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Weekly Features

Engineering firm to launch raise mining offering for Africa

6th April 2018 Mining contracting and engineering firm Redpath Mining Africa, in partnership with Redpath Mining Australia, is gearing up to launch a new raise mining offering and adding the new Redbore 65 raise drill to its fleet of Raisebore drilling equipment in Africa from the fourth quarter of this year.... 

Mobile communication boosts work milieu in deep-level mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 With deep-level mineworkers exposed to hazardous environments on a daily basis, companies need to improve their communication and planning to reduce the number of fatalities in the industry, says employee engagement company Wyzetalk CEO Gys Kappers. "Enhancing stakeholders' engagement through... 

Mobile communication boosts work milieu in deep-level mines
GYS KAPPERS Enhancing stakeholders' engagement through more frequent communication will go a long way towards improving health and safety measures in mines

AngloGold Ashanti completes sale of Moab Khotsong mine

6th April 2018 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti has concluded the gross R3.574-billion sale of its Moab Khotsong gold mine, in the North West and related assets and liabilities to gold mining company Harmony Gold, as well as the separate sale of the Kopanang gold mine, in Gauteng and related assets and... 

AngloGold Ashanti completes sale of Moab Khotsong mine
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FLAGSHIP OPERATION A jumbo drill rig works under ground at Anglo Gold Ashanti's Mponeng gold mine near Carltonville, South Africa

First phase at platinum mine project completed

6th April 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons RSA in December completed the first phase of platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum's R10.7-billion Bakubung platinum mine project near Rustenburg in the North West. Wesizwe Platinum officially launched its flagship Bakubung... 

First phase at platinum mine project completed
DEEP LEVEL Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine project production shaft headgear

Technical innovation receives industry thumbs up

6th April 2018 Consulting firm Mira Geoscience received the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) Outstanding Achievement in Commercialisation award for a technical innovation and commercial sale that is quickly becoming the industry’s most comprehensive and advanced geotechnical data management and hazard... 

Technical innovation  receives industry thumbs up
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GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES The Ultra-Deep Mining Network is accelerating commercially viable technologies to the mining industry

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 Advancing and applying smart technology is improving miners' ability to delineate geological structures more accurately, which is important because a key aspect that affects safety in the sector is the variability of rock mass characteristics over time and space, says consulting engineers and... 

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines
WILLIAM JOUGHIN SRK Consulting is collaborating with the Australian Centre for Geomechanics to develop apps to manage seismic hazards that are dangerous for deep-level mines

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 The MT3500X/NX and MT950 ultralow-profile (ULP) machines designed and developed by mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group can facilitate mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels. "This is the... 

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme
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DANIE BURGER CMTI Group has embarked on a fundraising round that will close during the first quarter of this year to satisfy growth and the significant demand for South African mechanised-mining solutions

Digital tools deliver transparency, control to deep-level mining

6th April 2018 To deliver transparency and control to deep-level and other mining operations, global supplier of engineering and mining equipment Sandvik has developed the next generation of service offering from Optimine, OptiMine Analytics, which can  transform data into process improvements through... 

Digital tools deliver transparency, control  to deep-level mining
VERSATILE IMPROVEMENT Mining companies can reduce costs, increase productivity, improve safety and make smarter decisions using predictive insights

Digitalised mining can allow for deeper mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, will test its latest developments in digitalised mining technology in underground mining conditions in the next two months at the Sterkfontein caves, a World Heritage Site in Muldersdrift, near Krugersdorp.  

Digitalised mining can allow for deeper mining
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FRED CAWOOD Deeper mining will remain on hold until government can provide an effective national support system for mines

Electronic sensors to monitor explosive gases on deep mines

7th April 2017 A Norwegian-African cooperative project aims to develop a communication network, which will wirelessly transmit and receive signals within deep-mine operations, where drilling, blasting and excavation take place to detect combustible gases before they explode.  

Supplier working to improve service delivery, product offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 To cater for increased demand for its products in the Steelpoort area, physical support systems supplier to the underground mining industry M and J Mining has expanded its Steelpoort depot, in Limpopo. Over the past two months, the area of the distribution depot has increased from 200 m2 to 1 000... 

Supplier working  to improve  service delivery, product offering
INDEPENDANT SOLUTION The Flexibolt allows for the installation of longer flexible support in high-risk mining areas without the need for secondary support screws

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 More South African mining companies are shifting from using conventional labour forces to mechanising their deep-level operations, as they are exposed to increased seismic stress and the subsequent seismic activity, higher temperatures and time-consuming travelling to the rock face, says... 

Mine mechanisation gains traction
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DECLAN VOGT Mines and mining corporations have shifted their focus to improving production efficiency and maintaining steady productivity to prevent capital expenditure amid the commodities slump by means of using machinary

Mali gold mine to use SA cooling solution

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and air-cooling installations provider BBE projects has secured a $16-million order for two mine cooling systems at a deep-level gold mine, in Mali. “The addition of the cooling systems will enhance safety at the mine by improving the underground working... 

Mali gold mine to use  SA cooling solution
RICHARD GUNDERSEN Gundersen notes that the selection of lightweight building materials for the shell of the air coolers, leads to saving costs and speeding up construction.

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 Some of the most exciting opportunities are in deep-level mining, says Hatch Goba associate and Africa, Europe and the Middle East mining director Kevin Seyfried. The scarcity of capital, lower operating costs and the reaffirmation of safety by mining companies have prompted multinational... 

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch
DIGITAL MINING TECH Hatch Goba has highlighted an increase in mechanised mining and the subsequent need for such solutions

SA deep-level mining industry to remain in doldrums

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd April 2015 South Africa’s current outlook regarding the deep-level mining industry will remain negative, as the sector’s downward production trend is expected to continue, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) gold costs senior analyst Brian Ziswa tells Mining Weekly. “There have been numerous closures of... 

SA deep-level mining  industry to remain  in doldrums
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MITIGATION STRATEGY South African mining companies are attempting to introduce technology that aids deep-level mining, which is generally challenging

Mining-induced earthquake research in final stages

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd April 2015 Research institutions, led by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Japan’s Ritsumeikan University, are in the final stages of a research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of mining-induced earthquakes.  Once the study is completed, it will assist the mining... 

Mining-induced earthquake research  in final stages
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SAFETY UNDERGROUND Once the research project is completed it will assist the mining industry in being better equipped to deal with the ongoing challenge of keeping their workers safe underground

Innovative technology leading to increased deep-level mining

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd April 2015 Deep-level mining is becoming more common as a result of innovative technology, says design and consulting professional services company Stantec. Stantec US and international mining VP Sandy Watson says deep-drilling technology has continually advanced for greenfield projects, enabling mining... 

Innovative technology leading to increased deep-level mining
GOING DEEPER Deep-drilling technology enables mining companies to identify mineralisation at much greater depths with a reasonable level of confidence

Research results in fewer incidents at SA deep-level mines

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd April 2015 There have been major improvements in safety at South Africa’s deep-level mines over the past 19 years because of focused industry initiatives, as well as government-funded research and the implementation thereof, says SiM Mining Consultants director Friedemann Essrich. “From 1990 to 1996, on... 

Research results in  fewer incidents at  SA deep-level mines
GREATER CONTROL While deep-level mines are still exposed to significant seismic risk levels, these are increasingly being controlled through research and its implementation

SA mines benefit from sophisticated cooling methods

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd April 2015 Major mining companies, such as platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and gold miner AngloGold Ashanti, are benefiting from ventilation and cooling technology provided by cooling tower manufacturer Tektower, a subsidiary of industrial cooling tower systems company Industrial Water... 

SA mines benefit from sophisticated cooling methods
COOLING TOWER Mines require sophisticated cooling methods and equipment to reduce temperatures to safe levels for workers

South African mining industry committed to mechanisation

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd April 2015 The South African mining industry is committed to mechanisation in its deep-level mining operations, with major gold and platinum producers having announced their intent to modernise their operations, says Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt. He says many platinum... 

South African mining  industry committed  to mechanisation
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DOUBLE CONCERN Using people in deep-level operations is a challenge for mining companies because not only does making the underground environment suitable for workers become more costly but the risk to mineworkers also increases

Mechanised installation of mesh promotes underground safety

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd April 2015 The mechanised installation of high tensile steel mesh in deep-level mines promotes safety, as it  reduces the risk of people being harmed while performing the same task, says engineering company Geobrugg Africa protection systems GM Bart Schoevaerts. “In a lot of mines, undeground support is... 

Mechanised installation of mesh promotes underground safety
UNDERGROUND SUPPORT Geobrugg's high-tensile steel mesh is is three times stronger than mild steel and lighter than classical mild steel products

Tecman

3rd April 2015 Established in 1993, mining equipment manufacturer Tecman is the largest manufacturer of custom-made rock breaker boom systems globally. For the past four years, Tecman has manufactured more than 100 custom-designed breaker boom systems every year, which are exported through its global dealer... 

Tecman

Deep-level mineworkers need education to flourish

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 Deep-level mining companies have to consider underground mineworkers’ desire to advance their careers and flourish in the industry, but should recognise that modern South African mineworkers’ life expectations for themselves and their families are not always realistic, says professional services... 

Local underground ventilation solutions provider prioritises client relations

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 Providing ventilation systems for mining companies with deep-level operations necessitates the understanding of every client’s specific needs, which can be attained through ongoing communication, says South African-founded and South Africa-based underground ventilation systems provider Terramin.... 

Local underground ventilation solutions provider prioritises client relations
TERRAJET AIRMOVER An efficient ventilation system is critical to the effective management of occupational health and safety in all underground mining activities

Underground comms system launched

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 An Ethernet-capable underground communication system, which can ensure improved and dependable underground communication for deep-level mining operations, was introduced to the local mining industry in January, says mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa. Becker Mining South Africa... 

Ventilation event highlights energy optimisation at deep-level mines

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 The energy efficiency of ventilation and cooling systems installed at deep-level mining operations will be a central theme of the tenth International Mine Ventilation Congress (IMVC), reports local organising committee (LOC) chairperson Frank von Glehn. The theme of this year's conference, which... 

Fracturing and automation a solution for deep-level mining challenges

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 The deep-level mining sector is researching and piloting fracturing methods that could help mitigate the three main challenges facing deep-level operations – rock stability, ventilation and time wasted while travelling to mining areas – says research organisation the Council for Scientific and... 

Fracturing and automation a solution for deep-level mining challenges
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JEANNETTE MCGILL The deep-level mining sector is faced with the challenges of rock instability, the difficulty of installing ventilation systems and time wasted while travelling to the mining area

Underground bulk system enhances safety in mining

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th April 2013 In its efforts to improve safety, commercial explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services reports that it is at full implementation stage of its underground bulk systems (UBS) developed specifically for the challenging deep-level gold mining sector. 

CAT to supply longwall systems to four Consol mines

5th April 2013 Largest producer of coal from underground mines in North America Consol Energy has placed orders for Caterpillar (CAT) longwall equipment, including more than 1 100 roof supports, worth $300-million. Delivery of the equipment started at the end of 2012 and will be completed in mid-2013. 

Deep-level mining safety important – contractor

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th April 2013 Global mining contractor and engineering firm Redpath Mining tells Mining Weekly that safety is a pivotal factor in deep-level mining and it becomes even more significant amid the ongoing challenges that exist as a result of mines having to dig deeper for minerals. 

High-tensile mesh systems provide safer working environment underground

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th April 2013 The increasing depth of ore extraction in the South African mining industry leads to new challenges in hard-rock underground mines, with conventional ground-support systems, which can often not withstand rock-bursting ground caused by seismicity, becoming ineffective in highly stressed... 

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