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Glencore welcomes Australian govt's investments for clean future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has welcomed the Australian federal government’s decision to invest A$1.9-billion in a suite of new and emerging energy technology to position the country for a low-emission future. To this end, metals and minerals will play a key role in the global transition to a... 

Cybersecurity has to remain ‘front of mind’ for miners, says panel

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2020 As the world becomes more connected through information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), ABB local division manager for mining solutions John Manuell warns that cybersecurity will need “to remain front of mind”. With the advent and increasing use of digital technologies,... 

Cybersecurity has to remain ‘front of mind’ for miners, says panel

New continuous miner to launch in 2021 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Manufacturing of the JAE 38 Wildcub continuous miner – mining equipment and services provider JA Engineering’s newest offering – has started and will be delivered at the end of January 2021. The mid-seam continuous miner will be optimally suited to the “harsh and hard” mid-seam conditions... 

New continuous miner  to launch in 2021
JA Engineering CEO Danie van Wyk and the sales and marketing director Reuben Mabunda discuss the production of a new continuous miner, as well as the new JAE Data Mining Services app. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Coal giant empowers through education

18th September 2020 In 2019, JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro invested a total of R224-million in job-related bursaries and scholarships.  As a company that has “empowerment at its core”, Exxaro’s purpose, values and investment are geared toward youth development with the aim of nurturing future leaders. 

Coal giant empowers through education
EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT Exxaro strives too empower its workers through education opportunities

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Construction engineering company Basil Read Mining has launched a new autonomous drill that could offer an increase of about 30% in productivity, compared to manual drilling, contracts director Nqobile Khumalo tells Mining Weekly. The first C650 drill is to be delivered to a mine in Botswana... 

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes
NQOBILE KHUMALO the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Eickhoff South Africa has introduced new software packages, which help clients to manage and analyse continuous miners’ key performance indicators (KPIs). Some of these KPIs include data pertaining to shift advances, first coal, last coal, shuttle car counts and... 

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support
KEEPING TRACK Being able to track key performance indicators allows for optimal operation and output

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Despite the challenges wrought by lockdown restrictions, mining and engineering consulting firm Mindset Mining Consultants has successfully completed a comprehensive longwall mining feasibility study for chemicals and energy company Sasol Mining. Sasol Mining sought ways of optimising its coal... 

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol
Mindset Mining Consultants MD Alan Gissing and senior mining engineer Ronnie van Eeden discuss a recently completed longwall mining feasibility study conducted for energy and chemicals company Sasol. Camerawork: Darlene Creamer. Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 30.07.2020

Banks reluctant to fund coal in Africa

18th September 2020 Despite huge advances in clean coal technologies, an abundance of coal in the South African Development Community (SADC) region and Southern Africa’s vast energy needs, most of South Africa’s major banks, in step with those in the developed West, are assessing their willingness to fund future... 

Banks reluctant to  fund coal in Africa
AUBREY CHAUKE It is a credit to both inclusion and transformation that today 53 fully-operational coal mines exist outside the mining majors in South Africa

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials

18th September 2020 The World Coal Association (WCA), having recognised the challenges in developing recovery pathways post Covid-19, welcomed the emphasis in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Special Report on Sustainable Recovery’, which looks at boosting economic growth, creating new jobs, and building... 

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials
JULY NDLOVU & MICHELLE MANOOK Coal has been an essential resource for multiple economies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Green hydrogen a bridge between Africa and Europe

18th September 2020 It is projected that green hydrogen could be produced at the same cost as fossil, or blue, hydrogen in the next two or three years, says German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Energy and Green Hydrogen Technologies Division head Dr Christoph Roevekamp.  One of the world’s... 

Green hydrogen a bridge between Africa and Europe
DEVELOPMENTAL DRIVER The development of a hydrogen economy in the Southern Africa region will expand Africa’s activity in the international energy market and facilitate its sustainable economic development

Green hydrogen requires renewable projects separate from the grid

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 There should be a clear distinction between renewable-energy projects for the grid under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and renewable-energy projects for the production of green hydrogen, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)... 

Green hydrogen requires renewable projects separate from the grid
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Renewable projects built for hydrogen production might even be a way for South Africa to subsidise the strengthening of its physical transmission grid

Low-temperature water electrolysis trending for hydrogen production

18th September 2020 Electrolytic hydrogen production is a promising option when relatively small or medium flows of hydrogen are required. It is also often useful when high purity hydrogen is required for a variety of niche applications. However, recent advances have now made it possible to design, build and... 

Low-temperature water electrolysis trending for hydrogen production
DMITRI BESSARABOV Water electrolysis is rapidly gaining interest in various energy and industrial sectors

Local green methanol synthesis making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 The Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre of Competence (CoC), co-hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and North-West University, is designing a multi-litre-scale green methanol production unit that will be fabricated next year. HySA Infrastructure is... 

Local green methanol synthesis making headway
PROOF OF CONCEPT HySA successfully designed and fabricated a lab-scale green methanol synthesis demonstration unit after it reviewed the techno-economics of producing the chemical

Hydrogen filling stations brought to African market

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 Pressure equipment specialist Superior Pressure Solutions (Spress) has introduced hydrogen technology from German high-pressure systems supplier Maximator to the African market, offering local service and maintenance support by its technicians. Maximator is one of the world leaders in hydrogen... 

Hydrogen filling stations brought to African market
FILL HER UP FAST The dispenser built in the Maximator hydrogen filling station design enables cars and trucks to be refuelled in the shortest possible time

Report says mining industry has ‘huge SDG potential’, but laments lack of action 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2020 The mining industry, which has a significant role to play in contributing to and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is falling short, according to a new report by the Responsible Mining Foundation and Columbia Centeron Sustainable Investment, titled 'Mining and the... 

Papillon makes ‘good progress’ in making board changes for Mayflower transaction

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2020 London-listed investment company Papillon Holdings nonexecutive director Lord Monson has been appointed nonexecutive chairperson. He succeeds James Longley, who remains CFO and nonexecutive director. 

Decmil wins Iron Bridge work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2020 Contractor Decmil has been awarded a A$41-million contract to undertake non-mining process infrastructure works at the $2.6-billion Iron Bridge magnetite project, in the Pilbara. Under the scope of the work, Decmil will design and construct a bulk fuel storage and transfer facility, a mobile... 

Digital technologies drive transformation in mining

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2020 With many things having changed, never to be the same, Microsoft South Africa enterprise director Amr Kamel says of the power of technology: “It will always help people and organisations to adapt, re-invent and transform”. South Africa’s mining industry contributed R360-billion to the country's... 

Digital technologies drive transformation in mining
Microsoft South Africa enterprise director Amr Kamel

Omnia's mining division celebrates record-breaking achievements

By: Simone Liedtke     14th September 2020 Diversified chemicals group Omnia Holdings is celebrating several record-breaking achievements across Protea Mining Chemicals and BME, which together form the group’s mining division. Protea Mining Chemicals became the first in its field, globally, to develop a solution that helps copper and... 

Another contract awarded at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has awarded a A$21-million fixed price contract to supply in-pit dozer mining units for its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The contract, which was awarded to Piacentini & Son, includes the design and construction of three mobile... 

In-house-developed idler increases mine throughput, product longevity

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 The development of a South African-made conveyor belt idler has resulted in diversified miner Exxaro Resources increasing throughput at its Grootegeluk mine through one of its conveyor load points from 800 t/d to 3 000 t/d, says conveyor products manufacturer Brelko US and Africa manager Brent... 

Stanfra Trading launches first South African-made 100 mm quarter-turn segmented ball valve

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Launched on September 10 during the Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect virtual event, machining manufacturer Stanfra Trading showcased its new fully South African 100 mm quarter-turn ball valve. Stanfra Trading CEO Francois Marais states that this type of valve is the first to be produced in... 

Mobile pumps prove useful in opencast mining

11th September 2020 The mobility of trailer-mounted pumps has earned them a reputation for versatility and efficiency, according to pump-leasing agent Integrated Pump Rental. The company claims that its range of Sykes pumps in mobile configuration has encountered “enthusiastic” take-up in various markets, from large... 

Mobile pumps prove useful in opencast mining
A MOVING PROPOSITION Customers value the manoeuvrability and flexibility of their on-site mobile pumps

Pandemic puts strain on Zambian mining sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 Amid the challenges facing the Zambian mining industry, partially because of Covid-19, government has committed to waiving penalties and interest on the late payment of taxes, explains advisory firm KPMG Zambia tax partner Michael Phiri. The Central Bank has also set aside about R9-million, which... 

Pandemic puts strain on Zambian mining sector
MICHAEL PHIRI Should the Covid-19 pandemic continue into 2021/22, a different marketing strategy using information technology solutions would need to be adopted

OEM keeps miners’ cost consciousness top of mind

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 At a time when mines have come under even more pressure to maintain profitability and sustainability, original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals Africa has put operational cost reduction and added value at the forefront of its research and development (R&D) strategy and product offering.  

OEM keeps miners’  cost consciousness  top of mind
BACKED UP The Warman WRT impeller and throatbush is a culmination of decades of research into wear patterns and hydraulic performance of the Warman AH pump’s impeller and throatbush

Strategic penetration of pumps market under way

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Engine manufacturer Cummins is strategically targeting the dewatering pumps market in Africa and the Middle East using a two-pronged approach by working with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users. “We see a lot of opportunity in the pumps sector, with much room for growth. Pumps,... 

Strategic penetration of pumps market under way
GIVING THE POWER BACK The repower project in Ghana saw Cummins installing complete new power packs on the mine’s dewatering pumps

Zambia should capitalise on future copper prices, says chamber

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 As copper is a major component in electric vehicles (EVs), the expected boom in the EVs market should significantly increase copper demand, with EV copper consumption expected to increase by 1.7-million tonnes by 2027, according to a report commissioned by the International Copper Association.... 

Zambia should capitalise on future copper prices,  says chamber
TALENT NG’ANDWE Opportunities for establishing local mining supply chains are very limited because of the limited number of industry players

Analyser integral to explorers

11th September 2020 The handheld portable X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) analyser has become a common tool for field geoscientists, and is being used in a range of applications, says analysing and non-destructive testing equipment supplier GammaTec SciAps product specialist Lyndon Momberg. GammaTec is the... 

Analyser integral to explorers
COST-EFFECTIVE SciAps offers a range of XRF analysers that provide cost-effective solutions for the mineral exploration and mining industries

Pumps range suitable for low-lubricity media

11th September 2020 Component and technical services provider BMG notes that its SF series range of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps is used primarily on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry. “SF heavy duty pumps are particularly suitable for transporting [chemically... 

Pumps range suitable  for low-lubricity media
SMOOTH TRANSPORTATION The SF-series pumps are particularly suitable for transporting chemically compatible media with minimal lubricity, that does not contain solids

Exploration junior secures stake in gold project

11th September 2020 ASX-listed graphite exploration junior Volt Resources has substantially completed its diligence enquiries on the Luiri Hill gold project and is progressing to completion, the company reported in July. The project is located in south-central Zambia, 120 km west-northwest of the Zambian capital of... 

Plug-and-play pumps range launched

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Industrial pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa has launched the Verderflex iDura – a new range of pumps – during the 2020 Electra Mining Connect week online event, hosted from 7 to 11 September. The iDura pump range is a plug-and-play version of the existing Dura hose pump range and... 

Plug-and-play pumps range launched
EASY TO USE If the user can read the display, then they can use the pump

Pumps industry suffering a dry spell

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 The compounded knock-on effects of the Covid-19 lockdown have had a considerably negative effect on South African pumps companies, says industry body Pump Cluster chairperson Howard Jones. One of the largest markets for pumps is the mining sector, which has made a sputtering restart after the... 

Pumps industry suffering a dry spell
HOWARD JONES Importers bring pumps into South Africa at competitive costing, making it difficult for local pumps manufacturers to compete effectively

Rental pump option preserves capital

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Portable air and power rental company Rand-Air, a subsidiary of industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco, has introduced the Weda range of dewatering pumps to its suite of rental options to meet demand from the market. This comes after the range of pumps was added as a purchase-only option... 

Rental pump option preserves capital
NO POWER NO PROBLEM The diesel-driven PAS/VAR range of pumps is ideal for areas where power is not available

Significant potential exists for local capital equipment exporters

By: Donna Slater     10th September 2020 South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) director and CEO Eric Bruggeman has pointed out that South African capital equipment exporters had exported R178-billion worth of capital equipment during 2019. Saceec members accounted for about R50-billion, or just under 30%, of that... 

Significant potential exists for local capital equipment exporters

Medupi conveyor belt failure raises risk of load-shedding

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom on September 10 warned of an increased risk of load-shedding following the failure of a conveyor belt feeding coal into the Medupi generation units on September 9. This means the four generation units in service are not able to take in the requisite amount of coal... 

Medupi conveyor belt failure raises risk of load-shedding

Data key to long-term optimisation, says SAIMC's first-ever female president 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2020 Describing data as the “new oil” or “new water” of the world, Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) president Annemarie van Coller has emphasised the importance of changing data from “just data to insights”. Speaking during an automation-themed webinar hosted... 

Data key to long-term optimisation, says SAIMC's first-ever female president
SAIMC president Annemarie van Coller gives viewers some insight into the data journey. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

ABB deploys process control automation solution for Anglo American's mineral labs

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2020 Industrial digital technologies, energy and automation multinational ABB has deployed an advanced process control platform for Anglo American Technical Solutions, in Johannesburg, enabling it to do continuous laboratory test work without supervision, ABB said in a September 7 statement. Anglo... 

Aspasa echoes Minerals Council South Africa’s call to root out corruption

By: Donna Slater     4th September 2020 Surface mining industry association Aspasa has thrown its full weight behind the Minerals Council South Africa’s call for visible leadership in the eradication of corruption. Representing mainly smaller surface mines, Aspasa accounts for a large portion of the overall number of mines in South... 

Aspasa echoes Minerals Council South Africa’s call to root out corruption
Aspasa director Nico Pienaar
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