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18th September 2019 The hydrogen economy could happen; And, Master Drilling remains focused on regional growth strategy 

Arc records notable drill results at Zambia project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th September 2019 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has received further near-surface, high-grade copper assays from its maiden diamond drill exploration programme at the Cheyeza East target in Zambia. These indicate further high-grade shallow copper intersections. 

Master Drilling remains focused on regional growth strategy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2019 JSE-listed drilling solutions company Master Drilling’s acquisition of Atlantis Group helped to boost its revenue and regional operations in the six months ended June 30. CEO Danie Pretorius on Tuesday said the company has remained committed to diversifying its presence across geographies,... 

Master Drilling remains focused on regional growth strategy
Master Drilling CEO discusses the market conditions in the six months ended June 30 and the company's commodity focuses. Video done by Kutlwano Matlala; editing done by Nicholas Boyd.

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July 

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2019 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has added a further R10-billion to its order book, which stood at R46.8-billion at the end of July, and CEO Henry Laas believes the backlog could rise even further in the months ahead. At the end of July 2018, the group’s order book stood... 

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Further gold mineralisation confirmed at depth at Sanankoro

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2019 Aim-listed Cora Gold has received assay results from three out of four core holes completed at the Sanankoro gold discovery, in southern Mali, in the third quarter of this year. This has confirmed vertical continuity of gold mineralisation at the Selin prospect to depths of 170 m. 

Existing technology still has vital role to play

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 Despite new and innovative mining technologies continuing to enter the mining sector, tried-and-trusted technologies may still have an important role to play, says working face consumables manufacturer Terramin CEO Martin van Schoor. New mining technologies can provide many benefits, such as... 

Existing technology still has vital role to play
MARTIN VAN SCHOOR Old-fashioned techniques still have a place in modern mining

New mobile scanner allows for rapid on-foot mapping

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 Surveying equipment distributor Autobuild Africa launched a new mobile scanner – the Heron Lite – at the SA Geotech 2019 conference, in Kempton Park, last month. The device was developed by survey technology company Gexcel as part of its Heron range of wearable mobile mapping products. 

New mobile scanner allows for rapid on-foot mapping
A FEAST FOR THE SENSORS The Heron Lite enables easy and accurate on-foot mapping

Kumba, Rosond sign R2bn deal to advance next-generation drilling 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2019 Diversified mining company Kumba Iron Ore, an Anglo American subsidiary, has entered into a R2-billion multiyear agreement with drilling specialist Rosond to develop and implement a next-generation drilling contract. The agreement forms part of Kumba’s initiative to modernise its geoscience... 

Kumba, Rosond sign R2bn deal to advance next-generation drilling
Rosond drill rig

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme

9th August 2019 Australian mineral exploration company Lindian Resources has received binding commitments in a placement to investors to raise up to $1.3-million for the company’s inaugural drilling programme at the Gaoual bauxite project, in Guinea. The $1.3-million raised, which includes $200 000 from Lindian... 

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme
Photo by Bloomberg
EAGER TO DRILL With Lindian Resources now funded for the Gaoual drilling programme, the company is looking forward to drilling as soon as possible

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour

9th August 2019 Australian gold miner Gold Road Resources’ Gruyere gold project in the eastern Yilgran in Western Australia delivered its first gold pour from the carbon-in-leach (CIL) circuit in the June quarter of this year, containing 1 138 oz of gold. This milestone, which was achieved safely and in line... 

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour
Photo by Reuters
READY, SET, GOLD Gold Road Resources' focus now turns to commissioning of the final components of the gold process plant, which is expected to be in the September quarter

Infill drilling confirms resource robustness

9th August 2019 Gold-focused exploration and development company Cardinal Resources’ close spaced infill drill pattern has showed the continued presence of mineralised zones within the infill drilling area of the company’s flagship Namdini gold project, in Ghana. The positive results were from the selected area... 

Infill drilling confirms resource robustness
Photo by Bloomberg
CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING DRILLING The infill drill programme displays the robust nature of Cardinal Resources' current mineral resource and also supports the company’s project finance plans

Trash pumps suitable for water transfer

9th August 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Australian Pumps Industries highlights industry experts’ recommendations that heavy duty wet prime trash pumps be used in the transfer of site tailings water, silt, as well as slurries. This is owing to the pumps’ wide open impellers, non-clog design, and suitability... 

Trash pumps suitable for water transfer
FIRE FIGHTING BOSS Aussie’s Pumps' new Mine Boss version of the Fire Chief fire fighting pump is vital for mine sites where combustion hazards occur

IronRidge signs MoU with GeoDrill for drilling for equity programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th August 2019 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has entered into a binding memorandum of understanding with TSX-listed GeoDrill for a drilling for equity programme of up to $4-million, or 40 000 m of drilling. The drilling programme will take place across the company’s gold and lithium portfolios throughout Africa. 

Drill rig improves sample recovery in variable conditions

By: Darren Parker     2nd August 2019 Increasing pressure on mining companies to publicly disclose information on their tailings dams highlights the need for improved technology to more accurately test dam stability and more reliably predict potential failures. This was highlighted by the Brumadinho tailings dam failure in January,... 

Drill rig improves sample recovery in variable conditions
TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE The dual-head Geo 601 drill rig is equally effective in soft and hard ground conditions

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th July 2019 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of Murray & Roberts by ATON be prohibited. ATON, through Redpath South Africa, provides a range of mining services, including the excavation of vertical or inclined openings from the surface for... 

Commission recommends Tribunal prohibit ATON’s takeover of M&R

Project involvement increasing for contractor

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th July 2019 Mining contractor Moolmans is showcasing its shaft-sinking and access development capacities at the Platreef platinum project, in the North West, with Shaft 1 close to the planned shaft bottom, at 982 m below the surface. 

Project involvement increasing for contractor
PROJECT UNDERWAY The expected completion of Shaft 1 sinking at Platreef is July 2020

New wheel loader ensures flexible features

19th July 2019 Construction equipment provider Caterpillar’s new 920K Compact Wheel Loader’s new features allow operators to tailor machine performance to individual preferences for added operating efficiency, while a choice of auxiliary-hydraulic systems expand the use of work tools for added utility. With a... 

New wheel loader ensures flexible features
OPERATING WITH EASE With a net power rating of 74 kW, the loader shows product enhancements that contribute to high productivity, versatility, operator convenience and safety, and serviceability

Drill attachment provides opportunities in underground

By: Cameron Mackay     19th July 2019 Remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk, in collaboration with construction equipment supplier TEI Rock Drills, has introduced the new MMB326 hydraulic drifter rock drill attachment, which can be used for drilling and blasting applications in mining operations. Using this drill... 

Drill attachment provides opportunities in underground
EXPLOSIVE COMBINATION The MMB326 pairs with the Brokk 300 and allows for drilling multiple hole sizes of up to 3 inches in concrete, rock and compact soil

New multipurpose drill rig launched

5th July 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has added a new surface top hammer drill rig – the versatile Commando DC300Ri – to its offering. The drill rig is ideal for drill and blast contractors as it suits multiple different applications, according to the company. 

New multipurpose  drill rig launched
DRILL SERGEANT The new Commando DC300Ri is a tough and manoeuverable drill rig for multiple applications

High-powered dump truck available in SA

5th July 2019 South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment has added a new model to its range of articulated 4 x 4, two-axle articulated dump trucks (ADTs). The Bell B45E 4 x 4 was introduced to the market in April and, like all Bell 4 x 4s, the trucks are produced in Bell... 

High-powered dump  truck available in SA
RING A BELL The new articulated dump truck is modelled on its predecessor but offers higher power for niche mining applications

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa is encouraging suppliers, service providers and contractors, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to become associate members of the association to meet the industry’s future challenges. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar stresses that this... 

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised
COMPLIANCE GUARANTEE Procuring equipment from an Aspasa associate member will ensure compliance with the Mining Health and Safety Act of 1996, as well as the Consumer Protection Act of 2009

Company progresses copper/silver project

24th May 2019 Venture capital firm and owner of the Khoemacau copper/silver project Cupric Canyon Capital has made significant progress towards the construction of what is to be a major copper and silver mine in north-west Botswana and expects first copper concentrate production in the first half of 2021.... 

Company progresses  copper/silver project
TEAM WORK Partnering with global providers of mine finance allows all project development activities to move forward

Data collection, investment to boost exploration projects in Botswana

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 With the Kalahari copperbelt being underexplored and the advancement of better processing and higher-resolution data collection tools, numerous explorers are increasingly collecting data in Botswana to use for new exploration and increase current exploration in the region. The Kalahari copperbelt... 

Explorer advances copper project, growth strategy

24th May 2019 Copper exploration and development company MOD Resources is progressing with its growth strategy as the T3 openpit copper project in the Kalahari copperbelt, in northern Botswana, continues towards a decision to mine. The company and its advisers are advancing a range of funding options with... 

Epiroc shares drop as mining gear orders disappoint

By: Reuters     30th April 2019 Sweden's Epiroc said on Tuesday it expected current levels of demand to prevail in the near term after it reported lower than expected quarterly mining equipment orders, sending its shares lower. Epiroc, which competes against Sweden's Sandvik and Finland's Metso, said its order intake inched up... 

Underground copper project start remains on track

19th April 2019 Copper ore company Nevada Copper has confirmed that its Pumpkin Hollow underground copper project remains on target to start production in the fourth quarter this year. Pumpkin Hollow is located in Nevada, in the US and has substantial reserves and resources including copper, gold and silver. 

Underground copper project start remains  on track
ON SCHEDULE surface infrastructure and processing equipment are advancing to plan

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th April 2019 Ivanplats, the South African subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, is expected to complete early-works construction at Shaft 2 of the Platreef palladium/platinum/nickel/copper/gold/rhodium project, near Mokopane, in Limpopo, South Africa, in the second quarter, says Ivanplats VP and project director... 

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2
SHAFT 2 Aerial view of the Shaft 2 box cut early works with the concrete hitch under construction

Capital Drilling poised to meet growing demand for drilling services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th April 2019 Africa-focused Capital Drilling continues to be well positioned for an anticipated uplift in demand, especially in West Africa. “At this early stage of the year, we have already seen some encouraging signs in the market, with robust metals prices, particularly gold, and improving capital markets. 

SA mines can now use drone technology for underground mapping

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2019 South African systems integrator Ramjack Technology Solutions has formed an alliance with Swedish aerial robotics company Inkonova to supply underground unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) and mapping technology to the South African mining industry for use underground. Inkonova supplies... 

SA mines can now use drone  technology for underground mapping
GAME OF DRONES Initially used during wars and for defense purposes drones are now being used in mining and industrial applications

Anglo American, Northam, Australia’s budget surplus make headlines  

4th April 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses Anglo American’s plans for hydrogen, new tunnel boring technology at Northam’s Eland mine and Australia’s $7.1-billion budget surplus. 

Anglo American, Northam, Australia’s budget surplus make headlines
Anglo American, Northam, Australia’s budget surplus make headlines.

Master Drilling’s full year performance underpinned by Americas, Europe success 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2019 JSE-listed Master Drilling expanded its operations to Canada, Turkey, Ghana and Italy and saw growth in Brazil and Mexico during the financial year ended December 31, 2018. This helped to offset headline earnings decreases in a tough African market.  

Master Drilling’s full year performance underpinned by Americas, Europe success
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

Underground drill operator training simulator launched

22nd March 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has introduced an operator training simulator to provide a compact and flexible solution to safely train operators and maintenance teams on its DD422i, DD422iE and DT922i drill rigs. This latest development provides a low weight safe... 

Underground drill operator training simulator launched
STIMULATING SIMULATING The new simulator allows for simulation underground at the source of the drilling

Drilling rig, loader introduced onto African drilling market

22nd March 2019 Mine exploration and drilling innovation service provider Boart Longyear has introduced its LF160 surface coring drill rig and FL262 Freedom loader into the African market. The LF160 and FL262 were available for viewing at an official presentation held at the company’s Robertville site in... 

Drilling rig, loader introduced onto African drilling market
SHOWCASE Two new products in the Boart Longyear drilling portfolio have been introduced to the African market

Australian drilling programme makes promising start

22nd March 2019 A drilling programme at a sizeable anomaly beneath a dry salt lake in South Australia, has been successfully completed with encouraging preliminary geology observations. The Torrens project is located within the Stuart Shelf region of South Australia about 50 km from modern mining company Oz... 

Australian drilling  programme makes  promising start
TO DRILL “ORE” NOT TO DRILL The drilling at the large anomaly has shown promising geological results

Shotcrete-testing system available for mining sector

By: Halima Frost     22nd March 2019 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti has improved on its powder-actuated DX 450 shotcrete testing system to suit the mining sector. After seeing the scope to increase its client portfolio Hilti presented the DX 450 to a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.... 

Shotcrete-testing system available for mining sector
SHOT IN THE DARK Underground tunneling installations can now be accurately tested to allow for quicker mine reentry

BI to expand offering in mining sector

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd March 2019 Bearings, power transmission and chain products distributor Bearings International (BI) hopes to increase its offering to the mining sector by providing various chain products to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that supply equipment to this sector, says BI mining business development... 

BI to expand offering in mining sector
BEST POSITION Bearings International is looking to bring stock holding to the mining sector to have stock in the branches, at the right place, at the right time

Detection system lowers maintenance costs

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 The second installation of a custom-made sidewall detection system was completed by monitoring solutions provider Monitech at diversified miner Anglo American’s Zibulo coal colliery, in Mpumalanga, last month. The system was designed and installed to help prevent damage caused to the scrubber fan... 

Detection system lowers maintenance costs
COALFACE VALUE Keeping damages and costs down at the coalface is more achievable with the sidewall detection system
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