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Many companies still procuring unsuitable protective equipment for female mineworkers

By: Nadine James     19th April 2019 The number of women working in the mining sector has increased significantly over the past 17 years, with the numbers growing from 11 400 in 2002 to over 53 100 today, comments female footwear brand Sisi’s senior brand manager Vanessa Ronald. Sisi is one of eight brands under the BBF Safety... 

South Africa could face copper shortage in next five years

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 Owing to a lack of significant new copper mining projects, constant illegal exports of copper scrap and import reductions from key copper producing economies, South Africa could struggle to meet local demand for copper in the next five years, says regional copper commodity body Copper Development... 

South Africa could face copper shortage in next five years
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SUPPLY TROUBLES Copper Development Association Africa says South Africa will have to import, at great cost, copper cathodes to meet local demand

Canadian miner finds new high-grade zinc and gold deposit

19th April 2019 Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals has announced the discovery of 35.6 m of high-grade mineralisation including both zinc-rich massive sulphides and gold. The deposit is located between the old Chisel North mine and the producing Lalor mine in Manitoba, Canada, at a down hole depth between... 

Canadian miner finds  new high-grade zinc  and gold deposit
ALAN HAIR These zinc-rich and gold-rich intersections highlight the ever prospective nature of the Flin Flon greenstone belt and demonstrate the value of our Manitoba assets

Zinc inventories continue to fall

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The poor performance of Chinese smelters and the closure of major zinc mines in the past two years have led to global and refined zinc inventories continuing to fall, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “Many smelters last year chose not to buy expensive... 

Zinc inventories continue to fall
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REDUCED OUTPUT Many Chinese smelters last year chose not to buy expensive concentrate and instead cut down on consumption rates and production

China’s scrap regulations important factor in copper market

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 New legislation and regulations by the Chinese government for the import of scrap materials could be a significant factor in the copper market this year, suggests international metals and minerals consultancy Roskill associate consultant Jonathan Barnes. China announced plans in April last year... 

China’s scrap regulations important factor  in copper market
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RESTRICTED REGULATIONS As a result of regulations and a trade war, China will need to replace copper scrap units with imports of more refined copper

Murray & Roberts Cementation wins Palabora contract

19th April 2019 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a contract by copper miner Palabora Mining Company for a 1 200-m-deep ventilation shaft. The shaft, with a lined diameter of 8.5 m, will reach a final blind sink depth of 1 190 m before a drop raise takes it to its final depth,... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation wins Palabora contract
CONSTRUCTION A surface headgear and winder installation will be constructed from January to March 2020

Underground copper project start remains on track

19th April 2019 Copper ore company Nevada Copper has confirmed that its Pumpkin Hollow underground copper project remains on target to start production in the fourth quarter this year. Pumpkin Hollow is located in Nevada, in the US and has substantial reserves and resources including copper, gold and silver. 

Underground copper project start remains  on track
ON SCHEDULE surface infrastructure and processing equipment are advancing to plan

Construction at Turquoise Ridge mine progresses

19th April 2019 Construction of a third shaft at mining company Barrick Gold’s underground mine Turquoise Ridge in Nevada, in the US, continues to advance according to schedule and within budget, the miner noted in its financial report, released in February. Efforts for this year will focus on shaft sinking and... 

Construction at Turquoise Ridge  mine progresses
PIPELINE POTENTIAL Barrick Gold continues to advance a pipeline of high-confidence projects at or near its existing operations

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th April 2019 Ivanplats, the South African subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, is expected to complete early-works construction at Shaft 2 of the Platreef palladium/platinum/nickel/copper/gold/rhodium project, near Mokopane, in Limpopo, South Africa, in the second quarter, says Ivanplats VP and project director... 

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2
SHAFT 2 Aerial view of the Shaft 2 box cut early works with the concrete hitch under construction

UMS Group follows alternative shaft sinking methodologies

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th April 2019 Mining solutions provider Underground Mining Services (UMS) Group is focusing on an alternative shaft sinking methodology that emphasises safety and mechanisation. The UMS Group comprises Shaft Sinkers as well as Mining Engineering Technical Services (METS) aims to provide clients with the full... 

UMS Group follows  alternative shaft sinking methodologies
MACHINES With mechanisation shaft development is performed by machines with little or no need for humans to interface with those machines

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2019 The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

Mantashe, Oliphant welcome end to Sibanye-Stillwater gold strike

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant have welcomed the end of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s five-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations. The parties announced the resolution of their differences on Wednesday. 

Capital Drilling poised to meet growing demand for drilling services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th April 2019 Africa-focused Capital Drilling continues to be well positioned for an anticipated uplift in demand, especially in West Africa. “At this early stage of the year, we have already seen some encouraging signs in the market, with robust metals prices, particularly gold, and improving capital markets. 

Wray to succeed Sam Coetzer as Golden Star CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 TSX- and NYSE-listed Golden Star Resources on Thursday announced that Sam Coetzer will be leaving the company on April 30, and that Andrew Wray has been appointed as president and CEO, effective May 1. Golden Star chairperson Tim Baker said Wray “combines significant experience in the sector with... 

Ncondezi receives shareholder loan conversion notice

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has received a shareholder loan conversion notice for 764 165 shares from lenders to be converted at a conversion price of 10p a share. Admission of these shares on Aim is expected to take place on April 26. 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2019 Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit. The South African... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit

Rock engineering consultancy expanding service offering

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th April 2019 Outsourced rock engineering and seismic monitoring services provider Open House Management Solutions (OHMS) is continuously considering opportunities to expand its service offering to the minerals industry and develop in new, but related services, says OHMS MD Koos Bosman. OHMS has been in... 

Rock engineering consultancy expanding service offering
REAL-TIME MONITORING Open House Management Solutions can monitor the rock mass response in real time

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 The cheerful mood among operators at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, coupled with some proactive and innovative governments competing for attention, suggests that the West African mining sector’s vast potential may increasingly be realised through the successful development of new... 

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential
POTENTIAL PERFORMANCE The West African mining sector’s vast potential could be realised through successful proactive project development

AEM system to boost West African exploration

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 South African airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air plans to reintroduce the application of its airborne electromagnetic (AEM) platform – the SPECTREMPLUS system – to the mineral and groundwater exploration industry in West Africa. This continually evolving platform entails being... 

AEM system to boost West African exploration
SIGHTS SET Spectrem Air is following new business leads in Ghana and Guinea

AEL to provide green solutions for mines in French West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 One of Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting’s core values for this year is going green, with sustainable development also informing its plans to enter the commercial explosives sector in French-speaking West Africa. Francophone West Africa, also... 

AEL to provide green solutions for mines in French West Africa
INTELLIGENT MINING AEL’s philosophy is to develop smart blasting solutions through client engagement and understanding their needs

Explosives company expanding West African footprint

12th April 2019 South Africa-based explosives company BME continues to strengthen its presence in West Africa – which is poised to become one of the top five gold-producing regions in the world. BME – a division of the JSE-listed chemical manufacturing company Omnia Group – manufactures explosives at emulsion... 

Explosives company  expanding West  African footprint
GOING FOR GOLD BME manufactures explosives at emulsion plants across the region and supplies mining and quarrying operations in several countries

West African mining rising steadily

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 Mining activity in West Africa is increasing and this trend is likely to continue. New mines have been established in Mali over the past few years, as well as in countries, such as Liberia, which are not traditionally associated with mining, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting... 

West African mining  rising steadily
JOHN KWOFIE West Africans are expressing their right to benefit from mining activities taking place in their own backyard

BME secures Alaskan coal mine contract

By: Nadine James     12th April 2019 Explosives and blasting specialist BME’s US segment has been awarded a contract by Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) in Alaska to supply explosive products and accessories. Part of the South Africa-based company, the US business was established in Denver, Colorado last year. BME’s senior director for... 

BME secures Alaskan coal mine contract
JOE KEENAN BME's immediate plans for the US are to establish and develop a distribution network to serve customers in mining, quarrying and construction

Demand for outsourced solutions rising in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th April 2019 Mineral discoveries in Africa have been on the increase in the past ten years and one of the major challenges for mines is finding expert solutions in countries that have developing mining ecosystems, says global boutique consultancy The Polyglot Group renewables and resources senior consultant... 

Demand for outsourced  solutions rising in Africa
JASON TODD In Africa, minimising risk is always high on the agenda

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 While mining progress in West Africa will vary from country to country, with one or two discrete discoveries, developments often set significant change into motion, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting South Africa partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Recent studies have... 

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa
ANDREW VAN ZYL Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities

Queensland miners spending more with local businesses

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th April 2019 Queensland’s small- and medium-sized businesses are benefitting from the resource sector’s redirection of spending away from overseas and interstate suppliers. New data by the Queensland Resources Council has shown that spending by the resources sector on local small and medium-sized businesses... 

SRG wins A$18m Kalgoorlie contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th April 2019 Mining services provider SRG Global has been awarded an A$18-million contract at the Kalgoorlie gold mine, to provide geotechnical ground support services. The ASX-listed company said that the work under the contract included both in-phase ground support, rock fall mitigation and rock face... 

Secondary mine ventilation system cutting costs

5th April 2019 Australian base water evaporator and ventilation solution provider Minetek has made available its patented secondary mine ventilation system, based on a high output axial fan system. The new technological solution, engineered and manufactured in Australia, categorically offers power savings and... 

Secondary mine ventilation system cutting costs
I’M A FAN The newly launched secondary mine ventilation fan cuts costs of underground operations

SA mines can now use drone technology for underground mapping

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2019 South African systems integrator Ramjack Technology Solutions has formed an alliance with Swedish aerial robotics company Inkonova to supply underground unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) and mapping technology to the South African mining industry for use underground. Inkonova supplies... 

SA mines can now use drone  technology for underground mapping
GAME OF DRONES Initially used during wars and for defense purposes drones are now being used in mining and industrial applications

Zimbabwe mine shaft nearing deepest point

5th April 2019 Despite the challenges of operating in Zimbabwe, exploration and development company Caledonia Mining‘s Blanket mine in Zimbabwe has delivered a “robust” performance, while the mine’s Central shaft has reached a depth of 1 150 m – only 54 m from the planned shaft bottom. “We made good progress on... 

Zimbabwe mine shaft nearing deepest point
CENTRE OF ATTENTION Caledonia Mining's Central shaft has reached a depth of 1 150 m underground

Underground support company keeps abreast of developments

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2019 The shift towards mechanisation in the mining industry has prompted cable anchor supplier M and J Mining to continue developing and enhancing its Flexibolt range of prestressed cable anchor solutions and other technologies necessary to support the ever-changing needs of the deep-level mining... 

Underground support company keeps abreast  of developments
BRACE YOURSELF The Flexibolt is used in mines at the stope to brace the surface for a safer mining environment

Council calls for greater modernisation in mines

5th April 2019 Minerals Council South Africa has reasserted the need to modernise deep-level mining technologies as part of its people-centred modernisation drive to extend the life of deep-level mines and, subsequently, ensure that the workforce is maintained. The South African mining sector has, for more than... 

Council calls for greater  modernisation in mines
HARD CORE The South African deep-level mining sector is a tough environment, which runs on a continuous stop-start basis, predominantly in narrow-reef, hard-rock mining for gold, platinum and chrome

Anglo American, Northam, Australia’s budget surplus make headlines  

4th April 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses Anglo American’s plans for hydrogen, new tunnel boring technology at Northam’s Eland mine and Australia’s $7.1-billion budget surplus. 

Anglo American, Northam, Australia’s budget surplus make headlines
Anglo American, Northam, Australia’s budget surplus make headlines.

Payload management systems help optimise mining operations

29th March 2019 Advanced mining technology supplier Ramjack Technology Solutions suggests that implementing payload management systems at the mine face can optimise a mine’s overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). A notable strategy for improvement in underground mining is to retrofit all load-haul-dump units... 

Payload management  systems help optimise mining operations
JACK OF ALL TRADES Ramjack Technology Solutions offers accountability and traceable guarantees with its systems

New underground loader sets productive pace

29th March 2019 Capital equipment giant Caterpillar’s Cat R1700 underground mining loader, with its completely new design, has proven its high productivity and efficiency in extended field trials and in production studies. The R1700 carries a size-class-leading payload of 15 t (16.5 tons), 20% more than its... 

New underground loader sets productive pace
LIKE A MEERKAT The Cat R1700 is an efficient and productive underground loader

Programming interface for interoperability to be launched

29th March 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will develop an interoperable platform for its AutoMine automation system for underground loaders and trucks. The development of the platform for AutoMine was proposed at #DisruptMining, a presentation on March 3 during the Prospectors... 

Programming interface for  interoperability to be launched
ALL UNDER CONTROL The AutoMine Access application programming interface will provide standard, pre-defined interfaces for connecting third party loaders and trucks for control by Sandvik’s AutoMine system

Accommodation supplier expands Botswana footprint

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th March 2019 Since establishing a footprint in Botswana in 1991 to cater to the site accommodation needs of mines, modular building supplier Speedspace Botswana has expanded its operations by opening a new satellite branch in Letlhakane, in northern Botswana. Operations at the new branch, which Speedspace... 

Accommodation supplier expands Botswana footprint
REDUCED LEAD TIME Having stock immediately available in Letlhakane will reduce lead times for clients

Sibanye-Stillwater invests in Free State projects

29th March 2019 Precious metals company Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to start building 16 plus one houses for category four to category eight employees which will be used for rentals in the Masilonyana and Matjhabeng municipalities in the Free State. Sibanye-Stillwater owns and operates the Beatrix gold... 

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