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Influence of association grows in surface mining sector

     27th October 2017 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) says it has become a world leader in the proactive guidance and management of issues facing the surface mining industry, subsequent to gaining the recognition of its local and international stakeholders. Aspasa’s proactive... 

Africa must innovate or risk being left behind

     27th October 2017 South Africa remains a resource-rich region, but has missed opportunities to take advantage of the resources boom. As such, it has suffered more than other resource-rich regions during the industry downturn, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi.... 

Africa must innovate or risk being left behind
YOLANDA TORRISI Innovation, cost effectiveness and safety are factors that must be prioritised, to boost Africa’s opencast mining industry

Association educates mineworkers and communities

     27th October 2017 With new technologies, increasingly stringent legislation and statutory compliance matters, education has become essential in surface mining operations, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director of surface mining Nico Pienaar. Modern surface mines require... 

Association educates mineworkers and communities
NICO PIENAAR The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa wants to encourage surface mine and quarry management to look beyond their boundaries

Diamond company invests in mining communities

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 There is a new language to be learnt and a new mindset to be adopted in South Africa’s opencast mining industry, says diamond mining company De Beers’ Limpopo-based Venetia mine GM Benford Mokoatle. As many underground resources have been depleted in the region, mining companies have been forced... 

Diamond company invests in mining communities
SOCIAL CAPITAL Investing in communities and involving them in important discussions is crucial to sustainable mining operations

Drill series evolved to increase cost effectiveness and productivity

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 Intelligence platforms have been added to Sweden-headquartered engineering company Sandvik Mining and Technology’s Ranger series of drills to allow for automation, data connectivity and improved drilling processes, increasing productivity for customers. An example of this integration and the... 

Drill series evolved to  increase cost effectiveness and productivity
DEVELOPED ON DEMAND The DX900i is Sandvik's latest answer to the evolving technological needs of the surface mining industry

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

     27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Openpit mining  prolific in recovery  of miner’s diamonds
ORAPA Orapa is the oldest operating mine in Botswana and the largest openpit diamond mine in the world. The mine is expected to produce 145-million carats from 157-million tonnes of ore during its 14-year life

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the mining industry in South Africa. Specifically, Mokoatle says the country must begin focusing on... 

Small-scale opencast  mining to boost industry
THINK SMALL Big industries and big underground mines are too capital intensive

Supplier takes on larger equipment market

     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) has entered the large excavator market and has chosen to represent international construction and mining equipment manufacturer Sany. GEM signed an agreement with Sany on 17 May last year, to be incorporated under GEM, to operate as a... 

Supplier takes on larger equipment market
SPECIAL CONDITIONS Sany equipment has been engineered specifically for African operating conditions

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance 

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 The Tharisa openpit platinum, gold and chrome mine, in the North West, has embarked on a value-add improvement project to extend the length of oil-drain intervals on a specific fleet of rigid dump trucks (RDTs) and, subsequently, reduce downtime and save costs. The project is being led by... 

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance
Tharisa mine technical advisor Stephen Watson discusses the benefits of extending service intervals on rigid dump trucks. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Technology can help overcome productivity challenges

     27th October 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa must innovate to address productivity challenges. If not, they face the risk of perishing, says African Mining Network chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. Speaking to Mining Weekly this month, she explains that, although innovation is the current trend in global... 

Technology can  help overcome productivity challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
IRON-ORE CHALLENGES Factors such as poor ore quality, declining ore grades and impurities have resulted in productivity challenges for the opencast mining industry

Victor Industrial Equipment

     27th October 2017 Opencast electrical coupler manufacturer and supplier with more than 20 year’s experience, Victor Industrial Equipment (VIE) is able able to offer specific solutions to suit local needs on technical support, international certification, approval and quality of the complete product range along... 

Victor Industrial Equipment

Improved geology function advances mine planning

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Adding the GeoLogic software solution to the MineSight mine planning suite provides geologists with smart, time-saving modelling and allows for a reproducible, auditable geological model that can be quickly updated with new information, says mining technology developer Hexagon Mining. 

Improved geology function advances mine planning
BETTER VISUALISATION GeoLogic helps geologists build complex shapes, using mathematical algorithms to create a surface or a solid from drillhole data

Start-up solution offered by crushing specialist

     12th May 2017 With most major mining firms already on its customer list, blasting and excavation company B&E International – based in Kempton Park, South Africa - has developed a solution for start-up miners that likely need to conserve their cash flow in the early days of operation. 

Start-up solution offered by  crushing specialist
EARLY PAY-OFF OPTION Customers can decide to pay off the residual value of the plant at an earlier stage

Improved outcomes at member quarries

     12th May 2017 Voluntary producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) notes a significant improvement in the environmental stewardship of its member quarries across South Africa since the inception of its About Face programme. Launched in 1994, the programme has... 

Improved outcomes at member quarries
NICO PIENAAR The About Face programme is a valuable tool for meaningful self-governance

Gathering info to better training

     12th May 2017 Industry body Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is farming information from within the industry that will enable it to develop custom training courses to meet the industry’s current and future needs.  

Gathering info to better training
Photo by Bloomberg
SELF-RELIANT Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa does not rely on training institutions to provide general training, but develops training materials itself

Dust-suppression specialist geared for growth in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions continues to grow its market share in dust-suppression management and solutions, and intends to increase its market share in Africa this year. 

Dust-suppression specialist geared for growth in Africa
OPENCAST OBSTACLE Visibility on opencast mine roads is severely impaired by excessive road dust and is a major cause of on-site vehicle accidents

Extended product range to improve opencast offering

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco is developing and extending its PAS, VAR and WEDA pump ranges to include high head variants that will better service the requirements of opencast mining customers, says Atlas Copco business line manager of the portable energy division David... 

Dust regulations hinder productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Regulations implemented by governmental authorities, including municipalities, and environmental bodies, are impacting significantly on productivity in the global mining industry at a time when opencast operations are running tight margins, says Johannesburg-based mining equipment manufacturer... 

Dust regulations  hinder productivity
IDEAL SOLUTION The T1255III Terrain Leveler surface excavation machine is ideal for use in surface mine applications with drill-and-blast restrictions

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 By loading, transporting and offloading draglines for opencast mining clients in one piece, global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet is driving project feasibility by saving its clients time and money. 

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time
ADDITIONAL SERVICES Mammoet is also capable of moving rock trucks and hydraulic shovels

Dispatch technology reduces time of scheduled delays

     21st October 2016 Activity Dispatch, the latest advancement in dispatching technology from mining systems manufacturer Wenco Mining Systems can help mines reduce wasted time by eliminating the unnecessary time spent on shift change, meal breaks and other short pauses in production. The technology loads these... 

Dispatch technology  reduces time of  scheduled delays
VEHICLE PARKING The Active Dispatch system ensures that trucks arrive at the right time to be used by operators

GPS-enabled surface miners to launch in South Africa

By: Victor Moolman     21st October 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer expects to soon make its GPS-enabled precision surface miner available for sale to the South Africa market, following positive test results at a local coal mining operation. Vermeer application specialist Paul van Helden says precision surface miners can be... 

Houndé progressing on time, within budget

     21st October 2016 Construction at West Africa-focused gold producer Endeavour Mining’s Houndé gold project, in Burkina Faso, which began in April, is progressing on schedule and within budget, with the first gold pour expected during the fourth quarter of 2017. The Houndé project is an openpit mine with a... 

Houndé progressing on time, within budget
Photo by Duane Daws
GOLD PRODUCTION Endeavour hopes to start producing gold in the fourth quarter of 2017

Canadian company expands further into Africa

     21st October 2016 Canada-headquartered tyre management and supply company Kal Tire has acquired tyre manufacturer Tredcor Zambia, strengthening the company’s footprint within the Zambian earthmoving market. Kal Tire states that its Mining Tire Group continues to expand and focus on the latest developments in tyre... 

Canadian company  expands further  into Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
CUSTOMER CENTRIC Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group continues to expand and focus on the latest developments in tyre services driven by its customers’ growing needs

New collision awareness system eliminates nuisance alerts

     21st October 2016 US-headquartered mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems has launched its fourth-generation collision awareness system (CAS), which is available as a standalone system or can be integrated with Modular’s Dispatch fleet management system. 

New collision awareness system eliminates nuisance alerts
Photo by Bloomberg
COLLISION WARNING The collision awareness system from Modular aims to improve awareness of potential vehicle interactions

Equipment supplier adapts to meet industry needs

By: Victor Moolman     21st October 2016 Mining equipment supplier Tenova Takraf Africa is offering junior miners in the surface mining industry a tailor-made package that will help new mining operations produce State-owned power utility Eskom-grade coal. 

Equipment supplier adapts to meet  industry needs
BRADFORD BREAKER The coal breaker has and its support structure have been designed for easy relocation to a new mining area

Leeuwpan Colliery embraces the booming dust suppression Technology

     21st October 2016 G lobal dust control management solutions provider Dust-A-Side has successfully developed and commissioned a tailor-made airborne-dust reduction system to tackle dust fallout for coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resource's Leeuwpan colliery near Delmas, in Mpumalanga. Dust-A-Side... 

Leeuwpan Colliery embraces  the booming dust suppression  Technology
Crusher Feeder After

Optimisation process determines risk versus reward

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The use of multiparametric block models, which contain more than just geological data, to analyse the risks associated with the mining process, allow more informed business decisions to be made on the basis of risk and exposure to that risk. This is according to The MSA Group mine optimisation... 

Optimisation process determines risk  versus reward
Photo by Bloomberg
OPENPIT RISKS PREDETERMINED When working an openpit resource, The MSA Group uses an optimisation process to determine the net present value generated from a particular geological resource

Surface mining equipment market boost

     6th May 2016 Based on a report by global market research and consulting service provider Global Market Insights (GMI), the surface mining equipment market is likely to be valued at $28.97-billion by 2022. The company notes in a press release in April that the flourishing demand for metallic ore as well as... 

Surface mining equipment market boost
Photo by Bloomberg
EQUIPMENT VALUE Opencast mining equipment reduces manpower needs, as these machines offer high accuracy while cutting stable, as well as, steep surfaces

Smokey Hills operations temporarily suspended

     6th May 2016 South African platinum producer African Thunder Platinum (ATP), owned by global resource investment corporation Aberdeen International, has to temporarily suspend mining operations at the Smokey Hills platinum-palladium mine, in Limpopo, to focus on the planning and permitting required to... 

Smokey Hills operations temporarily suspended
Photo by Reuters
PRIORITISING FUTURE COSTS Developing the opencast operation at Smokey Hills platinum-palladium mine should provide additional tonnage and improve operating flexibility

Australian opencast mine completes world’s largest blast

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The Daunia opencut coal mine, in the north-eastern state of Queensland, Australia, broke the world record for the largest-ever electronic detonator blast in December, firing 5 665 detonators in 2 683 blastholes using the South Africa-developed AXXIS digital initiation system from explosives firm... 

Australian opencast mine completes world’s largest blast
BLAST SETS RECORD The size and success of the blast at Daunia demonstrates the ease of use of the AXXIS system

Contract miner to restructure partnerships to enhance rewards

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The contract mining, plant leasing and rental division of Eqstra, MCC, is taking a new approach to contract mining to improve its partnerships with clients. The company has embarked on creating a contract model that works on a project-to-project basis to reduce costs, increase revenue and grow... 

Contract miner to restructure partnerships to enhance rewards
RESTRUCTURED CONTRACTS REDUCE COSTS MCC will provide solutions based on each mine it services, enabling the alignment and adaption to clients' changing requirements
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