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Amplats lifts Q1 PGMs output 8% y/y

By: Nadine James     Updated 7 hours ago Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) achieved an 8% year-on-year increase in platinum group metals (PGM) production to 1.2-million ounces for the quarter ended March 31, owing to improved operational performances across its portfolio.  Palladium production was up 9% year-on-year, at 407 400 oz, and... 

Fortescue production falls in March quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2018 Severe weather conditions and planned maintenance has seen iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals decrease production during the three months to March. The miner on Tuesday reported that 41.6-million tonnes of ore were mined during the quarter, compared with the 47.5-million tonnes in the previous... 

Hoisting mechanism offers increased productivity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2018 Engineering, equipment and service solutions supplier FLSmidth has developed an “innovative” skip discharging mechanism for vertical mine shafts – an alternative solution that can increase hoisting capacity and reduce hoisting duty cycles as well as maintenance time and costs, FLSmidth commercial... 

Chemical ore separation market now expanding

     20th April 2018 While the company’s historic market for the supply of chemicals to separate orebodies comprises mainly the Central Africa Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the market is expanding in terms of geography and mineral range, says mining reagent specialist Axis House MD Trevor... 

Siemens donates digital wall to Amplats’ Randfontein training centre

By: Nadine James     20th April 2018 Technology solutions provider Siemens donated a digital wall, featuring Siemens’ latest generation mineral processing system hardware and software to the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Engineering Skills Training Centre (ESTC), in Randfontein, Gauteng, last month. The centre was established in... 

Solrock Mining Services

     20th April 2018 South African mining industry specialist Solrock Mining Services, part of the Solrock Holdings group of companies, offers an experienced and hardworking team that is focused on turnkey solutions and specialist services, delivering high-quality products and operational efficiency across all... 

Wobbler technology benefits overhead irrigation for heap leaching

     20th April 2018 Heap leach depths have increased from 15 m of ore depth to 150 m since the turn of the century. Higher closure and reclamation costs, as well as a need to decrease the impact on agricultural land, prompted mine managers to increase ore depths as a way to make mining operations more efficient and... 

Aura targets Sweden battery project listing in H2

By: Mariaan Webb     19th April 2018 Plans are advancing for the separate listing of explorer Aura Energy’s Häggån polymetallic project, in Sweden, with completion targeted for the second half of the year. The company would initially maintain an ownership of 70% to 80% in the vanadium initial public offering (IPO) spin-off, but... 

Santos production falls in Q1

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Planned maintenance has seen oil and gas major Santos’ first-quarter production decline by 1.2-million barrels of oil equivalent, compared with the previous quarter, to 13.8-million barrels of oil equivalent. The ASX-listed major told shareholders on Wednesday that planned maintenance in Moomba... 

After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 Two leaks in a month, a 90-day outage and $58-million in fines is not enough to temper Anglo American's ambition for its long-delayed, multi-billion dollar Minas-Rio iron-ore mine in Brazil. Purchased at the height of the commodities boom a decade ago for $5.5-billion, Anglo American was once... 

Services demand in Africa rising

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Over the past two years, local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi has registered a rise in demand of between 20% and 30% for its service offering across Africa. The demand can mostly be attributed to the openpit operations across South Africa and Africa, but also to openpit operations... 

Software, digitalisation to enhance mining productivity, efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th April 2018 Amid the recent economic downturn, with the global mining industry having to deal with volatile commodity prices, as well as the increasing need to improve operational efficiencies and address safety concerns, mining software solutions provider MICROMINE global marketing manager Kate Gilbey... 

Aurubis eyes smelting deals with miners in Americas, Australia

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Aurubis, Europe's biggest copper smelter, is in talks with miners in South America, the US and Australia to set up smelting partnerships, as it pushes ahead with ambitious growth plans, its CEO told Reuters. Armed with a war chest of at least $1.5-billion for potential acquisitions, CEO Juergen... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

Collahuasi says to slash costs to under $1/lb in 2018

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Chilean miner Collahuasi said on Tuesday it expected to slash production costs to under $1/lb of copper this year as it boosts output and uses efficiency measures to optimise operations. Collahuasi, owned by Anglo American and Glencore, is a copper mine located in northern Chile and is among the... 

Digital tools deliver transparency, control to deep-level mining

     6th April 2018 To deliver transparency and control to deep-level and other mining operations, global supplier of engineering and mining equipment Sandvik has developed the next generation of service offering from Optimine, OptiMine Analytics, which can  transform data into process improvements through... 

Kefi making progress in efforts to secure funding for Tulu Kapi

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2018 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals has made “good progress” in assembling a full consortium focused on raising all the development funding at project level for the Tulu Kapi mine. The gold exploration and development company, which has projects in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia, is planning a $150-million bond... 

South Australian geologists to drive a revolution in minerals exploration

     3rd April 2018 A new research centre has been established to help reduce the cost of mineral exploration in Australia in order to boost output. Replacing the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC, the newly established MinEx Cooperative Research Centre will begin operating in July at the University of South... 

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised  

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Underground rail infrastructure at South African mines is not operating at its full potential, predominantly owing to poor track-system choices and a lack of critical maintenance, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa technical director of rail transport and... 

Innovative mobile toilet solutions suit mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Cape Town-based premier mobile ablutions and toilets supplier Absolute Ablutions is offering the mining industry an innovative range of toilets, providing the most effective and affordable sanitation for remote mining sites. A variety of high-quality toilet units, including basic non-flush,... 

Babcock prepares to roll out new Volvo CE rigid haulers

     29th March 2018 Babcock is preparing to introduce a new line-up of rigid haulers into the mining and quarrying sector in southern Africa following Volvo Construction Equipment’s announcement that the Swedish equipment manufacturer will be launching its own range of Volvo CE-branded rigid haulers. R100E 

Sibanye-Stillwater, Wits partner to digitalise mining industry

By: Nadine James     28th March 2018 Gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring safer and more productive mines by continuing its ongoing partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Mining Institute with the launch on Wednesday of the Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory... 

Epiroc ROC family of drill rigs ROC for Booysen Bore

     28th March 2018 “Mobility, flexibility, reliability, efficiency and precision drilling capacity define Epiroc’s ROC family of drilling machines making them the most suitable and up for the task,” states Pieter Malan, General Manager of Booysen Bore Drilling Company, Sishen. This specialist drilling company is... 

Goal driven and competitive South African manufacturing can up the stakes in global competitiveness

     28th March 2018 Manufacturing Indaba, the foremost Manufacturing event in sub-Saharan Africa and with its strategic partners, the dti and the Manufacturing Circle has grown exponentially, and now in its 5th year, is considered to be the leading manufacturing business platform. Manufacturing Indaba has relocated... 

Gensource inks second offtake accord with potash major

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2018 Potash project developer Gensource Potash has secured a second potash offtake deal in a week with a hitherto unnamed senior North American agriculture industry player. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Gensource said on Tuesday that the nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) contemplates the... 

Increasing mining services in Africa key to industry's long-term sustainability

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2018 Increasing the demand for mining goods and services is necessary to grow this industry in Africa, Southern African Development Community (SADC) industrialisation adviser Seth Akweshie said on Tuesday. Most inland developments in Africa have been established owing to nearby mining activities, he... 

Effective supply chains give mines a competitive advantage

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2018 Effective procurement and supply chains can be a key competitive advantage for mining businesses operating in Africa, CGC Consulting Services CEO Clive Govender said at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. “A good supply chain is key for reducing poverty,... 

WEIR MINERALS and ANDRITZ together make tailings a valuable product

     27th March 2018 WEIR MINERALS announce their long term strategic cooperation agreement with International technology group ANDRITZ to supply equipment for processing tailings in the mining industry.  As part of this agreement, ANDRITZ will supply proven separation and dewatering technologies, thus enabling WEIR... 

Driving fan and pump control in a range of niche sectors from HVAC to wine farms and mining

     23rd March 2018 From wine farms to the mining industry, the new LTP-B Eco drive from SEW-EURODRIVE is finding application in a range of sectors. The purpose-built drive is distinguished by the fact that different parameters can be set for a range of functions, from fan to pump control. While SEW-EURODRIVE does... 

Excellon swings back into black on dry mining conditions

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 Mexico’s highest-grade silver producer, Excellon Resources, has reported its first quarterly headline profit since the second quarter of 2016, thanks to optimisation efforts to effectively dewater the flagship Platosa mine. The Platosa deposit comprises several high-grade massive sulphide mantos... 

Bullion association punting responsible sourcing as a ‘must have’

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd March 2018 The London Bullion Market Association, the world’s authority for precious metals, together with its 150 members based in more than 30 countries and encompassing every part of the journey in precious metals production, is adding value to the global industry by setting standards, developing market... 

Polymer bushings find favour in mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 Specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings has been supplying bushings made from the polymer Hitemp 150 for use in rock drills, significantly improving their wear life, and reducing their replacement intervals. Hitemp 150 was developed about 20 years ago and is an internally lubricated... 

Mining companies stepping firmly into the new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Mining companies are taking technology advances seriously. Two have stepped firmly into the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and another two have set targets and made proposals that reflect to the credit of the industry.  

Stringent regulations may impede coal industry growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While key challenges facing the coal mining industry make the future of coal in South Africa uncertain, when considering the weight of coal in South Africa's energy mix, the coal mining industry is likely to remain an important one, says credit insurer Coface group economist Ruben Nizard. South... 

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

Liviero chooses Komatsu equipment for coal operations

     16th March 2018 When mining and construction company Liviero Mining elected to increase its dozer fleet to raise output at two major coal-producing sites in Mpumalanga, at Tweefontein where the company provides contracting services for a diversified mining company Glencore and Vanggatfontein, which it manages... 

Global coal demand stagnates

     16th March 2018 By 2022, global coal demand is expected to reach 5.53-billion tonnes of coal equivalent, the same as the average of the last five-year period, which means that coal use will have had a decade-long period of stagnation, according to nonprofit organisation that advocates for a clean and affordable... 

Innovative sizer equipment added to product range in SA

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Key mining equipment supplier Takraf Africa will officially launch the Takraf sizer equipment range onto the southern African market later this year, following its official launch in Europe in 2016. The sizer equipment, which has potential for application in coal mining, is already available on... 

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