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Consulting Engineers News

African diamond sector set for strong growth

17th June 2022 With China being Africa’s, and South Africa’s, most important trading partner, the Asian superpower’s expected economic slowdown in coming years is a cause for concern, unless these economies can find alternative drivers of growth from other emerging markets, says Standard Bank mining head Mark... 

Firm revamps pumps to support miners

17th June 2022 Revamping its distributorship base in recent years has given submersible pump specialist Integrated Pump Technology a solid foundation to support customers around sub-Saharan Africa. A key focus has been on mining areas, and the expansion has included new distributors in a number of Southern... 

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SMOOTH SUPPLY The company focuses heavily on the mining sector

Pandemic revives diamond industry

By: Mandisa Nyathi     17th June 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the diamond industry, as supply constraints caused by the knock-on effects of the restrictions resulted in increased prices, after sustained periods of subdued commodities prices, says minerals processing plant supplier Bond Equipment business... 

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BUSINESS BOOMING In the period following the pandemic, the number of brownfield developments increased for the diamond industry in the Southern African region

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Clients’ lack of technical knowledge hampering consulting engineers

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 While the relationship between the consulting engineering industry and the South African mining industry is growing in a general sense, consulting engineers, nevertheless, face challenges in providing professional services to the mining industry, many not unlike those experienced when dealing... 

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MINING INDUSTRY CHALLENGES Campbell attributes challenges experienced by consulting engineers in mining to a lack of technical knowledge among mining clients with regard to providing such consulting engineering services

Technology a beneficial partner for consulting engineers

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 Consulting engineers have tended to welcome technology, owing to its multiple benefits, including the gathering and analysing of large amounts of data, which can inform responses to industry challenges and assist in finding more sustainable solutions, says engineering consultancy SRK director and... 

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ANDREW VAN ZYL Van Zyl says that, to fully leverage the value of technologies, SRK has its own in-house data science unit to support its innovations in the consulting engineer space

Botswana mining sector on the rebound

By: Halima Frost     27th May 2022 The Botswana mining sector is on the rebound, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the sustained period of subdued commodities prices from 2015 to 2019, industry organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa tells Mining Weekly. He adds that the rebound can be... 

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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH The mining sector in Botswana holds great potential for investors according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines

Miners relying more on consulting engineers

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 As demands on the mining sector become increasingly onerous and complex, mines’ reliance on consulting engineers has grown, particularly in terms of health and safety, as well as environment, social and corporate governance (ESG), says engineering consultancy SRK MD Vis Reddy. Over the past 20... 

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ADAPTIVE MEASURES Despite mounting pressures placed on consulting engineers by reporting standards, Reddy says consulting engineers have adequately adapted to meet necessary requirements

Mining industry sees positive developments

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 There have been positive developments in the mining sector regarding health and safety standards, particularly with the establishment of the global industry standard on tailings management (GISTM), says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. The GISTM relates... 

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CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa’s School of Consulting Engineering offers online and in-person training and teaches skills including people management, financial management, contract management and interpersonal skills

Mixed reviews for BIM

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 While consulting engineers are leading the building information modelling (BIM) drive, with designs and analyses being completely BIM-orientated, the technology has had mixed success for the mining industry in South Africa so far, says tertiary education institute University of Pretoria (UP)... 

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GOING OUT ON A BIM While consulting engineers are leading the BIM drive, the technology has had mixed success for the mining industry in South Africa so far

Alliance promotes citizen-owned firms in fuel

27th May 2022 In a ground-breaking development for the Botswana oil and gas industry, leading diamond producer Debswana and national oil body Botswana Oil have entered a strategic partnership that is aimed at capacitating citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain. Through the agreement, Botswana... 

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FILL 'ER UP The partnership between Debswana and Botswana Oil will capacitate citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain

Botswana’s only gold mine changes hands

27th May 2022 Gold ore mining company Galane Gold announced earlier this month that it had completed the sale of its Mupane gold mine in Botswana to majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company. Mupane gold mine, located about 30 km southeast of Francistown city, is the only gold mine currently in... 

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GOLDEN EGG Mupane gold mine is being sold by Galane Gold to the majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company

Demo plant, feasibility studies progressing

27th May 2022 Manganese development company Giyani Metals announced progress on its demonstration (demo) plant and feasibility study (FS) for its Botswana-based manganese oxide project, the K.Hill project, and on exploration and corporate activities, in March. At the time, Giyani said that the design of the... 

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DIGGING FOR RESULTS The feasibility studies and demonstration plant at the K.Hill project owned by Giyani Metals in Botswana is making progress

Local miners urged to adopt renewables

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 Considering the global emphasis on a just energy transition, South African mining houses are assessing their options for the adoption of renewable energy through either their own build programmes or the procurement of energy from independent power producers, says leading consulting engineering... 

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JANICE FOSTER To tackle the ambiguity associated with adopting renewable energy, consulting engineers recommend appropriate solutions to minimise uncertainties

JV stalls, but still on offer

27th May 2022 Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced earlier this month that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, the board has been unable to secure a new joint venture (JV) partner to acquire the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana before the extended... 

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GOING GOING GHAGHOO Botswana Diamonds continues ts discussions with potential JV partners to acquire the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Cobalt development an exciting prospect

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 While copper is still the main commodity driving reagent demand in Zambia, mining reagent manufacturer and supplier Axis House MD Justine Stubbs is also excited by the prospects presented by the country’s largely unexplored and unexploited cobalt reserves. Along with copper, of which Zambia is... 

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MARKET DEMANDS There has been a big drive to reduce the hazardous nature of reagents

OEM supporting sustainable Zambian mining

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 As Zambian mines move to adopt more sustainable mining practices, the reduction of energy use, water consumption and carbon emissions – as per global mining trends – is a significant priority, says original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals Africa Rest of Africa sales director Pieter van... 

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KITWE WAREHOUSE Weir Minerals Africa keeps extensive stock of fast-moving wet-end components at its Zambian warehouse to support the Weir product footprint across the country

Takeovers Panel makes final orders relating to DRA Global

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2022 The Australian government’s Takeovers Panel has made final orders in relation to an application dated March 21 by Haydn Von Maltitz in relation to the affairs of JSE- and ASX-listed DRA Global. On May 9, the panel made a declaration of unacceptable circumstances in relation to the affairs of DRA. 

Webinars provide free practical knowledge for engineers

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2022 There is a growing need to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the minerals processing sector, with metallurgical engineering graduates quickly realising their lack of practical experience once they enter the workforce. By attending the free online training workshops offered by... 

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HOLISTIC APPROACH Collaborating with other industry stakeholders provides participants of Multotec’s online training sessions with a better overview of minerals processing

Milestone ‘brings together all the pieces’ for video surveillance 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2022 Bringing together all the puzzle pieces for video surveillance, together with a “perfect combination” to create a solution that keeps people and property safe, software company Milestone Systems’ XProtect video management software (VMS) enables “critical infrastructure site operators to... 

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Milestone Systems Africa channel business manager Markus Bodenstein talks to Mining Weekly in studio, following this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mandela Mining Precinct focusing on rebuilding mineral extraction industry - director 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) focuses on, among others, facilitating the rebuilding of the mineral extraction industry, as well as research, development, and innovation (RDI) within South Africa. Within these focus areas, MMP director Johan Le Roux notes that the organization focuses on... 

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MMP director Johan Le Roux tells #MiningWeekly more at this year's #MiningIndaba2022.

CSIR working on multitude of new innovations for the mining industry, using world-class capabilities 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) mining cluster is working on a multitude of new technologies and is developing world class capabilities in various areas. In line with this, CSIR executive cluster manager Sibongile Ntsoelengoe says that the CSIR has recently developed... 

CSIR executive cluster manager Sibongile Ntsoelengoe
CSIR executive cluster manager Sibongile Ntsoelengoe tells us more at this year's #MiningIndaba2022

Implementation specialist sees competencies increase, improves productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 Having worked with more than 1500 supervisors, business management consultancy OIM Consulting has seen competencies increase from 19% to 56%, and role execution improving from 51% daily to 89%, thereby improving productivity. This, company MD Arjen de Bruin says, is largely due owing to the... 

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OIM Consulting MD Arjen de Bruin talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba 2022. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Akobo reaches agreement for gold processing plant delivery

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 Scandinavian gold exploration and mining company Akobo Minerals has reached an agreement with South African engineering company Solo Resources for the delivery of a processing plant for gold production at the Segele mine, in Ethiopia. The commissioning of the plant is expected to start by end of... 

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Indaba allows stakeholders to nail colours to the mast

By: Nadine James     22nd April 2022 The Investing in African Mining Indaba – hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 9 to 12 – allows companies and regulators to publicly state intentions, and drive stakeholders to action, says engineering solutions provider Zutari client director Dr Eduard Vorster.  “In... 

Consultancy bolsters leadership team

22nd April 2022 Mining industry consultancy CSA Global – a subsidiary of multinational consultancy ERM Group – last month announced the appointment of Africa manager Sifiso Siwela, who joined its regional team based in Johannesburg, South Africa. CSA Global partner and Africa director Brendan Clarke stated: “I... 

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SIFISO SIWELA The new manager is keen to progress with aligning the combined offerings of CSA Global and ERM to the emerging green economy

Opportunity for Africa to fill commodity gap

22nd April 2022 Forecasts suggest that the global economy is facing a ‘commodity gap’ in the near future as the demand for battery minerals could outstrip supply. Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl poses the question as to whether Africa could be... 

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ANDREW VAN ZYL Africa has made great strides in a range of facets, and we are successfully producing a large range of minerals, including bulk commodities

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Tanzanian project continues to develop

15th April 2022 Aim-quoted investment company Armadale Capital announced in February that it had made further progress in developing its mining lease at the Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania, as part of ongoing plans to hasten commercial operations. It announced that the board had applied for three incremental... 

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GRAPHITE GRADING The testing at the Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania continues as Armadale Capital have applied for additional exploration licenses

Investor announces sell down of equity position

15th April 2022 Investment adviser Appian in February announced a strategic sell-down of its equity position to global rare earths company Shenghe Resources. At the time, Appian noted it had substantially exited its position in ASX-listed Peak Rare Earths, generating strong risk adjusted returns for its investors. 

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AT THE PEAK Tanzania's Ngualla rare earths project owned by Peak Rare Earths shows great promise

Oxide mill expansion successfully ramped up

15th April 2022 Gold producer Tanzanian Gold Corporation, referred to as TanGold, announced in February that the first phase of the oxide mill expansion of 360 t/d at the Buckreef Gold project is now fully commissioned, and production has successfully ramped up to design capacity. TanGold also cited its... 

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TANK TOP The new the steel carbon-in-leach tanks were locally constructed for the Buckreef oxide mill expansion

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Partnership formed for 3D printing trial

8th April 2022 Additive manufacturing of parts looks set to upend the supply of components globally. A small-scale trial of three-dimensional (3D) manufactured parts is helping mining technology company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions and Swedish mining company Boliden explore this potential. Additive... 

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