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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,... 

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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stakeholder buy-in key for successful openpit planning

     24th October 2014 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
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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     8th August 2014 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     1st August 2014 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     18th July 2014 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

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in good stead

     4th July 2014 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

Illegal sands, aggregate mining a concern

     4th July 2014 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
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ILLICIT ACTIVITIES Illegal mining leads to the illegal occupation of land, illegal power and water connections, pollution, and the degradation of the natural environment

Venetia contributing significantly to SA

By: Carina Borralho     27th June 2014 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     27th June 2014 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

     9th May 2014 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

     10th March 2014 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     7th March 2014 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

Mineral sands to host private function at indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 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

Contractors hand over huge Sishen haul truck maintenance workshop

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th January 2014 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)

Company launches dust suppression cannon

     17th January 2014 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     13th December 2013 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     6th December 2013 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     29th November 2013 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     15th November 2013 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. 

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