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Mining in Africa

OLI South Africa

21st February 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has secured OLI’s position as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  Since its establishment as an industrial vibration technology company in 1961, OLI  has remained committed to... 

Weba Chute Systems

24th January 2020 Effective transfer of materials in chutes is a pressing issue for all mines. With the spotlight firmly on increasing productivity through more effective discharge of materials, coupled with minimising downtime and maintenance, solutions are critical to sustainability. With over 4 000 transfer... 

Weba Chute Systems

Gas could spur African development

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     17th January 2020 Sub-Saharan Africa’s gas resources are vast, with ongoing developments highlighting the potential magnitude of the emerging gas sector and its ability to transform the region.  These developments include recent discoveries such as petroleum company Total South Africa’s Brulpadda prospect, in the... 

Gas could spur African development
LEVEL OF CERTAINTY Oil and gas investments tend to be long term, and require a level of continuous certainty from the ecosystems in which they exist

Engine specialist introduces low-emission engines for pumps

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 Amid a bleak global economic outlook, mining companies are exploring means of tightening their budgets. 

Engine specialist introduces low-emission engines for pumps
FIT-FOR-MARKET Cummins supplies fit-for-market solutions that are suited to the harsh operating conditions in Africa, with an aftermarket service spanning most African countries

Illegal mining, environmental compliance, concerns for Tanzania

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     17th January 2020 The potential consequences of illegal mining, including health and safety, environmental, and social and socioeconomic impacts, are significant.  It is an unfortunate reality that, often, illegal miners take the most risk when they extract minerals, working under “appalling conditions” often... 

Illegal mining, environmental compliance, concerns for Tanzania
WARREN BEECH There are certain aspects which should be non-negotiable, such as compliance with environmental laws

Acceptance could boost Tanzanian mining

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     17th January 2020 The mining sector, one of Tanzania’s most important sectors from a total exports perspective, has “tremendous potential”, says strategic advisory firm Africa Practice associate director Dr Margarita Dimova. “As a source of government revenue, mining is expected to make a more considerable... 

Acceptance could boost Tanzanian mining
MARGARITA DIMOVA Like any transition, the immediate process is likely to cause some readjustment and teething problems in the industry

Investing in West Africa a veritable gold mine – consultant

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 With West Africa boasting some of the highest grades of gold deposits globally, averaging about 1.8 g/t, it has become the investment hub for gold projects over the past seven years. 

Investing in West Africa a veritable gold mine – consultant
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LONG LIVE GOLD West African gold mines have a high average life of mine remaining

Blockchain solutions available to African mining

By: Darren Parker     8th November 2019 Australian software developer Blockhead Technologies has partnered with South African mining technology provider Dwyka Mining Services to distribute the full suite of Blockhead software solutions to the resources sector across sub-Saharan Africa. The distribution agreement, announced last month... 

Blockchain solutions available to  African mining
JOSH HORNEMAN Africa is an attractive destination for new systems because it is much easier to create a new system for an as yet unserved client than to convert an existing one

Climate change serious challenge for mining industry

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 Climate change and population growth have significant potential to be destabilising factors in Africa and can affect water sources, agricultural land and subsistence farming adversely, resulting in population displacement. 

Climate change serious challenge for mining industry
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A SCARCE RESOURCE Water shortages create an increased level of competition for this resource among mines, government and local communities

Co-opting Canadian strategies to create investor awareness

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 International commodities consultancy Core Consultants states that African mining jurisdictions can create investor awareness through initiatives that have been successfully carried out in Canada. 

Co-opting Canadian strategies to create investor awareness
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BE AWARE, BE VERY AWARE Investor awareness can be created in Africa through initiatives that have been successfully carried out in Canada

Digital transformation will benefit African mines

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 Commodity pricing volatility and global demand variability are two profitability pressures mining companies, especially Africa-based mining companies, have to deal with. This creates a need for smarter and more efficient operations, which can be engineered through the application of leading-edge... 

Digital transformation will benefit African mines
TECH SAVVY Wabtec’s technologies can enable miners to optimise people, processes and technology

Robust fiscal regimes needed to grow African mining sector

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 The success of Africa’s mining sector is determined by a combination of the quantity and quality of resources, commodity prices, and the domestic policy and regulatory environment’s ability to attract and retain investment. 

Robust fiscal regimes needed to grow  African mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
MY PRECIOUS For large-scale bauxite resources, an infrastructure deficit has crippled the development of high-quality mining assets

Contractor says equipment provider critical to its success

8th November 2019 Engineering solutions provider Babcock’s transparency, combined with its range of leading construction equipment and its successful collaborations with customers, struck a chord with Lomeza Mining Services, who required reliable construction equipment to fulfil its obligations for a long-term... 

Roof bolt placement critical to safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 Roof bolts, in helping to create a stable rock structure, are the first line of defence to protect mineworkers from fall-of-ground-related hazards, which highlights the importance of correct roof bolt placement in underground mining, South African mining safety and monitoring solutions provider... 

Roof bolt placement critical to safety
NICK MURRAY The principal objective of roof bolting is to help the rock mass support itself

Greater input from Europe, North America will boost African mining

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 The African mining industry is largely holding its own, despite factors discouraging investor interest, with China delivering the sector’s foremost source of investment for mining projects and infrastructure development, says African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. She says the... 

Greater input from Europe, North America will boost African mining
DRIVING DEVELOPMENT Policies that encourage the adoption of technology will help the industry to perform better, especially during mining downturns

LED trend lights up Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 The African mining industry’s lighting requirements have evolved from standard high-intensity discharge (HID) products, which have been commonly used over the past 50 years, to more efficient and cost-effective light-emitting-diode (LED) products. This is according to South African industrial,... 

LED trend  lights up Africa
PLAYING CATCH-UP The African mining sector is quickly following lighting trends being set by mining sectors abroad

Armadale to publish graphite project resource update

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th July 2019 Mining investment company Armadale Capital has been fast-tracking work on the graphite resource update to be published this month for its Mahenge Liandu project, in south-east Tanzania, says Armadale technical director Matt Bull. The project is one of the highest-grade, large-flake deposits... 

Armadale to publish graphite project resource update
MATT BULL We believe that the project is a significant, high-quality project and would like to get it towards producing in the short to medium term

Expected demand brings airborne survey system back to Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 There are many mining and exploration opportunities in Southern Africa, with exploration work growing as more mining companies are focusing on the region, says South African airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air GM Louis Polomé. In the next ten years, remote sensing in terms of... 

Expected demand brings airborne survey system back to Africa
SOUTHERN AFRICAN HOPES Spectrem Air expects remote sensing, in terms of geophysics, to play a critical role in the exploration of Southern Africa in the next ten years

Company service offering geared for juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th July 2019 While mining majors often have in-house exploration experience, juniors lack this experience and thus engineering consulting company SRK Exploration Services (ES) is increasingly providing advisory services, from strategic to operational guidance, to juniors, says SRK ES Johannesburg branch... 

Company service offering geared for juniors
JOHN PAUL HUNT Without junior mining companies understanding the uncertainty that the data might reflect, there is a risk of making suboptimum business decisions

Fire protection company increases footprint in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th July 2019 Fire protection company Advanced Fire Suppression Technologies (Advanced FST) will extensively increase its African footprint in the next three to five years through local partnerships and acquisitions, says Advanced FST group executive Westley Barnardt. The company aims to offer more permanent... 

Fire protection company increases footprint in Africa
FIRE SUPPRESSION The Ansul Liquid Vehicle Suppressant liquid agent fire suppression system is designed to rapidly suppress fires in mobile equipment

Namibia attractive landscape, says Canadian miner

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 Besides the significant lure of Namibia’s mineral-rich geology, the country’s various attributes make it a more attractive investment destination for exploration and development companies than other mining jurisdictions, says Canadian strategic minerals-focused company Broadway Gold Mining... 

Namibia attractive landscape, says Canadian miner
BUILDING PORTFOLIO Broadway Gold Mining has boosted its portfolio, previously consisting only of its Madison copper/gold project in the US, with its Namibian copper/vanadium acquisition

Local miners struggling to acquire funding, yet opportunity exists

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th July 2019 Although mining companies and junior miners are struggling to secure funding for projects, listing on a stock exchange may offer opportunities for these companies to raise capital and grow their businesses, says exchange trading platform 4 Africa Exchange (4AX) business development head Noah... 

Proactive maintenance saves mines reactive costs

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 US condition-based monitoring device supplier SpotSee is in the process of obtaining certification in Africa for its Wi-Fi radio, which enables its OpsWatch vibration monitoring system to stream condition-based data to central operations through a Web-hosted platform. The system can detect... 

Proactive maintenance saves mines reactive costs
DON’T BE REACTIVE Having measures in place to predict pending failures, enables mining companies to be proactive and stay ahead of problems instead of waiting to react and, as a result, spending capital to solve them

Cost savings crucial amid local industry decline

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th July 2019 The local mining industry declined by 10.8% in the first quarter of this year and the industry is on a huge cost-saving run, says bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) mining business development leader Shaun Combrinck. He tells Mining Weekly that BI is... 

Cost savings crucial amid local industry decline
EXTENDED COUPLING RANGE The Ringfeder-Henfel-Hernflex split flexible coupling is one of Bearings International’s new product offerings

Much demand for Africa-tough drive package

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive has more active projects in the rest of Africa, than in South Africa, exports head Marcio Sicchiero tells Mining Weekly. Involved in the delivery of conveyor drive assemblies to various greenfield and expansion projects across a range of commodities on the... 

Process Pipe

9th July 2019 Process Pipe and its newly acquired company, CAB South Africa, has established a national footprint as a wholesaler and retailer of carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Moreover, as Process Pipe & CAB... 

Process Pipe

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2019 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe
Photo by Duane Daws
ADVANCING UNKI SMELTER Thos Begbie has completed several parts of the Unki platinum smelter being constructed in Zimbabwe

Association ensures PDS requirements are adhered to

18th January 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa, is working closely with government and role players to ensure its members understand and adhere to new requirements relating to proximity detection systems (PDS) for mobile machines in surface mining operations. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar says the new... 

Association ensures PDS  requirements are adhered to
NICO PIENAAR Measures need to be in place by no later than December 2020

Battery drive system provided for underground mining

18th January 2019 Battery driven mining vehicle specialists Battery Power Industries (BPI) provided the battery drive system for rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa’s first electric telehandler. Manitou’s battery driven telehandler, the first of its kind, was unveiled at Electra Mining... 

Battery drive  system provided for  underground mining
TURNKEY SOLUTION An electrical system designed to eliminate fatigue in mines associated with diesel

New maintenance solution for mining launched

18th January 2019 Industrial solutions provider BT Industrial has developed a solution that enables mine's processing plants to maximise operational hours while performing critical inspections and maintenance of corroded carbon steel pipes, MD Kgomotso Lekola reveals. Traditionally, plants are built with... 

New maintenance solution for mining launched
KGOMOTSO LEKOLA The balance that we need to strike is between increasing efficiencies and mechanising without necessarily putting people out of work

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 With radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology being ideal for inspecting assets at a mine, screening and vibrating-equipment solutions provider Aury Africa has enlisted RFID specialist Thembekile Asset Management Solutions (TAMS) to develop a solution specific to the requirements of the... 

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry
FUNCTIONAL The microchips in the tags can be embedded into different types of attachments
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