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Mine Site Accommodation

Accommodation supplier expands Botswana footprint

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th March 2019 Since establishing a footprint in Botswana in 1991 to cater to the site accommodation needs of mines, modular building supplier Speedspace Botswana has expanded its operations by opening a new satellite branch in Letlhakane, in northern Botswana. Operations at the new branch, which Speedspace... 

Sibanye-Stillwater invests in Free State projects

29th March 2019 Precious metals company Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to start building 16 plus one houses for category four to category eight employees which will be used for rentals in the Masilonyana and Matjhabeng municipalities in the Free State. Sibanye-Stillwater owns and operates the Beatrix gold... 

Supplier awarded accommodation project for Guinea gold mine

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th March 2019 Mass accommodation and product supplier Ascot Site Solutions has been awarded a contract to supply the necessary equipment for the kitchen, laundry facilities, rooms, dining halls and recreational facilities for the camp at a new gold mine in Guinea, in West Africa. Ascot Site Solutions MD Rhett... 

Supplier awarded accommodation project for Guinea gold mine
RHETT BELLAMY Mining houses have to ensure their employees have quality equipment to work with and sleep on

Cost-effective solution required amid local economic volatility

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Providing mining houses with cost-effective and reliable turnkey modular building solutions is crucial in South Africa’s current economic environment, says modular building solutions provider Afripanel. Afripanel contracts project manager Malcolm McGregor tells Mining Weekly that the local... 

Cost-effective solution  required amid local  economic volatility
ATTRACTIVE SERVICE OFFERING Providers of modular building solutions need to offer cost-effective turnkey solutions that reduce downtime

Economic slowdown impacts on modular building demand

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 The local modular building industry has been feeling the pinch for the past three months, owing to a slowdown in economic activity in the sectors it serves, states prefabricated modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings. Kwikspace international executive Liam Cafferty is concerned... 

Economic slowdown impacts  on modular building demand
ANTICIPATING GROWTH Kwikspace is anticipating an increase in modular building projects throughout Southern Africa for the rest of the third quarter

Market expansion met with growth, demand

By: Paige Müller     31st August 2018 Modular building supplier Speedspace is focusing on alternative market diversification and penetration to bolster its Southern Africa operations amid recent declines in product demand from local mining houses. Speedspace MD Hennie Wiggett tells Mining Weekly that the company anticipated hardships... 

Market expansion met with growth, demand
GROWTH IN ZAMBIA Speedspace has noted a significant growth in demand for portable building solutions at mines in Zambia

Modular buildings supplier aims to expand its African footprint

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 The remote locations of African mine sites represent a significant business growth opportunity for prefabricated modular buildings supplier Kwikspace, says Kwikspace sales executive Roberto Campos. 

Modular buildings  supplier aims to expand  its African footprint
MINE-SITE OFFICES The South African mining sector has been Kwikspace’s biggest customer

Preventive maintenance project for remote site facilities under way

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Mass accommodation product supplier Ascot Site Solutions will provide preventative maintenance on current and future equipment at a project on a remote copper mine site, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

Preventive maintenance project for remote site facilities under way
RHETT BELLAMY It is our goal to make sure clients don’t suffer through endless breakdowns

‘Home away from home’ accommodation for mine

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Prefabricated site accommodation supplier Speedspace completed the installation of a management camp for diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ zinc subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamsberg project in February. 

‘Home away from home’ accommodation for mine
ACCOMMODATION CAMP Speedspace provided comfortable customised modular accommodation units

Innovative mobile toilet solutions suit mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Cape Town-based premier mobile ablutions and toilets supplier Absolute Ablutions is offering the mining industry an innovative range of toilets, providing the most effective and affordable sanitation for remote mining sites. A variety of high-quality toilet units, including basic non-flush,... 

Innovative mobile toilet solutions suit mining industry
COMPACT UNIT Absolute Ablutions’ units cater to the various requirements of the mining industry

Service impresses, leads to ongoing work at Balama

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings expects to complete a multimillion-rand project for Mozambique mining company Twigg Exploration & Mining by the end of next month. Kwikspace CEO Shaun McCormack notes that the company first started work on Twigg’s Balama graphite... 

Service impresses, leads to ongoing work at Balama
RAISING THE ROOF Kwikspace was tasked with the supply and installation of lightweight roofing as well as fencing, and electrical and general work

African market still supplier’s main growth area

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Mass accommodation product supplier Ascot Site Solutions affirms that Africa remains its primary market, as it is still its main growth area, with the company particularly focused on the continent’s Copperbelt region, stretching across Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The South... 

African market  still supplier’s main growth area
DIVERSIFIED CLIENT LIST The continued operation of existing mines, together with the company supplying products to other secturs, ensures that it is better positioned to handle a mining downturn

Challenges delay miner’s housing project

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 The Gabonewe Housing Estate Development project, located near the town of Ledig in the North West province, has been delayed by various challenges, including cost constraints and stakeholder integration, says South African platinum group metals miner Wesizwe Platinum. Wesizwe’s Sustainable... 

Challenges delay miner’s housing project
PERSISTENT PROGRESS The development of the Bakubung platinum mine and its housing estate continue, despite economic challenges

Housing strategy bears fruit

31st March 2017 Platinum group metals producer Northam Platinum has completed its hostel conversion programme, announcing the achievement in its 2017 half-year results, which were released last month. Northam CE Paul Dunne said the company’s reinvigorated housing strategy is delivering pleasing results. “The... 

Housing strategy  bears fruit
HOUSING BOOM The expected increase in workers at Booysendal mine necessitates new Northam housing schemes

Opportunities aplenty for S Africa-based contractor

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 African buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings will supply a construction camp and site offices valued at R20-million for a Guinean gold project by mid-2017. Kwikspace business development executive Nick Alexander says the 1 400 m2 project includes accommodation for 120 personnel,... 

Opportunities aplenty for  S Africa-based contractor
CUSTOMER SATISAFACTION Following the delivery of a project in Mozambique last year, Kwikspace secured additional on-site work with the client

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits
IDEAL MIX Using slag instead of sand in the mortar would result in substantial cost savings for mines

Iron-ore mine builds 1 000-person changehouse at mine

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 Prefabricated accommodation specialist Speedspace is expected to complete the construction of  a 1 000-person change house for Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela project, in Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape, on schedule. As of March 14, the project was on track for completion by the end of March, barring... 

Iron-ore mine builds  1 000-person  changehouse at mine
URGENT NEED The mine's existing change house had reached capacity and it required a building solution that could be completed within a limited time

Floating accommodation for oil, mining projects

31st March 2017 UK-based accommodation provider Bibby Maritime believes its floating accommodation barges could be an efficient solution for the housing of mineworkers in the future, as the units are comfortable, cost effective and can be moored alongside any berth or quay, making them ideal for projects in... 

Floating accommodation for oil, mining projects
THE CHALLENGE The barge offers en-suite accommodation for up to 670 workers

Portable sanitation pioneer acquires hygiene company to spur growth

31st March 2017 Portable sanitation company Sanitech, in its efforts to spur sustainable growth, successfully acquired Johannesburg-based hygiene cleaning company Gem-Care in January. Sanitech, which was the first portable toilet hire company in South Africa, has applied its experience and expertise to develop a... 

Portable sanitation  pioneer acquires hygiene company to spur growth
CLEANLINESS BREEDS PRODUCTIVITY Portable toilets and ablution facilities improve hygiene and consequently, productivity

Remote mining locations continue to offer opportunity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 The biggest potential in the facility services industry currently lies across Africa. This is a result of the remote nature of many of the mining camps that often do not have access to towns or facilities, states Allterrain Services (ATS), a subsidiary of Tsebo Solutions, CEO Sanjay Narain. 

Remote mining locations continue to offer opportunity
SITE FACILITIES SUPPLIED ATS run labour-intensive facilities and management operations encompassing hygiene, catering and cleaning

Zim PGMs producer’s accommodation needs met

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 African building manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings provided site accommodation capable of housing about 500 project personnel as part of refurbishment works being carried out at the Selous, Zimbabwe-based base metals refinery (BMR) owned by platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Zimplats –... 

Zim PGMs producer’s  accommodation needs met
ACCOMMODATING CHANGE Kwikspace prefabricated buildings are manufactured in modules, allowing for future expansion

Solar solutions power up prefabricated housing

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 Tailored energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika is supplying its solar power panels for prefabricated housing on mining sites across Africa, particularly Mozambique, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), receiving positive feedback from mining companies in the process. On the back... 

Solar solutions power up prefabricated housing
SOLAR POWERED SITES Hybrid solar power plants are used to power a site manager’s office and several project offices, among other buildings

A$21m fundraising advances Tanlouka camp construction

26th August 2016 Having received commitments to raise about A$21-million through a placement of 70-million shares at a price of A$0.30 a share, Perth-based gold company West African Resources can continue to rapidly progress its Tanlouka gold project. The placement proceeds will be used to start early civil... 

A$21m fundraising advances Tanlouka camp construction
ON TRACK The Tanlouka gold project feasibility study is on track to be completed in the fourth quarter

Solution provider servicing Holden mine clean-up

26th August 2016 Modular building solutions provider Vesta Housing Solutions has been awarded a contract for British-Australian multinational mining corporation Rio Tinto’s Holden Mine Cleanup project. The facility provided by Vesta, in partnership with food and support services provider ESS Support Services... 

Specialist plays key role in mine shutdown and upgrade

25th March 2016 On-site and prefabricated accommodation specialist Speedspace has assisted Botswana-based copper and nickel smelting company BCL with mine-site accommodation solutions for the shutdown and upgrading of its 11-year-old cooling system at its smelting furnace located at Selebi Phikwe. Speedspace... 

Specialist plays key role in mine shutdown and upgrade
STRATEGIC POSITIONING Speedspace’s Botswana-based rental fleet enabled the accommodation project at BCL to be completed without any delays

Interim housing supplier targets growth despite industry turmoil

By: Malusi Mkhize     25th March 2016 Modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace is involved in several prospective mining projects in Africa while the local industry struggles to recover from low commodity prices. “Our prefabricated rental buildings are an economical and practical solution when accommodation is needed for less than... 

Interim housing supplier targets growth despite industry turmoil

Camp completed for Sudan operation

25th March 2016 Modular structure solutions provider Ark Prefab has delivered a camp as part of a procurement, construction and commissioning of facilities package to accommodate mine workers at the Kush project, in Sudan, operated by a large Russian mining company.  In 2015, Ark Prefab began erecting the camp,... 

Camp completed for Sudan operation
COMPETITIVE CAPACITY Shanghai, China-based Ark Prefab currently has a yearly prefabricated building production capacity of 75 000 m2

Manufacturer promotes sustainable buildings for mining industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     25th March 2016 Modular building solutions provider Perfect-Places is assessing the building needs of the South African mining industry with an eye to introducing its range of thermal-insulated modular homes that reduce construction time.  The Cape Town-based company constructs buildings that are warmer in... 

Manufacturer promotes sustainable buildings for mining industry
ENERGY SAVER Perfect-Places offers a building solution that is warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing the need for heating and cooling

Energy efficiency provides the edge amid escalating costs

By: Malusi Mkhize     25th March 2016 Modular homes and prefabricated building supplier Afripanel highlights the significant advantage of using energy efficient prefabricated buildings for mine-site accommodation solutions amid rising electricity and fossil fuels costs. Afripanel MD Jaco Schultz tells Mining Weekly that the company... 

Energy efficiency provides the edge  amid escalating costs
CONSTRUCTION EFFICIENCY The Afripanel modular building system is designed to reduce construction time on site

Redeployable solutions address economic downturn

25th March 2016 Integrated redeployable camp solutions provider Weatherhaven RCS is focused on supplying major, junior and exploration mining companies with military base solutions in the form of its shelters for mine-site accommodation. According to Weatherhaven RCS, its products are designed to be redeployed,... 

Redeployable  solutions address economic downturn
MOBILITY MATTERS Weatherhaven RCS shelters provide flexibility, which enables effective manual relocation

Push to supply longer-term lodgings  

By: Malusi Mkhize     24th March 2016 Housing and building construction system company Moladi believes mining companies, which are currently dealing with the commodities downturn, should invest in longer-term building solutions for the purpose of on-site accommodation, as opposed to more traditional prefabricated modular buildings.... 

Push to supply  longer-term lodgings
MORE TO OFFER Moladi’s green building technology is up to six to eight times stronger than traditional brick and cement structures
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