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New association launched to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Canada’s First Cobalt hoping to seal DRC exploration deal by next month

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Cobalt asset group First Cobalt aims to close the transaction of a strategic alliance for a 70% interest in seven prospective copper/cobalt exploration properties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by next month and progress exploration in one of the world’s “high-reward cobalt... 

Canada’s First Cobalt hoping to seal DRC  exploration deal by next month
PROPERTY PROSPECTS The seven properties cover 190 km2 on the Central African Copperbelt, in Katanga, all with known surface mineralisation

Charter’s BEE ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional

     21st July 2017 The new “top-up” provision in the latest Mining Charter gazetted on June 15, may prove to be unconstitutional and may lead to further expensive legal action by the mining industry, states Fasken Martineau partner and global mining group member Nicola Jackson. In a statement published on June 15,... 

Charter’s BEE  ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional
GOVERNMENT PAYING LIP SERVICE? The controversial Mining Charter’s new procurement targets stipulate that 80% of services be performed by black economic-empowerment entities

Hydropower – what the industry needs now

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 The contraction in the South African mining industry has resulted in many projects and expansions stalling in recent years, with mines having closed or scaled back on capital and operational expenditure.  

Hydropower – what the  industry needs now
HOLY WATER Existing hydropower technology can deliver significant increases in productivity, reduced operational and maintenance costs, and up to 80% less energy consumption than pneumatic drills

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Materials handling and alternative mining solutions expert Ncamiso Mining is expanding its presence in Welkom, where it sees strong potential to grow and support local black-owned and black economic-empowerment (BEE) entities across the various needs of their operations in the area. However,... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development
SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP The sharing of knowledge and experience would prove invaluable to black-owned companies and, ultimately, benefit all the businesses in the mining sector

Low-pressure hydraulic valve to offer adaptability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects will take its latest in-development low pressure, pressure-reducing valve to market within the next two months, after ironing out the last issues during a recent trial period at a deep-level gold mine in Klerksdorp, in the North West. The design of the... 

Low-pressure  hydraulic valve  to offer adaptability
ALLEVIATING PRESSURE Hydromine Projects’ stainless steel pressure reducing stations maintain downstream pressures at a pipeline installation in Australia

Metso clinches life cycle services contract renewal at Swedish mine

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 Base metals miner Lundin Mining’s Zinkgruvan zinc, lead, copper and silver mine in Askersund, Sweden has signed a new life cycle services (LCS) agreement with diversified engineering group Metso. The agreement covers mill lining and related services for five grinding mills and is valid for three... 

Metso clinches life cycle services contract renewal at  Swedish mine
Photo by Metso
TERMS OF RENEWED AGREEMENT The agreement between Zinkgruvan and Metso covers mill lining and related services for five grinding mills and is valid for three years

Proper hose assemblies improve hydraulic safety and life span

     21st July 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG urges that care be taken when selecting, installing and maintaining high-quality components in any hydraulic system because hose assemblies can be highly dangerous if misapplied and if inadequate attention is given to maintenance of the hose and related equipment.  

Valves range to cater for smaller flow applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Hydraulic solutions supplier Turnkey Hydraulics will in the fourth quarter launch German control technologies manufacturer Bucher’s Hydraulic Design Series-24 (HDS-24) flow-sharing directional valves.  

Valves range to cater for smaller flow applications
LESS IS MORE The HDS-24 operates at 130 l/min and is a smaller version of Bucher’s widely used HDS-34 valve bank, which operates at 180 l/min

Zululand Anthracite Colliery unveils new 50 t/h wash plant

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 Investment company Menar Holding’s Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), near the town of Ulundi commissioned its new wash plant, last month. The new coal processing plant has 50 t/h processing capacity and is expected to wash three-million tons of discard material over the course of the next five... 

Zululand Anthracite Colliery unveils new 50 t/h wash plant
Photo by Zululand Anthracite Colliery
ROYAL RIBBON CUTTING King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and Zululand Anthracite Colliery MD Vuslat Bayoglu cut the ribbon at the new wash plant

Qld supports METS sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2017 The Queensland state government has outlined plans to grow the states mining technology sector, with the aim of creating 3 000 additional jobs over the next ten years. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham released a ten-year action plan to make the state’s existing A$7-billion mining... 

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines

     18th July 2017 In this opinion article, juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin reflects on prospects in Africa for bilateral power purchase agreements for both grid-connected and behind-the-meter hybrid energy solutions 

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines
juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin

Accelerating growth of services in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Mining services company Fraser Alexander is focused on expanding its presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, both prime locations of high-grade copper deposits. With more than a century of experience, the company has been expanding into most gold- and copper-producing... 

Accelerating growth  of services in Africa
CONTRACTS CAPTURED In the past eight months, Fraser Alexander has secured two new hydraulic mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one tailings deposition contract in Zambia

Africa needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Owing to challenges, such as depressed commodity prices, declining revenues, increasing production costs and high energy costs, the African mining industry needs to embrace new solutions based on the Industry 4.0 industrial transformation, states engineering company Bosch mining key account... 

Africa needs  to embrace Industry 4.0
LANDRY MEYA Industry 4.0 cannot be prevented, as many challenges are resolved or addressed by this trend

Beneficiation remains key to realising African Mining Vision

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 The key to the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) achieving its goals is to bring processing to the source of mineral production, says African Union Commission senior industry adviser Frank Mugyenyi, noting that this amounts to adding industries where African countries are exporting raw material. 

Beneficiation remains key to realising African Mining Vision
FRANK MUGYENYI The African Mining Vision calls on African countries to add value to mineral resources in Africa by taking advantage of backward and forward linkages

Burundi rare earths project on track for first production

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Rare-earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths says it has made significant progress towards achieving first production at its Gakara rare earths project in Burundi, East Africa, with about $6-million has been invested in the project to date. Bolstered by Rainbow’s completion of an... 

Burundi rare earths project  on track for  first production
MAIN VEIN Rainbow Rare Earths is focused on exposing Gasagwe’s main vein, at the Gakara project’s initial mining site

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 African mining has entered into the new up-cycle for commodities, which is fuelled by the economic growth profile in the eastern hemisphere – which includes China, Mongolia and the Pacific rim region, as well as the global uncertainty over the value of and the sustained availability of ‘cash-money’. 

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed
A CASE FOR MAJORS Bulk commodities are for major investors only, as these require substantially ‘deep pockets’

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary openpit mining company Afrimat intends to develop its strategy of growth through diversification further by exploiting new opportunities in Africa by remaining “agile and entrepreneurial”. 

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth
DIRO IRON-ORE MINE Afrimat is aiming to reach a production rate of one-million tons a year of saleable product

Golden prospects following exploration in Mali and Senegal

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Privately owned UK-based gold exploration company Cora Gold believes there is strong potential to ultimately  increase the scale of the discovery at the Sanankoro project to a size suitable for consideration as a standalone gold mine hence the project being the primary focus of the company’s... 

Golden prospects following exploration in Mali and Senegal
SANANKORO ARTISINAL MINING Cora Gold’s Sanankoro project is currently its primary focus, and it anticipate further discovery to yield over one-million ounces of in-situ gold

Greater demand for rope access

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Inspection and maintenance work is increasing for rope-access technicians across the African mining industry, says industrial rope-access solutions company Skyriders, which boasts a zero-fatality rate. Maintenance and inspection budgets are under strain due to the current tough economic... 

Greater demand for rope access
EFFECTIVE INSPECTION Inspections carried out by means of rope access offer a safer, more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional inspection methods

Industrial gear gaining traction across Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The X Series is quickly establishing a footprint in Africa, as it is the preferred industrial gear unit specified by drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive for the mining industry, says the company. SEW-Eurodrive head of projects Rudi Swanepoel notes that the completion of a project for a... 

Largest-diameter hole reamed in Africa – contractor

     14th July 2017 The reaming phase of a 7.3-m-diameter hole at South African integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine, in Mpumulanga, has been completed, setting an African record for the largest-diameter hole reamed to date, says South African mining company Redpath Mining. Mining... 

Largest-diameter  hole reamed in  Africa – contractor
DRILLING WORK Redpath Mining's Redbore 90EX is being to raisebore the shafts at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Despite South Africa’s rich chromite endowment, the low chromium oxide (Cr2O3) grades found in its orebodies and the high cost of electricity are significant barriers to the country becoming the dominant player in the global industry. Mintek metallurgical project development consultant Dr Nic... 

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

Mali gold project production targeted for December

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multi-asset gold company Hummingbird Resources is developing the advanced Yanfolila gold project, in Mali, as a low-cost, high-grade openpit mining operation, with first gold production targeted for December. 

Mali gold project production targeted  for December
YANFOLILA GOLD MINE The overall investment to bring the project into production will be around $88-million

Metso renovating KZN foundry to meet growing mining-sector demand

By: Dylan Slater     14th July 2017 Industrial company servicing the mining industry Metso is investing €3.5-million in crusher wear parts manufacturing in Africa by renovating a second melting furnace at the Isithebe foundry, in KwaZulu-Natal to meet growing demand from the mining industry for such components.  

Metso renovating KZN foundry to meet growing mining-sector demand
ISITHEBE FOUNDRY Through the renewal of the Isithebe foundry, Metso will improve capabilities to deliver high-quality, heavy-wear parts

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing
Photo by Duane Daws
MOSEBENZI ZWANE Zwane published the Mining Charter on June 15, which was received with much turbulence and controversy

Mining companies urged to make better use of digital technology

By: Ilan Solomons     14th July 2017 Struggling with commodity prices, declining ore grade and operational challenges, South African miners have no choice but to focus on creating operational excellence to buffer against declining margins, says research and consultancy firm the International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC worldwide... 

Mining companies urged to make better use of  digital technology
Photo by SAP
INTERGRATING SYSTEMS Creating operations that are interconnected digitally and built on processes enabled by data to deliver responsive and agile operations is of ‘critical importance’

Obsideo Consulting

     14th July 2017 Mineral processing facilities and associated infrastructure evaluation, engineering design, project management and construction specialist Obsideo Consulting has recently expanded its business into Africa, where it has done several mineral processing studies and is constructing a rare earths... 

Obsideo Consulting

Pockets of potential bode well for future

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The expected turning point in the African mining sector has not yet occurred, owing to continued soft economic growth in emerging economies allied to uneven global economic recoveries, divergent monetary policies and significant geopolitical/social issues, which continue to create further... 

Pockets of potential bode well for future
PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY The boiler emission abatement plant at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s refinery, in Springs is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 In Southern Africa, power is becoming a far higher input cost in industries and processes than it was in the past, says mining ventilation solutions provider TLT Actom director Craig Johnston, highlighting that one of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of... 

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining
TOTAL VENTILATION One of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of ventilation or air used in the process

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload

     14th July 2017 South African process equipment supplier MIP Process MD Phillip Hoff is positive that 2017 will be a good year for the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). “Our pricing and [the level of] quality mean we are still highly competitive, compared with Asian and Chinese manufacturers.” 

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload
PHILLIP HOFF Seventy-five per cent of MIP Process’s business is outside of South Africa, as opposed to 25% about a year ago

South African simulators commissioned in Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Mining company Sherritt International’s Ambatovy operation, in Madagascar, has commissioned its Cybermine heavy equipment operator training simulators from South African surface and underground mining simulator supplier ThoroughTec Simulation. 

South African simulators  commissioned in Madagascar
NEED FOR SAFETY The Cybermine high-fidelity training simulators answer the need for safe training of heavy equipment operators

Africa remains tough but attractive mining destination

By: Nica Schreuder     13th July 2017 Despite potential risk factors associated with mining in Africa, mining services provider Fraser Alexander executive business development head Ken Bouch says the rewards make it worth investing in the mineral-rich continent. 

Africa remains  tough but attractive mining destination

Davyhurst delayed by GR Engineering walk-out

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th July 2017 Gold miner Eastern Goldfields on Wednesday said that it would vigorously defend legal proceedings launched in the Western Australian Supreme Court by project house GR Engineering Services. GR Engineering this week announced that it had started legal proceedings against Eastern Goldfields,... 

Xtract subsidiary signs second contractor mining agreement for Manica project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 Xtract Resources’ subsidiary Explorator has completed a mining contractor agreement with Sino Minerals Investment Company for the exploitation of alluvial gold deposits at the Manica mining concession, in Mozambique. Xtract and Nexus Capital in February agreed that the alluvial gold deposit at... 

Court scuffle breaks out at Davyhurst

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2017 Project house GR Engineering Services has started legal proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia against gold miner Eastern Goldfields. GR Engineering in September last year awarded a contract to refurbish the 1.2-million-tonne-a-year Davyhurst gold processing plant, in Western... 

WPG picks contractor for Challenger Deeps

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th July 2017 Gold miner WPG Resources has tapped contract miner Byrnecut Australia as the preferred contractor for the Challenger Deep development, in Western Australia. WPG reported on Friday that rehabilitation work at the bottom of the Jumbuck decline at Challenger had been completed, and development... 

Advanced diagnostics, IIoT to unlock valuable mining data – Endress & Hauser

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 Using the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and advanced diagnostics systems that draw new data from sensors in mines can provide deeper insight into operations and improve control, says industrial automation multinational Endress & Hauser Group mining industry manager Jenish Gheewala. Data is... 

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