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Vibrating screens in copper production process vitally important

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     18th May 2018 Copper plays an important role in technological advancements, and vibrating- and original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Kwatani is well positioned to take advantage of growing copper demand. “Kwatani offers customised vibrating screens and feeders to the mining industry; we don’t have a... 

Holistic approach championed for mine vehicle safety

18th May 2018 While great strides have been taken to improve operator safety in recent years, with new collision awareness systems likely to improve this trend, technology alone should not be a mine’s only line of defence in the goal to avoid vehicle collisions, says mine management solutions provider Modular... 

Desert Lion sets price for flotation plant development in Namibia

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 The Phase 1 flotation plant at TSX-listed Desert Lion Energy’s Namibian lithium operations is estimated to cost about C$7-million. The plant, with a processing capacity of between 350 000 t/y and 400 000 t/y, will be used to process the fines from the historic run-of-mines stockpiles at Desert... 

Chamber of Mines opposes Eskom’s RCA applications

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has opposed State-owned Eskom’s application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a large tariff increase to recover losses on its Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA). If granted, the requested R66.6-billion increase, will be passed on to consumers... 

PTM closes $17.62m public offering

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2018 TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has closed the issuing of 117.45-million units at a price of $0.15 a unit for gross proceeds of about $17.62-million. Each unit comprises one common share and one common share purchase warrant of PTM. 

Barrick, Goldcorp to convert Pueblo Viejo power plant to natural gas

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2018 Barrick Gold and Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC), in the Dominican Republic, will convert the Quisqueya I power generation facility from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to natural gas, with the expectation of saving about $54/oz of gold produced over the remaining life of the... 

SA company wins social services bid for Malawi graphite mine

11th May 2018 South Africa-based integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM has produced the winning bid for social services for mining company Sovereign Metals’ Malingunde graphite project in the Lilongwe district, in Malawi. The Malingunde graphite project is prospective for saprolite-hosted flake... 

SA company wins social services bid for Malawi graphite mine
GRAPHITE MINE The Malingunde graphite mine, in Malawi has a maiden mineral resource estimate of 65.1-milllion tonnes at 7.1% total graphitic carbon

Company moves to introduce new haulers for mining industry

11th May 2018 Engineering support services company Babcock is preparing to introduce a new line-up of rigid haulers into the mining, opencast and quarrying sector in Southern Africa. The new line-up follows vehicle manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE’s) announcement earlier this year that it... 

Company moves to introduce new haulers for mining industry
Photo by Bloomberg
OPENCAST USES The trucks made by Volvo and supplied by Babcock are used in the opencast mining industry across South Africa

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership

11th May 2018 Last month equipment supplier Epiroc delivered three FlexiROC D65 surface drill rigs to Northern Cape-based drilling specialists Booysen Bore. The delivery has increased Booysen Bore’s total drilling machine fleet to 51, while the addition of the new machines has strengthened the relationship... 

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership
STRONG RELATIONSHIP Epiroc has been supplying surface drill machines to Booysen Bore for several years

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry

11th May 2018 Automotive chip manufacturer VBox Africa, a division of automotive chip installer Automotive Technology Specialists (ATS), has added a range of measurement and control products to its range that is aimed specifically at the local mining industry. By combining new hardware and software, VBox... 

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry
MINE OPTIMISATION VBox Africa provides solutions for the opencast mining industry that can reduce operating costs

New opencast mining monitoring products introduced

11th May 2018 Mining equipment manufacturer and geotechnical slope stability monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining introduced two new products, the Slope Vision georeferenced camera system and Movement and the Surveying Radar (MSR) Connect software suite, at the Slope Stability 2018 symposium and... 

New opencast  mining monitoring products introduced
SLOPE VISION The Slope Vision georeferenced camera system is used in openpit mines to monitor the slopes of the mines

Integrated mining software championed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 The constant evolution and innovation of technology have prompted mining houses to move away from “disparate” legacy systems and pursue integrated and easy-to-use software tools instead, global consulting and technology company Deswik South Africa MD Ian Lawler tells Mining Weekly. Lawler... 

Integrated mining  software championed
UNIQUE FACET Deswik.Enviro is fully integrated with the rest of the Deswik suite and it enables mining companies to account for the cost of closure when doing a life-of-mine plan

Autonomous mining vehicle test at SA coal mine successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     11th May 2018 A global truck manufacturer in cooperation with multinational networking systems provider Cisco, has successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) for autonomous mining trucks at an opencast coal mine in South Africa. Speaking at an In2IT networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg, Cisco... 

Local market welcomes launch of SRK Exploration Services

By: Nadine James     11th May 2018 The local and sub-Saharan African market has responded “very positively” to the establishment of SRK Exploration Services, a discipline-led division of SRK Global, says SRK Exploration Services Southern African exploration manager Oliver Bayley. He explains that the Cardiff-based division... 

Local market welcomes launch  of SRK Exploration Services
HENNIE THEART AND OLIVER BAYLEY The growing ranks of midtier and junior mining companies who lack in-house technical ability has created an untapped market for SRK

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

11th May 2018 The following has been adapted from a chapter Towards Mining Vision 2030, by Joel Netshitenzhe, ANC NEC member and executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) in a book on The Political Economy of Mining in South Africa, to be published in 2018 by Mistra. 

To succeed as a ‘sunrise industry’, SA mining must widen ownership, meet other challenges

Company continuously enhances core technologies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems (MMS) is continuously working on making value-added enhancements to its core technologies, says MMS MD Lourens du Plessis. He says customer feedback plays an important role in how the company’s solutions evolve over time. “By engaging with... 

Company continuously  enhances core technologies
LOURENS DU PLESSIS We are committed to assisting our customers in Africa to remain globally competitive

Exploration company claims Botswana coal mines to become preferred supplier

11th May 2018 Botswana is set to play a more significant role in both the domestic and African coal industries, says coal exploration and emerging coal mining company Minergy, claiming that the company is ideally placed to become the preferred supplier to coal consumers across Southern Africa. The company... 

Exploration company claims Botswana coal mines to  become preferred supplier
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STEPPING UP Botswana coal mines could become one of the main suppliers in Southern Africa

EIUG, associate organisation appoint board members

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) and its associated organisation, the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), on Monday announced their new chairpersons, who were elected at the yearly general meetings of the two bodies.  

Zimbabwe trying to win back investors’ trust

By: Anine Kilian     7th May 2018 Zimbabwe is committed to introducing mining policy certainty to win back investment and revive the industry following the swearing in of President Emmerson Mnangagwa late last year. Mnangagwa is seeking to revive the economy and attract mining investment and has pledged investor-friendly policy... 

Ncondezi raises £950 000

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has raised £950 000, before expenses, through a conditional placing of 15.2-million ordinary shares at a price of 6.25p apiece. The company will use the funds to strengthen its balance sheet as it moves towards the conclusion of a joint development agreement (JDA) for... 

Sustainable solutions possible for AMD treatment

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa states that while acid mine drainage (AMD) decant in the Witwatersrand gold fields and surrounds should be dealt with urgently, there is no company large enough to start a large-scale water rehabilitation programme. “The Witwatersrand gold... 

Sustainable solutions  possible for AMD treatment
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TACKLING ACID MINE DRAINAGE Acid mine drainage is one of the single most significant threats to South Africa’s environment and needs to be urgently addressed

New pumping system to dewater deep mine shafts

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Centurion-based, family owned, pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps has patented a new pump technology that will dewater deep-level mine shafts more efficiently. The Hippo high head series submersible slurry pump system can remove acid mine drainage (AMD) water from flooded mine shafts in a... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is exploring enhanced holistic measures to tackle mine dewatering in Africa. The company, a subsidiary of Scottish engineering company Weir Group PLC, has long provided the global and local mining and industrial sectors with sustainable and... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model
PUMP IT The Multiflo pontoons offer an integrated solution incorporating Linatex hoses, Isogate valves and Warman dewatering pumps

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 In reaction to the changing dewatering needs of local mines, South African pumps rental company Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) is evolving its service offering towards a full dewatering solution by introducing a stainless steel range of mine water pumps, and dewatering products. “There is a big... 

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management
DREDGING SOLUTION The SlurrySucker operates from the top of the water surface and sucks silt from the bottom of the processing pond

Ncondezi confident it can achieve a more competitive tariff

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Preliminary results from a review of updated proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M), contracts for Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique, are positive.  

New mining precinct, fuel cell frenzy and a six-point industry plan make the headlines  

2nd May 2018 A new mining precinct will soon be launched, there is fuel cell frenzy and a six-point plan could help the mining industry. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines.   

New mining precinct, fuel cell frenzy and a six-point industry plan make the headlines
New mining precinct, fuel cell frenzy and a six-point industry plan make the headlines

Captive Canadian miners decry minister’s move on Bill C-49

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2018 Canadian miners are voicing frustration and concern over the federal government’s removal of a Senate amendment relating to final offer arbitration (FOA), and with its modification of an amendment giving the Canada Transportation Agency own-motion power, in Bill C-49 – legislation that amends the... 

Berkeley Energia targets further cost reductions at the Salamanca mine

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 Clean energy-focused Berkeley Energia has completed the financing for its Salamanca uranium project, in Spain, and is in the process of undertaking detailed final reviews to ensure the company has the most optimal capital and operating costs. A final selection of contractors is also being finalised. 

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2018 Wholly black-owned construction group Concor, which marked its first year of operations in April, is aiming to materially increase its share of the public infrastructure market as part of an ambitious plan to increase its order book to R10-billion by 2020. The company, which has a Level 1... 

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push
Concor CEO Riaz Saloojee

Digitisation, safety hot topics in mining consulting

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 There is “much discussion” in the global mining consulting industry around digitisation and safety in mines, says engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon client director for resources Dr Eduard Vorster. The interrelation between digital advancements and safety is an important... 

Digitisation, safety hot  topics in mining consulting
EDUARD VORSTER Aurecon strives to develop its smaller partners so that they can become significant future players in the mining industry

Discounts on professional fees a looming issue

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The issue of discounting the professional fees of consulting engineers, driven by public sector and private sector clients alike, is plaguing the sustainability of the consulting engineering industry, says voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. “Would... 

Discounts on professional fees a looming issue
Photo by Knight Piésold Consulting
MINING OPTIMISATION Consulting engineers try to minimise the mining client’s total cost of ownership in the mining investment

New approach to outsourcing

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th April 2018 With local and global mining companies operating under continuous pressure to consistently deliver on operational targets, save costs and sustain profitability amid an age of smart business and regulatory uncertainty, local technical services provider Ukwazi is offering a turnkey outsourced... 

New approach  to outsourcing
JACO LOTHERINGEN Outsourcing technical services to companies such as Ukwazi ensures that the technical team is part of a revenue centre

New JV to lead to structured services solutions

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The joint venture (JV) between Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical – part of construction group Stefanutti Stocks – and Australian industrial services operation the Dawsons Group of Companies is “ground-breaking and a first for the pan-African mining sector”, says Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical MD Marius... 

New JV to lead to structured services solutions
MARIUS BOTES This dynamic joint venture will be a game-changer for the future of mining in Africa

Stagnant mining industry detrimental to consulting engineers

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The local mining industry is “almost dormant” and it is having a knock-on effect on consulting engineers, leaving them with little in the way of projects, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. Many consulting engineers servicing the mining industry are... 

Stagnant mining  industry detrimental  to consulting engineers
CHRIS CAMPBELL The current state of the industry has mostly been brought on by the debacle surrounding the Mining Charter

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 Recent changes in political leadership suggest that the South African mining industry may be moving towards a clearer operating framework but much uncertainty remains, says consulting engineering and science company SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. “This uncertainty... 

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising
INNOVATION IMPERATIVE Innovative thinking must be embedded into all specialist disciplines of consulting engineering so that the full benefit of modern invention can be applied

‘Toolbox’ helps Harmony Gold improve environmental management

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th April 2018 JSE-listed Harmony Gold Mining (Harmony) has improved its environmental management through the implementation of a system that centralises the company’s environmental data. The system, named Management Toolbox (MTB), facilitates the capturing of environmental data, the storing of related source... 

Mandela Mining Precinct to produce next gen mining equipment

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct’s primary objective is to drive research, development and innovation and the investment therein, and it is extremely important, in terms of the local industry’s sustainability, that the next generation of mining equipment is developed by indigenous South African... 

Mandela Mining Precinct to produce next gen mining equipment
Photo by Dylan Slater
BRAINSTORMING The Mandela Mining Precinct’s research and development workstreams are tackling challenges pertaining to dilution, narrow seams, and hard rock mining

Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The modernisation of mining operations is essential to contribute towards the survival of the South African mining industry by enabling mining at increased depths and narrow, hard rock reefs. 

Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation
Beeuwen Gerryts interviewed by Martin Creamer.

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