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Mining Services News

Qteq faces cartel charges

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2022 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed civil cartel proceedings in the Federal Court against mining equipment and technology services company Qteq and its executive chairperson Simon Ashton. The ACCC alleges that on seven instances between 2017 and 2019, Qteq... 

Only five solar projects advance to preferred-bidder status following latest renewables round  

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2022 In a disappointing development, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced the appointment of only six preferred bidders, with a combined capacity of 1 000 MW, following the evaluation of bids made during South Africa’s latest renewables procurement round. All six are... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at the IPP Office on December 8
IPP Office Head Bernard Magoro and Eskom Transmission MD Segomoco Scheepers explain the grid-access issues that prevented any of the wind projects in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces from advancing to preferred-bidder status during Bid Window Six. Camera Work & Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson

Wits School of Mining Engineering accredited for another five years

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2022 The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits') School of Mining Engineering has once again recently been accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). The ECSA accreditation is required every five years, and this cycle will see the school through to 2027, says Head of School... 

Energy crisis driving an acceleration in renewables installations – IEA

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2022 The global energy crisis is driving an unprecedented acceleration in the installation of renewable power, with total capacity growth worldwide set to almost double in the next five years to reach 2 400 GW by 2027, according to the ‘Renewables 2022’ report published by the International Energy... 

Rooftop solar
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The International Energy Agency’s renewables growth forecast is 30% higher than the amount of growth that was forecast just a year ago

Canadian Solar to supply modules for 256 MW North West projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2022 Solar technology group Canadian Solar has announced that its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar had signed a 256 MW module contract with SOLA Group, the Cape Town-based independent power producer that is building two utility-scale projects in South Africa on the back of pioneering private power... 

Clough and M&R’s Australian holding company enter voluntary administration after termination of Webuild deal 

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2022 A proposed disposal by Murray & Roberts (M&R) of its Clough unit to Webuild was terminated on Monday and Clough and its subsidiaries placed into voluntary administration in Australia with immediate effect, together with the JSE-listed group’s Australian holding company, MRPL. The announcement... 


Role of PGMs in creating hydrogen economy

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd December 2022 South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy is under way, and the country contains the world’s largest reserves of the platinum-group metals (PGMs) essential to this transition. The demand for PGMs will increase as they are critical to the realisation of a hydrogen economy, which is one of... 

Company builds centralised control room for mine

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd December 2022 Engineering, integration and manufacturing company Iritron completed a 360° control room at a mine in the Northern Cape province this year. The control room is a showcase for the implementation of smart technology, digitalisation and mechanisation using smart control room equipment and... 

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SMART CONTROL ROOM The control room is a showcase for the implementation of smart technology, digitalisation and mechanisation

Construction company contributes to DRC mine accommodation

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd December 2022 South African construction company Moladi has supplied its removable, reusable, recyclable and lightweight plastic formwork mould construction system for miner Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa copper mine, in Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The plastic injection-moulded panel formwork... 

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BENEFICIAL CONSTRUCTION Moladi links with local communities so they can participate in the construction process enhancing job creation and skills development

Supplier aids tunnel construction

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd December 2022 Construction materials supplier Peikko South Africa has partnered with a local construction company to develop an innovative ventilation tunnel design for a headgear structure in a mine located in the Limpopo province. Peikko South Africa supplies a large selection of products for both precast... 

Image of Peikko MD Daniel Petrov
DANIEL PETROV The local engineering, procurement and construction contractor conducted the manufacture and installation of the precast concrete elements on-site

Implats issues RFI for renewable energy to be wheeled to its South African sites

By: Donna Slater     25th November 2022 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has issued a request for information (RFI) to buy an unspecified volume of electricity, through wheeling from renewable energy sources, for its South African operations. Implats, whose electricity consumption accounts for 74% of its total... 

A solar and wind plant

Sandvik wins large mining equipment order in the DRC

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th November 2022 High-tech and global engineering group Sandvik has received a large mining equipment order from Chinese global mining services provider JCHX Mining Management for use at the Kamoa-Kakula copper and the Kamoya copper and cobalt mines, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The order is valued at... 

E-series tankers improve competitiveness

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     25th November 2022 Newly adapted water tankers complement local equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment’s competitiveness and have promoted ease and accuracy in mining and construction by increasing remote monitoring capabilities, providing automated diagnostics, improving control mechanisms and enhancing overall... 

An image of the Bell 16 000 ℓ water tanker
Photo by Bell Equipment
ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES One of the primary purposes of a water tanker in construction is dust suppression

Culture carriers vital in construction

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     25th November 2022 Contractors operating in the mining sector –  a sector defined by teamwork, trust and transparent communication –  must organically establish a cogent foundation for partnership throughout the construction process. To establish this foundation and ensure a positive outcome once the construction... 

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CARRYING THE TEAM Culture carriers are influential and inspire others, and thus can be powerful drivers for the company

Contractor steadily transforms its workforce

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     25th November 2022 Transformation in the world of underground mining – historically dominated by white males – is not easy to achieve but contractor and mine development service provider Murray & Roberts Cementation believes it is making steady progress towards its goal of having a workforce that reflects the... 

An image of Murray & Roberts contractors at an underground mine
Photo by Murray & Roberts
ALL FOR ONE Murray & Roberts Cementation is making steady progress towards its goal of having a workforce that reflects the demographics of the country

Gold miner releases tailings policy

25th November 2022 Global gold miner DRDGold released its tailings management policy, earlier this month. The aim of the new policy is to ensure that the interests of all relevant stakeholders – including shareholders, board members, executive and operational management, operating personnel, regulators and... 

Tailings being washed down for processing at one of DRD Golds tailing facilities in Johannesburg
RESPONSIBLE ACTOR The tailings management policy set out by DRD Gold will ensure the interests of all stakeholders are attended to adequately

Global organisation publishes tailings reduction roadmap

25th November 2022 Global CEO-led organisation International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in September published its tailings reduction roadmap as part of a broader innovation initiative to develop solutions that significantly reduce tailings waste from mining and metals processing. The roadmap lays out... 

The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations
TELLING TIMES The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations

Tailings critical liability in mining – consultancy

25th November 2022 Tailings storage facilities (TSFs) represent one of the most critical liabilities associated with the mining industry, says engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting tailings engineering corporate consultant Pepe Moreno. With the spotlight focused on environmental, social and... 

A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting
DAM DRY A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting

Water stewardship key to sustaining mining sector

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Mines must use water stewardship to improve water conservation and water saving, thereby enhancing perception of the industry in the twenty-first century, says innovative solutions developer Xylem South Africa African strategy and marketing manager Chetan Mistry. The benefits of becoming water... 

A computer screen showing readings attained form a pipe or pump
CLEAR VIEW The Xylem Vue collection of software is a prime water-management solution for mines and tailings storage facilities

New implements to complement tailings testing portfolio  

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Civil and mining geotechnical service provider GeoGroup has received the first of three new geotechnical surveying implements, which the company has commissioned to complement its range of tailings monitoring equipment. GeoGroup operations director Grant Rijsmus points out that, of the projects... 

A sonic cone penetration testing unit drill rig onthe floor of a factory after being unpacked at the Geogroup offices in gauteng south africa
Grant Rijsmus and Meldt van der Spuy from Geogroup discuss the new surveying implements to complement its tailings storage facilities testing portfolio. Camerawork: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded: 04.11.2022

AI can help mining companies keep up with modern demands

By: Darren Parker     23rd November 2022 As legacy technologies fail to keep up with the growing demand for advanced mining activities for increased outputs and greater profits, management consulting company GlobalData believes artificial intelligence (AI) can help.  The company says AI can make mining companies more productive and... 

Omnia sees further growth in targeted sectors, interim earnings up 30%

By: Donna Slater     22nd November 2022 JSE-listed diversified chemicals producer Omnia grew its interim earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, excluding its Zimbabwean operations and impairments, by 30% year-on-year to R1.4-billion for the six months ended September 30. This resulted in the group’s adjusted... 

Perenti/ABB partner to decarbonise mining

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st November 2022 ASX-listed mining services group Perenti has struck a collaboration agreement with global technology company ABB to explore solutions to decarbonise customer’s mining operations. Experts from the two companies will work together to address electrification in mine hauling operations, power... 

Firm secures ‘preferred’ status

By: Tracy Hancock     18th November 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been named a preferred supplier of Europe’s largest copper producer Aurubis, which also claims to be the world’s largest copper recycler. Thos Begbie, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, manufactures water-cooled copper and other furnace components... 

Thos Begbie is expanding its business strategy to gain a major advantage over the local market, as demand for copper processing snowballs
TACTICAL CHANGES Thos Begbie is expanding its business strategy to gain a major advantage over the local market, as demand for copper processing snowballs

Lycopodium awarded more work at Goulamina

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th November 2022 ASX-listed Lycopodium has been awarded a A$22.7-million engineering procurement (EP) and associated project management (PM) services contract at the Goulamina lithium project, in Mali. A final investment decision on the Goulamina project was taken in January this year, and owner Leo Lithium is... 

It’s been a great year for Menar, says chair Mpumelelo Mkhabela  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2022 Despite its many challenges, 2022 has been a very successful year for the Menar group of companies. “We increased production at our operations, maintained our solid safety record, and made good headway in the development of our new projects,” Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela told Mining... 

Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

EIB’s €200m funding of DBSA to support 1 200 MW private renewables roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2022 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has extended a €200-million line of credit to the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to support the delivery of 1 200 MW of distributed renewables generation by private investors. The financing package, which is the largest-ever extended by the EIB to... 

DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini and EIB VP Ambroise Fayolle at the signing ceremony in Egypt
DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini and EIB VP Ambroise Fayolle at the signing ceremony in Egypt

ICMM welcomes two new association members

By: Darren Parker     11th November 2022 The Aluminum Association and the Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) have joined the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) as new association members. The Aluminum Association represents aluminium production in North America, representing more than 120 companies across the full value... 

Rising burnout within the mining sector, says consultant

11th November 2022 If physical fitness encompasses the body’s ability to function optimally and without injury across a range of tasks and scenarios, psychological fitness refers to how mentally and emotionally proficient individuals are, particularly as it relates to work, says business management consultancy... 

Summit provides platform to seek health, safety solutions

11th November 2022 The Mine Occupational Health and Safety Tripartite Summit provides a platform to engage and find solutions for improvement of occupational health and safety performance, said Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe during his address at the event last month. The summit – held in... 

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GWEDE MANTASHE More platforms to share good experiences and develop programmes are needed

Lighting vital in unsafe areas

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2022 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder provides the right lighting solutions by optimising the electrical, optical and mechanical design of luminaires using contemporary technology, while also ensuring intelligent and sustainable lighting solutions for improved safety, reduced energy consumption,... 

BEKA Schréder’s Omnistar Midi, Vapourline, LEDBAY and LEDNOVA range (All pictured) are all suitable for zoned environments
BEKA PRODUCTS BEKA Schréder’s Omnistar Midi, Vapourline, LEDBAY and LEDNOVA range (All pictured) are all suitable for zoned environments

Some inroads in safety, more work needed

11th November 2022 The South African mining industry has made inroads into key health and safety challenges, but there is a lot of work to be done in collaboration with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and organised labour, said mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South... 

An image of a machinist working on underground mine equipment
HISTORICAL FIRSTS No deaths associated with trackless mobile machinery occurred in the first six month of 2022

Noncompliance culture must be resolved

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th November 2022 Mining companies must address the culture of noncompliance regarding health and safety measures to ensure that all employees respect the measures put in place, and the relevant authorities, thereby minimising risk, says training centre Strat Training MD Edwin Stafford. A recurring challenge is... 

An image of workers performing CPR
SAFETY FIRST Noncompliance culture must be addressed to minimise risk

Integrated CAS solution enables safer, more productive mining

11th November 2022 Safer mining is about integrated risk management and safety protocols in a range of areas. Proximity detection and collision awareness is a crucial focus area in the drive to reduce fatalities, contributing to higher levels of protection against the risks associated with vehicle interactions on a... 

An image of Probe IMT's field services onsite
SAFETY-BOOSTING TECH Rapidly advancing proximity detection and CASs create safer, more productive mines

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

M&R to sell Clough unit for R4bn amid cashflow pressures 

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2022 In a surprise development, JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Tuesday that it will sell it entire shareholding in Clough Limited to Italian construction multinational Webuild for A$350-million, or about R4-billion. The company, which has undergone a major reorganisation over the last... 

M&R CEO Henry Laas
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

M&R Cementation appoints MD following incumbent's 2023 retirement

By: Donna Slater     7th November 2022 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has appointed Japie du Plessis MD designate, effective March 1, 2023, following the retirement of incumbent Mike Wells, who will leave the company at the end of February. Wells’ retirement marks the end of a mining career spanning... 

An image of Japie du Plessis
Murray & Roberts Cementation MD designate Japie du Plessis

First 65t electric truck showcased at Electra

4th November 2022 Engineering company Sandvik showcased a glimpse of the ‘Future of Mining’ with its mining breakthrough in battery technology at its stand at this year’s Electra Mining Africa. The focus of Sandvik stand visitors’ attention “was undoubtedly” on Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B battery electric vehicle (BEV),... 

An image of Sandvik's 18 tonne capacity battery electric LH581B underground loader
BATTERY EVS FOR MINES Sandvik's 18 tonne capacity battery electric LH581B underground loader
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