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Mining Services News

Barminco wins A$800m Botswana contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2019 Mining services provider Ausdrill’s subsidiary Barminco has been awarded an A$800-million underground mining services contract at the Zone 5 mine, in Botswana. The five-year contract will include mine development, the establishment of underground mine infrastructure, diamond drilling and mine... 

Orion education initiative ‘well received’, says COO

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2019 JSE- and ASX-listed Orion Minerals’ introductory mining familiarisation short courses within the Siyathemba municipality, in the Northern Cape, have raised public awareness of the mining industry and the opportunities it offers, the company reports. The five-day short courses have been offered... 

Metso offers product innovations, equipment

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 Mining equipment maker Metso Minerals’ Metso hybrid truck body, and an expansion to the MX multi-action cone crusher series, the MX3, were launched in April at the Bauma trade fair held in Munich, Germany. The Metso truck body and improved MX3 are available in South Africa and Southern Africa... 

Metso offers product innovations, equipment
RUBBER COATED The truck body tray is specially coated to absorb shock and increases the life span of the body

Tailgates a solution for haulage product loss

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 Since receiving an Autogate tailgate manufactured by specialised tailgate manufacturer Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL), aggregate business Caldwell Stone Company has reported an increase in productivity at its quarrying site. An upturn of between 12% and 15% in volumetric capacity on its haul truck has... 

Tailgates a solution for  haulage product loss
PHIL-ER-UP The installation of a tailgate allows for full loads to be transported without product loss

Cost-effective lubricant increases machine life

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 The change in lubricants on brick manufacturer KuluCrete’s excavator at its Port Shepstone quarry, in KwaZulu-Natal, has resulted in significant cost savings and a notable decrease in lubrication quantities and applications. KuluCrete is a supplier of bricks, blocks, roof tiles, kerbing, pavers,... 

Cost-effective lubricant increases machine life
NOTHING TO QUARRY ABOUT Using the Almagard 3752 grease on equipment increases maintenance intervals allowing technicians to focus on other aspects of the quarry

New platform answers call for condition based maintenance, asset optimisation

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 The immense pressure to achieve production targets occasionally means that maintenance practices are difficult to implement in the mining industry and are often time based. Therefore, mines are looking for solutions to improve maintenance management, says Finnish industrial machinery company... 

New platform answers  call for condition  based maintenance,  asset optimisation
ADVANCING MAINTENANCE Through Metso Metrics, mining companies can expect lower overall maintenance costs

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa is encouraging suppliers, service providers and contractors, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to become associate members of the association to meet the industry’s future challenges. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar stresses that this... 

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised
COMPLIANCE GUARANTEE Procuring equipment from an Aspasa associate member will ensure compliance with the Mining Health and Safety Act of 1996, as well as the Consumer Protection Act of 2009

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
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BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Proactive maintenance saves mines reactive costs

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 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

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

21st June 2019 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

Afrimat Construction Index shows marginal improvement year-on-year

By: Simone Liedtke     20th June 2019 JSE-listed Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter broadly followed the same “disappointing trend” evident in overall economic activity during the quarter, with gross domestic product (GDP) having contracted by more than 3% quarter-on-quarter. Economist Dr Roelof Botha, who... 

Afrimat Construction Index shows marginal improvement year-on-year
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Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

GBF adds scale to Macmahon’s underground contracting business

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2019 Mining services company Macmahon has executed a binding agreement to buy mining contractor GBF Holdings for A$48-million, consistent with a growth plan of scaling up its underground division. The acquisition, which was confirmed to the market earlier in June, includes all GBF subsidiaries and is... 

AMCU seeks basic wage of R17 000 for members in platinum sector 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union on Friday announced that it would seek a monthly basic wage of R17 000 for its members when platinum wage discussions get under way later this month. The union represents about 60 000 members in the South African platinum sector. 

AMCU seeks basic wage of R17 000 for members in platinum sector
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AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast
Van Dykspruit Quarry

Omnia flags full-year loss

By: Reuters     14th June 2019 South African chemicals and fertiliser maker Omnia Holdings said on Friday it expected to report a full-year loss as drought, a volatile currency, changes in the mining industry and difficult global trading conditions weighed on earnings. The firm said the headline loss per share, the main profit... 

Diesel-driven pump ideal for remote, corrosive environments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2019 With mines’ ever-expanding need for efficient dewatering solutions in remote locations, pump rental specialist Integrated Pump Rental has added the stainless steel Sykes diesel-driven pump to its portfolio. Integrated Pump Rental development manager Ruaan Venter tells Mining Weekly that this pump... 

Diesel-driven pump ideal for remote, corrosive environments
SYKED UP Integrated Pump Rental’s diesel-driven Sykes units offer pumping capabilities of up to 1 130 ℓ/s and maximum heads of up to 208 m

Company creates new opportunities, targets new regions

By: Cameron Mackay     14th June 2019 Water pump manufacturer and supplier Donnlee Pump Tech has increased its service offering to supply pumps and pump services to the copper fields in Zambia, as well as parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).   “We are targeting every mine, and are manufacturing and supplying a greater... 

Company creates new opportunities, targets new regions
MULTISTAGE PUMPS Donnlee Pump Tech has exclusively focused on the supply and reconditioning of a range of multistage dewatering centrifugal pumps to the mining industry

Zambia mine’s pump motors rehabilitated

14th June 2019 Electromechanical services provider Marthinusen & Coutts’ Cleveland Engineering Services Division, a division of electromechanical equipment company ACTOM, has teamed up with the Marthinusen & Coutts Kitwe repair and manufacturing facility, in Zambia, to rehabilitate medium voltage pump motors in... 

Zambia mine’s pump motors rehabilitated
ON SITE Marthinusen & Coutts technical personnel inspecting oil levels on a 3300 kW pump motor

Process water pumps supplied to Chile copper mine

14th June 2019 Motor pumps manufacturer Pleuger Industries has supplied six high-performance process water pumps to the Chilean Collahuasi copper mine in the Pica district of the Tarapaca region. The mine relies on a flotation process, for which Pleuger will supply the six tailormade pump units for the... 

Process water pumps supplied to Chile copper mine
ACCEPTANCE UNDERTAKING The acceptance trials of the six pumps, for which the mine’s technical management, together with pumps distributor Wellford, travelled from Chile to Hamburg, in Germany, took a week

New slurry pumps range offers opportunities in local mining

By: Cameron Mackay     14th June 2019 Industrial tool and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Power Technique’s completion of its portfolio of WEDA electric submersible dewatering pumps, with the addition of a new pumps range for slurry applications in the mining industry, is enabling the company to increase its supply to the local... 

New slurry pumps range offers opportunities  in local mining
SLURRY OPPORTUNITIES IN MINING WEDA L pumps manage water of specific gravity of up to 1 700 kg/m3 and have a solid handling of between 20 mm and 60 mm

New techniques can yield optimum results, savings

14th June 2019 Using novel techniques, during the extraction and concentration phases of mined ore,  which focus on the efficiency and the associated operational costs, will yield optimum results for the miner, says pumps manufacturer and supplier Verder Pumps MD Darryl Macdougall. For instance, emerging... 

Pumps company gears up for refurbishment increases

By: Cameron Mackay     14th June 2019 Pumps refurbishment solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has expanded its premises, in Pretoria, to accommodate a marked influx of refurbishment orders from the mining industry. “While a new pump has a quick turnaround time for buying and selling, refurbishment orders need... 

Pumps company gears up for refurbishment increases
REFURBISHMENT OPTIONS Engineered polymer coatings, such as the Belzona product, include a selection of paste-grade materials designed to offer repair solutions for a variety of applications

Foundry company plans further expansion into Zambia

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th June 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie’s Zambian branch will expand its workshop into a fully equipped heavy machine and fabrication shop with fabrication facilities to cater for other industries. Thos Begbie Zambia MD Piet du Preez highlights this as the medium- to... 

Foundry company  plans further expansion into Zambia
INDUSTRIAL USES Fabricated pressure rings for use in industrial smelters

Australia’s first automation courses launched

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th June 2019 Two automation courses have been launched at the South Metropolitan TAFE, in Western Australia, marking a first nationally-recognised qualifications in autonomous operations. The new certificate courses were developed on the back of A$2-million in funding from mining major Rio Tinto. 

Australia’s first automation courses launched
Premier Mark McGowen

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2019 Construction services provider ELB Construction (ELBCon) has been awarded a contract by Turnmill Proquip Equipment to install four leach vats, as well as associated structural steel, at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine, in the North West. The mine’s aged leach vats are becoming obsolete and will... 

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

Manufacturer completes DRC alluvial mining equipment project

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     7th June 2019 Alluvial diamond mining equipment manufacturer PCF Engineering has completed a multimillion-rand project for a client active in the Tshikapa diamond field in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for the manufacture and supply of a variety of equipment. PCF Engineering supplied gravel pumps,... 

Manufacturer completes DRC alluvial mining equipment project
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ECONOMIC ENDEAVOUR For some small mining companies it is much cheaper to do alluvial mining in the rivers

Company provides maintenance and repair services for mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     7th June 2019 Having recently completed a large facility management project for diamond processing organisation the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) in Gaborone, Botswana, industrial rope-access specialist Skyriders has found a faster, more efficient way of conducting maintenance on site through rope access. The... 

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Minerals processing specialist Multotec boasts an entrenched presence in Mozambique, having operated in the country’s mining sector for more than 15 years, and Multotec Mozambique regional manager Thinus Kruger tells Mining Weekly that there is potential for the company to grow further. Multotec... 

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz
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KRIS VERGOTE Multotec supports its products and regularly communicates with and visits clients

Aury Africa to open an office in Mozambique

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa will open an office in Tete, Mozambique, by the third quarter this year. Aury Africa director Sydney Parkhouse says all company registration requirements have been met. The African mining and mineral resources sector is... 

Macmahon eyes acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd June 2019 Mining contractor Macmahon has confirmed market speculation that it is in discussions about a potential acquisition of GBF Underground Mining Group. The potential transaction is still in the early stages, Macmahon said in an announcement to the ASX last week. 

Increased demand for customised furnaces

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 There has been an increase in demand for customised furnaces from the mining industry, says South Africa-based kiln and furnace manufacturer Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces director Richard McCullough. He tells Mining Weekly that mining companies are requesting smaller, customised electric furnaces... 

Increased demand for customised furnaces
PERFECT MATCH The new controller will be compatible with Van Tuyl’s existing furnaces range

South African foundry aims to become one-stop shop

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 South African foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has extended its service offering by adding a new graphite facility to its production line having acquired a new graphite carbon refractory plant last year at its manufacturing campus in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. The new graphite facility,... 

South African foundry aims to become  one-stop shop
ESLI BANTJES Recent investments has resulted in the company controlling all the processes required to meet client requirements

Commissioning of tin concentrate dryer finalised

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces commissioned a tin concentrate dryer at tin mine developer Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in March. Thermopower director William Oldnall tells Mining Weekly that the rotary dryer is... 

Commissioning of tin concentrate dryer finalised
TESTING Thermopower has manufactured the rotary dryer for the Bisie tin mine and a laboratory unit for national mineral research organisation Mintek to carry out iron-ore reducibility testing

Efficiency trending in bulk materials handling sector

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2019 Surprisingly, this year has seen increased demand for bulk materials handling from the local mining sector, which, South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) chairperson Adriano Frittella says, is possibly a result of the sector having remained static at a low base over the past couple... 

Efficiency trending in bulk materials handling sector
YOUTH NEEDED The South African Institute of Materials Handling is undertaking an extensive drive to attract younger members and, specifically, current students to become members

Aus company answers demand for SA-made LPF

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2019 An Australian-designed low-profile feeder (LPF) comprising about 50% local content has been successfully delivered to a mine on the Zambian Copperbelt, with advanced discussions on the further supply of such units under way with various clients. The LPF is the first to be produced by... 

Aus company answers  demand for SA-made LPF
BUILDING LOCAL CAPACITY Australia-based Transmin intends to leverage opportunities to improve the cost effectiveness of future local fabrication following its first local build

Smart digitalisation an urgent problem

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2019 Smart technology-enabled digitalisation poses a significant challenge for South Africa’s materials handling and logistics companies who fail to adapt, especially in a market where the country’s big mining players seek to realise the ‘mine of tomorrow’, says African artificial intelligence (AI)... 

Smart digitalisation  an urgent problem
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MATERIAL MATTERS It is vital to have models that predict potential problems as well as maintenance requirements

Omnia Holdings to undertake R2bn rights offer

By: Reuters     30th May 2019 Omnia Holdings said on Thursday it would undertake a rights offer of R2-billion in a bid to cut debt. Omnia, which raised funds for two acquisitions and the construction of a new fertiliser plant, said last month it had agreed to restructuring talks with creditors. 

Industry generally welcomes Gwede Mantashe as Minerals and Energy Minister 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 In a move that has, so far, generally been welcomed by the mining industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Gwede Mantashe as the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister. This, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills director Patrick Leyden says, follows on the back of Mantashe having made... 

Industry generally welcomes Gwede Mantashe as Minerals and Energy Minister
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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