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New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that its application to transfer its listing from the ‘Construction and Materials’ sector of the JSE to the ‘General Industrials’ sector has been approved and that the change will become effective from Monday, March 20. From that date, the company will trade... 

Coal terminal avoiding ‘catastrophic failure’, doubling equipment capacity

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Phase 1 of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) yard machine upgrade, in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed in February 2018, says engineering and infrastructure advisory services company Aurecon. 

Coal terminal avoiding  ‘catastrophic failure’,  doubling equipment capacity
Photo by Duane Daws
SHIP LOADER The Richards Bay Coal Terminal averaged 76 vessels a month in 2016, peaking at 95 vessels in November

Convention aims to bridge communication gap

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 As a continually evolving industry that operates globally, sometimes the biggest difficulty for the mining industry is getting the right people together in one place to discuss their challenges and find ways to address and, ultimately, overcome them, says Prospectors and Developers Association of... 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap
EIGHTY-FIFTH CONVENTION Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2017 convention will feature more than 400 exhibitors at the investors exchange and 500 at the trade show

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Business management consultant SSG Consulting will continue to focus on project management and execution as its core business this year, with the intent of increasing its drive to further improve operational throughput of organisations and projects by 30% to 50%, despite the challenges facing the... 

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success
Photo by Duane Daws
MINE UPGRADES The adoption of big data, cloud, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, mobile technology and the digitisation of business will be the primary driver of successful organisations over the next five years

Group to split to improve customer focus

     17th February 2017 Swedish sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco will create a new company focused on mining and civil engineering, should it receive backing at its annual general meeting in April. 

Group to split to improve customer focus
STREGTHENING FOCUS Mining and Rock Excavation Technique and Construction Tools are expected to benefit from a more focused management responsibility

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

Modest growth forecast for US iron-ore demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Advisory and consultancy firm the AME group forecasts modest growth in US iron-ore demand over the next three to five years, based on a recovering domestic economy. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Rehabilitation should be included and budgeted for in a project’s initial mine plan to ensure proper project management over the entire mine life cycle, says nonprofit organisation Land Rehabilitation Society of South Africa (LaRSSA) president Raina Hattingh. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management
Photo by Victor Moolman
OFTEN NEGLEGTED Unfortunately, the need for including rehabilitation components early on in mine plans is often neglected in South Africa

Streamlined, transparent system key to unlocking Africa’s mineral resources value – AU 

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2017 It is vitally important that African mining industry stakeholders start initiating dialogue towards building a more well governed and progressive minerals sector that will contribute to the continental vision of resource led industrial development guided by the Agenda 2063, urged outgoing African... 

Streamlined, transparent system key to unlocking Africa’s  mineral resources value – AU
FATIMA HARAM-ACYL The AU’s Agenda 2063 ‘clearly and specifically’ calls for coordinated, coherent and harmonised approaches in harnessing Africa’s mineral resources

Temporary power solutions touted as cost-effective option for mines

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2017 The global mining industry is enduring a period of great uncertainty. In the face of extreme market volatility, stagnant commodity prices, weak demand for products and suppressed levels of economic growth in established markets, many mining companies worldwide are striving to remain buoyant,... 

Temporary power solutions touted  as cost-effective option for mines
MAJID ZAHID Power generation and supply is a part of mines operations that could make significant adjustments to their capital expenditure

Three-deck screener now includes rinser

     17th February 2017 Ohio, US-based mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer IROCK Crushers has redesigned its TS-522 TD track portable screening plant to include a rinser. 

Three-deck screener now includes rinser
IROCK RINSER Users can set up the unit in as little as 20 minutes using hydraulically powered features such as conveyors and easy-to-use controls

NRW wins A$110m Pilgangoora mine development contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th February 2017 Lithium developer Altura Mining has awarded project house NRW Holdings a A$110-million contract for the mine development, drill and blast, and mining services at the new Pilgangoora lithium project, in Western Australia. The scope of the work includes the construction of mining infrastructure,... 

A ‘lean, mean’ structure and less burdensome laws key to successful mining of Middle Orange River diamond deposits

By: Ilan Solomons     10th February 2017 The Middle Orange River (MOR) alluvial diamond deposits between Hopetown, Douglas and Prieska, along with deposits along the Riet and Vaal rivers, in the Northern Cape, represent three unique sinks or repositories of high-quality gem diamonds, says independent diamond consultant Dr John Bristow.... 

A ‘lean, mean’ structure and less burdensome laws key to  successful mining of Middle Orange River diamond deposits
Photo by Steyn Diamante
VALUABLE COMMODITY Riet river diamonds yield exceptional gemstone diamonds with prices averaging about $2 500/ct and grades ranging between 0.15 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) and 0.35 cpht

Bisie project to benefit from forecast tin shortfall

By: Simone Liedtke     10th February 2017 The Bisie tin project’s Mpama North prospect in North Kivu province in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most significant tin deposits in the world, Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra explains to Mining Weekly - no other undeveloped tin asset has as... 

Bisie project to benefit from  forecast tin shortfall
NEW LIFE The Bisie tin project and surrounding development has breathed new life into the economic activity of the local communities of North Kivu

GM, Honda in JV to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell systems

By: Ilan Solomons     10th February 2017 US multinational corporation General Motors (GM) and Japanese multinational corporation Honda last week announced the establishment of the automotive industry's first manufacturing joint venture (JV) to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from... 

GM, Honda in JV to manufacture  hydrogen fuel cell systems
JOINING HANDS Honda’s Toshiaki Mikoshiba and GM’s Mark Reuss showcase their jointly developed next generation fuel cell stack system

Palladium demand high, lower S Africa platinum output forecast

     10th February 2017 German technology group Heraeus Metal Management has published a precious metals forecast for 2017, highlighting that platinum remains threatened by excess supply, while demand is high for palladium, which must defend its high price level in the year ahead. The price of palladium is expected to... 

Palladium demand high, lower S Africa platinum output forecast
SOUTH AFRICAN OUTLOOK Heraeus expects that the industry is likely to see slightly lower platinum production in South Africa this year

Platinum still a substantial contributor to local economy

By: Sascha Solomons     10th February 2017 South Africa accounts for about 96% of all known global reserves of platinum-group metals (PGMs); therefore, stability and sustainability in its mining sector are essential for the platinum industry, says law firm Hogan Lovells partner and mining head Warren Beech. “The mining industry in general... 

Platinum still a substantial  contributor to local economy
WARREN BEECH The mining industry in general remains a substantial contributor to the South African economy and the platinum mining industry makes a significant contribution

Specialist aims to step up offering at Kibali

By: Simone Liedtke     10th February 2017 Condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck hopes to discuss with the engineering management team whether there is an opportunity to roll out its reliability services at the developing Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it opened its eleventh laboratory last year. 

Specialist aims to step up offering at Kibali

Collaboration, inclusiveness among key themes at 2017 Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 There are signs of hope for recovery in some commodities, owing to recent price improvement, which has lent a more upbeat tone to this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town. However, South Africa has some “sobering lessons” for African countries, which have yet to fully launch... 

Collaboration, inclusiveness among key themes at 2017 Mining Indaba
SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl

Thiess secures more work in Indonesia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2017 Project house Cimic Group’s mining services provider Thiess has been awarded A$134-million worth of contracts in Indonesia. Cimic on Thursday reported that it had secured a new contract with Cakrawala Langit Sejahtera and had extended an existing contract with Bayan Resources Group. 

Master Drilling readies for international roll-out of new horizontal raiseboring technology

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday that its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology is ready for international roll-out after a successful pilot test at the Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. Master Drilling CEO... 

Master Drilling readies for international roll-out of new horizontal raiseboring technology

Technology advancement improves project efficiencies, says WorleyParsons

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 As engineering company WorleyParsons’ global centre of excellence for mining, WorleyParsons RSA expends a substantial amount of energy and resources on developing advanced solutions for its customers that will increase accuracy and efficiency while reducing risk. The project delivery and... 

Babcock to launch new equipment, says customers upbeat about 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock will, during the course of this year, launch new “ground-breaking construction equipment”. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel efficient. Therefore, this year, we are adding the Volvo A60H, the... 

Roytec Global

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2017 South Africa-based liquid/solid and mineral separation equipment supplier Roytec Global is a leader in the supply of thickening, filtration and mineral floatation technologies for the mining industry. Roytec is passionate about service excellence and prides itself on living up to its promises.  

Roytec Global

Political, regulatory uncertainty could deter investment in African resources sector – Barclays 

By: Anine Kilian     3rd February 2017 Any political and regulatory uncertainty will undermine African countries’ attractiveness as natural resource investment destinations according to financial institution Barclays Africa. Speaking to Mining Weekly about the African sector’s mining outlook for 2017 Barclays Africa’s coverage head... 

Political, regulatory uncertainty could deter investment in African resources sector – Barclays
Barclays Africa natural resources head Shirley Webber talks to Mining Weekly about the 2017 Africa mining outlook.

International market ‘excited’ by South African technology

     3rd February 2017 Heavy-duty pump solutions manufacturer and supplier Pump and Abrasion Technologies (PAT) has received a highly positive reaction to the Curve range from potential international clients, says sales director James Pienaar. The company unveiled Curve, its latest product range, to the African market... 

 International market  ‘excited’ by South African technology
AHEAD OF THE CURVE The pump's overall reliability and rapid disassembly and reassembly time are said to have wowed international audiences

Brexit to impact on UK mining sector, R&D to bear the brunt

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 Following a referendum held in June 2016, in which a small majority of British voters declared that they were in favour of leaving the European Union (EU), the UK government has indicated that it intends in the coming months to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which is the... 

Brexit to impact on UK mining sector, R&D to bear the brunt
SHINING LIGHT Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten and tin mine is one of only two mines outside of China with a production capacity of greater than 3 000 t/y of tungsten concentrate

Canadian client, local manufacturer sustain 17 yr relationship

     3rd February 2017 Crude oil and natural gas producer Canadian National Resources (CNR) will send two Hippo 350 kW medium-voltage submersible slurry pumps to South African pump  manufacturer Hazleton Pumps for repair and upgrade later this month. The pumps, used to pump liquids containing solids contaminated with... 

Canadian client, local manufacturer sustain  17 yr relationship
PREFERRED CHOICE Hippo medium-voltage submersible slurry pumps have been in operation at Canadian National Resources' Fort McMurray field since 2000

Coating solution enables improved pump efficiencies, saves costs

     3rd February 2017 The application of coating technology supplier Thermaspray’s protective thermal spray coatings is claimed to reduce degradation processes on performance-critical pumps components to extend their operating life and improve pumps efficiencies for the best uptime and increased production. The... 

Coating solution enables improved  pump efficiencies, saves costs
THERMODYNAMIC Thermal spray is a collection of techniques, which include high velocity oxygen fuel, plasma, flame spray and arc spray, used to apply materials to substrates

Digital transformation now a top priority for mines worldwide – analyst

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 There is a growing recognition among mining companies globally that the adoption of new technologies will play a vital role in how their operations function in future, states research and consultancy firm the International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia and Pacific energy and worldwide mining... 

Digital transformation now a top priority for mines worldwide – analyst
INCREASED SIGNIFICANCE Over the past three years, between 30% and 40% of mining companies worldwide have increased the amount they spent on information technology

Downturn allows for focus on research, design enhancement

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 Agitator and pump manufacturer AFX Mixing and Pumping Technologies, a division of AFX Holdings, has used the mining downturn to focus on its research and development (R&D) initiatives. AFX director and pumps specialist Toby Frostwick says while the company’s commitment to its R&D outcomes and... 

Downturn allows for focus on  research, design enhancement
WORK HORSE AFX hoses are specifically designed and manufactured to enhance fatigue resistance, resulting in a longer service life for its pumps

Milestone for Two Rivers as PGM production surpasses 400 000 oz/y

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Mpumalanga-based Two Rivers, a joint venture between diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats), reached an important milestone last year, producing more than 400 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) for the first time since the mine started... 

Milestone for Two Rivers as PGM production surpasses 400 000 oz/y

Polymer-based elastomeric material reduces corrosion, costs

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 To reduce corrosion and maintenance while enhancing efficiency, pump manufacturer Mather+Platt is applying polymer-based elastomeric material to its internal pump components as well as the external housing of the pump units. The company notes that the advanced polymer material is unique to the... 

Polymer-based elastomeric material reduces corrosion, costs
EXTRA PROTECTION The polymer coating's resistance to acidic and corrosive compounds, such as hydrochloric acid, make it invaluable when protecting pump components

Product reliability, after-sales service boost company contracts

     3rd February 2017 Local pumps supplier KSB Pumps & Valves has continued its strong gains in the mining sector, with several large-scale slurry pump contracts being awarded to the company in the latter half of 2016. The company, based in  Germiston, Gauteng, explains that these include projects in the ferrochrome,... 

Product reliability,  after-sales service boost company contracts
Photo by Duane Daws
QUALITY PARTS, QUALITY SERVICE Customers have cited KSB pumps performance and reliability, as well as KSB’s after-sales service as the reason for selecting the company

Pumps manufacturer to launch mechatronics solution this quarter

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals will launch its mechatronics solution, Synertrex, before the end of the first quarter. The solution leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) – combining integrated equipment technology with everyday electronic and mechanical equipment with network... 

Pumps manufacturer to launch mechatronics solution this quarter
PROBLEM PREDICTION Weir's design teams are looking for solutions to challenges that have yet to materialise

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency

     3rd February 2017 As the mining industry is supported by a vast system of pumps and pipes, it is important to install pumping equipment that is capable of outlasting its intended job, thereby ensuring safety and efficiency in the mining industry, says displacement pumps manufacturer Netzsch Pumps North America.... 

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency
NETZCH'S NICHE Netzsch pumps are frequently used in oil and gas plants, although the company's range also caters for other industrial and mineral applications

Rental fleet demand doubles in two years

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 Demand for industrial pumps and dredging equipment supplier Integrated Pump Rental’s (IPR’s) rental fleet has doubled since the company’s introduction in 2014. IPR attributes this growth to its superior products and value proposition. IPR MD Lee Vine says the company’s ability to offer... 

Rental fleet demand doubles in two years
Photo by Duane Daws
LEE VINE LEE VINE Integrated Pump Rental has benefited from a successful marketing strategy

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
VENETIA MODEL What the Venetia underground diamond mine will look like when complete
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