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First Majestic production hits record, 2018 production guidance hiked

By: Simone Liedtke     17th July 2018 Total production from dual-listed First Majestic’s seven operating silver mines reached a new company record of 5.1-million ounces of silver equivalent in the second quarter, comprising 2.8-million ounces of silver, 25 449 oz of gold, 3.9-million pounds of lead and 1.4-million pounds of zinc. The... 

Rio Tinto autonomous train makes first delivery 280 km away

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has delivered its first iron-ore delivery by autonomous train from the Tom Price mine, to the port of Cape Lambert, some 280 km away. The autonomous train consisted of three locomotives and carried about 28 000 t of ore. The train was monitored remotely by operators in... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating “a huge wave” in Africa, as smart connected devices are being deployed at mines, there is further potential for smart devices and IoT to positively impact on mining operations in Africa, says pan-African law conglomerate Centurion Law Group CEO NJ... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

Sandvik offers safe, dependable blast drilling

6th July 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has delivered and commissioned the first DR461i, now identified as the DR412i rotary blast hole drill, to the African continent.  According to Sandvik, the DR412i blast-hole drill improves productivity while returning fuel... 

Resolute’s updated study reduces Syama underground mining costs

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 An update to the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Syama underground gold mine, in Mali, has delivered a significant reduction in the life-of-mine (LoM) all-in sustaining cost (AISC) to $746/oz, from $881/oz. The DFS update presents the results of an ongoing effort by ASX-listed Resolute... 

Digitisation key to sustainable mining industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018  The mining industry is at an inflection point and on the cusp of profound change, Australian mining futurist Gavin Yeates told delegates at the AEL Workshop for Explosives Engineers and Technical Representatives (WEETR) themed IntelliBlast, in Pretoria. Delivering the keynote address, he said... 

WGC report a first step in understanding gold’s GHG footprint

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2018 While there is limited published data on gold’s global carbon footprint, research by the World Gold Council (WGC) has determined that total greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from newly-mined gold are significantly lower than those of other major metals and mined products. “Gold is also valuable and,... 

Trump's coal gambit may yield political points, not mining jobs

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2018 The Trump administration’s plan for reviving coal power plants is unlikely to resurrect mining jobs but may boost the president’s support among crucial Rust Belt voters before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress. President Donald Trump has asked Energy... 

Outotec Floatforce Retrofit significantly improved metallurgical performance for Jinchuan Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2018 Outotec China successfully completed the 150m3 flotation cell retrofit project at Jinchuan Groups Ni-Cu facility in Jinchang. Background 

The Internet of Things – Monitoring Mine Performance

13th June 2018 The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to a mine near you.  And it would be a determined Luddite who resists this new wave – the next great industrial revolution that is transforming our world.  Bell Labs has described the “goal of the Internet of All Things to be to build a digital... 

World Mining Congress 2018: A driver for developing mining industry in Kazakhstan

11th June 2018 There is less than two weeks left before the start of the key world event in the mining and metallurgical industry - the 25th World Mining Congress, which will be held in Astana. Such a large-scale event of world significance will be held for the first time not only in Kazakhstan, but also in the... 

ELB welcomes Josh Hodgkinson as Implementation Engineer - Intelligent Solutions

6th June 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB), is pleased to announce that Josh Hodgkinson has been appointed as Implementation Engineer – ELB Intelligent Solutions (EIS), to help drive the business into the 4th Industrial Revolution. Josh has work experience in over 12 different countries, graduating... 

The 25th Jubilee World Mining Congress 2018 Will Be Held In Kazakhstan

5th June 2018 On June 19th-21st, 2018, the city of Astana will be hosting the 25th Jubilee World Mining Congress. Kazakhstan will be the first country among the CIS states to hold an event of such significant international importance. The World Mining Congress is the largest and most appreciable gathering of... 

Gold Fields to set aside acquisitions, sees industry costs rising – CEO

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 South Africa's Gold Fields is setting aside pursuit of new acquisitions for a year as it focuses on its existing operations and nearby prospects instead, the bullion producer's chief executive told Reuters late on Tuesday. Gold Fields' finances might be "a little bit negative" this year before... 

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... 

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