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Relays assist with cable-theft detection

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable-theft detection, in diverse industries, including ventilation and cooling applications in mining and quarrying. 

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining and civil engineering, and the industrial market

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has started a process to divide the company into two separate entities – Atlas Copco and Epiroc. Epiroc will remain a subsidiary of Atlas Copco.  

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining  and civil engineering, and the industrial market
SANJAY AHUJA Epiroc is now a house where we can live and breathe mining and rock excavation

Lower-than-guidance 2018 output expected at South Deep

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The production target for Westonaria-based South Deep gold mine, in Gauteng, is expected to be marginally lower next year than that initially laid out in the miner’s rebase plan, owing to a challenging first quarter this year, notes Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland.  

Capabilities expanded to meet demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 Over the last few years, mineral testwork provider Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa’s laboratory capabilities have expanded in accordance with industry demand.  

Mato Products celebrates thirtieth anniversary 

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Conveyor belt solutions company MATO Products, a member of the Multotec Group, celebrates 30 years of supplying South African mining and industrial clients this year. At the November 8 function celebrating its success and longevity, MATO Products GM Benjamin Sibanda announced that the company is... 

Mato Products celebrates thirtieth anniversary
MATO Products GM Benjamin Sibanda discusses the MATO Clip Machine. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Savannah completes construction of Mutamba pilot plant, commissioning under way

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2017 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has completed construction of the pilot plant for its bulk metallurgical test work programme at the Mutamba mineral sands project, in Mozambique. The Mutamba project, located in the Gaza and Inhambane provinces, is being developed in a... 

Savannah completes construction of Mutamba pilot plant, commissioning under way
The Mutamba mineral sands project, in Mozambique

Customised spillminator supplied to South African gold mine

By: Victor Moolman     17th November 2017 Engineering solutions and steel fabrication company Lani Service Centre, based in Sebenza, Johannesburg, has supplied a tailor-made spillminator equipped with vesconite bushings to a local gold mine for its underground conveyor and hopper system. “The bushings are self-lubricating, can withstand... 

Flexible couplings able to withstand extreme mining conditions

17th November 2017 Manufactured by global bearings manufacturer The Timken Company, parts distributor Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Quick-Flex couplings are able to withstand the most extreme mining conditions, including temperatures as high as 100 ˚C. The Timken Quick-Flex couplings, which require minimal... 

Flexible couplings able  to withstand extreme  mining conditions
FLEXIBLE APPLICATION The Quick-Flex coupling’s design makes it suitable for high-speed, low-torque, excessive-vibration drives, to a low-speed, high-torque applications

Equipment maintenance, repair products showcased

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 Adhesives technology company Henkel South Africa hosted its first conference – Repair and Protect Your Mine with Loctite Conference and Exhibition – to showcase ways in which its products could be used in the mining industry to maintain, repair, protect and prolong the life span of equipment.  

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits

3rd November 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components from manufacturer Fenner Drives includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime, compared with conventional V-belts.... 

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits
STRONG STRETCH The elasticity of the PowerTwist's woven polyurethane fabric enables these belts to be stretched over a pulley drive without any damage

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Project management facility designed to  enhance every plant
ADDITIONAL OFFERING BMG also offers extensive customer training on site at mining operations or at its upgraded premises

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Technology to shift  project relations from  adversarial to cooperative
Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting strategy and business development GM Jacques Marais discusses the company’s KEY360 mobile application. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Turnkey solutions provided for gold mine in East Asia

3rd November 2017 Gauteng-based mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge Group recently supplied winches, winders and a range of ancillary products and services for a new service shaft at a gold mine in East Asia. This, the company notes, was carried out in collaboration with consultants from Australia and South... 

Turnkey solutions provided  for gold mine in East Asia
FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION Tech Edge Group offered a full turnkey solution service that included high-level design

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Mechanised mining produces  indirect jobs, uptake increasing
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

First locally manufactured Joy reclaim feeder is unveiled

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Mining equipment and service provider Komatsu has launched its first South African-manufactured Joy reclaim feeder. Joy is the high-productivity mining solutions subsidiary of Komatsu, having been acquired earlier this year in a $3.7-billion deal.  

First locally manufactured Joy reclaim feeder  is unveiled
RECLAIM FEEDER The new Joy reclaim feeder can be used for synthetic-fuel plants, power plant facilities, synthetic-gypsum plants, truck load-out facilities, port load-out facilities and coal-mining operations

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Scarce funding necessitates  effective project management
Photo by Duane Daws
JEREMY CLARKE A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Openpit mining  prolific in recovery  of miner’s diamonds
ORAPA Orapa is the oldest operating mine in Botswana and the largest openpit diamond mine in the world. The mine is expected to produce 145-million carats from 157-million tonnes of ore during its 14-year life

Supplier takes on larger equipment market

27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) has entered the large excavator market and has chosen to represent international construction and mining equipment manufacturer Sany. GEM signed an agreement with Sany on 17 May last year, to be incorporated under GEM, to operate as a... 

Supplier takes on larger equipment market
SPECIAL CONDITIONS Sany equipment has been engineered specifically for African operating conditions

Bullish Caterpillar rebounds, beats Q3 profit, revenue forecasts

By: Henry Lazenby     24th October 2017 US industrial equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has surprised investors with a significantly higher profit for the three months ended September, as higher sales volume and its focus on cost discipline resulted in improved profit margins across the three main business segments. The Deerfield,... 

Bullish Caterpillar rebounds, beats Q3 profit, revenue forecasts

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 The accreditation of University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has been renewed for another five-year cycle by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Renewal of the Wits School of Mining Engineering’s ECSA accreditation illustrates the high standard of the school’s standard

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba... 

Materials handling software enhanced

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 New haulage functionality for underground mine operators will be built into the upcoming version of Australia-headquartered consulting and technology company Deswik’s software – Deswik.Suite.  

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Amid low levels of capital project activities in South Africa, the $400-million Gamsberg zinc and lead project, in the Northern Cape, has become the largest mining project under execution in the country. “Commentators have noted that this significant investment in the South African mining... 

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity
COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Power transmission components supplier Altra Industrial Motion South Africa (SA) has undergone numerous changes in the past couple of years, incorporating new brands and aligning its product and service offering with that of its parent company of the same name, says Altra Industrial Motion SA GM... 

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions
EFFECTIVE SOLUTION One of the company's more distinctive solutions includes a braking system supplied for a chairlift at a platinum mine in 2013

Company highlights cost benefit of brand

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) – a member of Hudaco Group – highlights the cost benefits of its KML bearings offering amid local economic conditions. The current economic climate, characterised particularly by the suppressed mining sector, has... 

Company highlights cost benefit of brand
KML BALL BEARING UNITS The KML brand caters for an array of applications, including automotive, materials handling and processing equipment

High-quality, regular maintenance enables multiple engine overhauls

13th October 2017 Users of plant equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls, says specialist diesel engine component remanufacturer Metric Automotive... 

High-quality, regular maintenance  enables multiple engine overhauls
NEW LEASE ON LIFE Beyond their first overhaul at about 15 000 hours, most diesel engines are designed to be overhauled several times

Shaft alignment tool benefits discussed

13th October 2017 All rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment and the conventional methods of measuring alignment, such as rulers and dial indicators, are outdated and inaccurate, says industrial equipment supplier Comtest Group. The company points out that these methods could result in inadequate... 

Shaft alignment tool  benefits discussed
LASER PECISION Unlike the straight-edge method or dial indicators, Fluke’s 830 performs complicated alignment calculations automatically

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system
CONVEYING CHROME The IE3-compliant DRN electric motors will propel a chrome producer's main incline conveyors, which carry mined ore to the surface for handling and stockpiling

Vacuum technology for secure conveyance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 It is often more beneficial to use vacuum technology for material conveyance in mineral and metal processing plants, compared with traditional conveyors, as material is sealed inside an enclosed pipe, preventing potential spillages.  

Vacuum technology  for secure conveyance
VACUUM SECURITY There is scope for using vacuum conveyor technology in specialised applications, such as diamond conveyance, for greater efficiency and security

Local mineral processing mired in upkeep, development languishing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 While South Africa’s crushing, milling and screening sector is in maintenance and operation mode, projects in countries such as Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique are experiencing capital growth, owing to greenfield developments which are contributing directly to the gross... 

Local mineral processing mired in upkeep, development languishing
SANTOSH GUNPATH The mining sector cannot function without the essential part of the process flow sheet – crushers, screens and mills

Capital-saving solutions for crushing and screening

6th October 2017 Rising commodity prices reinvigorate the potential of new mining projects, but raising enough finance still remains a challenge; however, crushing and screening plants specialist B&E International has a toll model that reduces capital demands on mining entrepreneurs. “This concept appeals to the... 

Latest products showcased in real-life working environment

6th October 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik demonstrated its expertise as a supplier to the aggregates and construction industries at the tenth Steinexpo demonstration exhibition in Germany, exhibiting products for various applications in the raw materials industry. Steinexpo, held from August... 

Latest products  showcased in real-life working environment
JAWBREAKER The new QJ341+ tracked jaw crusher is especially ideal for quarrying applications with a high fines content

New attachment system enhances screening media change-outs

6th October 2017 Global industrial equipment company Metso is introducing a new attachment system for its Trellex screening media that offers increased productivity and makes media change-outs safer and faster than with traditional systems, the company announced in September. Downtime is costly for screens in... 

New attachment system enhances screening media change-outs
MILESTONE REACHED The 500th Lokotrack sold in Germany, an LT120 jaw plant with a folding discharge conveyor, was handed over by Metso during Steinexpo

New compact crusher range unveiled

6th October 2017 Manufacturer of screening and crushing equipment McCloskey International’s expanding crusher line now includes a compact crusher, which made its worldwide debut in Europe’s largest basalt quarry at Steinexpo 2017, the biggest quarry exhibition in Europe held from August 31 to September 2 in... 

New compact crusher range unveiled
COMPACT CRUSHER The I34R compact crusher was on display at Steinexpo and is the first of a series of compact crushers available worldwide

Partnership now includes crushing and screening

6th October 2017 US-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk materials processing and handling systems Superior Industries has expanded its partnership with long-time dealer, distributor of aggregate and construction equipment General Equipment & Supplies to include crushing and screening. General Equipment... 

Partnership now includes crushing and screening
NEW SCREEN The Tandem Guardian screen plant gives operators more options for processing material and expands an application’s potential tons per hour produced

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