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DMR Limpopo office reopened following two-month closure

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) confirmed on Thursday that it had reopened its regional office in Limpopo, following a two-month shutdown. The Limpopo regional office was closed on June 25 as an “urgent intervention” after staff were allegedly threatened and a bullet was allegedly sent... 

MC Mining to negotiate EPC package with Chinese group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2018 Coal miner MC Mining has signed heads of agreements with Chinese construction group China Railway International Group (CRIG) to negotiate an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Makhado project, in Limpopo. Under the terms of the agreements, MC Mining and CRIG will... 

Early adoption of Mining Charter supplier requirements will be a competitive advantage – lawyer

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 Being an empowered vendor of services and goods to the mining industry will offer significant leverage in supply negotiations, once the draft Mining Charter is promulgated, says law firm Strata Legal MD Brandon Irsigler. The Mining Charter, which Mineral Resource Minister Gwede Mantashe said... 

Early adoption of Mining Charter supplier requirements will be a competitive advantage – lawyer
(Left to Right) Small Business Institute chairperson Bernard Swanepoel, specialist construction and engineering attorney Adine Abro and Strata Legal MD Brandon Irsigler

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     6th September 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe
Photo by Duane Daws
ADVANCING UNKI SMELTER Thos Begbie has completed several parts of the Unki platinum smelter being constructed in Zimbabwe

Downer wins mining contract extension at Commodore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2018 Contractor Downer EDI has been awarded a five year mining contract extension at the Commodore opencut coal mine, in Queensland, worth A$286-million. The contract will see Downer continue operations at Commodore until the end of August 2024. 

Bell reports strong H1 results, remains bullish on South African market

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 JSE-listed Bell Equipment achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R3.7-billion for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 10% to 131c and an interim dividend of 20c was declared. 

DMR Mpumalanga office closed amid allegations of corruption

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) Mpumalanga regional office will be closed from September 3 until further notice. The closure follows feedback received from clients on challenges faced at the Mpumalanga office, mainly relating to backlogs in the issuing of licences and allegations of... 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

Cost-effective solution required amid local economic volatility

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Providing mining houses with cost-effective and reliable turnkey modular building solutions is crucial in South Africa’s current economic environment, says modular building solutions provider Afripanel. Afripanel contracts project manager Malcolm McGregor tells Mining Weekly that the local... 

Cost-effective solution  required amid local  economic volatility
ATTRACTIVE SERVICE OFFERING Providers of modular building solutions need to offer cost-effective turnkey solutions that reduce downtime

Market expansion met with growth, demand

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Modular building supplier Speedspace is focusing on alternative market diversification and penetration to bolster its Southern Africa operations amid recent declines in product demand from local mining houses. Speedspace MD Hennie Wiggett tells Mining Weekly that the company anticipated hardships... 

Market expansion met with growth, demand
GROWTH IN ZAMBIA Speedspace has noted a significant growth in demand for portable building solutions at mines in Zambia

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies Climate Change Bill preparations

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 While industry and environmental practitioners have welcomed the first draft of the Climate Change Bill, there is mounting impatience at the absence of the regulatory detail that organisations need to guide their preparations to comply, mining and environmental consultants SRK Consulting noted in... 

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies  Climate Change Bill preparations
ASHLEIGH MARITZ & ESTIE RETIEF Large carbon emitters face immense technical and financial challenges in repurposing their operations to meet new carbon emission requirements – a process that is hindered by a lack of regulatory clarity

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’
M&R Cementation aiming to become leading mechanised mining operator in Africa

Diamond drilling programme at Tanzania graphite project completed

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has completed a diamond drilling programme at its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, with eight holes for a total of 489 m drilled, ahead of an anticipated decision to mine in early 2019. All holes intersected mineralisation from surface over wide... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2018 Innovative drilling technologies company Master Drilling, which will next month launch a new blast-free mobile tunnel boring machine that is expected to have a far-reaching beneficial impact on mining, on Tuesday reported satisfactory results for the six months ended June 30. The Johannesburg... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer
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Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

Amplats acquires WSA tech for reduced sulphur emissions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has signed a contract to acquire catalysis and process technology company Haldor Topsoe’s Wet Gas Sulfuric Acid (WSA) sulphur emissions control technology for its platinum smelter facility, in Polokwane, Limpopo. The WSA technology ensures compliance with... 

Southern Palace accelerating mining technology development in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 Southern Palace Group of Companies has, through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering, put ambitious plans in motion to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development, as well as manufacturing. Genrec’s factory, in Wadeville, is undergoing significant upgrades... 

Southern Palace accelerating mining technology development in South Africa
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CMTI Holdings founder Dr Danie Burger

Ageing platinum mines need new technology

By: Donald Makhafola     24th August 2018 There are few greenfield platinum mines or expansions in Africa, with most of the existing large-scale mines on the continent having been in operation for more than a decade. To ensure that the ageing mines continue to perform optimally, miners need to apply new technology to effectively enhance... 

Ageing platinum mines need new technology
CUSTOM-DESIGN Kwatani provides clients with enhanced equipment designed to fit into their existing infrastructure without being modified

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for mines, states global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch.... 

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels
RENEWABLE PROLIFERATION Renewable-energy sources could transform electricity supply for mines in Africa

Rising oil prices fuelling renewables

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 The key drivers of an increased uptake of renewable and alternative energy sources by mines in Africa are an increasing oil price and the steadily decreasing price of renewable technologies, claims renewable energy supply company juwi Renewable Energies. This drive for renewable energy... 

Rising oil prices  fuelling renewables
GREG AUSTIN Redeployable solar power solutions can be reused, justifying investment in multiple applications on mines

Company awarded R100m in projects

24th August 2018 Engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons’ South African operations have recently experienced a surge in the Southern African platinum market, with a number of significant platinum projects to the combined value of almost R100-million currently under way in sub-Saharan Africa. “A renewed... 

Company awarded R100m in projects
MINING SERVICES WorleyParsons has extensive experience in process plant and shaft sinking projects in the platinum sector

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings

By: Nadine James     24th August 2018 SRK Consulting’s Cape Town office, in conjunction with SRK Consulting’s Vancouver office, has conducted preliminary groundwater modelling to assist a South American mining client in finding an environmentally sustainable solution for tailings-based brine management. SRK principal hydrogeologist... 

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings
GROUNDWATER MODELLING The groundwater modelling evaluated the likely pressure increases and brine plume migration associated with deep aquifer injection

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

Backup power to ensure safety, continuous production 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 There has been increased interest in the generator sets of Himoinsa Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Spain-based power solutions provider Himoinsa. This is a good sign from the mines, as it indicates that they are prioritising their safety requirements,” claims Himoinsa Southern Africa services... 

Backup power to ensure safety,  continuous production
Himoinsa Southern Africa head of services Chris Davison discusses energy solutions for mines. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project

By: Donald Makhafola     24th August 2018 Platinum producer Ivanplats, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines, is focusing on bringing its Tier 1 Platreef project, in Limpopo, into production in 2022, says Ivanplats VP and executive head of projects Gerick Mouton. The mine will produce platinum, palladium, rhodium, nickel,... 

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project
PHASED PROGRESSION Ivanplats' primary objective is to reach steady-state production of four-million tons a year in Phase 1 of the Platreef project

Challenge on to develop new deep-level rock drill by early next year

By: Schalk Burger     20th August 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on Monday launched an open-innovation challenge to rapidly develop a new deep-level mining rock drill by the beginning of next year. MMP co-director Alastair Macfarlane explains that, for South Africa to retain its comparative advantage obtained through the... 

Challenge on to develop new deep-level rock drill by early next year
Photo by Dylan Slater
RIIS executive Clen Cook, MMP co-directors Navin Singh and Alastair Macfarlane and Mining Equipment Manufacturing of South Africa CEO Paul Jourdan

M&R announces new appointments for underground mining platform

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Mike da Costa was appointed CEO of Murray & Robert’s (M&R’s) global underground mining platform, effective August 1, mining contracting company M&R Cementation reported on Monday. The M&R underground mining platform covers six continents and its service offering spans the project value chain... 

Resgen continues pursuit of tandem funding solution for Boikarabelo

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) plans to continue pursuing a tandem approach to finding a funding solution for the development of its Boikarabelo coal mine, in South Africa, but warned that further delays are likely. Delays, the energy resources company pointed out on Monday,... 

Ausdrill raises first A$175m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has raised some A$175-million from the institutional component of its 1-for-2.13 pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer. The completion of the institutional offer is the first stage of the company’s fully underwritten entitlement offer, which is expected to... 

Cable bolt technology to improve safety

17th August 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology continues to set the pace in underground mining with the launch of its rock-reinforcement cable bolter with automated one-hole drilling designed to improve safety and productivity. The Sandvik DS221L will significantly... 

Digitisation brings innovation opportunities

17th August 2018 Digital transformation brings opportunities for innovation and doing business in new and exciting ways – elements that are critical to business success in a volatile economic market, says global communications provider BT Global Services major deals lead and mining, oil and gas head Stephen du... 

Digitisation brings innovation opportunities
STEPHEN DU PREEZ More mining companies need to view all technologies as enablers for their business

New smartphone suitable for mining environments

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and mobile phone and consumer electronics company Bullitt Group have released the new Cat S61 smartphone – that can withstand harsh elements and tough terrains, such as those in the mining environment. The phone was launched in... 

New smartphone suitable for mining environments
Photo by Jessica Oosthuizen
CAT S61 The new smartphone from Caterpillar and Bullitt is durable, reliable and dust-proof with outstanding rugged credentials

New-gen scanning technology released, interest from SA companies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global corporate engineering and consulting group DMT has released the new-generation Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) technology for imaging extra-slim drill holes with a diameter of 23 mm, with keen interest from local mining companies, says DMT director Sodhie Naicker. One of the SBS’s primary... 

New-gen scanning  technology released,  interest from SA companies
SLIM BOREHOLE SCANNER The self-sufficient wireless tool is lightweight and easy to mobilise and use

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces  in push to improve safety and productivity

Multiple role-players needed within intelligent mine 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Mining companies need to establish ecosystems of suppliers and partners to establish, operate, manage and integrate an intelligent mine, says Internet of Things (IoT) solution developer IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser. “Mining companies, whether small or global, cannot solve the... 

Multiple role-players needed within intelligent mine
IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser, Deloitte associate director Jan-Adriaan du Plessis and MineRP marketing VP Empie Strydom discuss the future of the intelligent mine. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

GR Engineering settles Davyhurst dispute

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th August 2018 Perth-based GR Engineering and fellow-listed Eastern Goldfields have struck a settlement agreement relating to the 2017 refurbishment contract of the Davyhurst processing plant. GR Engineering said on Monday that while the terms of the settlement deed were confidential, the company could... 

Australia remains competitive in drillhole technology use

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Australia is often regarded as the battleground for new technologies, and is well recognised as an early adopter, says Australia-based supplier of drill-hole navigation and measurement equipment Axis Mining Technology director Paul Wilkie. “Following the post-boom gloom, we are now seeing... 

Australia remains competitive in drillhole technology use
DRILLING SOLUTION Mining and drilling companies regard Axis' high-end north-seeking Champ Gyro technology as essential for their drilling projects

Valve testing to ensure reliability, longevity

10th August 2018 As control valves play a key role in process quality and reliability, “extreme care” must be taken to avoid costly premature failures, resulting in substantial loss and even plant shut-down, states industrial testing equipment supplier AT Technical Services. Periodic service and testing allows... 

Valve testing to ensure reliability, longevity
TESTING IN THE HORIZONTAL The horizontal positioning of the valve allows for accurate testing

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