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Consulting Engineers

Mining consultancy celebrates ten years

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Centurion-based medium sized mine consultancy Ukwazi will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary, says director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen, who tells Mining Weekly that the company has developed into a sustainable and reputable mining engineering consultancy over the past... 

SA consultancy acquired

25th April 2014 German consulting and engineering company DMT has completed a majority holding acquisition of South Africa-based Kai Batla Minerals Industry Consultants. The acquisition, completed in March, supports DMT’s global growth strategy in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Kai Batla is... 

Cost management services secured for town resettlement project

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Cost engineering and construction economist consultancy Mandla Mlangeni Quantity Surveyors (MMQS) is providing cost management services for JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore’s Dingleton town-resettlement project, in the Northern Cape. The residents of Dingleton – a small town near the iron-ore miner’s... 

Merger details to be discussed at extraordinary general meeting

25th April 2014 The details of metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering’s merger with global engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler will be announced at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which is expected to be held early next month. Subject to the approval of the merger by MDM... 

UK subsidiary relocates

25th April 2014 Project management services company Tenova Mining & Minerals announced in February that group subsidiary Tenova Delkor UK will be relocating its business to Tenova Takraf’s global headquarters in Leipzig, Germany. As from June 1, Tenova Delkor’s business activities will be conducted and managed... 

Large mining projects under pressure as capital strategies are reviewed

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Much has changed in the mining industry in the last two years, with large capital projects coming under pressure as major mining houses review their capital strategies, project delivery and consulting services provider WorleyParsons RSA CEO Digby Glover tells Mining Weekly. He adds that whereas a... 

Wastewater treatment specialist offers expertise to consulting engineers

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 International water-treatment plant specialist Degrémont has made itself available to advise South African consulting engineers on the issue of mining-focused wastewater treatment solutions, Degrémont South Africa GM Remy Jaffray tells Mining Weekly. “We conduct regular meetings with consulting... 

Wastewater treatment  specialist offers expertise  to consulting engineers

Electricity shortage and high prices threaten smelting industry

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Designer and supplier of high-capacity electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces and complete smelting plants Tenova Pyromet MD Chris Oertel tells Mining Weekly that increased electricity prices and a shortage in electricity supply in South Africa have hampered the country’s beneficiation... 

Procurement of local companies an emerging trend

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 The acquisition of resource- and infrastructure-focused project house TWP by global technical, project and operational services provider WorleyParsons last month will have several significant benefits, WorleyParsonsTWP COO Digby Glover tells Mining Weekly. “In the past, consulting engineers were... 

Resource consultancy opens seventh office in Asia, fiftieth worldwide

26th April 2013 Global resource consulting group SRK Consulting opened a new practice in Hong Kong this month, which is the company’s seventh practice in Asia and fiftieth worldwide. The company, which is part of the global SRK Group, believes the new office strategically positions it to take advantage of the... 

Consulting engineering firms finalise merger

26th April 2013 Consulting engineering, project management and implementation firms Hatch and Goba last month announced that the two businesses have finalised their merger and will now operate as one entity, under the name Hatch Goba. The new entity, which forms part of the global Hatch group, is a... 

Consultancy faces industry challenges

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Consulting engineers in mining are facing many challenges in the market, says internationally recognised consultancy firm SMEC head of Gauteng office David Gertzen. “The challenges include a depressed economic climate, labour issues, high labour costs and an uncertain mining environment. Many... 

Company is confident about merger

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Mineral process engineering and project management firm MDM Engineering reports that its merger with Australia-based resource-sector services company Sedgman’s wholly owned subsidiary, Sedgman Africa Investments, is progressing. The company says that the proposed $109-million merger, which was... 

Consulting engineers need integrated systems – developer

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 South African consulting engineering firms need to realise the importance of managing project profitability and using the Earned Value Management (EVM) tool, says local system development, implementation and training resource company Akron Software. The company is the developer of ProMan, a... 

Marikana tragedy has changed industry forever – consultancy

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Natural resource and development solutions provider SRK Consulting South Africa chairperson Roger Dixon tells Mining Weekly that the breakdown of the central bargaining system in the South African mining industry has changed the industry and that of consulting engineers in mining forever. “The... 

Tender irregularities hamper infrastructure development, says representative body

26th April 2013 Concerns pertaining to infrastructure bottlenecks or lack of infrastructure delivery in South Africa, including inadequacies in mechanisms to procure professional services, have been raised by representative body Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) parent body, the Built Environment... 

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... 

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