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Industry test mine piques interest  

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Of the initiatives and programmes implemented by the Mandela Mining Precinct, its industry test mine has garnered the most interest and positive sentiment from mining companies, universities and other interested parties. “About 40 companies have already expressed interest in using the real-life... 

Local procurement crucial to economic recovery

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Local procurement will be crucial if local companies are to benefit from the increased gold mining activity and the resultant increase in mine-related purchases, stresses industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). “We support the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery... 

KEEN SKILLS
The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability
KEEN SKILLS The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability

Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
Some of the testing conducted by the Advanced Orebody Knowledge programme included handheld light-detection and ranging scanners from a range of suppliers
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine.

DRC exploration ongoing

16th April 2021 Global mining house Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun announced in February that the company plans to commence an expansive 2021 exploration programme on its 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences. The exploration programme will include about 2 550... 

EXPLORE MORE
Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo
EXPLORE MORE Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Capital's West African expansion pays off as earnings rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2021 London-listed Capital posted basic earnings a share of$0.178 apiece for the year ended December 31, 2020 – a 130% increase on the basic earnings of $0.077 apiece reported in the prior year. The company’s net profit after tax was 139% higher year-on-year at $24.8-million, driven by strong... 

Webinar highlights aims for artisanal gold project

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 Zahabu Safi project deputy chief of party Lazarre Potier highlighted the three key objectives of the project during a webinar held last month on ‘Exploring gold potential in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’, which was aimed at drawing attention to the gold prospects of a country renowned... 

SETTING THE BAR
The Zahabu Safi project intends to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewellery buyers globally
SETTING THE BAR The Zahabu Safi project intends to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewellery buyers globally

Aveng hopes to build on first positive earnings since 2014 as restructuring nears end  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2021 Infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng, which is at the tail-end of a far-reaching restructuring exercise that has been under way since 2017, has reported its first positive earnings since 2014, recording headline earnings of R109-million for the six months to December 31. The recovery... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Contractor learns lockdown lessons

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 The main lesson learned over the past year is that, regardless of the challenges and new limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, good relationships are key to keeping businesses well-enthused and optimistic, says mining services company Basil Read Mining CEO Nathan Williams. “Even... 

BIG PLANS
Basil Read Mining aims to diversify beyond the commodities it currently works in, while expanding its geographical footprint
BIG PLANS Basil Read Mining aims to diversify beyond the commodities it currently works in, while expanding its geographical footprint

Proactive second half for coal giant

By: Halima Frost     11th December 2020 Diversified miner Exxaro, one of South Africa’s leading coal and coking coal producers, tells Mining Weekly that three of its five coal investment projects started production in the second half of this year. The projects include the Grootegeluk 6 expansion project, the Leeuwpan life expansion... 

GOOD LUCK 
The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines
GOOD LUCK The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines

PGMs miner focused on Waterberg mine project

11th December 2020 As reported by Mining Weekly last month, platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Platinum Group Metals is focused on advancing the palladium dominant Waterberg project, located on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. The project is planned as a fully mechanised, shallow, decline... 

R. MICHAEL JONES
Platinum Group Metals’ near-term objectives are to achieve the grant of a mining right for the palladium dominant Waterberg Project and complete construction
R. MICHAEL JONES Platinum Group Metals’ near-term objectives are to achieve the grant of a mining right for the palladium dominant Waterberg Project and complete construction

Transport system linking mining areas now operational

11th December 2020 As part of an expansion programme at local platinum miner Booysendal Platinum’s Booysendal concession platinum project, multinational ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr Transport Technology has been awarded a contract for the construction of a second RopeCon system. Once finished, this second... 

IN TOTAL ORE
For the expansion of the Booysendal mine, Booysendal Platinum opted for a RopeCon system to tackle the challenge of transporting 909 t/h of platinum ore
IN TOTAL ORE For the expansion of the Booysendal mine, Booysendal Platinum opted for a RopeCon system to tackle the challenge of transporting 909 t/h of platinum ore

Aveng's shares rise on recapitalisation, restructuring progress

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2020 Infrastructure and resources company Aveng's share price on the JSE rose by 50% on Wednesday, after it announced that it was making progress with its balance sheet restructuring and recapitalisation plans and that it expected to report improved financial results for the financial year ended June... 

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Thermal engineering solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) recently supplied a field-erected bulk air cooler for a mine site in Burkina Faso, in addition, supplying the associated condenser cooling towers for the associated refrigeration plant. Further to this, several cooling towers... 

COOLER CONDITIONS
Bulk air coolers reduce the working temperatures inside a mine, consequently enabling mineworkers to operate in better conditions and allowing for improved efficiencies
COOLER CONDITIONS Bulk air coolers reduce the working temperatures inside a mine, consequently enabling mineworkers to operate in better conditions and allowing for improved efficiencies

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Despite the challenges wrought by lockdown restrictions, mining and engineering consulting firm Mindset Mining Consultants has successfully completed a comprehensive longwall mining feasibility study for chemicals and energy company Sasol Mining. Sasol Mining sought ways of optimising its coal... 

FOR THE LONG-HAUL
Being able to supply coal over the entirety of the plant's life is key for Sasol Mining
Mindset Mining Consultants MD Alan Gissing and senior mining engineer Ronnie van Eeden discuss a recently completed longwall mining feasibility study conducted for energy and chemicals company Sasol. Camerawork: Darlene Creamer. Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 30.07.2020

Strategic penetration of pumps market under way

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Engine manufacturer Cummins is strategically targeting the dewatering pumps market in Africa and the Middle East using a two-pronged approach by working with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users. “We see a lot of opportunity in the pumps sector, with much room for growth. Pumps,... 

GIVING THE POWER BACK
The repower project in Ghana saw Cummins installing complete new power packs on the mine’s dewatering pumps
GIVING THE POWER BACK The repower project in Ghana saw Cummins installing complete new power packs on the mine’s dewatering pumps

Pandemic prevents further engagement on housing draft

28th August 2020 A call for further engagement with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) regarding the 2019 Draft Review of Housing and Living Conditions Standard has stalled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa. The draft standard requires that mines... 

NICO PIENAAR
The surface mining sector represents a large part of the overall mining community
NICO PIENAAR The surface mining sector represents a large part of the overall mining community

M&R pursuing open-pit services acquisition as it seeks ‘step-change’ growth in mining 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2020 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is considering acquisition targets in the open-pit mining services sector, where it is aiming to expand the presence of its mining platform, which has hitherto had an underground mining focus. CEO Henry Laas says that, although the... 

M&R pursuing open-pit services acquisition as it seeks ‘step-change’ growth in mining

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... 

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

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
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