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Battery drive system provided for underground mining

18th January 2019 Battery driven mining vehicle specialists Battery Power Industries (BPI) provided the battery drive system for rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa’s first electric telehandler. Manitou’s battery driven telehandler, the first of its kind, was unveiled at Electra Mining... 

GOP senate backs end to sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 The Senate blocked a Democratic bid to force the Treasury Department to keep sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as most Republicans backed the Trump administration’s plan to lift the penalties. The 57-42 Senate vote Wednesday was three short of the 60 needed... 

Monster gold-mining deals pile pressure on those left behind

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Mark Bristow’s tenure as boss of the world’s biggest gold miner might have been short-lived, but his message for smaller rivals just got even more pointed. “Holy camoly, I missed out on a great opportunity!” is how Bristow described anyone not involved in Barrick Gold’s purchase of Randgold... 

Blaze damages Rio Tinto's Cape Lambert iron-ore export facility

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Rio Tinto closed part of its Cape Lambert iron-ore export terminal in Western Australia after a fire caused damage, the company said on Thursday. The blaze occurred early on Thursday and was extinguished with no injuries, the company said in an emailed statement. Cape Lambert is located about 1... 

Weir Minerals enhances pump maintenance with adjustment technology

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2019 With a longstanding reputation for engineering expertise, Weir Minerals continually develops solutions and technology to better serve the mining industry. Recognising that throatbush wear rate has a major impact in the overall efficiency of slurry pumps, Weir Minerals has developed superior... 

Deep in a Panama rainforest, First Quantum bondholders spy prize

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2019 First Quantum Minerals is poised to fire up a giant copper project in Panama, thousands of miles from its beleaguered mines in Zambia. For bondholders, that’s a welcome distance. The Canadian copper company is ramping up production at the Cobre Panama plant this year, even as a mining tax hike... 

India court backs Vedanta restart order while State appeals

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 India’s top court has asked Tamil Nadu to comply with a green tribunal order allowing the restart of Vedanta’s copper smelter that has been shut since March, while also agreeing to hear the southern state’s appeal. The Supreme Court, in an interim ruling, has asked Tamil Nadu to comply with last... 

Blast kills 13 people in deadliest Czech mine tragedy since '90

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 A blast at a Czech coal shaft killed 13 people, making it the country’s deadliest mining disaster in almost three decades. The workers at the CSM mine in the east of the country, 12 of them from neighboring Poland, died after methane exploded about 880 m underground on Thursday night, said Ivo... 

Congo postpones Sunday's presidential vote by a week

By: Reuters     21st December 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's election board has postponed a long-anticipated presidential vote scheduled for Sunday by one week until December 30 after a fire destroyed voting materials. Already delayed repeatedly since 2016, the poll is meant to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila,... 

Manitou Southern Africa Launches the World’s First Electric Mining Telehandler at Electra Mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2018 Manitou Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Manitou Group, a world leader in rough-terrain rough-terrain handling, launched some of its latest innovations at Electra Mining Africa 2018. The highlight of the Manitou stand was the launch of the world’s first electric telescopic handler, the Manitou... 

New research finds developing countries’ coal miners face ‘substantial risk inequality’  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st October 2018 Coal miners in developing countries are likely to be exposed to health and safety risks more often than those working in advanced economies, new research has found. Researchers from Cardiff University, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), have found that a lack of... 

Peabody says Q4 focus is on North Goonyella, completing Shoal Creek buy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 NYSE-listed Peabody on Tuesday announced solid results for the third quarter, despite ending the three-month period with substantial challenges at the fire-hit North Goonyella mine, which remains idled. The miner reported revenue of $1.41-billion, compared with $1.48-billion a year earlier, and... 

I-CAT misting system for dust suppression, fire prevention in coal mining

25th October 2018 About 75% of coal mines in South Africa have to contend with the risk of the spontaneous combustion of coal dust when material is tipped from load haul dump trucks (LHDs). The I-CAT Dust Division has devised a bespoke solution for a major coal-mining client that it intends to introduce as its... 

Hecla says Q3 output meets expectations

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 US silver and gold producer Hecla Mining produced lower third-quarter silver production of 2.5-million ounces and gold output of 72 995 oz, but the miner stated on Tuesday that the production was in line with its expectations. Silver production fell by 24% year-on-year in the September quarter,... 

Conveyor belts are a leading cause of underground fires yet they are avoidable

18th October 2018 This year has proven to be one of the deadliest for mine safety in South Africa since 2012. One of the leading causes of deaths and injury in mines is fire and a large proportion of fires are caused by conveyor belts. Conveyor belts are widely used in mining, both under and above ground. Yet... 

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. 

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... 

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