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Mining needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2019 Challenges faced by the mining industry today like increasing production costs, depressed commodity prices and the high cost of electricity, are forcing the mining sector to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it brings industrial transformation. Such developments will bring the training... 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng  

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2019 An ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape and is expected to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2019. The initiative has been branded ‘Bokamoso Ba... 

Pragma’s student training programme offers professional, personal development

11th January 2019 Our Chief People Officer, Stéphan Pieterse, and the top three students from the 2018 Student Training Programme talk about the highlights of the programme. More about the STP: 

Tailoring learning to the individual – Part two

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2018 In an attempt to better understand the blended learning approach, we met with the Pragma Academy Learning and Development team to provide answers to some frequently asked questions. Is there still a benefit to keeping classroom courses? 

Epiroc supports Kimberley Ekapa Mining in South Africa on their digitalization journey

12th November 2018 Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) from Epiroc enables superior situational awareness to oversee a mining operation in all its complexity. Kimberley Ekapa Mining will use MMI to embrace mine digitalization and create a superior decision support system to proactively enhance safety and increase... 

HAZLETON PUMPS introduces the SA HIPPO submersible slurry pump on-site mechanical seal replacement system.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2018 The HIPPO Submersible pump range has been successfully in use since 1984 and HAZLETON PUMPS decided to re-design this range of pumps in order that the mechanical seals can be replaced on-site by the user without having to remove the shaft, bearings, the electrical stator winding or the pump... 

New research finds developing countries’ coal miners face ‘substantial risk inequality’  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st October 2018 Coal miners in developing countries are likely to be exposed to health and safety risks more often than those working in advanced economies, new research has found. Researchers from Cardiff University, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), have found that a lack of... 

Growth stock tag possible from Far West surface project –­ DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2018 When it comes to the gold sector, recovering the precious metal from dumps on surface beats pursuing it in deep, dark and dangerous underground mines. The local gold industry has put many feelers out to access gold on surface and one of the most exciting projects under way is Far West Gold... 

Queensland gets tough on mine safety, gives inspectors more power

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 The Queensland Parliament has backed changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act, and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act, giving the state’s mine inspectors more power to directly take action on health and safety issues. The amendments to the legislation will see miners face... 

ELB and NOVATEC forms partnership to combine innovation and new technologies into engineered solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce a partnership agreement between ELB and NOVATEC New Technologies (NOVATEC), based in Labin, Croatia. NOVATEC is a computer engineering, process automation and system integration company and active in the South African market since... 

MICROMINE ensures Africa has skill sets for the future of mining

29th October 2018 Leading mining software solutions and services provider MICROMINE Africa continues to place a large focus on offering tertiary institutions such as Schools of Mines specialised software packages to better equip graduates with the skills needed for the evolving mining industry on the continent.... 

Extensive Success in African Region Leads to Expanding Footprint for Immersive Technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2018 After a stellar year of adding new customers, renewing significant support contracts and world class customer results from across the region, Immersive Technologies has substantially increased investment to support the African market. The expansion has already deployed more African Training... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

Sandvik expands drill rig offering

26th October 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering with the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The company unveiled its first intelligent DTH surface drill rig for the first time at Electra Mining Africa... 

New lease on life for Leeuwpan

26th October 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ Leeuwpan opencast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, was at risk of running out of coal, until last month a new road gave it access to coal reserves. “Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further... 

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 The gazetting of South African Mining Charter 3, while welcomed as a step forward in creating certainty in the industry, has left gaps regarding its interpretation and its affects on mining communities, says black economic-empowerment advisory firm NPI Governance Consulting founder and CEO Israel... 

Community Development Agreements compulsory for mining in Malawi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 A new Mining Act anticipated to be promulgated in Malawi this year will make it compulsory for all mining companies to undertake Community Development Agreements (CDAs). Describing it as an “important change,” AECOM Senior Specialist Karien Lotter explains that companies must commit a... 

Glencore CEO said to tell investors he'll retire in 3 to 5 years  

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 Ivan Glasenberg, who built Glencore into a dominant force in commodities trading and became the face of the industry, told investors he plans to retire in three to five years, according to people familiar with the matter. Glasenberg discussed his succession plan in recent meetings and said he has... 

Minerals Council And Industry CEOs Meet With Minister Mantashe

22nd October 2018 Industry welcomes Minister’s commitment to working with industry to ensure growth and sustainability The Minerals Council South Africa and the CEOs of the coal and platinum sectors met with Minister of Minerals Resources, Gwede Mantashe on Friday, 19 October to discuss the challenges faced by... 

“Green” measurement technologies break traditional barriers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Innovation is at the heart of the “green” revolution that focuses on mitigating the environmental impacts associated with mining, by reducing greenhouse gases, ecological footprints, chemical use and potentially harmful X-ray or nuclear emissions. This focus spans the exploration phases all the... 

CTC sees increase in surface explosives

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     19th October 2018 Mpumalanga-based training college Colliery Training College (CTC) has noted an increase in enrolments for surface explosives courses, while the number of enrolments for courses pertaining to underground explosives remains constant, says CTC MD Johan Venter.  

Newmont Suriname reaches one-million ounce production milestone

18th October 2018 Newmont Suriname has reached one million ounces of gold poured at the Merian gold mine in east Suriname two years after commercial production began on 1 October 2016. Merian employs approximately 2,000 people and was built safely, on time and approximately 20 percent below budget, with total... 

Increased urgency to improve mine health, safety – Mantashe 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2018 The increase in mining fatalities in South Africa’s mining sector over the past two years has increased the urgency of improving health and safety in the sector, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Speaking at the opening of the Mine Health and Safety Summit, in Benoni, he... 

Customisable drive solution enhances operations

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Spain-based inverter manufacturer Ingeteam highlights that its Ingedrive low- and medium-voltage, variable-speed drives (VSDs) provide compact, customisable and powerful drive system solutions for the African mining industry. Ingeteam converters and automation division commercial sales manager... 

Epiroc takes after-market service to the next level

11th October 2018 “When customers invest in our products they do so with peace of mind, resting assured in the knowledge that they can count on the support of a competent team throughout their product’s life cycle – this is Epiroc after-market,” states Floris Timmers, Regional Business Line Manager MRS (Mining &... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

BC market regulator settles with Nickel One president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2018 The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has reached a settlement agreement with the president of a junior mineral exploration company that filed a deficient technical report. Carl Vance Loeber is the president and a director of Nickel One Resources, a junior mineral exploration company... 

Tech advances poised to shorten prospecting-to-mine-development timelines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th October 2018 The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the minerals industry has not yet played out, but South Africa's, and the world’s, ability to generate massive amounts of data and integrate and use them will undoubtedly improve, leading to an acceleration in mineral exploration in the future,... 

Tech advances poised to shorten prospecting-to-mine-development timelines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th October 2018 The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the minerals industry has not yet played out, but South Africa's, and the world’s, ability to generate massive amounts of data and integrate and use them will undoubtedly improve, leading to an acceleration in mineral exploration in the future,... 

Junior gold miner reports strong earnings for first half of year

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 UK-domiciled, London AIM-listed West African gold miner Hummingbird Resources has reported (in its unaudited financial results for the first half – H1 – of this calendar year) that its primary asset, the Yanfolilia Gold Mine in Mali, had recorded a solid performance that had been in line with the... 

Nepean Conveyors

5th October 2018 Nepean Conveyors is a privately owned company specialising in the design, in-house manufacture, installation and servicing of overland, underground and surface belt conveyor systems and bulk materials handling projects. As part of the Australian-based Nepean group, the company has forged a solid... 

Detailed Jobs Summit package includes R100bn for black industrial firms  

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2018 The detailed 84-page framework agreement unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the much-anticipated Jobs Summit on Thursday includes a reaffirmation of a commitment by the financial sector to invest R100-billion in black-owned industrial enterprises over the coming five years. Funding for... 

Baffinland commits to more community employment, training opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Iron-ore company Baffinland Iron Mines and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association on Wednesday signed an amended Inuit impact benefit agreement (IIBA) in relation to the Mary River mine, strengthening the company’s commitments to the communities. The miner and communities have jointly committed to... 

MacLean acquires Sudbury underground test facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 MacLean Engineering (“MacLean”) has purchased the former MTI test facility on Magill Street in the Lively neighbourhood of Sudbury, Ontario, less than a 10-minute drive from the MacLean Sales, Service and Support Centre on Kelly Lake Road. The property includes an approximately 300-metre... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Roedie Naude

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Roedie Naude, director of Energy & Industry at Hilti South Africa, which provides and sales and support to the energy and industry sector 

Sibanye, partners in agroindustrial initiative in Gauteng

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2018 A multistakeholder initiative will see the development of prototype large-scale agriculture and bio-energy agri-industrial hub on 30 000 ha of land across the Merafong City local municipality and Rand West local municipality, in the greater West Rand district. This follows the signing of a... 

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