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M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent
10th August 2017 By: Terence Creamer

The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the... 

NEW ERA iRing aims to demystify blasting and drilling operations through its software solutions, making them safer and more efficient
Blasting and drilling increasingly automated
28th July 2017 By: Robyn Wilkinson

Ongoing developments to underground mining solutions provider iRing’s mine planning software suite are increasingly automating blasting and drilling operations, providing increased accuracy and... 

eVision’s software will increase the safety and efficiency of Bartec’s explosion-proof mobile devices in mining and industrial environments
Software agreement advances explosion protection devices
28th July 2017

In a clear push towards mobile innovation, global explosion protection solutions provider Bartec and Netherlands-headquartered software provider eVision will deliver rugged, intrinsically safe... 

Existing hydropower technology can deliver significant increases in productivity, reduced operational and maintenance costs, and up to 80% less energy consumption than pneumatic drills
Hydropower – what the industry needs now
21st July 2017 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The contraction in the South African mining industry has resulted in many projects and expansions stalling in recent years, with mines having closed or scaled back on capital and operational... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose (right) with Martin Creamer
Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
4th July 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again... 

Varsity launches centre to help mining sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0
2nd June 2017 By: David Oliveira

The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering last month launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a... 

Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0
26th May 2017 By: David Oliveira

The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a... 

Mineral scanner to facilitate identification of reactive ground
26th May 2017

In another step towards safer blasting practice, Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanner to quickly identify reactive-ground... 

Customers can decide to pay off the residual value of the plant at an earlier stage
Start-up solution offered by crushing specialist
12th May 2017

With most major mining firms already on its customer list, blasting and excavation company B&E International – based in Kempton Park, South Africa - has developed a solution for start-up miners... 

UPSKILLING YEARLY Rosond enables ten interns yearly to gain practical experience
Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation
5th May 2017 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond is in the process of becoming an accredited Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta)... 

ARGUMENT FOR EXPLOSIVES Steady technological advances in the mining industry were reducing mining costs, improving blasting efficiencies and driving explosives sales
Master Blaster CEO takes issue with Frost & Sullivan findings on explosives
5th May 2017 By: Ilan Solomons

The findings of a recent report by market research company Frost & Sullivan entitled ‘The Mining Explosives Market in South Africa for Coal, Iron Ore, Gold and PGMs, Forecast to 2020’ are... 

Electronic sensors to monitor explosive gases on deep mines
7th April 2017

A Norwegian-African cooperative project aims to develop a communication network, which will wirelessly transmit and receive signals within deep-mine operations, where drilling, blasting and... 

Productivity at SA gold, platinum mines declined 49% from 1999 to 2014 – Chamber of Mines
31st March 2017 By: David Oliveira

Productivity in the platinum and gold mining sectors declined by 49% from 1999 to 2014, while labour costs increased by about 309% during the same period, Chamber of Mines (CoM) modernisation and... 

Explosives innovation helping to drive mining costs down – new report
24th March 2017 By: David Oliveira

Steady technological advancements in the mining industry are reducing mining costs, improving blasting efficiencies and driving explosives sales, thereby boosting growth in the South African mining... 

Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place
A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances
11th March 2017 By: Henry Lazenby

Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the... 

After blasting, aerial images provide a clear image of where coarser and finer fragments are located and in what relative quantities
Drones facilitating increased blasting accuracy, efficiency
10th March 2017 By: Donna Slater

Explosives and blasting technology company BME’s establishing a high-tech services unit, will enable it to advance the use of drones in mine blasting activities.  

One-off items impact AECI’s top-line performance in FY16
28th February 2017 By: Anine Kilian

JSE-listed AECI on Tuesday said its core operating segments, explosives and specialty chemicals, have delivered “commendable” performances in 2016, despite a difficult domestic and global trading... 

Vale’s Moatize coal operation benefiting from increased production and transport capacity
24th February 2017 By: Keith Campbell

Production at the Moatize coal mine, owned by Brazilian mining major Vale and located in the Tete province of Mozambique, hit a record of 5.5-million tons last year, 500 000 t (or 10.7%) higher... 

27th January 2017

With more than four decades of experience in the Southern African construction and mining industry, infrastructure development and materials handling specialist Raubex Group is a leading player on... 

IMPROVING SAFETY The 1.4S initiation system propellant powders produce no shock energy, which ensures improved hanging wall conditions, and therefore a safer working environment
Propellant-based rock breaking system mooted as alternative to traditional explosives
27th January 2017 By: Ilan Solomons

It is generally acknowledged that South Africa’s narrow-reef mining sector is in a precarious state as its viability is challenged by declining global commodity prices, labour instability,... 

INCENDIARY INNOVATION  AEL has developed the intelliShot system with the notion of innovating and modernising mining practices
Explosives manufacturer launches electronic blasting system
27th January 2017

Explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services launched what it claims is its most advanced electronic initiating system, the intelliShot, in December. The electronic initiating system... 

Modder East’s move to emulsion explosives has increased its campaign goal for 2017 to a 0.8 m advance per panel per day, up from 0.65 m per panel per day
Explosives reloading system helping Gold One to reduce mining costs
20th January 2017 By: Donna Slater

An innovative infrastructure to use emulsion explosives for all 70 of gold miner Gold One’s underground narrow-reef stope panels at its Modder East mine has been initiated as part of the miner’s... 

Roelof Botha
Compared to 2013, the volume of total mining production has shown signs of stabilising in 2016
Possible commodity price upturn, cost-cutting innovations augur well for mining sector, BME conference delegates told
9th December 2016 By: Donna Slater

The possibility of an upturn in commodity prices may be positively turning, as well as news of cost-saving innovations for mines as they struggle to remain profitable, were the highlights of the... 

NONEXPLOSIVE MINING ENABLER The Multi-Track1000 is 930 mm in height and has four independent track assemblies, which are capable of three different degrees of motion
Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking
9th December 2016 By: Ilan Solomons

The South African mining industry requires a paradigm shift in its fundamental approach to mining processes to ensure that it can move away from the use of explosives, says diversified miner... 

Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown
Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown
29th November 2016 By: Megan van Wyngaardt

South African chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported that negative impacts on its agriculture division, including the drought and a breakdown at its Nitric Acid 2 complex, have seen its gross... 

Overcoming blasting inaccuracies improves all the downstream processes
Introducing change could yield financial value
18th November 2016 By: Kimberley Smuts

Introducing a proactive blast design approach and new technology can be intimidating for mining companies, as it requires change, but they should keep an open mind as downstream improvements are a... 

JOSEPH KEENAN BME continues to respond to potential in global markets; however, its strategy remains driven by the sobering acceptance that unless every blast can help customers become more sustainable
Mining’s future needs innovation from suppliers
18th November 2016

The fate of mining does not lie in the hands of mines alone, everyone involved in the mining supply chain must accept that the recovery and future of the industry relies on the best value creation... 

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY Modern electronic delay detonators are equipped with effective protection barriers to prevent them from being initiated by the majority of nearby or direct lightning strikes
Importance of using lightning prediction networks emphasised
18th November 2016 By: Kimberley Smuts

Globally, every year there are about two recorded explosions at opencast mining operations due to lightning strikes during blasting activities, explosives firm BME blasting science director Tony... 

Mobile technology helps eliminate blasting obstacles
18th November 2016 By: Kimberley Smuts

Explosives firm BME explored how mobile technology and centralised data could provide mine managers with an edge to comprehensively eliminate potential blast problems, through among others... 

UNDERSCORED INTELLIGENCE IntelliBlast ensures delivery on desired blast outcomes and driving efficiencies, and optimise mining conditions
New approach to deliver safe, efficient blasting and cost savings – AEL
11th November 2016 By: Mia Breytenbach

South African explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services has launched IntelliBlast, a holistic and flexible approach to help clients on their unique journey to optimal blast... 

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