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Analyser distributor aims for local brand recognition

By: Cameron Mackay     31st July 2020 Analysing and non-destructive testing equipment supplier GammaTec is the exclusive distributor of the handheld X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analysers, produced by handheld analyser provider SciAps, in non-Francophone African countries as of... 

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the extension of the Brockman 4 iron-ore mine – demonstrates the adverse environmental and cultural impact... 

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship
Photo by Reuters
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Mining projects in Africa, particularly those in the iron-ore sector, require deep pockets, lengthy feasibility studies and complementary infrastructure assets, such as efficient logistics channels, to get products from mine to markets. 

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant
Photo by Kumba Iron Ore
LOCAL IS LEKKER China imports some of its iron-ore for its steel manufacturing and construction industries from producers in the Northern Cape, such as Kumba Iron Ore

Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 Before the Covid-19 outbreak, major mining companies indicated that, for the first time in many years, government and the mining industry were having meaningful dialogue that could realise positive outcomes, says diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor Construction CEO... 

Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19
COLLABORATION EXPECTATION A more collaborative approach regarding the development of mining infrastructure is expected in future, as well as more involvement by the State

Moma to move 7 000 t plant along newly built road

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 The construction of a purpose-built, 23-km-long, 66-m-wide road for the relocation of wet concentrator plant (WCP) B and its dredge at the Moma titanium minerals mine, on the north-east coast of Mozambique, is on track to be completed in the third quarter of this year, says Ireland-headquartered... 

Moma to move 7 000 t plant along newly built road
THE ROAD AHEAD The road for the relocation of wet concentrator plant at Moma has a weight-bearing capacity of 8.4 t/m2

Mines focus on existing assets

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Few of the capital projects planned for the development of new African mines will go ahead this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant uncertainty, says project management, engineering and consulting company Wood’s mining and minerals business development manager for Europe, the... 

Mines focus on existing assets
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Wood has received requests from Ghana’s gold mines, owing to the high gold price

Mining without Covid-19 safeguards harmful to communities

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Keeping mining operations Covid-19-free is crucial because all mine personnel return to different communities, which can extend the spread of the infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 over long distances, says global design firm Stantec global mining business line leader Jon Treen. “Several... 

Mining without Covid-19 safeguards harmful  to communities
SAFETY MATTERS Masks make up and important part of personal protective equipment in the age of Covid-19

Coronal capping design being completed for Namibian mine

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Rope access specialist Skyriders is preparing to install a new coronal capping, with its design in the process of being finalised, for two smokestacks at a mine in Namibia. The company secured the contract earlier this year, having had previous experience with this client in 2018 when it... 

Coronal capping design being completed for Namibian mine
TIME’S UP The coronal capping structures for two smokestacks had reached the end of their service life, and it was deemed necessary to replace them

Metso Outotec can drive industries towards responsible use of natural resources

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2020 Metso Minerals, a subsidiary of global industrial company Metso, has officially merged with Finnish-listed technology company Outotec. The merger has formed a leading process technology, equipment and services company serving the minerals, metals and aggregates industries. The combined company... 

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 As almost all of South Africa’s gold mines are underground operations, the lockdown essentially brought this sector to a halt for some time, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response
MARCIN WERTZ While some work can be done remotely, and meetings can be held online, the lack of access to site has hampered some projects

Organisations say Covid-19 should not further delay universal access to energy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2020 In a report, 'Tracking Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7): Energy Progress', international organisations have warned that universal access to energy by 2030 will fall short unless efforts are scaled up significantly. According to the authors − the International Energy Agency (IEA), the... 

Organisations say Covid-19 should not further delay universal access to energy

Copper Belt exploration enables diversification

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 Renewed exploration interest in the Kalahari Copper Belt, in Botswana, can help the country diversify its mining economy and industrialise, says mining consulting services provider MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson. He emphasises that diamond mining has been the mainstay of Botswana’s... 

Copper Belt exploration enables diversification
RENEWED EXPLORATION INTEREST Improvements in exploration techniques have resulted in a pipeline of exploration projects

PEA estimates 'robust' economics for Deep-South's Namibia copper project

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 TSX-listed Deep-South Resources reports that, using a heap leach treatment operation, its openpit Haib copper project, in Namibia, demonstrates robust economics. An updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA), conducted by METS Engineering Group, considered an indicated mineral resource of... 

Consultancy rolls out automated measuring network

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting is rolling out automated vibrating wire piezometers (VWPs) on tailings facilities, says SRK Consulting principal engineering geologist Lyzandra Boshoff. These networks monitor seepage and the associated pore pressure regime in a tailings facility... 

Consultancy rolls  out automated measuring network
LISL FAIR SRK has developed a two-pronged approach to assisting mines to contain the spread of infections

Industry association weighs in on recovery plan to restart economy

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 In restarting the economy, government needs to implement a recovery plan that focuses on opening up different sectors that will enable them to partially operate during the ongoing pandemic while remaining cognisant of the risks associated with Covid-19, says industry association Consulting... 

Industry association weighs in on recovery plan to restart economy
CHRIS CAMPBELL The private sector should work with the public sector to start up and progress procurement processes for infrastructure delivery

Consulting company hopes to enter mining sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Engineering consulting and management practice Zimile Consulting Engineers intends to diversify into the mining sector and believes that it is equipped and skilled to deliver quality service, says Zimile Consulting Engineers COO Fergus Feltman. “Given the scale and nature of work that the company... 

Consulting company hopes to enter mining sector
WATER PROJECTS Bulk earthworks for Metro Municipality water reservoir

Company appointed for substation construction

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firm COENG has been appointed for EPC services for the construction of a 40 MVA plant substation at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine, near Rustenburg, in the North West.                                                         COENG... 

Company appointed for  substation construction
MOCK UP 3D render images for the new Wesizwe SubStation

Zero harm difficult to attain – Aspasa

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar tells Mining Weekly that the surface mining industry currently faces many challenges that need to be addressed so that mines can achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm. These include illegal mining not being adequately addressed by the... 

Zero harm difficult to attain – Aspasa
HARMLESS Aspasa aspires to achieve a goal of zero harm in all surface mining operations including that of pedestrians

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 Opencast mines are permitted to return in phases to 100% operation from May 1 but underground mines must continue at 50% of production capacity, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Saturday. Speaking during a media briefing covered by Mining Weekly on South Africa’s easing from the... 

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel
Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.

Tenova reorganises businesses

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2020 As part of metals and mining company Techint Group, Tenova has reorganised its businesses and reviewed its governance structures, with the appointment of former metals division CEO Roberto Pancaldi as Tenova CEO. Former Tenova CEO Andrea Lovato has been appointed CEO of Tenova's Takraf business.  

Sorting solution shows potential in metals sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining has provided X-ray transmission (XRT) sensor-based ore sorting technology for two local mining plant projects on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, which were commissioned recently. TOMRA Sorting Mining senior VP... 

Sorting solution shows  potential in metals sectors
XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Company provides flexible power for Tanzanian mines

By: Cameron Mackay     10th April 2020 Mining companies in Tanzania continue face the challenge of ensuring continuous and stable power to their operations, and that their carbon footprint is reduced. Global energy services provider Aggreko, a company specialising in temporary power solutions, aims to support its mining clients in... 

Company provides flexible  power for Tanzanian mines
CONNECTING THE WATTS The current energy situation in Tanzania has ensured that renting solutions from Aggreko is beneficial

Coronavirus one of several factors affecting mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd April 2020 The volatility caused by global events, such as the outbreak of Covid-19, otherwise referred to as coronavirus, and stock market turmoil have definitely impacted on the planning and execution of mining operations and related supply chains, says mine ventilation equipment manufacturer Terramin... 

Coronavirus one  of several factors affecting mining
DEEP-LEVEL SOLUTIONS Terramin provides dust-control and associated workspace ventilation equipment and services for underground and deep-level mining working spaces

Uranium exploration programme announced

3rd April 2020 TSX-listed Blue Sky Uranium last month announced that the company had started a 4 500 m reverse circulation drilling exploration programme at its wholly-owned Amarillo Grande uranium/vanadium project (AGP) in Rio Negro province, Argentina. The programme will include a total of about 100 holes in... 

Uranium exploration programme announced
BLUE SKY AT NIGHT The drilling programme if successful holds the potential to expand the project form a single deposit to a multi-deposit uranium district

Namibia’s plan assists in responsible uranium mining

By: Halima Frost     3rd April 2020 The Namibian Uranium Association (NUA) states that the global uranium community has taken note of the responsible way in which uranium in Namibia is explored for and extracted, says Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) executive director Dr Gabi Schneider. She states that this responsible method was... 

Namibia’s plan assists in responsible uranium mining
IN THE DESERT The Namibian Uranium Institute has cooperated with the Namibian Government in implementing a Strategic Environmental Management Plan in the Namibian uranium province

Coal remains vital to energy mix

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Despite increased regulatory pressure regarding the environmental impacts of its mining, storage and use in power generation, coal is still essential to the local energy mix, says engineering consultancy WSP power generation consultant Wayne Lindecke. “We are not naïve to the negative... 

Coal remains  vital to energy mix
WAYNE LINDECKE As a country, we’re evolving and trying to get our energy mix right, so we are dependent on coal and will still be for a while

Coal supplier receives UPS systems

27th March 2020 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered 12 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to a local coal mine to enhance safety and prevent unnecessary downtime. These specially designed UPS systems ensure continuous operation of the mine’s programmable logic... 

Coal supplier receives UPS systems
CONNECTIVITY These interconnected UPS systems, with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, can be controlled or remotely managed and monitored from the control station

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has to date invested almost R1-billion, of a projected R2.8-billion, in the housing project devised for its staff, in line with its aspirational creed to engage in “More than Mining”. The intention with the housing project is... 

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace
MORE THAN A HOUSE Royal Bafokeng Platinum continues to uplift its workers by affording them the opportunity to own their own homes

DuPont takes over Lodestone partners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 Operations management consultancy DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) has acquired the assets of Toronto-based consultancy Lodestone Partners, effective end-February. This will deepen DSS’ knowledge and capability in the area of operations excellence in the natural resource and mining industry,... 

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Having researched the design and management of opencast mine haul roads locally and globally for the past 30 years, retired University of Pretoria civil engineering professor Alex Visser highlights a specific road construction system for mine haul roads which can reduce fuel emissions and save... 

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs
Photo by Bloomberg
PAVING THE WAY If roads are not constructed properly, undulations can form, increasing rolling resistance. This can cause increased diesel fumes from trucks and health and safety risks

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Information technology (IT) solutions provider EDS Systems, a subsidiary  of   Economic Development Solutions (EDS), is set to provide a cloud-based IT solution to help local miners calculate and comply with the Carbon Tax Act regulations. EDS provides services to  the local mining,... 

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution
FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS We are trying to create a basic environment for organisations to capture emissions according to the Act and display that in a simplistic, Web-based environment

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 Clean, uncontaminated fuel is key to optimal fuel system performance and engine longevity in the mining industry, says filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. 

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

Policy review could improve investor confidence

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Mining consulting firm The MSA Group is hoping that the review of Namibia’s Minerals (Prospecting and Mining) Act will enhance the country’s “friendliness” toward mining investors. The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson says the 1992 legislation has been under review since 2018.... 

Policy review could improve investor confidence
DRIVING INVESTMENT Namibia’s reliable transport infrastructure, despite the remote nature of many sites of mineral interest, is attractive to investors

Copperbelt spells opportunity for firm 

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Superior, modern exploration techniques have resulted in a surge of interest in the Kalahari Copperbelt in recent years, with the uptick in the 2019 year-end copper price spurring exploration activity. The Kalahari Copperbelt, which is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored... 

Copperbelt spells opportunity for firm
BELT OF POTENTIAL The 1 000 km long Kalahari Copperbelt Is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored copper provinces

Centenary milestone spurs ‘new dawn’ for genset specialist 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Global diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins celebrated its hundredth year in 2019, which Cummins South Africa application engineer Rodney Naidoo states has resulted in a “new dawn”, as the company embarks on a mission to find alternatives to fossil fuels to supply back-up power. 

Centenary milestone spurs  ‘new dawn’ for genset specialist
Cummins South Africa mining leader George Mahlangu and Cummins South Africa applications engineer Rodney Naidoo discuss the company’s role in the mining sector. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.02.2020

NUM members allegedly being ‘held hostage’ at Rustenburg mine

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday voiced its concern that more than 100 of its members were allegedly “being held hostage” underground at the Lanxess chrome mine, in Rustenburg. According to a statement issued by the NUM, this was as a result of members of the National Union of... 

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine

7th February 2020 The last of nine units of a comprehensive drive package were successfully delivered to a major greenfield copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive. The five main 500 kW drives weighed 12 t each while the remaining four... 

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine
BIG FAN A cooling unit had to be installed to the drives because of the extreme temperatures they would encounter in the Democratic Republic of Congo
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