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Barrick’s Veladero ops suspended after heap-leach breach

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2016 Operations at one of Argentina’s largest mines have been suspended following a tailings breach. Barrick reported Thursday that the government of San Juan province temporarily suspended operations pending further inspections of the mine's heap-leach area, after a chunk of ice rolling down the... 

ContiTech 

     14th September 2016 ContiTech is one of the largest conveyor belt manufacturers and service providers in the world. We manufacture belts in more than 20 locations worldwide, with one in South Africa, Uitenhage.  

Astore Africa 

     13th September 2016 Astore Africa is the leading supplier in Southern Africa of the most comprehensive range of thermoplastic pipe fittings, valves and pipeline accessories in all recognised materials as well as plastic welding equipment.  

Pump modification can withstand acidic applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 After a two-year trial at various mine sites, a new version of pumps manufacturer RNE Pumps’ vertical spindle pump is available. First developed in 2014, the pump features a specialised material on the working end to prevent wear in acidic slurry. 

Correct pumps will reduce mine costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 Using incorrect equipment in pump applications is a key issue that a number of mines need to address, as it results in unnecessary and costly failures, says electric pump and borehole motor supplier Ernest Electro Engineering MD Gert Schwaecke. 

New mineral sands projects require higher prices – Base

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2016 ASX-listed Base Resources is optimistic about the price outlook for mineral sands heading into 2017. With global mineral sands stockpiles declining, a further price improvement is expected for the balance of 2016, Base MD Tim Carstens told delegates at the first day of the Africa Downunder... 

Incledon implements state-of-the-art ERP system

     6th September 2016 A significant investment in a Sage X3 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system has given Incledon, a member of the DAWN Group, greater control over its 15 000 preferred products. This forms part of a larger rollout across the entire group. The new ERP system went ‘live’ at the distributor’s... 

Process Pipe

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th August 2016 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Hydra Arc

     26th August 2016 Established in 1987, Hydra Arc has grown from a supplier to specialised welders into a leading refinery maintenance, turnaround specialist, steel fabrication and construction company, operating in the petrochemical, construction, mining and power generation industries. Training, innovation, the... 

Nu Flow pipe relining solutions making inroads into Africa

     26th August 2016 Patented Nu Flow pipe relining solutions have gained traction in South Africa, upon first being introduced in 2012, and the company, which has the master licence for the technology in Africa, is now turning a keen eye to the rest of the continent. 

Added-value attraction at Multotec stand

     26th August 2016 Minerals processing equipment supplier Multotec will demonstrate its in-depth knowledge and understanding of industry relevant topics and trends at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. 

Bovu Pumps

     26th August 2016 Local dredging specialist Bovu Pumps, which distributes heavy-duty auto self-priming pumps to the African mining, power generation and water purification sectors, also sells, leases and repairs pumps and earthmoving equipment, and provides several related services including dredging, dam... 

Rare Group bags distributorship of Polypipe Civils range

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd August 2016 Pipeline solutions provider Rare Group has recently attained exclusive distributorship for Polypipe Civils’ range of Ridgidrain, Ridgiduct and Ridgistorm XL HDPE structured wall pipes for South Africa and Zambia. 

Alrosa recovers 136.24 ct diamond in Russia

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2016 Russian mining major Alrosa has recovered a formidable 136.24 ct diamond from the Nyurbinskaya kimberlite pipe, in Yakutia, Russia, the company revealed on Monday. The gem-quality rough diamond, which is classified as a 3 Black Makeable 1 Сolour, measured 29.32 × 23.88 × 21.9 mm and wis one of... 

NEB approves southern Ontario TransCanada gas pipeline construction

By: Henry Lazenby     5th August 2016 Canada’s independent energy regulator has approved construction of an 11.7 km natural gas pipeline in Vaughan, Ontario, subject to 19 conditions. TransCanada Pipelines’ Vaughan Mainline expansion project would be integrated into the company’s existing mainline system and its King’s north... 

Slurryblaster Hydro Mining Solution Applied In Drc

     1st August 2016 Rapid sediment build-up in acid ponds can have dire results for mines as the reservoirs gradually lose their ability to store solution, impacting on both upstream and downstream processes. This is exactly what happened at a copper mine in the DRC when two of its acid ponds silted up completely... 

Large-diameter drilling at Orapa project may start at year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th July 2016 Exploration company Tsodilo Resources aims to extract between 2 000 t and 3 000 t of kimberlite from BK16, potentially one of the last economic kimberlite pipes in the Orapa kimberlite province in Botswana, during a large-diameter drilling (LDD) programme in the fourth quarter of the year. The... 

Belmet And 3c Metal Formalise A Shareholding Relationship

     19th July 2016 Following a long history of successful collaboration and joint ventures between Belmet and 3C Metal, the French-based head office of 3C Metal has officially taken the decision to invest in a shareholding percentage of Belmet Namibia and Belmet South Africa. The shareholding agreement is effective... 

Dover Systems announces more major International orders.

     18th July 2016 South African Psychometric Testing Program – The Dover Test –Latest export orders to Guinea Bauxite, West Africa and Panama Gold, has expanded its positive degree of international success. The Dover Test (www.doversystems.co.za) with has been an industry standard for the past 30 years.  Expansion... 

Lucapa diamond sales reach $3m in Q2

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2016 ASX-listed diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company, which owns and operates the Lulo diamond project in Angola, achieved two alluvial diamond parcel sales weighing a total of 2 670 ct, during the quarter ending June 2016, and achieved gross proceeds of $3-million at an average price of $1 132/ct,... 

Dominion allocates core development project capital, announces share buyback

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2016 Yellowknife-based Dominion Diamond Corp has allocated capital to a number of core development projects in Canada’s Northwest Territories and launched a share buyback programme, the company announced Wednesday. Following a review, the board had determined to continue to focus on the Sable and Jay... 

Stellar posts $228 000 in revenue from latest diamond auction

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2016 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has earned another $228 000 in revenue, bringing sales from a 100 000 t bulk sample exercise to nearly $1.23-million. The recent Baoulé diamond auction netted $72.65/ct from the sale of diamonds from its 75%-owned Baoulé kimberlite pipe, in Guinea. 

Atlas Copco launches automated surface drill rig

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 Equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco in April launched its automated surface drill rig – the SmartROC – to the South African industry in the mining town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape.  

Dominion Diamond contains Ekati fire

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 Canada's largest independent diamond producer Dominion Diamond Corp, which is also the third-largest producer globally by value, on Thursday advised that it had contained a fire that had broken out during a planned outage in the Ekati mine’s process plant. The Toronto-headquartered company, which... 

CuDeco signs offtake term sheet for Rocklands copper

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 ASX-listed CuDeco signed a term sheet with major shareholder China Oceanwide on Tuesday for the offtake of all native copper from its Rocklands copper project,in Cloncurry, Queensland. The term sheet included a fair processing charge and a payable copper value of no less than 96.5% of contained... 

Alrosa finds 241.21 ct whopper

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2016 The world’s largest diamond producer by volume, Russia’s Alrosa has recovered a 241.21 ct rough diamond from the Nyurbinskaya pipe. It is one of the largest rough diamonds recovered in the Russian Federation and the third largest among those found at the Nyurba mining and processing division, the... 

Stellar completes trial mining evaluation at Baoulé

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 Trial mining at Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds’ 75% owned, five-hectare Baoulé kimberlite pipe in Guinea has been completed ahead of schedule through the processing of over 100 000 t of kimberlite from the eastern and western lobes of the pipe.  Stellar announced on Monday that 11 000 ct had been... 

Sinvac Piping

     10th June 2016 Original-equipment manufacturer Sinvac Mining & Engineering is capable of supplying its South African Bureau of Standards-approved Sinvac Piping Systems not only across South Africa but into other areas of Africa. 

New pump range for hard to pump slurries

     10th June 2016 Rokflo (Pty) Ltd is the exclusive distributor for the Southern Cross Pentair SX Solids pumps range and equipment in Africa. Darryl Macdougall, managing director of Rokflo (Pty) Ltd, says: 'There are numerous pumping problems and site conditions that require a reliable, robust, efficient and... 

Dominion beats fiscal Q1 forecasts despite lower sales, Misery production ahead of plan

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2016 The NYSE-quoted stock of Canadian diamond producer Dominion Diamond Corp on Thursday rose more than 7% to $11.64 apiece after the company late on Wednesday reported a net loss that beat analyst expectations. The Yellowknife, Northwest Territories-headquartered miner, which owns an 89%-stake in... 

Vacuum solutions provider assists diamond industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     3rd June 2016 Heavy-duty industrial vacuum systems designer, manufacturer and supplier Hencon Vacuum Technologies is testing an automated, remote-controlled dual-vacuum unit at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, in Gauteng, which is expected to reduce theft. The Honeydew-based company is conducting... 

Diavik hits 100 Mct as Ekati development gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd June 2016 Canada’s largest diamond mine has reached the significant milestone of producing 100-million carats of rough diamonds since the mine started in 2003. A 60/40 joint venture between mining major Rio Tinto and Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp, Rio Tinto Diamonds, Salt & Uranium MD Simon Trott praises... 

HammerTek expands defection elbow product offering

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th May 2016 The cast aluminium line of Smart Elbow deflection elbows from manufacturer HammerTek is now available in tube and pipe sizes from 3.8 cm up to 30.5 cm in diameter, helping to improve materials handling in dilute-phase and dense-phase pneumatic conveying systems applications. The deflection... 

Diavik hits 100m-carat milestone as Ekati development gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th May 2016 Canada’s largest diamond mine has reached the significant milestone of producing 100-million carats of rough diamonds since the mine started in 2003. Simon Trott, MD of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Salt & Uranium, a 60/40 joint venture between mining major Rio Tinto and Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp,... 

Upgrade will produce 3.38 Mt/y of hot metal

     20th May 2016 International engineering company Paul Wurth has been contracted to reline a blast furnace at international steel products manufacturer NLMK’s Lipetsk plant, in Russia, to yield nominal production of 3.38-million tons of hot metal a year. 

Letšeng Q1 production up 28% y/y, Ghaghoo downsizing continues

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 In a challenging period for the diamond mining industry, LSE-listed Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, achieved a 28% year-on-year increase in production to 28 698 ct for the quarter ended March 31, owing to higher grades sourced from the satellite pipe. Letšeng diamonds achieved an average... 

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine

     13th May 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Kombat Copper president and CEO Paul Bozoki is confident that the Kombat copper mine, in the Otavi Mountainlands of Namibia, will start production in late 2016 and begin generating cash flow for the company.  

Company to exhibit highly resilient pipe at Copperbelt expo

     29th April 2016 Two trading arms of complete pipeline solutions provider Rare, Rare Plastics and Rare Pipeline Services (which incorporates Rare Construction Zambia), will be exhibiting at this year’s Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) from May 12 to 13. Rare will be showcasing their new Rare... 

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