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Burkino Faso mine to receive locally manufactured building materials solution

By: David Oliveira 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... 

Company modifies design of materials hauler jacking system

By: Bruce Montiea Hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force is making design changes to its ToughLift jacking system, with new models expected to be released in 2016, says company marketing director Laura Thompson. “The jacking system provides users in the mining industry with an easy and safe method of lifting... 

Company modifies  design of materials  hauler jacking system
STURDY AND SAFE The ToughLift jacking system can meet the requirements of plant operators at mines and quarries

Company to release device to detect lab-grown diamonds

By: Bruce Montiea Gemmological services and technology developer and provider Diamond Services will in September unveil a mini Raman Spectrometer that can accurately detect high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) and chemical vapour deposition lab-grown diamonds and HPHT colour-treated diamonds. “The mini Raman... 

Company to release  device to detect  lab-grown diamonds
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED The mini Raman Spectrometer is designed to provide diamond and jewellery companies with a high technological capability

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system

By: Bruce Montiea Australia-based exploration and emerging producer Havilah Resources in June bought a surface laser monitoring and tracking system to use at its opencut Portia gold mine, in South Australia. The mine will use the Sentry monitoring system, designed by mining software, hardware and services provider... 

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system
OBSERVING Maptek’s Sentry surface laser monitoring and tracking system simplifies geotech analysis

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future

Mining houses that are deploying the latest technology in the areas of robotics, sensors, automation, wearables and connectivity will likely emerge as winners in the unceasing quest for operational excellence in the mining industry, says global information technology, consulting and outsourcing... 

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future
SAFETY UNDERGROUND Anglo American is partnering with tertiary institutions to advance its underground mining technologies

Local company begins prefabricated building construction in Kitwe

By: David Oliveira 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

Mines advised to place new focus on innovation and technology

The mining industry is “far behind” in terms of using technology and innovation to deal with industry-related challenges such as dropping ore grades, high-energy costs and lack of reliable energy supply, says bespoke mining enterprise software engineering solutions developer Stone Three Mining... 

Mines advised to place new focus  on innovation and technology
FROTH SENSOR Stone Three Mining Solutions optimises mineral processing plants through machine vision based smart sensor technology

New blast management system showcased in Australia

By: Zandile Mavuso Global mining software provider Maptek showcased its latest innovation, BlastLogic – a blast design and management system – at the eleventh International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting, in Sydney, Australia, from August 24 to 26 this year. 

New underground scanning device now locally available

By: Bruce Montiea Full service technology implementation company Ramjack Technology Solutions in February launched Canadian mining mobile equipment company Peck Tech Consulting’s uGPS Rapid Mapper scanning device onto the local market. The device, unveiled in South Africa during a roadshow jointly conducted by... 

New underground  scanning device  now locally available
COLLECTING ACCURATE DATA The uGPS Rapid Mapper can take scans at speeds of between 1 km/h and 15 km/h

M&R holds line on resources-focused strategy despite commodity meltdown

By: Terence Creamer Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it has no intention of shifting its strategy away from the international natural resources market, notwithstanding the prevailing weak climate for commodities and a bleak immediate outlook. Speaking to investors on Thursday, CEO Henry... 

M&R holds line on resources-focused strategy despite commodity meltdown

Survey finds Latin American mines least satisfied with cost of maintaining EOM equipment

By: Henry Lazenby Online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric has found that mines throughout Latin America are dissatisfied with their original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) over cost-related factors, in particular maintenance and servicing costs. In the survey ‘Winning and Retaining Business in... 

Mine of the future will be digital  

By: Anine Vermeulen Over the next five years, the mining industry needs to work towards an understanding of what the industry will be like 50 years from now, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Professor of mine surveying Fred Cawood tells Mining Weekly. He notes that, regardless of the mining... 

Company to highlight importance of using original parts

Having successfully exhibited its range of products at the inaugural Electra Mining Botswana exhibition in 2013, blower and compressor specialist Aerzen Airgas will be returning to this year’s event to highlight the importance of using original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts backed by... 

Company to launch new reflective cable for mining industry

By: David Oliveira Powermite, a division of industrial and electrical products distributor Hudaco, will launch its new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) cable during this year’s Electra Mining Botswana mining, industrial and power generation exhibition, which will take place at the Fair Grounds, in Gaborone, from... 

Explosives solution enables timeous identification of reactive ground

By: Zandile Mavuso Explosives company BME states that its double-edged emulsion explosives solution allows customers to quickly identify reactive ground and apply the appropriate product when blasting at their mining operations. 

Industry seminars to play big role at Electra Mining Botswana

By: David Oliveira This year’s mining, industrial and power generation exhibition Electra Mining Botswana, taking place from September 1 to 3 at the Gaborone Fair Grounds, will feature daily free-to-attend seminars in the Ditshupo Hall. Exhibition management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery mining and... 

Industry seminars to play big role at Electra Mining Botswana
IMPROVED ATTENDANCE This year’s Electra Mining Botswana exhibition is expected to have a 5% to 10% increase in attendance numbers, compared with the 2013 event

Integrated solutions launched at Electra Mining Botswana

By: David Oliveira Energy management specialist Schneider Electric will launch a number of its latest integrated mining solutions, which form part of the company’s Eco Structure method to improve energy consumption and asset performance, at the Electra Mining Botswana exhibition. Schneider Electric Africa mining,... 

Mining and engineering education on display at Electra Mining Botswana

Training and career development institution Continuing Education at University of Pretoria (CE at UP) will be exhibiting its complement of short courses and comprehensive year programmes within the fields of project management, mining and engineering at this year’s Electra Mining Botswana... 

Pipe-joining system to be showcased at Electra Mining Botswana

Mechanical pipe joining systems provider Victaulic will showcase its latest flame-free pipe joining technology developed specifically for the mining market at this year’s Electra Mining Botswana exhibition, taking place at the Gaborone Fair Grounds, from September 1 to 3. Victaulic’s QuickVic... 

Pipe-joining system  to be showcased at  Electra Mining Botswana
QUICKVIC Victaulic’s QuickVic Installation-Ready flexible and rigid couplings install up to ten times faster than other joining methods

Technology advances yielding more accurate, detailed information for better drilling

By: Zandile Mavuso With the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), global positioning systems (GPS) and three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric software, the field of blast design has been taken a step forward as this provides accurate and detailed information for better drilling in mining operations, says... 

Technology-savvy mining companies likely to be the winners in the quest for excellence

By: Ilan Solomons Mining may be a highly industrial endeavour that has not changed dramatically over the decades, but sophisticated new technologies are starting to play ever-greater roles in improving productivity and mine safety, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm Wipro Africa... 

Technology-savvy mining companies likely to be the winners  in the quest for excellence
QUEST FOR OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE Mining houses that deploy the latest technology in the areas of robotics, sensors, automation, wearables and connectivity will likely emerge as winners

The roles of aviation in supporting mining

By: Keith Campbell Mining depends on infrastructure. So much so that mining companies sometimes have to build and operate their own railways, ports and power stations, in parts of the world in which such essentials are non-existent or woefully inadequate. And those parts of the world tend to be rather isolated or... 

The roles of aviation in supporting mining

Truck simulations validate mine design decisions, researcher argues

By: Ilan Solomons An exact prediction about the future of truck haulage systems is difficult owing to the diversity and dynamic nature of all the involved factors. Nonetheless, mine management must use various strategies and methods to reduce the overall cost of the haulage system, says University of the... 

Truck simulations validate mine design decisions, researcher argues
SIMULATING MINE MATERIAL HAULAGE Simulation proves to be a powerful tool in estimating realistic system behaviour as it is capable of producing unbiased information

Underground lab contract awarded to cut costs, improve efficiencies

Analytical chemistry laboratory Set Point Laboratories, a division of the Set Point Group announced in May that it had secured the labour contract for a “unique” underground laboratory at refined copper producer Palabora Mining Company’s (PMC’s) copper mine in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. The mine... 

Underground lab contract awarded to cut costs, improve efficiencies
CLOSER TO THE ACTION The closer monitoring of ore copper concentrations is “imperative” to ensure maximum output from the mine and a sustained ore supply from the current operations to the envisaged new mining level

Cabinet approves rail policy green paper

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Cabinet has approved the release of the Green Paper on National Rail Policy for public consultation. The Green Paper tackled issues in the local freight and passenger rail transportation industry. 

Cabinet approves rail policy green paper

African countries looking to cross-list exchange-traded funds

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Market participants in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa are in talks to launch the cross-listing of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to provide domestic investors access to opportunities from another market. “By cross-listing ETFs on African exchanges, investors will be given access to liquid company... 

African countries looking to cross-list exchange-traded funds

Transnet launches carbon calculator app 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt State-owned Transnet has developed a new app that allows users to calculate their carbon emissions savings when they elect to move their freight on rail instead of by road. The carbon calculator app would also enable corporate reporting on transport carbon emissions. 

Transnet launches carbon calculator app

Thiess wins major BHP contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining contractor Thiess has been awarded a $160-million contract from diversified miner BHP Billiton’s Nickel West division, to undertake operations at the Rocky’s Reward nickel mine, in Western Australia. Thiess would provide turnkey mining services, including mine planning, explosives, drill... 

Looming cobalt market deficit to spur investment interest 

By: Henry Lazenby Cobalt has undergone somewhat of a transformation over the past five years, in step with the new emerging applications in the booming battery business that have driven a three-fold demand increase. Despite being a smaller industry than its battery raw material counterparts – roughly half the size... 

Looming cobalt market deficit to spur investment interest
Photo by Bloomberg
Balls of metal ore sit in a collection drum before loading into a furnace during processing at Katanga Mining's copper and cobalt mine in Kolwezi, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zest WEG still acquisitive after adding scale and scope to transformer offering 

By: Terence Creamer South African electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG remains on the prowl for “synergistic” acquisitions, having recently completed a transaction to buy TSS Transformers – a deal that materially increases its local manufacturing capabilities and heralds its entry into the... 

Zest WEG still acquisitive after adding scale and scope to transformer offering
Photo by Duane Daws
Zest WEG CEO Louis Meiring

FIRB approval granted for Image transaction

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has approved a transaction between junior Image Resources and Murray Zircon, which could see Image move into production at it Boonanarring mineral sands project, in 2016. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in April this year, covered the... 

Aircore drilling starts at Fisher East

ASX-listed exploration company Rox Resources has started an aircore drilling programme on the Fisher East nickel sulphide project located 500 km north of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia. The drilling programme, announced by the company last month, will test several strong electromagnetic (EM)... 

All-purpose valve suitable for slurries

By: Bruce Montiea Germany-based valves company KVT in April released pinch valves in duplex stainless steel for use in slurry applications. KVT manager Martin Katzenschwanz tells Mining Weekly that pinch valves are useful to mines, as they can control almost any medium. They can also control bulk material such as... 

All-purpose valve suitable for slurries
DIVERSE APPLICATION Pinch valves can control almost any medium

Assay results find significant zinc concentration

ASX-listed metal producer Mungana Goldmines last month announced high-grade zinc results from previously unassayed diamond drill holes, within its Red Cap project area, 4 km from Mungana’s partially completed base metals concentrator at Chillagoe, in north Queensland. The drilling was done by... 

Cat simulator training enhances learning experience

By: Ilan Solomons The focus for trainers of earthmoving operators will increasingly be on how operators interact with onboard and remote technologies, including ongoing trends in semi and full machine automation, says Southern Africa Caterpillar dealer Barloworld Equipment. Barloworld Equipment’s Operator Training... 

Cat simulator training enhances learning experience
EXCELLENCE IN TRAINING Barloworld Equipment’s Operator Training Academy is using Cat simulators to significantly enhance operators’ learning experience

Company increases valve-ball size

By: Bruce Montiea As a result of continued research into and development of its technical ceramics manufacturing capabilities, advanced materials company Morgan Advanced Materials can now manufacture balls of up to diameter nominal (DN) 250 for severe service valves from its Nilcra Zirconia-based material, company... 

Company increases valve-ball size
TOUGH The size DN250 ball valve is ideal for extensive use in minerals processing

Company provides valves retrofitting solutions

By: Bruce Montiea Major oil and gas companies,  such as Chevron,Total, Engen, PetroSA and BP, are benefiting from valve actuator company DEMCA Actuation Solutions’ valve retrofitting service, the company says. DEMCA sales manager Ross McAslan says a thorough knowledge of the electric actuator market and... 

Company provides valves retrofitting solutions
QUALITY SERVICES Knowledge of the electric actuator market enables DEMCA Actuation Solutions to offer quality valve retrofitting services

Costs of not adopting new technology potentially steep – analyst

By: Ilan Solomons A constant success factor throughout the history of mining has been the adoption of new technologies, says UK-based information solutions and technologies company Timetric senior mining analyst Nez Guevara. He says that one key issue that has made this more of a necessity is the transition mining... 

Costs of not adopting new technology potentially steep – analyst
NEZ GUEVARA Improvements in technology can change the way companies view mineral deposits, improve safety across operations and aid in managing costs
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