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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... 

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... 

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

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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.  

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

Poor governance, accountability stymieing rehabilitation after mine closure

By: David Oliveira     30th June 2017 Delegates at the mining seminar of Sustainability Week, which took place at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in Pretoria, earlier this month, heard that greater levels of governance and accountability were needed to ensure effective land rehabilitation post-mine closure. South... 

Vedanta’s KCM UK Court of Appeal hearing starts next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2017 Global mining company Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines’ (KCM’s) UK court appeal against a decision in favour of 1 826 Zambian villagers is set to get under way next week. High Court Judge Justice Coulson last year ruled that English courts had jurisdiction to hear... 

Amec slams 33% increase in WA mine safety levy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th June 2017 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has lashed out at the Western Australian government, after Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston warned of an increase in levies to the Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP's) Mines Safety Branch (MSB). The MSB is one of the... 

Zwane forced to beat a hasty retreat from community engagement imbizo

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was, on Friday, forced to leave a community engagement imbizo in the Steve Tshwete local municipality, in Mpumalanga, without addressing the meeting. The Minister, who was meant to hear the views of affected communities following the release of the third... 

Zwane forced to beat a hasty retreat from community engagement imbizo
Practical Radical Economic Transformation members storm stage where Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was meant to discuss the new Mining Charter

Method leads to increased productivity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond has adopted an approach to drilling equipment maintenance which entails identifying trends to assist it in applying engineering fixes, altering maintenance periods and educating operational staff accordingly. “We follow a productive approach, with... 

Method leads to increased productivity
OPTIMAL DRILLING Rosond ensures productivity during maintenance procedures through its machine swap offering when drilling equipment is best serviced above ground

High-quality products equal reduced maintenance on mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 To lower maintenance costs and increase plant efficiency in trying economic times, gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers clients service level agreements (SLAs) after the completion of projects.  

High-quality products equal reduced maintenance on mines
PRICE OVER SAFETY AND QUALITY Mine end-clients sometimes enter into low-cost, low-end purchasing agreements with non-original-equipment manufacturers and suppliers with critical implications for safety and quality

Lonmin risk manager spells out four scenarios local mines may be exposed to in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 In the Institute of Risk Management South Africa’s (IRMSA’s) recently launched 2017 risks report, four scenarios laying out how the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) might potentially be executed are tabled. As part of ensuring that mining companies have a thorough understanding of the... 

Lonmin risk manager spells out four scenarios  local mines may be exposed to in 2017
Photo by Duane Daws
BUILDING BOUYANCY Despite being a ‘taker’, resilient mining companies are able to absorb certain factors as a result of their planning and execution processes

Anglo’s Amandelbult complex mulling use of drones to curb theft

By: Dylan Slater     23rd June 2017 Theft at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Thabazimbi-based Amandelbult complex, in Limpopo, is a major issue for the miner, which is weighing up the benefits of employing a sophisticated drones solution to detect and deter criminal activity.  

Anglo’s Amandelbult complex mulling use of drones to curb theft
Photo by Dylan Slater
EYE IN THE SKY A RPAS similar to this could potentially be used to monitor criminal activity with visual and thermal imaging as a potential monitoring solution

Outsourced maintenance strategy recommended

23rd June 2017 Increasingly plant owners are looking to outsource the major elements of equipment maintenance to improve reliability and limit downtime, reports rotating equipment maintenance and repair service provider Sulzer.  

Outsourced maintenance strategy recommended
JIM MUGFORD At the end of the day, customers are looking for service providers who possess the expertise, tools and technology to make sure their machines are running reliably, efficiently and cost effectively

Stator introduced for reduced energy and maintenance costs

16th June 2017 Solutions provider for difficult pumping applications Netzsch Pumps North America has introduced the iFD-Stator 2.0, which it says combines efficiency, economy and environmental safety in one system. Featuring a two-part, reusable stator housing and replaceable stator, the iFD-Stator 2.0 is... 

Stator introduced for reduced energy and maintenance costs
NEXT GENERATION The new housing concept of the iFD-Stator 2.0 is easier to handle than the previous generation and delivers a longer service life

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... 

Unrehabilitated Mpumalanga asbestos mine tailings a possible health hazard – scientist
ASBESTOS MINE DUMP, MPUMALANGA Despite the cessation of asbestos mining, there is still a concern about possible environmental pollution by asbestos fibres

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

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