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Conveyor belt manufacturer expands national footprint

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Conveyor belt manufacturer and service provider ContiTech – a subsidiary of global technology company Continental – will open two new service branches in South Africa, adding to its national service footprint.  

Safer mining conveyance promoted by association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Improper conveyor practices in the mining industry cause 4% of overall fatalities, and result from a lack of knowledge on the equipment’s operation and an inability to identify potential hazards, says industry association Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMA).  

Company offers alternative to conventional splicing

6th October 2017 A current trend in the conveyors industry with regard to splicing procedures is to avoid the use of hazardous substances wherever possible, says technical solutions provider BMG.  

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... 

BofAML updates mined commodity price forecasts as Chinese policies prop up prices

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 The Global Research team at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has updated its price forecasts for mined commodities, saying on Wednesday that its prior price outlook had been too bearish for cyclical raw materials, while the near-term outlook for gold and silver looks less bullish than... 

Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine back in full production

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville in Gauteng, South Africa, is back to full production following temporary closure in August as government was investigating the cause of a seismic event that killed five workers. Operations at the Kusasalethu mine were halted following a seismic... 

Coal’s ‘good times’ expected to extend a couple of years longer

By: Henry Lazenby     30th September 2017 Following the “decade of misery” in the steel markets, these are the “good times” now. How long they will last is debatable, but assuming “business as usual” continues, the global steel industry could see a sustained period of prosperity H&W Worldwide Consulting principal Dr Neil Bristow told an... 

Time for mining industry to take action

29th September 2017 In the wake of commodity prices beginning to show signs of recovery in 2016, mining companies globally have taken steps to strengthen their balance sheets, building a platform from which to take decisive action about the future, says multinational professional services provider PwC Africa energy,... 

Mining companies must embrace key changes to succeed

29th September 2017 Mining companies willing to engage in substantive change by rethinking strategy and embracing disruption to help unlock productivity and improve sustainability, will be best positioned to succeed in upcoming years, says advisory firm Deloitte Global mining sector leader Philip Hopwood. 

Noticeable increase in use of in-cab video surveillance

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Internet of Things solutions provider Orbcomm has seen a noticeable increase in mining companies requesting in-vehicle video solutions for their earthmoving and bulk handling equipment. Orbcomm VP of sales for Africa Henry Smith notes that, since the company launched this solution late last year,... 

Test phase of new diamond-in-rock detection technology successfully completed

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering’s MinPET three dimensional (3D) diamond-in-rock detection system is now nearly ready for scaling up to commercial scale. The system detects diamonds enclosed in kimberlite ores, after mining and during processing.  

Guatemala court clarifies consultation area, denies action on export permit

By: Henry Lazenby     27th September 2017 The TSX-listed stock of beleaguered miner Tahoe Resources fell as much as 13.5% on Wednesday, after the Guatemalan Supreme Court issued a ruling clarifying the specific geographical areas that needs to be included in a fresh round of indigenous consultations; the court also denied action to force... 

Managing Risk: The Architecture Of Safety At Kal Tire

27th September 2017 In a bid to support customers’ risk management programs and further enhance tyre industry best practices, Kal Tire is sitting at the table in safety forums with mining leaders from around the world. One of the mining industry’s biggest struggles is, how do we manage risk given that we still need... 

MHSC’s centre of excellence set to open in November

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd September 2017 The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) is currently implementing a business plan for its centre of excellence, which is scheduled to open by the end of November. This is according to MHSC research COO Nkhensani Masekoa, who was addressing delegates at Southern African Institute of Mining and... 

Out-on-a-limb Minerals Minister forced to knuckle under on Mining Charter III utterances

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Mining Charter Three has probably been more heavily criticised than any piece of mining legislation. Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who went out on a limb like no other Mineral Resources Minister before him to gazette the third charter iteration without prior consultation, quickly... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors,... 

Fleet Renewal Puts Burma Plant Hire At Cutting Edge

18th September 2017 A restructuring and fleet renewal programme at Cape Town-based Burma Plant Hire has put the company on track for further growth in the construction, mining and other sectors. Significantly, the company is a Level 2 contributor to BBBEE. In addition to its traditional base load work in the... 

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Nonprofit organisation, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aiming to invite more German companies to Zambia to display digital solutions for mining and Industry 4.0, following the success of its German-Zambian Business Forum. SA-German Chamber Lusaka office head... 

Call to mining to update refrigerant systems

15th September 2017 While the majority of the mining industry use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in its refrigerant systems, these ozone-depleting substances are set to be phased-out in accordance with the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Agreement. 

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) states that air compressors used in the mining industry – including in Zambia – are, for the most part, well-proven, reliable pieces of equipment that can operate for years with relatively little maintenance. 

Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Pipe-joining systems: Reducing downtime in the mining industry

13th September 2017 Multiple benefits of Victaulic Knife Gate Valve showcased at Electra Mining 2017 Although commodity prices have seen a slight recovery in 2017, investment in the mining industry in Sub-Saharan Africa remains cautious. Continued innovation in the industry is key to an environment where business... 

Petra halts Williamson operations after key personnel questioned over seized diamond consignment

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2017 London-listed Petra Diamonds on Monday said it had temporarily idled the operations of its 75%-owned Williamson mine, in Tanzania, for “health and safety and security reasons”, as key personnel cooperate with authorities over a blocked diamond shipment. The company on Monday confirmed that a... 

Eskom at a sustainability ‘tipping point’, business and labour warn

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2017 Business and labour raised serious questions on Friday about the sustainability of State-owned electricity producer Eskom in light if its current governance failings, which were now undermining its financial health to the point where government could be force to assist the utility in meeting its... 

Qld pumps A$25m into coal health and safety

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2017 The Queensland government on Friday announced a A$25-million investment over the next two years to deliver more reforms aimed at protecting the health and safety of the state’s coal workers. In tabling the government’s response to the second Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee report,... 

New Queensland mines legislation provides for civil penalties

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new legislation to impose penalties on mine operators that fail to keep workers safe. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Thursday that the Mines Legislation (Resources Safety) Amendment Bill, introduced to Parliament, would... 

Free-to-attend seminars and workshops at Electra Mining Botswana

6th September 2017 Business decision-makers, purchasing influencers and other industry professionals will be heading to Electra Mining Botswana in September. As the largest mining, industrial and power generation trade exhibition in the region, visitors will be looking for the latest products, technologies and... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

Heavy haul rail industry urged to improve efficiencies

By: Kim Cloete     5th September 2017 The heavy haul industry should work hard to improve the efficiency of rail operations, cut costs of doing business and create internationally competitive supply chains, says Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama. He told delegates at the eleventh International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference,... 

WA fracking moratorium bad for investment – industry

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has slammed a decision by the Western Australian government to ban fracking in the South West, Peel and Perth metropolitan regions, as well as imposing a moratorium throughout the rest of Western Australia. “The government... 

Continuous Improvement Drive Move To Reborn Equipment

5th September 2017 Continuous improvement efforts and taking cognisance of new legislation have brought about an unbeatable offer from equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology in driving unprecedented numbers of mines to opt for from-the-bottom-up rebuilds of equipment rather than more traditional... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Zwane calls for turning point after Kusasalethu mine deaths

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday that the Kusasalethu mine incident where five mineworkers lost their lives should be a “turning point” in the health and safety of the country’s mining industry. “Kusasalethu mine deaths should be a turning point in mine safety in the... 

Zwane to receive Kusasalethu mine seismic incident report

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 Harmony Gold management is on Friday, expected to brief Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on the seismic incident a week ago, which killed five mineworkers at it’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville. The Chief inspector of mines and the department’s inspectors, who were part of the... 

Anglo, South Africa set to pay to end miners' lung-damage battle

By: Bloomberg     1st September 2017 Former workers who contracted deadly lung diseases in South African gold mines decades ago may soon finally receive compensation. Six large mining companies including  Anglo American Plc have set aside about $390-million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by victims. At the same time, a... 

Debate on land rehab for future farming comes to the fore as mine closures increase

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 As the mining industry winds down from the supercycle, thereby coming under increasing budget constraints as markets tighten up and commodity prices fall, more mines are closing and the need for their rehabilitation is coming to the fore. There is growing debate regarding the use of rehabilitated... 

Service impresses, leads to ongoing work at Balama

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings expects to complete a multimillion-rand project for Mozambique mining company Twigg Exploration & Mining by the end of next month. Kwikspace CEO Shaun McCormack notes that the company first started work on Twigg’s Balama graphite... 

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