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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... 

NUM continues strike at Petra’s Finsch mine, to down tools at Koffiefontein after wage deadlock

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has issued Petra Diamonds with a 48-hour notice for a planned, protected strike at the Koffiefontein mine, in Northern Cape. The union on Thursday said it would withdraw all members from the mine, starting on Saturday morning, until Petra accedes to the... 

Khato Holdings is making great strides in Botswana and other SADC states 

     18th September 2017 Khato Civils has also established a country office in Botswana, where it has 60-million pula of equipment and has bought a 4 ha site on which to construct its head office in the country. Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani explains that the building plans are in the last stages of being approved by... 

Distributor expands pumps offering with Italian range

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Pumps supplier Packaged Metering & Pumping Solutions (PMPS) has added Rotho peristaltic pumps from Italian pumps manufacturer Ragazzini to its South African product offering. “We see huge opportunity to supply peristaltic pumps to projects in neighbouring countries,” PMPS MD David O’Neill tells... 

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry

     15th September 2017 By the first quarter of 2018,  a building site in Kalumbila, in North-Western province, in  Zambia, will be transformed into a $40-million manufacturing facility that will produce high-quality mill-balls for mines in Zambia, neighbouring countries and the world market, says Zambia Chamber of... 

Pumps offer suitable for minimal lubricity

     15th September 2017 Engineering components supplier BMG’s SF series of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps, introduced four years ago, is used mainly on oil lubrication systems in mines, steel works, power stations and in general industry. 

NUM members to embark on strike at two Exxaro coal mines

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has served diversified miner Exxaro Resources with a notice to embark on a protected strike at the Grootegeluk mine, in Lephalale, Limpopo, and at the Leeuwpan mine, in Delmas, Mpumalanga.   The NUM submitted wage demands on April 13 and accuses Exxaro of... 

Lonmin says licence not at risk after Ministry warning

By: Reuters     13th September 2017 The South African mines ministry has told platinum miner Lonmin that it failed to meet some of its social and labour obligations, the producer said on Tuesday, but added it did not think its operating licence was in jeopardy. The London-listed miner received a letter last week from South Africa's... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supplied to support major oil refinery shutdown

     6th September 2017 Whilst South Africa is heavily dependent on petroleum products to keep the economy running, major refineries need to periodically suspend or circumvent crude oil production to conduct routine maintenance, renovations and repairs. Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace) – a leading manufacturer of... 

ACCOMODATION ACCOMPLISHMENT

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 Platinum producer Lonmin last month showcased the first two phases of infill apartments at the company’s Wonderkop and Eastern sites, close to the converted hostel family units, in North West province. The R410-million development currently comprises 493 completed units, of which 403 have been... 

Challenges delay miner’s housing project

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 The Gabonewe Housing Estate Development project, located near the town of Ledig in the North West province, has been delayed by various challenges, including cost constraints and stakeholder integration, says South African platinum group metals miner Wesizwe Platinum. Wesizwe’s Sustainable... 

Lighting equipment eliminates glare

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Lighting plays an important role in mining, as it is vital to be visually aware of potential mine and machinery-related safety hazards, as well as to allow for accommodating working conditions in the dark. 

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... 

Khato Holdings – growing Africa on time and within budget 

     29th August 2017 With plans to expand further in Africa, South African black emerging design and construction company Khato Civils expects that, in three to five years, 20% of its workload will be attributable to South Africa, while 80% will be based across the rest of the continent.  

Gamsberg project to retore Vedanta’s zinc output to 300 000 t/y from mid-2018

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources subsidiary Zinc International has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure (capex) for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. The first phase of the project is expected to have a mine life of 13 years,... 

Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Colliery Training College

     24th August 2017 Who are we? The Colliery Training College (CTC), an important centre for artisan and mining skills training in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964. Prominent mining houses (Anglo American Thermal Coal, Exxaro, Glencore, Izimbiwa Coal, Kangra Coal and South... 

DRC mining code’s shortcomings limiting sector’s contribution to fiscus – senator

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 The mining industry and the production of copper and cobalt in particular is of vital importance to the economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, political, social and legislative stability is critical to ensuring the growth and sustainability of the sector, says DRC Senator... 

Vedanta commits majority of Gamsberg capex, progresses waste stripping

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. The first phase of the Gasmberg project is expected to have a mine life of 13 years,... 

LACCD Sets BIM Standard on the Largest Bond Construction Program in the United States

     4th August 2017 Bentley’s Connected Data Environment to Save USD 12 Million  on Ambitious Sustainable Building Project A BIM Commitment The largest community college district in the United States, with nine colleges spanning 882 square miles, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) has educated more than... 

Mines continue to drive sustainable value creation

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The African mining industry is increasingly focusing on generating as much value as possible from mining projects to benefit all mining stakeholders and strengthen its position as a sustainable contributor to the continent’s economies, says consulting engineer Aurecon resources client director... 

Dominion is said to seek sweeter deal from Montana billionaire

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2017 Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp is hoping Montana billionaire Dennis Washington will cough up a little more cash to buy the world’s third-largest producer of rough diamonds by value. However, the company – which has put itself on the block twice in the past two years – says there’s no guarantee a... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday unveiled a series of aggressive planned interventions and action steps to stimulate economic recovery after South Africa’s fall into recession in the first quarter. His address revealed two main desired outcomes – dodge another downgrade and reignite... 

Deloitte unpacks Mining Charter ahead of High Court hearing into Chamber’s application to halt its implementation

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane on Wednesday said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Black junior Wescoal set to soar 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2017 Stripping out Wescoal’s once-off nonrecurring costs paints a pretty picture of the performance of this black-controlled coal-mining and coal-marketing junior, which has declared a dividend payout of R22-million compared with R10-million last year The once-off costs of R90-million arose from the... 

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently settle in mining towns, but prefer to maintain their homes in the rural areas and return to them, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as... 

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently move to mining towns, but prefer to maintain and return to their homes in rural areas, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as urban home... 

Mining Charter exposing South African economy to GATT angst  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2017 The procurement rules of the new Mining Charter may violate South Africa’s obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), exposing the country to challenges by other member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers Peter Leon and Patrick... 

Mining Charter set to worsen stakeholder relations – Bench Marks

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2017 The new Mining Charter is the flawed outcome of inadequate consultation with communities, the board of the Bench Marks Foundation said on Tuesday, when it warned that the document is poised to worsen stakeholder relations. Bench Marks executive director John Capel condemned the new charter as a... 

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

Pump tackles acidic liquids containing solids

     16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has introduced a high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage range of Hippo submersible slurry pumps manufactured from specialised material capable of pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads. The company says the success of... 

Stator introduced for reduced energy and maintenance costs

     16th June 2017 Solutions provider for difficult pumping applications Netzsch Pumps North America has introduced the iFD-Stator 2.0, which it says combines efficiency, economy and environmental safety in one system. Featuring a two-part, reusable stator housing and replaceable stator, the iFD-Stator 2.0 is... 

Vortex slurry sump pumps range expanded

     16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has expanded its range of Hippo vortex slurry sump pumps that address blockages at coal processing plants. The company points to continuous enquiries from customers for sump pumps capable of handling larger solids as well as pumping at higher... 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 Independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath is cautiously optimistic about the future of the South African mining pumps industry. “There is no definitive direction for this sector, with companies following a wait-and-see approach while keeping costs to a minimum.” 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa will be applying at the earliest opportunity for a court date for a declaratory order on continuing empowerment consequences, as well as immediately seeking an interim court interdict to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three, the devastating set... 

Restoring the Balance- Post Mine Closure Rehabilitation.

     15th June 2017 On Wednesday 14th June 2017, Ncamiso Mining Chief Operating Officer, Tshego Motsoenyane spoke on the topic of ‘Restoring the Balance- Post mine Closure Rehabilitation’ at the Sustainability in Mining Seminar as part of Sustainability Week 2017. Sustainability Week hosted by alive2green provides a... 

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