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KOMTRAX® provides the key for top-class rental management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2018 KOMTRAX®, Komatsu’s advanced remote equipment and machine monitoring system, has become an indispensable tool for the management of an extensive fleet of capital equipment operated by Old Lady & Son Plant Hire (OL&S).  The KwaZulu-Natal-based company leases equipment primarily to the construction... 

New crawler excavator available to local market

20th July 2018 The new, robust Hyundai R260LC-9S crawler excavator from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai Earthmoving Equipment is now available and has been introduced to the Southern African market, says Hyundai Construction Equipment distributor HPE Africa. The R260LC-9S crawler excavator is... 

Wheel loader boasts exceptional performance

1st June 2018 Earthmoving equipment and construction equipment dealer HPE Africa’s Hyundai HL780-9S wheel loader, which is being used by plant hire company Vanalls Plant Hire at a manganese smelter in eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga, to break up and transport silica manganese, is “coping efficiently in harsh... 

Raubex

26th January 2018 Firmly entrenched as an Africa-based diversified heavy engineering company, Raubex Group continues to excel as a world-class player in the heavy construction sector, with a focus on infrastructure development. Founded by industry legend Koos Raubenheimer in 1974, the company has a proud record of... 

Rotek And Komatsu Keep The Home Lights Burning

29th November 2017 Claudius Martin, the Plant Service Manager of the Bulk Material Supplies (BMS) division of Eskom subsidiary Rotek, is responsible for the care and maintenance of machines vital to the management of power station stockyards. “Our goal is to keep the lights on,” he says, in a simple statement that... 

Precision control boosts productivity on Bobcat E55 compact excavator

23rd November 2017 Precision control of the boom, arm, and bucket is critical in harsh operating environments such as Africa. It is for this reason that Bobcat Equipment South Africa is punting the Bobcat E55 compact excavator as the toughest and most efficient machine on the market today. Precision control and... 

Fleet Renewal Puts Burma Plant Hire At Cutting Edge

18th September 2017 A restructuring and fleet renewal programme at Cape Town-based Burma Plant Hire has put the company on track for further growth in the construction, mining and other sectors. Significantly, the company is a Level 2 contributor to BBBEE. In addition to its traditional base load work in the... 

Floating accommodation for oil, mining projects

31st March 2017 UK-based accommodation provider Bibby Maritime believes its floating accommodation barges could be an efficient solution for the housing of mineworkers in the future, as the units are comfortable, cost effective and can be moored alongside any berth or quay, making them ideal for projects in... 

‘Ground-breaking equipment’ set to join Babcock’s product line this year

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd March 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that it would be launching “ground-breaking construction equipment” during the course of this year. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel... 

Babcock to launch new equipment, says customers upbeat about 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock will, during the course of this year, launch new “ground-breaking construction equipment”. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel efficient. Therefore, this year, we are adding the Volvo A60H, the... 

Raubex

27th January 2017 With more than four decades of experience in the Southern African construction and mining industry, infrastructure development and materials handling specialist Raubex Group is a leading player on the sub-continent. Listed on the JSE since 2007, Bloemfontein-headquartered Raubex specialises in... 

New equipment to be showcased

27th January 2017 Equipment developers Volvo Construction Equipment and Terex Trucks will be represented by plant and equipment supplier Babcock at the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will showcase new products from the manufacturers that will be introduced this year as part of the company’s... 

Advance Projects invests in Komatsu power to maximise new development opportunities

31st October 2016 An enduring partnership that has thrived for a quarter of a century best describes the relationship between Komatsu and highly-respected earthworks and civils contractor Advance Projects. The story began in 1992 when founding director Aldert Nieuwoudt – together with his brother MC and friend... 

Television star joins Vitol in stake in biggest African coal port

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2016 A South African coal entrepreneur who produced and starred in a reality TV show set in Cape Town has partnered with one of the world’s biggest commodity traders to buy a stake in the continent’s largest terminal for the fuel. Through Burgh Group Holdings, 38-year-old Quinton van der Burgh joined... 

Ntshu Air - PSI Group

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th September 2016 Ntshu Air provides complete air compressed system solutions for the mining, automotive, chemicals, petrochemicals, plant hire, construction and power generation industries. 

UK equipment supplier upgrades fleet with South African loaders

30th September 2016 Continuing its investment in its crushing and screening division, Derbyshire-based plant hire and contracting firm Woods has updated two of its L2606E loaders, supplied by South African mining equipment provider Bell Equipment, with like-for-like models. 

Trollope Mining Services

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th August 2016 Trollope Mining Services (TMS) intends to diversify into other mineral sectors and grow the geographical footprint into Africa. The company currently operates in the coal, platinum, andalusite, chrome and gold sectors. 

Motor grader incorporates latest technology

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Case 885B series motor graders, locally available from construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment, have been enhanced to offer clients the most recent technological advancements and improved design features for better performance and productivity. “Case continuously improves... 

Australian Tech Company, iSeekplant, Disrupts Plant and Equipment Hire Market

By: Yolande Botes     17th May 2016 iSeekplant.com.au is an online sourcing tool that allows the full spectrum of construction and mining companies to search for plant and equipment hire suppliers online, connecting them to thousands of disparate small businesses which own the exact equipment required for the project, are capable... 

Conmesa outlook positive amid political and investment uncertainty

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th October 2015 Despite the current constrained state of the local mining and construction industries, industry body the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers Association (Conmesa) expects an increase in business in 2016, underpinned by a financial year-end boost in sales. These sentiments reaffirm the... 

Breathing new life into used plant

15th October 2015 Small and medium sized operations in construction, mining and industrial processing are being offered a helping-hand by Dura Equipment Sales with a wide range of carefully selected and affordable used plant equipment. The company invests hundreds of millions of Rands each year in the procurement... 

R2m mobile screen enables new business opportunities for sand mine

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th July 2015 Western Cape-based building and materials supply group Els Group has invested in a Sandvik QA331 mobile screen worth R2-million to increase output from its subsidiary OJ Plant Hire sand mine, which has opened up new business opportunities for the group. 

Company introduces new mining service vehicle

17th July 2015 Fluid transfer solutions and on-site repairs provider Pirtek Northern Cape has introduced the first dedicated Pirtek mining service vehicle to the South African market.  The new vehicle complements the current fleet of Pirtek mobile service vehicles in the Northern Cape operating from Kathu,... 

Negotiations under way for Benga mine contract extension

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th June 2015 Contract mining company MCC is in negotiations with mining consortium Indian Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) to continue providing mining services or a mining solution, for ICVL’s  Benga mine in Tete, Mozambique, as its current contract expires in December this year. MCC, the contract mining and... 

Dump trucks delivered to diamond mine

By: Dylan Stewart     29th May 2015 Mobile capital equipment provider Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE) delivered 13 Terex TR100 rigid dump trucks in January this year to its sister company, contract mining and plant rental division MCC, which deployed the trucks at the Karowe diamond mine, in the diamond-rich Letlhakane region of... 

Contract mining, outsourcing industry increasingly competitive

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 The contract mining and outsourcing industry is becoming increasingly ruthless, as big construction companies compete with smaller companies for contracts, says mining, construction and general plant hire company West Rand Plant Hire (WRPH). WRPH assistant plant manager Riaan Botes notes that... 

Miners turn to contractors during tough times

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 Amid commodity-price pressure and high extraction costs, mining companies are looking to mining contractors for solutions to reduce costs, says surface mining company MCC Contract Mining CEO Justin Colling. He says, as a result, contracting companies have been forced to reassess their operating... 

Basil Read records R820m loss in challenging market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2015 A challenging construction sector, difficult contractual environment and poor operational performance have contributed to JSE-listed construction company Basil Read reporting an R820.9-million aftertax loss for the year ended December 31, 2014. “Lossmaking contracts across all construction... 

Eqstra Heavy Equipment Delivers Terex Trucks To Contract Miner Mcc

26th March 2015 In a major contract award, Eqstra Industrial Equipment has delivered 13 Terex Trucks TR100 rigid dump trucks to MCC, Eqstra’s Contract Mining & Plant Rental Division, to be deployed for the project awarded at Karowe Diamond Mine, located in the diamond-rich Letlhakane region of Botswana. MCC was... 

L&J Gemmell Plant Services

24th October 2014 Established by Les, Johnny and Ivy Gemmell in 1982, plant equipment solutions provider L & J Gemmell Plant Services spent its first 20 years renting trucks, graders, rollers, tankers and tractors, with operators on a subcontract basis, to road construction and property development contractors.... 

Sph Kundalila Provides Expert Solutions To The South African Mining Industry Since 1969

2nd October 2014 Established in 1969 as Saldanha Plant Hire for general plant hire and exploration drilling and later to mine limestone for Anglo Alpha near Saldanha in the Western Cape, SPH Kundalila has continued to expand its service offering and geographic base until it employs about 1 300 people today. The... 

Round-the-clock activity monitoring for earthwork plants, heavy vehicles

29th August 2014 Cape Town-based Kinetic Electronic Designs (KED) will be presenting its new and updated Yellow Activity Monitoring System (YAMS) – which monitors work activities of earthworks plant and heavy vehicles – at Electra Mining Africa 2014. 

CRG narrows H1 loss as cost reductions mitigate lower head grade

By: Leandi Kolver     15th August 2014 Dual-listed Central Rand Gold (CRG) narrowed its net loss for the six months ended June 30 to $2.84-million, down from $4.87-million during the prior corresponding period. CRG said the loss was driven by lower head grades and a lower reliance on toll revenue, which was partly offset by a focus on... 

Choosing the right equipment for hire

1st August 2014 Buying a heavy mining-class dozer is a considerable capital investment, particularly when the machine is required to earn an income in the plant hire business. Having bought several of these dozers in the past ten years since establishing Burma Plant Hire, Theuns Burger is all too aware of the... 

L & J Gemmell Plant Services

25th July 2014 Established by Les, Johnny and Ivy Gemmell in 1982, plant equipment solutions provider L & J Gemmell Plant Services spent its first 20 years renting trucks, graders, rollers, tankers and tractors, with operators on a sub-contract basis, to road construction and property development contractors.... 

Cone crusher enhances operations at Eastern Cape quarry

4th July 2014 Crushing and screening company Pilot Crushtec International’s Pilot Modular/Trio MC90 cone crusher has improved crushing efficiency levels and saved costs at the Ugie Mac sand, gravel and stone quarry, in the Eastern Cape, says Pilot Crushtec national sales manager Nicolan Govender. The cone... 

CRG widens FY loss as input costs, lower throughput volumes bite

By: Natalie Greve     16th May 2014 Dual listed Central Rand Gold (CRG) has widened its net loss for the year from $4.5-million in fiscal 2012 to $13.3-million, or 37.6c a share, for the year ended December 31, 2013, stating on Friday that this was on the back of subdued gold revenue and swelling costs. This came as the miner... 

Concor Opencast Mining Demonstrates World Class Capabilities

11th March 2014 Concor Opencast Mining has been involved in several major contracts in recent months which have consistently demonstrated to the market that it has the necessary experience, capacity and resources to implement world class opencast mining operations. Underpinning this robust track record are a... 

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