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Ecsponent Development Fund improving BEE procurement in the Mining Sector

     29th May 2017 JSE-listed African financial services company, Ecsponent Limited, says that its unique Ecsponent Development Fund (EDF) provides large corporate business with an effective way of managing preferential procurement and improving reliable delivery whilst ensuring true social upliftment and skills... 

Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African mining... 

Training academy deriving ‘incredible’ value from simulators

     26th May 2017 Simulation has resulted in a definite, dramatic reduction in training cycle times, says Bedfordview-headquartered mining contractor Murray & Roberts’ Murray and Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) education and training development (ETD) executive Tony Pretorius. With five, high-fidelity Cybermine... 

Strike impacts Freeport's Grasberg mine, workers 'resigned'

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 Freeport McMoRan said on Thursday that mining and milling rates at its Grasberg copper mine, in Papua, Indonesia, have been affected as some 9 000 workers stage an extended strike, and a "large number" of approximately 4 000 absentee workers were deemed to have resigned. Escalating tensions with... 

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... 

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still one of the water-scarce areas of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar... 

AuRico Gold, First Nations ink impact benefit accord

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2017 TSX-listed AuRico Metals and First Nations surrounding the Kemess underground project have signed an impact benefits agreement (IBA) for the Kemess underground project, in British Columbia, solidifying local relationships and ensuring the project provides economic opportunities and benefits to... 

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still a water scarce area of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar Holding’s... 

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Online platform developed to provide easy access to African countries’ mining laws

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) – a free, online platform and project developed by the World Bank – will be handed over to the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) on July 1, and the ALSF will then be officially responsible for the day-to-day... 

Strong stance on employee safety required – miner

     19th May 2017 South Africa’s diverse wealth of minerals and a well-regulated mining industry mean mines employ hundreds of thousands of mineworkers from all over Africa, states miner, refiner and marketer of platinum-group metals Impala Platinum (Implats). 

Volvo launches the largest dump truck and excavator

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 Swedish construction equipment manufacturer Volvo unveiled the world’s largest articulated dump truck (ADT) – the 60 t Volvo A60H – and the brand’s largest ever crawler excavator – the 90 t Volvo EC950E – during a launch earlier this month in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.  

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... 

Trevali Q1 earnings rise on higher sales, price support

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2017 Canadian base metals producer Trevali Mining has reported higher first-quarter earnings, as revenues were boosted by significantly higher sales volumes on the back of the Caribou mine declaring commercial production in the third quarter last year, and higher prices. Vancouver-based Trevali, which... 

Drill the SmartROC way

     12th May 2017 Atlas Copco’s automated SmartROC Down-The-Hole and Top Hammer drill rigs have transformed the drilling procedure. Equipped with smart technology, these rigs help to drive down operational and maintenance costs, drive up efficiencies, increase safety and reduce carbon footprints for sustainable... 

Gathering info to better training

     12th May 2017 Industry body Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is farming information from within the industry that will enable it to develop custom training courses to meet the industry’s current and future needs.  

Improved outcomes at member quarries

     12th May 2017 Voluntary producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) notes a significant improvement in the environmental stewardship of its member quarries across South Africa since the inception of its About Face programme. Launched in 1994, the programme has... 

More technical skills needed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Without more technical skills, the future of the Southern African mining industry cannot be secured, says Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Cuthbert Musingwini. Skills development will, therefore, be included on the agenda at this year’s SAIMM Mine Planning... 

Sustainable safe and profitable underground mining with Atlas Copco automation technology

     11th May 2017 The implementation of automation technology in Atlas Copco’s underground operations promotes mine productivity and reduces operating expenses by enhancing machine performance, capabilities and reliability as well as creating safer working conditions. Committed to assisting mines in ensuring a... 

NUM marks 22 years since Vaal Reefs disaster

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday remembered the 104 mineworkers that were killed in an accident at AngloGold’s Vaal Reefs mine in 1995. On May 10 that year, a locomotive broke through safety barriers and fell into a lift shaft, landing on a cage transporting people to the... 

Geodrill reports ‘most promising start to any fiscal year ever’ – CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     9th May 2017 A 20% jump in first-quarter revenues bears witness to strong demand for drilling services provided by Canada-based Geodrill, prompting president and CEO Dave Harper to bill the three months ended March as “the most promising start to any fiscal year ever”. The Toronto-based company recorded... 

World Diamond Council intersessional meeting guides industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th May 2017 An observers’ forum, held alongside the World Diamond Council and Kimberley Process (KP) intersessional meeting, saw its members, along with the African Diamond Producers Association, the Civil Society Coalition and the Diamond Development Initiative achieve consensus on proposals to strengthen... 

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case pursue out-of-court option

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2017 Mining companies facing a class action suit from mineworkers who developed silicosis on South Africa’s gold mines are expected to reach an out-of-court settlement before the close of the year. The class action, which was lodged in May 2016, comprises, according to attorney Richard Spoor, an... 

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond is in the process of becoming an accredited Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) training provider.  

Ex-prof says new rock mechanics book will deal with ‘incompleteness’ of existing texts

By: Ilan Solomons     5th May 2017 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) has published a new rock mechanics textbook, which is entitled ‘Theoretical Rock Mechanics for Professional Practice’. Speaking at an event hosted by the SAIMM’s Johannesburg branch last month, author Matthew Handley elaborated that... 

Miner ensuring skills base development on platinum belt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 With the workforce on South Africa’s platinum belt ageing and the attraction of high-calibre candidates for employment being a challenge, platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum plans to boost its training initiatives and start construction of an accredited training facility by the end of the year.  

Modular plant assists remote mine in accelerating gold production

By: Ilan Solomons     5th May 2017 The first two gold pours were successfully completed in February by Canada-based emerging gold producer TMAC Resources, at its Doris mine and mill complex at the Hope Bay gold project, which is located in the Arctic Circle of Nunavut, in Canada. Mineral processing equipment manufacturer Gekko... 

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case pursue out-of-court option

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2017 Mining companies facing a class action suit from mineworkers who developed silicosis on South Africa's gold mines, are anticipated to reach an out of court settlement before the close of the year. The class action, which was lodged in May 2016, comprises, according to attorney Richard Spoor, an... 

Sharing specialist info drives mineral processing efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mineral processing specialist Multotec has refined its customer training workshops to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and practical experience, which it says is essential in the mining industry to improve the efficiency of processing plant performance.  

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... 

The growth of a diversified economy through the development of mining and energy at ZIMEC 2017!

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2017 Lusaka, Zambia – April, 2017 - With around 70% of Zambia’s earnings currently depending on copper mining, the Zambian government aims to diversify mining activities and strive towards a sustainable and viable mining sector.  

Och-Ziff fixer's business had corruption at `core', US says

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2017 A Gabonese man who admitted earning $7-million while helping a unit of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group secure mining rights in Africa deserves at least five years behind bars, prosecutors said. Samuel Mebiame, the son of the former Prime Minister of Gabon, bribed government officials in Africa... 

Minergy lists on BSE to build local coal industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd May 2017 Coal and energy company Minergy listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) last week, following the raising of P72-million through a private placement. The shares were listed to raise development funding for the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Minergy Coal, which owns the Masama coal resource... 

Internship to benefit more students

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb plans to expand its internship programme, aimed at preparing second-year engineering students for their careers, in the near future. With two students having completed the internship programme, launched last year, the Chromium Carbide (CrC) plate... 

Kefi, Ethiopian govt finalise community resettlement plan

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2017 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals, along with the government of Ethiopia, have started resettlement arrangements for the Tulu Kapi community.   "Kefi and the government have worked diligently with the local community to ensure that they are supported and compensated appropriately throughout the... 

Focus on construction at Bisie conflict-free tin project

     21st April 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources’ current focus is on preparing its 80.75%-owned Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for construction. According to a presentation by Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra at the 2017 Investing in African... 

Report highlights jobs and revenue impact of automation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     21st April 2017 Local communities and governments will lose jobs and tax revenues as mines become increasingly automated through the adoption of emerging technologies, such as self-driving trucks. This is according to the recently released ‘Mining a Mirage?: Reassessing the shared-value paradigm in light of the... 

Mexican Mines Recording Major Gains in Equipment Reliability and Reduced Fuel Usage

     19th April 2017 At an accelerating rate, Mexican mines are taking advantage of advanced simulation technology along with skilled people and proven process, from Immersive Technologies, to optimize their equipment operator workforce. Mine sites are measuring significant improvements in key metrics as many new... 

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