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Engineering group Sandvik rides strong demand as profit tops forecast
5th February 2018 By: Reuters

Swedish engineering group Sandvik posted better than expected fourth-quarter core profit on Monday and said demand had been strong across all of its business areas. The Swedish maker of... 

Barminco makes strong turnaround
2nd February 2018 By: Megan van Wyngaardt

Underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco on Friday reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (Ebitda) of $75.6-million for the half year ended December 31,... 

The first two units of Komatsu’s PC700 excavator range to reach South African shores are already hard at work
Manufacturer expands offering
26th January 2018

To fill a perceived gap between Japanese multinational manufacturing corporation Komatsu’s PC600 and PC850 ranges of excavators, the company launched its PC700LC-8R SE (PC700) excavator in December... 

ERICA LAUBSCHER, TANIA PIENAAR & DAVE BAIGENT One of Tailtech’s strengths lies in its ability to run its plants located at large mining operations at a gross profit of up to 95% during some months
Tailings retreatment company to emphasise value of its plants
26th January 2018 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Although tailings retreatment has been practised for 16 years in South Africa, it is still relatively new; it is not mines’ core business and, therefore, they require convincing with regard to the... 

The Oena diamond mine will see the mining of alluvial diamonds over a 60-month period
Canadian junior mining company makes progress in Northern Cape
15th December 2017

Canadian junior mining company Tango Mining has made progress at its Oena diamond project, based in the Northern Cape in South Africa, appointing diamond recovery company Bluedust 7 as its mining... 

Afrmat invested R300-million into the Diro iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape
Company continues ramp-up of new iron-ore asset
8th December 2017 By: Natasha Odendaal

Industrial minerals, commodities and construction materials group Afrimat has successfully recommissioned its recently acquired iron-ore play, with full production on track for March 2018. The... 

Tshipi Borwa manganese mine boosts Jupiter to R336-million interim profit
6th December 2017 By: Schalk Burger

South Africa’s Tshipi Borwa manganese mine provided ASX-listed Jupiter Mines with an interim profit of R336-million, while its Australian Mount Ida magnetite and Mount Mason direct shipping ore... 

Triton shortlists two EPC contractors to spearhead Ancuabe construction
27th November 2017 By: Samantha Herbst

ASX-listed graphite developer Triton Minerals has shortlisted engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) companies Sinosteel Equipment & Engineering and MCC International as... 

The purpose-built LTP-B Eco HVAC drive can be set for different parameters such as fan or pump control
Increasing demand for variable-speed drives
24th November 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

Following the successful commissioning of two MoviDrive B ventilation and air conditioning variable-speed drives (VSDs) at an underground mine in the North-West, in South Africa, drive engineering... 

The Proloc and ProBeck relays are programmed to detect cable theft by identifying a change in electrical impedance of a cable
Relays assist with cable-theft detection
24th November 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable-theft detection,... 

DANIE BURGER There are currently a number of problems relating to the standards for the testing of brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining equipment
Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations
10th November 2017 By: Ilan Solomons

Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which... 

The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry
Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
3rd November 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider... 

BMG also offers extensive customer training on site at mining operations or at its upgraded premises
Project management facility designed to enhance every plant
3rd November 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational... 

Tech Edge Group offered a full turnkey solution service that included high-level design
Turnkey solutions provided for gold mine in East Asia
3rd November 2017

Gauteng-based mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge Group recently supplied winches, winders and a range of ancillary products and services for a new service shaft at a gold mine in East Asia.... 

Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment
Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing
3rd November 2017 By: Victor Moolman

Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although... 

A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management
Scarce funding necessitates effective project management
3rd November 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government,... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
South Africa’s Master Drilling expands into India, Australia
1st November 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Raise bore drilling company Master Drilling on Wednesday announced its expansion into India, where it will support a zinc mine, and Australia, where it will support a gold project. The Johannesburg... 

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development
20th October 2017 By: Mia Breytenbach

While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel... 

CoAL settles major liabilities, transitions into coal producer in 'extremely positive year'
13th October 2017 By: Mia Breytenbach

Following an “extremely positive and transformational year” in which South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) achieved significant milestones, such as settling significant liabilities and... 

Installation of the ball mill shell, following delivery of the ball mill are key milestones in progressing the project to production
First gold pour at new Mali gold mine by year-end
6th October 2017 By: Mia Breytenbach

The ball mill shell has been successfully installed at emerging gold miner Hummingbird Resources’ flagship Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule and on budget for the first gold... 

Yanfolila gold project, Mali
Construction progresses at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila gold project
27th September 2017 By: Mia Breytenbach

The ball mill shell has been successfully installed at Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources’ flagship Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule and on budget for the first gold pour by the... 

The trend of returning to underground mines and turning them into opencast mines is a cost-effective alternative to exploration
Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines
22nd September 2017 By: Nica Schreuder

Forsaken underground coal mines are increasingly being reopened using opencast mining methods, according to independent mining advisory group Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who... 

Trends and demands for an increasing availability of fuel cells are leading to increased adoption
Platinum mining to play role in emerging sector
22nd September 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

With there being a global increase in demand for all fuel cells, with low temperature platinum bearing fuel cells seeing the largest increase in market pull, independent analysis and advisory firm... 

ALL ENCOMPASSING Fraser Alexander is able to service clients across the coal washing and processing value chain
Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges
22nd September 2017 By: Nica Schreuder

Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to... 

The first German-Zambian Business Forum was held in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier this year to strengthen economic ties between Germany and Zambia
German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines
15th September 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

Nonprofit organisation, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aiming to invite more German companies to Zambia to display digital solutions for mining and Industry 4.0,... 

The mining sector contributes to Zambia’s socioeconomic development through the creation of jobs and new business opportunities
Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues
15th September 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

Zambia Chamber of Mines, and its initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ), is enthusiastic about the reopening of mining operations in Zambia, which it says will not only result in increased copper... 

There’s a tangible feeling of excitement in the air at Kalumbila with the coming of the ME Elecmetal plant
Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry
15th September 2017

By the first quarter of 2018,  a building site in Kalumbila, in North-Western province, in  Zambia, will be transformed into a $40-million manufacturing facility that will produce high-quality... 

The H2Scan Hy-Alerta 500 instrument is a “highly versatile” hand-held detection device
Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines
15th September 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian... 

The primary cleaner has been supplied to mining company First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi mine
New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi
15th September 2017 By: Simone Liedtke

Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering introduced the company’s newest primary cleaner offering, the CleanScrape, to Zambia, following its launch at Electra Mining, which was... 

Customers are able to see for themselves the savings on the bottom line that are attributable to condition monitoring
Specialist helps Zambian mines save on maintenance costs
15th September 2017

More and more mines in Zambia are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and... 

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