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Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba

Company faces import/export challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     18th March 2022 Mine ventilation and cooling specialists BBE Group tells Mining Weekly that the biggest challenge it currently faces in delivering projects is the global supply chain and logistics. “Delays on the import front result, in turn, in delays on the fabrication and manufacturing fronts. Especially our... 

Training provider focuses on safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     18th March 2022 Mining training solutions provider Prisma ensures that it takes a “deeper look” into the safety aspects of its training for individuals operating machines on site or those who are part of a blasting crew. “As a training provider, we focus on the safety element to ensure that, once learners are... 

Image of workers conducting training on site
KEEPING ON Despite Covid-19, Prisma has been considering a distance learning approach for the purpose of assessments

Mining offerings entrenched

18th March 2022 Professional services firm WSP in Africa provides mining houses across the continent with access to a full spectrum of “world-class” engineering, environmental sustainability advisory and implementation services. The firm states that it has the experience and breadth of offering in place to... 

Compressors are worth ‘their weight in gold’

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th March 2021 Rand-Air recently secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining industry; when underground compressors were required, Rand-Air met the customer’s specific requirements, explains Rand-Air sales consultant Marinda Enslin. She adds that Rand-Air was the only company then and now... 

SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Rand-Air is supplying a gold-processing and refinery plant with three electric oil-free compressors on a long-term rental basis
SUPPLY AND DEMAND Rand-Air is supplying a gold-processing and refinery plant with three electric oil-free compressors on a long-term rental basis

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities

12th March 2021 Despite the severe disruption of the global movement of goods during the early stages of Covid-19, most countries and companies were able to introduce mechanisms to allow for activity to resume, notes independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Lisl... 

TEAMWORK 
A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support
TEAMWORK A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support

Plant installs thickeners to dewater tailings

12th March 2021 Engineering company FLSmidth was chosen as the preferred provider for four large bolted thickeners for a large coal customer in Mozambique. Two of the thickeners are designed to reduce water load on the filters allowing for a drier filter product, while the other two thickeners recover water from... 

QUICK AND EASY A bolted thickener is quicker and safer to construct on-site, saving on costs and improving quality control
QUICK AND EASY A bolted thickener is quicker and safer to construct on-site, saving on costs and improving quality control

Solar reduces reliance on grid, generators

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th March 2021 Solar energy equipment supplier Valsa Trading reports that the solar photovoltaic (PV) ground-mounted structures that it recently supplied to a large mine, in the Northern Cape, reduced the miner’s dependency on the local electricity utility in addition to making the mine eco-friendly. The... 

Colliery installs filter press systems at processing plants

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th February 2021 Mining investment firm Menar will implement a programme comprising the installation of filter press systems at both of its Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) processing plants to maximise water reuse and recycling. The commissioning of the first filter press system is planned for next month, with... 

FRESH AND CLEAN All the water management measures implemented by ZAC will also ensure the protection of freshwater resources against pollution
FRESH AND CLEAN All the water management measures implemented by ZAC will also ensure the protection of freshwater resources against pollution

Education shift could bridge skills gap

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 South Africa has “excellent artisans” who have valuable experience in the mining industry, says end-to-end supply chain management company ITM Katope South Africa (SA) country manager Loraine Potgieter. 

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD 
The current shortage of artisans in the mining industry is a serious challenge that needs to be addressed
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD The current shortage of artisans in the mining industry is a serious challenge that needs to be addressed

Turbochargers critical for mining equipment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 Turbochargers are “critical components” for almost every diesel engine in production, says automotive turbocharger distributor and service provider TurboDirect South Africa (SA). 

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 Clean, uncontaminated fuel is key to optimal fuel system performance and engine longevity in the mining industry, says filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. 

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

Mining Charter sets tone for mining suppliers and service providers

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The 2018 Mining Charter has increased the black-ownership target for suppliers and service providers to 50% +1%, compared with the 26% of the past few years, says supply chain and enterprise and supplier development (ESD) advisory company TK Global Experts CEO Kamogelo Mampane. Subsequently, many... 

COMPLIANT MINES
Mines should put strategies in place to achieve the targets set by the Mining Charter
COMPLIANT MINES Mines should put strategies in place to achieve the targets set by the Mining Charter

Businesses encouraged to do more business in Africa

15th March 2019  Mining has long played a crucial role in the development of African nations, with the continent being renowned for having the largest mineral resources in the world. While gold ranks number one among African mining resources, the continent has a number of other valuable minerals including... 

INVESTMENTS
Anglo American is a major investment contributor in South Africa, pledging an investment of R71.5-billion into the country over the next five years
INVESTMENTS Anglo American is a major investment contributor in South Africa, pledging an investment of R71.5-billion into the country over the next five years

Policy safeguards suppliers and service providers in mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th March 2019 The predominant policy that should be in place regarding the relationship between suppliers and service providers is an anti-bribery and corruption policy, says legal services company ProEthics founder, Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren. An anti-bribery policy and framework demonstrate a company’s... 

DR JANETTE MINNAAR-VAN VEIJEREN When entering into a contract, service providers, subcontractors and consultants are bound by a mining company’s ethics policies
DR JANETTE MINNAAR-VAN VEIJEREN When entering into a contract, service providers, subcontractors and consultants are bound by a mining company’s ethics policies

Crossroads

15th March 2019 Crossroads is celebrating nearly 90 years of operations that puts it among the top firms serving customers’ logistics, supply chain and specialist requirements in Southern, East, and West Africa.  The now black-owned, Level 2 BBBEE business had humble beginnings when Joe Jowell turned his service... 

Crossroads

New platform to help resolve cross border mining services constraints 

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are two major challenges facing the supply of cross-border mining services in Africa – a lack of resources, such as skills and investment, and poor or nonexistent infrastructure – hindering the enormous growth in mining activity across Africa, says Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba... 

OPEN FOR DISCUSSION The Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba will provide a platform for supply chain, logistics and procurement professionals servicing the mining industry to come together and discuss their issues and how they can solve these challenges
Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba conference manager Ros Hinchcliffe discusses the value of the inaugural event. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Confronting Africa’s corrupt business culture

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 Corruption is a huge challenge with regard to the supply of cross-border mining services in Africa. Corruption seems to be entrenched in the culture of the way things are done in Africa, as anticorruption laws are not necessarily well enforced, with Pretoria-based professional ethics advisory... 

JANETTE MINNAAR-VAN VEIJEREN Organisations should rather share the valuable lessons learnt with one another and join forces against those who are there to exploit and corrupt the innocent
JANETTE MINNAAR-VAN VEIJEREN Organisations should rather share the valuable lessons learnt with one another and join forces against those who are there to exploit and corrupt the innocent

In-country partnerships vital to traverse cross border challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are several constraints that hinder the cross-border supply chain in Africa, but the most daunting are the logistical challenges, given the vast distances that need to be covered – primarily over very poor roads – and congested and inefficient border crossings, says facilities management... 

POSITION OF STRENGTH Sub-Saharan Africa has a reputation for historically having high barriers to entry, so International Facilities Services' presence has always been a competitive advantage
POSITION OF STRENGTH Sub-Saharan Africa has a reputation for historically having high barriers to entry, so International Facilities Services' presence has always been a competitive advantage

ProEthics

16th March 2018 South African professional ethics advisory ProEthics empowers its clients to fight dishonest business practices and prevent losses resulting from crime and irregularities, by promoting an ethical culture and responsible organisational governance. Pretoria-based ProEthics says ethics and risk... 

ProEthics founder Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren.
ProEthics founder Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren.
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