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Detour reports ‘best-ever’ quarterly results

By: Mariaan Webb     16th January 2019 Canadian miner Detour Gold has delivered its “best-ever” quarterly production result in the final three months of 2018, which interim CEO Bill Williams said on Tuesday confirmed that the operational changes throughout last year had had a positive impact. Williams was appointed to his position... 

Weir Mineral’s Cavex® Hyrdocyclone Shines In Diamonds

15th January 2019 The successful performance of Weir Minerals’ Cavex® hydrocyclones at a diamond mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has proved the technology’s applicability in dense medium separation (DMS) plants treating diamondiferous material. In her presentation to the Southern African Institute of... 

Recommissioned Savannah to ship first concentrates early next month

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 The first concentrate shipment from the recommissioned Savannah nickel/copper/cobalt project, in Western Australia, is expected in early February, ASX-listed Panoramic Resources said on Tuesday. The company told shareholders that mining ramp-up to full production was continuing, with the... 

Mining needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2019 Challenges faced by the mining industry today like increasing production costs, depressed commodity prices and the high cost of electricity, are forcing the mining sector to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it brings industrial transformation. Such developments will bring the training... 

Eskom warns of 'debt trap' as it pleads for 15% hike  

By: Kim Cloete     14th January 2019 Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe has apologised for the severe predicament Eskom is in, but has pleaded for an electricity tariff increase of 15% over the next three years.   Hadebe made the call at the opening of public hearings into electricity tariffs held by the National Energy Regulator of South... 

SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd is preferred supplier to chrome mines in Steelpoort area

14th January 2019 The Nelspruit branch of SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd is not only the industrial gear hub for Southern Africa, it supplies drive solutions for the rest of the continent. It also supplies electric motors, geared motors, planetary, and industrial gear units for the chrome-mining industry in the region,... 

DebTech supplies X-ray diamond recovery tech to Sierra Leone project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 Diamond processing technology specialist DebTech is supplying its X-ray diamond recovery technology to Newfield Resources’ Tongo diamond mining project, in Sierra Leone. DebTech is collaborating with project house Paradigm Project Management on the project.  

Tharisa Q1 output declines as tailings processing takes toll

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2019 The processing of commissioning tailings negatively impacted on dual-listed Tharisa’s overall production and recoveries for the first quarter of the 2019 financial year. During the quarter, ended December 31, platinum-group metal (PGMs) production fell by 5.9% quarter-on-quarter to 33 600 oz and... 

Weir Minerals enhances pump maintenance with adjustment technology

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2019 With a longstanding reputation for engineering expertise, Weir Minerals continually develops solutions and technology to better serve the mining industry. Recognising that throatbush wear rate has a major impact in the overall efficiency of slurry pumps, Weir Minerals has developed superior... 

First Cobalt starts permitting and environmental programmes at Iron Creek

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 First Cobalt has appointed consultants Brown and Caldwell to provide guidance on permitting and to develop an environmental baseline study strategy for its Iron Creek project, in Idaho. “On the heels of the maiden resource estimate announced in the fall, this is one of a series of technical... 

Ferrexpo expects production to remain flat in 2019

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 London-listed Ferrexpo, which operates mines in the Ukraine, produced about 10.6-million tonnes of iron-ore pellets in 2018 – a 1.2% increase on the 10.4-million tonnes produced in 2017. In a trading update published on Tuesday, the company reported that pellet production for this year would be... 

India court backs Vedanta restart order while State appeals

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 India’s top court has asked Tamil Nadu to comply with a green tribunal order allowing the restart of Vedanta’s copper smelter that has been shut since March, while also agreeing to hear the southern state’s appeal. The Supreme Court, in an interim ruling, has asked Tamil Nadu to comply with last... 

Train derailment investigation points to sabotage – Transnet

By: Reuters     21st December 2018 Transnet hopes to re-open on Saturday one of two closed coal export lines linking mines to the Richards Bay export terminal after it was closed following a train derailment, the State-run freight company said on Friday. A preliminary investigation into the cause of the derailment points to... 

South Africa coal train derails, export line shut - Transnet

By: Reuters     20th December 2018 A 200-wagon coal train derailed in South Africa on Thursday, shutting down the rail line that links mines to the Richards Bay export terminal, freight firm Transnet said. The crew were unhurt in the incident in which 51 wagons derailed, the State-run company said. 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     12th December 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Trialling of dry sorter coal-beneficiation solution targeted for 2019

7th December 2018 Mounting stress on South Africa’s water resources, combined with growing concerns about the environmental impact of mining operations, make Aury Africa’s 400 tph dry sorting technology ideal for environmentally-conscious mining houses. Aury Africa aims to bring its first dry separator to South... 

Difficulties continue for Afarak in Q3

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 Industry seasonal effects, coupled with some internal adversities, primarily in the ferro-alloys segment, continue to make this a difficult year for specialty alloys producer Afarak. During the company’s third-quarter period, ended September 30, the benchmark price for ferrochrome fell further,... 

Gold miner smuggles in workers by night to bypass strikers  

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2018 Gold Fields is having to sneak maintenance teams into its South Deep mine in South Africa after protesters shot at vehicles trying to enter the site, where workers have been on strike since Nov. 2. Small teams of essential workers are using secret entrances to enter the mine and sometimes have to... 

Australian miners embracing automation in quest for improved safety, efficiency

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2018 While the phrase ‘automation’ might evoke visions of a Schwarzenegger-esque future in which machines rise up to take over the world, it has come to have a distinctly different connotation in Australia. From drones being used to safely map, survey and explore mining operations to autonomous trains... 

Portable workshop solution usable for new mines

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 The CXT Explorer is a mobile field workshop that can be used when prospecting in the mining industry, says crane manufacturer Konecranes South Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. The Finland-developed CXT Explorer – a combination of a 6.3 t mobile overhead crane,... 

Upgrades to mine increase plant efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 Mining electrical equipment manufacturer Emis Sales 2002 has completed upgrade projects comprising the design and installation of communication, automation and protection systems at South African anthracite producer and exporter Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in KwaZulu-Natal, to improve... 

The latest news from Wenco International Mining Systems

1st November 2018 How Small to Medium Mines, Quarries, and Contractors Drive Improvements with Data Technology Modern mining is a complex process. Distinct departments, each with their own systems and procedures, need to work in concert to extract ore and convert it into a worthwhile commodity. The activities of... 

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise  

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The spectre of load-shedding, which has haunted South Africa and its economy since 2008, but has lifted somewhat in recent years, appears to have returned. State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirmed with Engineering News Online on Thursday that the system had become vulnerable once again,... 

Amplats takes all of Mototolo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday that it had completed acquisition of the Mototolo joint venture (JV), which has become a wholly owned asset of the company. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Amplats, which was a 50% JV partner,... 

Manitou Southern Africa Launches the World’s First Electric Mining Telehandler at Electra Mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2018 Manitou Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Manitou Group, a world leader in rough-terrain rough-terrain handling, launched some of its latest innovations at Electra Mining Africa 2018. The highlight of the Manitou stand was the launch of the world’s first electric telescopic handler, the Manitou... 

Reducing the safety risks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 As with all Victaulic products, the Victaulic Series 795 Knife Gate Valve has been produced to meet the challenging demands of the South African mining industry, not only reducing costs, but reducing the time and manpower spent in the replacement, and therefore greatly reducing underground risks.... 

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years  

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Eskom’s newly released Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook (MTSAO) report highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and indicates that additional capacity will be required during the period to restore generation adequacy should the energy... 

MC marginally lifts Q1 output, despite Makhado delays

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 Run-of-mine coal production at MC Mining’s Uitkomst colliery increased to 125 153 t in the quarter ended September 30, compared with the 125 108 t produced in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Third-party coal purchases for the quarter, which is the first quarter of MC’s 2019 financial... 

Alrosa starts mining at new 1.8m ct/y deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     31st October 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has marked the official start of diamond mining operations at the Verkhne-Munskoye diamond field, which will produce about 1.8-million carats a year for the next 20 years, replacing capacity from the flooded Mir mine. Verkhne-Munskoye will be using the processing... 

Gem to build $3m plant to test tech that identifies diamonds within kimberlite ore

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 In line with its strategy of the early detection of large diamonds and reducing diamond damage, LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has approved the construction of a $3-million pilot plant, at Letšeng, in Lesotho, that will use innovative technology to identify diamonds within kimberlite ore and... 

Implats in talks with potential 1 Shaft buyers, as restructuring proceeds 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) achieved the highest first-quarter mill tonnage at its Impala Rustenburg operations since the 2013 financial year, during the quarter ended September 30. Tonnes milled at Impala Rustenburg increased by 5.6% year-on-year to 3.15-million tonnes in the first... 

ELB and NOVATEC forms partnership to combine innovation and new technologies into engineered solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce a partnership agreement between ELB and NOVATEC New Technologies (NOVATEC), based in Labin, Croatia. NOVATEC is a computer engineering, process automation and system integration company and active in the South African market since... 

World’s safest construction and mining truck debuts at IMARC

30th October 2018 Scania Australia revealed the new XT mining and construction range next-generation trucks at Melbourne’s International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) today, giving the industry the first opportunity to examine the extra-tough truck in the metal. The all-new extra-tough Scania XT delivers... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Sandvik expands drill rig offering

26th October 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering with the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The company unveiled its first intelligent DTH surface drill rig for the first time at Electra Mining Africa... 

Reutech Mining plans to expand product range

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Mining technology and geotechnical slope-stability-monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining plans to expand its product range in 2019, says executive manager Jan de Beer. The company provides equipment that can assist in real-time monitoring of the mine walls in opencast mines to provide... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

The commercial question of mega projects

25th October 2018 If you know the Three Towers Precinct and Lanseria City Catalytic Mega Projects of which the Lanseria City was the most well placed in the Gauteng Department of Human Settlement’s (GDHS) Project Memorandum Information bid, and citing the successful Zanemvula 13 500 units at the Nelson Mandela Bay... 

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