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On-The-Air (15/02/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 African countries are streaking ahead of South Africa on the mining automation front; mining companies are opting for solar power because it is cheaper than Eskom power; and only black-owned companies will be allowed to buy the seven mining operations that are up for sale in Mpumalanga.... 

Chinese OEM supports Aury Africa with second major visit

15th February 2019 The parent company of Aury Africa, Dadi Engineering Development Group (DDEDG), holds the African market in such high regard that senior management will pay a second visit to South Africa from 13 to 22 February. The aim of the visit is to engage with potential customers in the mining industry,... 

Australian miner Fortescue says 2 driverless trucks involved in low-speed incident

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Australian iron-ore miner Fortescue said on Friday that one of its driverless trucks, travelling at low speed, ran into another that was parked at its remote Western Australian operations in an incident earlier this week. No-one was hurt or at risk of being injured in the Febuary 11 incident,... 

Strata’s HazardAvert keeps safety on target

14th February 2019 Of all the technology developed over mining’s history for safety, and even more specifically the safety of workers performing tasks around heavy machinery on an everyday basis, one of the most recent is proximity detection systems. The still-rapidly evolving technology functions seamlessly in... 

Increasing mining operation productivity with Haultrax automation solution

14th February 2019 Mining in the same way that has been the norm for the past decade has kept the industry in a state of productivity stagnation. By using automation solutions that leverage the intellectual property of employees, together with the processes and equipment deployed by mining operations, productivity... 

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 Autonomous production systems and projects are being advanced across Barrick Gold as the group focuses on boosting mining efficiency, new Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow tells Mining Weekly Online. This is part of an all-out drive by Bristow to ensure that Barrick, into which Randgold... 

Federal govt flags funding for critical minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 The resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s decision to prioritise Cooperative Research Center Project (CRC-P) grants for critical minerals such as lithium, cobalt and titanium. Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews said on Wednesday that for the first time,... 

Opinion: Are there really more jobs in coal than in renewables? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     12th February 2019 There is considerable support in South Africa for the notion that a transition in the electricity system from coal to renewable energy will trigger a jobs bloodbath at both Eskom and the Mpumalanga coal mines. A detailed analysis of the job numbers, however, suggests quite the opposite. In fact,... 

World Class Supply Chain Means Savings For Weir Minerals Customers In Africa

11th February 2019 Mines served by Weir Minerals Africa have experienced considerable added value through the company’s upgrades to its supply chain system.  According to Weir Minerals Africa’s supply chain director Luhann Holtzhausen, the company ships almost 800,000 bespoke items each year from its main... 

Demand for impeller, agitator tech in DRC increasing

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th February 2019 Demand for more effective and efficient impeller and agitator technology is on a dramatic upward trend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says industrial agitator and mixer manufacturer Mixtec sales and projects manager Rudi Swanepoel. He notes that the company sees a significant... 

Aury Africa aims for expansion into PGMs sector

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa is planning to expand its operations into the platinum group metals (PGMs) market this year with the introduction of radio-frequency identification (RFID) audit and inspection solutions. Aury Africa regards the local... 

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Thursday that South Africa’s embattled State-owned electricity producer would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three separate entities – generation, transmission and distribution – in an effort to bring credibility to the turnaround of the utility and to... 

Sandvik, Resolute gear up for the fully automated Syama gold mine

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Global engineering group, Sandvik, is looking forward to moving full steam ahead in its partnership with Resolute Mining to fully automate the Syama underground gold mine.  The Syama underground mine is set to be the world’s first purpose-built, fully automated sublevel cave gold mine. 

Bolivia picks Chinese partner for $2.3bn lithium projects

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 Bolivia has chosen a Chinese consortium to be its strategic partner on new $2.3-billion lithium projects, the government said on Wednesday, giving China a potential foothold in the country's huge untapped reserves of the prized electric battery metal. China's Xinjiang TBEA Group will hold a 49%... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2019 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

Vale moves to reduce reliance on tailings dams

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Disaster-hit Vale has announced a R$1.5-billion (about $390-million) investment in the implementation of dry stacking technology, as the company moves to reduce its reliance on tailings dams. By 2023, Vale will rely on dry processing for 70% of its production, compared with 40% in 2014 and 60%... 

Institute forecasts better year for silver

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Following a challenging year for silver, reflected in the muted price performance of 2018, the Silver Institute expects 2019 to be a better year for the metal and that prices will regain some shine. The Washington-based nonprofit industry association says it expects sentiment for the silver... 

Obuasi mine to be an engine of growth for AngloGold, says CEO

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky is very upbeat about developing its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, and has described it as being "in a class of its own on a number of metrics".  “It will be an engine of growth for this company. You need big, chunky engines of growth which, year after year,... 

McEwen anticipates first gold from Nevada mine by end-Feb

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 NYSE- and TSX-listed precious metals miner McEwen Mining on Tuesday reported that construction of its Gold Bar mine, in Nevada’s Battle Mountain-Cortez trend, was nearing completion. The mine is on schedule for first gold production later this month. Commercial production will follow when the... 

Audit of burst Brazil dam found issues with drainage, monitoring - reports

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 A report commissioned by Brazilian miner Vale SA last year to look into the stability of the tailings dam that ruptured January 25 certified it as sound but raised concerns over its drainage and monitoring systems, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Tuesday. The report by German-based TÜV... 

Coal was Australia’s biggest export earner in 2018

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed record exports from Australia in 2018, with resources earnings export revenues of some A$248-billion. This was the highest-ever annual export value and accounted for 72% of Australia’s goods exports. 

Weba Chute Mechanism Saves Costs, Downtime At Diamond Mine

4th February 2019 Challenging materials handling applications are the norm for Weba Chute Systems, and the company’s recent solution at a diamond mine in Botswana tackled the issue of large particle sizes to ensure more uptime for the customer’s operation. The mine had been faced with replacing transfer chutes... 

Technical defects at Medupi and Kusile resulting in serious underperformance  

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2019 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Medupi and Kusile coal projects, which are not only years behind schedule and significantly over budget, but are now also beset with technical defects that are resulting in a serious... 

Pan African’s low-cost Elikhulu exceeding expectations

By: Nadine James     1st February 2019 Pan African Resources’ Elikhulu operation, in Evander, Mpumalanga is achieving a better-than-expected production performance, CEO Cobus Loots noted during an investor and media tour at the operation, on Thursday. As reported by Mining Weekly Online last month, the Elikhulu project, which started... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Sister companies provide one-stop pump solutions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     1st February 2019 Sister companies Integrated Pump Technology and Integrated Pump Rentals believe that while their market offerings differ it is their philosophy of providing single-source pump solutions to customers in the mining industry that has led to the significant growth of both in the past four years.... 

Palito Mining Complex, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 A copper/gold mine in the Tapajos region of the state of Pará. 

Krebs brings new levels of hydraulic efficiency in slurry applications

1st February 2019 The Krebs slurryMAX range of slurry pumps from global minerals process specialist FLSmidth has brought new levels of hydraulic efficiency to Africa’s slurry operations.  

New tech protects pumps against dry running

1st February 2019 A new type of detection technology from global technology powerhouse Siemens protects centrifugal pumps from dry running in hazardous areas. For this purpose, the corporation has developed special current/voltage detection modules for its Simocode pro motor management system. The principles and... 

Company revives mobile dewatering pump systems

1st February 2019 When called upon to refurbish two diesel powered mobile dewatering trailers, pump supplier Mechanical Rotating Solution (MRS) made sure that it put its own personal seal of quality on the product by not only refurbishing the units but also improving on the original design aspects. 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Australia’s CSIRO investigating bioremediation of mine wastewater

By: Nadine James     1st February 2019 Scientists from the Australian research organisation Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) are using microbes and other methods to remove valuable metals and contaminants from mine wastewater, the organisation announced last week. The technologies can process the... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM  

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2019 Viable patents that involve the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) should be commercialised so that PGMs become less dependent on the automotive market, says CPM Group MD and founder Jeffrey Christian. CPM’s current projections, which are similar to those in the automotive and electricity supply... 

Seven predictions for Junior Miners in 2019 and Beyond

30th January 2019 By Bryndon Kydd, National Natural Resources Industry Leader BDO in Canada South African Spokesman: Bert Lopes, National Head of Advisory and Managing Partner BDO South Africa 

Iron-ore rockets as Vale supply disruption convulses market 

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 The global iron-ore market was pitched into turmoil after Brazil’s Vale SA, the world’s largest producer, outlined plans to cut output after a deadly dam breach, buoying shares of rivals as investors weighed the impact of the disruption. Prices soared, with futures rallying more than 9%. Vale... 

In the new lithium 'great game', Germany edges out China in Bolivia

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 When Germany signed a deal last month to help Bolivia exploit its huge lithium reserves, it hailed the venture as a deepening of economic ties with the South American country. But it also gives Germany entry into the new "Great Game", in which big powers like China are jostling across the globe... 

MC Mining mitigates Uitkomst challenges, focuses on developing new projects  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 Despite having experienced a challenging quarter ended December 31 – the company’s second quarter of the 2019 financial year – ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining remains positive about the prospects for the full year. The company reported decreased run-of-mine (ROM) production from its... 

Epiroc pursues stronger growth after Atlas spin-off

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2019 A year after unbundling from a business unit within Atlas Copco into a fully owned independent subsidiary, mining, infrastructure and natural resources equipment spin-off Epiroc is optimistic on the future and eyes growth of 8% a year over the short to medium term. Equipped with a mostly organic... 

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