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Perceptions mines are not doing enough for nearby communities fuelling protests

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 In developed countries, community-based protest action (as opposed to industrial action) against mining companies is primarily related to environmental concerns. In South Africa, community-based protests against mining companies are rooted in socioeconomic issues, such as job creation, and... 

Solidarity, NUM rejects gold producers wage offer

By: African News Agency      19th July 2018 Solidarity has become the second workers union to reject the latest three-year wage offer tabled by South African gold producers even though it admitted that the mining companies have presented a gloomy picture of the industry. Solidarity joins the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which... 

Resources Watch  

18th July 2018 Platinum jewellery heading for good year – PGI Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency And, Shondoni to help sustain Sasol's Secunda Complex until 2050 

Proof Engineering takes a stand at Electra Mining 2018

18th July 2018 Proof Engineering will reveal a newly designed tamper proof spindle for Ex Sockets alongside its latest range of Orion and Crater branded Ex glands at Electra Mining 2018. Part of the Hudaco group of companies, Proof Engineering leads the market in the design and manufacture of innovative... 

Union calls for mine bosses to be prosecuted for deaths of mineworkers 

By: African News Agency      17th July 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday called for mine bosses to be prosecuted for the deaths of six miners in Limpopo at the Phalaborwa Mining Company's copper mine. The men died after they became trapped underground when a fire broke out in the early hours of... 

Amtec

17th July 2018 The construction division of minerals processing projects specialist Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) is an integral part of the company’s offering. Not only is this division the largest in the company, it is probably the most important, as no project can be undertaken without the manpower... 

Copper trains ransacked by 'moles' in full-moon desert heists

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2018 On nights lit by a full moon, thieves leap from trucks onto trains as they roll through Chile’s Atacama desert, before throwing 80-kg slabs of copper to the ground and disappearing into the dark. It’s a tactic known as “the cat” and the robbers are “moles” because no one knows where they come... 

Rio Tinto autonomous train makes first delivery 280 km away 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has delivered its first iron-ore delivery by autonomous train from the Tom Price mine, to the port of Cape Lambert, some 280 km away. The autonomous train consisted of three locomotives and carried about 28 000 t of ore. The train was monitored remotely by operators in... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction 

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating “a huge wave” in Africa, as smart connected devices are being deployed at mines, there is further potential for smart devices and IoT to positively impact on mining operations in Africa, says pan-African law conglomerate Centurion Law Group CEO NJ... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 The DrillSafe initiative will host its inaugural Drill Safe Drill Rig & Safety Innovation Forum at the Glen Hove Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, on July 20.  The forum will explore innovations in to drilling equipment and the exploration work environment, explains DrillSafe founder and Colin... 

Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2018 Pan African has repositioned itself as a lower-cost, longer-life gold mining company that is guiding production of 170 000 oz of gold in the 12 months to June 30 next year. The Aim- and JSE-listed company saw its Barberton Mines commendably achieve a million fatality-free shifts and help the... 

Weir completes acquisition of ESCO Corporation

12th July 2018 The Weir Group PLC has completed the acquisition of ESCO Corporation, the world’s leading provider of ground engaging tools for surface mining and infrastructure markets, for an enterprise value of US$1,285m.  It follows regulatory clearance for the transaction, which was first announced on 19... 

Caledonia reports fatality, flat Q2 production at Zim mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2018 Caledonia Mining Corporation’s 49%-owned Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, produced 12 657 oz of gold in the quarter ended June 30. Output was 2% lower quarter-on-quarter, but 1% higher year-on-year. 

Turkish court jails executives over 2014 coal mine disaster

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A Turkish court sentenced five mining executives to up to 22 years in jail on Wednesday for their role in the coal mine disaster in May 2014 that killed 301 people, the ruling showed. The deaths were caused by a fire that swept through the mine in the town of Soma, 480 km south of Istanbul. It... 

Epiroc South Africa encourages employee wellness in the home and work space

11th July 2018 With employee wellness at the core of Epiroc South Africa’s ethos, the company addressed the important topic of stress management in support of World Safety Day 2018. The World Health Organisation’s safety day focus this year was on child labour. However, globally Epiroc decided to focus on... 

Rio Tinto says minerals sands operation in South Africa shut by protests

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A mineral sands operation on the South African coast run by Rio Tinto has been closed since Friday due to violent community protests which saw a security guard killed earlier this week, the company and a union said on Wednesday. Community unrest is a common feature of South Africa's social... 

TDS Projects Construction awarded construction contract for mine development and infrastructure at Exxaro’s Matla Coal Mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for two distinct but integrated projects at Exxaro Matla’s Mine2 and Mine3. This entails both mine development and infrastructure development. TDS will be working alongside Newrak Mining with whom they have entered into a joint venture for... 

Jim Gowans joins New Gold board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2018 Intermediate gold miner New Gold has recruited Arizona Mining CEO James Gowans to its board of directors with immediate effect. Gowans has more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine feasibility studies, mine construction and commissioning and the development of best practices... 

Mentis Engineered Non-Slip Floor Grating Gains Traction

10th July 2018 There is a trend away from serrated grating because while it is suitable for some applications, there are others where over an extended period it will no longer provide the underfoot traction required to ensure safety. Floor grating is never a case of one size fits all, and according to Lance... 

Johnson Crane Hire Now Offers Access Platforms, Telehandlers

10th July 2018 Extending its total lifting solution for customers, Johnson Crane Hire now offers an extensive fleet of access platforms and telescopic handlers from its branch network around South Africa. According to Steve Robson of Johnson Crane Hire’s business development executive, the new units were put in... 

Occupational disease prevention campaign launched

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Workplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund, as well as the Department of Mineral Resources, on Thursday launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign, in... 

Custom lube vehicle boosts mine’s safety, productivity

6th July 2018 Earthmoving equipment distributor Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa, in conjunction with its Mozambique subsidiary dealership, Hitachi Construction Machinery Mozambique, has designed and provided a custom-built lubricant vehicle for diversified mining giant Vale to enhance the availability of... 

Sandvik offers safe, dependable blast drilling

6th July 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has delivered and commissioned the first DR461i, now identified as the DR412i rotary blast hole drill, to the African continent.  According to Sandvik, the DR412i blast-hole drill improves productivity while returning fuel... 

Bell Equipment extends excavator range, Kobelco partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment is expanding its partnership with Japanese excavator specialist Kobelco Construction Machinery (Kobelco) with a range of three mini excavator models and three larger models launched in April. Bell is the exclusive... 

Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency  

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Petra to sell KEM JV stake to Ekapa for R300m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds and its black economic empowerment partners plan to sell their 75.9% interest in the Kimberley Epaka Mining (KEM) joint venture (JV) to JV partner Ekapa Mining for about R300-million. The KEM JV incorporates the Kimberley Underground mine, extensive tailings retreatment... 

Exxaro goes digital at new Mpumalanga coal mine

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2018 Diversified resources company Exxaro Resources on Thursday broke ground on its R3.3-billion “smart” Belfast mine, in Mpumalanga. The mine is the first of its kind in South Africa and will have a digital twin – a complete digital replica of the mine that will allow management and the contracted... 

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

5th July 2018 Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and expo. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector summit, experts outlined a number of new technologies... 

How Booyco Use Of Vlf Technology Makes Mines Safer

5th July 2018 The application of very low frequency (VLF) technology in the development of underground safety equipment has been an important step towards achieving the mining sector’s objective of zero harm, according to Booyco Electronics engineer and developer Frank Schommer. Booyco Electronics began... 

Fire away with FOGMAKER fire-suppression system at Electra Mining 2018

4th July 2018 FOGMAKER South Africa (Pty) Ltd. will not only display its efficient triple-action fire-suppression system at the highly anticipated Electra Mining Africa 2018 but will also be conducting live demonstrations to show the remarkable effectiveness of water-mist technology. Intelligently engineered... 

Kropz eyeing dual listing

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2018 Emerging plant nutrient producer Kropz is eyeing a dual listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in addition to seeking admission to trade on the Aim in London, where it intends raising equity capital to fund the completion of its advanced-stage phosphates project in South Africa, cut debt... 

Band-It clamping solutions to be showcased at Electra Mining Africa

4th July 2018 Challenging market conditions in the mining industry necessitate the use of innovative, simple-to-use systems that provide for high-quality and cost-effective solutions. This will be the focus of Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa’s presence at Electra Mining Africa 2018 at Nasrec... 

Operations to resume at Stornoway's Renard

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2018 Quebec diamond miner Stornoway Diamond Corp will remobilise its staff to the Renard mine and resume full operations on Wednesday, after rainfall and a shifting of prevailing winds have allowed wildfires to be contained. The company ceased operations on Monday as a safety precaution, after fires... 

Newmont adds higher grade, lower cost ounces at Twin Creeks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2018 NYSE-listed gold major Newmont Mining has achieved commercial production at its Twin Creeks underground expansion project, adding higher grade, lower cost gold production at its Twin Creeks operation, in Nevada. The Twin Creeks underground mine will add between 30 000 oz/y and 40 000 oz/y at... 

Newmont Declares Commercial Production at Twin Creeks Underground in Nevada

3rd July 2018 Newmont Mining Corporation (Newmont or the Company) has achieved commercial production at its Twin Creeks Underground expansion project, adding higher-grade, lower-cost gold production at its Twin Creeks operation in Nevada. The project was completed on schedule for $42 million, slightly below... 

Drone tech first for Kumba Iron Ore a ‘game changer’ at Sishen mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore has worked through two years of complex legal, governance and logistical challenges to earn an operating licence to fly its own remote aircraft systems, or drones, which have already become a ‘game changer’ at its Sishen mine, near Kathu,... 

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