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PRO3-B SIMULATORThe simulator allows for safe and efficient training of personnel

Success for Canadian simulator supplier

14th June 2013

Surface and underground equipment simulator supplier to the global mining industry Immersive Technologies reports that it has had success this year with the sales of its equipment, in Canada. In... 


ARCTOS ANTHRACITEThe project straddles the British Columbia Railway right-of-way

Canadian company experiences success with two advanced-stage developments

14th June 2013

“Concerns related to the global economy and slower economic growth in China have had a substantial impact on Canada’s mining industry,” says Canadian mining company Fortune Minerals. About 60% of... 


PIERRE GRATTON If Canada applies its wealth of resources correctly, Canadians will continue to thrive through the development and production of new mines

Prosperous future for Canadian Mining – association

14th June 2013

Canada’s mining industry has a prosperous future, with the benefits of the mining sector reaching past the mine gate and into the communities in which it operates, says Mining Association of Canada... 


African event lures international players

African event lures international players

7th June 2013

The first bauma Africa trade fair is expected to bode well for the construction industry in Africa, as it has already attracted the interest of key international construction companies, says bauma... 


ECO-REPLACEMENT HOME A 23 m2 wooden shack was converted into a solid 46 m2 double-storey home, made entirely from ‘sand bag’ ecobricks

Manufacturer donates pipes to shack-conversion project

7th June 2013

Manufacturer of water reticulation, drainage and pipe-fitting systems DPI Plastics donated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) building pipes and fittings to the first-ever shack-to-house eco-replacement... 


INDUSTRY FRUSTRATION The construction industry is, generally, frustrated by deficiencies in the current edition of the Joint Building Contracts Committee’s suite of building agreements

Construction claims procedure is lacking – training provider

7th June 2013

Suggested changes to the construction claims procedure, as set out in the amendments that are proposed in the sixth edition of the Joint Building Contracts Committee’s (JBCC’s) suite of building... 


R400m enviro-friendly store opened in Gauteng

R400m enviro-friendly store opened in Gauteng

7th June 2013

South African retailer Massmart opened a R400-million environment-friendly Makro store in Alberton, in the south of Johannesburg, as part of its new-generation stores. Makro’s new-generation stores... 


EASY MAINTENANCE EMPHASIS The extrusion head of the SPS712 flips upwards to facilitate easy cleaning and maintenance

New roof-tile manufacturing machine introduced to African market

7th June 2013

A new roof-tile manufacturing machine from Swedish roof-tile specialist ABECE is expected to provide Africa with a complete roof-tiling solution, filling the gap in concrete solutions and... 


CLIVE GARNER A concerted effort from businesses, government and the labour sector to work together to build a strong skills pool for South Africa is undeniably important for the construction industry

Training needed to limit reliance on OCNs

7th June 2013

The South African construction industry needs to implement consolidated, industry-wide training programmes across all skill levels to ensure a stronger resource core and less reliance on other... 


GEORGE MARAISThe majority of small- to medium-sized contractors have yet to benefit from the promised increase in government spend on infrastructure

Industry growth depends on government contracts – risk analyst

7th June 2013

The growth of the South African construction industry is dependent on government contracts and timeous payments for those services, says credit insurance solutions provider Coface. “Confidence in... 


NEW VERSION ArchiCAD 17’s key features improve its productivity, detailing accuracy and speed efficiency

Latest design software version released

7th June 2013

Graphisoft, the creator of the three-dimensional (3D) architectural design software, ArchiCAD, released the latest version of the software last month. The software allows architects to create 3D... 


MINERAL PRODUCTIONCanada's mineral production reached a record $50.3-billion in 2011

Association notes Canadian mining challenges and possible solutions

7th June 2013

The Canadian mining industry can face challenges effectively if they are dealt with correctly, says Mining Association of Canada president and CEO Pierre Gratton. Canada’s mineral production... 


DEMANDING DEMOLITION The furnace at Highveld Steel was new, large and full of product, making it a unique and challenging project

Company experiences success with rotary kiln division

24th May 2013

Manufacturer and supplier to the mining, smelter and minerals processing industries, the Dickinson Group, established a dedicated rotary kiln division last year, focusing on all the furnace... 


M14 FURNACE The 81 MVA furnace is the biggest in the ferromanganese industry in South Africa

Engineering firm to focus on lowering costs of production for SA clients

24th May 2013

South African smelter engineering firm Metix does not predict any major expansions in the South African ferroalloy industry in the next two years, owing to major industry challenges. The company,... 


CHRIS OERTEL Although the market is depressed in terms of new capacity, our aftermarket division is still active in South Africa

Depressed market causes company to revert to offshore work

24th May 2013

Owing to the depressed market in South Africa, designer and supplier of high-capacity, electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces and complete smelting plants for the production of ferroalloys, base... 


JOHN LEEOwing to the steady growth of the heating system we now plan to offer it to mining clients outside the gold mining industry

Success for kiln specialist with redesigned heating system

24th May 2013

Furnace and carbon regeneration kiln specialists Custom Furnaces says its redesigned heating system for carbon regeneration kilns has been well received by the gold mining industry in South Africa,... 


GAS CLEANING PLANTTheisen's current emission level for new plants is less than 10 mg/Nm3

Company emphasises advantages of gas cleaning technology for SA ferroalloys industry

24th May 2013

The recent power constraints and price hikes in the country should prompt the South African ferroalloy industry to consider using technology to turn furnace off-gas into energy, says Germany-based... 


TRICKLING PLANT ASE plans to make the latest technologies in wastewater treatment and reuse available to Namibia

Company highlights importance of water reuse for Namibian mining industry

17th May 2013

Water recycling is of the utmost importance in the Namibian mining industry, as the country is severely affected by drought and shortages of potable water, says water and chemical treatment... 


DIVERSIFIED MARKET The new offices will allow VBKom to diversify its market

Mining consultancy opens Namibian office, a first outside South Africa

17th May 2013

Mining consultancy firm VBKom Consulting Engineers (VBKom) will open its first office outside South Africa in Windhoek, Namibia, this month, after operating in Namibia as a registered company for... 


ACTIVITY Namibia is experiencing increased mining activity in all areas

Engineering solutions provider focuses on growth of Namibian mining industry

17th May 2013

Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) Namibia says its focus this year is on growing the Namibian mining industry through its integrated solutions. The company has had a presence... 


SEABED MININGThe principle of seabed mining needs to be subjected to a detailed environmental-impact assessment, with public participation

Environmental group says marine phosphate mining cannot be sustained by Namibia

17th May 2013

The Namibian marine environment cannot accommodate a viable fishing industry and the disruptive exercise of marine phosphate mining, says environmental lobby group Swakopmund Matters. “Either one... 


URANIUM Namibia is ranked the world’s fourth-largest uranium producer

Namibian industry set for growth – investment adviser

17th May 2013

The Namibian mining industry is set to be worth about N$37.8-billion by 2017, says investment and development adviser Africa Practice. An initial study in October showed the industry would be worth... 


AGREEMENT  Tenova Bateman MD Tollie Nel, Swakop Uranium chairperson Zheng Keping and AMEC MD Colin Kubank during the signing of the Husab Uranium EPCM contract in Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Company awarded JV contract for largest Namibian uranium project

17th May 2013

Engineering, procurement and construction management services provider to the mining and minerals industry Tenova Bateman’s sub-Saharan Africa division was awarded a joint venture (JV) contract... 


INDUSTRY UPTAKE The software has been well accepted in the printing, moulding and textiles industries

Software company helps manufacturers face industry challenges

3rd May 2013

The pending environmental legislation regarding carbon tax as outlined in the treasury white paper and mentioned in the South African Revenue Service’s tax budget document for 2012, intended to... 


REQUIRED SKILLSSouth Africa most requires skills in the handling, operating and maintenance of basic measuring equipment

Society notes challenges and opportunities for industry

3rd May 2013

The instrumentation and control industry is a survivor of the stagnation that has affected many industries worldwide as a result of the economic crisis, says the Society for Automation,... 


RAYMOND OBERMEYER Capital equipment is expensive; therefore, it is important to protect it from failure

Increased demand for condition monitoring

3rd May 2013

Drive engineering company SEW Eurodrive has recorded increased demand for its condition-monitoring service since it was launched at last year’s Electra Mining Africa event, especially from larger... 


GROWTH AREAS Growth areas for the company going forward include mining technical planning, infrastructure planning, logistics, mine optimisation and operational support

Mining consultancy looks to increase footprint

26th April 2013

Mining consultant VBKom reports that it has entered into two joint ventures (JVs) this year to expand its reach and expertise in the mining industry. “Our approach is to integrate all aspects of... 


CHRIS OERTELSouth Africa is active in terms of existing producers looking to improve efficiencies, recover more energy and reduce operating costs

Electricity shortage and high prices threaten smelting industry

26th April 2013

Designer and supplier of high-capacity electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces and complete smelting plants Tenova Pyromet MD Chris Oertel tells Mining Weekly that increased electricity prices and... 


UNCERTAINTYProject managers usually track project progress using a comparison of planned costs versus actual costs to date, which contains uncertainty

Consulting engineers need integrated systems – developer

26th April 2013

South African consulting engineering firms need to realise the importance of managing project profitability and using the Earned Value Management (EVM) tool, says local system development,... 


GROWTH AREAS Key growth areas for the company include the coal sector in South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique

Marikana tragedy has changed industry forever – consultancy

26th April 2013

Natural resource and development solutions provider SRK Consulting South Africa chairperson Roger Dixon tells Mining Weekly that the breakdown of the central bargaining system in the South African... 


INDUSTRY CHALLENGES Consulting engineers in mining face challenges such as labour issues, high labour costs and an uncertain mining environment

Consultancy faces industry challenges

26th April 2013

Consulting engineers in mining are facing many challenges in the market, says internationally recognised consultancy firm SMEC head of Gauteng office David Gertzen. “The challenges include a... 


POPULAR COMMODITIES MDM identifies gold and copper as the most popular commodities at the moment

Company is confident about merger

26th April 2013

Mineral process engineering and project management firm MDM Engineering reports that its merger with Australia-based resource-sector services company Sedgman’s wholly owned subsidiary, Sedgman... 


GLOBAL HUB WorleyParsonsTWP intends to become the global mining hub for all underground mining businesses

Procurement of local companies an emerging trend

26th April 2013

The acquisition of resource- and infrastructure-focused project house TWP by global technical, project and operational services provider WorleyParsons last month will have several significant... 


CAMDEN POWER STATION The human-machine interface upgrade is necessary to secure the plant from any future system obsolescence and to increase its life expectancy

Upgrade under way at power station

19th April 2013

Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens Energy is currently involved in upgrading the human machine interface (HMI) systems on the generation units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Camden... 


MIGHTY SEVEN The range of pneumatic air tools will be on display at this year’s Automechanika event for the first time

Pneumatic air tools to be showcased at trade fair for first time

5th April 2013

  Industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson will showcase its range of Mighty Seven (M7) pneumatic air tools at this year’s Automechanika trade fair, which will target trade visitors from... 


ENVIRONMENTAL OPTION The DP 75 H wall saw’s electric design eliminates leaks that occur when many hydraulic wall saws are used

German wall saw imported for African market first supplied to Botswana

5th April 2013

Manufacturer and supplier of diamond tools and equipment Diamond Products introduced the DP 75 H wall saw to the African market this year and hopes to establish the saw and its technology as an... 


EFFICIENT DRILLINGThe SDS-plus-5 drill bit's new features improved its life by 6%, compared with its predecessor

Technology provider focuses on user safety, driven by demand

5th April 2013

To meet the rising demand for operator safety on site, as specified by major construction companies, added safety features have been included in the design of the new GBH 8-45 DV professional... 


SUCCESS STORY BMG’s first retail concept store in Durban has inspired three new stores, which will open this year

Engineering solutions provider expands offering

5th April 2013

  Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has expanded its range of tools by introducing industrial tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco’s turbo grinders this month, which... 


SEPTI BUKULA Wastex Africa aims to provide a platform for industry role-players to discuss all matters pertinent to developing the industry and its positive contribution

Event to highlight challenge and opportunity of Africa’s growing population

29th March 2013

Sewage and effluent is an important aspect of the waste industry and a growing challenge in Africa and other developing nations, given rapid population growth and increased urbanisation, as well as... 


UNDERCOVER OPERATION Once installed, both the masonry and steel containerised systems are invisible on the surface except for manholes and grids

Containerised wastewater treatment plant introduced

29th March 2013

Wastewater solutions provider Organic Water Solutions (OWS) introduced its new containerised wastewater treatment plants, called the Cobra or Containerised Bio Reactor, onto the South African... 


SEWER REHAB Steel reinforced unplasticised polyvinyl chloride is inserted into sewers through manholes

SA company wins international award for sewer rehabilitation

29th March 2013

Subsurface pipeline construction and rehabilitation company Trenchless Technologies won the International Society for Trenchless Technology’s (ISTT’s) 2012 No-Dig Award for its work on a sewerage... 


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