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‘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.

Manufacturing capability to underpin SA’s reindustrialisation 

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 Mining capital goods industrial cluster, the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA), funded by its members and the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), aims to harness the collective capability of South African capital equipment manufacturers for the development of a world... 

Manufacturing capability to underpin SA’s reindustrialisation
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the activities and objectives of both MEMSA and the Mandela Mining Precinct. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

W completes drilling campaign at Tarouca tungsten project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Aim-listed W Resources has completed a reverse circulation (RC) drilling campaign at its Tarouca tungsten and tin exploration licence in Portugal.  

Online submission streamlines application procedure for water licences

By: Nadine James     26th April 2018 The process for water use licence applications (WULAs) is improving as a result of an online system being put in place by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), according to SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Jacky Burke. Burke, the leader of SRK’s WULA Group, hosted a... 

Barloworld to sell Iberian equipment business, shares hit

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 Barloworld will sell its underperforming Iberian equipment business to privately-owned Italian group Tesa following a strategic review. Shares in the equipment, car rental and logistics provider fell more than 7% after Wednesday's announcement, in which Barloworld said the overall proceeds of the... 

Ncondezi reviews updated EPC, operations and maintenance proposals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Power development company Ncondezi Energy is reviewing updated proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for its integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique.  

Caterpillar ups profit outlook on doubling Q1 headline profit, record earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     24th April 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has reported record first-quarter profit as strength in many of its end-markets and a strong emphasis on cost control boosted margins. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company reported adjusted profit of $2.82 a share – up 120%... 

Caterpillar ups profit outlook on doubling Q1 headline profit, record earnings

Aton’s wooing of M&R shareholders continues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2018 As it continues to seek support from Murray & Roberts (M&R) shareholders for its R15 a share buyout offer, German investment company Aton on Tuesday released salient information related to its buyout offer to address “stakeholder concerns”.  

SA to remain among top nickel producers

By: Victor Moolman     20th April 2018 Market research company BMI Research forecasts that South Africa will remain among the top ten nickel producers in the world, with an estimated 49 500 t expected to be produced this year. South Africa has several nickel-producing mines, with one of the largest being the Nkomati mine, in... 

SA to remain among  top nickel producers
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SOUTH AFRICAN GROWTH New nickel mining projects that are under way will boost South Africa’s nickel production

Positive growth for African copper industry expected

By: Victor Moolman     20th April 2018 Market research firm BMI Research (BMI), a member of the Fitch Group, predicts positive production growth for the copper mining industry and in copper mine project development across Africa in its copper market research report ‘Global Industry Overview’, released last month. BMI commodities... 

Positive growth for African copper industry expected
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COPPER POTENTIAL The Prieska zinc-copper project in South Africa shows continued growth

Companies reach shaft sinking milestones

20th April 2018 Multinational mining company Turquoise Hill Resources’ Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine in Mongolia, has achieved significant underground development milestones with the completed sinking of two shafts this year. The Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest new copper/gold mines, is located in the South... 

Companies reach shaft sinking milestones
ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world's largest new copper/gold mines and is located in the South Gobi region of Mongolia

Hoisting mechanism offers increased productivity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2018 Engineering, equipment and service solutions supplier FLSmidth has developed an “innovative” skip discharging mechanism for vertical mine shafts – an alternative solution that can increase hoisting capacity and reduce hoisting duty cycles as well as maintenance time and costs, FLSmidth commercial... 

Hoisting mechanism offers increased productivity
NEW SOLUTION FLSmidth’s Crank Dump Type Mechanism is advantageous for mines that seek to increase hoisting capacity

Chemical ore separation market now expanding

20th April 2018 While the company’s historic market for the supply of chemicals to separate orebodies comprises mainly the Central Africa Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the market is expanding in terms of geography and mineral range, says mining reagent specialist Axis House MD Trevor... 

Mining equipment supplier Weir buys US market leader Esco in $1.3bn tie-up

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 UK-based mining equipment dealer Weir has signed a binding $1.29-billion accord to buy Portland, Oregon-based Esco – a local market leader in the mining, construction and industrial markets. "We are acquiring a high-quality business at the right time, with the market in the early stages of its... 

Mining equipment supplier Weir buys US market leader Esco in $1.3bn tie-up

Further tariff increases would exacerbate Eskom’s death spiral – EIUG 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa, whose members account for about 40% of electrical energy consumed in the country, has warned that increases to electricity tariffs will exacerbate State-owned power utility Eskom’s “death spiral”. The EIUG is participating in the National... 

PIC rejects Aton's takeover offer for M&R

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the second-biggest shareholder in Murray & Roberts (M&R), said on Monday it had rejected an offer by Germany's Aton to acquire the engineering and construction firm. M&R's biggest shareholder German investor Lutz Helmig's Aton, which owns more... 

Mining regulation changes in sub-Saharan Africa will continue to fuel uncertainty – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Changes to the mining regulations in various markets across sub-Saharan Africa will continue to fuel uncertainty among investors and pose downside risks to forecasts in the region, says market researcher BMI Research. Internal political and economic considerations, as well as a more favourable... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

DMR welcomes mineral production increase

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Friday welcomed the year-on-year increase in mineral production in February, on the back of higher commodity prices.  Data released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday shows that mineral production increased by 3.1% year-on-year, with diamonds,... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle vital issues

13th April 2018 The upcoming tenth West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit and Expo will showcase the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in these regions, as well as explore the challenges facing mining in the region, with speakers that will cover various topics that have significant impact on... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle  vital issues
PRESSING MATTERS The West and Central African Mining Summit and Expo will discuss the most pressing issues facing mining in the region

Local services provider offers long-term services in Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Leading turnkey furnace and industrial services provider the Dickinson Group aims to secure more long-term contracts in the outsourced mining services industry in Africa in 2018. According to Dickinson Group sales manager Brighton Mapiku, the company is working on completing three major... 

Local services provider offers long-term services in Africa
EXPANSION STRATEGY The Dickinson Group’s expansion strategy will continue to propel its growth across the continent

Services provider targets sub-Sahara

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Dubai-based remote site construction and services provider RA International (RA) aims to introduce its broad service-offering to the sub-Saharan Africa mining industry. The company aims to provide a variety of packaged solutions, such as turnkey accommodation, facilities maintenance, plant and... 

Services provider targets sub-Sahara
TAILORED SERVICES RA International’s site analysis allows for service delivery tailored for the African region

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

West African mining industry  rising despite challenges
WEST AFRICA RISING West Africa’s diverse mineral resources, increasing political stability and relatively low entry costs are ideal conditions for mining investment

Software, digitalisation to enhance mining productivity, efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th April 2018 Amid the recent economic downturn, with the global mining industry having to deal with volatile commodity prices, as well as the increasing need to improve operational efficiencies and address safety concerns, mining software solutions provider MICROMINE global marketing manager Kate Gilbey... 

Software, digitalisation to enhance mining productivity, efficiency
INCREASING AWARENESS Mining companies recognise the need to improve their processes to increase productivity and output and, ultimately, realise a healthier bottom line

EY launches new team in Natural Resources segment

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 Assurance and advisory firm EY in Africa, has incorporated a new Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) technical team into its Natural Resources segment. The team includes a century’s worth of combined mining and oil and gas expertise and combines “deep sector expertise and economic competence” to... 

Services demand in Africa rising

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Over the past two years, local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi has registered a rise in demand of between 20% and 30% for its service offering across Africa. The demand can mostly be attributed to the openpit operations across South Africa and Africa, but also to openpit operations... 

Services demand in Africa rising
SERVICES DEMAND Ukwazi has a pipeline of clients requesting additional services, mostly in the Southern Africa region

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 While there is no doubt that conglomerate gold has been discovered in the Pilbara, the broader understanding of this style of gold mineralisation in the Pilbara remains incomplete, and therefore any comparisons with the Witwatersrand (Wits) Basin are premature, states SRK Consulting geologist... 

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

Remote sensing increasingly being used in mining to monitor water

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 It is becoming increasingly important for mines to stay up-to-date with the latest monitoring technology to ensure water resources are efficiently monitored on site, both from a water management point of view and from a compliance and legislative point of view, says SRK principal hydrologist... 

Mantashe to open first KwaZulu-Natal Mining Summit

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 The first KwaZulu-Natal Mining Summit will be held on April 18 and will officially be opened by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. The summit, which will be held at Blackrock Garden Court, in Newcastle, is aimed at ensuring a more rapid inclusion of black Africans and emerging... 

Komatsu sales growth to slow as miners avoid new equipment buys

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Japanese machine maker Komatsu expects revenue growth from mining to slow as a surge in demand for equipment maintenance fades while miners remain wary of large new investments, an executive at the company said on Wednesday. Miners were forced to curb spending by a collapse in commodities prices... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America
Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer discusses the North America smelting market. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy has made significant progress with exploiting the commercial opportunity of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) technology within the energy storage market in the first quarter of this year.  

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Aton makes formal offer to M&R shareholders

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 German family-owned business Aton has made a formal offer to Murray & Roberts (M&R) shareholders to acquire all shares in M&R at R15 a share. The company on Tuesday said it had already acquired a further 3.1% stake in M&R from a top ten shareholder and that it will soon buy a further 6.5%... 

Engineering firm to launch raise mining offering for Africa

6th April 2018 Mining contracting and engineering firm Redpath Mining Africa, in partnership with Redpath Mining Australia, is gearing up to launch a new raise mining offering and adding the new Redbore 65 raise drill to its fleet of Raisebore drilling equipment in Africa from the fourth quarter of this year.... 

Engineering firm to launch raise mining  offering for Africa
RAISEBORE EQUIPMENT Redpath's new Redbore 65 raise drill is expected in Africa by the fourth quarter of 2018

Mobile communication boosts work milieu in deep-level mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 With deep-level mineworkers exposed to hazardous environments on a daily basis, companies need to improve their communication and planning to reduce the number of fatalities in the industry, says employee engagement company Wyzetalk CEO Gys Kappers. "Enhancing stakeholders' engagement through... 

Mobile communication boosts work milieu in deep-level mines
GYS KAPPERS Enhancing stakeholders' engagement through more frequent communication will go a long way towards improving health and safety measures in mines

First phase at platinum mine project completed

6th April 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons RSA in December completed the first phase of platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum's R10.7-billion Bakubung platinum mine project near Rustenburg in the North West. Wesizwe Platinum officially launched its flagship Bakubung... 

First phase at platinum mine project completed
DEEP LEVEL Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine project production shaft headgear

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