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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,... 

CTC Plant Company turns 25

     20th September 2017 The year of 2017 is a landmark year for South Africa’s most experienced used equipment company, CTC Plant Company (Pty) Ltd, based at Airport Industria, Cape Town, conveniently located right next to the Airport and close to main access highways. 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Reviving king of gold means getting mine workers off their knees

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 During his early years as a miner in South Africa, Joas Mahanuque spent six hours a day on his knees drilling for Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. The dust-filled tunnels half a mile underground were too low for him to stand, and temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).... 

Tackling increased alcohol consumption during festive season

By: Nadine James     9th December 2016 The festive season can put companies at risk, as employees are more likely to drink alcohol not only more often but also to the point of excess, says drug and alcohol testing equipment provider Alco-Safe.  Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans notes that based on first-hand reports by safety managers,... 

Zim mining sector struggling to drive economic recovery

By: Ilan Solomons     21st October 2016 Zimbabwe’s mining sector was historically characterized by well-developed upstream and downstream industries. However, with the economic crisis in the early 2000s, capacity use in the manufacturing sector declined from about 80% in 2000 to 26% in 2015. This is according to a report titled... 

DINGO mines opportunity from resources downturn

     25th August 2016 MINING software developer Dingo is reporting an upswing in business, despite the doom and gloom that continues to plague the resources sector. The Australian METs company, which manages more than $7B of assets globally for its clients, is benefiting from a combination of industry cost-cutting and... 

Illegal miner progress at Obuasi ‘frustratingly slow’ – AngloGold  

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2016 The occupation by illegal miners of part of the Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, is slowing the feasibility work AngloGold Ashanti is undertaking for the modernisation of the troubled operation. Obuasi’s first half of 2016 has been dominated by the incursion of illegal miners on to the operating area,... 

Large-diameter drilling at Orapa project may start at year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th July 2016 Exploration company Tsodilo Resources aims to extract between 2 000 t and 3 000 t of kimberlite from BK16, potentially one of the last economic kimberlite pipes in the Orapa kimberlite province in Botswana, during a large-diameter drilling (LDD) programme in the fourth quarter of the year. The... 

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling and hauling company Ncamiso Mining is looking to acquire more mechanised systems, as this should increase its productivity by between 60% and 70%. However, to create jobs, increase profitability and provide sustainable employment for the community surrounding mines, the company... 

AngloGold resorts to international arbitration as illegal mining worsens in Ghana 

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has resorted to international arbitration to resolve the worsening illegal mining incursion at Obuasi gold mine in Ghana, where underground mining has been stalled to allow for lower-cost redevelopment. The company, headed by CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan... 

Despite some commodity price spillover, Caterpillar lowers 2016 midpoint outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2016 US earthmoving machinery manufacturer Caterpillar on Friday lowered the midpoint of the outlook for 2016 sales and revenues by about 2% on Friday, despite reporting some signs of improvement. The profit outlook at the midpoint of the sales and revenues range was now $3 a share, or $3.70 a share... 

New Act to curb illegal mining in Ghana 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th April 2016 Enforcing the new Minerals and Mining Amendment Act (MMAA) No 900 of 2014 will do much to reduce the onslaught of illegal, or galamsey, miners on mining concessions in Ghana, claims Ghana Chamber of Mines external relations and communications director Ahmed Nantogmah. 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

First British Metal Mine in 40 Years Chooses Modular Buildings

     29th August 2014 Wernick Buildings has announced it has been awarded a contract to supply all permanent site buildings at the £130m tungsten mine near Plympton. The order is worth approximately £800,000 and will involve the design and installation of three modular buildings and four standalone cabins. The cabins... 

Booming Africa mining sector emphasises safety

     29th August 2014 With more than seven decades of success in Africa, MSA continues to show its commitment to the local mining sector through its comprehensive product exhibition at Electra Mining Africa. 

Booyco Electronics’ On-Board Metering Technology Is A World First

     6th May 2014 In a world first for the mining industry, Booyco Electronics has developed unique on-board metering technology that allows mining companies to monitor a variety of operational parameters relating to their underground machinery.  Jaco du Plessis, operations manager at Booyco Electronics, says this... 

Is the Automated Mine A Threat to Recruitment?

     14th April 2014 Thanks to remote control technology and robotic operating systems, automated mining is becoming a reality. Although, while some suppliers have been working in this area for a number of years its only more recently that more of mining’s operators are taking steps to implement these technologies.... 

Development of deep-seabed mining rules under way

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 In its 2014 session, held in February, world regulatory body the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA’s) Legal and Technical Commission was preparing draft regulations for the exploitation of polymetallic nodules in three areas approved for deep-seabed exploration worldwide. The first of the... 

Development of deep-seabed mining rules under way

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 In its 2014 session, held in February, world regulatory body the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA’s) Legal and Technical Commission was preparing draft regulations for the exploitation of polymetallic nodules in three areas approved for deep seabed exploration worldwide. The first of the... 

Making Sishen safer with simulation

     24th October 2013 There are the normal operating procedures on a mine designed to get everyone home safely every day. Then there are the everyday incidents that remind miners of the possible dangers that they face if the rules are not followed. For instance, a driver descending an incline in the wrong gear puts... 

Swiss firm says its slope stabilisation system reduces many mining hazards

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd November 2012 Openpit and underground mining may trigger issues relating to slope instability, which, in turn, could lead to substantial production losses and pose serious health and safety hazards, says Swiss protection systems designer and manufacturer Geobrugg Africa manager Bart Schoevaerts. Slope... 

Company Announcement: Wide range of mining and construction equipment auctioned online this week

     26th July 2012 Park Village Auctions is currently auctioning a range of mining and construction equipment on behalf of Implats, Vanchem Vanadiam Stores and African Earth during a week-long online auction which started on 23 July 2012 

Company Announcement: Exxaro achieves 12 months without a fatality

     12th July 2012 It is with great gratitude that the Exxaro group can announce a year without a fatality today. For the past rolling 12 months, since 11 July 2011, not one employee was lost to a mining or work related accident 

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