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Satellite imaging helps monitoring of remote mining operations

By: Donna Slater     Updated 36 minutes ago Satellite imaging of remote mining operations can be used to track and visually represent surface changes, ranging from the areal extent of surface operations, surface water, surface disturbances and the addition or removal of surface infrastructure – a vital component of mining management amid... 

Wärtsilä to help deliver hybrid power solution for Saudi Arabia gold mine

By: Donna Slater     8th April 2020 Energy technology group Wärtsilä will supply the equipment, as well as engineering and technical advisory services for a 44 MW hybrid power plant to be installed at the Mansourah & Massarah gold mine, in Saudi Arabia. It will be the first newbuild power project in the country to use a hybrid... 

Wärtsilä to help deliver hybrid power solution for Saudi Arabia gold mine
Wärtsilä 32TS generating set

Business rescue begins for ELB Engineering Services

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th April 2020 The shareholders of ELB Group, which was originally listed on the JSE as EL Bateman as long ago as 1930, have been advised that the business forecast for the company’s wholly owned ELB Engineering Services has not materialised, which has placed unsustainable cash funding requirements on the... 

Covid-19 could unite mining around novel funding – Moshe Capital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2020 Commodity prices and investment in South African mining will undoubtedly be impacted on by measures taken to curb the spread of coronavirus and the anticipated economic fallout, says advisory firm Moshe Capital founder and CEO Mametja Moshe. South African mining operations, except for essential... 

Strong exploration activity in Canada serves for a bit of good news

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2020 Amid a surge of bad news for businesses and societies globally, explosives manufacturer BME is nonetheless excited about the exploration landscape for mining in Canada. The company launched its BME Mining Canada last year, which is a joint venture with Consbec – the largest civils drill and... 

WA tightens border control

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd April 2020 The Western Australian government will place a hard border closure on the state from April 5, in an effort to contain the further spread of Covid-19 in the state. “These new harder border closures essentially mean we will be turning Western Australia into its own island, within an island - our... 

WA tightens border control

Coronavirus one of several factors affecting mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd April 2020 The volatility caused by global events, such as the outbreak of Covid-19, otherwise referred to as coronavirus, and stock market turmoil have definitely impacted on the planning and execution of mining operations and related supply chains, says mine ventilation equipment manufacturer Terramin... 

Coronavirus one  of several factors affecting mining
DEEP-LEVEL SOLUTIONS Terramin provides dust-control and associated workspace ventilation equipment and services for underground and deep-level mining working spaces

West African commodities not immune to Covid-19 fallout

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd April 2020 With reports of cases of Covid-19 increasing globally, West African commodities are also feeling the negative effects of the pandemic, international commodities consultancy Core Consultants tells Mining Weekly. 

West African commodities not immune to  Covid-19 fallout
LARA SMITH The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic can be seen in the mining industry of West Africa

Bespoke approach required to mitigate African challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd April 2020 Maximising available resources and optimising plant efficiency while minimising environmental impact is just one of the challenges that wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE continues to address.  

Bespoke approach required to mitigate African challenges
WAYNE WARREN Sub-Saharan Africa requires an understanding that each country has its unique challenges and advantages

Uranium exploration programme announced

3rd April 2020 TSX-listed Blue Sky Uranium last month announced that the company had started a 4 500 m reverse circulation drilling exploration programme at its wholly-owned Amarillo Grande uranium/vanadium project (AGP) in Rio Negro province, Argentina. The programme will include a total of about 100 holes in... 

Uranium exploration programme announced
BLUE SKY AT NIGHT The drilling programme if successful holds the potential to expand the project form a single deposit to a multi-deposit uranium district

Namibia’s plan assists in responsible uranium mining

By: Halima Frost     3rd April 2020 The Namibian Uranium Association (NUA) states that the global uranium community has taken note of the responsible way in which uranium in Namibia is explored for and extracted, says Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) executive director Dr Gabi Schneider. She states that this responsible method was... 

Namibia’s plan assists in responsible uranium mining
IN THE DESERT The Namibian Uranium Institute has cooperated with the Namibian Government in implementing a Strategic Environmental Management Plan in the Namibian uranium province

Council turns attention to Ghana

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd April 2020 South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) member companies are increasingly looking outside of the South African market for opportunities, owing to the country’s current economic climate, says SACEEC director and CEO Eric Bruggeman. “South Africa’s market is dead. The local... 

Council turns attention to Ghana
EASY ACCESS Ghana, Africa’s top gold producer, offers South African capital equipment manufacturers favourable shipping accessibility through the Port of Tema

Qld bans fly-in, fly-out workers

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2020 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced that only critical interstate fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mineworkers will be allowed into Queensland, in an effort to protect remote and regional communities and local mine workforces from the spread of Covid-19. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said... 

Qld bans fly-in, fly-out workers

Safer tailings storage facilities can be achieved − SRK

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 Safer tailings storage facilities (TSFs) – or tailings dams – can be achieved when mine owners, contractors and engineering consultants work closely together, says SRK Consulting senior geotechnical engineer Linda Spies. Speaking after a recent Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy... 

Safer tailings storage facilities can be achieved − SRK
SRK Consulting senior geotechnical engineer Linda Spies

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 internationally should be a wake-up call on the impact of South Africa’s dependency on imported products, Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo said on Friday. He urged that policies parallel to what was being implemented in the automotive sector should be prioritised in... 

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala
Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 Coal-focused Boipelo Mining Contractors – a Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment joint venture formed by Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) and the Amandla TM Group – having recognised the opportunity presented by divesting majors, is actively courting players in the midtier and,... 

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Since its appointment, Boipelo Mining has consistently exceeded its monthly production target

Coal remains vital to energy mix

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Despite increased regulatory pressure regarding the environmental impacts of its mining, storage and use in power generation, coal is still essential to the local energy mix, says engineering consultancy WSP power generation consultant Wayne Lindecke. “We are not naïve to the negative... 

Coal remains  vital to energy mix
WAYNE LINDECKE As a country, we’re evolving and trying to get our energy mix right, so we are dependent on coal and will still be for a while

Coal supplier receives UPS systems

27th March 2020 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered 12 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to a local coal mine to enhance safety and prevent unnecessary downtime. These specially designed UPS systems ensure continuous operation of the mine’s programmable logic... 

Coal supplier receives UPS systems
CONNECTIVITY These interconnected UPS systems, with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, can be controlled or remotely managed and monitored from the control station

Flexibility, knowledge assist in cost reduction

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 The coal sector faces immense cost pressures, which are influenced and  exacerbated by uncontrollable macroeconomic factors, notes vibrating equipment solutions provider Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. However, she comments that Kwatani has sought to mitigate the impact of these factors by reducing... 

Flexibility, knowledge assist in cost reduction
KIM SCHOEPFLIN To achieve efficient and productive coal processing at the lowest possible cost, there needs to be an understanding of the underlying orebody, the application and the overall process

New-generation loader set for South Africa

27th March 2020 Orders have already been placed by major South African coal miners for solutions provider Sandvik’s new LS312 flameproof underground loader. The first active units will start rolling off the local production line in the second quarter of this year, according to Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

New-generation loader set for South Africa
QUIETER & CLEANER Powered by the C7.1 mechanical engine, the new generation LS312 complies with Tier II emissions standards while ensuring quieter, and more efficient operation

Sector rich in opportunities, despite recent trends

27th March 2020 In South Africa, as well as globally, there has been a trend towards renewable energy sources and away from thermal coal. Empowered coal miner Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke states that, as the company aims to become State-owned power utility Eskom’s largest coal supplier and also has hopes to... 

Sector rich in opportunities,  despite recent trends
AT BECK AND COAL Coal-fired power will continue to fundamentally underpin of the growth of the local economy for the foreseeable future

Dual-purpose building solution benefits mines

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Formwork solution provider Moladi not only offers a fast and effective housing solution to African and South African mines but also uses mining slag as construction material sustainably. The solution entails a reusable, patented, recyclable, lightweight plastic injection moulded formwork system.... 

Dual-purpose building solution benefits mines
TOP FORM The formwork system from Moladi allows for a full structure to be completed in under 24 hours

Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local bulk earthworks solutions provider Icon Group finalised the stormwater and civil infrastructure earthworks at the end of February this year for an expansion of coal miner Canyon Coal’s opencast Phalanndwa Colliery, which situated east of Delmas, in Mpumalanga. Icon’s work on the site is... 

 Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth
A COAL NEW WORLD Involvement in this project has provided an ideal way for Icon to become more established in the local coal sector

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has to date invested almost R1-billion, of a projected R2.8-billion, in the housing project devised for its staff, in line with its aspirational creed to engage in “More than Mining”. The intention with the housing project is... 

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace
MORE THAN A HOUSE Royal Bafokeng Platinum continues to uplift its workers by affording them the opportunity to own their own homes

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels of clean-coal investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 There is much scepticism domestically and internationally about the potential for clean-coal technology (CCT). In South Africa, however, there has been an amplification in recent months of calls for accelerated efforts to be made to finding innovative solutions to the serious environmental and... 

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels  of clean-coal investment
Photo by GE
POWER PLANT OPTIMISATION Eskom’s Kusile power station’s use of the wet flue gas desulphurisation technology ensures lower emissions

Resgen shareholders advised to vote by proxy on Boikarabelo coal project

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2020 Energy resources company Resource Generation (Resgen) is considering alternative arrangements for its extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which had been scheduled for April 7, in Australia. The EGM will be used to seek shareholder approval for the mine funding package for the construction of the... 

Appian offers capital structure support for mining companies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2020 Investment adviser Appian Capital Advisory has offered to provide short-term and flexible financing solutions across the capital structure of mining companies with near-term balance sheet pressures and liquidity concerns as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. “We are conscious that the broader... 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

By: Reuters     25th March 2020 South African power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that coal stocks at its power stations were healthy, with at least 20 days of supplies at all stations, before a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak starting at midnight on Thursday. Eskom said all its activities were considered... 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

Kibo puts ‘business continuity programme’ in place amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2020 Africa-focussed Kibo Energy has put a business continuity programme in place to protect its employees while ensuring the safe operation of the company amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This has resulted in all non-essential travel being cancelled and all employees at head office being asked to work... 

Master Drilling navigates tough conditions to record solid results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th March 2020 JSE-listed Master Drilling Group recorded an increase in revenue of 6.9% to $148.3-million for the year ended December 31, and a slight decrease in operating profit of 5.1% to $22.4-million, owing to adverse global market conditions and an uncertain operating environment. “No one can run away... 

Master Drilling navigates tough conditions to record solid results
Mobile Tunnel Borer

Jervois suspends activities in Uganda amid Covid-19 outbreak

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2020 ASX- and TSX-V-listed Jervois Mining has suspended its activities in Uganda in response to Covid-19, with no fixed  remobilisation date yet. The miner said on Friday that measures have been undertaken to safeguard the health and safety of its employees, contractors and local communities. 

DuPont takes over Lodestone partners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 Operations management consultancy DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) has acquired the assets of Toronto-based consultancy Lodestone Partners, effective end-February. This will deepen DSS’ knowledge and capability in the area of operations excellence in the natural resource and mining industry,... 

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Having researched the design and management of opencast mine haul roads locally and globally for the past 30 years, retired University of Pretoria civil engineering professor Alex Visser highlights a specific road construction system for mine haul roads which can reduce fuel emissions and save... 

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs
Photo by Bloomberg
PAVING THE WAY If roads are not constructed properly, undulations can form, increasing rolling resistance. This can cause increased diesel fumes from trucks and health and safety risks

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Information technology (IT) solutions provider EDS Systems, a subsidiary  of   Economic Development Solutions (EDS), is set to provide a cloud-based IT solution to help local miners calculate and comply with the Carbon Tax Act regulations. EDS provides services to  the local mining,... 

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution
FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS We are trying to create a basic environment for organisations to capture emissions according to the Act and display that in a simplistic, Web-based environment

Necessity drives drill bit innovation

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling and Contract Mining, in collaboration with its subsidiary, drill bit supplier Thriftline, has developed a removable reaming shell for its diamond drill bits, which the company believes will significantly reduce drilling consumable expenses. The reaming... 

Necessity drives drill bit innovation
CORE VALUE Innovation is necessary for survival in the current sluggish economic environment

Company varies drill offering

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling equipment and consumables supplier Galison Drilling, part of original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Galison Group, is pinning its 2020 growth strategy on the supply of consumables for the mechanised, or extension rod, drilling sector in South Africa. “We feel the time is right for... 

Company varies drill offering
JOHAN FOURIE The focus of Galison’s drilling operations have been moved to Rustenburg, in the North West province, to serve the platinum mines in the area

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling company Geomech Africa, part of geotechnical services holding company GeoGroup, has completed its geotechnical investigation at phosphate product producer and distributor Foskor’s phosphate mining operation in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. The Foskor phosphate mine comprises the North and South... 

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine
DOING THE HOLE JOB The geotechnical investigations required the drilling of two holes in the North pit and five in the South pit at depths of between 300 m and 500 m

Kangra awaits licence approvals

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Local coal miner Kangra Coal is planning an extension to its Savmore/Maquasa coal mining operation, in Mpumalanga, with Kangra Coal environmental specialist Niketiwe Dlamini noting that the company is awaiting the approval and issuing of the necessary environmental licences. The miner is required... 

Kangra awaits licence approvals
NIKETIWE DLAMINI As a main contributor to our GDP and as an extractive industry, mining has environmental and community impacts, hence the importance of environmental impact assessments
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