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Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
It’s been a great year for Menar, says chair Mpumelelo Mkhabela
11th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights
8th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

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Explosives firm assists with disposal of used oil
28th October 2022

Major openpit coal mining company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC), which operates in the regions of Sangatta and Bengalon, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, manages one of the largest openpit mines in the... 

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Blast tools aid sustainability
21st October 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Building on the flexibility and accuracy of electronic detonation, digital blasting tools can assist in enhancing mines’ efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, says blasting and explosives... 

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Real-time tailoring of explosive energy a reality
21st October 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Mining and infrastructure solutions company Orica notes that its “revolutionary” 4D bulk system is available for surface mining, and is being trialled for underground mining, with subsequent market... 

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Safer blasts shield communities
21st October 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Explosives and blasting contractor Master Blasters uses only the safest primary and secondary explosives – resulting in the least damage to the environment and impact on surrounding communities –... 

BME MD Ralf Hennecke
BME launches graduate programme to contribute to mining skills development
18th October 2022 By: Darren Parker

Explosives company BME, part of the Omnia group, has launched a two-year graduate programme to address youth unemployment and skills shortages in the mining industry. The programme targets various... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president
5th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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,... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal
24th September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to... 

An image of the BME AXXIS Silver electronic initiation system at a mine in Lesotho
BME’s AXXIS Silver debuts at sub-zero Lesotho mine
9th September 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

In the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, explosives and blasting specialist BME recently achieved the first blast outside of South Africa with its new AXXIS Silver electronic initiation system. BME – a... 

Used oil programme reflects ESG drive
26th August 2022

The recent solid financial performance by chemicals manufacturer Omnia Group’s explosives subsidiary BME, is underpinned by its environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) commitment, says... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy
19th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

The emulsion vertical delivery system contributes to efficiency, as it frees up cage time, consequently enabling mines to not only increase hoisting capacity but also productivity
EVDS supports productivity
19th August 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

Mining houses are increasingly realising the value of using emulsions in underground and surface blasting applications, and the addition of an emulsion vertical delivery system (EVDS) further... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears
11th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

Users can explore specific data on every hole, such as comparing the design depth and charge versus the actual depth and charge, and the tool giving users customised reports
New solution helps mines achieve 'optimal' blasting results
5th August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Blasting technology and services company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has launched the next generation of its XPLOLOG blasting control real-time data solution to help mines achieve optimal blasting... 

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President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan
1st August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

Outgoing AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI posts record 573c HEPS in H1; Dytor to step down as CEO
27th July 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has delivered record revenue, earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30, which outgoing CEO... 

AECI Mining’s incoming CEO aims to cut carbon footprint, grow outside Africa in the medium term
1st July 2022 By: Irma Venter

Newly appointed AECI Mining CEO Mark Kathan (51) says his main focus over the medium term will be the greening of the company’s manufacturing and logistical footprint, while also growing the firm’s... 

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ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst
15th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

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Quarries upgrading to next-gen detonation tech
10th June 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME is steadily upgrading local quarries that have been using its AXXIS GII electronic detonation system for years to its latest-generation... 

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Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds
8th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

Image of AECI Mining CEO Mark Kathan 
AECI Mining’s new CEO aims to cut carbon footprint, grow outside Africa
6th June 2022 By: Irma Venter

Newly appointed AECI Mining CEO Mark Kathan (51) says his main focus over the medium term will be the greening of the company’s manufacturing and logistical footprint, while also growing the firm’s... 

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Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears
26th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

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Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead
25th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

An image of BME's new AXXIS Titanium
Electronic detonators ensure effective blasting
6th May 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Opencast mines have to contend with rising costs as they go deeper. Efficiency is required to contain these costs and remain profitable, which is offered by digital technology such as blast... 

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World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future
5th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

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Supplier highlights mining efficiency at Indaba
22nd April 2022

Getting behind the renewed enthusiasm of the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba, Omnia Group subsdiairy and blasting and explosives company BME will be face-to-face with the mining... 

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President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022
20th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

Enaex Africa commissions expanded bulk emulsion plant
8th April 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Explosives company Enaex Africa has completed the construction and commissioning of an expansion project at its bulk emulsion explosive plant in Secunda. The company says this is a significant... 

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Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm
5th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

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