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On-The-Air (27/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 South Africa’s foremost mining leader – Mxolisi Mgojo – this week called for a collective national vision to re-energise the stagnating South African economy; Big Type II diamonds that have been buried deep in the earth of billions of years are popping up to the surface and fetching as much as... 

Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

CoM to boycott new Mining Charter announcement, holds own briefing at 13:30

By: Ilan Solomons     15th June 2017 Ahead of the scheduled publication of the reviewed Mining Charter 3 by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) later on Thursday, the Chamber of Mines (CoM) has raised its concerns about the process, particularly about the lack of consultation about the content of the new charter. The DMR on... 

Portable sanitation pioneer acquires hygiene company to spur growth

31st March 2017 Portable sanitation company Sanitech, in its efforts to spur sustainable growth, successfully acquired Johannesburg-based hygiene cleaning company Gem-Care in January. Sanitech, which was the first portable toilet hire company in South Africa, has applied its experience and expertise to develop a... 

Slow progress in payouts to former miners – Oliphant

By: African News Agency      24th March 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory. In his keynote address at the Southern Africa Trust summit on social security and compensation... 

Coal transporters take Eskom, government to court 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has approached the high court, seeking an interdict to bar Eskom from entering into contracts with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) as envisaged by government. At a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi however... 

Benefits of spin filters emphasised

By: Sascha Solomons     14th October 2016 With the South African mining industry facing the prevailing costs and uncertainties in the labour market that it does, industrial technology and solutions specialist RTS Africa Engineering says its spin filters offer an ideal solution by reducing dependence on maintenance personnel. “Not only... 

Air filter solution leads mining and industry expansion

By: Victor Moolman     3rd June 2016 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa has experienced significant success over the past 26 years while expanding into Mozambique and further afield in Africa. 

RTS Africa Inertial Spin Filters find their niche in underground mining – offering an effective, low maintenance solution to hazardous dust build-up

13th May 2016 The mining environment faces constant challenges from heavy dust loads generated by the mining process. These include health risks to underground mining personnel, damage to electrical equipment, and increasingly rigorous environmental legislation. The problem is exacerbated by mine ventilation... 

RTS Africa Inertial Spin Filters find their niche in underground mining – offering an effective, low maintenance solution to hazardous dust build-up

3rd May 2016 The mining environment faces constant challenges from heavy dust loads generated by the mining process. These include health risks to underground mining personnel, damage to electrical equipment, and increasingly rigorous environmental legislation. The problem is exacerbated by mine ventilation... 

Hydrogeological investigation studies enviro impact of fracking

By: Ilan Solomons     29th April 2016 South Africa’s groundwater resources play a significant role in the domestic water supply and are often the sole source of water available to local municipalities and farmers in the arid Karoo basin. The possible existence of large reserves of shale gas within the Karoo Supergroup, which covers... 

RTS Africa Inertial Spin Filters find their niche in underground mining – offering an effective, low maintenance solution to hazardous dust build-up

12th April 2016 The mining environment faces constant challenges from heavy dust loads generated by the mining process. These include health risks to underground mining personnel, damage to electrical equipment, and increasingly rigorous environmental legislation. The problem is exacerbated by mine ventilation... 

Geochemical mapping of KZN leads to discovery of new target zones

By: Ilan Solomons     8th April 2016 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has carried out a semiregional geochemical survey of the Tugela Terrane, in KwaZulu-Natal, which has resulted in the delineation of several new target areas for follow-up studies and a few geological anomalies near to known mineral occurrences, which warrant... 

Correct use of science crucial to unearthing mineral endowment, says Council for Geoscience

By: Ilan Solomons     1st April 2016 Targeting science is a key application in economic geology, as it is aimed at translating knowledge about minerals into mappable proxies. This is done along with the integration of constraints imposed by previous exploration, as well as developing and evaluating methodologies of data interaction... 

Despite its economic benefits, fracking could have serious enviro implications

By: Ilan Solomons     1st April 2016 The development of technology to release unconventional gas from underground shale deposits by undertaking deep horizontal drilling has been successfully applied in the US over many years, says British Geological Survey (BGS) senior hydrogeochemist Marianne Stuart. She points out that hydraulic... 

Multispectral, hyperspectral data used to assess AMD impact in Mpumalanga coalfields

By: Ilan Solomons     25th March 2016 Acid mine drainage (AMD) has become a major environmental problem associated with mining in South Africa, affecting not only gold mines but also coal mines, says Council for Geoscience (CGS) geophysicist Janine Cole. She explains that identifying and mapping areas of mine pollution on the ground... 

New study aimed at improving understanding of potential Karoo shale gas reserves

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2016 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) in conjunction with other research bodies is improving the understanding of the stratigraphy and basinal settings of potential shale gas reserves in South Africa’s Karoo Basin region. CGS senior specialist scientist Dr Doug Cole says the study focuses on data... 

Declining quality of mine water management research papers bemoaned

By: Ilan Solomons     18th March 2016 Over the past decade there has been a substantial decline in the standard of research papers produced by South African scientists in relation to mine water management matters, asserts Tshwane University of Technology mine water management research chair Dr Chris Wolkersdorfer. He says that... 

Mechanisation crucial for sustainability of South African mines – Wits academic

By: Ilan Solomons     18th March 2016 It is imperative that South African mines as a collective adopt mechanisation to improve their operational efficiencies and remain sustainable business entities, stated University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt. Vogt who gave a keynote... 

New discoveries needed to prolong mining in South Africa, says Council for Geoscience

By: Ilan Solomons     11th March 2016 Although South Africa has considerable mineral resources, its long history of mining has resulted in the complete or partial depletion of reserves and resources, says Council for Geoscience (CGS) chief research scientist Dr Alazar Billay. Additionally, he notes that the increasing depths of... 

RTS Africa Inertial Spin Filters find their niche in underground mining – offering an effective, low maintenance solution to hazardous dust build-up

26th February 2016 The mining environment faces constant challenges from heavy dust loads generated by the mining process. These include health risks to underground mining personnel, damage to electrical equipment, and increasingly rigorous environmental legislation. The problem is exacerbated by mine ventilation... 

Council of Geoscience implementing projects aimed at promoting mining investment

By: Ilan Solomons     26th February 2016 State-owned geoscience solutions provider Council for Geoscience (CGS) continues to advance the work it has undertaken on five national earth science programmes to ensure the growth and sustainability of the mining industry in South Africa, while also mitigating its negative impact on the... 

Stakeholders urged to embrace fast-approaching digital mining

By: Kim Cloete     11th February 2016 With the interplay between technological development and the mining industry becoming increasingly prominent, delegates at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba have been urged to embrace the concept of digital mining. Diversified metals and mining major Vedanta Resources CEO Tom... 

Academic calls for better research on mine water

By: Ilan Solomons     5th February 2016 Tshwane University of Technology mine water management research chair Dr Chris Wolkersdorfer has called on South African scientific researchers to conduct proper literature studies and improve the overall standard of their research in relation to mine water management matters. Speaking at the... 

2015 fatality rate the lowest ever, occupational disease incidence down 3%

By: Ilan Solomons     5th February 2016 In 2015 South Africa recorded its lowest-ever number of mine fatalities - 77, down from 84 the year before, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane revealed on Thursday. Gold mines reported 33 fatalities in 2015 – an improvement on the 44 fatalities the year before; however, the number of... 

Council for Geoscience advances shale gas research in the Karoo

By: Ilan Solomons     4th February 2016 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has embarked on a three-year research programme involving a range of geoscientific investigations associated with the drilling of a vertical deep-core borehole to better conceptualise some of the geological issues related to potential shale gas resources in South... 

Mine fatalities reach all-time low, occupational disease incidences fall 3% 

By: Ilan Solomons     28th January 2016 In 2015 South Africa recorded its lowest-ever number of mine fatalities - 77, down from 84 the year before, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane revealed on Thursday. Gold mines reported 33 fatalities in 2015 – an improvement on the 44 fatalities the year before; however, the number of... 

Continued investment and partnerships pivotal under current market downturn 

By: Zandile Mavuso     27th November 2015 In the current economic downturn, JSE-listed Omnia Group’s mining explosives division BME believes that partnership and continuing to improve productivity through product innovation is key to survival. 

Locally developed rail transport system to be deployed in 2016, in line for major award 

By: Ilan Solomons     13th November 2015 The Futran rail transport system of local transportation technology company Milotek, an Imperial Group company, could be in commercial use on a mine in Southern Africa by January 2016. Milotek CEO Andries Louw says that over the past two years, the system has developed from concept and design to... 

Dismissed Delta CEO reinstated following arbitration

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd October 2015 The board of directors of junior coal exploration and mining company Delta Mining Consolidated (DMC) in August reappointed Heine van Niekerk as company CEO following a ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to overturn his dismissal for alleged intellectual... 

Tshwane procures coal that fails to ignite

By: News24Wire      12th October 2015 The City of Tshwane has allegedly procured coal that does not ignite for its Pretoria West power station. A senior employee stationed at the power station has told News24 that tons of coal has been shelved and new ones ordered after it was discovered it does not ignite. 

Referral of BEE ownership dispute to High Court a sensible decision, says lawyer

By: Ilan Solomons     24th April 2015 The referral to the High Court for a declarator by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the mining industry to clarify the Mining Charter’s position regarding the requirement of 26% black ownership of mining companies is a “sensible and mature approach”, says international law firm Hogan... 

Mine health and safety a priority for DMR – Oliphant

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th April 2015 Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Monday that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was ensuring that the South African mining industry was a global leader in mine health and safety. 

Mining Charter audit results to be released next month  

By: Ilan Solomons     20th February 2015 Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says the findings of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) audit of all South African mining companies regarding compliance with the Mining Charter will be released in March this year. Ramatlhodi was speaking at a media briefing in Tshwane late... 

Mining deaths, injuries at an all-time low, but TB and silicosis cases increase

By: Ilan Solomons     13th February 2015 The number of mine injuries reduced by about 18% from 3 123 in 2013 to 2 569 in 2014, stated Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi during a media briefing at the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) head offices in Tshwane last week. However, he said that although this was the lowest ever... 

Mine fatalities at lowest level ever – Ramatlhodi  

By: Ilan Solomons     30th January 2015 The 84 mine fatalities recorded in 2014 were the lowest ever in South African mining history, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi revealed during a media briefing in Tshwane on Friday. Mineworker fatalities were down 10% from the 93 deaths reported in 2013. 

RTS’s spin filters keep mining sub-stations clean and dust-free

19th September 2014 Tshwane-based Rand Technical Services has made a name for itself for coming up with innovative technologies and solutions to industrial challenges. Since the early 1990s the company, under the leadership of Managing Director Ian Fraser, has brought a range of quality products to the market,... 

RTS designs air filtration system for Mogalakwena Mine to resolve dusty challenges

4th September 2014 As the mining industry faces growing pressures of containing costs and maintaining profits while overcoming industry challenges, mining houses are looking towards the engineering industry to offer innovative ways to do so. This was the challenge which faced the Mogalakwena platinum mine near... 

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