https://www.miningweekly.com
R/€ = 17.48 Change: 0.05
R/$ = 14.92 Change: 0.02
Au 1750.56 $/oz Change: -3.73
Pt 987.00 $/oz Change: 3.75
 

Consulting Engineers News

New valve manufactured for tailings pipelines

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Although South African company Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) has only soft launched its new slurry knife gate high-pressure valve, the SKG-HP, it has been well received by clients. The clients intend to use the valve in highly corrosive applications such as moving tailings from a processing plant... 

Strong attendance expected for Indaba

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Although the Joburg Indaba mining conference will be hosted virtually for the second year running, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the global responsibility to limit face-to-face interactions, event organiser Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula Munsie says the virtual format presents new... 

An image of host and master of ceremonies Bernard Swanepoel at a podium hosting a pre-Covid-19 Joburg Indaba, and engaging with delegates
BETTER REACH Although face-to-face interactions are always first choice, the option to attend online extends the reach of the Joburg Indaba

Location tech adds real value

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Since the installation of a real-time intelligent location system – developed by global location technology platform company Quuppa – the mine in which it has been installed has reported a reduction in downtime and an uptick in productivity, communications device provider Ya Batho tells Mining... 

A black xox or tag manufactured by Quuppa and installed by Ya Batho measures real time positioning in a manganese mine in South Africa
TAG YOU'RE IT The Quuppa positioning tags are installed at critical points through out the mine for fast and effective position monitoring

New contracts awarded to services provider

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 A division of Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies, Dickinson Copperbelt Services (DCS), has successfully established new contracts with two separate copper smelting plants in the Kolwezi district, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The... 

An image of a large red truck fitted with vacuum pump and tank used for acid plant sludge spillage recovery
PUMP N' DUMP TRUCK Dickinson Copperbelt Services has secured the contracts for industrial services at two new copper plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Centre bridges gap between technology, people

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Mining engineering multinational Sandvik Mining and Rock Solution’s Zimbabwe-based Technology Centre is assisting the mining industry’s journey into the digital future by bridging the gap between technology and people. The centre, Sandvik territory manager Ian Bagshaw explains, is the “human... 

Pic/Image of Sandvik's Tecnhology Centre in Zimbabwe
DIGITAL JOURNEY The Technology Centre is assisting Zimbabwe’s mining industry on its exciting journey into the digital future

Unique refinery concept enters first phase 

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Global industry body the International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa desk spokesperson Simon Norton says the first phase of its “bold plan” to implement South Africa’s own zinc refinery has started. This includes raising the much-needed funding for the research phase, he stresses. 

A drone image of the Skorpion zinc refinery in Namibia which South Africa imports zinc from according to the IZA Africa Desk
The International Zink Association African Desk spokesperson Simon Norton discusses the concept of a new zinc smelter with ultra-low power consumption and a novel smelting process in South Africa.

Machine learning reaches mineral prospecting

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 The partnership between mining consulting services provider The MSA Group and Canadian mining software developer Koan Analytics has resulted in machine learning being available to minerals explorers in South Africa and throughout the world. “The partnership offers access to the most advanced... 

A map of ore deposits in a x-ray type image Ontario Canada for MSA Group and Koan
MINERAL MAP Clients will be able to use machine learning technology to map mineral resources across the globe

Real-time ore analysis set for African market

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense is establishing offices in Africa and Europe to introduce its real-time ore analysis technologies to the African Copperbelt by the fourth quarter. “Once we have successfully introduced the technology to the upper Africa region, we intend on filtering... 

An image of a large red tracked front loader at the mine face with bucket full of ore ready to be graded by a ShovelSense system
Caption: GRADE EXPECTATIONS The new ShovelSense ore grading technology is expected to reach African shores before the end of the year

Testing facility expansion under way

27th August 2021 Swiss multinational metals and minerals trade commodities group SGS has seen a rising demand for testing services to meet client requirements and, to facilitate the needs of its clients, it announced the construction of its new, state-of-the-art laboratory in April this year. 

Staff at SGS Group standing in front of a site being constructed at its better testing facility in Spijkenisse near the Port of Rotterdam
BREAKING GROUND The new groundbreaking state-of -the-art facility being built by SGS Group will allow for better testing

Metallurgical tests prove profitable

27th August 2021 Gold mining company African Gold Group in July announced the final metallurgical test results from its comprehensive sulphide testwork programme, which incorporated variability testing to determine the optimal process route of the ore across the extent of the orebody at its Kobada mine in Mali.... 

Gold nuggets on wooden table Shutterstock image
GOING FOR GOLD New results have reported a better than predicted recovery at the Kobada gold mine

Portable rig being tested for platinum mining

20th August 2021 Drilling technology and services provider Rosond has announced that it is in the process of testing a new, portable diamond drill rig to get around potholes in platinum mining. A comparative study, to assess drill performance efficiency and safety, between the traditional drill unit and the... 

Rosond Director Carlos Da Silva sat at a desk discusses Platinum Group Metals
CARLOS DA SILVA Potholes present several significant challenges from a safety, quality, cost, logistical and mine design perspective

Use of recycled copper components limits costs

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has successfully manufactured and supplied recycled copper cast components to a platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter near Rustenburg, in the North West, over the past three months. About 115 000 kg of raw copper and 6 500 kg of... 

Thos Begbie manufacturing a copper inline arc furnace component from recycled copper
THROWING COPPER Thos Begbie has taken to recycling copper to decrease costs and increase lead times on its components

Turnkey projects to improve clients’ capacities

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) is executing two substantial projects in the local platinum group metals (PGMs) sector to improve the clients’ production capacities. “The full turnkey projects incorporate the majority of services... 

A large furnace being assembled and supplied to a platinum group metals client by Dickinson Group
COMPLETE COVER The full turnkey solution offered by Dickinson is currently being used on two platinum clients projects

PGMs help keep economy afloat

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 Market research company Frost & Sullivan Africa consultant Yaa Agyare-Dwomoh tells Mining Weekly that even though Covid-19 has negatively affected the majority of industries in South Africa, the mining industry proved to be relatively resilient, with mining companies enjoying increased gains. She... 

Raw platinum being held in a white glove, image from Bloomberg
HAND OUTS Owing to the positive impact the platinum sector has had even during the Covid-19 pandemic, the economy has needed less assistance than anticipated

Multiple approach plan to extend life cycle of mine water

By: Claire O'Reilly     20th August 2021 Environmental consulting firm Golder, a member of WSP in Africa, says a holistic approach to water management is essential to achieve resource sustainability. 

This is of a stock image of a mines pollution dam
EVERGREEN SOLUTIONS Golder's life-cycle approach helps with effective environmental planning to optimise and minimise water consumption

SAIMM remembers Navin Singh

By: Donna Slater     17th August 2021 The mining career of Mandela Mining Precinct developer, Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) fellow and, most recently, Kumba Iron Ore’s head of technology, Navin Singh has been celebrated by the SAIMM after he died on July 12. Singh, who was with the SAIMM since 2018, was... 

An image of Navin Singh
Navin Singh

UMS leads the way for women in mining

6th August 2021 While it is clear that women in mining are a minority, and that long-term thinking is needed to increase accessibility for, and the development of, women in the mining sector, companies such as United Mining Services (UMS) are leading the drive towards inclusivity. UMS Group CEO Digby Glover says... 

An image of UMS Group employees Nonjabulo Zikhali, Siphiwe Antonette Malepe, Genevieve van Wyk and Esbé Miller (front)
NONJABULO ZIKHALI, ANTONETTE MALEPE, GENEVIEVE VAN WYK AND ESBÉ MILLER (front)

Social impact underestimated

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 Many mines in Africa have underestimated their social impact and often struggle to manage this constructively, consulting engineer and scientist firm SRK Consulting partner and principal scientist Wouter Jordaan tells Mining Weekly. He says an added complication is the shift in corporate culture... 

DARRYLL KILIAN The timeous resolution of all substantive ESG issues is vital
DARRYLL KILIAN The timeous resolution of all substantive ESG issues is vital

ESG implementation improves in African mining

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 As environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) reporting improves, so does the implementation of the resulting policies across the African mining industry,  consulting engineer and scientist firm SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl tells Mining Weekly. He says... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing pressure from investors for mines to contribute to broad imperatives such as climate change
ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing pressure from investors for mines to contribute to broad imperatives such as climate change

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Manufacturer invests in autonomy research

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 As part of a continuous effort to optimise payload and improve customers’ profit margins, while decreasing emissions and impact on the environment, South African earthmoving equipment provider Bell Equipment has invested heavily in research and development in its drive toward realising full... 

GOLDEN MACHINES
Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'
GOLDEN MACHINES Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'

New excavator teeth cutting ground

2nd July 2021 Earthmoving and utility equipment manufacturer Komatsu’s new Kprime Tooth System from wear solutions specialists Hensley Industries is now available as standard on new Komatsu excavators. The Kprime Tooth System has been designed as a stronger and longer-lasting product, offering additional... 

BARING ITS TEETH
The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth
BARING ITS TEETH The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth

Trommels, feeders for surface mining available

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 The MDS static and mobile trommels, as well as the apron feeders, of South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World are compatible with the crushers, feeders, recycling and other screening plants in South African surface mining operations. “Our customers in the mining sector have shown a... 

BEAT THE DRUM
The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes
BEAT THE DRUM The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes

Drone technology use on the rise in the wake of Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2021 There has been a considerable increase in the use of drone technology across various scenarios in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, with drones proving to be “of immense assistance”, says mapping service provider Southern Mapping’s Jaco Wiesner. He explains that the integration of... 

Northern Cape manganese ready to be mined

By: Halima Frost     18th June 2021 Specialist mining advisory company Ukwazi Mining engineer Jaco Mans tells Mining Weekly that South Africa has the capacity and capability to meet the increasing global demand for manganese. He explains that the Northern Cape holds more than 70% of the global manganese reserves and that the area... 

MANAGING MANGANESE
Ukwazi is able to help manganese mines optimise their processes and operations
MANAGING MANGANESE Ukwazi is able to help manganese mines optimise their processes and operations

Water is key factor in responsible mining

4th June 2021 The impact of the recent Cyclone Eloise has shown that mines in Mozambique face extreme challenges related to water, which can only be addressed through early planning and continuous management, explains consulting engineers SRK Consulting partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd and... 

DES MOSSOP 
SRK is able to apply a range of its mining-related disciplines in mining projects
DES MOSSOP SRK is able to apply a range of its mining-related disciplines in mining projects

Good future prospects for juniors

By: Anna Moross     21st May 2021 Junior mining companies face many challenges, but new technological developments and a strong recovery in most commodity prices could boost the sector going forward, says mining and minerals advisory firm Fraser McGill co-founder Cobus Fraser. 

COBUS FRASER
The need and propensity to do things differently, coupled with higher commodity prices and positive market sentiment, enables juniors to approach the market with more confidence
COBUS FRASER The need and propensity to do things differently, coupled with higher commodity prices and positive market sentiment, enables juniors to approach the market with more confidence

Potential hampered by regulatory hurdles

By: Anna Moross     21st May 2021 The junior mining sector’s potential growth and development is being hampered by the onerous requirements of South Africa’s mining and mineral laws that make it difficult for juniors to apply for prospecting and mining rights, and secure funding to develop and operate mines, says Beech Veltman... 

WARREN BEECH
South Africa’s junior mining sector is growing, and can contribute even more to the country’s growth, development and transformation, with appropriate support
WARREN BEECH South Africa’s junior mining sector is growing, and can contribute even more to the country’s growth, development and transformation, with appropriate support

Legal services worth the investment

By: Nadine Ramdass     14th May 2021 Legal services are often regarded as a grudge purchase; however, it ensures that consulting engineers and mining houses save money in the long term. “When consulting engineers are preparing bids for projects on behalf of mining companies, it becomes difficult to justify the cost of legal... 

Nikita Lalla Legal services are costly but save money in the long term
Nikita Lalla Legal services are costly but save money in the long term

Balancing technology advancements can help industry thrive

By: Nadine Ramdass     14th May 2021 Stakeholders need to balance the multiple impacts of technological advancements in the mining industry to enable the industry and its employees to thrive, says engineering consulting company Zutari technical director Pieter Scholtz. There are many advantages to such technological advancements,... 

Pieter Scholtz 
Improved technology takes employees out of dangerous situations
Pieter Scholtz Improved technology takes employees out of dangerous situations

Specialised attorneys fill gaps engineers cannot 

By: Nadine Ramdass     14th May 2021 Consulting engineers have valuable technical understanding but often lack the legal expertise to ensure that their intentions are well articulated and that the contract is balanced. The resulting gap requires legal experts to ensure that the contract is correctly drafted to protect the parties... 

EUAN MASSEY 
Specialised attorneys can save time and money
MDA Attorneys directors Euan Massey and Odette Potgieter discuss the need for attorneys when drafting mining sector contracts.

Collaboration among industry associations must increase

By: Nadine Ramdass     14th May 2021 There is a need for increased collaboration between consulting engineering industry associations and Minerals Council South Africa, says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. Industry associations, such as Cesa, serve the purpose of working towards ensuring the wellbeing of... 

Coeng appoints first COO

By: Nadine Ramdass     14th May 2021 Multidisciplinary engineering, procurement and construction management company Coeng has appointed Takalani Mbedzi as its COO. Mbedzi is the company’s first COO, having joined the company to assist the chairperson and CEO with work distribution, as the company continues to grow. 

Takalani Mbedzi
Coeng aims to become a reputable engineering, procurement and construction management service provider
Takalani Mbedzi Coeng aims to become a reputable engineering, procurement and construction management service provider

EU project focuses on responsible sourcing

By: Nadine Ramdass     14th May 2021 Technical consulting engineers and science expertise provider SRK Consulting has extensive experience and a long working history in the mining sector, and is using its expertise to assist the European Union’s (EU) Horizon-funded 2020 research and innovation programme, the EU RE-SOURCING project.... 

Andrew van Zyl
SRK Consulting is facilitating input of AFrican and Asian stakeholder
Andrew van Zyl SRK Consulting is facilitating input of AFrican and Asian stakeholder

Pumps acceptance testing achieved remotely

7th May 2021 Local pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has launched an innovative online acceptance test procedure that no longer requires customers or their engineering teams to be present when acceptance testing takes place. “Acceptance tests and final inspection are an essential proof of compliance... 

FARTHER-TEST
Being able to test from a distance or remotely has become a reality during Covid-19
FARTHER-TEST Being able to test from a distance or remotely has become a reality during Covid-19

Substantial water savings add up

7th May 2021 Solid liquid separation specialists Watercare Mining, in a case study published last month, highlighted cost savings of about R760 000 a month, following its upgrade of a mine’s water treatment plant. The upgrade of the existing water treatment plant entailed the optimised use of abundant and... 

CARRY-ION
Being able to save water on a month to month basis is now possible subsequent an upgrade on a mines water treatment plant
CARRY-ION Being able to save water on a month to month basis is now possible subsequent an upgrade on a mines water treatment plant

Local clarification, dewatering system going global

By: Halima Frost     7th May 2021 Water treatment specialist Watercare Mining tells Mining Weekly that it is in talks with mining houses in Australia, Canada, India and Europe to incorporate  the Watercare Integrated High-Rate Clarifier and Dewatering (IHRC&D) system as part of early feasibility studies for various mine... 

SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM The successful implementation of Watercare Mining's systems locally has led to the move to mines internationally
SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM The successful implementation of Watercare Mining's systems locally has led to the move to mines internationally
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Company Announcements

more

 
RSS Feed

About

Mining Weekly is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on MiningWeekly.com is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close