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Significant drill targets identified at Kavango’s Botswana project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 Kavango Resources has recorded positive results from geophysical follow-up work carried out since the completion of Phase 1 of the airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey over its Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) project, in Botswana. The company noted in a statement issued on Monday that ground-based... 

Kibo, Edenville resubmit tender qualification documents to Tanesco

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 Aim-listed companies Kibo Energy and Edenville Energy on Friday both announced that they had resubmitted their respective tender qualification documents to the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco). Kibo is developing the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) and Edenville the Rukwa... 

Milling control system improves Asanko’s throughput rate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 Engineering group DRA Global has implemented an advanced milling control system, using the MillSlicer instrument, at the Asanko gold mine, on the Asankrangwa belt, in Ghana. Since the installation, Asanko has been able to deliver above its five-million-tonne-a-year design rate.  

Milling control system improves Asanko’s throughput rate
Asanko gold mine, in Ghana

Supplier expands Cavex hydrocyclone footprint across Copperbelt

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is expanding its Cavex hydrocyclones footprint across Africa with its two most recent orders of hydrocyclones to be installed in the Central African Copperbelt next year, says Weir Minerals Africa hydrocyclones product manager Sheldon Gabriel. Weir... 

Supplier expands Cavex hydrocyclone footprint across Copperbelt
GLOBAL REACH There is a large installed base of Cavex hydrocyclones in copper applications across the globe

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2018 Energy efficiency in the mining and minerals processing sector continues to be a hot topic, especially in South Africa, where increases in the cost of energy sources – namely electricity, diesel and coal – along with that of labour, exceed inflation.   

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to  reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

Researcher forecasts a consistent price for iron-ore

7th December 2018 Macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – formerly known as BMi Research – has maintained its average iron-ore price forecast for 2018 at $6.0/t. However, despite the recent August rally – which stemmed from a combination of stocking up of ore by Chinese steel producers as low-grade polluting... 

Researcher forecasts  a consistent price  for iron-ore
HARD TO PORT Ore ready for export at the Saldanha Port

Manufacturer ensures top quality screens for iron-ore sector

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2018 Vibrating and original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) and supplier Kwatani has successfully custom-engineered and manufactured about 1 000 of its robust vibrating screens and feeders in the iron-ore sector in South Africa to date, while more than 15 000 units have been shipped into 35 countries... 

Manufacturer ensures top quality screens for iron-ore sector
Photo by Kwatani
PARTNERSHIP Kwatani can design and manufacture solutions to suit the precise requirements of an iron-ore mine as well as scientifically monitor and measure its performance

Investment Battlefield competition seeks next big investment opportunity

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba is set to host its third Investment Battlefield competition during its twenty-fifth edition of the event from February 4 to 6, 2019. Event organisers are looking for sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising mining companies with a market capitalisation of $50-million... 

EVs to become main driver of battery storage deployment over next decade, says Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to become the main driver of surging battery storage deployment over the next decade, following increasing ambitions by developed and emerging markets to decarbonise their transport sectors, and will have a substantial disruptive effect on how energy is... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Kibo to consider further deadline extension for Sepco III

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 China-based Sepco III has requested a further extension on the Strategic Development Agreement with dual-listed Kibo Energy at the Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania. Kibo on Monday said the request would be considered by Kibo’s board this week. 

Sector remains significant for mobile buildings company

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 The oil and gas industry will remain a significant focus for prefab and modular buildings in 2019, says rental buildings manufacturer Kwikspace, rentals executive Andre Prinsloo. 

Sector remains  significant for mobile buildings company
KWIKSPACE MODULAR BUILDINGS Kwikspace provides a range of modular buildings and rental fleet buildings to rapidly accommodate people during shutdowns

Need for digital tech growth in industry

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 Although the oil and gas industry has begun to use analytics, it can use digital technology to grow the industry even more, says consulting and business process services company Wipro business development manager for South Africa Marleze van Loggerenberg. “Oil and gas companies are focusing on... 

Need for digital tech growth in industry
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG Africa has the potential to leapfrog current technology and current infrastructure, and implement new technologies in its operations

Deep-water Africa at the heart of Impact’s strategy

30th November 2018 Owing to the upstream oil industry quickly becoming comfortable with increased demand, and the resultant improvement in investor confidence, privately-owned oil and gas exploration company Impact Oil and Gas exploration director Phil Birch says Africa is witnessing an upsurge in interest in... 

Deep-water Africa  at the heart of  Impact’s strategy
OFFSHORE OIL RIG Some of the largest remaining oil and gas reserves lie along deep passive continental margins

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 With the now confirmed separation of oil and gas legislation from that of mining in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act South African Oil & Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Niall Kramer says the prospects of South Africa entering the liquefied natural gas and indigenous shale gas market... 

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry
NIALL KRAMER The separation of oil and gas legislation from mining legislation is something that the industry has been asking for and policy makers are heading the country in the right direction

Skills upgrade in SA oil and gas industry needed

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 South Africa has fallen behind the rest of Africa in the oil and gas industry in terms of skills, exploration and legislation, says OPITO (which used to be known as the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization before it was internationally recognized) accredited offshore training company... 

Innovative training the next step to improving safety

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Health and safety training company KBC Health and Safety encourages mining companies to engage in continuous learning and the extension of knowledge to decrease the number of incidents and fatalities on site. KBC Health and Safety lead: strategy and business growth director Jared Kangisser says... 

Refinery implements proactive approach towards safety

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Following its current record of 702 lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free days, its previous best being 554 days, Rand Refinery’s Germiston-based gold refinery and smelter operations intends to exceed 1 000 LTI-free days. The company current record equates to 2.3-million LTE-free man-hours.   During... 

Master Drilling earmarks ‘significant share’ of capex for product portfolio, market diversification

By: Paige Müller     30th November 2018 Having grown from strength to strength since its JSE listing in 2012, local innovative drilling solutions provider Master Drilling plans to focus its capital expenditure (capex) on product and market diversification over the next five years, according to group CEO and founder Danie Pretorius.... 

Master Drilling earmarks ‘significant share’ of capex for product portfolio, market diversification

Safety initiatives, innovative machinery achieve zero harm

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th November 2018 Mining development and exploration drilling company Rosond achieved zero harm last month, which bodes well for the company’s aim of achieving zero harm in its next financial year. “In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on promoting safe behaviour and increasing management visibility on the... 

Safety assured for Vertical Drop delivery system

30th November 2018 Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting has pioneered the vertical drop emulsion delivery system which delivers the non-detonable base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility, boosting safety and efficiency. These storage... 

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The gazetting of the overhauled National Environment Management Act (Nema) will ensure more mines are held accountable and meet their obligations in terms of financial provisioning for environmental rehabilitation, says law firm Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn... 

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm
Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn Rapson

Australian demand for key mining equipment tightening

23rd November 2018 New data by advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) has indicated a tightening demand for mining and construction equipment, with the value of the Australian mining fleet value index increasing by 7.5% since December 2016. “While we have not returned to mining boom territory, we are seeing a tightening... 

Australian demand for key mining equipment tightening

Thickened tailings solution testwork under way

By: Paige Müller     23rd November 2018 Process equipment and mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is performing tailings test work at a major South African platinum mine to develop a turnkey thickened tailings solution. Weir Minerals Africa process manager Hoosen Essack states that the local miner has shown interest... 

Thickened tailings solution testwork under way
HEAVY DUTY PUMPING The horizontal and vertical Warman slurry pump range is specifically designed for heavy duty slurry applications such as the handling of tailings slurries

Consultancy secures work in gold, coal, base metals sectors

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd November 2018 While it has completed nine projects across various commodities this year, most have been in the gold sector, says Gauteng-based mining consultancy A & B Global Mining (ABGM). This trend has continued, with three of the seven projects across Africa for which the company is finalising commercial... 

Local consultancy shares mineral valuation insights with China

23rd November 2018 An important Chinese mining sector delegation visiting South Africa in October was able to gain valuable insights from specialist engineers and scientists of multidisciplinary consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa, focusing on the range of factors that affect mineral resource and mineral... 

Local consultancy  shares mineral valuation insights with China
MEETING OF MINDS SRK Consulting South Africa engineers and scientists offered valuable insights to the 20-member delegation of the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Natural Resources which visited South Africa recently

Need to include greater detail in mining designs

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd November 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa (SA) is often approached by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms once they have completed designs for their mining clients. 

Need to include greater detail in mining designs
FASTENING DEMAND Across all projects, Hilti is experiencing the most demand for its grating fasteners and multipurpose fastening for the electrical control and instrumentation discipline

SA mines need innovative methods of drought control

23rd November 2018 Barrier Balls could be the innovative drought control solution mining sites in South Africa have been waiting for, says South African mining engineering consultancy VBKom director Eduan Pieterse. 

Energy efficient drive for underground cooling solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa offers ventilation and cooling solutions for mining industry applications with its LTP-B Eco heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) drive. The drive is available in two three-phase variants, a 440 V unit from 0.75 kW to 160 kW,... 

Second phase of cooling solution completed

23rd November 2018 Global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader Johnson Controls installed two additional York YK centrifugal chillers at platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) for the planned second phase expansion of cooling capacity for its Impala 16 Shaft as it heads toward a depth of 1... 

Second phase of cooling solution completed
COOLED The New York YK centrifugal chillers add an additional 14 MWR of cooling

Short-course participants learn about theoretical, practical aspects of diamond exploration

By: Nadine James     23rd November 2018 Leading diamond exploration, evaluation and mining geologists Dr Mike de Wit and Dr John Bristow – in collaboration with the University of Pretoria Geology Department and Enterprises University of Pretoria – presented a short course on ‘Diamond Exploration and their Primary and Secondary Sources’... 

Short-course participants learn about theoretical,  practical aspects of diamond exploration
CLASS OF 2018 20 students and 20 delegates attended this year’s Diamond Short Course in collaboration with the University of Pretoria

Distribution company expands services with air compressors

23rd November 2018 Premium batteries and rotating electrics importer and distributor Probe Corporation added to its distributing services air compressors that provide optimal air compression solutions for local mining and industrial markets. Probe CEO Frank Rovelli says mining is a tough environment, with harsh... 

Distribution company  expands services with  air compressors
VALUABLE Air compressors are an ideal compression solution that offer optimal air for underground mines

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Hire compressors can play a cardinal role in keeping some local mines operational, especially amid ageing surface compressors that feed air underground, says portable air compressors and generator rental Rand-Air long-term rental business development manager Henry Fourie. Rand-Air provides... 

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions
HENRY FOURIE There are many benefits to mines hiring equipment on a long-term basis from Rand-Air

GRP pipes more resilient in dewatering systems

23rd November 2018 Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipes’ proven resilience in harsh terrains, extreme climates and unpredictable site environments make them the superior choice over high-density polyethylene (HDPE), steel and ductile iron concrete-lined (DICL) pipes in the demanding environment of a mine dewatering... 

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines

23rd November 2018 Safely operating a mine is a fundamental principle, where all procedures and code of practices (COPs) should be carefully adhered to, with ventilation flow and the positioning of refuge bays and early detection and monitoring systems being carefully considered, says deaths elimination product... 

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines
SAFETY MEASURE Underground miner evaluates safety strategy to ensure safety

Premier encouraged by high-grade intersections at RHA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st November 2018 Exploration drilling at Premier African Minerals’ 49%-owned RHA tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe, has demonstrated encouraging multiple high-grade intersections and the potential convergence of orebodies, CEO George Roach said on Wednesday. Providing feedback to shareholders regarding the latest... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 As more renewable energy capacity is added globally, thermal coal-fired power stations are likely to, in future, operate only for short periods of time to balance the shortfall in electricity when renewable capacity is not available, University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien said at... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Amid rising global energy demand, University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos urges developing countries to embrace greener energy principles. To do this without jeopardising economic growth, he suggests that developing countries, where coal is the most viable... 

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos
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