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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. 

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... 

Project management software enhances financial planning
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 in explosives sector  yet to ignite
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... 

Local OEM’s overseas  partnerships boost growth
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Dezzi will expand its product range with a new articulated dump truck and joint ventures with global original-equipment manufacturers

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Botswana coal miner receives funding for production

20th September 2019 Botswana-listed coal miner Minergy announced last month that, despite extreme difficulty in accessing financial backing, it has successfully raised funding of P90-million from the Botswana Development Corporation, as well as from the Minerals Development Corporation of Botswana. Initial funding... 

Botswana coal miner receives funding for production
100 YEARS OF PRODUCTION The Botswana coal mine is going to be operating for a long time

Rietvlei targets steady state production

By: Darren Parker     20th September 2019 Junior coal miner Rietvlei Mining Company’s Mpumalanga-based Rietvlei colliery will achieve steady-state mining in the fourth quarter of this year. Investment holdings company Butsanani Energy CEO Gideon Krynauw – speaking at the Afriforesight Bulk Commodities conference held last month, in... 

Rietvlei targets steady state production
GIDEON KRYNAUW We hope to repeat the success of the Rietvlei project

Gold miner to expand ore processing in Senegal

6th September 2019 Canadian gold production company Dynacor Gold Mines has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with mining equipment provider KN Equipments and wealth fund the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Senegal for Strategic Invesments (FONSIS) to begin the process of strategically expanding Dynacor’s business globally... 

Gold miner to expand  ore processing in Senegal
Photo by Bloomberg
MEETING PROCESSING DEMAND As the new company would be the sole professional ore-processing facility in Senegal, Dynacor sees strong demand for its reputable and knowledgeable service

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July 

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2019 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has added a further R10-billion to its order book, which stood at R46.8-billion at the end of July, and CEO Henry Laas believes the backlog could rise even further in the months ahead. At the end of July 2018, the group’s order book stood... 

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July
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M&R CEO Henry Laas

Aveng nets R520m from disposals, says noncore sales to be wrapped up in 2020 

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2019 Infrastructure and resources group Aveng reported on Thursday that it had secured R520-million from the sale of six noncore businesses, as well as other assets, and that the process of disposing its remaining noncore businesses would be completed during 2020. The three noncore businesses not yet... 

Aveng nets R520m from disposals, says noncore sales to be wrapped up in 2020
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Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Capital Drilling delivers strong half-year results

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2019 Aim-listed Capital Drilling on Thursday reported an 87.3% increase in earnings a share for the six months ended June 30 to $0.037, compared with the $0.02 reported for the six months to June 30, 2018. The drilling solutions company’s net profit after tax surged 82.1% to $5.1-million, reflecting... 

Airborne tech allows for deep geological exploration in Australia

By: Cameron Mackay     9th August 2019 Continuous development and improvement in airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air’s geophysical survey technology makes the company’s SPECTREM plus system platform ideal for exploration and mapping of deep geology in difficult conditions in Australia, says Spectrem Air GM Louis... 

Airborne tech allows for deep geological exploration in Australia
SOARING AMBITIONS Spectrem Air will keep the SPECTREM plus system in Africa for about two years, but will most likely return to Australia to meet the demand for airborne geophysics

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme

9th August 2019 Australian mineral exploration company Lindian Resources has received binding commitments in a placement to investors to raise up to $1.3-million for the company’s inaugural drilling programme at the Gaoual bauxite project, in Guinea. The $1.3-million raised, which includes $200 000 from Lindian... 

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme
Photo by Bloomberg
EAGER TO DRILL With Lindian Resources now funded for the Gaoual drilling programme, the company is looking forward to drilling as soon as possible

Coal miner improves exploration capability with Geobank system

9th August 2019 Mining software solutions provider MICROMINE’s geological data management system, Geobank, has increased its presence in Australia’s coal mining sector by securing a contract with Australian coal miner Whitehaven Coal. This contract comes as global demand for Australian coal continues to increase. 

Coal miner improves exploration capability  with Geobank system
CUSTOMISABLE SOLUTIONS Geobank has been modified to suit Whitehaven’s work flow requirements, providing them with functionality designed for mining and exploration needs

Exploration company seeks to develop heavy mineral sands portfolio

9th August 2019 Owing to strong prices for mineral sands, Australian exploration company Broken Hill Prospecting has been actively promoting and seeking partners to assist in the development of the company’s Murray basin heavy mineral sands (HMS) portfolio. The company has secured extensive tenements in the last... 

Exploration company seeks to develop heavy mineral sands portfolio
HMS PRIORITISATION Broken Hill Prospecting has identified a number of targets as priorities for drilling to develop the company’s Murray Basin Heavy Mineral Sands portfolio

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour

9th August 2019 Australian gold miner Gold Road Resources’ Gruyere gold project in the eastern Yilgran in Western Australia delivered its first gold pour from the carbon-in-leach (CIL) circuit in the June quarter of this year, containing 1 138 oz of gold. This milestone, which was achieved safely and in line... 

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour
Photo by Reuters
READY, SET, GOLD Gold Road Resources' focus now turns to commissioning of the final components of the gold process plant, which is expected to be in the September quarter

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th July 2019 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of Murray & Roberts by ATON be prohibited. ATON, through Redpath South Africa, provides a range of mining services, including the excavation of vertical or inclined openings from the surface for... 

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R

Project involvement increasing for contractor

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th July 2019 Mining contractor Moolmans is showcasing its shaft-sinking and access development capacities at the Platreef platinum project, in the North West, with Shaft 1 close to the planned shaft bottom, at 982 m below the surface. 

Project involvement increasing for contractor
PROJECT UNDERWAY The expected completion of Shaft 1 sinking at Platreef is July 2020

Plant expansions, investment drive mine growth

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th July 2019 Mozambique-focused titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources plc has invested in three internal growth projects for its Moma mine, the world’s largest titanium minerals deposit, in order to increase its annual ilmenite production by approximately 20%. The miner benefits from relatively fixed... 

Plant expansions, investment drive mine growth
HARD AT WORK The processing capacity of WCP B has been increased by 20%

Bolting solutions include tensioning tools for mining applications

19th July 2019 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s Nord-Lock bolting solutions now include hydraulic equipment supplier Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioning tools, which are used to tighten bolts simultaneously, ensuring even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt load accuracy is... 

Bolting solutions  include tensioning tools for mining applications
OPERATOR DIFFICULTIES Owing to friction, tightening a bolt with traditional torque methods can be difficult for the operator to achieve the correct bolt elongation

New wheel loader ensures flexible features

19th July 2019 Construction equipment provider Caterpillar’s new 920K Compact Wheel Loader’s new features allow operators to tailor machine performance to individual preferences for added operating efficiency, while a choice of auxiliary-hydraulic systems expand the use of work tools for added utility. With a... 

New wheel loader ensures flexible features
OPERATING WITH EASE With a net power rating of 74 kW, the loader shows product enhancements that contribute to high productivity, versatility, operator convenience and safety, and serviceability

Hydraulic telematics, tracking tech optimises equipment, jobsites

19th July 2019 Construction equipment supplier Doosan South Africa’s new advanced telematics and tracking technology, referred to as Doosan Connect, is designed to make equipment and jobsites more efficient, economic and convenient, says DISA Equipment Doosan South Africa MD Darrel Holton.   Doosan is part of... 

Hydraulic telematics, tracking tech optimises equipment, jobsites
OPTIMISED EXCAVATING The Doosan DX300LCA hydraulic excavator machines have advanced features for high productivity, improved operator comfort, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance requirements

Concerns remain around ‘much improved’ 2019 mine rehab financial provision regulations

By: Nadine James     19th July 2019 There has been significant debate among stakeholders regarding the extent to which mining companies should be held accountable for mine closure, including ways of generating funds for this purpose, to ensure that the State does not carry the cost for mines that close prematurely or become... 

Concerns remain around ‘much improved’ 2019 mine rehab financial provision regulations

Company receives exploration permit for Brazil gold project

5th July 2019 Brazilian mining company Jupiter Gold received the exploration permit from the local mining department in Brazil for each of the three mineral rights that encompass its Serrita gold project. The Serrita project covers around 5 500 ha and is located in the state of Pernambuco, in the north-eastern... 

Company receives exploration permit  for Brazil gold project
Photo by Bloomberg
ROYALTY REVENUE Jupiter Gold will be receiving 50% of the gold revenues from the Pindaíba project, its first royalty project later this year

Strategies, trials boost provider’s presence

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Mining explosives solutions provider AEL Intelligent Blasting acquired full ownership of Brazilian explosives company Dinacon in April this year as part of its international expansion strategy, which will give the company an increased presence in South America. The acquisition includes a bulk... 

Strategies, trials boost  provider’s presence
LATIN AMERICAN EXPANSION The improvement of business and consumer confidence and other economic metrics in Latin American countries presents an opportune time for AEL to expand in this market

Gold miner distributed $690m in host communities in 2018

28th June 2019 Gold mining company Gold Fields’ investment in communities goes well beyond socioeconomic development and compliance spending, says Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee chair Dr Carmen Letton. The company is making considerable progress in sharing the value it creates with the communities... 

Gold miner distributed $690m in host  communities in 2018
Photo by Creamer Media
ATTENTION TO DETAIL Gold Fields continues to focus on building a more diverse and inclusive workforce

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa is encouraging suppliers, service providers and contractors, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to become associate members of the association to meet the industry’s future challenges. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar stresses that this... 

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised
COMPLIANCE GUARANTEE Procuring equipment from an Aspasa associate member will ensure compliance with the Mining Health and Safety Act of 1996, as well as the Consumer Protection Act of 2009

Company creates new opportunities, targets new regions

By: Cameron Mackay     14th June 2019 Water pump manufacturer and supplier Donnlee Pump Tech has increased its service offering to supply pumps and pump services to the copper fields in Zambia, as well as parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).   “We are targeting every mine, and are manufacturing and supplying a greater... 

Company creates new opportunities, targets new regions
MULTISTAGE PUMPS Donnlee Pump Tech has exclusively focused on the supply and reconditioning of a range of multistage dewatering centrifugal pumps to the mining industry

New techniques can yield optimum results, savings

14th June 2019 Using novel techniques, during the extraction and concentration phases of mined ore,  which focus on the efficiency and the associated operational costs, will yield optimum results for the miner, says pumps manufacturer and supplier Verder Pumps MD Darryl Macdougall. For instance, emerging... 

Pumps company gears up for refurbishment increases

By: Cameron Mackay     14th June 2019 Pumps refurbishment solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has expanded its premises, in Pretoria, to accommodate a marked influx of refurbishment orders from the mining industry. “While a new pump has a quick turnaround time for buying and selling, refurbishment orders need... 

Pumps company gears up for refurbishment increases
REFURBISHMENT OPTIONS Engineered polymer coatings, such as the Belzona product, include a selection of paste-grade materials designed to offer repair solutions for a variety of applications

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... 

Nokeng fluorspar mine expects first shipment by midyear
STANDING STRATEGY SepFluor has always planned to be a vertically integrated fluorspar company

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
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