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Govt, business, labour in rare show of unity amid threat of steel jobs ‘bloodbath’  

By: Natalie Greve     24th August 2015 In a rare show of collective force, labour and business in the steel sector appear to have successfully lobbied government to back efforts to raise protection for the embattled sector by hiking import duties on steel imports to the 10% “bound rate” allowed for under South Africa’s World Trade... 

Pipe-joining system to be showcased at Electra Mining Botswana

21st August 2015 Mechanical pipe joining systems provider Victaulic will showcase its latest flame-free pipe joining technology developed specifically for the mining market at this year’s Electra Mining Botswana exhibition, taking place at the Gaborone Fair Grounds, from September 1 to 3. Victaulic’s QuickVic... 

Alliance Pipeline shuts mainline pipe network

By: Henry Lazenby     7th August 2015 Hydrocarbon pipeline operator Alliance Pipeline declared a force majeure event and closed its mainline pipeline early on Friday after hydrogen sulphide entered into the system on Thursday evening, as a result of complications experienced by an upstream operator. The pipeline operator called on... 

Company increases valve-ball size

By: Bruce Montiea     7th August 2015 As a result of continued research into and development of its technical ceramics manufacturing capabilities, advanced materials company Morgan Advanced Materials can now manufacture balls of up to diameter nominal (DN) 250 for severe service valves from its Nilcra Zirconia-based material, company... 

World’s biggest telehandler now in Australia

3rd August 2015 At a massive 45 tonnes the Magni HTH 45.14 is the world’s biggest telehandler, and it’s available in Australia. The monstrous machine is being distributed locally by Magni Telehandlers Australia, who are bringing a range of the specialist machines to the domestic market. Magni Telehandlers... 

Inventory, liquidity headwinds dent Gem Diamonds’ H1 pricing

By: Natalie Greve     30th July 2015 High inventory levels and continued liquidity concerns, paired with global macroeconomic uncertainties, have continued to place pressure on the price of rough and polished diamond prices, denting the realised price of commercial stones recovered at Gem Diamonds’ Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana, for the... 

Kumba to relocate VIU facility to Joburg

By: Dylan Stewart     24th July 2015 Mining major Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, will start moving its value-in-use (VIU) facility, in the west of Pretoria, to the Anglo American technical solutions facility, near Crown Mines, in the south of Johannesburg, by the end of the year, with commissioning at the new... 

Atlas Copco strikes again with new Diamondback drill rig Safer, more versatile drilling rig to be showcased at Jubilee

22nd July 2015 Drillers get the rig they need faster with the new Atlas Copco Diamondback drilling rig with optional sliding-angle mast and enhanced safety features. The rig’s bolt-on modular components – a new concept in rig design – shorten lead time while making it a truly multipurpose rig. See it for the... 

Process reliability of hydraulic connection technology crucial

17th July 2015 The process reliability of hydraulic connection technology is crucial for the effective and economical operation of modern working machinery, says hydraulic coupling technology provider VOSS Fluid. To ensure that systems, which are subject to permanent stress, such as large excavators in mining,... 

Zuma, Mandela probed by Hawks over Aurora

By: News24Wire      6th July 2015 The nephew of President Jacob Zuma and grandson of former President Nelson Mandela are being investigated by the Hawks in connection with alleged criminal activities stemming from the Aurora case. "The Aurora issue is now in the hands of the Hawks. We are looking at the criminal element of the... 

Company yet to offer thermal assessment services to mining industry

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 Although the solutions of electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and automation supply, implementation and support company Magnet can be used for any electrical or mechanical application, including mining, the company is yet to offer its services to the mining industry, Magnet training... 

Grp Pipes Reign Supreme In Mine Dewatering Applications

12th June 2015 Glass-reinforced plastic pipes’ proven resilience in harsh terrains, extreme climates and unpredictable site environments make them the superior choice over HDPE, steel and DICL (ductile iron concrete lined) pipes in the demanding environment of a mine dewatering system. Says Roger Rusch, CEO of... 

New pumping simulation software released

12th June 2015 Ventilation, occupational health and environmental solutions provider and the exclusive distributor of Chasm Consulting software in South Africa, Terramin, in May this year released its new Pumpsim pumping simulation software package. The software is designed to model and simulate many different... 

Lalor mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     5th June 2015 A gold, zinc, copper and silver mine, located in the Chisel basin of the Flin Flon greenstone belt in Manitoba, Canada 

Chute system addresses materials processing challenges

29th May 2015 Bulk materials handling in the mining industry is a significant challenge, with conveyor systems often having to achieve belt speeds from 2.5 m/s to 5 m/s, says chute systems and solutions company Weba Chute Systems founder Werner Baller. He says that the correct application of Weba Chute’s... 

Bulk handlers up the ante in dense phase conveying

By: Dylan Stewart     29th May 2015 Bulk handling solutions provider Clyde Bergemann Power Group’s dense-phase pneumatic conveying system, installed at Unit 6 of national power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Limpopo, is exceeding its contractual capacity since commissioning started in December, Clyde Bergemann executive... 

Stellar sells more diamonds from Baoulé trial mining

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th May 2015 West Africa-focused Stellar Diamonds has sold diamonds valued at $505 000 at a recent auction. The Aim-listed diamond development company on Thursday said this brought the sales from its 75%-owned Baoulé kimberlite pipe, in Guinea, to over $922 000, of which $700 644 were derived from the trial... 

Gem Diamonds encouraged by Lesotho, Botswana progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2015 Despite a “noticeably weaker” first-quarter market, the first three tenders in 2015 for the flagship Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, had generated prices comparable to that of the three tenders in the final quarter of 2014, London-listed Gem Diamonds CEO Clifford Elphick said on Thursday. Providing a... 

Cavex® 700cvx Hydrocyclone Maximises Throughput Within Existing Cyclone Cluster Footprints

20th May 2015 The new Cavex® 700CVX hydrocyclone from Weir Minerals can achieve up to 50% higher throughput capacity in comparison with competitor cyclones in the 26 inch diameter range, due to its larger inlet and vortex finder configuration. According to Sheldon Gabriel, product manager cyclones of Weir... 

Deepest mobile rescue winder commissioned

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th May 2015 Mining-focused rescue organisation Mines Rescue Services (MRS) is commissioning the “world’s deepest-reaching” emergency mobile rescue winder, specifically designed for MRS to accommodate the deep levels of South Africa’s mine shafts, MRS CEO Christo de Klerk tells Mining Weekly. De Klerk says... 

Stellar to hold second diamond auction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th May 2015 West Africa-focused diamond development company Stellar Diamonds will sell up to 4 439 ct from trial mining at its Baoulé kimberlite project, in the Aredor area of Guinea, this month. The Aim-listed company on Thursday said the diamond auction would be held in Dubai and Antwerp through the... 

Paragon to buy Lucara's Lesotho asset for $8.5m

By: Henry Lazenby     4th May 2015 Aim-listed precious gem explorer Paragon Diamonds will buy Botswana-focused Lurara Diamond Corp’s Mothae diamond project, in Lesotho, for $8.5-million in cash. The two companies on Monday announced that they had entered into a memorandum of understanding that would see Lucara sell, subject to... 

Inaugural enviro forum to focus on mine water

1st May 2015 The treatment of mine water and wastewater will be a specific focus of the inaugural IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa, scheduled to take place from September 15 to 18, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. This new sector platform will host suppliers and innovative solutions and technology... 

Plastic pipes a cost effective remote mine water transport solution

1st May 2015 Remote mining operations generally compete with local communities and agriculture for scarce water resources, often resulting in mines opting to pump in water from further afield to satisfy its demand, plastic piping systems manufacturer Polypipe export sales director Philip Wood says. He notes... 

Simulation enhances preparation of mining learners 

By: Dylan Slater     1st May 2015 Using simulation facilities, such as mining environment mock-ups, coupled with electronic-learning (e-learning) techniques, holds significant benefits when training mining personnel, says mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation. Murray & Roberts Cementation risk manager Tony... 

Mine dumps not a perpetual rehab challenge

By: Ilan Solomons     24th April 2015 JSE- and NYSE-listed surface gold miner DRDGold dismisses the public perception that mine dumps continuously cause rehabilitation challenges even after they have been removed. “This is not the case and we have to continuously stress this point to the public through our stakeholder engagement... 

Guinea trial mining delivers high yields for Stellar

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2015 Trial mining at the 5 ha Baoulé kimberlite pipe, in Guinea, has yielded a total of 5 087 ct to date, at an average grade of 13.5 ct per hundred tons (cpht), Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds said on Monday. The West Africa-focused company noted that the first sale of 733 gem-quality carats from Baoulé,... 

Sandvik launches next-generation blasthole drill

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2015 Mining equipment manufacturer Sandvik launched its DR461i diesel-powered, self-propelled, crawler-mounted blasthole drill last month. The drill is automation-ready and features forward-thinking design and technology for bulk mining operations and is designed to withstand the harshest conditions... 

Marula mine, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th April 2015 A platinum mine on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in South Africa’s Limpopo province.  

Court dismisses NGO, native challenge to Arizona uranium mine

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2015 The US District Court for the District of Arizona has denied a challenge by nongovernment organisations and a Native American tribe with regard to TSX- and NYSE MKT-listed Energy Fuels’ ability to operate its Canyon uranium mine. The court's decision on Wednesday confirmed the company's right to... 

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on $370m financing of world’s largest new diamond project

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2015 Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright’s teams in London, Ottawa and Toronto have successfully advised a syndicate of Canadian and international lenders on the financing of the Gahcho Kué diamond project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT), which reached financial close on Tuesday. The... 

Threatened beluga whales prompt TransCanada to delay Energy East pipeline plans

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2015 Canada’s number-two pipeline operator TransCanada Corp has cancelled plans to build a marine terminal and oil tank farm at Cacouna, in Quebec, owing to strong local opposition in favour of protecting the St Lawrence Estuary habitat of a population of threatened beluga whales. The result would be... 

To Preserve Precious Water Mines Should Be Using Grp Piping

30th March 2015 Conserving South Africa’s water is a top priority as a Water Affairs study shows that South Africans will be using more water by 2025 than is currently available. By 2030, it will be using 17% more, according to the 2030 Water Resources Group. To guarantee mine wastewater never contaminates South... 

Baoulé project a ‘company-maker’ for Stellar Diamonds

By: Natalie Greve     27th March 2015 The dense media separation (DMS) plant at Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds’ Baoulé kimberlite pipe project, in Guinea, has reached its target processing capacity of 50 t/h, the company said in an interim results statement for the six months ended December 31, on Friday. This comes after the diamond... 

Longest vertical pipeline worldwide to deliver emulsion

By: Dylan Stewart     27th March 2015 Explosives supplier BME is setting up a 318 m vertical pipeline – the longest in the world – to enable the direct delivery of emulsion to a South African underground mine, BME senior operations manager Selwyn Pearton says. 

New multipurpose scissor lift platform developed

27th March 2015 To enhance logistics of underground mining operations, concrete equipment and material-placing equipment manufacturer Putzmeister has developed the Minelift 4 scissor-lift platform. 

Macerating sewage pumps ideal for mine site accommodation

27th March 2015 Macerating pumping systems are ideal for temporary sewage networks, as are required during the construction of a mine, owing to the system’s flexibility and ability to pump sewage through small bore pipes to a central collection facility, such as a septic tank or municipal sewage line, says the... 

On-The-Air (20/03/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2015 Two Australian companies have come forward to help Eskom meet its primary energy needs 

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