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Consulting Engineers News

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal  

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Conference to evaluate status quo of mining sector

23rd September 2022 The Joburg Indaba, hosted by mineral resources, energy and mining conference specialists Resources 4 Africa, draws together captains of the industry, government officials and investors to present their strategic thoughts on the current state of the mining sector. During the event – to be held on... 

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MIKE TEKE The Seriti CEO will discuss the relevancy of coal and its prospects at this year's Joburg Indaba

Supervisory programme increases mine production

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     23rd September 2022 Business management consultants OIM Consulting’s supervisory programme has managed not only to improve the efficiency of mine supervisors but also increase mine production.   The Coaching to Performance programme aims to encourage mine supervisors to achieve greater competency and capability in... 

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ARJEN DE BRUIN If the skills are not continuously implemented, the company will not derive long-term benefits from the programme

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
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Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Group of companies collaborate on delivering innovative solutions in the industrial space

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2022 Using innovative solutions that reduce project risk and increase productivity will help to drive schedule and budget compliance, says mechanical contractor Prommac. This focus, it adds, also will see “happy employees [being] more likely to give their best in all aspects of their work” as a... 

Prommac offers innovative maintenance, shutdown and multi-discipline project solutions
Photo by Prommac
Prommac offers innovative maintenance, shutdown and multi-discipline project solutions

DRA Global swings to A$14m interim loss over legacy contracts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2022 ASX- and JSE-listed consultancy DRA Global has posted an underlying loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of A$14-million for the half-year ended June 30. This compares with underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of A$32.5-million in the... 

Wits Mining Institute to host three-day technology seminar

By: Donna Slater     29th August 2022 The University of the Witwatersrand’s Mining Institute (WMI) is set to host a three-day seminar on mining technology, from September 27 to 29, on the theme of “Turning research curiosity into twenty-first century minerals industry performance, relationships and technology”. The seminar, to be... 

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The Wits Mining Institute's DigiMine

Africa-focused conference will provide key ESG insight for industries

By: Nadine James     26th August 2022 The importance of embedding environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles into any modern business cannot be understated, which is why an Africa-focused ESG conference, which situates ESG considerations within the African context, will take place in October. The ESG Africa... 

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Choosing the right ESG paths is critical

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th August 2022 The Australian mining industry is facing hampered growth owing to domestic and global system backlogs. With ESG now a non-negotiable in the sector, explorers are having to quickly adapt to changing policy and guidance with miners now focussing on their environmental, social and corporate... 

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SECTOR CHALLENGES Sweeney says ESG-related changes will require companies to rethink old processes and take some big swings on emerging technology

FLSmidth’s acquisition of TK Mining to conclude end of August

By: Darren Parker     12th August 2022 The final closing of mining engineering, equipment and services company FLSmidth’s acquisition of multinational engineering company ThyssenKrupp’s mining business TK Mining will take place on August 31, now that all conditions and requirements for the transaction have been met. FLSmidth confirmed... 

Doors opened by women engineers, scientists

12th August 2022 Women working as consulting engineers and scientists are opening doors of opportunity in mining by breaking down discriminatory attitudes and creating role models for the future, with the consulting engineering sector being an important contributor to gender transformation in mining, said mining... 

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Photo by SRK Consulting
CONSULTANTS’ CONTRIBUTION Mining will undoubtedly become a more inviting environment for women

Employing females could help address labour shortage - King

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has urged the resources industry to do more to encourage female employment in the sector, hosting a roundtable on jobs and skills in the sector. King heard from industry about what they are doing to invest in, develop and attract skilled workers so the... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BBE Projects nearing delivery of Venetia underground cooling system

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2022 Project delivery company BBE Projects is in the final stages of completing its delivery of a turnkey air-cooling system for diamond miner De Beer’s Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo, which is currently approaching the final stages of its transition from openpit to underground mining. BBE Group,... 

New Bill pressures mines to comply with water regulations

5th August 2022 In a release published in May by law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kirsty Kilner and senior associate Tendai Bonga it is said that the pressure on South African mining companies to raise their standards of environmental, social and corporate governance behaviour is expected to gain momentum this... 

A body of polluted or waste water in the foreground of a mine
WATER AT THE FORE Water and environment issues are being highlighted by the new environmental bill signed earlier this year

Sensible water management more evident at mines

By: Halima Frost     5th August 2022 Professional services provider WSP Earth and Environment in Africa, previously Golder Associates, water treatment lead Peter Wille says there has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives and local pressure from... 

A river being affected by mine water seepage with brown and orange tinges
SOLVING SEEPAGE There has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives

New telemetry product effective for mines

By: Halima Frost     5th August 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric software leader Johan Potgieter says the company’s telemetry systems can be “highly effective” in mines’ water treatment and purification systems, owing to their meeting the rigours and demands of the mining sector. Mines are constantly... 

A picture of two gentlemen with hard hats sat at a station with three screens in front of them displaying telemetry data and statistics
TELLING TELEMETRY The new EcoStruxure Geo Scada Expert system offered by Schneider Electric is perfect for mine water treatment and purification applications

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Project lets firm explore African opportunities

By: Mandisa Nyathi     29th July 2022 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider ICON Group states that a recent contract to install high-density polyethylene (HDPE) linings at a gold mine tailings project, in Burkina Faso, has provided an opportunity to explore projects, and entrench its footprint across... 

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SURFACE PREP ICON was appointed by geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax to install the HDPE linings for this project

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2022 Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen. Olsen, the leader of SRK’s data engineering team, spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview from Canada.... 

How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SA’s mining future rests on exploration turnaround

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The popular Junior Indaba, held in Johannesburg last month, highlighted once again that South Africa is losing ground on the exploration and junior mining front – with exploration being discouraged by a range of factors. Unlike many other jurisdictions, it appears that South Africa does not... 

ACTION NEEDED
Unless exploration increases very quickly, there will be a real lack of projects to replace the mines facing closure in the next decade
ACTION NEEDED Unless exploration increases very quickly, there will be a real lack of projects to replace the mines facing closure in the next decade

Mine water, waste skills deficit amid green mining transition

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The global green mining transition, which is driving a significant increase in demand for effective water and waste management in the African mining market, has highlighted a skills shortage, says WSP in Africa Earth and Environment MD Ralph Heath. “We can’t hire enough people and we are not... 

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
WSP has continued to work for mining companies across Africa while adapting to the challenge of keeping water and waste facilities operational remotely amid the Covid-19 pandemic
THE SHOW MUST GO ON WSP has continued to work for mining companies across Africa while adapting to the challenge of keeping water and waste facilities operational remotely amid the Covid-19 pandemic

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... 

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Photo by Bloomberg
MINING GROWTH Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that the sector will continue showing resilience and growth, remaining financially sound in 2022

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... 

An image of a Bond Equipment plant
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

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... 

A large uncut diamond on a bed of black kimberlite from a mine in Botswana
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH The mining sector in Botswana holds great potential for investors according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines

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... 

A large fuel tanker at a filling station in Botswana
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... 

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