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Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

Success at C-Cut, but earlier design input needed 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Wear solutions provider Rio-Carb completed a liner supply project for diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, in Gauteng, in June.  

Concern raised over lack of support for coal roadmap 

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 Since the release in July 2013 of the South African Coal Roadmap (SACRM), there has been no impetus by government or coal miners to implement any of its recommendations. The SACRM was developed with a view to identifying possible scenarios that may impact on the coal industry, particularly in... 

Concern raised over lack of support for coal roadmap

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 After being released in July 2013, the South African Coal Roadmap (SACRM) has suffered the fate of which it warned industry, effectively ‘falling off a cliff’, with there having been no impetus by government or coal miners to implement any of the study’s recommendations. The SACRM was developed... 

CoM files replying affidavit in Mining Charter interdict application  

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has submitted a replying affidavit in the High Court, in Pretoria, in response to Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s August 7 affidavit, in an interdict application against the implementation of the Reviewed Mining Charter. Zwane in June introduced the... 

Outa lays corruption charges against former Eskom board director 

By: African News Agency      15th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid a criminal complaint with the police against former Eskom director, Mark Pamensky. Outa chief operating officer Ben Theron on Tuesday said the charges related to Pamensky’s conduct while at Eskom and a business ”linked to the Gupta business empire.” 

DMR, CoM’s agreement over moratorium made an order of the court

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 The High Court of Gauteng, in Pretoria, on Friday made an agreement reached between the Chamber of Mines (CoM) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane would withdraw his proposed moratorium on the processing of new mining rights, an order of... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) directly with a request for discounted electricity tariffs as part of a multi-pronged business sustainability action plan unveiled after the JSE-listed group slumped to a... 

New association launched to support emerging truck operators 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Gulf to ship smelters from South Africa to Indonesia in Q4

By: Mariaan Webb     21st July 2017 The refurbishment of the first two smelters that Australian company Gulf Manganese plans to use at its manganese alloys hub in Kupong, West Timor, is well under way, with shipment from South Africa to Indonesia expected to occur before the end of this year. Gulf reported on Friday that it had... 

Construction on Exxaro’s new offices to start in September

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2017 Real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has started the multimillion-rand development of a new head office for diversified miner Exxaro Resources. Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters will consolidate its current offices in Pretoria and Johannesburg into a single workspace, located at... 

Work starts on R1.7bn fluorspar mine 

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2017 Work has begun on the building of an opencast fluorspar mine and concentrator at Rust de Winter, 80 km northeast of Pretoria, Nokeng Fluorspar Mine announced on Monday. The wholly owned subsidiary of SepFluor said that the R1.7-billion finance for the 21-month project had been raised through a... 

Vavi urges Rustenburg mineworkers to join Numsa

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Sunday urged mineworkers in Rustenburg to join the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). “Workers resigning from [the] National Union of Mineworkers [Num] and Association of Mineworkers and... 

New mobile screen launched in S Africa

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 Mobile crushing and screening equipment supplier Kleemann, part of international specialist construction equipment manufacturer Wirtgen, has launched the Mobiscreen MS 703 EVO, which is capable of processing 350 t/h, in South Africa. 

SA company designs shaft hoisting infrastructure for Philippines gold mine

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Pretoria-based engineering firm Thuthukani Engineering has designed full service shaft hoisting infrastructure for Philippines-based gold miner Philsaga Mining Corporation, which is owned by Australian mining company Medusa Mining.  

Poor governance, accountability stymieing rehabilitation after mine closure

By: David Oliveira     30th June 2017 Delegates at the mining seminar of Sustainability Week, which took place at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in Pretoria, earlier this month, heard that greater levels of governance and accountability were needed to ensure effective land rehabilitation post-mine closure. South... 

Shorts pile into cash-strapped Lonmin as platinum flounders

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2017 The last time there was so much short-selling on Lonmin Plc, the platinum miner was weeks away from a life-saving rights issue. At 14% of the total outstanding shares, Lonmin is the seventh-most-shorted stock on the 645-member FTSE All-Share Index, according to data compiled by Markit. That... 

Zwane disappointed in people using courts to legislate 

By: News24Wire      21st June 2017 As the Chamber of Mines said it would go to court in order to get an interdict against the implementation of the Mining Charter, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said he disappointed that people use courts in order to legislate. The charter set a new target for black ownership of mines... 

Gigaba announces ministerial meeting on economy, says fiscal consolidation will stay

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 President Jacob Zuma has called a meeting of key ministers in a fortnight to devise a strategy to spur the South African economy out of recession, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. “The president has stressed the urgency of a co-ordinated response, and is convening a full-day... 

Pretoria company to service, supply new pumps range

     16th June 2017 Mechanical seals, rotating and engineering protection, and sealing equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS), situated in Pretoria, has been appointed as a service and product supplier of global pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps & Valves.    KSB boasts an annual sales revenue of almost... 

Miners tumble as South Africa escalates black ownership rules

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2017 Companies including Anglo American and Sibanye Gold dropped after South Africa increased the minimum black ownership requirement for local mines and set a 12-month deadline for compliance with the new rules. The Department of Mineral Resources will raise the requirement from the current 26% to... 

Zwane reveals final Mining Charter, despite boycott

By: News24Wire      15th June 2017 The new and final Mining Charter revealed by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Thursday increases the level of black ownership at mining companies from 26% to 30%. In addition, mining prospecting rights need to have a minimum of 50% plus one share, while companies will be required to... 

Restoring the Balance- Post Mine Closure Rehabilitation.

     15th June 2017 On Wednesday 14th June 2017, Ncamiso Mining Chief Operating Officer, Tshego Motsoenyane spoke on the topic of ‘Restoring the Balance- Post mine Closure Rehabilitation’ at the Sustainability in Mining Seminar as part of Sustainability Week 2017. Sustainability Week hosted by alive2green provides a... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Antimicrobial tech could bolster copper beneficiation

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is negotiating the use of antimicrobial copper technology at healthcare clinics in copper-rich African countries, which could aid the continent’s beneficiation goals. The initiative, launched in... 

Demand up for conveyor belt fire protection solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT is seeing an uptick in demand for its fire-protection systems as global mining houses increasingly recognise that effective firefighting technologies at their operations are a primary component of mining safety. The Pretoria-based company’s T-Rotor... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from Earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

S Africa to be updated on global trends

     2nd June 2017 The nineteenth Beltcon Conference will provide the South African materials handling and mining sector with an update on practical and theoretical developments in the international industry, bringing “all that is noteworthy and new in conveying techniques” to the local market, says the organising... 

Varsity launches centre to help mining sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering last month launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African... 

Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African mining... 

Industrie 4.0 set to improve all processes, grow economy

     23rd May 2017 Advanced automation can improve virtually any process, anywhere, and has the potential to grow the South African economy and create jobs.   Industry leaders participating at the upcoming Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference note that Industrie 4.0, the catchphrase describing... 

DoE won’t appeal nuclear ruling, but Kubayi leaves door open for new nuclear determination ahead of IRP update 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced on Saturday that government would not appeal the April 26 ruling of the Western Cape High Court, which declared the processes hitherto used to procure new nuclear capacity to be unconstitutional and illegal, along with three nuclear-related... 

Africa Automation Fair 2017 unveils Connected Industries conference

     5th April 2017 South Africa’s key industrial automation and control event, Africa Automation Fair, will this year host a high-level conference on Connected Industries in line with growing international focus on the ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the advanced, connected industries of the future. The... 

Zuma’s night of the long knives

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 President Jacob Zuma has fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his biggest Cabinet reshuffle yet since assuming office in 2009. In a brutal display of power, the president fired five ministers, including former tourism minister Derek Hanekom, who asked for Zuma to be recalled last year. 

Productivity at SA gold, platinum mines declined 49% from 1999 to 2014 – Chamber of Mines

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 Productivity in the platinum and gold mining sectors declined by 49% from 1999 to 2014, while labour costs increased by about 309% during the same period, Chamber of Mines (CoM) modernisation and safety intern Katlego Letsoalo noted earlier this month during The Southern African Institute of... 

Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on Eskom to urgently complete socioeconomic impact assessments for its coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga, five of which having been earmarked for decommissioning over the coming five years, owing to flat demand and the introduction of new... 

NUM goes to war over proposed Eskom power station closures

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations to make room for independent power producers (IPPs). In an effort to “save” Eskom from bankruptcy and privatisation, as... 

Slow progress in payouts to former miners – Oliphant

By: African News Agency      24th March 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory. In his keynote address at the Southern Africa Trust summit on social security and compensation... 

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