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Women representation in mining ‘getting there’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 Women have definitely been taking up more opportunities in the mining sector, and this is even evident when visiting underground operations, says explosives and blasting company BME. 

Women forge ahead on level playing field

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 While the mining, construction, manufacturing, and health and safety sectors were once male-dominated, the women heading global solutions company SafetySA’s business units have upended the stereotypes, proving that South Africa’s women need nothing more than a level playing field to forge ahead.  

Women forge ahead on level playing field
PALESA GAASENWE While sectors, such as mining, may have initially had reservations about young women training their mainly male staff, for example, those reservations are not as prevalent today

Levelling the playing field, changing the narrative

7th August 2020 South African women in mining have gradually become formal members of the mining fraternity, starting from 1996, when the South African government denounced the International Labour Organization convention of 1935 which prohibited employment of women in underground mining work. 

World Gold Council publishes Retail Gold Investment Principles

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2020 With retail investors owning close to 40 000 t of gold, valued at about $2-trillion, the World Gold Council (WGC) aims to set the bar for product providers across the global retail gold market and further encourage retail investors to place their trust in gold through the publication of its... 

Former SARB chief economist Dr Monde Mnyande dies

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 Former South African Reserve Bank (SARB) chief economist and executive GM Dr Monde Mnyande passed away on August 2 following a short illness. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on August 3 said Mnyande joined the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) team when he was... 

Maxam launches new integrated blasting service

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 Energetic materials manufacturer Maxam has officially launched its new integrated blasting service, called X-Energy, which is aimed at addressing and optimising the total cost of ownership in mining, quarrying and infrastructure operations through a continuous improvement spiral.   

Maxam launches new integrated blasting service

Air Envirotech launched to assist mining industry in creating ‘cleaner air’

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 Air pollution, dust control and pneumatic product handling specialists Air Envirotech has started operating, providing a comprehensive range of air environmental and pneumatic conveying services, systems and technologies. The company mainly focuses on the mining, metallurgical processing and... 

Bushveld Minerals advances plans to support VRFB development 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has advanced the acquisition of Austrian group Enerox by acquiring a further 65.1% of the investment vehicle’s share capital through Enerox Holdings Limited (EHL). EHL is a newly incorporated investment vehicle formed by a consortium of investors, including Bushveld... 

Rio Tinto sues Australia's Monadelphous over fire at iron-ore facility

By: Reuters     3rd August 2020 Global miner Rio Tinto on Monday said it has initiated proceedings against a unit of engineering contractor Monadelphous Group over a fire that occurred last year at its iron ore processing facility at Western Australia. A Rio spokesperson confirmed the suit after Monadelphous said in a... 

Keras acquiring a controlling stake in high-grade Utah phosphate project

By: Donna Slater     31st July 2020 Project developer Keras Resources is acquiring a 51% interest in the Diamond Creek phosphate mine, in Utah, in the US, from phosphate miner Falcon Isle Holdings on the basis that Keras provides a $2.5-million loan facility to Falcon Isle. The loan agreement will be paid in four tranches and... 

Australia mining job numbers increase despite Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2020 An independent study commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has shown that employment in the resources sector remained strong, despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Western Australia and Queensland leading the charge. The study, undertaken by technology firm... 

Australia mining job numbers increase despite Covid

Autonomously connecting ecosystems can boost mine safety

By: Cameron Mackay     31st July 2020 Mining solutions provider Hexagon and its subsidiary, IDS GeoRadar, announced the release of the mining industry’s first straightforward integration of systems for safety and radar-based slope stability hazards last month. Hexagon’s Mining Division chief technical officer Rob Daw states that this... 

Autonomously connecting ecosystems can boost mine safety
MINE SAFETY ECOSYSTEM No-go zones are identified in IDS GeoRadar’s IBIS Guardian software, which creates geofenced zones and hazards maps, and is correlated with radar alarms

Local industry pressurised by ‘cheap imports’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st July 2020 As multinational corporations continue to make inroads into the South Africa market, the thermoplastic valves sector is finding it challenging to compete in an already difficult business environment. 

Local industry pressurised by ‘cheap imports’
EXCLUSIVE VIBES Astore Keymak is the sole South African distributor of the Italian-manufactured FIP thermoplastic valves range

Local sourcing of valves reduces impact of lockdown

By: Theresa Bhowan     31st July 2020 Owing to the company’s ability to source products from local manufacturers, neither its operations nor its customers have been impacted on by the pandemic, says Valve Solutions Africa sales director Niven Persad. 

Local sourcing of valves reduces impact of lockdown
BRIGHT HORIZONS RGR Technologies aims to increase its product offering for the heavy-duty services and applications sector going forward

Mining trending toward thermoplastic valves

31st July 2020 Industrial manufacturing company BMG’s Fluid Technology division works closely with the mining sector in sub-Saharan Africa to ensure that all valves, strainers and flow control equipment supplied, meet the exact requirements of every application. 

Mining trending toward thermoplastic valves
INNOVATIVE PLASTIC A SAFi installation in the hydro-metallurgical sector was at a copper mine, where thermoplastic valves provided a solution for the storage and transport of sulphuric acid

Analyser distributor aims for local brand recognition

By: Cameron Mackay     31st July 2020 Analysing and non-destructive testing equipment supplier GammaTec is the exclusive distributor of the handheld X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analysers, produced by handheld analyser provider SciAps, in non-Francophone African countries as of... 

Analyser distributor aims for local brand recognition
MAKING BOULDER PREDICTIONS The portable XRF unit is designed for core analysis to define the mineral content and elements in a sample, or applications requiring high-volume manual testing

Lockdown highlights importance of data governance in mining

By: Cameron Mackay     31st July 2020 Covid-19 and the subsequent national lockdown have driven the demand for digital technologies, which has highlighted the importance of data management, governance and quality in the mining industry, notes digital solutions provider Master Data Management MD Gary Allemann.   “People working from... 

Lockdown highlights importance of data governance in mining
GARY ALLEMANN We’re looking more at mines where there’s an economy of scale, and therefore making some investments in data makes sense

Parts analysis, diagnostic tools avoid downtime

31st July 2020 Using structured control valve spares analysis and diagnostic tools enables a plant to identify its critical assets and plan for, rather than react to, valve maintenance needs. The result can be dramatic improvements in plant reliability and availability. 

New technology increases valve life

By: Theresa Bhowan     31st July 2020 With more than 28% of valves used and supplied to the metals and mining sector in South Africa, industrial valves supplier Brimis Engineering is collaborating with Swiss engineering company VENTRADEX AG and incorporating DISTRAN leak detection technology to service several mining projects. 

New technology increases valve life
MOEKETSI MPOTU The DISTRAN Ultra Pro imaging device is being used by the largest air-separation plant globally

Flight to quality favours South Africa – Kumba Iron Ore 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2020 The flight to iron-ore quality, driven by environmental concerns and the need for cleaner production and less air pollution, is a demand trend that favours South Africa’s high quality iron-ore. That is the view of Kumba Iron Ore executive head marketing and seaborne logistics Timo Smit, who was... 

Flight to quality favours South Africa – Kumba Iron Ore
Illustrated is Kumba Iron Ore's pit-to-port performance in the six months to June 30.

Miners can reap economic, enviro rewards through energy efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     29th July 2020 Amid national energy constraints and a mining sector that is set to contract, there is an opportunity for South Africa’s mining sector to continue exploring cost-saving measures with improved energy efficiency, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). The institute says... 

Miners can reap economic, enviro rewards through energy efficiency

AECI still turns healthy profit, dividend owing to a robust response plan   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th July 2020 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has declared a gross interim cash dividend of 100c apiece for the six months ended June 30, owing to its well managed cash resources and despite the negative effects of Covid-19. The negative impact of Covid-19 on the company, in the six months under review, was... 

AECI still turns healthy profit, dividend owing to a robust response plan
AECI CEO Mark Dytor discusses the Covid-19 impact on the company and its business drivers going forward

Webinar discusses heavy-duty-mining-vehicle fire risk

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th July 2020 Vehicle fire suppression system solutions provider Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection hosted a webinar last month to discuss the most common fire risk trends for heavy duty mining vehicles, as well as present recommendations and best practices to ensure that these risks are minimised or eliminated. The... 

Webinar discusses heavy-duty-mining-vehicle fire risk
MINIMISING DOWN TIME A well-integrated fire suppression system minimises the risks of costly downtime that a fire can entail

Active barriers part of guidelines on preventing explosions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th July 2020 Following the update on the prevention of flammable gas and coal dust explosions in collieries published in April this year by the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), active roadway barriers are now part of the MHSC guideline on preventing flammable gas explosions at South African coal mines.... 

Active barriers part of guidelines on preventing explosions
FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM Active roadway barriers are automatic explosion-suppression systems designed specifically to stop and suppress methane gas and coal dust explosions at the point of ignition

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the extension of the Brockman 4 iron-ore mine – demonstrates the adverse environmental and cultural impact... 

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship
Photo by Reuters
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Mining projects in Africa, particularly those in the iron-ore sector, require deep pockets, lengthy feasibility studies and complementary infrastructure assets, such as efficient logistics channels, to get products from mine to markets. 

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant
Photo by Kumba Iron Ore
LOCAL IS LEKKER China imports some of its iron-ore for its steel manufacturing and construction industries from producers in the Northern Cape, such as Kumba Iron Ore

Afrimat continues pursuit of UCP

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2020 Industrial minerals and construction materials company Afrimat on July 22 announced its firm intention to acquire Unicorn Capital Partners (UCP). UCP’s business comprises of mobile crane hire, exploration drilling services, drilling and blasting, opencast and underground mining and earthmoving... 

Master Drilling breaks world record with 1 382 m hole at Zondereinde mine

By: Donna Slater     23rd July 2020 JSE-listed drilling technology company Master Drilling Group has broken the world record for depth of a hole drilled after the successful completion of the pilot hole – at 1 382 m, for raise-boring at platinum group metals miner Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine in Limpopo. Drilling of the... 

Master Drilling breaks world record with 1 382 m hole at Zondereinde mine

Engie joins Mining3 to develop renewable hydrogen-based solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2020 Global energy company Engie has become the newest member of leading global mining industry research organisation Mining3. Engie says it joins Mining3 in its next phase of hydrogen research to co-create hydrogen solutions to help reach carbon neutrality for the mining sector in the coming... 

Downer raises cash as it weighs mining divestment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2020 ASX-listed Downer has successfully completed the institutional component of its 1-for-5.58 accelerated pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer, raising A$339-million. The institutional entitlement offer, which was priced at A$3.75 a share, was strongly supported by shareholders, with a... 

BME highlights efforts to secure mining supply chains under lockdown

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2020 Covid-19 lockdown restrictions around Southern Africa have put the spotlight on mines’ supply chain security, especially with regard to key inputs like explosives and specialised blasting services. According to blasting specialist BME GM Albie Visser, mines have relied heavily on the flexibility... 

Northam completes first phase of raise-bore drilling for third Zondereinde shaft  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2020 JSE-listed Northam Platinum, together with Master Drilling, has successfully completed a record raise-bore pilot hole for the planned Number 3 Shaft at the Zondereinde mine. The new shaft system will provide additional access from surface to the underground workings for hoisting of men,... 

Northam completes first phase of raise-bore drilling for third Zondereinde shaft
Northam's Zondereinde mine

Transnet Freight Rail introduces decentralised operational model

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has introduced a new operating model that will bring about greater efficiencies for customers, it says. The model has decentralised key responsibilities to ensure a more responsive rail freight network that is better equipped to service the South African economy.  

Altura and Civmec ready for legal stoush

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2020 Lithium miner Altura Mining on Monday said that it would "vigorously defend" legal proceedings brought by construction and engineering services provider Civmec for the recovery of payment for work undertaken at the Pilgangoora lithium project. Civmec in 2017 was awarded the civil, construction,... 

Miners welcome A$2bn training fund

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th July 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the federal governments A$2-billion JobTrainer skills package, saying it would assist the nation’s mineral employers to boost the rate of economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the JobTrainer package... 

More skilled experts needed in hydraulics sector

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 The hydraulics sector in South Africa could benefit from more highly skilled hydraulics experts, says hydraulics company Axiom Hydraulics GM Eugene Tondolo. “The hydraulics sector is unique in that it is small in terms of the pool of skilled professionals, but big in terms of value,” he explains. 

More skilled experts needed in hydraulics sector
DEPARTMENT OF MYSTERIES Hydraulics is often perceived as a somewhat mysterious field of expertise

Next-generation shovel designed for better performance

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar opened orders for its next generation Cat 6060 hydraulic mining shovel late last year, although none have been sold in Africa yet. Caterpillar hydraulic mining shovels senior product application specialist Dirk Tegtmeier explains that there are many... 

Next-generation shovel designed for better performance
BUCKET-LOAD OF IMPROVEMENTS The new Cat 6060 features updated engines, improved hydraulics, heavy-duty structures and undercarriage, Cat electronics and a state-of-the-art cab

DRC hydropower construction to start within a year

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 With delays from Covid-19 taken into consideration, Mauritian hydropower provider Tembo Power CEO Raphael Khalifa expects construction on three hydropower projects and one solar photovoltaic project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to have started by July next year. These four... 

DRC hydropower construction to start within a year
Photo by Reuters
KEEPING ELECTRICITY FLOWING Tembo Power has nine hydropower projects under way in three African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Kenya
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