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Crushing and Screening News

Sandvik deploys its first locally made SmartPlant in Africa

By: Darren Parker     18th January 2023 A fluorite mine located about 100 km outside Pretoria has become the first recipient of mining technology company Sandvik Rock Processing’s first locally manufactured SmartPlant in Africa.   Following its recent commissioning, the 300 t/h plant has already met process guarantees and reached... 

Increased output attributed to facility expansion

By: Halima Frost     16th December 2022 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group’s Inyoni platinum group metals (PGMs) processing facility, in Gauteng, has successfully increased its operational output, subsequent to the completion of its capitalisation and expansion programme in March. This is based on Inyoni’s... 

A platinum processing plant in the sunset
UPPING OUTPUT Jubliee's Inyoni mine has exceeded operational output predictions after its expansion

It’s been a great year for Menar, says chair Mpumelelo Mkhabela  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2022 Despite its many challenges, 2022 has been a very successful year for the Menar group of companies. “We increased production at our operations, maintained our solid safety record, and made good headway in the development of our new projects,” Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela told Mining... 

Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

Supplier diversifies product offerings to grow in Africa

By: Halima Frost     14th October 2022 Bearings and power transmission distributor Bearings International (BI) South Africa, a member of the Hudaco group, has expanded its offerings to include low voltage motors of electric motor manufacturer ABB for supply to BI’s sub-Saharan Africa clients. “The decision to become an ABB distributor... 

The full ABB’s low-voltage process performance motors range all in one picture
LOW VOLT HIGH DEMAND The demand for ABB's low voltage motors has been Bearings International's sales figures glow despite Covid-19

Backstop boasts sizable installed base

By: Halima Frost     14th October 2022 Since being appointed as the official channel partner of backstop clutch manufacturer Marland Clutch in 2020, specialist power transmission supplier Novus Gear has garnered a significant installation base covering the majority of mines in South Africa. Novus Gear is the sole supplier of Marland... 

A yellow clutch with self oiling apparatus used on conveyor systems to prevent failures
NO GOING BACK The backstop clutch manufactured my Marland Clutch prevents a conveyor belt from running back under a load

Camera for material monitoring launched

7th October 2022 The mining division of integrated mining solutions provider Hexagon introduced its HxGN MineMeasure Detect – a three-dimensional camera hardware, software and data solution – earlier this year. The addition strengthens Hexagon’s leadership in production material monitoring and measurement. 

A conveyor system fitted with a 3d monitoring camera
WATCH IT MineMeasure Detect offers continuous, accurate and rapid measurement of oversize, volume, rock fragmentation and colour analysis

Company offers condition-monitoring capability

By: Darren Parker     7th October 2022 Vibrating-equipment manufacturer Kwatani is embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution by providing condition-monitoring capability to complement its service offering. Increasingly, customers are seeking original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that can offer the ability to remotely monitor... 

a Kwatani screen
EASE OF USE The sensors and measurement equipment used by the company are based on a widely used technology

Challenges rippling through to subcontractors

By: Nadine Ramdass     7th October 2022 Subcontractors have to contend with numerous challenges – budget allocations, delayed payments, primary contractors running into cash flow problems and navigating tender processes, many of which are often outside of their control – that continue to negatively affect their ongoing sustainability... 

An image of crushing
MOUNTING CHALLENGES Sub-contractors face a slew of challenges that affect their sustainability

Mobile crusher offering impresses producer

7th October 2022 Copper producer Kazakhmys Corporation invested in engineering group Sandvik’s wheeled UJ300 crushing unit for its underground copper mining operations. As Kazakhmys was “very impressed” with the productivity and simplicity of operation of the Sandvik mobile jaw crusher, the company has since put... 

Bearing assemblies for tough conditions

7th October 2022 Industrial equipment supplier BMG offers a comprehensive range of machinery manufacturer NSK’s bearings which extend from precision miniature bearings – used in machine tools and electronics applications – to giant-sized bearings for the steel and mining industries. Included in the NSK portfolio... 

An image of NSK's integrated bearing assembly
NSK INTEGRATED BEARING ASSEMBLY Integrated bearing assemblies feature high-strength spheroidal graphite iron housings and vibratory-specification bearings

Local supplier awarded conveyor distributorship

7th October 2022 Bulk materials handling specialist BLT WORLD has announced that it was appointed a distributor of materials handling manufacturer Convir stockpiling equipment in Southern and Central Africa earlier this year. The Convir range, which includes telescopic conveyors, stackers and other bulk handling... 

An artist impression of a truck on a ramp next to a conveyor loading system,
BULK BUY The range of bulk handling solutions manufactured by Convir is now being distributed locally by BLT WORLD

Manufacturer launches new range of mobile conveyors

7th October 2022 Mining equipment supplier ELB Equipment announced in May that it had launched its latest range of Powerscreen mobile conveyors, which offer reduced crushing and screening costs when combined with mobile conveyor loading solutions and can replace more costly loading equipment in many applications.... 

A large conveyor driven screening apparatus pouring material off the end
CARRY ON The new Powerscreen mobile conveyors offered by ELB Equipment can replace more costly loading equipment in many applications

Company has unique blend of crushing, screening equipment on offer

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2022 Focusing solely on crushing and screening equipment, mining equipment provider Pilot Crushtec offers customers a unique blend of Finnish industrial company Metso Outotec’s and its own brand of mobile machinery equipment, to help optimise overall productivity and profitability. The company... 

Pilot Crushtec’s Pilot Modular range is an award-winning range of ready to use semi-mobile, skid mounted crushing, screening, washing and stockpiling equipment
AWARD-WINNING Pilot Crushtec’s Pilot Modular range is an award-winning range of ready to use semi-mobile, skid mounted crushing, screening, washing and stockpiling equipment

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

Supplier’s equipment improves materials handling efficiencies

30th September 2022 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT WORLD’s MDS static and mobile trommels and apron feeders – which are able to screen rocks as large as 1.5 m –  have been designed for compatibility with other surface equipment in the mining sector. This includes crushers, feeders, recycling plants and... 

Company aims to expand product range

By: Cameron Mackay     30th September 2022 Local industrial equipment supplier Shumani Industrial Equipment is expanding its product offering to compete in the South African mining sector. While the company’s exposure to the mining market is limited, its products can be used for support functions in mining, rather than for the production... 

Pumps manufacturer proves its mettle at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Multinational pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves showcased its third-generation Mill Duty Xtra (MDX) heavy pumps to the African market at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. 

A large blue pump used in mills and mines for dewatering
A LITTLE XTRA The new MDX range of pumps has founded on three generations of success

Multotec technology assists in achieving ESG goals 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2022 South Africa-based minerals processing equipment specialist Multotec will have a strong presence at this year’s Electra Mining Africa (EMA) exhibition, and will have its in-house experts on hand to brief visitors on the company’s comprehensive line-up of minerals processing equipment. Multotec... 

Multotec South African operations CEO Rikus Immink
Multotec South African operations CEO Rikus Immink speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining Africa. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Boyd. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Wits Mining Institute to host three-day technology seminar

By: Donna Slater     29th August 2022 The University of the Witwatersrand’s Mining Institute (WMI) is set to host a three-day seminar on mining technology, from September 27 to 29, on the theme of “Turning research curiosity into twenty-first century minerals industry performance, relationships and technology”. The seminar, to be... 

An image of the DigiMine
The Wits Mining Institute's DigiMine

EDS promoting patented Multishaft Mill at EMA2022

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2022 Mining equipment manufacturer Energy & Densification Systems (EDS) has developed and patented its new technology crushing and milling equipment, the EDS Multishaft Mill. EDS will be exhibiting at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, in September, and will be promoting its Multishaft Mill... 

The EDS Multishaft Mill
The EDS Multishaft Mill

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

AfriTin completes construction on Phase 1 of processing plant expansion

By: Darren Parker     15th August 2022 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining has completed construction for the first phase expansion of the processing plant at the company’s flagship polymetallic Uis mine, in Namibia.  "The AfriTin team has [completed] the construction milestone for the Uis Phase 1 expansion project despite challenging... 

AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen

Comprehensive range of engineering solutions provided to various industries globally

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2022 Established in 1978, UV+IR Engineering continues to adapt its products to customers’ special requirements offering numerous design, manufacture, install and commission options for various engineering solutions. UV+IR Engineering’s host of turnkey solutions includes its mineral driers range, which... 

Comprehensive range of engineering solutions provided to various industries globally

FLSmidth’s acquisition of TK Mining to conclude end of August

By: Darren Parker     12th August 2022 The final closing of mining engineering, equipment and services company FLSmidth’s acquisition of multinational engineering company ThyssenKrupp’s mining business TK Mining will take place on August 31, now that all conditions and requirements for the transaction have been met. FLSmidth confirmed... 

Employing females could help address labour shortage - King

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has urged the resources industry to do more to encourage female employment in the sector, hosting a roundtable on jobs and skills in the sector. King heard from industry about what they are doing to invest in, develop and attract skilled workers so the... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

Creamer Media screenshot image.
Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

Creamer Media screenshot.
Photo by Creamer Media
Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Company introduces versatile scalping screen

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2022 Local contractors can now deliver desired results across a variety of applications by taking advantage of Finnish industrial machinery company Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen. Taking the nomadic nature of contract crushing into consideration, Metso Outotec paid particular... 

The new Lokotrack ST2.3 mobile scalping screen is the most compact mobile screener with wide screen and aggressive stroke in the company’s product portfolio
COMPACT MOBILITY The new Lokotrack ST2.3 mobile scalping screen is the most compact mobile screener with wide screen and aggressive stroke in the company’s product portfolio

Aura announces massive increase in uranium grade at Mauritania project

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Aura Energy has achieved an average 550% increase in uranium grade through pilot scale confirmatory results from simple screening techniques carried out at its Tiris uranium project, in Mauritania. Preliminary bulk leaching tests have also confirmed rapid uranium extraction of... 


Venetia aims to address shortages

17th June 2022 Following the protests over water shortages in Musina last month, a meeting was convened between the Musina local municipality, the Vhembe district municipality and diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia mine to find ways to assist the municipalities in efficiently and safely resolving the issue. 

An image of Venetia mine's building
RESPONSIBLE ACTOR While the provision of water is the responsibility of the municipality, Venetia mine commits to working with the municipalities and host communities to address concerns in a responsible and consultative manner

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Pilot Crushtec introduces new versatile scalping screen to the South African market

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2022 With a growing requirement to do more with less, contractors can now take advantage of industrial machinery company Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen, the versatility of which enables contractors to adapt the machine and deliver their desired results on a variety of applications.... 

Pic of Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen on display at Pilot Crushtec's premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg.

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Creamer Media screenshot.
Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

JV stalls, but still on offer

27th May 2022 Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced earlier this month that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, the board has been unable to secure a new joint venture (JV) partner to acquire the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana before the extended... 

A mine vehicle moving into the mouth of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana which is up on offer by Gem Diamonds
GOING GOING GHAGHOO Botswana Diamonds continues ts discussions with potential JV partners to acquire the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.
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