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AEL entrenching itself in Latin American market

By: Zandile Mavuso Explosives company AEL Mining Services says its supply of electronic detonators to the Latin American countries has been successful in the past four years, with the company’s focus currently on maintaining its presence in the area by advancing technologically. 

Barloworld Handling

Metso’s mobile crushing and screening solutions footprint in southern Africa has been given new traction with the launch on October 1 of a dedicated Metso mobile business unit within the Handling division of the Barloworld group. The transfer of Barloworld’s Metso business, previously part of... 

Barloworld Handling

Companies commoditising explosives as Asian market slows

By: Zandile Mavuso The fall of thermal coal prices in China has impacted the Asian mining industry negatively as it has led to companies requiring explosives to be commoditised, says explosives company AEL Mining Services. 

Company acquires new openpit mine software

Mining software and services provider Maptek has acquired mine planning consultancy Orelogy’s Evorelution strategic openpit mine scheduling set of software which, as of this month, will be developed and marketed as the Vulcan Open Pit Scheduler. 

Company acquires new openpit  mine software
BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION Evorelution assesses thousands of schedule scenarios rapidly to present users with the best options

Fully redundant connectivity rolled out for opencast miner

Information and communication technology (ICT) major Jasco Group has provided opencast mining company MCC Contracts’ sites with fully redundant connectivity using a combination of microwave and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite connectivity. 

Fully redundant  connectivity rolled out  for opencast miner
LEANNE HOBDEY Jasco delivered the original access network which enabled enhanced voice and data communications at remote mine sites

Importance of developing cutting-edge mining technology stressed

By: Chantelle Kotze The future of mining through the eyes of the next generation places importance on working towards ensuring a sustainable future, by means of developing cutting edge mining technology and finely honed skills. 

Importance of developing cutting-edge  mining technology stressed
LOOKING FORWARD Developing cutting edge mining technology and relevant skills is important in ensuring productive future mines

Miners need to collaborate with conservation groups

By: Dylan Slater Building solid relationships between mining companies and conservation groups might be the key to an overall positive perception of mining operations – especially opencast operations that are prone to easily identifiable forms of pollution, such as dust and noise, says business law firm Fasken... 

Miners need to collaborate with conservation groups
Photo by Duane Daws
MATTHEW BURNELL It is important that good relationships are forged between the miner and the conservation groups

Nigerian-owned group mulling Tanzania coal project to provide fuel for cement plant

By: John Muchira Tanzania’s cement market is set for a major shakeup in pricing after Dangote Cement announced its plant in the country's Mtwara region will be powered by coal. Nigerian-owned Dangote Cement says it is to develop a coal mine in Tanzania's western region to supply fuel for a cement plant it is... 

SA group delivering components of 1 100 t headgear to Zambian mine

By: Chantelle Kotze Heavy engineering group of companies Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS&AI) is delivering the components to site for a 1 100 t steel headgear manufacturing project, which is expected to be erected at the end of the year at the Mopani copper mine, in Zambia. 

SA group delivering components of 1 100 t headgear to Zambian mine
LARGE UNDERTAKING The longest abnormal piece of steelwork used in the headgear project was more than 13-m-long and weighed about 30 t

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk

By: Dylan Slater Australia-based equipment training simulator company Immersive Technologies’ vehicle simulator training is assisting mine-vehicle operators, especially those working at opencast mining operations, in ensuring that they are shifting gears properly, using their vehicles’ full braking capability and... 

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE Many well-known mining vehicle brands and models are available to train operators through Immersive Technologies’ simulators

South Africa’s AARD aiming to export to more countries

By: Chantelle Kotze Despite achieving export highs in North America, Europe, Zambia, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Botswana, South Africa-based 60% black-controlled AARD Mining Equipment aims to expand its exports to additional countries, after signing an exclusive distribution agreement... 

South Africa’s AARD aiming to export  to more countries
Photo by Dylan Slater
BENEFICIAL AGREEMENT The mutually beneficial partnership will enable Ferrit to distribute AARD’s range of trackless mobile mining machinery, while AARD, in turn, distribute Ferrit’s range of suspended monorail and rail-bound transport equipment

Stakeholder buy-in key for successful openpit planning

When it comes to openpit mine planning, it is essential to establish a thorough understanding of the practical mining cycle and how mine-planning software can help, says mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi Group. 

Stakeholder buy-in  key for successful  openpit planning
Photo by Duane Daws
JACO LOTHERINGEN Great care should be taken to ensure that a mine plan is achievable and based on valid mine planning principles

Sentula sells DRC-based drilling assets amid exploration crunch

By: Natalie Greve Sentula Mining subsidiaries Sentula Mining Services and Senex have inked a deal to offload idle property, plant, equipment and associated inventory held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Orezone Drilling Mauritius and its DRC-focused drilling subsidiary Orezone Drilling DRC for... 

Firm develops new process to recover cyanide

By: Chantelle Kotze Separation technology provider Submerged Industrial has developed a unique process to recover cyanide, a substance most commonly used as a reagent in the gold recovery process and, in some cases, it is produced as an unwanted by-product in the process industry. 

Firm develops new process to recover cyanide
RECOVERY PROCESS Submerged Industrial’s cyanide recovery process produces an instantaneous reaction in the reactor, with zero emissions, owing to its closed-circuit recovery process

Weir to buy Chinese-American mining services firm in $220m deal

By: Reuters Scottish engineering firm Weir Group said it would acquire Trio Engineered Products, a Chinese-American mining services firm, for an enterprise value of $220-million o expand its mining services business. Weir will buy Trio from Kuala Lumpur-based private equity firm Navis Capital for... 

Company supplies ‘tried and tested’ motors

By: Ilan Solomons Southern African bearings and power-transmission products distributor Bearings International in January introduced its new Bauer range of industrial gearboxes, complete with fluid couplings and electric motors that are mounted on a common fabricated base assembly, with a torque reaction arm.... 

Data-management systems supplied to Tanzania gold mines

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a current lull in mining and exploration projects in Tanzania, Australia-based mining software solutions and services provider Micromine has this year supplied two of its mining data-management solutions to the gold mining industry in Tanzania and aims to increase its software supply to... 

Data-management systems supplied to Tanzania gold mines
DATA COLLECTION Geologists can use Geobank software at field sites and capture data at the core drill rigs, allowing for data transfer from the field to the office

Demand for couplings remains strong

By: Ilan Solomons The sales of technology company SKF South Africa’s gear, grid and rigid couplings, for use on belt conveyor drives, have been “extremely good” this calendar year, owing to steady growth in the industrial and mining after-market sectors, says SKF power transmission product manager Frans Pienaar.... 

Drilling programme scheduled for November completion

Following the successful completion of $4-million financing in July, exploration company Helio Resources has approved a $1.5-million diamond-drilling programme for its SMP gold project, in south-west Tanzania. The SMP gold project covers a 238 km2 area in the Lupa goldfield, while gold... 

Drilling programme scheduled for November completion
NEW RESOURCE At a 1 g/t cutoff, the resource reported 9.44-million tonnes grading 2.1 g/t gold in the indicated category

Expanded drive system range offers dependable performance

Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) specialist industrial gear and electric motors division, BMG Drives, last month extended its Nord drives system range to include robust units with NSD tupH sealed surface conversion treatment systems, for improved process reliability in... 

Expanded drive system range offers  dependable performance
NORD GEAR UNIT Nord’s NSD tupH surface and corrosion protection system enables efficient drive performance in harsh operating environments

Fluid couplings range promoted at 2014 Electra Mining Africa

By: Ilan Solomons Power transmission company Bibby Turboflex South Africa (SA) showcased its Italian-manufactured range of Westcar Rotofluid fluid couplings, for which it is the sole distributor in sub-Saharan Africa, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place last month at the Nasrec Expo... 

Fluid couplings range promoted at 2014 Electra Mining Africa
WESTCAR ROTOFLUID COUPLING Distributed in sub-Saharan Africa by Bibby Turboflex South Africa, the standard Rotofluid range comprises constant-fill traction couplings, with a power rating of up to 4 000 kW

Mining lab extends services to Tanzania

By: Mia Breytenbach Mining laboratory quality-control services provider Qotho Laboratory Services will conduct an audit for accreditation purposes for a commercial gold-testing laboratory in the Mwanza region of Tanzania, says technical director Nhlanhla Mamba. He tells Mining Weekly that Qotho will start the... 

Mining lab extends services to Tanzania
Photo by Duane Daws
TESTING SCHEME PARTICIPANT Tanzania is one of the 15 participants in both the gold and the iron-ore proficiency testing schemes

New range of electric motors to be launched in 2015

By: Ilan Solomons Electrical and mechanical motion-control and power-generation products manufacturer Regal Beloit South Africa will introduce a range of new products to the local market, including the high-efficiency IE2 and premium efficiency IE3 Regal Marathon TerraMAX range of electric motors, in July 2015.... 

New range of electric motors to be launched  in 2015
REGAL MARATHON TERRAMAX MOTORS The motors ensure improved efficiency and lower operating costs on rotating equipment such as machinery, pumps, fans, blowers, mixers and compressors

Outlook for Tanzania mining industry still positive – Ministry

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a recognised slowdown in exploration spending owing to credit challenges, Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals believes the country’s mining industry remains vibrant as it diversifies its commodity base from gold to base metals, including iron, copper and nickel, and to energy... 

Outlook for Tanzania mining industry still positive – Ministry
NEW PROSPECTS There is potential for new medium midtier and large-scale mines on the horizon for Tanzania, despite current market conditions

Power distribution and motor-control range launched

By: Ilan Solomons Power management company Eaton officially introduced its latest International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 5 500 A low-voltage  Power Xpert CX range to the local market at the Electra Mining Africa tradeshow, held in Johannesburg last month. “The Power Xpert CX has a flexible,... 

Power distribution  and motor-control range launched
POWER XPERT CX The range provides customised power distribution and motor-control functionality for all commercial and industrial applications

Regulatory certainty, competitiveness essential for investment

By: Zandile Mavuso South Africa’s mining sector is one of the key sectors that has the ability to foster the county’s economic growth; however, the need for regulatory certainty and remaining globally competitive remain critical in attracting investment into the sector, says Jo’burg Indaba chairperson Bernard... 

Slurry pumps to be commissioned at Tanzania gold mine

By: Mia Breytenbach Having supplied about 60 of its Battlemax heavy-duty slurry pumps to a Tanzanian gold mine, slurry pump supplier and pump solution specialist Pump & Abrasion Technologies will also assist in commissioning the pumps at the mine’s expansion project. Pump & Abrasion Technologies was involved in the... 

Slurry pumps to be commissioned at Tanzania gold mine
PRODUCT ASSISTANCE Commissioning of the pumps at the expansion project is due to start in the fourth quarter of this year

Supplier makes IE3 motors standard offering in 2015

By: Ilan Solomons Electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, announced at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place in Johannesburg last month, that it would introduce premium-efficiency standard, or IE3, electric motors, as a standard... 

Supplier makes IE3 motors standard offering in 2015
LOUIS MEIRING Zest WEG's CEP with a new W50 electric motor at Electra Mining Africa 2014

Tanzania mining sees uptake in reinvestment

By: Mia Breytenbach Tanzania’s mining sector has suffered in recent years, owing to “an unpleasant cocktail” of escalating production costs, a subdued gold price, fiscal and regulatory uncertainty, and power shortages in the country’s north-west, says strategy and communications consultancy africapractice Tanzania... 

Tanzania mining sees uptake in reinvestment
Photo by Matt Mawson
RENEWED INTEREST Mining companies have worked hard to lower their all-in production costs, while companies appear willing to reinvest in exploration and development in Tanzania

Truck dealer expands vehicle, equipment offering to mining sector

By: Chantelle Kotze Ever Star Industries, which has been trading as PowerStar South Africa, the local distributor of Chinese trucks manufactured by PowerStar Group, officially announced its restructuring at a press conference held last month at the Electra Mining Africa Exhibition, in Johannesburg. 

Truck dealer expands vehicle, equipment offering to mining sector
NHL TR100 DUMP TRUCK The dump truck has a 91 t payload capacity

American Vanadium signs-up first flow-battery customer

By: Henry Lazenby North America’s first vanadium redox flow energy-storage system provider American Vanadium on Friday announced that it had signed up its first customer, subject to financing. American Vanadium said it believed the order from Newfound Energies would enable the company to switch its primary source... 

American Vanadium signs-up first flow-battery customer
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