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Press Office - BME


BME is the leading supplier of explosives to the South African open pit mining and quarrying industry. It offers ground breaking solutions to all its customers and has operations in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mali, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Malawi, Senegal and Zambia. It also trades into Mozambique and the DRC.


Illegal mining threatens Johannesburg infrastructure – Mashaba

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday he was concerned about apparent inaction by the national government to curb illegal mining which threatened critical bulk infrastructure and posed an imminent disaster in the city of Johannesburg. Mashaba said the activities could also... 

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

BME launches new emulsion brand, eyeing North American market

By: Nadine James     6th April 2018 After three decades of advancement in its emulsion offerings, South Africa-based explosives leader BME is subsuming its well-known brands such as HEF, and Megapump under the name of Innovex. According to BME ammonium nitrate-based products, equipment and services product manager Dr Rakhi Pathak,... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 A multipronged approach involving both the mining industry and government is required to better deal with illegal mining in South Africa, where bloody skirmishes pitting rival gangs profiting from this illicit pursuit and the illegal mineworkers themselves are a frequent occurrence, with police... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 Illegal mining in South Africa requires a multi-pronged approach from both the mining industry and the government in an effort to better manage the situation. The violent gang-led tendencies of illegal mining in South Africa spills to the surface through inter-gang rivalry erupting in bloody... 

Association focuses on clean coal technologies

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While the development of clean coal energy is an imperative amid climate change, the worthwhile gains are more in the downstream use of coal than in the mining and beneficiation of raw coal, says South African coal mine research association Coaltech CEO Henk Lodewijks. He tells Mining Weekly that... 

AECI mining division reports improved operating profit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI's mining solutions segment's revenue declined by 2.2% to R9.7-billion in the year ended December 31, owing to lower ammonia prices and a stronger rand against the dollar - more than 50% of revenue in this segment is dollar based. Profit from... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 "There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa," affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency Area Research Group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Stakeholders can look forward to reinforced offering

26th January 2018 With countless networking opportunities vying for the attention of the numerous decision-makers flocking to Cape Town in February to attend the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the event’s organiser has reinforced its offering with the introduction of a Junior Mining Showcase as well as... 

Water lab services in demand

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Isando-based analytical laboratory Set Point Laboratories – a subsidiary of industrial group Torre Industries – has seen an increased number of enquiries and work for its water laboratory division over the past 12 months, says Set Point senior analyst Moses Lelaka. The increased demand for the... 

Blasting company returns to Mining Indaba

26th January 2018 Blasting products and solutions provider Maxam Terra Solutions will return to the Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will exhibit its range of explosives products at the International Cape Town Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. Maxam, originally founded in 1872, as one of... 

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward

15th December 2017 The results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by diamond miner Lucara Diamonds in November demonstrate the potential economic viability for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana. The development of the underground mine is planned after the completion of... 

BME’s West African footprint expands as it clinches Mali blasting service contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 West Africa remains an exciting region for South Africa-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation that is set to become the largest producer in Mali. From 2006 to 2015, 18 mines were opened in the region,... 

SA firm takes first steps into US market with new blasting technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 With growth for the Axxis blasting technology having increased substantially each year over the past five years, Africa-based blasting and explosives leader BME has, in enhancing the brand’s growth, taken its first steps into the US market. The company conducted six successful test blasts in... 

Helping mines find the real source of nitrates in water

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 The issue of water quality has become topical in the aftermath of the contamination in the Olifants River catchment in Mpumalanga, as well the surfacing of acid mine drainage around Gauteng and other provinces.   Mining consultancy SRK Consulting’s principal hydrogeologist Sarah Skinner... 

Illegal miners posing danger to residents – City of Joburg

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 The ever-increasing trend of illegal miners using explosives near public infrastructure has seriously compromised the safety of residents and businesses, said City of Johannesburg communications specialist Virgil James. He explained that the City is concerned about the impending threat posed by... 

Four zama zamas dead, 15 others arrested after shootout with police

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2017 Four illegal miners have been shot and killed during a shootout with police on an open field in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, early on Thursday morning. Police said fifteen illegal miners, also known as zama zamas, were arrested. 

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... 

Surviving on $3/oz has Lonmin in race against time

By: Bloomberg     9th November 2017 Every day, Lonmin sends thousands of miners hundreds of meters below ground, where they use drills, diggers and explosives to extract about 40 000 metric tons of rock laden with precious metals. The ore is milled, crushed, concentrated, smelted and refined in a month-long process that eventually... 

Influence of association grows in surface mining sector

27th October 2017 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) says it has become a world leader in the proactive guidance and management of issues facing the surface mining industry, subsequent to gaining the recognition of its local and international stakeholders. Aspasa’s proactive... 

BME claims world record for most electronic detonators fired in single blast

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME says it has broken the world record for the most electronic detonators fired in a single blast. This was achieved in conjunction with its client Kansanshi Mining at its Kansanshi operation, in North-Western province, in Zambia.... 

Nondetonating timing system promoted to Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Unless mines pursue safer options, explosives suppliers will continue to supply more dangerous traditional products, stresses initiation system provider Master Blaster CEO Mark Davis.  

Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 To alter the cheaper-cost mindset miners sometimes adopt in trying economic times, explosives technical services company R.A. McClure president Robert McClure recommends focusing on long-term downstream gains and valuable technological investments.  

Reactive ground detection tech advancing, conference nears

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Explosives and blasting company BME is in the testing and development stage of adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions on-the-spot to prevent blast site incidents, thereby ensuring safer blasting practices.  

Safer rock-breaking alternatives offered

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Rock-breaking technology supplier Nxco Mining Technologies offers nondetonating cartridges that use a pyrotechnic composition to break rock based on its tensile strength, rather than on its compressive strength as is the case with traditional explosives.  

Large and small miners announce, plan contract awards for Moz projects

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 Brazilian mining group Vale has awarded Mota-Engil Africa a $445-million contract to supply mining services to the Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique’s Tete province, the Macauhub news agency has reported. Mota-Engil Africa is a subsidiary of the Portuguese engineering, construction, contract... 

First gold pour at new Mali gold mine by year-end

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 The ball mill shell has been successfully installed at emerging gold miner Hummingbird Resources’ flagship Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule and on budget for the first gold pour by the end of this year. The installation is a significant milestone in progressing the project to... 

Golden Grove mine, Australia

By: Thabi Madiba     29th September 2017 A base metals mine in Western Australia, about 450 km north-east of Perth and 280 km east of Geraldton. 

Preproduction mining gets under way at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2017 Preproduction mining has started at Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources’ Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule for its first gold pour by the end of this year. The preproduction mining, which is being undertaken by contractor African Mining Services (AMS), will ramp up over the next... 

Seventh platinum conference to be held in October

25th August 2017 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum mining head Frik Fourie is scheduled to present a keynote address on how to make the South African mining business globally attractive again at the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM’s) seventh International Platinum Conference –... 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

Caeté mining complex, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 A gold mining complex in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 50 km east of Belo Horizonte. 

Mentors ease entry  

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Finding a mentor who has extensive experience in the industry is one way of mitigating challenges facing women in the mining industry, says multinational mining company Anglo American production section shift supervisor Prianka Padayachee. Women in mining face many challenges in a traditionally... 

Lower grades, higher costs weigh on Guyana Goldfields’ Q2 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2017 Despite lower grades dragging down production at its Aurora mine, in Guyana, in the second quarter of this year, TSX-listed Guyana Goldfields has maintained its production guidance for the full-year, albeit at the lower end of the range of 160 000 oz to 180 000 oz of gold. The mine produced 29... 

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     28th July 2017 Ongoing developments to underground mining solutions provider iRing’s mine planning software suite are increasingly automating blasting and drilling operations, providing increased accuracy and safety in hazardous mining environments. 

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