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Climate change shaping water management infrastructure

By: Sascha Solomons Designing water-related infrastructure for mines needs to be based on future climate predictions rather than only past experience, asserts natural resource and development solutions provider SRK Consulting South Africa (SA) senior hydrologist Dr Hartley Bulcock. Changing rainfall and temperature... 

Companies bought to enhance training offering

Training, supply and management group Workforce Holdings announced in January that it had acquired the various operating companies comprising outsourcing solutions providers Quyn Outsource Solutions. Workforce has predominantly placed staff in nontechnical positions and adding Quyn to its service... 

Companies bought to  enhance training offering
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SKILLS OFFERING EXPANDED Quyn Outsource Solutions’s e provision of technical skills to clients across a range of industries represents diversification for Workforce

Companies on the hunt for mechanised mining skills

By: Kimberley Smuts The increasing use of mechanisation in mines, compounded by the resultant culture change, will affect the type of skills management required by the mining sector in future, University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt tells Mining Weekly. He... 

Companies on the  hunt for mechanised mining skills
DECLAN VOGT The Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems has received a positive response from students regarding the available courses

Company to exhibit highly resilient pipe at Copperbelt expo

Two trading arms of complete pipeline solutions provider Rare, Rare Plastics and Rare Pipeline Services (which incorporates Rare Construction Zambia), will be exhibiting at this year’s Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) from May 12 to 13. Rare will be showcasing their new Rare... 

Dewatering pump to help reopen shaft at Orkney

By: Sascha Solomons Johannesburg-headquartered dewatering specialist Letaba Dewatering expects to start supplying dewatering pumps to Shaft 7 at the Orkney gold mine, in the North West, in October, enabling gold mining to restart. The company was provisionally awarded a tender to supply SAER dewatering pumps at the... 

Emphasis on opportunities in harsh business climate

By: Simon Sonnekus The West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) 2016 will showcase the opportunities that still exist in the challenging African market, says events company and organiser dmg-ems Africa VP Christine Davidson. The biennial event, which has been running for 22 years, will return to the Accra... 

Emphasis on opportunities  in harsh business climate
GLOBAL ATTRACTION Between 50 and 100 companies are expected to attend, with exhibitors from China, the UAE, France, Poland, South Africa, the UK and Turkey confirmed

MetSkill

By: Creamer Media Reporter Process industry training provider MetSkill is actively involved with the development of the new occupational qualifications for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations under the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). Benoni, Gauteng-based MetSkill, 100% owned by MD Rebecca Sands, has... 

Mineworkers empowered

By: Kimberley Smuts If workers in the mining, energy and construction industries want to improve their financial situation, it is important that they take advantage of the financial literacy programmes currently being rolled out by financial assistance provider Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), which supports... 

Mineworkers empowered
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INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE The Mineworkers Investment Trust's financial literacy training started in Mpumalanga as a pilot study in June 2015 with more training expected to take place this year

Need for ongoing skills development emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts There is a need for continuous skills and training development in the mining industry, especially amid the current financial crisis, says skills and training network provider Alusani. Although the decline in commodities prices has caused companies in the mining industry to significantly decrease... 

Need for ongoing skills development emphasised
TRAINING SUFFERING Despite demand for education, the decline in commodities prices has caused companies to decrease their training budgets

New generation of low-weight composite rollers launched

By: Mia Breytenbach Tooling, materials technology, mining and construction engineering group Sandvik Group has launched its latest generation all-composite roller, the Sandvik HR185, which is a low‐weight, low‐noise innovation for conveyor systems. The rollers feature a composite tube and moulded composite end caps... 

New generation of low-weight composite rollers launched
LOW-WEIGHT INNOVATION Despite their light weight, the new Sandvik HR185 composite rollers are durable in demanding, medium to heavy duty conveying applications

New method to neutralise flooded opencast mines

Germany-based mine closure planning company GMB has developed the Underwater Nozzle Pipelines (UNP) method, using natural water circulation to distribute lime and carbon dioxide (CO2), as a more effective means of neutralising flooded opencast mines. “The method is particularly suitable for... 

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector

By: Kimberley Smuts The University of Witwatersrand's Students Mining Engineering Society (SMES) aims to increase the integration of mining engineering graduates into the mining industry this year, as well as to encourage mining engineering students to have an opinion on mining-related issues in South Africa. SMES... 

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector
FORTUNE MSIBI Mining engineering students face the challenge of a lack of available jobs in the sector, as a result of South Africa’s financial crisis

Still demand for education in mining

By: Kimberley Smuts There is still demand for mining education, the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) tells Mining Weekly, noting that this is demonstrated by the increase in first-year admissions from 103 students in 2005 to 234 students in 2015. Wits School of Mining... 

Still demand for education in mining
BEING TAUGHT EFFECTIVELY A range of simulated facilities have been installed at Wits School of Mining to keep abreast of the latest technological advancements

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn

By: Sascha Solomons Beneficial trends and technological advancements in the mining industry are being introduced regardless of the depressed market conditions that the sector faces, says environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions technical manager Morne van Wyk. One such trend is recycling water... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn
HYFLUX KRISTAL HOLLOW-FIBRE Ensure the effective and environmentally safe reduction of excess wastewater in the mining industry

Ultrasonic heat and cold measurement for water

South African process control instrumentation manufacturer and distributor Instrotech, representing Czech Republic manufacturer and supplier of flow meters ELIS PLZEN, is offering the Sonotherm 3070 (SN 3070) – an ultrasonic heat and cold meter. The product is intended to measure absolute... 

Sandvik parries mining doldrums as profit slides less than forecast

By: Reuters Swedish engineering group Sandvik reported a smaller than expected fall in first quarter core operating earnings on Monday as cost cuts helped partly offset a deep slump in its mining business which showed little sign of letting up. Years of soft commodity prices have depressed demand for mining... 

Despite some commodity price spillover, Caterpillar lowers 2016 midpoint outlook

By: Henry Lazenby US earthmoving machinery manufacturer Caterpillar on Friday lowered the midpoint of the outlook for 2016 sales and revenues by about 2% on Friday, despite reporting some signs of improvement. The profit outlook at the midpoint of the sales and revenues range was now $3 a share, or $3.70 a share... 

Despite some commodity price spillover, Caterpillar lowers 2016 midpoint outlook

Draft Mining Charter 'only a proposal' – Zwane

By: Ilan Solomons Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday sought to assure mining industry stakeholders concerned about certain provisions in the new broad-based black economic-empowerment Mining Charter that the draft was “just a proposal by government” and that “nothing has been cast in stone". The... 

Draft Mining Charter 'only a proposal' – Zwane
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Alecto Minerals secures partners for Zambia gold project

By: David Oliveira Gold and base metals exploration and development company Alecto Minerals earlier this month signed an agreement with Chinese mining equipment manufacturer Yantai Xinhai Machinery and South Africa-based turnkey solutions provider PenMin for the proposed construction and financing of mining... 

Client-centric approach on cards for advisory service

By: Sascha Solomons Global engineering consultant Aurecon intends to add renewed focus to its advisory service by 2017, particularly on supply chain and asset management, by providing a more customer-centric offering for the struggling mining industry. “Our strategy is to live in our clients’ operations to better... 

Client-centric approach on cards for advisory service
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PARTNERSHIPS END IN TOTAL SOLUTIONS A client-centric apprach brings out the best results

Course offered to sharpen understanding of Fidic contracts

The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) deems contractual relationships between parties beneficial as this addresses the risks between contractors and employees. As such, the federation is offering a two-day course designed to offer a complete up-to-date review of the... 

Course offered to  sharpen understanding of Fidic contracts
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CONTENTS OF CONTRACTS Understanding minimises risks between contractors and employees

Enhancing technical ‘excellence’ with new technology

International consulting practice providing focused advice and solutions to the earth and water resource industries, SRK Consulting, has opened a practice in Ghana’s capital, Accra, after several decades of involvement in West Africa. The company believes that this will consolidate its position... 

Enhancing technical  ‘excellence’ with  new technology
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SRK CONSOLIDATES ITS POSITION IN GHANA Minerals base of Ghanais broadening and thus presents great opportunities

Enhancing technical ‘excellence’ with new technology

Taking a bullish stance on commodity markets, global consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting are building on their solid performance through the current slump – fostering their discovery- driven culture through embracing technology and “youthful energy”. The company, having celebrated... 

Enhancing technical ‘excellence’ with new technology
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MENTORING MAJOR DRIVE On-the-job training for the youth turns qualifications into valuable skills

Industry body eyes ongoing partnership with municipal govt

By: Sascha Solomons Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), a voluntary organisation of consulting engineering firms, plans to partner with government entities on a municipal level in the long term to tackle challenges such as a lack of technical personnel and poor service delivery. “Cesa wants to... 

Industry body eyes  ongoing partnership with municipal govt
CHRIS CAMPBELL Partnership with governmet entities could tackle service delivery challenges

Joint forces to benefit from African mining services

Mechanised underground hard rock mining specialists Pybar Mining Services has signed an agreement with Mauritius-based drilling services company Capital Drilling to comarket underground hard rock mining services in Africa. Under the three-year agreement, Pybar will use Capital Drilling's... 

Joint forces to benefit from African mining services
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AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFER CAPABILITIES Co- marketing to enter into the African market

Mining industry stands a chance through risk mitigation

Integrated engineering projects company DRA Group CEO Paul Thomson notes that to mitigate risks for investors and mining companies, he recommends investment in consulting engineers with experience, pedigree and a good track record, which will save mining companies thousands in execution. “Mining... 

Mining industry stands  a chance through risk  mitigation
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RISK MITIGATION Everyone suffers when a mine or project fail to be built

New drill rig alignment tool drastically slashes rig set-up time

By: Dylan Slater Australia-based mining technology firm Minnovare’s drill rig alignment tool, the Azimuth Alinger, is delivering “unprecedented” efficiency to the underground drilling process by substantially reducing rig set-up time, the company claims.  

Off-the-shelf solutions drive improvement

By: Sascha Solomons To ensure that its consulting streams maintain their competitive edge, mining industry consultant Snowden continues to provide its technology solutions as commercial off-the-shelf solutions to improve performance at mining operations.  This availability provides mining companies with access to... 

Off-the-shelf solutions  drive improvement
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JOHN HEARNE Technology is an industry differentiator

Optimal rosters equal greater efficiency without significant cost

By: Sascha Solomons According to consultation and research team Shiftworks Solutions, an organisation’s productiveness is more likely to grow without expenditure increasing when an effective work roster is in place, states customised roster solutions provider Shiftwork Solutions Africa manager Andrew Harding. He... 

Optimal rosters equal greater efficiency without significant cost
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OPTIMAL ROSTERS PROVED BENEFICIAL Keeping the same roster could increase company losses

Pipe manufacturer advocates plastic over concrete

By: Sascha Solomons Consulting engineers and their clients should focus on long-term sustainability rather than short-term profitability, says high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe manufacturer Sinvac Piping MD Kobus van Dyk. “In South Africa, traditional concrete piping systems and manholes are being prescribed by... 

Pipe manufacturer advocates plastic over concrete
PLASTIC PIPING MORE SUSTAINABLE HDPE piping has a longer life span in comparison to concrete piping

Refined methodology to ensure faster and more efficient delivery

Outsourced operation and maintenance (O&M) specialist Minopex South Africa, a member of global multidisciplinary engineering firm DRA, believes that 2016 will be a year of diversification for the company in terms of the commodities mined by projects it will be servicing. As a specialist in the... 

Refined methodology to ensure faster and more  efficient delivery
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PROJECT METHODOLOGY DELIVERY Ensuring to deliver a faster service

Sustainability report launched to identify risks to company

In a dynamic business landscape, the four pillars of sustainability – economic, social, environmental and governance – have become a focal area for corporate South Africa, says South Africa-based black-owned engineering consulting firm Gibb. The company has, thus, launched its first... 

Sustainability report launched  to identify risks to company
MUZI SIYAYA MUZI SIYAYA South Africa is moving towards diversifying its economy

Thiess wins extended coal contract in Indonesia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Project house Cimic’s global mining contractor Thiess has been awarded a A$180-million contract extension to continue operations at the Melak coal mine, in Indonesia. The company said that the contract extension by PT Sinar Abadi and PT Firman Ketaun Perkasa would allow Thiess to continue... 

Cobalt concentrate proficiency testing scheme gains traction

By: Nadine James Laboratory service provider Qotho Laboratory Services launched the first round of its Cobalt Concentrate Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme earlier this year, expanding its range of PT schemes, which already includes copper, nickel, chrome, iron, manganese and precious metals. Qotho MD Dr Hannelie... 

Cobalt concentrate proficiency testing scheme gains traction
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CREDIBILITY IS KEY Qotho Laboratory Services proficiency testing schemes allow laboratories to assess the accuracy of their methods and results

Companies ink deal to co-market hard-rock mining services in Africa

By: David Oliveira Australian underground hard-rock mining contractor PYBAR Mining Services announced a three-year agreement with LSE-listed drilling services company Capital Drilling earlier this month for the comarketing of underground hard-rock mining services in Africa. Capital Drilling is headquartered in... 

Four new hoists for Venetia

Power and automation technology company ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) will supply four hoists to South Africa’s largest diamond producer, De Beers. 

Four new hoists for Venetia
PROLONGING PRODUCTION Two new shafts will be sunk by De Beers extending the Venetia mine's life beyond 2040

Headframe modelled using 3D technology

The first three-dimensional (3D) model produced by mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation using its new three-dimensional printing technology is of mining company Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef Shaft 2 headframe, in Limpopo. “3D printing of structures allows for the assessing of the... 

Headframe modelled using 3D technology
3D BENEFITS The physical model and the virtual models are almost identical, enabling the ergonomics of the structure to be visually checked to ensure functionality

Infill drilling at DRC copper project to start next month

By: David Oliveira Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland announced earlier this month that the company and its joint venture partner Chinese miner Zijin Mining were preparing to accelerate a planned infill drilling programme on the Kakula discovery area at... 

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