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Eskom aiming to slash truck-delivered coal as it seeks cost, other benefits 

By: Ilan Solomons State-owned power utility Eskom continues to press ahead with its integrated logistics strategy of prioritising the use of conveyors and rail to reduce the number of trucks that are required to transport coal to power stations, says Eskom road logistics head manager Nico Singh. However, he notes... 

DoT, mines join forces to alleviate road infrastructure challenge

By: Ilan Solomons The Department of Transport (DoT) is partnering with mining companies to build and maintain road infrastructure located in major coal transportation areas of Mpumalanga, and intends to extend this collaboration throughout the rest of South Africa, DoT director Whity Maphakela. Maphakela was... 

DoT, mines join forces to alleviate road infrastructure challenge
MORE THAN A BUMP IN THE ROAD Over the past year the Department of Transport has piloted road infrastructure maintenance projects in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape with Eskom and mining companies

Road deaths in South Africa equivalent to ‘one Marikana tragedy a day’

By: Ilan Solomons The proposal by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters that commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 9 000 kg not be allowed to operate on urban roads from 06:00 am to 9:00 am and from 17:00 pm to 20:00 pm from Mondays to Fridays is still under consideration, stated Department of... 

Road deaths in South Africa equivalent to ‘one Marikana tragedy a day’
ANDREW MARSAY The Department of Transport is under immense pressure to do something meaningful to curb the high yearly death toll on South Africa’s roads

Coal transport by road here to stay, summit told

By: Ilan Solomons Trucks were here to stay and the sooner all industry stakeholders embraced their presence, the better it would be for society as a whole – this was not limited to the coal industry, but to all bulk commodity transporting sectors, asserted Cross Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) research... 

Coal transport by road here to stay, summit told
FLEXIBILITY FOR INNOVATION A fit-for-purpose regulatory environment will allow for flexibility to encourage innovation in vehicle design

Coal price slide hitting miners, rail group

By: Ilan Solomons The sharp decline in coal prices since 2011 has resulted in several mines becoming only marginally profitable, says State-owned logistics company Transnet group commercial GM Divyesh Kalan. The price of thermal coal was about R140/t in January 2011, compared with $62/t by the end of January this... 

Coal price slide hitting miners, rail group
COAL RAILWAY SYSTEM Export coal performance has shown an upwards trend, with rail export volumes of coal increasing from 62.6-million tons in the 2010/11 financial year to 76-million tons in the 2014/15 financial year

Locally developed materials handling system ‘takes to the skies’

By: Ilan Solomons Local transportation technology company Milotek’s Futran system is “truly revolutionary”, as it provides a new method of transporting commodities and potentially also people, claims Milotek CEO Andries Louw. Louw was speaking at black-owned training and conferencing company Intelligence Transfer... 

Locally developed materials handling system ‘takes to the skies’
FUTRAN SYSTEM TRACK Futran is a locally developed and manufactured rail transport bogie that has been mounted on an elevated rail transportation track system

African countries should cooperate to improve regional logistics

By: Bruce Montiea There is significant potential to increase the scale and technology of Africa’s materials handling, or pit-to-port infrastructure, which is generally poor, compared with that of other mineral-rich countries, such as South Africa, Brazil and Australia, says global multidisciplinary consulting firm... 

African countries should cooperate to improve regional logistics
Photo by Duane Daws
STRENGTHENING LOGISTICS Transnet has embarked on aggressive investment to boost the South African freight logistics sector

African mines move towards loading automation

By: Bruce Montiea The popularity of automation among African mining operations is increasing as the industry recognises the importance of modernising their operations to increase efficiency, says mining equipment company Sandvik Mining. Sandvik automation VP Riku Pulli says loading is one of the main areas that... 

African mines  move towards  loading automation
OPTIMISED Mining operations in Africa are modernising their loading operations

African mining operations seeking modern, cost efficient mill linings

By: Bruce Montiea An increasing number of African mines are re-examining their mill lining requirements and opting for new and modern liners that offer cost benefits in terms of the initial procurement price and total cost of ownership, says materials handling products company Tega Industries SA sales engineer... 

African mining operations seeking modern, cost efficient mill linings
BOBBY STEVENS Cost pressures resulting from lower commodity prices have caused an increase in demand for well-priced mining equipment to fulfil the role of similar, but more expensive counterparts

Bulk handlers up the ante in dense phase conveying

By: Dylan Stewart Bulk handling solutions provider Clyde Bergemann Power Group’s dense-phase pneumatic conveying system, installed at Unit 6 of national power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Limpopo, is exceeding its contractual capacity since commissioning started in December, Clyde Bergemann executive... 

Chute system addresses materials processing challenges

Bulk materials handling in the mining industry is a significant challenge, with conveyor systems often having to achieve belt speeds from 2.5 m/s to 5 m/s, says chute systems and solutions company Weba Chute Systems founder Werner Baller. He says that the correct application of Weba Chute’s... 

Chute system  addresses materials processing challenges
IN TRANSIT Transfer points play a vital role in increased throughput and productivity if designed and engineered correctly

Companies partner to deliver excellence in bulk

By: Dylan Stewart Supply chain solutions provider Barloworld Logistics and bulk commodities shipping and logistics company LBH Africa formed a strategic partnership in March to offer dry bulk commodity supply chain solutions into and out of Southern Africa. 

Dump trucks delivered to diamond mine

By: Dylan Stewart Mobile capital equipment provider Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE) delivered 13 Terex TR100 rigid dump trucks in January this year to its sister company, contract mining and plant rental division MCC, which deployed the trucks at the Karowe diamond mine, in the diamond-rich Letlhakane region of... 

Dust control enhances mine machinery performance

By: Bruce Montiea Proper dust control can significantly enhance the profitability and sustainability of a mining operation, says dust control management company Dust-A-Side corporate marketing manager Lolly Chibi. “Dust gets in everywhere – in air filters, in oil and in between moving parts of machinery. Dust at... 

Dust control  enhances mine  machinery performance
TREATED SURFACE Dust-A-Side’s bituminous-based emulsion solution mitigates the effects of dust and maintains mine haul roads

Manufacturer combines mobility and performance

Mobile screening and crushing equipment manufacturer IRock Crushers claims that when combined, its tracked and wheeled conveyor expertise coupled with its crushing and screening systems, achieve enhanced operational capacity. 

Materials handling partners participate in exhibition

By: Dylan Stewart Materials handling equipment distributor BLT South Africa (SA), in conjunction with materials handling equipment manufacturer Samson Materials Handling, hosted a stand at the Institute of Quarrying Southern Africa’s exhibition, held in Somerset West, Cape Town, on April 16 and 17. 

Mining company secures logistics end point

In April this year Canada metals and mining company Teck Resources announced that it had secured storage and terminal service capacity. This was announced as an important step of Teck’s marketing and logistics plan for its 36 000 bbl/d share of bitumen production from the Fort Hills oil sands... 

Modular plant construction a trend

One of the latest trends in the mining and minerals industry is a move towards the design and construction of modular plants, says slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals Middle East and Africa MD Gavin Dyer. 

Pallet-free bulk bag provides optimum protection

By: Bruce Montiea Handling high-value minerals requires the optimum protection of the transported goods, as product contamination and damage are expensive, and could ultimately tarnish a company’s reputation, says pallet-free bulk bags manufacturer Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. He tells Mining Weekly that a key... 

Pallet-free bulk  bag provides  optimum protection
SAFE STACKING The integrated sleeves of the Tellap bag form a solid base and increases the safe stacking height

Reverse running on inclined conveyors prevented

By: Bruce Montiea The often considerable length of inclined conveyors at mines often result in mining companies’ having to prevent reverse running, owing to loss of drive, says industrial chain, gearboxes and couplings provider Renold Clutches & Couplings applications engineer and sales section leader Philip... 

Reverse running on inclined conveyors prevented
Photo by Bloomberg
TRANSPORTING MINERALS The weight of material on an inclined conveyor can be enormous

Ribbon agitator-equipped hopper now available for quick delivery

Bulk materials handling equipment and conveyors designer and manufacturer Hapman has added a hopper with a ribbon agitator to its Helix flexible screw conveyor Quick Ship programme. 

Robust fluid coupling serves coal mines well

By: Bruce Montiea Drive systems specialist Voith’s one-thousandth TPKL fluid coupling – installed in February at a 6.4 MW underground belt conveyor drive at a coal mine in China – is meeting all the client’s requirements, says Voith Europe, Middle East and Africa mining and metals division VP Grant Robinson. He... 

Robust fluid coupling serves coal mines well
TOUGH The TPKL fluid coupling is suited to the harsh mining conditions in Africa

Ship unloader support contract ongoing

Openpit mining and underground solutions provider Tenova Takraf, is currently supporting four continuous ship unloaders (CSUs) under two service contracts awarded to the company in April last year by Italian power generation company, Enel SPA. 

Understanding of overall DMS process important

The most common process factors that affect the performance of dense medium cyclone (DMC) equipment can be managed by understanding how a hydrocyclone operates, in conjucntion with an understanding of the overall dense medium separation (DMS) process, says equipment supplier to the minerals... 

Understanding of overall DMS process important
SEPERATING PARTICLES In a cyclone, dense medium separation takes place where particles of differing density fractions are separated through a medium that has a density between two fractions

Contract mining, outsourcing industry increasingly competitive

By: Bruce Montiea The contract mining and outsourcing industry is becoming increasingly ruthless, as big construction companies compete with smaller companies for contracts, says mining, construction and general plant hire company West Rand Plant Hire (WRPH). WRPH assistant plant manager Riaan Botes notes that... 

Machine-to-machine systems improve mine efficiency

By: Dylan Slater Technology-enabling machines that communicate with each other can significantly improve the efficiency of mines’ load and haul operations, says mining advisory and mine design and planning software business Cyest Analytics CEO Andreas Cambitsis. 

Machine-to-machine systems  improve mine efficiency
Photo by Bloomberg
IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITY Mining load and haul operations were identified by Cyest Analytics and Vodacom Business as presenting the greatest opportunity for time-management improvement

Despite sliding mining sales, Caterpillar lifts Q1 profit

By: Henry Lazenby American mining equipment manufacturer and financier Caterpillar has reported a sharp increase in first-quarter profits despite lower sales, as restructuring effort over the past 12 months gained traction. For the three months ended March 31, the NYSE-listed firm improved profits by 20% to... 

Despite sliding mining sales, Caterpillar lifts Q1 profit

New system from Tenova represents a shift in overland conveying

By: Schalk Burger Mining engineering company Tenova Takraf’s modular overland conveyor system can be moved once its purpose is fulfilled. It can easily be transported in assembled state by truck and placed by a small crane. This significantly reduces the labour and time required to build a conveyor system. It can... 

First installation of new coal screen imminent

By: Bruce Montiea Custom-built vibrating screens manufacturer and supplier Joest is working on various projects that could result in the first installation of its new 4.3-m-wide banana screen that was introduced to the market in September last year. Joest MD Kim Schoepflin tells Mining Weekly that the screen is... 

First installation of new coal screen imminent
EASE OF MAINTENANCE The availability of original-equipment manufacturer spares for screens is a critical success factor for Joest

CP strike called off in favour of voluntary arbitration after threat by fed

By: Henry Lazenby Rail-transport-dependent industries served by Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway Company  on Monday sighed relief after labour union Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) called off strike action that started Sunday in favour of voluntary arbitration. Four collective agreements covering about 3 800... 

Dragline hoist and drag ropes trial concluded

By: Ilan Solomons Extensive trials of US-headquartered wire rope manufacturer WireCo WorldGroup’s PowerMax-branded dragline hoist and drag ropes, concluded last month, have “conclusively demonstrated” that the company’s system offers openpit mining entities a safer operational environment, WireCo Africa regional... 

Dragline hoist and drag ropes trial concluded
INCREASED MINE SAFETY WireCo WorldGroup’s PowerMax dragline hoist and drag ropes offer openpit mining entities a safer operational environment
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