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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... 

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... 

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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.

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

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

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

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

By: Simone Liedtke     20th June 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

Battery metals and green hydrogen make headlines   

17th June 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the new age battery metals potential in Namibia; the new green hydrogen partnership between Prieska Power Reserve and the IDC; and Volvo Construction Equipment’s first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype.   

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Battery metals and green hydrogen make headlines

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.

Aggregate prices to rise with fuel price

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 The rising cost of fuel in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict is placing increased pressure on South Africa’s quarries, which are at pains to limit the impact on the price of their aggregates. “Aggregates are low-value commodities with comparatively low profit margins. Therefore, rising fuel... 

THE FUEL EFFECT
Quarries can no longer absorb rising operational and transport costs, which will directly impact on the cost of mining per ton
THE FUEL EFFECT Quarries can no longer absorb rising operational and transport costs, which will directly impact on the cost of mining per ton

Association tackling quarry safety with handbook

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 Trackless mobile machines and vehicles, unfortunately, remain a major cause of accidents on mines, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. Earlier this year, Aspasa published its Driver’s Handbook under its Best Practices Guidelines series. 

An image of a Bell excavator at a quarry
SAFETY MAKES CENTS Employees will always have a vested interest in ensuring the economic sustainability of their employer, as that directly impacts on their livelihood

Pilot Crushtec introduces new versatile scalping screen to the South African market

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2022 With a growing requirement to do more with less, contractors can now take advantage of industrial machinery company Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen, the versatility of which enables contractors to adapt the machine and deliver their desired results on a variety of applications.... 

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Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen on display at Pilot Crushtec's premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg.

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.

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Brikor breaks ground at new Nigel-based Grootfontein mine

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2022 Building and construction materials manufacturer and supplier Brikor broke ground at its Grootfontein mine, in Nigel, Gauteng. The mine is adjacent to the company’s fully-owned Ilangabi coal mine.  

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

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Dwyka gets its clients hands on technology to showcase capability

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 In its endeavours to “make tech tangible”, mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services hosted a mining technology showcase on May 18 to get clients and potential future clients physical hands-on technology to help them understand its capability and potential. Dwyka MD Jamie van Schoor says... 

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Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van Schoor with a DJI Matrice drone and Hovermap payload at Dwyka's Midrand offices

Construction materials miners ready to assist in rebuilding flood-hit KZN infrastructure

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 Aspasa, formerly known as the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa, reports that miners of building material commodities are standing ready to assist the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and construction firms to repair roads and essential infrastructure that was damaged in... 

An image of Aspasa director Nico Pienaar
Aspasa director Nico Pienaar

Metso Outotec launches new padded truck body  

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2022 Industrial technology company Metso Outotec has launched its new truck body, which is a one-piece, lightweight, hybrid truck bowl that combines the benefits of high-strength steel and rubber. It was designed to lower hauling costs, in addition to offering a safer working environment and... 

Caterpillar eyes energy transition as growth driver for mining business

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 Construction equipment maker Caterpillar believes demand for critical minerals as the clean energy transition gathers pace will translate to solid returns for its mining business, CEO Jim Umpleby said in an interview on Tuesday. The company is aiming at a global market worth about $5-trillion for... 

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

First Quantum approves $1.35bn capex for Kansanshi expansion, Enterprise projects

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ board of directors has given the go-ahead for the immediate roll-out of two projects in Zambia – the S3 expansion at its Kansanshi copper/gold mine, as well as the roll-out of the Enterprise nickel project. “First Quantum has been working constructively with the... 

opencast mining at one of First Quantum's operations

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

Yanfolila processing plant maintenance cuts Hummingbird’s first-quarter output

By: Darren Parker     25th April 2022 Aim-listed gold producer Hummingbird Resources produced 15 548 oz of gold at its Yanfolila mine, in Mali, for the quarter ended March 31, compared with the 18 181 oz produced in the fourth quarter of 2021. Output was also lower than the 22 781 oz produced in the first quarter of 2021. 

mining dump trucks on a mine

Epiroc gets large mining equipment order from DRC copper mine

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2022 Swedish original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc has received a large order from copper miner Kamoa Copper for mining equipment that will be used at the Kamoa-Kakula underground copper mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Kamoa Copper operates Kamoa-Kakula as a joint venture between... 

An Epiroc machine underground

Centamin reports 89% y/y increase in capex

By: Darren Parker     20th April 2022 LSE- and TSX-listed gold producer Centamin reported total capital expenditure (capex) for the first quarter ending March 31 of $71.4-million, reflecting an 89% increase year-on-year. In a quarterly report released on April 20, the company said significant investment had been made in key capital... 

A photo of one of the Sukari open pits

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.

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.
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