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Anglo American Platinum brings two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles into production at Mogalakwena Complex

17th October 2018 Technology will boost safety at operations and integrated systems that will deliver significant operational improvements Anglo American Platinum recently bought two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles into production at the Mogalakwena Complex. The Kom-Vision technology is a... 

Amplats sets new benchmark with two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles at Mogalakwena complex 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Platinum mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has acquired two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles that have entered into production at the Mogalakwena Complex, setting a new benchmark for the miner. Amplats’ safety strategy is based on four pillars, namely systems,... 

BHP iron-ore output up, FY copper guidance trimmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Diversified giant BHP has reported increases in copper and iron-ore production during the three months to September, while petroleum and coal production fell. Iron-ore production for the three months to September was up by 10% on the previous corresponding period, to 61-million tonnes of ore,... 

On-The-Air (12/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 The Mining Indaba this week pledged to give South Africa more access than ever to global investors who will be attending the upcoming international event. The government was this week urged to go all out to pull the struggling South African mining industry out of its unnecessary slump. South... 

Fire still burning at Peabody’s North Goonyella

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 US coal producer Peabody has issued force majeure notices to coal customers and certain of its vendors at the North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, as the company continues to work to extinguish a fire. The US miner at the start of last week started implementing a multi-tiered plan to extinguish... 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

Gold gets ignored as global equity rout fails to fire up havens

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Equities are plummeting, President Donald Trump says the Federal Reserve’s gone ‘loco’ and the trade war’s heating up, yet traditional havens in times of trouble such as gold are not getting any love. The biggest selloff in equities since February rolled through Asia and into Europe on Thursday,... 

Syrah's improvement plans bear fruit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has reported an 83% increase in production between the second and the third quarters, as the company’s improvement plan at its Balama operation, in Mozambique, starts to take shape. During the three months to September, Syrah produced 38 700 t of graphite, up from... 

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Fire protection systems provider Advanced Automated Systems (AAS) is focusing on improving the fire prevention system of conveyors as opposed to most fire-prevention companies that try to prevent the spreading of fires already active on conveyor systems. AAS has, therefore, finalised the initial... 

Diesel Electric Services acquires ASIB approval, thereby adding Fire Pump Sets and Fire Pump Panels to their basket of products / services

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Ensuring the safety of one’s employees is of paramount importance. The insurance industry is hardening world-wide and this has filtered into South Africa too. There are definite requests for compliance with local and international standards. 

BHP'S Kalgoorlie nickel smelter restarts after fire - BHP

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 Production at BHP's Kalgoorlie nickel smelter restarted on Wednesday after a fire last month, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday. "There was a fire at the BHP Nickel West Kalgoorlie Smelter on September 23 in the furnace building. The smelter is operating and production restarted again... 

Fire forces partial suspension of Balama operation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has been forced to partially suspend operations at its Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, following a fire at the primary classifier within the process plant. The fire resulted from hot work activities below the unit during planned maintenance on piping.... 

Peabody reports good news in Queensland

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 Coal miner Peabody Energy on Wednesday reported that the initial steps to extinguish the fire at its North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, appeared to be delivering results, with either steam or white smoke emanating from only one mine shaft. The company at the start of this week started... 

Randgold's hook-up with Barrick to leave large void in London market

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 A tie-up between Randgold Resources and Barrick Gold will leave a void in the London market for investors seeking exposure to gold via companies that produce the precious metal. Canada's Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Africa-focused Randgold for $6.5-billion to create the world's largest gold... 

Irony of resource-rich Africa remaining poor must be reversed

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 There are many world leaders holding thumbs that Africa will move to the next level in the not too distant future. Encouraging African steps just taken include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement between 44 African Union member states, with the goal of creating a single market. But even... 

New AngloGold boss weighs asset sales to unlock value at miner

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2018 AngloGold Ashanti’s new CEO Kelvin Dushnisky said his goal of unlocking value at the world’s third-largest gold producer will involve focusing on its best assets and selling those that aren’t core to the business. Dushnisky, 55, took over at AngloGold on September 1 as the Johannesburg-based... 

Barrick Gold to buy Randgold Resources in $18.3bn deal

By: Reuters     24th September 2018 Canada's Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Randgold Resources in a $18.3-billion share deal to create the world's largest gold company in an industry under investor pressure to put capital to good use. The new Barrick company, which will be listed in New York and Toronto, will own five of the... 

BHP's Spence copper mine in Chile partially closed following fire

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Global miner BHP Billiton said on Thursday that a fire at its Spence copper mine in Chile had forced it to partially shut down operations. No one was injured in the fire, which has since been extinguished, the company said. 

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

Vitaglass - ‘reinforcing’ the trend toward maintenance-free, glass fibre reinforced gratings

13th September 2018 For nearly 80 years, Vital Engineering has been providing clients across various industry sectors – from food and beverage, marine exploration, minerals sands processing, architectural, construction, petrochemical, mining, and power generation – with a range of products. This comprises non-slip... 

Implats reports after-tax loss on impairments

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) on Thursday reported improved gross profit of R1.6-billion but an after-tax loss on impairments. Impairments of R13.6-billion, mainly due to the restructuring of Impala Rustenburg, resulted in an after-tax loss of R10.8-billion. 

'Will I come back dead?' Human costs of South African gold

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2018 fter more than two decades of improving mine safety since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s progress has stalled with an increase in gold-mining deaths. More than 50 people have died in the country’s mines in 2018, roughly the same number as this time last year. While annual death tolls are... 

Pollution regulator issues notices to Coal India for environmental non-compliance

By: Reuters     7th September 2018 The pollution regulator for the central Indian state of Odisha issued notices to Coal India mines with a combined annual capacity of 20-million tonnes for non-compliance on environmental norms, according to a document seen by Reuters. The notices, issued in July and August to 2 mines, alleged... 

LTP-B Eco HVAC drive helps save energy and cut costs in a range of sectors

6th September 2018 With a large footprint and customer base in food-and-beverage, automotive, and mining, drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is now targeting niche sectors such as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) in order to ensure sustained growth. In this regard, its LTP-B... 

Vedanta Resources chairman to take miner private on Oct 1

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal will take the London-listed miner private on October 1, after the holders of 26% of shares agreed to sell to his family trust Volcan Investments. Volcan now holds or has received acceptances for 92.31% of Vedanta's shares, it said. 

Trafo Power Solutions

30th August 2018 Trafo Power Solutions was established to cater for the growing appetite and scope for the application of dry-type transformers on the African continent. These power solutions are suitable across a wide range of industry sectors including mining. The company offers a range of dry-type, or... 

Detour Gold refreshes board with three new appointments

By: Mariaan Webb     30th August 2018 TSX-listed Detour Gold has appointed three new directors in a move to augment its board’s experience and expertise in large-scale openpit mining ahead of a December 11 shareholders meeting to vote on a replacement of the company’s board. The new board members include Alan Edwards, a former... 

Roff Industries on reducing dust explosion risks

29th August 2018 Local manufacturer Roff Industries believes that organisations spending huge amounts on certified explosion-proof electrical equipment could achieve substantial savings by avoiding the main hazard – the build-up of dust. 

I-CAT to fly its green colours

29th August 2018 Environmental management firm I-CAT will display its diverse range of dust and fire suppression solutions at this year’s Electra Mining Africa, which the company sees as an important gathering place for industry participants. “Electra Mining is a great platform for I-CAT, as it showcases all... 

Booyco Electronics

28th August 2018 Understanding evolving customer needs as well as the legislative compliance requirements of differing sectors ideally positions Booyco Electronics to offer application-specific and safety-related solutions to customers across a range of industries. Booyco’s safety products portfolio has grown... 

Advanced FST uplifting the youth

28th August 2018 Electra Mining Africa-exhibitor Advanced Fire Suppression Technologies (Advanced FST), in conjunction with Pietermaritzburg-based Rural Metro Emergency Management Services, has rolled out a learnership programme that sees participants gain a certificate in fire rescue operations upon completion. 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

Flagship mini substation steals the show

23rd August 2018 Multi-disciplinary project engineering house Red Metal Mining (RMM) will showcase a model of its flagship product, the underground cast resin mini substation, as well as its cast resin dry-type transformer which is housed in the substation, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2018 trade show.... 

Lydian Armenia Invests in Immersive Technologies’ Simulators to Rapidly and Safely Train Operators

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 In an effort to train and develop a local workforce for a greenfield operation Lydian Armenia invested in simulators with Professional Services from Immersive Technologies. The new mine has a 4km downhill loaded haul with up to 10 percent grade, creating additional need for operators to be... 

Trump proposes unwinding Obama's coal-plant pollution curbs

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2018 President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s "Affordable... 

Semafo reports two more deaths in restive Burkina Faso

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed West Africa-focused gold exploration and production company Semafo on Friday reported that a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot at by armed bandits on Friday morning. One Semafo national employee and one... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

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