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Opportunity to improve mining tax – KPMG

By: Creamer Media Reporter Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about mining taxation. 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela

By: Ilan Solomons Explosives company BME is supporting platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) efforts to improve and modernise its operations through the introduction of a new portable emulsion system at the miner’s Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo. BME officially opened its first... 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela
TRIAL AND ERROR BME will roll out 54 portable charging units and train the shaft’s 180 underground personnel on how to use the new equipment during the four-month trial period

Business modelling system for mines launched

By: Ilan Solomons While the mining industry is steadily moving towards automation, it is comparatively slow in adopting new technology. Decision-makers still rely on basic tools that do not have the capability to holistically model complex mining value chains, says management consulting firm Datta Burton &... 

Business modelling system for mines launched
NIKHIL DATTA Dynamic constraints models are not built around static operational constraints, but are rather designed to “dynamically” analyse complex value chains

Company introduces new PDS technology

Electronic safety equipment specialists Booyco Electronics has just introduced the newest iteration of its pedestrain detection system (PDS) technology, taking into account the latest trends and developments in the mining industry MD Anton Lourens tells Mining Weekly. 

Macerating sewage pumps ideal for mine site accommodation

Macerating pumping systems are ideal for temporary sewage networks, as are required during the construction of a mine, owing to the system’s flexibility and ability to pump sewage through small bore pipes to a central collection facility, such as a septic tank or municipal sewage line, says the... 

Macerating sewage pumps ideal for  mine site accommodation
FLEXIBLE SYSTEM Saniflo sewage pumps are the ideal solution for modular buildings as they can be easily installed and removed

MSA thriving on manufacturing high-quality products in current tough environment

By: Zandile Mavuso At its seventy-fifth anniversary celebration earlier this month, health and safety products manufacturer MSA Africa noted that it would continue to benefit from increased mining activity when the commodity pricing cycle improved. 

New multipurpose scissor lift platform developed

To enhance logistics of underground mining operations, concrete equipment and material-placing equipment manufacturer Putzmeister has developed the Minelift 4 scissor-lift platform. 

Rail contracting company restores familiar brands

By: Dylan Stewart Railway contracting company Loning Hill Properties has been trading as Flint Rail Projects since March 1, 2015, restoring a previously familiar brand in the underground mining industry, says Flint Rail Projects MD Keith Flint 

SA company develops people carrier for low-seam mining

By: Dylan Stewart South African vehicle manufacturing and modifications specialist Transerve has developed an underground people carrier that can transport people through tunnels as low as 140 cm in height, Transerve GM Tiaan van der Merwe tells Engineering News. 

Turnkey Instruments

Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Turnkey Instruments

New mine-traction battery chargers released

By: Dylan Stewart Energy distribution manufacturer Becker released its new insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) mine-traction battery chargers in September last year at the Electra Mining Africa trade show that was held in Johannesburg. 

New mine-traction battery chargers released

African drilling projects benefit from versatile equipment

By: Bruce Montiea African drilling projects are benefiting from using the versatile instruments and products produced by Italy-based drilling instruments designer DAT instruments, says sales manager Domenico Anelina. He adds that the company’s products can be installed and used on any drilling rig, irrespective of... 

African drilling projects benefit from versatile equipment
VERSATILE DAT instruments' products can be installed and used on any drilling rig

Challenging drilling project successfully completed

By: Bruce Montiea Integrated drilling services and equipment provider Boart Longyear last month completed another unique project using its dual-tube flooded reverse-circulation technique. The technique, used to drill 60-inch shafts through loss circulation zones, was used to create a ventilation shaft for an... 

Challenging drilling project successfully completed
DRILLING TECHNIQUE The dual-tube flooded reverse-circulation drilling technique makes it possible for the bit to penetrate loss circulation zones without the use of a more traditional raised bore rig

Company introduces new, improved drill

High-technology engineering company Sandvik has added the new DR461i drill to its equipment product line. “The DR461i is a diesel powered, self-propelled, crawler-mounted blasthole drill that is automation-ready and features forward-thinking design and technology for bulk mining operations,”... 

Company introduces new, improved drill
ROUGH TERRAIN Customers count on Sandvik to develop robust drills

Company prioritises oil-contamination prevention, safety

By: Bruce Montiea To reduce the environmental impact of its projects, drilling services company Ubuntu Rock Drilling (URD) aims to prevent oil contamination as much as possible, company marketing manager Michelle Berrington tells Mining Weekly. To achieve this, a plastic liner is used to cover the ground surface... 

Company prioritises oil-contamination  prevention, safety
Photo by Bloomberg
ZERO SPILLAGE Drilling must have as little impact as possible on the environment

Drill penetrates with more precision

By: Bruce Montiea Cutting tools developer Dormer Pramet in January launched a new solid carbide drill that increases drilling precision. The drill was specifically developed to overcome problems associated with deep-hole drilling and creating underground mining infrastructure, says Dormer Pramet application... 

Drill penetrates with  more precision
INCREASED PRECISION The R459 drill has been specifically developed to overcome problems typically associated with deep-hole drilling and creating underground mining infrastructure

Gold detection retail facility catering for Africa and Middle East opens in Dubai

By: Ilan Solomons Gold detection technology and hand-held metal detector devices manufacturer Minelab officially opened its $2-million, 133.8 m2 Middle East and Africa (MEA) general trading facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates last month. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates a showroom, where the complete... 

Gold detection retail facility catering for Africa and Middle East opens in Dubai
OPEN FOR BUSINESS The facility incorporates a showroom, where the complete Minelab product range and technologies are displayed, and demonstrated by Minelab expert trainers

More mining companies to benefit from drill rig simulator training

By: Bruce Montiea In response to the growing need for skilled drilling personnel, global training simulator provider ThoroughTec Simulation is increasing the number of its Cybermine blast-hole drill-rig simulator cabs, says operations VP Richard Bellengère. This production drive will make the cabs available to... 

More mining companies to benefit from drill rig simulator training
SIMULATION Training simulators are necessary to ensure that operators know how to operate a drill rig safely and efficiently without the mine having to take it out of production for too long

SA junior in partnership to reopen Ghana diamond mine

By: Zandile Mavuso South Africa-based junior miner Limoz Resources announced last week that it will be reopening the old Akwatia diamond mine in Ghana mid-year. 

Still no word on mooted State-owned miner almost a year after govt revealed plans to table enabling legislation in Parliament

By: Zandile Mavuso It has been almost a year since Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi indicated in his 2014 Budget Speech that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will submit the State-owned mining company (Somco) Bill to Parliament for processing, with industry and various stakeholders waiting in... 

Still no word on mooted State-owned miner almost a year after govt revealed plans to table enabling legislation in Parliament

Transparent slurry pump loop model to showcase material flow

To provide mine and general industry technical staff with the opportunity to view the inside working and dynamics of a slurry pumping system, pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has produced and showcased a fully transparent operational slurry pump loop model. The working model that was... 

Transparent slurry pump loop model to showcase material flow
RICHARD INGLETT AND MOHAMED TRABELSI The transparent operational slurry pump loop model shows the inside working and dynamics of the slurry pumping system

Upgraded rotary drill to be introduced to African market

By: Bruce Montiea Following the completion of product support training, machinery manufacturer Caterpillar’s upgraded MD6640 rotary drill is now commercially available, says Caterpillar surface rock drills commercial strategy manager G R Regas, adding that the company will introduce the upgraded drill to the... 

Upgraded rotary drill to be introduced to African market
POWERFUL The MD6640 is electrically powered and is Caterpillar’s largest rotary drill

Work on ventilation shafts project at Palabora copper mine set to start soon

By: Ilan Solomons Raiseboring and drilling services group Master Drilling will soon start with the civil construction of a shaft collar on the first of two ventilation shafts for refined-copper producer Palabora Mining Company (PMC) at its mine, in Limpopo, Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan tells... 

Work on ventilation shafts project at  Palabora copper mine set to start soon
RD8 RAISEBORING MACHINE Master Drilling designed and built the machine specifically for the Palabora Mining Company project

Strikes hit Bell FY 2014 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal JSE-listed Bell Equipment on Monday posted plunging earnings on the back of the continuing weakness and unpredictability of the resource-based economy and the delayed impact of protracted strikes and labour unrest. In addition to the “extremely challenging” global and local environments marred by... 

Newly formed Thebe Turnstone to meet BBBEE thresholds

By: Natalie Greve Thebe Investment Corporation subsidiary Thebe Mining Resources (TMR) has acquired drilling company Turnstone Drilling, driving the group’s strategy of investing in businesses that provide critical services and supplies to mining sector. Turnstone Drilling had an operational fleet of 40 surface... 

300 t/y mixed rare-earth oxides to be sold to Chinese company

Explorer and developer of rare earths Tantalus Rare Earths (TRE) has entered into an agreement to sell 300 t/y of mixed rare-earth oxides to China-based rare earths company Shenghe Resources. The ore will be provided by TRE’s project in northern Madagascar, and will make up about 30% of the... 

Asset management system enables total cost insight

By: Bruce Montiea Physical asset management service provider Pragma’s life-cycle costing (LCC) system enables coal mining companies better insight into the total life-cycle costs of their assets, says Pragma asset care centre manager BJ Mona. He notes that the system was implemented in March last year at a coal... 

Asset management  system enables total cost insight
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPROVED ASSET MANAGEMENT Pragma is driving the push towards making the life-cycle costing system widely accessible for the coal mining industry

Centrifuge manufacturing facility established

Minerals processing solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa early this year established a dedicated manufacturing operation at its facility in Middelburg, Mpumalanga to produce Aspir coal centrifuges, says company product manager Leon Toerien. “This represents a strategic investment to service... 

Centrifuge manufacturing facility established
LOCALLY PRODUCED Weir Minerals Africa has taken a decision to manufacture and assemble the Aspir coal centrifuges locally

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology

By: Bruce Montiea Coal merchant Afri Coal is investigating a coal processing method to reduce carbon emissions, says company director Pauline Coertzen. Afri Coal is conducting the research and development for this method that it will, once commercialised, provide for its clients that process coal. 

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology
Photo by Bloomberg
TRANSPORT COSTS One of the most common challenges of bulk coal distribution is transport costs, from the loading point to the client

Coal pooling and sharing offers efficient power generation opportunities

By: Zandile Mavuso The adoption of a Pool-and-Share concept by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and coal miners could lead to a more efficient generation of electricity in Southern Africa, says consulting firm Venmyn Deloitte. 

First installation of new coal screen imminent

By: Bruce Montiea Custom-built vibrating screens manufacturer and supplier Joest is working on various projects that could result in the first installation of its new 4.3-m-wide banana screen that was introduced to the market in September last year. Joest MD Kim Schoepflin tells Mining Weekly that the screen is... 

First installation of new coal screen imminent
EASE OF MAINTENANCE The availability of original-equipment manufacturer spares for screens is a critical success factor for Joest
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