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Zambian mining sector edging closer to ‘zero harm’

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The atmosphere at the Zambian mining industry’s third annual Health and Safety Conference, held in Ndola on November 2 and 3, was particularly positive as, at the time, the industry was firmly on course for a fatality-free year, the Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) reports. This was significant, as... 

Study urges Eskom to accelerate station decommissioning, curtail Kusile to shore up solvency

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2017 A new study argues that cash-strapped Eskom could make immediate costs savings of up to R17-billion and boost its liquidity, without undermining security of supply, by accelerating the decommissioning of three of its older coal-fired power stations and by halting construction of units 5 and 6 at... 

Digitalised in-house communications to benefit African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa need to think innovatively about how to reach their workforces and consider different access and communication models to ensure healthy and effective employee relations that can significantly improve their bottom lines, says communications provider Wyzetalk... 

In-house focus ensures continued growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Industrial minerals and construction materials producer Afrimat is developing new marketing initiatives to strategically reposition some of its established products as it navigates the effects of rand volatility, market contraction and regulatory uncertainty in South Africa, and continues to... 

Tailored equipment advances mine safety in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 With a growing global health and safety culture developing, large mining companies are driving new safety standards in African mines, creating opportunities for mine safety equipment producer DEZEGA to extend the reach of its fit-for-purpose, self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) equipment on the... 

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology, which will reside within the Department of Mining... 

SA Hippo Flameproof Submersible Pumps Exported Has A 98% Local Content.

     9th November 2017 The HIPPO Flameproof Submersible Slurry Pump Range which has been designed, developed and manufactured in South Africa has a minimum of 98% local content – with only the bearings and mechanical seals being imported. All manufactured components for the HIPPO Pump Range have a 100% local content... 

3rd ELB Extreme Road Challenge – What A Race It Was!

     8th November 2017 Runners vs Cyclists over a distance of 353km ELB is yet again proud to announce that the ELB Extreme Road Challenge was a great success with teams completing the epic journey across border in record time.  ELB employees and friends from general industry got together for the third ELB Extreme Road... 

Concor Opencast Mining Secures New Contracts

     6th November 2017 Concor Opencast Mining has announced that the company recently secured two new contracts as well as an extension to an existing project. Concor Opencast Mining is part of Concor Construction which was acquired by a consortium led by Southern Palace Group and managing director, Eric Wisse says... 

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Ivanhoe hits shaft-digging milestone at Platreef

By: Henry Lazenby     1st November 2017 Africa-focused megaproject developer Ivanhoe Mines has reached the 500-m level below surface, during construction of the first shaft of the Platreef platinum-group meals (PGM) project, in South Africa's Limpopo province. The 7.25-m-diameter Shaft 1, which is expected to reach the Flatreef... 

Rosond achieves one year zero harm at drilling sites

     31st October 2017 Several drilling sites operated by Rosond have successfully achieved a full year of ‘zero harm’. Rosond employs more than 1600 people who work under physically demanding and risky conditions. This safety achievement bolsters the successful implementation of Rosond’s health and safety processes by... 

Devon tungsten mine turnaround building momentum

By: Mariaan Webb     31st October 2017 The operating turnaround plan for the Drakelands mine at the Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in Devon, south-west England, is gaining momentum and is delivering benefits across the business, with production and sales up 15% for the September quarter, Wolf Minerals MD Richard Lucas reported on... 

Association educates mineworkers and communities

     27th October 2017 With new technologies, increasingly stringent legislation and statutory compliance matters, education has become essential in surface mining operations, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director of surface mining Nico Pienaar. Modern surface mines require... 

Diamond company invests in mining communities

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 There is a new language to be learnt and a new mindset to be adopted in South Africa’s opencast mining industry, says diamond mining company De Beers’ Limpopo-based Venetia mine GM Benford Mokoatle. As many underground resources have been depleted in the region, mining companies have been forced... 

Influence of association grows in surface mining sector

     27th October 2017 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) says it has become a world leader in the proactive guidance and management of issues facing the surface mining industry, subsequent to gaining the recognition of its local and international stakeholders. Aspasa’s proactive... 

Proximity detection system commissioned, training ongoing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2017 South African mining safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech has assisted in ensuring that coal miner Sasol Mining complies with Chapter 8 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, which states that all trackless mobile machinery (TMM) should be fitted with a proximity detection system (PDS)... 

Drill series evolved to increase cost effectiveness and productivity

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 Intelligence platforms have been added to Sweden-headquartered engineering company Sandvik Mining and Technology’s Ranger series of drills to allow for automation, data connectivity and improved drilling processes, increasing productivity for customers. An example of this integration and the... 

Lonmin community wants operations suspended on social failings

By: Bloomberg     25th October 2017 Lonmin should have its operations suspended in South Africa after years of failing to comply with its social and labor commitments, according to the community living around its mines. The Bapo Ba Mogale and the Mining Forum of South Africa, a civil society group, wrote to President Jacob Zuma and... 

Rise in DRC exploration activity expected

     20th October 2017 With the improvements in the copper price, mining interest will soon be returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says mining consultancy SRK Consulting country manager Susa Maleba.   “In fact, for explorers wanting to initiate drilling programmes, time is running out,” says Maleba.... 

Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 To alter the cheaper-cost mindset miners sometimes adopt in trying economic times, explosives technical services company R.A. McClure president Robert McClure recommends focusing on long-term downstream gains and valuable technological investments.  

Reactive ground detection tech advancing, conference nears

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Explosives and blasting company BME is in the testing and development stage of adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions on-the-spot to prevent blast site incidents, thereby ensuring safer blasting practices.  

Development programme to equip Welkom residents with mining skills

By: News24Wire      16th October 2017 Harmony Gold says an agreement has been reached with the Matjhabeng municipality and the Unemployment Forum to implement a special community development programme that will equip residents in certain Free State communities with mining skills. Harmony Gold spokesperson Max Manoeli said the... 

Mining licence submitted for Fungoni

     13th October 2017 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has submitted the mining licence application for its Fungoni heavy mineral sands (HMS) project, in Tanzania, to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The application has been prepared in light of the advanced engineering work conducted to date as part of the... 

De Beers launches business incubator to promote SMMEs near Limpopo operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Diamond company De Beers has officially launched its second business incubator near its Venetia diamond mine operations in Limpopo. The incubator’s accelerated development programme aims to promote upcoming entrepreneurs, as well as small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) from mining... 

Local conveyor OEM pursues global projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Owing to the downscaling of capital projects in South Africa’s mining industry in response to unstable economic conditions, conveyor equipment manufacturer Moret Mining is expanding more into international markets for conveyor component supply projects.  

Conveyor belt manufacturer expands national footprint

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Conveyor belt manufacturer and service provider ContiTech – a subsidiary of global technology company Continental – will open two new service branches in South Africa, adding to its national service footprint.  

Safer mining conveyance promoted by association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Improper conveyor practices in the mining industry cause 4% of overall fatalities, and result from a lack of knowledge on the equipment’s operation and an inability to identify potential hazards, says industry association Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMA).  

Company offers alternative to conventional splicing

     6th October 2017 A current trend in the conveyors industry with regard to splicing procedures is to avoid the use of hazardous substances wherever possible, says technical solutions provider BMG.  

Partnership to provide $12m for African development minerals producers

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 Five-thousand small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development minerals operators will have access to more affordable finance as a result of a partnership between the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF), the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP),... 

OceanaGold declares commercial production at Haile

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 OceanaGold declared commercial production at the Haile gold mine, in South Carolina, on October 1 – less than two years after taking ownership of this world-class asset, the Melbourne, Australia-based miner reported on Wednesday. The dual TSX- and ASX-listed company said that all aspects of the... 

Rainbow revises guidance for FY17/18, on target to ship first concentrate in Q4

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 Run-of-mine (RoM) for LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Burundi-based Gakara rare earths project is forecast to be in the range of 3 000 t to 4 000 tons, which is expected to generate 2 250 t of mineral concentrate for sale for the current financial year.    “Rainbow's revised guidance compares... 

RCT’s agility and adaptability in demand

     3rd October 2017 The majority of mine sites today utilise a mixed fleet in their operations; acquiring machines that best suit their needs at different stages of the mining process. As companies look towards bringing automation and information gathering into the forefront of their operations; it is important they... 

R250 000 training centre launched, Merseta accreditation sought

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Industrial warehousing equipment and materials handling solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) – part of Goscor Group – launched its new R250 000 training centre, in Edenvale, Gauteng, last month. The company is also applying for Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector... 

Bradley Hammond

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Bradley Hammond, Assistant GM of ZAC, which mines and processes high quality anthracite 

Concrete Rehabilitation Success At Finsch By Botes & Kennedy Manyano

     28th September 2017 Botes & Kennedy Manyano offered Petra Diamonds a practical workable solution for the rehabilitation of three concrete silos at its Finsch Diamond Mine in the Northern Cape. The design and construct project was aimed at restoring the structural integrity of the silos while addressing issues such... 

Ultra Repair™ ‘Reclaims Tyre Life & Investment’

     27th September 2017 Every year, mine sites around the world send hundreds of ultra-class tyres with large injuries to the scrap pile. Now, they don’t have to.  Kal Tire’s Ultra Repair™ technology provides like-new performance in even the most challenging environments, including Australia. Near the heart of the... 

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