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Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 Transnet acting CEO Tau Morwe is prioritising the restoration of trust, internally and externally, which he acknowledges has been affected by the “turbulence” associated with recent action taken by the board to tackle corruption and recover money “siphoned” from the State-owned company. However,... 

Metric Automotive Engineering

13th September 2018 Metric Automotive Engineering is positioned as a world-class diesel engine component remanufacturer. Well-known in the mining, quarrying, earthworks, construction and railway sectors for its ability to remanufacture diesel engine components to original-equipment manufacturer specifications, and... 

Eureka gold mine to restart production in H1 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources hopes to restart production at the Zimbabwe-based Eureka gold mine, in which the company’s 25%-owned Dallaglio Investments holds a 95% interest, in the first half of 2019. Multiple work programmes are currently being undertaken at Eureka to restore the mine to... 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

Southern Palace accelerating mining technology development in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 Southern Palace Group of Companies has, through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering, put ambitious plans in motion to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development, as well as manufacturing. Genrec’s factory, in Wadeville, is undergoing significant upgrades... 

Transnet results eclipsed by irregular expenditure, qualified audit and State capture

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2018 A surge in irregular expenditure to over R8-billion triggered a qualification of Transnet’s 2018 financial results, all but eclipsing an otherwise strong financial and operational performance by the State-owned group. The irregular expenditure related primarily to procurement undertaken by... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

ELB to provide Side Arm Charger to Sappi Saiccor, KZN

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that a contract has been entered into between Sappi Saiccor and ELB Engineering Services for the Sappi Saiccor Side Arm Charger Project at Umkomaas, South Coast of KZN, South Africa. The Sappi Saiccor mill at Umkomaas is planning to increase... 

Yauricocha mine, Peru

By: Thabi Madiba     6th July 2018 A silver/lead/zinc/copper/gold mine located in the Alis district, Yauyos province, in the Department of Lima, Peru. 

Afrox launches 360-degree Integrated Customer Application Solutions Programme

3rd July 2018 The challenging South African energy, transport, mining and fabrication industries require innovative solutions to stay abreast of global technology and competition. Whether the application is a locomotive, a pressure vessel, tanker, wind tower, a petro-chemical plant shut-down or any other... 

Miners expect to weather one-day Canadian Pacific rail worker strike

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 A one-day strike by Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway engineers and conductors is not expected to have a lasting impact on Canada’s mining operations, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) said on Wednesday. Members of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) downed tools on Tuesday night following... 

Aspire hopes to finalise rail FS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2018 Coal developer Aspire Mining and its rail subsidiary Northern Railways have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC) to advnce the Erdenet to Ovoot rail project. The parties have agreed to work quickly to finalise the... 

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 The MT3500X/NX and MT950 ultralow-profile (ULP) machines designed and developed by mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group can facilitate mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels. "This is the... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto

10th November 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has selected capital equipment giant Caterpillar (Cat) and global industrial company Barloworld to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Otjikoto mine, Namibia, which will provide 7 MW of solar power to the mine. “For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable,... 

Platinum mine’s train safety system near completion

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 South Africa-based rail technology provider On Track Technology (OTT) is currently installing its Dynatrack train safety system at a South African platinum mine, in Rustenburg, where the seven-month R8.5-million project is in its final phase. The mine’s train fleet collects raw material at the... 

Lonmin boosts turnaround on upped output, suffers fatalities

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2017 In the three months to June 30, platinum mining major Lonmin recorded lower unit costs and higher net cash on improved production and rising sales – but suffered two fatalities in a quarter when the overall injury level was on a firmly downward trajectory. On sustaining the company’s financial... 

Transnet appoints Werksmans to probe locomotive corruption claims  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet reports that Werksmans Attorneys has been appointed to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives from China South Rail (CSR). Opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) recently laid... 

New loco developed to bolster mining logistics in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     2nd June 2017 A new locomotive – the Trans Africa Locomotive 2001 (TAL 2001) – which is designed and developed by South African railway engineering company Transnet Engineering (TE), a division of State-owned logistics company Transnet – is being punted as an attractive pit-to-port logistics solution for... 

Strong stance on employee safety required – miner

19th May 2017 South Africa’s diverse wealth of minerals and a well-regulated mining industry mean mines employ hundreds of thousands of mineworkers from all over Africa, states miner, refiner and marketer of platinum-group metals Impala Platinum (Implats). 

NUM marks 22 years since Vaal Reefs disaster

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday remembered the 104 mineworkers that were killed in an accident at AngloGold’s Vaal Reefs mine in 1995. On May 10 that year, a locomotive broke through safety barriers and fell into a lift shaft, landing on a cage transporting people to the... 

SA firm delivers underground rolling stock to Chinese mine

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 South African original-equipment manufacturer Galison in March completed the delivery of an automated underground rolling stock solution to Chinese State-owned copper mine Pulong, in Yunnan province, China, at a cost of about $5-million. The delivery was completed earlier this month and the... 

South African OEM completes equipment delivery to Chinese copper mine

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2017 South African original-equipment manufacturer Galison earlier this month completed the delivery of an automated underground rolling stock solution, comprising 40 underground wagons and two tipping stations, to Chinese State-owned copper mine Pulong, in Yunnan province, China, at a cost of about... 

Aspire gets extension on rail studies

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2017 Coal hopeful Aspire Mining has been given an 18-month extension to complete the conditions precedent for its Erdenet to Ovoot rail concession, in Mongolia. The conditions precedent included the completion of feasibility studies, environmental studies and permits, land use agreements, commercial... 

Prospective Mongolian rail line proves feasible

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th January 2017 Initial feasibility studies into the Erdenet to Ovoot railway, in Mongolia, have determined the project to be feasible, ASX-listed Aspire Mining has reported. The company told shareholders on Monday that the railway servicing the proposed Ovoot coking coal project would require a capital... 

Platinum miner advancing safety initiatives

9th December 2016 Safety is a priority at all Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) operations, emphasises the South African platinum miner, which will roll out front-drive technology and proximity detection on track-bound equipment in 2017 as part of its safety strategy. The company describes the initiative as a “major... 

Peter Sutherland – SA’s first government geologist

By: Jade Davenport     18th November 2016 There are two main reasons why geology was vigorously pursued in the various colonies during the nineteenth century. Firstly, the study of the ancient environment fostered an impression of the colonies as primitive places that were inferior to Europe. This led to the development of theories of... 

Patented mining technology to be released month-end

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 Local ultra-low-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting expects to release its patented MT100, MT1000 and automated brake tester technologies for mines by the end of this month. The technology, developed by CMTI Consulting, in Pretoria, comprises 70% local content and is... 

On-The-Air (30/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2016 Top gold miner Dr Mark Bristow is ‘super excited’ about Africa as the ‘next China’; London-listed Pan African Resources is planning to invest hundreds of millions of rands in a new gold project in Mpumalanga and; The first train powered by a platinum fuel cell locomotive has been unveiled in... 

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Mining and industrial equipment supplier Deebar is upgrading the Deebar Rail-Veyor remote-controlled, electrically powered light-rail haulage solution which it installed in 2005 at gold miner Harmony’s Phakisa gold mine, in Welkom. 

Metric Automotive Engineering

26th August 2016 Metric Automotive Engineering is positioned as a world-class diesel engine component remanufacturer. Well-known in the mining, quarrying, earthworks, construction and railway sectors for its ability to remanufacture diesel engine components to original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications,... 

Transnet pares back capex as commodity slump impacts demand 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has pared back its 2016/17 capital expenditure (capex) plan in line with its strategy of “validating” demand ahead of moving ahead with major investments. The rail, ports and pipelines utility expects to invest around R22.8-billion during the 2017... 

Mozambique’s new Nacala coal line already in line for upgrade

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 In Mozambique, the coal transport capacity of the new Nacala Corridor railway route, from the inland Moatize coal field to the port city of Nacala-a-Velha, will be increased with a $3-billion investment in the near future. This was reported last week by Mozambican Cabinet spokesperson Mouzinho... 

Grindrod locomotives launch spares and technical support Partnerships

17th June 2016 In addition to the core business of manufacturing locomotives for shunting and main line operations, locomotive manufacturing, refurbishment and maintenance company Grindrod Locomotives is further expanding its offering to include a continent-wide spare parts supply business, says Pretoria-based... 

TFR moves record 1.05Mt of manganese in May

8th June 2016 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) moved a record 1.05-million tons of manganese in May – a new monthly record – as a result of an improvement in operational efficiencies and an upturn in market conditions. “The record-breaking performance is due to a significant improvement in efficiencies across the... 

New Transnet chief prioritising diversification as commodity ‘meltdown’ bites 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is taking aim at new sectors, such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and manufacturing, as it seeks to sustain volumes amid the prevailing commodity “meltdown”. Speaking publically for the first since his appointment as permanent Transnet CEO,... 

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