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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... 

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,... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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

Firm revamps pumps to support miners

17th June 2022 Revamping its distributorship base in recent years has given submersible pump specialist Integrated Pump Technology a solid foundation to support customers around sub-Saharan Africa. A key focus has been on mining areas, and the expansion has included new distributors in a number of Southern... 

 	An image of a man fixing a water pump
SMOOTH SUPPLY The company focuses heavily on the mining sector

Pandemic revives diamond industry

By: Mandisa Nyathi     17th June 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the diamond industry, as supply constraints caused by the knock-on effects of the restrictions resulted in increased prices, after sustained periods of subdued commodities prices, says minerals processing plant supplier Bond Equipment business... 

An image of a Bond Equipment plant
BUSINESS BOOMING In the period following the pandemic, the number of brownfield developments increased for the diamond industry in the Southern African region

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Aura deploys drill rig to Tiris, Mauritania

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Aura Energy has announced that a diamond drill rig has been mobilised from Mauritanian capital city Nouakchott to its 85%-owned Tiris uranium project to begin the 10 000 m infill drilling programme, with results expected in the fourth quarter.   The diamond drilling will... 

Renewed interest in drill observed

27th May 2022 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has noted a renewed interest in its Sandvik DD422i, the next-generation mining jumbo with a range of automatic drilling functions, from tier one mining contractors operating at high-production mines in South Africa, Botswana and... 

A large red underground mining automatic drilling rig supplied by Sandvik which is being taken up by the Southern African market again
AUTOMATIC CHOICE The renewed interest in Sandvik's DD422i automatic drill is owing to African mines consistently turning to modern technologies to run more efficient operations

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

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... 

Pic of student and instructor at MRTA
MRTA’s Tony Pretorius discusses the academy’s “vibrant” skills development and training programmes

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... 

An image of a drill rig
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
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
Photo by Ivanhoe Mines
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... 

Image of a stage being lowered into the shaft
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... 

An image depicting construction at a shaft
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. 

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