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Epiroc supports Kimberley Ekapa Mining in South Africa on their digitalization journey

12th November 2018 Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) from Epiroc enables superior situational awareness to oversee a mining operation in all its complexity. Kimberley Ekapa Mining will use MMI to embrace mine digitalization and create a superior decision support system to proactively enhance safety and increase... 

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... 

New tech ensures safety at underground mines

2nd November 2018 With the death toll in South African mines this year having reached 54, dynamic company Advanced Communications has sourced advanced radios, which use the mine’s existing metallic and conductive infrastructure, to create reliable communication paths underground that extend for kilometres. Mine... 

Digital solutions improve mining industry

2nd November 2018 Last month, digital mining implementation of information technologies developer Vist Group presented its digital solution for the global market at the eleventh Mining Show, which is the largest mining & quarrying conference and expo for the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and South Asia. “The... 

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... 

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... 

New research finds developing countries’ coal miners face ‘substantial risk inequality’  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st October 2018 Coal miners in developing countries are likely to be exposed to health and safety risks more often than those working in advanced economies, new research has found. Researchers from Cardiff University, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), have found that a lack of... 

Record low costs a necessity for Australia’s international competitiveness

31st October 2018 The resources sector is fundamental to Australia’s economic prosperity according to Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines during a presentation at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne today. “The sector generates exports of $226 billion a year, and that’s... 

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.... 

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... 

Queensland gets tough on mine safety, gives inspectors more power

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 The Queensland Parliament has backed changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act, and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act, giving the state’s mine inspectors more power to directly take action on health and safety issues. The amendments to the legislation will see miners face... 

“Who will be running your future mine”

30th October 2018 Miners must prepare their workforce today, to meet the demands of tomorrow’s digital age, or risk future growth and innovation. Gaston Carrion, talent and organisation lead for Accenture’s resources practice in Australia and New Zealand, told IMARC 2018 delegates that as the use of autonomous... 

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... 

Extensive Success in African Region Leads to Expanding Footprint for Immersive Technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2018 After a stellar year of adding new customers, renewing significant support contracts and world class customer results from across the region, Immersive Technologies has substantially increased investment to support the African market. The expansion has already deployed more African Training... 

'Blood gold' controversy forces industry transparency push

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 It’s been labeled “blood gold,” a jarring phrase that ties one of the world’s most valuable metals with brutal mining practices and illicit profits that legitimate miners and refiners are rushing to end. With miners facing increasing pressure to guarantee the provenance of gold, the group that... 

New rock drill set to disrupt the mining industry

26th October 2018 Three concept designs for a new rock drill that is set to disrupt the mining industry were revealed at the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on 25 October 2018. Following a nationwide initiative to gather concept designs for a new rock drill, the MMP is proud to announce three winning entries... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

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... 

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... 

Rio Tinto and partners to invest $1.5bn in Pilbara

26th October 2018 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto and its Pilbara joint venture (JV) partners Japanese group Mitsui and steel producer Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal have approved a $1.55-billion investment to sustain production capacity at two iron-ore projects that form part of the Robe River JV, in Western... 

Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

26th October 2018 Mine operators have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining – the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. 

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... 

Mining’s performance must improve for the good of the South African people

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 Although the mining production figures for the month of August were regrettably still on a downward trajectory, sentiment in the sector has improved by leaps and bounds since Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe took office. Disaggregation of August’s output data by Investec exposed a... 

I-CAT misting system for dust suppression, fire prevention in coal mining

25th October 2018 About 75% of coal mines in South Africa have to contend with the risk of the spontaneous combustion of coal dust when material is tipped from load haul dump trucks (LHDs). The I-CAT Dust Division has devised a bespoke solution for a major coal-mining client that it intends to introduce as its... 

Lynas’ NEXT project starts to deliver as Sept quarter output rises

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2018 Rare earths developer Lynas has reported record production for the three months to September 30, while revenue increased by 15.2% on the previous quarter. Neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) production for the quarter reached a record 1 579 t, up 9.1% on the June quarter. 

BBF Safety Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 BBF Safety Group is proud to have been recognised in multiple categories at the recent Durban Chamber of Commerce KZN Exporter of the Year Awards held at the Durban International Convention Centre. The workplace safety solutions provider – who now exports to more than 20 countries globally - was... 

Acacia says senior manager charged in Tanzania corruption probe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2018 Acacia Mining on Tuesday reported that a senior manager of its Tanzanian businesses had been arrested and charged by the Tanzanian Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB).  The senior manager has pleaded not guilty to all charges.   

Mechanical Rotating Solutions installs Pump Floatation Device for Mpumalanga Coal Mine

23rd October 2018 Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has added Pump Flotation Devices (PFD) to their product offering in yet another move to offer a total turnkey solution to their clients. According to Franscois Steenkamp, CEO of MRS, the inclusion of Pump Flotation Devices is a natural extension of the... 

Trevali lowers Caribou mine guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2018 TSX-listed Trevali Mining has lowered its zinc and lead production guidance for the Caribou mine in Bathurst, New Brunswick, but the company remains on track to achieve its consolidated zinc production guidance. The Caribou mine’s zinc guidance has been lowered from a range of 86-million to... 

Orion completes follow-up metallurgical testwork at its Prieska project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has completed the follow-up locked-cycle metallurgical testwork on the deeper mineralised domains at its Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape. The Prieska deep sulphide zone is currently the subject of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) targeted for... 

Lonmin undertakes refinancing, delivers on results promise 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin has entered into a $200-million metal purchase agreement with Pangaea Investments Management (PIM), an associate company of Jiangxi Copper Company (JCC), which will provide the miner with improved liquidity and remove certain restrictive current lender conditions. Of the... 

US EPA withdraws proposed Obama-era rule change for uranium mining

By: Reuters     21st October 2018 The US Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it has withdrawn a regulation proposed in the last days of the Obama administration that aimed to tighten health and safety compliance rules for uranium miners. On January 19, 2017 - a day before Donald Trump took office as president - the... 

Quebec asbestos tailings recycler receives federal funding

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2018 Privately-owned Alliance Magnesium has received C$12-million in funding from the federal government to support the second phase of demonstrating its technology to extract magnesium from asbestos tailings. The announcement by International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Friday comes... 

“Green” measurement technologies break traditional barriers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Innovation is at the heart of the “green” revolution that focuses on mitigating the environmental impacts associated with mining, by reducing greenhouse gases, ecological footprints, chemical use and potentially harmful X-ray or nuclear emissions. This focus spans the exploration phases all the... 

Acacia Mining threatens to invoke investment treaty in Tanzania dispute 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Acacia Mining said on Friday it would seek direct dialogue with Tanzania over a long-running tax dispute and threatened to invoke a bilateral investment treaty should a settlement not be reached. Acacia's parent Barrick Gold has been negotiating with the Tanzanian government on behalf of... 

Mike Eksteen reflects on twenty-fifth anniversary of Kloof Gold accident

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 October 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the successful rescue of 150 miners trapped 3 km underground at the Kloof Gold Mine No. 3 sub shaft, in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg. Former Kloof Gold Mine GM Mike Eksteen, who helmed one of the most successful mine rescue operations in South... 

Company uses sonic drilling for core recovery in sand

19th October 2018 Geotechnical services company Geomech Africa, subsidiary of Geogroup, imported its 20 tonne, SDC 450-24 sonic drill rig from Canada at a cost of US$1-million specifically to handle deep borehole work in mineral sands at multinational diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) sands... 

Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age

19th October 2018 As mining companies rapidly shift their strategies and operating models to leverage digital transformation, new technologies in blasting and explosives are making an ever more vital contribution to bottom-line improvements. A combination of market volatility, changing global demand and radically... 

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