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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... 

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... 

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Legal, illegal Mozambique rubies and legal Angola diamonds in the spotlight

By: Keith Campbell     29th January 2016 Mozambican mining company Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada has made public its concerns about unfair competition by illegal miners. The company operates a ruby and corundum mine at Namanhumbir in the Montepuez district, which lies in the southern region of Cabo Delgado Province. It is 75%-owned by... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective

By: Nadine James     29th January 2016 Two of the additional regulations pertaining to the operation of  diesel-powered trackless mobile machinery (TMM) on mines – which were published in February 2015 – remain inoperable, as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has yet to stipulate a date when the specific obligations come into... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective
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AVERTING COLLISIONS Several of the new regulations regarding Trackless Mobile Machinery are meant to prevent or reduce collisions

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised

     20th November 2015 Electronic detonators are fast becoming an integral part of effective mining processes across the world, says electronic initiation system designer DetNet marketing director Johann Smit. “[The benefits of] electronic blast [initiation] are being recognised worldwide,” he says, adding that using... 

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised
EASY TO USE The DigiShot Plus is an easy-to-use electronic initiating system primarily for use in surface blasting applications

Mining solutions provider introduces hard rock mining truck

     13th November 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global recently debuted the Joy 16TD hard rock mining truck, its newest offering for the global mining market. Based on the popular DT-1804 truck model, the 16TD features lower hood lines for improved visibility, a digital operator display, shorter... 

Mining solutions provider introduces  hard rock mining truck
16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws

Pneumatic components distributor introduces new air-filtration series

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 Local hydraulic and pneumatic components distributor Hydramatics Control Equipment extended its air-treatment range last month by adding the Camozzi MD series of compressed air filters, developed and manufactured in Italy, to its product offering. Hydramatics sales manager Vaughan Chapman boasts... 

Pneumatic components distributor introduces  new air-filtration series
CAMOZZI MD SERIES The air filtration series is well suited to pneumatic machine tool applications

Southern Africa mining market familiarised with hydraulic light tower

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 United Sales & Service (USS), an authorised distributor of Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment (CP), says it has successfully familiarised the Southern Africa mining market with its CLPT-H5 hydraulic light tower.  CP business development manager Jacques van der Westhuizen says the CLPT-H5,... 

Southern Africa mining market familiarised with hydraulic light tower
CPLT-H5 LIGHT TOWER The light tower has extended operating hours at several mines, including a Zambian copper mine

New range of wheel loaders increases capacity, enhances productivity

     30th October 2015 Japanese engineering company Hitachi reports that the launch of its new ZW-5 wheel loaders has significantly extended the capacity of its wheel loader range, bringing the efficiency and reliability of Hitachi wheel loaders to large quarries and the lower end of the mining market. The biggest... 

New range of wheel loaders increases capacity, enhances productivity
KEY CONSIDERATION Operator comfort is considered in the sloped ladder with wide steps for ease of access, double-filtered air conditioning and a high level of sound insulation in the wheel loader

Mining solutions provider promotes fog cannon

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental mining solutions provider FlowCentric Mining Technologies’ Rhino Evaporator dual-purpose fog cannon can suppress dust and also enhances the natural evaporation process by fracturing water into smaller size droplets. Owing to the high concentrations of dissolved heavy metals and... 

Mining solutions provider promotes fog cannon
RHINO EVAPORATOR. The dual purpose fog cannon is more cost effective than water treatment and works faster than evaporation ponds.

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental opencast mining contractor DynaD has renewed its focus on its after-sales services, partly owing to slow growth and development in a lacklustre coal sector, says DynaD drill and blasting director Chris Bester. “Nothing much happened in the coal industry in the past year,” he says,... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering
DK DRILL RIG DynaD service offering includes refurbishing the DK drill rig range

Motor and gearbox company to commission power packs at cement quarry

By: Dylan Stewart     9th October 2015 Electric motor, mechanical and electrical motion-control products manufacturer Regal Beloit (CMG) is in the final stage of delivering and commissioning 29 power packs for a modular mobile plant at an industrial company’s cement quarry in Polokwane, Limpopo, says Regal Beloit gearbox specialist... 

Motor and gearbox company to commission power packs at cement quarry
INNOVATIVE Shrink disks were used to clamp the gear units to the shafts, which enabled the company to eliminate keyways on the gear box pulley and the shaft head pulley

Survey finds Latin American mines least satisfied with cost of maintaining EOM equipment

By: Henry Lazenby     24th August 2015 Online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric has found that mines throughout Latin America are dissatisfied with their original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) over cost-related factors, in particular maintenance and servicing costs. In the survey ‘Winning and Retaining Business in... 

Bulk of modular screening media system range to be manufactured locally

     19th June 2015 Diversified engineering group Metso last month launched its internationally renowned Trellex 305PS modular screening media system into the Southern African quarrying sector. Metso screening media global sales specialist Julian Steinmann notes that the bulk of the range will be manufactured... 

Bulk of modular screening media system range to be  manufactured locally
LOCAL CONTENT The bulk of the Trellex 305PS system will be manufactured locally

Commodity based software solution a first for quarry planners

     19th June 2015 Mining consultancy and software solutions provider RungePincockMinarco (RPM) last month released a commodity-based software solution focused on scheduling in the cement and aggregates quarrying industry, the Quarry XPAC Solution. The product is configured to the requirements of the quarrying... 

Commodity based software solution a first for quarry planners
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CAPABILITY EVALUATION The Quarry XPAC Solutiona provides scheduling visibility, including the ability to evaluate multiple scenarios to achieve optimal exploitation of quarry deposits

Crusher-backing compound to improve machinery life

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 The use of effective crusher-backing compounds and release agents is a critical component in enhancing the life of crushing equipment used in the quarrying and mining industry, says water transfer and control solutions provider Summit Agencies. “Impact and shock vibrations can cause significant... 

Crusher-backing  compound to improve  machinery life
TOUGH BACKING The Korrobond compound serves as a backing and reinforcing layer between machine parts and as a damper when subjected to impact and shock loads

Crushing process enhancements to boost quarry production

     19th June 2015 Optimising crushing processes is a reliable way of boosting a quarry’s production with benefits that extend from extraction of materials to the stockpile and sale of graded products, states process technology and services provider Metso Minerals Southern Africa construction GM Alan Fletcher.... 

Crushing process  enhancements to boost quarry production
CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE Understanding the correct types of crushing processes required to manufacture the necessary products in the required tonnages is vital knowledge

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 Sweden-based construction and mining tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco launched its PowerROC T50 surface drill rig, designed for use at limestone, cement and aggregate quarries, onto the African market earlier this month. The PowerROC T50 is a tophammer, blasthole drill rig that is... 

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes
DRILLING PERFORMANCE The newly developed rock drill COP 3060 for surface applications provided the PowerROC T50 with a high penetration rate

Materials supplier to boost African operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 JSE-listed construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat is intensifying its focus on further geographical expansion and opportunities in Africa. “Afrimat constantly considers areas where there will be strong demand for its products, with a dedicated business development team... 

Materials supplier to boost African operations
EXPANSION BOOST Afrimat’s new business development remains a key component of the group's growth strategy with future expansions including Mozambique

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar, adding that... 

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges
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GROWTH EXPECTED As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path

Contract mining, outsourcing industry increasingly competitive

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 The contract mining and outsourcing industry is becoming increasingly ruthless, as big construction companies compete with smaller companies for contracts, says mining, construction and general plant hire company West Rand Plant Hire (WRPH). WRPH assistant plant manager Riaan Botes notes that... 

Joint service partnership to improve openpit operations

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd January 2015 Management and technology consulting firm Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Japanese engineering group Hitachi announced this month that it had partnered with provider of fleet management systems for surface mining operations Wenco International Mining Systems to launch a new joint service for... 

Joint service partnership to improve  openpit operations
PERFECTING THE PIT Pit operations are dynamic environments that are extremely challenging to keep optimally efficient

Value of indaba for aggregate and sand industry to be evaluated

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd January 2015 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will this year send a delegation to the Investing in African Mining Indaba for the first time to evaluate the value of the event for the local aggregate and sand industry. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar says that Aspasa did... 

Value of indaba for  aggregate and sand  industry to be evaluated
NICO PIENAAR The value of the Mining Indaba will be evaluated and feedback will be given to Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa members

Company acquires new openpit mine software

     24th October 2014 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. 

Company acquires new openpit  mine software
BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION Evorelution assesses thousands of schedule scenarios rapidly to present users with the best options

Fully redundant connectivity rolled out for opencast miner

     24th October 2014 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     24th October 2014 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
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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     24th October 2014 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
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