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The role of condition monitoring in optimising performance and safety in the mining sector

12th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Mining reserves in South Africa are vast. According to statistics from the South African Department of Mineral Resources and the US Geological Survey our ore reserves amount to a value of more than US$2.5 trillion [1]. Conversely, the industry is in crisis – why? Costs have become prohibitive,... 

How to achieve solution-based EAM system integration | Yes, it is possible!

12th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / In a recent webinar on clarifying solution-based EAM system integration, members of Pragma’s On Key team laid out several facts that businesses need to consider in order to achieve successful integration. Dirk Janse van Rensburg, Managing Director of On Key Software Solutions, highlighted one of... 

Shumani is a one-stop shop for mining procurement

11th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The mining industry still offers a significant opportunity for growth, says Shumani Industrial Equipment MD Victor Nemukula. Supplying a wide range of equipment from leading brands, the company is ideally positioned to be a one-stop shop for mining companies that want to streamline their... 

Preventative infrastructure maintenance is key to saving costs and driving safety in smelting and processing sector

10th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Otto Botha, MD at Waco Engineering Services Mining remains a key contributor to South Africa’s economy, with the country currently ranked fifth in the world in terms of mining contribution to gross domestic product. Despite its contribution to the economy and employment, the sector faces major... 

Managing ESG critical to the future of mining in Africa

9th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / ESG (environmental, social, and governance) has emerged as one of the most important acronyms in today’s business environment. While there is an understanding of what these terms mean individually, the ability to implement them in an integrated manner across the organisational footprint has been... 

Bind-X is improving innovation, profitability and sustainability in mining

9th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Dust in open pit mines causes health and safety problems, environmental penalties, and loss of production. The problem gains importance as governments enforce increasingly strict regulations. Current methods, such as spraying water or using chemicals (e.g. salts, synthetic polymers, bitumen) are... 

South Africa remains a leader in the evolution of cooling in underground mining

9th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Russell Hattingh, MD of BBE Consulting, and Steven Bluhm, founding member of the BBE Group Along with ventilation, mine cooling is an integral part of any mining operation, as it is central to creating a suitable climate for miners to work safely and efficiently underground, especially in... 

Banking on metals of the future

6th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Shirley Webber, Head: Resources and Energy The next decade will be pivotal for the mining sector in Africa and there are numerous reasons to feel optimistic about deal-flow and transactions on the continent in the coming years. 

You can be the next forklift champion!

6th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / In an effort to promote the importance of Forklift Operation and operators in the Supply chain and Logistics industry, Lifting Africa and LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA) is hosting a Forklift Driver competition during Electra Mining Africa. The event will provide forklift... 

Unclaimed retirement benefits in the mining industry

6th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Nicci van Vuuren, Senior Associate, Minenhle Shabalala, Candidate Attorney & Diyajal Ramrajh, Candidate Attorney from Webber Wentzel A substantial amount of unclaimed benefits lie idle in trade union funds, one of the two most-common types of retirement funds in the South African mining industry. 

SEW-EURODRIVE joins the Mining Indaba community

5th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / For the first time in its history, drives and automation specialist, SEW-EURODRIVE will be exhibiting at the Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from 9-12 May 2022. Johannesburg, South Africa – May 4, 2021: On its return to the CTICC, the Mining Indaba is... 

Zest WEG E-House solution powers large platinum HIG mill

5th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / A purpose-designed electrical house (E-House) from Zest WEG is driving one of the largest new High Intensity Grinding (HIG) mills in the southern hemisphere, which was recently installed at a platinum mine in South Africa’s North West province. The size and operational parameters of the mill... 

Transformers that give mines both safety and uptime

4th May 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The priority area of mining today is certainly health and safety, and mines are wanting to achieve this without compromising on meeting their production targets; dry-type transformers are increasingly seen as one constructive way of doing this. David Claassen, managing director of Trafo Power... 

MEMSA hosts inaugural Innovation Awards to showcase local OEMs

28th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The inaugural Innovation Awards, hosted by Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) on Wednesday 6 April 2022, was a celebration of local excellence in technological development and manufacturing capability, according to CEO Lehlohonolo Molloyi. “A lot of decision-makers in... 

Jacon Equipment appoints Voltas Limited as its sole distributor in India

28th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Jacon Equipment, a business unit of the Maas Group (ASX MGH), has announced a distribution agreement with Voltas Limited for the sales, service and support of Jacon’s product lines in India. According to Wes Maas, CEO of Maas Group, distributing through Voltas Limited’s Mining and Construction... 

New Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) and Mine Community Resettlement Guidelines: progress, but grey areas remain

28th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Nomsa Mbere, Partner & Jaqui Pinto, Senior Associate from Webber Wentzel The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has published two key policy documents dealing with artisanal and small-scale mining and resettlement as a result of mining 

New product launches, demos and competitions galore coming up at Securex 2022

25th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / The first Securex South Africa expo since 2019 is coming up, and exhibitors are pulling out all the stops to wow visitors. Securex South Africa 2022, Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition will take place from 31 May to 02 June 2022 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and... 

NOSA Integrated Five Star System sees Phoenecian Group expand into contract mining

21st April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / An expansion into contract mining as part of a larger diversification strategy has been accompanied by Phoenecian Group achieving a NOSA Integrated Five Star System in terms of occupational health, safety, and environmental management, incorporating the requirements of ISO 45001:2018 and ISO... 

Increased uptake of the Sandvik DD422i development drill in Africa

21st April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / As mines in Africa are constantly turning to modern technologies to run more efficient operations and improve safety, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has seen renewed interest in its DD422i, the next-generation mining jumbo with the widest range of automatic drilling functions. Having sold the... 

It is not about Mining, it is about Logistics!

21st April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / By Henk Bester Managing Director: Bigen Transport Most of the 100,000 route-km of railway network in Africa was built more than a century ago and very little was added over the corresponding period. At one stage the Africa rail network constituted almost 10% of the world’s total, but over time,... 

Correct screen media selection is key to lowering TCO

20th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Screen media is a critical part of the metallurgical process, and it is therefore essential that the appropriate screen panel or screen panel combinations are selected, not only to improve efficiencies, but also to lower the overall cost of operation.   This is according to Gerrit van den Heever,... 

Madagascar welcomes best-in-class communication solutions from Hytera

20th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Hytera (SZSE: 002583), the global leading provider of professional communications equipment and solutions, held a user experience seminar in Radisson Blu Hotel, Antananarivo. Co-hosted with leading Madagascar tech integrator Teknet Group, the seminar gathered senior government officials, business... 

Verder wins Global Business Excellence Award

19th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Verder are delighted to announce that our Verderflex Dura 65 peristaltic hose pump has won the Global Business Excellence Award for Outstanding New Product/Service. The chairman of the judges said “Congratulations to Netherlands-based Verder Group for inventing the Verderflex Dura 65 (D65)... 

The challenges posed by power plant demolition and decontamination

19th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Technically-demanding projects add to Jet Demolition’s diverse portfolio Power plant demolition and decontamination work represents some of the most demanding, time-sensitive and technically-challenging projects undertaken by Jet Demolition. Here the scope of work ranges from the safe and... 

Lithium set to spark greater interest than ever before

14th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / AusIMM and Murdoch University are once again bringing together the best and brightest minds at the Lithium, Battery and Energy Metals Conference in Perth and online from September 14-15 2022. Delegates will hear first-hand the latest research and innovative technologies in lithium and battery... 

The role and importance of diversity and inclusion in ESG

13th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / Diversity and inclusion have become increasingly important considerations in the corporate culture in their own right and have in parallel become key issues in the ESG (environmental, social and governance) debates and processes.  Diversity and inclusion are tightly interconnected with ESG as... 

Venetia training centre imparts underground mining skills

11th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / One the challenges facing De Beers as it implements its US$2,2 billion Venetia Underground Project (VUP) in South Africa’s Limpopo Province is the training of its employees – and new recruits – to allow them to acquire the necessary skills to successfully transition from open pit mining to... 

Low maintenance option for SA's ageing mini substations

8th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / As South Africa’s many thousands of oil-cooled mini substations reach the end of their operating lives, there is scope to replace them with a safer and more economical option, according to Trafo Power Solutions managing director David Claassen. “These mini substations are located all along our... 

Waste Legislation update

7th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / (Virtual Showroom): In November 2013 the Minister of the then Water and Environmental affairs promulgated GN 921 in terms of the waste act which contained the List of Waste Management Activities that have, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the environment. On 11 October 2017, GN 1094... 

Financial advantages of ISO 14001

7th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / (Virtual Showroom): ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) have been implemented by many companies throughout South Africa with the intention of ensuring their operations meet the compliance requirements of government’s ever stricter Environmental legislation and regulations. Having an... 

Envass suggests treatment solutions for prominent environmental problem, namely acid mine drainage

7th April 2022 / MEDIA STATEMENT / (Virtual Showroom): Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a prominent environmental problem which is associated with the mining industry where impacts are present in groundwater, rivers and dams. AMD occurs when sulphide minerals found in mining waste oxidises (reaction with water and air) resulting in an... 

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