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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... 

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
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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
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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

Simplicity of design hooks miner to Terex trucks since mid-1980s

By: Dylan Slater     21st October 2016 Heavy equipment manufacturer Terex Trucks claims its simplicity of design and “unwavering customer service and support” has kept South African miner Atlantis Mining loyal to the equipment brand.  

Simplicity of design hooks miner to Terex trucks since mid-1980s
WORKHORSE The Terex trucks used by Atlantis Mining each run two 9.5-hour shifts in a 24-hour period, five days a week, as well as two Saturday shifts of eight hours

Graphite projects gaining ground

7th October 2016 Independent, confirmatory testwork with respect to the marketability of Chilalo has been completed at Australian resource company Graphex Mining’s Chilalo graphite project in south-east Tanzania, for which Australian mining project development consultant Battery Limits completed the... 

Graphite projects gaining ground
REPUTATIONAL STRENGTH Battery Limits's work to accelerate the development of Chilalo in Tanzania is in line with its rapidly growing reputation in graphite and other energy-related commodities

New cone crusher has high capacity, low environmental impact

30th September 2016 Construction equipment supplier Sandvik has introduced the CH540 cone crusher, a high-capacity, high-quality crusher with a low environmental impact that is ideally suited to quarries or aggregate plants looking to increase production capacity, eliminate bottlenecks, reduce cost per ton produced... 

Solutions provider emphasises value of offering

30th September 2016 To be successful in the quarrying industry, customers need equipment that gives their business an edge over the competition, says mining solutions provider Metso UK distribution manager Steve Clarke. 

Solutions provider  emphasises value  of offering
RELIABLE SOLUTION The Lokotrack LT120 mobile jaw crushing plant features premium-quality Metso parts that ensure a reliable solution

New products for crushing and screening

30th September 2016 Crushing and screening equipment supplier Powerscreen launched three new products for the crushing and screening industry this year; the 2100 screen, the Warrior 1400XE screen and the Premiertrak 600 jaw crusher. 

Company enhances its crushing solutions

30th September 2016 The inclusion of primary and secondary sizers in engineering consultant Tenova Takraf’s product offering enables it to integrate its own crushing machines into complete mining solutions for its clients. 

Finnish solutions come to Southern Africa

30th September 2016 Mobile and semimobile materials processing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec International has been appointed the main distributor of Finnish mining solutions provider Metso’s aggregates products and services in Southern Africa. 

Finnish solutions come to Southern Africa
ENHANCED PRODUCT RANGE Pilot Crushtec now offers Metso’s range of crushing equipment, which includes mobile and semimobile skid-mounted jaw crushers, in addition to its existing products

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... 

Chibuluma boasts enviable grade, but could close by 2022
PRODUCTION SLUMP At the height of the copper boom in 2013, Chibuluma produced 18 000 t/y of copper, with its output currently down to 10 000 t/y

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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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... 

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