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Contract Mining News

Pre-owned equipment demand spikes

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th May 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic, and its related impacts, has caused severe delays for mining companies procuring new opencast mining machinery. As a result, mines and related contractors have turned to purchasing pre-owned equipment. Since the beginning of the pandemic, mining contractors have experienced... 

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future 

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Company showcases capabilities on flagship project

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Mining services provider United Mining Services (UMS) Group is involved in a twin shaft sinking, equipping and infrastructure project for the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana. Owned by Lucara Diamond Corp, Karowe mine is one of the world’s leading producers of large, high-quality Type IIA... 

 Image of a shaft infrastructure project site
SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTS UMS has provided early study input and has taken this twin shaft sinking, equipping and infrastructure project to implementation phase

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Investor announces sell down of equity position

15th April 2022 Investment adviser Appian in February announced a strategic sell-down of its equity position to global rare earths company Shenghe Resources. At the time, Appian noted it had substantially exited its position in ASX-listed Peak Rare Earths, generating strong risk adjusted returns for its investors. 

A group of men stood at a sign which says Peak Rare Earths at Ngualla rare earths project in Tanzanid
AT THE PEAK Tanzania's Ngualla rare earths project owned by Peak Rare Earths shows great promise

Oxide mill expansion successfully ramped up

15th April 2022 Gold producer Tanzanian Gold Corporation, referred to as TanGold, announced in February that the first phase of the oxide mill expansion of 360 t/d at the Buckreef Gold project is now fully commissioned, and production has successfully ramped up to design capacity. TanGold also cited its... 

Large steel tanks with a man on site at the Buckreef oxide mill expansion project
TANK TOP The new the steel carbon-in-leach tanks were locally constructed for the Buckreef oxide mill expansion

Firm looks to support mining entrants

8th April 2022 West Africa is now attracting attention for battery minerals mining with a renewed interest likely to draw in explorers and miners of various sizes and capabilities, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Ghana country manager and principal resource geologist Ivan Doku. He adds... 

Training provider opening centre in Ghana 

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions is finalising its applications to open a formal training centre in Accra, Ghana together with a local partner. Prisma offers customised and sustainable education, training and organisational development solutions to the African mining... 

A picture fo Prisma Training MD Jacques Farmer Looking out onto an Open cast mine wearing PPE
Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer discusses its plans to offer training and upskilling services to the West Africa mining sector. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Nominations for the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining open

By: Nadine James     8th March 2022 Industry organisation Women in Mining (WIM) UK on March 8 announced that the nominations for the fifth edition of its 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (WIM100) would open from 10:00 GMT. “We thank our confirmed sponsors, BMO Capital Markets, Heidrick & Struggles and BCG, for their... 

An image of five women miners standing underground at the Royal Bafokeng Platinum North shaft
WIM100 WOMEN? Nominees should be trailblazers, who persevere in the face of adversity and who advocate for and empower others.

Kimberlite research could help reverse emissions

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Global diamond corporation Alrosa Group is working with Russia’s leading research centres to study the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption capabilities of kimberlite to determine whether it could eventually be used to completely offset the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The results from the... 

A pile of kimberlite stones which are the general ore from which diamonds are mined
ABSORBING RESEARCH Alrosa's Research has shown that kimberlite ore absorbs emissions when subject to standard mining operations which use water in the processes

Mine transitions to owner-operator mining

4th March 2022 Gold miner Centamin’s underground operations at its Sukari gold mine in Egypt have shifted away from being mined by contractors to an owner-operated mine, owing to an independently managed contractor tender process. This change comes after the end of the five-year contract at the mine and is... 

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SETTING THE GOLD STANDARD Centamin’s flagship asset, the Sukari gold mine, is Egypt’s largest and first modern gold mine

Aveng narrows offshore listing focus to Australia and Singapore 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2022 JSE-listed infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng has reaffirmed its plans to seek an international listing and also confirmed on Tuesday that it had narrowed its offshore listing focuses to bourses in Singapore and Australia. CEO Sean Flanagan justified the group’s foreign listing... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
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Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Underperforming asset overshadows progress for Hummingbird

By: Darren Parker     31st January 2022 Progress in the development of Aim-listed gold mining company Hummingbird Resources’ assets in Guinea and Liberia was “overshadowed” by the underperformance of its flagship Yanfolila gold mine, in Mali, the company said in its 2021 fourth quarter operational update issued on January 31. The... 

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Yanfolila underperformed in the fourth quarter of 2021

Stanmore awards mining services contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 Coal miner Stanmore Coal has awarded a A$564-million mining contract at its Isaac Downs mine, in Queensland. The five-year opencut mining services contract was awarded to EPSA Pacific, marking a major milestone in moving the mine to full production, following the e completion of all regulatory... 

African Copperbelt a good mining destination – consultants

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The Central Africa Copperbelt is the obvious choice for miners looking to expand their copper portfolios, with the region being known for “world-class” deposits, says mining consultants The MSA Group. “Mining companies looking for a foothold in the region always focus on two things – prospective... 

Chrysocolla and malachite exposures on a rock face in Zambia both are copper ores
N PLAIN SIGHT Chrysocolla and malachite are so prevalent in the Central Africa Copperbelt it can be seen above ground in rock formations

Diamond producer reaps rewards of modernisation

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 v Russia-based diamond miner Alrosa’s significant investment in modernising and automating its manufacturing processes is aimed at improving operational performance and decreasing costs. 

A large yellow mine load dump haul truck entering a mine being directed by a miner at the Russian diamond producer Alrosa operations
BIG MOVER The modernisation drive being undertaken by Alrosa Diamonds across its operations is improving its efficiencies already

Work advances at Warrawoona

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2021 Gold developer Calidus Resources has finalised a A$210-million mining contract with contractor Macmahon for the Warrawoona gold project, in Western Australia. The contract involves the development of a new opencut mine, with Macmahon to undertake all opencut mining activities until December... 

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

M&R on ‘cusp of a multiyear period of strong earnings growth’ 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2021 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it is “on the cusp of a multiyear period of strong earnings growth”, a claim underpinned by an order book that has grown to an all-time high of R60.7-billion, from R54.2-billion in 2020, as well as a strong project pipeline. The... 

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M&R CEO Henry Laas

Aveng says growth platform in place as it reports first positive earnings since 2014 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2021 Infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng reported headline earnings of R751-million for the year to June 30, 2021, the company’s first positive headline earnings performance since June 2014. The JSE-listed group, which has undergone far-reaching restructuring since 2017, has two remaining... 

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Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Machine learning reaches mineral prospecting

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 The partnership between mining consulting services provider The MSA Group and Canadian mining software developer Koan Analytics has resulted in machine learning being available to minerals explorers in South Africa and throughout the world. “The partnership offers access to the most advanced... 

A map of ore deposits in a x-ray type image Ontario Canada for MSA Group and Koan
MINERAL MAP Clients will be able to use machine learning technology to map mineral resources across the globe

Testing facility expansion under way

27th August 2021 Swiss multinational metals and minerals trade commodities group SGS has seen a rising demand for testing services to meet client requirements and, to facilitate the needs of its clients, it announced the construction of its new, state-of-the-art laboratory in April this year. 

Staff at SGS Group standing in front of a site being constructed at its better testing facility in Spijkenisse near the Port of Rotterdam
BREAKING GROUND The new groundbreaking state-of -the-art facility being built by SGS Group will allow for better testing

Turnkey projects to improve clients’ capacities

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) is executing two substantial projects in the local platinum group metals (PGMs) sector to improve the clients’ production capacities. “The full turnkey projects incorporate the majority of services... 

A large furnace being assembled and supplied to a platinum group metals client by Dickinson Group
COMPLETE COVER The full turnkey solution offered by Dickinson is currently being used on two platinum clients projects

Partner deemed fundamental for operator training

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th August 2021 Australia-headquartered global mining simulation technology solutions provider Immersive Technologies has been deemed fundamental in assisting Portuguese mining and construction firm Mota-Engil to fulfil its commitment to implement development programmes to upskill Gamsberg Black Mountain... 

Thiess wins major contract extension

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th August 2021 Mining contractor Thiess has been awarded a A$920-million extension by MACH Energy Australia to continue providing mining services at the Mount Pleasant coal operation, in the Hunter Valley. The contract extension would run for a period of four-and-a-half years, and would see Thiess continue to... 

Remote sensing key for construction in mining

By: Anna Moross     16th July 2021 Remote sensing techniques – the distanced procurement of information about objects or areas with indirect contact sensors – can improve the speed, accuracy and cost effectiveness of surveying for construction in mining, says University of Pretoria Department of Engineering and Technology... 

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Remote sensing techniques help to ensure effective production during the important phases of construction
SCHALK GROBBELAAR Remote sensing techniques help to ensure effective production during the important phases of construction

Pandemic approach ensures future prospects

By: Anna Moross     16th July 2021 Construction and mining service group Teichmann’s Covid-19 approach enabled it to not only create new opportunities in mining construction but also ensured work was completed on schedule.  

TEICHMANN CONTRACT 
By mobilising before the border closures and other Covid-19 restrictions were imposed by governments, the company was well prepared to complete the Moma project
TEICHMANN CONTRACT By mobilising before the border closures and other Covid-19 restrictions were imposed by governments, the company was well prepared to complete the Moma project

Portfolio growth spurs construction projects

By: Anna Moross     16th July 2021 The East Manganese mine construction project, in the Northern Cape, is part of investment company Menar’s strategy to diversify its mineral portfolio, says Menar head of projects Gerhard Cronje.  

EAST MANGANESE MINE
Construction at the manganese mine began in September 2020 with various civil infrastructure components
EAST MANGANESE MINE Construction at the manganese mine began in September 2020 with various civil infrastructure components

Australia’s Thiess extends AECI contract by five years

By: Donna Slater     6th July 2021 Explosives company AECI’s Australian subsidiary has been awarded a five-year contract extension by mining contractor and services provider Thiess for the supply of bulk emulsion explosives, initiating systems and related services to mines in Queensland and New South Wales. The Australian... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New excavator suited to local mines

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa says its new crawler excavator series is suited to earthmoving applications in South Africa’s mining and construction environments.  The R210 Smart Plus crawler excavator series was introduced to HPE Africa’s portfolio in May, with advanced design... 

MAKING GROUND
The new crawler excavators introduced to the HPE portfolio are suited to earthmoving applications
MAKING GROUND The new crawler excavators introduced to the HPE portfolio are suited to earthmoving applications

Manufacturer invests in autonomy research

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 As part of a continuous effort to optimise payload and improve customers’ profit margins, while decreasing emissions and impact on the environment, South African earthmoving equipment provider Bell Equipment has invested heavily in research and development in its drive toward realising full... 

GOLDEN MACHINES
Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'
GOLDEN MACHINES Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'

Aveng sustains earnings recovery into second half 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2021 Infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng reports that its earnings recovery – initially reflected in December interim results that showed positive earnings for the first time since 2014 – is continuing. In a trading update, the JSE-listed group reports that revenue and earnings before... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
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Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Company announces recovery operations’ profit

By: Cameron Mackay     25th June 2021 Gold miner Goldplat’s recovery operations achieved a combined operating profit of £4.2-million (compared with £1.053-million in March 2020) for the nine months ended March 31, 2021, as well as a combined operating profit in the third quarter (Q3) of this year of £1.16-million (compared with... 

GOLDPLAT RECOVERY
With the company’s local operations, the year-on-year decrease in Q3 operating profit was owed to increased cost per ton of material, acquired for Goldplat’s low-grade circuit
GOLDPLAT RECOVERY With the company’s local operations, the year-on-year decrease in Q3 operating profit was owed to increased cost per ton of material, acquired for Goldplat’s low-grade circuit

Northern Cape manganese ready to be mined

By: Halima Frost     18th June 2021 Specialist mining advisory company Ukwazi Mining engineer Jaco Mans tells Mining Weekly that South Africa has the capacity and capability to meet the increasing global demand for manganese. He explains that the Northern Cape holds more than 70% of the global manganese reserves and that the area... 

MANAGING MANGANESE
Ukwazi is able to help manganese mines optimise their processes and operations
MANAGING MANGANESE Ukwazi is able to help manganese mines optimise their processes and operations

Academy’s upgrades embrace Industry 4.0 approach 

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) has invested in a series of additions and upgrades to further ensure that learners are better prepared for the digitised, mechanised and automated future of mining. One of the most significant... 

TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE OF MINING The Murray & Roberts Training Academy has upgraded its systems and made new additions to embrace Industry 4.0 mining technology
Murray & Roberts Cementation education, training and development executive Tony Pretorius discusses the Murray & Roberts Training Academy’s paperless training management system.
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