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Mining in Africa

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... 

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... 

OLI South Africa

12th July 2019 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... 

OLI South Africa

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

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
Photo by Reuters
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... 

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