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Drilling and Tunnelling News

Sandvik intelligent drill series continues to meet evolving customer demands

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 As rotary blasthole drill technology continues to advance, Sandvik’s iSeries family of intelligent drills continues to grow to meet evolving customer demands – as can be seen with the Sandvik DR410i drill rig. Considered a “compact, powerful, technologically advanced rig designed to produce the... 

Sandvik launches new RDX5 rock drill

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 Following the virtual grand opening of its Rock Drill Innovation Centre, in Finland, Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik launched its RDX5 rock drill on September 30. The rock drill builds on the success of “the most dependable rock drill in the market”, the HLX5, and... 

Sandvik digitises mechanical cutting equipment to improve safety 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th September 2020 In addition to performance and extensive safety features, engineering company Sandvik says its mechanical cutting equipment also offer effective digital solutions to boost productivity, reduce operating costs and maximise equipment lifetime. One such mechanical cutting equipment solution is... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions

25th September 2020 The discovery and development of natural gas projects in northern Mozambique over the past decade could have a significant impact on the economic landscape of Southern Africa, says analytical services provider Deloitte. The group has released a series of reports to examine the different sectors... 

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions
Photo by Reuters
STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE LNG requires specialised infrastructure to manage. It is vital that southern Africa has the capability to move LNG from ship-based transport to land-based storage

Giyani to start drilling programme at Botswana manganese project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals has started a feasibility study field programme for its K.Hill manganese project, in Botswana, with the appointment of a drilling contractor, project management and geological services contract and their imminent mobilisation. The 2020 field programme follows Giyani’s... 

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Construction engineering company Basil Read Mining has launched a new autonomous drill that could offer an increase of about 30% in productivity, compared to manual drilling, contracts director Nqobile Khumalo tells Mining Weekly. The first C650 drill is to be delivered to a mine in Botswana... 

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes
NQOBILE KHUMALO the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Eickhoff South Africa has introduced new software packages, which help clients to manage and analyse continuous miners’ key performance indicators (KPIs). Some of these KPIs include data pertaining to shift advances, first coal, last coal, shuttle car counts and... 

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support
KEEPING TRACK Being able to track key performance indicators allows for optimal operation and output

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Despite the challenges wrought by lockdown restrictions, mining and engineering consulting firm Mindset Mining Consultants has successfully completed a comprehensive longwall mining feasibility study for chemicals and energy company Sasol Mining. Sasol Mining sought ways of optimising its coal... 

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol
Mindset Mining Consultants MD Alan Gissing and senior mining engineer Ronnie van Eeden discuss a recently completed longwall mining feasibility study conducted for energy and chemicals company Sasol. Camerawork: Darlene Creamer. Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 30.07.2020

New continuous miner to launch in 2021 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Manufacturing of the JAE 38 Wildcub continuous miner – mining equipment and services provider JA Engineering’s newest offering – has started and will be delivered at the end of January 2021. The mid-seam continuous miner will be optimally suited to the “harsh and hard” mid-seam conditions... 

New continuous miner  to launch in 2021
JA Engineering CEO Danie van Wyk and the sales and marketing director Reuben Mabunda discuss the production of a new continuous miner, as well as the new JAE Data Mining Services app. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

M&R pursuing open-pit services acquisition as it seeks ‘step-change’ growth in mining 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2020 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is considering acquisition targets in the open-pit mining services sector, where it is aiming to expand the presence of its mining platform, which has hitherto had an underground mining focus. CEO Henry Laas says that, although the... 

M&R pursuing open-pit services acquisition as it seeks ‘step-change’ growth in mining

M&R retreats into a loss amid R622m Covid-19 hit 

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2020 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) estimates that the Covid-19 pandemic had a R622-million negative impact on its results for the 2020 financial year, during which the company retreated into a lossmaking position. The JSE-listed group reported a loss before interest and tax... 

M&R retreats into a loss amid R622m Covid-19 hit

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Master Drilling expects to report lower earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2020 Drilling contractor Master Drilling expects its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30  to be between 49.5c and 57.2c a share, which will be between 25.5% and 35.5% lower year-on-year. Earnings per share (EPS) for the six months are expected to be between 46.2c and... 

Fluid testing, an aid for precise drilling

By: Theresa Bhowan     14th August 2020 Global mining technology company IMDEX developed the IMDEX MUD Automated In-field Diagnosis (AID) to optimise fluid management, as drilling fluids can be critical to how successfully the drilling programme runs, says IMDEX product development GM Michelle Carey. 

Fluid testing, an aid for precise drilling
MICHELLE CAREY The IMDEX MUD AID testing unit is portable, lightweight and easy to install and operate

Master Drilling breaks world record with 1 382 m hole at Zondereinde mine

By: Donna Slater     23rd July 2020 JSE-listed drilling technology company Master Drilling Group has broken the world record for depth of a hole drilled after the successful completion of the pilot hole – at 1 382 m, for raise-boring at platinum group metals miner Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine in Limpopo. Drilling of the... 

Master Drilling breaks world record with 1 382 m hole at Zondereinde mine

Northam completes first phase of raise-bore drilling for third Zondereinde shaft  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2020 JSE-listed Northam Platinum, together with Master Drilling, has successfully completed a record raise-bore pilot hole for the planned Number 3 Shaft at the Zondereinde mine. The new shaft system will provide additional access from surface to the underground workings for hoisting of men,... 

Northam completes first phase of raise-bore drilling for third Zondereinde shaft
Northam's Zondereinde mine

Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 Before the Covid-19 outbreak, major mining companies indicated that, for the first time in many years, government and the mining industry were having meaningful dialogue that could realise positive outcomes, says diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor Construction CEO... 

Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19
COLLABORATION EXPECTATION A more collaborative approach regarding the development of mining infrastructure is expected in future, as well as more involvement by the State

Mincon, Torque Africa celebrate drilling milestone

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2020 Engineering company Mincon South Africa has achieved a milestone development in exploration drilling with one of its clients, drilling company Torque Africa Exploration. Mincon supported Torque at a greenfield mineral exploration drill site in the Northern Cape, where a new Mincon... 

Dust, spill control now an attainable solution

19th June 2020 Plant operators want to eliminate dust and spills on belts and transfers as well as minimise maintenance requirements of the conveyor system. Further, the ability of plants to efficiently cope with the challenges of moist and sticky materials related to quarrying is also desired. 

Dust, spill control now an attainable solution
SQUEAKY CLEAN Cleaning at critical points is necessary, however, the majority of time previously spent cleaning is now available for productive work at the plant

New compressors provide faster drilling, reduced fuel costs

19th June 2020 Compressor and generator supplier Rand-Air has acquired two Atlas Copco DrillAir Y1260 variable high pressure (21 bar to 35 bar) compressors. This new technology – from the world’s leading manufacturer of compressor and generator equipment – has been scientifically designed around pressure and... 

New compressors provide faster drilling, reduced fuel costs
CRAIG SWART The new compressor units are ideally suited for applications such as mineral exploration drilling, geothermal drilling, construction and blast hole drilling

Kavango appoints geological modelling firm to advance target selection in KSZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th June 2020 Aim-listed Kavango Resources has appointed specialist geological modelling firm Mira Geoscience to advance target selection for future drilling in the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ), in Botswana. Mira is skilled in advanced geological and geophysical three-dimensional (3D) modelling, including the... 

Master Drilling expects earnings fall 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2020 Rock boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling has advised shareholders of an earnings fall. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company advised in a stock exchange news service (SENS) announcement that earnings per share for the six months ending June 30 were expected to be... 

Master Drilling expects earnings fall
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

This year's Electra Mining cancelled

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 Organisers of Southern Africa’s mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition Electra Mining Africa, Specialised Exhibitions, reports that the 2020 edition of the trade fair has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s show had been scheduled to... 

Council increases mapping to drive South Africa's exploration attractiveness 

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2020 As part of government’s response to keep the South African economy afloat during the outbreak of Covid-19 and beyond, the Council for Geosciences (CGS) has been mandated to increase its country-wide survey to bolster South Africa as an exploration hotspot once the lockdown is over. CGS CEO Mosa... 

Altus records encouraging results in Mali

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2020 Dual-listed Altus Strategies has recorded encouraging results from a 70-hole 2 042 m shallow air core (AC) drilling programme to test the potential strike extension of the FT Prospect at the company's Tabakorole gold project, in southern Mali. The programme was completed under a joint venture... 

Precinct reaffirms R&D focus, test mine in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 The Mandela Mining Precinct, a public–private mining industry collaboration, remains committed to advancing people-centric processes and technologies, in the research and development (R&D) activities that it will be undertaking for the advancement of the South African mining industry. 

Precinct reaffirms R&D focus,  test mine in the works
LONG-TERM VISION The future looks good for the mining industry

Mandela Mining Precinct can play key role in navigating industry through Covid-19 crisis

By: Nadine James     24th April 2020 Times of crisis and chaos necessitate introspection, creativity and adaptation, and while the Covid-19 pandemic is a challenge that is unprecedented in recent human memory, it highlights how essential continual research, innovation and planning are for the sustainability of society. Challenging... 

Mandela Mining Precinct can play key role  in navigating industry through Covid-19 crisis

Company assists manganese mine shaft refurbishment

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     17th April 2020 Mining solutions provider United Mining Services (UMS) is assisting with shaft refurbishment at a manganese mine, in the Northern Cape.  UMS COO Murray Macnab says the mine operators decided to extend the life-of-mine by refurbishing the old existing shafts and installing new shaft towers. The... 

Mechanised hard-rock shaft-sinking tech being developed

By: Darren Parker     17th April 2020 The development of a mechanised shaft-sinking solution for hard-rock applications through rock-boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling’s subsidiary, Master Sinking – a joint venture between Master Drilling and the Industrial Development Corporation – is well underway. The... 

Mechanised hard-rock shaft-sinking tech being developed
IT’S A HARD-ROCK LIFE The development of a mechanised shaft sinking machine for hard-rock applications will add much value to the sector

Mechanised shaft-boring feasibility studies under way

By: Darren Parker     17th April 2020 Shaft sinking original-equipment manufacturer Herrenknecht is engaged in numerous feasibility studies with mining contractors in South Africa and other African countries, such as Zambia, for the potential use of the company’s mechanised shaft-boring machines. Herrenknecht business development... 

Mechanised shaft-boring feasibility studies under way
HITTING ROCK BOTTOM The Jansen project was the first time globally that mining shafts have been sunk successfully using only mechanical excavation

New gold shaft to be commissioned this year

17th April 2020 Gold mining company Caledonia Mining’s Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, expects to commission its new central shaft in the fourth quarter of this year, following which production will ramp up. Shaft sinking at the central shaft was completed in July last year to the target depth of 1 204 m. Since... 

New gold shaft to be commissioned this year
DEEPENING RETURNS The well-established Blanket gold mine will see an increase in production once the new central shaft project is completed later this year

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Capital Drilling reports strong growth as gold rallies

By: Donna Slater     16th April 2020 Africa-focused mining services company Capital Drilling on April 16 reported a 20.4% year-on-year and a 5.9% quarter-on-quarter increase in revenue to $32.5-million for the first quarter of this year. The company also reported that it had, thus far, not been materially impacted on by the... 

Master Drilling announces new board nomination

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2020 Hennie Faul, who has particularly deep insight into the copper mining industry in South America, has been nominated for appointment to the board of Master Drilling, which operates extensively in Latin America. JSE-listed Master Drilling stated in a stock exchange news service (SENS) announcement... 

Master Drilling announces new board nomination
Photo by Reuters
Hennie Faul

New technology displaces old drilling habits

10th April 2020 Global mining technology company IMDEX says it seeks to “drive change” through research and development capable of delivering innovations that enable drilling contractors and mining companies to test more targets and decrease the time it takes to define a resource. The company developed the... 

New technology displaces old drilling habits
Liam Twigger If you want to get money into exploration you have to change the value proposition

Gold miner announces doubling of resources

10th April 2020 Gold miner Tanzanian Gold Corporation announced last month that it had received an update of the estimated mineral resources in the company’s Buckreef Shear Zone, from engineering services provider Virimai Projects, the company’s technical adviser. The update more than doubles the estimated... 

Gold miner announces doubling of resources
Photo by Bloomberg
GOLD DOUBLE UP The updated mineral resource for the Buckreef Shear Zone, measured and indicated, totals about 40.9-million tonnes grading 1.73 g/t and comprising 2.27-million ounces of gold

Council turns attention to Ghana

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd April 2020 South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) member companies are increasingly looking outside of the South African market for opportunities, owing to the country’s current economic climate, says SACEEC director and CEO Eric Bruggeman. “South Africa’s market is dead. The local... 

Council turns attention to Ghana
EASY ACCESS Ghana, Africa’s top gold producer, offers South African capital equipment manufacturers favourable shipping accessibility through the Port of Tema
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