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Wescoal Upbeat On Keaton Acquisition And Consolidation

     16th October 2017 The announcement of a R12-million dividend and the securing of more efficient, long-term debt funding highlight Wescoal’s continued progress in the junior coal mining space as it consolidates the recent Keaton acquisition. CEO Waheed Sulaiman says the Group is on track to become a leader in its... 

Eskom must implement ‘aggressive’ cost cutting, EIUG says as it urges Nersa to reject 19.9% hike

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2017 Eskom’s application for a 19.9% tariff hike from April 1, 2018, is unacceptable and will result in the partial or full closure of plant capacity and increase unemployment, the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) states in a written submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa... 

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Power transmission components supplier Altra Industrial Motion South Africa (SA) has undergone numerous changes in the past couple of years, incorporating new brands and aligning its product and service offering with that of its parent company of the same name, says Altra Industrial Motion SA GM... 

Building presence in East Africa through Tanzanian office

     13th October 2017 Drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive is adding to its existing presence in Tanzania, its main hub in Eastern Africa, by opening a new office in Kenya and starting a recruitment drive in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SEW-Eurodrive’s Tanzanian branch, in Der Es Salaam,... 

Shaft alignment tool benefits discussed

     13th October 2017 All rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment and the conventional methods of measuring alignment, such as rulers and dial indicators, are outdated and inaccurate, says industrial equipment supplier Comtest Group. The company points out that these methods could result in inadequate... 

CoAL settles major liabilities, transitions into coal producer in 'extremely positive year'

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following an “extremely positive and transformational year” in which South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) achieved significant milestones, such as settling significant liabilities and transitioning into a coal producer with the acquisition of the cash-generative Uitkomst colliery,... 

Hybrid solar systems punted as the way forward for sub-Saharan Africa mines

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 Factors such as limited and unreliable energy transmission and distribution grids, across many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, have created a dependency among large industrial and mining houses on diesel and heavy fuel oil (HFO) to provide a reliable energy supply, says renewable-energy... 

Groundswell of commitment building up to ensure that mining is allowed to boost the South African economy

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 Last week’s Joburg Indaba proved a robust conference. Emanating from it were divergent opinions about the best way to deal with an errant Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) which has caused a myriad of distractions. Had proper DMR leadership been put in place, the South African economy would... 

China gobbles Amazon rainforest ore to clean polluted skies

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2017 A bid by China to clean up pollution in its biggest cities and industrial towns is fueling a push to mine resource riches on the other side of the globe in the Amazon rainforest -- one of the most environmentally sensitive areas on Earth. Smog-laden skies across the world’s most-populated country... 

Alphamin's Bisie mine on track for 2019 production

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2017 Despite facing significant social, political and geographical challenges, emerging miner Alphamin Resources is on track to deliver on the first large commercial tin mine in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Against a backdrop of historical political upheaval, rent-seeking, an... 

Whitehaven sees higher thermal prices

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th October 2017 Coal miner Whitehaven Coal has reported a 5% increase in run-of-mine (ROM) coal production and a 14% increase in saleable coal production for the three months to September, compared with the previous corresponding period. The company on Thursday announced that ROM coal production for the... 

‘Industrial manslaughter’ won’t improve safety compliance – QRC

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has raised concerns about the Queensland government’s proposed changes to workplace health and safety legislation, saying on Wednesday that it would have the perverse outcome of reducing safety. The state government earlier introduced legislative changes to... 

Nexa, formerly Votorantim Metais, plans IPO for up to $651m

By: Reuters     11th October 2017 Mining company Nexa Resources, formerly Votorantim Metais Holding, and its controlling shareholder expect to raise between $576-million and $651-million in its initial public offering in New York and Toronto. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Nexa said parent... 

Specialist Knowledge Meets Innovation

     10th October 2017 Local Engineering And Construction Company Develops Unique Formwork Solution For Dome Structures Durban-based engineering company, NOVARC, has developed a safe, fast and cost-effective formwork solution for concrete dome structures and reservoirs. 

Magnet Service Binder

     10th October 2017 Magnet Service Binder (South Africa) is the sole distributor of Binder, Kendrion, Siegerland, Linnig and Merobel brake products in Africa. The company also distributes Binder solenoids, Wistro Force cooling and EMG thrusters. 

Bass signs offtake for 50% of Graphmada Stage 1

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2017 Graphite developer Bass Metals has inked a sales agreement for 50% of the Stage 1 production from its Graphmada graphite project, in Madagascar. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday announced that it had signed a sales agreement with Europe-based Possehl Erzkontor for the purchase of 3 000 t/y of... 

TLT MechCaL Expands Sub Saharan Reach

     9th October 2017 Under the TLT-Turbo umbrella, local ventilation firms, TLT MechCaL and TLT ACTOM have embarked on an ambitious expansion strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa.  This move follows the announcement of TLT MechCaL and TLT ACTOM working in collaboration with their majority shareholder, German based... 

Northam backs Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s awareness campaign

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2017 Platinum miner Northam is supporting a campaign by US-based Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) to raise awareness of clean energy technology. Globally, governments are being urged to support investment in technology to provide cleaner and more efficient sources of power in the... 

Glencore to acquire Chevron’s South Africa, Botswana assets for $973m

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2017 JSE-listed Glencore has entered into an agreement with Off The Shelf Investments Fifty Six (OTS) to acquire a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa, as well as a 100% interest in Chevron Botswana, for an aggregate consideration of $973-million. The assets comprise the interests of the Chevron... 

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46% 

     6th October 2017 In this opinion article, independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey argues that the mining industry and coal industry need to fight for their very future otherwise all is lost. Few people realise that future economic, political and social prosperity are at currently stake. Decisions made in... 

Vereeniging operation offers new milling, crushing solutions  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 In line with global industrial equipment company Metsos commitment to innovation, its Vereeniging operation is offering two solutions that are new to the African crushing and milling industries. 

New attachment system enhances screening media change-outs

     6th October 2017 Global industrial equipment company Metso is introducing a new attachment system for its Trellex screening media that offers increased productivity and makes media change-outs safer and faster than with traditional systems, the company announced in September. Downtime is costly for screens in... 

Local mineral processing mired in upkeep, development languishing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 While South Africa’s crushing, milling and screening sector is in maintenance and operation mode, projects in countries such as Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique are experiencing capital growth, owing to greenfield developments which are contributing directly to the gross... 

Company investing in new tech despite challenging market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 Mining solutions provider Harcliff Mining Services has installed a German-made Hӧfler Rapid 2000 cylindrical gear grinding machine at its manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. The machine, bought from Switzerland-headquartered Swiss-German gear technology company Klingelnberg Group was... 

High-quality components decrease downtime

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 The failure of mining conveyor components, such as bearings, is most often caused by improper sealing arrangements, lubrication and installation, and can cost some mines up to R1-million an hour in downtime, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International.  

Partnership to provide $12m for African development minerals producers

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 Five-thousand small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development minerals operators will have access to more affordable finance as a result of a partnership between the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF), the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP),... 

Civil society bodies resisting plan for a coal mine in Mpumalanga

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 A coalition of eight civil society and community organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), which is resisting a proposed coal mine inside a declared protected environment and strategic water source area in Mpumalanga, has stepped up its resistance with further legal... 

CoM committed to finding workable solutions that are in the national interest

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has drawn a firm line in the sand regarding its opposition to unethical leadership, bad governance and State capture,” CoM president Mxolisi Mgojo asserted on Thursday. “We are doing what is necessary to ensure better outcomes for our sector and our country. The chamber... 

RCT’s agility and adaptability in demand

     3rd October 2017 The majority of mine sites today utilise a mixed fleet in their operations; acquiring machines that best suit their needs at different stages of the mining process. As companies look towards bringing automation and information gathering into the forefront of their operations; it is important they... 

CoAL seeks greater self-sufficiency after transformational FY17

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Following an “extremely positive and transformational year” in which South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) achieved significant milestones, such as the settlement of significant liabilities and transitioning into a coal producer with the acquisition of the cash-generative Uitkomst... 

Construction of Rukwa wash plant completed

By: Anine Kilian     29th September 2017 Construction of the wash plant at Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s Rukwa project, in Tanzania, has been completed.  The plant is undergoing final commissioning and testing, and is expected to start producing washed coal for sale next week. 

Appea calls for clarity on Pristine Rivers legislation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has called on the Queensland government to clarify its position on natural gas development in the Cooper basin, after reports emerged that the government could be considering environmental legislation to protect rivers.... 

Gigantic SA-made ore scrubber destined for Sierra Leone mineral sands mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Mechanical process equipment and solutions provider MechProTech has completed the manufacturing of one of its largest pieces of mining process equipment – the multimillion-rand, Titan 3596 mineral ore scrubber – which will be delivered to a mineral sands mine in Sierra Leone. MechProTech focuses... 

Event catalyst for critical engagement

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th September 2017 Government, labour and business need to restore mutual trust through transparent and honest engagement, with The Joburg Indaba providing an ideal platform through which to forge a way forward in this endeavour, says mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander business development... 

R250 000 training centre launched, Merseta accreditation sought

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Industrial warehousing equipment and materials handling solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) – part of Goscor Group – launched its new R250 000 training centre, in Edenvale, Gauteng, last month. The company is also applying for Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector... 

Tech support, repair and maintenance service critical to 20 years

     29th September 2017 South Korean industrial equipment conglomerate Doosan celebrates its twentieth year in South Africa this year, notes Disa Equipment MD Rod Watson, adding that Doosan maintains its strong position in today’s competitive earthmoving sector through its reputation for reliable engines, a robust... 

Zambia mines deny they are being subsidised by domestic electricity consumers

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 The notion that Zambia’s mines are being subsidised by domestic consumers is  “wholly untrue and completely at odds with the facts”, states Zambian Chamber of Mines president Nathan Chishimba, in response to a number of recent articles in the Zambian media suggesting that the government and... 

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.  

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