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Edenville’s coal wash plant nearly ready for shipment to Tanzania

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 The coal wash plant for use at Edenville Energy’s Rukwa coal mine has been delivered to port in the UK and inspected and cleared by the appropriate authorities, ready for shipment to Tanzania. The first of the shipments is expected to leave the UK this month and will take six weeks to arrive in... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 The South Deep mine, in Westonaria, is set to steadily ramp up production using its fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies while improving the health and safety of personnel, as well as morale.  

BlueRock improves diamond recovery since upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds on Thursday reported that since it restarted operations at its Kareevlei mine, recovered grade has been improving from an initial 1.53 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) to the most recent results of 3.02 cpht. The company late last year embarked on a thorough overhaul... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2017 The South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria, Gauteng, is set to steadily ramp up production using a fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies, while ensuring improved personnel health and safety, as well as morale. The... 

Printed titanium parts expected to save millions in Boeing Dreamliner costs

By: Reuters     11th April 2017 Boeing Co hired Norsk Titanium to print the first structural titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner, a shift that the Norwegian three-dimensional (3-D) printing company said would eventually shave $2-million to $3-million off the cost of each plane. The contract announced on Monday is a major... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Opportunities aplenty for S Africa-based contractor

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 African buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings will supply a construction camp and site offices valued at R20-million for a Guinean gold project by mid-2017. Kwikspace business development executive Nick Alexander says the 1 400 m2 project includes accommodation for 120 personnel,... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Training on the move with Atlas Copco RCS Mobile Trailer

     29th March 2017 Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique has invested in a RCS (Rig Control System) Mobile Trailer to make training more accessible, convenient and affordable by taking it to the customer’s doorstep. RSC is all about faster fault detection, lower maintenance costs and enhanced rig... 

St Barbara approves A$100m for Gwalia extension project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2017 The board of gold miner St Barbara has approved a A$100-million investment to expand its Gwalia operations, in Western Australia. “The approval of the Gwalia extension project begins an exciting new phase in St Barbara’s and the Gwalia mine’s story. Gwalia started in 1896 and it just keeps... 

Tlou raises A$5.2m for CBM projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th March 2017 ASX- and Aim-listed Tlou Energy has raised some A$5.2-million through a share placement to fund work at its coal bed methane (CBM) projects, in Botswana and elsewhere in Southern Africa. The company placed more than 51.78-million shares at an issue price of 10c each, to sophisticated and... 

New entrants lack experience in coal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 A lot of people are entering the coal sector with no experience in coal whatsoever, nonprofit trust Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) lead coal course presenter and coal industry specialist Alan Johns tells Mining Weekly 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     17th March 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Tech metals supply lagging demand as electric car production increases

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 The burgeoning lithium-ion battery market, buoyed by increased demand for and production of electric vehicles (EVs), among other end-uses, is making it increasingly difficult for producers of tech metals such as lithium and cobalt to keep pace with the demand from technology developers. Global... 

Tech metals supply lagging demand as electric car production increases

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 The burgeoning lithium-ion battery market, the result of increased demand for and production of electric vehicles (EVs), among other end-uses, is making it increasingly difficult for producers of tech metals, such as lithium and cobalt, to keep pace with the demand from technology developers.... 

DTI content with mining equipment manufacturing sector collaboration

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2017 The Department of Trade and industry (DTI) on Thursday said it was “pleased” with the progress being made in developing South Africa’s mining equipment manufacturing sector under the umbrella of Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). The department launched the initiative to... 

Tiger to lose 100 t of production amid repairs to pump mixers

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th March 2017 Copper miner Tiger Resources expects to lose some 100 t of production during March, as repairs to the tank leach circuit at its Kipoi project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are under way. Tiger previously reported damage to its tank leach circuit components, including the pump mixers. The... 

Delivering integrated power solutions for African projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2017 Integrated energy solutions provider Zest Energy, a member of the Zest WEG group, is set to hand over a power generation solution for Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite mine, in Mozambique, at the end of April. This flagship project – the company’s largest power plant in terms of power output –... 

South African wear solutions specialist appoints Namibian sales agent

     24th February 2017 South African wear solutions specialist RioCarb has appointed a new sales agent in Namibia and is confident this will improve its customer service and product delivery, as well as rapidly grow its market share in the country this year. The chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert signed an... 

Kipoi hit by disruptions, output affected – Tiger

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd February 2017 A number of disruptive events at the Kipoi copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have resulted in ASX-listed Tiger Resources warning of a "material negative impact" on cash flows, as well as reduced revenues from lower copper production. The miner in October 2016 reported that heap... 

Asa delivers mixed quarter as Trojan weighs on performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 London Aim-listed Asa Resources has delivered a mixed performance in the third quarter as commodity prices declined and some lingering operational difficulties persisted at its Trojan nickel mine, in Zimbabwe. However, the company has implemented several mitigating measures to deal with the... 

Arconic sells majority of its stake in Alcoa Corp

By: Henry Lazenby     17th February 2017 NYSE-listed specialty alloys manufacturer Arconic has sold about 60% of its 19.9% stake in its former downstream business segment Alcoa Corp for $890-million. Arconic, which makes lightweight, high-strength components for the aeronautics and automotive industries, sold 23.35-million of the... 

Coal terminal avoiding ‘catastrophic failure’, doubling equipment capacity

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Phase 1 of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) yard machine upgrade, in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed in February 2018, says engineering and infrastructure advisory services company Aurecon. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Rehabilitation should be included and budgeted for in a project’s initial mine plan to ensure proper project management over the entire mine life cycle, says nonprofit organisation Land Rehabilitation Society of South Africa (LaRSSA) president Raina Hattingh. 

Local fuel cell manufacturing launch good for platinum demand outlook

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2017 The fuel cell plant launched this week has important potential demand implications for South Africa’s platinum-mining industry. With the Department of Trade and Industry, Isondo Precious Metals, headed by CEO Vinay Somera, has invested in a state-of-the-art German manufacturing plant technology... 

Specialist aims to step up offering at Kibali

By: Simone Liedtke     10th February 2017 Condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck hopes to discuss with the engineering management team whether there is an opportunity to roll out its reliability services at the developing Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it opened its eleventh laboratory last year. 

Signs of hope for the platinum industry

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2017 Following a few tough years, experts believe the platinum sector’s future looks bright, with a strong case for investing in the precious metal. World Platinum Investment Council CEO Paul Wilson this week said traditional investors had walked away from platinum as an investment from 2015 to 2017,... 

Roytec Global

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2017 South Africa-based liquid/solid and mineral separation equipment supplier Roytec Global is a leader in the supply of thickening, filtration and mineral floatation technologies for the mining industry. Roytec is passionate about service excellence and prides itself on living up to its promises.  

Local fuel cell manufacturing launch boost for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2017 The government-backed fuel cell plant launch scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town has important potential demand implications for South Africa’s platinum-mining industry. With the backing of the Department of Trade and Industry, Isondo Precious Metals, headed... 

Boart Longyear to exhibit at Investing in African Mining Indaba; representatives will showcase a variety of innovative drilling equipment and products

     3rd February 2017 Boart Longyear, the world’s leading provider of drilling equipment and performance tooling, will feature a broad range of innovative drilling solutions at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, February 6-9, in Cape Town, South Africa.   Boart Longyear’s top... 

Coating solution enables improved pump efficiencies, saves costs

     3rd February 2017 The application of coating technology supplier Thermaspray’s protective thermal spray coatings is claimed to reduce degradation processes on performance-critical pumps components to extend their operating life and improve pumps efficiencies for the best uptime and increased production. The... 

Polymer-based elastomeric material reduces corrosion, costs

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 To reduce corrosion and maintenance while enhancing efficiency, pump manufacturer Mather+Platt is applying polymer-based elastomeric material to its internal pump components as well as the external housing of the pump units. The company notes that the advanced polymer material is unique to the... 

Pumps manufacturer to launch mechatronics solution this quarter

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals will launch its mechatronics solution, Synertrex, before the end of the first quarter. The solution leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) – combining integrated equipment technology with everyday electronic and mechanical equipment with network... 

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency

     3rd February 2017 As the mining industry is supported by a vast system of pumps and pipes, it is important to install pumping equipment that is capable of outlasting its intended job, thereby ensuring safety and efficiency in the mining industry, says displacement pumps manufacturer Netzsch Pumps North America.... 

On-The-Air (27/01/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2017 Innovative waste-to-energy plants have been launched by two of South Africa’s biggest cities in as many months; France this week formally declared its intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear overture of December 20; and South Africa’s first fuel cell plant is to be launched in Cape Town next month. 

African Mining Vision yields limited results in Central Africa

     27th January 2017 In spite of the efforts deployed by countries in Central Africa to incorporate the objectives of the African Mining Vision (AMV) into national policies and legislative frameworks, the results are still limited and do not drive inclusive growth and sustainable development, according to an Economic... 


     27th January 2017 Witbank-based Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) specialises in the construction of materials handling systems and processing plants. “Amtec is especially proficient and experienced in brownfield and shutdown construction activities having successfully undertaken many ‘difficult’ projects in... 

Input costs weigh heavily on Zambia’s mines – ZCM

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 Electricity and labour, which together account for up to 50% of total operating costs, are the most important elements in the cost structure of the average Zambian copper mine, states the Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM). This means that even small increases in these two cost components can have a... 

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