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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... 

Electra Mining was once again a successful event for Becker Mining South Africa.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 According to Becker Mining SA, highlights of this year’s event included meeting many potential new customers and receiving positive feedback from existing customers about the high quality and dependable performance of the Becker product range. It was noted that the flexibility of Becker Mining’s... 

South African, global mining industry facing risks – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd October 2018 The challenges facing the local mining industry this year are comparable to those facing the global mining industry, PwC Southern Africa CEO Dion Shango said on the first day of the Joburg Indaba, on Wednesday. He said said there is a strong correlation between the market capitalisation of... 

Charter a stepping stone towards mining industry recovery, but tech adoption needed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd October 2018 Exxaro Resources CEO and Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) president Mxolisi Mgojo said 2018 was a second watershed moment for South Africa’s mining industry, following the finalisation of Mining Charter 3. The first moment of this magnitude, he noted, was in 2004, when the Minerals and... 

Empire State mine contractor dies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 An employee of a contractor working at the Empire State mine, in New York state, died on Tuesday afternoon, TSX-listed Titan Mining said and announced that all mining activities had been suspended. The company said it was working with authorities to determine the cause of the accident that... 

EganStreet advances Rothsay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has approved the project management plan for the Rothsay gold project, ASX-listed EganStreet Resources reported. A mining proposal has also been submitted, which, if approved, will allow Eganstreet to start key works at... 

Western Australia mineral sands project now fully permitted

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2018 ASX-listed Sheffield Resources ended the week on a high note with the announcement that its Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia, is now fully permitted for development. The Australian government’s Department of the Environment and Energy has granted environmental approval for... 

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 Contractor Basil Read’s mining division has added four new excavators from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai to its fleet of mobile mining equipment. The excavators – a Hyundai R520LC-9S hydraulic crawler excavator, a Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavator, and two 22 T Hyundai R220LC-9S... 

Joburg Indaba to provide ‘reality check’, promote investment

By: Paige Müller     28th September 2018 This year’s Joburg Indaba will focus heavily on the economic environment and South African government’s role in encouraging investment in the embattled local mining sector, says investment conference specialist and organiser of the Joburg Indaba, Resources 4 Africa. Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula... 

Mine digitisation accelerates to ensure profitability

By: Paige Müller     28th September 2018 Professional services firm and corporate partner sponsor of this year’s Joburg Indaba, Deloitte, says the tough operating conditions in the mining industry have resulted in the accelerated uptake of digitisation at South African mines. Deloitte Africa energy and resources leader Andrew Lane – who... 

Industry leaders to tackle concerns at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     28th September 2018 With the economy and Mining Charter front of mind, the 2018 Joburg Indaba – taking place from October 3 to 4 at the Inanda Club, in Johannesburg – will scrutinize the mining industry and the economy, says event organiser Resources 4 Africa. Key speakers will focus on diverse topics, with the... 

Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 A compressor exposed to abrasive dust, such as those used in mining environments, could become increasingly inefficient and fail internal damage caused by clogged and compromised intake filters, notes RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Additionally, opencast mine dust frequently enters... 

New products can improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Bidvest Commercial Products division Kelmeg Lifting Services (KLS) has expanded its service offering – aimed at improving safety and productivity, particularly with regard to working at height, and the associated lifting, rigging or lashing requirements. The new safety-focused products can assist... 

BHP seeks approval for $50m US pact over fatal Brazil dam burst

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 BHP Billiton has asked a US judge to approve a $50-million settlement of claims that it fraudulently inflated its share price by overstating its ability to manage safety risks before a fatal 2015 dam burst at a Brazilian mine. The Anglo-Australian mining company's preliminary settlement of... 

Deep sea robots reveal mineral riches in the abyss

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth's last frontiers - the sea floor - to discover more about valuable minerals vital in the manufacture of smartphones. The scientists, from the University of Bergen in Norway, are sending robots 2 500 m down into the... 

Vital Engineering: ensuring quality and safety standards don’t slip in the local and pan-African mining sector

20th September 2018 “Electra Mining has definitely grown exponentially over the past few years in terms of the scale and variety of companies, products and solutions showcased”, was the observation by Glen Pringle, Technical Director at Vital Engineering, on visiting the show with members of his sales team last... 

MRC places R160m mining equipment order with Epiroc

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) has placed more than R160-million of mining equipment orders with Epiroc. MRC recently ordered multiple drill rigs to be used for the underground production build-up of the Kalagadi manganese mine, in the Northern Cape. 

Pan African’s rapid turnaround removes false notions on doing business in SA 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 South Africa was on Wednesday reaffirmed as a country where business is able to do what is required, when London- and Johannesburg-listed gold mining company Pan African Resources outlined the remarkably efficient manner in which this country’s regulatory environment facilitated the closure of a... 

OceanaGold reports no operational impact from recent storms

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Multinational OceanaGold’s Didipio operation, in the Philippines and the Haile mine, in the US, have managed to pull through the past weekend’s severe storms in the respective regions without reporting any injuries or a significant impact to production. In the Philippines, where super typhoon... 

Voltex - Electra Mining Africa Exhibition 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 The Electra Mining Africa Exhibition, now in its 46th year, took place from 10 – 14 September at Nasrec Expo Centre and proved once again to be an important and valuable exhibition for the Voltex Group. The Voltex Group used the platform to showcase its wide range of industrial and related... 

Upbeat Pan African repositioned as lower-cost gold producer

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 Gold mining company Pan African Resources said on Wednesday that it had reconfigured its gold operations for sustainable profitability through the creation of a lower cost base and the imposition of efficiencies and stability through restructuring. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company,... 

Simulators from Immersive Technologies Preparing Operators to Remotely Operate Semi-Autonomous Underground LHDs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Freeport McMoRan (FMI) in Indonesia is using training simulators from Immersive Technologies to prepare operators for Caterpillar’s semi-autonomous LHD operations with Cat® Command for Underground. Command for Underground automates the tramming and dumping component of an underground loader’s... 

Petra lifts FY18 adjusted Ebitda, starts search for new CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2018 Diamond miner Petra Diamonds achieved a 37% year-on-year increase in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to $195.4-million for the financial year ended June 30. Its adjusted Ebitda margin improved to 39%, from 36% in the 2017 financial year. 

Controlling visitor access on mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Visitors to mining facilities, quarries and processing plants need to be carefully screened to ensure that their entry into the premises is valid. Concurrently, their identity needs to be verified to ensure that they are indeed the person they claim to be. By not confirming these two elements,... 

Government's economic stimulus package to be made public soon – Presidency

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 The economic stimulus package adopted by cabinet will reprioritise government spending within the existing fiscal framework towards activities that will stimulate economic activity, the presidency said on Sunday. President Cyril Ramaphosa had "shared" with South Africa’s business and labour... 

Pan African expects lower earnings

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 Gold mining company Pan African on Friday advised shareholders that earnings in the 12 months to June 30 are expected to be lower than for the corresponding period last year. But the challenging operational environment has been ameliorated by the pouring last month of the first gold at the newly... 

Pumps range displays benefits across applications

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Innovative engineering has resulted in minerals industry supplier FLSmidth’s new Krebs slurryMAX split-case slurry pump gaining a strong foothold in slurry applications across Africa. The company recently exhibited the new features and safety benefits of the pump at mining and power exhibition... 

Warman pump offers cost effective solutions for heavy duty slurry applications

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Pump manufacturer and supplier Weir Minerals Africa exhibited its flagship Warman MCR 450 mill circuit pump at Africa’s largest trade exhibition, Electra Mining Africa, held in September this year. Weir Minerals Africa product manager for slurry pumps Marnus Koorts explains that one of the... 

Greater emphasis on safety at Konkola

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources is strengthening its focus on safe production at its subsidiary Zambia-based integrated copper producer Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) through the implementation of its Safety Stand Down campaign. Vedanta’s campaign was launched by KCM CEO Deshnee Naidoo in July to... 

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Mining contracting and engineering services company Redpath Mining Africa has completed what it has dubbed the “milestone” Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project for Zambia-based copper mine, Mopani Copper Mines. Redpath Mining Africa’s Zambian branch, Redpath Zambia, was initially awarded the... 

Australian pumps maker targeting Africa

By: Halima Frost     14th September 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Australian Pump Industries, better known as Aussie Pumps, is making inroads in the African market following a recent partnership with English oil group Tullow. Aussie Pumps supplied six Mine Boss 4” trash pumps to the northern Kenyan territories – bordering on... 

Modernisation could prolong mining jobs – Mandela Mining Precinct co-director

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Presenting at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 2018 Mine Safe Technical Conference Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) co-director Alastair Macfarlane noted that modernisation could prolong mining jobs, while localisation and agri-industrialisation, could absorb jobs as and when... 

Hurricane threatens US coking coal exports

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 Prices of metallurgical coal, used by steelmakers, are likely to rise if Hurricane Florence disrupts port operations at Virginia’s Hampton Roads for an extended time, Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) said on Thursday. Hurricane Florence, which has been downgraded from a category four to a category two... 

Innovation recognised at this year’s EMA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     13th September 2018 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) awarded South African mining supplier Afri-Tech the overall innovation award and the South African Innovation award at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition for its locally manufactured forced ejection nozzle. The nozzle, which is... 

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