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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.


Lincoln raises nearly A$10m for graphite projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th May 2017 Graphite developer Lincoln Minerals will raise up to A$9.6-million through two share placements to progress the development of its assets. The company will issue some 300-million fully paid ordinary shares, at a price of 3.2c each, through Direct Investment Agreements. The placement was subject... 

Botswana receives load bank system order

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 The first load bank system from power-generating brand supplier Vert Energy – the Southern Africa distributor of Asco power switching and control components – was supplied to private equity company Peter Investments, in Botswana, last month. 

Mineral scanner to facilitate identification of reactive ground

     26th May 2017 In another step towards safer blasting practice, Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanner to quickly identify reactive-ground conditions that could lead to blast site incidents. “This can give us real-time information that... 

Kanmantoo offering Hillgrove more upside

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2017 Copper/gold miner Hillgrove Resources has earmarked a number of organic growth opportunities which it will assess later in 2017, including an opportunity for near-mine growth at its Kanmantoo mine, in South Australia. An exploration target of between five-million and ten-million tonnes, with a... 

Company climate risk disclosure could become mandatory in a few years

By: Reuters     23rd May 2017 Companies' disclosure of risks to their business from climate change could become mandatory in a few years as investor pressure gathers pace, climate finance experts said on Tuesday. Investors have urged companies, particularly those operating in the oil, gas and coal sectors, to disclose the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Turnkey Instruments

     23rd May 2017 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Move over Tesla, Europe's building its own battery gigafactories

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2017 Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a €500 million... 

Alcohol, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

De Beers to hold auctions for polished diamonds

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 De Beers’ Auction Sales business will pilot the sale of its own polished diamonds using auctions for the first time, it said on Thursday. The sale will comprise a range of polished diamonds manufactured directly from De Beers’ rough diamonds. 

Oxford Instruments launches X-MET8000 Expert Geo - a new high-performance handheld XRF analyser for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process

     18th May 2017 Oxford Instruments has added the X-MET8000 Expert Geo to its successful range of X-MET8000 handheld XRF (X-ray fluorescence) analysers for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process, from the early stages of exploration to process waste analyses. X-MET8000 Expert Geo offers fast material... 

Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula in DRC now holds 1bn-tonne resource

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th May 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ Kakula discovery, at its Kamoa-Kakula copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), now contains indicated resources of 116-million tonnes at 6.09% copper, plus inferred resources of 12-million tonnes at 4.45% copper, at a 3% cut-off. The new estimate... 

Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new accreditation standards for people conducting the compulsory lung function test on the state’s 30 000 coal miners, as part of its reform to tackle black lung disease. “The new standards will ensure quality tests, so if a coal mine worker has lung... 

Platinum misses out on clean air push for vehicles

By: Reuters     15th May 2017 With London mayor Sadiq Khan and his Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo cracking down on vehicle emissions this spring in the global push for clean air, it should be a boom time for platinum which is used in catalytic converters. But it is not likely to translate into higher demand for the metal.... 

WAFM completes scoping study

By: Anine Kilian     12th May 2017 A recently completed scoping study on Aim-listed West African Minerals Corporation’s (WAFM’s) Cameroon-based Sanaga iron-ore project has identified two potential pathways to production of 2.4-million tonnes a year of premium grade iron-ore concentrate. The study indicates robust economics and... 

Pure Energy picks up Lithium X's Nevada assets, combines 10 500 ha landholdings

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2017 Lithium explorer and project developer Lithium X has agreed to sell its Nevada-based assets to Pure Energy Minerals and become the largest shareholder of the company as it develops the package of Clayton Valley projects surrounding Albemarle's Silver Peak lithium mine, in Nevada. The partners... 

Former petrol attendant to probe perceptions of Mining Charter in PhD thesis

By: Ilan Solomons     12th May 2017 Gold mining company Pan African Resources Evander Gold Mines human resources manager Mzwandile Anthony Maki outlined the early stage development of his PhD thesis entitled ‘Testing the Perceptions of the Effect of the Mining Charter in the Gold Mining Industry’ at an event in Johannesburg, last... 

ELB completes first phase, Tippler A at the Manganese Terminal, Port of Port Elizabeth

     11th May 2017 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) has successfully completed the refurbishment of the first phase, Tippler A, of the Transnet Tippler Refurbishment project at the Transnet Port Elizabeth Manganese Terminal. ELB’s scope of work included the design, supply of new components, stripping,... 

Orion starts drilling at Prieska to define resources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th May 2017 ASX-listed Orion Gold has started a major new phase of drilling at its Prieska zinc-copper project, in the Northern Cape, where the first two holes of the programme are designed to test mineralisation in the north-west target area. The programme will further evaluate the main deep sulphide target... 

Vesconite Bearings arranges US earthmoving roadshow

     8th May 2017 South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite Bearings is arranging a roadshow to US earthmoving customers in June. This is according to newly-appointed earthmoving representative Juan van Wyk, who is spearheading the company’s drive to have the earthmoving industry use the... 

South Australian miner discovers ‘thick’ copper zone

By: Dylan Slater     5th May 2017 South Australian gold, copper and iron-ore miner Havilah Resources has discovered a thick copper zone at its Croziers site, which is situated about 400 km northeast of Adelaide.  

Ten-times-stronger-than-steel lightweight graphene material developed

By: Ilan Solomons     5th May 2017 A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the US, says it has designed one of the “strongest lightweight materials” ever known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene into a two-dimensional (2D) form of carbon. The researchers describe the new material, as... 

Valves training centre well received by industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 Valves supplier AVK Southern Africa (AVK SA) strives to deliver high-quality, flawless and durable valves, and assist mining companies with the critical aspect of selecting the correct valve for high-quality water flow solutions, by providing training to mining industry players through its new... 

David Brown Santasalo Showcases Its Proven Drive Technology And Enhanced North American Capability At Cim 2017

     2nd May 2017 At this year’s CIM 2017 Convention, David Brown Santasalo will display its innovative AMF gearbox designed for critical agitator, mixer and flotation applications in the mining industry. Booth #509 at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal will be home to David Brown Santasalo’s expert team, who are... 

Gold Road investigates Attila feasibility

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st May 2017 ASX-listed Gold Road Resources has launched a prefeasibility study into the potential for openpit mining at the Attila deposit, in Western Australia, following a more than 100 000 oz increase in the project’s mineral resource. Gold Road on Monday announced a 46% increase in the Attila openpit... 

Metso’s new crusher reduces costs, improves uptime by 10%

By: Ilan Solomons     28th April 2017 Diversified engineering group Metso launched its new rock crushing technology at the Conexpo-Con/Agg 2017 industry event in Las Vegas, in the US last month. The Metso MX cone crusher is based on the company’s patented Multi-Action crushing technology, which combines the piston and rotating bowl... 

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Khumani mine, South Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     21st April 2017 An iron-ore mine located 30 km south of Kathu, and about 65 km north of Assmang’s Beeshoek mine, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. 

Americas Silver gains momentum in transition to low-cost producer by 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 Bolstered by improving silver and base metals prices, junior miner Americas Silver is in the home stretch to deliver on a four-year turnaround strategy at its two operating mining complexes in Sinaloa state, Mexico and Idaho, in the US. “We have a lot of intrinsic value that’s about to be... 

G450, G460 and G400 MP-2 smart pump now have INMETRO certification!

     18th April 2017 GfG Instrumentation is pleased to announce the G450, G460 multi-gas detectors and the G400 MP-2 motorized smart pump have received INMETRO certification for sale in Brazil.  INMETRO (Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality) is the government body responsible for the... 

Seismic event hits Newcrest’s Cadia mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 A seismic event in the region of the Cadia gold operation, in New South Wales, has seen gold miner Newcrest Mining suspend operations at the mine. The seismic event occurred on Friday and an assessment of the damage caused is currently under way. 

Australian PM Turnbull scraps the 457 visa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the scrapping of the 457 visa by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, saying that the natural resource sector was no longer a significant employer of these visa holders. Turnbull on Tuesday announced the abolishment of the 457 visa for foreign... 

Guinea stable, predictable investment destination – Ministry

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 Guinea is suitable for mining investment, says the Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology, which will host Symposium Mines Guinea 2017 in Conakry, the country's capital, next month, in partnership with emerging markets-focused business-to-business event organiser AME Trade. The Ministry says the... 

Mali lithium project developments ‘great endorsement’

     14th April 2017 A potential second placing worth about £4.3-million with trading company Suay Chin International, if completed, will ensure that West Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals is well funded to produce initial mineral resource estimates at its Bougouni lithium... 

Bougouni drilling continues, investor progresses due diligence

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 West Africa-focused Kodal Minerals on Tuesday said a due diligence by its strategic investor and proposed offtake partner, Suay Chin International, to support potential further investment in the company of up to £4.3-million, is now substantially complete. Meanwhile, drilling at Kodal’s Bougouni... 

Despite ramp-up delay, Diamcor reports improved tender results

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2017 South Africa-focused project developer Diamcor Mining has reported improved diamond tender sales despite the ramp-up to double output at the Krone-Endora at Venetia mine being dogged by operational and product delivery issues. The issues have pushed finalisation of the testing, commissioning and... 

Digitalised mining can allow for deeper mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, will test its latest developments in digitalised mining technology in underground mining conditions in the next two months at the Sterkfontein caves, a World Heritage Site in Muldersdrift, near Krugersdorp.  

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