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Growing explosives sales in a declining market

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     19th October 2018 Although rising mineral production costs have led to declining competitiveness for the South African mining industry, which has negatively affected the sale of explosives materials company MAXAM regional director Brett Wheatcroft says this has created opportunities for the introduction of... 

Solar Mining Services

19th October 2018 Solar Group is a dynamic and established PLC company with aspirations to achieve a significant global presence and market share. As a growing international explosives manufacturer and supplier of related accessories and delivery systems, the group has a global footprint that currently extends to... 

Motsoaledi calls on mining industry to provide healthy working environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2018 It is estimated that more than one-million former mineworkers, who are in need of medical assessments and treatments, are without access to health services, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi told delegates at the Mine Health and Safety Summit, held in Benoni, on Thursday. He said that, with the... 

Minerals Council Recommits To The Goal Of Zero Harm

18th October 2018 Outlines steps taken to improve health and safety performance Reaffirms right of employees to withdraw from unsafe workplaces 

Increased urgency to improve mine health, safety – Mantashe 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2018 The increase in mining fatalities in South Africa’s mining sector over the past two years has increased the urgency of improving health and safety in the sector, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Speaking at the opening of the Mine Health and Safety Summit, in Benoni, he... 

Conveyor belts are a leading cause of underground fires yet they are avoidable

18th October 2018 This year has proven to be one of the deadliest for mine safety in South Africa since 2012. One of the leading causes of deaths and injury in mines is fire and a large proportion of fires are caused by conveyor belts. Conveyor belts are widely used in mining, both under and above ground. Yet... 

Anglo American Platinum brings two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles into production at Mogalakwena Complex

17th October 2018 Technology will boost safety at operations and integrated systems that will deliver significant operational improvements Anglo American Platinum recently bought two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles into production at the Mogalakwena Complex. The Kom-Vision technology is a... 

Amplats sets new benchmark with two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles at Mogalakwena complex 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Platinum mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has acquired two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles that have entered into production at the Mogalakwena Complex, setting a new benchmark for the miner. Amplats’ safety strategy is based on four pillars, namely systems,... 

Lynas raises storage red flag

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 ASX-listed Lynas could well be faced with another dilemma if the Malaysian government is lax to respond to a request to extend the company’s permission to store NUF at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP). NUF is one of the two solid residues produced at LAMP. NUF is not a radioactive... 

Lynas still waiting on clarity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas was still seeking clarity from the Malaysian government over the details of a reported review committee established to review the company’s operations in that country. Lynas on Tuesday said that local media outlets in Malaysia had announced the members of the review... 

Rio Tinto copper output jumps; iron-ore, aluminium production slip

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported lower production across nearly all its commodities, besides copper, in the three months to September. “We have delivered consistent operational performance in the third quarter, highlighted by strong production from the group’s copper assets,” Rio CEO... 

Mining at Gruyere to start in November

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 The Gruyere gold project, in Western Australia, remains on schedule to produce its first gold in the June quarter of next year. Joint venture (JV) partners Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields on Monday revealed that the overall project engineering was about 96% complete at the end of the... 

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Integrated technological solutions provider Siemens – in partnership with its subsidiary Flender and engineering solutions provider Tech Edge – unveiled a complete electromechanical cable belt conveyor drivetrain solution during a demonstration last month. Siemens, Flender and Tech Edge announced... 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

Transnet tests world’s longest manganese production train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully run a 375-wagon manganese train over a distance of 861 km from Sishen to Saldanha Bay. This formed part of the testing of the 4-km-long train, which will, once in operation, be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world, and the... 

Extending the life of mine beyond its life as a mine

11th October 2018 The last thing on the minds of workers at the oldest-known mine on archaeological record some 43,000 years ago in Swaziland was what their mine might become long after their tools had been put away. Fast forward to today, and the transformation from active mine to mine closure is a C-level... 

MSA Africa launches new Workman® tripods for confined-space entry

10th October 2018 A leading manufacturer of high-quality safety solutions for hazardous environments such as mining, MSA Africa used Electra Mining Africa 2018 to display some of its latest products. These included the Workman® range of tripods, which are used specifically to facilitate confined-space entry via... 

New size for the Nokian Armor Gard 2 excavator tire

10th October 2018 In the spring of 2018, Nokian Tyres introduced a new excavator tire with a feature set matching perfectly the challenges of the urban excavation work. Now, Nokian Armor Gard 2 can be fitted to a wider variety of excavators, thanks to its new 11.00-20 size. Nokian Armor Gard 2, a true next... 

VIST Group presents its “Smart mine” solutions at Mining Show 2018

9th October 2018 On October 8th the 11th Mining Show, the largest mining & quarrying conference and expo for Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and South Asia opened in Dubai. The exhibition demonstrates the very latest in technology and solution innovations to mining industry. Mining technology, equipment &... 

Zimplats, hydrogen storage and a local borehole logging system make headlines 

9th October 2018 This week, Zimplats is held as a safety benchmark, CSIR researches hydrogen storage technologies and a local borehole logging system is going global. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Hancock and Rio Tinto open new Pilbara mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 Miners Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting have opened the Baby Hope mine, marking the fourth mine to be developed at the Hope Downs operation, since the miners formed their Pilbara joint venture (JV) in mid-2005. The JV partners said that the development of the Baby Hope deposit would assist in... 

Tharisa on track to meet 2020 targets after record FY18 production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 The financial year ended September 30 bode well for JSE- and LSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome miner Tharisa Minerals, with record production from its Tharisa mine, in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, record high recovery rates and a best-in-class safety accolade. “The... 

Salt Lake gets approval for Williamson pond

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has given ASX-listed Salt Lake Potash the go-ahead to construct a pond system to dewater the Williamson pit, at its Lake Way project. The Williamson pond will be the first operational scale sulphate of potash (SOP)... 

MCA calls for legislation review to end ‘uranium discrimination’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called for a reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, to allow Australia to benefit from uranium mining. In a paper commissioned by the MCA, environmental assessment expert Lachlan Wilkinson recommended the Act be... 

Zero water usage mines - more than (just) an aspiration

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2018 The mining sector remains a key economic contributor to the South African economy, where gross domestic product (GDP) from mining increased to R231 638,37 million in Q2 2018. That said, it is also one of the toughest industrialised working environments.   Driven by a constant need to maximise on... 

Platinum, gold CEOs say it’s time to bring curtain down on SA’s deep level mining

5th October 2018 By Brendan Ryan – Miningmx The era of deep-level gold and platinum mining in South Africa, which is the world leader in these fields, is drawing to a close with no more deep-level shafts likely to be sunk. 

Tech advances poised to shorten prospecting-to-mine-development timelines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th October 2018 The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the minerals industry has not yet played out, but South Africa's, and the world’s, ability to generate massive amounts of data and integrate and use them will undoubtedly improve, leading to an acceleration in mineral exploration in the future,... 

Metso Megaliner improves safety, reduces downtime

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Global industrial equipment and services offering company Metso has proven that its Megaliner mill lining system can result in a drastic reduction in downtime and improved safety in mining operations. The Megaliner was developed by Metso in 2012, and expanded in 2013 to include a liner... 

New fastener for conveyor industry launched

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa introduced its new Hilti X-BT-MR structural steel fastener to the South African conveyor market earlier this month. Hilti’s in-house engineers and staff will initially be trained on the fastener and its capabilities, after... 

Tech advances poised to shorten prospecting-to-mine-development timelines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th October 2018 The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the minerals industry has not yet played out, but South Africa's, and the world’s, ability to generate massive amounts of data and integrate and use them will undoubtedly improve, leading to an acceleration in mineral exploration in the future,... 

MTN, partner developing IoT solution for local mines

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN Business has teamed up with Digital Twin Mine Management to develop a home-grown hybrid Internet of Things (IoT) solution for South African mines. The solution aims to leverage multiple platforms in the IoT ecosystem to improve health and safety and enhance the... 

Junior gold miner reports strong earnings for first half of year

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 UK-domiciled, London AIM-listed West African gold miner Hummingbird Resources has reported (in its unaudited financial results for the first half – H1 – of this calendar year) that its primary asset, the Yanfolilia Gold Mine in Mali, had recorded a solid performance that had been in line with the... 

Nepean Conveyors

5th October 2018 Nepean Conveyors is a privately owned company specialising in the design, in-house manufacture, installation and servicing of overland, underground and surface belt conveyor systems and bulk materials handling projects. As part of the Australian-based Nepean group, the company has forged a solid... 

DBCM, partners invest R27m in upgrading primary school near Voorspoed mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 De Beers Group has, through its De Beers Fund, partnered with the Free State Department of Education and Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) to invest R27-million on the construction of a school in its labour sending area community of Maokeng, in Kroonstad. The construction of Phuleng primary school,... 

Diesel Electric Services acquires ASIB approval, thereby adding Fire Pump Sets and Fire Pump Panels to their basket of products / services

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Ensuring the safety of one’s employees is of paramount importance. The insurance industry is hardening world-wide and this has filtered into South Africa too. There are definite requests for compliance with local and international standards. 

Zero water usage mines - more than (just) an aspiration

4th October 2018 Darryl Macdougall, Managing Director, Verder Pumps South Africa The mining sector remains a key economic contributor to the South African economy, where gross domestic product (GDP) from mining increased to R231 638,37 million in Q2 2018. That said, it is also one of the toughest industrialised... 

Boart Longyear awarded GEMCO drilling contract in Australia

4th October 2018 The Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) recently awarded a three-year drilling contract at the Groote Eylandt manganese mine to Boart LongyearTM Drilling Services. GEMCO is an open-cut mining operation, producing high-grade manganese ore that is shipped to GEMCO’s Tasmanian manganese alloy... 

Zimplats held up as mine safety benchmark at Joburg Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2018 Zimplats platinum mine in Zimbabwe was held up as a safety benchmark at the Joburg Indaba, which on Thursday observed a minute’s silence for mining colleagues fatally injured at work. Opening the second day of the well-attended event, Gold Fields, Kumba Iron Ore and AfriTin director Terence... 

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