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China's new Silk Road encroaches on US turf in Eastern Europe

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2017 In the 19th century mansion in central Belgrade where bureaucrats plan some of Serbia’s important overseas projects, 64-year-old Ivan Mrkic is busy unpacking boxes teeming with the books, research papers and maps he needs to become an instant expert on China. Mrkic, a one-time Foreign Minister,... 

Method leads to increased productivity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond has adopted an approach to drilling equipment maintenance which entails identifying trends to assist it in applying engineering fixes, altering maintenance periods and educating operational staff accordingly. “We follow a productive approach, with... 

Goldplat’s Kilimapesa switches to grid power

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 Africa-focused Goldplat will start using grid power at its Kilimapesa mine, in Kenya, as it is facing ongoing difficulties with its generators, primarily owing to poor diesel quality. The miner has reached an agreement to pay the $200 000 installation cost for the required infrastructure to the... 

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The first flameproof skid steer, the JCB 155, developed by explosion protection and industrial equipment provider Exis Engineering, together with equipment manufacturer JCB, has been supplied to mining company Exxaro’s Matla coal mine, in Mpumalanga. 

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. 

Focus on construction at Bisie conflict-free tin project

     21st April 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources’ current focus is on preparing its 80.75%-owned Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for construction. According to a presentation by Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra at the 2017 Investing in African... 

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... 

EarthTrack® Fleet Management Solution

     22nd March 2017 Delivering relevant data to optimise profit Overview: The EarthTrack® Fleet Management Solution is the key to smarter, profit boosting equipment. Providing machine and operator performance directly to the decision makers, in real-time. Now more than ever mines are looking at ways to increase... 

Group to split to improve customer focus

     17th February 2017 Swedish sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco will create a new company focused on mining and civil engineering, should it receive backing at its annual general meeting in April. 

Strata Worldwide Emergency Refuge Chambers

     15th February 2017 Over the years, emergency refuge chambers and underground refuge rooms have gained widespread popularity in many types of mining and tunnelling operations around the world. Mandated for use in United States coal mines since 2007, these chambers are designed to provide emergency life-sustaining... 

Now is the time to plan with SRK’s 360° perspective

     27th January 2017 With a global reputation for helping clients create and sustain profitable mines, SRK Consulting (SA) is urging the mining sector to initiate new pro-ject or expansion plans well in advance of the anticipated commodity price recovery. “Our clients appreciate the value we deliver through our 360°... 

Trump victory hits the war on coal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd December 2016 By Geoff Hill There was promise in the air: a climate change meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, the same week as the White House was set to be won by Hillary Clinton and a team in tune with calls for a curb on coal.   In early November, more than 10 000 delegates and activists were in Morocco for the... 

Coal should not be removed from South Africa’s energy mix – Jeffrey

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2016 Eliminating coal-fired power generation from South Africa's energy mix will be detrimental to the country's economy, says Econometrix MD and senior economist Robert Jeffrey. Speaking at the 2016 Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention, in Kempton Park, on Tuesday, he suggested that coal... 

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. 

Mpumalanga colliery acquires tower lights to ensure 24/7 operation

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 Additional tower lights, from mobile and semi-mobile crushing, screening, washing and materials handling equipment company Pilot Crushtec International, have been supplied to Mpumalanga-based coal mining specialist Just Coal.  

Fuel cell field trial provides technical data on rural microgrids 

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

Powermite brings ‘Engineering Solutions’ to Electra Mining 2016

     27th September 2016 Powermite shone the spotlight on its ‘Engineering Solutions’ at this year’s Electra Mining with an impressive display of unique new cable glands, innovative couplers, reflective mining cables as well as a host of high quality, rugged electrical components. “Electra Mining presented us with the... 

US conglomerate uses expo to enter new market

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 US vehicle fleet safety conglomerate Safe Fleet wants to use its booth at the quadrennial MINExpo International in Nevada, US, from September 26 to 28 to educate and promote its brands and products as viable, cost-effective safety solutions for mining and construction applications. The... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

Beka Schréder  

     15th September 2016 BEKA Schréder started operations in 1978 in Namibia, a country that has one of the most corrosive climates in the world.  

Aksa Power Generation  

     12th September 2016 Aksa Power Generation as the leading company in the Turkish genset market, with its worldwide exports to 165 countries is placed amongst the largest exporters in Turkey.  

Despite power supply stability, mines still prioritise efficient energy use

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd September 2016 Power supply instability may have been the catalyst for mining industry initiatives to pursue energy efficiencies, however, the current stability of electricity supply has not curbed the industry’s appetite for green solutions.   Nonetheless, sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources... 

Production at Sasol’s Shondoni mine set to start next month

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 Construction of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Secunda-based Shondoni mine is approaching completion with first coal production expected this month.  

Energy-saving light designed for harsh conditions

     26th August 2016 Explosion-proof light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, owing to the technology’s many advantages over conventional light sources, including its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. 


     26th August 2016 Electrical and lighting products distributor Voltex offers a range of products and services relating to the electrical industry, including electrical cables and wires, wiring accessories, cable accessories, lighting, industrial sockets, chemical lubricants, and power generation products,... 

Electra expected to be shot in arm for battered mining sector

     23rd August 2016 Mining and industrial trade show Electra Mining Africa 2016 is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the South African mining industry, which is facing tough trading conditions. 

Shondoni Mine nearing completion

     22nd August 2016 Construction of Sasol’s Shondoni Mine near Secunda is approaching completion with the realisation of the first key milestone on 1 February 2016 seeing the handover of surface infrastructure and licencing of the winder and shaft complex, while production of three production sections’ coal is... 

High-Performance Material Handling Technologies on Display at MINExpo 2016

     19th August 2016 A broad range of advanced technologies for safer and more productive bulk handling will be on display at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2016, as Martin Engineering unveils new and improved component designs for conveyor belt cleaning, dust management, load containment, risk reduction and improved... 

Legrand tv cords&cables trunking…one

     11th August 2016 Legrand’s wire and cable management solutions include a stylish trunking system which is especially well-suited to covering cluttered home entertainment wires, speaker cables, TV and video cabling, as well as for hiding jumbled office wiring. “This system, which is available in a DIY kit form, is... 

Mintek uses mining slump to overhaul analytical services laboratory ahead of upturn

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek unveiled its newly overhauled analytical services division (ASD) earlier this month, declaring the new facility an investment in both its and the mining industry’s future. 

Education and compulsory testing is the answer to alcohol abuse in mines

     6th June 2016 It is a well-known fact that South Africa has one of the largest mining industries. With an economy that was built on diamond and gold mining, South Africa accounts for a significant proportion of world’s production and reserves. However, it is also one of the most dangerous working environments... 

Fire safety needs to be self-regulated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global safety, health and environmental management services provider Nosa maintains that it is imperative that businesses in fire-related industries, such as smelting and minerals processing, assume a self-regulatory role with regard to fire safety standards. Nosa marketing, social media and... 

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fluctuating power supply or complete failure thereof at a mine, interrupting mining process, could result in dangerous consequences, emphasises power generation equipment designer and manufacturer Cummins Africa power solutions director Kenneth Gaynor. 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 Tailor-made energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika’s supply of solar-powered masts last year to chrome mining company Samancor Western Chrome, which operates an opencast mine in Marikana, in the North West, has sparked interest from numerous municipalities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana,... 

Protecting national patrimony, technology redirecting mining, seawater’s metals and minerals

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2016 Recovering metals and minerals optimally is what we owe to future generations; Australians are grasping at graphite in Southern and East Africa; extracting metals and minerals from the sea economically is a hard ask. 

Interim housing supplier targets growth despite industry turmoil

By: Malusi Mkhize     25th March 2016 Modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace is involved in several prospective mining projects in Africa while the local industry struggles to recover from low commodity prices. “Our prefabricated rental buildings are an economical and practical solution when accommodation is needed for less than... 

Rare Earth Salts inks five-year commercial agreement with Rare Earth Recovery Sciences

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2016 Mineral and applications technology company Rare Earth Salts (RES) has signed a five-year commercial agreement with significant buyer of retorted compact fluorescent lightbulb phosphor powder, Rare Earth Recovery Sciences (RERS), to produce separated rare earth oxides in the US. RERS would... 

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