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Companies on the hunt for mechanised mining skills

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 The increasing use of mechanisation in mines, compounded by the resultant culture change, will affect the type of skills management required by the mining sector in future, University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt tells Mining Weekly. He... 

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 More South African mining companies are shifting from using conventional labour forces to mechanising their deep-level operations, as they are exposed to increased seismic stress and the subsequent seismic activity, higher temperatures and time-consuming travelling to the rock face, says... 

Mechanisation crucial for sustainability of South African mines – Wits academic

By: Ilan Solomons     18th March 2016 It is imperative that South African mines as a collective adopt mechanisation to improve their operational efficiencies and remain sustainable business entities, stated University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt. Vogt who gave a keynote... 

Mining Charter changes may boost local equipment procurement

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th December 2015 With the Mining Charter being aligned with the revised Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice, now is the time to “level the playing field” and entice greater procurement from South African mining equipment manufacturers in the local mining industry, regardless of... 

30% of SA’s platinum now comes from mechanised mines, gold sector mulling or implementing high-tech initiatives

By: Ilan Solomons     4th December 2015 South African mines are becoming more modernised faster than many people realise, says University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems director Dr Declan Vogt. “Many platinum mines are implementing mechanisation, with about 30% of the country’s current underground platinum... 

30% of SA’s platinum now comes from mechanised mines, gold sector mulling or implementing high-tech initiatives

By: Ilan Solomons     4th December 2015 South African mines are becoming more modernised – faster than many people realise, says University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems director Dr Declan Vogt. “Many platinum mines are implementing mechanisation, with about 30% of the country’s current underground platinum... 

Mining Charter changes may boost local equipment procurement

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th December 2015 With the Mining Charter being aligned with the revised Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice, now is the time to “level the playing field” and entice greater procurement from South African mining equipment manufacturers in the local mining industry, regardless of... 

South African mining industry committed to mechanisation

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd April 2015 The South African mining industry is committed to mechanisation in its deep-level mining operations, with major gold and platinum producers having announced their intent to modernise their operations, says Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt. He says many platinum... 

Serious thought being given to modernising South Africa’s lagging mining industry

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2015 Serious thought is being given to the modernisation of the South African mining industry following the plea at the Joburg Indaba by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) independent chairperson and apartheid struggle veteran Mohammed Valli Moosa. It sometimes takes a person with a political bent to... 

Academic says mines will need to be run like factories to be profitable in the future

By: Anine Kilian     12th December 2014 Mines needed to run like factories to become more profitable in the future, the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems director Declan Vogt said at the Swedish mining initiative conference in Pretoria earlier this month. He explained that mechanisation in mining... 

Mining step change needed, factorylike mining advised, mineworker numbers to fall

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2014 The mining business model needs a step-change; mines need to be run like factories; and mineworker numbers are set to fall 8% a year for the next two years 

Mining on cusp of business transformation – Dassault Systèmes

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2014 The mining industry is on the cusp of business transformation similar to what manufacturing experienced decades ago, says Dassault Systèmes VP natural resources Marni Rabassó. During the time that mining was able to ride the commodity price curve without feeling too much pressure to change, the... 

Declan Vogt

By: Martin Creamer     21st November 2014 Main Activity of the Company: Courses, research, development and consulting to support mechanisation in mines Date and Place of Birth: October 15, 1968, Salisbury, Rhodesia, (now Harare, Zimbabwe) Education: BSc Eng and MSc Eng in electrical engineering at Wits, PhD in electronics at the... 

Wits CMMS to host rock cutting technology course

By: Chantelle Kotze     31st October 2014 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     29th October 2014 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     19th September 2014 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     12th September 2014 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     26th July 2013 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     19th July 2013 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     3rd May 2013 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     3rd May 2013 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. 

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