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Partnership formed for 3D printing trial

8th April 2022 Additive manufacturing of parts looks set to upend the supply of components globally. A small-scale trial of three-dimensional (3D) manufactured parts is helping mining technology company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions and Swedish mining company Boliden explore this potential. Additive... 

Company introduces largest underground BEV truck

8th April 2022 Engineering company Sandvik in February announced that it is introducing the largest-capacity battery-electric truck for underground mining. With an unrivalled 65 t payload capacity, the Sandvik TH665B prototype is completing factory testing in California, in the US. 

Gold mine achieves record gold ounces poured

8th April 2022 In the fourth quarter of last year (Q421), Canadian gold miner Agnico Eagle’s LaRonde Gold Mining Complex poured its seven-millionth ounce of gold since the beginning of its operations in 1998. The complex also set a record for tonnes milled last year, the company noted in its Q421 results,... 

Miner maintains steady production, ESG focus despite challenges

8th April 2022 Despite challenges experienced during 2021, gold miner Gold Fields had a solid operational performance, achieving both production and cost guidance for the year. “Last year, we undertook a detailed review of the company's strategy and determined that this was the time to build on a previously... 

Prolonging a sunset industry

2nd April 2021 Mining is a sunset industry and no matter how deep we dig or far we go, minerals are finite, and their extraction becomes more challenging every year, says international law firm Hogan Lovells partner Wessel Badenhorst. “The Minerals Council South Africa has stated that, over the last decade,... 

WESSELS BADENHORST
Without technological innovation some mineral resources cannot be mined at all
WESSELS BADENHORST Without technological innovation some mineral resources cannot be mined at all

Company releases drill, blast knowledge base

2nd April 2021 Underground drill and blast planning software company iRing has introduced an extensive, searchable and comprehensive Knowledge Base that provides answers to questions concerning the use of commercial explosives in mining and construction applications. This includes the physics of the detonation... 

COVERING EXPLOSIVE DEVELOPMENT
The Knowledge Base provides analysis and descriptions of the use of commercial explosives many topics, including applications and use of explosives in mining and construction
COVERING EXPLOSIVE DEVELOPMENT The Knowledge Base provides analysis and descriptions of the use of commercial explosives many topics, including applications and use of explosives in mining and construction

Pilot projects start at mines

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd April 2021 Drilling technology and services provider Rosond is involved in the development of new drilling solutions and methodologies for pilot projects at local underground mines. These projects involve using innovations, such as drilling using flushed air or foam instead of water, as well as using... 

GROUNDBREAKING DRILLING
The company’s  Rocor machines are standardised and fully interchangeable drills. They can be used above and below ground, and can be truck-, skid- or crawler-mounted
GROUNDBREAKING DRILLING The company’s Rocor machines are standardised and fully interchangeable drills. They can be used above and below ground, and can be truck-, skid- or crawler-mounted

Company focused on autonomous equipment

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd April 2021 Local specialised original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Rham Equipment is focusing on the development of battery operated, autonomous underground mining equipment, says Rham Equipment capital sales manager Alan Mabbett, who points out that many miners are looking to further develop their deep... 

TUNNEL SYNDROME
Positive metal prices have increased the cash flow of local miners, which could allow for more innovative ways to extract minerals from deeper underground
TUNNEL SYNDROME Positive metal prices have increased the cash flow of local miners, which could allow for more innovative ways to extract minerals from deeper underground

Coronavirus one of several factors affecting mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd April 2020 The volatility caused by global events, such as the outbreak of Covid-19, otherwise referred to as coronavirus, and stock market turmoil have definitely impacted on the planning and execution of mining operations and related supply chains, says mine ventilation equipment manufacturer Terramin... 

DEEP-LEVEL SOLUTIONS
Terramin provides dust-control and associated workspace ventilation equipment and services for underground and deep-level mining working spaces
DEEP-LEVEL SOLUTIONS Terramin provides dust-control and associated workspace ventilation equipment and services for underground and deep-level mining working spaces

Deep-level operations remain viable although concerns linger

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd April 2020 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa believes that there is still a viable future for deep-level operations in South Africa. 

THE ESSENCE OF SURVIVAL 
Modernisation vital to the longterm survival of deep-level mining in South Africa
THE ESSENCE OF SURVIVAL Modernisation vital to the longterm survival of deep-level mining in South Africa

Legislation, other factors have enhanced deep-level operations

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd April 2020 The deep-level mining sector in South Africa has “advanced significantly” from a health and safety perspective, says law firm ENSafrica mine and occupational health and safety executive Willem le Roux. 

SIGNIFICANT ADVANCES
The research that the Minerals Council South Africa has been conducting since 1997 has significantly advanced the deep-level mining sector
SIGNIFICANT ADVANCES The research that the Minerals Council South Africa has been conducting since 1997 has significantly advanced the deep-level mining sector

Booyco Electronics

24th January 2020 Understanding evolving customer needs as well as the legislative compliance requirements of differing sectors ideally positions Booyco Electronics to offer application-specific and safety-related solutions to customers across a range of industries. Booyco’s safety products portfolio has grown... 

Booyco Electronics

Secondary mine ventilation system cutting costs

5th April 2019 Australian base water evaporator and ventilation solution provider Minetek has made available its patented secondary mine ventilation system, based on a high output axial fan system. The new technological solution, engineered and manufactured in Australia, categorically offers power savings and... 

I’M A FAN
The newly launched secondary mine ventilation fan cuts costs of underground operations
I’M A FAN The newly launched secondary mine ventilation fan cuts costs of underground operations

SA mines can now use drone technology for underground mapping

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2019 South African systems integrator Ramjack Technology Solutions has formed an alliance with Swedish aerial robotics company Inkonova to supply underground unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) and mapping technology to the South African mining industry for use underground. Inkonova supplies... 

GAME OF DRONES
Initially used during wars and for defense purposes drones are now being used in mining and industrial applications
GAME OF DRONES Initially used during wars and for defense purposes drones are now being used in mining and industrial applications

Zimbabwe mine shaft nearing deepest point

5th April 2019 Despite the challenges of operating in Zimbabwe, exploration and development company Caledonia Mining‘s Blanket mine in Zimbabwe has delivered a “robust” performance, while the mine’s Central shaft has reached a depth of 1 150 m – only 54 m from the planned shaft bottom. “We made good progress on... 

CENTRE OF ATTENTION
Caledonia Mining's Central shaft has reached a depth of 1 150 m underground
CENTRE OF ATTENTION Caledonia Mining's Central shaft has reached a depth of 1 150 m underground

Underground support company keeps abreast of developments

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2019 The shift towards mechanisation in the mining industry has prompted cable anchor supplier M and J Mining to continue developing and enhancing its Flexibolt range of prestressed cable anchor solutions and other technologies necessary to support the ever-changing needs of the deep-level mining... 

BRACE YOURSELF
The Flexibolt is used in mines at the stope to brace the surface for a safer mining environment
BRACE YOURSELF The Flexibolt is used in mines at the stope to brace the surface for a safer mining environment

Council calls for greater modernisation in mines

5th April 2019 Minerals Council South Africa has reasserted the need to modernise deep-level mining technologies as part of its people-centred modernisation drive to extend the life of deep-level mines and, subsequently, ensure that the workforce is maintained. The South African mining sector has, for more than... 

HARD CORE
The South African deep-level mining sector is a tough environment, which runs on a continuous stop-start basis, predominantly in narrow-reef, hard-rock mining for gold, platinum and chrome
HARD CORE The South African deep-level mining sector is a tough environment, which runs on a continuous stop-start basis, predominantly in narrow-reef, hard-rock mining for gold, platinum and chrome

Engineering firm to launch raise mining offering for Africa

6th April 2018 Mining contracting and engineering firm Redpath Mining Africa, in partnership with Redpath Mining Australia, is gearing up to launch a new raise mining offering and adding the new Redbore 65 raise drill to its fleet of Raisebore drilling equipment in Africa from the fourth quarter of this year.... 

RAISEBORE EQUIPMENT Redpath's new Redbore 65 raise drill is expected in Africa by the fourth quarter of 2018
RAISEBORE EQUIPMENT Redpath's new Redbore 65 raise drill is expected in Africa by the fourth quarter of 2018

Mobile communication boosts work milieu in deep-level mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 With deep-level mineworkers exposed to hazardous environments on a daily basis, companies need to improve their communication and planning to reduce the number of fatalities in the industry, says employee engagement company Wyzetalk CEO Gys Kappers. "Enhancing stakeholders' engagement through... 

GYS KAPPERS
Enhancing stakeholders' engagement through more frequent communication will go a long way towards improving health and safety measures in mines
GYS KAPPERS Enhancing stakeholders' engagement through more frequent communication will go a long way towards improving health and safety measures in mines

AngloGold Ashanti completes sale of Moab Khotsong mine

6th April 2018 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti has concluded the gross R3.574-billion sale of its Moab Khotsong gold mine, in the North West and related assets and liabilities to gold mining company Harmony Gold, as well as the separate sale of the Kopanang gold mine, in Gauteng and related assets and... 

FLAGSHIP OPERATION A jumbo drill rig works under ground at Anglo Gold Ashanti's Mponeng gold mine near Carltonville, South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
FLAGSHIP OPERATION A jumbo drill rig works under ground at Anglo Gold Ashanti's Mponeng gold mine near Carltonville, South Africa

First phase at platinum mine project completed

6th April 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons RSA in December completed the first phase of platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum's R10.7-billion Bakubung platinum mine project near Rustenburg in the North West. Wesizwe Platinum officially launched its flagship Bakubung... 

DEEP LEVEL Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine project production shaft headgear
DEEP LEVEL Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine project production shaft headgear

Technical innovation receives industry thumbs up

6th April 2018 Consulting firm Mira Geoscience received the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) Outstanding Achievement in Commercialisation award for a technical innovation and commercial sale that is quickly becoming the industry’s most comprehensive and advanced geotechnical data management and hazard... 

GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES
The Ultra-Deep Mining Network is accelerating commercially viable technologies to the mining industry
Photo by Bloomberg
GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES The Ultra-Deep Mining Network is accelerating commercially viable technologies to the mining industry

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 Advancing and applying smart technology is improving miners' ability to delineate geological structures more accurately, which is important because a key aspect that affects safety in the sector is the variability of rock mass characteristics over time and space, says consulting engineers and... 

WILLIAM JOUGHIN SRK Consulting is collaborating with the Australian Centre for Geomechanics to develop apps to manage seismic hazards that are dangerous for deep-level mines
WILLIAM JOUGHIN SRK Consulting is collaborating with the Australian Centre for Geomechanics to develop apps to manage seismic hazards that are dangerous for deep-level mines

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 The MT3500X/NX and MT950 ultralow-profile (ULP) machines designed and developed by mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group can facilitate mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels. "This is the... 

DANIE BURGER CMTI Group has embarked on a fundraising round that will close during the first quarter of this year to satisfy growth and the significant demand for South African mechanised-mining solutions
Photo by Creamer Media
DANIE BURGER CMTI Group has embarked on a fundraising round that will close during the first quarter of this year to satisfy growth and the significant demand for South African mechanised-mining solutions

Digital tools deliver transparency, control to deep-level mining

6th April 2018 To deliver transparency and control to deep-level and other mining operations, global supplier of engineering and mining equipment Sandvik has developed the next generation of service offering from Optimine, OptiMine Analytics, which can  transform data into process improvements through... 

VERSATILE IMPROVEMENT Mining companies can reduce costs, increase productivity, improve safety and make smarter decisions using predictive insights
VERSATILE IMPROVEMENT Mining companies can reduce costs, increase productivity, improve safety and make smarter decisions using predictive insights

Digitalised mining can allow for deeper mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, will test its latest developments in digitalised mining technology in underground mining conditions in the next two months at the Sterkfontein caves, a World Heritage Site in Muldersdrift, near Krugersdorp.  

FRED CAWOOD
Deeper mining will remain on hold until government can provide an effective national support system for mines
Photo by Duane Daws
FRED CAWOOD Deeper mining will remain on hold until government can provide an effective national support system for mines

Electronic sensors to monitor explosive gases on deep mines

7th April 2017 A Norwegian-African cooperative project aims to develop a communication network, which will wirelessly transmit and receive signals within deep-mine operations, where drilling, blasting and excavation take place to detect combustible gases before they explode.  

Supplier working to improve service delivery, product offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 To cater for increased demand for its products in the Steelpoort area, physical support systems supplier to the underground mining industry M and J Mining has expanded its Steelpoort depot, in Limpopo. Over the past two months, the area of the distribution depot has increased from 200 m2 to 1 000... 

INDEPENDANT SOLUTION
The Flexibolt allows for the installation of longer flexible support in high-risk mining areas without the need for secondary support screws
INDEPENDANT SOLUTION The Flexibolt allows for the installation of longer flexible support in high-risk mining areas without the need for secondary support screws

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 More South African mining companies are shifting from using conventional labour forces to mechanising their deep-level operations, as they are exposed to increased seismic stress and the subsequent seismic activity, higher temperatures and time-consuming travelling to the rock face, says... 

DECLAN VOGT
Mines and mining corporations have shifted their focus to improving production efficiency and maintaining steady productivity to prevent capital expenditure amid the commodities slump by means of using machinary
Photo by Duane Daws
DECLAN VOGT Mines and mining corporations have shifted their focus to improving production efficiency and maintaining steady productivity to prevent capital expenditure amid the commodities slump by means of using machinary

Mali gold mine to use SA cooling solution

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and air-cooling installations provider BBE projects has secured a $16-million order for two mine cooling systems at a deep-level gold mine, in Mali. “The addition of the cooling systems will enhance safety at the mine by improving the underground working... 

RICHARD GUNDERSEN
Gundersen notes that the selection of lightweight building materials for the shell of the air coolers, leads to saving costs and speeding up construction.
RICHARD GUNDERSEN Gundersen notes that the selection of lightweight building materials for the shell of the air coolers, leads to saving costs and speeding up construction.

Shaft solutions to address commodities crunch

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 Some of the most exciting opportunities are in deep-level mining, says Hatch Goba associate and Africa, Europe and the Middle East mining director Kevin Seyfried. The scarcity of capital, lower operating costs and the reaffirmation of safety by mining companies have prompted multinational... 

DIGITAL MINING TECH 
Hatch Goba has highlighted an increase in mechanised mining and the subsequent need for such solutions
DIGITAL MINING TECH Hatch Goba has highlighted an increase in mechanised mining and the subsequent need for such solutions
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