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Nevsun reports full power restored at Eritrea ops, lifts dividend

By: Henry Lazenby Horn of Arica-focused copper miner Nevsun Resources on Monday reported that a third-party power solutions provider has fixed and restored the electricity supply to the Bisha plant, in Eritrea. Nevsun last week reported that power supply issues had forced a temporary halt in concentrate... 

Cashing in on Africa’s infrastructure gap

By: Mariaan Webb With billions set to be spent on infrastructure in Africa over the next several decades, a new opportunity to support mining operations and concentrator plants, which is outside its traditional focus area, is emerging for DRA Infrastructure. 

Cashing in on Africa’s  infrastructure gap
DRA prides itself on providing a ‘pit-to-port’ engineering solution – a vision that the infrastructure division taps into

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion

By: Mariaan Webb From a modest start 30 years ago as an electrical control and instrumentation company, DRA has morphed into one of the continent’s largest project management and engineering enterprises with operations in Africa, North America, Europe and the Pacific. It is to these international markets that the... 

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

Education at the heart of DRA’s corporate social investment

By: Mariaan Webb Recognising the need for a constant supply of well-qualified, locally educated graduate engineers and scientists to recruit from, DRA has placed education at the heart of its corporate social investment (CSI) programme, with 26 local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) benefiting from its... 

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity

By: Martin Creamer The Lion ferrochrome smelter, owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome. In addition, the smelter needs far less coke than conventional smelters and uses significant... 

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity
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IMPRESSIVE ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION The Lion ferrochrome smelter uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes

Maintenance specialist upbeat about 2014 contract renewals

By: Mariaan Webb Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of the DRA Group, has been awarded three contract renewals in 2014, which MD Gerhard Hendriksz says is indicative of the value-add service that the company offers. 

Mining division expanding again

By: Mariaan Webb DRA Mining – a division offering specialised mining services and total mining service solutions – is bouncing back after the South African mining industry took a knock in the post-Marikana environment. 

Mining division expanding again
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DRA director responsible for the mining division, Neale Goddard

Mining downturn threatens to erode local talent pool

By: Mariaan Webb Slow growth in the South African mining industry is threatening to erode the availability of critical skills in the local industry, as experienced engineers turn to other emerging and faster-growing industries for work opportunities. 

Mining downturn threatens to erode  local talent pool
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

New Oman office already bringing in leads

By: Mariaan Webb Having already established a strong foothold in sub-Saharan Africa, Johannesburg-headquartered  

New Oman office already bringing in leads
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DRA COO Michiel van Niekerk

Refurbished winders attractive alternative

By: Mariaan Webb Refurbishing existing mine winders remains a popular practice in the mining industry, with DRA’s specialist consultant winder systems team reporting that the majority of its clients choose refurbished equipment where possible, owing to significant cost and time savings. 

Refurbished winders attractive alternative
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DRA director responsible for the winder systems business, Graham du Plessis

Smelter engineer delivers electrode columns for furnace project

By: David D‘ Oliveira South African smelter engineering firm Metix has successfully commissioned the electrode columns used in the C and D furnaces at the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture’s Lion Ferrochrome Phase 2 expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo. Metix technology equipment manager Ivan Holl tells Mining... 

Smelter engineer delivers electrode columns for  furnace project
UPPER ELECTRODE COLUMNS The upper sections of the electrode column, comprising the slipping device, at the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture’s Lion Ferrochrome Phase 2 expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo were lifted and secured to the supporting beams of the building

Australia's Bradken cooperates on due diligence for $730, buyout plan

By: Reuters Australian mining products maker Bradken Ltd said it would let Bain Capital and Pacific Equity Partners conduct due diligence, a sign that its interest in the private equity giants' cut-price $730-million takeover proposal is serious. Bradken is one of a growing number of Australian mining... 

Chamber offers to work with Eskom on national power solutions

By: Martin Creamer The mining industry was willing to engage with State power utility Eskom to find solutions that would help to improve electricity supply. Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke expressed the chamber’s concern about the negative impact of load shedding on the mining sector and said mining’s... 

Chamber offers to work with Eskom on national power solutions
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Mike Teke

Nevsun unfazed by unreliable power at Bisha plant

By: Henry Lazenby Eritrea-focused copper producer Nevsun Resources was unaffected by power supply issues that had forced a temporary halt in concentrate production at its flagship Bisha mine. Vancouver-based Nevsun reported that the 27-generator strong third-party-supplied power plant was undergoing routine... 

Australia's Bradken mulls low-ball offer from Bain, PEP

By: Reuters Australian mining products maker Bradken Ltd said it is considering a cut-price $730-million takeover proposal from Bain Capital and Pacific Equity Partners, underscoring the urgency the sector faces amid plunging commodities prices. Bradken shares surged as much as 40% as investors backed the... 

ABB launches mine hoist audit service

By: Zandile Mavuso Automation technology group ABB launched its new Hoist Performance Fingerprint service product, which is designed to assess and optimise the condition of its customer’s mine hoists.  

AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager

By: Chantelle Kotze As part of its growth expansion strategy, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services announced the appointment of Francois van Niekerk to manage its global sourcing department. 

AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager
Francois van Niekerk Van Niekerk, who replaces Sylvester Duma, has spent an 11-year tenure at AEL Mining Services

Vanadium demand expected to increase

By: Zandile Mavuso The vanadium market shows significant upside opportunities and robust economies, which will benefit different sectors in the future, says Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals exploration manager Luke Longridge. 

Bell Equipment to restructure, improve efficiency

By: Creamer Media Reporter The share price of JSE-listed Bell Equipment fell by 5.65% on Wednesday morning after the heavy equipment manufacturer announced that it was planning to restructure the business to improve operating efficiencies and ensure the group’s long-term competitiveness and sustainability. In a statement... 

Bell Equipment to restructure, improve efficiency

More work required by fly-in, fly-out inquiry

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) has welcomed the call for more evidence in a Parliamentary inquiry into the mental health of fly-in, fly-out (Fifo) workers in the state’s resources sector. In August this year, a Parliamentary committee launched an investigation into... 

Analytical Services Division upgrade to streamline efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach Refurbishments to State-owned minerals research organisation Mintek’s Analytical Services Division are expected to start in the first quarter of 2015, Mintek Analytical Services Division manager Joe Baloyi tells Mining Weekly, highlighting that expanding the division’s services to the... 

Analytical Services Division upgrade to streamline efficiency
STREAMLINED EFFICIENCY Mintek’s Analytical Services Division will create an open-plan laboratory where ore weighing, sample preparation, testing, analysis and results processing are performed in successive stages

Demand increase for geological data management systems

By: Mia Breytenbach Australia-based mining software solutions and services provider MICROMINE has registered a 20% to 30% demand increase for its flexible and secure Geobank and Geobank Mobile mining data-management solutions software, MICROMINE Africa customer services manager Craig Peek tells Mining Weekly. He... 

Demand increase for  geological data management systems
DATA COMPARISON The Sample Tracker module in the Geobank Mobile data management software solution enables users to perform full reconciliation of laboratory dispatch and received samples

Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration

By: Chantelle Kotze Only 13% to 15% of Africa’s trade takes place within the continent – compared with 63% in Europe and 40% in North America – leaving huge scope for better economic integration among African countries, according to futurist and scenario planner Guy Lundy. 

Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration
GUY LUNDY Although Africa’s borders were starting to become more efficient, it had a lot of work to do regarding the integration of its regional economies

Increased demand for mineralogical services

By: Mia Breytenbach State-owned council for mineral technology Mintek has noted a 60% demand increase for its mineralogical services in the past five years, with a significant increase in analysis enquiries on graphites, manganese and phosphates, as well as a surge in inquiries from the platinum mining sector,... 

Increased demand for mineralogical services
TECHNOLOGICAL INVESTMENT The Field emission gun Qemscan 650F implements chemistry and back-scatter electron signals to identify the mineral phases and determine their degree of liberation within particles

Increased uptake of PT schemes

By: Mia Breytenbach Coupled with year-on-year growth for mining laboratory quality-control services provider Qotho Laboratory Services, market uptake of the company’s interlaboratory proficiency testing (PT) schemes for various commodities has been successful over the past 12 months, says MD Hannelie de Beer. “Qotho... 

Increased uptake of  PT schemes
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ACCREDITATION DRIVE Qotho Laboratory Services recognises that laboratories are implementing ISO 17025 – the laboratory equivalent of the ISO 9000 quality management certification

Infrastructure development will positively affect the outlook of the mining industry in the next decade

By: Zandile Mavuso Many discussions would centre around energy and power infrastructure in Africa in the next decade and this would affect the mining sector significantly, said exploration and geology consulting company MSA Group MD Keith Scott. 

Statistical method assists in exploration borehole drilling

By: Mia Breytenbach As the mining industry needs to start adopting a fresh approach to determine mineral resources and the exploration required to do so, professional services firm Venmyn Deloitte introduced the Variance Towers statistical method in 2010 to assist in early-stage exploration. “This technique is used... 

Statistical method  assists in exploration borehole drilling
DEFINITIVE APPROACH The Variance Towers technique is used to estimate the minimum number of boreholes to find the information required to declare the inferred to indicated mineral resources

Switch to continuous operations would result in 8% to 15% value-add – advisory firm

By: Zandile Mavuso Adopting a continuous operations model in the South African mining sector could lead to a value-add of about 8% to 15%, says newly established advisory firm Advisian. 

Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower

By: Leandi Kolver Specialised chemicals provider Omnia was expecting to see financial gains from its new underground charging unit, which enables it to take its emulsion into the underground mining space, during the next financial year, MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s... 

Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower
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Omnia CEO Rod Humphris

Barminco wins mining contract at MMG's Rosebery

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining contractor Barminco Holdings has won a A$110-million contract from miner MMG to conduct jumbo development services at the Rosebery polymetalllic base metals mine, in Tasmania. The contract would have an initial three-year term but could be extended for a further two years. 

Mines need to cut emissions and increase renewables – Corporate Knights

By: Simon Rees As the population of the planet doubles between now and 2050, the drive to cut carbon emissions will continue to gather pace. At a recent meeting between heads of state in China, the US announced its intention to reduce carbon emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025. China declared its emissions would... 

Mines need to cut emissions and increase renewables – Corporate Knights
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