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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

Implementation of new tailings standard seen as key to avoiding future disasters

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2021 Stakeholders agree that it is a pity there had to be horrific tragedies before due attention was paid to dangerous tailings storage facility (TSF) practices. Australia-based tailings solutions consultancy Decipher states in the Major Tailings Dam Failures Guide, published last year, that about... 

Implementation of new tailings standard seen as key to avoiding future disasters

ICMM launches protocols, guide to improve tailings management, safety 

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2021 The organisation lobbying for a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), has launched two new resources to support continual improvement in the safe and transparent management of tailings facilities. These resources include... 

The scene post the catastrophic tailings dam collapse at Vale’s Córrego de Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, Brazil
Photo by Reuters
The scene post the catastrophic tailings dam collapse at Vale’s Córrego de Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, Brazil

Company focused on autonomous equipment

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd April 2021 Local specialised original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Rham Equipment is focusing on the development of battery operated, autonomous underground mining equipment, says Rham Equipment capital sales manager Alan Mabbett, who points out that many miners are looking to further develop their deep... 

TUNNEL SYNDROME
Positive metal prices have increased the cash flow of local miners, which could allow for more innovative ways to extract minerals from deeper underground
TUNNEL SYNDROME Positive metal prices have increased the cash flow of local miners, which could allow for more innovative ways to extract minerals from deeper underground

Hitachi, ABB sign MoU to explore carbon-reducing opportunities

By: Donna Slater     29th March 2021 Technology company ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with machinery manufacturer Hitachi Construction Machinery to share their expertise and collaborate in bringing solutions to market that will reduce the greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining.... 

Working to meet conveyer safety regulations

26th March 2021 The Mine Health and Safety Act states that “the installation of incline conveyor belts must include the fitting and use of one or more devices to prevent run-back or run-on, to prevent injury by materials or minerals falling from a conveyor belt”, says engineering solutions provider BMG business... 

FIRM AND STEADY 
Stringent measures are taken to prevent roll back incidents that can cause injuries during conveying operations
FIRM AND STEADY Stringent measures are taken to prevent roll back incidents that can cause injuries during conveying operations

Scraping systems reduce dust contaminants

12th March 2021 German conveyor solutions provider ScrapeTec-Trading has developed advanced solutions for conveyor systems – its AirScrape, TailScrape and SpeedScrape products – which comprise technology that prevents dust formation, reduces material spill, enables thorough belt-cleaning and minimises the risk... 

NO MORE DUST 
ScrapeTec-Trading has developed advanced solutions for conveyor systems which prevents dust formation, reduces material spill and enables thorough belt-cleaning
NO MORE DUST ScrapeTec-Trading has developed advanced solutions for conveyor systems which prevents dust formation, reduces material spill and enables thorough belt-cleaning

Black Cat takes option on milling facility for Kal East

By: Donna Slater     1st March 2021 Gold developer Black Cat Syndicate has entered into a A$1.41-million option to acquire a 1.5-million-tonne-a-year milling facility, comprising two mills, for its Kal East gold project, in Western Australia's Goldfields. Black Cat plans to build a processing facility near the Imperial/Majestic... 

Transnet adjusts infrastructure strategy to deal with damaging weather conditions

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2021 State-owned Transnet is investigating methods to deal with unpredictable and severe weather patterns, which have negatively affected the railway network during and after cyclone Eloise hit Southern Africa in late January, resulting in heavy rainfall across South Africa. Transnet Freight Rail... 

The results of a recent wash-away incident
The results of a recent wash-away incident

Positive progress at ‘mine of the future’

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 Global automation company ABB says operators at the Sustainable Underground Mining (SUM) future mine project, have been able to make use of new remote technological systems implemented by the company since September 2020. The SUM project aims to establish a new world standard for sustainable... 

SUM IT UP
The Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project sums up the aspirations of the mining sector in regards to sustainable mining
SUM IT UP The Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project sums up the aspirations of the mining sector in regards to sustainable mining

Tirupati awarded first commercial contract to develop processing tech

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2021 Graphite producer Tirupati Graphite has announced that its research centre, which is focused on graphene manufacturing, graphene applications development and minerals processing technology development, has secured its first commercial contract. The contract involves Tirupati Graphene and... 

Africa’s battery potential remains untapped

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Africa’s mining sector holds significant untapped potential for battery-powered equipment, which original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions aims to explore, says Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions MD Simon Andrews. Following the opening of Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

SIMON ANDREWS
The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe
SIMON ANDREWS The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety

15th January 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa in October last year successfully installed and commissioned its first, upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel, which enhances the reliability of the Becker chairlift systems. The PLC, which was launched at the... 

HEALTHY PLC
The upgraded PLC is used in conjunction with Becker’s chairlift system to safely transport personnel on mines
HEALTHY PLC The upgraded PLC is used in conjunction with Becker’s chairlift system to safely transport personnel on mines

Drone-mounted scanner visualises Finsch ore pass to determine serviceability 

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 Owing to the use of drone-mounted light detection and ranging (Lidar) equipment, diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ mine engineers have been able to visualise the condition of ore passes for the first time at the Finsch underground mine, in the Northern Cape. The use of Emesent’s Hovermap Lidar... 

A Lidar scan of the ore pass at Petra Diamonds' Finsch mine provides detailed visualisation of the condition of the infrastructure
A Lidar scan of the ore pass at Petra Diamonds' Finsch mine provides detailed visualisation of the condition of the infrastructure

Transport system linking mining areas now operational

11th December 2020 As part of an expansion programme at local platinum miner Booysendal Platinum’s Booysendal concession platinum project, multinational ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr Transport Technology has been awarded a contract for the construction of a second RopeCon system. Once finished, this second... 

IN TOTAL ORE
For the expansion of the Booysendal mine, Booysendal Platinum opted for a RopeCon system to tackle the challenge of transporting 909 t/h of platinum ore
IN TOTAL ORE For the expansion of the Booysendal mine, Booysendal Platinum opted for a RopeCon system to tackle the challenge of transporting 909 t/h of platinum ore

Sarens Siba branches out into Brits to better serve its mining clients

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2020 Crane company Sarens Siba has opened a new mining-specific crane depot in Brits to service the needs of mines in the greater Rustenburg region. The depot will house mobile and all-terrain cranes in the 40 t to 120 t range that are in high demand by regional mines, and will mainly be used in the... 

A 100 t mobile crane at Sarens Siba's Brits depot
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A 100 t mobile crane at Sarens Siba's Brits depot

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development 

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 To increase local manufacturing and the attractiveness and attention thereof, the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) have launched the Technology Availability and Readiness Atlas (Tara). The launch on November 12 coincided with the... 

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