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Report highlights mining, Mets sectors’ contribution to Aus economy, jobs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 32 minutes ago New data by advisory firm Deloitte Access Economics has shown that the mining and mining equipment, technology and services (Mets) sectors contributed 15% of Australia’s gross domestic product in 2015/16, delivering some A$236.8-billion. The report, which was commissioned by the Minerals Council... 

Automation software improves ease of work

     24th March 2017 Sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco has introduced the Dynamic tunnelling package, a new automation software for face drilling rigs, such as its Boomer range, which is built for blast hole drilling in underground mining and tunnelling. The package is offered by Atlas Copco’s... 

Clay mine aims to expand output to 2086

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Feedback from the Mineral Resources Minister on whether the expansion of clay brick company Era Bricks’ southern clay quarry can proceed is expected in the second quarter of this year. Era Bricks is looking to expand the quarry on the Rietvalei farm near Delmas, in Mpumalanga, extending the... 

Clay mine aims to  expand output to 2086
Photo by Bloomberg
SIGNIFICANT EXTENSION Era Bricks is looking to extend its southern clay quarry project’s life-of-mine to 2086 through phases

Digitalising underground drilling

     24th March 2017 Digitalisation will improve drilling accuracy and cycle times, and reduce operation costs by improving the efficiency of the drilling and bolting phase, says global engineering group Sandvik. “Drilling as planned, with accurate visual information, leads to continuous improvement across the whole... 

Digitalising underground drilling
DIGITAL DRILLING Sandvik AutoMine compatible underground offering allows customers to significantly upgrade their operations’ productivity and safety

Drilling operations achieve impressive safety records

     24th March 2017 Two underground diamond drilling sites operated by mining industry services provider Rosond have achieved five years of ‘zero harm’. Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplat’s) Dishaba mine, previously known as Amandelbult before being split into Dishaba and Tumela, near Thabazimbi, in... 

Drilling operations achieve impressive safety records
RISKY BUSINESS Underground diamond drilling has many hazards and the possibility for a serious accident is high

Explosives innovation helping to drive mining costs down – new report

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 Steady technological advancements in the mining industry are reducing mining costs, improving blasting efficiencies and driving explosives sales, thereby boosting growth in the South African mining explosives market, new analysis from market research company Frost & Sullivan finds. ‘The Mining... 

First Bougouni drilling assays ‘highly encouraging’

     24th March 2017 West-Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals has a busy exploration programme planned for the months ahead, with a focus on its lithium projects at Bougouni, in Mali.  CEO Bernard Aylward said in February that the company would return to drill its Ngoualana... 

First Bougouni drilling  assays ‘highly encouraging’
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DRILLING DEVELOPMENTS As of February, a total of 328 samples had been received, with regard to the first drilling assays at the Bougouni lithium project, in Mali, with a further 400 samples pending

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Local environmental laboratory X-Lab Earth Science plans to expand its support for air-quality testing companies servicing the mining and minerals industry as demand grows for accredited data analysis in this sector. X-Lab MD Quentin Hurt attributes the increasing demand for its services to... 

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth
INTEREST GROWING There has been a substantial interest in air quality testing as there have been numerous high-profile issues that have developed around South Africa

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 The mechanisation and automation of mines in South Africa and globally is accelerating, with ancillary support services, such as information technology (IT), information transfer and data analysis, among others, taking on greater importance, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik... 

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating  in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik
SIMON ANDREWS Mining companies have realised that it is no longer good enough just to have high-tech equipment in operation at their projects

More focus needed on ESG factors

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Mining companies operating globally need to pay greater attention to their social licence to operate in terms of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors associated with their projects, says mining industry consultant MSA principal environmental consultant Robin Bolton.... 

More focus needed  on ESG factors
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT Environmental, social and governance factors have immense influence on risk management for operations of any size

New programme increases environmental stewardship awareness at quarries

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 Environmental stewardship by private sector producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) member quarries, across South Africa, has improved significantly since the inception of the Aspasa About Face environmental management programme in 1994.  

New programme increases environmental stewardship awareness at quarries
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa’s About Face 2017 programme has been specifically adapted to the requirements of the South African surface-mining industry

Raise drill tackles first African project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th March 2017 The Redbore 100, “the crown jewel” of Redpath Mining’s series of raise drills, is undertaking its inaugural African project, in Zambia, extolls Redpath Mining Africa raiseboring manager Johan Davel. “One of the most powerful, largest-capacity, proven raise drills ever manufactured” is in... 

Raise drill tackles first African project
AFRICAN DEBUT The Redbore 100 has met the Synclinorium vent shaft project’s target rates, with Redpath on track to meet the projected completion date in July

Simplified processes, suitable technologies key to success – diamond miners told

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 Historically diamond plants were designed on the basis of process engineering excellence. However, this focused excessively on ensuring maximum diamond liberation and recovery, rather than on the defining of the optimal mix of technical and financial solutions. This is according to project... 

Simplified processes, suitable technologies key to success – diamond miners told
PERFECTING PLANT DESIGN AND PROCESSES Diamond miners need to design plants to ensure ‘business excellence’ by introducing appropriate modern technologies and simplifying workflow processes

Qld govt increases support for mining equipment, services sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 The Queensland government has announced plans for a new accelerated programme to benefit the state’s A$21-billion mining equipment, technology and services (Mets) sector. Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham on Thursday said applications would soon open for the new accelerator... 

Minerals railway in Peru to take 2-3 wks to resume – govt

By: Reuters     23rd March 2017 A railway used by copper, zinc and silver mines to transport their concentrates from Peru's central Andes to port will not likely be operative for at least two to three weeks following "important" damages from floods and mudslides, the transportation minister said on Wednesday. Martin Vizcarra... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms

Master Drilling boasts strong order book 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 The launch of new projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, paired with increased investment in human resources, has resulted in a 12.1% drop in JSE-listed Master Drilling’s gross profit to $23.5-million for the 2016 financial year. However, the company noted that... 

Master Drilling boasts strong order book
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius speaks on the company's prospects. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd. 22/03/2017

South African OEM completes equipment delivery to Chinese copper mine

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2017 South African original-equipment manufacturer Galison earlier this month completed the delivery of an automated underground rolling stock solution, comprising 40 underground wagons and two tipping stations, to Chinese State-owned copper mine Pulong, in Yunnan province, China, at a cost of about... 

South African OEM completes equipment delivery to Chinese copper mine
Galison's 20 m3 wagons are capable of carrying 40 t of rock in a single load

Demand high for on-site coal labs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Coal analysis firm Umzamo Analytical Services (UAS) says high demand for on-site analysis laboratories persists, as these facilities provide companies with quicker and more effective coal analysis and processing, compared with off-site laboratories, which can take a working day to produce... 

Demand high for  on-site coal labs
OVERLOOKED COLLIERY The compact on-site laboratory at Overlooked is equipped with the full scope of equipment and is operational 24/7

Developer aims to consolidate alliance with coal marketer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Botswana-based energy development company Shumba Energy is pursuing the establishment of a more solid partnership with coal marketing and trading house HMS Bergbau Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-headquartered thermal coal supplier HMS Bergbau.  

Developer aims  to consolidate alliance with coal marketer
MASHALE PHUMAPHI Shumba Energy's partnership with HMS Bergbau Africa will improve its international market position

Major contract wins for Botswana office

     17th March 2017 Mining and engineering consultancy Hatch will use its diverse experience in coal mining unconventional oil and gas technology, power generation and industrial infrastructure to support national oil company Botswana Oil with regard to developing a coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility.  

Major contract wins  for Botswana office
STEPHEN STACEY Hatch’s new office in Gaborone was established to consolidate its presence in the Southern African region

Medium-density tile offers cost savings

     17th March 2017 Ceramic wear solutions supplier Multotec Wear Linings has developed a medium density (MD) alumina ceramic tile for low- to medium-wear applications, which it says will lead to cost savings in coal and power generation plants.  

Medium-density tile offers  cost savings
RESPONDING TO DEMAND The Multotec medium-density ceramic tile is a response to customer requirements for a more cost-effective ceramic wear tile

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 The Coaltech Research Association plans to further evaluate a new, dry dense medium separation (DMS) process later this year at a pilot plant at a coal mine in Witbank. Since mid-2015, Coaltech has been investigating the new process that was commercialised by electricity and coking company... 

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits
FGX DRY-PROCESSING UNIT A layer of coal is subjected to a high-frequency vibration to separate coal from stone

New entrants lack experience in coal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 A lot of people are entering the coal sector with no experience in coal whatsoever, nonprofit trust Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) lead coal course presenter and coal industry specialist Alan Johns tells Mining Weekly 

New entrants lack experience in coal
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COAL INSIGHT To make good business decisions and deliver quality coal, insight is needed into the complications of coal handling, sampling and analysis

Ravene drilling programme completed at Mutamba

     17th March 2017 Aim-listed diversified miner Savannah Resources has completed drilling to more precisely define the high-grade zones of total heavy minerals (THM) at its “relatively under-evaluated” Ravene deposit, in Mozambique. The deposit is part of its Mutamba mineral sands project, which it is developing... 

Sonic drilling represents untapped potential for mining

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2017 There is huge scope in the future for the adoption of sonic drilling by mining companies in South Africa, which heavy minerals mining companies can capitalise on, says exploration drilling industry training course provider Colin Rice Exploration & Training founder Colin Rice. Local use of sonic... 

Sonic drilling represents untapped potential for mining
Photo by Bloomberg
ENHANCED EXPLORATION The high penetration rates of sonic drilling produce high-quality, accurate core samples

Strikes threaten coal sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 If an agreement cannot be reached on the future structure and form of wage negotiations in the coal sector, unions have threatened to strike, says Solidarity mining industry deputy general-secretary Connie Prinsloo.  

Strikes threaten coal sector
DIFFERING OUTCOMES Over time, the coal wage agreements have increasingly reflected different settlement levels between coal companies

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Mining and construction services provider Wirtgen South Africa has successfully finalised trials of its 2200 SM surface miner at three coal mines, in Mpumalanga, where the capabilities of the machine were tested under local mining conditions, proving that it is a viable alternative to opencast... 

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials
MULTIPURPOSE MINER The 2200 SM surface miner can separate thin coal seams, and cut, crush and load coal ore in one operation

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 Industrial plants and systems engineering, construction and service specialist thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) is one of five business areas of global engineering company thyssenkrupp. tkIS has a global network of roughly 19 000 employees at 70 locations, enabling the company to supply... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

Welding Alloys South Africa

     17th March 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Laing O’Rourke withdraws employees from Ichthys LNG project amid contract dispute

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th March 2017 More than 600 workers have reportedly been dismissed from the 8.9-million-tonne-a-year Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project as a dispute between contractors arose. Laing O’Rourke, which has been constructing four cryogenic tanks on the project on behalf of contractor JKC Australia LNG... 

Laing O’Rourke withdraws employees from Ichthys LNG project amid contract dispute

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances
Photo by Goldcorp
Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place

Certification grows company’s sales, ups market share

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve and steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa (S&L SA) has grown its market share in South Africa after receiving South African National Standards (SANS) certification for its RSV gate valves, reporting a 40% increase in SANS-approved valve sales since receiving certification last year. 

Certification grows  company’s sales,  ups market share
SERVICE DELIVERY Stewarts & Lloyds attributes its strategically located branch network to always being able to ensure minimal downtime for customers

Drones facilitating increased blasting accuracy, efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     10th March 2017 Explosives and blasting technology company BME’s establishing a high-tech services unit, will enable it to advance the use of drones in mine blasting activities.  

Drones facilitating increased blasting accuracy, efficiency
AERIAL POTENTIAL After blasting, aerial images provide a clear image of where coarser and finer fragments are located and in what relative quantities

Facility set to boost skills, grow industry after slump

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve manufacturer AVK Southern Africa’s new R200-million training academy, in Alrode, Gauteng, will train 1 500 people by the end of the year. 

Facility set to boost skills,  grow industry after slump
Photo by Duane Daws
SKILLS TRANSFER The students trained at AVK’s Alrode facility are from technical schools and universities and professionals from the valves industry

Krugerrand’s value highlighted on fiftieth anniversary

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th March 2017 This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Krugerrand and precious metals refining and smelting complex Rand Refinery will be celebrating South Africa’s own gold investment coin by highlighting its value to the South African domestic market. 

Krugerrand’s value highlighted on  fiftieth anniversary
Photo by Duane Daws
MILLIONS MADE More than 60-million Krugerrands have been sold since the coin's launch in 1967

Mining equipment orders ‘rebuilding’ after slump – Barloworld 

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 Orders from Russian and Southern Africa mining customers are starting to rebuild for JSE-listed Barloworld, following a period of limited capital expenditure (capex) owing to commodity prices, steadily declining since 2012, having shown signs of recovery last year. Barloworld former CEO Clive... 

Mining equipment orders ‘rebuilding’ after slump – Barloworld
Outgoing Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson discusses his tenure at the helm of the South African industrial conglomerate. Video cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Partnership benefits miner, Ghanaians

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th March 2017 Canadian gold explorer Asante Gold has offered Ghanaian communities employment opportunities and the restoration of agricultural land in exchange for their support of its Keyhole gold project’s drilling programme, aimed at identifying a high-grade underground mineable gold deposit. The first... 

Partnership benefits miner, Ghanaians
DOUGLAS MACQUARRIE Mining and agriculture can be mutually sustainable if there is a will and a plan
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