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Harmony Gold gets tax incentive for energy savings at Tshepong mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 Gold producer Harmony Gold Mining Company (Harmony) has received a Section 12L tax incentive for energy savings achieved on the compressors of the miner’s Tshepong gold mine in the Free State. Section 12L of the Income Tax Act incentivises businesses to save energy through a tax allowance of 95c... 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 With a significant portion of the large mineral deposits having been discovered worldwide, and in many cases reaching the end of viable economic recovery, phytomining is one option that could be chosen to extract the remaining value from this mined ground, Florida International University... 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

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.

New tin player aiming to achieve steady-state production at Namibian project within 12 months 

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 Diversified mineral development company Bushveld Minerals’ tin platform AfriTin Mining, which has assets in Namibia and South Africa, will focus on becoming “The Africa tin champion” by bringing its flagship Uis tin project, in Namibia, to commercial production, says AfriTin Mining CEO Anthony... 

New tin player aiming to achieve steady-state production at Namibian project within 12 months
Afritin Mining CEO Anthony Viljoen discusses newly- Aim-listed Afriting Mining and its strategies.

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining requires a robust constitution as mines often work against nature, descending deep underground, where temperatures can rise to between 60º and 70º at the rock face, explains heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company Johnson Controls GM Neil Cameron. 

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature
YD CENTRIFUGAL CHILLER The chiller ranges in capacity from 5 300 kW to 21 100 kW

Company offers mine to market solutions

     24th November 2017 Combining concept-to-completion expertise with design and major project delivery capabilities for the minerals and metals sector, from bulk commodities to rare earths, professional services provider WorleyParsons offers its customers complete mine-to-market solutions from inception to... 

Company offers mine  to market solutions
MULTIDISCIPLIANRY APPROACH WorleyParsons takes a multidisciplinary approach, with teams comprising experts to identify challenges early and produce tailored strategies that mitigate risks

Consulting industry evolves despite current challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 As mines have reduced their in-house technical capacity to deal with cost constraints in the economic downturn, the role of consulting engineers in the mining industry has evolved in the past decade, with their specialist skills being applied more broadly, says firm of consulting engineers and... 

Consulting industry evolves despite current challenges
VIS REDDY The involvement of consultants in operational work on mines tends to detract from the more specialised focus that consultants should have

Latest industry survey holds out promise but challenges persist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has flatlined, stagnating at 6.7% for 2016 and 2017. However, India’s GDP has increased from 6.8% to 7.2% for the same period, which bodes well for the offtake of South Africa’s commodities market.  

Latest industry survey holds out promise but challenges persist
CHRIS CAMPBELL Consulting Engineers South Africa has seen a higher percentage of member companies’ turnover allocated to the procurement of products and services from black-owned companies

Increasing demand for variable-speed drives

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Following the successful commissioning of two MoviDrive B ventilation and air conditioning variable-speed drives (VSDs) at an underground mine in the North-West, in South Africa, drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa will commission an additional four of its MoviDrive B drives... 

Increasing demand for variable-speed drives
DISTINGUISHED DRIVE The purpose-built LTP-B Eco HVAC drive can be set for different parameters such as fan or pump control

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. 

Relays assist with  cable-theft detection
PROTECT AND SERVE The Proloc and ProBeck relays are programmed to detect cable theft by identifying a change in electrical impedance of a cable

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.  

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.  

South32 bullish on aluminium, manganese, energy coal prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 With the price of various commodities having improved during the 2017 financial year, diversified miner South32 remains optimistic about the aluminium, manganese and energy coal sectors for the year ahead. “Manganese led the way [in terms of price increases], and metallurgical coal, energy coal,... 

South32 bullish on aluminium, manganese, energy coal prospects
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Gold Fields invests R6m to boost mechanised mining skills

By: Nadine James     22nd November 2017 South African gold miner Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a R6-million, three-year partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to further academic knowledge in the field of mechanised mining and rock engineering in South Africa. Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland and Wits... 

Underground ore reserves extend Prominent Hill life to 2029

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st November 2017 An 18% increase in the underground ore reserve at Prominent Hill could extend the mine’s life to 2029, copper/gold miner Oz Minerals reported on Tuesday. The increase in underground ore reserves to 39-million tonnes at 1.7% copper equivalent has enabled an expected underground production rate of... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC, Eskom to test first vanadium redox flow battery

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy has deployed its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) to power utility Eskom for testing. The power utility will, at its research, testing and development centre, in Rosherville, test the VRFB and its... 

Mining contributes A$55bn to Qld economy in 2016/17

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st November 2017 The resources sector continues to drive employment and investment in Queensland, having contributed A$55.1-billion to the state’s economy in 2016/17 and supported the equivalent of 282 633 full-time jobs. This is according to the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC’s) eighth yearly economic... 

Bushveld’s Vametco subsidiary achieves solid Q3 performance

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Bushveld Vametco subsidiary put in a solid performance for the third quarter ended September 30, which was supported by a rising vanadium price that traded at an average of $39.40/kg. Bushveld Minerals and Yellow Dragon Holdings in April jointly acquired Bushveld... 

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

Lemur appoints owner’s engineer, technical advisers for Imaloto BFS

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary, which is developing an integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer asset in Madagascar, has appointed an owner’s engineer and technical advisers for  the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Imaloto power project.... 

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is liaising with various industry players including mining companies, insurers, law and auditing firms to establish a consistent approach to assessing and reviewing mine closure liability. They believe that this collaboration will result in greater understanding... 

Consultancy looks to reduce cost of complying with new regulations
RECLAIMED BY NATURE The new, stricter regulations are likely owing to the Department of Mineral Resources being responsible for the rehabilitation close to 6 000 abandoned mines

Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The National Environmental Management Act’s (Nema’s) Financial Provisioning Regulations are a game changer because of the level of detail they require from mining companies, as well as the increased levels of liability they have established, says mining law firm Webber Wentzel. Webber Wentzel... 

Financial provisioning regulations a game changer – law firm
GARYN RAPSON The new laws have changed the rules surrounding mine closure in fundamental ways

Need for collaboration in CSR initiatives emphasised

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 With the mining industry now recovering from the downturn in commodity prices, and a new balance emerging in the global demand and supply of minerals, now is the time to reflect, innovate and plan for a more resilient industry in the future, says Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey... 

Collaboration with engineering firm yields nigh-R100m cost saving for Harmony

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 JSE-listed Harmony Gold has partnered with Pretoria-based engineering company ETA Operations (ETA), formerly known as HVAC International, to improve the operational efficiency of Harmony’s deep-level gold mines in South Africa, subsequently resulting in significant cost savings. The operational... 

Collaboration with engineering firm yields nigh-R100m cost saving for Harmony
Photo by Harmony Gold
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY ETA Operations aided Harmony Gold in maintaining previously-implemented electricity cost savings projects that yielded significant results

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

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... 

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 In the last decade, there have been over 40 mining waste failures, killing some 341 people and damaging hundreds of kilometers of waterways, affecting drinking water sources and the livelihood of communities, a new report entitled ‘Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident’, reveals. The... 

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

Afritin targets Africa tin champion title, Namibia project upscaled to commercial production 

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2017 Following the demerger of Afritin Mining from Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals – and its subsequent listing as the only pure - play tin platform on the Aim last week – the company, which has assets in Namibia and South Africa, will focus on becoming “The Africa tin champion” by bringing its flagship... 

Afritin targets Africa tin champion title, Namibia project upscaled to commercial production
Afritin Mining CEO Anthony Viljoen discusses newly- Aim-listed Afritin Mining and its strategies. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Grupo Mexico raises nearly $1bn in rail unit IPO – sources

By: Reuters     10th November 2017 Mexican miner and infrastructure company Grupo Mexico on Thursday priced an initial public offering of its rail unit at 31.50 pesos per share, two sources said, raising around 19-billion pesos ($998-million). GMexico Transportes priced at the bottom of a 31.50 pesos to 39 pesos per share range,... 

Africa’s first coltan smelter established in Tanzania

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Mining and metals company AB Minerals is partnering with the African Minerals and Geoscience Centre (AMGC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to establish the first columbite-tantalite (coltan) smelter in Africa. 

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto

     10th November 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has selected capital equipment giant Caterpillar (Cat) and global industrial company Barloworld to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Otjikoto mine, Namibia, which will provide 7 MW of solar power to the mine. “For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable,... 

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto
ARRAY OF SUNSHINE Solar power will be used to reduce reliance on heavy fuel oil currently powering the Otjikoto mine

In-house focus ensures continued growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Industrial minerals and construction materials producer Afrimat is developing new marketing initiatives to strategically reposition some of its established products as it navigates the effects of rand volatility, market contraction and regulatory uncertainty in South Africa, and continues to... 

In-house focus ensures continued growth
A FORGOTTEN TREASURE CLC Builders Lime produced at Afrimat’s Cape Lime business, in the Western Cape, has been identified as a marketing priority

Miners urged to take heed of Natural Capital Protocol framework

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 The recently released Natural Capital Protocol promises to give business a new appreciation of the ecosystem services on which they rely, states independent engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting. The protocol was developed by a global multi-stakeholder group representing business,... 

Miners urged to take heed of Natural Capital Protocol framework
Photo by SRK Consulting
PAUL JORGENSEN Sustainability practices in mining are increasingly being incorporated into these value chain approaches to risk management

Zambian chamber lauds Chile as model of what mining can achieve with the right policies

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 A two-person team from Chile’s mining industry recently visited Zambia and met with the Zambian Chamber of Mines (ZCM), the Presidency, the Zambia Revenue Authority’s Mineral Value Chain Monitoring Project and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings. The ZCM believes that Zambia can... 

Zambian chamber lauds Chile as model of what mining can achieve with the right policies
Photo by Codelco
LONG-TERM VISION Chile place’s great emphasis on due process and the rule of law, when it comes to their mining industry; even where it might not be to the country’s short-term benefit

Modular Reflux Classifier launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier (RC) plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. This integrated engineered modular solution is based on a fundamental component – FLSmidth’s... 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched
Photo by Duane Daws
DEON DE KOCK With this modular plant, we can really live our vision by delivering that extra value

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which relates to the brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining (TMM) equipment, says... 

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations
Photo by Creamer Media image
DANIE BURGER There are currently a number of problems relating to the standards for the testing of brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining equipment

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology, which will reside within the Department of Mining... 

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology  chair at University of Pretoria
CHAIRED PROJECT The first project from AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology will be to determine safe blast-clearance radii for blasting
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