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New directive will affect mining vessels off the shore of Namibia

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will implement a low sulphur fuel directive (LSFD) that will impact on the availability of fuel for ships and mining vessels off the coasts of African countries, including Namibia. The LSFD will require ships to use low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO),... 

Online auctions free up working capital fast

By: Nica Schreuder     26th January 2018 Online mining equipment auctions have the potential to help stimulate growth in the African mining sector, says independent online auction solutions company Clear Asset MD and cofounder Ariella Kuper.  

Astore Keymak

1st September 2017 Manufacturer of plastic pressure fittings brand KeyFit Astore Keymak was founded and driven on the premise of supplying and manufacturing superior-quality products complemented by sound technical support. Established as Astore Africa in 1985, the company was bought by Hudaco Trading in 2008,... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

GPS-enabled surface miners to launch in South Africa

By: Victor Moolman     21st October 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer expects to soon make its GPS-enabled precision surface miner available for sale to the South Africa market, following positive test results at a local coal mining operation. Vermeer application specialist Paul van Helden says precision surface miners can be... 

New cone crusher has high capacity, low environmental impact

30th September 2016 Construction equipment supplier Sandvik has introduced the CH540 cone crusher, a high-capacity, high-quality crusher with a low environmental impact that is ideally suited to quarries or aggregate plants looking to increase production capacity, eliminate bottlenecks, reduce cost per ton produced... 

Pump and Abrasion Technologies 

14th September 2016 South African slurry pump manufacturer Pump and Abrasion Technologies has taken the exciting and bold step of designing and manufacturing a new range of slurry pumps tailored specifically to the needs of the market.  

Pump & Abrasion’s New CURVE Range to Revolutionise Slurry Pump Industry

14th September 2016 South African slurry pump manufacturer Pump and Abrasion Technologies has taken the exciting and bold step of designing and manufacturing a new range of slurry pumps tailored specifically for the needs of the market. The CURVE range has been officially launched on South African soil at the 2016... 

Zim PGMs producer’s accommodation needs met

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 African building manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings provided site accommodation capable of housing about 500 project personnel as part of refurbishment works being carried out at the Selous, Zimbabwe-based base metals refinery (BMR) owned by platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Zimplats –... 

First, find the world’s biggest diamonds; then don’t break them 

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2016 A black-and-yellow dump truck rumbles up from a giant pit in the mountains of southern Africa, carrying a load of freshly blasted slate-gray rock from the Letseng mine. With luck it will contain a golf-ball sized diamond worth perhaps $20-million. With even more luck the stone won’t get smashed. 

Mining industry to put the skids on waste tyres

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th February 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) says waste tyre remediation company Waste Beneficiation, which is supported through the initiative’s business incubation programme, is ready to use its waste tyre shredding solutions to implement tyre abatement plans for... 

Satellite imagery to assist in monitoring illegal mining activities

By: Ilan Solomons     5th February 2016 Monitoring abandoned mines and illegal mining activities using satellite imagery is now possible, says remediation services provider and subsidiary of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, Crosstech director Hansjörg Eberle. Crosstech, as part of the Swiss consortium that also includes software... 

Pricing regime casts cloud over Indian CBM investments

By: Ajoy K Das     26th October 2015 The Indian government’s slashing of natural gas prices and the absence of a pricing regime for coal-bed methane (CBM) has cast a cloud over existing production and future investments in the coal gas sector. At a recent meeting between CBM exploration and production (E&P) majors and... 

First coal blocks to be auctioned for commercial mining in India

By: Ajoy K Das     12th October 2015 The Indian government will put five to ten coal blocks up for auction by the end of November to usher in commercial mining for the first time in the country. According to a senior official in the Coal Ministry, the auction for this lot of coal blocks for commercial mining would follow the... 

Tracking system reduces conveyor misalignment

25th September 2015 Bulk materials-handling solutions provider Martin Engineering offers a series of responsive conveyor belt tracking systems that mitigate misalignment, rather than correcting it after the fact – even on reversing belts – to promote conveyor efficiency and safety. 

Indian sponge iron producers seek coal block reservations

By: Ajoy K Das     16th September 2015 In preparatory meetings around the auction of coal supply linkages to user industries, the Indian sponge iron industry has sought to reserve high-grade captive coal mines specifically for the sector. In an interministerial committee (IMC) meeting held on Tuesday, the sector, while acknowledging... 

R2m mobile screen enables new business opportunities for sand mine

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th July 2015 Western Cape-based building and materials supply group Els Group has invested in a Sandvik QA331 mobile screen worth R2-million to increase output from its subsidiary OJ Plant Hire sand mine, which has opened up new business opportunities for the group. 

Mining industry will overcome difficult times, says Motsepe

By: News24Wire      13th July 2015 South Africa can overcome its mining industry challenges, as long as global shareholders look at it as a competitive and a good industry to invest in, according to African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe. Speaking on CNN Marketplace Africa, Motsepe said the mining industry... 

Sable Mining lifts Nimba resource to 205Mt

4th February 2015 Following the completion of further exploration drilling, the Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource at Aim-listed Sable Mining Africa’s Nimba project, in south-east Guinea has increased to 205.2-million tons. The resource had been updated from the previously estimated 181.8-million tons. 

Orbite to use brick and mortar to complete HPA plant construction

By: Henry Lazenby     4th December 2014 Canadian technology development firm Orbite Aluminae will use a brick-and-mortar approach to complete construction of the decomposer and calcinator at its high-purity alumina (HPA) production plant, at Cap-Chat, in Quebec. The TSX-listed company is currently converting its HPA pilot plant into a... 

SSAB´s vision - a stronger, lighter, and more sustainable world 

19th September 2014 SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company with a global reach and cost-efficient and flexible production system. SSAB is a leading producer on the global market for Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) and Quenched & Tempered steels (Q&T), standard strip, plate and tubular products, as well as... 

New Frontiers In Mobile Processing

2nd April 2014 More end product, less hauling, less fuel Metso’s Lokotrack LT220D sets a new standard for compact performance. The latest addition to Metso's mobile crushing and screening range, the Lokotrack LT220D is set to revolutionse the way aggregate contractors operate around the world. 

‘Unique’ AMD solution a revenue earner rather than a cost 

By: Chantelle Kotze     21st March 2014 Local chemical engineering technology company Trailblazer Technologies’ patented KNeW process for treating acid mine drainage (AMD) is unique in that it provides a return on investment, as opposed to being an added cost to the mining process, says Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey. 

Inconsistent resource reporting in coal industry

By: Carina Borralho     25th October 2013 Technical and economic assessment group Venmyn Deloitte is finding the reporting of coal resources in the minerals industry, particularly within the South African and Australian mineral industries, inconsistent. Venmyn Deloitte says that some coal companies report on gross tonnes in-situ (GTIS)... 

Localisation encouraged through cluster

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th August 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) initiative to designate industries for domestic production – where procurement is conducted by public entities, including State-owned enterprises – has motivated the inception of the pump cluster in South Africa. 

Project management services firm completes PFS for Botswana diamond mine

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2013 Engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM) and project management services company Fluor South Africa reports that it has completed a prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Letlhakane mine in Botswana. The mine is owned by Debswana Diamond Company, a joint venture between the... 

Simulated mine shaft rig for full-load testing

19th April 2013 Precision engineering firm Horne is to build a R5-million, 30-m-high test rig to enable full-load testing of its Levelok chairing and E-brake emergency mineshaft braking systems. 

By-products could prove profitable at Broken Hill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th November 2012 ASX-listed Broken Hill Prospecting on Wednesday reported that a scoping study into its namesake cobalt project, in New South Wales, had highlighted the significant potential for a long-term by-product operation, with a low start-up capital requirement. The study confirmed that pyrite from the... 

Zambia tightens mine tax collection regulations

By: Reuters     18th June 2012 Zambia, Africa's top copper producer, has tightened its regulations on taxation of mining companies to boost compliance and revenue collection, the minister of mines said on Saturday. President Michael Sata has expressed concerns that copper exporters are misrepresenting the amount of metal... 


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