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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.


Dalradian considering ore sorting at Curraghinalt

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2017 Gold developer Dalradian Resources is considering investing in technology to separate high-grade gold from waste at the Curraghinalt project, in Northern Ireland, using ore sorting technology. The company recently had a bulk sample of 5 t of mineralised material grading 9.52 g/t tested by... 

Ramelius strikes deal with Newmont in Nevada

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th September 2017 Australian gold miner Ramelius Resources has struck a deal with US gold major Newmont Mining over its South Monitor land package, in Nevada. Under the terms of a farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreement signed this week, Ramelius could earn an 80% interest in the South Monitor gold project by... 

Peristaltic pumps operating at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Randburg-based industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps’ Verderflex (VF) 125 peristaltic pump is in operation at mining company Kansanshi Mining’s Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine and is undergoing testing at two other Zambian mines, as well as mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.... 

Solutions provider helping Zambia tackle mining challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining and mineral processing sectors present some of the most challenging production environments, as the large-scale operations are often located in harsh, remote areas, explains technical solutions provider BMG.  

Specialist helps Zambian mines save on maintenance costs

     15th September 2017 More and more mines in Zambia are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and reduced maintenance costs, enthuses condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck. 

Sustainable Plant Maintenance Needs Balanced Decision Making

     12th September 2017 Adequate budgets for mine plant maintenance – to ensure minimal downtime and optimal performance – need to be based on a strategic management approach that can balance the mine’s production targets with its maintenance requirements. According to general manager SA Services at Multotec, Garth... 

Company’s solutions address minerals processing inefficiencies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 To address water contamination in the minerals processing sector, processing specialist Multotec is installing its CleanTeQ ion-exchange system, which is designed for the removal of soluble elements from process water, at operations in Oman and soon in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

De Beers’ marine mining unit assessing feasibility of digital transformation

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Diamond company De Beers’ marine mining division is currently running a pilot project to assess the feasibility of implementing digital transformation and thereby ensuring optimal operational excellence in the business unit and potentially throughout the rest of the group’s operations. De Beers... 

Success at C-Cut, but earlier design input needed 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Wear solutions provider Rio-Carb completed a liner supply project for diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, in Gauteng, in June.  

Stratex identifies cash-saving optimisation opportunities at Crusader’s Borborema

By: Samantha Herbst     7th September 2017 Aim-listed gold and exploration company Stratex has completed an extensive due-diligence review into ASX-listed Crusader Resources’ Brazil-based Borborema gold project, identifying potential optimisation opportunities that are expected to yield material economic gains and lower upfront capital... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supplied to support major oil refinery shutdown

     6th September 2017 Whilst South Africa is heavily dependent on petroleum products to keep the economy running, major refineries need to periodically suspend or circumvent crude oil production to conduct routine maintenance, renovations and repairs. Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace) – a leading manufacturer of... 

Olympic Dam’s SMA expansion delivers first ore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th September 2017 Mining major BHP has produced its first ore from the high-grade underground expansion at the Southern Mining Area (SMA) of its Olympic Dam operations, in South Australia. The miner previously abandoned plans to expand its openpit operations at Olympic Dam, opting rather for an underground... 

Quality, Regular Maintenance Give Engines Multiple Lives

     1st September 2017 Users of equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that these modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls; but proper maintenance goes hand-in-hand with quality remanufacturing to make... 

Conveyor belts tackle Botswana diamond mining conditions

     1st September 2017 Rubber and plastics technology specialist ContiTech’s conveyor belts are in use by Botswana’s largest diamond producer. ContiTech’s conveyor belt technology is known for its high-impact-resistant conveyor covers, providing an extended belt life in real-field applications, that use advanced... 

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing

     1st September 2017 Industrial solutions company thyssenkrupp’s Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist Minopex, owing to the oven’s fast-drying capability. Since installation, Minopex has reported great satisfaction with the IR oven.... 

Greece says Eldorado mine arbitration to start in September

By: Reuters     31st August 2017 Greece plans to start an arbitration process next month to settle its differences with Canada's Eldorado Gold over its gold mine development plans in northern Greece, its Energy Minister said on Thursday. Greece had previously planned to start the process this month. 

Maiden profit reported at Orocobre

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2017 Dual-listed Orocobre has delivered a maiden full-year net profit after tax of A$19.4-million on the back of the first full financial year of commercial production at its Olaroz lithium facility, in Argentina. The ASX- and TSX-listed company has reported record production of 11 862 t of lithium... 

EnviroLeach strikes global Jabil partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2017 TSX-V-listed Mineworx Technologies announced on Wednesday that EnviroLeach Technologies has entered into a strategic global partnership with NYSE-listed Jabil Inc, to use the company’s patent-pending formula and processes to recover metals from circuit boards and electronic waste (e-waste). The... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 In a new era of ever-advancing technology and increased legal certainty, ocean floor mining is set to take off in the next decade as several juniors jostle to be first to exploit the wealth hidden on the deep ocean floor. DeepGreen Resources chief development officer Anthony O’Sullivan believes... 

Marenica starts testing on Paladin ores

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th August 2017 ASX-listed Marenica Energy has collected ore samples from uranium miner Paladin Energy’s Langer Heinrich operation, in Namibia, to conduct testwork on. Marenica and Paladin in June this year struck an agreement to conduct amenability testwork on low-grade ore samples from the Langer Heinrich... 

Goldsource expands easy-to-mine saprolite resource at Eagle Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 Canadian junior Goldsource Mines is expanding the known saprolite gold deposit at its flagship Guyana-based Eagle Mountain mine, the company announced on Monday. The Vancouver-based company is completing geotechnical, metallurgical and cost estimation studies at Eagle Mountain, in support of a... 

Edenville reports progress at Rukwa

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy on Friday said work at the Rukwa coal project site, in south-west Tanzania, was progressing, with the majority of the wash plant components now on site and the last shipment due for delivery next week. In an update to shareholders, the company noted that construction... 

Contrasting outlooks for platinum, palladium

     25th August 2017 The platinum market is expected to recover from its fifth consecutive year of supply shortage, in 2016, by posting surplus output in 2017, whereas the palladium market will widen its deficit in 2017, cancelling out progress made during 2016 in reducing this shortfall. This is according to... 

Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Narrow-reef mining solutions in the works

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2017 With the platinum mining industry in South Africa experiencing tough times, technology has become a major driver in reducing costs and facilitating improved productivity, and global engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is assisting in this regard through its strides in... 

Refurbishment centre streamlining to enhance mine fleet uptime

By: Dylan Slater     25th August 2017 The Boksburg-based Barloworld Rebuild Centre (BRC) is being streamlined to ensure the fastest replacement of key components to enhance the uptime of a miner’s fleet.  

Regency completes partial sale of UK oil and exploration project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2017 Aim-listed Regency Mines has completed the sale of a 1.9% interest in Horse Hill Developments (HHDL), the special purpose vehicle owning an oil and gas licences in southern England. Regency sold the 19 shares in HHDL to UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG) for £323 000 in cash and shares. UKOG now... 

Cyclone, Chinese demand boost Mozambique’s Moatize coal mine

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 Bad weather in Australia and improved demand in China were the factors driving the higher metallurgical (or coking) coal prices during the second quarter of this year (2Q17), in comparison to the first quarter (1Q17). So stated Brazilian mining group Vale in its report “Vale’s Performance in 2Q17”.  

Progress at Botswana copper project

     18th August 2017 Investor in strategic natural resource opportunities Metal Tiger has received all sample assays from previous infill /extensional drilling at its T3 copper/silver project, in Botswana, and is making good progress with its prefeasibility study (PFS) which is on track for completion in the fourth... 

Proximity detection system installation in final stages

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in... 

thyssenkrupp Infra-Red rapid drying oven improves turnaround time for Minopex

     16th August 2017 The fast drying capability of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions‘ Infra-Red rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist, Minopex. Developed in-house by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, the Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying... 

Nevsun delays Timok schedule, provides more capital for flagship Bisha ops

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2017 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources this week announced a strategic update on its capital allocation plans, allotting extra capital to its Eritrea-based Bisha zinc/copper/gold operation and delaying the timetable for delivery of the Serbia-based Timok prefeasibility study (PFS) to the... 

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture 

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable cheap processes to treat mining-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for the treated MIW... 

Cable management company fortifying ties with Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 South African cable management solutions company Strutfast aims to expand its operations and open an office in Perth, early next year, owing to the Western Australia capital being the recognised centre for mining operations in Australia and also hosting the head offices of many companies that own... 

Company catches wave of renewed Aussie exploration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Johannesburg-based airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air will later this month explore 6 000 km2 for an Australian mining company in Western Australia using its airborne geophysics SPECTREMPlus system.  

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable, cheap processes to treat mine-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for treated MIW... 

‘Exceptional’ rare earth grades confirmed at Burundi prospect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 Independent laboratory testing recently undertaken at the Gasagwe prospect at LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, has returned an average total rare earth oxide (TREO) grade of 62.17%. This grade compares favourably with the average grade of 57% contained within... 

Osisko reports biggest step-out to date at Windfall’s Lynx deposit

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2017 Project developer Osisko Mining has reported significant exploration success at its flagship Windfall Lake deposit, in Quebec, extending the satellite Lynx deposit. The Toronto-based mineral explorer on Wednesday reported assays from 12 holes drilled at Windfall Lake, focused on the Lynx Zone,... 

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