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WiMSA to exhibit at Mining Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) will exhibit alongside its UK-based counterpart, Women in Mining UK (WiMUK), at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9. WiMSA will host... 

SRK Consulting SA appoints Andrew van Zyl MD

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2023 Independent consulting practice multinational SRK Consulting has appointed Andrew van Zyl MD of SRK Consulting (SA), which is the South African arm of the global SRK network of consulting engineering practices. Van Zyl is also a member of the SRK Global board and executive committee. 

SRK Consulting (SA) MD Andrew van Zyl
SRK Consulting (SA) MD Andrew van Zyl

Preconstruction programme approved in principle

16th December 2022 In October New York Stock Exchange-listed mining house Platinum Group Metals (PTM) reported that the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) Resources, in principle approved a R380-million pre-construction work programme for the Waterberg project, which focuses on early infrastructure, de-risking and... 

A map depicting the Waterberg project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa
COMPLEX PROGRESS The pre-construction programme for the Waterberg project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa has been approved in principal

Study shows mines can reduce energy costs by improving secondary ventilation systems

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2022 A recent study conducted at a mine with close to 3 MW of underground auxiliary fan power determined that there were electrical inefficiencies of 25%, while the system also delivered 40% less ventilation, or air, to the work faces, says mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling consulting... 

BBE Consulting senior ventilation consultant Hannes Potgieter
BBE Consulting senior ventilation consultant Hannes Potgieter

Company builds centralised control room for mine

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd December 2022 Engineering, integration and manufacturing company Iritron completed a 360° control room at a mine in the Northern Cape province this year. The control room is a showcase for the implementation of smart technology, digitalisation and mechanisation using smart control room equipment and... 

Image of a smart control room 1
SMART CONTROL ROOM The control room is a showcase for the implementation of smart technology, digitalisation and mechanisation

Supplier aids tunnel construction

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd December 2022 Construction materials supplier Peikko South Africa has partnered with a local construction company to develop an innovative ventilation tunnel design for a headgear structure in a mine located in the Limpopo province. Peikko South Africa supplies a large selection of products for both precast... 

Image of Peikko MD Daniel Petrov
DANIEL PETROV The local engineering, procurement and construction contractor conducted the manufacture and installation of the precast concrete elements on-site

Global organisation publishes tailings reduction roadmap

25th November 2022 Global CEO-led organisation International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in September published its tailings reduction roadmap as part of a broader innovation initiative to develop solutions that significantly reduce tailings waste from mining and metals processing. The roadmap lays out... 

TELLING TIMES
The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations
TELLING TIMES The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations

Tailings critical liability in mining – consultancy

25th November 2022 Tailings storage facilities (TSFs) represent one of the most critical liabilities associated with the mining industry, says engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting tailings engineering corporate consultant Pepe Moreno. With the spotlight focused on environmental, social and... 

A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting
DAM DRY A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting

Water stewardship key to sustaining mining sector

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Mines must use water stewardship to improve water conservation and water saving, thereby enhancing perception of the industry in the twenty-first century, says innovative solutions developer Xylem South Africa African strategy and marketing manager Chetan Mistry. The benefits of becoming water... 

A computer screen showing readings attained form a pipe or pump
CLEAR VIEW The Xylem Vue collection of software is a prime water-management solution for mines and tailings storage facilities

New implements to complement tailings testing portfolio  

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Civil and mining geotechnical service provider GeoGroup has received the first of three new geotechnical surveying implements, which the company has commissioned to complement its range of tailings monitoring equipment. GeoGroup operations director Grant Rijsmus points out that, of the projects... 

A sonic cone penetration testing unit drill rig onthe floor of a factory after being unpacked at the Geogroup offices in gauteng south africa
Grant Rijsmus and Meldt van der Spuy from Geogroup discuss the new surveying implements to complement its tailings storage facilities testing portfolio. Camerawork: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded: 04.11.2022

AI can help mining companies keep up with modern demands

By: Darren Parker     23rd November 2022 As legacy technologies fail to keep up with the growing demand for advanced mining activities for increased outputs and greater profits, management consulting company GlobalData believes artificial intelligence (AI) can help.  The company says AI can make mining companies more productive and... 

ICMM welcomes two new association members

By: Darren Parker     11th November 2022 The Aluminum Association and the Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) have joined the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) as new association members. The Aluminum Association represents aluminium production in North America, representing more than 120 companies across the full value... 

Lighting vital in unsafe areas

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2022 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder provides the right lighting solutions by optimising the electrical, optical and mechanical design of luminaires using contemporary technology, while also ensuring intelligent and sustainable lighting solutions for improved safety, reduced energy consumption,... 

BEKA PRODUCTS 
BEKA Schréder’s Omnistar Midi, Vapourline, LEDBAY and LEDNOVA range (All pictured) are all suitable for zoned environments
BEKA PRODUCTS BEKA Schréder’s Omnistar Midi, Vapourline, LEDBAY and LEDNOVA range (All pictured) are all suitable for zoned environments

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

Private sector investments key for JET

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 As keynote speaker at the 2022 Joburg Indaba – held at the Inanda Club, in Sandton, on October 5 and 6 – Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter highlighted the mining industry’s decarbonisation drive towards a Just Energy Transition (JET) and how it could be achieved. He noted that,... 

A South African flag overlapping a solar field being manned by two men in yellow overalls
TREMENDOUS TRANSITION The Just Energy Transition must be driven by mines decarbonistaion

Lack of follow-through denting exploration

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Of the more than 1 000 prospecting rights granted in 2019 and 2020, virtually none  awarded to emerging mining companies progressed beyond the application and approval process, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk lead Grant Mitchell.... 

A man in a hard hat at the exploration face looking at a rock
EXPLORING THE OPTIONS The lack of exploration projects could dent south Africa's mining sector in ten to 20 years.

Trust must be gained in communities – Minerals Council

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 South African mining companies need to redouble engagement efforts and ultimately narrow the trust deficit that has for too long characterised most mine-community relations, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa social performance head Alex Khumalo. Communities and... 

mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa social performance head Alex Khumalo
ALEX KHUMALO There is an opportunity to repurpose existing “future forums” and ensure that agendas include ESG performance

Plan of action devised to prevent further fatalities

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa held a special board meeting last month to devise a four-tiered plan of action aimed at preventing fatalities. The meeting was called in response to the worst monthly safety performance reported for the year to date, in August, with... 

Minerals Council safety and sustainable development head Sizwe Phakathi
SIZWE PHAKATHI There is a need to be proactive rather than reactive as the industry approaches the last months of the year

SRK Global appoints Alejo Sfriso chairperson

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2022 Engineering consultancy SRK Global has appointed SRK Consulting Argentina practice leader Alejo Sfriso as chairperson, succeeding Mark Noppé, who is leaving to take up the position of director of the University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute WH Bryan Mining Geology Research Centre.... 

SRK Global chairperson Alejo Sfriso
SRK Global chairperson Alejo Sfriso

Sasol/Saldanha sign MoU for green hydrogen hub in Western Cape

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2022 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol, already a seasoned grey hydrogen producer, and Freeport Saldanha Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding  (MOU) to facilitate a green hydrogen hub in the Western Cape. In terms of the MOU, the... 

Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.

West Africa case study gives slope failure insights

14th October 2022 The complexity of shear zones in openpit mines came under the spotlight at the recent RocScience Africa conference in Accra, Ghana. Presenting a paper on a case study from a West African mine, mining consultancy firm SRK Consulting mining rock engineer Tafadzwa Chindedza highlighted the... 

TAFADZWA CHINDEDZA
The geotechnical case study of an openpit gold mine in West Africa has highlighted the importance of incorporating structural complexity into numerical slope stability modelling to achieve meaningful modelling results
TAFADZWA CHINDEDZA The geotechnical case study of an openpit gold mine in West Africa has highlighted the importance of incorporating structural complexity into numerical slope stability modelling to achieve meaningful modelling results

Ghana tops in West Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     14th October 2022 While the West African operating climate is positive overall as emerging initiatives are coming into play on the back of ongoing capital investment in mining projects, politically stable Ghana remains the region’s most attractive mining jurisdiction. The country boasts a historically proven... 

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
While West Africa’s mining legislation is still evolving in many respects, regardless of in-country legislation, mining companies are also the drivers of compliance to prevent adverse environmental impacts
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP While West Africa’s mining legislation is still evolving in many respects, regardless of in-country legislation, mining companies are also the drivers of compliance to prevent adverse environmental impacts

W Africa key for processing expert

By: Tracy Hancock     14th October 2022 Minerals processing expert Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa (MMSA) is growing its West Africa installed base of 29 Aachen High Shear reactors through the installation of four more units. “Mining in West Africa has grown significantly over the past couple of years and MMSA has been a part of this... 

PERFECT PAIRING
Aachen reactors are ideal for the higher oxygen demand required during gold leaching when processing West African ore
PERFECT PAIRING Aachen reactors are ideal for the higher oxygen demand required during gold leaching when processing West African ore

Backstop boasts sizable installed base

By: Halima Frost     14th October 2022 Since being appointed as the official channel partner of backstop clutch manufacturer Marland Clutch in 2020, specialist power transmission supplier Novus Gear has garnered a significant installation base covering the majority of mines in South Africa. Novus Gear is the sole supplier of Marland... 

A yellow clutch with self oiling apparatus used on conveyor systems to prevent failures
NO GOING BACK The backstop clutch manufactured my Marland Clutch prevents a conveyor belt from running back under a load

Miners need to entice skills to market - King

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2022 The resources sector would need to take an innovative approach to attracting and retaining skilled workers, federal Resources Minister Madeleine King said. Speaking at a Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry event, King noted that many Australians held a poor perception of the... 

Image shows work boots and hard hats stacked

Camera for material monitoring launched

7th October 2022 The mining division of integrated mining solutions provider Hexagon introduced its HxGN MineMeasure Detect – a three-dimensional camera hardware, software and data solution – earlier this year. The addition strengthens Hexagon’s leadership in production material monitoring and measurement. 

A conveyor system fitted with a 3d monitoring camera
WATCH IT MineMeasure Detect offers continuous, accurate and rapid measurement of oversize, volume, rock fragmentation and colour analysis

Local supplier awarded conveyor distributorship

7th October 2022 Bulk materials handling specialist BLT WORLD has announced that it was appointed a distributor of materials handling manufacturer Convir stockpiling equipment in Southern and Central Africa earlier this year. The Convir range, which includes telescopic conveyors, stackers and other bulk handling... 

An artist impression of a truck on a ramp next to a conveyor loading system,
BULK BUY The range of bulk handling solutions manufactured by Convir is now being distributed locally by BLT WORLD

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal   

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Conference to evaluate status quo of mining sector

23rd September 2022 The Joburg Indaba, hosted by mineral resources, energy and mining conference specialists Resources 4 Africa, draws together captains of the industry, government officials and investors to present their strategic thoughts on the current state of the mining sector. During the event – to be held on... 

An image of Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke
MIKE TEKE The Seriti CEO will discuss the relevancy of coal and its prospects at this year's Joburg Indaba

Supervisory programme increases mine production

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     23rd September 2022 Business management consultants OIM Consulting’s supervisory programme has managed not only to improve the efficiency of mine supervisors but also increase mine production.   The Coaching to Performance programme aims to encourage mine supervisors to achieve greater competency and capability in... 

An image of OIM Consulting MD Arjen De Bruin
ARJEN DE BRUIN If the skills are not continuously implemented, the company will not derive long-term benefits from the programme

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Group of companies collaborate on delivering innovative solutions in the industrial space

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2022 Using innovative solutions that reduce project risk and increase productivity will help to drive schedule and budget compliance, says mechanical contractor Prommac. This focus, it adds, also will see “happy employees [being] more likely to give their best in all aspects of their work” as a... 

Prommac offers innovative maintenance, shutdown and multi-discipline project solutions
Photo by Prommac
Prommac offers innovative maintenance, shutdown and multi-discipline project solutions

DRA Global swings to A$14m interim loss over legacy contracts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2022 ASX- and JSE-listed consultancy DRA Global has posted an underlying loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of A$14-million for the half-year ended June 30. This compares with underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of A$32.5-million in the... 

Wits Mining Institute to host three-day technology seminar

By: Donna Slater     29th August 2022 The University of the Witwatersrand’s Mining Institute (WMI) is set to host a three-day seminar on mining technology, from September 27 to 29, on the theme of “Turning research curiosity into twenty-first century minerals industry performance, relationships and technology”. The seminar, to be... 

An image of the DigiMine
The Wits Mining Institute's DigiMine

Africa-focused conference will provide key ESG insight for industries

By: Nadine James     26th August 2022 The importance of embedding environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles into any modern business cannot be understated, which is why an Africa-focused ESG conference, which situates ESG considerations within the African context, will take place in October. The ESG Africa... 

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
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