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South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     6th September 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones

20th July 2018 Three of Swiss mining and construction manufacturer Liebherr Group’s hydraulic excavators have been provided to the mining industry for up to 18 years. The R 9100, R 996B and the R 9350 have been available for between five and 18 years. The current range of Liebherr Mining hydraulic excavators... 

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones
PROVIDING SOLUTIONS Liebherr Group has been providing excavator solutions to the mining industry for more than 18 years

Bell Equipment extends excavator range, Kobelco partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment is expanding its partnership with Japanese excavator specialist Kobelco Construction Machinery (Kobelco) with a range of three mini excavator models and three larger models launched in April. Bell is the exclusive... 

Bell Equipment extends excavator range, Kobelco partnership
EXPANDING RANGE Bell Equipment is extending its excavator range with the addition of new Kobelco excavators

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 South African materials handling equipment supplier Bell Equipment has entered the Southern Africa tipper truck market through a partnership with Russian heavy duty truck manufacturer Kamaz. The new partnership was celebrated at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, held in March, in Johannesburg, where the... 

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership
KAMAZ TRUCKS The Kamaz tipper trucks were formally introduced to the South African market at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018

Skills needed in local quarrying industry 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 The surface mining association, Aspasa, raised awareness about skills shortages in the local opencast mining and quarrying profession through a presentation delivered to an international audience of peers at the Global Aggregates Information Network (Gain) conference, in Spain, last month. Skills... 

Skills needed in local quarrying industry
NICO PIENAAR Leadership and supervision skills are needed urgently in the local quarrying industry

New app launched for quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has launched a new application (app), the Vibration and Acoustic Calculator (VibrAc). VibrAc will assist local quarries in calculating the various elements involved in blasting and in... 

New app launched for quarrying industry
VIBRATION AND SOUND The AEL Mining Services VibrAc application is a simple tool to work out blasting parameters

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba
SERVICE OFFERING African Sun Mining offers a full package of opencast mining services

Company moves to introduce new haulers for mining industry

11th May 2018 Engineering support services company Babcock is preparing to introduce a new line-up of rigid haulers into the mining, opencast and quarrying sector in Southern Africa. The new line-up follows vehicle manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE’s) announcement earlier this year that it... 

Company moves to introduce new haulers for mining industry
Photo by Bloomberg
OPENCAST USES The trucks made by Volvo and supplied by Babcock are used in the opencast mining industry across South Africa

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry

11th May 2018 Automotive chip manufacturer VBox Africa, a division of automotive chip installer Automotive Technology Specialists (ATS), has added a range of measurement and control products to its range that is aimed specifically at the local mining industry. By combining new hardware and software, VBox... 

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry
MINE OPTIMISATION VBox Africa provides solutions for the opencast mining industry that can reduce operating costs

New opencast mining monitoring products introduced

11th May 2018 Mining equipment manufacturer and geotechnical slope stability monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining introduced two new products, the Slope Vision georeferenced camera system and Movement and the Surveying Radar (MSR) Connect software suite, at the Slope Stability 2018 symposium and... 

New opencast  mining monitoring products introduced
SLOPE VISION The Slope Vision georeferenced camera system is used in openpit mines to monitor the slopes of the mines

Exploration company claims Botswana coal mines to become preferred supplier

11th May 2018 Botswana is set to play a more significant role in both the domestic and African coal industries, says coal exploration and emerging coal mining company Minergy, claiming that the company is ideally placed to become the preferred supplier to coal consumers across Southern Africa. The company... 

Exploration company claims Botswana coal mines to  become preferred supplier
Photo by Creamer Media
STEPPING UP Botswana coal mines could become one of the main suppliers in Southern Africa

Autonomous mining vehicle test at SA coal mine successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     11th May 2018 A global truck manufacturer in cooperation with multinational networking systems provider Cisco, has successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) for autonomous mining trucks at an opencast coal mine in South Africa. Speaking at an In2IT networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg, Cisco... 

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
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

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

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

‘Digital mine’ solution for local market launched

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 In tandem with the yearly mining investment conference Investing in African Mining Indaba, digital industrial company GE launched its global Digital Mine solution onto the South African market.  

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 On-site nitrogen generator supplier NitraLife has supplied numerous opencast mines across Southern Africa with nitrogen generators, and has noticed increased nitrogen use to inflate large off-the-road (OTR) tyres of mining vehicles. The company has established its client base in the region over... 

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen
OPENCAST UPTAKE Most large opencast mines in South Africa and several opencast mines in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo are using nitrogen generators from NitraLife

Tharisa enters 2018 with a bang

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 The market fundamentals for chrome remain sound with continued growth forecast for the global stainless steel industry, Tharisa said on Wednesday, when it reported a strong operational performance in the three months to December 31. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed chrome and platinum group... 

Tharisa enters 2018 with a bang
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

State of local mining regulations shun investment, says CoM report 

By: Dylan Slater     14th December 2017 The findings of a recently conducted Chamber of Mines (CoM) survey indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of competitive, stable and... 

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 The global diamond industry is either growing in affluent regions or remaining steady in less affluent regions, thereby showing a degree of positivity with signs of growth. This also points to a degree of untapped potential that is ready to be unlocked through increased investment upstream and... 

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

Intermin reaffirms guidance as first ore is hauled from Teal Stage 2

By: Dylan Slater     6th December 2017 Western Australia-focused gold mining company Intermin Resources has started hauling the first ore from Stage 2 operations at its Teal gold mine, north-west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, to a nearby processing plant, the ASX-listed company reported on Wednesday 

GBM scoping study shows economic viability of Mt Coolon project

By: Dylan Slater     4th December 2017 A recent scoping study conducted by junior GBM Resources for its Mt Coolon gold project has indicated that it may be economically viable to redevelop the project, which shows the potential to generate strong positive cash flow 

Pilot Crushtec launches modular solutions, increases service offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st December 2017 Crushing and screening specialists Pilot Crushtec International has launched two new products – the Pilot Modular MAXIscalp 600 and the Metso Nordplant C80 primary crushing station intended for use in modular configurations – at its 2017 Open Day last month.   The MAXIscalp 600 is the world’s... 

Pilot Crushtec launches modular solutions, increases service offering
MODULAR FLEXIBILITY The MAXIscalp 600 scalping plant has a set-up that provides flexibility to adapt to changing operational requirements

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining and civil engineering, and the industrial market

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has started a process to divide the company into two separate entities – Atlas Copco and Epiroc. Epiroc will remain a subsidiary of Atlas Copco.  

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining  and civil engineering, and the industrial market
SANJAY AHUJA Epiroc is now a house where we can live and breathe mining and rock excavation

New tin player aiming to achieve steady-state production at Namibian project within 12 months 

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 Diversified mineral development company Bushveld Minerals’ tin platform AfriTin Mining, which has assets in Namibia and South Africa, will focus on becoming “The Africa tin champion” by bringing its flagship Uis tin project, in Namibia, to commercial production, says AfriTin Mining CEO Anthony... 

New tin player aiming to achieve steady-state production at Namibian project within 12 months
Afritin Mining CEO Anthony Viljoen discusses newly- Aim-listed Afriting Mining and its strategies.

In-house focus ensures continued growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Industrial minerals and construction materials producer Afrimat is developing new marketing initiatives to strategically reposition some of its established products as it navigates the effects of rand volatility, market contraction and regulatory uncertainty in South Africa, and continues to... 

In-house focus ensures continued growth
A FORGOTTEN TREASURE CLC Builders Lime produced at Afrimat’s Cape Lime business, in the Western Cape, has been identified as a marketing priority

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits

3rd November 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components from manufacturer Fenner Drives includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime, compared with conventional V-belts.... 

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits
STRONG STRETCH The elasticity of the PowerTwist's woven polyurethane fabric enables these belts to be stretched over a pulley drive without any damage

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Mechanised mining produces  indirect jobs, uptake increasing
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have no or limited access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. In line with this expansion is a keen interest in nuclear power stations and,... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

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... 

Influence of association grows  in surface mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
LOOKING LOCAL Aspasa advocates the recruitmet of workers living in close proximity to mining operations

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

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
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