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Diesel and load-shedding feature in summer outlook as Eskom's maintenance recovery takes longer than envisaged  

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says its reliability maintenance recovery (RMR) interventions have not yet succeeded in stabilising the performance of its unpredictable coal fleet and that more than year of ongoing maintenance is needed to address the poor performance of its generation... 

Eskom to jointly develop solar projects with Exxaro, Seriti  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2021 Coal miners Exxaro and Seriti Resources are joining forces with State-owned power utility Eskom to jointly develop renewable energy projects. The landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the parties on October 25 spells out the companies’ development plan to lower their carbon... 

Matla coal mine surrounds
Matla coal mine surrounds

Commitment to Zero Harm unwavering

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa, and its member companies, remain unwaveringly committed to ensuring every mineworker returns from work unharmed every day through the goal of zero harm, says Minerals Council safety and sustainable development head Dr Sizwe Phakathi. In terms of safety... 

An image of the Minerals Council safety and sustainable development head Dr Sizwe Phakathi
DR SIZWE PHAKATHI Minerals Council believes it is possible to achieve Zero Harm

Plans to tackle transport risks

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa has remained steadfast in its goal of Zero Harm. However, as of September 23, 2021, 40 fatalities were reported compared with 32 during the same period last year. Along with fall-of-ground (FoG) incidents, transport and... 

An image of a mine worker in a deep level mine
ACHIEVING ZERO HARM Along with FoG incidents, transport and machinery related challenges have contributed to fatalities

Studies show women benefit from modernisation

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 As more women join the mining industry in a professional capacity, more research and studies are analysing the various obstacles they have to contend with, as well as how employers can address these. Such research is instrumental in helping the historically male-dominated industry adapt so that... 

An image of female mine working in a mine shaft
WOMEN IN MINING Companies need to identify how high-risk occupations can be re-engineered to accommodate women

Targeted assistance improves workplace vaccination success

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa champions vaccines as being integral to curbing the transmission of Covid-19 and protecting people. The Minerals Council is following the approach of saving lives and livelihoods, which is linked to assisting with vaccine access. 

An image of the Minerals Council health head Dr Thuthula Balfour
DR THUTHULA BALFOUR Minerals Council provided resources to help vaccine efforts

Solutions on offer for entire mining chain

22nd October 2021 From the beginning of mining operations to the end-of-life, distributor of bearings, power transmission and allied products in Southern Africa Bearings International (BI) has products that service the entire mining value chain.  

A picture of a conveyor application for mining
ABB TAIL GEAR REDUCER Used in critical conveyor applications, feeding coal into the wash plant

Market responds well to high-pressure pumps

By: Claire O'Reilly     22nd October 2021 High-head pumps are the workhorses of many fluid control systems, and their role can often be mission-critical in dewatering applications in construction and mining, where the control and removal of surface water is a primary safety concern, says industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco... 

A picture of a centrifugal pump used in mining
High Head PAC H108 A centrifugal pump used for water transfer in the oil and gas sector, quarrying and surface mining, as well as construction and municipal applications

New RC sampling option available

22nd October 2021 Supplier of equipment, tools, parts, services, digital solutions and sustainability-driving technologies for the mining industry Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is introducing a new reverse circulation (RC) sampling option for its Leopard DI650i down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig. The new RC... 

Picture of a Sandvik Leopard DI650i drilling system on an opencast mine
SANDVIK LEOPARD DI650i Leopard DI650i with the RC drilling system is also easily mobilized for relocation, offering a valuable asset for streamlining mine operations

Illegal sand mines continue to profit

By: Claire O'Reilly     22nd October 2021 Statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) inaccurately reflect the volume of illegal mining operations in South Africa, says mining industry body Aspasa (formerly Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa).  

Image of sand blowing of the back of an open truck at a mine
DIRTY DEALINGS Illegal sand and aggregate mining threatens the financial sustainability of legal operations

How South Africa plans to secure backing for its ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ at COP26 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 South Africa aims to meet with other governments and multilateral finance institutions on the sidelines of the upcoming COP26 gathering to progress talks on raising concessional funding, in phases, for a Cabinet-endorsed ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the... 

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Cabinet wants ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the electricity, automotive and hydrogen sectors.

Bushveld Minerals enters fourth quarter on solid footing

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2021 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals achieved a 19% quarter-on-quarter increase in production for the third quarter, which the company said was underpinned by operational stability at Vametco. Bushveld, which is also an energy storage solutions provider with ownership... 

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Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Tribunal approves Sandvik SRP’s acquisition of Kwatani Global

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2021 The Competition Tribunal has approved the large merger whereby K2021544474 (South Africa), to be renamed Sandvik SRP, intends to acquire Kwatani Global. The tribunal has approved the transaction with conditions relating to broad-based black economic empowerment shareholding. 

Eskom seeks urgent court order to have 2022/23 tariff application adjudicated by Nersa 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has approached the Gauteng High Court to have the regulator’s recent decision to reject its revenue application for the period 2022/23 to 2024/25 set aside for being “patently irrational and unlawful”. Eskom approached the court this week for a review of the... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim, who deposed the  founding affidavit, speaking at a previous Nersa hearing
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim, who deposed the founding affidavit, speaking at a previous Nersa hearing

Explosives growth follows industry growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th October 2021 The African explosives sector remains steady, owing to an increase in African mining opportunities and positive market conditions, says BME Southern African Development Community (SADC) MD Ralf Hennecke. With the growing interest in battery minerals such as lithium and cobalt, there is a further... 

An image of BME's Double Salt Emulsion in beaker.
DOUBLE SALT EMULSIONS Highly stable formulations are robust and provide optimal blasting outcomes

Differential GPS brings much needed autonomy to blasting

15th October 2021 AECI Mining Explosives’ new, high-accuracy (sub-1m) Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) brings autonomy to the blast hole tagging process, thus maximising efficiency by eliminating potential human error on the bench and ensuring integrity of drill and blast operations.   Safety and good... 

An image of the Differential Global Positioning System on a mining blast site
PEAK ACCURACY The Differential Global Positioning System enables faster blast deployment, greater accuracy and increased efficiency

Explosives tech aims to humanise mining

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th October 2021 The lack of new investment in the form of new mining projects has resulted in little growth for the explosives industry, and while the expansion projects of existing operations have helped the industry somewhat, greenfield projects can facilitate more significant growth. The mining explosives... 

An image of a mine worker using Enaex's Mine I-Truck to delivers down-the-hole explosives
MINE I-TRUCK Tele-operated mobile mixing unit mixes and delivers down-the-hole explosives

Electricity wheeling can reduce load-shedding risk if legal, technical uncertainties are addressed

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 Tariffs and the legal framework governing the wheeling of electricity from independent power producers (IPPs), which are taking advantage of the recently declared 100 MW licence threshold, will be key factors in IPPs’ ability and willingness to feed surplus power into regional and national power... 

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Volvo Group says launches world's first fossil-free steel vehicle

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Truck maker AB Volvo said on Wednesday it had produced a prototype of what it said would be the world's first vehicles made of fossil-free steel. Volvo and steel-maker SSAB announced in April an agreement to produce the vehicles and start the production of prototypes this year. 

Downer completes mining services divestment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2021 Integrated services provider Downer EDI on Monday announced plans to sell its Open Cut Mining East business to an Australia subsidiary of mining services provider PT Bukit Makmur Mandiri Utama (BUMA). Downer will receive some A$150-million in cash from the transaction, subject to adjustments,... 

Explorer provides update on Senegal project

8th October 2021 West African exploration company Oriole Resources provided an update last month on its Senala gold mining project in Senegal, where joint venture partner IAMGOLD has the option to spend up to $8-million to earn a 70% interest.   IAMGOLD this year has completed more than 80% of a two-phase... 

New asynchronous range available

8th October 2021 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s team of electric motor designers and engineers has worked closely with global electric motor specialists to develop high-efficiency Synergy electric motors, to set the local benchmark for heavy-duty, high-efficiency motors, says BMG electric motors business... 

An image of the BMG Synergy Electric Motor
SYNERGY ELECTRIC MOTOR Suitable for voltage variation applications, reduced temperature rise and minimal maintenance requirement

Innovation brings benefits and poses challenges  

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2021 Integrating technological innovation into mining industry practices can result in reduced costs, increased productivity and improved worker safety. However, it also presents an unexpected challenge, as replacement motors, in particular, are now bought as smaller iterations, and often do not fit... 

Pic of one of WEG's state-of-the-art facilities that manufactures large motors
Zest WEG’s Floris Erasmus provides more insight into the challenges technological innovations can create and alleviate

Modernisation transition made easier

By: Claire O'Reilly     8th October 2021 Modernised plants have shown greater resilience while operating under restrictions, which has been evident during Covid-19 in South Africa, and although technology empowers business, many mines remain hesitant to upgrade their control technology, according to manufacturer and distributor of... 

Explosives company aims to extend its reach

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 As part of bulk emulsion explosives and mining technology manufacturer BME’s ongoing strategic global expansion strategy, the company plans to continue growing its footprint in mining in West Africa, states BME West African operations GM Michael Klaasen. “BME has been active in West Africa for... 

Image of a BME emulsion manufacturing plant
REGIONAL FOOTPRINT BME has seven emulsion manufacturing plants in West Africa

Cooperation crucial to West African development – law firm

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 Amid opportunities for mining and the availability of substantial human resources in West Africa, cooperation between the public and private sectors can help grow mining in the region. This cooperation can contribute to the development of industries, such as the energy sector, as well as the... 

Image of platinum mining machinery on a mine site
EMPOWERED DEVELOPMENT Minerals mined from West Africa, aside from the fiscal revenue they bring in, should be used to develop the country in which they were extracted

Anglo progressing with decarbonisation, sustainability endeavours – Cutifani

By: Donna Slater     7th October 2021 Diversified major Anglo American continues to take steps to usher in hydrogen-powered machinery, as well as to roll out renewable energy at its global operations as a means of improving its sustainability, CE Mark Cutifani said during a Financial Times Mining Summit on October 7. He pointed out... 

an image of Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Holistic approach needed to achieve a just transition, says panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2021 With environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects often related to solving issues in an area or country, thinking is starting to shift away from managing the Covid-19 crisis and vaccine delivery to the just energy transition. A panel discussion on ESG hosted during the first day of the... 

Thyssenkrupp, Wismut to study potential to repurpose old South African gold mines for energy storage 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2021 Diversified industrial group Thyssenkrupp Uhde South Africa and German uranium mining company Wismut have been appointed to execute a prefeasibility study for a renewable underground pumped hydroelectric energy storage (Ruphes) project on a specific but undisclosed site owned by a South African... 

Global metals, mining demand ‘tepid at best’ – WoodMac

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2021 With the global metals and mining markets having faltered under the weight of Covid-19 pandemic-driven lockdowns, demand outside of China was “tepid at best and in freefall at worst”, says global research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). From a mined commodities perspective,... 

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Strandline awards mining services contract at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2021 Minerals sands developer Strandline Resources has inked a long-term mining services agreement with contractor Mine Site Construction Services (MSCS). The scope of the mining services agreement includes conventional open pit dry mining of ore at a rate of 23.4-million tonnes a year, overburden... 

Mill maintenance contract keeps fires burning

1st October 2021 Global technology company ABB has signed a long-term agreement with Swedish mining house Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) to provide service to twelve mine hoists and the hoisting motors at the Kiruna mine, in Northern Sweden. Kiruna is the largest underground iron-ore mine in the... 

ABB hoisting system 740 m underground at LKAB's Kiruna mine in Sweden. Photograph courtesy of LKAB and Peter Ylivainio
GOING DOWN The hoist supply and maintenance contract at the LKAB mine in Sweden has been awarded to ABB

Hoists ordered for mine operation, maintenance

1st October 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa’s distributor in Rustenburg, Tech-North Rustenburg, has secured an order for 26 Kito electric and manual chain hoists and accessories, for a processing plant at a mine in North West province. The hoists have been delivered to the mine... 

A Kito 1 t electric chain hoist, an orange hoist on rail a rail, supplied to a mill in North West province by Becker Mining South Africa,
CHAIN GANG A number of Becker Mining's hoists are being supplied to a mill in the North West Province as part of a supply and maintenance contract

Components improve joint reliability

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     1st October 2021 Vibration and shock can quickly impair joint integrity and negatively affect overall product performance, especially in demanding applications, such as vibrating screens in the mining sector, says engineering solutions provider BMG. “BMG’s Lock Bolt pins and collars – designed to replace bolted... 

BMG lock bolt pins and collars on a black and red background
HOLD IT TOGETHER The robust two-piece fastening system is vibration resistant, tamper-proof, and fast and easy to install

Optimising mill circuits for best efficiency impact

1st October 2021 Decades of product evolution have given multinational engineering company FLSmidth a range of solutions – including its LoadIQ smart sensor technology – to supply and optimise all technology in the grinding circuit. According to FLSmidth regional product line and key account management director... 

AG/SAG ball mill in operation
OPTIMISED FLSmidth designed and supplied the AG/SAG and ball mill operating in a nickel and PGM comminution circuit

Company appoints Indonesian distributor

1st October 2021 Mineral processing technology provider Metso Outotec has appointed Indonesian equipment supplier PT Trakindo Utama as a distributor for aggregate solutions as of last month. PT Trakindo Utama will provide Metso Outotec’s track-mounted, wheel-mounted, and stationary crushers and vibrating... 

Three representative of Metso Outotec and PT Trakindo Utama standing in a Trakindo reception area
GREAT DISTRIBUTION PT Trakindo Utama is a “world-class” provider of construction heavy equipment solutions in Indonesia with 50 years of experience

Welding solutions provider breaks into mining

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     1st October 2021 With its extensive experience in the welding industry, cutting tool solutions provider First Cut states that it has “only just begun to scratch the surface” in building a customer base in the mining industry. “We have assembled a team of individuals with experience in sales, training and product... 

Messer cylinder pressure regulator on white background
BREAK THROUGH First Cut aims to become one of the major suppliers of quality welding and oxy-fuel products to the South African mining market

Smart plant control readily accessible

1st October 2021 The innovative digital operating concept SPECTIVE from crushing plant producer Kleemann, supplied by German construction company Wirtgen Group, has optimised the control options of crushing plants in a “trendsetting manner”. With the SPECTIVE CONNECT extension, Kleemann goes one step further. All... 

image of the SPECTIVE CONNECT plant control panel
HIGH TECH Operators no longer have to leave the cab or interrupt the ongoing process and they can detect on the smartphone that the diesel fill level is low
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