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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.


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. 

Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

     20th July 2017 Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

On-The-Air (30/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2017 Manganese mining company Ntsimbintle, headed by struggle veteran Saki Macozoma, is having huge success in the Northern Cape; The 100%-black-owned Modi Mining has won a R158-million contract from Australian mining company South32; and Yet another black-controlled mining junior – the Johannesburg... 

Grassroots shareholders celebrate black-controlled manganese mine’s R300m dividend

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2017 Against the background of rising calls for radical economic transformation in South Africa’s mining sector, particularly transformation that benefits the country’s communities, grassroots shareholders of the black-controlled Ntsimbintle were last week able to celebrate the Northern Cape manganese... 

Botswana determined to become investor friendly – Minister

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 The government is determined to better its legislative framework and policies to ensure the country becomes investor friendly, against a backdrop of collapsed foreign direct investment (FDI). Delivering the keynote address at the Botswana Resource Sector Conference, Mineral Resources, Green... 

Modest mining industry growth on back of political turmoil

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 Mozambique's mining industry is expected to increase marginally from $640-million in 2017 to $756-million in 2021, largely as a consequence of the challenging operating environment created by escalating political tensions and minimal public-sector support. This forecast is made by research... 

Getting It Right

     9th June 2017 Mining Weekly apologises to Frost & Sullivan for any factual inaccuracies that appeared in the articles relating to the company’s ‘The Mining Explosives Market in South Africa for Coal, Iron Ore, Gold and PGMs, Forecast to 2020’, published on March 24 and May 5. We also regret not ensuring that... 

Boring to depth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2017 By Simon Anderssen - Associate Portfolio Manager, Kagiso Asset Management Mining services companies are often tarred with the same attributes as their customers: significant commodity price risk and highly cyclical earnings. Yet there are a handful of service providers that are able to generate a... 

Tribeca planning to target overhaul of BHP board directors

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2017 BHP Billiton’s board is being targeted for a sweeping overhaul by Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund, opening a potential new front in the burgeoning activist campaign against the world’s biggest mining company. The Sydney-based hedge fund, which last month joined billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

Kubota RTV-X900 delivers deep underground

     31st May 2017 With a rich founding history of gold and diamond mining, South Africa remains a leader in deep underground mining as well as safety in this arena, making the transfer of equipment and goods underground a task with little margin for error. Enter the Kubota RTV-X900. While the tasks involved in a... 

Mineral scanner to facilitate identification of reactive ground

     26th May 2017 In another step towards safer blasting practice, Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanner to quickly identify reactive-ground conditions that could lead to blast site incidents. “This can give us real-time information that... 

Bolívar mine, Mexico

By: Thabi Madiba     26th May 2017 A copper/silver/zinc/gold mine located in Urique, in Mexico. 

Underground work resumes at Northern Ireland gold project

By: Mariaan Webb     15th May 2017 Underground development is set to resume at the Omagh gold mine, in Northern Ireland, after the police agreed to supervise blasting operations in line with anti-terrorism rules. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has agreed to increase the availability of its required anti-terrorism... 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resources sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining sectors, with their unique challenges, have proven to be slower in adopting... 

Gathering info to better training

     12th May 2017 Industry body Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is farming information from within the industry that will enable it to develop custom training courses to meet the industry’s current and future needs.  

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