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Despite legislation, emerging black-owned companies still struggle with access to larger mining projects, owing to a lack of resources, experience and support
Transformation in explosives sector yet to ignite
18th October 2019 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 


MAXAM has been implementing continuous improvement programmes targeting cost reduction over the mine-to-mill process
Water-gel technology allows for customised blasting solutions
18th October 2019 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 

Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Omnia seeks to reset course as it emerges from financial distress
11th October 2019 By: Terence Creamer

JSE-listed Omnia, best known for the production of fertilisers, explosives and specialty chemicals, expects a strategic review of the business to be completed during the first quarter of 2020. The... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba.
First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
26th September 2019 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

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Underground vehicles that use hydrostatic technology launched in South Africa
20th September 2019 By: Schalk Burger

Metals industry equipment and service company South African Mining and Smelting Solutions (SAMSS) has launched its range of underground mining utility vehicles in the South African market. SAMSS,... 

BME CEO Joe Keenan
South Africa’s BME enters into JV with Canada’s Consbec
11th September 2019 By: Simone Liedtke

Explosives and blasting company BME, a subsidiary of South Africa’s Omnia Group, has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Canadian surface drilling and blasting contractor Consbec. The BME Mining... 

Sasol chooses Enaex as preferred explosives partner
25th July 2019 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As part of the process of incorporating a strategic partner into its explosives and rock fragmentation division, JSE-listed petrochemicals company Sasol has selected Chile-headquartered Enaex as... 

AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI’s interim earnings down 20%
24th July 2019 By: Simone Liedtke

JSE-listed explosives and speciality chemicals group AECI on Wednesday reported headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earning per share (EPS) of 365c and 367c, respectively, for the six months... 

AECI realignment projects offer long-term benefits
17th July 2019 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As a result of the strategic realignment projects completed by it in June, JSE-listed explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects to report a 22% year-on-year decrease in headline... 

The improvement of business and consumer confidence and other economic metrics in Latin American countries presents an opportune time for AEL to expand in this market
Strategies, trials boost provider’s presence
5th July 2019 By: Cameron Mackay

Mining explosives solutions provider AEL Intelligent Blasting acquired full ownership of Brazilian explosives company Dinacon in April this year as part of its international expansion strategy,... 

Omnia to restructure as it seeks to reduce overextended balance sheet
25th June 2019 By: Schalk Burger

Diversified chemicals group Omnia will, over the next two years, focus on improving the profit margins of its companies’ services and products, ensuring that its assets and investments deliver... 

Omnia posts full-year loss on mix of negative drivers
25th June 2019 By: Reuters

Omnia Holdings, a South African chemicals and fertiliser maker, reported a full-year loss on Tuesday as a volatile currency, droughts, changes in the mining industry and difficult global trading... 

Omnia flags full-year loss
14th June 2019 By: Reuters

South African chemicals and fertiliser maker Omnia Holdings said on Friday it expected to report a full-year loss as drought, a volatile currency, changes in the mining industry and difficult... 

Omnia Holdings to undertake R2bn rights offer
30th May 2019 By: Reuters

Omnia Holdings said on Thursday it would undertake a rights offer of R2-billion in a bid to cut debt. Omnia, which raised funds for two acquisitions and the construction of a new fertiliser plant,... 


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BME shows product innovation at Limpopo mine
10th May 2019 By: Cameron Mackay

Explosives and blasting company BME remains at the forefront in innovation with its modern electronic detonators, explosives and advanced technical services for optimising blast results and... 

AEL’s philosophy is to develop smart blasting solutions through client engagement and understanding their needs
AEL to provide green solutions for mines in French West Africa
12th April 2019 By: Mamaili Mamaila

One of Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting’s core values for this year is going green, with sustainable development also informing its plans to enter... 

BME manufactures explosives at emulsion plants across the region and supplies mining and quarrying operations in several countries
Explosives company expanding West African footprint
12th April 2019

South Africa-based explosives company BME continues to strengthen its presence in West Africa – which is poised to become one of the top five gold-producing regions in the world. BME – a division... 

BME's immediate plans for the US are to establish and develop a distribution network to serve customers in mining, quarrying and construction
BME secures Alaskan coal mine contract
12th April 2019 By: Nadine James

Explosives and blasting specialist BME’s US segment has been awarded a contract by Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) in Alaska to supply explosive products and accessories. Part of the South Africa-based... 

AECI posts record profit from operations for FY18
26th February 2019 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Specialty chemicals group AECI has achieved its highest ever profit from operations of nearly R2-billion for the year ended December 31, 2018. This was 27% higher than the R1.58-billion profit from... 

Better techniques are making a big difference in drilling and blasting, says MAXAM
8th February 2019 By: Kim Cloete

Advanced technologies in mining explosives are making major inroads in the mining industry. This was highlighted by MAXAM, a global technological leader specialising in the design, development,... 

Solar Mining Services CEO Desmond Pillay
Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy
7th February 2019 By: Kim Cloete

Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created... 

There is a major focus on gender diversity, with more women actively participating throughout the event
Step change for Indaba
25th January 2019 By: Jessica Oosthuizen

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba will have a major focus on how growth in Africa and African mining can be supported and achieved, says event organiser... 

RIOFLEX is a highly energetic, robust and flexible density bulk hydrogel suspension-based explosive, representing the latest development in bulk explosives technology
MAXAM to demonstrate blasting technology
25th January 2019

Global technology company MAXAM – specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials – will exhibit its blasting solutions product range for mining,... 

BME will showcase its expertise, technology and scope of African investment at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held from February 4 to 7 at the Cape Town Convention Centre.
BME to focus on product improvement and organic growth
25th January 2019 By: Nadine James

With commodity prices either stabilising or improving and several mining projects entering the last stages of development or coming online in 2019, explosives company BME aims to enhance its... 

NEW ARRIVAL The openpit Khanye Colliery in Bronkhorstspruit is expected to produce coal for about 15 years
Colliery opened in Gauteng
14th December 2018

Last month, coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal successfully opened its openpit Khanye Colliery with a blast following a detonation procedure led by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede... 

BULKY An estimated 600 000 t of coal production a month is expected
First coal production due in 2020
14th December 2018 By: Thabi Madiba

Coal mining and exploration group of companies Canyon Coal is expecting first coal production at its Springfield coal project in the second quarter of 2020, with a targeted production rate of 600... 

Safety assured for Vertical Drop delivery system
30th November 2018

Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting has pioneered the vertical drop emulsion delivery system which delivers the non-detonable base emulsion and... 

Omnia shares fall as it warns of interim loss
12th November 2018 By: Simone Liedtke

Local chemicals company Omnia Holdings’ share price on the JSE fell by more than 16% on Monday after it announced that it expects to swing to a loss a share for the six months to September 30. It... 

EXPLOSIVES SOLUTIONS MAXAM helps customers optimise their drilling and blasting operations, bringing transparency, cost control and improved rock output
Growing explosives sales in a declining market
19th October 2018 By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage

Although rising mineral production costs have led to declining competitiveness for the South African mining industry, which has negatively affected the sale of explosives materials company MAXAM... 

The Internet of Things will be an important driver of blasting safety and efficiency
Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age
19th October 2018

As mining companies rapidly shift their strategies and operating models to leverage digital transformation, new technologies in blasting and explosives are making an ever more vital contribution to... 

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