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Contract Mining and Outsourcing

Process Pipe

9th July 2019 Process Pipe and its newly acquired company, CAB South Africa, has established a national footprint as a wholesaler and retailer of carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Moreover, as Process Pipe & CAB... 

Mining contractor awarded contract extension with Ghana company

12th April 2019 Diversified mining services company Ausdrill’s wholly owned subsidiary contract mining company African Mining Services has been awarded a contract extension with mining company Ghana Manganese Company. Ghana Manganese owns and operates the Nsuta manganese mine in the western region of Ghana,... 

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

Demand for outsourced solutions rising in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th April 2019 Mineral discoveries in Africa have been on the increase in the past ten years and one of the major challenges for mines is finding expert solutions in countries that have developing mining ecosystems, says global boutique consultancy The Polyglot Group renewables and resources senior consultant... 

Demand for outsourced  solutions rising in Africa
JASON TODD In Africa, minimising risk is always high on the agenda

Local services provider offers long-term services in Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Leading turnkey furnace and industrial services provider the Dickinson Group aims to secure more long-term contracts in the outsourced mining services industry in Africa in 2018. According to Dickinson Group sales manager Brighton Mapiku, the company is working on completing three major... 

Local services provider offers long-term services in Africa
EXPANSION STRATEGY The Dickinson Group’s expansion strategy will continue to propel its growth across the continent

Services provider targets sub-Sahara

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Dubai-based remote site construction and services provider RA International (RA) aims to introduce its broad service-offering to the sub-Saharan Africa mining industry. The company aims to provide a variety of packaged solutions, such as turnkey accommodation, facilities maintenance, plant and... 

Services provider targets sub-Sahara
TAILORED SERVICES RA International’s site analysis allows for service delivery tailored for the African region

Services demand in Africa rising

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Over the past two years, local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi has registered a rise in demand of between 20% and 30% for its service offering across Africa. The demand can mostly be attributed to the openpit operations across South Africa and Africa, but also to openpit operations... 

Services demand in Africa rising
SERVICES DEMAND Ukwazi has a pipeline of clients requesting additional services, mostly in the Southern Africa region

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2017 While outsourced mining services specific to the resources sector are adequate for now, the depressed commodity cycle in South Africa has masked the need for outsourcing to robustly position itself for the future, says Independent process industry consultant, business analyst and chemical... 

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success
SANTOSH GUNPATH Global, rather than local macroeconomics will be the driver for the outsourced mining services sector

Training academy deriving ‘incredible’ value from simulators

26th May 2017 Simulation has resulted in a definite, dramatic reduction in training cycle times, says Bedfordview-headquartered mining contractor Murray & Roberts’ Murray and Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) education and training development (ETD) executive Tony Pretorius. With five, high-fidelity Cybermine... 

Training academy deriving ‘incredible’ value from simulators
SIMULATED LEARNING The Murray and Roberts Training Academy provides training for an exceptionally diverse client base, including gold producer AngloGold Ashanti

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider

26th May 2017 With a focus on safety and supporting its customers, the process of integrating diversified industrial-use products and services provider Komatsu and high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global has begun, following the conclusion of a $3.7-billion deal in April. On May 8, executive... 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider
RETAINING FOCUS Newly renamed Komatsu Mining will continue to promote and invest in the Joy Global P&H, Joy and Montabert brands

Turnkey Instruments

23rd May 2017 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Turnkey Instruments

Contract mining offers edge in depressed market  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Historically, mining was a highly protected industry and had a low propensity for outsourcing, but more operations are being outsourced across Africa, says global consultant and adviser Deloitte. This is owing to mines not having access to robust mining systems and processes, expertise and the... 

Contract mining offers  edge in depressed market
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA There is a direct correlation between the market size of contract mining and the commodities cycle/prices and investment patterns in capital projects

Greater demand for outsourced service providers possible

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Mining projects in South Africa have been placed on hold, owing to the current commodities oversupply and price slump, as well as the shortage of funding for projects, but the concern is whether South Africa will be able to ramp up production when the industry recovers, states specialist... 

Greater demand for outsourced service  providers possible
BRIDGING THE GAP Mining companies operating in South Africa might employ contractors to fill skills gaps once business conditions improve

South African EPCM business acquired by Swiss company

20th May 2016 Worldwide supplier of advanced technologies, products and services for the metals and mining industries Tenova has concluded the sale of its South African electronically commutated permanent magnet (ECPM) business operation Bateman Projects. The company announced the successful demerger in April,... 

Ukwazi

20th May 2016 Independent mining adviser Ukwazi strongly believes in following transparent and compliant mine planning processes by applying specialist teams that are focused on specific mining methods and commodities. “We follow outcome-driven project management principles and supply specialist technical... 

Ukwazi

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Although tailings retreatment is not new to South Africa, the country’s mine dumps, especially those of the gold mining sector, still hold immeasurable value that could increase the profitability of mining projects for clients and contractors, says materials handling and hauling expert Ncamiso... 

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps
Ncamiso Mining GM Fikile Mashinini explains the state and demand for outsource services. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Finding good quality contractors a significant challenge

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 Among the many challenges facing the South African mining industry, such as strikes, skills retention and load-shedding, the challenge of employing and managing contractors seems to be significant, says contractor compliance management solutions company ComplyWorks MD Nicolai Massyn. He notes... 

Finding good quality contractors  a significant challenge
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PREPARING TO BLAST Finding quality contractors is among the biggest challenges for miners

Contract mining, outsourcing industry increasingly competitive

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 The contract mining and outsourcing industry is becoming increasingly ruthless, as big construction companies compete with smaller companies for contracts, says mining, construction and general plant hire company West Rand Plant Hire (WRPH). WRPH assistant plant manager Riaan Botes notes that... 

Uptake of information and communications technology solutions improve mining operations

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 Technology and innovation have become important benchmarks of efficient and sustainable mining operations, says consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Africa. The company notes that, with the significant decrease in profitability in the South African mining industry over the past two years – owing to... 

Uptake of information and communications technology solutions improve mining operations
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VIRTUAL Cloud-based services lead to efficiency and operational accuracy for mines

Web-based mining VMS to be launched

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 Mining sourcing company Mining Web Index (MWI) will officially launch a Web-based vendor management system (VMS) next month to enable mining companies, service providers and vendors to conduct business in a corruption-free environment, the company says. “Given the level of corruption in business... 

Web-based mining VMS to be launched
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VIRTUAL ACCESS The Web-based vendor management system can be accessed from anywhere in the world

Miners turn to contractors during tough times

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 Amid commodity-price pressure and high extraction costs, mining companies are looking to mining contractors for solutions to reduce costs, says surface mining company MCC Contract Mining CEO Justin Colling. He says, as a result, contracting companies have been forced to reassess their operating... 

Miners turn to contractors during tough times
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT Mining contractors are in a position to decrease of increase the volume of their equipment according to need

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning 

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 An increased number of mining companies are seeking support from contractors for short-term tactical planning, as opposed to only long-term, strategic and life-of-mine planning, says opencast and underground mining consultant Sound Mining. However, Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke warns against... 

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning
Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke talks about the nature of outsourcing in the South African mining industry.

Turbulent SA mining industry challenging for contractors

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 Local hospitality services and facilities management company Tsebo Outsourcing Group has been affected by the recent platinum sector strike, which started in January this year, Tsebo CEO Clive Smith tells Mining Weekly. “Strikes, by their very nature, have a negative impact on the revenues and... 

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 Mining contractors could be forced to close shop as a result of force majeure being declared at the strike-affected operations of platinum majors Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. “Many of the general mining contractors survive on a month-to-month basis and the effects of... 

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity
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PROTRACTED STRIKE, CONTRACTOR PLIGHT Mining companies are more likely to drop the axe on contractors than their permanent labour force

Training institute to upskill Northern Cape mineworkers

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 Black-owned private artisan training academy the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) has been awarded a contract by a South Africa-based diversified mining major to conduct training programmes at the facility for the next ten years. “The mining house is investing about R180-million in the... 

Equipment supplier aims to secure new contracts

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 South Africa-based equipment supplier Schwalbe Import and Export is in negotiations with two Africa-based mining companies to secure contracts in July, after a tumultuous 2013, Schwalbe MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly. “Last year was a difficult year in the mining industry and Schwalbe... 

Helping contractors meet miners’ compliance needs 

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 Compliance management solutions provider ComplyWorks is rolling out its contractor and supplier management system at diversified miner Glencore Ferro Alloys and at platinum major Lonmin Platinum. Roll-out started at the two mining houses last year, but has been delayed as a result of the platinum... 

Helping contractors meet miners’ compliance needs
Mining Weekly writer David Oliveira speaks to ComplyWorks MD Nicolai Massyn about the company’s services.

Mining contract expands service offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th May 2013 Mining contractor Concor Opencast Mining, a division of construction firm Murray & Roberts Construction, tells Mining Weekly that, in addition to its opencast mining services, it is considering venturing into chemical and hot-waste handling, with the possible addition of slimes handling services,... 

Contract to distinguish owner mined from contract mined operations

24th May 2013 The choice between owner-based mining and contract mining is becoming increasingly critical as mines focus on improving ore quantities and grades at lower production costs, says consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting international business development director Rod Stewart. 

Skills training imperative for achieving fatality-free shifts

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th May 2013 Mining services company NewRak Mining senior GM Andy Brown tells Mining Weekly that, to date, the company has successfully achieved seven years and ten months of fall-of-ground fatality-free shifts at its operations. 

Tools reduce performance management complexity in mining sector

24th May 2013 Mining houses face significant challenges in performance management, and budgeting, forecasting and reporting (BFR), owing to the complex and volatile nature of many of the elements within these functions. 

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