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Mining in Africa

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... 

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

Ultra-efficient three shaft screen released for mining industry

18th January 2019 Processing equipment supplier ELB Equipment has released an ultra-efficient three shaft screen – Powerscreen Warrior 2100 – which is capable of dealing with overburden for use in rehabilitation or to stockpile materials as a saleable by-product of mining. ELB Equipment national sales manager... 

Ultra-efficient three shaft screen released for  mining industry
MINING TOOL The machine is specially designed for work alongside mining operations in different terrains

Wear plate tests show positive results

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 Testwork on South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite’s polymer sliding wear plates has shown promising results on a crawler drill that is employed at Vedanta zinc project, in Gamsberg, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The wear plates were installed on the rotary head... 

Wear plate tests show positive results
PHILLIP DE VILLIERS Technical representative examines one of the stock wear plates inside the Johannesburg warehouse

Welding Alloys South Africa

18th January 2019 The loss of material owing to wear is costing the mining industry billions of dollars every year. Abrasive wear occurs when small pieces of material are forcefully removed from the surface of steel and other liners as feedstock passes through a chute, for example. Over time, the liner thickness... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Lack of unity still stunting growth of African mining sector

By: Tracy Hancock     9th November 2018 Mining has a considerable positive economic impact in most African countries, but with the right kind of support from government, industry, individual stakeholders and the general population, it can be even greater, says African Mining Network chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Automation technology gaining traction in SA

9th November 2018 While automation technology is still fairly new to Southern Africa, mines and quarries are recognising that automation technology is crucial to a sustainable and profitable future, says mining equipment supplier Epiroc regional business line manager Hedley Birnie. 

Automation technology  gaining traction in SA
AUTOMATION SUCCESS Epiroc believes successful automation technology lies in adopting a holistic approach and, therefore, applies it across equipment, systems, operations and services

First mover in Zimbabwe hopeful risk will pay off

By: Tracy Hancock     9th November 2018 Having taken on the risk this year of investing in two exploration projects in Zimbabwe, which is trying to reinvigorate interest in its mining industry, Johannesburg-headquartered integrated resources group Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis says the country’s mining environment is improving. 

First mover in Zimbabwe hopeful  risk will pay off
PHEOVOS POUROULIS Tharisa is pleased with its interactions with government on the development of the Karo Mining and Salene Chrome assets on the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe

Manufacturer ready to supply South and West Africa’s demands

By: Tracy Hancock     9th November 2018 The demand for more effective and efficient impeller and agitator technology is greatly increasing throughout Africa, where mining developments and mineral exploration are constantly budding, says industrial agitator and mixer manufacturer Mixtec sales and projects manager Rudi Swanepoel. 

Manufacturer ready to supply South and West Africa’s demands
NEED FOR INNOVATION Having completed numerous projects in South and West Africa, Mixtec sees the need for innovations and improvements that will assist in shortening lead times and boosting productivity

Product demand expected to come from rest of Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     9th November 2018 According to sales, demand from the African mining market, but mostly West Africa, has increased for drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive’s M-Series vertical industrial gear unit designs for conveyor and agitator applications. 

Progress in Southern Africa for diversified Canadian junior

9th November 2018 Metswedi Mining has received the first renewal for both prospecting licence (PL) 101 (430 km2) and PL58 (2.3 km2) which make up the Middlepits project, in Botswana, Canadian diversified junior mining company Tango Mining announced in October.  

Rwanda seeking to attract greater investment in mining sector

9th November 2018 To increase mineral exports and boost revenue from its mineral resources, Rwanda aims to attract greater investment in its mining sector, which has created over 40 000 jobs countrywide. 

Rwanda seeking to  attract greater investment  in mining sector
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DOLLAR SIGNS By 2020, Rwanda aims to generate $800-million from mineral exports and $1.5-billion by 2024

Sintech

9th November 2018 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

Zimbabwe has skills, natural resources to support increasing investment

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Zimbabwe has adequate skilled and unskilled labour to support increasing investment and the expansion of mining operations, claims mining, exploration and development company Caledonia Mining. Caledonia owns the Blanket gold mine in Zimbabwe, one of the few operating gold mines in the country.... 

Zimbabwe has skills,  natural resources to support increasing investment
EMMERSON MNANGAGWA The new Zimbabwe government is taking steps to attract investment in the country

Artisanal mining, geopolitical milieu remain challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Artisanal mining in West Africa, as well as an unstable geopolitical environment, remain core challenges to mining investment in the area, states Western Australia-based project developer Sarama Resources. “As noted by a number of key industry players, artisanal mining is becoming pervasive and... 

Asanko focusing on Esaase development to expand production

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 As part of its near-term organic growth strategy, Canadian junior gold producer Asanko Gold is focusing on expanding production at the Asanko Gold Mine (AGM) in Ghana, with the development of the Esaase gold deposit, within the 2018/19 calendar year. The AGM, commissioned in early 2016, comprises... 

Gold miner reflects on Ghana achievements

13th July 2018 Gold producer Gold Fields West Africa, a subsidiary of South Africa-based gold major Gold Fields, has invested significantly into the Ghana mining industry over the past 25 years, with shareholders, government and local communities that have and still are benefitting from the gold miner’s... 

Gold miner reflects on Ghana achievements
25TH ANNIVERSARY Gold Fields celebrates its achievement since starting its flagship gold mining operation in Ghana, the Tarkwa mine

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating “a huge wave” in Africa, as smart connected devices are being deployed at mines, there is further potential for smart devices and IoT to positively impact on mining operations in Africa, says pan-African law conglomerate Centurion Law Group CEO NJ... 

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness
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NEW TECHNOLOGY African mines can implement the Internet of Things to improve efficiencies and increase their competitiveness

Mining Charter crucial, improvement needed – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 It is important that the Mining Charter is given the attention it deserves if South Africa is serious about empowerment, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment director Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame. The draft Mining Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry was... 

Mining Charter  crucial, improvement needed – law firm
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LAW AND LEGALITY The legal status of the Mining Charter must be addressed with urgency

Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains Axis House group general manager Justine Stubbs. “Mines are optimising various processes to achieve... 

Phase 2 drilling campaign to start at Burundi rare earths project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 Rare-earth elements (REE) mining company Rainbow Rare Earths will start its Phase 2 drilling campaign at its Gakara project, in Burundi, this month, which will consist of about 750 m of further core drilling at the Kiyenzi prospect, says Rainbow CEO Martin Eales. Gakara is one of the... 

Phase 2 drilling campaign to start at Burundi rare earths project
PROMISING RESULTS Laboratory test results have confirmed the initial field analysis of the presence of multiple intersections of high-grade rare-earth elements at Kiyenzi

Resource nationalism reasonable, but adequate negotiation needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th July 2018 Resource nationalism is “completely legitimate” in principle; however, it seems to be used too often with a short-term political agenda, and often produces ill-advised reforms, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright partner Christophe Asselineau. The seemingly increasing trend towards... 

Resource nationalism reasonable, but adequate negotiation needed
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INSUFFICIENT IMPACT Increasing taxes, and free-carry stakes for the State in mining projects have not demonstrated a substantial alleviation of poverty

West African mining industry shows strong growth potential

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 The crowning of two West African mining projects as the winner and the runner-up of Investment Battlefield at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in February this year, indicates strong growth potential for mining and investment attraction in West Africa, says Canadian mineral... 

West African mining  industry shows strong growth potential
INVESTMENT POTENTIAL West Africa holds potential for further investment, as indicated by the results of the Investment Battlefield at the Investing in African Mining Indaba

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Fire-suppression solutions supplier Fire and Security Techniques is eager to introduce the African mining industry to a new fire-suppression solution, Tunnel Safe, which will allow for safer evacuation of mineworkers underground during a fire, to the African mining industry.  CEO Neil Hughes... 

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018
FEWER DANGERS The new Tunnel Safe technology aims to reduce the dangers of fires in the African mining industry

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market

19th January 2018 Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has ensured improved zinc recoveries at its zinc/copper/gold Bisha mine, in Eritrea, through its decision in August to allocate additional capital to the mine and delay the delivery of the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Serbia-based Timok copper/gold to the... 

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market
STRATEGY PAYS OFF Nevsun was able to provide an additional $24-million for Bisha to improve recoveries and increase the total material movement to meet requirements for the updated life-of-mine plan

Bakubung Koepe rope-up procedure successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, engineered for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, was successfully used at Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West. The system was designed and manufactured by the Tech... 

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Several major international independent power producers and power generation developers are interested in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme (GPP), for which direction in the form of request for quotations and request for proposals from the Department of Energy (DoE) is keenly awaited.... 

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors
Photo by Reuters
OILY CHALLENGES Owing to external issues, such as global market decline, some African oil-producing countries are facing increased challenges

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 On-site nitrogen generator supplier NitraLife has supplied numerous opencast mines across Southern Africa with nitrogen generators, and has noticed increased nitrogen use to inflate large off-the-road (OTR) tyres of mining vehicles. The company has established its client base in the region over... 

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen
OPENCAST UPTAKE Most large opencast mines in South Africa and several opencast mines in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo are using nitrogen generators from NitraLife
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