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TRIAL AND ERROR BME will roll out 54 portable charging units and train the shaft’s 180 underground personnel on how to use the new equipment during the four-month trial period
Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela
27th March 2015 By: Ilan Solomons

Explosives company BME is supporting platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) efforts to improve and modernise its operations through the introduction of a new portable emulsion system... 


David Msiza
Documentaries on horrors of mining’s past mooted at Coalsafe
12th March 2015 By: Martin Creamer

The names of each of the nine mineworkers killed last year in South Africa’s coal mines were flashed singly on to a large screen during a solemn minute’s silence at Thursday’s packed coal safety... 


BME launches narrow-reef emulsion site at Amplats’ Tumela mine
4th March 2015 By: Ilan Solomons

Explosives company BME officially opened its first narrow-reef emulsion site and training centre at platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi,... 


AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI
24th February 2015 By: Ilan Solomons

The completion of the bulk surplus property sale of a 2 300 ha Heartland property in Modderfontein to Chinese investment company Shanghai Zendai and a “record performance” from the speciality... 


HXM BLAST Viewing the volume of influence solids and polygons will be among the features of MineSight's new blast technology
New partnership generates cutting-edge technology
20th February 2015 By: Dylan Stewart

The June 2014 acquisition of US-headquartered mining software developer MineSight by design, measurement and visualisation technology provider Hexagon AB to form its new division Hexagon Mining... 


Orica unveils new African headquarters
Orica unveils new African headquarters
5th February 2015 By: Ilan Solomons

Australian services provider Orica on Thursday officially opened its new 2 600 m2 double-storey African headquarters in Isando, Gauteng, to support and grow the company’s footprint in Africa. The... 


Godfrey Gomwe
Godfrey Gomwe joins AECI board
12th January 2015

South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Godfrey Gomwe as nonexecutive director, effective January 31.  


Francois van Niekerk
Van Niekerk, who replaces Sylvester Duma, has spent an 11-year tenure at AEL Mining Services
AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager
5th December 2014 By: Chantelle Kotze

As part of its growth expansion strategy, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services announced the appointment of Francois van Niekerk to manage its global sourcing department. 


GUY LUNDY
Although Africa’s borders were starting to become more efficient, it had a lot of work to do regarding the integration of its regional economies
Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration
28th November 2014 By: Chantelle Kotze

Only 13% to 15% of Africa’s trade takes place within the continent – compared with 63% in Europe and 40% in North America – leaving huge scope for better economic integration among African... 


Omnia CEO Rod Humphris
Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower
25th November 2014 By: Leandi Kolver

Specialised chemicals provider Omnia was expecting to see financial gains from its new underground charging unit, which enables it to take its emulsion into the underground mining space, during the... 


NURTURING BLASTING MASTERS Blasting Consulting Services provides trainees with two-and-half years of blasting training, which covers all aspects of blasting
Blasting project work remains steady
21st November 2014 By: Ilan Solomons

Specialist blast consulting company Blast Consulting Services (BCS) is undertaking blasting work at several platinum and ferrochrome mining projects in the North West for several mining companies.... 


USED OIL END PRODUCT It is possible to recover value from a product once it has reached the end of its life through recycling and reuse
Used oil recycling important for explosives
21st November 2014 By: Ilan Solomons

The use of recycled fuel oil as a key ingredient in ammonium nitrate-based explosives is an accepted practice in the local explosives industry. However, few users of the explosives give much... 


USED-OIL LIFE CYCLE Black oil in emulsion refers to the life cycle of used oil
Explosives environment, cost efficiency in the spotlight
21st November 2014 By: Ilan Solomons

Mining companies increasingly needed cost-effective, safe and environment-friendly explosives systems that were simpler to use and produce, said explosives company AEL Mining Services technology... 


BUFFALO BOOSTER The Buffalo Booster is made of nonexplosive materials which become explosive only about one hour after being manufactured
Explosives technology offering showcased
21st November 2014 By: Ilan Solomons

Explosives company AEL Mining Services showcased its new Buffalo Booster, which improves blasting operations, at its 2014 Blasting Masterclass conference, in Bryanston, last month. AEL technology... 


BIG BLAST Large-scale blasting allows for the mining process to start sooner as only one blast has to be performed
Bigger blasts better for mines, says consultant
21st November 2014 By: Ilan Solomons

To ensure that mining pits are cleared in one blast, instead of being cleared before several smaller explosions, mining companies are requiring larger volumes of explosives, in the region of 75 t... 


CE 4 TAGGER
The CE 4 Tagger offers significantly improved operating times of 20 hours under standard operating conditions
Electronic detonators provide best success rate
21st November 2014 By: Ilan Solomons

The rate and sequence at which energy was released in a blast ultimately determined the successful outcome of a blast, making electronic detonators in surface and underground mining applications... 


FRANCOIS HAY
Despite low commodity prices throughout Africa, BME's vision as a group is to create customer wealth by leveraging its knowledge
BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing
14th November 2014 By: Chantelle Kotze

Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria,... 


AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AEL leans on coal, iron-ore
28th October 2014 By: Natasha Odendaal

As strikes in South Africa’s mining space, particularly within underground operations, weigh on AECI during 2014, the JSE-listed group has moved to lean more on the coal and iron-ore sectors to... 


Companies commoditising explosives as Asian market slows
24th October 2014 By: Zandile Mavuso

The fall of thermal coal prices in China has impacted the Asian mining industry negatively as it has led to companies requiring explosives to be commoditised, says explosives company AEL Mining... 


AEL entrenching itself in Latin American market
24th October 2014 By: Zandile Mavuso

Explosives company AEL Mining Services says its supply of electronic detonators to the Latin American countries has been successful in the past four years, with the company’s focus currently on... 


NEW METHOD Electronic blasting gives the mining company control over the blasting process’ environmental impact
Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions
3rd October 2014

Explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services (AEL) is developing wireless electrical blasting technology that will prevent hazardous explosions during the blasting process. AEL group... 


BLASTING EFFICIENCY
BME’s portable charging unit enables mines to employ safer and more cost-effective emulsion-based blasting technology
New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system
29th August 2014 By: Mia Breytenbach

Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion... 


AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AEL eyes Australian market for growth
29th July 2014 By: Natasha Odendaal

AECI’s explosives arm AEL has branched out into Australia as it teams up with undisclosed customers for the supply of explosives into this new market. An AECI office had been established in... 


SIMON TOSE
AEL is committed to making blasting safer
Shift to electronic blasting yields safety, efficiency benefits for miners
18th July 2014 By: Chantelle Kotze

The evolution from fire setting in the Bronze Age to blasting using electronics in the modern era has yielded significant benefits for the mining industry, says explosives manufacturer and supplier... 


Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains
Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains
24th June 2014 By: Natalie Greve

Specialised chemicals provider Omnia has lifted revenue 21% to a record R16.3-billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014, on the back of volume and sales price increases in its mining and... 


Electronic blasting’s safety, enviro and efficiency benefits
6th June 2014 By: Zandile Mavuso

Explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services says that with mining being a risky operation, developing ways to make the process safer and more efficient has been the main driver in the evolution... 


Nitric Acid Complex, Sasolburg
BME continues to grow after 30 years, focused on expansion
16th May 2014 By: Chantelle Kotze

Celebrating three decades in business, mining explosives company BME has noted continual growth on the African continent throughout this time and has firmly set its future growth sights on further... 


Leven Moodley and Dallas Wilkinson
Orica secures BEE partner, set to expand African footprint
7th April 2014 By: Natasha Odendaal

ASX-listed global commercial explosives and mining and tunnelling ground support provider Orica and South Africa-headquartered investment group Reindus Holdings have partnered to further Orica... 



CORRECT BLASTING IS CRITICAL Successful drill and blast operations begin with the correct blast design – holes need to be drilled in the right place and to the right depth
Aussie blaster sets its sights on Africa
7th March 2014 By: Ilan Solomons

Australia-based drill and blast services provider Action Drill & Blast has developed significantly in Australia in the last four years, but the company told Mining Weekly at the Investing in... 


Moatize coal operation awaits new infrastructure to achieve full capacity
7th March 2014 By: Keith Campbell

Brazilian mining major Vale’s Moatize coal operation in the Tete province of Mozambique remains constrained by logistical inadequacies, although its output was slightly higher in 2013 than in 2012.... 


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