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Mining in Africa

Electric vehicles, battery chargers set to offer more sustainable mining

26th November 2021 Specialist mining services provider Becker Mining South Africa has been appointed distributor in Southern and Central Africa by leading mobile mining equipment supplier Miller Technology. Becker Mining South Africa now supplies and supports Miller’s new range of Relay electric mining vehicles –... 

Supply resilient amid Covid

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 Despite the ongoing global impact of the pandemic on various industries, including the African mining industry, power systems provider Cummins has prioritised measures to ensure that it meets client requirements. Cummins mining GM and director Victor Masuku says that the company ensures that the... 

Recycled rubber can reduce environmental impact

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 Recycled rubber manufacturer Xtyre Global provides patented products made from recycled tyres that can replace wood and plastic products, particularly in the industrial environment. Xtyre Global notes that its rubber pallets and safety products are ideal for the mining industry’s harsh conditions... 

An image of Xtyre's recycled Tyre Pallet
RECYCLED TYRE PALLET Xtyre's products are durable, stornger alternatives to plastic or wood products

Chemicals aid sustainable mining efforts

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 To assist mining companies in moving towards sustainable mining, customised chemical solutions specialist Clariant Mining Solutions is working with several mines in the sub-Saharan Africa region. Clariant’s assistance includes helping mines in reprocessing tails and has also launched a competence... 

An image of Clariant sub-Saharan Africa regional metallurgist Linda Mahlangu
LINDA MAHLANGU Clariant works to find sustainable solutions

Gold producer expands processing plant

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 Gold producer Tanzanian Gold Corporation has completed its 360 t/d processing plant for its Buckreef operation, in Tanzania, and will continue its phased construction approach, which will result in the processing operation being expanded to 1 000 t/d by 2022’s third quarter. The 360 t/d plant is... 

An image of Tanzanian Gold's team
PLANNING EXPANSIONS Tanzanian Gold will expand its recently completed 360 t/d plant to a 1000 t/d plant

Coal deemed relevant despite encouragement to move towards renewables

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 A key trend at the 2021 twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), has been pledges from many countries to reduce emissions and move towards more renewable energy. Moving away from fossil fuels, such as coal, towards... 

AN image of Thungela CEO July Ndlovu
JULY NDLOVU Focus should be on pushing new technology rather than phasing out any fuel source

Bots government assists diamond sector amid Covid

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 The Botswana government has been instrumental in ensuring that the lucrative diamond mining industry was able to sell to the market despite the impact of the Covid-19-related disruptions.   The Botswana economy relies heavily on the diamond industry, as it is a major source of income for the... 

An image of Lucara Botswana MD Naseem Lahri
NASEEM LAHRI Government was instrumental in ensuring diamond mining industry could continue work

Countries attentive to enforcing compliance

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 Consulting engineering and scientist firm SRK Consulting has noticed that more attention is being paid to enforcing regulatory compliance in mining across the African countries in which it operates. Consequently, it is expected that countries will heavily rely on independent and qualified third... 

An image of a mine site
TACKLING LEGISLATIVE LAYERS SRK Consulting’s expertise provides clients with a firm foundation for investment and project decisions over the mine’s life

Sustainability prioritised at miner’s operations

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 Mining companies are expected to positively contribute to sustainable social and economic development by reducing their environmental footprint and supporting biodiversity, particularly considering the scale at which resources, such as water, are used by the mining industry. To facilitate... 

An image of the Mogalakwena Blinkwater Tailings Dam
SUSTAINABILITY ON THE HORIZON Anglo American continues to align its portfolio with low carbon solutions

Sintech

23rd November 2021 Sintech is an original equipment supplier of brakes and clutches to off-road, mining and industrial machinery, employing 42 people in Johannesburg and Durban. It offers excellent customer service, including:  Service Exchange Units  

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OLI South Africa

23rd November 2021 OLI is the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa by its subsidiary in Gauteng, South Africa.  

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Social impact underestimated

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 Many mines in Africa have underestimated their social impact and often struggle to manage this constructively, consulting engineer and scientist firm SRK Consulting partner and principal scientist Wouter Jordaan tells Mining Weekly. He says an added complication is the shift in corporate culture... 

DARRYLL KILIAN The timeous resolution of all substantive ESG issues is vital
DARRYLL KILIAN The timeous resolution of all substantive ESG issues is vital

Cooling solutions ideal for Africa

9th July 2021 Cooling solutions company Industrial Water Coolers’ (IWC’s) slurry and solution cooling towers are designed with ease of maintenance in mind and are specifically designed and developed to handle slurries and zinc solutions, as well as highly abrasive and corrosive solutions. Their ease of... 

Detection device useful in African exploration

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 German environmental technology company InterEnviroCon’s spectrometric device for the detection of rare-earth oxides is useful in African mining and exploration because it can be successfully operated by less qualified personnel while relaying detailed information for expert analysts. Samples... 

SPECTOMETRIC DETECTION The special design of the device features a bendable measuring head with a diameter of 15 cm
SPECTOMETRIC DETECTION The special design of the device features a bendable measuring head with a diameter of 15 cm

Digital blasting on the rise in Africa

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 Africa’s mining industry is embracing digital technologies in blasting, says explosives technology company BME technology and marketing GM Ralf Hennecke. He explains that digital blasting technologies are enhancing safety, efficiency, ease of use and the integration of blasting processes into... 

INTEGRATED BLASTING
BME’s technology drive is based on solutions that can integrate with each other
INTEGRATED BLASTING BME’s technology drive is based on solutions that can integrate with each other

ESG implementation improves in African mining

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 As environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) reporting improves, so does the implementation of the resulting policies across the African mining industry,  consulting engineer and scientist firm SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl tells Mining Weekly. He says... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing pressure from investors for mines to contribute to broad imperatives such as climate change
ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing pressure from investors for mines to contribute to broad imperatives such as climate change

Sintech

9th July 2021 Since 1984, Sintech has delivered original-equipment products for a broad range of mining applications throughout Africa, specialising in the manufacture and service of brakes and clutches. Having assembled a unique range of products, all of which are market-leading brands in their respective... 

Sintech

Explosives demand in Africa picking up

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 With demand for explosives improving, mining explosives technology company BME, part of JSE-listed Omnia Group, has been successfully maintaining supply to customers across Africa. BME GM Ralf Hennecke notes that this was despite the disruptions and cross-border challenges the company faced. He... 

A SALTY PROPOSITION BME’s high-quality, double salt emulsions release minimal carbon emissions and noxious fumes in blasting
A SALTY PROPOSITION BME’s high-quality, double salt emulsions release minimal carbon emissions and noxious fumes in blasting

No simple solution to illegal mining in Africa

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to combat the rise of illegal mining and the associated artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry in Africa, says diversified mining and exploration company Emiral Resource founder Boris Ivanov. ASM is a legal industry in many African countries, with... 

BORIS IVANOV Artisanal and small-scale mining often provides the only means of income and employment for rural communities
BORIS IVANOV Artisanal and small-scale mining often provides the only means of income and employment for rural communities

New security technologies increasing in Africa

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 Mining companies operating in Africa are increasing their investment in new security technologies, and are procuring services that help them to refine security strategies and security implementation, diversified mining and exploration company Emiral Resource founder Boris Ivanov tells Mining... 

BORIS IVANOV Mining companies must invest in technical defences such as email filtering and antivirus software
BORIS IVANOV Mining companies must invest in technical defences such as email filtering and antivirus software

Procurement boosts local economy

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 With low economic growth and high unemployment, South Africa’s economy is under intense pressure. Management consultancy Kearney’s research indicates that particularly mining and mining-related industries could improve the country’s economic outlook. Government has challenged the mining industry... 

FRANCOIS SANTOS 
Capturing and sustaining a competitive advantage will require embracing a shared value agenda
FRANCOIS SANTOS Capturing and sustaining a competitive advantage will require embracing a shared value agenda

Iron-ore, copper doing well amid pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 Covid-19 negatively impacted the demand for all industrial commodities, but not all markets were impacted equally, explains investment management provider Sanlam Private Wealth. Commodities on which China has a greater import reliance, such as iron-ore and copper, generally fared better than... 

CHRISTIAAN BOTHMA 
While commodity demand beyond Covid-19 remains uncertain, he highlights a few observations in terms of copper and iron-ore
CHRISTIAAN BOTHMA While commodity demand beyond Covid-19 remains uncertain, he highlights a few observations in terms of copper and iron-ore

Reducing regulatory burden remains critical

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 When comparing the legislative environments of different mining regimes on the African continent, law firm Webber Wentzel notes that the two highest ranked countries in terms of the 2019 Fraser Institute Survey – South Africa and Guinea – have similarities. “The legislative environments of these... 

JONATHAN VEERAN
There will always be investor interest where there is a demand
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JONATHAN VEERAN There will always be investor interest where there is a demand

More 4IR integration needed from mining

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 The advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has had a significant impact on all facets of society, but international investment company StratisQ Group notes that the mining industry needs to participate more in the 4IR transformation. “Digitisation is not the future – it is here already.... 

HUGO BOTHA
Digitisation is not the future – it is here already
HUGO BOTHA Digitisation is not the future – it is here already

Cloud-based system proves beneficial

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th November 2020 Amid fluctuating fuel prices, it has never been more important for businesses to ensure that they manage this “vital resource” correctly, says mining solutions provider Africa Mining Services Incorporated (AMSI). 

FUELLED UP
Africa Mining Services Incorporated has ongoing projects across some of the largest copper mines in the world, based in Zambia
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FUELLED UP Africa Mining Services Incorporated has ongoing projects across some of the largest copper mines in the world, based in Zambia

Consulting engineers boost project portfolio

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has appointed engineering, design and project management company COENG Consulting and Construction Engineers to provide ad hoc professional services at Amplats operations. “A formal tender process was conducted, whereby a certain number of... 

LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE 
The relationship between COENG and Amplats started about four years ago
LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE The relationship between COENG and Amplats started about four years ago

More communities to benefit from Moma mine following plant relocation

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 Through constant involvement in and development of its surrounding communities, titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources notes that its increased ilmenite production, and the subsequent effect on Mozambique’s exports, will have significant benefits for the company, its host communities and... 

HELPING HAND
Kenmare donated personal protective equipment and hand sanitisation kits to community health facilities close to the Moma mine
HELPING HAND Kenmare donated personal protective equipment and hand sanitisation kits to community health facilities close to the Moma mine

Manganese expertise boosts service to mines

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 Geological service provider Minrom states that its dedicated team of geologists, with years of manganese mining expertise, can provide crucial decision-making services for manganese mines in the Northern Cape. Minrom’s services range from greenfield exploration and three-dimensional geological... 

MANGANESE EXPERTISE 
Through services to manganese mines in the Northern Cape, Minrom has identified pitfalls and bottlenecks that occur during the exploitation of resources during mining programmes
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MANGANESE EXPERTISE Through services to manganese mines in the Northern Cape, Minrom has identified pitfalls and bottlenecks that occur during the exploitation of resources during mining programmes

Site training continues online during pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 The onset of Covid-19 resulted in many companies moving aspects of their operations to online and virtual platforms, and contractor and management solutions provider KBC Health & Safety has made similar adjustments. “Since Covid-19 more clients have adopted our computer-based training programmes.... 

SIAN THURTELL
Since Covid-19, more clients have adopted our computer-based training programmes
SIAN THURTELL Since Covid-19, more clients have adopted our computer-based training programmes

Safe, custom-made ERCs increase safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th November 2020 Increased scrutiny on mine safety and targets for zero harm have ensured that emergency refuge chambers (ERC) have become vital to mining operations, and mining safety solutions provider Strata Worldwide has launched its new Global ERCX model. “This new ERC design uses a new manufacturing process... 

SAFE KEEPING 
Strata ERCs safeguard mineworkers if they get trapped underground or if the air-quality in the mine is compromised
SAFE KEEPING Strata ERCs safeguard mineworkers if they get trapped underground or if the air-quality in the mine is compromised

Gold tailings retreatment offers an environmental solution

27th November 2020 Owing to its gold mining heritage, Johannesburg is the most radioactive city on the planet, says nonprofit organisation Earthlife Africa. Uranium was considered “merely a waste product” in the late 1800s and was haphazardly discarded without any thought of recovery. Abandoned mines were not... 

COBUS LOOTS
Environmental degradation such as soil pollution and decreased ecosystem viability are issues
COBUS LOOTS Environmental degradation such as soil pollution and decreased ecosystem viability are issues
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