R/€ = 16.01 Change: -0.04
R/$ = 14.15 Change: -0.03
Au 1333.42 $/oz Change: 10.37
Pt 814.27 $/oz Change: 9.17


Poorly designed chutes can lead to increased operating costs

By: Shannon de Ryhove     28th September 2018 Mines and process plant operators need to fully understand the total cost of ownership of all elements within an operation, and should be especially aware of the knock-on effect that a poorly-designed transfer chute can have, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute... 

Lifting-equipment orders from Zambia’s Mopani Copper Mines exceed R100m – Condra Cranes

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Condra Cranes shipment of lifting equipment despatched in late August to Zambia-based copper mine Mopani Copper Mines has raised Condra’s order intake from Mopani to more than R100-million. Comprising one electric travelling overhead crane, 38 hoists, two large, and seven smaller, jib cranes, the... 

Clean oil means great savings, grateful nature

24th August 2018 Lubricating the pistons of industry is a passion for established hydraulics company CT Hydraulics (Nqoba} that not only believes that keeping oil clean is key to running an efficient operation, but also keeping components spotless from within is vital. Founded in 1979, the Germiston-based company... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     20th July 2018 Following Germiston-based investment company iSipho Capital Holdings’ acquisition of 90% of Boksburg-based hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer Anderson & Kerr Engineering in 2017, the hydraulic manufacturer will actively focus on client and market expansion to increase turnover, market footprint... 

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 Germiston-based pumps supplier Centex Africa has supplied 13 dewatering pumpsets, with another eight pumpsets on order, to Namibian diamond mining company Namdeb to prolong the life of the mine by ensuring the safer mining of diamonds in the ocean water lakes in Oranjemund, on the southern coast... 

Custom-designed chutes required for bulk materials handling

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 Transfer chute systems form an integral part of bulk materials handling applications, and it is important that they meet the specific requirements of individual mining houses, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems technical director Alwin Nienaber. Bulk... 

Product reliability, after-sales service boost company contracts

3rd February 2017 Local pumps supplier KSB Pumps & Valves has continued its strong gains in the mining sector, with several large-scale slurry pump contracts being awarded to the company in the latter half of 2016. The company, based in  Germiston, Gauteng, explains that these include projects in the ferrochrome,... 

Impeller redesign improves efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Pumps manufacturing company Walter Meano Engineering has improved the efficiency of its VersaFlo vertical spindle electric (VSE) 100 pump by redesigning the solution’s 30-year-old impeller. The VSE pump is used at mines in Africa to pump water and now offers customers enhanced pumping... 

Working to stay ahead of competitors

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra intends to focus on continuing to supply high-quality, robust and reliable products and lowering the overall lifetime maintenance costs of these products to foster a sustainable competitive advantage while mitigating the major challenges currently faced by the... 

Company targets mining waste

By: Lynne Jackson     18th March 2016 The energy-intensive mining industry can benefit from waste-management company Interwaste’s refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant in terms of more effective waste management and a reduced carbon footprint. Interwaste is focusing on the South African mining industry, which has come under fire for its... 

Manufacturer stresses safe pinch valve operation

By: Dylan Slater     4th March 2016 An increasing number of pinch valves – which are used widely in the mining industry to control the flow of slurries – are being supplied for high-pressure applications. Germiston-based pinch valve manufacturer Corflex MD Chris Webber believes engineers should be made aware of this trend, as the... 

Copper provides health, aquaculture benefits

14th August 2015 Pan African industry body Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is actively working to develop the downstream production of copper items, particularly in the healthcare sector, by highlighting the dangers of hospital acquired infections in hospitals and clinics, says CDAA centre director... 

Local company conducts site survey at Namibian mine

By: David Oliveira     3rd October 2014 Germiston-based imported bearings and transmission products supplier Bearings International (BI) conducted a site survey in May on its transmission and bearings products currently being used at diversified natural resources group Vedanta Resource’s subsidiary, Skorpion zinc mine, near Rosh Pinah,... 

AC/DC Dynamics 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2014 Established in 1984, AC/DC Dynamics is the leading manufacturer, importer and distributor of quality products in the electrical, electronics, pumps and tools industries. Employing over 400 staff, AC/DC Dynamics has its Head Office in Edenvale, Johannesburg with branches in Germiston, Cape Town... 

Numsa members embark on protected strike at Rand Refinery

By: Natalie Greve     1st September 2014 Rand Refinery has confirmed to Mining Weekly Online that members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), who represent about 35% of the total workforce, have embarked on a protected strike at the company’s Germiston-based plant. This followed recent wage negotiations with... 

Company offers ‘SMART’ fleet solution

30th May 2014 Mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire (JCH) says it is rated among the top mobile crane fleet solutions providers in Africa because of its business philosophy, SMART, which stands for safety, maintenance, availability, reliability and total cost effectiveness. This is why the company has... 


By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2014 Gold-hued mine sand, light blue water and dark green vegetation are what can be seen from a facility being built to neutralise acid mine drainage (AMD) in the former gold-mining town of Germiston. A pump station, neutralisation facility and sludge pipeline form part of a R319-million Department... 

$100m Amplats’ firepower for platinum metals development 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2014 Platinum major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is targeting co-investors to help it treble the $100-million financial firepower that it is directing at further development of the platinum group metals (PGMs) market. Amplats PGM Development Fund – a private equity fund managed by Douglas... 

Rand Refinery to run Amplats platinum manufacturing scheme

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2014 Platinum mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has appointed Rand Refinery to administer its platinum metal financing scheme that provides access to affordable metal financing for local manufacturers. Rand Refinery, based in Germiston, takes over the administration of Amplats’ platinum... 

Stellar Diamonds advancing Sierra Leone project

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th November 2013 Aim-listed diamond mining and exploration company Stellar Diamonds is advancing its 100% owned Tongo Dyke-1 resource at its Tongo kimberlite project, in Sierra Leone, by undertaking drilling, blasting and sampling at the resource after successfully completing the first ore blast in its bulk... 

Local pumps distributor partners with French company to expand range

30th August 2013 Germiston-based pump distributor Ecochem Pumps was last year appointed exclusive distributor of the French pump manufacturer Soméflu's range of chemical transfer pumps throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries, and is already supplying the Soméflu pumps to several industries, including... 

Group Five starts work on TCTA AMD contract

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2013 JSE-listed Group Five has started the construction of high-density treatment works, pump station and monitoring shafts to tackle acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand Central basin. The group, which was awarded the R319-million contract by State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority... 

Local crane company records good sales in Canada

27th July 2012 Germiston-based crane company Condra has made further inroads into Canada’s market for specialised lifting equipment. 


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