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Imilingo making strides at Electra Mining 2018

17th September 2018 As the final day of Electra Mining Africa 2018 themed ‘Diversity Day’ drew to  a close, the Imilingo Mineral Processing team were upbeat about their diversified Electra experience. “We came into this with a great deal of enthusiasm and it hasn't disappointed in terms of our overall objectives to... 

How Anglo quietly built a commodity trader in Glencore's shadow

By: Bloomberg     17th September 2018 Anglo American has quietly become a commodities trader. In just five years, the century-old miner assembled marketing operations that now sell more metals than the company produces. Yet the trading business gets barely a mention at presentations by Anglo executives or in analyst reports, taking... 

Top platinum mines keep digging even as price at decade low

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2018 Platinum prices are languishing near the lowest in a decade, but the biggest miners are barely cutting production. Although about half of South African output is estimated to be unprofitable, few companies are reducing production by a meaningful amount, with top supplier Anglo American Platinum... 

Tango’s African diamond focus grows

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Africa-focused Tango Mining on Thursday reported production since January of 941 ct of high-value diamonds from its Oena diamond mine, in the Western Cape. It also reported on progress at further diamond exploration projects in Angola, Liberia and Botswana. 

High efficiency drives versatile pump set

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Pump solutions specialist Integrated Pump Rental recently completed the assembly of an electrically driven Sykes XH150 pump set, which it exhibited at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. The pump set consists of a 315 kW motor with a 400 V drive capable of a maximum head of 180 m with a... 

Australian pumps maker targeting Africa

By: Halima Frost     14th September 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Australian Pump Industries, better known as Aussie Pumps, is making inroads in the African market following a recent partnership with English oil group Tullow. Aussie Pumps supplied six Mine Boss 4” trash pumps to the northern Kenyan territories – bordering on... 

Metric Automotive Engineering

13th September 2018 Metric Automotive Engineering is positioned as a world-class diesel engine component remanufacturer. Well-known in the mining, quarrying, earthworks, construction and railway sectors for its ability to remanufacture diesel engine components to original-equipment manufacturer specifications, and... 

Pump rental operator showcases diversity of product range

12th September 2018 Integrated Pump Rental intends to reinforce its position as one of the leading pump rental operations in Southern Africa with its participation at Electra Mining Africa. The company will showcase a range of its pump rental solutions aimed at showing the diversity of product available, and its... 

Himoinsa 

11th September 2018 Vertically integrated manufacture of diesel, gas and or HFO generators (3kVA to 3500kVA). Complete range of lighting towers including LED.   Standalone power projects from design stage, commissioning, operation and maintenance.   OEM spare parts and after sales technical service.   Generator and... 

A&R Engineering 

11th September 2018 Established in 1978 Currently employing and developing 300 plus people Supply products and service for underground and surface transport in the mining sector Focus on Improving safety through technology Comprehensive product range including; Surface and Underground Proximity Detection Systems... 

Shift to renewables to become a growing trend in the mining sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th September 2018 Owing to a reduction in renewable energy costs, the prospect of a more reliable power supply and an increasingly favourable regulatory environment in key mining markets, renewable energy is anticipated to play an increasingly important role in powering mining operations worldwide over the coming... 

Local manufacturer displays world-class solutions

10th September 2018 Underground coal equipment manufacturer Phillips Machine South Africa will showcase its shuttle cars, battery scoops and a range of refurbished equipment and aftermarket services at this year’s Electra Mining Africa trade show. The company manufactures original equipment manufacturer (OEM) batch... 

The immediate usefulness of EV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2018 Underground mining is at an interesting place right now, with the availability of diesel-free, battery electric equipment in most of the vehicle categories except heavy haulage, with that gap being actively addressed by a number of OEMs and the solution not something to be relegated to the... 

The immediate usefulness of EV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2018 Underground mining is at an interesting place right now, with the availability of diesel-free, battery electric equipment in most of the vehicle categories except heavy haulage, with that gap being actively addressed by a number of OEMs and the solution not something to be relegated to the... 

Northam says growth strategy remains on track

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2018 Platinum producer Northam Platinum’s growth, diversification and optimisation strategy is on track, with progress being made in the development of the Booysendal South and Zondereinde mines, in Limpopo. Zondereinde has enjoyed relatively stable labour relations over the past few years, which has... 

Manganese star performer, more stability in iron-ore price – Assore

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2018 Manganese was the star performer for diversified mining company Assore in the 12 months to June 30, when the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed record-performer experienced greater stability in iron-ore pricing but also chrome price volatility caused by global tariff uncertainty. In reporting... 

2018 platinum demand and supply seen contracting – WPIC

By: Nadine James     6th September 2018 Global platinum demand and supply will contract by 2% in 2018, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) said in its latest Platinum Quarterly report on Thursday. Platinum supply is forecast to slip from 8.06-million ounces in 2017 to 7.91-million ounces in 2018, as most mining regions are... 

Integrated Pump Rental

6th September 2018 Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors, including mining, quarrying, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry across Africa. The company has the agility to offer customers quick and easy access to a comprehensive range... 

Pump offers new levels of control, efficiency and protection

6th September 2018 Global water technology company Xylem has unveiled a new series of smart dewatering pumps - the Godwin S Series – that offers unmatched control and peace of mind anytime, anywhere. With advanced levels of monitoring and control, efficiency, reliability and sustainability, the Godwin NC150S... 

Fuel-price intervention will have ‘no impact on fiscus’

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2018 Cabinet insisted on Thursday that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s intervention to hold fuel prices steady in September – rather than to allow for the August under-recovery to be passed on to motorists as usual – would have no impact on the fiscus. In a statement released following its Wednesday... 

Serious questions being asked about decision to cap fuel price increase

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2018 Questions are being asked about Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s decision to approve an “urgent temporary fuel price intervention” leaving prices unchanged for September, apart from a 4.9c/l increase in the retail margin for petrol to accommodate wage increases for forecourt staff. Ahead of the... 

Young company to take on mining machinery rivals; sets sights on local assembly

30th August 2018 Although still a new and fairly small company, Itirele Mokwena Construction has lofty ambitions for the mining machinery business that it has set up to service the South African, and potentially, African markets. 

Tecman sees automation as a boon for mining

30th August 2018 The mechanisation and automation of mining in South Africa will improve productivity and extend the operational lives of many mines that would otherwise have closed, benefiting equipment manufacturers, such as Tecman. 

Manitou launches new telescopic handler

29th August 2018 Secrecy and mystery surround Manitou’s latest mining machine, which the global handling and lifting equipment manufacturer will be launching at this year’s Electra Mining Africa. Developed by Manitou Southern Africa (MSA), the new telescopic handler is designed for underground mining applications... 

Coal suppliers urged to put South Africa first 

By: Kim Cloete     28th August 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has suggested that Parliament call in some of the big and small coal suppliers to account for their export of coal, amid increasing concerns about the shortage of coal in the country. Gordhan was speaking after several Members of Parliament suggested... 

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing

24th August 2018 X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense media separation, for the treatment of middle and coarse-sized material. “The... 

Tipping point? Inflation creep at Australia's mines to erode margins

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 As Australia's big miners gear up for a new round of expansion after years of belt tightening, prices for everything from labour to fuel to equipment have begun to rise, driving up costs and eating into margins. Having repaired their balance sheets after a harrowing shake-out from a decade-long... 

Backup power to ensure safety, continuous production 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 There has been increased interest in the generator sets of Himoinsa Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Spain-based power solutions provider Himoinsa. This is a good sign from the mines, as it indicates that they are prioritising their safety requirements,” claims Himoinsa Southern Africa services... 

Rising oil prices fuelling renewables

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 The key drivers of an increased uptake of renewable and alternative energy sources by mines in Africa are an increasing oil price and the steadily decreasing price of renewable technologies, claims renewable energy supply company juwi Renewable Energies. This drive for renewable energy... 

John Ratcliffe displays wide range of products at Electra Mining

23rd August 2018 Since 1973, filtration and safety equipment supplier John Ratcliffe has focused on providing clients with a range of quality filtration, exhaust and safety equipment. Some of these products will be exhibited at this year’s Electra Mining Africa trade show and include the HJS sintered-metal... 

Transnet results eclipsed by irregular expenditure, qualified audit and State capture

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2018 A surge in irregular expenditure to over R8-billion triggered a qualification of Transnet’s 2018 financial results, all but eclipsing an otherwise strong financial and operational performance by the State-owned group. The irregular expenditure related primarily to procurement undertaken by... 

Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Platinum prices tumbled to ten-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal. Platinum has been caught in a broad sell-off as investors rush to the safety of... 

Hawks investigate cases related to Gupta-loot worth more than R40bn

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 The Hawks are investigating cases related to the Guptas' state capture project that involves more than R40 billion which has been plundered from state coffers. Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya presented the Hawks' progress in several cases of state capture to the Portfolio Committee on Police on... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The automotive industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries is on track to grow seven-fold to 650 GWh by 2025, from 70 GWh in 2017; the increase in energy storage, although from a lower base, will add to this, says specialist international publisher Metal Bulletin. It adds that the electrification of... 

Hydraulic trash pumps suitable for mining conditions

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Australian pump specialist Aussie Pump Industries has noted a significant increase in the use of hydraulic drive trash pumps, which eliminates the use of internal combustion engines, says Australian pump specialist Aussie Pumps Industries chief engineer John Hales. “Our trash pumps can be adapted... 

DISPENSING WITH THE NEED FOR DIESEL:

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 Operator Adam Ladouceur is guiding an electric jumbo drill at Goldcorp's Borden underground gold mine project in Canada, which is dispensing with the use of diesel-powered equipment. This quiet battery-powered tunnelling machine is making its way towards gold without lowering air quality. Near... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2018 Government must play a role in limiting large-scale retrenchment in the platinum sector by potentially incentivising companies to curb job loss. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has objected strongly to the retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum in particular and Royal Bafokeng Platinum... 

Heavy-handed laws not needed to transform mining – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2018 The growth of the once small community-based Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) into the fully fledged mining company that it is today, provides ample evidence that transformation is best served by collaborative partnerships rather than heavy-handed laws. “Anglo American Platinum have been an... 

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