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M&R retreats into a loss amid R622m Covid-19 hit 

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2020 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) estimates that the Covid-19 pandemic had a R622-million negative impact on its results for the 2020 financial year, during which the company retreated into a lossmaking position. The JSE-listed group reported a loss before interest and tax... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the extension of the Brockman 4 iron-ore mine – demonstrates the adverse environmental and cultural impact... 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT 
Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil
Photo by Reuters
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil

Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 Before the Covid-19 outbreak, major mining companies indicated that, for the first time in many years, government and the mining industry were having meaningful dialogue that could realise positive outcomes, says diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor Construction CEO... 

COLLABORATION EXPECTATION
A more collaborative approach regarding the development of mining infrastructure is expected in future, as well as more involvement by the State
COLLABORATION EXPECTATION A more collaborative approach regarding the development of mining infrastructure is expected in future, as well as more involvement by the State

Basil Read Limited's business rescue progressing

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2020 The implementation of the business rescue plan of embattled construction company Basil Read Limited (BRL), a subsidiary of Basil Read Holdings, continues, even as its effect at a group level remains uncertain until its completion. According to monthly reports published by the business rescue... 

Rented mobile equipment presents opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 With the resumption of activities in different economic sectors, such as the mining industry, local lubrication equipment supplier Industrial Fluid Solutions (IFS) CEO Gustav Fourie states that there has been an increase in demand for fluid-handling equipment which would reduce manpower... 

Chute design’s complexity necessitates credible supplier

29th May 2020 The prevailing perception that anyone can build a transfer chute, and that the construction is little more than platework, is one that has lured companies into thinking that chute manufacture poses, “an easy opportunity to fill a gap in their broader product offering”, Weba Chute Systems MD Mark... 

SMOOTH OPERATOR 
Custom engineered Weba Chute Systems offer major advantages to mining operations
SMOOTH OPERATOR Custom engineered Weba Chute Systems offer major advantages to mining operations

Moolmans remobilises after lockdown, but Aveng warns of liquidity risks

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2020 Construction and engineering group Aveng reports that the group’s South African contract-mining subsidiary, Moolmans, has recommenced full operations at the majority of its opencast contracts, while its underground project at Platreef is operating at 50% of capacity in line with South Africa’s... 

New blood key to Mining 4.0 transition

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Although driving youth participation and innovation in the mining industry is crucial, the advent of Industry 4.0 in the mining industry (Mining 4.0) often makes it challenging, as the youth perceives the industry as less attractive, when compared with other mainstream career fields. 

MINING FOR THE FUTURE
Mining 4.0 is about integrating people with technology to allow for seamless cooperation
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
MINING FOR THE FUTURE Mining 4.0 is about integrating people with technology to allow for seamless cooperation

Sorting solution shows potential in metals sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining has provided X-ray transmission (XRT) sensor-based ore sorting technology for two local mining plant projects on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, which were commissioned recently. TOMRA Sorting Mining senior VP... 

XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET 
P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology
XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology

Mechanised hard-rock shaft-sinking tech being developed

By: Darren Parker     17th April 2020 The development of a mechanised shaft-sinking solution for hard-rock applications through rock-boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling’s subsidiary, Master Sinking – a joint venture between Master Drilling and the Industrial Development Corporation – is well underway. The... 

IT’S A HARD-ROCK LIFE
The development of a mechanised shaft sinking machine for hard-rock applications will add much value to the sector
IT’S A HARD-ROCK LIFE The development of a mechanised shaft sinking machine for hard-rock applications will add much value to the sector

Mechanised shaft-boring feasibility studies under way

By: Darren Parker     17th April 2020 Shaft sinking original-equipment manufacturer Herrenknecht is engaged in numerous feasibility studies with mining contractors in South Africa and other African countries, such as Zambia, for the potential use of the company’s mechanised shaft-boring machines. Herrenknecht business development... 

HITTING ROCK BOTTOM The Jansen project was the first time globally that mining shafts have been sunk successfully using only mechanical excavation
HITTING ROCK BOTTOM The Jansen project was the first time globally that mining shafts have been sunk successfully using only mechanical excavation

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

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,... 

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS 
Since its appointment, Boipelo Mining has consistently exceeded its monthly production target
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Since its appointment, Boipelo Mining has consistently exceeded its monthly production target

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... 

CONNECTIVITY

These interconnected UPS systems, with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, can be controlled or remotely managed and monitored from the control station
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... 

A COAL NEW WORLD
Involvement in this project has provided an ideal way for Icon to become more established in the local coal sector
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... 

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
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... 

CORE VALUE 
Innovation is necessary for survival in the current sluggish economic environment
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. 

NATHAN WILLIAMS
The way forward is to embrace disruptive technologies in the mining industry
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... 

MOBILE JAW CRUSHER
The compact, mobile jaw crushers in the range are suited to contract mining and small to medium-sized operations
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... 

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas
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... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
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 stakeholder affairs executive head Mzila Mthenjane and Bell Equipment MD Duncan Mashika.
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... 

SEAL OF APPROVAL
MRS can provide affordable seal conversion kits to upgrade seals or change the OEM equipment seal environment to improve seal life
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... 

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

ANTON LOURENS As the 2020 deadline approaches, many late adopters are going to rush to be made compliant
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 CEO Reg Demana
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... 

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

COVER UP
Shaft capping and sealing is undertaken to reinstate land to unrestricted use
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... 

DRIVING SAVINGS
The two software packages available from Construction Computer Software help keep track of all financial aspects on the project
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 TROUBLES
Despite legislation, emerging black-owned companies still struggle with access to larger mining projects, owing to a lack of resources, experience and support
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... 

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

Dezzi will expand its product range with a new articulated dump truck and joint ventures with global original-equipment manufacturers
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Dezzi will expand its product range with a new articulated dump truck and joint ventures with global original-equipment manufacturers
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