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ABB partners with Stäubli to develop all-electric mining vehicle solutions 

By: Donna Slater     3rd September 2021 Engineering company ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with industrial electrical connectors provider Stäubli Electrical Connectors to collaborate on developing solutions to reduce the greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining. The agreement between... 

Location tech adds real value

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Since the installation of a real-time intelligent location system – developed by global location technology platform company Quuppa – the mine in which it has been installed has reported a reduction in downtime and an uptick in productivity, communications device provider Ya Batho tells Mining... 

A black xox or tag manufactured by Quuppa and installed by Ya Batho measures real time positioning in a manganese mine in South Africa
TAG YOU'RE IT The Quuppa positioning tags are installed at critical points through out the mine for fast and effective position monitoring

New contracts awarded to services provider

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 A division of Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies, Dickinson Copperbelt Services (DCS), has successfully established new contracts with two separate copper smelting plants in the Kolwezi district, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The... 

An image of a large red truck fitted with vacuum pump and tank used for acid plant sludge spillage recovery
PUMP N' DUMP TRUCK Dickinson Copperbelt Services has secured the contracts for industrial services at two new copper plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Booysendal expansion plans well under way 

By: Donna Slater     31st August 2021 Mining and production expansion plans at platinum group metals miner Northam Platinum’s Booysendal mine are progressing on schedule, with the mine’s South mine (BCU and BCM mining modules) under construction and north aerial conveyor systems nearing completion. The... 

a picture of miners at the Booysendal South mine work on constructing a new decline shaft
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Miners at the Booysendal South mine work on constructing a new decline shaft

Real-time ore analysis set for African market

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense is establishing offices in Africa and Europe to introduce its real-time ore analysis technologies to the African Copperbelt by the fourth quarter. “Once we have successfully introduced the technology to the upper Africa region, we intend on filtering... 

An image of a large red tracked front loader at the mine face with bucket full of ore ready to be graded by a ShovelSense system
Caption: GRADE EXPECTATIONS The new ShovelSense ore grading technology is expected to reach African shores before the end of the year

Latest separation tech on show this year

20th August 2021 Separation technology company Eriez will exhibit its suspended electromagnets (SEs), wet drum separators and flotation technology at this year’s MINExpo International in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US. The company’s booth #24439 will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Centre’s South Hall. 

A photo of an Eriez wet drum separator
WET DRUM Wet drum design innovations result in maximum magnetite recovery while operating with a minimum amount of wear and maintenance

Latest software releases showcased at expo

20th August 2021 The latest software releases from software developer Minemax will be available for preview at this year’s MINExpo International, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US. Attendees can visit Minemax at booth #5635 in the Central Pavilion, of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Minemax... 

New products, services on show from OEM

20th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions will introduce new products and services, while showcasing some of its latest innovative technologies, at this year’s MINExpo International – the globe’s largest mining tradeshow – taking place in Las Vegas, in the US, from... 

A photo of an Automine-enabled underground LHD
MINING INTO THE FUTURE Sandvik’s Automine-equipped vehicles enable autonomous mining

OEM to have strong presence at expo

20th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s theme for this year’s MINExpo International is “together, we’re mining better”. The company’s 5 124 m2 exhibit will feature a range of product displays, new equipment introductions, previews of what the future holds and remote operating stations. 

A photo of the Cat 794 AC electric drive truck
AUTOTRUCKS, ROLL OUT The Cat 794 AC electric drive trucks will represent Caterpillar’s fleet of autonomous trucks

Sandwich belt high angle conveyor on show

20th August 2021 Conveyor systems manufacturer Dos Santos International (DSI) will be exhibiting at MINExpo International this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US. The company will occupy booth #25515 and will exhibit an interactive model of the DSI sandwich belt high angle conveyor. The company claims to be the... 

Use of recycled copper components limits costs

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has successfully manufactured and supplied recycled copper cast components to a platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter near Rustenburg, in the North West, over the past three months. About 115 000 kg of raw copper and 6 500 kg of... 

Thos Begbie manufacturing a copper inline arc furnace component from recycled copper
THROWING COPPER Thos Begbie has taken to recycling copper to decrease costs and increase lead times on its components

Innovations on display

20th August 2021 Software and advisory services company RPMGlobal will showcase some of its latest software offerings and new sustainability capabilities at this year’s MINExpo International, mining’s largest tradeshow, which is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US, from September 13 to 15. The company... 

A photo of RPMGlobals’ software being demonstrated
ROBUST SOFTWARE MINExpo International will be the first opportunity for many attendees to learn more about RPMGlobal’s software-as-a-service offerings

Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator operating skills 

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2021 As part of efforts to uplift women during Women’s Month, South Africa-focused platinum developer Nkwe Platinum and multinational gold and copper explorer and developer Zijin Mining Group, have partnered with heavy machinery manufacturer Sany Southern Africa, to provide an entry-level excavator... 

A Sany excavator
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
An excavator instructor supervises one of the women undergoing excavator operating training at Sany's Boksburg depot

Conveyor monitoring system successfully trialled

By: Cameron Mackay     13th August 2021 Mining technologies supplier Strata Worldwide partnered with fibre-optic company Future Fibre Technologies (FFT) to conduct a successful trial of FFT’s Aura IQ conveyor health monitoring system at a local coal mine. “The installations were done on conveyors above and below ground. Owing to the... 

Mining materials conveyor belt with Aura IQ Conveyor Health Monitoring
CLOUD-BASED MONITORING The system uses fiber optic technology, advanced signal processing algorithms and predictive analysis, along with cloud-based analysis, reporting and alerts

Gaustec WHIMS technology offers potential for South Africa’s mining industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th August 2021 The use of Gaustec wet high-intensity magnetic separation (WHIMS) technology in the beneficiation of minerals has the potential to be used to great effect in South Africa, mining solutions provider Blu Sky Mining director Graham Joyce tells Mining Weekly. The technology has a large footprint in... 

thyssenkrupp confirms sale of mining technologies business to FLSmidth

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2021 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has confirmed the sale of its mining technologies business unit to mining engineering, equipment and service solutions company FLSmidth. The sale of the enterprise, valued at €325-million, is an important milestone in the realignment of the thyssenkrupp... 

Danfoss, DryTech and BMG improving material processing in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th July 2021 Danish engineering company Danfoss, in support of engineering components provider BMG Electronics, has helped to assist DryTech International in its development of a unique wet screw feeder for use by a South African platinum mine in its processing plant and smelter, in Limpopo. DryTech provides... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New excavator suited to local mines

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa says its new crawler excavator series is suited to earthmoving applications in South Africa’s mining and construction environments.  The R210 Smart Plus crawler excavator series was introduced to HPE Africa’s portfolio in May, with advanced design... 

MAKING GROUND
The new crawler excavators introduced to the HPE portfolio are suited to earthmoving applications
MAKING GROUND The new crawler excavators introduced to the HPE portfolio are suited to earthmoving applications

Manufacturer invests in autonomy research

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 As part of a continuous effort to optimise payload and improve customers’ profit margins, while decreasing emissions and impact on the environment, South African earthmoving equipment provider Bell Equipment has invested heavily in research and development in its drive toward realising full... 

GOLDEN MACHINES
Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'
GOLDEN MACHINES Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'

New excavator teeth cutting ground

2nd July 2021 Earthmoving and utility equipment manufacturer Komatsu’s new Kprime Tooth System from wear solutions specialists Hensley Industries is now available as standard on new Komatsu excavators. The Kprime Tooth System has been designed as a stronger and longer-lasting product, offering additional... 

BARING ITS TEETH
The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth
BARING ITS TEETH The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth

Trommels, feeders for surface mining available

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 The MDS static and mobile trommels, as well as the apron feeders, of South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World are compatible with the crushers, feeders, recycling and other screening plants in South African surface mining operations. “Our customers in the mining sector have shown a... 

BEAT THE DRUM
The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes
BEAT THE DRUM The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes

Company announces recovery operations’ profit

By: Cameron Mackay     25th June 2021 Gold miner Goldplat’s recovery operations achieved a combined operating profit of £4.2-million (compared with £1.053-million in March 2020) for the nine months ended March 31, 2021, as well as a combined operating profit in the third quarter (Q3) of this year of £1.16-million (compared with... 

GOLDPLAT RECOVERY
With the company’s local operations, the year-on-year decrease in Q3 operating profit was owed to increased cost per ton of material, acquired for Goldplat’s low-grade circuit
GOLDPLAT RECOVERY With the company’s local operations, the year-on-year decrease in Q3 operating profit was owed to increased cost per ton of material, acquired for Goldplat’s low-grade circuit

Firm’s developments can exploit gold resurgence

By: Cameron Mackay     25th June 2021 Despite the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on gold production last year, production has increased this year, as more producers are building capacity and mining projects resume. As a reagent supplier, Axis House is conducting testwork and plant application trials at local gold producers. 

Company Axis House's flotation process
DEVELOPING TAILORED REAGENTS Axis House metallurgists conduct lab tests during reagent development, where specific parameters can be changed, and the effect investigated with the facility’s test equipment

Electrification, digitalisation and automation to increase mines safety and productivity

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2021 South African mines wanting to drive greater operational safety, productivity and sustainability, as well as increase mine life, should tap into electrification, digitalisation and automation, says engineering company ABB South Africa process industries division manager John Manuell. From a... 

Supplier receives order for heavy-duty conveyor

28th May 2021 Minerals and metals processing technology company Metso Outotec has received an order for a heavy-duty mine conveyor system in South America. The delivery will comprise high reliability overland conveyors, including a 2 km single flight conveyor. Equipment provided in this package will operate at... 

Tippers assist materials transport

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th May 2021 Niche container products supplier Specialised Container Agencies (SCA) designs and manufactures a range of containerised bulk materials handling equipment that ensures safe and efficient offloading from rail wagons and road trucks. Key advantages of this equipment include improved productivity,... 

Wear-resistant conveyor introduced

28th May 2021 Designer and manufacturer of bulk handling equipment Flexicon has introduced a wear-resistant flexible screw conveyor which comprises a carbon steel conveyor tube, heavy-duty flexible screw, and heavy-gauge floor hopper and discharge housing, and is capable of moving crushed glass, aluminum... 

Short-term rental solutions offered

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th May 2021 Forklifts and materials handling equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) offers companies short-term rental solutions for its equipment. “The importance of flexibility cannot be reiterated enough, especially because of the tough operating conditions facing businesses across various... 

Earthmoving offering a success in local market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th May 2021 Doosan’s excavators and wheel loaders are in demand at various mining operations, including the Doosan DX300 and DX520 excavators, which are currently used for material processing and handling at a platinum-group metals and chrome operation in Rustenburg, in the North West. In October 2020, South... 

BUILT FOR PURPOSE The robust new machines have been designed to create a higher level of efficiency to save fuel, while maintaining optimum power levels
BUILT FOR PURPOSE The robust new machines have been designed to create a higher level of efficiency to save fuel, while maintaining optimum power levels

Company boosts range with new grader

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th May 2021 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa has supplied various companies with earthmoving equipment for mining applications across the country in recent months. The equipment includes Hyundai R380LC-9SH and R520LC-9S excavators at a chrome mine in the Steelpoort area. HPE Africa also delivered a... 

JACK OF ALL TRADES The robust earthmoving machines are suitable for operation in various industries such as roadworks, mining, construction, agriculture and landscaping
JACK OF ALL TRADES The robust earthmoving machines are suitable for operation in various industries such as roadworks, mining, construction, agriculture and landscaping

Good future prospects for juniors

By: Anna Moross     21st May 2021 Junior mining companies face many challenges, but new technological developments and a strong recovery in most commodity prices could boost the sector going forward, says mining and minerals advisory firm Fraser McGill co-founder Cobus Fraser. 

COBUS FRASER
The need and propensity to do things differently, coupled with higher commodity prices and positive market sentiment, enables juniors to approach the market with more confidence
COBUS FRASER The need and propensity to do things differently, coupled with higher commodity prices and positive market sentiment, enables juniors to approach the market with more confidence

Manufacturer proves mettle in Botswana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2021 Since establishing a presence in Botswana in 2011, mineral processing equipment manufacturer Multotec’s regional office has become an innovative equipment supplier, having started commissioning of a pulping chute last month – a first for the local diamond industry.  

OH CHUTE Multotec's pulping chutes perform scrubbing action faster and more cost effectively than a traditional rotary scrubber
OH CHUTE Multotec's pulping chutes perform scrubbing action faster and more cost effectively than a traditional rotary scrubber

Company announces emerald auction results

14th May 2021 Emerald miner Gemfields, which operates the Kagem emerald mine in Lufwanyama, Zambia, last month announced the results of an emerald auction comprising a series of five sequential mini auctions that were held between March 15 and April 17. The proceeds of this auction will be fully repatriated to... 

MAINTAINING CRITICAL OPERATIONS
Operations at Kagem mine, suspended for a year until March 2021, were expected to ramp back up to full scale by the end of April
Photo by Bloomberg
MAINTAINING CRITICAL OPERATIONS Operations at Kagem mine, suspended for a year until March 2021, were expected to ramp back up to full scale by the end of April

Refurb programme sustains business during Covid

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 Machine supplier Bell Equipment’s ReMan repower programme, through which refurbishments of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are conducted by Bell Equipment, has helped the company to mitigate some of the economic impact of Covid-19 in Zambia. Bell Equipment Zambia MD Mike Quin says the impact of... 

SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY
There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry
SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry

Sulphide collectors prospering in Zambian market

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 Axis House has had the opportunity to enhance and develop its range of copper flotation sulphide collectors in the Zambian mining industry, states Axis House sales manager Gareth Heynes. The company’s TLQ2 sulphide collector – a specialised liquid collector used for copper flotation – is being... 

INNOVATIVE TESTING
Further, Axis House has newly formulated sulphide collectors that are being tested at various clients in Zambia.
INNOVATIVE TESTING Further, Axis House has newly formulated sulphide collectors that are being tested at various clients in Zambia.

Sandvik Group to acquire African OEM Kwatani

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Mining and construction equipment and services company Sandvik Group will acquire African original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of custom-engineered vibrating equipment Kwatani. The transaction is expected to be finalised in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approvals and... 

Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin
Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin
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