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Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

     Updated 6 hours ago Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

New local fluorspar mine set to lead globally in production volume, quality and cost

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th July 2017 The new R1.7-billion Nokeng fluorspar mine in Gauteng, the development of which got under way last month, is expected to lead in terms of production volume and quality, and to rank “in the bottom cost quartile when it reaches full production in 24 months”, says SepFluor CEO Rob Wagner. Speaking... 

Having stemmed flow of conflict diamonds, new WDC acting president to stay course

By: Henry Lazenby     15th July 2017 The World Diamond Council (WDC) will stay its course, focused on its primary mission of curbing the trade in conflict diamonds, under new acting president Stephane Fischler, who took the helm on July 1 from Andrey Polyakov, who has resigned. “We have succeeded in almost totally eradicating... 

Murray & Dickson Construction Group breaks concrete boundaries

     14th July 2017 This year’s prestigious Fulton Awards have again showcased the extent of concrete expertise and capability enshrined within the Murray & Dickson Construction Group, a leading and black-owned contracting company. This proficiency played a prominent role in the highly successful outcome of the... 

Africa needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Owing to challenges, such as depressed commodity prices, declining revenues, increasing production costs and high energy costs, the African mining industry needs to embrace new solutions based on the Industry 4.0 industrial transformation, states engineering company Bosch mining key account... 

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... 

Largest-diameter hole reamed in Africa – contractor

     14th July 2017 The reaming phase of a 7.3-m-diameter hole at South African integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine, in Mpumulanga, has been completed, setting an African record for the largest-diameter hole reamed to date, says South African mining company Redpath Mining. Mining... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

South African simulators commissioned in Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Mining company Sherritt International’s Ambatovy operation, in Madagascar, has commissioned its Cybermine heavy equipment operator training simulators from South African surface and underground mining simulator supplier ThoroughTec Simulation. 

What the Minerals Ministry should be focusing on to ensure mining’s competitiveness

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2017 What South Africa’s Mineral Resources Ministry and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has come up with for mining so far is simply unsustainable. It is destructive rather than constructive and simply cannot last. When the penny drops with this administration or the next, a constructive... 

Africa remains tough but attractive mining destination

By: Nica Schreuder     13th July 2017 Despite potential risk factors associated with mining in Africa, mining services provider Fraser Alexander executive business development head Ken Bouch says the rewards make it worth investing in the mineral-rich continent. 

Construction of A$800m NT gas pipeline kicks off

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2017 Construction has started on the A$800-million Northern gas pipeline, in the Northern Territory, with Chief Minister Michael Gunner saying the project would create hundreds of jobs and underpin development in the region. The 622-km pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Territory to Mount Isa,... 

Vavi urges Rustenburg mineworkers to join Numsa

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Sunday urged mineworkers in Rustenburg to join the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). “Workers resigning from [the] National Union of Mineworkers [Num] and Association of Mineworkers and... 

Data-mining improves mine management  

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The new technologies being developed by multinational engineering and electronics company Bosch to help improve mine management are part of Mining 4.0 taking place at projects worldwide. 

Diverse footprint keeps orders coming in during downturn 

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The wide geographic spread of Barloworld Equipment, the South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, insulates it from the effects of mining cycles that may challenge the sustainability of some of its competitors. 

Regular undercarriage maintenance reduces excavator running costs

     7th July 2017 Correct machine operation, together with regular maintenance, significantly reduces undercarriage wear, improves operating efficiency and reduces running costs of tracked excavators, says Hyundai earthmoving equipment supplier HPE Africa. 

Deloitte unpacks Mining Charter ahead of High Court hearing into Chamber’s application to halt its implementation

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane on Wednesday said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Improving safety at Savage River with RCT’s Smart Technology

     4th July 2017 Grange Resources’ Savage River mine in Tasmania, Australia saw the opportunity to further safeguard its operators on site by equipping its mobile equipment with remote controls. Implementing remote control technology has allowed Savage River’s operators to control machines from a safe location,... 

Top level conference alongside the region’s finest supplier expo make Oil & Gas Africa 2017 a magnet for industry chiefs next week

     4th July 2017 Cape Town hosts one of the most important Oil & Gas sector events on the continent in 2017 with key industry speakers examining the present successes and the future of southern Africa’s energy sector Engineers from across Africa arrive in Cape Town next week for the Oil & Gas Africa 2017... 

Namibia to establish mining and marine institutes at the coast

By: African News Agency      3rd July 2017 The University of Namibia (UNam) plans to establish marine engineering and mining training institutions at the coast. The School of Marine Engineering and Maritime Studies will be established in Henties Bay where an eight hectare piece of land was donated by the municipality. 

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... 

Lonmin showcases nonmining career opportunities to youth

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 In launching its Youth Month initiatives, London- and JSE-listed platinum mining company Lonmin has convened a series of career guidance workshops for learners at schools in communities around the company’s mines and in labour-sending areas to showcase a career life “beyond mining”.   Lonmin... 

Busa outlines vision for deracialised economy as it makes transformation mea culpa

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) released its vision on Tuesday for accelerating the deracialisation of the South African economy, acknowledging that the pace and depth of transformation had been insufficient, to date, and that business needed to be more proactive in driving a “culture” of... 

My Sandvik Portal For Around-The-Clock Operations

     26th June 2017 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has developed an advanced eCommerce platform that places comprehensive fleet information at the fingertips of customers to facilitate quicker access to aftermarket services including parts ordering. The My Sandvik customer portal provides an always available... 

Zwane forced to beat a hasty retreat from community engagement imbizo

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was, on Friday, forced to leave a community engagement imbizo in the Steve Tshwete local municipality, in Mpumalanga, without addressing the meeting. The Minister, who was meant to hear the views of affected communities following the release of the third... 

Association applying changes to expand representation

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 Owing to it being approached by various other opencast mining and quarrying companies and bodies, private-sector producers’ association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will from now on only be known as Aspasa as it has dropped the ‘aggregate and sand’ from its... 

De Beers establishes incubation hub for Kroonstad’s entrepreneurs

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Diamond miner De Beers’ Voorspoed mine has officially unveiled its Incubation Support Programme for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) at the miner’s Zimele business hub in Kroonstad, in the Free State. The programme is aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs. Thirty-five people from... 

Method leads to increased productivity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond has adopted an approach to drilling equipment maintenance which entails identifying trends to assist it in applying engineering fixes, altering maintenance periods and educating operational staff accordingly. “We follow a productive approach, with... 

UK young mining professionals form association as they eye domestic, offshore opportunities

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 The Young Mining Professionals (YMP) association, in the UK held its launch event in London last month, where “like-minded” individuals from within the UK met to discuss the opportunities that exist for young people in the country’s mining sector and abroad. Private equity investment firm Tembo... 

Ecsponent Development Fund improving BEE procurement in the Mining Sector

     21st June 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... 

Lydian hits Amulsar milestones as construction proceeds apace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Construction of Lydian International’s 100%-owned Amulsar project, in Armenia, is advancing fast with 58% of the $369.9-million project capital committed as of May 31. Priority will now shift to advancing site earthworks. 

Virtualscape Visuals – Visual Communication for the Mining & Engineering Industries.

     19th June 2017 Visual content is an organisation’s secret weapon Video has become a powerful tool for companies across many industries. For mining companies, especially, multifaceted concepts when portrayed as moving visuals are stronger, make a greater impact and leave an impression, says Aliza Visagie,... 

ExxonMobil sanctions $4.4bn Liza development, offshore Guyana

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2017 American multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil has made a construction decision for the first phase of development for the Liza field, one of the largest oil discoveries of the past decade, located offshore Guyana. The Irving, Texas-based company said on Friday that the Liza Phase 1... 

Consolidation of efforts key to increasing youth participation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     16th June 2017 South Africa’s mining sector needs to consolidate its current youth development initiatives to ensure meaningful upliftment of the country’s youth, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa skills development head Mustak Ally. The pooling of resources will provide a more focused and centralised... 

Incubation fund launched to support mining startups

By: Ilan Solomons     16th June 2017 In response to the funding challenges young business people in the South African mining industry are faced with, a fellow young professional in the mining industry has recently established the Simba Mgodi Mining Incubation Fund to assist start-ups in the mining industry and junior miners looking... 

Pumps companies among winners at awards ceremony

     16th June 2017 Family-owned, Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazelton Pumps has walked away with the Most Innovative Award and the Best Customer Service of the Year Award – as it did in 2015 – at the third annual Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence.... 

Consolidation of efforts key to increasing youth participation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     15th June 2017 South Africa’s mining sector needs to consolidate its current youth development initiatives to ensure meaningful upliftment of the country’s youth, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa skills development head Mustak Ally. The pooling of resources will provide a more focused and centralised... 

Investing in recruitment pays off

     14th June 2017 Over the past five years, Rosond estimates that it has reduced an annual staff turnover from around 40% per annum to 15%, a feat that it attributes largely to a substantial investment in recruitment and training. “Our recruitment process is something we take very seriously,” says Rosond’s... 

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