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Nokeng fluorspar mine expects first shipment by midyear

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Fluorspar mining company SepFluor’s new Nokeng fluorspar mine, in Gauteng, is in the final stages of commissioning, which is expected to take a further three to six weeks to complete. After a difficult period for the global fluorspar market, from 2011 to 2016, owing to the closure of high cost... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
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From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Water supply pressure boosts mine water treatment demand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 Treating mine water has become more common as the mines try to minimise their impacts.  This has allowed for different types of water treatment options to enter the market, as well as a growing understanding of the environmental and economic impact, and where the water can be used to support... 

Water supply pressure boosts mine water treatment demand
EVERY DROP COUNTS Mines need to reduce their water consumption and also take into consideration the increasing need for water as the population grows

Tailings facility designs can save water at mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 At the start of the design process, the design problem and solution have to be conceptualised to allow for the design objectives for a tailings facility to be formulated. A range of techniques can then be used and applied to undertake the design, including appropriate analyses, to ensure water... 

Tailings facility designs can save water at mines
ADRIAAN MEINTJES Mining houses, consulting engineers and TSF contractors have refocused on new best-practice principles for design of tailings dams

Alternative water treatment pursued

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 Mine managers are investigating the use of existing wetlands or creating wetlands to passively treat some of their used water, thereby reducing the volume of water that needs to be actively treated before and during discharge, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm WSP Africa... 

Alternative water treatment pursued
KAREN KING The environment has benefited from the stricter legislation that governs how mines should treat their water

Consulting could play an increasingly important role in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 While the local mining industry is shrinking, this is not necessarily the case for the mining consulting industry, as the role of mining consulting firms has evolved in response to changes in the industry, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant... 

Consulting could play an increasingly important role in SA
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ SRK Consulting acknowledges the growing value of Big Data and technology-focused expertise

Improvement in mining industry will manifest only in time

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 There have been positive developments in local mining, such as the significant improvement in the relationship between government and industry stakeholders, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell, but he adds that industry, however, may not see immediate... 

Improvement in mining industry will manifest only in time
CHRIS CAMPBELL Stakeholders must remain hopeful that the mining industry can be resuscitated

Qualified lighting experts crucial for mining operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The importance for mines to consult on lighting requirements with lighting experts that are recognised by the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA) cannot be overstated, says industrial lighting specialist Magnitech technical sales consultant Petrus Cilliers. IESSA is the... 

Qualified lighting experts crucial for mining operations
LIGHT IT UP Magnitech’s products can be found in factories, power stations and mines

Demand likely to grow for mine-closure expertise

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 Mine closure is a field where best practice continuously evolves and there is likely to be a strong demand for this expertise as mines look to remain current and, in some instances, begin the closure process, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant... 

Demand likely to grow for mine-closure expertise
ABANDONED MINE In the case of an unplanned mine closure the implications are significant

Consulting engineers face volatility, lack of opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The volatility of the local mining industry, particularly in terms of Mining Charter III, coupled with political uncertainty and unstable power supply, is directly impacting on consulting engineers servicing the industry, says multidisciplinary engineering company GIBB Mining MD Alan Wingrove.... 

Consulting engineers  face volatility, lack  of opportunities
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SAFETY FIRST From a consulting engineering and project management point of view, mine safety is a key focus area and a business imperative

Need for external skills boosting consulting services

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The local mining consulting industry is healthy and growing stronger with mining companies’ increasing reliance on consulting companies, compared with reliance on in-house skills, says specialist mine refrigeration and ventilation consultancy group Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) director Richard... 

Need for external skills boosting consulting services

Rock engineering consultancy expanding service offering

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th April 2019 Outsourced rock engineering and seismic monitoring services provider Open House Management Solutions (OHMS) is continuously considering opportunities to expand its service offering to the minerals industry and develop in new, but related services, says OHMS MD Koos Bosman. OHMS has been in... 

Rock engineering consultancy expanding service offering
REAL-TIME MONITORING Open House Management Solutions can monitor the rock mass response in real time

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 While mining progress in West Africa will vary from country to country, with one or two discrete discoveries, developments often set significant change into motion, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting South Africa partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Recent studies have... 

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa
ANDREW VAN ZYL Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities

West African mining rising steadily

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 Mining activity in West Africa is increasing and this trend is likely to continue. New mines have been established in Mali over the past few years, as well as in countries, such as Liberia, which are not traditionally associated with mining, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting... 

West African mining  rising steadily
JOHN KWOFIE West Africans are expressing their right to benefit from mining activities taking place in their own backyard

SA mines can now use drone technology for underground mapping

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2019 South African systems integrator Ramjack Technology Solutions has formed an alliance with Swedish aerial robotics company Inkonova to supply underground unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) and mapping technology to the South African mining industry for use underground. Inkonova supplies... 

SA mines can now use drone  technology for underground mapping
GAME OF DRONES Initially used during wars and for defense purposes drones are now being used in mining and industrial applications

Recovery process aiding cyanide detox

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 To assist mining companies in managing and recovering cyanide, engineering consultancy AZMET Technology & Projects developed the AZMET cyanide recovery process (AZ-CRP) to provide an alternative to cyanide detoxification. AZMET’s focus is to provide a simpler and more cost-effective solution for... 

Quicker manufacturing of rope attachments provides competitive edge

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd March 2019 Mining equipment manufacturer and supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s short turnaround time for the manufacturing of rope attachments provides the company with a competitive edge to take on large projects in the local mining sector, Becker Mining SA capital senior GM Tom Searle tells Mining... 

Quicker manufacturing of rope attachments provides competitive edge
SAFETY FIRST Rope attachments are used in several vertical shafts where they provide a safe method of terminating the winding rope

Industry adopting more sustainable approaches to mining activities

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 As water balances are being calculated more precisely, the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling water are being adopted more strictly, as is the separation of clean from dirty water on mines. Consulting engineering firm WSP environment and energy senior associate Karen King states that... 

Industry adopting more sustainable approaches to mining activities
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WASTE REDUCTION Using cleaner production techniques, environmental control technologies and process re-engineering can further reduce waste output of mines

BI to expand offering in mining sector

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd March 2019 Bearings, power transmission and chain products distributor Bearings International (BI) hopes to increase its offering to the mining sector by providing various chain products to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that supply equipment to this sector, says BI mining business development... 

BI to expand offering in mining sector
BEST POSITION Bearings International is looking to bring stock holding to the mining sector to have stock in the branches, at the right place, at the right time

Contractor building infrastructure at Belfast mine

15th March 2019 Construction contractor Concor Infrastructure has been awarded the job of building dams, roads, platforms and other civil works at diversified miner Exxaro’s new digital coal mine near Belfast, in Mpumalanga. Concor Infrastructure is constructing four major dams, 26 concrete platforms and... 

Contractor building  infrastructure at  Belfast mine
DAM BIG JOB Dams are lined in compliance with environmental regulations and best practice

Company readies itself to be key supplier

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 Germany-based coal cutting machinery and gearbox manufacturer and its subsidiary Eickhoff SA is strategically gearing up to comply with the black economic empowerment (BEE) and Mining Charter requirements in the local market. In January, Eickhoff SA finalised the transition from a Level 8 BEE... 

Company readies itself  to be key supplier
ON AND ON . . . The continuous miner delivered to Exxaro last year has shown good return on investment

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th March 2019 Having initially focused on servicing the coal mining industry, screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has diversified to offer its value-adding services to the heavy minerals market in South Africa. The company can also service the broader African heavy... 

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector
VALUE ADDING SERVICES Aury Africa can service the local and broader African heavy minerals sector with high quality services

Coal will continue to be key resource for decades

15th March 2019 In its annual World Energy Outlook 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that coal will remain the largest single source of electricity generation through to 2040, at 26% of global electricity.  Renewables will have a role to play as future energy sources for the country, region... 

Council sees potential in coal exports

15th March 2019 In its 2018 facts and figures pocketbook published last month, Minerals Council South Africa notes that South Africa has an annual coal export potential of 110-million tons compared with the 75-million tons currently being exported. This would not only increase investment by more than 10% to... 

Council sees potential  in coal exports
ROGER BAXTER A collaborative approach is needed to develop and implement solutions for the mining sector

Order intake and sales increase for valves manufacturer

8th March 2019 Multinational valves producer KSB Group increased both order intake and sales revenue in 2018, compared to the previous year. This is shown by the interim figures for the company for the past financial year. The amount of incoming orders booked by KSB increased by €38.2-million to €2.304-billion... 

Order intake and  sales increase for valves manufacturer
ORDER INTAKE GROWTH Adjusted for currency translation effects, order intake for all regions grew, while currency-adjusted growth of the group was 6%

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September

By: Cameron Mackay     8th March 2019 Valve repair and engineering consulting company Brimis Engineering plans to introduce mobile repair and testing facilities for clients, particularly mining companies, which will be operational from September of this year. This will enable the company to combine the convenience of being on site... 

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September
MOBILE VALVE REPAIR SERVICES Brimis plans to take its mobile valve-repair and testing services to the various refineries from September

SRK Exploration Services appoints John Hunt local manager

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2019 SRK Exploration Services has appointed John Paul Hunt local manager, representing the Cardiff-based company that works in close collaboration with the SRK Consulting South Africa office in Johannesburg. Prior to joining SRK Exploration, Hunt served as senior exploration geologist at the Council... 

Auctions an efficient way to generate cash, reduce costs

By: Nadine James     1st March 2019 The term mining auction refers to a range of disposals in the mining sector, including the disposal of scrap and/or surplus yellow equipment, assets from business rescue and/or liquidation, and the disposal of mining concessions, explains Hogan Lovells partner Nicholas Veltman. The primary... 

Auctions an efficient way to generate cash, reduce costs

Consultancy implements responsible, sustainable practices for tailings facilities

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd February 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to improve project sustainability this year and lower the possible risks that can arise from tailings facilities. This includes regular inspections, geotechnical investigations  and necessary slope analysis, says... 

Consultancy implements responsible, sustainable practices for tailings facilities
TESTS AND MORE TESTS CPTu Style tests measuring friction and pore pressure during the sounding enables the company to interpret how consolidated the material is

Investment in new technologies in mining decreasing

By: Thabi Madiba     15th February 2019 The risk aversion of most mining companies has resulted in their being unwilling to invest in new technologies, which limits their competitiveness and growth potential, says emerging mining project management service provider Manhize Mineral Consultants (MMC) executive director Joel Mungoshi.... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

Battery metals a key opportunity for Africa

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 A number of exploration projects are moving closer to production, following a period of significant explorative work financed by investors in the African battery metals space, says minerals exploration and evaluation consultancy firm The MSA Group principal consultant for critical metals Michael... 

Battery metals a key  opportunity for Africa
OPTIMISING POTENTIAL To attract further investment into the wealth of battery metals available in Africa, countries will need to mitigate investor risk

Energy security in Africa remains a concern

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Amid a continued lack of access to stable and reliable energy sources in Africa – which are critical in supporting energy intensive mining operations – Zest WEG Group, subsidiary of leading equipment manufacturer WEG, expects the provision of secure energy for the African mining industry to be a... 

Energy security in Africa remains a concern
FULL ENERGY LINE SOLUTIONS Zest WEG Group can provide a reliable source of energy to miners and develop energy efficient process lines

Harnessing the power of data vital for industry

25th January 2019 With the rapid development of new technology and the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is disrupting traditional processes and the way people live and work, data is becoming a hot commodity, says engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons. The challenge does not lie in... 

Harnessing the power  of data vital for industry
WORLEYPARSONS TEAM WorleyParsons has the knowledge and expertise to offer a roadmap to help its clients navigate what is unfamiliar territory for many

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Long-time attendee and exhibitor at the Investment in African Mining Indaba engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting will showcase the full range of its mining-related expertise and solutions at this year’s Indaba. “SRK will once again exhibit at the 2019 Indaba, having exhibited at all the... 

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba
ANDREW VAN ZYL, MARCIN WERTZ AND HENNIE THEART The delegation that will lead SRK South Africa’s participation at this year’s African Mining Indaba

Company rebranding to be showcased

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng has begun to consolidate its opencut contracting entity Aveng Moolmans and its shaft sinking and underground business Aveng Shafts & Underground into a unified brand, which will be known as Moolmans. Aveng Mining operating group MD Stuart White tells Mining... 

Company rebranding to be showcased
BRAND UNIFICATION Aveng groups rebranding strategy is aimed at having the African mining market identify with the consolidated brand as Moolmans from the end of 2019

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to expand its mining capability and market share, especially in tailings, as well as assist mines in developing renewable-energy projects in remote areas where grid power is unavailable or unreliable, says Knight... 

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability
AWARD WINNING Knight Piésold won a South African Institution of Civil Engineering award for the design of the tailings storage facility of diversified miner Vedanta’s four-million-tonne-a-year Gamsberg zinc project

New maintenance solution for mining launched

18th January 2019 Industrial solutions provider BT Industrial has developed a solution that enables mine's processing plants to maximise operational hours while performing critical inspections and maintenance of corroded carbon steel pipes, MD Kgomotso Lekola reveals. Traditionally, plants are built with... 

New maintenance solution for mining launched
KGOMOTSO LEKOLA The balance that we need to strike is between increasing efficiencies and mechanising without necessarily putting people out of work
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