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Trafo Power Solutions

29th April 2019 Trafo Power Solutions was established to cater for the growing appetite and scope for the application of dry-type transformers in Africa. These power solutions are suitable across a wide range of industry including mining. The company offers a wide range of cast resin transformers from 160 kVA to... 

Consulting could play an increasingly important role in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 While the local mining industry is shrinking, this is not necessarily the case for the mining consulting industry, as the role of mining consulting firms has evolved in response to changes in the industry, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant... 

Consulting could play an increasingly important role in SA
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ SRK Consulting acknowledges the growing value of Big Data and technology-focused expertise

Improvement in mining industry will manifest only in time

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 There have been positive developments in local mining, such as the significant improvement in the relationship between government and industry stakeholders, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell, but he adds that industry, however, may not see immediate... 

Improvement in mining industry will manifest only in time
CHRIS CAMPBELL Stakeholders must remain hopeful that the mining industry can be resuscitated

Qualified lighting experts crucial for mining operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The importance for mines to consult on lighting requirements with lighting experts that are recognised by the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA) cannot be overstated, says industrial lighting specialist Magnitech technical sales consultant Petrus Cilliers. IESSA is the... 

Qualified lighting experts crucial for mining operations
LIGHT IT UP Magnitech’s products can be found in factories, power stations and mines

Demand likely to grow for mine-closure expertise

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 Mine closure is a field where best practice continuously evolves and there is likely to be a strong demand for this expertise as mines look to remain current and, in some instances, begin the closure process, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant... 

Demand likely to grow for mine-closure expertise
ABANDONED MINE In the case of an unplanned mine closure the implications are significant

Consulting engineers face volatility, lack of opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The volatility of the local mining industry, particularly in terms of Mining Charter III, coupled with political uncertainty and unstable power supply, is directly impacting on consulting engineers servicing the industry, says multidisciplinary engineering company GIBB Mining MD Alan Wingrove.... 

Consulting engineers  face volatility, lack  of opportunities
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SAFETY FIRST From a consulting engineering and project management point of view, mine safety is a key focus area and a business imperative

Need for external skills boosting consulting services

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The local mining consulting industry is healthy and growing stronger with mining companies’ increasing reliance on consulting companies, compared with reliance on in-house skills, says specialist mine refrigeration and ventilation consultancy group Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) director Richard... 

Need for external skills boosting consulting services

Kwatani

18th April 2019 Established over 43 years ago, Kwatani is the largest independent privately owned original-equipment manufacturer supplying and manufacturing custom designed vibratory equipment in Africa, with over 15 000 units in more than 35 countries. More than one vibrating unit a day is dispatched from the... 

Kwatani

Consultancy secures work in gold, coal, base metals sectors

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd November 2018 While it has completed nine projects across various commodities this year, most have been in the gold sector, says Gauteng-based mining consultancy A & B Global Mining (ABGM). This trend has continued, with three of the seven projects across Africa for which the company is finalising commercial... 

Local consultancy shares mineral valuation insights with China

23rd November 2018 An important Chinese mining sector delegation visiting South Africa in October was able to gain valuable insights from specialist engineers and scientists of multidisciplinary consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa, focusing on the range of factors that affect mineral resource and mineral... 

Local consultancy  shares mineral valuation insights with China
MEETING OF MINDS SRK Consulting South Africa engineers and scientists offered valuable insights to the 20-member delegation of the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Natural Resources which visited South Africa recently

Need to include greater detail in mining designs

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd November 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa (SA) is often approached by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms once they have completed designs for their mining clients. 

Need to include greater detail in mining designs
FASTENING DEMAND Across all projects, Hilti is experiencing the most demand for its grating fasteners and multipurpose fastening for the electrical control and instrumentation discipline

SA mines need innovative methods of drought control

23rd November 2018 Barrier Balls could be the innovative drought control solution mining sites in South Africa have been waiting for, says South African mining engineering consultancy VBKom director Eduan Pieterse. 

Digitisation, safety hot topics in mining consulting

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 There is “much discussion” in the global mining consulting industry around digitisation and safety in mines, says engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon client director for resources Dr Eduard Vorster. The interrelation between digital advancements and safety is an important... 

Digitisation, safety hot  topics in mining consulting
EDUARD VORSTER Aurecon strives to develop its smaller partners so that they can become significant future players in the mining industry

Discounts on professional fees a looming issue

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The issue of discounting the professional fees of consulting engineers, driven by public sector and private sector clients alike, is plaguing the sustainability of the consulting engineering industry, says voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. “Would... 

Discounts on professional fees a looming issue
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MINING OPTIMISATION Consulting engineers try to minimise the mining client’s total cost of ownership in the mining investment

New approach to outsourcing

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th April 2018 With local and global mining companies operating under continuous pressure to consistently deliver on operational targets, save costs and sustain profitability amid an age of smart business and regulatory uncertainty, local technical services provider Ukwazi is offering a turnkey outsourced... 

New approach  to outsourcing
JACO LOTHERINGEN Outsourcing technical services to companies such as Ukwazi ensures that the technical team is part of a revenue centre

New JV to lead to structured services solutions

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The joint venture (JV) between Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical – part of construction group Stefanutti Stocks – and Australian industrial services operation the Dawsons Group of Companies is “ground-breaking and a first for the pan-African mining sector”, says Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical MD Marius... 

New JV to lead to structured services solutions
MARIUS BOTES This dynamic joint venture will be a game-changer for the future of mining in Africa

Stagnant mining industry detrimental to consulting engineers

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 The local mining industry is “almost dormant” and it is having a knock-on effect on consulting engineers, leaving them with little in the way of projects, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. Many consulting engineers servicing the mining industry are... 

Stagnant mining  industry detrimental  to consulting engineers
CHRIS CAMPBELL The current state of the industry has mostly been brought on by the debacle surrounding the Mining Charter

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 Recent changes in political leadership suggest that the South African mining industry may be moving towards a clearer operating framework but much uncertainty remains, says consulting engineering and science company SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. “This uncertainty... 

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising
INNOVATION IMPERATIVE Innovative thinking must be embedded into all specialist disciplines of consulting engineering so that the full benefit of modern invention can be applied

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Owing to ageing infrastructure and a shortage of skills in wastewater a number of the wastewater treatment plants of the country’s municipalities are discharging effluent that requires attention, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) MD Tumelo Gopane. Some... 

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance
NEW TECHNOLOGY Erwat installed its hybrid bacillus bacterium at its plant in Tsakane

Company offers mine to market solutions

24th November 2017 Combining concept-to-completion expertise with design and major project delivery capabilities for the minerals and metals sector, from bulk commodities to rare earths, professional services provider WorleyParsons offers its customers complete mine-to-market solutions from inception to... 

Company offers mine  to market solutions
MULTIDISCIPLIANRY APPROACH WorleyParsons takes a multidisciplinary approach, with teams comprising experts to identify challenges early and produce tailored strategies that mitigate risks

Consulting industry evolves despite current challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 As mines have reduced their in-house technical capacity to deal with cost constraints in the economic downturn, the role of consulting engineers in the mining industry has evolved in the past decade, with their specialist skills being applied more broadly, says firm of consulting engineers and... 

Consulting industry evolves despite current challenges
VIS REDDY The involvement of consultants in operational work on mines tends to detract from the more specialised focus that consultants should have

Latest industry survey holds out promise but challenges persist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has flatlined, stagnating at 6.7% for 2016 and 2017. However, India’s GDP has increased from 6.8% to 7.2% for the same period, which bodes well for the offtake of South Africa’s commodities market.  

Latest industry survey holds out promise but challenges persist
CHRIS CAMPBELL Consulting Engineers South Africa has seen a higher percentage of member companies’ turnover allocated to the procurement of products and services from black-owned companies

Capabilities expanded to meet demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 Over the last few years, mineral testwork provider Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa’s laboratory capabilities have expanded in accordance with industry demand.  

Mining consulting outlook stable to positive – consultancy

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 The short-term outlook for the mining consulting industry is “stable to positive”, says SRK Consulting, a firm of consulting engineers and scientists. SRK partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl stresses that the South African economy is still in a transitional phase which – combined with... 

Mining consulting outlook stable to positive – consultancy
ANDREW VAN ZYL Increasingly complex deposits will require thorough and expert technical knowledge, increasing the need for mining consultants

Consulting engineering’s viability proportional to mining’s growth

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 The consulting engineering industry’s sustainability and growth are largely dependent on and proportional to the mining industry’s sustainability and growth respectively, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa). Cesa CEO Christopher Campbell notes that the success or decline... 

Consulting engineering’s viability proportional to mining’s growth
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL The current impasse between South Africa’s government and its mining industry needs to be resolved

Greater emphasis on ensuring sustainability

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Engineering expertise can be used to generate socioeconomic gains for mining companies, particularly in jurisdictions that are dependent on the finite business of mineral extraction, states global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon, an adviser to the African mining sector.... 

Greater emphasis on  ensuring sustainability
ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION Engineering innovation could transform mining assets into new business opportunities

Internship to benefit more students

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb plans to expand its internship programme, aimed at preparing second-year engineering students for their careers, in the near future. With two students having completed the internship programme, launched last year, the Chromium Carbide (CrC) plate... 

Internship to benefit more students
SOUND INVESTMENT Promising students will be offered an opportunity for full-time employment at Rio-Carb upon successful completion of their studies

Collaboration key to build pipeline of opportunities on global scale

28th April 2017 Québec-based carbon-capture technology developer CO2 Solutions president and CEO Evan Price expects its collaboration with global consulting and engineering firm Hatch to be central to the success of its Valorisation Carbone Québec (VCQ) project and instrumental in building the company’s... 

Collaboration key to build pipeline of opportunities on global scale
CLEAN TECH The Valorisation Carbone Québec project aims to demonstrate carbon dioxide capture and beneficial reuse at the large-scale industrial facilities of Québec’s main industries, namely manufacturing and mining

Durban-based plant delivered to Guyana mine

28th April 2017 A $2.5-million project, facilitating, executing and unloading a shipment of assets for an 800 t/d modularised gold plant relocated from Durban, in South Africa, to Buck Hall, in Guyana, was concluded toward the end of last year by Canadian engineering, procurement and construction firm JDS Energy... 

Durban-based plant delivered to Guyana mine
HEAVY LOAD TO BEAR The majority of the mill assets totalled over 16 000 m3 and necessitated the chartering of a speciality heavy-lifter ship to accommodate all cargo as a single loa

Evaluation reaffirms decision to acquire gold assets

28th April 2017 London investment company Opera Investments’ decision to acquire the Lubando and Imweru assets, in Tanzania, has been reaffirmed by an evaluation by South African consulting group Minxcon, which confirmed Lubando’s gold resource at 6.78-million tonnes, grading 1.10 g/t, containing 293 870 oz.... 

Evaluation reaffirms decision to acquire gold assets
GOLD STRUCK Lubando's evaluation demonstrated an increased mineral resource tonnage of 160% with gold content increasing by more than 42%

Optimisation tools up probability of success

28th April 2017 In today’s world of constrained capital, engineering, procurement and construction consultant WorleyParsons notes that clients in the mining sector are seeking ways to improve returns while reducing their exposure to risk, particularly those companies who need to make strategic decisions on... 

Optimisation tools up probability of success
AIDING DEVELOPMENT Advisian acts as lenders’ independent technical and environmental adviser for nonrecourse project finance, export credit agency finance and structured trade commodity finance
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