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ALCO-Safe is the major supplier of quality electronic Breath Alcohol Detectors and accessories in South Africa with 43 years of experience in manufacturing, distribution and support. We have over 2500 clients, conducting testing for alcohol, spread over almost every aspect of the workplace.  Our constant contact with this diverse client base has led us to observe that there is an ever increasing problem relating to drugs of abuse other than alcohol in the workplace and of course elsewhere. After receiving requests from many existing clients we took the decision in 2009 to become involved in the supply of drug testing products and related services.   We are indeed fortunate to represent CONCATENO as we are able to provide their large range of quality products and avail ourselves of their expertise when approached by our clients for assistance.


Sarama a step closer to receiving title to key Burkina Faso-based Bondi project

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 TSX-V-listed Sarama Resources on Thursday announced that the Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines and Quarries has issued an invoice, and Sarama has paid, for the transfer of the Djarkadougou exploration permit, which is host to the Bondi deposit. It is a critical part of Sarama’s growth strategy in... 

Aveng Mining gets health and safety thumbs up

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 Turnkey mining solutions provider Aveng Mining was awarded a safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) integrated management system (IMS) certification in May this year from multinational inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS. Aveng Mining initiated the development... 

Low-pressure hydraulic valve to offer adaptability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects will take its latest in-development low pressure, pressure-reducing valve to market within the next two months, after ironing out the last issues during a recent trial period at a deep-level gold mine in Klerksdorp, in the North West. The design of the... 

Proper hose assemblies improve hydraulic safety and life span

     21st July 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG urges that care be taken when selecting, installing and maintaining high-quality components in any hydraulic system because hose assemblies can be highly dangerous if misapplied and if inadequate attention is given to maintenance of the hose and related equipment.  

Zim lithium, tantalum prospect returns ‘excellent’ test results

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 Diversified exploration and mining company Premier African Minerals reported “excellent results” from the initial metallurgical testwork study, which was completed by German materials testing and analysis company Dorfner Anzaplan on its wholly-owned Zulu lithium and tantalum project, in Zimbabwe... 

Qld supports METS sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2017 The Queensland state government has outlined plans to grow the states mining technology sector, with the aim of creating 3 000 additional jobs over the next ten years. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham released a ten-year action plan to make the state’s existing A$7-billion mining... 

Newcrest restarts production at Cadia East

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2017 Australian gold miner Newcrest Mining has restarted production at the Panel Cave 2 (PC2) at its Cadia East mine, in New South Wales, after completing a test and response phase. The miner in June started the testing phase at PC2, after operations were suspended in April owing to a seismic event. 

Firestone Diamonds’ Liqhobong mine reaches quarterly targets

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds’ Lesotho-based Liqhobong diamond mine treated 925 000 t of material in the quarter ended June 30. This brings the total for the financial year to 1.97-million tonnes, the company said in a statement on Monday.   

Greater demand for rope access

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Inspection and maintenance work is increasing for rope-access technicians across the African mining industry, says industrial rope-access solutions company Skyriders, which boasts a zero-fatality rate. Maintenance and inspection budgets are under strain due to the current tough economic... 

New Samrec, Samval codes address the shortcomings of previous iterations

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 While the requirements of the updated and improved South African Mineral Resource Code (SAMREC Code) and South African Mineral Valuation Code (SAMVAL Code) are no more onerous that the previous codes, they do reinforce existing principles and endeavour to provide greater certainty mineral assets... 

Botswana Diamonds refines Frischgewaagt grade estimates

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2017 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has refined its Vutomi joint venture’s estimate for the grade at its Frischgewaagt project, in South Africa. This followed the inclusion of the results of the bulk sample and an update to the estimation analysis technique, which indicated a medium grade of 78 carats... 

Advantage Lithium accelerates drilling at flagship Cauchari asset

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Canadian explorer Advantage Lithium has added a second drill rig at its Cauchari joint-venture (JV) lithium property, located in the Cauchari Salar of Jujuy province, in north-west Argentina. The Vancouver-based company said on Monday that the second rotary drill rig has been mobilised and has... 

Diamcor sells 2 000 ct in final June tender

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 TSX-V-listed Diamcor Mining sold 2 153 ct of rough diamonds for gross proceeds of $338 380, resulting in an average price of $157.16/ct in a third and final tender and sale for the quarter completed in June. This brings the total rough diamonds tendered and sold from the initial processing of... 

Surrey council to consider Horse Hill planning application this year

By: Mariaan Webb     10th July 2017 The consortium seeking to develop the Horse Hill oil and gas project, near the Gatwick Airport, is hoping to receive approval from the Surrey County Council for long-term production testing and the drilling of more wells later this year. Horse Hill Developments Limited (HHDL), which owns 65% of... 

Another bullion flash crash is testing the nerve of traders

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2017 After-hours surges and plunges that have whipsawed gold and silver prices over the past two weeks are unnerving traders. Silver futures sank as much as 10%, as more than 25-million ounces of the precious metal traded within a minute just after 7 AM in Singapore Friday. Last week, gold fell below... 

Explorer seeking partners to support its efforts to tap Mauritania’s mineral wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Mauritania has many mining investment opportunities, with economic, social and political conditions conducive to the pursuit of developing a sector considered strategic by the country’s government, says Oil, Energy and Mines Minister Dr Mohamed Abdel Vetah. He points out that the Mauritania... 

Explorer seeking partners to support its efforts to tap Mauritania’s mineral wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Mauritania has many mining investment opportunities, with economic, social and political conditions conducive to the pursuit of developing a sector considered strategic by the Mauritanian government, says Mauritania Oil, Energy and Mines Minister Dr Mohamed Abdel Vetah. He points out that... 

Laguna Verde surveys yield encouraging results

     7th July 2017 Mineral resource company Wealth Minerals has completed transient electromagnetic and gravity geophysical surveys at the Laguna Verde lithium project, in northern Chile, with its geophysical contractor reporting that the data quality is good to excellent for both surveys. The resulting gravity... 

Local bushings producer showcases product in US

     7th July 2017 South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite Bearings is promoting the use of its thermoplastic bushings in various types of earthmoving equipment, including load, haul and dump equipment; backhoe loaders; excavators; wheel loaders; articulating dump trucks; graders and crawlers. 

Amur Minerals seeks to update resource as drilling continues at Russia deposits

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 A new trail for resource expansion is in “full swing” at nickel-copper resource developer Amur Minerals’ Kubuk and Ikenskoe/Sobolevsky deposits, in Russia, with a drilling programme having recently been completed. “We are drill testing the largest target with a length of 2 500 m located between... 

Glenover moves ahead with term sheet for phosphate project

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2017 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has executed a two-year term sheet with its joint venture partner Fer-Min-Ore (FMO) to advance the pursuit of a mining right for the Glenover phosphate/rare earth project, in Limpopo. Galileo will fund the execution of the mining right application by way of a loan... 

Plymouth starts drilling to further define San Jose resource

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 Drilling, aimed at testing extensions of lithium-tin mineralisation at Plymouth Minerals’ San Jose project, in Spain, has started. The ASX-listed company, which is developing the project in an earn-in joint venture with Spanish company Sacyr and its wholly owned subsidiary Valoriza Mineria, on... 

Argentina puts weight behind Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project as construction activity ramps up

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2017 Argentinian President Mauricio Macri last week reaffirmed government support for the construction of the Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project. The project is 100%-owned by Minera Exar, which is a 50:50 joint venture company between junior lithium firm Lithium Americas and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de... 

Transnet appoints Werksmans to probe locomotive corruption claims  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet reports that Werksmans Attorneys has been appointed to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives for China South Rail (CSR). Opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) recently laid... 

AWE completes BassGas upgrade on time, in budget

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th June 2017 The final phase of the mid-life enhancement (MLE) project works at offshore gas deposit BassGas, which includes the installation and commissioning of a compressor and condensate pumping unit at the Yolla-A platform, has been completed ahead of time and under budget, ASX-listed AWE said on Friday.... 

Queensland underground coal mine dust levels now online

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Dust monitoring results from Queensland’s underground coal mines are now available online for the first time. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Friday the results – found on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website – would be published quarterly as part... 

Passive treatment may hold key to tackling AMD challenge – geoscientist

By: Ilan Solomons     30th June 2017 Abandoned coal mines have contributed to the generation of acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa, states Council for Geoscience (CGS) environmental geoscientist Gloria Dube. She elaborates that AMD is characterised by lowered pH of less than 4, high sulphate concentrations and high acidity... 

Probe expands land base in Quebec’s ‘golden valley’

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2017 Gold explorer Probe Metals has signed a definitive agreement with QMX Gold to buy a 100% interest in the Aurbel East property, located next to its Val-d'Or East project, near Val-d'Or, Quebec. Probe said in a statement on Thursday that the Aurbel asset is also strategically located west of the... 

Petrolithium partners MGX Minerals, PurLucid complete laboratory extraction system

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2017 Lithium-focused partners MGX Minerals and PurLucid Treatment Systems has completed a 1 000 ℓ/d petrolithium extraction and water treatment system. The system was developed by engineering partner PurLucid, and will be deployed for large-scale testing of bulk water samples from MGX's petrolithium... 

First-phase drilling returns high-grade lithium intercepts at Rock Tech’s Georgia Lake project

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2017 Exploration junior Rock Tech Lithium has confirmed high-grade lithium mineralisation on surface and at depth in the Parole Lake area of its 100%-owned Georgia Lake lithium property, in the Thunder Bay Mining District of Northwest Ontario. “The results from the channel sampling programme completed... 

Jervois supports Elementos raising

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th June 2017 ASX-listed junior Elementos will raise up to A$2-million through a share placement and nonrenounceable rights issue to fund work at the Cleveland tin, copper and tungsten project, in Tasmania. Fellow-listed Jervois Mining on Thursday revealed that it would invest some A$480 000 in Elementos in... 

First Cobalt formalises transformative acquisitions to fuse Cobalt, Ontario mining camp

By: Henry Lazenby     28th June 2017 Explorer First Cobalt (FCC) has formalised binding letters of intent to acquire ASX-listed Cobalt One and fellow TSX-V-listed CobalTech Mining. The two deals will consolidate the Cobalt, Ontario mining camp under FCC and give the company control of about 10 000 ha for cobalt exploration and mining. 

Cadia East prohibition notice lifted, ore extraction test phase starts

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2017 Gold miner Newcrest Mining is making progress with remedial and upgrade work at its Cadia East mine, where a seismic event in April halted operations, with the company on Wednesday starting a testing phase to resume normal operations from the mine’s Panel Cave 2 (PC2). The New South Wales... 

Biggest coal plant in US west gets another two years to live

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2017 The Navajo generating station, the biggest coal-fired power plant in the US West, will live to see another two years. On Monday, Navajo Nation leaders approved a lease with the plant’s utility owners that will keep the ailing, 2 250 MW complex operating through December 2019. The owners signaled... 

Maintenance going more digital

     23rd June 2017 In today’s highly competitive production and mining environments, reactive and preventive maintenance have become unsustainable, says consultancy firm Onpro Consulting.  

Kodal discovers further lithium mineralisation at Mali prospect

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2017 West Africa-focused mineral exploration company Kodal Minerals on Tuesday announced further wide, high-grade lithium mineralised drill intersections at the Ngoualana prospect, at its Bougouni lithium project, in Southern Mali. The assay results continue to confirm the high-grade and consistent... 

Trevali strikes more zinc at New Brunswick mining camp

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2017 Canadian base metals producer Trevali Mining has hit more high-grade zinc intercepts during its 2016/17 exploration campaign on the Halfmile deposit, located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of north-eastern New Brunswick. Designed to validate historic data as well as to expand and improve upon the... 

New speed control product for pumps, compressors

     16th June 2017 The first member of a new product family in the field of speed control for compressors and pumps, the VECO-Drive, combines the reliability of mechanical gears with the productivity of low-voltage, variable-frequency drives (VFDs). Introduced by intelligent drive solutions, systems and... 

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