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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... 

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

Bigger blasts better for mines, says consultant

By: Ilan Solomons To ensure that mining pits are cleared in one blast, instead of being cleared before several smaller explosions, mining companies are requiring larger volumes of explosives, in the region of 75 t to 150 t, says local specialist blast consulting firm Blast Consulting Services. MD Marco Olivier... 

Bigger blasts better for mines, says consultant
BIG BLAST Large-scale blasting allows for the mining process to start sooner as only one blast has to be performed

Blasting project work remains steady

By: Ilan Solomons Specialist blast consulting company Blast Consulting Services (BCS) is undertaking blasting work at several platinum and ferrochrome mining projects in the North West for several mining companies. BCS MD Marco Olivier says the company is blasting at these mining sites almost every day and that... 

Blasting project work remains steady
NURTURING BLASTING MASTERS Blasting Consulting Services provides trainees with two-and-half years of blasting training, which covers all aspects of blasting

Electronic detonators provide best success rate

By: Ilan Solomons The rate and sequence at which energy was released in a blast ultimately determined the successful outcome of a blast, making electronic detonators in surface and underground mining applications the best option, as they provided the best results, said explosives company AEL Mining Services... 

Electronic detonators provide best success rate
CE 4 TAGGER The CE 4 Tagger offers significantly improved operating times of 20 hours under standard operating conditions

Explosives environment, cost efficiency in the spotlight

By: Ilan Solomons Mining companies increasingly needed cost-effective, safe and environment-friendly explosives systems that were simpler to use and produce, said explosives company AEL Mining Services technology group executive director Liesel de Villiers at an event held by the company in Bryanston,... 

Explosives environment,  cost efficiency in the spotlight
USED-OIL LIFE CYCLE Black oil in emulsion refers to the life cycle of used oil

Explosives technology offering showcased

By: Ilan Solomons Explosives company AEL Mining Services showcased its new Buffalo Booster, which improves blasting operations, at its 2014 Blasting Masterclass conference, in Bryanston, last month. AEL technology group executive director Liesel de Villiers said at the event that the company was scheduled to have... 

Explosives technology  offering showcased
BUFFALO BOOSTER The Buffalo Booster is made of nonexplosive materials which become explosive only about one hour after being manufactured

Modular Mining Systems honours Palabora Copper for using its solutions for 30 years

By: Chantelle Kotze Mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems last month presented a long-term client service award to refined copper producer Palabora Copper (PC), a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company (PMC), which extracts and beneficiates copper and other by-products in the Ba-Phalaborwa area,... 

Modular Mining Systems honours Palabora Copper  for using its solutions for 30 years
AWARD HANDOVER Palabora Copper mining division GM Johan van Dyk with the client achievement award presented to it by Modular Mining Systems on October 29, 2014

Technology initially developed for oil and gas industry enables visualisation of subsurface of entire mining area

By: Chantelle Kotze Using only traditional exploration techniques, such as drilling boreholes, does not enable an accurate perspective of the structural complexity of the earth’s subsurface at depth. However, using new three-dimensional (3D) seismic reflection interpretation technology, initially developed for the... 

Technology initially developed for oil and gas industry  enables visualisation of subsurface of entire mining area
MUSA MANZI Manzi is researching new ways of interpreting 3D seismic reflective data – acquired by gold miners Gold Fields and AngloGold Ashanti – of the Witwatersrand basin

Used oil recycling important for explosives

By: Ilan Solomons The use of recycled fuel oil as a key ingredient in ammonium nitrate-based explosives is an accepted practice in the local explosives industry. However, few users of the explosives give much thought to the processes that are involved in collecting, transferring and transforming the used oil in an... 

Used oil recycling important for explosives
USED OIL END PRODUCT It is possible to recover value from a product once it has reached the end of its life through recycling and reuse

Wits lecturer aiming to establish seismic reflection laboratory

By: Chantelle Kotze The mining industry has taken heed of the need to develop and nurture a constant stream of quality graduates that can develop solutions in problem areas and has as a result contributed significantly to research at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) School of Geosciences, says Wits... 

40-year-old Prentec narrows focus on mine water treatment solutions

By: Natalie Greve South African water treatment technology company Prentec, which on Friday celebrated its fortieth year in operation, planned to intensify its focus on mine water treatment solutions, which MD Stewart Buchanan said had become the company’s “biggest business”. He outlined at a celebratory event... 

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria, last week as part of the company’s contribution to education and information sharing on blasting... 

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing
FRANCOIS HAY Despite low commodity prices throughout Africa, BME's vision as a group is to create customer wealth by leveraging its knowledge

Company launches newly engineered hydraulic solutions

By: Pimani Baloyi Power management company Eaton Hydraulics launched two new ranges of engineered hydraulic solutions at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition in September – the Eaton Airflex WCBD3 and WCSB3 water-cooled third-generation brake systems and the Hydre-MAC piston motor.  Eaton GM Emil Berning... 

Company launches newly engineered hydraulic solutions
AIRFLEX WATER-COOLED BRAKE The brake system allows for faster drilling and enables operator to downsize brake equipment

Hydraulics safety course a success

By: Pimani Baloyi The South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) says that its safety training foundation course that focuses on the safety aspect of hydraulics, which was added to Safpa’s existing training programme four year ago, is being well received by stakeholders that use hydraulics components. Safpa... 

Local company launches pneumatic industrial blast cleaning machine

By: Pimani Baloyi Pretoria- and Durban-based dry ice blast cleaning services provider Dry Ice International launched during September, a fully pneumatic blast cleaning machine that uses dry ice pellets. Dry Ice International owner Deon Roux told Mining Weekly on the sidelines of the Electra Mining Africa... 

Market receptive to new hydraulic starter

By: Pimani Baloyi Johannesburg-based hydraulic starter motors manufacturer Powerworks’ pre-engaged hydraulic starter motor, which was certified as compliant to European directive Atmosphere Explosives’ (Atex’s) requirements in 2011, is being well received globally. Powerworks technical director Nick Ruberg tells... 

Market receptive to  new hydraulic starter
HYDRAULIC STARTER MOTOR Powerworks believes its starter motor is the only one of its kind

Metso’s huge MP2500 cone crusher to start operating at Zambia mine in the new year

By: Chantelle Kotze Diversified engineering group Metso's first MP2500 cone crusher will be operational at base metals miner First Quantum Minerals' (FQM) Sentinel mine, in Zambia, early next year. 

Metso’s huge MP2500 cone crusher to start operating at Zambia mine in the new year
CONE CRUSHER The MP2500 is designed for use in secondary and tertiary crushing

Pneumatic equipment manufacturer to expand African presence

By: Pimani Baloyi In a bid to diversify its client base, local pneumatic lifting equipment manufacturer MME Manufacturing is aiming to expand its services into other African markets. MME Manufacturing project engineer Arnoul Spitsbaard tells Mining Weekly that this year’s five-month-long platinum sector strike... 

Pneumatic equipment manufacturer to expand African presence
MINING HOISTS MME Manufacturing’s hoists are available in various control options, including toggle control, pilot pendant control and direct pendant control with lockout

Anglo sees Zimele playing crucial role in economic transformation

By: Zandile Mavuso Diversified mining company Anglo American says its Zimele enterprise development model will play a crucial role in achieving economic transformation in South Africa. 

Collaboration between stakeholders essential to drive enterprise development

By: Zandile Mavuso Economic growth and the alleviation of poverty are challenges that government should not tackle alone, but rather, key stakeholders should share the responsibility of building a thriving economy together with government, says multinational mining company Anglo American. 

Company sees increase in African business

The African mining market is faring better than its counterparts in Australia and South-East Asia and, as a result, project management services company Tenova Mining & Minerals subsidiary Tenova Delkor Sub-Saharan Africa has seen an increase in service enquiries from the continent’s mining... 

Company sees increase in African business
READY TO SPIN Tenova Delkor is an industry specialist in solid/liquid separation and mineral processing applications

GRP pipes could save miners millions

By: Samantha Moolman Specialist water cooling company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) believes local mining companies using corrosion-resistant, glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipelines could be saving millions on recurring pipeline breakdowns resulting from corrosion. GRP pipes are considered advantageous in the... 

GRP pipes could save  miners millions
PREFERRED OPTION Glass-reinforced plastic pipes are considered advantageous in the mining industry where, in addition to harsh environmental conditions, the use of corrosive chemicals is prevalent

Infrastructure development to grow Zambia mining sector

Mine consultancy SRK Consulting states that the Zambian mining sector is headed for a growth phase owing to planned infrastructure improvements. According to SRK Consulting principal mining engineering consultant Boniface Mwila, mine expansion and new projects in Zambia are already reflected in... 

Infrastructure development to grow Zambia mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
A RISE IN COPPER Zambia managed a 6.5% growth rate in 2013, supported by a 20% rise in copper output

Local company completes heaviest lift to date

South Africa-based heavy-lift specialist Vanguard completed its heaviest strand-jacking lift, in May, the heaviest lift of its type ever done in the region. Two prefabricated conveyor trusses in excess of 1 200 t each, have been lifted from their assembly position at ground level to their working... 

Local company completes heaviest lift to date
TRUSS LIFT Vanguard successfully lifted two prefabricated conveyor trusses in excess of 1 200 t each

Logistics group opens transport depot in Copperbelt province

Logistics and supply chain group Imperial Logistics has extended its African footprint into northern Zambia, with the establishment of a transport depot in Ndola, in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, the company announced inJune. The new Zambian registered business forms part of group company... 

Mining supercycle highlighted at trade expo

By: Dylan Slater Mining companies need to adopt an increasingly sustained and strategic approach, using end-to-end processes and systems to enhance the productivity and profitability of their ore deposits, says France-based software company Dassault Systèmes. 

Mining supercycle  highlighted at  trade expo
FRANCOIS DU TOIT Employing technology early in the mining process is a key component to mitigating business risks

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime

In response to the high incidences of workplace injuries, mining services company Group R Mining & Exploration runs training courses and safe work procedures workshops to assist its clients in empowering their workers to prevent workplace injuries, says company director Hein van Staden. “A... 

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime
Photo by Bloomberg
PAYING ATTENTION Group R Mining & Exploration offers training courses and safe work procedures that are in line with its clients’ safe working structures

Software developers, mining majors collaborate for better, faster mine planning

By: Samantha Moolman Global infrastructure software developer Bentley Systems last week launched its new range of mining software applications, developed in collaboration with mining technology solutions provider Cyest Technology, through a syndicated-driven development programme (SDDP) with mining majors Anglo... 

Software developers, mining majors collaborate for better, faster mine planning
DAVE BODY MineCycle is the first of Bentley’s products created through syndicated development, whereby industry participants were directly involved in developing the software’s definition and design

South African quantity surveyor completes DRC project

South African quantity surveying company Professional Cost Consultants (PCC) in September completed a surveying contract for the construction of the Kibali gold project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says MD Christo Fourie. The Kibali gold mine, valued at $1.7-billion, is a joint... 

South African quantity surveyor completes DRC project
Photo by Bloomberg
KIBALI GOLD MINE Professional Cost Consultants was appointed to provide pre- and post-contract quantity surveying services for Phase 1 of the Kibali project
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