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Black interests opting out of once-mighty ferrochrome business 

By: Martin Creamer Black South African interests are giving South Africa’s once-mighty ferrochrome business the cold shoulder. The value-adding pursuit, which puts six times more value into chrome and generates three times more jobs than mere raw chrome exportation, was last week ditched by Royal Bafokeng Holdings,... 

Downer wins $70m Glencore contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Project house Downer EDI has been awarded a letter of intent over a $70-million underground contract at the CSA copper mine, in New South Wales. Downer said on Monday that the letter of intent was subject to the parties executing a binding agreement. 

Coal mine methane touted as alternative energy source for mines

By: Zandile Mavuso Amid policy uncertainty, rising input costs, labour unrest and illegal mining in the South African mining sector, the lack of or irregular power supply poses an additional challenge for the sector. 

Simulation enhances preparation of mining learners

By: Dylan Slater Using simulation facilities, such as mining environment mock-ups, coupled with electronic-learning (e-learning) techniques, holds significant benefits when training mining personnel, says mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation. Murray & Roberts Cementation risk manager Tony... 

Simulation enhances preparation  of mining learners
Tony Pretorius (far right) instructs trainees at the academy at Bentley Park

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter This week: Minister Lynne Brown moves to stabilise Eskom leadership with appointment of Brian Molefe as acting CEO. And, a new dust buster initiative sounds the potential death knell for the silicosis scourge. 

Resources Watch

Consultancy enables miners to remain profitable

Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies, while also dealing with challenges such as reducing project costs and adhering to strict environmental regulations. Consulting and process development company Hatch... 

Consultancy enables miners to remain profitable
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MINERAL PROCESSING Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies

Consulting engineers encouraged to take nontraditional approach

With government pushing for greater transformation and inclusivity in the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) sector, consulting engineers are being called upon to take a nontraditional approach to the implementation of major projects and to spearhead transformation... 

Consulting engineers  encouraged to take  nontraditional approach
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AT WORK A 'back to basics' approach is needed regarding the development of a generation of young talent black engineers, technologists and technicians

Economics, market analysis crucial for effective feasibility study

By: Bruce Montiea An effective mining feasibility study must provide not only the results of a geological evaluation or the development of mine plans, but also an analysis of the market and the fundamental economics of a project, says provider of upfront studies for the minerals industry PEC Consulting. Therefore,... 

Economics, market  analysis crucial for  effective feasibility study
UNDER CONSIDERATION PEC Consulting can help its clients identify all the aspects that have to be considered when planning to expand an underground or surface operation

Effective wastewater treatment crucial

By: Bruce Montiea Wastewater treatment works at mines must provide a competitive solution for their capital expenditure and operating expenditure, says water treatment plants designer and developer Degrémont South Africa mining business development manager Andy de Bruin. He says Degrémont works with engineering,... 

Effective wastewater treatment crucial
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BRINGING OUT THE COPPER Codelco is one of the global mining companies benefiting from Degrémont’s wastewater treatment services

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment

By: Bruce Montiea Mining houses and consulting engineering firms that continue to conduct business the way they have always conducted it will become irrelevant in the ever-everchanging environment, says  project management and consulting firm Aurecon mining services leader Eduard Vorster. He tells Mining Weekly... 

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment
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MOVING WITH THE TIMES The ever-changing mining environment requires companies to constantly reinvent themselves

Johnson Controls’ control software system secures platinum mines

By: Ilan Solomons One of the world’s largest producers of platinum-group metals (PGMs), in partnership with technology group Johnson Controls, has developed, piloted and implemented Johnson Controls’ P2000 X-Ray software control integration solution at its operations. The trialling of the software system was... 

Johnson Controls’ control software system secures platinum mines
P2000 X-RAY SCANNER The P2000 X-Ray software solution is helping the mining house to improve the management of its X-ray machines

Mining companies advised to invest in the future

By: Bruce Montiea Despite tough conditions currently, mining companies should still invest in building their operations for the future, as “the cycle will eventually turn”, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson and corporate consultant Roger Dixon. He adds that it is important for a... 

Mining companies advised to invest in the future
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ORCHESTRATING SURVIVAL Consuting engineers can assist mining companies in surviving difficult conditions by reviewing their plans and providing realistic advice

Mozambique graphite project DFS awarded

Global multidisciplinary engineering group DRA earlier this month announced that it has been appointed as the lead study manager for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) of Australian mineral exploration and resource management company Triton Minerals’ Triton Mozambique Graphite (TMG) project.... 

Project feasibility study for Golpu under way

By: Bruce Montiea Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons started working on the feasibility study for the greenfield Golpu gold project, in Papua New Guinea, last month. The project is owned by the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV), one of three Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) entities, and... 

Project feasibility study for Golpu  under way
GOLPU PROJECT SITE WorleyParsons has started work on the feasibility study for the Golpu gold mine project, in Papua New Guinea

Review your business models, oil and gas companies urged

By: Zandile Mavuso African oil and gas companies should consider re-examining their business assumptions and invest for long-term sustainability owing to the rising energy prices, says facilities management services company IFS Africa CEO Thabo Ndlela. 

Despite sliding mining sales, Caterpillar lifts Q1 profit

By: Henry Lazenby American mining equipment manufacturer and financier Caterpillar has reported a sharp increase in first-quarter profits despite lower sales, as restructuring effort over the past 12 months gained traction. For the three months ended March 31, the NYSE-listed firm improved profits by 20% to... 

Despite sliding mining sales, Caterpillar lifts Q1 profit

Efficient rosters help mines to maximise employee time

By: Bruce Montiea An optimised employee roster increases a mining operation’s productivity, reduces labour costs, satisfies employee and union needs, meets regulatory requirements and ensures a healthy workforce, says customised roster solutions provider Shiftwork Solutions Africa manager Andrew Harding. Harding... 

Efficient rosters help mines to maximise employee time

Recapturing SA market share top priority for new PPC chief

By: Terence Creamer Following his first 100 days as CEO of cement producer PPC, Darryll Castle reports that action plans have been put in place to more aggressively win back market share within South Africa, while pressing ahead with its high-potential African expansion strategy. A civil engineer by profession, but... 

Recapturing SA market share top priority for new PPC chief
PPC CEO Darryll Castle

Rail contracting company restores familiar brands

By: Dylan Stewart Railway contracting company Loning Hill Properties has been trading as Flint Rail Projects since March 1, 2015, restoring a previously familiar brand in the underground mining industry, says Flint Rail Projects MD Keith Flint 

Rail contracting company restores familiar brands

AECI appoints acting CEO for mining subsidiary

By: Natalie Greve Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate has been completed. Ludick is a member of the AECI executive committee and an executive of the... 

Bakubung shaft sinking remains on track

By: Kimberley Smuts Shaft-sinking activities at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine, in the North West, remain on track, with the main and ventilation shafts now having reached a depth of 770 m. Shaft sinking started in 2012, following the receipt of $600-million in financing from the China Development... 

Bakubung shaft sinking remains on track
EVENED OUTOwing to additional development work done on the ventilation shaft, both shafts are now at the same depth

Electricity supply problems, decentralised power trend opportunity for platinum

By: Martin Creamer South Africa’s electricity problems are offering platinum mining companies a major opportunity to stimulate the offtake of platinum. State power utility Eskom’s loadshedding programme and the global trend towards decentralised power generation are elevating power-generating fuel cell technology –... 

Electricity supply problems, decentralised power trend opportunity for platinum

New corrosion-protection solution developed

By: Kimberley Smuts Wear control group Filter Focus has launched a new environment-friendly corrosion-protection solution, RustPrufe, used for protection of any surface, eliminating rust and corrosion for extended periods. The product is formulated with an added flash rust inhibitor, which provides a superior level... 

New corrosion-protection solution developed
RUSTPRUFE COATED COMPONENTS RustPrufe is environmentally-friendly solutionused to protect electric motors, equipment and structures in acid plants at numerous South African mines

New shaft drilling method under development

By: Kimberley Smuts Body copy: Raiseboring and drilling services group Master Drilling is evaluating the possibility of drilling a shaft without bottom access, which could bring about “a radical change” in the industry, executive director Koos Jordaan tells Mining Weekly. He explains that, traditionally, raiseboring... 

Obtaining social licence a manageable challenge for emerging miner

By: Kimberley Smuts Obtaining a social licence to operate is one of the main challenges faced by emerging miner Wesizwe Platinum, which is sinking the main shaft of its Bakubung mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. Wesizwe corporate affairs and investor relations executive Hamlet Morule tells... 

Small-scale mining has key role in community upliftment, job creation and poverty alleviation

By: Zandile Mavuso There is a need for policy to be revised to cater for small-scale mining in South Africa as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) identifies it as a sector that contributes to economic growth, states law firm Legal Resources Centre regional director Naseema Fakir. 

Training academy accommodates latest shaft sinking technology

Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Training Academy at Bentley Park, near Carletonville, has adapted its conventional shaft sinking infrastructure to accommodate the latest shaft sinking methodology introduced to the South African mining industry from underground mining... 

Canada-India uranium tensions thaw as Cameco strikes export deal

By: Henry Lazenby Canada on Wednesday unveiled a C$350-million deal to supply more than seven-million pounds of uranium concentrate to India, signalling a new era for the two countries’ bilateral relations. Canadian uranium producer Cameco announced that it had inked a supply agreement with the Department of... 

Canada-India uranium tensions thaw as Cameco strikes export deal
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands in Ottawa.

Viento wins Rio contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Diversified major Rio Tinto has awarded a A$7.3-million contract to project house Viento Group to construct and commission a tailings storage facility at the waste fines facility at the Hope Downs 4 mine, in the Pilbara. The scope of the work would include the bulk and detailed earthworks of the... 

Africa-focused mining conference to be held in London in June

By: Zandile Mavuso Global mining and research company SNL Metals and Mining and business events organizing company AME Trade Limited will be hosting the Mining on Top: Africa – London Summit, scheduled to take place from June 24 to 26 in London, and underpinned by the theme 'Connecting nations, investors and... 

Company to optimise gold mine’s water treatment plant

Water management company Veolia has been appointed to optimise, operate and maintain the water treatment plant of gold major AngloGold Ashanti’s Iduapriem gold mine in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality of the western region of Ghana, over the next two years. “This contract that will be handled by... 

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