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Rio Tinto autonomous train makes first delivery 280 km away

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has delivered its first iron-ore delivery by autonomous train from the Tom Price mine, to the port of Cape Lambert, some 280 km away. The autonomous train consisted of three locomotives and carried about 28 000 t of ore. The train was monitored remotely by operators in... 

Trump trade war looms over Canadian town built to supply America

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 If ever a town embodied US-Canadian symbiosis, it’s Arvida, Quebec. Built by Americans, its giant smelter supplied most of the Allied forces’ aluminum in World War II and today makes metal used in Budweiser beer cans, Tesla and Ford cars and in AR15 rifles, part of the 2.5-million metric tons... 

Rio gets accreditation for AutoHaul

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has been granted accreditation by the Australian Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator, approving its autonomous operation of trains at its iron-ore operations, in Western Australia. Rio implemented autonomous trains at its Pilbara operations in the first quarter of... 

Angolan railway and port restarts exporting minerals after 30 years of disruption

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 The export of minerals from the interior of south central Africa through the port of Lobito in Angola, by means of the Benguela Railway (Caminho de Ferro de Benguela – CFB) restarted during the first week of this month. This marked the resumption of a service that was disrupted more than 30 years... 

Transnet is trying to root out Gupta-related corruption – Gama

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 Transnet is trying to get to the bottom of how the company was committed to contracts that saw an agency linked to the Gupta family earn lavish fees on its infrastructure contracts, CEO Siyabonga Gama told MPs on Wednesday. "It has given Transnet a very bad name and a very bad reputation, so that... 

TFR transports record chrome volumes from mines to ports

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has transported a record 5.77-million tons of chrome by rail from mines to the ports in the first 47 weeks of the current financial year. This exceeds the 5.75-million tons of chrome transported by rail in the prior financial year. 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 "There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa," affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency Area Research Group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Record-breaking year for Richards Bay Coal Terminal

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Despite a loss of 38 days to bad weather, 2017 has been a record-breaking year for South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in KwaZulu-Natal, which loaded a record 76.47-million tonnes of South African-mined coal in the 12 months to the end of December. The private sector terminal, which... 

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

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,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Rail company unlocking coal export potential

22nd September 2017 According to South African rail, port and pipeline company Transnet, increasing rail capacity in South Africa is critical for unlocking coal export opportunities, both for neighbouring African countries and for the domestic market. The rail utility discussed its approach to increasing rail... 

K+S opens Port Moody potash transshipment facility

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 Canada’s newest potash producer K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) has opened its new state-of-the-art potash handling and storage facility at partner Pacific Coast Terminals’ Port Moody terminal, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The port facility is the western port destination for potash from KSPC’s new... 

Jeremy Clarke

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2017 This week we feature Jeremy Clarke, the director of Paradigm Project Management, a company that carries out project management for the mining industry in Southern Africa 

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 South African bituminous and anthracite coal miner Buffalo Coal is determined to repay all its debt and continue to improve safety standards, while improving overall operating capability to ensure its operations become optimally efficient, says interim CEO Rowan Karstel, who was speaking to... 

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 South African bituminous and anthracite coal miner Buffalo Coal is determined to repay all its debts and continue to improve safety standards while improving overall operating capacities to ensure its operations become optimally efficient, says interim CEO Rowan Karstel, who was speaking with... 

State capture casts long shadow over Eskom’s results  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2017 South Africa’s worst kept corporate secret was confirmed on Wednesday, when Eskom reported a sharp fall in after-tax profits to R888-million in 2017, from over R5-billion in the previous financial year. However, the results were overshadowed by serious allegations of corruption and... 

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... 

Three main challenges facing sector

By: Johane Turkstra     24th February 2017 There are three main challenges facing the Namibian mining sector: rail services, water shortages and the introduction of policies that could stunt investment. Chamber of Mines of Namibia CEO Veston Malango tells Mining Weekly that these challenges will be key topics of discussion at the... 

Junior coal terminal raising capacity, Transnet forges ahead with Waterberg programme

By: Ilan Solomons     6th February 2017 RBT-Grindrod Terminals is ramping up its coal export capacity to 3.6-million tons of coal. RBT-Grindrod, a joint venture between Grindrod and RBT Resources, offers a fully mechanised, brownfield port solution, at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is entirely separate from the existing... 

Caterpillar beats Q4 earnings forecast, optimistic about infrastructure plans

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 US earthmoving and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has reported flat year-on-year adjusted earnings for the December quarter, reflecting pressure in many of its end markets owing to weak economic conditions in several parts of the world. The Peoria, Illinois-based company reported... 

Zondereinde mine, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2016 A platinum group metals mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, an estimated 30 km south of Thabazimbi, in South Africa’s Limpopo province. 

Gold miner intends to do away with diesel

9th December 2016 Canadian gold miner Goldcorp is looking to eliminate diesel consumption at its mine sites, explaining that this will hugely improve working conditions by removing diesel particulate and other gases such as nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide from the workplace.  Goldcorp has started implementing... 

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking

By: Ilan Solomons     9th December 2016 The South African mining industry requires a paradigm shift in its fundamental approach to mining processes to ensure that it can move away from the use of explosives, says diversified miner Sibanye Resources safe technology and innovation project engineer Alex Fenn. He argues that explosives are... 

Caterpillar to invest $1bn in Africa over next five years

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th November 2016 US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, its independent dealers and the Caterpillar Foundation are to invest $1-billion in business, education and training across Africa over the next five years, chairperson and CEO Doug Oberhelman announced at the US-Africa Business Forum in New York, last... 

Caterpillar’s Q3 profit sags, casts dim outlook with lowered 2016 guidance 

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2016 The world’s largest earthmoving and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has booked a sharply lower third-quarter profit, citing global economic weakness and an abundance of used equipment available, which is slowing sales. The NYSE-listed company expressed concern that the tough market... 

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... 

David Brown Santasalo

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2016 First established in the UK in 1860, David Brown Santasalo delivers mechanical power transmission solutions, including a variety of industry-specific gears and drives, for industrial applications in critical industries such as mining, power generation, metals processing and water treatment. David... 

Vale reports reduced costs, losses in Mozambique and rising prices

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2016 Brazilian major mining group Vale has reported, in its publication Vale’s Performance in 2Q16, that its subsidiary in Mozambique produced negative earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $100-million during the second quarter of this year (2Q16). However, this... 

Mines offered credit line to secure US equipment, services

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 With mines struggling to raise capital to buy capital equipment and services for their projects, international commercial lender American Trade & Finance Company (Atrafin) is offering miners the opportunity to buy high-quality US solutions by providing them with the required finance. The company... 

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... 

World’s biggest robots delay dims zeal to automate mine trains

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2016 Creating the world’s largest moving robots to transport iron-ore across the vast Australian Outback is proving more complex and time-consuming than expected for Rio Tinto, fuelling doubts the technology can deliver promised returns as major rivals defer similar investments. Rio, which gets more... 

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... 

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2016 Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama said:... 

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