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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... 

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

Conveyor diagnostics system to aid coal conveyor monitoring

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG will supply six rEscan diagnostics systems of industrial belting supplier Fenner to a coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, before the end of the year. Fenner’s rEscan diagnostics system is a belt diagnostic device used for the early detection of cord breaks,... 

Conveyor diagnostics system to aid coal conveyor monitoring
RETHINKING SCANNING The rEscan conveyor belt diagnostic system allows for early detection of cord breaks, corrosion and splice failure

New application to assist in selecting correct screening systems

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Global project management and manufacturing solutions company Trelleborg’s  applied technologies operation launched the Scandura aperture size selector application (Scandura app) in May. The app is designed to support Scandura screening systems, which are used to classify and screen materials... 

Junior gold miner reports strong earnings for first half of year

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 UK-domiciled, London AIM-listed West African gold miner Hummingbird Resources has reported (in its unaudited financial results for the first half – H1 – of this calendar year) that its primary asset, the Yanfolilia Gold Mine in Mali, had recorded a solid performance that had been in line with the... 

Ivanhoe announces third major copper discovery in DRC

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has made an important new discovery of high-grade copper on its 100%-owned Western Foreland licences, west of the Kamoa-Kakula mining licence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This discovery, Makoko, is the first of multiple high-potential target areas identified... 

Ivanhoe announces third major copper discovery in DRC
Photo by Creamer Media
Ivanhoe executive co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Kibo, Sepco III extend due diligence deadline to end-November

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy on Monday announced that the due date by which potential equity investor Sepco III had to complete its internal investment process had been extended to November 30. This had initially been expected to be completed by September 30.  

Cleveland-Cliffs and USW agree on new labour contract

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 NYSE-listed Cleveland-Cliffs and labour union United Steelworkers (USW) have announced a joint tentative agreement for a new four-year labour contract, effective from October 1. The new contract will cover about 1 800 USW-represented workers at Cliffs’ Tilden and Empire mines in Michigan, and its... 

Consulting firm optimises project delivery

28th September 2018 Independent advisory and consulting arm of engineering service company WorleyParsons and networking sponsor of this year’s Joburg Indaba, Advisian, is optimising project delivery across Africa. Advisian provides solutions for clients in the hydrocarbons, minerals and metals, chemicals, and... 

Consulting firm optimises project delivery
ADAM BOUGHTON Advisian’s extensive engineering history has played a fundamental role in much of the organisation’s success

Panel discussions around legal uncertainty in SA mining

28th September 2018 Global law firm ENSafrica – a premium sponsor, speaker and panellist at this year’s Joburg Indaba – states that it is eager to take part in this year’s panel discussion themed around legal uncertainty. “With the Joburg Indaba hosting its fourth event this year, it has become one of the... 

Panel discussions around legal uncertainty in SA mining
LLOYD CHRISTIE The mining industry needs to keep an eye on “the tomorrow”, probably more than most, and, in South Africa, it needs to remain mindful of the ‘yester-sorrow’

Equipment fatigue monitoring pre-empting unnecessary downtime

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 After a successful four-year data analysis period at an iron-ore mine, in the Northern Cape, mining consulting services provider Isithelo Technical Solutions has helped the mine pre-empt and prevent unnecessary shutdowns of its reclaimer. Isithelo provides monitoring and analysis of data related... 

Equipment fatigue  monitoring pre-empting unnecessary downtime
PERFECT PARTNERSHIP The pre-emptive capabilities of Isithelo’s technology cut maintenance costs

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 Contractor Basil Read’s mining division has added four new excavators from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai to its fleet of mobile mining equipment. The excavators – a Hyundai R520LC-9S hydraulic crawler excavator, a Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavator, and two 22 T Hyundai R220LC-9S... 

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho
UNEARTHING POTENTIAL Basil Read is using Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavators for a diamond operation in Lesotho

Lifting-equipment orders from Zambia’s Mopani Copper Mines exceed R100m – Condra Cranes

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Condra Cranes shipment of lifting equipment despatched in late August to Zambia-based copper mine Mopani Copper Mines has raised Condra’s order intake from Mopani to more than R100-million. Comprising one electric travelling overhead crane, 38 hoists, two large, and seven smaller, jib cranes, the... 

I-CAT partners with UP to develop localised dust suppression solution

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Environmental consultants and product developers I-CAT officially launched its localised dust suppression (LDS) system at Electra Mining 2018, two weeks ago. The LDS system comprises a steel structure with strategically mounted nozzles, used to encapsulate dust particles and prevent them from... 

Mitak liners improve overall performance

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Johannesburg-based high chrome white irons (HCWI) foundry Mitak produces hard-wearing, abrasion resistant mill and ore-chute linings that can improve the life and grinding-performance of mills, and assist in meeting Mining Charter III local procurement obligations, says Mitak business development... 

Mitak liners improve overall performance
Photo by Creamer Media
GRAHAM ANDERSON & KEVIN KEELING Mitak has the ability to reverse engineer existing liners using laser and optical technology

MC Mining eyeing acquisition, project access, SEZ 

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2018 Coal exploration, development and mining company MC Mining, which has painstakingly removed many obstacles in its path in the last five years, is targeting the acquisition of a second suitable operational coal mine in the mould of the cash-generative Uitkomst, taking strong steps to secure access... 

MC Mining eyeing acquisition, project access, SEZ
MC Mining CEO David Brown interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater

Bushveld reports first consolidated net profit, net free cash flow for group

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on Wednesday reported its first consolidated net profit and net free cash flow for the group for the six-month period ended June 30. Commenting on the results, CEO Fortune Mojapelo said the unaudited financial results for the first half of the financial year reflected... 

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets 

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2018 Following a series of capital markets transactions, which have helped stabilise Aveng’s precarious balance sheet, the JSE-listed infrastructure group has turned its attention to the disposal, by June 2019, of several noncore businesses, including its well-known construction business,... 

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on prospects for the group following some major interventions aimed at stabilising the balance sheet and turning around the struggling business. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.09.2018

Kibo’s shares rise as Mbeya coal mine recommended for special mining licence

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy’s share price on the LSE increased by 10.69% on Wednesday morning after the company announced that the Mbeya coal mine, which comprises the mining component of the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), has been recommended for the grant of a special mining licence... 

Trevor Reid joins Appian Capital senior advisory board

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Mining-focussed investment adviser Appian Capital Advisory has appointed Trevor Reid to its senior advisory board. Prior to this appointment, Reid was CFO at mining company Xstrata and served as the CFO and FD from 2002. 

Bushveld Minerals, AMCU resolve industrial action

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has reached an agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) regarding the matters that led to unprotected industrial action at Bushveld Vametco Alloys’ mine, near Brits, in the North West. The industrial action started on September 5,... 

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 A compressor exposed to abrasive dust, such as those used in mining environments, could become increasingly inefficient and fail internal damage caused by clogged and compromised intake filters, notes RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Additionally, opencast mine dust frequently enters... 

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life
IAN FRASER Mining companies use spin filtration for effective dust extraction from compressors' air intake filters and for direct ventilation of variable speed drives

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