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Serabi reports fatality at Palito gold mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Dual-listed Serabi Gold on Tuesday confirmed a fatality at its Palito gold mine, in Brazil, in a mining-related accident on February 11. The accident involved one of the company’s employees who sustained a crush-related injury and died from his injuries. 

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Global professional services company Accenture is investing in a new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining, in Johannesburg, which will combine the latest in data science and artificial intelligence technologies with deep industry knowledge for the development of new intelligent digital... 

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics
Accenture Applied Intelligence and Data Science lead for Africa Dr Caroline Belrose discusses Accenture's new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining with Engineering News Online. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 Electrical products manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added an integrated-solutions offering to its products-oriented sales strategy in a bid to penetrate market segments in which there is a growing appetite for all-encompassing solutions. The South African company is the fifth largest branch... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering
Zest WEG Group CEO Siegfried Kreutzfeld in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the group's growth strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Pretoria-based Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman won the fourth prize in the engineering category at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair, which was held from January 26 to February 1. Bauman’s project, titled ‘Mine Safety – The Robotic Way’, addresses the problem of miners and... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair
Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman

Basil Read subsidiary to sell 28% stake in Majwe JV

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Basil Read Mining Botswana (BRMB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Basil Read Mining, will sell its 28% interest in the Majwe Joint Venture (JV) to Thiess Botswana and Bothakgwa Burrow Botswana (BBB) for R110.5-million. Under the terms of the agreement, BRMB will sell 28 ordinary shares,... 

Better techniques are making a big difference in drilling and blasting, says MAXAM

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2019 Advanced technologies in mining explosives are making major inroads in the mining industry. This was highlighted by MAXAM, a global technological leader specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic solutions, at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape... 

Aury Africa aims for expansion into PGMs sector

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa is planning to expand its operations into the platinum group metals (PGMs) market this year with the introduction of radio-frequency identification (RFID) audit and inspection solutions. Aury Africa regards the local... 

Aury Africa aims  for expansion into PGMs sector
EXPANSION INTO PGMS MARKET The company hopes to use its signature range of products and services, such as vibrating screens, to capitalise on opportunities in the PGMs market this year

Gra-Tech to add value in PGMs industry

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Precious metals recovery company Gra-Tech is aiming to assist companies that are active in the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry, particularly mines and Nitric Acid plants, as it looks to expand into other emerging markets. “Industry has not realised the massive value contained in old and... 

Gra-Tech to add value  in PGMs industry
CLEANING FOR METALS RECOVERY PGMs are absorbed into the surfaces of the equipment and we complete a destructive or nondestructive clean to remove these precious deposits for recovery

Tharisa remains committed to Zim PGMs investment

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Despite the turbulent political landscape in Zimbabwe currently, low-cost platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome concentrate producer Tharisa Minerals remains fully committed to its Investment Project Framework Agreement with the Zimbabwe government. The agreement involves the establishment of a... 

Tharisa remains committed to Zim PGMs investment
THARISA PLANT We remain optimistic about PGMs and will continue to invest in the locations we operate in, while looking for new opportunities

Platinum odd one out in expected PGMs growth – analyst

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Aside from the relative lag in demand and price for platinum, the other platinum group metals (PGMs) – osmium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium and particularly palladium – are expected to develop a stronger presence in the markets after a strong 2018, says global precious metals mining company... 

Platinum odd one out in expected PGMs growth – analyst
PLATINUM OVERSUPPLY At 2018 basket prices we saw anywhere between 500 000 oz and 800 000 oz of PGMs coming out of the primary supply side, mostly from South Africa, when the prices just were not sustainable

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created more than 100 jobs and invested R500-million in South Africa since setting up in the country in... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy
Solar Mining's Charles Hurly discusses the company's product offerings and its growth plans, while CEO Desmond Pillay talks about the company's impact on the Mpumalanga economy. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Barminco wins zinc mining contract in India

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th February 2019 Underground mining services provider Barminco has been awarded a A$100-mllion contract from Hindustan Zinc at its Rampura Agucha mine, in India. Barminco has operated at Rampura Agucha since late 2016. 

GR Engineering wins Carrapateena contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Project house GR Engineering Services has won a A$16.3-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from fellow-listed Oz Minerals for the design and construction of the Northern Wellfield at the Carrapateena project, in South Australia. The scope of the work will include... 

Company launches on-site mechanical seal replacement

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     1st February 2019 Heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps launched its latest innovation, the Hazelton Pumps On-Site Mechanical Seal Replacement System, for its Hippo slurry pump range used predominantly in mining. “The system is designed so that the client can replace the mechanical seals of the pump... 

Company launches on-site mechanical seal replacement
IMPROVING SYSTEMS Hazelton Pumps launched its on-site mechanical seal replacement system for the Hippo slurry pump range

Company revives mobile dewatering pump systems

1st February 2019 When called upon to refurbish two diesel powered mobile dewatering trailers, pump supplier Mechanical Rotating Solution (MRS) made sure that it put its own personal seal of quality on the product by not only refurbishing the units but also improving on the original design aspects. 

Krebs brings new levels of hydraulic efficiency in slurry applications

1st February 2019 The Krebs slurryMAX range of slurry pumps from global minerals process specialist FLSmidth has brought new levels of hydraulic efficiency to Africa’s slurry operations.  

New tech protects pumps against dry running

1st February 2019 A new type of detection technology from global technology powerhouse Siemens protects centrifugal pumps from dry running in hazardous areas. For this purpose, the corporation has developed special current/voltage detection modules for its Simocode pro motor management system. The principles and... 

Pumps manufacturer secures DRC slurry pumps contract

1st February 2019 Local pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has won a multimillion-rand tender to supply locally manufactured specialised slurry pumps to minerals and metals processing specialist Outotec, for the large-scale greenfield Mutoshi copper and cobalt mining project in the Democratic Republic of... 

Pumps manufacturer  secures DRC slurry  pumps contract
LSA PUMP The company offers pumps for various applications within the plant

SA Hippo in demand for US coal mines

1st February 2019 The HIPPO flameproof, medium/high voltage, submersible slurry pump manufactured by heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps is regarded as the world leader when pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads and high volumes and has been exported to the major mining countries.... 

SA Hippo in demand for US coal mines
DEMAND Hazelton Pumps’ HIPPO flameproof, medium/high voltage, submersible slurry pump is in demand in US coal mines

Sister companies provide one-stop pump solutions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     1st February 2019 Sister companies Integrated Pump Technology and Integrated Pump Rentals believe that while their market offerings differ it is their philosophy of providing single-source pump solutions to customers in the mining industry that has led to the significant growth of both in the past four years.... 

Sister companies provide one-stop pump solutions
Integrated Pump Rentals offers it's customers brands such as the Grindex Industrial pumps range and the Sykes pump range

South African mining a ‘complex business’ – UFS Vice-Chancellor

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2019 Mining has become a “complex business”, largely as a result of the unique dynamics of stakeholder engagements and expectations, government regulations and the technical and operational imperatives, University of the Free State (UFS) Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Francis Petersen states in... 

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... 

Step change for Indaba
DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS There is a major focus on gender diversity, with more women actively participating throughout the event

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
Photo by Creamer Media
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. 

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