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Step change for Indaba

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 The twenty-fifth anniversary of the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba will have a major focus on how growth in Africa and African mining can be supported and achieved, says event organiser Mining Indaba content director Harry Chapman. The theme of this year’s event is Championing... 

Positive outlook for mining expected

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 There is a noticeably positive change in attitude in the mining sector with Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s showing signs of leading the sector towards a good recovery in 2019, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. Mantashe hosted the Mine Occupational Health... 

Positive outlook for  mining expected
HEAPED WITH HONOURS Pienaar was recognised for his long-standing service to health and safety in the mining industry

Battery metals a key opportunity for Africa

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 A number of exploration projects are moving closer to production, following a period of significant explorative work financed by investors in the African battery metals space, says minerals exploration and evaluation consultancy firm The MSA Group principal consultant for critical metals Michael... 

Battery metals a key  opportunity for Africa
OPTIMISING POTENTIAL To attract further investment into the wealth of battery metals available in Africa, countries will need to mitigate investor risk

Harnessing the power of data vital for industry

25th January 2019 With the rapid development of new technology and the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is disrupting traditional processes and the way people live and work, data is becoming a hot commodity, says engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons. The challenge does not lie in... 

Harnessing the power  of data vital for industry
WORLEYPARSONS TEAM WorleyParsons has the knowledge and expertise to offer a roadmap to help its clients navigate what is unfamiliar territory for many

MAXAM to demonstrate blasting technology

25th January 2019 Global technology company MAXAM – specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials – will exhibit its blasting solutions product range for mining, quarries and infrastructure works, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. MAXAM has an... 

MAXAM to demonstrate  blasting technology
RIOFLEX RIOFLEX is a highly energetic, robust and flexible density bulk hydrogel suspension-based explosive, representing the latest development in bulk explosives technology

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Long-time attendee and exhibitor at the Investment in African Mining Indaba engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting will showcase the full range of its mining-related expertise and solutions at this year’s Indaba. “SRK will once again exhibit at the 2019 Indaba, having exhibited at all the... 

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba
ANDREW VAN ZYL, MARCIN WERTZ AND HENNIE THEART The delegation that will lead SRK South Africa’s participation at this year’s African Mining Indaba

Metso technology incorporated into Pilot Modular crushing, screening products

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 Crushing and screening company Pilot Crushtec International’s award-winning Pilot Modular range of semi-mobile crushing and screening products will now feature Metso crushing and screening equipment as a standard, Pilot Crushtec CEO Sandro Scherf, said in a statement released last month. Metso... 

Metso technology incorporated into Pilot Modular crushing, screening products
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SANDRO SCHERF The new generation assemblies are built from heavy duty steel sections, welded and assembled with painstaking precision

BME to focus on product improvement and organic growth 

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 With commodity prices either stabilising or improving and several mining projects entering the last stages of development or coming online in 2019, explosives company BME aims to enhance its product offering while investing in its existing footprint, says BME MD Joe Keenan. BME will showcase its... 

BME to focus on product improvement and organic growth
BME MD Joe Keenan discusses the company’s strategy for 2019

Company rebranding to be showcased

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng has begun to consolidate its opencut contracting entity Aveng Moolmans and its shaft sinking and underground business Aveng Shafts & Underground into a unified brand, which will be known as Moolmans. Aveng Mining operating group MD Stuart White tells Mining... 

Company rebranding to be showcased
BRAND UNIFICATION Aveng groups rebranding strategy is aimed at having the African mining market identify with the consolidated brand as Moolmans from the end of 2019

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to expand its mining capability and market share, especially in tailings, as well as assist mines in developing renewable-energy projects in remote areas where grid power is unavailable or unreliable, says Knight... 

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability
AWARD WINNING Knight Piésold won a South African Institution of Civil Engineering award for the design of the tailings storage facility of diversified miner Vedanta’s four-million-tonne-a-year Gamsberg zinc project

Company expansion and rebranding

25th January 2019 Global provider of temporary power services Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power has recently announced a major rebranding. The company will from now be known as Altaaqa Global Energy Services. Altaaqa Global Energy Services CEO James Shepherd tells Mining Weekly that, “the global energy... 

Company expansion and rebranding
JAMES SHEPHERD Altaaqa Global Energy Services aims to be more than just a technology provider

Energy security in Africa remains a concern

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Amid a continued lack of access to stable and reliable energy sources in Africa – which are critical in supporting energy intensive mining operations – Zest WEG Group, subsidiary of leading equipment manufacturer WEG, expects the provision of secure energy for the African mining industry to be a... 

Energy security in Africa remains a concern
FULL ENERGY LINE SOLUTIONS Zest WEG Group can provide a reliable source of energy to miners and develop energy efficient process lines

Rio hands out Koodaideri work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2019 Contractor NRW Holdings has won a A$65-million bulk earthworks contract from mining major Rio Tinto at its Koodaideri iron-ore mine, in the Pilbara. NRW said on Thursday that the contract is expected to run for a period of 11 months, starting in April this year. 

Gold, copper prices to rebound in 2019 – Fitch Solutions

By: Nadine James     23rd January 2019 Increased economic uncertainty and declining metal stocks are expected to drive gold and copper prices this year, Fitch Solutions commodities analyst Sabrin Chowdhury stated during a webcast on Wednesday. She noted that the expected rebound in gold was “already playing out” and that the price... 

ERG to pilot blockchain-based solution to enhance provenance, traceability of cobalt

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2019 Global Battery Alliance (GBA) founding member Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) will be piloting a blockchain-based solution based on the IBM Blockchain Solution, to enhance the provenance and traceability of cobalt in the metal’s supply chain. Following the announcement on Monday, ERG explained in... 

Vast advances discussions to secure replacement offtake finance

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2019 Aim-listed Vast Resources on Monday announced that its directors will advance discussions with other parties with a view to securing replacement offtake prepayment finance for the $5.5-million Tranche B advance for its Manaila and Baita Plai polymetallic mines, in Romania. This follows after... 

Regis awards underground contract at Rosemont

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2019 Gold miner Regis Resources has awarded contractor Barminco with the underground mining services contract at the Rosemont underground operation, in Western Australia. “This is a major step in delivering the underground strategy that Regis has been pursuing at Duketon,’ said Regis MD Jim Beyer. 

North America helps Sandvik to weather weaker Asia

By: Reuters     21st January 2019 Swedish metal-cutting tools and mining gear maker Sandvik reported resilient fourth-quarter earnings on Monday as strong demand in North America outweighed a softening in Asia on the back of a weaker auto sector. Quarterly order intake at Sandvik, which competes with Sweden's Epiroc in mining... 

UGL wins A$200m in service contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2019 Project house CIMIC Group was expecting to generate revenue of around A$200-million from a range of new maintenance and service contracts in the Australian oil and gas sector. CIMIC on Friday reported that its subsidiary UGL had secured a maintenance and turnaround services contract with US... 

Battery drive system provided for underground mining

18th January 2019 Battery driven mining vehicle specialists Battery Power Industries (BPI) provided the battery drive system for rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa’s first electric telehandler. Manitou’s battery driven telehandler, the first of its kind, was unveiled at Electra Mining... 

Battery drive  system provided for  underground mining
TURNKEY SOLUTION An electrical system designed to eliminate fatigue in mines associated with diesel

New maintenance solution for mining launched

18th January 2019 Industrial solutions provider BT Industrial has developed a solution that enables mine's processing plants to maximise operational hours while performing critical inspections and maintenance of corroded carbon steel pipes, MD Kgomotso Lekola reveals. Traditionally, plants are built with... 

New maintenance solution for mining launched
KGOMOTSO LEKOLA The balance that we need to strike is between increasing efficiencies and mechanising without necessarily putting people out of work

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 With radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology being ideal for inspecting assets at a mine, screening and vibrating-equipment solutions provider Aury Africa has enlisted RFID specialist Thembekile Asset Management Solutions (TAMS) to develop a solution specific to the requirements of the... 

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry
FUNCTIONAL The microchips in the tags can be embedded into different types of attachments

Ultra-efficient three shaft screen released for mining industry

18th January 2019 Processing equipment supplier ELB Equipment has released an ultra-efficient three shaft screen – Powerscreen Warrior 2100 – which is capable of dealing with overburden for use in rehabilitation or to stockpile materials as a saleable by-product of mining. ELB Equipment national sales manager... 

Ultra-efficient three shaft screen released for  mining industry
MINING TOOL The machine is specially designed for work alongside mining operations in different terrains

Wear plate tests show positive results

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 Testwork on South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite’s polymer sliding wear plates has shown promising results on a crawler drill that is employed at Vedanta zinc project, in Gamsberg, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The wear plates were installed on the rotary head... 

Wear plate tests show positive results
PHILLIP DE VILLIERS Technical representative examines one of the stock wear plates inside the Johannesburg warehouse

SA company wins international award for ventilation shaft repair and waterproofing

By: Nadine James     18th January 2019 On the November 9, 2018, for the first time in more than two decades, a South African company won the Award of Excellence at the International Concrete Repair Institute Awards, which took place in Omaha, Nebraska, in the US. The Award of Excellence was presented to Sanika Waterproofing... 

Gold drilling demand ensures solid revenue, contracts for Capital Drilling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 LSE-listed Capital Drilling exceeded the top end of its revenue guidance of $105-million to $115-million for 2018, on the back of a strong performance at its West African contracts. It earned $116-million in revenue.  

Empowered Kwatani benefits local mining industry

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2019 Industrial and mining vibrating screens manufacturer Kwatani has achieved a level-1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) score and is 51% black women-owned. This BBBEE accreditation affords significant benefits to its mining clients that can claim 135% of money spent on Kwatani.... 

Empowered Kwatani benefits local mining industry
Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin

Sibanye-Stillwater market update draws AMCU’s fury  

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has accused gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater of “bragging about its profits” and of “shocking arrogance” while the union’s members remain on strike at the miner’s South African gold operations. The union said it viewed Sibanye’s market... 

BRPs to meet with Optimum, Koornfontein creditors to vote on proposed business rescue plans 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of Optimum Coal Mine (OCM) and Koornfontein Mines (KFT) expect to convene meetings with creditors within the next few weeks to vote on the proposed business rescue plans for the mines. The meetings will take place once the BRPs have resolved... 

BRPs to meet with Optimum, Koornfontein creditors to vote on proposed business rescue plans

DRA wins Dargues EPC contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th January 2019 Project house DRA Global has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Dargues gold mine, in New South Wales, being developed by Diversified Minerals. The contract scope entails the EPC of a 355 000 t/y gold processing facility and mine backfill plant at... 

AMCU reveals 2019 plans amid ongoing strike at Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2019 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa on Wednesday said the union would continue its protected strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations until its demands for a R1 000 increment for the next three-year period are met. He assured members and media... 

CIMIC wins A$155m contract from QCoal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th January 2019 Project house CIMIC on Wednesday announced that its mineral processing company Sedgman had been awarded a A$155-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract at the Byerwen coal mine, in Queensland. The EPC contract, from privately held QCoal, will deliver an expansion on the... 

NUM bemoans nonpayment of salaries to Optimum, Koornfontein employees  

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday expressed its dissatisfaction over the nonpayment of employees’ salaries at the Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines for the past two months. NUM members and other workers will be entering their third month without being paid salaries, NUM Highveld... 

Colliery opened in Gauteng

14th December 2018 Last month, coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal successfully opened its openpit Khanye Colliery with a blast following a detonation procedure led by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. As part of the ceremony, Mantashe, Canyon MD Vuslat Bayoglu, and... 

Colliery opened  in Gauteng
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NEW ARRIVAL The openpit Khanye Colliery in Bronkhorstspruit is expected to produce coal for about 15 years

Lack of capital and incentives hinders coal production

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 Owing to the lack of incentives and capital to implement new coal projects, coal production has remained stagnant, and some of the reserves of the older mines are nearing depletion, which means production will soon drop significantly, says coal industry and consulting firm XMP Consulting senior... 

Lack of capital and  incentives hinders  coal production
XAVIER PREVOST South African coal mining production contracted 0.9% year-on-year in September and 7.1% month-to-month, which resulted in coal production falling by 2%

First coal production due in 2020

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 Coal mining and exploration group of companies Canyon Coal is expecting first coal production at its Springfield coal project in the second quarter of 2020, with a targeted production rate of 600 000 t of run-of-mine coal a month. The project, comprising a coal deposit of 307.86-million tons, is... 

First coal production  due in 2020
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BULKY An estimated 600 000 t of coal production a month is expected

Domestic coal supply faces difficulties

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 While coal exports generate valuable export earnings, the competition between exports and domestic coal poses a major challenge for the security of domestic coal supply, says the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The demand for coal has increased in countries such as India, which had used... 

Global warming management central to coal’s future

14th December 2018 Emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) during coal-based power generation is generally acknowledged as one of the major contributions to global warming and its management has become central to coal’s future, says technology and project management company Mitsibushi Hitachi Power consultant and... 

Global warming  management central  to coal’s future
UPGRADING THE COAL The processing of raw coal involves crushing of the coal, screening the coal into specific size ranges

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