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Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 South Africa-based mineral extrusion processing company Mineral Agglomeration Solutions (MAS) is offering its Briquettes By Extrusion (Brex) technology to the international mining industry. 

New tech combination to solve communication lag

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mines of the future will have fewer people and a higher level of automation, but to be successful, Australia-based mining system designer and manufacturer Nautitech GM Alex Lester says mines will need reliable communications as well as visibility of underground operations. 

New tech combination to solve communication lag
SURFACE ACCESS The Wingman technology allows mines to configure, monitor and diagnose all underground equipment from a computer on the surface

Producing hydromining technology for greater productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining services provider Fraser Alexander is developing two technologies – a jet-pump system and an automated hydraulic re-mining unit – for the efficient reclamation of gold or platinum tailings through hydro mining. 

Producing hydromining technology for  greater productivity
EASIER OPTION Jet-pump technology is being introduced for tailings reclamation owing to the difficulty of reclaiming coarse- and high-specific gravity tailings using conventional techniques

Proximity detection system installation in final stages

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in... 

Proximity detection system installation in final stages
Photo by Monitech
INTELLIZONE PDS After a successful trial in 2015, the proxmity detection system was launched in South Africa in April last year

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech Piping Systems has supplied “next-generation” plastic pipe butt-welding technology for the installation and commissioning of a 15-km-long, 315-mm-wide, high-density polyethylene water supply pipeline for the Balama openpit graphite mine being... 

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track
Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont discusses the Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 machine. Video and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Technology helps mines ‘do more, with less’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 In a world of disruption, mines need to be more agile and implement improvements more readily as new technologies are introduced, says software developer IoT.nxt, which is looking to enter the US market early next year, when it hopefully launches its services and technology strategies from... 

Technology helps mines  ‘do more, with less’
Software development company IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser talks about how technology can benefit mining. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Coal India building new railway links to efficiently evacuate production

By: Ajoy K Das     17th August 2017 Coal India Limited (CIL) is undertaking three critical railway infrastructure projects that will enable the miner to efficiently evacuate 282-million tons a year of production. According to a directors’ report of the company, the railway infrastructure projects form part of the miner’s ‘Synergy... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Industry outlines major policy issues as Canada’s minerals ministers meet

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2017 The Canadian mineral and mining industry on Monday outlined six important policy areas it would like to see addressed during the seventy-fourth annual conference of federal and provincial ministers of energy and mining in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, this week. A national coalition of mining... 

Industry outlines major policy issues as Canada’s minerals ministers meet

Continued reciprocal trade between S Africa, Australia predicted

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Despite the current economic climate in South Africa and the global downturn in mining owing to low commodity prices, South Africa and Australia will continue to build their reciprocal trade relationship, says law firm ENSafrica.  

Continued reciprocal trade between S Africa, Australia predicted
LLOYD CHRISTIE There has been a 10% yearly average increase in trade between South Africa and Australia in the past five years

Tech trade between Australia, S Africa can be mutually beneficial

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Owing to the global mining downturn, lower commodity prices are forcing manufacturers and suppliers to expand into international markets to take advantage of more supply opportunities, a wider demand base and favourable exchange rates. 

Tech trade between Australia,  S Africa can be mutually beneficial
INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS SSG Consulting says South African mining goods and services suppliers need to enter new markets through distribution deals or establishing international offices to remain competitive

Integrated tech solution aims to advance mine planning methods

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Mining software and solutions provider RPMGlobal says that it has demonstrated the value of the connected digital mine through the integration of its AMT and XERAS Enterprise software systems. RPM highlights that it is the only vendor globally that delivers a fully integrated production,... 

Integrated tech solution aims to advance mine planning methods
Photo by RPMGlobal
UNIQUE OFFERING RPMGlobal is the only vendor globally that delivers a fully integrated production, maintenance, simulation and financial planning offering to the mining industry

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

C-Cut Phase 1 project 89% complete, three months ahead of schedule

By: David Oliveira     11th August 2017 LSE-listed diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ R4,6-billion C-Cut Phase 1 expansion programme at its Cullinan mine, in Gauteng, is three months ahead of schedule. This is according to Petra Diamonds mining executive Teon Swanepoel, who spoke at an event sponsored by the Southern African Institute of... 

Digital revolution may quicken advance towards ‘mine of the future’

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 The digital revolution may provide the impetus for the mining industry to innovate at an exponential rate, as new digital technologies and developments converge on mining technologies to realise the digital mine of the future. Speaking at the WorleyParsons Supplier Grow conference, held in... 

New booklet outlines measures to turn mine enviro hazards into jobs generator

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 Environmental watchdog Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE) has proposed the establishment of a pilot project to address the waste and pollution legacy of mining in the Witwatersrand basin, with a clear linkage between the potential for revenue generation through materials reclamation and... 

New booklet outlines measures to turn mine enviro hazards into jobs generator
Photo by Duane Daws
MARIETTE LIEFFERINK The project would be in the position to supply jobs to 100 people, who would be responsible for the rehabilitation of Tweelopiespruit and surrounding areas

Role models essential for women in mining

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 When multinational mining company Anglo American mine overseer Lorraine Nndwambi first entered the mining industry 2013, female mentors were scarce. This made acclimatising to the working environment in the mining industry more of a challenge and made it difficult for her to determine “how to... 

Role models essential for women in mining
AUTHORITY FIGURE Assertiveness may sometimes be perceived as being arrogant, especially when a female has to show authority

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience which makes it easier for project managers to make decisions on and improve project designs, and to undertake other activities that ensure the effective implementation of their strategies, believes the University of Pretoria's (UP’s)... 

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis
ACTUAL BENEFITS Aside from improving the decision-making process, virtual reality ensures that risky incidents are reduced

Mines continue to drive sustainable value creation

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The African mining industry is increasingly focusing on generating as much value as possible from mining projects to benefit all mining stakeholders and strengthen its position as a sustainable contributor to the continent’s economies, says consulting engineer Aurecon resources client director... 

Mines continue  to drive sustainable value creation
ASSMANG KHUMANI Community-benefiting projects are associated with mining company Assmang’s Khumani iron-ore mine, located in the Northern Cape, South Africa

Top trends impacting on mining come under the spotlight

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2017 During project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons’ Supplier Grow Conference earlier this month in Johannesburg advisory firm Deloitte Africa energy and resource leader Andrew Lane discussed ten trends currently impacting the global mining industry. The first trend highlighted was... 

Top trends impacting on mining come under the spotlight
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDREW LANE The mining industry is realising that it operates in an ecosystem where it is dependent on governments for regulatory access and to communities for physical access

Largo, lender agree in principle to restructure debt

By: Henry Lazenby     25th July 2017 Vanadium producer Largo resources has reached an agreement in principle with its lender Banco Pine to convert and restructure about $33-million of debt facilities, the company said on Monday. The Toronto-headquartered miner advised that its subsidiary, Vanádio de Maracás, signed a non-binding... 

Alacer completes Turkish Lira hedging contracts; eyes Çöpler capex saving

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 Turkey-focused miner Alacer Gold has completed foreign currency forward sales contracts to limit its exposure to the volatility of the Turkish Lira (TRY), the company announced on Friday. Alacer, which operates and owns an 80%-stake in the country’s Çöpler mine, said the hedging programme covers... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development

By: Nadine James     21st July 2017 Materials handling and alternative mining solutions expert Ncamiso Mining is expanding its presence in Welkom, where it sees strong potential to grow and support local black-owned and black economic-empowerment (BEE) entities across the various needs of their operations in the area. However,... 

Lack of confidence in black businesses cripples development
SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP The sharing of knowledge and experience would prove invaluable to black-owned companies and, ultimately, benefit all the businesses in the mining sector

Charter’s BEE ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional

21st July 2017 The new “top-up” provision in the latest Mining Charter gazetted on June 15, may prove to be unconstitutional and may lead to further expensive legal action by the mining industry, states Fasken Martineau partner and global mining group member Nicola Jackson. In a statement published on June 15,... 

Charter’s BEE  ‘top-up’ provision may be unconstitutional
GOVERNMENT PAYING LIP SERVICE? The controversial Mining Charter’s new procurement targets stipulate that 80% of services be performed by black economic-empowerment entities

BMI index shows policy determines market attractiveness in Latin America

By: Henry Lazenby     20th July 2017 With policy being of the utmost importance when determining market attractiveness, countries with reliably stable  business environments will continue to dominate the top mining risk/reward index scores in the Americas, reflecting miners' prioritisation of reducing risk, given a volatile mineral... 

Trump urged by CEO to nationalise the only US rare-earths mine

By: Bloomberg     19th July 2017 The head of an advanced-materials manufacturer said he met with President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, on Monday to persuade him that the US should nationalise the country’s only mine of rare earth minerals, which are used in military applications. “The staff understood the... 

Trump urged by CEO to nationalise the only US rare-earths mine
Photo by Reuters
Rare earths processing at Molycorp's Mountain Pass mine, California

Beneficiation remains key to realising African Mining Vision

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 The key to the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) achieving its goals is to bring processing to the source of mineral production, says African Union Commission senior industry adviser Frank Mugyenyi, noting that this amounts to adding industries where African countries are exporting raw material. 

Beneficiation remains key to realising African Mining Vision
FRANK MUGYENYI The African Mining Vision calls on African countries to add value to mineral resources in Africa by taking advantage of backward and forward linkages

Africa needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Owing to challenges, such as depressed commodity prices, declining revenues, increasing production costs and high energy costs, the African mining industry needs to embrace new solutions based on the Industry 4.0 industrial transformation, states engineering company Bosch mining key account... 

Africa needs  to embrace Industry 4.0
LANDRY MEYA Industry 4.0 cannot be prevented, as many challenges are resolved or addressed by this trend

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 African mining has entered into the new up-cycle for commodities, which is fuelled by the economic growth profile in the eastern hemisphere – which includes China, Mongolia and the Pacific rim region, as well as the global uncertainty over the value of and the sustained availability of ‘cash-money’. 

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed
A CASE FOR MAJORS Bulk commodities are for major investors only, as these require substantially ‘deep pockets’

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary openpit mining company Afrimat intends to develop its strategy of growth through diversification further by exploiting new opportunities in Africa by remaining “agile and entrepreneurial”. 

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth
DIRO IRON-ORE MINE Afrimat is aiming to reach a production rate of one-million tons a year of saleable product

Mali gold project production targeted for December

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multi-asset gold company Hummingbird Resources is developing the advanced Yanfolila gold project, in Mali, as a low-cost, high-grade openpit mining operation, with first gold production targeted for December. 

Mali gold project production targeted  for December
YANFOLILA GOLD MINE The overall investment to bring the project into production will be around $88-million

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 In Southern Africa, power is becoming a far higher input cost in industries and processes than it was in the past, says mining ventilation solutions provider TLT Actom director Craig Johnston, highlighting that one of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of... 

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining
TOTAL VENTILATION One of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of ventilation or air used in the process

South African simulators commissioned in Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Mining company Sherritt International’s Ambatovy operation, in Madagascar, has commissioned its Cybermine heavy equipment operator training simulators from South African surface and underground mining simulator supplier ThoroughTec Simulation. 

South African simulators  commissioned in Madagascar
NEED FOR SAFETY The Cybermine high-fidelity training simulators answer the need for safe training of heavy equipment operators

Mining companies urged to make better use of digital technology

By: Ilan Solomons     14th July 2017 Struggling with commodity prices, declining ore grade and operational challenges, South African miners have no choice but to focus on creating operational excellence to buffer against declining margins, says research and consultancy firm the International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC worldwide... 

Mining companies urged to make better use of  digital technology
Photo by SAP
INTERGRATING SYSTEMS Creating operations that are interconnected digitally and built on processes enabled by data to deliver responsive and agile operations is of ‘critical importance’

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload

14th July 2017 South African process equipment supplier MIP Process MD Phillip Hoff is positive that 2017 will be a good year for the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). “Our pricing and [the level of] quality mean we are still highly competitive, compared with Asian and Chinese manufacturers.” 

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload
PHILLIP HOFF Seventy-five per cent of MIP Process’s business is outside of South Africa, as opposed to 25% about a year ago

Prophecy secures third vanadium project in 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     13th July 2017 Canadian project developer Prophecy Development Corp has secured a third vanadium-focused project in 2017, announcing on Thursday that it has signed a lease on the Louie Hill vanadium project, in Nevada With the acquisition of the Louie Hill project, together with the previously acquired... 

Africa remains tough but attractive mining destination

By: Nica Schreuder     13th July 2017 Despite potential risk factors associated with mining in Africa, mining services provider Fraser Alexander executive business development head Ken Bouch says the rewards make it worth investing in the mineral-rich continent. 

Africa remains  tough but attractive mining destination

Largo’s lenders cancel, defer funding provisos as vanadium price continues to rise

By: Henry Lazenby     12th July 2017 Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources’s syndicate of lenders under existing debt facilities have agreed to terminate and defer capitalisation requirements totalling $10-millionon the back of rising vanadium prices. The TSX-listed firm, which built and operates the Maracas Menchen mine, in... 

Largo’s lenders cancel, defer funding provisos as vanadium price continues to rise
Photo by Largo Resources
Maracas Menchen vanadium mine, Brazil

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