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Lily Mine approaches IDC for loan to help retrieve remains of three workers

By: Reuters     5th January 2018 Lily Gold Mine has approached the Independent Development Corporation (IDC) for a loan as part of efforts to raise funds to resume the mission to retrieve the remains of three workers who were trapped underground in Barberton ,in Mpumalanga, in February 2016, the company said on Thursday. The... 

After 130 years cooling comes to the oldest listed mine

     22nd November 2017 As you mine deeper, sooner or later it’s going to get hot. And so it has at Barberton, although it has taken more than a hundred years. BBE Projects have recently commissioned a refrigeration and air cooling system at Barberton Mine’s Fairview Shaft to provide much-needed cooling for the on-going... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier (RC) plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. This integrated engineered modular solution is based on a fundamental component – FLSmidth’s... 

Mkango pushes forward with research programme, upbeat about Malawi prospects

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 Dual-listed Mkango Resources is upbeat about its research on the development of neodymium iron boron alloys, which are “critically important” for environment-friendly sectors, such as that of electric vehicles, states CEO Will Dawes. Mkango has started Phase 2 of its research and development... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

     3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Parnis Completes E-Houses For African Mine

     9th October 2017 An established track record for quality manufacture resulted in Parnis Manufacturing securing a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-House) destined for a mine in Africa. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked increase in the demand for a company that can... 

TFR’s Natcor, coal lines achieve records in September

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2017 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Natal Corridor (Natcor) channel, which operates the railway line that stretches from Rietvlei, in Gauteng, to the Durban Harbour, broke its monthly tonnage record in September. The Natcor channel railed 1.31-million tons, smashing its previous best monthly tonnage... 

Development of Rainbow Rare Earths’ Burundi project advancing on schedule  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has started mining ore from the Gasagwe pit at its Gakara rare earth project, in Burundi. CEO Martin Eales on Tuesday said the company was firmly on track to deliver its first shipment of concentrate from the mine in the fourth quarter of this year. 

Switchgear Solution At DRC Mine From Shaw Controls

     12th September 2017 Leveraging the advantages of a containerised solution, Zest WEG Group company Shaw Controls has provided an optimal medium voltage switchgear solution for the supply of power at a copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WEG MTW05 MV switchgear, the first to be supplied by... 

There's a key to lithium's future inside a shipping container

By: Bloomberg     11th August 2017 The world’s biggest miners’ determination to muscle into the burgeoning  battery market stepped up a notch with  Rio Tinto Group reporting breakthroughs in cracking the technology needed to unlock its giant lithium project in Serbia that could meet 10% of global demand. Tests at a research... 

Proper hose assemblies improve hydraulic safety and life span

     21st July 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG urges that care be taken when selecting, installing and maintaining high-quality components in any hydraulic system because hose assemblies can be highly dangerous if misapplied and if inadequate attention is given to maintenance of the hose and related equipment.  

Dominion is said to seek sweeter deal from Montana billionaire

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2017 Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp is hoping Montana billionaire Dennis Washington will cough up a little more cash to buy the world’s third-largest producer of rough diamonds by value. However, the company – which has put itself on the block twice in the past two years – says there’s no guarantee a... 

Burundi rare earths project on track for first production

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Rare-earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths says it has made significant progress towards achieving first production at its Gakara rare earths project in Burundi, East Africa, with about $6-million has been invested in the project to date. Bolstered by Rainbow’s completion of an... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Galane, Vantage extend date by which binding acquisition agreement to be signed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 TSX-V-listed miner Galane Gold and South Africa-focused Vantage Goldfields have agreed to extend the date by which a binding acquisition agreement between the parties will be executed to June 26. The miners in May signed a letter of intent (LoI) agreeing that Galane acquire all of Vantage’s... 

Lily mine secures funding and will resume search in September

By: African News Agency      9th June 2017 The search for the remains of three Lily Gold Mine workers — who were trapped underground in Barberton in Mpumalanga in February last year, when a lamp-room container they were working in fell into a sinkhole — would resume in September, the company said on Thursday. Lily mine’s business rescue... 

Robot ghost ships to extend miner's technology drive to seas

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, is studying the introduction of giant, automated cargo ships to carry everything from iron-ore to coal as part of a strategic shift that may disrupt the $334-billion global shipping industry. “Safe and efficient autonomous vessels carrying BHP... 

Demand boost for containerised transport from mine to buyer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Linde Material Handling South Africa has observed steadily increasing interest in Italian manufacturer CVS Ferrari’s brand of equipment from mining companies operating in Africa, with businesses across all industries increasingly moving towards the... 

OLI South Africa

     2nd June 2017 As the world’s top-selling electric and pneumatic vibrators manufacturer, OLI guarantees a high level of customer service through its 19 OLI trading subsidiaries, 36 local warehouses and five manufacturing plants worldwide. With a complete range of electric and pneumatic internal and external... 

Festoon systems ‘life blood’ of bulk materials handling

     2nd June 2017 As mining companies continue to look for ways to make their operations more efficient and cost effective and remain competitive as the global market emerges from a protracted period of low commodity prices, effective supporting equipment, such as festoon systems, have become increasingly... 

Galane Gold looks to buy Vantage’s South African assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 TSX-V-listed Galane Gold has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) with South African-focused Vantage Goldfields to acquire all of its outstanding shares. Vantage is an Australian company with mining assets in South Africa’s Barberton Greenstone Belt. 

Cosatu welcomes compensation for Lily mine victims’ families

By: African News Agency      17th May 2017 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has welcomed payments to the families of Pretty Mabuza, Solomon Nyarenda and Yvonne Mnisi whose bodies are still trapped underground at the Lily Mine, in Mpumalanga, since a rockfall in February 2016. “We also welcome the payment of R10 000 to... 

Early milestone reached at Guinean bauxite project

     14th April 2017 Aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has achieved an early milestone in the development of its bauxite mining and export project in Guinea, following the completion of land-raising work in Kamsar. The work is the first contract to be completed on its $1-billion investment in a mine,... 

Iron-ore mine builds 1 000-person changehouse at mine

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 Prefabricated accommodation specialist Speedspace is expected to complete the construction of  a 1 000-person change house for Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela project, in Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape, on schedule. As of March 14, the project was on track for completion by the end of March, barring... 

New drill logistically self-sufficient

By: Victor Moolman     31st March 2017 The new track-mounted VersaMobile KmN.8UM drill from mining equipment manufacturer VersaDrill Canada is self-sufficient to the point that it does not need mine vehicle involvement to facilitate its transportation when operating underground. 

First SA-made four rope handling system 

By: Victor Moolman     31st March 2017 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, designed for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, is ready to be used at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West, mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge... 

Greens party criticises Mulga Rock mine approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th March 2017 The Australian Greens party has lashed out at federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s approval of the Mulga Rock uranium mine, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Vimy Resources this week announced that Freydenberg approved the proposed mine, subject to certain conditions, noting that the... 

Strata Worldwide Emergency Refuge Chambers

     15th February 2017 Over the years, emergency refuge chambers and underground refuge rooms have gained widespread popularity in many types of mining and tunnelling operations around the world. Mandated for use in United States coal mines since 2007, these chambers are designed to provide emergency life-sustaining... 

Containerised laboratory for Mpumalanga colliery

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 Coal analysis firm Umzamo Analytical Services (UAS) opened a containerised analysis laboratory last month at junior coal miner ACC Coal’s Overlooked colliery in Bethal, Mpumalanga, to provide real-time, on-site analysis.   “The . . .  laboratory complements our existing footprint of laboratories... 

Inquiry into Lily mine accident to start within a few days

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2017 An inquiry into an accident at the Lily gold mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, a year ago, will start within the next few days. This follows the wrapping up of an investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The primary objective of the inquiry is to find the container in which three... 

Canadian client, local manufacturer sustain 17 yr relationship

     3rd February 2017 Crude oil and natural gas producer Canadian National Resources (CNR) will send two Hippo 350 kW medium-voltage submersible slurry pumps to South African pump  manufacturer Hazleton Pumps for repair and upgrade later this month. The pumps, used to pump liquids containing solids contaminated with... 

Online auctioneering should grow further in 2017

     27th January 2017 Amid generally impressive growth in the South African online auctioneering industry last year, online mining auctioneering company Clear Asset broke the R1-billion mark in asset sales. The company shipped assets to more than 20 countries, firmly establishing itself as a popular online destination... 

SA Hippo Again Flown To Canada 

     24th January 2017 SA Hippo Again Flown To Canada Two HIPPO 350kW Medium Voltage Submersible Slurry pumps would have been returned by the Canadian National Resources Limited (CNRL) to South Africa for repair and upgrade in May 2016. These pumps are being used to pump liquids containing solids, contaminated with tar... 

Lily Mine probe escalated to inquiry

By: SANews, SA government news service     7th December 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry. Xolile Mbonambi, the Acting Chief Inspector of Mines, said this when the department appeared before the Portfolio... 

Lily Mine’s rescue operations to resume in the next six months

By: African News Agency      30th November 2016 The search for the remains of three Lily Gold Mine workers, who were trapped underground in Barberton in Mpumalanga in February when a lamproom container they were working in fell into a sinkhole, would resume in the next six to eight months, the company said on Tuesday. Lily mine’s business... 

Caterpillar to invest $1bn in Africa over next five years

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th November 2016 US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, its independent dealers and the Caterpillar Foundation are to invest $1-billion in business, education and training across Africa over the next five years, chairperson and CEO Doug Oberhelman announced at the US-Africa Business Forum in New York, last... 

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