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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. 

Company’s solutions address minerals processing inefficiencies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 To address water contamination in the minerals processing sector, processing specialist Multotec is installing its CleanTeQ ion-exchange system, which is designed for the removal of soluble elements from process water, at operations in Oman and soon in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Humidity, moisture sensors see growth

     8th September 2017 The need for optimal safety, high yield and combustion value to ensure process integrity is spurring double-digit growth and adoption of humidity and moisture sensors in various industries, including the mining and minerals processing industry, states market research company Frost & Sullivan.  

Proper process control components increase processing efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 With technology and equipment used for mineral processing well established and generally highly automated, slurry control valves manufacturer eDART is focused on the efficient use of energy and the improved reliability of components.  

Howden adds Ventsim™ 3D Mine Ventilation Simulation Software to its mining portfolio with the acquisition of Chasm Consulting

     29th August 2017 As part of Howden’s strategy to become the world’s leading provider of mine ventilation solutions, we are pleased to announce the acquisition of Chasm Consulting and its world leading product Ventsim™. Providing industry-leading 3D design and simulation capability, the Ventsim™ software is widely... 

Northam initiates R100m tailings retreatment project 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2017 A new R100-million tailings retreatment project has been initiated by platinum-mining company Northam at its Booysendal South asset, acquired from Aquarius Platinum. The project, which involves hydromining and the reprocessing of the of the Booysendal South tailings storage facility (TSF), aims... 

Service provider encourages development

By: Nica Schreuder     4th August 2017 Hard work, practical experience and knowing the industry are key factors needed to succeed as a woman in the mining sector, 24-year-old workshop technician at specialist safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech Zukiswa Mkhulisi tells Mining Weekly. “Do well and prove your worth. It is... 

Katanga continues to progress WOL project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2017 Throughout the first six months of this year, TSX-listed Katanga Mining has continued to advance its $437-million Whole Ore Leach (WOL) project, which is set for commissioning to start in the fourth quarter of this year. The company in September 2015 suspended the processing of copper and cobalt... 

New Gold’s Rainy River progresses on schedule, budget

By: Henry Lazenby     28th June 2017 Canadian miner New Gold on Tuesday reported that construction of its $1-billion-plus Rainy River project, in Ontario, remains on track to start operations in September, with commercial production expected to follow in November. “Through the second quarter, our team has both successfully commenced... 

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 While the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in mineral processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with innovation being... 

Botswana receives load bank system order

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 The first load bank system from power-generating brand supplier Vert Energy – the Southern Africa distributor of Asco power switching and control components – was supplied to private equity company Peter Investments, in Botswana, last month. 

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 While the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in minerals processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with... 

Turnkey Instruments

     23rd May 2017 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

     21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

G450, G460 and G400 MP-2 smart pump now have INMETRO certification!

     18th April 2017 GfG Instrumentation is pleased to announce the G450, G460 multi-gas detectors and the G400 MP-2 motorized smart pump have received INMETRO certification for sale in Brazil.  INMETRO (Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality) is the government body responsible for the... 

Uretech, HMA Group in venture to establish an African presence

     3rd April 2017 Uretech, a local manufacturer of polyurethane products such as wear liners for the mining industry, has entered into an agreement with the HMA Group of Australia to have its product range distributed internationally. In turn, the HMA Group’s wide product range will now be made available in Africa... 

Afrivalve Appointed As Official Distributor Of Gemü Valves For Mining Sector In Africa

     31st March 2017 Afrivalve, part of the eDART Group of Companies, have further expanded their range to now offer the Gemü Valve and Control Systems range in the mining and metal refining sector in Africa. This further compliments the eDART Slurry Control Valves, C-Tech knife gate valves, Red Roc Pinch valves and... 

The Changing Face Of Valve Manufacturing In South Africa

     31st March 2017 “Manufacturing in South Africa in the current climate is not for the faint hearted. Material costs are high – skills at all levels are scarce – labour laws and health and safety regulations are stringent and restrictive – and the volatility of the Rand makes long term planning a challenging... 

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Local environmental laboratory X-Lab Earth Science plans to expand its support for air-quality testing companies servicing the mining and minerals industry as demand grows for accredited data analysis in this sector. X-Lab MD Quentin Hurt attributes the increasing demand for its services to... 

Specialist aims to step up offering at Kibali

By: Simone Liedtke     10th February 2017 Condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck hopes to discuss with the engineering management team whether there is an opportunity to roll out its reliability services at the developing Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it opened its eleventh laboratory last year. 

Boart Longyear to exhibit at Investing in African Mining Indaba; representatives will showcase a variety of innovative drilling equipment and products

     3rd February 2017 Boart Longyear www.BoartLongyear.com, the world’s leading provider of drilling equipment and performance tooling, will feature a broad range of innovative drilling solutions at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, February 6-9, in Cape Town, South Africa.   Boart Longyear’s top... 

New Gold stock tumbles on Rainy River project delay, further capex overrun

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2017 The TSX-listed stock of intermediate gold producer New Gold tumbled nearly 26% on Monday after the company announced a three-month start-up delay at its billion-dollar-plus Rainy River project, in Ontario, and a $195-million cost increase. Analysts noted that the Rainy River update increased... 

Jubilee to deliver chromite concentrate in a fortnight

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2017 Dual-listed mine-to-metals specialist Jubilee Platinum’s commissioning of chromite recovery and platinum group metals (PGMs) plants at its Hernic ferrochrome operation is progressing to schedule, with the first chromite concentrate product targeted within the next two weeks. At full production,... 

Amtec

     27th January 2017 Witbank-based Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) specialises in the construction of materials handling systems and processing plants. “Amtec is especially proficient and experienced in brownfield and shutdown construction activities having successfully undertaken many ‘difficult’ projects in... 

C-Tech – The Game Changer That Continues To Impress

     28th November 2016 Afrivalve exceeded expectations with their robust C-Tech Knife Gate valve in 2016. The C-Tech Knife Gate valves, manufactured at eDART Surry Valve’s manufacturing facilities in Jet Park, Gauteng, range in sizes from DN100-DN800. The DN750 size has proved extremely popular, with Afrivalve... 

ELB to provide life extension services to the Portal Reclaimer Scraper at Petra Diamonds Cullinan Mine

     21st November 2016 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that a contract has been entered into between Petra Diamonds Premier Mine and ELB Engineering Services for the life extension of the Cullinan Portal Reclaimer Scraper at the Petra Diamond’s Cullinan Diamond Mine, close to Pretoria. The focus... 

Digital manometer ‘indispensable tool’ for pneumatic, hydraulic systems

     11th November 2016 Swiss pressure sensing specialist Keller’s first generation of high-resolution digital manometers, the LEO 5, is available from South African distributor of process control and instrumentation equipment Instrotech. With high resolution for accurate measurement, pressure peak analysis and... 

New solutions for fine classification in wet minerals processing launched

By: Ilan Solomons     11th November 2016 In response to mining industry needs, diversified engineering group Metso has introduced a “new generation” of fine classification technologies, the MHC Series hydrocyclone and ultrafine screen. The company explains that these new offerings make it easier for customers to adopt next-generation... 

Pneumatic cylinder uniformity benefits distributor, improves part availability 

By: Sascha Solomons     11th November 2016 With no drastic changes over the last 100 years in the design of the pneumatic cylinders specified by the mining industry, these components are easily replaceable, thereby preventing costly production stoppages at mines, explains Africa-focused branded parts manufacturer and distributor Torre... 

Energy sector trade show launch a ‘success’ – organiser

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 The inaugural PowerEx trade show, held last month alongside the biennial Electra Mining Africa at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, in Nasrec, has been declared a success by the show’s organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. 

MSA Africa invests R1.5 million in aftermarket service centre network

     19th October 2016 MSA Africa, a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products, supplements its total solutions approach with a comprehensive aftersales and technical support service. Based at its Johannesburg premises, MSA Africa’s main aftersales service centre offers in-house... 

Botswana diamond project poised for 2017 completion as it surpasses 80% completion mark

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th October 2016 Construction of Botswana-based diamond mining company Debswana’s Letlhakane Mine Tailings Resource Treatment Plant project (LMTRTP), in Lethakane Village near Orapa near Botswana, is currently 80% complete, with final project completion expected by 2017. “The plant will undergo C5 commissioning... 

Chilled-mirror hygrometer gives reliable control of sintering processes

     14th October 2016 Moisture and humidity measurement solutions provider Michell Instruments, represented in South Africa by process control instrumentation manufacturer Instrotech, has introduced its S8000RS chilled-mirror hygrometer.   The S8000RS is the smallest hygrometer on the market, says Linbro Park,... 

Technological innovation will drive new exploration strategies  

By: Nadine James     14th October 2016 Increased innovation in analytical instrumentation and unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, technology will further enhance the means and cost of exploration, thereby enabling the development of new exploration strategies, says mining consultancy The MSA Group. Oxford University and University of... 

Polyflor SD range from Altico for electrostatic discharge protection

     13th October 2016 Polyflor ESD products facilitate a uniform flow of static electricity directly to a ground point. Available from Altico, a division of Actum Electronics, the range includes SD, EC and conductive ROF floorings, each of which combines static control properties with hardwearing and decorative... 

New Gold lifts credit ceiling to advance Rainy River construction

By: Henry Lazenby     5th October 2016 Canadian gold miner New Gold has added further financial flexibility into its budget as it focuses on completing construction of the $1.05-billion Rainy River project, in Northern Ontario. The TSX-listed company has increased its credit facility by $100-million to $400-million, saying... 

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