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Bushveld increases indirect interest in Vametco to 75%

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has increased its indirect beneficial interest in Vametco Alloys to 75%, from 59.1%, through the acquisition of Sojitz Noble Alloys’ 21.22% interest in Vametco’s intermediate holding company Strategic Minerals Corporation (SMC), for $20-million. Following completion... 

Sandvik launches Leopard DI650i drill rig

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2018 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering, with the introduction of the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The drill was unveiled to the market for the first time at Electra Mining Africa, being held this week at the Nasrec Expo... 

Sandvik launches Leopard DI650i drill rig
Photo by Nadine James
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s Leopard DI650i drill rig

Collaborative conversation between govt, stakeholders needed to drive mining industry transformation 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 Turning around the fortunes of South Africa's mining industry will require greater collaboration between industry stakeholders, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director Yusuf Timol said on Tuesday. Speaking at a presentation hosted by the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa... 

Ausenco leads the charge to address slurry pipeline failure rates

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2018 Consulting, engineering and project delivery firm Ausenco has organised the first, focused pipeline user’s symposium, to be held in Santiago, Chile, at the end of October, to discuss a framework to address the high mean failure rate of slurry pipelines. Ausenco VP for pipeline consulting, JP... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2018 Despite low economic growth in the six months to June 30, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) achieved double-digit growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 104c, representing an increase of 11.5% from the HEPS of 93.3c recorded for the six months to June 30, 2017. Referring to the... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment
African Oxygen (Afrox) MD Schalk Venter speaks to Engineering News Online about the company’s interim results, and upcoming investment plans. Video & Editing: Darlene Creamer

Thiess wins Nickel West contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2018 Mining services provider Thiess has been awarded a A$190-million underground mining contract for the Leinster project, in Western Australia, from BHP’s Nickel West division. The contract would span a minimum of 24 months, and will include the provision of a full range of underground mining... 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Embattled construction group Aveng expects to finalise the disposal of all noncore businesses by June 2019. Following a strategic review, the JSE-listed company identified Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Aveng Manufacturing, as well as certain properties and other assets, for sale. 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies has been appointed as an agent for Danish chemical industry company Haldor Topsoe in Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dickinson Group will promote, sell and strategically warehouse... 

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering
HANDLING THE LOAD Dickinson Group's state-of-the-art heavy duty vacuum truck is used for catalyst handling

Peru processing facility acquired

7th September 2018 Mineral resources company Inca One Gold has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire full ownership of Anthem United, which owns 90.14% interest in the 350 t/d Koricancha ore processing facility in Peru, from miner Equinox Gold. Koricancha is located about 50 km from Inca One’s ore... 

Peru processing facility acquired
OPERATING EFFICIENCY Koricancha is a custom-built, fully operational, industrial gold ore processing facility, featuring a carbon-in-leach gold circuit

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry

7th September 2018 Mining equipment specialist Osborn Engineered Services has secured an R8.5-million order to supply a range of its high-quality machines to a new manganese mine in the Northern Cape. Osborn product sales manager Francois Scott says that this order and the region are significant for Osborn. The... 

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry
MANGANESE OPERATION Osborn Engineered Services will supply new machines to a new operation in the Northern Cape

Manufacturer first to undergo SABS local content verification

7th September 2018 South African mineral processing equipment manufacturer Multotec has taken the step of having its local content verified by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in line with the requirements of the 2018 draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Mineral... 

Manufacturer first to undergo SABS local content verification
PANNELLING THE COMPETITION Multotec is a specialist in polyurethane, rubber and wedge wire screen panels

Mooted MPRDA Amendment Bill withdrawal an indication govt wants to end regulatory uncertainty, says lawyer

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s recommendation to withdraw the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill is likely because government wants to remove regulatory uncertainty affecting the mining sector, and in so doing, foster a more attractive investor... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous recovery of mining sector – govt urged

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM is well-poised to make inroads into the mining industry, says AECOM Africa strategy and growth director Fadzai Nyamasve. She tells Mining Weekly that  although there  is still uncertainty in the market regarding the Mining Charter, AECOM expects... 

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous  recovery of mining sector – govt urged
FADZAI NYAMASVE Regulatory uncertainty is being addressed and there is a deliberate campaign to attract investors, so the pressing challenge is ensuring the industry recovers in a timeous manner

Platinum miner starts construction of SO2 abatement project

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Construction of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) sulphur dioxide (SO2) abatement project at its Polokwane smelter, in Limpopo, has started. Amplats will implement new wet sulphuric acid (WSA) technology at the smelter, which the company predicts will ultimately reduce SO2... 

Platinum miner starts  construction of SO2  abatement project
TURNING THE TIDE Hatch Africa MD Welekazi Cele, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith and Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha at the sod-turning ceremony

DMR Limpopo office reopened following two-month closure

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) confirmed on Thursday that it had reopened its regional office in Limpopo, following a two-month shutdown. The Limpopo regional office was closed on June 25 as an “urgent intervention” after staff were allegedly threatened and a bullet was allegedly sent... 

MC Mining to negotiate EPC package with Chinese group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2018 Coal miner MC Mining has signed heads of agreements with Chinese construction group China Railway International Group (CRIG) to negotiate an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Makhado project, in Limpopo. Under the terms of the agreements, MC Mining and CRIG will... 

Early adoption of Mining Charter supplier requirements will be a competitive advantage – lawyer

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 Being an empowered vendor of services and goods to the mining industry will offer significant leverage in supply negotiations, once the draft Mining Charter is promulgated, says law firm Strata Legal MD Brandon Irsigler. The Mining Charter, which Mineral Resource Minister Gwede Mantashe said... 

Early adoption of Mining Charter supplier requirements will be a competitive advantage – lawyer
(Left to Right) Small Business Institute chairperson Bernard Swanepoel, specialist construction and engineering attorney Adine Abro and Strata Legal MD Brandon Irsigler

Downer wins mining contract extension at Commodore

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2018 Contractor Downer EDI has been awarded a five year mining contract extension at the Commodore opencut coal mine, in Queensland, worth A$286-million. The contract will see Downer continue operations at Commodore until the end of August 2024. 

Bell reports strong H1 results, remains bullish on South African market

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 JSE-listed Bell Equipment achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R3.7-billion for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 10% to 131c and an interim dividend of 20c was declared. 

DMR Mpumalanga office closed amid allegations of corruption

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) Mpumalanga regional office will be closed from September 3 until further notice. The closure follows feedback received from clients on challenges faced at the Mpumalanga office, mainly relating to backlogs in the issuing of licences and allegations of... 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

Cost-effective solution required amid local economic volatility

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Providing mining houses with cost-effective and reliable turnkey modular building solutions is crucial in South Africa’s current economic environment, says modular building solutions provider Afripanel. Afripanel contracts project manager Malcolm McGregor tells Mining Weekly that the local... 

Cost-effective solution  required amid local  economic volatility
ATTRACTIVE SERVICE OFFERING Providers of modular building solutions need to offer cost-effective turnkey solutions that reduce downtime

Market expansion met with growth, demand

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Modular building supplier Speedspace is focusing on alternative market diversification and penetration to bolster its Southern Africa operations amid recent declines in product demand from local mining houses. Speedspace MD Hennie Wiggett tells Mining Weekly that the company anticipated hardships... 

Market expansion met with growth, demand
GROWTH IN ZAMBIA Speedspace has noted a significant growth in demand for portable building solutions at mines in Zambia

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies Climate Change Bill preparations

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 While industry and environmental practitioners have welcomed the first draft of the Climate Change Bill, there is mounting impatience at the absence of the regulatory detail that organisations need to guide their preparations to comply, mining and environmental consultants SRK Consulting noted in... 

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies  Climate Change Bill preparations
ASHLEIGH MARITZ & ESTIE RETIEF Large carbon emitters face immense technical and financial challenges in repurposing their operations to meet new carbon emission requirements – a process that is hindered by a lack of regulatory clarity

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’
M&R Cementation aiming to become leading mechanised mining operator in Africa

Diamond drilling programme at Tanzania graphite project completed

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has completed a diamond drilling programme at its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, with eight holes for a total of 489 m drilled, ahead of an anticipated decision to mine in early 2019. All holes intersected mineralisation from surface over wide... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2018 Innovative drilling technologies company Master Drilling, which will next month launch a new blast-free mobile tunnel boring machine that is expected to have a far-reaching beneficial impact on mining, on Tuesday reported satisfactory results for the six months ended June 30. The Johannesburg... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

Amplats acquires WSA tech for reduced sulphur emissions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has signed a contract to acquire catalysis and process technology company Haldor Topsoe’s Wet Gas Sulfuric Acid (WSA) sulphur emissions control technology for its platinum smelter facility, in Polokwane, Limpopo. The WSA technology ensures compliance with... 

Southern Palace accelerating mining technology development in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 Southern Palace Group of Companies has, through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering, put ambitious plans in motion to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development, as well as manufacturing. Genrec’s factory, in Wadeville, is undergoing significant upgrades... 

Southern Palace accelerating mining technology development in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media
CMTI Holdings founder Dr Danie Burger

Ageing platinum mines need new technology

By: Donald Makhafola     24th August 2018 There are few greenfield platinum mines or expansions in Africa, with most of the existing large-scale mines on the continent having been in operation for more than a decade. To ensure that the ageing mines continue to perform optimally, miners need to apply new technology to effectively enhance... 

Ageing platinum mines need new technology
CUSTOM-DESIGN Kwatani provides clients with enhanced equipment designed to fit into their existing infrastructure without being modified

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for mines, states global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch.... 

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels
RENEWABLE PROLIFERATION Renewable-energy sources could transform electricity supply for mines in Africa

Rising oil prices fuelling renewables

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 The key drivers of an increased uptake of renewable and alternative energy sources by mines in Africa are an increasing oil price and the steadily decreasing price of renewable technologies, claims renewable energy supply company juwi Renewable Energies. This drive for renewable energy... 

Rising oil prices  fuelling renewables
GREG AUSTIN Redeployable solar power solutions can be reused, justifying investment in multiple applications on mines

Company awarded R100m in projects

24th August 2018 Engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons’ South African operations have recently experienced a surge in the Southern African platinum market, with a number of significant platinum projects to the combined value of almost R100-million currently under way in sub-Saharan Africa. “A renewed... 

Company awarded R100m in projects
MINING SERVICES WorleyParsons has extensive experience in process plant and shaft sinking projects in the platinum sector

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings

By: Nadine James     24th August 2018 SRK Consulting’s Cape Town office, in conjunction with SRK Consulting’s Vancouver office, has conducted preliminary groundwater modelling to assist a South American mining client in finding an environmentally sustainable solution for tailings-based brine management. SRK principal hydrogeologist... 

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings
GROUNDWATER MODELLING The groundwater modelling evaluated the likely pressure increases and brine plume migration associated with deep aquifer injection

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

Backup power to ensure safety, continuous production 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 There has been increased interest in the generator sets of Himoinsa Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Spain-based power solutions provider Himoinsa. This is a good sign from the mines, as it indicates that they are prioritising their safety requirements,” claims Himoinsa Southern Africa services... 

Backup power to ensure safety,  continuous production
Himoinsa Southern Africa head of services Chris Davison discusses energy solutions for mines. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project

By: Donald Makhafola     24th August 2018 Platinum producer Ivanplats, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines, is focusing on bringing its Tier 1 Platreef project, in Limpopo, into production in 2022, says Ivanplats VP and executive head of projects Gerick Mouton. The mine will produce platinum, palladium, rhodium, nickel,... 

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project
PHASED PROGRESSION Ivanplats' primary objective is to reach steady-state production of four-million tons a year in Phase 1 of the Platreef project

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