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Drive package delivered to greenfield mine

7th February 2020 The last of nine units of a comprehensive drive package were successfully delivered to a major greenfield copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive. The five main 500 kW drives weighed 12 t each while the remaining four... 

Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions 

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 High-tech and global engineering group Sandvik is helping greenfield mining projects in Africa to power ahead through automation and digitalisation aimed at making mining safer and more efficient and sustainable.   “If you look at the global automation footprint, Africa is using some of the most... 

Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions
Mining Weekly correspondent Kim Cloete interviewed executives from global engineering group Sandvik on the sidelines of the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Khoemacau begins decline development

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Development work is well under way at the Khoemacau copper and silver project in Botswana, with mining contractor Barminco beginning decline development for the new underground mine in Zone 5 this month. Early construction activities started in early 2019, with mine construction, development and... 

Khoemacau begins decline development
THE HOLE PICTURE The boxcuts are near completion, with decline development progressing well

Firm invests hopes in Indaba

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Mining investment firm Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu hopes that this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will “rise to the occasion” in addressing the challenges that are plaguing the South African mining industry. Some pressing challenges include the need to deal with regulatory uncertainty and... 

Firm invests  hopes in Indaba
VUSLAT BAYOĞLU Bayoğlu would like to see coal pricing become fairer

Automated tech implemented at iron-ore project

6th December 2019 The trial of the Smart Mine technology project at iron-ore mining company Sokolov-Sarbai Mining Production Association’s (SSGPO’s) Kacharsky opencast site has been successful. SSGPO, a subsidiary of international metals and mining conglomerate Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), says that it plans to... 

Automated tech implemented at  iron-ore project
SMART MINE The Kacharsky site is now home to a range of intelligent solutions that help improve efficiency

Imminent trade war truce positive for iron-ore

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Economic research institute Afriforesight expects the US and China to reach a trade war “truce” near the end of the year, providing some support for iron-ore. This anticipated resolution of the trade war is expected to have a positive effect on economic activity in general, including for steel... 

Imminent trade war truce positive for iron-ore
IRONING OUT THE ISSUES The resolution of the US/China trade war should mean an improvement for economic activity

Nearing zero fatality milestone

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Coal and iron-ore miner Exxaro Resources is making a final push to achieve its goal of being fatality free for three consecutive years. To better ensure that milestones like this can be reached, the mining company launched its Khetha Ukuphepha – Zulu for Choose Safety – campaign at its conneXXion... 

Nearing zero fatality milestone
DR JOSEPH MATJILA We believe that zero harm is possible

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Where some might see cause for concern, mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein believes that the uncertain future of iron-ore demand and pricing could mean opportunity. Some of this uncertainty is exemplified by the announcement last month of the proposed... 

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market
Photo by Bloomberg
BALLS OF STEEL Pelletised iron is made from waste dust and can be used in the manufacture of steel

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated

By: Darren Parker     29th November 2019 Mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens is anticipating a surge in demand for proximity detection systems (PDS) next year. In 2017, the Department of Mineral Resources, as it was known then, issued a 2020 deadline for mining companies to implement stipulations laid out... 

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated
ANTON LOURENS As the 2020 deadline approaches, many late adopters are going to rush to be made compliant

Focus turns to water ice extraction as attempts to source minerals from space take back seat

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th November 2019 Incredible as it might seem, one can, without too much exaggeration, argue that the space mining sector has already gone through its first boom and bust cycle. Of course, it was, by the standards of the conventional mining industry, a tiny boom, and consequently a tiny bust (although no less... 

Focus turns to water ice extraction as attempts to source minerals from space take back seat

Barloworld Equipment opens new Isando showroom

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2019 Heavy-duty machines and services company Barloworld Equipment inaugurated a new 3 200 square metre showroom at its Isando campus, in Ekurhuleni, on Wednesday, and renamed its ten-year old learning academy in honour of Peter Bulterman. Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela, alongside Ekurhuleni mayor... 

Invicta interim earnings, cash generation increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 Investment holding and equipment distribution company Invicta on Monday reported a 1 046% year-on-year increase in basic earnings a share to 149c for the six months ended September 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 2 029% to 149c apiece. 

Barloworld pursuing R500m-plus acquisition targets as it seeks to rebuild growth momentum 

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2019 JSE-listed industrial group Barloworld is eyeing several further acquisitions as it closes in on the purchase of a Caterpillar dealership in Mongolia, the due diligence on which has been completed. CEO Dominic Sewela tells Engineering News Online that the company, which has sold various noncore... 

Barloworld pursuing R500m-plus acquisition targets as it seeks to rebuild growth momentum
Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela

Contractor says equipment provider critical to its success

8th November 2019 Engineering solutions provider Babcock’s transparency, combined with its range of leading construction equipment and its successful collaborations with customers, struck a chord with Lomeza Mining Services, who required reliable construction equipment to fulfil its obligations for a long-term... 

Mechanised equipment supplier wins award

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Coal cutting machinery and gearbox supplier Eickhoff South Africa was recognised for operational excellence as a supplier of mechanised equipment at the inaugural Exxaro Supplier Excellence Awards, held in Johannesburg, last month. The other two finalists nominated in this category were... 

Mechanised equipment supplier wins award
SMOOTH OPERATORS Exxaro presented Eickhoff with a supplier award for operational excellence

Russia looks to supply Africa with industrial robots for mining

By: African News Agency      25th October 2019 The opportunity for Russia to supply industrial robots, dump trucks and bulldozers to the African mining industry, as well as other digital technologies, was discussed on Thursday at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. The panel discussion included Sierra Leon mining minister Foday Rado Loki,... 

Caterpillar blames global economic uncertainty for sales dip

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Caterpillar lowered its earnings forecast for 2019, blaming heightened “economic uncertainty” for slowing customer purchases. The world’s largest maker of mining and machinery equipment reported the first decline in quarterly profit in almost three years. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company... 

Transformation in explosives sector yet to ignite

By: Cameron Mackay     18th October 2019 Economic transformation in the mining, drilling and blasting industry remains slow and requires greater engagement from critical roleplayers, such as government, who should encourage the industry to realise the benefits of transformation, says rock blasting and demolition company Master Blasters... 

Transformation in explosives sector  yet to ignite
TRANSFORMATION TROUBLES Despite legislation, emerging black-owned companies still struggle with access to larger mining projects, owing to a lack of resources, experience and support

Water-gel technology allows for customised blasting solutions

By: Cameron Mackay     18th October 2019 Global blasting solutions provider MAXAM’s premium bulk water-gel technology range of blends, referred to as RIOFLEX, has been well received by the South African market and will allow the company to build on its presence in the country for over 20 years, says MAXAM Southern Africa regional sales... 

Water-gel technology allows for customised blasting solutions
CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT MAXAM has been implementing continuous improvement programmes targeting cost reduction over the mine-to-mill process

Anglo’s autonomous truck fleet at Quellaveco will not impact jobs 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2019 The planned introduction of an autonomous fleet at the Quellaveco copper mine in Peru will not impact jobs, Anglo American Peru CEO Tom McCulley told a visiting international media contingent on Monday. Quellevaco has a north and south pit and the automation will begin with seven trucks at the... 

Anglo’s autonomous truck fleet at Quellaveco will not impact jobs

Earthmoving supplier launches new excavator series

27th September 2019 Earth-moving and construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has launched two new series of excavators from automotive manufacturer Hyundai, namely the R480LC-9S range and R330LC-9S machines. Both series are designed for high performance in tough conditions in various... 

Earthmoving supplier launches new  excavator series
SMOOTH OPERATOR HPE Africa’s new series of Hyundai excavators are designed for high performance in tough conditions

Energy-saving VSDs ideal for mining conveyors

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 The two new variable-speed drive (VSD) product offerings from bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) – to be launched in the third quarter of this year – are ideally suited to applications in the mining industry. The AlphaDrive-Micro VSD and the... 

Energy-saving VSDs ideal for mining conveyors
SIZE MATTERS The larger VDrivePlus features advanced motor control, as the size and range of the VSD makes it ideal for harsh environments like mining

Excavator series well received by local mining sector

27th September 2019 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Doosan’s DX800LC-5B tracked excavator series, which was launched early last year, has received a positive market response from the local mining industry. Doosan is part of the Capital Equipment Group (CEG) division of investment holding and... 

Excavator series well received by local mining sector
MADE FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS The excavator has an operating weight of 78 500 kgs and is the largest machine in the Doosan’s range of construction and mining equipment

Global OEMs, smart factories drive efficiencies

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Global original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with branches in South Africa could assist in pushing the African continent towards the implementation of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) smart factory technologies. This will increase efficiency and energy savings in the materials, bulk handling... 

Global OEMs,  smart factories  drive efficiencies
NEW-GENERATION TRACKING Digital technology and smart factories will enable clients to track materials such as mined ore that is moved around a factory or mine site

Local OEM’s overseas partnerships boost growth

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Bulk handling vehicles original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Desmond Equipment SA (Dezzi), is aiming to capitalise on, and boost years of consistent growth in the South African market by expanding its product range and through partnerships. Dezzi, as the brand is named, are renowned for its South... 

Local OEM’s overseas  partnerships boost growth
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Dezzi will expand its product range with a new articulated dump truck and joint ventures with global original-equipment manufacturers

Anglo’s inclusive procurement programme provides much needed boost

27th September 2019 For six years, a small company in the Northern Cape town of Postmasburg struggled with the typical challenges facing South African small, medium-sized and microenterprises: inconsistent work, poor cash flow, and an inability to plan for growth.  

Anglo’s inclusive procurement programme provides much needed boost
INCLUSIVITY In 2017, Kumba Iron Ore’s inclusive procurement and enterprise development initiatives spent more than R36-billion with small suppliers around its operations

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Botswana coal miner receives funding for production

20th September 2019 Botswana-listed coal miner Minergy announced last month that, despite extreme difficulty in accessing financial backing, it has successfully raised funding of P90-million from the Botswana Development Corporation, as well as from the Minerals Development Corporation of Botswana. Initial funding... 

Botswana coal miner receives funding for production
100 YEARS OF PRODUCTION The Botswana coal mine is going to be operating for a long time

Coal mine lives on 

By: Darren Parker     20th September 2019 Coal mining company Canyon Coal’s Phalanndwa colliery extension project is expected to extend the life-of-mine to 2027, and the company is negotiating with the relevant stakeholders to further extend the mine life by six years, Phalanndwa colliery GM Alan Mabbett tells Mining Weekly. The original... 

Coal mine lives on
Phalanndwa colliery GM Alan Mabbett discusses the extension project. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd and Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Stacker reclaimers made new at coal mine

By: Darren Parker     20th September 2019 The refurbishment of three stacker reclaimers at a local coal mine is well under way, with transmission solutions company SEW-Eurodrive supplying 39 new drives for the project. Work on the project began late last year and the client aims to have completed the refurbishment of all three machines –... 

Stacker reclaimers made new at coal mine
STAGGERING AMOUNTS The high volume of transmission solutions ordered by the client was mitigated by staggering the deliveries

Rietvlei targets steady state production

By: Darren Parker     20th September 2019 Junior coal miner Rietvlei Mining Company’s Mpumalanga-based Rietvlei colliery will achieve steady-state mining in the fourth quarter of this year. Investment holdings company Butsanani Energy CEO Gideon Krynauw – speaking at the Afriforesight Bulk Commodities conference held last month, in... 

Rietvlei targets steady state production
GIDEON KRYNAUW We hope to repeat the success of the Rietvlei project

Company benefits from after-sales market

By: Tracy Hancock     13th September 2019 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment’s Zambian operation is benefiting from good demand for after-sales support amid the country’s tough economic conditions. “We have had success with our ReMan re-power programme through which complete rebuilds of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are... 

Company benefits from after-sales market
EMERALD OPERATIONS Kagem Mining took delivery of 12 Bell B45E articulated dump trucks for an expansion project in 2018

Further gold mineralisation confirmed at Australian gold mine

9th August 2019 London-based precious and base metals exploration and development company Greatland Gold confirms the presence of mineralisation over several kilometres of strike at the company’s fully owned Panorama gold project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Field reconnaissance activities, which... 

Electric dumper performing better than expected, says Switzerland's eMining

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2019 The world’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) works at a mountainside quarry in Biel, Switzerland. The prototype electric dumper (eDumper) is the brainchild of eMining, which is a subsidiary of Kuhn Switzerland. 

Electric dumper performing better than expected, says Switzerland's eMining
The eDumper at work in Biel, Siwtzerland

New radar allows for real-time rockfall tracking

By: Darren Parker     2nd August 2019 The new RockSpot radar of Italian manufacturer IDS GeoRadar, a subsidiary of sensor and software group Hexagon, can locate, track and signal alerts on the slightest rockfalls and slope failures as they happen in real time. Introduced to the global market in the second quarter of this year, the... 

New radar allows for  real-time rockfall tracking
ALL-SEEING EYE Not one stone falls without RockSpot seeing it first

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

Hydraulic telematics, tracking tech optimises equipment, jobsites

19th July 2019 Construction equipment supplier Doosan South Africa’s new advanced telematics and tracking technology, referred to as Doosan Connect, is designed to make equipment and jobsites more efficient, economic and convenient, says DISA Equipment Doosan South Africa MD Darrel Holton.   Doosan is part of... 

Hydraulic telematics, tracking tech optimises equipment, jobsites
OPTIMISED EXCAVATING The Doosan DX300LCA hydraulic excavator machines have advanced features for high productivity, improved operator comfort, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance requirements

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
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