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Headgears and Shaft Equipment

Murray & Roberts Cementation

17th May 2019 South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation forms part of the Murray & Roberts Group which is recognised internationally as a leading mining contracting organisation with operations in Africa, Australia and the Americas. Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation wins Palabora contract

19th April 2019 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a contract by copper miner Palabora Mining Company for a 1 200-m-deep ventilation shaft. The shaft, with a lined diameter of 8.5 m, will reach a final blind sink depth of 1 190 m before a drop raise takes it to its final depth,... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation wins Palabora contract
CONSTRUCTION A surface headgear and winder installation will be constructed from January to March 2020

Underground copper project start remains on track

19th April 2019 Copper ore company Nevada Copper has confirmed that its Pumpkin Hollow underground copper project remains on target to start production in the fourth quarter this year. Pumpkin Hollow is located in Nevada, in the US and has substantial reserves and resources including copper, gold and silver. 

Underground copper project start remains  on track
ON SCHEDULE surface infrastructure and processing equipment are advancing to plan

Construction at Turquoise Ridge mine progresses

19th April 2019 Construction of a third shaft at mining company Barrick Gold’s underground mine Turquoise Ridge in Nevada, in the US, continues to advance according to schedule and within budget, the miner noted in its financial report, released in February. Efforts for this year will focus on shaft sinking and... 

Construction at Turquoise Ridge  mine progresses
PIPELINE POTENTIAL Barrick Gold continues to advance a pipeline of high-confidence projects at or near its existing operations

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th April 2019 Ivanplats, the South African subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, is expected to complete early-works construction at Shaft 2 of the Platreef palladium/platinum/nickel/copper/gold/rhodium project, near Mokopane, in Limpopo, South Africa, in the second quarter, says Ivanplats VP and project director... 

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2
SHAFT 2 Aerial view of the Shaft 2 box cut early works with the concrete hitch under construction


19th April 2019 Over the past 30 years the main technological development in brakes for mine hoists has been the replacement of less efficient drum brakes with Hydraulic disc brakes.  At the forefront of this development is the British Company Twiflex. 


UMS Group follows alternative shaft sinking methodologies

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th April 2019 Mining solutions provider United Mining Services (UMS) Group is focusing on an alternative shaft sinking methodology that emphasises safety and mechanisation. The UMS Group comprises Shaft Sinkers as well as Mining Engineering Technical Services (METS) and aims to provide clients with the full... 

UMS Group follows  alternative shaft sinking methodologies
MACHINES With mechanisation shaft development is performed by machines with little or no need for humans to interface with those machines

Companies reach shaft sinking milestones

20th April 2018 Multinational mining company Turquoise Hill Resources’ Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine in Mongolia, has achieved significant underground development milestones with the completed sinking of two shafts this year. The Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest new copper/gold mines, is located in the South... 

Companies reach shaft sinking milestones
ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world's largest new copper/gold mines and is located in the South Gobi region of Mongolia

Hoisting mechanism offers increased productivity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2018 Engineering, equipment and service solutions supplier FLSmidth has developed an “innovative” skip discharging mechanism for vertical mine shafts – an alternative solution that can increase hoisting capacity and reduce hoisting duty cycles as well as maintenance time and costs, FLSmidth commercial... 

Hoisting mechanism offers increased productivity
NEW SOLUTION FLSmidth’s Crank Dump Type Mechanism is advantageous for mines that seek to increase hoisting capacity

Shaft sinking progresses at Platreef’s Shaft 1

21st April 2017 The sinking of Shaft 1 at the Platreef platinum-palladium-gold-nickel-copper project in Limpopo, South Africa, has reached a depth of more than 283 m below surface, 697 m away from its target depth. Proceeding at an average rate of about 45 m a month, the shaft, with an internal diameter of 7.25... 

Shaft sinking progresses  at Platreef’s Shaft 1
STEADY PROGRESS The sinking of Shaft 1 is scheduled to be complete in 2018

Blanket’s Central shaft sinking on schedule

21st April 2017 The Central shaft at the Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, remains on track to reach a target depth of 1 080 m by 2018 and is the key enabler of mining company Caledonia Mining’s longer-term life-of-mine plan at Blanket, says CEO Steve Curtis. 

Blanket’s Central shaft sinking on schedule
CONTINUED GROWTH The sinking of the Central shaft is expected to reinforce Blanket’s status as a low-cost gold mine

Digging deeper becoming more attractive, financially possible

By: Victor Moolman     21st April 2017 Developing a new shaft is regarded as a grudge purchase by mining companies and their shareholders because of the capital-intensive nature of such projects. However, 2017 Rapid Underground Mine & Civil Access Conference organising chairperson Murray Macnab avers that underground orebodies are... 

Digging deeper becoming more  attractive, financially possible
NEW SHAFT APPEAL New underground shafts can be expensive, but have larger returns on investment than opencast mines

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

Strategic mining alliance  to clients’ benefit
SINGLE SOURCE Through the Redpath Mining and Stefanuti Stocks alliance, mining clients benefit from a single role-player taking responsibility for an entire project

Headframe modelled using 3D technology

15th April 2016 The first three-dimensional (3D) model produced by mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation using its new three-dimensional printing technology is of mining company Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef Shaft 2 headframe, in Limpopo. “3D printing of structures allows for the assessing of the... 

Headframe modelled using 3D technology
3D BENEFITS The physical model and the virtual models are almost identical, enabling the ergonomics of the structure to be visually checked to ensure functionality

Four new hoists for Venetia

15th April 2016 Power and automation technology company ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) will supply four hoists to South Africa’s largest diamond producer, De Beers. 

Four new hoists for Venetia
PROLONGING PRODUCTION Two new shafts will be sunk by De Beers extending the Venetia mine's life beyond 2040

Main sinking at Platreef Shaft 1

15th April 2016 The changeover from presinking activities to main-sinking activities at Shaft 1 of the Platreef platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining project, in Limpopo, is expected to be completed by April, enabling the start of main sinking. Presinking of the shaft was completed to a depth of 54 m below surface. 

Main sinking at Platreef Shaft 1
MOVING ON Presinking of Shaft 1 at the Platreef project was completed to a depth of 54 m below surface

New shaft drilling method under development

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th April 2015 Body copy: Raiseboring and drilling services group Master Drilling is evaluating the possibility of drilling a shaft without bottom access, which could bring about “a radical change” in the industry, executive director Koos Jordaan tells Mining Weekly. He explains that, traditionally, raiseboring... 

New corrosion-protection solution developed

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th April 2015 Wear control group Filter Focus has launched a new environment-friendly corrosion-protection solution, RustPrufe, used for protection of any surface, eliminating rust and corrosion for extended periods. The product is formulated with an added flash rust inhibitor, which provides a superior level... 

New corrosion-protection solution developed
RUSTPRUFE COATED COMPONENTS RustPrufe is environmentally-friendly solutionused to protect electric motors, equipment and structures in acid plants at numerous South African mines

Training academy accommodates latest shaft sinking technology

17th April 2015 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Training Academy at Bentley Park, near Carletonville, has adapted its conventional shaft sinking infrastructure to accommodate the latest shaft sinking methodology introduced to the South African mining industry from underground mining... 

Obtaining social licence a manageable challenge for emerging miner

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th April 2015 Obtaining a social licence to operate is one of the main challenges faced by emerging miner Wesizwe Platinum, which is sinking the main shaft of its Bakubung mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. Wesizwe corporate affairs and investor relations executive Hamlet Morule tells... 

Bakubung shaft sinking remains on track 

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th April 2015 Shaft-sinking activities at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine, in the North West, remain on track, with the main and ventilation shafts now having reached a depth of 770 m. Shaft sinking started in 2012, following the receipt of $600-million in financing from the China Development... 

Bakubung shaft sinking remains on track
Bakubung platinum mine GM Eddie Mohlabi discusses the mine’s shaft sinking progress.

Mine shaft systems division poised for growth

18th April 2014 Global manufacturer and equipment supplier FLSmidth is initiating a five- to seven-year strategic business plan that will see its mine-shaft systems business grow organically, fill gaps in the market and build the necessary skills and experience to become a one-source solution in the global... 

Shaft impact course offered

By: Carina Borralho     18th April 2014 Aggregate, rock and mineral mine operators and plant managers can gain insight into the physics of processing materials using vertical shaft impact (VSI) crushers during a two-day course at US steel framing and metal lath system manufacturer CEMCO, in Belen, New Mexico. The next two-day course,... 

Shaft impact  course offered
NEIL HISE Hise has been with the family-owned company CEMCO since its inception in 1962 and has patented several VSI-related technologies in the US

Shaft-sinking specialist awarded work at platinum mine

18th April 2014 Additional shaft-sinking work was awarded early this year to international shaft sinking and underground construction group Shaft Sinkers by platinum producer Lonmin for work at its existing Karee 3 upper group two (UG2) project in Marikana, Rustenburg, in the North West. The Karee No 3 shaft UG2... 

Headgear manufacturer to complete contract in May

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th April 2013 Springs-based steelwork fabricator and erector Louwill Engineering will complete the construction of an 82-m-high conventional steel headgear for Chinese-owned Wesizwe Platinum’s new shaft development, south of the Pilanesberg nature reserve, in the North West, next month. 

Condition monitoring system suitable for headgear bearings

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th April 2013 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) reports that its technical services team completed a condition-monitoring case study to assess continuous health on four rock winder headgear sheave wheel bearings at one of gold miner Goldfield’s shafts last year. 

Steel arch supports ensure mine shaft safety

19th April 2013 Mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa (SA) expects sales growth for its steel arch supports to the mining industry to remain positive, as long as mines expand and newoperations are opened, says Becker Mining SA chief sales officer Johann Smit. 

Simulated mine shaft rig for full-load testing

19th April 2013 Precision engineering firm Horne is to build a R5-million, 30-m-high test rig to enable full-load testing of its Levelok chairing and E-brake emergency mineshaft braking systems. 

Initiative seeks to improve headgear quality

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     20th April 2012 Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) project house TWP, which is a member of the Mining Structures working group committee for the South African National Standards (Sans), is strongly advocating the adoption of South African mining standards as an International Organisation... 

Increased need for equipment as mining operations evolve

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     20th April 2012 The global need for headgears, shaft equipment and related expertise is growing at a significant rate as openpit mines adopt underground mining methods to exploit finely disseminated or deep ore deposits.  

SA fastener manufacturer seeks specialised machinery

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     20th April 2012 Fastening systems solutions provider Swagefast reveals that it is negotiating with an overseas fastener manufacturer for the acquisition of machinery that will enable it to manufacture more specialised fasteners, which are smaller in diameter, with sizes ranging between 5 mm and 6 mm.  


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