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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Contractor achieves consecutive safety milestones

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Drilling and grouting services company Rosond has marked a year of zero harm at platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela mine in the Limpopo province, South Africa. Rosond safety head Andre Kleynhans explains that the company is conducting pack grouting operations at the... 

Epiroc to deliver R200m of equipment to Bokoni platinum mine

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2023 Original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc has won a R200-million order for low-profiling mining equipment from diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) for use at its Bokoni platinum mine, in Limpopo. ARM has ordered drill rigs, loaders and mine trucks from Epiroc. The mine is restarting... 

Epiroc underground equipment

Capital achieves revenue growth again, expands its drilling fleet

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2023 London-listed mining services company Capital increased its 2022 revenue by 28% year-on-year to $290.3-million, slightly ahead of the upper end of its revised guidance of between $280-million and $290-million. This is the third consecutive year Capital delivered growth in revenue, following 68%... 

Aterian undertakes survey of copper/silver project in Morocco

By: Darren Parker     16th January 2023 London-listed critical metal-focused exploration and development company Aterian has undertaken a review of an induced polarisation (IP) gradient array and high-resolution IP (HIRIP) geophysical survey at its Agdz copper and silver project, in Morocco, located 14 km southwest of the Bouskour... 

New implements to complement tailings testing portfolio  

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Civil and mining geotechnical service provider GeoGroup has received the first of three new geotechnical surveying implements, which the company has commissioned to complement its range of tailings monitoring equipment. GeoGroup operations director Grant Rijsmus points out that, of the projects... 

A sonic cone penetration testing unit drill rig onthe floor of a factory after being unpacked at the Geogroup offices in gauteng south africa
Grant Rijsmus and Meldt van der Spuy from Geogroup discuss the new surveying implements to complement its tailings storage facilities testing portfolio. Camerawork: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded: 04.11.2022

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.

M&R Cementation appoints MD following incumbent's 2023 retirement

By: Donna Slater     7th November 2022 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has appointed Japie du Plessis MD designate, effective March 1, 2023, following the retirement of incumbent Mike Wells, who will leave the company at the end of February. Wells’ retirement marks the end of a mining career spanning... 

An image of Japie du Plessis
Murray & Roberts Cementation MD designate Japie du Plessis

Drilling starts on rare earths project

21st October 2022 Canada-based junior exploration company Noble Mineral Exploration has entered into an exploration agreement with the Constance Lake First Nation (CLFN) in relation to exploration and potential development at the company’s Nagagami project near Hearst, Ontario. The agreement establishes a... 

Explorer reaches campaign drilling goal

21st October 2022 Toronto-based exploration company Eskay Mining announced in October that it had completed 29 500 m of diamond core drilling, substantially fulfilling its planned meterage for the 2022 property wide exploration campaign for the development of precious and base metals projects along the Eskay rift... 

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

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.

Drilling starts at Solwezi licence

16th September 2022 TSX-V-listed exploration company Midnight Sun has started drilling at its Solwezi licences in Zambia. Drill meterage has been allocated to four exploration targets, which include the known Mitu and Dumbwa prospects and two new targets at North 22 zone and Crunch zone. Zambian-owned company ATL... 

GEOLOGICALLY BLESSED
The Dumbwa prospect at Midnight Sun's Solwezi licence in Zambia is geologically located over basement rock with mineralisation which resembles that of gold and copper mining company Barrick Gold’s Lumwana mine (pictured)
GEOLOGICALLY BLESSED The Dumbwa prospect at Midnight Sun's Solwezi licence in Zambia is geologically located over basement rock with mineralisation which resembles that of gold and copper mining company Barrick Gold’s Lumwana mine (pictured)

Drilling results confirm historical data

16th September 2022 The first drill programme undertaken at the Jacks copper project in Zambia has intersected significant copper mineralisation in all four diamond drill holes, says AIM-traded mineral exploration and development company Tertiary Minerals, whose strategic focus is on energy transition metals. The... 

NEXT STEPS
Planning is now under way to further evaluate the historical copper soil anomaly at the Jacks prospect
Photo by Tertiary Minerals
NEXT STEPS Planning is now under way to further evaluate the historical copper soil anomaly at the Jacks prospect

Aircore drilling under way at Pangeni

16th September 2022 TSX-V-listed precious and base metals exploration and development company BeMetals has started its 2022 exploration campaign at the Pangeni copper project on the western extension of the Central African Copperbelt in Zambia. Initial aircore results will be used to help determine targets for core... 

PANGENI EXPLORATION
Location map for planned 2022 aircore drilling lines at priority prospects and targets
PANGENI EXPLORATION Location map for planned 2022 aircore drilling lines at priority prospects and targets

Capital secures expanded services contract at B2Gold's Fekola mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2022 London-listed mining services company Capital has been awarded an expanded drilling services contract at gold miner B2Gold's Fekola mine, in Mali. The expanded contract will apply until the end of 2024 and services now include diamond and reverse circulation drilling, as well as grade control... 

Capital appoints new CEO

By: Darren Parker     2nd September 2022 London-listed mining services company Capital has appointed Peter Stokes as its new CEO, with effect from October 3.  Stokes will be based in Perth where the company has an established office and presence. He will also join the board as an executive director. 

Power Metal signs deal with Botswana drilling company

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2022 London-listed Power Metal Resources has signed a diamond drilling contract with 100% Botswana citizen-owned Mindea Exploration and Drilling Services to carry out a planned programme of about 2 600 m of diamond drilling across an expected six drill holes at the Molopo Farms complex project, in... 

Master Drilling lists diversification plans as it reports stellar interim performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2022 JSE-listed Master Drilling had one of the best interim periods in its 36-year history in the six months ended June 30, with all business units having contributed positively to earnings, while healthy demand for drilling services continued globally. CEO Danie Pretorius tells Mining Weekly that... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

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

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.

Rig to revolutionise drilling

19th August 2022 Emerging drill rig manufacturer Geomagnetic Design has announced results from field trials on its specialty, patented reverse circulation (RC) and diamond GM1 drill rig. Now in advanced stages of research and development (R&D), field testing in Western Australia’s Pilbara Region have confirmed... 

An image depicting the GM1 drill rig
PROMISING PERFORMANCE GM1’s performance in exploration drilling programmes at six separate sites across the state showed a significant reduction in fuel consumption

Geophysical sensor remains unmatched

By: Tracy Hancock     19th August 2022 Mining and infrastructure solutions company Orica has yet to see anything similar to its RHINO autonomous drillstring-mounted geophysical sensor on the market since introducing the first version in Canada in 2018, says Orica digital solutions VP Raj Mathiravedu. RHINO responds to the rock only,... 

ROCK RESPONSIVE 
The RHINO autonomous drillstring-mounted geophysical sensor provides a reliable source of information about the rocks being drilled, unaffected by the bit, rig or driller
ROCK RESPONSIVE The RHINO autonomous drillstring-mounted geophysical sensor provides a reliable source of information about the rocks being drilled, unaffected by the bit, rig or driller

Exploration company completes drilling project

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th August 2022 Australia-based exploration and development company Thor Mining has completed the second phase of drilling at its Ragged Range project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, in July. Owing to the territory being unexplored, a systematic exploration programme was conducted, starting with... 

An image depicting Nicole Galloway Warland at the Rim Rock prospect
RIM ROCK PROSPECT, WEDDING BELL PROJECT Thor Mining will start drilling later this year on its uranium and vanadium project in Colorado, in the US

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.

Master Drilling to report higher interim earnings

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2022 JSE-listed drilling services company Master Drilling expects its earnings per share (EPS) for the first half of this year to be between 47.2% and 67.2% higher year-on-year, at between R1.28 and R1.45. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) are expected to be between 45.5% and 65.5% higher... 

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.

Company celebrates one year of zero harm

29th July 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond, based in Midrand, has celebrated a year of zero harm at its diamond drilling operation at mining company Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, near Kathu, in the Northern Cape. Rosond senior site manager Clayton Coetzee attributes the achievement to close... 

An aerial image of Rosond employees at Kumba Iron mine
SAFETY FIRST Rosond creates a culture of caring and responsibility onsite

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 new hydraulic hose, fittings range

22nd July 2022 In view of continuous improvement of its products, hydraulic and industrial products supplier Alfagomma has introduced a new range of high-pressure hydraulic spiral hose, the Alfabiotech Evolution, and its Dunlop Hiflex equivalent Powerflexbio Extra, as well as the new Interlock fitting H17... 

Image of Alfagomma’s new hose range
CONSTANT IMPROVEMENTS Alfabiotech Evolution is specially designed for top performance and compatibility with biodegradable hydraulic oils

SA market offers supply based opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd July 2022 Drilling equipment supplier Rock Drill Technologies (RDT) is aiming to grow its market share in the Southern Africa mining industry, based on its ability to supply affordable pneumatics products because of its reliable supply chain. The move north is owed to there being limited opportunities in... 

Image of a worker conducting surface drilling
VERSATILE DRILLING RDT’s drills are compatible with popular mainstream drills found in the Southern Africa mining and quarrying industries

Company confirms continuity of grades

8th July 2022 Canadian miner Filo Mining announced in May that the ongoing 2021/22 campaign for the miner’s 100%-owned Filo del Sol copper/gold/silver deposit – located in Chile’s Region III and the adjacent San Juan province in Argentina – continues to deliver exploration success. The campaign extends one of... 

Fieldwork starting at mine

8th July 2022 Mining company Orosur Mining announced in March that its geology teams have mobilised to Santa Cruz province, Argentina, to commence the company’s first field exploration programme at the El Pantano gold/silver project. The field programme is expected to last about two weeks and will involve... 

African diamond sector set for strong growth

17th June 2022 With China being Africa’s, and South Africa’s, most important trading partner, the Asian superpower’s expected economic slowdown in coming years is a cause for concern, unless these economies can find alternative drivers of growth from other emerging markets, says Standard Bank mining head Mark... 

A Bloomberg image of rough diamonds
Photo by Bloomberg
MINING GROWTH Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that the sector will continue showing resilience and growth, remaining financially sound in 2022

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
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