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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Academy’s ‘vibrant learnership’ advances training in critical aspects  

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2022 To underpin evolving digital strategies in a business, training must evolve to cover critical aspects from enhanced safety to productivity in mining, says engineering company Murray & Roberts Cementation education, development and training executive Tony Pretorius. Murray & Roberts Training... 

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future 

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Dwyka to make tech tangible at Mining Indaba, conduct live virtual walkabouts

By: Donna Slater     29th April 2022 Pan-African mining technology platform Dwyka Mining Services plans to have key technology partners join its team at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba 2022 to offer their view of mining technology in an effort to “make tech tangible” for Dwyka customers. “Making technology tangible... 

A drone in a mine
Technology, such as drones outfitted with LiDAR SLAM-based scanners, are helping miners map previously inaccessible areas. These will be showcased by Dwyka at Mining Indaba

Northam a step closer to extending Zondereinde mine’s life 

By: Donna Slater     28th April 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) miner Northam, through drilling contractor Master Drilling, completed drilling of the No 3 Shaft at its Zondereinde mine on April 27, thereby extending the life of the mine and enabling easier and quicker access for personnel to the working face, as well as getting ore... 

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Master Drilling's RD8-R1 drill rig on site at the riase boring of Northam's Zondereinde Number three Shaft

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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. 

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Equipping, changeover on track for March

1st April 2022 Diversified mining company Ivanhoe Mines is expected to complete the equipping and changeover of its Platreef Project Shaft 1 by the end of last month. The construction of the 996-m-level station at the bottom of Shaft 1 was completed in July 2020. Shaft 1 will initially be used to access the... 

An image of construction activities taking place at the Platreef project site, with shaft 1 depicted on the left, and the high-to-collar advancement for shaft 2 portrayed on the right
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SHAFT CONSTRUCTION Construction activities at the Platreef Project site, including Shaft 1 on the left, and the hitch-to-collar advancement for Shaft 2 on the right

Pre-sinking complete at Karowe mine

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st April 2022 Shaft pre-sinking at Canadian-headquartered diamond mining company Lucara’s Karowe mine, in Botswana, was completed at the end of February. “Each shaft is approximately -52 m below collar. The final depth for the ventilation shaft is -730 m below surface, and -767 m below surface for the... 

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HOOK, LINE AND SINKER Lucara has completed shaft pre-sinking on its Karowe mine

No ‘mucking about’ with safety for UMS

1st April 2022 Shaft sinking company United Mining Services (UMS) boasts shaft sinking innovations that the company is applying across its international projects, says CEO Digby Glover. Throughout its 60-year history, UMS has helped its clients extract value from the world’s most challenging ore bodies. Over... 

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SAFETY FIRST UMS CEO Digby Glover says it is now possible to sink shafts without accidents, owing to innovations of equipment and methodology

Mandela Mining Precinct showcases newly trialled drilling innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2022 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) this week displayed two lighter, faster, quieter and more energy-efficient rock drills at its premises in Johannesburg, showcasing new technology that could improve safety in South African mines. The drills were manufactured by two local original-equipment... 

Drilling contractor plans to evolve grouting services

By: Claire O'Reilly     25th March 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond’s grouting services are one of the foundations on which the company has built its reputation in the mining industry and, as such, it is a critical part of its complete service offering. 

Company secures $31m contract

25th March 2022 Exploration drilling company Geodrill in February announced that it had been awarded significant multi-rig, long-term drilling contracts with multinational gold miner Endeavour Mining. 

Miner supports SMME with diamond drilling equipment

25th March 2022 Diversified miner Glencore Ferroalloys’ Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) announced last month that it remains committed to developing and supporting local small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to contribute to local economies.   

Master Drilling posts good results, to continue technology pursuit

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2022 JSE-listed drilling technology company Master Drilling achieved a 40% year-on-year increase in revenue to a record $171.8-million for the year ended December 31, 2021. It generated $32.5-million in cash from operating activities, reduced its debt to $32.1-million and grew its operating profit by... 

New blasting system improves safety

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Having developed, and now busy testing its second-generation WebGen™ 200 in Australia and Canada, mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica says its trials have shown improved safety and productivity across operations.   The WebGen™ 200, a wireless electronic blasting system with... 

The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems form small to large, in orange, yellow and green
EXPLOSIVE STUFF The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems is being tested in Australia and Canada

Rosond focusing on consolidation amid plans for further growth

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond's main focus for this year will be consolidating the company’s rapid expansion as it plans for further growth by taking on additional work in sub-Saharan Africa, says Rosond MD Ricardo Ribeiro. “This year, we are going to spend a lot of time... 

First coal cut at Kangra underground extension

By: Darren Parker     11th February 2022 Coal mining company Kangra – a subsidiary of mining investment group Menar – started mining first coal from its new underground Udumo adit on February 9. The new adit, which was previously known as Twyfelhoek, was renamed Udumo – which means “honour” in isiZulu – to better reflect the spirit and... 

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Kangra GM Pierre Louw

Rosond, Boart Longyear partnership to uplift N Cape communities

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond and drilling technology multinational Boart Longyear have entered into a partnership to develop local businesses in the Northern Cape as part of the drilling programme at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen and Kolomela mines. “This contract is anticipated to... 

Rosond's employees working at Kumba's mines

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Centamin awards Geodrill $54m drilling contract

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2022 TSX-listed drilling company Geodrill has been awarded a significant drilling contract with London- and Toronto-listed gold producer Centamin at its Sukari gold mine, which is a low-cost, bulk tonnage openpit and high-grade underground gold mining operation in Egypt. The five-year contract, the... 

Rosond records notable safety records at the Sishen, Kolomela mines

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond says it has achieved major health and safety milestones at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen and Kolomela mines in the Northern Cape. Based in the exploration and production geology section at Sishen, Rosond is drilling boreholes for exploration and mine... 

An image of Rosond's Rosond uses hi-tech drill rigs that are used to ensure safe work
Rosond uses hi-tech drill rigs to ensure safe work

Tertiary raises £500 000 Nevada, Zambia exploration

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2022 Aim-listed Tertiary Minerals has raised £500 000 before expenses through a placing of over 294-million new ordinary shares in the company. The placing was arranged through the company's joint broker Peterhouse. 

Capital Drilling says 2021 was its strongest financial year yet

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 LSE-listed mining services company Capital Drilling recorded its strongest financial year yet in 2021, with three quarters of revenue growth, executive chairperson Jamie Boynton says. He highlights that 2021 was a “transformational” year for Capital, driven in part by a surge in market activity... 

Keliber drilling contractor using biofuel to cut drilling emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Drilling contractor Kati has started using biofuel in the drill rig at Finnish miner Keliber’s exploration site in Central Ostrobothnia, a measure that will reduce the emissions caused by drilling by more than 50%. “Taking the environment into consideration and minimising the negative impacts is... 

Company boasts substantial supply increase

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The  average monthly turnover and tonnage throughput of Zambia-based steel product supplier Afrope Zambia has increased sixfold since its acquisition by South African logistics and trading company Inter Trade Africa in 2019. The company has expanded its product offering to the mining consumables... 

A man welding a steel mes screen used in the copper mines as a support underground, at the Afrope manufacturing plant in Zambia
STEELY SPARKS The amount of steel used in products used in mine support systems such as screen mesh Central Africa Copperbelt has increase exponentially

Master Drilling to report higher full-year EPS, HEPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS), in dollar terms, for the year to December 31 to be more than 400% higher than the EPS of $0.022 and HEPS of $0.026 reported for the 2020 financial year. In rand terms, EPS and... 

New tech calculates ventilation recovery

By: Halima Frost     12th November 2021 Mine ventilation, refrigeration, and cooling engineering consultants BBE Group, in August released the 2021 version of its flagship Vuma-network, free of charge, to the mining sector and other interested parties worldwide. BBE’s in-house product, called Vuma-transient, used by BBE engineers,... 

Six different photos of shafts and tunnels in a mine where BBE have installed the Vuma-network sensors and technology for ventilation
CLEARING THE AIR The Vuma-network of technologies is being offered free of charge to the mining sector to help ensure that ventilation post care and maintenance is up to scratch

Integrated control improves safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 In an underground mining environment, there is a dire need for an integrated approach to effective dust control for improve underground health conditions. Mine ventilation and cooling company BBE Consulting tells Mining Weekly that it is imperative to identify the correct dust control system for... 

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DUST IT UP Within an underground site, there are several sources from which dust can originate

Health, safety training increases productivity

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 Mining training company Prisma Training Solutions ensures that its customers can realise a return on investment by increasing productivity and efficiency through training. The company states that this is vital for all mining operations. Each mine and mining method offers unique risks. 

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JACQUES FARMER Just because mining takes place on the surface, does not mean there are fewer health and safety riska

Explosives company achieves world-class rating

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, tells Mining Weekly it has achieved a record-low recordable case rate of 0.05% in the blasting sector for the last financial year. A recordable case rate is a well-established measure of safety... 

A yellow blasting mechanism linked to a cell phone being held in a hand, used to incorporate new technologies when blasting at mines
BLOWING UP The use of technology in applications such as blasting at mines has seen an increase in safety and blast accuracy

Company showcases tech innovations on new forum

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Industrial equipment multinational Siemens launched its inaugural Smart Mining Forum as an online event from August 3 to 5. The event highlighted Siemens’ technical expertise and showcased real examples of its software and technology solutions while current and future trends in sustainable mining... 

A cell phone and a deep groove ball bearing cross section highlighting Siemens SIDRIVE IQ application
DRIVING TECHNOLOGY Siemens offers numerous new technologies aimed at the mining sector which it highlighted its Smart Mining Forum

New RC sampling option available

22nd October 2021 Supplier of equipment, tools, parts, services, digital solutions and sustainability-driving technologies for the mining industry Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is introducing a new reverse circulation (RC) sampling option for its Leopard DI650i down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig. The new RC... 

Picture of a Sandvik Leopard DI650i drilling system on an opencast mine
SANDVIK LEOPARD DI650i Leopard DI650i with the RC drilling system is also easily mobilized for relocation, offering a valuable asset for streamlining mine operations

Centre bridges gap between technology, people

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Mining engineering multinational Sandvik Mining and Rock Solution’s Zimbabwe-based Technology Centre is assisting the mining industry’s journey into the digital future by bridging the gap between technology and people. The centre, Sandvik territory manager Ian Bagshaw explains, is the “human... 

Pic/Image of Sandvik's Tecnhology Centre in Zimbabwe
DIGITAL JOURNEY The Technology Centre is assisting Zimbabwe’s mining industry on its exciting journey into the digital future

Harmony Gold going ahead with R4.5bn Zaaiplaats project  

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2021 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is going ahead with its high-grade Zaaiplaats gold project at a capital cost of R4.5-billion. Zaaiplaats is one of three Harmony projects that, with three others already under way, will collectively add 550 000 oz of gold a year to the Johannesburg- and New... 

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Harmony Gold presentation of results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Higher commodity prices drive greater demand for Master Drilling’s services

By: Donna Slater     31st August 2021 JSE-listed drilling services company Master Drilling Group recorded a 25.4% year-on-year increase in revenue to $72-million for the six months ended June 30. During the period, the company, which provides drilling services to the mining, civil engineering and building construction sectors,... 

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Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

S Australian government invests in testing at Kanmantoo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st August 2021 The South Australian government has awarded ASX-listed Hillgrove Resources with a A$2-million grant to trial new underground mining technology developed by Komatsu. The Komatsu MC51 will be used to develop the Kavanagh portal and around 500 m underground decline at the Kanmantoo mine in South... 

Master Drilling revises earnings expectation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2021 JSE-listed Master Drilling has published an updated trading statement, noting that it now expects its earnings per share (EPS) for the six months ended June 30, to increase by between 61% and 66% year-on-year to between 85.90c and 88.50c, Previously, the company anticipated an EPS increase of... 

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