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Mine Site Accommodation

Service impresses, leads to ongoing work at Balama

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings expects to complete a multimillion-rand project for Mozambique mining company Twigg Exploration & Mining by the end of next month. Kwikspace CEO Shaun McCormack notes that the company first started work on Twigg’s Balama graphite... 

African market still supplier’s main growth area

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Mass accommodation product supplier Ascot Site Solutions affirms that Africa remains its primary market, as it is still its main growth area, with the company particularly focused on the continent’s Copperbelt region, stretching across Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The South... 

African market  still supplier’s main growth area
DIVERSIFIED CLIENT LIST The continued operation of existing mines, together with the company supplying products to other secturs, ensures that it is better positioned to handle a mining downturn

Challenges delay miner’s housing project

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 The Gabonewe Housing Estate Development project, located near the town of Ledig in the North West province, has been delayed by various challenges, including cost constraints and stakeholder integration, says South African platinum group metals miner Wesizwe Platinum. Wesizwe’s Sustainable... 

Challenges delay miner’s housing project
PERSISTENT PROGRESS The development of the Bakubung platinum mine and its housing estate continue, despite economic challenges

Housing strategy bears fruit

     31st March 2017 Platinum group metals producer Northam Platinum has completed its hostel conversion programme, announcing the achievement in its 2017 half-year results, which were released last month. Northam CE Paul Dunne said the company’s reinvigorated housing strategy is delivering pleasing results. “The... 

Housing strategy  bears fruit
HOUSING BOOM The expected increase in workers at Booysendal mine necessitates new Northam housing schemes

Opportunities aplenty for S Africa-based contractor

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 African buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings will supply a construction camp and site offices valued at R20-million for a Guinean gold project by mid-2017. Kwikspace business development executive Nick Alexander says the 1 400 m2 project includes accommodation for 120 personnel,... 

Opportunities aplenty for  S Africa-based contractor
CUSTOMER SATISAFACTION Following the delivery of a project in Mozambique last year, Kwikspace secured additional on-site work with the client

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits
IDEAL MIX Using slag instead of sand in the mortar would result in substantial cost savings for mines

Iron-ore mine builds 1 000-person changehouse at mine

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 Prefabricated accommodation specialist Speedspace is expected to complete the construction of  a 1 000-person change house for Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela project, in Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape, on schedule. As of March 14, the project was on track for completion by the end of March, barring... 

Iron-ore mine builds  1 000-person  changehouse at mine
URGENT NEED The mine's existing change house had reached capacity and it required a building solution that could be completed within a limited time

Floating accommodation for oil, mining projects

     31st March 2017 UK-based accommodation provider Bibby Maritime believes its floating accommodation barges could be an efficient solution for the housing of mineworkers in the future, as the units are comfortable, cost effective and can be moored alongside any berth or quay, making them ideal for projects in... 

Floating accommodation for oil, mining projects
THE CHALLENGE The barge offers en-suite accommodation for up to 670 workers

Portable sanitation pioneer acquires hygiene company to spur growth

     31st March 2017 Portable sanitation company Sanitech, in its efforts to spur sustainable growth, successfully acquired Johannesburg-based hygiene cleaning company Gem-Care in January. Sanitech, which was the first portable toilet hire company in South Africa, has applied its experience and expertise to develop a... 

Portable sanitation  pioneer acquires hygiene company to spur growth
CLEANLINESS BREEDS PRODUCTIVITY Portable toilets and ablution facilities improve hygiene and consequently, productivity

Remote mining locations continue to offer opportunity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 The biggest potential in the facility services industry currently lies across Africa. This is a result of the remote nature of many of the mining camps that often do not have access to towns or facilities, states Allterrain Services (ATS), a subsidiary of Tsebo Solutions, CEO Sanjay Narain. 

Remote mining locations continue to offer opportunity
SITE FACILITIES SUPPLIED ATS run labour-intensive facilities and management operations encompassing hygiene, catering and cleaning

Zim PGMs producer’s accommodation needs met

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 African building manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings provided site accommodation capable of housing about 500 project personnel as part of refurbishment works being carried out at the Selous, Zimbabwe-based base metals refinery (BMR) owned by platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Zimplats –... 

Zim PGMs producer’s  accommodation needs met
ACCOMMODATING CHANGE Kwikspace prefabricated buildings are manufactured in modules, allowing for future expansion

Solar solutions power up prefabricated housing

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 Tailored energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika is supplying its solar power panels for prefabricated housing on mining sites across Africa, particularly Mozambique, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), receiving positive feedback from mining companies in the process. On the back... 

Solar solutions power up prefabricated housing
SOLAR POWERED SITES Hybrid solar power plants are used to power a site manager’s office and several project offices, among other buildings

A$21m fundraising advances Tanlouka camp construction

     26th August 2016 Having received commitments to raise about A$21-million through a placement of 70-million shares at a price of A$0.30 a share, Perth-based gold company West African Resources can continue to rapidly progress its Tanlouka gold project. The placement proceeds will be used to start early civil... 

A$21m fundraising advances Tanlouka camp construction
ON TRACK The Tanlouka gold project feasibility study is on track to be completed in the fourth quarter

Solution provider servicing Holden mine clean-up

     26th August 2016 Modular building solutions provider Vesta Housing Solutions has been awarded a contract for British-Australian multinational mining corporation Rio Tinto’s Holden Mine Cleanup project. The facility provided by Vesta, in partnership with food and support services provider ESS Support Services... 

Specialist plays key role in mine shutdown and upgrade

     25th March 2016 On-site and prefabricated accommodation specialist Speedspace has assisted Botswana-based copper and nickel smelting company BCL with mine-site accommodation solutions for the shutdown and upgrading of its 11-year-old cooling system at its smelting furnace located at Selebi Phikwe. Speedspace... 

Specialist plays key role in mine shutdown and upgrade
STRATEGIC POSITIONING Speedspace’s Botswana-based rental fleet enabled the accommodation project at BCL to be completed without any delays

Interim housing supplier targets growth despite industry turmoil

By: Malusi Mkhize     25th March 2016 Modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace is involved in several prospective mining projects in Africa while the local industry struggles to recover from low commodity prices. “Our prefabricated rental buildings are an economical and practical solution when accommodation is needed for less than... 

Interim housing supplier targets growth despite industry turmoil

Camp completed for Sudan operation

     25th March 2016 Modular structure solutions provider Ark Prefab has delivered a camp as part of a procurement, construction and commissioning of facilities package to accommodate mine workers at the Kush project, in Sudan, operated by a large Russian mining company.  In 2015, Ark Prefab began erecting the camp,... 

Camp completed for Sudan operation
COMPETITIVE CAPACITY Shanghai, China-based Ark Prefab currently has a yearly prefabricated building production capacity of 75 000 m2

Manufacturer promotes sustainable buildings for mining industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     25th March 2016 Modular building solutions provider Perfect-Places is assessing the building needs of the South African mining industry with an eye to introducing its range of thermal-insulated modular homes that reduce construction time.  The Cape Town-based company constructs buildings that are warmer in... 

Manufacturer promotes sustainable buildings for mining industry
ENERGY SAVER Perfect-Places offers a building solution that is warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing the need for heating and cooling

Energy efficiency provides the edge amid escalating costs

By: Malusi Mkhize     25th March 2016 Modular homes and prefabricated building supplier Afripanel highlights the significant advantage of using energy efficient prefabricated buildings for mine-site accommodation solutions amid rising electricity and fossil fuels costs. Afripanel MD Jaco Schultz tells Mining Weekly that the company... 

Energy efficiency provides the edge  amid escalating costs
CONSTRUCTION EFFICIENCY The Afripanel modular building system is designed to reduce construction time on site

Redeployable solutions address economic downturn

     25th March 2016 Integrated redeployable camp solutions provider Weatherhaven RCS is focused on supplying major, junior and exploration mining companies with military base solutions in the form of its shelters for mine-site accommodation. According to Weatherhaven RCS, its products are designed to be redeployed,... 

Redeployable  solutions address economic downturn
MOBILITY MATTERS Weatherhaven RCS shelters provide flexibility, which enables effective manual relocation

Push to supply longer-term lodgings  

By: Malusi Mkhize     24th March 2016 Housing and building construction system company Moladi believes mining companies, which are currently dealing with the commodities downturn, should invest in longer-term building solutions for the purpose of on-site accommodation, as opposed to more traditional prefabricated modular buildings.... 

Push to supply  longer-term lodgings
MORE TO OFFER Moladi’s green building technology is up to six to eight times stronger than traditional brick and cement structures

Mining communities receive R18bn funding – Zuma

By: David Oliveira     28th August 2015 Distressed mining communities in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West have received R18-billion worth of funding to date, South African President Jacob Zuma said in a media statement, published in June this year. The majority of funding had come... 

Mining communities receive R18bn funding – Zuma
Photo by Duane Daws
JACOB ZUMA Government embraces partnerships because we understand that when working together we can achieve much more

Botswana project receives modular building solutions

By: David Oliveira     28th August 2015 Prefabricated building supplier Speedspace delivered 4 256 m2 of mobile preassembled building solutions to Botswana government-owned nickel and copper producer BCL last month. Company MD Hennie Wiggett notes that the 135 units, including housing, ablution facilities, offices, security units and... 

Botswana project  receives modular  building solutions
TIGHT DELIVERY SCHEDULE Speedspace delivered 4 256 m2 of preassembled buildings to house contractors at BCL’s smelter plant for its shutdown programme

Local company begins prefabricated building construction in Kitwe

By: David Oliveira     28th August 2015 Prefabricated building solutions manufacturer and supplier African Modular Building Solutions (AMBS) is constructing an emergency communication and control call centre facility, comprised of six buildings, for Zambian copper producer Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) at the company’s headquarters, in... 

Local company begins prefabricated building construction in Kitwe
CORE COMFORT AMBS’s newest 60-mm-thick polyurethane core panels have similar insulation properties to a wall of 2.5 bricks thick

Charter noncompliance impacts on living conditions

     28th August 2015 The Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) report on compliance with the Mining Charter shows that the drive to improve the living standards of mineworkers has not been fully realised, says independent nongovernmental organisation the Bench Marks Foundation lead researcher David van Wyk,... 

Charter noncompliance impacts on  living conditions
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPROVED HOUSING STANDARD A compliance report on the Mining Charter shows that the drive to improve the living standards of mineworkers has not been fully realised

Burkino Faso mine to receive locally manufactured building materials solution

By: David Oliveira     28th August 2015 South African prefabricated building manufacturer Kwikspace is shipping its KwikMax building material solution to a mine in Burkino Faso, where it will be used to erect offices, ablution facilities and a dining room, covering about 250 m2. Kwikspace building solutions manager David van Zyl tells... 

Burkino Faso mine to receive locally manufactured  building materials solution
DESTINATION BURKINO FASO Kwikspace is shipping its KwikMax building material solution to a mine in Burkino Faso, where it will be used to erect 250 m2 of building space

Canvas and Tent

     28th August 2015 Founded over four decades ago, Canvas and Tent is a global leader in the manufacture of canvas and polyvinyl chloride-related products. The company’s client base comprises local and international military, humanitarian, mining and construction organisations. The company is a preferred supplier to... 

Canvas and Tent

‘Industrial hotel’ facilities enable mine to focus on core business

By: Dylan Slater     27th March 2015 Outsourcing the construction and management of worker accommodation enables a mining company to fully focus on its core activity, says relocatable and modular building company Waco International CEO Stephen Goodburn. 

‘Industrial hotel’ facilities enable mine to focus on core business
BUILD, OWN, OPERATE Abacus Space Solutions provides a turnkey mine accomodation service

Merger will bolster camp service offering

By: Dylan Slater     27th March 2015 The merger between outsourcing company Tsebo Outsourcing Group and catering and hospitality services company Allterrain Services (ATS), is set to bolster the companies’ service offering to the mine site accommodation industry by combining their expertise and client base throughout Africa and abroad. 

Merger will bolster camp service offering
CLIVE SMITH Tsebo has been successful in securing some of Africa’s multinational, blue-chip brands, from financial services to the resources sector, as part of its customer base

Zambia housing project nears completion

By: Dylan Slater     27th March 2015 The R28-million mine housing project at Zambia-based copper mine Mopani Copper Mines is currently 85% complete, reports Roodepoort-based prefabricated buildings company African Modular Building Solutions (AMBS). 

Zambia housing project nears completion
Photo by Duane Daws
IN-HOUSE MANUFACTURING To enhance the quality of its products, AMBS manufactures several key components in-house

Revitalisation of mining towns critical

     27th March 2015 It is important for the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements to hold those tasked with the implementation of the Special Presidential Package for Distressed Mining Towns accountable, chairperson Nocawe Mafu says, stating that this project is critical for the wellbeing of the... 

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