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Corsa sees sales volume growth for sixth consecutive quarter

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2017 Even though the global supply chain for metallurgical coal remains challenged and prone to disruption, strong steel pricing and production levels have helped to sustain a high level of demand for raw materials, which include metallurgical coal, according to Corsa Coal CEO George Dethlefsen. In a... 

Collaboration with engineering firm yields nigh-R100m cost saving for Harmony

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 JSE-listed Harmony Gold has partnered with Pretoria-based engineering company ETA Operations (ETA), formerly known as HVAC International, to improve the operational efficiency of Harmony’s deep-level gold mines in South Africa, subsequently resulting in significant cost savings. The operational... 

Schneider Electric offers latest ideas on MOM systems at MESA conference, exhibition

     16th November 2017 • Critical information on manufacturing solutions • Case studies in Food & Beverage, Mining • EcoStruxure drives IIoT The Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) will hold its annual conference and exhibition on 16-17 November 2107 in Gauteng. Amongst its silver sponsors is... 

Digitalised in-house communications to benefit African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa need to think innovatively about how to reach their workforces and consider different access and communication models to ensure healthy and effective employee relations that can significantly improve their bottom lines, says communications provider Wyzetalk... 

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto

     10th November 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has selected capital equipment giant Caterpillar (Cat) and global industrial company Barloworld to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Otjikoto mine, Namibia, which will provide 7 MW of solar power to the mine. “For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable,... 

New merger boosts offering for Africa’s mining industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 Multinational consulting, engineering and project management firm Amec Foster Wheeler has merged with industrial facilities specialist Wood Group to form a new company – Wood – that will specialise in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services in the energy and industrial... 

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which relates to the brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining (TMM) equipment, says... 

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology, which will reside within the Department of Mining... 

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... 

Khato Holdings believes in investing in people as its “most valuable asset”

     9th November 2017 Emphasizing its staff, comprising more than 500 permanent employees, as its “most valuable asset, “Khato Holdings chairperson Simbi Phiri, states that, “we run the company holistically, therefore, there is no wastage of resources. I think we have the best people.” Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani... 

At mines, security is about people

     7th November 2017 By Neil Cameron, Johnson Controls Area General Manager, Building Efficiency – Africa   In the mining sector, security is increasingly complex. High value assets, sensitive equipment and a hazardous work environment make meeting workplace rules and policy requirements pivotal to safety and... 

Epiroc takes the mining and civil engineering stage

     6th November 2017 Atlas Copco grows into two separate international groups of companies. Globally, the entire Mining & Rock Excavation Technique Business Area together with the Construction Tools Division of Atlas Copco becomes part of Epiroc while the industrial segment remains with Atlas Copco. With Epiroc... 

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits

     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components from manufacturer Fenner Drives includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime, compared with conventional V-belts.... 

Kumba’s September-quarter iron-ore output 2% down year-on-year

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Kibali Africa’s most mechanised gold mine – Randgold

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2017 If you want to make money in mining, you must be efficient and a company taking efficiency to new heights in Africa is Randgold Resources. While there is a perception in some developed world minds that in Africa mineworkers arrive at the gate, pick up a spade and go out there and shovel stuff,... 

Alrosa reaffirms commitment to long-term contracts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 Russian diamond giant Alrosa has reaffirmed its commitment to channel 70% of its sales to key customers governed by three-year contracts. Alrosa started implementing long-term contracts in 2009 and has said that the sales practices had repeatedly proved its efficiency. 

Gem Diamonds reports increase in Q3 diamond sales

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 Sales from Aim-listed Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, increased by 19% year-on-year to $48.1-million in the third quarter ended September 30. The company attributed this to improved demand for high-value rough diamonds, which benefited prices. 

Supplier takes on larger equipment market

     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) has entered the large excavator market and has chosen to represent international construction and mining equipment manufacturer Sany. GEM signed an agreement with Sany on 17 May last year, to be incorporated under GEM, to operate as a... 

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the mining industry in South Africa. Specifically, Mokoatle says the country must begin focusing on... 

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance 

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 The Tharisa openpit platinum, gold and chrome mine, in the North West, has embarked on a value-add improvement project to extend the length of oil-drain intervals on a specific fleet of rigid dump trucks (RDTs) and, subsequently, reduce downtime and save costs. The project is being led by... 

Coal miner pushing to further productivity, cost efficiency

     27th October 2017 In 2018, mining company Sasol Mining will have renewed focus on its business improvement programme to improve productivity and cost efficiency, states integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol in its Integrated Report, published June 30. Sasol notes that its mining business unit is... 

Fluor establishes a Multi-Projects Group® to offer Scalable Project Solutions

     26th October 2017 Fluor South Africa has established a Multi-Projects Group® to assist clients with lean, cost effective engineering, procurement and construction services for small- to medium-sized projects. “This execution approach is instrumental in offering our clients capital cost efficiency, specifically... 

Sierra shuffles Mexican team in bid to improve ops performance

By: Henry Lazenby     24th October 2017 Growth-focused precious metals producer Sierra Metals has revealed a significant shakeup of its corporate team in Mexico, with a view to improve operations at the Bolivar copper and Cusi silver mines, following disappointing third-quarter production results as a result of lower recoveries. The... 

Kumba Q3 output down 2% y/y; FY guidance raised

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Dewatering: A vital part of minerals mining

     23rd October 2017 The process of extracting ore and turning it into valuable commodities inevitably puts equipment under significant wear and tear. While equipment used in the dewatering process may not be expected to withstand the same levels of abrasion as, for example, a cone crusher or a mill discharge pump,... 

Atlas Copco

     20th October 2017 A world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco is characterised by focused businesses, a global presence with direct sales and service, a strong, stable and growing service business, professional people and an asset-light and flexible manufacturing setup. “We are... 

Lourens de Koning

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Lourens de Koning, the COO of Fraser Alexander, the R700-million, 3 690-employee mining services company renowned for its expertise in tailings storage and retreatment  

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba... 

South32 bolsters net cash to $1.7bn, reports solid Q1 results

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th October 2017 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported its financial and operational results for the first quarter of the 2018 financial year, telling shareholders that stronger commodity markets had delivered a $33-million increase in its net cash position. “Our key commodity markets continue to... 

‘Mine-blowing’ automated door solutions from Maxiflex

     18th October 2017 A range of superior quality, rugged automated door solutions, engineered to meet increased safety, efficiency and productivity on mines, are available from South Africa’s leading door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex. The local mining industry is facing significant challenges which are... 

South African mining industry must modernise – Chamber of Mines

By: Dylan Slater     18th October 2017 The South African mining industry has to modernise as a matter of urgency in order to halt job cuts in the industry, as well as to create more jobs, says Chamber of Mines modernisation and safety head Sietse van der Woude. Delivering a keynote address at diversified engineering solutions company... 

Siemens presents Digitalization in Mining as a lever to increased productivity.

     17th October 2017 The global mining industry faces major challenges while needing to meet mounting stakeholder expectations. In order to stay competitive, companies have to become leaner, stronger, and more innovative. In this context, digitalization plays a crucial role by offering new possibilities to increase... 

Prominent Hill openpit closure brought forward

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th October 2017 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals will bring forward the closure of its openpit operations at the Prominent Hill mine, in South Australia, from the mid-2018 to the first quarter of the year. About A$10-million will be saved through the accelerated plan, the company reported on Monday, as it released... 

Lynas sets records in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th October 2017 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record sales revenue for the three months to September, along with record production and cash flows. Lynas on Monday reported record production of 1 442 t of neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) during the quarter, which was up 22.6% on the previous corresponding... 

Musselwhite mine, Canada

By: Thabi Madiba     13th October 2017 A Gold mine located on the southern shore of Opapimiskan lake, in north-western Ontario, Canada. 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

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