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New initiative to optimise cross-border transit

1st April 2022 Financial technology insurance consultancy Askari has concluded an agreement with Hollard Mozambique Insurance to launch its digital strategy, which targets cross-border trucking fleets. 

Energy company commits to education

1st April 2022 Everyone has a fundamental right to education. Education is able to arrest and reverse cycles of generational poverty and has proven to be a successful tool to uproot poverty.  

Detection system ensures safety on coal mines

By: Anna Moross     1st April 2022 The Drill Platform Detection system aims to assist that coal mine personnel on or around the drill platform are safe while the drill is in operation, says safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech chief sales officer Nick Murray. 

An image of the Drill Platform Detection system implemented in a mine
DRILL PLATFORM DETECTION SYSTEM The system can be adapted to suit the application and the mine. Monitech collaborates with clients to find solutions to problems and resolve their challenges regarding safety

Bulks most affected by Russia-Ukraine conflict

1st April 2022 Trade dislocations owing to sanctions, high power prices and disruption to production facilities in the conflict zone are three major threats to the metals and mining industry as a result of escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine. 

Company develops dust suppressants to assist miners

1st April 2022 Leading fine particle specialist Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST Solutions) is assisting mine site operators to comply with tougher workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants. 

An image of spray and foaming systems above a conveyor carrying coal
DUST SUPPRESSION METHODS Dust suppression methods involve a surface-active agent added to water that is applied to the bulk material through spray or foaming systems to lift the dust extinction moisture levels

Growing uncertainty around local coal industry’s future

By: Anna Moross     1st April 2022 While the decision to phase out coal in the global economy has put a damper on the South African local coal industry, geological consultants Gemecs MD Nico Denner says all is not lost for the Southern Africa coal industry. 

An image of a seam of coal at a coal mine
DEAD END? A lot of uncertainty persists, with no clear direction on the road ahead, especially for junior and midtier coal mining companies, many of which are Gemecs clients

Gas will outpace coal – firm

1st April 2022 Over the next two decades we will see a significant growth in Africa’s oil and gas sector, with population growth, urbanisation and the emergence of a wealthier middle class in Africa driving demand.  

An image of drill site for hydrocarbons
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK Recent gas finds in South Africa and Mozambique could create a greater interest in oil and gas exploration within the Southern Africa region

Mining conference to highlight key coal research topics

By: Anna Moross     1st April 2022 Research institute Coaltech’s Colloquium – to be held on May 27, 2022, at the Ridge Hotel and Casino in Emalahleni, in Mpumalanga – will showcase the most recent research topics and projects that the institute has been pursuing. 

An image of one of the Coaltech materials handling research projects
COAL RESEARCH The colloquium presentations are all current research projects, and the completed project reports are accessible on the Coaltech website

Coal still a lifeline for South Africa

17th September 2021 While the global focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues looks set to phase out coal as an energy resource, the prospects for South African coal production remain strong for decades to come. Following the third Coal Industry Day, held online in July, consulting firm SRK... 

An image of SRK Consulting principal coal geologist Lesley Jeffrey
LESLEY JEFFERY Another 20 to 30 years of reliance on coal in South Africa expected

SOE challenges hamper growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th September 2021 The South African coal industry is broadly divided into domestic and export consumption. Export coal is sold primarily to India and China markets while coal for domestic consumption is mainly sold to State-owned electricity utility Eskom. The export market currently generates better prices when... 

An image of Deloitte Africa Energy Resources and Industrials leader Andrew Lane
ANDREW LANE There is a big opportunity for public and private sector cooperation on the delivery of infrastructure

Sewerage project brings hope

17th September 2021 To address the water and sewage challenges at Emalahleni Local Municipality, diversified miner Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) handed over the Thubelihle Ext.5 Sewerage Infrastructure Project to the municipality in July.   

Trend towards decarbonisation discouraging coal investment

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th September 2021 South Africa’s coal production, sales and exports reached a plateau some years ago; however, the lockdown last year caused a noticeable decline. The main reason for this local decline is that the industry had reached the ‘coal cliff’ years ago, says advisory firm XMP Consulting senior coal... 

An image of Clean Coal Technology's South African Research Chairperson Rosemary Falcon
ROSEMARY FALCON South Africa has to catch up in Clean Coal Technologies

Modular Mining’s DISPATCH® Fleet Management System optimises further down the value chain at large S African coal mine

17th September 2021 Improving drill and blast and load and haulage are critical upstream processes that need to be optimised to enhance downstream processes such as crushing and conveying. However, another critical factor to improving downstream efficiencies is ensuring that crushers are evenly fed, as poor feed... 

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Committed. Capable. Consistent. Coal.

17th September 2021 Aproud member of the Botswana Stock Exchange, we are a coal mining and trading company pioneering the Botswana coal industry. We are committed to providing high-quality coal to industrial customers and power utilities across southern Africa. We pride ourselves on being capable of providing steady... 

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Infrastructural challenges impede coal industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th September 2021 South Africa is a major coal-exporting country, with its coal sector also providing baseload capacity for the country. However, infrastructure challenges negatively impact on the local industry, says coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal COO Clifford Hallatt. Locally mined coal is... 

An image of Canyon Coal De Wittekrans projects coal sample
DE WITTEKRANS COAL De Wittekrans project will create 430 jobs

Anthracite producer resumes operations

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th March 2021 Owing to Covid-19-related industry shutdowns and low demand for coal and anthracite, the operations of South African anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) – subsidiary of mining investment firm Menar – were placed on care and maintenance. However, operations reopened on January 4... 

CREATING POWER
90% of the workers and contractors at ZAC are sourced from the surrounding communities
CREATING POWER 90% of the workers and contractors at ZAC are sourced from the surrounding communities

Wireless tech enhances comms, safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th March 2021 In addition to real-time communication and monitoring, wireless technology can improve and enhance the safety of mining operations by integrating with several solutions, such as proximity detection systems (PDS), says mining technology company Ya Batho. “Wireless technologies can be leveraged to... 

Company develops dependable comms system

26th March 2021 Mining systems solution provider Becker Mining South Africa’s electronics division specialises in automation and communication systems designed to enhance productivity and improve safety in the mining sector, including “the dependable Wireless Router Access Point (WRAP) Wi-Fi system”. WRAP is... 

THAT’S A “WRAP” 
WRAP is recognised by the local and global coal mining sector for reliable, safe and efficient high-speed communication underground
THAT’S A “WRAP” WRAP is recognised by the local and global coal mining sector for reliable, safe and efficient high-speed communication underground

Company developing filter press prototype

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2021 Minerals processing company Multotec is in the final stages of developing a South African-manufactured filter press, Multotec Process Equipment MD Bheka Majola tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly. The prototype design is currently in its final stages, with the company in the process of... 

BHEKA MAJOLA
Filter press technology has long been a well-proven mechanical dewatering strategy
BHEKA MAJOLA Filter press technology has long been a well-proven mechanical dewatering strategy

Coal still holds promise for OEMs – screening specialist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani has kept up sales and service volumes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the lull in coal demand globally.  

KWALITY CHECK
Kwatani’s large multi-slope screens undergo testing before being handed over
KWALITY CHECK Kwatani’s large multi-slope screens undergo testing before being handed over

Coal project to benefit Botswana

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th March 2021 Botswana coal mining company Maatla Resources, recently awarded a mining licence for the development of the Mmamabula project, says the project will offer several benefits to the country such as strengthening its coal industry, and increasing trade and government revenues. “Botswana’s reliance on... 

GREATER HORIZONS
The diversification of the mining industry is seen as a mitigating step in assisting with industry diversification
GREATER HORIZONS The diversification of the mining industry is seen as a mitigating step in assisting with industry diversification

Working to meet conveyer safety regulations

26th March 2021 The Mine Health and Safety Act states that “the installation of incline conveyor belts must include the fitting and use of one or more devices to prevent run-back or run-on, to prevent injury by materials or minerals falling from a conveyor belt”, says engineering solutions provider BMG business... 

FIRM AND STEADY 
Stringent measures are taken to prevent roll back incidents that can cause injuries during conveying operations
FIRM AND STEADY Stringent measures are taken to prevent roll back incidents that can cause injuries during conveying operations

Augmented truck bodies boost efficiencies

26th March 2021 The quicker, safer and more smoothly processes flow on a mine, the better it is for production efficiencies and profits, says ASX-listed company Austin Engineering, which has leveraged its 50 years of proven engineering experience to produce the “finest shaped dump truck bodies in the world”,... 

ATTRACTIVE DUMP 
The Flow Control Body was developed over the last decade in response to a customer’s needs for its coal hauling application
ATTRACTIVE DUMP The Flow Control Body was developed over the last decade in response to a customer’s needs for its coal hauling application

Sintech

18th September 2020 Since 1989, Svendborg Brakes has been recognised as a leading global expert in intelligent braking solutions for industrial applications. Extensive application know-ledge, innovative design, fast prototyping and exhaustive testing ensures that customers get the most technically advanced, most... 

Sintech

Coal giant empowers through education

18th September 2020 In 2019, JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro invested a total of R224-million in job-related bursaries and scholarships.  As a company that has “empowerment at its core”, Exxaro’s purpose, values and investment are geared toward youth development with the aim of nurturing future leaders. 

EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT
Exxaro strives too empower its workers through education opportunities
EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT Exxaro strives too empower its workers through education opportunities

Coal remains dominant despite Paris Agreement

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Coal still remains the biggest source of power generation globally, despite the omnipresent notion of a coal-free world, driven by the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to petrochemicals company BP’s ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’ report, released in June.   While the report highlights the... 

NOT GREEN YET
Although pressures to eliminate coal fired power stations remain strong coal still powers the majority of the world
NOT GREEN YET Although pressures to eliminate coal fired power stations remain strong coal still powers the majority of the world

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Construction engineering company Basil Read Mining has launched a new autonomous drill that could offer an increase of about 30% in productivity, compared to manual drilling, contracts director Nqobile Khumalo tells Mining Weekly. The first C650 drill is to be delivered to a mine in Botswana... 

NQOBILE KHUMALO
the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits
NQOBILE KHUMALO the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Eickhoff South Africa has introduced new software packages, which help clients to manage and analyse continuous miners’ key performance indicators (KPIs). Some of these KPIs include data pertaining to shift advances, first coal, last coal, shuttle car counts and... 

KEEPING TRACK
Being able to track key performance indicators allows for optimal operation and output
KEEPING TRACK Being able to track key performance indicators allows for optimal operation and output

Coal can reignite SA economy

18th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the South African economy, which already had record high unemployment prior to the pandemic; however, the coal-mining sector, could aid the revival of the economy, investment company Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu stated last month. He was speaking... 

CANYON OF COAL The Phalanndwa mine is part of Canyon Coal's operations which is a subsidiary of Menar
CANYON OF COAL The Phalanndwa mine is part of Canyon Coal's operations which is a subsidiary of Menar

Banks reluctant to fund coal in Africa

18th September 2020 Despite huge advances in clean coal technologies, an abundance of coal in the South African Development Community (SADC) region and Southern Africa’s vast energy needs, most of South Africa’s major banks, in step with those in the developed West, are assessing their willingness to fund future... 

AUBREY CHAUKE
It is a credit to both inclusion and transformation that today 53 fully-operational coal mines exist outside the mining majors in South Africa
AUBREY CHAUKE It is a credit to both inclusion and transformation that today 53 fully-operational coal mines exist outside the mining majors in South Africa

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials

18th September 2020 The World Coal Association (WCA), having recognised the challenges in developing recovery pathways post Covid-19, welcomed the emphasis in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Special Report on Sustainable Recovery’, which looks at boosting economic growth, creating new jobs, and building... 

JULY NDLOVU & MICHELLE MANOOK Coal has been an essential resource for multiple economies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
JULY NDLOVU & MICHELLE MANOOK Coal has been an essential resource for multiple economies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
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