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Company acquires new openpit mine software

Mining software and services provider Maptek has acquired mine planning consultancy Orelogy’s Evorelution strategic openpit mine scheduling set of software which, as of this month, will be developed and marketed as the Vulcan Open Pit Scheduler. 

Fully redundant connectivity rolled out for opencast miner

Information and communication technology (ICT) major Jasco Group has provided opencast mining company MCC Contracts’ sites with fully redundant connectivity using a combination of microwave and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite connectivity. 

Fully redundant  connectivity rolled out  for opencast miner
LEANNE HOBDEY Jasco delivered the original access network which enabled enhanced voice and data communications at remote mine sites

Miners need to collaborate with conservation groups

By: Dylan Slater Building solid relationships between mining companies and conservation groups might be the key to an overall positive perception of mining operations – especially opencast operations that are prone to easily identifiable forms of pollution, such as dust and noise, says business law firm Fasken... 

Miners need to collaborate with conservation groups
Photo by Duane Daws
MATTHEW BURNELL It is important that good relationships are forged between the miner and the conservation groups

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk

By: Dylan Slater Australia-based equipment training simulator company Immersive Technologies’ vehicle simulator training is assisting mine-vehicle operators, especially those working at opencast mining operations, in ensuring that they are shifting gears properly, using their vehicles’ full braking capability and... 

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE Many well-known mining vehicle brands and models are available to train operators through Immersive Technologies’ simulators

Stakeholder buy-in key for successful openpit planning

When it comes to openpit mine planning, it is essential to establish a thorough understanding of the practical mining cycle and how mine-planning software can help, says mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi Group. 

Stakeholder buy-in  key for successful  openpit planning
Photo by Duane Daws
JACO LOTHERINGEN Great care should be taken to ensure that a mine plan is achievable and based on valid mine planning principles

Metso aiming to expand African footprint

By: Chantelle Kotze With a well-established and strong presence in the African mining industry, comminution solutions company Metso Minerals South Africa, subsidiary of Finland-based Metso Minerals group, plans to further bolster and expand its presence in the African construction sector. 

Metso aiming to expand African footprint
CRUSHING AND SCREENING Metso Minerals manufactured a 300 t/h crushing and screening plant to Mozambique-based construction company JRC Construction (JRC – Construções e obras púiblicas, SA) last year

Lekgotla must focus on sand, aggregate miners – industry body

By: Mia Breytenbach The focus of the 2014 Mining Lekgotla should be on not only precious metals and other major miners but also the sand and aggregate miners, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar. Aspasa, a Chamber of Mines member, attended the lekgotla last... 

Lekgotla must focus on sand, aggregate miners  – industry body
INDUSTRY FOCUS Attention should be paid to nonprecious metals and surface miners, as this industry forms a significant portion of the mining sector

DMR approves Buildmax acquisition of Vaal Quarry rights

By: Natalie Greve After initially announcing the planned transaction in December last year, Buildmax said on Friday that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) had approved the acquisition of Vaal Quarry’s mining right and certain plant and equipment by Buildmax subsidiary Letamo Quarry for R20.6-million.... 

DMR approves Buildmax acquisition of Vaal Quarry rights

Illegal sands, aggregate mining a concern

Bitter battles are currently being fought over mining rights and the validity of permits issued by various government departments to mine sands and aggregate sites, particularly along the coastal regions of South Africa, says the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa... 

Illegal sands, aggregate  mining a concern
Photo by COMMDEV
ILLICIT ACTIVITIES Illegal mining leads to the illegal occupation of land, illegal power and water connections, pollution, and the degradation of the natural environment

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in good stead

Cement and concrete manufacturer AfriSam says its Coedmore sand and stone quarry in Bellair, KwaZulu-Natal has survived tough market conditions and robust industry competition by adhering to strict safety, health, environment and quality (Sheq) principles. “Our Sheq credo has been instituted and... 

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in  good stead
SAFETY BARRIER SYSTEM When drilling or blasting takes place, blue poles are sunk into the ground 3 m away from the crest and static climbing rope is strung between the poles to indicate where the no-go areas are

Venetia contributing significantly to SA

By: Carina Borralho Over its life-of-mine, the De Beers-owned Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo will create significant direct and indirect economic benefits, along with long-term employment and procurement opportunities, says the diamond producer. This project, which represents De Beers’ largest-ever investment in... 

Venetia will impact positively on investor confidence

By: Carina Borralho The Limpopo-based Venetia diamond expansion project, owned by diversified mining major Anglo American subsidiary De Beers, is a significant boost for the South African mining industry as a whole, as it signals both companies’ confidence in the future of the country, says mining consultancy The... 

Mine planning essential for opencast environment

A project team with mine planning as its core business is best positioned to deliver appropriate, integrated, optimum and executable mine designs, says mining consultancy Ukwazi. Ukwazi is the largest-capacity mining engineering-focused consulting services provider in Africa and has successfully... 

Creamer Media publishes African Mining Roundup for March 2014 research report

This month’s report includes details of junior miner Papillon Resources’ mining permit for its flagship Fekola gold project, in Mali; the Waterberg Coal Company’s feasibility on the development of an opencast mine, in Limpopo, to produce ten-million tonnes a year of coal for State-owned power... 

Creamer Media publishes African Mining Roundup for March 2014 research report

Auto supplier promotes new heavy-duty vehicle at indaba

By: Ilan Solomons Modified light- and heavy-duty vehicles and fleet solutions supplier RMA Automotive (RMAA) showcased its latest mine site vehicle modifications and fleet solutions at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town, last month. RMAA South Africa GM Andrew Fuller spoke to... 

Auto supplier promotes new heavy-duty vehicle at indaba
MINING SPECIFIC The Ford Ranger mine site heavy-duty double-cab pickup was developed in conjunction with mining houses and RMA Automotive South Africa

Contractors hand over huge Sishen haul truck maintenance workshop

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining contractors WorleyParsonsTWP and Stefanutti Stocks handed over a medium- and long-term haul truck maintenance facility of more than R1-billion last month to iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of mining major Anglo American. 

Contractors hand over huge Sishen haul truck maintenance workshop
Photo by Duane Daws
MAMMOTH MAINTENANCE (Source: Duane Daws) The facility was built to correctly, safely and efficiently maintain the mine’s extensive fleet of ultra-class mining equipment (Source: Duane Daws)

Mineral sands to host private function at indaba

By: Ilan Solomons In addition to attending the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral Commodities (MRC) will host a private function for government officials, investors and the press on February 5, concurrently with the Mining Indaba, to discuss developments at the... 

Mineral sands to  host private function  at indaba
FLYING THE FLAG OF INVESTMENT IN SA Mineral Commodities has positioned itself for significant growth in South Africa’s junior mining sector

Company launches dust suppression cannon

Johannesburg-based environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions in October formally launched its largest-ever misting cannon at global diversified mining major Anglo American business unit Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in Kathu, Northern Cape. I-Cat Environmental Solutions... 

Company launches dust suppression cannon
THE DUSTMONSTER 100 I-Cat’s DustMonster product line creates an ultra-fine mist that attracts dust, encapsulating airborne particles and driving them to the ground

New scheduling solution receiving exceptional initial feedback

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining consultancy RungePincockMinarco’s (RPM’s) latest commodity-based solution, Open Pit Metals Solution (OPMS), which is a comprehensive, end-to-end openpit metals mine scheduling solution, has received exceptional reviews from initial customer feedback, supporting the company’s view that... 

Keaton Energy aiming to produce 5 Mt/y of coal by 2017

By: Chantelle Kotze JSE-listed coal junior Keaton Energy's medium-term goal is to develop into a five-million-ton-a-year saleable coal producer by 2017 – a step closer to its longer-term strategy of becoming a mid-tier coal producer. 

Keaton Energy aiming to produce 5 Mt/y  of coal by 2017
VANGGATFONTEIN MINE The opencast coal mine has delivered 1.2-million tons of washed 2- and 4-seam thermal coal to Eskom in the first half of the 2014 financial year

New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Local manufacture of Gravico-branded surface mining equipment to be launched this month

By: Chantelle Kotze The production of a new range of Gravico-branded aftermarket attachments for surface mining equipment is expected to start this month, after officially being launched onto the Southern African market last month. 

Australian tungsten project to restart within the year

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior tungsten producer Carbine Tungsten is hoping to restart the historic opencast operations at its Mount Carbine project, in Queensland, within the next 18 months. MD Jim Morgan told Mining Weekly that the permitting process for the restart of the opencast mine, which was estimated to host a... 

Equipment manufacturer supplies products, expands African footprint

By: Chantelle Kotze Manufacturer of compact equipment and light equipment Wacker Neuson reports that it has supplied skid steer loaders for general pit maintenance tasks, mini excavators with attachments for various applications, dirty-water dewatering pumps and light towers for illumination to various opencast coal... 

Financing partner secured for Canadian tungsten project

Tungsten/molybdenum project developer Northcliff Resources reports that it has secured a partial financing partner for its Sisson opencast project, in New Brunswick, Canada. 

Industrial plant rental solution effectively used in mining industry

The success of companies undertaking and executing large-scale projects in the mining sector, such as opencast mining activities, is heavily dependent on the capacity and reliability of its suppliers, says compressor hire company Rand-Air. 

Largest wheel loader launched in Southern Africa

Construction and crane equipment manufacturer XCMG Africa, which forms part of the Chinese XCMG Group, reports that it has launched its largest yet XCMG wheel loader, currently available in Southern Africa.  “The new LW900K wheel earth loader, which was introduced to the local market at bauma... 

Mining solutions company aims to launch software

By: David D‘ Oliveira Mining solutions company CAE Mining will start regional releases of its CAE Summit Web- and cloud-based strategic openpit mine planning software solution later this year, says CAE Mining technical director Andy Lapworth. CAE Summit assists mining companies in determining the best mining strategy... 

New screen expanding into the quarrying industry

By: Jonathan Rodin Manufacturers of screening and recycling attachments built for skid steers, excavators, wheel loaders, backhoes and telehandlers, Flip Screen reports that it is in talks with various companies to expand into the South African quarrying industry. 

Opencast mining challenging, but lucrative

By: Megan Wait Although faced with, and cognisant of, the challenges of opencast mining, almost all African governments are mindful of the investment opencast mining could generate, which, in turn, will increase these countries’ gross domestic product (GDP). For this reason, opencast mining is not likely to be... 

Software solution targets opencast and underground mines

By: Jonathan Rodin Australian software, hardware and services for the mining industry provider Maptek reports that its laser scanner and processing software is being used successfully across opencast and underground mines in Southern Africa. 

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