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Contract Mining News

Platinum group metals can add million South African jobs plus R8-trillion to economy  

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2023 Collaborative marketing of platinum group metals (PGMs) has the potential to add a million more South African jobs and contribute R8-trillion more to the economy as the world greens and lowers carbon intensity. The combination of green hydrogen displacing natural gas and fuel cell electric... 

M&R reports progress in bid to regain control of Australian mining business 

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2023 JSE-listed engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) has announced developments that could result in it regaining control of RUC Cementation Mining Contractors (RUC), it Australian mining subsidiary that was lost to the group when its Australian holding company, MRPL and Clough... 

M&R CEO Henry Laas
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Epiroc to deliver $17m worth of new equipment to Kipushi in DRC

By: Darren Parker     23rd March 2023 Original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc has won a large order from mining contractor JCHX Mining and Construction for equipment to be used at an underground mine that is reopening in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “We look forward to supporting JCHX in making operations at the Kipushi... 

Mining services company reports third consecutive year of growth

By: Darren Parker     16th March 2023 Global mining services company Capital has announced a third consecutive year of material growth. The company's revenue for the 2022 financial year amounted to $290.3-million, a 28% increase from 2021, and at the upper end of its revised guidance of $280-million to $290-million. Earnings before... 

Re-pursue exploration to help re-build South Africa’s economy, says business booster   

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2023 Let us re-pursue the exploration investment that catalysed South Africa’s economic growth more than a century ago as a means of helping to rebuild South Africa’s struggling economy. That is among the ardent messages put over by mining sector performance enhancer Dilley Naidoo, the the director of... 

Dilley Naidoo, Director of Business Development, Rifle-Shot Performance.
Rifle-Shot Performance's Dilley Naidoo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Thiess wins A$155m contract in Chile

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2023 Contract miner Thiess has won a A$155-million mining services contract from joint venture (JV) Minera Centinela to perform full-service mining at the Llano copper project, located in the Sierra Gorda District, in Chile. The contract is expected to start in March 2023, with Thiess’ scope of works... 

Downsized M&R seeks salvation in mining and renewables after ‘devastating’ period 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2023 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas has described the group’s loss of control over RUC Cementation Mining Contractors as a consequence of its Australian holding company, or MRPL, having been placed into voluntary administration as a particularly “tragic” consequence of recent “devastating”... 

M&R CEO Henry Laas
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
M&R CEO Henry Laas

DRA secured new contracts, rebased the business in 2022

By: Donna Slater     28th February 2023 Deals worth A$638-million were awarded to multidisciplinary engineering, project management and operations management group DRA Global in 2022, as the group sought to strengthen its relationships with longstanding clients and broadened its geographic footprint. "Financial year 2022 saw the... 

The Two Rivers platinum mine
The Two Rivers platinum mine

Higher commodity prices failing to spur fixed mining investment  

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2023 The regulatory uncertainties and inability of the industry to transparently, quickly and efficiently apply for mining and prospecting rights in a corruption-free manner has had severe investment consequences, Minerals Council South Africa states in its Facts & Figures Pocketbook 2022. This is... 

South African mining remained a trillion rand industry for the second year in 2022.
South African mining remained a trillion rand industry for the second year in 2022.

Minerals Council welcomes 125% energy tax break in Budget speech

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2023 Minerals Council South Africa welcomed the government’s intervention on Eskom’s debt and the financial encouragement to stimulate businesses building renewable energy projects by offering generous tax incentives as outlined in the 2023 Budget Speech. The Minerals Council believes there should be... 

Aveng on track to settle its legacy debt by June

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2023 JSE-listed Aveng remains on track to settle the remaining R353-million of its South African legacy debt this year, CEO Sean Flanagan said on February 21. At its height in 2018, this debt amounted to R3.3-billion. During the six months to December 31, 2022, R125-million was repaid, reducing the... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

South Africa’s hydrogen corridor will create 14 000 jobs, says Anglo Platinum CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2023 South Africa’s hydrogen corridor, which has been declared a strategic project, will create 14 000 jobs and consume 63 000 oz of platinum, Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen told Mining Weekly on Monday. Viljoen’s interview by Mining Weekly followed the JSE-listed company’s presentation... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen (left) and FD Craig Miller at the results presentation.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Green hydrogen moves by China, India boosting outlook for platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2023 The firm embrace of the new green hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell future by China and India is a huge twin boost for Southern Africa’s great platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment, Mining Weekly can today report. Hydrogen technologies have a special relevance for South Africa as most of the PGMs... 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is intent on making India a global green hydrogen hub.
Photo by Hydrogen Council
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is intent on making India a global green hydrogen hub.

Sustainable mining companies can gain from sustainable finance trends – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2023 Mining companies that can demonstrate responsible and sustainable mining practices can set themselves up to take advantage of the current environmental social governance (ESG) and sustainable finance trends, says law firm Webber Wentzel. “In 2023, ESG will continue to gain regulatory traction... 

Webber Wentzel highlights funding opportunity for mining companies that are doing the right thing.
Photo by Creamer Media
Webber Wentzel highlights funding opportunity for mining companies that are doing the right thing.

Consultants offer energy efficiency planning, implementation

3rd February 2023 Making a mine energy efficient requires plenty of planning, which ideally means proactively designing for efficiency from an early stage in a project, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. “Many mining companies are embracing new technology for energy efficiency, but there is... 

A large open pit operation at night being lit up with flood lights and masts
OPEN TO SUGGESTION Mines need to be more open to energy solutions being implemented during the planning phase, as opposed to once the mine has been constructed

Contractor achieves consecutive safety milestones

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Drilling and grouting services company Rosond has marked a year of zero harm at platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela mine in the Limpopo province, South Africa. Rosond safety head Andre Kleynhans explains that the company is conducting pack grouting operations at the... 

n image of Rosond MD Ricardo Ribeiro.
RICARDO RIBEIRO The safety achievements are attributed to the culture of caring and responsibility inculcated on all Rosond’s operational sites

Capital achieves revenue growth again, expands its drilling fleet

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2023 London-listed mining services company Capital increased its 2022 revenue by 28% year-on-year to $290.3-million, slightly ahead of the upper end of its revised guidance of between $280-million and $290-million. This is the third consecutive year Capital delivered growth in revenue, following 68%... 

Preconstruction programme approved in principle

16th December 2022 In October New York Stock Exchange-listed mining house Platinum Group Metals (PTM) reported that the Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) Resources, in principle approved a R380-million pre-construction work programme for the Waterberg project, which focuses on early infrastructure, de-risking and... 

A map depicting the Waterberg project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa
COMPLEX PROGRESS The pre-construction programme for the Waterberg project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa has been approved in principal

Creditor believes Optimum should have already emerged from business rescue

By: Darren Parker     14th December 2022 The head of the creditors committee for beleaguered Optimum Coal Mine (OCM), Jaco van der Westhuizen, has alleged that the strategic intent of the mine’s multiple business rescue practitioners (BRPs) and mini-pit contractors is to “sterilise” the mine, stripping it of all its value, while buying... 

Creditor believes Optimum should have already emerged from business rescue

Clough and M&R’s Australian holding company enter voluntary administration after termination of Webuild deal 

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2022 A proposed disposal by Murray & Roberts (M&R) of its Clough unit to Webuild was terminated on Monday and Clough and its subsidiaries placed into voluntary administration in Australia with immediate effect, together with the JSE-listed group’s Australian holding company, MRPL. The announcement... 


Culture carriers vital in construction

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     25th November 2022 Contractors operating in the mining sector –  a sector defined by teamwork, trust and transparent communication –  must organically establish a cogent foundation for partnership throughout the construction process. To establish this foundation and ensure a positive outcome once the construction... 

An image of a leader coaching his team
CARRYING THE TEAM Culture carriers are influential and inspire others, and thus can be powerful drivers for the company

Tailings critical liability in mining – consultancy

25th November 2022 Tailings storage facilities (TSFs) represent one of the most critical liabilities associated with the mining industry, says engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting tailings engineering corporate consultant Pepe Moreno. With the spotlight focused on environmental, social and... 

A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting
DAM DRY A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

M&R to sell Clough unit for R4bn amid cashflow pressures 

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2022 In a surprise development, JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Tuesday that it will sell it entire shareholding in Clough Limited to Italian construction multinational Webuild for A$350-million, or about R4-billion. The company, which has undergone a major reorganisation over the last... 

M&R CEO Henry Laas
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

M&R Cementation appoints MD following incumbent's 2023 retirement

By: Donna Slater     7th November 2022 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has appointed Japie du Plessis MD designate, effective March 1, 2023, following the retirement of incumbent Mike Wells, who will leave the company at the end of February. Wells’ retirement marks the end of a mining career spanning... 

An image of Japie du Plessis
Murray & Roberts Cementation MD designate Japie du Plessis

Miners need to entice skills to market - King

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2022 The resources sector would need to take an innovative approach to attracting and retaining skilled workers, federal Resources Minister Madeleine King said. Speaking at a Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry event, King noted that many Australians held a poor perception of the... 

Image shows work boots and hard hats stacked

Edenville’s Rukwa project resumes operations

By: Darren Parker     11th October 2022 Following the planned servicing and repairs on the main machinery and wash plant at coal miner Edenville Energy’s Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, as well as the purchase of two additional trucks, production and sales have now restarted at the operation. In particular, the wash plant underwent... 

Rukwa coal stockpiles

Local supplier awarded conveyor distributorship

7th October 2022 Bulk materials handling specialist BLT WORLD has announced that it was appointed a distributor of materials handling manufacturer Convir stockpiling equipment in Southern and Central Africa earlier this year. The Convir range, which includes telescopic conveyors, stackers and other bulk handling... 

An artist impression of a truck on a ramp next to a conveyor loading system,
BULK BUY The range of bulk handling solutions manufactured by Convir is now being distributed locally by BLT WORLD

Company has unique blend of crushing, screening equipment on offer

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2022 Focusing solely on crushing and screening equipment, mining equipment provider Pilot Crushtec offers customers a unique blend of Finnish industrial company Metso Outotec’s and its own brand of mobile machinery equipment, to help optimise overall productivity and profitability. The company... 

Pilot Crushtec’s Pilot Modular range is an award-winning range of ready to use semi-mobile, skid mounted crushing, screening, washing and stockpiling equipment
AWARD-WINNING Pilot Crushtec’s Pilot Modular range is an award-winning range of ready to use semi-mobile, skid mounted crushing, screening, washing and stockpiling equipment

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

Murray & Roberts Cementation making progress with transformation

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2022 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation says it is making steady progress towards its goal of having a workforce that reflects the demographics of South Africa. “Transformation in the world of underground mining is not easy to achieve. We are getting closer and closer to our... 

M&R Cementation human resources director Tumi Smith
M&R Cementation human resources director Tumi Smith

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Union presses for prosecution after miner fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 The Mining and Energy Union has this week formally requested the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor pursue a prosecution against labour hire company Mastermyne over the death of coal miner at the Crinum mine, in Queensland, in September last year. Graham Dawson was killed after the roof of the... 

New pump launched at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Local manufacturer Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa, the South African division of global pumps manufacturer Goodwin International, officially launched its new submersible offering, the Goodwin SlurryChamp hydraulic submersible pump, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. The expo was... 

A large yellow submersible slurry pump
PUMP FOR THE WIN The design of the new SlurryChamp pump was based on Goodwins ANZE submersible slurry pump

Aveng’s strong full-year performance positions it well for long-term growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd August 2022 JSE-listed Aveng says improved revenues, gross margins and operating earnings, combined with strong cash generation, were underpinned by a stronger capital base in the financial year ended June 30. The construction and engineering group has completed its recovery and turnaround to profitability... 

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Employing females could help address labour shortage - King

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has urged the resources industry to do more to encourage female employment in the sector, hosting a roundtable on jobs and skills in the sector. King heard from industry about what they are doing to invest in, develop and attract skilled workers so the... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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