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Atlas Copco launches automated surface drill rig

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 Equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco in April launched its automated surface drill rig – the SmartROC – to the South African industry in the mining town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape.  

Eastern Cape aggregates quarry secures offtake agreements

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 Aggregates producer Blue Crane Resources and Minerals’ Blue Crane Mine (BCM) has secured an offtake agreement to supply aggregates for Bloemfontein-based road construction and maintenance company Tau Pele Construction over the next 18 months. BCM is located in the town of Indwe, in the Eastern... 

Eastern Cape aggregates quarry secures offtake agreements
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Blue Crane Mine is negotiating a contract with the local municipality to supply it aggregates amounting to about R27-million for 1 500 RDP houses in Guba Village investment opportunities

Embracing technology key to success of the mine of the future

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 For mining to be part of the twenty-first century, it has to create a range of benefits as part of the business model, have access to realistic commodity pricing models and must embrace technology, says University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood says.... 

Embracing technology key to success of the mine of the future
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FUTURE MINE The trends around key mining industry issues could lead to possible futures characterised by an African mining boom

Gold recovery expert working with government to uplift staff

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Local mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining is currently working closely with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to train and develop staff through short courses based on the goals of both the company and its employees.  Ncamiso MD Fikile Mashinini says the continued... 

Gold recovery expert  working with government to uplift staff
REMEDIATION Ncamiso's latest achievement is its maximum gold recovery and environmental remediation partnership with Mintails Mining South Africa

Higher gold price ensures stable South African sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 The record high gold price has proven to be a stroke of luck for South African companies functioning within the global gold sector. According to professional services firm KPMG gold commodity lead and partner Daniel Hooijer, the R600 000/kg price has lessened the blow of the low dollar gold price. 

Higher gold price  ensures stable South African sector
DANIEL HOOIJER Depleted gold reserves in South Africa have produced a predicament for companies looking to find new orebodies

Incremental mine development key for gold sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 In the face of global capital constraints, gold mining companies have been forced to look into alternative options for the development of mines. The gold mining industry is known traditionally for larger-sized operations that require the establishment of a large reserve base as well as large... 

Incremental mine development key for gold sector
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GROWTH The steady gold price has been a bright light in an otherwise deflated commodities market

New range of top-mounted hydraulic hammers launched

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 Caterpillar’s Southern African dealer Barloworld Equipment has launched the Cat B20, B30 and B35 hydraulic hammer line-up in top-mount configuration for hydraulic excavators. The company says that the units are purpose-built for the robust applications that are typically found in Africa and are... 

New range of top-mounted hydraulic hammers launched
HAMMER TIME The units are purpose-built for the robust applications that are typically found in Africa and are suitable for general construction quarrying and mining applications

The MSA Group

     24th June 2016 Local mining consultancy The MSA Group provides exploration, geology, mineral resource, mining and environmental consulting solutions to a client base that includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds, banks, governments... 

The MSA Group

Commodity markets entering period of stability, Orica CEO says

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2016 Orica, the largest supplier of explosives to the mining industry, has begun to observe stability in commodity markets that have been marked by volatility, sinking profits and job cuts after a global boom ended. “We still see a lot of volatility, but I think that I’ve seen more stability than... 

Telstra buys into mining technology sector

By: Reuters     23rd June 2016 Australia's No. 1 telecommunications firm Telstra has bought a mining technology company for an undisclosed sum, looking to tap the resource sector's appetite for cost-cutting in the face of slumping commodity prices. Markets for everything from oil to iron ore have collapsed from record highs a... 

One Macmahon worker shot dead, seven expats kidnapped in Nigeria

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd June 2016 Mining services company Macmahon on Thursday confirmed the abduction of seven of its employees, including three Australians, two Nigerians, a New Zealander and a South African, at its operations near Calabar, in Nigeria. The security incident also led to the death of a local Macmahon employee,... 

One Macmahon worker shot dead, seven expats kidnapped in Nigeria

Momentum grows for solar-diesel hybrid microgrids in Zambia

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Amid an ongoing drought that has resulted in a severe power crisis in Zambia, the framework conditions for investment in solar power projects have become more attractive. New analysis ‘Power crisis and consequences for solar energy in the Zambian mining sector’ published by the Deutsche... 

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements  

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The mine maintenance industry is facing a significant skills shortage, exacerbated by commodity price instability, industrial conveyor maintenance service provider ELB Conveyor Maintenance director Sharmlin Govender tells Mining Weekly. 

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements
ELB Conveyor Maintenance director Sharmlin Govender

Company retires production of mining excavator

     17th June 2016 After being available for sale for almost 30 years, Swiss-based equipment manufacturer Liebherr has decided to retire production of the  R 984 excavator. One-third of these 120 t class machines were shipped within Europe, while another third were sent to Africa. The very last unit was delivered... 

Company retires production of mining excavator
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MANUFACTURING TERMINATED Liebherr has decided to retire production of the R 984 excavator

Cost-effective products for quarrying

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is introducing cost-effective products to help mining and quarrying companies manage the challenges in their industries. Bell Equipment quarry industry specialist Tyron Ravenscroft notes that, much like the mining industry, the quarrying industry is... 

Cost-effective products for quarrying
B25E SUPERTRUCK Bell Equipment’s supertruck provides a lower cost-per-ton solution for quarrying

Cutting corners to cost mines in long run

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Many sites are trying to cut costs by moving away from using original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) spares and components when undertaking maintenance, says technologies, products and engineering services provider Tenova TAKRAF Africa aftermarket GM Paul Davies.  

Cutting corners to cost mines in long run
INCREASED NEED With the rapid uptake of mechanisation and automation in the mining industry, greater emphasis has been placed on the need for maintenance in the last 20 years

Essential maintenance supplied despite budget cuts by mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Rope access service and equipment provider Skyriders is, to a large extent, immune to the current commodities price slump, as inspection and maintenance is an essential part of keeping sites operational, notes marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Essential maintenance supplied despite  budget cuts by mines
MAINTENANCE REMAINS KEY Although maintenance budgets are being trimmed to survive the current tough global economic climate, maintenance is vital at active mining operations

Ghana QLA competition finalists announced

     17th June 2016 Five finalists have been announced for the third edition of the Quarry Life Award (QLA) competition organised by Ghanian cement manufacturer Ghacem, subsidiary of German multinational building materials company the Heidelburg Cement (HC) group. The winning projects will be revealed in the third... 

Ghana QLA competition finalists announced
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EFFECTIVE IDEAS REWARDED The QLA competition enables its competitors to source ideas on the effective regeneration and management of biodiversity in its mining sites across the world

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Government’s acknowledgment of the severity of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand, in Gauteng, and the subsequent priority given to take steps to alleviate the problem is of “significant importance”, states Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) CEO Mariette Liefferink.  

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng

Knowledge hub for quarrying

     17th June 2016 Construction equipment provider Sandvik Construction has launched a Web portal called "Crushology" to help quarry owners and operators get more from their equipment, thereby improving operational productivity and economy. The Crushology Web portal, launched in March, features a collection of... 

Knowledge hub for quarrying
ENHANCING DRILLING EFFICIENCY Sandvik believes that knowledge is the fundamental for the development of new techniques and technologies involved in quarrying

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries

     17th June 2016 Carefully planned lockout and tagout procedures limit the risk of injuries or accidents caused by the inadvertent starting of machines or equipment while they are being serviced or maintained, says American padlock manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) senior product manager Ryan Basset.  

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries
PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES Tagout devices prevent workers from unintentionally energising equipment while a maintenance job is in progress

Madagascar quarrying operation flourishing

     17th June 2016 Sun Minerals Madagascar, a potential 20-year joint venture (JV) between mining and exploration company Norcross Madagascar Group (NMG) and quarry extracting company SRE India, planned to start opening a second quarry at the Peacock Blue labradorite project under the JV in May, with hopes the new... 

Madagascar quarrying operation flourishing
BETTER AND BETTER As the Peacock Blue labradorite quarry develops, the gemstone crystal size has increased

Maintenance vital in efforts to reduce operating costs

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The current harsh economic and dynamic business environment that is characterised by recession, stiff competition and globalisation has made it imperative for every organisation to streamline its processes and reduce operating costs to remain competitive, stresses furnaces and industrial services... 

Maintenance vital  in efforts to reduce  operating costs
ON-SITE SERVICES The company provides on-site specialist services for rotary kilns for the cement and lime industries in sub-Saharan Africa

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Unstable commodity prices have placed mines under pressure to produce at the same rate while decreasing their operational costs, highlights environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions (I-CAT) director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg.  

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG Mines are operating at dangerous margins, as costs and savings targets need to be achieved if they are to continue operating

Production, maintenance reporting systems to improve production fleet

     17th June 2016 Mining and communications technology provider 3D-P has released the 3D-P Production Reporting and 3D-P Maintenance Reporting systems, powered by iVolve, to improve the efficiency of mines. Adding to its current portfolio of application integration solutions and wireless network services, 3D-P... 

Production, maintenance reporting systems to  improve production fleet
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EFFICIENCY OF MINES Production and maintenance reports contribute to better decision-making

Products to launch at expo

     17th June 2016 Dump truck producer Terex Trucks, mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment manufacturer Terex Finlay and washing equipment supplier Terex Washing Systems (TWS) will preview, launch and showcase a range of equipment and machinery for the mining and quarrying industries at Hillhead 2016,... 

Products to launch at expo
GENERATION 10 TA400 Terex Trucks will launch the articulated dump truck at Hillhead 2016

Saimm to host forum on future of mining in September

By: David Oliveira     17th June 2016 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Saimm) will be hosting the two-day Future of Mining 2016 forum from September 12 to 13 at Electra Mining Africa, which is being held at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg. The forum is part of Saimm’s attempts to drive change in the... 

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 An environment-friendly product for the disposal of used oil generated by quarries and other mining operations has been developed by commercial explosives and blasting solutions developer AEL Mining Services. The solution is also expected to help the mining industry prepare for the carbon tax... 

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions
GREENER BLASTING SOLUTIONS An ecofriendly product for the disposal of used oil from quarries is offered by AEL Mining Services

Tough decisions regarding floor gratings

     17th June 2016 The choice between fibreglass, steel, and performance versus cost can be bewildering when it comes to installing floor gratings, says gratings, stair treads and safety hand-rails manufacturer Vital Engineering MD Dodds Pringle.  

Tough decisions regarding floor gratings
Photo by Vital Engineering and Angus McLeod
MATERIAL BENEFITS Steel offers more strength than synthetic products, while fibreglass is a very robust, low-maintenance product

UK show sees strong demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th June 2016 The Hillhead international quarrying and recycling show is famous for its live demonstrations and 2016 will be no different with a range of equipment being put through its paces in a live quarry environment. Demand for the 2016 event has been strong with every square metre now allocated,... 

UK show sees strong demand
UNIQUE OFFERING Hillhead demonstrates real ‘job of work’ in a live quarry environment

Ausenco board recommends RCF VI takeover

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2016 The board of Brisbane-based engineering, procurement and project management company Ausenco on Tuesday recommended a takeover offer from private equity firm Resource Capital Fund VI (RCF VI), which valued the company at A$153.7-million. Ausenco had formed an independent board committee (IBC) in... 

Aggregates quarry opens in Eastern Cape

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Development financier the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has spent R736 000 in preparing a quarry, which will have a future value of R200-million, in Indwe, which is about 120 km from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.  

Aggregates quarry opens in Eastern Cape
QUARRY LAUNCH At the launch of the Indwe-based aggregate quarry is quarry manager Divan Swanepoel, ECDC CEO Buhle Dlulane, ECDC deputy chairman Loyiso Jiya, Emalahleni mayor Nomveliso Nyukwana, Tau Pele representative Marius Prinsloo and Blue Crane Resources and Minerals directors Mcebisi Limba and Moss Magwebu

Australian pumps for harsh environments introduced into South Africa

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 There is a dire need in South Africa for a pump rental company that understands the specific needs of the end-user; therefore, pump rental company Integrated Pump Rental aims to ensure that it continues to introduce fit-for-purpose pumps and products that will meet the changing needs of the... 

Australian pumps for harsh environments introduced into South Africa
MAINTENANCE MATTERS Maintenance and repairing equipment is as important as supplying efficient pumping solutions

Coating solutions for improved pump efficiencies offered

     10th June 2016 Machining manufacturer Thermaspray’s cost considerations restrict the manufacture of critical components from optimal wear and corrosion-resistant materials. Therefore, the majority of Thermaspray’s work is on new pump parts for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), although it also... 

Coating solutions  for improved pump  efficiencies offered
PROTECTIVE PRODUCT Thermal spray coatings reduce degradation processes on performance critical pump components

Coatings extend rotating equipment service life

     10th June 2016 Rotating equipment manufacturer Sulzer says its latest surface coating technologies offer massive improvements to the expected service life of compressors, turbines and pumps that are subject to surface oxidation, corrosion, erosion and heat damage. Sulzer's Houston Service Center component... 

Coatings extend  rotating equipment  service life
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SURFACE COATING TECHNOLOGIES Offer massive improvements to the expected service life of compressors, turbines and pumps that are subject to surface oxidation, corrosion, erosion and heat damage.

Heightened mining M&A predicted for Brazil as prices surge, debt-burdened majors seek to offload assets

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 There will be elevated investment, and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in Brazil's mining industry over the coming quarters, supported by vast mineral reserves, stabilising mineral prices and debt-burdened major producers who are keen to offload assets, predicts research firm BMI Research.... 

Heightened mining M&A predicted for Brazil as prices surge, debt-burdened majors seek to offload assets
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RAISING ENVIRONMENT BMI Research expects improving gold prices to spur particular interest in projects in Brazil

Impeller redesign improves efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Pumps manufacturing company Walter Meano Engineering has improved the efficiency of its VersaFlo vertical spindle electric (VSE) 100 pump by redesigning the solution’s 30-year-old impeller. The VSE pump is used at mines in Africa to pump water and now offers customers enhanced pumping... 

Impeller redesign improves efficiency
EFFICIENT PUMP SERVICES Using a standard impeller across a range of pumps results in low efficiency; it is important that each model’s impeller is enhanced

Improving froth pumping solution

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Specialist slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals is introducing the next- generation WARMAN horizontal froth pump, which features a continuous air removal system that can be applied to the company’s froth pumps already in the market. This is in line with Weir Minerals’ focus on... 

Improving froth pumping solution
RUI GOMES Being able to develop and implement changes to produce greater efficiency is important in the pumps industry
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