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Mining Services News

Brazilian uranium miner seeks help in going underground

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 Brazilian media have reported that the State-owned uranium company, Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB – Nuclear Industries of Brazil) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a subsidiary of the Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom. The subsidiary is the U1 Group, better known... 

Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     27th June 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity

Omnia lifts FY18 profit by 12% y/y 

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2018 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings posted positive results for the financial year ended March 31, with group revenue having increased by 7% year-on-year to R17.37-billion, as a result of a stronger performance by the mining and chemicals divisions. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Omnia lifts FY18 profit by 12% y/y
Omnia CEO Adriaan de Lange talks about the group's profitable financial year

Deloitte expands mining industry service offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Global professional services firm Deloitte is expanding its suite of technical and strategic solutions to the mining industry, with the launch of Deloitte Technical Mining Advisory (DTMA).  

Thiess wins A$225m Nickel West contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd June 2018 ASX-listed Cimic’s mining services provider Thiess has been awarded a A$225-million contract at the Rocky’s Reward nickel mine, in Western Australia. The 34-month contract with the Nickel West division of mining major BHP, incorporated a further cutback at the Rocky’s Reward pit and works at a... 

Beadell terminates Tucano contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd June 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources and contract miner MACA have mutually terminated the openpit mining contract for the Tucano gold mine, in Brazil Beadell said on Friday that MACA and its Brazilian subsidiaries will cease mining services immediately, with mining at Tucano to be conducted by a... 

Rham Equipment wants to improve safety and efficiency using IoT

By: Donald Makhafola     22nd June 2018 South African manufacturer of specialised mining and hydraulic equipment Rham Equipment is investing in advanced technology to ease equipment maintenance, where real-time data will be measured and used to make better decisions. Rham Equipment capital sales manager Francois van der Merwe says the... 

Rham Equipment wants to improve safety and efficiency using IoT
TECHNOLOGY OBJECTIVE Rham Equipment's advanced technology will only monitor the engine and production data, but will also give feedback on machine health

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 South African materials handling equipment supplier Bell Equipment has entered the Southern Africa tipper truck market through a partnership with Russian heavy duty truck manufacturer Kamaz. The new partnership was celebrated at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, held in March, in Johannesburg, where the... 

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership
KAMAZ TRUCKS The Kamaz tipper trucks were formally introduced to the South African market at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018

Skills needed in local quarrying industry 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 The surface mining association, Aspasa, raised awareness about skills shortages in the local opencast mining and quarrying profession through a presentation delivered to an international audience of peers at the Global Aggregates Information Network (Gain) conference, in Spain, last month. Skills... 

Skills needed in local quarrying industry
NICO PIENAAR Leadership and supervision skills are needed urgently in the local quarrying industry

Expansion strategy advances local company

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Amid a shrinking South African mining market, Vereeniging-based furnaces and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies states that an extensive focus on extending its service offerings to the international market has been a key strategic success that has insulated the company... 

Expansion strategy  advances local company
MARKET VOLATILITY The volatility of the local mining market has led to heat-processing service providers moving away from the South African market

Support to ensure optimal performance

22nd June 2018 With mining operations remaining under pressure to optimise plants, original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers must be more dynamic and focused in terms of their overall market offering, says minerals beneficiation technology supplier MBE Minerals SA MD Johannes Kottmann. He says that... 

Support to ensure  optimal performance
THOROUGH MAINTENANCE MBE Minerals is capable of undertaking ongoing equipment condition monitoring, maintenance and service support

Risk-based approach to mine residue disposal can yield cost advantages – SRK

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 Stringent regulations have tightened the design standards for mining residue stockpiles and deposits, but there is still scope to apply a risk-based approach to meet requirements while potentially saving on costs, says SRK Consulting senior environmental economist and management consultant... 

New app launched for quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has launched a new application (app), the Vibration and Acoustic Calculator (VibrAc). VibrAc will assist local quarries in calculating the various elements involved in blasting and in... 

New app launched for quarrying industry
VIBRATION AND SOUND The AEL Mining Services VibrAc application is a simple tool to work out blasting parameters

Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Mining sheave wheels fabricated using the casting methodology are stronger than their welded counterparts, extending the life span of mining shafts and allowing that sheave wheels be custom-made to suit specific design and application conditions, states foundry and casting specialist KEW... 

Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels
NICHE CASTER KEW Foundries remains the only manufacturer in Africa of cast headgear sheave wheels for the mining and industrial industries

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Chromium carbide (CrC) wear solutions provider Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry, and has commissioned academic research to establish how the country... 

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector
Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Thursday that it would proceed to further develop a potential tie-up with Aveng after the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) sanctioned the outcome of an earlier shareholder vote, which approved a resolution stating that the proposed Aveng deal was not designed to... 

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Battery-driven mining vehicle solution provider Battery Power Industries (BPI) officially launched on Wednesday. The South African original-equipment manufacturer specialises in the development of battery energy systems, electrical traction systems and high-speed charging systems for underground... 

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

Queensland miners promise more jobs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th June 2018 New research by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has revealed that miners in the state were planning to increase employment on the back of a sustained lift in global commodity prices and record production. In its latest State of the Sector report, the QRC revealed that 52% of resources... 

Mining, manufacturing sectors urged to focus on local content

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 There is a close relationship between mining and manufacturing, especially in terms of the equipment that is manufactured and supplied to the mining industry, Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth said at the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel session on... 

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Shareholders in South Africa’s Murray & Roberts voted on Tuesday for the company to look into a potential tie up with construction rival Aveng, sending Aveng's shares around 25% higher. The resolution got the backing of 52.06% of votes at the Murray & Roberts' (M&R) annual shareholder meeting. 

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up
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M&R CEO Henry Laas

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Investment company ATON, which is seeking to acquire Murray & Roberts (M&R), has welcomed a Competition Tribunal ruling opening the way for it to vote all its shares at a general meeting at which M&R shareholders will vote on the merits of a proposed transaction with Aveng. The meeting is... 

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

Goodwin Africa focuses on service, holistic solutions

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 As part of enhancing its services and solutions offering, submersible slurry pumps supplier Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa has invested in several initiatives, such as a service exchange programme, new offices in Cape Town and the development of a new pumps range, says Goodwin Africa marketing... 

Goodwin Africa focuses on service, holistic solutions
INTO AFRICA Goodwin Africa, the sole subsidiary of Goodwin International, was established in South Africa in 2016 and is servicing the African market

New mine dewatering pumps, skids launched

15th June 2018 Germany-headquartered pumps manufacturer Netzsch Pumps & Systems and the company’s North American division last month introduced a new range of safe, reliable and cost efficient mine dewatering pumps and pump skids that are ideal for mines that require small and compact portable units to address... 

New mine dewatering pumps, skids launched
COMPACT AND EFFECTIVE Netzsch has introduced small and compact portable pumps and pump skids

South African pumps range proves popular as US industry ramps up

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 Centurion-based, family-owned pump solutions company Hazleton Pumps’ Hippo flameproof submersible pump range received increased interest, particularly from US coal mines, at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM) Convention in Vancouver, Canada, last month. “There were... 

South African pumps range proves popular as US industry ramps up
BIG IN THE US The Hippo flameproof submersible slurry pumps are attracting interest from US coal mines

Skills development key to reviving local pumps industry – Sapsda

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 The Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) believes that the development of skills in the local manufacturing industry will be key in reviving the South African pumps manufacturing industry and combating cheap imports. “There are currently more pumps being imported than... 

Skills development key to reviving local pumps industry – Sapsda
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SKILLS NEEDED Skills development will play a pivotal role in reviving the South African pumps manufacturing industry

Warman slurry pump celebrates 80 years of innovation

15th June 2018 Technology and services provider Weir Minerals has celebrated 80 years of innovation with the Warman slurry pump, which remains one of the most popular high wear slurry pumps on the market. In honour of the brand, Weir celebrated at the end of May, at an event in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.... 

Warman slurry pump  celebrates 80 years  of innovation
Photo by Creamer Media
GOING ON 80 The Warman pump has been one of the most popular slurry pumps since its invention in 1938

Imports challenge for pumps manufacturing, foundry industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 One of the biggest challenges for local foundries and pumps manufacturers is competition from imported products, says Kimberley-based metal castings specialist KEW Foundries. “I would say about 70% to 80% of the pumps used in South Africa are imported,” KEW Foundries operations director Jaime... 

Imports challenge for pumps manufacturing, foundry industry
Photo by Bloomberg
IN TANDEM The local pumps manufacturing industry relies on the continued operation and growth of foundries in South Africa

Virtual reality blast wall, cube providing ‘memorable’ training

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 Virtual reality (VR) solutions provider Simulated Training Solution’s (STS’s) world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre (ESTC) in Randfontein, and Murray and... 

Virtual reality blast wall, cube providing ‘memorable’ training
VIRTUAL BLAST WALL The VR blast wall was designed and developed by STS in 2015 on request of Sasol Nitrate and Glencore

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 Germiston-based pumps supplier Centex Africa has supplied 13 dewatering pumpsets, with another eight pumpsets on order, to Namibian diamond mining company Namdeb to prolong the life of the mine by ensuring the safer mining of diamonds in the ocean water lakes in Oranjemund, on the southern coast... 

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining
TIDE-TURNING The Centex Africa Cornell 12NHTB pumps need to move nearly 50-billion litres of water

Ncondezi power project in Mozambique nears JDA completion, financial close 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 The joint development agreement (JDA) for Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, is nearing completion.  

South Australian miners to buy electricity in bulk to cut power bill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th June 2018 A consortium of South Australian mining companies have awarded an eight-year supply contract to a renewable energy retailer, as part of their joint efforts to cut energy costs. The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (Sacome) in 2016 masterminded the consortium in the face of soaring... 

Teck recognised for its corporate citizenship

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has been recognised as one of the top companies in Canada for corporate citizenship by media and investment research company Corporate Knights, marking the twelfth consecutive year Teck has been named to the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada ranking.... 

Heavy rains affect production at Manica gold concession

8th June 2018 The alluvial production at the Manica gold mining concession in Mozambique for the first quarter of the year was disappointing on the back of prolonged heavy rains, although real progress was made, says diversified metals and minerals producer Xtract Resources executive chairperson Colin Bird.... 

MMEC conference outlook indicative of state of mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 The increase in international participation at the sixth edition of the Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference (MMEC) reflected the state of the Mozambique mining industry, which is an emerging market, says event organiser AME Trade. The conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and... 

MMEC conference  outlook indicative of  state of mining industry
SIXTH EDITION The Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and 26

Resources company on target for PFS completion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Diversified resources company Savannah Resources says the company is well on target to complete the Mutamba prefeasibility study (PFS) in early 2019, as stage one of the PFS is well advanced and includes a gap analysis, an options review, project planning and budget finalisation for stage two of... 

Resources company on target for PFS completion
ON TARGET The prefeasibility study assesses the Mutamba project’s potential development and the economic aspects

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project

8th June 2018 Emerging multicommodity miner Mustang Resources’ latest assay results for the Caula vanadium/graphite project in northern Mozambique continue to underpin a strong economic outlook for the project, with the miner noting that a maiden vanadium resource is due soon. Mustang Resources announced last... 

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project
HIGH-GRADE VANADIUM The latest assays indicate grades of up to 1.02% vanadium pentoxide and 24.2% total graphitic carbon

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2018 With nearly every forecast predicting higher battery use in the years ahead, especially lithium-ion batteries to power new and existing technologies, demand for its component metals may be dependent on what some title “the flavour of the month”. 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’
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IDC senior project development manager Bertie Strydom

Kibo moves into the Mozambican market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Mining has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Mozambican energy company Termoeléctrica de Benga to participate in the further assessment and potential development of the Benga independent power project, in Tete, Mozambique.  

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