of 1.748-million ounces after strong second-quarter recovery has put AngloGold Ashanti virtually at the halfway mark to meet full year guidance, CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said on Monday in presenting the company’s half-year results that also saw full-year cost guidance remain... 

Strong operating recovery as AngloGold sets new safety record
Photo by Duane Daws
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is answering South Africa’s call for broader economic participation and transformation. The local company, which is part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed WorleyParsons engineering group that serves the resources and energy... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer

Simulators to facilitate training on new mining equipment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Tertiary education institution the Canadian Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) plans to initially offer two mining programmes through its newly launched Mine Training Centre in September, after taking delivery of six military-grade Cybermine simulators in March. 

Simulators to facilitate training  on new mining equipment
CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING Servicing the construction, military and mining industries allows for the cross-pollination of technology, keeping ThoroughTec’s products up to date with the latest international simulation trends

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 South Africa-based mineral extrusion processing company Mineral Agglomeration Solutions (MAS) is offering its Briquettes By Extrusion (Brex) technology to the international mining industry. 

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer
USEFUL WASTE The Briquettes By Extrusion technology allows mining and smelting companies based worldwide to exploit the waste/by-products from all commodities

New tech combination to solve communication lag

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mines of the future will have fewer people and a higher level of automation, but to be successful, Australia-based mining system designer and manufacturer Nautitech GM Alex Lester says mines will need reliable communications as well as visibility of underground operations. 

New tech combination to solve communication lag
SURFACE ACCESS The Wingman technology allows mines to configure, monitor and diagnose all underground equipment from a computer on the surface

Producing hydromining technology for greater productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining services provider Fraser Alexander is developing two technologies – a jet-pump system and an automated hydraulic re-mining unit – for the efficient reclamation of gold or platinum tailings through hydro mining. 

Producing hydromining technology for  greater productivity
EASIER OPTION Jet-pump technology is being introduced for tailings reclamation owing to the difficulty of reclaiming coarse- and high-specific gravity tailings using conventional techniques

Proximity detection system installation in final stages

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in... 

Proximity detection system installation in final stages
Photo by Monitech
INTELLIZONE PDS After a successful trial in 2015, the proxmity detection system was launched in South Africa in April last year

Harmony ups South African capex, pays 70% higher dividend 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2017 Gold mining company Harmony Gold, which spent R2.3-billion capital expenditure (capex) on its South African operations in the 12 months to June 30, will be increasing its capex to R2.7-billion for mainly the ongoing development of the Phakisa and Tshepong gold mines in the Free State. The... 

Harmony ups South African capex, pays 70% higher dividend
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp delivering results at presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Resource exports boost mining equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 The mining industry is Australia’s prime driver of export growth, says pumps and pressure cleaners manufacturer Australian Pump Industries, commonly known as Aussie Pumps.  

Resource exports boost mining equipment
FOCUSED SOLUTIONS Aussie Pumps caters to Australia’s tough occupational health and safety rules, and site culture that is aimed at preventing injury to mineworkers

Canada to host tantalum, niobium symposium in October

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 The Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre (T.I.C.) will host its fifty-eighth general assembly and seventh technical symposium from October, 15 to 18 in Vancouver, Canada. The special early bird booking rate for members and applicants closes on August 18 with the final booking deadline... 

Canada to host  tantalum, niobium  symposium in October
Photo by Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre
SECTORAL INSIGHTS The conference will be of interest to industry stakeholders who are involved or interested in the global tantalum and/or niobium markets

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

BHP reports fatality at Goonyella Riverside

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th August 2017 Diversified major BHP has reported a fatality at its Goonyella Riverside coal mine, in Queensland. The company said on Tuesday that a full investigation was under way, with project partners BHP and Mitsubishi continuing to work closely with the relevant authorities. 

BHP reports fatality at Goonyella Riverside

Mining evolution tackles strength, stamina challenges

4th August 2017 It has become increasingly evident that the work done in the local mining industry and elsewhere to promote modernisation, will facilitate the creation of significant employment opportunities for women in mining, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa. As mining becomes more mechanised,... 

Service provider encourages development

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Hard work, practical experience and knowing the industry are key factors needed to succeed as a woman in the mining sector, 24-year-old workshop technician at specialist safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech Zukiswa Mkhulisi tells Mining Weekly. “Do well and prove your worth. It is... 

Service provider encourages development
ZUKISWA MKHULISI The 24-year old has had a very different experience to most women in the mining industry, having received support and acknowledgement for her achievements

Aviation company adds drones to African offering

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Multinational aviation company ExecuJet has added unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services to its African facilities, Cape Town and Johannesburg, in South Africa, and Lagos, in Nigeria, enabling clients to carry out inspections, surveys, mapping and photography in greater detail. ExecuJet Cape... 

Aviation company  adds drones to  African offering
USEFUL, ACCURATE, VARIABLE Unmanned aerial vehicle applications include producing orthomosiacs, three-dimensional models, digital surface models and calculating volumes of extracted materials

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience which makes it easier for project managers to make decisions on and improve project designs, and to undertake other activities that ensure the effective implementation of their strategies, believes the University of Pretoria's (UP’s)... 

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis
ACTUAL BENEFITS Aside from improving the decision-making process, virtual reality ensures that risky incidents are reduced

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce 

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 The local mining industry has made significant strides in executing transformation and promoting gender diversity in terms of women representation, with the number of women having increased from an “extreme minority” to exceeding 10% across different levels. According to the Chamber of Mines... 

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce
Vedanta Resources Zinc International and CMT CEO Deshnee Naidoo discusses the progress made in increasing women representation. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2017 The South African government must introduce stringent anti-emission legislation as well as press for the platinum equivalent of the gold Kruger Rand, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri insists. Phiri expressed dismay at the government, as custodian of the world’s major platinum endowment,... 

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Photo by Duane Daws
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the stance taken the day before by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). “We can only improve the situation if we work together and not against each other,”... 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri is interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the tough current passage of the struggling platinum industry. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 1.8.2017

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     28th July 2017 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. 

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW ERA iRing aims to demystify blasting and drilling operations through its software solutions, making them safer and more efficient

Software agreement advances explosion protection devices

28th July 2017 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     28th July 2017 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

Bamboo a possible answer to asbestos remediation challenges – Mintek

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 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... 

Bamboo a possible answer to asbestos remediation challenges – Mintek
GODFREY MOTHAPO Since 2010, Mintek has rehabilitated about 500 ha of former asbestos mine land

Explosion-proof monitor launched locally

28th July 2017 Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering has launched the Hy-Optima 2700 from US hydrogen analyser and leak detector manufacturer in South Africa, providing an advanced explosion-proof instrument for monitoring hydrogen levels in the oil and gas refining industries. “Ultimately, with... 

Explosion-proof 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

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. 

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.  

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