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Chibuluma boasts enviable grade, but could close by 2022

     9th September 2016 Base metals mining company Metorex’s Chibuluma mine accounts for less than 2% of Zambia’s annual copper production, yet it is one of the country’s most successful mines in terms of safety, productivity and profitability, says the company. Chibuluma is a highly mechanised underground mine and... 

Gangama dry mine aiming for steady state production

     2nd September 2016 Steady-state operation at the Gangama dry mine plant was expected to be achieved within four months, mineral sands company Sierra Rutile reported in June. Plant commissioning of the Sierra Leone-based Gangama dry mine project and the handover from mining project manager DRA Projects to owner... 

Ausdrill subsidiary sees strong growth in West Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th August 2016 The West African gold industry continues to provide strong growth opportunities for Australia’s mining services company Ausdrill, with the company’s wholly owned subsidiary appointed as preferred contractor by private explorer and developer Toro Gold. Ausdrill said on Friday that African Mining... 

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 The remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry is growing at a staggering rate and such systems are increasingly being taken up by mining companies as a tool to manage their assets, operations and land.  

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis
Photo by Dylan Slater
AERIAL OPPORTUNITY Remotely piloted aircraft systems open the doors to numerous opportunities for the mining industry

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Mining solutions provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) is engaged in extensive talks with various mining companies about solutions for their greenfield and existing mines. Surface miners are set to change the opencast mining industry in South Africa, as they have done worldwide, by addressing the... 

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa
MODERNISING OPENCAST MINING Wirtgen surface miners offer an alternative mining approach that will benefit the South African coal mining industry

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Developments over the past three decades by mining explosives manufacturer BME, have resulted in a lowered negative impact on the environment through the impeded release of nitrates during blasting operations, thereby, preventing possible groundwater contamination and allowing enhanced recycling... 

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives
EXPLOSIVES DEVELOPMENT Emulsion-based explosives released about 0.7% of its nitrate content into water in tests

Mining complex refurbished with no major delays

     19th August 2016 Eleven products from specialist chemicals company Sika have been used in the refurbishment of platinum producer Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg operations, a 14-shaft complex in the Bushveld Igneous Complex near Rustenburg, which was completed in June. Since this active platinum... 

Mining complex refurbished with no major delays
NO DELAYS The refurbishment project was carried out under a highly restrictive schedule

Producer has positive platinum outlook

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) remain a positive investment, as there is improved sentiment in the platinum market, and platinum exchange-traded fund (ETF) prices remained stable in the first half of 2016, states PGMs mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). The company held its interim... 

Producer has positive platinum outlook
MOGALAKWENA Amplats’ flagship Mogalakwena operation provided a record performance, with tonnes milled so far this year increasing by 6% to 208 000 oz

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     8th July 2016 African mines are under pressure to increase their safety and efficiency standards, all the while adhering to tighter budgets owing to commodity price fluctuations, tyre and wheel service provider Kal Tire Southern Africa VP John Sims tells Mining Weekly. 

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines
STICKLER FOR SAFETY Innovations in the mining vehicle wheel and tyre service sector aim to make the servicing of components safer

Afrimat acquires Bethlehem-based quarry

By: Anine Kilian     7th July 2016 JSE-listed construction company Afrimat has acquired construction products provider WG Wearne’s quarry, Wearne Aggregates, located in Bethlehem, in the Free State, through its subsidiary Rodag Holdings,  as well as Wearne Ready Mix Concrete, for R30-million. The Wearne Bethlehem plant and... 

Afrimat acquires Bethlehem-based quarry

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

Motor grader incorporates latest technology

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Case 885B series motor graders, locally available from construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment, have been enhanced to offer clients the most recent technological advancements and improved design features for better performance and productivity. “Case continuously improves... 

Motor grader incorporates latest technology
MEETING MARKET NEEDS The Case 885B series has been designed for minimal downtime and reduced maintenance requirements

New range of top-mounted hydraulic hammers launched

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 Caterpillar’s Southern African dealer Barloworld Equipment has launched the Cat B20, B30 and B35 hydraulic hammer line-up in top-mount configuration for hydraulic excavators. The company says that the units are purpose-built for the robust applications that are typically found in Africa and are... 

New range of top-mounted hydraulic hammers launched
HAMMER TIME The units are purpose-built for the robust applications that are typically found in Africa and are suitable for general construction quarrying and mining applications

Company retires production of mining excavator

     17th June 2016 After being available for sale for almost 30 years, Swiss-based equipment manufacturer Liebherr has decided to retire production of the  R 984 excavator. One-third of these 120 t class machines were shipped within Europe, while another third were sent to Africa. The very last unit was delivered... 

Company retires production of mining excavator
Photo by Bloomberg
MANUFACTURING TERMINATED Liebherr has decided to retire production of the R 984 excavator

Cost-effective products for quarrying

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is introducing cost-effective products to help mining and quarrying companies manage the challenges in their industries. Bell Equipment quarry industry specialist Tyron Ravenscroft notes that, much like the mining industry, the quarrying industry is... 

Cost-effective products for quarrying
B25E SUPERTRUCK Bell Equipment’s supertruck provides a lower cost-per-ton solution for quarrying

Ghana QLA competition finalists announced

     17th June 2016 Five finalists have been announced for the third edition of the Quarry Life Award (QLA) competition organised by Ghanian cement manufacturer Ghacem, subsidiary of German multinational building materials company the Heidelburg Cement (HC) group. The winning projects will be revealed in the third... 

Ghana QLA competition finalists announced
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFECTIVE IDEAS REWARDED The QLA competition enables its competitors to source ideas on the effective regeneration and management of biodiversity in its mining sites across the world

Knowledge hub for quarrying

     17th June 2016 Construction equipment provider Sandvik Construction has launched a Web portal called "Crushology" to help quarry owners and operators get more from their equipment, thereby improving operational productivity and economy. The Crushology Web portal, launched in March, features a collection of... 

Knowledge hub for quarrying
ENHANCING DRILLING EFFICIENCY Sandvik believes that knowledge is the fundamental for the development of new techniques and technologies involved in quarrying

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries

     17th June 2016 Carefully planned lockout and tagout procedures limit the risk of injuries or accidents caused by the inadvertent starting of machines or equipment while they are being serviced or maintained, says American padlock manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) senior product manager Ryan Basset.  

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries
PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES Tagout devices prevent workers from unintentionally energising equipment while a maintenance job is in progress

Madagascar quarrying operation flourishing

     17th June 2016 Sun Minerals Madagascar, a potential 20-year joint venture (JV) between mining and exploration company Norcross Madagascar Group (NMG) and quarry extracting company SRE India, planned to start opening a second quarry at the Peacock Blue labradorite project under the JV in May, with hopes the new... 

Madagascar quarrying operation flourishing
BETTER AND BETTER As the Peacock Blue labradorite quarry develops, the gemstone crystal size has increased

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Unstable commodity prices have placed mines under pressure to produce at the same rate while decreasing their operational costs, highlights environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions (I-CAT) director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg.  

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG Mines are operating at dangerous margins, as costs and savings targets need to be achieved if they are to continue operating

Products to launch at expo

     17th June 2016 Dump truck producer Terex Trucks, mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment manufacturer Terex Finlay and washing equipment supplier Terex Washing Systems (TWS) will preview, launch and showcase a range of equipment and machinery for the mining and quarrying industries at Hillhead 2016,... 

Products to launch at expo
GENERATION 10 TA400 Terex Trucks will launch the articulated dump truck at Hillhead 2016

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 An environment-friendly product for the disposal of used oil generated by quarries and other mining operations has been developed by commercial explosives and blasting solutions developer AEL Mining Services. The solution is also expected to help the mining industry prepare for the carbon tax... 

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions
GREENER BLASTING SOLUTIONS An ecofriendly product for the disposal of used oil from quarries is offered by AEL Mining Services

UK show sees strong demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th June 2016 The Hillhead international quarrying and recycling show is famous for its live demonstrations and 2016 will be no different with a range of equipment being put through its paces in a live quarry environment. Demand for the 2016 event has been strong with every square metre now allocated,... 

UK show sees strong demand
UNIQUE OFFERING Hillhead demonstrates real ‘job of work’ in a live quarry environment

Aggregates quarry opens in Eastern Cape

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Development financier the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has spent R736 000 in preparing a quarry, which will have a future value of R200-million, in Indwe, which is about 120 km from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.  

Aggregates quarry opens in Eastern Cape
QUARRY LAUNCH At the launch of the Indwe-based aggregate quarry is quarry manager Divan Swanepoel, ECDC CEO Buhle Dlulane, ECDC deputy chairman Loyiso Jiya, Emalahleni mayor Nomveliso Nyukwana, Tau Pele representative Marius Prinsloo and Blue Crane Resources and Minerals directors Mcebisi Limba and Moss Magwebu

Afrimat lifts headline earnings per share 15.5%

By: David Oliveira     3rd June 2016 JSE-listed Afrimat lifted its headline earnings a share for the year ended February 29 to 156.6c, up 15.5% from the 135.6c achieved in the prior financial year. “We are very pleased with this solid improvement, which is [owing] to a strong performance from the mineral-producing operations across... 

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

Ghana mine’s upgraded operating life plan enhances cash flow, slashes capex requirements

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 The life-of-mine (LoM) plan for the Ghana-based Edikan gold mine of gold explorer Perseus Mining has been updated to include enhanced cash flows and a reduction in the required capital expenditure, when compared to the miner’s 2015 LoM plan.  

MCC

     6th May 2016 MCC, the contract mining, plant leasing and rental division of JSE-listed Eqstra, continues to prove that commitment to partnering with its clients to ensure joint survival and success in the globally constrained mining market has resulted in improved performance and growth of its order book. “We... 

MCC

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

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

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 Tailor-made energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika’s supply of solar-powered masts last year to chrome mining company Samancor Western Chrome, which operates an opencast mine in Marikana, in the North West, has sparked interest from numerous municipalities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana,... 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines
POWER SOLUTION The ZRW mobile solar-powered floodlighting system was supplied to Namibian iron-ore mine which requires electricity to run 24/7

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

Exploration, mining expected to grow in importance for cement producer PPC 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2016 The medium-term game plan of African cement producer PPC is to find new resources needed by its operations, which will probably require it to engage in some form of exploration and eventual mining close to where urban development is expected in Africa. Over time, the resources side of the... 

Exploration, mining expected to grow in importance for cement producer PPC
PPC CEO Darryll Castle outlines the company's strategy to Martin Creamer

New method to neutralise flooded opencast mines

     29th April 2016 Germany-based mine closure planning company GMB has developed the Underwater Nozzle Pipelines (UNP) method, using natural water circulation to distribute lime and carbon dioxide (CO2), as a more effective means of neutralising flooded opencast mines. “The method is particularly suitable for... 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

     8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Turnaround strategies should be collaborative to unlock value

     11th March 2016 Gauteng-based mine planning and engineering consultancy group Ukwazi maintains that its opencast coal mining turnaround strategy unlocks value by combining the interrelated processes that exist on a mine. “As commodity prices are at an all time low and markets are under pressure, we believe a... 

Turnaround strategies should be collaborative to unlock value
TEAM EFFORT Ukwazi’s mining turnaround strategy is based on an integrated and transparent process that aligns the objectives of all those involved to collaboratively execute the mine plan

KZN aggregate producer establishes new quarry

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 KwaZulu-Natal-based aggregate producer Flanders Quarry has expanded its operations and fleet of crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International equipment, following the opening of an additional site at Verulam on the north coast. The new operation, known as Flanders Canelands, is... 

KZN aggregate producer establishes new quarry
NEW ACQUISITION The Rubble Master RM80GO! can manoeuvre easily in confined spaces on quarries
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