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MRI to acquire 39.2% share in metallic iron producer

By: Natalie Greve Building on its strategy to provide “innovative” mine rehabilitation and restoration solutions, JSE-listed Mine Restoration Investment’s (MRI) has announced its intention to acquire up to 39.2% in metallic iron producer Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services (IMBS) for R224.48-million. In terms of a... 

Coal price slide hitting miners, rail group

By: Ilan Solomons The sharp decline in coal prices since 2011 has resulted in several mines becoming only marginally profitable, says State-owned logistics company Transnet group commercial GM Divyesh Kalan. The price of thermal coal was about R140/t in January 2011, compared with $62/t by the end of January this... 

Coal price slide hitting miners, rail group
COAL RAILWAY SYSTEM Export coal performance has shown an upwards trend, with rail export volumes of coal increasing from 62.6-million tons in the 2010/11 financial year to 76-million tons in the 2014/15 financial year

Glencore builds R75m school in Mpumalanga

By: Zandile Mavuso As part of its social and labour commitment to the Department of Mineral Resources, mining and marketing giant Glencore launched the Makause Combined School in Phola, near its coal operations in Mpumalanga, earlier this month. 

Glencore builds R75m school in Mpumalanga

Gold still main exploration commodity

By: Kimberley Smuts Gold remains the main commodity of interest for the exploration industry, accounting for 43% of exploration budgets in 2014, says mining and environmental consulting services company The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson. He notes that, since the mid-1970s, gold exploration... 

Gold still main  exploration commodity
EXPLORATION CONTINUES Gold remains the main commodity of interest for the exploration industry

Locally developed materials handling system ‘takes to the skies’

By: Ilan Solomons Local transportation technology company Milotek’s Futran system is “truly revolutionary”, as it provides a new method of transporting commodities and potentially also people, claims Milotek CEO Andries Louw. Louw was speaking at black-owned training and conferencing company Intelligence Transfer... 

Locally developed materials handling system ‘takes to the skies’
FUTRAN SYSTEM TRACK Futran is a locally developed and manufactured rail transport bogie that has been mounted on an elevated rail transportation track system

Registration opens for August coal gasification conference

By: Zandile Mavuso Early registrations are open for delegates for the South African Underground Coal Gasification Association (SAUCGA) conference to take place on August 24 at the Graceland Hotel in Secunda in which the association aims to discuss the unlocking of unmineable coal reserves in Southern Africa. 

Wits honours former School of Mining Engineering head

By: Zandile Mavuso The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering paid tribute to former Head of School Professor Fred Cawood during a celebratory function, citing among his contributions to the mining industry his work in addressing the target of achieving zero harm through digital mine... 

Sentula narrows FY loss

By: Creamer Media Reporter Mining services provider Sentula Mining on Wednesday reported a marginal improvement in its headline loss a share to 41.3c for the financial year ended March 31, compared with a loss of 43.7c in the 2014 financial year. Its basic loss a share narrowed from 91.8c in 2014 to 50.5c in the year under... 

Macmahon flags multimillion-dollar writedown

By: Mariaan Webb Mining contractor Macmahon Holdings on Monday announced that it expected to impair the carrying value of equipment and inventory held on June 30, 2015, by between $95-million and $125-million. This impairment would be in addition to the $130-million recorded in the company’s half-year financial... 

Bulk of modular screening media system range to be manufactured locally

Diversified engineering group Metso last month launched its internationally renowned Trellex 305PS modular screening media system into the Southern African quarrying sector. Metso screening media global sales specialist Julian Steinmann notes that the bulk of the range will be manufactured... 

Bulk of modular screening media system range to be  manufactured locally
LOCAL CONTENT The bulk of the Trellex 305PS system will be manufactured locally

Commodity based software solution a first for quarry planners

Mining consultancy and software solutions provider RungePincockMinarco (RPM) last month released a commodity-based software solution focused on scheduling in the cement and aggregates quarrying industry, the Quarry XPAC Solution. The product is configured to the requirements of the quarrying... 

Commodity based software solution a first for quarry planners
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CAPABILITY EVALUATION The Quarry XPAC Solutiona provides scheduling visibility, including the ability to evaluate multiple scenarios to achieve optimal exploitation of quarry deposits

Company yet to offer thermal assessment services to mining industry

By: Dylan Stewart Although the solutions of electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and automation supply, implementation and support company Magnet can be used for any electrical or mechanical application, including mining, the company is yet to offer its services to the mining industry, Magnet training... 

Components supply service supported by maintenance

South African power generation company Vert Energy’s component supply service for electromechanical power generation in the mining industry is supported by repair and maintenance facilities on the African continent, the company notes.  

Cost management prioritised over cash generation as commodity prices languish in the doldrums

By: Zandile Mavuso Low commodity prices worldwide have resulted in mining operations having to deal with increased pressure in the form of escalating operational costs.  

Cost management prioritised over  cash generation as commodity  prices languish in the doldrums

Crusher-backing compound to improve machinery life

By: Mia Breytenbach The use of effective crusher-backing compounds and release agents is a critical component in enhancing the life of crushing equipment used in the quarrying and mining industry, says water transfer and control solutions provider Summit Agencies. “Impact and shock vibrations can cause significant... 

Crusher-backing  compound to improve  machinery life
TOUGH BACKING The Korrobond compound serves as a backing and reinforcing layer between machine parts and as a damper when subjected to impact and shock loads

Crushing process enhancements to boost quarry production

Optimising crushing processes is a reliable way of boosting a quarry’s production with benefits that extend from extraction of materials to the stockpile and sale of graded products, states process technology and services provider Metso Minerals Southern Africa construction GM Alan Fletcher.... 

Crushing process  enhancements to boost quarry production
CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE Understanding the correct types of crushing processes required to manufacture the necessary products in the required tonnages is vital knowledge

Fuel cleanliness company develops automatic fuel decontaminator

By: Dylan Stewart South Africa-based fuel cleanliness company Supa Fuel has developed a system that detects the presence of water and drains it from fuel storage tanks automatically, eliminating problems associated with the presence of water in fuel which can result in engine failure, inefficient fuel use and... 

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes

By: Mia Breytenbach Sweden-based construction and mining tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco launched its PowerROC T50 surface drill rig, designed for use at limestone, cement and aggregate quarries, onto the African market earlier this month. The PowerROC T50 is a tophammer, blasthole drill rig that is... 

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes
DRILLING PERFORMANCE The newly developed rock drill COP 3060 for surface applications provided the PowerROC T50 with a high penetration rate

Intricate on-site tyre replacement completed within three days

By: Dylan Stewart A recent project, involving intricate on-site repairs to a Bradford Breaker, for a major colliery in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, is part of the strong demand metals and mining service provider Tenova Takraf Africa is experiencing for its maintenance services, as clients focus on extending... 

Materials supplier to boost African operations

By: Mia Breytenbach JSE-listed construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat is intensifying its focus on further geographical expansion and opportunities in Africa. “Afrimat constantly considers areas where there will be strong demand for its products, with a dedicated business development team... 

Materials supplier to boost African operations
EXPANSION BOOST Afrimat’s new business development remains a key component of the group's growth strategy with future expansions including Mozambique

OEMs blocking progress – wear control group

By: Dylan Stewart Some original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are rejecting the oil purification expertise of wear control company Filter Focus to maintain high replacement and component sales volumes, says Filter Focus COO Craig FitzGerald. 

Split bearing saves on maintenance

By: Dylan Stewart Owing to its unique design features, the Cooper split bearing, distributed by bearings manufacturer Bearings International, lasts longer and saves on maintenance time, says Cooper split bearing product manager Matthew Tyler. 

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar, adding that... 

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges
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GROWTH EXPECTED As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path

DTI invites S African mining companies to participate in Aus trade visit

By: Natalie Greve The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called on businesses in the mining and capital equipment, mineral beneficiation, electrotechnical and mining services sectors, as well as other companies with mining rights that were seeking investors, to participate in an outward selling and... 

DTI invites S African mining companies to participate in Aus trade visit

Metallica’s Urquhart Point processing plant to be shipped next month

By: Ilan Solomons ASX-listed Metallica Minerals reported on Wednesday that the new heavy mineral sands (HMS) process plant fabrication and assembly for its A$6.5-million Urquhart Point HMS mine and processing project, near Weipa in Queensland’s western Cape York region, was nearing completion. The trial assembly... 

WA loses top spot as hiring hub

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The number of mining and resource vacancies in Australia declined by 17.6% during the quarter ended May, recruitment specialist DFP Recruitment has found in its latest job index. The index for permanent roles in the resource sector slipped to 45.35, a 16.8% fall over the last three months and a... 

Qld Fifo inquiry launches public hearings

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Workers union CFMEU has urged community members in central Queensland to attend public hearings and to speak out about the impact of fly-in, fly-out (Fifo), as the state Parliament kicked off its public hearings into the practice. The Queensland government earlier this year announced it would... 

Acquisition and merger create job opportunities, improve customer service

By: Kimberley Smuts The acquisition of pump manufacturer SPP Pumps and pumps spares supplier Braybar Pumps by fluid management solutions company Kirloskar Brothers International (KBI) has created the potential for increased job opportunities in South Africa and improved (national) service for the mining sector.... 

Acquisition and merger create job opportunities, improve customer service
GRAHAM COOPER The division of Braybar and SPP under KBI can be considered a cost-saving exercise, which is more efficient than operating two separate entities

After-sales strategy aids pumps maintenance

Through its system efficiency service (SES) pumps and valves producer KSB Pumps and Valves can conduct a complete energy efficiency analysis and detect variations in flow rates and vibrations, that it interprets and analyses in real time to optimise pumping systems. This enables the company to... 

After-sales strategy aids  pumps maintenance
ANDREAS GREMELS Advanced after-sales systems enable KSB Pumps and Valves to maintain a sizeable fleet of pumps in perfect working condition

Company restores pumps at platinum mine

By: Kimberley Smuts Heavy-duty pump solutions manufacturer and supplier Pump and Abrasion Technologies in March restored 37 pumps at a South African platinum mine to original-equipment manufacturer specifications in less than two weeks, says Pump and Abrasion Technologies GM Francois de Villiers. He explains that... 

Company restores  pumps at platinum mine
PUMPS SOLUTION Pump and Abrasion Technologies was hired to evaluate the readily available slurry pump equipment at the mine and to supply and install other necessary equipment

Manufacturer to install new pumping solution at Chile mine

By: Kimberley Smuts Locomotives manufacturer General Electric (GE) Mining is set to provide new pumpstation solutions for a mine in Chile. The new GE pumpstation solution uses a combination of existing GE products such as pumps engines and gearboxes. 

Manufacturer to install new pumping solution  at Chile mine
PUMPSTATION SOLUTION Locomotives manufacturer General Electric (GE) Mining is set to provide new pumpstation solutions for a mine in Chile
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