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Australia’s energy sector should leverage automation and technology to boost competitiveness

25th May 2018 Australia’s energy resources sector could unlock a potential A$10-billion in value to the national economy if it pursues a number of transforms, a report by National Energy Resources Australia (Nera) has found. In its 2018 update to the ‘Sector Competitiveness Plan’, Nera identified... 

Gold to maintain its significance for decades to come – WGC

By: Nadine James     17th May 2018 Having compiled and published the ‘Gold 2048: The next 30 years for Gold’ report, the World Gold Council (WGC) has concluded that gold will “continue to be recognised, appreciated and valued in the years ahead” The report, released on Thursday, looks at the next 30 years and considers ways in... 

Mind the gap: Can subway and landmine technologies save South African platinum?

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Technologies used to carve subways and clear landmines are being retooled to mechanise South Africa's platinum mines, where an unforgiving geology has stymied such efforts at a huge cost. The technologies may make new mines profitable and could provide a lifeline for some loss-making shafts in a... 

Remote con trol your Epiroc Scooptram with new automation package

11th May 2018 For greater safety and efficiency in underground mining, Epiroc releases a number of automation features for the Scooptram underground loader. The Scooptram Automation Regular package allows the Scooptram to be controlled through an operator station from a remote location. "With the new Scooptram... 

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership

11th May 2018 Last month equipment supplier Epiroc delivered three FlexiROC D65 surface drill rigs to Northern Cape-based drilling specialists Booysen Bore. The delivery has increased Booysen Bore’s total drilling machine fleet to 51, while the addition of the new machines has strengthened the relationship... 

Autonomous mining vehicle test at SA coal mine successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     11th May 2018 A global truck manufacturer in cooperation with multinational networking systems provider Cisco, has successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) for autonomous mining trucks at an opencast coal mine in South Africa. Speaking at an In2IT networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg, Cisco... 

Total exploration expenditure exceeds $400 million for the first time since March 2015

26th April 2018 BDO’s report on the cash position of Australian-listed explorers for the December 2017 quarter (based on quarterly Appendix 5B reports lodged with the ASX) confirms the growing positive sentiment in the resources sector with the start of a new cycle of investment across a range of commodities.... 

Siemens donates digital wall to Amplats’ Randfontein training centre

By: Nadine James     20th April 2018 Technology solutions provider Siemens donated a digital wall, featuring Siemens’ latest generation mineral processing system hardware and software to the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Engineering Skills Training Centre (ESTC), in Randfontein, Gauteng, last month. The centre was established in... 

Relations sour at giant copper pit with automation looming

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 Just as labour tensions ease at BHP Billiton’s giant Escondida mine, the copper industry has another iconic mine to worry about. Relations between the world’s largest copper producer, Codelco, and unions in its Chuquicamata division have reached the lowest point in years as the mine transitions... 

Software, digitalisation to enhance mining productivity, efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th April 2018 Amid the recent economic downturn, with the global mining industry having to deal with volatile commodity prices, as well as the increasing need to improve operational efficiencies and address safety concerns, mining software solutions provider MICROMINE global marketing manager Kate Gilbey... 

Developing New Manufacturers

9th April 2018 Advancement in machine learning and industrial innovations vital to boosting South Africa’s manufacturing sector. Following the 2008 financial crisis, which caused many industrial sectors around the globe to dwindle, South Africa’s manufacturing industry experienced a similar downturn and almost... 

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... 

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... 

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Negative investor sentiment in the mining sector over the past four years has slowed the local mining industry’s adoption of a new suspended underground mining transportation system, designed by South African transportation system solutions provider Futran Holdings. Futran Holdings, the developer... 

Epiroc ROC family of drill rigs ROC for Booysen Bore

28th March 2018 “Mobility, flexibility, reliability, efficiency and precision drilling capacity define Epiroc’s ROC family of drilling machines making them the most suitable and up for the task,” states Pieter Malan, General Manager of Booysen Bore Drilling Company, Sishen. This specialist drilling company is... 

Deloitte launches Intelligent Mining Solution to encourage digital transformation

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2018 Advisory firm Deloitte has launched an Intelligent Mining Solution that illustrates how digital transformation in mining can address legacy industry challenges, improve safety and enable the required step change in performance. Deloitte collaborated with several technology business partners to... 

Geographical diversification bodes well for South Africa’s Master Drilling

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 South Africa-based raisebore driller Master Drilling’s expansion into new markets, particularly its recent entry into India and Australia, should stand it in good stead to benefit from a global uptick in the commodity cycle. The JSE-listed company in November announced its entry into the Indian... 

Coal mining needs effective extraction means

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The best process for extraction of coal depends on the geographical and geotechnical information of the deposit, says Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary engineering consulting company GO Holistic Engineering engineering consultant Kevin Jacobs. He tells Mining Weekly that South Africa's diverse... 

Digitalisation, automation to increase across Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th March 2018 Digitalisation and automation in the mining industry have become a reality, says mining and equipment services provider Sandvik Southern Africa sales VP Simon Andrews, who tells Mining Weekly that industry “has stepped beyond the conceptual phase and entered the operational phase”. He suggests... 

SA Hippo Submersible Slurry Pump® goes to Sierra Leone Diamond Mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 HAZLETON PUMPS® successfully manufactured and delivered five HIPPO Submersible Slurry pumps® for Carl Hamm PPS (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the German company Carl Hamm GMPH. Carl Hamm Pipes Pumps Solutions specializes in dewatering from surface where access is problematic and provide complete... 

Ghana, AngloGold agree to Obuasi redevelopment

9th March 2018 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has signed the regulatory and fiscal agreements with the government of Ghana that will provide the framework for the redevelopment of the Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, into a modern, productive mining operation, the company announced in a press release last... 

Anglo American Platinum and Yokogawa Forging a New Way Forward

7th March 2018 Mining Opportunities with new local business entity Yokogawa South Africa is proud to announce the signing of a distributor agreement with 3E Control and Instrumentation (3E C&I) to support local business development by the supply of their wide range of instrumentation products in the North West... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Siemens to enhance Magnis’ NY lithium-ion battery technology plant

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2018 ASX-listed Magnis Resources, battery technology developer Charge CCCV and industrial equipment multinational Siemens have signed a letter of intent to enhance the lithium-ion manufacturing technology at the New York battery plant, in which Magnis has a shareholding, through digitisation and... 

Digitalisation to impact on every aspect of mining – Schneider

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Of all the trends impacting on the mining industry, none will be as critical as digitalisation, says power management and automation systems Schneider Electric South Africa mining, minerals and metals (MMM) Africa business VP Wilhelm Swart.  

Vital To Retain Winder Engineering Skills In SA – Parnis

22nd February 2018 Once a powerhouse of engineering skills to support the local mining industry, South Africa must now work harder to ensure that it retains and passes on this technical capability – especially in fields like mine winder manufacture and refurbishment. Parnis Manufacturing works manager Brian Berry... 

Australian minerals sector calls for workplace relations, education reform to build future workforce

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 Australia’s higher education system should be reformed and outdated workplace relations laws that discourage investment and stifle innovation and efficiency should be fixed to build the future Australian minerals workforce, said Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) interim executive director David... 

RCT's Head of Product Management Dave Holman, RUC Cementation Mining's Finance Director John Walters view the signing of the partnership agreement with RUC Cementation Mining General Manager Barry Upton and RCT's Executive Director and CEO Brett White.

20th February 2018  RUC Cementation Mining Contractors and RCT partnership Smart Technology company RCT and leading underground mining contractor RUC Cementation Mining Contractors have partnered together to further develop and deliver innovative technologies to the underground mining industry. The global... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood 

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Connectivity can help PGM mines’ sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     9th February 2018 Underground connectivity in platinum-group metals (PGMs) operations in South Africa is expected to increase, assisting the struggling sector in predicting failures before they take place, thereby reducing the impact on operations, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining & Rock... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 "There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa," affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency Area Research Group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2018 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba has just ended here and the organisers are already putting their thinking caps on to make next year’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the event a grand affair. The names Cyril Ramaphosa, Elon Musk and the top who’s who of global and African mining are... 

Joi Ito to headline #DisruptMining finale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 Tech mogul Joi Ito will deliver a keynote address at the #DisruptMining finale on March 4, during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, in Toronto. A director of the MIT Media Lab and professor of the Practice of Media, Arts and Sciences at MIT, Ito is an... 

Komatsu celebrates 10th anniversary of commercial deployment of Autonomous Haulage System (AHS):100-AHS-trucks-in-operation milestone inspires plans to accelerate pace of mining automation

1st February 2018 Komatsu Ltd (President and CEO: Tetsuji Ohashi) (hereafter “Komatsu”) today announced the company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the commercial deployment of its Autonomous Haulage System (hereafter “AHS”). Today, more than 100 AHS trucks operate in Australia, North and South America.... 

Mining companies need to become disruptors – Deloitte

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 The key to a future in the mining sector increasingly lies in overcoming innovation barriers, embracing digitisation and unlocking the workforce of the future, as well as anticipating the digital mine of the future, Deloitte Global’s latest mining report shows. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s tenth... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

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