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Contract Mining News

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 Coal-focused Boipelo Mining Contractors – a Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment joint venture formed by Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) and the Amandla TM Group – having recognised the opportunity presented by divesting majors, is actively courting players in the midtier and,... 

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

Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local bulk earthworks solutions provider Icon Group finalised the stormwater and civil infrastructure earthworks at the end of February this year for an expansion of coal miner Canyon Coal’s opencast Phalanndwa Colliery, which situated east of Delmas, in Mpumalanga. Icon’s work on the site is... 

 Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth
A COAL NEW WORLD Involvement in this project has provided an ideal way for Icon to become more established in the local coal sector

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

Necessity drives drill bit innovation

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling and Contract Mining, in collaboration with its subsidiary, drill bit supplier Thriftline, has developed a removable reaming shell for its diamond drill bits, which the company believes will significantly reduce drilling consumable expenses. The reaming... 

Necessity drives drill bit innovation
CORE VALUE Innovation is necessary for survival in the current sluggish economic environment

Autonomous drills improve safety for contract miner

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 JSE-listed Basil Read’s mining arm Basil Read Mining subsidiary Blasting and Excavating (B&E)has entered into a partnership with India- based original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Revathi Equipment and other local partner Paramount Tracks to acquire several C650 autonomous drills. 

Autonomous drills improve safety for contract miner
NATHAN WILLIAMS The way forward is to embrace disruptive technologies in the mining industry

Pilot Crushtec launches compact mobile crushing, screening equipment from Metso

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment specialist Pilot Crushtec launched a new range from mining equipment manufacturer Metso’s mobile and compact crushing and screening equipment last month that is well suited to local economic conditions. Pilot Crushtec CEO Sandro Scherf says that contracts have been... 

Pilot Crushtec launches compact mobile  crushing, screening equipment from Metso
MOBILE JAW CRUSHER The compact, mobile jaw crushers in the range are suited to contract mining and small to medium-sized operations

M&R confirms coronavirus-linked disruptions at two project sites 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2020 Specialist engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has initiated a study into the potential health and commercial effects of the coronavirus, or Covid-19, on its projects and people, confirming on Thursday that the outbreak was already affecting project delivery in South Africa... 

M&R confirms coronavirus-linked disruptions at two project sites
Photo by Creamer Media
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

M&R’s order book rises to R50.8bn on back of oil and gas platform recovery

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2020 Specialised engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Wednesday that its order book had increased to R50.8-billion during the interim period to the end of December, up 60% on the R31.7-billion level reported for the corresponding period in the previous year. The... 

M&R’s order book rises to R50.8bn on back of oil and gas platform recovery

Streamlined Aveng says core units are poised to grow as disposals taper 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2020 Infrastructure and resources group Aveng, which is at the tail-end of a far-reaching restructuring exercise that has already resulted in disposals collectively valued at R1-billion, reports that its two remaining core businesses – Moolmans and McConnell Dowell – are both operating profitably and... 

Streamlined Aveng says core units are poised to grow as disposals taper
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Exxaro, Bell partner up to enhance supplier development offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2020 Empowered resources company Exxaro Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with equipment dealer Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) to enhance the offering of its enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme. The MoU, intended to formalise a partnership within its... 

Exxaro, Bell partner up to enhance supplier development offering
Exxaro stakeholder affairs executive head Mzila Mthenjane and Bell Equipment MD Duncan Mashika.

Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions 

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 High-tech and global engineering group Sandvik is helping greenfield mining projects in Africa to power ahead through automation and digitalisation aimed at making mining safer and more efficient and sustainable.   “If you look at the global automation footprint, Africa is using some of the most... 

Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions
Mining Weekly correspondent Kim Cloete interviewed executives from global engineering group Sandvik on the sidelines of the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mechanical seal solution saves water at mine

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Pump solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) contributed to a Limpopo-based platinum mine’s water-saving initiative towards the end of 2019 by replacing the existing pump gland packing with AESSEAL single cartridge seals.   The replacement project resulted from the mine’s... 

Mechanical seal solution saves water at mine
SEAL OF APPROVAL MRS can provide affordable seal conversion kits to upgrade seals or change the OEM equipment seal environment to improve seal life

Pumps supplier aims to grow footprint of ‘technical excellence’

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa is focused on expanding its footprint in Africa by growing its network of local facilities and distributor partners. “With a history of over 18 years on the continent, we have a proud tradition of technical excellence and being committed to... 

Khoemacau begins decline development

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Development work is well under way at the Khoemacau copper and silver project in Botswana, with mining contractor Barminco beginning decline development for the new underground mine in Zone 5 this month. Early construction activities started in early 2019, with mine construction, development and... 

Khoemacau begins decline development
THE HOLE PICTURE The boxcuts are near completion, with decline development progressing well

Wescoal posts lower profit, comprehensive income and cash generation in six months to September

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th December 2019 South African coal miner Wescoal recently reported its performance for the first half of the 2019/2020 financial year (April-September). While, in comparison the previous six months, revenues stayed static at R2.1-billion, gross profit fell to R195-million from R276-million, total comprehensive... 

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated

By: Darren Parker     29th November 2019 Mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens is anticipating a surge in demand for proximity detection systems (PDS) next year. In 2017, the Department of Mineral Resources, as it was known then, issued a 2020 deadline for mining companies to implement stipulations laid out... 

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated
ANTON LOURENS As the 2020 deadline approaches, many late adopters are going to rush to be made compliant

Wescoal confident it is on the road to recovery, despite 'disappointing' results 

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2019 South African coal miner Wescoal on Tuesday reported its performance for the first half of the 2019/20 financial year (April-September). While, in comparison the previous six months, revenues stayed static at R2.1-billion, gross profit fell to R195-million from R276-million, total comprehensive... 

Wescoal confident it is on the road to recovery, despite 'disappointing' results
Wescoal CEO Reg Demana

Shaft maintenance integral to operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     15th November 2019 Mining solutions provider United Mining Services (UMS) suggests placing significant emphasis on the operational maintenance of a mine shaft, as this can ultimately optimise the functionality of the mine, negating the potential financial and time-based losses that occur when shafts are not... 

Shaft maintenance integral to operations
MAINTENANCE OPTIMISED United Mining Services aims for mining houses to save on capital costs and downtime when conducting maintenance on the shaft infrastructure

Shaft capping prevents illegal mining, improves ground safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     15th November 2019 Redundant mine shafts are becoming a growing risk for mining companies, owing to a sharp spike in illegal mining activities. 

Shaft capping prevents illegal mining, improves ground safety
COVER UP Shaft capping and sealing is undertaken to reinstate land to unrestricted use

Contractor says equipment provider critical to its success

8th November 2019 Engineering solutions provider Babcock’s transparency, combined with its range of leading construction equipment and its successful collaborations with customers, struck a chord with Lomeza Mining Services, who required reliable construction equipment to fulfil its obligations for a long-term... 

Project management software enhances financial planning

By: Halima Frost     1st November 2019 Construction Computer Software’s Mining and Industrial (CCSMI) division MD Joe de Klerk notes that two CCS software packages can be used simultaneously throughout a mine’s project management phase to maximise its profitability. He notes that the key to the overall success of any capital-intensive... 

Project management software enhances financial planning
DRIVING SAVINGS The two software packages available from Construction Computer Software help keep track of all financial aspects on the project

Transformation in explosives sector yet to ignite

By: Cameron Mackay     18th October 2019 Economic transformation in the mining, drilling and blasting industry remains slow and requires greater engagement from critical roleplayers, such as government, who should encourage the industry to realise the benefits of transformation, says rock blasting and demolition company Master Blasters... 

Transformation in explosives sector  yet to ignite
TRANSFORMATION TROUBLES Despite legislation, emerging black-owned companies still struggle with access to larger mining projects, owing to a lack of resources, experience and support

Capital Drilling secures mining services contract at Côte d'Ivoire project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2019 Mining services company Capital Drilling has entered into agreements to provide a full range of mining services at private gold mining and development company Allied Gold's Bonikro mine, in Côte d'Ivoire. In addition to an existing exploration drilling contract between the companies, Capital... 

Local OEM’s overseas partnerships boost growth

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Bulk handling vehicles original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Desmond Equipment SA (Dezzi), is aiming to capitalise on, and boost years of consistent growth in the South African market by expanding its product range and through partnerships. Dezzi, as the brand is named, are renowned for its South... 

Local OEM’s overseas  partnerships boost growth
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Dezzi will expand its product range with a new articulated dump truck and joint ventures with global original-equipment manufacturers

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Botswana coal miner receives funding for production

20th September 2019 Botswana-listed coal miner Minergy announced last month that, despite extreme difficulty in accessing financial backing, it has successfully raised funding of P90-million from the Botswana Development Corporation, as well as from the Minerals Development Corporation of Botswana. Initial funding... 

Botswana coal miner receives funding for production
100 YEARS OF PRODUCTION The Botswana coal mine is going to be operating for a long time

Rietvlei targets steady state production

By: Darren Parker     20th September 2019 Junior coal miner Rietvlei Mining Company’s Mpumalanga-based Rietvlei colliery will achieve steady-state mining in the fourth quarter of this year. Investment holdings company Butsanani Energy CEO Gideon Krynauw – speaking at the Afriforesight Bulk Commodities conference held last month, in... 

Rietvlei targets steady state production
GIDEON KRYNAUW We hope to repeat the success of the Rietvlei project

Gold miner to expand ore processing in Senegal

6th September 2019 Canadian gold production company Dynacor Gold Mines has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with mining equipment provider KN Equipments and wealth fund the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Senegal for Strategic Invesments (FONSIS) to begin the process of strategically expanding Dynacor’s business globally... 

Gold miner to expand  ore processing in Senegal
Photo by Bloomberg
MEETING PROCESSING DEMAND As the new company would be the sole professional ore-processing facility in Senegal, Dynacor sees strong demand for its reputable and knowledgeable service

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July 

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2019 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has added a further R10-billion to its order book, which stood at R46.8-billion at the end of July, and CEO Henry Laas believes the backlog could rise even further in the months ahead. At the end of July 2018, the group’s order book stood... 

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Aveng nets R520m from disposals, says noncore sales to be wrapped up in 2020 

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2019 Infrastructure and resources group Aveng reported on Thursday that it had secured R520-million from the sale of six noncore businesses, as well as other assets, and that the process of disposing its remaining noncore businesses would be completed during 2020. The three noncore businesses not yet... 

Aveng nets R520m from disposals, says noncore sales to be wrapped up in 2020
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Capital Drilling delivers strong half-year results

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2019 Aim-listed Capital Drilling on Thursday reported an 87.3% increase in earnings a share for the six months ended June 30 to $0.037, compared with the $0.02 reported for the six months to June 30, 2018. The drilling solutions company’s net profit after tax surged 82.1% to $5.1-million, reflecting... 

Airborne tech allows for deep geological exploration in Australia

By: Cameron Mackay     9th August 2019 Continuous development and improvement in airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air’s geophysical survey technology makes the company’s SPECTREM plus system platform ideal for exploration and mapping of deep geology in difficult conditions in Australia, says Spectrem Air GM Louis... 

Airborne tech allows for deep geological exploration in Australia
SOARING AMBITIONS Spectrem Air will keep the SPECTREM plus system in Africa for about two years, but will most likely return to Australia to meet the demand for airborne geophysics

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme

9th August 2019 Australian mineral exploration company Lindian Resources has received binding commitments in a placement to investors to raise up to $1.3-million for the company’s inaugural drilling programme at the Gaoual bauxite project, in Guinea. The $1.3-million raised, which includes $200 000 from Lindian... 

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme
Photo by Bloomberg
EAGER TO DRILL With Lindian Resources now funded for the Gaoual drilling programme, the company is looking forward to drilling as soon as possible

Coal miner improves exploration capability with Geobank system

9th August 2019 Mining software solutions provider MICROMINE’s geological data management system, Geobank, has increased its presence in Australia’s coal mining sector by securing a contract with Australian coal miner Whitehaven Coal. This contract comes as global demand for Australian coal continues to increase. 

Coal miner improves exploration capability  with Geobank system
CUSTOMISABLE SOLUTIONS Geobank has been modified to suit Whitehaven’s work flow requirements, providing them with functionality designed for mining and exploration needs

Exploration company seeks to develop heavy mineral sands portfolio

9th August 2019 Owing to strong prices for mineral sands, Australian exploration company Broken Hill Prospecting has been actively promoting and seeking partners to assist in the development of the company’s Murray basin heavy mineral sands (HMS) portfolio. The company has secured extensive tenements in the last... 

Exploration company seeks to develop heavy mineral sands portfolio
HMS PRIORITISATION Broken Hill Prospecting has identified a number of targets as priorities for drilling to develop the company’s Murray Basin Heavy Mineral Sands portfolio

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour

9th August 2019 Australian gold miner Gold Road Resources’ Gruyere gold project in the eastern Yilgran in Western Australia delivered its first gold pour from the carbon-in-leach (CIL) circuit in the June quarter of this year, containing 1 138 oz of gold. This milestone, which was achieved safely and in line... 

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour
Photo by Reuters
READY, SET, GOLD Gold Road Resources' focus now turns to commissioning of the final components of the gold process plant, which is expected to be in the September quarter

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th July 2019 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of Murray & Roberts by ATON be prohibited. ATON, through Redpath South Africa, provides a range of mining services, including the excavation of vertical or inclined openings from the surface for... 

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R
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