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Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

26th October 2018 Mine operators have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining – the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. 

Surface-mining opportunities lie in market-related commodities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Johannesburg-based mining equipment distributor Vermeer Equipment Suppliers is starting to focus on certain market-related commodities and associated opencast mines to market its Surface Miner surface excavation machines, says mining and pipeline sales segment manager Gareth Cramond. The... 

Surface-mining  opportunities lie  in market-related  commodities
ALL ACCESS Vermeer’s surface excavation machines can access areas of opencast mines where drilling and blasting cannot be done

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 The gazetting of South African Mining Charter 3, while welcomed as a step forward in creating certainty in the industry, has left gaps regarding its interpretation and its affects on mining communities, says black economic-empowerment advisory firm NPI Governance Consulting founder and CEO Israel... 

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’
ISRAEL NOKO It will take some time for municipalities and tribal authorities to know and understand what role they would be playing according to the new charte

Reutech Mining plans to expand product range

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Mining technology and geotechnical slope-stability-monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining plans to expand its product range in 2019, says executive manager Jan de Beer. The company provides equipment that can assist in real-time monitoring of the mine walls in opencast mines to provide... 

Reutech Mining  plans to expand  product range
QUICK SCAN The Reutech Mining Movement and Surveying Radar is the fastest scanning real aperture radar capable of detecting submillimeter movement of up to 4 000 m away from the rock face

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

MMP announces shortlist of three in rock-drill innovation challenge 

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has announced the three winners of phase 1 of its Isidingo Drill open innovation challenge. They are Novatek, HPE and Fermel. Fermel is a Gauteng-based manufacturer of mechanised machinery for underground hardrock and flameproof mining operations. 

MMP announces shortlist of three in rock-drill innovation challenge
Clen Cook and Alastair Macfarlane

Blockchain an ‘ideal technology’ to reveal sustainability of the mining supply chain – report

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 With an increasing focus on and demand for corporate social responsibility with the sustainability of mining at stake, blockchain is an ideal technology to reveal the sustainability of the supply chain, a report published by global law firm White & Case shows. Co-authored by partners Rebecca... 

Growing explosives sales in a declining market

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     19th October 2018 Although rising mineral production costs have led to declining competitiveness for the South African mining industry, which has negatively affected the sale of explosives materials company MAXAM regional director Brett Wheatcroft says this has created opportunities for the introduction of... 

Growing explosives sales  in a declining market
EXPLOSIVES SOLUTIONS MAXAM helps customers optimise their drilling and blasting operations, bringing transparency, cost control and improved rock output

CTC sees increase in surface explosives

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     19th October 2018 Mpumalanga-based training college Colliery Training College (CTC) has noted an increase in enrolments for surface explosives courses, while the number of enrolments for courses pertaining to underground explosives remains constant, says CTC MD Johan Venter.  

Busy year for exploration in Africa

19th October 2018 Exploration in gold has been the main driver of its busy work schedule in Africa this year, while precious gems have also seen strong demand, says engineering consulting firm SRK Exploration Services (SRK ES) senior exploration geologist Oliver Bayley. “We have worked on 25 African exploration... 

Busy year for exploration in Africa
PEGMATITE DRILLING SRK Exploration Services have worked on 25 African exploration projects so far this year

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 As the economic mood in the global mining industry turns towards the better, SRK Consulting’s Accra office, in Ghana, has been making inroads into new markets in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, SRK Ghana country manager John Kwofie noted in a release last week. He believes that there is potential for... 

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets
JOHN KWOFIE The Ghana office is a springboard to other countries in the region

Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age

19th October 2018 As mining companies rapidly shift their strategies and operating models to leverage digital transformation, new technologies in blasting and explosives are making an ever more vital contribution to bottom-line improvements. A combination of market volatility, changing global demand and radically... 

Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age
JOE KEENAN The Internet of Things will be an important driver of blasting safety and efficiency

Algold assay results exceed expectations

19th October 2018 West Africa-focused junior developer Algold Resources’ preliminary assay results from drilling carried out in July and August on the high-grade Salma-Eleonore East Vein System (SVS) located at the company’s Tijirit gold project in Mauritania have exceeded expectations. The results released last... 

Algold assay results  exceed expectations
SAMPLING Exploration work is ongoing along Algold Resources' Salma project in Mauritania

Avesoro New Liberty mineral resources upgrades

19th October 2018 West African gold producer Avesoro Resources has successfully increased the measured and indicated mineral resource at its New Liberty gold mine in Liberia to more than 1.1-million ounces. “The completion of the infill drilling campaign at New Liberty has improved the confidence in the estimated... 

Avesoro New Liberty  mineral resources upgrades
FUTURE Avesoro Resources is evaluating the optimal approach for the mining of the New Liberty orebody to deliver strong positive cash flows

Company uses sonic drilling for core recovery in sand

19th October 2018 Geotechnical services company Geomech Africa, subsidiary of Geogroup, imported its 20 tonne, SDC 450-24 sonic drill rig from Canada at a cost of US$1-million specifically to handle deep borehole work in mineral sands at multinational diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) sands... 

Company uses sonic  drilling for core  recovery in sand
SONIC DRILLING Geomech Africa hired sonic drillers to assist in the new geological conditions found in the dunes of the Richards Bay Minerals site

MOD gets approval for new exploration project

By: Donald Makhafola     19th October 2018 Australian-listed copper exploration and development company MOD Resources has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs in Botswana to drill within a 700 km2 area in the northern section of the T20 dome complex. The approval is subject to the standard four-week public review... 

MOD gets approval for new  exploration project
EXPLORATION MOD Resources has no plans to explore outside the Kalahari Copperbelt in Botswana at this stage

Tekeledougou’s assay results show extended gold

19th October 2018 West African focused gold exploration company Cora Gold last month announced the final batch of assay results from the Tekeledougou project in southern Mali which confirm that the strike length of gold mineralised structures extends to at least 1.1 km at Kouroudian prospect and 350 m at Woyoni... 

Tekeledougou’s assay results show extended gold
INCREASE Cora Gold final batch of assay results from the Tekeledougou project in southern Mali show extended gold

First electricity from Imaloto slated for 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals, parent company of coal and energy company Lemur Holdings, on Wednesday announced that the Imaloto project is on track to deliver electricity to south-western Madagascar by 2021. The Imaloto project is a developing integrated thermal coal mining and independent power... 

First electricity from Imaloto slated for 2021
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Thiess wins A$1.2bn mining contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 Mining major BHP has awarded project house Cimic’s global mining services provider, Thiess, with a A$1.2-billion contract at the Mt Arthur coal operation, in the Hunter Valley. The new five-year contract builds on Thiess’ existing agreement, and expands the scope of the contract to include... 

Zest WEG Group launches new motor monitoring solution

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Motors and controls manufacturer WEG subsidiary Zest WEG Group has launched the first phase of its WEG Motor Scan solution – a motor performance monitoring solution for electric motors. Speaking to Mining Weekly at the official product launch, held at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last... 

 Zest WEG Group launches new motor monitoring solution
WEG MOTOR SCAN SOLUTION WEG Motor Scan Solution was developed in consultation with industry to cater to the most pressing motor requirements of clients

Potential to expand mineral sands project

12th October 2018 The latest drilling results from Australian mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources show there is significant potential to expand its 100% owned Tanga South Tajiri mineral sands project in Tanzania. The reconnaissance drilling returned multiple intersections of high-grade... 

Potential to expand  mineral sands project
LUKE GRAHAM The latest drilling results will strengthen the economic outlook of Tajiri

Armadale releases half-year results

12th October 2018 Australian investment company Armadale Capital released its half-year report in September, showing a 25% resource upgrade proving that the Mahenge Liandu project is a significant discovery and detailing the completion of various projects. Armadale has been focusing on the scoping study and... 

Armadale releases  half-year results
PERFECT POSTCODE The Mahenge Liandu project is situated near some of the biggest graphite discoveries in the world

Shanta looking to positive future in Tanzania

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     12th October 2018 Amid recent changes to Tanzanian mining legislation that has emphasised localisation, Guernsey-based East Africa gold producer Shanta Gold remains optimistic about its future mining prospects in the country, says Shanta Gold CEO Eric Zurrin. “The new legislation has worked in our favour, as we... 

Shanta looking  to positive future in Tanzania
ERIC ZURRIN The changes in mining legislation prompted Shanta Gold to streamline some of its procedures and increase cash flow

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Integrated technological solutions provider Siemens – in partnership with its subsidiary Flender and engineering solutions provider Tech Edge – unveiled a complete electromechanical cable belt conveyor drivetrain solution during a demonstration last month. Siemens, Flender and Tech Edge announced... 

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled
ELECTROMECHANICAL DRIVETRAIN Siemens and its project partners have announced the first end-to-end integrated electromechanical drivetrain system to be implemented at a mine in South Africa

Customisable drive solution enhances operations

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Spain-based inverter manufacturer Ingeteam highlights that its Ingedrive low- and medium-voltage, variable-speed drives (VSDs) provide compact, customisable and powerful drive system solutions for the African mining industry. Ingeteam converters and automation division commercial sales manager... 

Customisable drive solution enhances operations
INGEDRIVE SYSTEMS Ingedrive systems are available in units ranging from 250 kVA to 44 MVA, and 400 V to 6.6 kV, offering robust, reliable and long-lasting equipment

Dr Con Fauconnier latest inductee in South African Mining Hall of Fame 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Dr Con Fauconnier was inducted into the Joburg Indaba’s South African Mining Hall of Fame, this week.   

Dr Con Fauconnier latest inductee in South African Mining Hall of Fame
(Left to Right) Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel, Resources4Africa CEO and Joburg Indaba founder and owner Paula Munsie, Dr Con Fauconnier and Sipho Nkosi

Metals streaming a viable alternative funding solution – Fasken

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Persistent volatility in commodity prices has made it increasingly difficult for mining companies to access debt and equity financing, which is why more mining companies may be considering entering into metals streaming agreements, as opposed to seeking traditional forms of finance, law firm... 

Village Main Reef, three unions conclude wage agreement

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Village Main Reef has concluded a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa in respect of wages and conditions of service for the period from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is still considering... 

Efficient crushing reduces downtime risks

5th October 2018 Cost-effective crushing is vital to the competitiveness of mining and quarrying operations, and experienced experts can ensure the right amount of the required product, while reducing the risk of operational downtime, says integrated crushing, mining and mineral processing solutions provider and... 

Efficient crushing reduces downtime risks
CRUSHING SOLUTION B&E International supplies crushing plants that work in a range of mining applications

Innovative technologies to enhance equipment monitoring, optimisation

5th October 2018 That the South African mining industry is at an inflection point, in which newer, innovative technologies have the potential to unlock new ways of managing variability and enhancing productivity, is no point of contention, says comminution and separation solutions provider IMS Engineering... 

Innovative technologies to enhance equipment  monitoring, optimisation
ADVANCED IMS Engineering recently launched General Kinematics, which is a two-mass vibratory technology

Manufacturer focuses on developing larger vibrating screening equipment

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Screening machines are becoming larger and heavier because the ongoing trend in the mining industry globally is to increase tonnage output while maintaining efficiency, said original-equipment supplier and manufacturer of custom-designed vibrating equipment Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin at Electra... 

Manufacturer focuses on developing larger vibrating screening equipment
BEAST Kwatani chose South African national rugby player Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira as its brand ambassador for these larger screen machines

Metso Megaliner improves safety, reduces downtime

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Global industrial equipment and services offering company Metso has proven that its Megaliner mill lining system can result in a drastic reduction in downtime and improved safety in mining operations. The Megaliner was developed by Metso in 2012, and expanded in 2013 to include a liner... 

Metso Megaliner improves  safety, reduces downtime
FAST AND EFFECTIVE Megaliner uses fewer and larger parts improving safety, with faster installations

Contact-free skirting for conveyors on offer

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has added the contact-free AirScrape conveyor belt skirting system – introduced to the South African market in the second quarter of this year – to its bulk handling systems catalogue. The system has been designed and manufactured by materials... 

Contact-free skirting for conveyors on offer
DO NOT TOUCH The AirScrape is a floating system which reduces contact on the belt

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Fire protection systems provider Advanced Automated Systems (AAS) is focusing on improving the fire prevention system of conveyors as opposed to most fire-prevention companies that try to prevent the spreading of fires already active on conveyor systems. AAS has, therefore, finalised the initial... 

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out
TELL NO LIOS The new LIOS Technology allows for fire hazard dangers to be tended to immediately

Sensor detects energy use, idler wear

5th October 2018 German mechanical engineering company Voith’s BeltGenius Alignment Expert (ALEX) – which analyses the alignment of carrying idlers in conveyor systems – boosts production efficiency and energy reduction for mining houses. The sensor system detects imprecise belt conveyor alignment and provides... 

Sensor detects energy use,  idler wear
CLEVER CLOGS BeltGenius ALEX is a sensor system that detects the imprecise alignment of belt conveyors

Mines urged to do ‘all they can’ to limit pollution from used oil

By: Nadine James     5th October 2018 The mining industry consumes about 25% of the country’s lubricants - accounting for approximately 300-million litres of oil a year, of which 40% is potentially recyclable used oil, notes the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (ROSE) Foundation. The organisation notes that used-oil is classified... 

New fastener for conveyor industry launched

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa introduced its new Hilti X-BT-MR structural steel fastener to the South African conveyor market earlier this month. Hilti’s in-house engineers and staff will initially be trained on the fastener and its capabilities, after... 

New fastener  for conveyor  industry launched
UP TO THE HILT Hilti has launched the new Hilti X-BT-MR fastener for conveyor systems

Company opens new office to increase its footprint

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has opened a new office near eMalahleni to significantly extend its presence in the Mpumalanga coalfields region. Aury Africa has subsequently entered into supply contracts with significant players in the area. 

Company opens  new office to increase its footprint
EXPANSION Aury Africa has opened a new office near eMalahleni in Mpumalanga

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