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Consulting Engineers

Mining consultancy looks to increase footprint

By: Gia Costella     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 the mining business, including technical, social, environmental and economic considerations, among... 

Integrated mining solutions and sustainability initiatives to ensure company remains relevant  

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th December 2012 Community-based investment company Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) believes that the acquisition of mining services company Fraser Alexander in 2005 will help create new solutions to the increasingly complex challenges faced by the mining industry. 

Construction division aims for 20% revenue contribution

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th December 2012 The construction industry in South Africa experienced hard times in 2012, owing to the lack of foreign direct investment in the South African mining sector, stemming from the state of the global economy, which has included lower demand for and lower prices of commodities. 

2013 consolidation year for Bulk Mech

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th December 2012 Bulk Mech, the materials handling specialist of mining services company Fraser Alexander, expects 2013 to be a consolidation year, that will enable it to deal with current and future market trends more effectively. 

Division to target other commodities

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th December 2012 Mining services company Fraser Alexander’s Minerals Processing Division intends to expand its operations to other parts of the mineral beneficiation value chain, and to add additional commodities and new geographic areas, such as sub-Saharan Africa, to its business. 

Building sustainable communities key for next century of business

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th December 2012 Community-based investment company Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), the sole owner of mining services company Fraser Alexander, has markedly influenced the way in which the company conducts business, says Fraser Alexander human resources director Vusi Sibiya. 

Share in water treatment technology provider to help local AMD crisis

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th December 2012 Acid mine drainage (AMD) has become an emerging national crisis, with government allocating R433-million of its 2012 Budget to tackle the problem. In response to this, mining solutions company Fraser Alexander has positioned itself to start providing solutions to the problem, as it has a 26%... 

Tailings division looks to enter waste management

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th December 2012 The rise in global commodity prices has enabled mining services company Fraser Alexander’s Tailings Division to expand its service offering to include environmental and water management and to provide complete solutions for every aspect of tailings management. 

South African consultancy assisting mining industry in Cameroon

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Mining engineering consultancy SRK Consulting is currently advising the government of Cameroon on developing a minerals and mining industry in the country, chairperson Roger Dixon tells Mining Weekly. 

Consultancy aiming to grow to accommodate more complex projects

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Mining projects being established at remote locations need to be much larger than those operating in areas with existing infrastructure to justify capital investment in supporting infrastructure and, therefore, require higher production rates.  

More public-sector developments needed to unlock projects

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 The consulting engineering industry in South Africa is reasonably stable, although not really in a growth phase as the infrastructure flow from government has been lacking, states industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Graham Pirie.  

Mining industry becoming more aware of its environmental impact

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Worldwide, the mining industry is increasing its focus on rehabilitation as it becomes more aware of the environmental impact of mining operations, says engineering and consulting firm Knight Piésold director Duncan Grant-Stuart. 

Local consultants increasingly used by international companies

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 South African consultants are receiving more business from Brazilian, Chinese, Indian and Russian mining companies as they expand outside their traditional areas of influence, particularly into Africa, says mining industry consultants Snowden. 

Rural development driven by mining

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 A project aimed at developing the Nkangala district, in Mpumalanga, which hosts numerous mining projects and poverty-stricken communities, by enabling mining companies to comply with their social corporate responsibilities, is being undertaken by infrastructure development company Bigen Africa on... 

Lumwana copper mine expansion on track

By: Samantha Herbst     27th April 2012 The expansion of Zambia’s Lumwana copper mine, with the construction of the new Chimiwungo pit, is progressing well, with equipment supplier Bateman Engineered Technologies’ (BET’s) bulk materials handling unit having delivered more than 90% of the steelwork for the three conveyors that span... 

$500m bankable feasibility study awarded for manganese project

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 The ±$500-million bankable feasibility study for manganese explorer Amari Manganese’s Kongoni project, located within the Kalahari manganese field in the Northern Cape, has been awarded to minerals processing and project management company MDM Engineering.  

Design for major gold mine nearing completion

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 An engineering design project for a major gold mine in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, is in the process of being completed by project management and engineering group ProMet Dadi Africa. 

Consultancy expands to service underground mining operations

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 To provide a wider consulting service offering, mining consultancy VBKom Consulting Engineers this year plans to include underground mining and rehabilitation planning in its area of expertise. 

Kolomela project passes 18-million LTI-free hours

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Engineering Consultancy Hatch reports that it has just passed 18-million lost-time injury- (LTI-) free hours at iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, in the Northern Cape, for which it is the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor.  

Contract documentation for Mareesburg platinum project completed

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Contract documentation for platinum miner Eastern Platinum’s Mareesburg platinum-group metals project, in Limpopo, has been completed and tenders have closed, reports consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting.  

Mining industry’s recovery to heighten skills challenge

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 The mining industry is still recovering following the global financial meltdown but has significantly rebounded during the past six months with commodity prices rising to all-time highs in many cases, says local mining and minerals project house TWP CEO Digby Glover. 

Partnerships key to integrated infrastructure development

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Integrated development through sustainable partnerships will assist mines in fitting into the broader socioeconomic environment and is key to successful operations, says engineering consultancy Bigen Africa technical director Dirk Kleingeld.  

Investment in African mining projects on the increase

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Investment in mining projects in Africa is on the up, owing to the attraction of undeveloped commodities, says engineering consultancy Amec Minproc’s Africa business development executive Liam Cafferty. 

Rapid growth of Africa’s mining industry to continue into the future

22nd April 2011 The company reports that it has placed itself squarely at the centre of the current mining boom, building a strong reputation on some of the continent’s largest mining projects. The company has provided expertise in mine engineering, development and project management through complete end-to-end... 

Global firm acquires local consultancy

22nd April 2011 South African environmental consultancy Metago Environmental Engineers has been acquired by UK-based environmental consultancy SLR Global Environmental Solutions (SLR).  

Resource estimate to be undertaken for Canadian lithium project

22nd April 2011 TSX-listed Canada Lithium has appointed consulting company AMC Mining Consultants to independently conduct a resource estimate of its Quebec Lithium project, and prepare a new National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) compliant report. 

Service provider to increase its footprint in renewable-energy projects

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Project control services provider Planning and Cost Engineering (PaCE) aims to increase its involvement in renewable energy projects. 

Consultants must be a step ahead- SRK

22nd April 2011 Combining constant innovation with tough standards will prove challenging in any industry, but mining particularly has seen unending shifts in technology, commodity-focus, socio-economic demands, legal requirements, and geo-political opportunity, says consulting firm SRK Consulting incoming MD... 

Breakthrough in coal mining for Mozambique 

22nd April 2011 Engineering and science consultancy GIBB concluded a progressive rail, geotechnical and water management signing with Australia-based investment company Talbot Group Investments, in Mozambique. 

Commissioning of Kipoi’s HMS plant under way

22nd April 2011 ASX- and TSX-listed copper-miner Tiger Resources reports that construction of the heavy media separation (HMS) plant for the stage one development at its Kipoi copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been completed and commissioning of the plant has started.  

Local consulting firm reports good project pipeline

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2011 Centurion-based consultancy firm Ukwazi reports that it is involved in many mining projects across South Africa and Africa. Some of company’s clients for underground projects include Impala Platinum, Gold Fields and Xstrata Alloys.  

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