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Mining Services News

New products can improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Bidvest Commercial Products division Kelmeg Lifting Services (KLS) has expanded its service offering – aimed at improving safety and productivity, particularly with regard to working at height, and the associated lifting, rigging or lashing requirements. The new safety-focused products can assist... 

Local coal future depends on economic situation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 Coal mining currently provides more than 86 000 jobs locally, and this figure will increase as more junior mines are expected to open in the future, provided that the economic situation “does not deteriorate further”, says coal consulting company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost.... 

Local coal future depends on economic situation
PUT TO GOOD USE South Africa should use its remaining coal resources properly

Intensive coal screening requires fit-for-purpose equipment

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 As coal beneficiation is generally a screening-intensive process, screening equipment is an important part of a coal plant and a major investment for the operation, says vibrating and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and supplier Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. The local coal sector comprises... 

Intensive coal  screening requires  fit-for-purpose equipment
KWATANI SCREEN Major operators with large plants often require large-scale equipment to boost their efficiencies and tonnages

Dry separator could arrive in Africa in early 2019

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa aims to bring the first dry separator to Africa for trial at a coal mine next year, says Aury Africa business development manager George Sturgeon. Aury Africa, a subsidiary of design and construction coal group Dadi... 

Dry separator could arrive in Africa in early 2019
CONFIGURATION FLEXIBILITY The Telligent Dry Separator can be retrofitted to an existing coal processing plant in various configurations

Supplier grows installed base of Cavex hydrocyclones 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 There is a fast-growing installed base of Cavex hydrocyclone technology in coal processing in both classification and dense-medium separation (DMS) applications, according to mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa. “This is as a result of the lower total cost of ownership achieved by... 

Supplier grows installed base of Cavex hydrocyclones
Mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa cyclones product manager Sheldon Gabriel talks about the company's Cavex hydrocyclone technology. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology
POWER SUPPLY South African government could legislate the use of fuel cell mini-grid systems to electrify rural communities

Manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant
Photo by Creamer Media
VINAY SOMERA Our intention is to prove the business case that South Africa can produce the best-quality components for the fuel cell using platinum-group metals

Life After Coal continues fight against coal-fired IPP projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Life After Coal Campaign contends that two proposed independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power stations will never be built. The organisation is opposed to the construction of the proposed 557 MW Thabametsi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo, and the proposed 306 MW Khanyisa project... 

MRC places R160m mining equipment order with Epiroc

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) has placed more than R160-million of mining equipment orders with Epiroc. MRC recently ordered multiple drill rigs to be used for the underground production build-up of the Kalagadi manganese mine, in the Northern Cape. 

Pan African’s rapid turnaround removes false notions on doing business in SA 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 South Africa was on Wednesday reaffirmed as a country where business is able to do what is required, when London- and Johannesburg-listed gold mining company Pan African Resources outlined the remarkably efficient manner in which this country’s regulatory environment facilitated the closure of a... 

Pan African’s rapid turnaround removes false notions on doing business in SA
Pan African Resources management outline the company’s low-cost repositioning to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer 19.09.2018

ELB to focus on IoT for service optimisation, profits up 35% for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 JSE-listed capital equipment supplier and services provider ELB Group reported a 35% increase in profits to R111-million for the financial year ended June 30, compared with R82-million in the prior year. This was on the back of higher sales across all group segments – sales increased by 50% to... 

Kibo Energy to review tender opportunity for Tanzania power utility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy is assessing an opportunity to further participate in the development of Tanzania’s energy sector. This follows after Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) announced on Monday that a tender process has been initiated for superior coal technology... 

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Mining contracting and engineering services company Redpath Mining Africa has completed what it has dubbed the “milestone” Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project for Zambia-based copper mine, Mopani Copper Mines. Redpath Mining Africa’s Zambian branch, Redpath Zambia, was initially awarded the... 

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised
REDBORE 100 The Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project marked the entry of Redpath Mining’s Redbore 100 raise drill into Africa for the first time

Zambia’s operational investment spikes

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 A positive shift in Zambia’s copper and cobalt mining industries has resulted in an increase in much-needed operational investments by major mining houses, says mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing equipment and systems supplier TAKRAF Africa. TAKRAF Africa regional sales... 

Zambia’s operational   investment spikes
INCREASED DEMAND Tenova TAKRAF Africa has noted an increase in Zambian mining houses expenditure on operational investments

Australian pumps maker targeting Africa

By: Halima Frost     14th September 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Australian Pump Industries, better known as Aussie Pumps, is making inroads in the African market following a recent partnership with English oil group Tullow. Aussie Pumps supplied six Mine Boss 4” trash pumps to the northern Kenyan territories – bordering on... 

Australian pumps  maker targeting Africa
MAKHULU BOSS Aussie Pumps’ heavy duty 4” Mine Boss handles northern Kenya’s tough African conditions

High efficiency drives versatile pump set

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Pump solutions specialist Integrated Pump Rental recently completed the assembly of an electrically driven Sykes XH150 pump set, which it exhibited at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. The pump set consists of a 315 kW motor with a 400 V drive capable of a maximum head of 180 m with a... 

New pump launched at Electra

By: Halima Frost     14th September 2018 The South African division of submersible pump supplier Goodwin Pumps International officially launched its new SDSS 100 pump, which is designed for extreme acidic applications, at the 2018 Electra Mining Africa show. The biennial Electra Mining Africa exhibition was again held at the Nasrec Expo... 

New pump launched  at Electra
SHINY NEW The SDSS 100 is made of a special stainless steel and chrome compound

Pumps range displays benefits across applications

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Innovative engineering has resulted in minerals industry supplier FLSmidth’s new Krebs slurryMAX split-case slurry pump gaining a strong foothold in slurry applications across Africa. The company recently exhibited the new features and safety benefits of the pump at mining and power exhibition... 

Warman pump offers cost effective solutions for heavy duty slurry applications

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Pump manufacturer and supplier Weir Minerals Africa exhibited its flagship Warman MCR 450 mill circuit pump at Africa’s largest trade exhibition, Electra Mining Africa, held in September this year. Weir Minerals Africa product manager for slurry pumps Marnus Koorts explains that one of the... 

Modernisation could prolong mining jobs – Mandela Mining Precinct co-director

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Presenting at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 2018 Mine Safe Technical Conference Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) co-director Alastair Macfarlane noted that modernisation could prolong mining jobs, while localisation and agri-industrialisation, could absorb jobs as and when... 

Local mining services company owners win Entrepreneur of the Year accolade  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Mining engineer Samuel Molefi and his entrepreneurial wife and business partner Motlapele Molefi have won the Entrepreneur of the Year award – a premier entrepreneurial platform sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners every year. Samuel and Motlapele are founders and owners of Modi Mining, a... 

Local mining services company owners win Entrepreneur of the Year accolade
Modi Mining owners Motlapele and Samuel Molefi

Bushveld increases indirect interest in Vametco to 75%

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has increased its indirect beneficial interest in Vametco Alloys to 75%, from 59.1%, through the acquisition of Sojitz Noble Alloys’ 21.22% interest in Vametco’s intermediate holding company Strategic Minerals Corporation (SMC), for $20-million. Following completion... 

Sandvik launches Leopard DI650i drill rig

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2018 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering, with the introduction of the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The drill was unveiled to the market for the first time at Electra Mining Africa, being held this week at the Nasrec Expo... 

Sandvik launches Leopard DI650i drill rig
Photo by Nadine James
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s Leopard DI650i drill rig

Collaborative conversation between govt, stakeholders needed to drive mining industry transformation 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 Turning around the fortunes of South Africa's mining industry will require greater collaboration between industry stakeholders, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director Yusuf Timol said on Tuesday. Speaking at a presentation hosted by the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa... 

Ausenco leads the charge to address slurry pipeline failure rates

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2018 Consulting, engineering and project delivery firm Ausenco has organised the first, focused pipeline user’s symposium, to be held in Santiago, Chile, at the end of October, to discuss a framework to address the high mean failure rate of slurry pipelines. Ausenco VP for pipeline consulting, JP... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2018 Despite low economic growth in the six months to June 30, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) achieved double-digit growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 104c, representing an increase of 11.5% from the HEPS of 93.3c recorded for the six months to June 30, 2017. Referring to the... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment
African Oxygen (Afrox) MD Schalk Venter speaks to Engineering News Online about the company’s interim results, and upcoming investment plans. Video & Editing: Darlene Creamer

Thiess wins Nickel West contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2018 Mining services provider Thiess has been awarded a A$190-million underground mining contract for the Leinster project, in Western Australia, from BHP’s Nickel West division. The contract would span a minimum of 24 months, and will include the provision of a full range of underground mining... 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Embattled construction group Aveng expects to finalise the disposal of all noncore businesses by June 2019. Following a strategic review, the JSE-listed company identified Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Aveng Manufacturing, as well as certain properties and other assets, for sale. 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies has been appointed as an agent for Danish chemical industry company Haldor Topsoe in Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dickinson Group will promote, sell and strategically warehouse... 

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering
HANDLING THE LOAD Dickinson Group's state-of-the-art heavy duty vacuum truck is used for catalyst handling

Peru processing facility acquired

7th September 2018 Mineral resources company Inca One Gold has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire full ownership of Anthem United, which owns 90.14% interest in the 350 t/d Koricancha ore processing facility in Peru, from miner Equinox Gold. Koricancha is located about 50 km from Inca One’s ore... 

Peru processing facility acquired
OPERATING EFFICIENCY Koricancha is a custom-built, fully operational, industrial gold ore processing facility, featuring a carbon-in-leach gold circuit

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry

7th September 2018 Mining equipment specialist Osborn Engineered Services has secured an R8.5-million order to supply a range of its high-quality machines to a new manganese mine in the Northern Cape. Osborn product sales manager Francois Scott says that this order and the region are significant for Osborn. The... 

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry
MANGANESE OPERATION Osborn Engineered Services will supply new machines to a new operation in the Northern Cape

Manufacturer first to undergo SABS local content verification

7th September 2018 South African mineral processing equipment manufacturer Multotec has taken the step of having its local content verified by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in line with the requirements of the 2018 draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Mineral... 

Manufacturer first to undergo SABS local content verification
PANNELLING THE COMPETITION Multotec is a specialist in polyurethane, rubber and wedge wire screen panels

Mooted MPRDA Amendment Bill withdrawal an indication govt wants to end regulatory uncertainty, says lawyer

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s recommendation to withdraw the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill is likely because government wants to remove regulatory uncertainty affecting the mining sector, and in so doing, foster a more attractive investor... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous recovery of mining sector – govt urged

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM is well-poised to make inroads into the mining industry, says AECOM Africa strategy and growth director Fadzai Nyamasve. She tells Mining Weekly that  although there  is still uncertainty in the market regarding the Mining Charter, AECOM expects... 

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous  recovery of mining sector – govt urged
FADZAI NYAMASVE Regulatory uncertainty is being addressed and there is a deliberate campaign to attract investors, so the pressing challenge is ensuring the industry recovers in a timeous manner

Platinum miner starts construction of SO2 abatement project

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Construction of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) sulphur dioxide (SO2) abatement project at its Polokwane smelter, in Limpopo, has started. Amplats will implement new wet sulphuric acid (WSA) technology at the smelter, which the company predicts will ultimately reduce SO2... 

Platinum miner starts  construction of SO2  abatement project
TURNING THE TIDE Hatch Africa MD Welekazi Cele, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith and Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha at the sod-turning ceremony

DMR Limpopo office reopened following two-month closure

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) confirmed on Thursday that it had reopened its regional office in Limpopo, following a two-month shutdown. The Limpopo regional office was closed on June 25 as an “urgent intervention” after staff were allegedly threatened and a bullet was allegedly sent... 

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