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Consulting Engineers News

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... 

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

New mining filtration solutions launched

7th May 2021 Minerals and metals processing technology company Metso Outotec announced last month that it would be launching a comprehensive range of smart and sustainable filtration solutions to meet the needs of the mining industry. The filtration solutions will also address the needs of demanding... 

FILTRATION FIRST
The new range of filtration solutions from Metso Outotec are smart and sustainable
FILTRATION FIRST The new range of filtration solutions from Metso Outotec are smart and sustainable

Plant destined for coal mine

7th May 2021 Water solutions provider Clean TeQ Water, in March, announced that it had been awarded a contract to design, procure, deliver and install a BIONEX water treatment plant at a coal mine in inner Mongolia, China. “We have persisted for a long time to make inroads into the very large Chinese water... 

WATER WOES
The water treatment plant supplied by Clean TeQ Water will assist the Mongolian cola mine with its wastewater
WATER WOES The water treatment plant supplied by Clean TeQ Water will assist the Mongolian cola mine with its wastewater

Industry test mine piques interest  

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Of the initiatives and programmes implemented by the Mandela Mining Precinct, its industry test mine has garnered the most interest and positive sentiment from mining companies, universities and other interested parties. “About 40 companies have already expressed interest in using the real-life... 

HANDS ON
Being able to test machinery and technologies in the test mine offers more accurate testing conditions and results
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine

4IR technologies key focus for precinct, council

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Mandela Mining Precinct Real-Time Information Management Systems (RTIMS) programme manager Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe tells Mining Weekly that its focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies for mining. The RTIMS programme, one of six... 

JEAN-JACQUES VERHAEGHE 
RTIMS focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for mining
JEAN-JACQUES VERHAEGHE RTIMS focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for mining

Local procurement crucial to economic recovery

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Local procurement will be crucial if local companies are to benefit from the increased gold mining activity and the resultant increase in mine-related purchases, stresses industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). “We support the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery... 

KEEN SKILLS
The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability
KEEN SKILLS The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability

Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
Some of the testing conducted by the Advanced Orebody Knowledge programme included handheld light-detection and ranging scanners from a range of suppliers
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine.

SRK appoints new CEO

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2021 Following its mid-April global executive meeting, independent consultancy SRK Consulting has appointed Tim McGurk group CEO. He succeeds Andy Barrett who has served the company for 16 years and is stepping down.  

SRK Consulting incoming CEO Tim McGurk
SRK Consulting incoming CEO Tim McGurk

World-first mineral export under financial transparency

16th April 2021 Global blockchain platform Minexx has exported minerals with full financial transparency from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by processing $250 000 of blockchain certified payments. This is a milestone for the company and the sector, as it secures the supply chain from the moment a... 

CHAIN OF EVENTS
The effective implementation of transparent blockchain payments have secured the supplychain from the moment a mineral is mined to the point of being used in technology in the DRC
CHAIN OF EVENTS The effective implementation of transparent blockchain payments have secured the supplychain from the moment a mineral is mined to the point of being used in technology in the DRC

DRC exploration ongoing

16th April 2021 Global mining house Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun announced in February that the company plans to commence an expansive 2021 exploration programme on its 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences. The exploration programme will include about 2 550... 

EXPLORE MORE
Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo
EXPLORE MORE Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Gamsberg ramp-up exceeds expectations

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 Diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) says its Gamsberg mine and processing plant have successfully ramped up to full production, with the plant currently exceeding its projected design capacity of four-million tonnes a year.   The ramp-up was scheduled after a shutdown period from... 

ROUND TWO
The successful ramp up of the Gamsberg mine and its processing plant has been reported
ROUND TWO The successful ramp up of the Gamsberg mine and its processing plant has been reported

New collectors released

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 South African chemical company Axis House has developed and released a new polymetallic range of collectors  – PolyQ – to be used in the floatation process to recover base metals from polymetallic ores. “The PolyQ range of collectors are not only safer than standard reagents (xanthates) but also... 

REMARKABLE RECOVERY
The new polymetallic range of collectors offer greater recover y rates of base metals
REMARKABLE RECOVERY The new polymetallic range of collectors offer greater recover y rates of base metals

Company’s project pipeline healthy despite Covid

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     9th April 2021 Despite Covid-19 presenting several challenges, mining advisory company Ukwazi has provided services for various mining projects over the past year. “We have completed projects at coal, platinum group metals and chrome mines, as well as projects for manganese and iron-ore operations in the... 

Industry changes support trend towards sustainable mining

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 There have been several changes globally as well as in West Africa’s mining industry, with the industry steadily embracing a more sustainable approach to mining, highlights SRK associate partner principal resource geologist and country manager Ivan Doku.  Previously, mining in the region was... 

EXPLORING NEW OPPORTUNITIES 
SRK Ghana is at the phase where young engineers will be drawn into multidisciplinary projects
EXPLORING NEW OPPORTUNITIES SRK Ghana is at the phase where young engineers will be drawn into multidisciplinary projects

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities

12th March 2021 Despite the severe disruption of the global movement of goods during the early stages of Covid-19, most countries and companies were able to introduce mechanisms to allow for activity to resume, notes independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Lisl... 

TEAMWORK 
A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support
TEAMWORK A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Specialised valves business established

5th March 2021 Consumable products distributor Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), which is part of Invicta Holdings, has established a new company – Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) – that specialises in the design and manufacture of slurry related valves. “ESG’s strategy to further expand its fluid technology... 

EXTENSVE SUPPLY
Through BMG’s broad branch and distributor network, industry has easy access to a comprehensive portfolio of locally manufactured and imported valves
EXTENSVE SUPPLY Through BMG’s broad branch and distributor network, industry has easy access to a comprehensive portfolio of locally manufactured and imported valves

Improved valve design, helps mine save water

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Local valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) is manufacturing a valve based on the Valvtron Titan design and has incorporated improvements to make “one of the most abrasive-resistant valves currently available”, says UCV managing member Peter Telle. He explains that local valves company Natal... 

GOING WITH THE FLOW
UCV supplies a range of ratio-reducing valves, which reduce pressure in a ratio between upstream and downstream pressures
GOING WITH THE FLOW UCV supplies a range of ratio-reducing valves, which reduce pressure in a ratio between upstream and downstream pressures

Support needed for black owned downstream players

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Black-owned businesses and industrialists in the local mining valves industry need better domestic coordination and support to protect them, while black industrialists who want to own and manage such businesses should be encouraged, says valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) CEO Tumi... 

RF PINCH VALVE
The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design
RF PINCH VALVE The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design
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