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Increased exploration spend boosts services demand

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Mining activities and the number of exploration projects in Australia have been steadily increasing since 2017, and this has, subsequently, resulted in an increased demand for South African airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air’s services, says Spectrem Air GM Louis Polomé.... 

Combined actuator process more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 Flow control supplier Rotork Africa has aligned two of its leading valve and damper products to maximise cost savings for maintenance applications. The Rotork Skilmatic electric valve actuator, made specifically for the mining and petrochemicals industries, has been integrated with the Rotork... 

Combined actuator  process more cost effective
SKILLFUL MONITORING The Skilmatic actuator is effectively integrated to monitor performance and maximize safety

IDC facilitates empowerment initiative in valves sector

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 Through an initiative funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), valve manufacturer Ainsworth Engineering and its sister company United Valve Company (UVC) will, under new ownership, be upgraded to Level 1 broad-based black economic-empowerment status. The initiative, in its final... 

IDC facilitates empowerment  initiative in valves sector
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Ainsworth Engineering and United Valve Company will continue to support each other under new ownership

New-configuration valve creates export potential

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak has placed an order for about 30 redesigned FK industrial butterfly valves (FK d90) from its Italy-based supplier Formatura Iniezione Polimeri (FIP) Valves, with first shipment expected later this year. The valves will be added to the... 

New-configuration valve creates  export potential
THE MORE THE MERRIER The new hole configuration of the FK d90 industrial butterfly valve allows for better placement

Unisa, Mintek officially launch shared imaging facility

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 The University of South Africa (Unisa) and Mintek officially launched their shared Materials Imaging Laboratory, and specifically their recent acquisition of an X-ray microscope (XRM), which enables both institutions to carry out advanced mineral and material research. In 2017, Unisa and Mintek... 

Greenfield exploration essential to Australia

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Greenfield exploration expenditure in Australia has declined in absolute terms and as a share of total exploration expenditure over the past decade; this must be reversed to attract greater mining investment and continue receiving the economic benefits derived from mining, says association for... 

Greenfield exploration essential to Australia
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MINING LIMITATION Australia's mining sector is constrained by over-regulation, red tape and duplicated environmental laws across most jurisdictions

Barloworld Equipment launches next-generation excavators in the Southern African market

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Southern African dealer for Cat earthmoving equipment Barloworld Equipment officially launched three new Cat excavator models – the 320, 320GC and 323 – at an event held at the Nasrec Exhibition Centre, last week. All three boast increased operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs as... 

Barloworld Equipment launches next-generation  excavators in the Southern African market
CAT 323 Delivering high production performance, the new Cat 323 boasts standard integrated Cat Connect Technology and the most power and lift capacity in the line

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid  major spills in mining and other sectors

Solidarity says achieves victory for former Aurora employees, albeit 'hollow'

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 About 300 of the 5 300 former employees of Aurora Empowerment Systems will begin to receive partial payments, which form part of overdue salaries, this week, after an eight-year legal battle against former Aurora directors, trade union Solidarity said on Monday. This follows after Aurora... 

Orion starts drilling at high conductance target at Rok Optel

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Drilling has started on a high conductance target at ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ Rok Optel nickel/copper target on the Namaqua and Disawell mineral rights in the Areachap Belt, in South Africa. “Our first intersection at Rok Optel demonstrated that geological conditions exist for the... 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 State-owned Eskom expects it will take up to 30 days for the power system to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action, which interrupted continuous processes at the power stations. During the 30-day recovery period, the risk of load-shedding remains high, it warned on Friday. 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high

Erudite adopts a fresh approach to transformation 

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 Becoming a sustainable and relevant mining industry service provider requires a genuine effort to meet and address issues of localisation and transformation, while fostering local partnerships to develop extractive projects in African countries, suggests engineering, procurement and construction... 

Erudite adopts a fresh approach to transformation
Erudite chairperson Vince Raseroka and CE Johann de Bruin discuss the need for an African-focused EPCM mining services provider. Video: Darlene Creamer; Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Ironbark finds contractor for Citronen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2018 Base metals hopeful Ironbark Zinc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with mining contractor Byrnecut Offshore over the Citronen zinc/lead project, in Greenland. The two companies will now work on a commercial agreement for underground contract mining services, underground mine cost... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed

New drilling fleet to launch all-women crew

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond will acquire a new fleet of fully remote controlled drills, which it will use as an opportunity to bring more women into the mining drilling arena by assembling its first ever all-women drilling crew, Rosond operations director Ricardo Cravo... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2018 The protracted tussle for control of Murray & Roberts (M&R) took yet another turn this week, after the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) overturned a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP), allowing M&R to continue with preparations for a potential combination with Aveng, despite the... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov
Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the company's mission to address Africa's electricity shortage through cost effective storage and vanadium applications for Africa-specific solutions. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Sedgman wins Boikarabelo contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st August 2018 ASX-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has executed three separate contracts for its Boikarabelo coal mine, in South Africa. Project house CIMIC on Wednesday announced that its mineral processing company Sedgman had been awarded the design, engineering procurement and construction contract for... 

Kibo to raise £500 000 for Botswana, Mozambique projects; shareholders approve name change

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Mining has received commitments from an Ireland-based Investment Fund to raise £500 000 through a placing of just over 9.5-million ordinary shares in Kibo of par value at €0.015 at a placing price of 5.25p a share. The funds from the placing will go towards general working... 

Iron-ore processing requires stronger equipment

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 Materials handling wear solutions company Rio-Carb’s turnkey liner solutions are “ideal” for reducing the regular and costly maintenance required by iron-ore processing facilities, says Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd. He tells Mining Weekly that iron-ore is particularly demanding on processing... 

Iron-ore processing requires stronger equipment
ABRASIVE MATERIALS Rio-Carb’s range of Chromium Carbide liners is suited to handle abrasive materials such as iron-ore

BME expands into US market

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 South African explosives leader BME has further enhanced its international footprint by supplying its market leading AXXIS electronic detonators to customers in the US. In a statement last week, BME MD Joe Keenan noted that the company is already active with shipments of AXXIS detonators to... 

BME expands  into US market
JOE KEENAN The powerful features of the AXXIS system and its user-friendly interface are going to prove attractive to this new market

Crushtec joins forces with training firm to develop skills for screening industry

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 Crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International (PCI) and training provider Opsmin Training Services South Africa are collaborating to provide an accredited training programme aimed at achieving a new, professional dimension for the screening industry, PCI announced earlier this... 

Crushtec joins forces with training firm to develop skills  for screening industry
CREATING PROFESSIONALS Original-equipment manufacturers previously offered crushing and screening training which, while useful from an operational perspective, has no professional standing

Company meets stringent fire and explosives safety requirements

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The increasing demand for strict fire and explosion protection in the hazardous areas of mining has led specialist manufacturer and designer of flameproof diesel engine systems Elgin Flameproofing to introduce the new Elgin 112TR tow tractor model for underground coal mining applications. The... 

Company meets stringent fire and explosives  safety requirements
MODIFIED The newly modified Elgin 112TR flameproofed tractor was officially launched in May

Lack of investment stymies SA coal producers

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 A lack of investment is hindering the South African coal industry’s ability to capitalise on a period of relatively stable demand for thermal and metallurgical coal locally and abroad, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. The local coal industry is experiencing a challenging... 

Lack of investment stymies SA coal producers

SA needs passive fire protection

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Safety in mining is a high priority in South Africa, and the country needs to adopt stricter regulations regarding passive fire protection systems, says global technologies company Hilti South Africa mining, business development manager Hector Cerdio. More awareness should also be created... 

SA needs passive fire protection
FIRESTOP BARRIER Hilti South Africa was awarded new contracts this year to provide passive fire protection solutions, including the firestop, for several South African mining majors

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system

27th July 2018 Mining contractors are under pressure from mining companies to have their machines fitted with fire prevention systems, says Southern African distributor of Swedish company Fogmaker International's water-mist fire protection system, Fogmaker South Africa MD John Russell. “When it comes to... 

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system
PREFERRED TECHNOLOGY Fogmaker's triple action fire-suppression system uses high-pressure water mist to suppress fire and cools down compartments to prevent reignition

AECI achieves strong H1 performance

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 JSE-listed AECI on Wednesday reported positive financial results for the six months ended June 30. Together with contributions from the acquisitions of Schirm and Much Asphalt in February and April respectively, AECI increased its revenue by 24% to R10.47-billion and profit from operations by 35%... 

Qld govt invests in mining center

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th July 2018 The Queensland government will fund A$3.6-million to The Mackay Resources Center of Excellence, which will feature a simulated underground coal mine for training and research purposes. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Mackay... 

Amur, GEFCO to collaborate on logistics, supply chain solutions at Kun-Manie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Aim-listed nickel/copper explorer Amur Minerals has entered into a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with global supply chain solutions expert GEFCO to address Amur’s rail and shipping transport requirements for project construction, operational supply support and saleable product delivery to the... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     20th July 2018 Following Germiston-based investment company iSipho Capital Holdings’ acquisition of 90% of Boksburg-based hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer Anderson & Kerr Engineering in 2017, the hydraulic manufacturer will actively focus on client and market expansion to increase turnover, market footprint... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets
SIPHO MDANDA Anderson & Kerr Engineering is working towards becoming a world class manufacturer

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times

20th July 2018 Kempton Park-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Hytec Engineering, which is part of the Hytec Group, has enhanced its service offering this year by purchasing four additional computer numerical control (CNC) machines to increase quality improvements and lower cylinder downtime with the... 

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times
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REDUCING TURNAROUND Hytec Engineering is taking steps to reduce turnaround time for clients

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones

20th July 2018 Three of Swiss mining and construction manufacturer Liebherr Group’s hydraulic excavators have been provided to the mining industry for up to 18 years. The R 9100, R 996B and the R 9350 have been available for between five and 18 years. The current range of Liebherr Mining hydraulic excavators... 

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones
PROVIDING SOLUTIONS Liebherr Group has been providing excavator solutions to the mining industry for more than 18 years

New crawler excavator available to local market

20th July 2018 The new, robust Hyundai R260LC-9S crawler excavator from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai Earthmoving Equipment is now available and has been introduced to the Southern African market, says Hyundai Construction Equipment distributor HPE Africa. The R260LC-9S crawler excavator is... 

New crawler excavator available  to local market
NEW STOCK HPE Africa imported the Hyundai R260LC-9S crawler excavator for the first time and received the stock in March 2018

Sedibeng Iron Ore DMS plant to feature industry 4.0 technologies

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 ELB Engineering Services is excited to be involved in the construction and digitalisation of the 200 t/h dense media separation (DMS) plant at Sedibeng Iron Ore, near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape, says CEO, Dr Stephen Meijers. Meijers explains that the project aims to incorporate Industry 4.0... 

Sedibeng Iron Ore DMS plant to feature industry 4.0 technologies
Photo by Creamer Media
STEPHEN MEIJERS The Sedibeng digitalisation project is split into three phases, ELB is currently progressing through Phase 1

Lawyer not ‘distressed’ by possibility of Mining Charter being finalised in October

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 The successful two-day Mining Summit – proposed by Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe previously – provided a platform for stakeholders to voice their concerns during, substantive discussions on nearly all aspects of the revised Mining Charter, says Hogan Lovells partner and mining head... 

Lawyer not ‘distressed’ by possibility of Mining Charter  being finalised in October
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WARREN BEECH The summit, and what has resulted from it, has resulted in a different, more positive, scenario

Construction project boosts services demand

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering service provider TDS Projects Construction has secured an integrated construction project, which has significantly boosted the company’s order book and the demand for construction services in the local mining sector. In June, TDS was awarded two distinct, but... 

Construction project boosts services demand
PROJECT OFFTAKE The Matla project is expected to start in September this year

Kibo’s Mbeya special mining licence submissions in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Following the submission of Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining’s local content plan (LCP) and integrity pledge (IP) to the Mining Commission – a constituent of the Tanzania Ministry of Mines – within the next two weeks, the authority will be ready to consider Kibo’s application for a special mining... 

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating “a huge wave” in Africa, as smart connected devices are being deployed at mines, there is further potential for smart devices and IoT to positively impact on mining operations in Africa, says pan-African law conglomerate Centurion Law Group CEO NJ... 

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness
Photo by Creamer Media
NEW TECHNOLOGY African mines can implement the Internet of Things to improve efficiencies and increase their competitiveness

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