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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... 

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... 

Screenshot taken by Creamer Media
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,... 

An image of Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
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... 

New products, services on show from OEM

20th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions will introduce new products and services, while showcasing some of its latest innovative technologies, at this year’s MINExpo International – the globe’s largest mining tradeshow – taking place in Las Vegas, in the US, from... 

A photo of an Automine-enabled underground LHD
MINING INTO THE FUTURE Sandvik’s Automine-equipped vehicles enable autonomous mining

OEM to have strong presence at expo

20th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s theme for this year’s MINExpo International is “together, we’re mining better”. The company’s 5 124 m2 exhibit will feature a range of product displays, new equipment introductions, previews of what the future holds and remote operating stations. 

A photo of the Cat 794 AC electric drive truck
AUTOTRUCKS, ROLL OUT The Cat 794 AC electric drive trucks will represent Caterpillar’s fleet of autonomous trucks

Portable rig being tested for platinum mining

20th August 2021 Drilling technology and services provider Rosond has announced that it is in the process of testing a new, portable diamond drill rig to get around potholes in platinum mining. A comparative study, to assess drill performance efficiency and safety, between the traditional drill unit and the... 

Rosond Director Carlos Da Silva sat at a desk discusses Platinum Group Metals
CARLOS DA SILVA Potholes present several significant challenges from a safety, quality, cost, logistical and mine design perspective

Wireless infrastructure, location systems beneficial for mines

By: Cameron Mackay     13th August 2021 Real-time data access for underground mines has traditionally been a challenge in South Africa, with the lack of broadband networks and the nature of mining contributing to this challenge. The implementation of wireless networks in underground mines by mining equipment supplier Ya Batho is... 

Master Drilling buys 25% stake in A&R Group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2021 JSE-listed Master Drilling has acquired a 25% stake in A&R Group. A&R, with its subsidiaries A&R Engineering & Mining Supplies and Lamproom Solutions & Consulting, specialises in mine mechanisation and digitisation.  

thyssenkrupp confirms sale of mining technologies business to FLSmidth

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2021 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has confirmed the sale of its mining technologies business unit to mining engineering, equipment and service solutions company FLSmidth. The sale of the enterprise, valued at €325-million, is an important milestone in the realignment of the thyssenkrupp... 

Master Drilling appoints Mamokete Ramathe to board

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th July 2021 JSE-listed Master Drilling has appointed Mamokete Ramathe as independent nonexecutive director to the board, with effect from July 26. She is the founder and CEO of Mamor Capital, an investment company with interests in the information and communications technology sector. 

Kavango starts drilling in Botswana

By: Simone Liedtke     21st July 2021 LSE-listed Kavango Resources has started drilling on Target A2 in the northern (Hukuntsi) section of the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) in Botswana. The goal of this geological borehole is to retrieve core samples from the bottom of the "Norilsk-style keel" at A2. 

Arc Minerals starts diamond drill programme in Zambia

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2021 Junior explorer Arc Minerals has started a diamond drill programme on its majority-controlled licences in north-western Zambia. Diamond drilling activities are under way at the Fwiji target area following further technical work and analysis from last year's exploration drilling campaign. 

Capital achieves its strongest interim performance yet 

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 LSE-listed mining services company Capital reports that its revenue for the six months ended June 30 had increased by 52% year-on-year to $98.7-million Focused on African markets, Capital also increased its fleet use by 79% year-on-year, with average used rigs totalling 81.  

An image of the Sukari openpit gold mine in Egypt
The Sukari gold mine in Egypt

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New excavator teeth cutting ground

2nd July 2021 Earthmoving and utility equipment manufacturer Komatsu’s new Kprime Tooth System from wear solutions specialists Hensley Industries is now available as standard on new Komatsu excavators. The Kprime Tooth System has been designed as a stronger and longer-lasting product, offering additional... 

BARING ITS TEETH
The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth
BARING ITS TEETH The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth

Miner investing in operational improvements

By: Cameron Mackay     25th June 2021 Gold miner Pan African Resources is continuing to invest in its assets locally and improve its operations, including its Barberton Mines Complex, in Mpumalanga; its Evander mine, in Gauteng; and its acquired Mintails’ gold tailings deposit, states Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots. Production... 

COBUS LOOTS
Pan African is leveraging the existing underground and surface infrastructure at Evander to access new areas of the underground orebodies
COBUS LOOTS Pan African is leveraging the existing underground and surface infrastructure at Evander to access new areas of the underground orebodies

Aton signs drilling contract with Energold

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2021 TSX-V-listed Aton Resources has signed a contract with Energold Drilling to carry out a minimum of 4 250 m of diamond drilling at its Abu Marawat concession, in Egypt. The drilling programme will be focused on the Rodruin and Hamama projects, with drilling expected to begin in September. 

Ionic starts Phase 4 of drilling programme at Uganda project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths has started Phase 4 of its drill programme at its majority-owned Makuutu rare earth project, in Uganda. Ionic owns 51% of the project. 

Extra strike length, extended drilling confirmed at Thor Exploration’s Senegal project

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2021 Over 1 000 m of strike length has been confirmed at Canadian mineral exploration company Thor Explorations’ Makosa tail prospect, in Senegal, in a number of parallel lodes including a 300 m high-grade zone in a previously untested area. President and CEO Segun Lawson says the Makosa Tail prospect... 

GoviEx advances Mutanga uranium project

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 Mineral resource company GoviEx Uranium has executed a drilling contract with Zambia-based drilling company Hydro Tech Drilling & Exploration to undertake exploration and resource delineation drilling programmes at the company’s Mutanga uranium project, in Zambia. “With the reissued Chirundu... 

Drill results confirm high-grade tin mineralisation at Alphamin’s DRC project

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2021 Initial assay results and an exploration update on tin miner Alphamin Resources’ Mpama South exploration drilling programme has confirmed high-grade tin mineralisation at the project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So far, 8 700 m of the planned 16 000 m diamond drill programme has been... 

Company introduces robust luminaire

14th May 2021 Industrial lighting solutions provider BEKA Schréder has introduced “one of the most versatile and reliable” industrial light-emitting diode (LED) bulkhead luminaires: the OPTIWAY. The luminaire can be mounted on any structure, is “highly robust” and offers a high photometric performance. The... 

DIVERSE APPLICATIONS
The OPTIWAY is suitable for use in various industrial environments, including underground haulage, outdoor mining areas, and others
DIVERSE APPLICATIONS The OPTIWAY is suitable for use in various industrial environments, including underground haulage, outdoor mining areas, and others

New drill promises better efficiency

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions launched its new Top Hammer XL large-hole drilling system for large-scale surface mining and quarry applications through a global virtual event on March 24. The new machines are available to order, with the first machines ready for... 

GETTING HAMMERED The Top Hammer XL drilling system expands the hole size range of top hammer drilling up to 178 MM
GETTING HAMMERED The Top Hammer XL drilling system expands the hole size range of top hammer drilling up to 178 MM

Machines help Belarus mine reach new depths

By: Cameron Mackay     16th April 2021 Dortmund-based shaft construction specialist Redpath Deilmann has used two Shaft Boring Roadheaders (SBR) from mechanised tunnelling company Herrenknecht, for the first time in Europe. The recently developed technology “inspires new top performances” in the mechanised construction of... 

SINKING TO NEW DEPTHS
The new technology marked a mining milestone, with two fully mechanised shaft sinkings
Photo by © Herrenknecht AG
SINKING TO NEW DEPTHS The new technology marked a mining milestone, with two fully mechanised shaft sinkings

Katoro, Power Metal to advance Haneti project to deep diamond drilling

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2021 Aim-listed Katoro Gold will be advancing its Haneti nickel and platinum group metals (PGMs) project, in Tanzania, to deep diamond drilling following the receipt of results from the recently completed maiden rotary air blast (RAB) drill programme, which targeted the discovery of nickel and PGMs.... 

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

Resources Watch 

31st March 2021 This week: Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients; South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy and, Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Company to supply drill brands to Central and West Africa

19th March 2021 Drilling machine and equipment manufacturer Euroforgroup and engineering and construction machinery distributor BIA have signed a distribution agreement for the Furukawa and RTDrill brands in Central and West Africa. This agreement aims to strengthen their presence in these territories, BIA... 

ONE FOR ALL 
By offering a complete range of drilling machines and equipment, Euroforgroup meets the most specific needs of its customers in various industries
ONE FOR ALL By offering a complete range of drilling machines and equipment, Euroforgroup meets the most specific needs of its customers in various industries

New tool saves time, fuel consumption

19th March 2021 Rock drilling tool manufacturer Mincon’s latest addition to its range of rock drilling solutions “redefines performance” with proven speed increases of up to 40%, depending on ground conditions, and fuel consumption improvements of up to 11.5%. “The MP40 is an evolution of our popular four-inch... 

System offers tunnel support

19th March 2021 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s locally manufactured steel arch roof support systems provide reliable tunnel support and safe working conditions in mining, as well as in underground civil engineering projects where unstable ground conditions exist.  These support... 

BACK SUPPORT 
In the mining sector, these steel arch roof support systems are used in various tunnel applications, including x-cuts haulages, incline shaft portals and special shafts
BACK SUPPORT In the mining sector, these steel arch roof support systems are used in various tunnel applications, including x-cuts haulages, incline shaft portals and special shafts

Diamond mine’s 5 000 m drill programme under way

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th March 2021 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling was appointed to explore the Kimberlite country rock contacts underground at a Limpopo-based diamond mine in January, with the programme scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2022. A Boart Longyear LM90 electrohydraulic drill rig will be used... 

Initiatives have increased women’s participation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th March 2021 Drilling contractor Rosond drill rig operator Veronica Mofokeng highlights that, through continuous encouragement from government and the private sector, industries in all sectors – especially those that previously excluded or disadvantaged women – have accelerated the sustainable participation... 

OPENING DOORS 
Mofokeng believes that the opportunity to be trained as a drill rig operator for Rosond presented new opportunities for her and other women who are yet to be appointed
OPENING DOORS Mofokeng believes that the opportunity to be trained as a drill rig operator for Rosond presented new opportunities for her and other women who are yet to be appointed

Capital's West African expansion pays off as earnings rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2021 London-listed Capital posted basic earnings a share of$0.178 apiece for the year ended December 31, 2020 – a 130% increase on the basic earnings of $0.077 apiece reported in the prior year. The company’s net profit after tax was 139% higher year-on-year at $24.8-million, driven by strong... 

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