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Procurement boosts local economy

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 With low economic growth and high unemployment, South Africa’s economy is under intense pressure. Management consultancy Kearney’s research indicates that particularly mining and mining-related industries could improve the country’s economic outlook. Government has challenged the mining industry... 

Iron-ore, copper doing well amid pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Covid-19 negatively impacted the demand for all industrial commodities, but not all markets were impacted equally, explains investment management provider Sanlam Private Wealth. Commodities on which China has a greater import reliance, such as iron-ore and copper, generally fared better than... 

Iron-ore, copper doing  well amid pandemic
CHRISTIAAN BOTHMA While commodity demand beyond Covid-19 remains uncertain, he highlights a few observations in terms of copper and iron-ore

More 4IR integration needed from mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 The advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has had a significant impact on all facets of society, but international investment company StratisQ Group notes that the mining industry needs to participate more in the 4IR transformation. “Digitisation is not the future – it is here already.... 

More 4IR integration needed from mining
HUGO BOTHA Digitisation is not the future – it is here already

Consulting engineers boost project portfolio

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has appointed engineering, design and project management company COENG Consulting and Construction Engineers to provide ad hoc professional services at Amplats operations. “A formal tender process was conducted, whereby a certain number of... 

Consulting engineers boost project portfolio
LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE The relationship between COENG and Amplats started about four years ago

More communities to benefit from Moma mine following plant relocation

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Through constant involvement in and development of its surrounding communities, titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources notes that its increased ilmenite production, and the subsequent effect on Mozambique’s exports, will have significant benefits for the company, its host communities and... 

More communities to benefit from Moma mine following plant relocation
HELPING HAND Kenmare donated personal protective equipment and hand sanitisation kits to community health facilities close to the Moma mine

Manganese expertise boosts service to mines

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Geological service provider Minrom states that its dedicated team of geologists, with years of manganese mining expertise, can provide crucial decision-making services for manganese mines in the Northern Cape. Minrom’s services range from greenfield exploration and three-dimensional geological... 

Manganese expertise boosts service to mines
Photo by Bloomberg
MANGANESE EXPERTISE Through services to manganese mines in the Northern Cape, Minrom has identified pitfalls and bottlenecks that occur during the exploitation of resources during mining programmes

Safe, custom-made ERCs increase safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Increased scrutiny on mine safety and targets for zero harm have ensured that emergency refuge chambers (ERC) have become vital to mining operations, and mining safety solutions provider Strata Worldwide has launched its new Global ERCX model. “This new ERC design uses a new manufacturing process... 

Safe, custom-made ERCs increase safety
SAFE KEEPING Strata ERCs safeguard mineworkers if they get trapped underground or if the air-quality in the mine is compromised

Steadily growing order books helps M&R weather remaining pandemic impacts 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2020 While still recovering from a R622-million Covid-19 impact on its business in the 2020 financial year, JSE-listed construction group Murry & Roberts (M&R) says its R60.5-billion order book will help in its upward trajectory following the pandemic. The company had reported an order book of... 

Aveng's shares rise on recapitalisation, restructuring progress

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2020 Infrastructure and resources company Aveng's share price on the JSE rose by 50% on Wednesday, after it announced that it was making progress with its balance sheet restructuring and recapitalisation plans and that it expected to report improved financial results for the financial year ended June... 

Nersa to host public hearing on Gold Fields' South Deep solar plant application 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2020 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields’ South Deep mining operation has lodged an application with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for an electricity generation licence for a proposed 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the mine, in Westonaria. Nersa has advised that a public... 

Nersa to host public hearing on Gold Fields' South Deep solar plant application
South Deep mine

MCA launches three skills hubs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th November 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has announced three new mining skills project hubs aimed at delivering training faster to accelerate skills development for the resources sector. “Australia’s minerals industry already has a highly skilled, highly paid workforce that is better trained than... 

NRW makes A$100m play for Primero

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2020 Mining contractor NRW has launched a takeover offer for vertically integrated engineering design, construction and operational services provider Primero Group. NRW was offering Primero shareholders 27.5c in cash and 0.106 NRW shares for each Primero share held, implying a value of 55c each for... 

MACA appoints receivers for Carabella funds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th November 2020 Mining contractor MACA has appointed receiver managers over the A$34.7-million owed from embattled coal miner Carabella Resources for work performed at its Bluff project, in Queensland. The Bluff project moved into care and maintenance at the end of October this year on the back of falling coal... 

Gearboxes ideal for wet, dry cooling towers

20th November 2020 Industrial equipment provider BMG’s electromechanical team plays an important role in the dependable operation of wet and dry cooling towers in the mining sector, through the supply and support of many power generation components, including Hansen gearboxes. “Hansen units, which have been... 

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Thermal engineering solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) recently supplied a field-erected bulk air cooler for a mine site in Burkina Faso, in addition, supplying the associated condenser cooling towers for the associated refrigeration plant. Further to this, several cooling towers... 

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions
COOLER CONDITIONS Bulk air coolers reduce the working temperatures inside a mine, consequently enabling mineworkers to operate in better conditions and allowing for improved efficiencies

Company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines  

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Specialist mine refrigeration and ventilation consultancy group Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) is fully committed to the underground mining project for De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. The consulting and projects divisions of BBE are both involved in the project, with the former... 

Company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines
Bluhm Burton Engineering’s joint head of projects Richard Gundersen and CEO Wynand Marx discuss the company’s recent mining ventilation and cooling projects and give an overview of the sector.

Company’s range increases, improves recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2020 The application of South African minerals processing company Multotec’s technologies in tailings and waste management streams allows for the recovery of resources – such as water, precious metals and by-products – in a way that maximises revenue and the manageability of the process, says product... 

Company’s range increases,  improves recovery
TURNKEY SOLUTIONS Multotec supplies turnkey filtration plants to enable end-users to implement a dewatering project cost effectively

Strides taken to improve environmental, community impact

20th November 2020 Worley Parsons mineral processing technology and expert solutions VP Mervyn Stevens states that the mining industry has taken big strides to improve its impact on both nearby communities, and the world. He explains that this has seen targets set around renewable energy, automation and zero... 

Demand for reliable monitoring systems on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th November 2020 The demand for early-warning systems for tailings facilities and/or dams has increased exponentially, subsequent to the Vale incident, suggests geotechnical civil and mining instrumentation company Terra Monitoring operations director Robin Schmidt. Therefore, the company – a member of... 

Demand for reliable monitoring systems on the rise
IN DEMAND The raise in demand for reliable detection systems aimed at tailing facilities has grown over the last few years owing to devastating faliures

Amplats’ Viljoen, Harmony’s Lekubo listed among world’s top 100 women in mining 

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2020 Volunteer nonprofit organisation Women in Mining UK (WIM UK) on November 19 released its biennial 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (WIM100) edition, which features a number of South Africa nominees. The WIM100, which was launched by WIM UK in 2013, highlights the wealth of female talent... 

Amplats’ Viljoen, Harmony’s Lekubo listed among world’s top 100 women in mining
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Anglo American business improvement projects head and Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) incoming chairperson Petro du Pisani

Sarens Siba branches out into Brits to better serve its mining clients

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2020 Crane company Sarens Siba has opened a new mining-specific crane depot in Brits to service the needs of mines in the greater Rustenburg region. The depot will house mobile and all-terrain cranes in the 40 t to 120 t range that are in high demand by regional mines, and will mainly be used in the... 

Sarens Siba branches out into Brits to better serve its mining clients
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A 100 t mobile crane at Sarens Siba's Brits depot

Miners urged to introduce digitalisation, automation and AI into short-term plans

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2020 While the introduction of digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) into miners' plans is generally a long-term plan, panelists at this year’s virtual Africa Mining Forum on November 18 have urged miners to incorporate these elements into their short-term plans where possible. 

Ghana urges African governments to allow some independence in mining investment decisions

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2020 Allowing a degree of independence when investment institutions decide on investments with commercial principles, is “a model that other African countries may want to consider replicating,” Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) CEO Solomon Asamoah urged on November 17. He said this model... 

Africa needs to cultivate cluster of ‘real catalytic investors’ in response to pandemic

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2020 Africa needs to cultivate a cluster of “real catalytic investors to mount strong, build-back better resilient mining investment” in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, says Africa investor Hubert Danso. Speaking during the opening keynote of this year’s Africa Mining Forum, held virtually,... 

Technology helps companies weather storm

By: Cameron Mackay     13th November 2020 Multinational consulting engineers SRK Consulting director Andrew van Zyl stresses that technology, through the efficiencies it enables, is an important tool for retaining jobs in mining. The sector has been in a long period of decline, and technology is an opportunity to arrest that decline by... 

Technology helps companies weather storm
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ SRK’s in-country expertise has provided many advantages, particularly in instances when cross-border travel has been restricted

High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity

By: Cameron Mackay     13th November 2020 Engineering consultant Knight Piésold is focused on providing technical advice for many local tailings dam facilities, says Knight Piésold technical director for mining services Africa Andrew Copeland. This increase in demand for tailings dam-related consulting can be attributed to several... 

High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity
SWIMMING WITH THE CURRENT Owing to Knight Piésold’s dam engineering experience, the company can work with mines in remote areas, particularly in the DRC, to provide hydropower

Crime, health and safety concerns for mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th November 2020 Theft, as a consequence of mining equipment and machinery remaining idle for a long period, is an issue for operations on care and maintenance, says law firm ENSafrica mine and occupational health and safety director Pieter Colyn. In many cases, mining operations retain third-party security... 

Crime, health and safety concerns for mines
MAINTAINING STANDARDS Mines failing to comply with the risk assessments may result in potential instances of non-compliance

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development 

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 To increase local manufacturing and the attractiveness and attention thereof, the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) have launched the Technology Availability and Readiness Atlas (Tara). The launch on November 12 coincided with the... 

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development

Gold mining has near-term risk opportunity through delivering decarbonisation objectives

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2020 The gold mining industry has a near-term opportunity in terms of climate change mitigation and adaption, simultaneously contributing to decarbonisation, World Gold Council (WGC) market relations head John Mulligan said during a climate change and mining-focused Web discussion on November 10. He... 

Supporting sustainable development places focus on climate change, risks for mining

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2020 While the primary extraction of certain raw materials remains necessary to support economic development, the achievement of the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as in meeting industrial and consumer demand, a focus on how changes in climate exacerbate existing... 

Africa, international investors ‘need each other’

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2020 Mining operations in Rwanda are “close to pre-Covid” levels, with local mining firm Rwanda Mines, in particular, on target and likely to achieve its revenue target for this year, Rwanda Mines CEO Francis Gatare has said. This is despite the Covid-19 pandemic having disrupted global economic... 

Renewable energy reinforces case to restart domestic beneficiation − Smart

By: Donna Slater     6th November 2020 With energy security being a significant impediment to unlocking greater investment in the resources sector of South Africa, panellists and guests heard during the Africa Down Under conference on November 6 that energy is critical for the resources sector. Orion Minerals CEO and MD Errol Smart... 

Battery metals beneficiation holds ‘enormous potential’ for South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2020 There is “enormous potential” for South Africa, should the country pursue green industrialisation and its manufacturing sector invest in the beneficiation of battery metals and the manufacture of various green products, such as electric vehicles (EVs), Department of Trade, Industry and... 

Company launches new range of fall arrest equipment

6th November 2020 Safety equipment supplier BOVA launched a new range of locally manufactured fall arrest equipment, in September. The new range has extended the brand from an entry-level category player into the midtier working at heights category, the company stated at the time. 

Improvements in rock engineering reduce accidents

6th November 2020 Rock-related accidents have reduced significantly in recent decades, owing to incremental improvements in rock engineering practice, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson William Joughin. He states that the company’s contribution in this field... 

Software solutions to ensure health, safety at mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Business management consultant Decision Inc. has implemented health and safety software solutions at iron-ore and manganese mines in the Northern Cape, amongst others. The company offers their hiDocs, Contractor Management, and Risk Management solutions, all of which are compatible with any... 

Powder a new solution for spills

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Strict health and safety regulations in the mining industry mean that any liquid spills in workshop areas or elsewhere need to be cleaned quickly and effectively. To cater for such spills, South African manufacturer Pratley created the Gunge Spunge powder, which is “ideal” for spills, including... 

Powder a new solution for spills
ALL DRIED UP In addition to absorbing spills from solid surfaces, the powder can also be used to contain oil spills in water

Declining demand breathes new life into breathalysers

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Covid-19 has resulted in reduced demand for breathalysers, as “clients immediately assumed that there would be significant danger for people using breathalysers because of the way the virus is spread”, says ALCOSafe MD Rhys Evans. Consequently, the company had to find innovative ways of... 

Declining demand breathes new life into breathalysers
BLOWN AWAY The ALCO-blow rapid test looks like a torch or a baton with a fitted cone in the front
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