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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... 

Solidarity, NUM not satisfied with latest gold industry wage increase offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday said the latest wage increase offer made by the Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday was lower than its members expected. It pointed out that the council, which is negotiating on behalf of gold mining companies, had offered between a 3.5% and a 4.5%... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

Rio Tinto approves initial funding for Koodaireri

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st August 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has approved A$146-million in funding for initial works at its Koodaideri iron-ore project, in Western Australia. The miner said on Wednesday that the funds would be invested in detailed engineering work on key elements of the project, the development of a rail... 

Voorspoed diamond mine to close after search for bidder fails  

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2018 The Voorspoed diamond mine in the Free State is scheduled to close by year-end if the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is unable to secure, in the next 30 days, a suitable bid that will set the seal on the employment and community support that this Kroonstad-area mine provides. The decision... 

Sylvania achieves record production of 4E ounces in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum achieved record production of 20 278 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) platinum group metals (PGMs) in the fourth quarter, ended June 30. This resulted in production of 71 026 oz of 4E for the financial year. 

Crane Technology Will Slash Mineshaft Pre-Sink Time

30th July 2018 The world’s fifth largest mine, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, will use advanced techniques enabled by pioneering crane design to fast-track the pre-sink phase at Shaft 6. The time needed will be dramatically reduced by a Condra portal crane that combines a very rapid lift speed with optimised cross... 

SA needs passive fire protection

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Safety in mining is a high priority in South Africa, and the country needs to adopt stricter regulations regarding passive fire protection systems, says global technologies company Hilti South Africa mining, business development manager Hector Cerdio. More awareness should also be created... 

Company meets stringent fire and explosives safety requirements

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The increasing demand for strict fire and explosion protection in the hazardous areas of mining has led specialist manufacturer and designer of flameproof diesel engine systems Elgin Flameproofing to introduce the new Elgin 112TR tow tractor model for underground coal mining applications. The... 

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system

27th July 2018 Mining contractors are under pressure from mining companies to have their machines fitted with fire prevention systems, says Southern African distributor of Swedish company Fogmaker International's water-mist fire protection system, Fogmaker South Africa MD John Russell. “When it comes to... 

Crushtec joins forces with training firm to develop skills for screening industry

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 Crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International (PCI) and training provider Opsmin Training Services South Africa are collaborating to provide an accredited training programme aimed at achieving a new, professional dimension for the screening industry, PCI announced earlier this... 

Minnovare and IDS Announce Agreement to Distribute Azimuth Aligner® Drill Rig Alignment Technology for Construction and Mineral Exploration

26th July 2018 IDS to Distribute Minnovare Azimuth Aligner®. International Directional Services (IDS) has entered into an agreement with Minnovare to distribute the Azimuth Aligner® drill rig alignment system. 

The total cost of ownership of an AODD pump

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Air operated double diaphragm pumps are found in a huge number of applications in the mining industry. Their attractive total cost of ownership is one of their key advantages. AODD pumps are excellent all-round pumps for the mining industry, performing a range of applications from the transfer of... 

Fortescue has its best quarter with 46.5Mt shipped

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2018 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has reported record iron-ore shipments of 46.5-million during the three months to June. “It was a strong finish to 2018 with the team delivering record shipments of 46.5-million tonnes in the quarter to achieve our target of 170-million tonnes for the full year.... 

Peabody looks at longer life for North Goonyella

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2018 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a decision by US major Peabody to extend its North Goonyella metallurgical coal mine, near Moranbah. Peabody on Thursday reported that with some 71-million short tonnes across the mine, the North Goonyella South project would extend the mine’s... 

644 workers rescued after fire at Gold One’s Modder East mine

By: Schalk Burger     26th July 2018 An early morning rescue operation on Wednesday saw 644 miners, who were underground when a fire broke out at miner Gold One’s Modder East operations, brought to the surface. All the employees evacuated to the mine's refuge bays from where they were rescued. 

Strong Q2 puts Newcrest only 2% below original FY target

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2018 Gold miner Newcrest Mining has reported a strong June quarter, resulting in the company missing its original full-year production guidance by only 2%. Newcrest in April adjusted full-year production forecasts from between 2.4-million and 2.7-million ounces, to between 2.25-million and... 

Minerals Council to launch national safety and health day campaign

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 In light of the growing number of fatalities in South African mines, the Minerals Council South Africa plans to launch a national campaign of Safety and Health Days in Mining, in mid-August. The Minerals Council on Wednesday said its board is deeply disappointed, concerned and saddened by the... 

CSIR unveils technologies to enhance mine safety

By: Nadine James     24th July 2018 It is unlikely that the mining industry will attain its goal of zero harm by 2020 and, as such, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed some of the mine safety technologies it is developing and looking to commercialise. Speaking at the Mandela Mining Precinct, on... 

Caterpillar and Newmont to collaborate on underground vehicle automation

23rd July 2018 Caterpillar and Newmont Mining, with the support of Cashman Equipment Co., the Cat dealer in Nevada, have entered a collaboration agreement to validate and improve underground hard rock mining vehicle automation technology. The initial focus of the collaborative effort is Command for underground,... 

Coal market puzzled as China flashes conflicting output data

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Investors looking to China’s official production data to help divine where coal prices are heading might need to be extra cautious. Coal mining figures from the National Bureau of Statistics are flashing mixed signals. The agency pegs first-half output up 3.9% from a year ago. 

High-strength fischer chemical fixings prop up the mining industry

20th July 2018 German-engineered fischer chemical fixings are popular in the African mining sector due to their high-performance, added safety benefits and quick installation, which avoids costly downtime. The complete fischer product range is available exclusively from leading distributor Upat. The chemical... 

High-strength fischer chemical fixings prop up the mining industry

20th July 2018 German-engineered fischer chemical fixings are popular in the African mining sector due to their high-performance, added safety benefits and quick installation, which avoids costly downtime. The complete fischer product range is available exclusively from leading distributor Upat. The chemical... 

Electricity interruptions impact on Sasol’s FY18 production performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Several unplanned electricity supply interruptions and two internal outages at its Secunda synfuels operations, resulted in lower production volumes for petrochemicals group Sasol for the financial year ended June 30. In a trading update published on Friday, the company said its earnings before... 

AngloGold chairperson warns South Africa on 'reckless' mining rules

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 South Africa risks driving away new investment and crippling its mining sector if “reckless” new rules are implemented, according to AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana. The latest Mining Charter, which is aimed at sharing the benefits of the country’s mineral wealth more equally among... 

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... 

AfriSam offers ‘mine-ready’ concrete, technical expertise

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 As many built structures in the mining environment require the use of aggregates, cement and concrete, leading construction materials supplier AfriSam can collaborate with contractors and mines to design and provide specialist concrete mixes. In addition to offering customised concrete for the... 

New crawler excavator available to local market

20th July 2018 The new, robust Hyundai R260LC-9S crawler excavator from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai Earthmoving Equipment is now available and has been introduced to the Southern African market, says Hyundai Construction Equipment distributor HPE Africa. The R260LC-9S crawler excavator is... 

Mark Munroe

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Impala Platinum CE Mark Munroe, who heads a R14-billion, 40 000-employee platinum mining, processing, refining and marketing operation 

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 Iannucci     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... 

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