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Contract Mining News

Dismissal of R42m claim sends coal company's share price up

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2016 A R42.5-million claim brought against coal mining company Keaton Mining by opencast mining services company Megacube Mining has been dismissed with costs. The JSE-listed Keaton said in a Stock Exchange News Service announcement on Tuesday that Megacube would also be liable for its failure to... 

Companies ink deal to co-market hard-rock mining services in Africa

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 Australian underground hard-rock mining contractor PYBAR Mining Services announced a three-year agreement with LSE-listed drilling services company Capital Drilling earlier this month for the comarketing of underground hard-rock mining services in Africa. Capital Drilling is headquartered in... 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Eqstra H1 profit falls on exit of noncore operations 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2016 JSE-listed Eqstra’s profits plunged into the red during the first half of the 2016 financial year, as an exit plan and overall progress made on the company’s 2020 strategy – and resultant impairments on discontinued operations – weighed on the interim financial results. The integrated leasing and... 

Eqstra H1 profit falls on exit of noncore operations
Eqstra CEO Jannie Serfontein discusses the company's first-half performance and the impact its strategy has had on the six months to December 2015. Date recorded: 01.03.2016. Camerawork and video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Watpac slaps BC Iron with A$53m counterclaim

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd February 2016 Mining services provider Watpac Civil & Mining has fired back at iron-ore company BC Iron with a counterclaim of A$52.78-million as the legal battle between the two companies intensifies. BC Iron, which is seeking damages for alleged failures by Watpac to comply with a mining services contract at... 

Merger enables engineering firm to weather tough market conditions

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 Metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering has kept its head above water and has been able to secure new contracts despite the depressed market conditions in the mining industry, MDM executive director and founder George Bennett tells Mining Weekly. He attributes the company’s... 

Merger enables engineering firm to  weather tough market conditions
GEORGE BENNETT MDM Engineering is in the process of completing three projects in South Africa

Macmahon wins Telfer mining contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th November 2015 Australian gold miner Newcrest Mining has awarded a mining contract at its Telfer mine, in Western Australia, to project house Macmahon Holdings. Newcrest in September decided to retain ownership of the Telfer openpit mine, but took the decision to move to contract mining in an effort to save costs. 

Excelsior awards mining contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th November 2015 Gold developer Excelsior Gold has awarded an openpit mining contract to Hampton Transport Services at its Kalgoorlie North project, in Western Australia. Openpit mining was expected to start on November 16, with initial tonnes expected from the Castlereagh and Jackorite openpits, which along with... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental opencast mining contractor DynaD has renewed its focus on its after-sales services, partly owing to slow growth and development in a lacklustre coal sector, says DynaD drill and blasting director Chris Bester. “Nothing much happened in the coal industry in the past year,” he says,... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering
DK DRILL RIG DynaD service offering includes refurbishing the DK drill rig range

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

M&R holds line on resources-focused strategy despite commodity meltdown

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2015 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it has no intention of shifting its strategy away from the international natural resources market, notwithstanding the prevailing weak climate for commodities and a bleak immediate outlook. Speaking to investors on Thursday, CEO Henry... 

M&R holds line on resources-focused strategy despite commodity meltdown

Lack of projects, mining pressures challenging equipment suppliers

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 The “absolute dearth” of exciting, new mining projects, paired with the concern that South Africa is no longer a favoured destination for new mining projects are some of the greatest challenges facing equipment suppliers, states heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Sales Africa (Besa)... 

Lack of projects, mining pressures challenging equipment suppliers
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DECLINING SALES As large-scale projects are significantly limited, it is difficult for companies supplying equipment to the mining and construction sectors

Sentula narrows FY loss

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2015 Mining services provider Sentula Mining on Wednesday reported a marginal improvement in its headline loss a share to 41.3c for the financial year ended March 31, compared with a loss of 43.7c in the 2014 financial year. Its basic loss a share narrowed from 91.8c in 2014 to 50.5c in the year under... 

Macmahon flags multimillion-dollar writedown

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd June 2015 Mining contractor Macmahon Holdings on Monday announced that it expected to impair the carrying value of equipment and inventory held on June 30, 2015, by between $95-million and $125-million. This impairment would be in addition to the $130-million recorded in the company’s half-year financial... 

Finding good quality contractors a significant challenge

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 Among the many challenges facing the South African mining industry, such as strikes, skills retention and load-shedding, the challenge of employing and managing contractors seems to be significant, says contractor compliance management solutions company ComplyWorks MD Nicolai Massyn. He notes... 

Finding good quality contractors  a significant challenge
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PREPARING TO BLAST Finding quality contractors is among the biggest challenges for miners

Contract mining, outsourcing industry increasingly competitive

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 The contract mining and outsourcing industry is becoming increasingly ruthless, as big construction companies compete with smaller companies for contracts, says mining, construction and general plant hire company West Rand Plant Hire (WRPH). WRPH assistant plant manager Riaan Botes notes that... 

Miners turn to contractors during tough times

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 Amid commodity-price pressure and high extraction costs, mining companies are looking to mining contractors for solutions to reduce costs, says surface mining company MCC Contract Mining CEO Justin Colling. He says, as a result, contracting companies have been forced to reassess their operating... 

Miners turn to contractors during tough times
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT Mining contractors are in a position to decrease of increase the volume of their equipment according to need

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning 

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 An increased number of mining companies are seeking support from contractors for short-term tactical planning, as opposed to only long-term, strategic and life-of-mine planning, says opencast and underground mining consultant Sound Mining. However, Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke warns against... 

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning
Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke talks about the nature of outsourcing in the South African mining industry.

Company to optimise gold mine’s water treatment plant

10th April 2015 Water management company Veolia has been appointed to optimise, operate and maintain the water treatment plant of gold major AngloGold Ashanti’s Iduapriem gold mine in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality of the western region of Ghana, over the next two years. “This contract that will be handled by... 

Eqstra not selling contract mining business – yet

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2015 Eqstra Holdings was going to reduce its exposure to contract mining, but it was not yet ready to sell the troubled business, said CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. He said Eqstra would not sell its contract mining business in a “depressed market”. He said it would be prudent to first make the business... 

Eqstra not selling contract mining business – yet
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Walter Hill

Downer wins Fortescue work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd February 2015 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has awarded project house Downer Edi a A$720-million mining contract at Christmas Creek mine, in Western Australia. Downer is currently employed as the mining services contractor at the Christmas Creek 1 mine, while Macmahon Holdings performs mining services at... 

Local construction company secures contract in Ghana

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 South Africa-based privately-owned and managed structural steel, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, piping and platework (SMEIPP) construction company Redis Construction Afrika, which will exhibit at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba, in November announced that it had been awarded... 

Company increases African network through indaba

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd January 2015 Oil condition monitoring company WearCheck, a member of Setpoint Group, hopes to increase its network on the African continent and reach a new market of mining customers, MD Neil Robinson tells Mining Weekly. The company will exhibit at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is... 

Company increases African network through indaba
LAB WearCheck also aims to showcase its interest in wind testing, a deviation from its usual mining-related activities

SA mine fatality at all-time low, sets positive outlook for 2015

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2015 South Africa may be gaining traction on its ambitions of “zero harm” within the mining sector, with indications that the number of recorded fatalities in 2014 had reached a record low with the unofficial count at 84. In the run-up to the release, at the end of January, of the latest Department of... 

SA mine fatality at all-time low, sets positive outlook for 2015

Underground mining platform most active shaft sinker outside China

16th January 2015 With 22 active shaft projects under way globally, construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts’ underground mining platform is ranked the most active shaft sinking group in the world, outside of China, says Murray & Roberts Cementation business development executive Allan Widlake. The... 

Sandvik Mining supplies drills for contract miner Aveng Moolmans’ Nkomati site

By: Henry Lazenby     24th December 2014 Global mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining has recently provided one of Africa’s largest contract miners Aveng Moolmans with five diesel-powered drill rigs for use on the Nkomati nickel mine, in the northeast of South Africa, near Machadodorp in Mpumalanga. Speaking to Mining... 

Maintenance specialist upbeat about 2014 contract renewals

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of the DRA Group, has been awarded three contract renewals in 2014, which MD Gerhard Hendriksz says is indicative of the value-add service that the company offers. 

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime

7th November 2014 In response to the high incidences of workplace injuries, mining services company Group R Mining & Exploration runs training courses and safe work procedures workshops to assist its clients in empowering their workers to prevent workplace injuries, says company director Hein van Staden. “A... 

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime
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PAYING ATTENTION Group R Mining & Exploration offers training courses and safe work procedures that are in line with its clients’ safe working structures

New technology assisting Canadian miners 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th September 2014 Global contractor and engineering firm Redpath says its battery-powered mechanised raise-climber system and Wi-Fi communications for shaft sinking system, introduced to the Canadian mining industry in January, have been well received, as they improve mine safety and simplify mining operations.... 

New technology assisting Canadian miners
MECHANISED RAISE CLIMBER Redpath’s battery-powered raise climber uses lithium-ion batteries to propel the electric drive

Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2014 Eqstra’s Contract Mining and Plant Rental division served as a heavy drag on the company’s results for the year ended June 30, released on Tuesday. Group revenue increased by 9.8%, to R10-billion, compared with the previous financial year, while operating profit dropped by 9.6%, to R938-million. 

Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit
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Walter Hill

Ausdrill slashes profit forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd June 2014 Australian mining contractor Ausdrill has slashed its profit forecast for the 2014 financial year, which ends this month, as the performance of its African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) business disappoints. The company, which owns 50% of AUMS, said on Monday that it expected to report a net... 

Weighbridge solution installed at Mpumalanga coal mine

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Software development company Dariel Solutions is installing its Weigh Bridge Connectivity (WBX) goods-delivered and goods-received system at a diversified mining major’s coal operations, in Mpumalanga, says Dariel Solutions executive director Greg Vercellotti. Dariel Solutions secured the... 

Weighbridge solution  installed at Mpumalanga coal mine
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GREG VERCELLOTTI We have come a long way in terms of weighbridge automation

Turbulent SA mining industry challenging for contractors

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 Local hospitality services and facilities management company Tsebo Outsourcing Group has been affected by the recent platinum sector strike, which started in January this year, Tsebo CEO Clive Smith tells Mining Weekly. “Strikes, by their very nature, have a negative impact on the revenues and... 

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 Mining contractors could be forced to close shop as a result of force majeure being declared at the strike-affected operations of platinum majors Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. “Many of the general mining contractors survive on a month-to-month basis and the effects of... 

Platinum strike threatens contractor longevity
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PROTRACTED STRIKE, CONTRACTOR PLIGHT Mining companies are more likely to drop the axe on contractors than their permanent labour force

Training institute to upskill Northern Cape mineworkers

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 Black-owned private artisan training academy the Artisan Training Institute (ATI) has been awarded a contract by a South Africa-based diversified mining major to conduct training programmes at the facility for the next ten years. “The mining house is investing about R180-million in the... 

Equipment supplier aims to secure new contracts

By: David Oliveira     23rd May 2014 South Africa-based equipment supplier Schwalbe Import and Export is in negotiations with two Africa-based mining companies to secure contracts in July, after a tumultuous 2013, Schwalbe MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly. “Last year was a difficult year in the mining industry and Schwalbe... 

Data management is a critical concern

9th May 2014 Managing data has become a critical concern in the minerals exploration community, according to a global survey report published by software developer Geosoft in November. The report found that there was a growing need for effective data management in the minerals exploration community to attract... 

Supply chain services showcased at Wampex

By: Pimani Baloyi     2nd May 2014 Africa-focused supply chain administration solutions provider Sherwood International will showcase its solutions at this year’s West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) to be held at the Accra International Conference Centre, in Ghana, from May 28 to 30, says new business development GM... 

Supply chain services showcased at Wampex
Photo by Duane Daws
SUPPLY-CHAIN MANAGEMENT Sherwood International is identifying West Africa-based business partners
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