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Mining Services News

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
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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

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... 

New products can improve safety, productivity
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RODNEY YOUNG Innovation is a pivotal focal point and Kelmeg invests considerably into research and development, every year

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

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