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Mine Site Accommodation

Company secures three-year agreement with iron-ore miner’s village

25th March 2022 Australian network solutions provider Swift announced earlier this month that it had secured a new three-year partnership agreement with holding company Roy Hill Holdings to service its “world-class” Roy Hill Mine Permanent Village. Swift’s flagship product, Swift Access, will be installed in 2... 

Site work at Australian gold project begins

26th March 2021 ASX-listed gold exploration company Calidus Resources is pleased to report that site works at its Warrawoona gold project in Western Australia’s Pilbara are under way, following the receipt of an approved Mining Proposal. Calidus Resources had previously received approval for ‘early works’ which... 

ROOM FOR ALL The installation of the 240-person village continues to progress with sufficient rooms and messing facilities currently available for initial construction and Calidus Resources personnel
ROOM FOR ALL The installation of the 240-person village continues to progress with sufficient rooms and messing facilities currently available for initial construction and Calidus Resources personnel

Company awarded facility management contract

26th March 2021 Infrastructure service provider Ventia has been awarded a contract to deliver comprehensive facility and asset management services to diversified miner Anglo American’s metallurgical coal operations in the Bowen basin, in Central Queensland, Australia. The four-year contract is expected to... 

ALL HANDS ON DECK We aim to help support the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone on site through our services
ALL HANDS ON DECK We aim to help support the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone on site through our services

Company to boost camp’s network

26th March 2021 Surveying services company Veris’ wholly-owned subsidiary Aqura Technologies has been awarded A$1.1-million to undertake an upgrade of the in-situ accommodation network at iron-ore company Fortescue Metals Group’s Kangi village in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The scope of the 1... 

COMING SOON Aqura Technologies has started the design phase and will look to complete the project scope by July
COMING SOON Aqura Technologies has started the design phase and will look to complete the project scope by July

Accommodation for Aus SoP mine on track

28th August 2020 Work on the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project’s non-process infrastructure, which includes 60 additional rooms for construction accommodation, has continued apace, notes a press release by ASX-listed exploration and development company Kalium Lakes. The Beyondie SoP project initially... 

NO POT LUCK
A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project
NO POT LUCK A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project

Pandemic prevents further engagement on housing draft

28th August 2020 A call for further engagement with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) regarding the 2019 Draft Review of Housing and Living Conditions Standard has stalled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa. The draft standard requires that mines... 

NICO PIENAAR
The surface mining sector represents a large part of the overall mining community
NICO PIENAAR The surface mining sector represents a large part of the overall mining community

Dual-purpose building solution benefits mines

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Formwork solution provider Moladi not only offers a fast and effective housing solution to African and South African mines but also uses mining slag as construction material sustainably. The solution entails a reusable, patented, recyclable, lightweight plastic injection moulded formwork system.... 

TOP FORM
The formwork system from Moladi allows for a full structure to be completed in under 24 hours
TOP FORM The formwork system from Moladi allows for a full structure to be completed in under 24 hours

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has to date invested almost R1-billion, of a projected R2.8-billion, in the housing project devised for its staff, in line with its aspirational creed to engage in “More than Mining”. The intention with the housing project is... 

MORE THAN A HOUSE
Royal Bafokeng Platinum continues to uplift its workers by affording them the opportunity to own their own homes
MORE THAN A HOUSE Royal Bafokeng Platinum continues to uplift its workers by affording them the opportunity to own their own homes

Integrated hygiene service gains traction in mining sector

By: Tracy Hancock     30th August 2019 Demand for the integrated hygiene services offered by Kempton Park-based portable sanitation company Sanitech is gaining traction in the mining sector, says Sanitech divisional director Gerhard Britz. The company introduced the service – which places pest control, hygiene, cleaning, portable... 

TOILET DEMAND Sanitech has supplied 500 New Improved Concept toilets being supplied to local underground mines in the past two to three years
TOILET DEMAND Sanitech has supplied 500 New Improved Concept toilets being supplied to local underground mines in the past two to three years

Draft housing standard calls for clarity on Charter requirements

By: Tracy Hancock     30th August 2019 It is unclear whether the requirements of Mining Charter III for mining companies with regard to the housing and living conditions of their mineworkers will fall away once the Draft Reviewed Housing and Living Conditions Standard, 2019, is finalised and comes into effect, says law firm Fasken... 

HIGHER STANDARD The draft standard seeks to ensure that adequate housing, healthcare services, balanced nutrition and water are adequately provided for mine employees in South Africa
HIGHER STANDARD The draft standard seeks to ensure that adequate housing, healthcare services, balanced nutrition and water are adequately provided for mine employees in South Africa

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... 

REDUCED LEAD TIME
Having stock immediately available in Letlhakane will reduce lead times for clients
REDUCED LEAD TIME Having stock immediately available in Letlhakane will reduce lead times for clients

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... 

RHETT BELLAMY
Mining houses have to ensure their employees have quality equipment to work with and sleep on
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... 

ATTRACTIVE SERVICE OFFERING Providers of modular building solutions need to offer cost-effective turnkey solutions that reduce downtime
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... 

ANTICIPATING GROWTH 
Kwikspace is anticipating an increase in modular building projects throughout Southern Africa for the rest of the third quarter
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... 

GROWTH IN ZAMBIA Speedspace has noted a significant growth in demand for portable building solutions at mines in Zambia
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. 

MINE-SITE OFFICES The South African mining sector has been Kwikspace’s biggest customer
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). 

RHETT BELLAMY It is our goal to make sure clients don’t suffer through endless breakdowns
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. 

ACCOMMODATION CAMP  Speedspace provided comfortable customised modular accommodation units
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,... 

COMPACT UNIT Absolute Ablutions’ units cater to the various requirements of the 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... 

RAISING THE ROOF Kwikspace was tasked with the supply and installation of lightweight roofing as well as fencing, and electrical and general work
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... 

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
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... 

PERSISTENT PROGRESS The development of the Bakubung platinum mine and its housing estate continue, despite economic challenges
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 BOOM The expected increase in workers at Booysendal mine necessitates new Northam housing schemes
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,... 

CUSTOMER SATISAFACTION Following the delivery of a project in Mozambique last year, Kwikspace secured additional on-site work with the client
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... 

IDEAL MIX Using slag instead of sand in the mortar would result in substantial cost savings for mines
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... 

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
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... 

THE CHALLENGE The barge offers en-suite accommodation for up to 670 workers
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... 

CLEANLINESS BREEDS PRODUCTIVITY Portable toilets and ablution facilities improve hygiene and consequently, productivity
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. 

SITE FACILITIES SUPPLIED 
ATS run labour-intensive facilities and management operations encompassing hygiene, catering and cleaning
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 –... 

ACCOMMODATING CHANGE
Kwikspace prefabricated buildings are manufactured in modules, allowing for future expansion
ACCOMMODATING CHANGE Kwikspace prefabricated buildings are manufactured in modules, allowing for future expansion
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