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Mine Site Accommodation

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... 

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

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

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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canvas and Tent

     27th March 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

Macerating sewage pumps ideal for mine site accommodation

     27th March 2015 Macerating pumping systems are ideal for temporary sewage networks, as are required during the construction of a mine, owing to the system’s flexibility and ability to pump sewage through small bore pipes to a central collection facility, such as a septic tank or municipal sewage line, says the... 

Macerating sewage pumps ideal for  mine site accommodation
FLEXIBLE SYSTEM Saniflo sewage pumps are the ideal solution for modular buildings as they can be easily installed and removed

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

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... 

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

‘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

Durable camps popular among remote mines

By: Bruce Montiea     29th August 2014 Gauteng-based camp solutions provider Dynamic African Projects (DAP’s) mining camps can last for up to 20 years in constant use and are popular among mining companies operating in remote areas, says director Wesley Nel. He tells Mining Weekly that clients that have benefitted from the... 

Durable camps popular among remote mines
TURNKEY PACKAGE DAP is one of the few companies that not only erects mobile buildings but also provides related services such as concrete and sewerage works, as well as water and electrical reticulation

Mineworkers benefit from wholesome living environments

By: Bruce Montiea     29th August 2014 Mineworkers and subcontractors working on remote sites in Southern Africa have a home away from home, as they have benefitted from the wholesome environments and services that specialist remote site manager Fedics Site Services has created for them, says company MD Andrew St Clair-Laing.  He... 

Mineworkers benefit from wholesome living environments
REMOTE LOCATION Fedics Site Services creates a home away from home for mineworkers

Mobile homes suitable for mine site accommodation

By: Bruce Montiea     29th August 2014 Mineworkers who are comfortable and content are more productive, which is why prefabricated building manufacturer Hi-Way Parkhomes designs its transportable and modular buildings, that can be built on-site, to combine all the amenities of home in a convenient and robust package. Hi-Way Parkhomes... 

Mobile homes suitable for mine site accommodation
REMOTE ACCOMMODATION Mine accommodation cannot be built as permanent structures, resulting in increased demand for prefabricated structures

Plastic piping systems help miners meet charter requirements

By: Bruce Montiea     29th August 2014 UK-based plastic piping systems manufacturer Polypipe can assist mining companies in complying with the Mining Charter’s requirements that mineworkers’ housing and living conditions be improved, by supplying piping systems for new mining accommodation, says Polypipe export sales manager Philip... 

Plastic piping systems help miners meet charter requirements
PIPING IT Polypipe supplies piping systems for new mining accommodation

Prefab buildings benefit mine site construction team

By: Bruce Montiea     29th August 2014 Prefabricated building manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings has provided temporary accommodation for the construction team currently working to relocate the former Dingleton community to Kathu, to make way for Anglo American-owned iron-ore major Kumba Iron Ore’s expansion operations at Sishen... 

Prefab buildings benefit mine site construction team
QUICK SPACE Kwikspace provides temporary accommodation on site

Sustainable accommodation for SA mineworkers

By: Bruce Montiea     29th August 2014 Operational campsite design specialist Akhani Group has signed an agreement with alternative housing solutions provider Lightweight Energy Panels Africa (Lepa) in June to market and distribute Lepa’s lightweight construction panels. The panels are used to build temporary and permanent living... 

Sustainable accommodation for SA mineworkers
WALLED OFF Lepa’s lightweight construction panels are designed to keep rooms cool in summer and warm in winter

An end to platinum miner’s single-sex hostels imminent

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th March 2014 Platinum group metals producer Lonmin aims to finish converting its remaining 20 single-sex hostel blocks by the end of September, group business transformation executive VP Barnard Mokwena tells Mining Weekly. “It is a very symbolic project for us at Lonmin, as it marks the end of the single-sex... 

An end to platinum miner’s single-sex hostels imminent
Photo by Duane Daws
END OF AN ERA The end of single-sex hostels at Lonmin's mines signifies an end to the unfortunate aspect of South African mining's legacy
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