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Semafo implements new transport measures for expats in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Following two armed incidents at TSX-listed gold mining company Semafo’s Mana and Boungou mines, in Burkina Faso, which claimed the lives of eight people in the last two weeks, the company is now transporting all expatriate employees to the mine sites by helicopter. In addition, a ground military... 

Challenge on to develop new deep-level rock drill by early next year

By: Schalk Burger     20th August 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on Monday launched an open-innovation challenge to rapidly develop a new deep-level mining rock drill by the beginning of next year. MMP co-director Alastair Macfarlane explains that, for South Africa to retain its comparative advantage obtained through the... 

Gold fades as world gets used to bad news, Perth Mint says

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2018 Investors have grown immune to the economic and geopolitical risks that typically drive haven demand for gold. That’s how Richard Hayes, the chief executive officer of Australia’s Perth Mint, summed up the reason behind bullion’s slump to a 19-month low despite tensions between the US and China... 

Semafo reports two more deaths in restive Burkina Faso

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed West Africa-focused gold exploration and production company Semafo on Friday reported that a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot at by armed bandits on Friday morning. One Semafo national employee and one... 

Mining industry reaffirms commitment to safety with campaign launch

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 The Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA), previously known as the Chamber of Mines, on Friday launched its National Day of Safety and Health in Mining 2018, which will see 66 MCSA member companies hosting safety and health days at each of their operations in the next month. The launch of the... 

Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Platinum prices tumbled to ten-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal. Platinum has been caught in a broad sell-off as investors rush to the safety of... 

On-The-Air (17/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 Yet another huge mine is in serious financial trouble, which is throwing up the dread of more mass retrenchment. South Africa should adopt the growth model that has proved so resoundingly successful for the economy of Canada. The Constitutional Court should be called upon to lift the veil of... 

Western Uranium raises funds in positive macroeconomic environment

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 US-focused uranium and vanadium mining company Western Uranium Corporation is benefiting from a positive macroenvironment and price increases for both uranium and vanadium, which have increasingly led management to focus on strategic, operational and capital raising opportunities, the company... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

Software platform boosts operator performance

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     17th August 2018 Durban-based global supplier of surface and underground mining simulators ThoroughTec Simulation developed the CYBERMINE WX platform that monitors operator performance and provides targeted training to improve efficiencies. The CYBERMINE WX platform is being tested at local mines where the... 

New-gen scanning technology released, interest from SA companies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global corporate engineering and consulting group DMT has released the new-generation Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) technology for imaging extra-slim drill holes with a diameter of 23 mm, with keen interest from local mining companies, says DMT director Sodhie Naicker. One of the SBS’s primary... 

Digitisation brings innovation opportunities

17th August 2018 Digital transformation brings opportunities for innovation and doing business in new and exciting ways – elements that are critical to business success in a volatile economic market, says global communications provider BT Global Services major deals lead and mining, oil and gas head Stephen du... 

Cable bolt technology to improve safety

17th August 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology continues to set the pace in underground mining with the launch of its rock-reinforcement cable bolter with automated one-hole drilling designed to improve safety and productivity. The Sandvik DS221L will significantly... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

New compressors from Probe keep mining industry safe and cool under pressure

16th August 2018 Mining is a tough environment, combining harsh physical conditions, long operational hours and cost pressures.  Evolving compressed air technologies are increasingly playing a vital role in mining processes including exploration, extraction and treatment.  Air compressors additionally provide a... 

Creativity Saves Lives. Protect your people today, tomorrow and for the future

15th August 2018 A strong Health and Safety culture improves productivity and assists in creating a safe and great place to work. The Health and Safety Dialogue Company Ltd ensures labour force, management, community and all stakeholders are aligned in creating and respecting a safe and healthy working environment.  

So Why Instrument?

15th August 2018 To spell things out, here are the reasons we should instrument our civil engineering and mining projects: 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

Atlatsa narrows Q2 headline loss, restructure plan set for Q4 completion

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 JSE- and TSX-listed Atlatsa Resources’ headline basic and diluted loss a share narrowed to $0.04 in the second quarter, ended June 30, from $0.22 in the second quarter of 2017. The company on Tuesday said this movement was based on the loss attributable to the shareholders of the company of... 

Lily mine to reopen in Feb 2019, says new owner

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2018 Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), plans to reopen the Lily mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in February 2019, three years after a pillar collapse claimed the lives of three employees at the mine.  A lamp house container in which... 

Seven die in Pakistan mine blast, six missing

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 A mine explosion in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta killed at least seven coal miners, a mining official said on Monday, with authorities expecting the death toll could rise. The bodies of the dead were recovered on Monday morning, with efforts being made to retrieve six more men trapped... 

Caledonia achieves marginal increase in Q2 output

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 Caledonia Mining’s 49%-owned Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, produced 12 657 oz of gold in the second quarter ended June 30, marginally higher than that produced in the second quarter of 2017 and in line with expectations.  “The second quarter was a difficult quarter for the business as production was... 

Mining restarts at Deflector

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th August 2018 Gold miner Doray Minerals has restarted mining operations at its Deflector underground gold/copper mine, in Western Australia. The miner on Friday said that mining was resumed after a thorough safety inspection of the area where a remote controlled loader had caught fire on Wednesday. 

Greenfield exploration essential to Australia

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Greenfield exploration expenditure in Australia has declined in absolute terms and as a share of total exploration expenditure over the past decade; this must be reversed to attract greater mining investment and continue receiving the economic benefits derived from mining, says association for... 

Barloworld Equipment launches next-generation excavators in the Southern African market

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Southern African dealer for Cat earthmoving equipment Barloworld Equipment officially launched three new Cat excavator models – the 320, 320GC and 323 – at an event held at the Nasrec Exhibition Centre, last week. All three boast increased operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs as... 

Combined actuator process more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 Flow control supplier Rotork Africa has aligned two of its leading valve and damper products to maximise cost savings for maintenance applications. The Rotork Skilmatic electric valve actuator, made specifically for the mining and petrochemicals industries, has been integrated with the Rotork... 

Hydraulic trash pumps suitable for mining conditions

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Australian pump specialist Aussie Pump Industries has noted a significant increase in the use of hydraulic drive trash pumps, which eliminates the use of internal combustion engines, says Australian pump specialist Aussie Pumps Industries chief engineer John Hales. “Our trash pumps can be adapted... 

Doray output not at risk - Junk

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2018 Gold miner Doray Minerals told shareholders on Thursday that the temporary interruption to underground mining activities at its Deflector operation, in Western Australia, was not expected to affect the production guidance at the mine. While underground operations have been temporarily suspended... 

Humiliated for years, women are fighting back in mines of Chile

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2018 he first time Karen Requena entered the cafeteria at BHP Billiton’s massive Escondida mining operation in northern Chile, she couldn’t help feeling countless eyes fixed on her body as she walked across the vast hall. “It can’t get worse than that,” she thought. Then as Requena looked for a place... 

Weir Minerals announces its innovative IIoT platform Synertrex®

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Weir Minerals is excited to announce the global launch of Synertrex®, its advanced IIoT technology which is set to transform the mining industry. Complementing Weir Minerals’ existing portfolio of mining equipment, the Synertrex® platform is now available globally. Delivering an advanced level of... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

Heavy-handed laws not needed to transform mining – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2018 The growth of the once small community-based Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) into the fully fledged mining company that it is today, provides ample evidence that transformation is best served by collaborative partnerships rather than heavy-handed laws. “Anglo American Platinum have been an... 

Free-to-attend seminars to share latest industry insights

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, visitors to this year’s Electra Mining Africa will not only have the potential of engaging with 900+ exhibitors across the inside halls and outside exhibit areas, they will also have the opportunity to attend daily... 

Electra Mining Africa: five days, five themes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, leading players in the mining, manufacturing, electrical and power industries are looking forward to engaging with visitors and sharing information on their latest products, services and solutions. “There will be an... 

Number of female mineworkers gradually increasing as technology and conducive policies are introduced

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 The mining industry remains male dominated and much can still be done to address issues that specifically affect women. However, policies aimed at attracting, supporting and retaining women have led to a gradual, but steady increase in the number of women in core roles, as well as the industry in... 

TRI opens subsidiary in South Africa  

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 Global independent third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental launched its new African subsidiary, TRI Africa Environmental Services, last month.   Owing to an increase in demand for its third-party quality assurance geotechnical testing services on the African... 

Company stalwart pioneers female managerial role

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 In a notable stride towards gender inclusivity in the diamond industry, De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa’s Simangele Soni has become the first woman to occupy a senior operations manager role in the organisation. Appointed on March 1, Soni is now part of the sorting, valuation and sales... 

New drilling fleet to launch all-women crew

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond will acquire a new fleet of fully remote controlled drills, which it will use as an opportunity to bring more women into the mining drilling arena by assembling its first ever all-women drilling crew, Rosond operations director Ricardo Cravo... 

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