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Mining Services News

Technical innovation receives industry thumbs up

6th April 2018 Consulting firm Mira Geoscience received the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) Outstanding Achievement in Commercialisation award for a technical innovation and commercial sale that is quickly becoming the industry’s most comprehensive and advanced geotechnical data management and hazard... 

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 Advancing and applying smart technology is improving miners' ability to delineate geological structures more accurately, which is important because a key aspect that affects safety in the sector is the variability of rock mass characteristics over time and space, says consulting engineers and... 

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines
WILLIAM JOUGHIN SRK Consulting is collaborating with the Australian Centre for Geomechanics to develop apps to manage seismic hazards that are dangerous for deep-level mines

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 The MT3500X/NX and MT950 ultralow-profile (ULP) machines designed and developed by mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group can facilitate mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels. "This is the... 

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme
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DANIE BURGER CMTI Group has embarked on a fundraising round that will close during the first quarter of this year to satisfy growth and the significant demand for South African mechanised-mining solutions

BME launches new emulsion brand, eyeing North American market

By: Nadine James     6th April 2018 After three decades of advancement in its emulsion offerings, South Africa-based explosives leader BME is subsuming its well-known brands such as HEF, and Megapump under the name of Innovex. According to BME ammonium nitrate-based products, equipment and services product manager Dr Rakhi Pathak,... 

Digital tools deliver transparency, control to deep-level mining

6th April 2018 To deliver transparency and control to deep-level and other mining operations, global supplier of engineering and mining equipment Sandvik has developed the next generation of service offering from Optimine, OptiMine Analytics, which can  transform data into process improvements through... 

Digital tools deliver transparency, control  to deep-level mining
VERSATILE IMPROVEMENT Mining companies can reduce costs, increase productivity, improve safety and make smarter decisions using predictive insights

Bushveld’s Lemur progressing Madagascar coal and power project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Bushveld Minerals on Thursday provided an operational update regarding its coal and energy subsidiary Lemur Holdings, stating that the bankable feasibility study for the integrated thermal coal mining and independent power project, in Madagascar, is progressing.  

Bushveld’s Lemur progressing Madagascar coal and power project
Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati

Botswana approves drilling at Metal Tiger, MOD’s T3 Dome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 Botswana’s Department of Environmental Affairs has approved the environmental management plan (EMP) for a drilling campaign to test numerous high-priority targets along the T3 project’s 50-km-long T3 Dome.  

CoM enlists services of Deloitte Tip-Offs Anonymous to combat fraud

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has enlisted the services of a globally-recognised anonymous reporting channel for unethical behaviour in the workplace, Deloitte Tip-Offs Anonymous. The reporting channel, the CoM said on Tuesday, is the most effective source of information to combat fraud. 

Platinum mine rope attachments’ installation completed

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 The installation of winding rope attachments for man-and-materials shaft winders at a platinum mine on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, has recently been completed, says mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa (SA) GM Tom Searle. Becker Mining SA was... 

Platinum mine rope attachments’ installation completed
WINDING ROPE ATTACHMENTS All Becker Mining rope attachments are designed to conform to statutory requirements

Legislative amendments call for suitable PDS solutions

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Educating the local mining industry on the correct application of and legislative requirements regarding pedestrian detection system (PDS) solutions is a priority, given the pending implementation of stricter safety regulations, says mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics. Chapter 8 of... 

Legislative amendments call for suitable  PDS solutions
PROXIMITY DETECTION Moving machinery incidents were the cause of 12 deaths in 2017 and to date three this year

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Negative investor sentiment in the mining sector over the past four years has slowed the local mining industry’s adoption of a new suspended underground mining transportation system, designed by South African transportation system solutions provider Futran Holdings. Futran Holdings, the developer... 

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle
SUSPENDED TRANSPORTATION Futran Holdings has developed the Futran OreVeyor suspended underground mining transportation system

Preventive maintenance project for remote site facilities under way

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Mass accommodation product supplier Ascot Site Solutions will provide preventative maintenance on current and future equipment at a project on a remote copper mine site, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

Preventive maintenance project for remote site facilities under way
RHETT BELLAMY It is our goal to make sure clients don’t suffer through endless breakdowns

Hydrocyclone improves recovery, optimises processing

By: Nadine James     30th March 2018 Depleting ore grades and rising energy costs are creating new challenges for minerals processing, in response, Metso introduced MHC Series Hydrocyclone. The solution, although officially launched in 2016, is currently being trialled at a copper porphyry mine in the US. Metso Africa and Middle... 

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised  

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Underground rail infrastructure at South African mines is not operating at its full potential, predominantly owing to poor track-system choices and a lack of critical maintenance, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa technical director of rail transport and... 

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised
Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa discusses the state of underground rail transportation in South Africa’s mines. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Innovative mobile toilet solutions suit mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Cape Town-based premier mobile ablutions and toilets supplier Absolute Ablutions is offering the mining industry an innovative range of toilets, providing the most effective and affordable sanitation for remote mining sites. A variety of high-quality toilet units, including basic non-flush,... 

Innovative mobile toilet solutions suit mining industry
COMPACT UNIT Absolute Ablutions’ units cater to the various requirements of the mining industry

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 An historical mining area, now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin in the central Rand Goldfield, immediately south-west of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining solutions and... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

Queensland ban on 100% Fifo ops comes into effect at month-end

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2018 Queensland’s Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act will come into force at the end of March, prohibiting large resource projects from having a 100% fly-in, fly-out (Fifo) workforce. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick said on... 

Ghana positioned to be regional hub for upstream products in the mineral value chain

By: Anine Kilian     28th March 2018 Ghana’s economic landscape has been shaped by the mining sector and, while mineral extraction has contributed to the country’s development path, the extent to which the country has tapped its mineral potential has remained limited. As interest in the country’s mineral sector grows, it is expected... 

M&R board labels Aton offer 'opportunistic'

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) independent board review has concluded that German investment holdings company Aton's planned offer of R15 a share is “opportunistic” and that Aton is unlikely to successfully delist M&R after the takeover. M&R reported on Tuesday that Aton’s proposed cash... 

Increasing mining services in Africa key to industry's long-term sustainability

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2018 Increasing the demand for mining goods and services is necessary to grow this industry in Africa, Southern African Development Community (SADC) industrialisation adviser Seth Akweshie said on Tuesday. Most inland developments in Africa have been established owing to nearby mining activities, he... 

Increasing mining services in Africa key to industry's long-term sustainability
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
SADC industrialisation adviser Seth Akweshie

Effective supply chains give mines a competitive advantage

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2018 Effective procurement and supply chains can be a key competitive advantage for mining businesses operating in Africa, CGC Consulting Services CEO Clive Govender said at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. “A good supply chain is key for reducing poverty,... 

Cimic wins BHP coal contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th March 2018 Project house Cimic on Monday reported that its mining services arm, Thiess, had been awarded an A$185-million contract from mining major BHP at the Mount Arthur coal project, in the Hunter Valley. The 15-month contract extends the scope of Thiess’ work at the project from load and haul... 

Beowulf releases Finland graphite drilling results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Aim-listed exploration and development company Beowulf on Friday announced the preliminary drilling results for its latest drilling campaign at its Aitolampi graphite project in Finland.  

Beowulf releases Finland graphite drilling results
Photo by Bloomberg
Beowulf Mining is drilling for graphite at its Aitolampi project in Finland

Mining Charter must ensure radical transformation, inclusive growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 In light of the Mining Charter III currently under review by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and various stakeholders including mining houses, Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation Advisory (SSC Advisory) believes an ideal outcome would be for the charter to focus on radical... 

Mining Charter must ensure radical transformation, inclusive growth
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SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT Community problems cannot be solved by a one-size-fits-all, blanket approach – every mine and community is unique

Company starts offering advisory services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Following the realisation that their mining clients often need advisory services with regard to technical or operational issues at a cost-effective rate, mining services and solutions provider Dickinson Group began offering advisory services to the industry in November.  

Company starts offering advisory services
ADVISORY ADDED Dickinson Group provides refractory and a range of smelter services to the mining industry, as well as advisory, aimed at improving efficiencies

HRB technology, advantages drilled out at SANCOT talk

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 JSE-listed raiseboring and drilling services provider Master Drilling featured its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology and its advantages for mechanised mining at the latest South African National Committee on Tunnelling (SANCOT) breakfast, held in Woodmead last month. Master Drilling... 

HRB technology, advantages  drilled out at SANCOT talk
INNOVATIVE TUNNELLING Master Drilling was involved in the boring and excavation of a 180-m-long horizontal tunnel at Cullinan mine, in Gauteng

Polymer bushings find favour in mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 Specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings has been supplying bushings made from the polymer Hitemp 150 for use in rock drills, significantly improving their wear life, and reducing their replacement intervals. Hitemp 150 was developed about 20 years ago and is an internally lubricated... 

Polymer bushings find favour in mining
QUALITY BUSHINGS The Hitemp 150 bushings have to be replaced only three to four times a year

Sustainable management of risks gains traction

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Amid a range of land contamination issues in South Africa, mining houses are increasingly adapting their operations to be more holistic to curb environmental risks and create meaningful value for local stakeholders while achieving their objectives. Engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Sustainable management  of risks gains traction
HAZARDOUS The impacts of land contamination can be significant and widespread for mine operations, leading to high costs

Advisory firm recommends inclusive economic growth to facilitate transformation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 International investment in the South African mining industry remains a key factor in the development of the country’s mineral resources. Consequently, one of the challenges in the proposed amendments to the mining charter scorecard relates to the ownership structures and the limited capacity of... 

Provider ensures sustainability in CO2-intensive industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 With a high carbon footprint characterising the global cement industry, supplier of construction materials and technical solutions AfriSam is continuously advancing sustainable practices to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in mining operations and cement manufacturing processes, and has... 

Provider ensures sustainability in CO2-intensive industry
QUARRYING FAVOUR To mine limestone in the ecologically sensitive Saldanha Vredenburg area, AfriSam is placing more than 150 ha of this property into environmental status

Deloitte launches Intelligent Mining Solution to encourage digital transformation

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2018 Advisory firm Deloitte has launched an Intelligent Mining Solution that illustrates how digital transformation in mining can address legacy industry challenges, improve safety and enable the required step change in performance. Deloitte collaborated with several technology business partners to... 

Civil society organisations oppose coal IPP generation licence applications

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Civil society organisations will use next week’s public hearings into the generation licence applications for the Thabametsi and Khanyisa power station projects to raise their objections to the new coal-fired power stations that private developers plan to build in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Life... 

Geographical diversification bodes well for South Africa’s Master Drilling

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 South Africa-based raisebore driller Master Drilling’s expansion into new markets, particularly its recent entry into India and Australia, should stand it in good stead to benefit from a global uptick in the commodity cycle. The JSE-listed company in November announced its entry into the Indian... 

Classic finds ore solution in WA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2018 ASX-listed Classic Minerals has inked a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the treatment of ore from its Forrestania gold project, in Western Australia. The MoU, signed with Tianye SXO Gold Mining, allows for monthly parcels of between 20 000 t and 30 000 t for a 36-month period,... 

15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold's Essakane gold mine. 

Bell Equipment delivers significantly better results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has delivered significantly improved results in 2017, with profit rising to R272.1-million, from R38.6-million in 2016 when the company recorded operating losses of R185-million from its African operations outside South Africa.  

TNG signs co-op agreement with contractors

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th March 2018 ASX-listed TNG has inked a cooperation agreement with contractors McMahon Services and Clough Projects to provide construction services for the Mount Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. The agreement will see McMahon and Clough joint venture (JV) to review the Mt... 

Stringent regulations may impede coal industry growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While key challenges facing the coal mining industry make the future of coal in South Africa uncertain, when considering the weight of coal in South Africa's energy mix, the coal mining industry is likely to remain an important one, says credit insurer Coface group economist Ruben Nizard. South... 

Stringent regulations may  impede coal industry growth
RUBEN NIZARD The environmental regulations worldwide could have an impact on coal exports

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