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Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Although ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems used to clean refineries or cut rock and prepare surfaces on mines will not save water, it is more efficient than using acid washing or abrasive grit blasting techniques, says water jetting solutions provider Total Blasting sales director Bradley... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Heavy industries equipment supplier adapts to stay relevant

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Botswana’s decision to diversify its economy away from diamond mining towards coal resources and base metal beneficiation should prompt businesses to adapt to service the changing needs of the market to remain relevant, emphasises global supplier and manufacturer of special mobile equipment for... 

Hencon Vacuum Technologies

     29th August 2017 Gauteng-based Hencon Vacuum Technologies, a specialist company in the Hencon Group, is one of the leading companies in the design, manufacture, supply and support ... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Association to drive Zambian copper product use, membership

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is aiming to promote the use of Zambian copper products and increase CDAA membership throughout the Copperbelt region, which covers Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The... 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider

     26th May 2017 With a focus on safety and supporting its customers, the process of integrating diversified industrial-use products and services provider Komatsu and high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global has begun, following the conclusion of a $3.7-billion deal in April. On May 8, executive... 

Turnkey Instruments

     23rd May 2017 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond is in the process of becoming an accredited Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) training provider.  

Fewer potholes on road ahead for vanadium, chrome, manganese

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 It has been a challenging three years for the South African mining sector, particularly for ferroalloy producers. Several producers have reduced their output, while others have either entered business rescue or have been forced to close completely, says metals, minerals, carbon and chemicals... 

Bulk of Cullinan C-Cut Phase 1 nears completion

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 Mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation will complete its contract at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Gauteng-based Cullinan mine this month, concluding the largest portion of the R4-billion Phase 1 expansion project that will initially extend the diamond mine’s life span by about 15 year 

Cullinan mine set for increased, lower-cost production as R4bn C-Cut project progresses

By: Ilan Solomons     4th November 2016 Southern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds is making good progress on completing the R4-billion C-Cut Phase 1 expansion project, which will initially extend its Cullinan diamond mine’s life span by about 15 years. Development of the 5.7 ha C-Cut will consolidate the areas that the company is... 

Cullinan mine set for increased, lower-cost production as R4bn C-Cut project progresses

By: Ilan Solomons     4th November 2016 Southern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds is making good progress on completing the R4-billion C-Cut Phase 1 expansion programme that will initially extend its Cullinan diamond mine’s lifespan by about 15 years. Petra CEO Johan Dippenaar notes that the development of the 5.7 ha C-Cut will... 

RamPiping Systems

     14th October 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

Saldanha Bay phosphate project moves to feasibility study stage

By: David Oliveira     14th October 2016 Gauteng-based phosphate and limestone-focused producer Adelaide Ruiters Mining and Exploration (ARME) in August appointed engineering consultants DMT Kai Batla and Royal Haskoning DHV for ARME’s Zandheuvel phosphate mining project in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape. DMT Kai Batla has been... 

Banding and Identification Solutions South Africa

     26th August 2016 Banding and Identification Solutions South Africa, which was founded in 1996 as BAND-IT RSA, is an importer, manufacturer and distributor of stainless steel products from US band clamping technology firm BAND-IT-Idex. The BAND-IT product range provides speciality clamping solutions for use in... 

Gauteng firm wins distributor rights for Australian pump

     26th August 2016 Gauteng-based Rokflo has been appointed exclusive African distributor for the Southern Cross Pentair SX Solids pump range, from Australia. 

Hard times bring opportunity for Aury Africa

     26th August 2016 While the recent mining industry downturn has led to mining companies tightening their belts, it is also a source of opportunity for local screening and vibration equipment specialist Aury Africa. 

MechProTech

     26th August 2016 Gauteng-based MechProTech is an equipment supply and support company focusing on the design, manufacturing development, project management and after-sales service of mining process equipment. The company supplies ore scrubbers, grinding mills, barrel screens, roll crushers, thickeners, reagents... 

Safety equipment manufacturer offering value-added services

     26th August 2016 Safety equipment manufacturer SpiderWebb has enhanced its portfolio by offering value-added services, such as training and risk assessments, to strengthen its businesses during turbulent times. 

Turnkey Instruments

     26th August 2016 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Local cable manufacturer to hit 50-year mark

     23rd August 2016 Cable manufacturer Alvern Cables, which will be 50 years in business in 2017, will put on display its full range of products at this year’s Electra Mining Africa show, but will place a special focus on its three newest products, says sales director Stephen Liasides. 

Gauteng still the land of golden opportunities for mines – Makhura

By: Ilan Solomons     29th July 2016 While Gauteng is principally a post-mining economy, the industry still plays an important part in the province’s overall economic make-up and can in no way be viewed as sunset sector, says Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Speaking at an event in Johannesburg earlier this month, he noted that there... 

Maintenance vital in efforts to reduce operating costs

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The current harsh economic and dynamic business environment that is characterised by recession, stiff competition and globalisation has made it imperative for every organisation to streamline its processes and reduce operating costs to remain competitive, stresses furnaces and industrial services... 

Check employee health, avoid implications

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Occupational health medicals of mineworkers are taking place frequently enough in South Africa, affirms occupational health service Working Knowledge International (WKI). 

MetSkill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2016 Process industry training provider MetSkill is actively involved with the development of the new occupational qualifications for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations under the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). Benoni, Gauteng-based MetSkill, 100% owned by MD Rebecca Sands, has... 

Mali gold mine to use SA cooling solution

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and air-cooling installations provider BBE projects has secured a $16-million order for two mine cooling systems at a deep-level gold mine, in Mali. “The addition of the cooling systems will enhance safety at the mine by improving the underground working... 

Equipment supplier offers ultralow emission diesel engines

     25th March 2016 Multinational equipment supplier Sandvik Mining plans to offer its entire range of underground load and haul fleet models with ultra-low-emission diesel engines – either Stage IV/Tier 4 or Stage II/Tier 2 – options by mid-2016. The Gauteng-based Southern African division notes that these options... 

Turnaround strategies should be collaborative to unlock value

     11th March 2016 Gauteng-based mine planning and engineering consultancy group Ukwazi maintains that its opencast coal mining turnaround strategy unlocks value by combining the interrelated processes that exist on a mine. “As commodity prices are at an all time low and markets are under pressure, we believe a... 

Reconditioning of components with Thermal Spray Coatings

     7th March 2016 The application of Thermal Spray coatings by South Africa’s leading surface coating specialists, Thermaspray, can lead to an enhancement in performance and an extension of service life of expensive engineering parts and industrial components, leading to substantial reductions in downtime and... 

Consultancy attributes growth rate to specialist teams

By: Malusi Mkhize     19th February 2016 Gauteng-based mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi grew by 29% in 2015, exceeding its average growth rate of between 22% and 23% recorded over the previous five and ten years.    According to Ukwazi director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen the company’s formal study... 

Jaw crushers and apron feeders to increase DRC gold mine’s crushing output

     4th December 2015 Elandsfontein-based manufacturer Osborn Engineered Products South Africa has received a significant export order for jaw crushers and apron feeders for the Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kibali, owned by gold producer Randgold Resources, has a reserve base of... 

Jib Crane Conserves Marine Life

     25th November 2015 A Condra jib crane installed on a small island off the South African coast is rendering sterling service to ornithological teams visiting and conserving marine bird colonies which nest and breed there. Installed with a motorised 360-degree slew on Bird Island, eight kilometres offshore from Woody... 

Vopak mulls further South African investments as it expands Durban fuel storage capacity

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2015 Independent tank storage group Vopak, of the Netherlands, has completed the first phase of an expansion project at its Durban Island View operations raising its fuel storage capacity to 174 000 m3. By the third quarter of 2016, Vopak South Africa, which is 30% owned by black-empowerment company... 

TPT highlights role of technology in improving port efficiencies

By: Shirley le Guern     4th November 2015 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has improved efficiencies and significantly enhanced port throughput, thereby positively impacting on South Africa’s economic growth, CEO Karl Socikwa told delegates at the African Ports Evolution Conference, in Durban. The conference, now in its fourth year, was... 

Black-controlled Fraser Alexander wins Glencore coal discard contracts

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2015 Black-controlled mining services company Fraser Alexander has won the Glencore group discard and handling services contracts for Tweefontein Boschmans, Impunzi Atcom, Impunzi ATC and Koornfontein coal mines. The Royal Bafokeng Holdings-owned Fraser Alexander said in a release that the size of the... 

Diamond mine expansions on track, within budget

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st July 2015 London-listed diamond mining group Petra Diamonds’ expansion programmes at its flagship Cullinan and Finsch diamond mines, in South Africa, remain on track and within budget, with development progressing well, states Petra Diamonds CEO Johan Dippenaar. Construction on the modern, fit-for-purpose... 

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