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Wits CMMS to host rock cutting technology course

By: Chantelle Kotze The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) will host a rock cutting technology course focused on hard rock boring and coal mining applications next month. 

300 a year doing mechanised mining courses at Wits centre

By: Martin Creamer Three hundred people a year are doing courses in mechanised mining offered by the University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS). CMMS director Dr Declan Vogt, who was interviewed by Mining Weekly Online at the university, sees one of the centre’s main roles as... 

Academic urges mining sector to mechanise operations

By: Chantelle Kotze The South African mining industry must mechanise its operations and research has a crucial role to play in helping industry to get there, says Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt. 

Mining mechanisation urgent, says new Wits mining centre director

By: Martin Creamer South African mining must mechanise to become more productive, says new Witwatersrand University Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt, who adds that research has a crucial role to play in helping the industry to become more competitive. “We’ve seen a tremendous drop... 

Space mining of iron-ore not viable for local markets

By: Yolandi Booyens The supply and demand of iron-ore and precious metals is globally well balanced; therefore, the mining of these metals in space for use on earth is not viable, notes Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Centre for Mining Innovation strategic research manager Dr Declan Vogt. His comment... 

CSIR in bid to develop technologies to mine ‘too thin’ seams

By: Leandi Kolver South African mining’s labour-intensive nature has had a negative effect on its gold mines as stopes had to be large enough to accommodate people, which made it uneconomical to pursue narrow gold reefs of limited grade, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Centre for Mining... 

Mine mechanisation helping to tackle safety, cost and productivity issues

By: Joanne Taylor The recent focus on South Africa’s platinum and gold mines has intensified owing to labour problems and this has, in turn, brought into sharp focus the bloated mine work-forces, which surprises the international mining community, as most overseas mining companies have moved towards mechanised... 

Mine mechanisation helping to tackle safety, cost and productivity issues

By: Joanne Taylor The recent focus on South Africa's platinum and gold mines, have intensified owing to labour problems. This in turn has shed some light on the massive labour sector, which surprised the international mining community, as most international companies have moved towards mechanised mining methods. 

Risk management to be key focus of
Centre for Mining Innovation research

By: Megan Wait South Africa’s Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research Centre for Mining Innovation (CSIR CMI) hosted an open day last month to emphasise the importance of research to the mining industry and to showcase current projects. 

New device to help detect loose rocks in underground work areas

By: Megan Wait Rockfalls are responsible for more than 30% of the fatalities on South African gold and platinum mines, with associated costs and lost productivity, and should be alleviated by new technology. 

Developments imminent in rock breaking methods

By: Beth Shirley The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) mining technology research development manager Declan Vogt says that the organisation aims to dedicate research to novel rock breaking methods, such as electric discharge drilling. 

Is mechanisation of SA's narrow-reef mines a pipe dream or probability?

By: Brindaveni Naidoo Mechanised mining of South Africa’s tabular narrow-reef mineral deposits has been on the to-do list of mining majors for years, but whether or not it can be effectively achieved in deep-level mining is a moot point. Diversified miner Xstrata has indicated that mechanising certain narrow stopes... 

Is mechanising South Africa’s narrow reefs a pipe dream or probability?

By: Brindaveni Naidoo Mechanised mining of South Africa’s tabular narrow-reef mineral deposits has been on the to-do list of mining majors for years, but whether or not it can be effectively achieved in deep-level mining is a moot point. 

New equipment to assist in the drive to combat silicosis

By: Brindaveni Naidoo To improve the quality and speed up the laboratory analysis of silica dust, a health hazard in the mining industry, parastatal science council the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has acquired the Bruker D8 Advance, an x-ray diffractor meter for powder X-ray diffractions (XRD). 

Coal programme grows technology

By: Christy van der Merwe Originally Coaltech was established to research the extension of the life of the Witbank Highveld coal basin, which was expected to run out in 2020. 

CSIR - a centre of mining research excellence

By: Mariaan Webb One of Africa’s largest research, development, technology and innovation institutions, the South African-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), turned 60 this year. 

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