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M&R CEO Henry Laas
M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown
1st March 2018 By: Terence Creamer

The oil and gas unit of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is actively pursuing projects in “complementary markets”, owing to a slowdown in new project activity in the... 


Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon
Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
16th February 2018 By: Nadine James

Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s... 


MRL H1 results in line with expectations
8th February 2018 By: Mariaan Webb

Mining services and processing company Mineral Resources Limited (MRL) on Thursday reported half-year results that are in line with its expectations, with revenue of A$962-million and earnings... 


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,... 


EXCAVATING INTEREST
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... 


EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES 
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... 


DIRO MINE 
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... 


DISTINGUISHED DRIVE
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... 


PROTECT AND SERVE
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... 


INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT
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... 


ADDITIONAL OFFERING
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... 


FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION
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.... 


AUTOMATED SYSTEMS
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... 


JEREMY CLARKE
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... 


OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHT
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... 


SECOND CHANCE
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... 


INCREASED ADOPTION
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... 


BUSINESS FIRST
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,... 


CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPMENT
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... 


TANGIBLE EXCITEMENT
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... 


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