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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... 

BME shows product innovation at Limpopo mine

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Explosives and blasting company BME remains at the forefront in innovation with its modern electronic detonators, explosives and advanced technical services for optimising blast results and productivity on display at a platinum mining project in Limpopo. Involvement in the project led to the... 

BME shows product innovation at  Limpopo mine
EXPLOSIVE CAPABILITIES The XPLOLOG platform consists of a mobile device and website dashboard that integrates with a Cloud-hosted database

Legislation hampers small- to medium-sized surface miners

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Inflexible mining legislation that does not differentiate between small to medium-sized surface mining operations and larger, often underground, mining operations could cause the small surface mining sector to diminish, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. “Mines that... 

Legislation hampers  small- to medium-sized surface miners
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa is there to promote the industry and sustainable small and medium-sized surface mining industry

Zinc inventories continue to fall

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The poor performance of Chinese smelters and the closure of major zinc mines in the past two years have led to global and refined zinc inventories continuing to fall, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “Many smelters last year chose not to buy expensive... 

Zinc inventories continue to fall
Photo by Bloomberg
REDUCED OUTPUT Many Chinese smelters last year chose not to buy expensive concentrate and instead cut down on consumption rates and production

Secondary mine ventilation system cutting costs

5th April 2019 Australian base water evaporator and ventilation solution provider Minetek has made available its patented secondary mine ventilation system, based on a high output axial fan system. The new technological solution, engineered and manufactured in Australia, categorically offers power savings and... 

Secondary mine ventilation system cutting costs
I’M A FAN The newly launched secondary mine ventilation fan cuts costs of underground operations

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

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

Small company secures six contracts within months of charter’s implementation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 Black-owned mining services company Mmutle Mining Projects has secured six contracts with different mining companies since Mining Charter 3 was gazetted in September last year. In December, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe published the implementation guidelines of the charter, which... 

M&R Cementation awarded Palabora ventilation shaft contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2019 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has been awarded a contract by Palabora Mining Company for a 1 200 m deep ventilation shaft. The shaft, with a lined diameter of 8.5 m, will reach a final blind sink depth of 1 190 m before a drop raise takes it to its final depth.  

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 secures Canadian government funding for final process testwork

15th March 2019 Canadian rare earth elements (REE) exploration company Medallion Resources will receive up to $50 000 in funding from the Canadian federal government, through small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) assistance programme the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance... 

Company secures Canadian government funding for  final process testwork
Photo by Bloomberg
BY-PRODUCT MONAZITE Monazite sand is available as a by-product of heavy mineral sands mining operations and is recognised as an important commercial source of REEs

Mining Charter sets tone for mining suppliers and service providers

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The 2018 Mining Charter has increased the black-ownership target for suppliers and service providers to 50% +1%, compared with the 26% of the past few years, says supply chain and enterprise and supplier development (ESD) advisory company TK Global Experts CEO Kamogelo Mampane. Subsequently, many... 

Mining Charter sets  tone for mining suppliers and service providers
COMPLIANT MINES Mines should put strategies in place to achieve the targets set by the Mining Charter

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector

15th March 2019 Supply chain solutions provider Makoya Group has celebrated a successful five-year relationship with heavy equipment supplier HPE Africa, the sole distributor of Hyundai construction equipment in South Africa, and has affirmed that the partnership has been integral in securing the company’s... 

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector
TOP OF THE PILE Wheel loaders help maintain order in the stockpiles

Policy safeguards suppliers and service providers in mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The predominant policy that should be in place regarding the relationship between suppliers and service providers is an anti-bribery and corruption policy, says legal services company ProEthics founder, Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren. An anti-bribery policy and framework demonstrate a company’s... 

Policy safeguards suppliers and  service providers in mining industry
DR JANETTE MINNAAR-VAN VEIJEREN When entering into a contract, service providers, subcontractors and consultants are bound by a mining company’s ethics policies

M&R’s underground mining order book rises to R25bn amid oil and gas slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2019 A strong performance from Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) underground mining business was insufficient to offset lower contributions from its oil and gas, as well as its power and water platforms in the six months to December 31, 2018. The JSE-listed company reported a 17% fall, to R9.8-billion, in... 

M&R’s underground mining order book rises to R25bn amid oil and gas slowdown

Aveng outlines piecemeal sale process being pursued at Grinaker-LTA 

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2019 JSE-listed construction and engineering group Aveng says the disposal process for Grinaker-LTA is well advanced, but has also confirmed that the company will not be sold as a single going concern. The R95-million sale of Aveng Water has already been agreed and newly appointed CEO Sean Flanagan... 

Aveng outlines piecemeal sale process being pursued at Grinaker-LTA
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack and CEO Sean Flanagan

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation  

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the implications of Mining Charter 3 for equipment manufacturers. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Aury Africa aims for expansion into PGMs sector

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa is planning to expand its operations into the platinum group metals (PGMs) market this year with the introduction of radio-frequency identification (RFID) audit and inspection solutions. Aury Africa regards the local... 

Aury Africa aims  for expansion into PGMs sector
EXPANSION INTO PGMS MARKET The company hopes to use its signature range of products and services, such as vibrating screens, to capitalise on opportunities in the PGMs market this year

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

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Hire compressors can play a cardinal role in keeping some local mines operational, especially amid ageing surface compressors that feed air underground, says portable air compressors and generator rental Rand-Air long-term rental business development manager Henry Fourie. Rand-Air provides... 

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions
HENRY FOURIE There are many benefits to mines hiring equipment on a long-term basis from Rand-Air

Gupta-linked mining contracting firm said to be liquidated

By: Bloomberg     2nd November 2018 A South African mining contracting firm owned by the Gupta family has been put into liquidation, according to people familiar with the matter. Westdawn Investments, which also trades as JIC Mining Services, has debt of almost R60-million, said the people, who asked not to be named because the... 

Upgrades to mine increase plant efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 Mining electrical equipment manufacturer Emis Sales 2002 has completed upgrade projects comprising the design and installation of communication, automation and protection systems at South African anthracite producer and exporter Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in KwaZulu-Natal, to improve... 

Upgrades to mine  increase plant efficiency
INDOOR The upgraded SBV vacuum circuit breaker switchboard offers higher continuously rated currents

Sasol Lake Charles – a picture worth $11.13-billion

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol has invested billions of dollars in the Lake Charles Chemical Projects, in the US, which entails a steam cracking plant, and ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol storage and piping facilities for the product and its derivatives. Specialized storage... 

Sasol Lake Charles  – a picture worth $11.13-billion
ETHYLENE OXIDE & GLYCOL Units being installed on site

Lake Charles on track and within budget

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Next year will be a defining year for petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol, with the start-up of its Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, which is earmarked as a catalyst for transforming Sasol’s earnings profile. In its 2018 annual results, Sasol announced that it had achieved... 

Lake Charles on track and  within budget
BOILING POINT The Lake Charles boiler facility has produced first steam

Last of four mines to be completed

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol forecasts it will complete the 10.5-million-ton-a-year Impumelelo colliery - formerly known as the Brandspruit mine - replacement project by June next year. The project involves the construction of a new 8.5-million-ton-a-year coal mine, which is... 

Last of four mines to be completed
AHEAD OF THE GAME The Shondoni headgear being installed during the construction phase

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 Contractor Basil Read’s mining division has added four new excavators from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai to its fleet of mobile mining equipment. The excavators – a Hyundai R520LC-9S hydraulic crawler excavator, a Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavator, and two 22 T Hyundai R220LC-9S... 

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho
UNEARTHING POTENTIAL Basil Read is using Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavators for a diamond operation in Lesotho

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets 

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2018 Following a series of capital markets transactions, which have helped stabilise Aveng’s precarious balance sheet, the JSE-listed infrastructure group has turned its attention to the disposal, by June 2019, of several noncore businesses, including its well-known construction business,... 

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on prospects for the group following some major interventions aimed at stabilising the balance sheet and turning around the struggling business. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.09.2018

Local mining services company owners win Entrepreneur of the Year accolade  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Mining engineer Samuel Molefi and his entrepreneurial wife and business partner Motlapele Molefi have won the Entrepreneur of the Year award – a premier entrepreneurial platform sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners every year. Samuel and Motlapele are founders and owners of Modi Mining, a... 

Local mining services company owners win Entrepreneur of the Year accolade
Modi Mining owners Motlapele and Samuel Molefi

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Embattled construction group Aveng expects to finalise the disposal of all noncore businesses by June 2019. Following a strategic review, the JSE-listed company identified Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Aveng Manufacturing, as well as certain properties and other assets, for sale. 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

MC Mining to negotiate EPC package with Chinese group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2018 Coal miner MC Mining has signed heads of agreements with Chinese construction group China Railway International Group (CRIG) to negotiate an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Makhado project, in Limpopo. Under the terms of the agreements, MC Mining and CRIG will... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’
M&R Cementation aiming to become leading mechanised mining operator in Africa

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project

By: Donald Makhafola     24th August 2018 Platinum producer Ivanplats, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines, is focusing on bringing its Tier 1 Platreef project, in Limpopo, into production in 2022, says Ivanplats VP and executive head of projects Gerick Mouton. The mine will produce platinum, palladium, rhodium, nickel,... 

Platinum producer optimistic about Limpopo project
PHASED PROGRESSION Ivanplats' primary objective is to reach steady-state production of four-million tons a year in Phase 1 of the Platreef project

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2018 The protracted tussle for control of Murray & Roberts (M&R) took yet another turn this week, after the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) overturned a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP), allowing M&R to continue with preparations for a potential combination with Aveng, despite the... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2018 The board of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has again guided shareholders not to accept ATON’s mandatory offer of R17 a share, which it argues undervalues M&R’s strategic platforms and business prospects. The board made the statement in a circular response to ATON’s... 

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

Support to ensure optimal performance

22nd June 2018 With mining operations remaining under pressure to optimise plants, original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers must be more dynamic and focused in terms of their overall market offering, says minerals beneficiation technology supplier MBE Minerals SA MD Johannes Kottmann. He says that... 

Support to ensure  optimal performance
THOROUGH MAINTENANCE MBE Minerals is capable of undertaking ongoing equipment condition monitoring, maintenance and service support

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Thursday that it would proceed to further develop a potential tie-up with Aveng after the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) sanctioned the outcome of an earlier shareholder vote, which approved a resolution stating that the proposed Aveng deal was not designed to... 

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Shareholders in South Africa’s Murray & Roberts voted on Tuesday for the company to look into a potential tie up with construction rival Aveng, sending Aveng's shares around 25% higher. The resolution got the backing of 52.06% of votes at the Murray & Roberts' (M&R) annual shareholder meeting. 

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Investment company ATON, which is seeking to acquire Murray & Roberts (M&R), has welcomed a Competition Tribunal ruling opening the way for it to vote all its shares at a general meeting at which M&R shareholders will vote on the merits of a proposed transaction with Aveng. The meeting is... 

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions
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