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Awards programme to promote innovation in project management

By: Paige Müller     2nd November 2018 Local project, programme and portfolio management practitioners’ association Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has introduced the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Awards Programme to honour and promote local innovation in project management offices. “This is an exciting step that... 

Demand for project management services expands

By: Paige Müller     2nd November 2018 Project Management South Africa (PMSA) CEO Taryn van Olden states that the project management adoption has begun to spread to a variety of unexpected industries and has become bigger than ever before. “Project management as an industry has a long history in construction and engineering. However,... 

Demand for project management  services expands
UNEXPECTED SECTORS At this years PMSA biennial national conference a speaker will highlight how the legal sector is looking to project management as a mechanism through which to manage legal matters

Project management service provider achieves Level 4 B-BBEE

2nd November 2018 Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has announce that its South African mineral project management division SGS Bateman Engineering Services achieved a Level 4 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) status in September. B-BBEE is a legislative initiative to... 

Project management  service provider achieves Level 4 B-BBEE
PROJECT LIFECYCLE SGS Bateman Engineering Services manages the complete mining project lifecycle, from concept to commissioning

Digital solutions improve mining industry

2nd November 2018 Last month, digital mining implementation of information technologies developer Vist Group presented its digital solution for the global market at the eleventh Mining Show, which is the largest mining & quarrying conference and expo for the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and South Asia. “The... 

Digital solutions improve  mining industry
UNDERGROUND Technology increases level of industrial safety and transportation efficiency of mining industry.

Portable workshop solution usable for new mines

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 The CXT Explorer is a mobile field workshop that can be used when prospecting in the mining industry, says crane manufacturer Konecranes South Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. The Finland-developed CXT Explorer – a combination of a 6.3 t mobile overhead crane,... 

Portable workshop solution  usable for new mines
BULKY The CXT Explorer is used as an outside field workshop set-up

Upgrades to mine increase plant efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 Mining electrical equipment manufacturer Emis Sales 2002 has completed upgrade projects comprising the design and installation of communication, automation and protection systems at South African anthracite producer and exporter Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in KwaZulu-Natal, to improve... 

Upgrades to mine  increase plant efficiency
INDOOR The upgraded SBV vacuum circuit breaker switchboard offers higher continuously rated currents

Reduced compressed-air use saves Lonmin R15m each year

By: Nadine James     2nd November 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin partnered with Pretoria-based engineering company ETA Operations to benchmark the consumption of compressed air at its Marikana operations in North-West. This was done with the aim of improving operational efficiency and reducing the electricity costs of Lonmin’s compressed... 

Reduced compressed-air use saves Lonmin R15m each year
Photo by Bloomberg
ENGENDERING EFFICIENCY The new benchmarking method is currently being rolled-out across multiple shafts at Marikana

Volvo launches 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities sectors

By: Schalk Burger     2nd November 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, will provide the support and services for the machines, says Volvo... 

Volvo launches 95 t rigid hauler for coal,  bulk commodities sectors
VOLVO 95 T RIGID HAULER The hauler has an array of sensors and systems to ensure safety, ease of use and productivity

Amplats extends Zizwe Batlase contract at Amandelbult Complex

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday announced that the contract with joint venture (JV) company Zizwe Batlase for the provision of strip-mining services at the Amandelbult Complex has been extended. Zizwe Batlase is 51% owned by the local community of Baphalane through... 

Canada challenges innovators to modernise 100-year-old mining processes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 Canadian Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has challenged innovators to develop new technology solutions to lower energy consumption for crushing mined rock - a process that currently accounts for up to 3% of the world’s electricity usage. Launching the $10-million Crush It! Challenge,... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries
Volvo R100E 95 t rigid hauler

Manufacturer and marketer working hand in hand

26th October 2018 Integrated chemicals and petrochemicals company Sasol and multifunctional distribution company Helm have entered into a long-term marketing agreement for ethylene glycols. The agreement between Sasol and Helm will come into effect upon the start-up of Sasol's new ethylene oxide and ethylene... 

Manufacturer and marketer working hand in hand
MARKETING THE MARKET Sasol and Helm will together market the products of the Ethylene cracker

Sasol Lake Charles – a picture worth $11.13-billion

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol has invested billions of dollars in the Lake Charles Chemical Projects, in the US, which entails a steam cracking plant, and ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol storage and piping facilities for the product and its derivatives. Specialized storage... 

Sasol Lake Charles  – a picture worth $11.13-billion
ETHYLENE OXIDE & GLYCOL Units being installed on site

Lake Charles on track and within budget

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Next year will be a defining year for petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol, with the start-up of its Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, which is earmarked as a catalyst for transforming Sasol’s earnings profile. In its 2018 annual results, Sasol announced that it had achieved... 

Lake Charles on track and  within budget
BOILING POINT The Lake Charles boiler facility has produced first steam

Last of four mines to be completed

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol forecasts it will complete the 10.5-million-ton-a-year Impumelelo colliery - formerly known as the Brandspruit mine - replacement project by June next year. The project involves the construction of a new 8.5-million-ton-a-year coal mine, which is... 

Last of four mines to be completed
AHEAD OF THE GAME The Shondoni headgear being installed during the construction phase

Change management crucial for automation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 There is a need for effective change management in the opencast mining industry to assist clients in adapting to new technologies and technological capabilities, says equipment supplier Epiroc surface and exploration drilling business line manager Hedley Birnie. “Challenges facing the South... 

Change management  crucial for automation
SMART DRILL RIG The Epiroc Advanced Drilling Solutions division supplies surface drilling machines that are autonomous

New lease on life for Leeuwpan

26th October 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ Leeuwpan opencast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, was at risk of running out of coal, until last month a new road gave it access to coal reserves. “Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further... 

New lease on life  for Leeuwpan
LEEUWPAN MINE Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further ten years

Sandvik expands drill rig offering

26th October 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering with the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The company unveiled its first intelligent DTH surface drill rig for the first time at Electra Mining Africa... 

Sandvik expands  drill rig offering
SANDVIK LEOPARD DI650I Sandvik unveiled its first intelligent DTH surface drill rig for the first time at Electra Mining Africa

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 miners  drive up savings  in coal mining
WIRTGEN 4200 SM Using Wirtgen surface miners delivers compelling improvements in final product quality, cost-efficiency, environmental protection and safety

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

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