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New tech boosts energy, operational efficiencies

By: Halima Frost     3rd February 2023 A manganese miner, in the Northern Cape, has reported a double-digit increase in energy and operational efficiencies since it implemented an Integrated Remote Operations Centre (iROC) designed by energy management and automation company Schneider Electric. An iROC is an integrated operations... 

Telematics provider highlights bespoke offering

27th January 2023 As the mining industry has matured and become more sophisticated, and therefore more reliant on machinery, the need for precise control of moveable assets has increased drastically, says telematics solutions provider Ctrack. It cites its “long history” of managing movable assets, its along range... 

A stock image of a mine truck
KEEPING TRACK Ctrack’s fleet management system is able to seamlessly integrate with a variety of vehicles through the vehicles’ CAN bus or other inputs

New mini hydraulic excavator delivers more power, performance

27th January 2023 Built to deliver an improved customer experience, the new 5 t Cat 305 CR Next Generation Mini Hydraulic Excavator delivers more power to the hydraulic pump, higher bucket breakout forces and deeper standard stick digging depths to increase performance by up to 20% over the previous 305E2 CR. Its... 

An image depicting the 305 CR model
NEW AND IMPROVED The new 305 CR model is the final machine to be reengineered to the Cat next generation mini hydraulic excavator line concept

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

1.4 MWh battery arrives in Australia for testing on 240 t mining haul truck 

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2023 Battery and vehicle controller system WAE Technologies has completed and delivered to Australia the largest battery of its kind, ready to be installed in a 240 t prototype zero-emission battery-electric mining haul truck. The battery has now arrived at Fortescue’s workshop in Perth, Western... 

An image of Battery components at Fortescue's workshop in Perth, Australia
Battery components at Fortescue's workshop in Perth, Australia

Research team develops plans to use old mines as power generating plants 

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2023 An international team of researchers have developed a method to store kinetic energy, which can later be converted to electrical energy, using decommissioned underground mines. The Underground Gravity Energy Storage (UGES) concept, developed through a study led by the International Institute for... 

An underground power station
An illustration of how the Underground Gravity Energy Storage concept works

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.

First 65t electric truck showcased at Electra

4th November 2022 Engineering company Sandvik showcased a glimpse of the ‘Future of Mining’ with its mining breakthrough in battery technology at its stand at this year’s Electra Mining Africa. The focus of Sandvik stand visitors’ attention “was undoubtedly” on Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B battery electric vehicle (BEV),... 

An image of Sandvik's 18 tonne capacity battery electric LH581B underground loader
BATTERY EVS FOR MINES Sandvik's 18 tonne capacity battery electric LH581B underground loader

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

Exciting part of Eva Copper is near-term production, says Harmony Gold  

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2022 The exciting part of the Eva Copper project is the near-term production prospect that it brings with it, says Harmony Gold Mining Company investor relations head Jared Coetzer of the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s purchase of the Australian copper project, that comes with 2 100 km2... 

Harmony Gold Mining Company Investor Relations Head Jared Coetzer.
The exciting part of the Eva Copper project is the near-term production prospect that it brings with it, says Harmony Gold Mining Company investor relations head Jared Coetzer

Camera for material monitoring launched

7th October 2022 The mining division of integrated mining solutions provider Hexagon introduced its HxGN MineMeasure Detect – a three-dimensional camera hardware, software and data solution – earlier this year. The addition strengthens Hexagon’s leadership in production material monitoring and measurement. 

A conveyor system fitted with a 3d monitoring camera
WATCH IT MineMeasure Detect offers continuous, accurate and rapid measurement of oversize, volume, rock fragmentation and colour analysis

Local supplier awarded conveyor distributorship

7th October 2022 Bulk materials handling specialist BLT WORLD has announced that it was appointed a distributor of materials handling manufacturer Convir stockpiling equipment in Southern and Central Africa earlier this year. The Convir range, which includes telescopic conveyors, stackers and other bulk handling... 

An artist impression of a truck on a ramp next to a conveyor loading system,
BULK BUY The range of bulk handling solutions manufactured by Convir is now being distributed locally by BLT WORLD

Manufacturer launches new range of mobile conveyors

7th October 2022 Mining equipment supplier ELB Equipment announced in May that it had launched its latest range of Powerscreen mobile conveyors, which offer reduced crushing and screening costs when combined with mobile conveyor loading solutions and can replace more costly loading equipment in many applications.... 

A large conveyor driven screening apparatus pouring material off the end
CARRY ON The new Powerscreen mobile conveyors offered by ELB Equipment can replace more costly loading equipment in many applications

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.

ioneer signs autonomous haul deal with Caterpillar  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 ASX-listed ioneer has struck a technology system supply agreement with major equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat), solidifying the introduction of autonomous haul trucks at the Rhyolite Ridge project, in Nevada. The Rhyolite Ridge feasibility study in February last year showed the viability... 

Ramaphosa to attend Sandvik manufacturing facility launch

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend the launch of the new Sandvik Khomanani manufacturing site, in Kempton Park, on September 9, the multinational mining and mineral processing equipment manufacturer has announced. The Swedish company has operated in South Africa since 1948. Sandvik renewed its... 

MLT Group announces new generation of Super-Screw range for conveyor splicing

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2022 The new generation of manufacturer MLT Group’s Super-Screw range allows for a reduction in conveyor downtime, while also improving productivity, the company says, noting that it is “an optimal way to splice conveyor belts”. In order to meet the needs of all its customers, the permanent endless... 

Pic of the company's Super-Screw in use at a quarry conveyor belt
The company's Super-Screw in use at a quarry conveyor belt

Afrimat CEO upbeat on group’s interim financials despite lower iron-ore prices

By: Darren Parker     26th August 2022 Although precluded from divulging any specific financial information during a pre-close briefing held on August 26, JSE-listed midtier construction materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities mining company Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden said the group’s financial situation was “very... 

Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

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.

Barloworld plans gender-bond sale in first for South Africa

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2022 Barloworld, the South African car dealer and supplier of equipment to the mining industry, is marketing the nation’s first sale of debt linked to gender-diversity targets. The Johannesburg-based company is planning to raise as much as R1-billion in three-year and five-year bonds, with the rates... 

FLSmidth’s acquisition of TK Mining to conclude end of August

By: Darren Parker     12th August 2022 The final closing of mining engineering, equipment and services company FLSmidth’s acquisition of multinational engineering company ThyssenKrupp’s mining business TK Mining will take place on August 31, now that all conditions and requirements for the transaction have been met. FLSmidth confirmed... 

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.

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.

Afrimat raises R680m in accelerated bookbuild

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2022 JSE-listed building materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities company Afrimat has successfully closed an equity raise of R680-million – about 8.5% of its current market capitalisation. Following strong demand, Afrimat elected to increase the size of the bookbuild it announced on July... 

John Deere brings redesigned ADT to South African shores

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2022 Heavy equipment manufacturer John Deere’s South African branch, having been in the country for 140 years, launched its redesigned 41.8 t, 460 series articulated dump truck (ADT) to the domestic market on July 26. Aimed primarily at the mining industry, the 460E-II series has been redesigned to... 

An image of John Deere's 460E-II series articulated dump truck
John Deere's newly redesigned 460E-II series articulated dump truck can carry more, is easier to operate and service, and has reliability improvements.

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.

Prices driving upgrades, maintenance

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th July 2022 The current steep increase in commodity prices has led to mining clients’ upgrading and maintaining their equipment to reduce downtime and maximise output, says steel fabricator Hydra Arc project management office manager Tyrone van Heerden. While rising costs have had a negative impact on the... 

An image of a welder welding
SPARKS FLY Continuously refurbishing equipment can increase the life span by up to 120%

Market to reach $345bn by 2031

15th July 2022 The global mining equipment market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% during the forecast period of 2021 to¬¬ 2031, says a report by research and consulting services company Transparency Market Research. In 2020, the global mining equipment market was valued at... 

An image of deep surface drill rig
EXPANDING MARKET Surface mining equipment will account for the major share of global market

Mine gains autonomous fleet

15th July 2022 Manufacturing company Komatsu – and subsidiary Komatsu Chile S.A. –  has announced plans for the Komatsu FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) to be deployed on a total of 62 930E ultra-class haul trucks by 2024 at Los Bronces, a Chilean openpit copper mine owned by diversified major Anglo... 

An image of Komatsu's FrontRunner AHS
HAUL TRUCK OF TOMORROW FrontRunner AHS is designed to help mines increase production

Company introduces versatile scalping screen

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2022 Local contractors can now deliver desired results across a variety of applications by taking advantage of Finnish industrial machinery company Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen. Taking the nomadic nature of contract crushing into consideration, Metso Outotec paid particular... 

COMPACT MOBILITY
The new Lokotrack ST2.3 mobile scalping screen is the most compact mobile screener with wide screen and aggressive stroke in the company’s product portfolio
COMPACT MOBILITY The new Lokotrack ST2.3 mobile scalping screen is the most compact mobile screener with wide screen and aggressive stroke in the company’s product portfolio

Proactive maintenance ensures max efficiency

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th July 2022 With about 45% to 60% of the repair and maintenance costs associated with a tracked machine involving the undercarriage, an effective preventative maintenance programme is essential to ensure operators get the maximum equipment life span at the lowest cost per hour, says manufacturer, distributor... 

An image of ground engaging tools form ITR Africa.
BREAKING GROUND Effective preventative maintenance programme ensures the maximum equipment life span at the lowest cost per hour

Electric concept rig showcased in Norway

15th July 2022 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions in May demonstrated its electric concept rig for surface drilling at the Vei og Anlegg 2022 exhibition, one of Scandinavia’s largest construction trade shows. The concept rig will also be showcased in Tampere, Finland, at Sandvik Mining... 

An image of Sanvik Mining and Rock Solutions's electric concept for surface drilling
ELECTRIC SURFACE DRILLING RIG The concept rig supports more sustainable and energy-efficient surface drilling

Bridgestone Southern Africa appoints Carl Martins as mining services executive manager

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 Tyre and mobility multinational Bridgestone Southern Africa has appointed Carl Martins as Mining Services executive manager with effect from July 1. His priority will be to ensure Bridgestone delivers value to its customers in the mining sector, as well as the surrounding communities. 

Bridgestone Southern Africa mining services executive manager Carl Martins
Bridgestone Southern Africa mining services executive manager Carl Martins

Anglo enters deal to accelerate rollout of nuGen zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American is in exclusive negotiations with specialist engineering technology company First Mode Holding and has agreed nonbinding terms to establish a combined business to accelerate the rollout of Anglo's nuGen hydrogen-powered Zero Emissions Haulage Solution (ZEHS). The... 

Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck
Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck
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