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Coal crunch faced by Indian nonpower sector to ease, not end

By: Ajoy K Das     14th September 2018 The coal shortage faced by the nonpower sector is expected to continue, although a reversal of the trend may emerge toward the end of the month, Coal India Limited (CIL) chairperson Anil Kumar Jha has said. “A surge in demand for coal at the start of the summer months this year forced CIL to... 

Warman pump offers cost effective solutions for heavy duty slurry applications

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Pump manufacturer and supplier Weir Minerals Africa exhibited its flagship Warman MCR 450 mill circuit pump at Africa’s largest trade exhibition, Electra Mining Africa, held in September this year. Weir Minerals Africa product manager for slurry pumps Marnus Koorts explains that one of the... 

Local mining services company owners win Entrepreneur of the Year accolade

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Mining engineer Samuel Molefi and his entrepreneurial wife and business partner Motlapele Molefi have won the Entrepreneur of the Year award – a premier entrepreneurial platform sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners every year. Samuel and Motlapele are founders and owners of Modi Mining, a... 

The Dickinson Group 

13th September 2018 The Dickinson Group of Companies is a leading provider of furnace and industrial services to the mining, metal smelting, mineral processing, thermal power generation and petrochemicals refining industries. The company has the capacity, technology, equipment and expertise to undertake complex... 

DRDGold projects boost Ergo efficiency, lower costs

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2018 Three major projects completed by surface gold mining company DRDGold are expected to boost the fortunes of the company’s Ergo plant on the East Rand. The three projects made up the bulk of the company’s capital spend of R125.9-million in the 12 months to June 30. 

Record production boosts Atalaya’s H1 Ebitda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Aim- and TSX-listed copper miner Atalaya Mining delivered earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of €34.4-million for the six months ended June 30, compared with €24.5-million in the first half of 2017, on the back of record production at the company’s Proyecto... 

Gauteng-focus stands RGM Cranes in good stead

11th September 2018 Overhead cranes and services supplied by RGM Cranes are recognised as the “gold standard” for reliable and safe lifting within the Gauteng region, says MD Alex Dowling, who believes that the company’s focus on providing its services to Africa’s largest industrial and mining hub has stood it in... 

Ausenco leads the charge to address slurry pipeline failure rates

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th September 2018 Consulting, engineering and project delivery firm Ausenco has organised the first, focused pipeline user’s symposium, to be held in Santiago, Chile, at the end of October, to discuss a framework to address the high mean failure rate of slurry pipelines. Ausenco VP for pipeline consulting, JP... 

Strutfast is the cable specialist on Africa’s mines

7th September 2018 Cable management solutions specialist Strutfast has become the recognised African cable management brand for the mining sector having successfully supplied its solutions to hundreds of mining projects across the African continent. “Strutfast has developed an enviable international reputation for... 

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies has been appointed as an agent for Danish chemical industry company Haldor Topsoe in Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dickinson Group will promote, sell and strategically warehouse... 

Pump offers new levels of control, efficiency and protection

6th September 2018 Global water technology company Xylem has unveiled a new series of smart dewatering pumps - the Godwin S Series – that offers unmatched control and peace of mind anytime, anywhere. With advanced levels of monitoring and control, efficiency, reliability and sustainability, the Godwin NC150S... 

Don’t let your network dictate your choices

6th September 2018 Strata Worldwide and RFI Technology Solutions have joined forces to bring the underground world a simple yet powerful solution for overcoming many of the classic constraints of typical digital networks. It assists in resolving the common “last mile” difficulties of getting power and connectivity... 

Thakadu starts construction on nickel sulphate purification plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Thakadu Battery Materials on Wednesday officially marked the start of construction of its R250-million nickel sulphate purification plant at platinum miner Lonmin's Base Metals Refinery, in the North West province. All major equipment has been ordered and key contracts awarded, including modular... 

TAKRAF Africa – a century of service to Africa’s mining and industrial sector

5th September 2018 Integrated solutions provider and equipment supplier TAKRAF Africa will put on display its innovative primary mineral sizer in Hall 9, Stand G03. 

Local manufacturer showcases full-scale solutions at Electra

4th September 2018 Nelspruit-based Electro Systems, which supplies both locally manufactured and type-tested modular enclosures from Danish manufacturer Logstrup, will showcase its three Electro Systems divisions at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. The company hopes to broaden its exposure and brand... 

Local manufacture a critical component of mine modernisation drive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 Epoxerite remains a leading supplier of high quality grouts for a myriad of applications in the mining industry, and this includes as a dependable bonding agent for pre-stressed cable anchors in some of the world’s deepest underground mines. This system provides a significantly safer alternative... 

Beadell's plant uprade heading on trend

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd September 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources has completed the installation and commissioning of the ball mill at its Tucano plant, in Brazil, two weeks ahead of schedule. The installation of the ball mill is one of four key areas being undertaken as part of the Tucano plant upgrade, along with the installation... 

Economic slowdown impacts on modular building demand

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 The local modular building industry has been feeling the pinch for the past three months, owing to a slowdown in economic activity in the sectors it serves, states prefabricated modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings. Kwikspace international executive Liam Cafferty is concerned... 

Market expansion met with growth, demand

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Modular building supplier Speedspace is focusing on alternative market diversification and penetration to bolster its Southern Africa operations amid recent declines in product demand from local mining houses. Speedspace MD Hennie Wiggett tells Mining Weekly that the company anticipated hardships... 

Cost-effective solution required amid local economic volatility

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Providing mining houses with cost-effective and reliable turnkey modular building solutions is crucial in South Africa’s current economic environment, says modular building solutions provider Afripanel. Afripanel contracts project manager Malcolm McGregor tells Mining Weekly that the local... 

Gas monitor upgraded for better accuracy

31st August 2018 Mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa has extended its range of safety and communications systems to include an upgraded atmospheric and environmental monitoring system, designed for use in industries where the presence of gases may pose a safety or health risk for employees and... 

Stromag Periflex® tyre couplings accommodate misalignment and minimise maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2018 In many industrial environments the transmission of power through the drive train requires couplings that are able to carry high torque while also accommodating misalignment and vibration. Stromag’s range of Periflex® Shaft Couplings use a highly flexible, rubber-fabric ‘tyre’ element to transmit... 

Ring-fence Eskom’s ‘bad bank’ generation assets, says energy expert  

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2018 A leading electricity expert is warning that there is little or no prospect that Eskom can trade itself out of its current financial difficulties and that restructuring – including a vertical separation of its cash-guzzling generation assets from its transmission, system operator and distribution... 

Roff Industries on reducing dust explosion risks

29th August 2018 Local manufacturer Roff Industries believes that organisations spending huge amounts on certified explosion-proof electrical equipment could achieve substantial savings by avoiding the main hazard – the build-up of dust. 

Technicgum Polymères extends range, offers innovation

27th August 2018 Belgium-based industrial equipment designer and manufacturer Technicgum Polymères is showcasing several of its conveyor belt components at this year’s Electra Mining trade show, including the RacloFlex conveyor belt cleaner, the Star belt tracker and, for the first time, the Sirocco air cannon.... 

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing

24th August 2018 X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense media separation, for the treatment of middle and coarse-sized material. “The... 

Protecting the mining industry from effects of lightning

24th August 2018 Lightning threatens production in every industry in South Africa and the mining industry is no different, says the newly appointed national director of the Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA), Richard Evert, urging the industry to comply with regulations to protect their assets. 

New design for the Mixtec EDICT system

24th August 2018 Industrial agitator manufacturer Mixtec will be showcasing its very own high-level mixer designs and cutting edge impeller designs at this year’s Electra Mining Africa. 

BlueRock achieves 80 t/h crushing target at Kareevlei

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 The crushing circuit at BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei mine, in the Northern Cape, is now processing at its targeted production level of around 80 t/h following the installation of a second cone crusher and the implementation of optimisation initiatives. In June, BlueRock discovered a fault in... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings

By: Nadine James     24th August 2018 SRK Consulting’s Cape Town office, in conjunction with SRK Consulting’s Vancouver office, has conducted preliminary groundwater modelling to assist a South American mining client in finding an environmentally sustainable solution for tailings-based brine management. SRK principal hydrogeologist... 

Indian coal-fired power plants likely to miss new emission control norms deadline

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd August 2018 Indian coal-fired power plants are unlikely to meet the new emission norms by 2022, missing the deadline for the second time since the Environment Ministry first laid down compliance rules in 2015. In the 2015 notification, the Ministry made it mandatory for thermal power plants to retrofit... 

John Ratcliffe displays wide range of products at Electra Mining

23rd August 2018 Since 1973, filtration and safety equipment supplier John Ratcliffe has focused on providing clients with a range of quality filtration, exhaust and safety equipment. Some of these products will be exhibited at this year’s Electra Mining Africa trade show and include the HJS sintered-metal... 

Systematic Ground Support – The Ontario Example

23rd August 2018 The pursuit of zero harm is at the top of the agenda for all members of the global mining community.  A safe mine brings many benefits including higher productivity, reduced down time, fewer accidents, a stronger social license to operate, and a better overall reputation for a mining company.... 

Strong vanadium prices boost Bushveld’s H1 Ebitda; production guidance lowered

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for the six months to June 30 increased by 439% year-on-year to R521-million. Sales revenue increased by 139% to R1-billion, compared with R439-million in the first half of 2017, primarily... 

Artemis, Platina target gold mineralisation at Munni Munni JV project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 ASX-listed Artemis Resources has invested the required $750 000 to earn a 70% interest in the Munni Munni project, in the West Pilbara, from fellow ASX-listed Platina Resources. The joint venture (JV) partners will now target gold mineralisation within the Munni Munni land package. 

Software platform boosts operator performance

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     17th August 2018 Durban-based global supplier of surface and underground mining simulators ThoroughTec Simulation developed the CYBERMINE WX platform that monitors operator performance and provides targeted training to improve efficiencies. The CYBERMINE WX platform is being tested at local mines where the... 

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