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FLSmidth’s acquisition of TK Mining to conclude end of August

By: Darren Parker     12th August 2022 The final closing of mining engineering, equipment and services company FLSmidth’s acquisition of multinational engineering company ThyssenKrupp’s mining business TK Mining will take place on August 31, now that all conditions and requirements for the transaction have been met. FLSmidth confirmed... 

Doors opened by women engineers, scientists

12th August 2022 Women working as consulting engineers and scientists are opening doors of opportunity in mining by breaking down discriminatory attitudes and creating role models for the future, with the consulting engineering sector being an important contributor to gender transformation in mining, said mining... 

An image depicting men and women consulting engineers
Photo by SRK Consulting
CONSULTANTS’ CONTRIBUTION Mining will undoubtedly become a more inviting environment for women

Employing females could help address labour shortage - King

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has urged the resources industry to do more to encourage female employment in the sector, hosting a roundtable on jobs and skills in the sector. King heard from industry about what they are doing to invest in, develop and attract skilled workers so the... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BBE Projects nearing delivery of Venetia underground cooling system

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2022 Project delivery company BBE Projects is in the final stages of completing its delivery of a turnkey air-cooling system for diamond miner De Beer’s Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo, which is currently approaching the final stages of its transition from openpit to underground mining. BBE Group,... 

Renergen, CEF one step further in advancing agreement for Virginia gas project 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2022 South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) has completed its due diligence on its R1-billion investment in emerging integrated energy producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project. Marking a major step towards finalising the agreement between Renergen and the CEF, both parties have now started engaging... 

Eskom makes case for major overhaul of retail tariff structure in submission to regulator

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2022 Eskom has submitted a tariff restructuring application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in which the utility is proposing a major overhaul of the prevailing retail tariff structure, including a separation of energy, network and service charges and the introduction of... 

Eskom head office at Megawatt Park
Eskom head office at Megawatt Park

Master Drilling to report higher interim earnings

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2022 JSE-listed drilling services company Master Drilling expects its earnings per share (EPS) for the first half of this year to be between 47.2% and 67.2% higher year-on-year, at between R1.28 and R1.45. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) are expected to be between 45.5% and 65.5% higher... 

New Bill pressures mines to comply with water regulations

5th August 2022 In a release published in May by law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kirsty Kilner and senior associate Tendai Bonga it is said that the pressure on South African mining companies to raise their standards of environmental, social and corporate governance behaviour is expected to gain momentum this... 

A body of polluted or waste water in the foreground of a mine
WATER AT THE FORE Water and environment issues are being highlighted by the new environmental bill signed earlier this year

Sensible water management more evident at mines

By: Halima Frost     5th August 2022 Professional services provider WSP Earth and Environment in Africa, previously Golder Associates, water treatment lead Peter Wille says there has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives and local pressure from... 

A river being affected by mine water seepage with brown and orange tinges
SOLVING SEEPAGE There has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives

New telemetry product effective for mines

By: Halima Frost     5th August 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric software leader Johan Potgieter says the company’s telemetry systems can be “highly effective” in mines’ water treatment and purification systems, owing to their meeting the rigours and demands of the mining sector. Mines are constantly... 

A picture of two gentlemen with hard hats sat at a station with three screens in front of them displaying telemetry data and statistics
TELLING TELEMETRY The new EcoStruxure Geo Scada Expert system offered by Schneider Electric is perfect for mine water treatment and purification applications

New solution helps mines achieve 'optimal' blasting results

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2022 Blasting technology and services company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has launched the next generation of its XPLOLOG blasting control real-time data solution to help mines achieve optimal blasting results to support mining efficiency. “It is important to have quick access to data on drill holes,... 

CHRISTIAAN LIEBENBERG
Users can explore specific data on every hole, such as comparing the design depth and charge versus the actual depth and charge, and the tool giving users customised reports
CHRISTIAAN LIEBENBERG Users can explore specific data on every hole, such as comparing the design depth and charge versus the actual depth and charge, and the tool giving users customised reports

Commodities surge boosts demand

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 The global increase in commodity prices is motivating local mines to spend capital on new and existing projects, while the long delivery times of imported products have shifted their focus to South African-manufactured valves, says slurry-related valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS)... 

SUPPLY STRATEGY
AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time
SUPPLY STRATEGY AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time

Local demand lower than rest of Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 The demand for valves specified for mining applications in the rest of Africa is much higher than demand in South Africa, says valve manufacturer RGR Technologies MD Marinus Ras. “New underground mines are starting to come on stream in certain parts of the continent, where greenfield construction... 

CUTTING COSTS
RGR Technologies has developed products that are less costly to manufacture as price is the determining factor when mining companies procure equipment and not local content
CUTTING COSTS RGR Technologies has developed products that are less costly to manufacture as price is the determining factor when mining companies procure equipment and not local content

Manufacturers feeling pressure as payment delays continue

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 Local valve manufacturers continue to struggle with delayed payments from the mining industry, which comprises 55% to 60% of the South African valve manufacturing market, says South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association chairperson Pam du Plessis. Implemented during the Covid-19... 

OVER BORDER OPPORTUNITIES
South African manufacturers are looking to export their valves in light of the volatile local business environment as the rest of Africa presents huge opportunities
OVER BORDER OPPORTUNITIES South African manufacturers are looking to export their valves in light of the volatile local business environment as the rest of Africa presents huge opportunities

Platinum-based fuel cells key for heavy-haul industry – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that interest in using hydrogen fuel cells in the heavy-haul industry is growing rapidly, with several interesting developments currently under way. Platinum-based, proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells provide zero emissions... 

Orica completes A$650m raise for Axis buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th August 2022 Mining solutions provider Orica has completed its A$650-million fully underwritten share placement to fund the acquisition of digital orebody intelligence business Axis Mining Technology. Orica this week announced the A$350-million deal for Axis, with the acquisition to comprise an up-front cash... 

Orica strikes acquisition deal, raises major cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2022 Mining solutions provider Orica has announced the acquisition of digital orebody intelligence business Axis Mining Technology for up to A$350-million. The acquisition price would comprise an up-front cash component of A$260-million and a deferred earn-out payment of up to A$90-million,... 

Woodlawn resource confirmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2022 An independent assessment has confirmed the size of the Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales. ASX-listed Develop on Tuesday reported that the independent assessment had estimated a Joint Ore Reserves Committee complaint resource of 7.3-million tonnes, at 13.2% zinc equivalent for the... 

Image of Develop MD Bill Beament
Develop MD Bill Beament

Second contractor appointed at BBM

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2022 Coal developer Cokal Coal has appointed a secondary mining contractor at its Bumi Barito Mineral (BBM) mine, in Indonesia. Contractor PT. Citarum Borneo Quantum (CBQ) has been appointed to undertaken openpit overburden mining services, and has already started mobilising equipment to the mine site. 

Comprehensive range of engineering solutions provided to various industries globally

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2022 Established in 1978, UV+IR Engineering continues to adapt its products to customers’ special requirements offering numerous design, manufacture, install and commission options for various engineering solutions. UV+IR Engineering’s host of turnkey solutions includes its mineral driers range, which... 

Comprehensive range of engineering solutions provided to various industries globally

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

Creamer Media screenshot image.
Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Marginal decrease in ICMM members’ mining fatalities globally in 2021

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2022 Organisation for safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) reports that South African member companies accounted for 51% of the 43 fatalities recorded by ICMM member companies globally in 2021, at 27 fatalities. The US followed with four... 

Afrimat raises R680m in accelerated bookbuild

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2022 JSE-listed building materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities company Afrimat has successfully closed an equity raise of R680-million – about 8.5% of its current market capitalisation. Following strong demand, Afrimat elected to increase the size of the bookbuild it announced on July... 

Company exploiting post-pandemic freedom with automation solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     29th July 2022 With the Covid-19 pandemic mostly a thing of the past, process automation solutions provider Ana-Digi Systems is using the new level of freedom to alleviate some of the problems caused by the worldwide shortage of electronic components by offering its various automation equipment products and... 

LS XGi PLC offering high speed processing power
LS XGi PLC offering high speed processing power

DRA to sell G&S divisions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th July 2022 ASX- and JSE listed DRA Global on Friday announced an A$8-million agreement to sell the Queensland-based G&S Engineering Services and G&S Support Services divisions to Kaefer Integrated Services. G&S has a 25-year track record of delivering services to the Australian resources sector, with a... 

Global market to reach 2.5bn tonnes by 2026 – analysts

29th July 2022 Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the global market for iron-ore, estimated at 2.2-billion metric tonnes in the year 2022, was projected to reach a revised size of 2.5-billion metric tonnes by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.2% over the analysis, stated a report by market research... 

An image of Iron-Ore on a conveyor
ON THE RISE? Demand for iron-ore was expected to continue to grow

More high-grade iron-ore needed to accelerate steel decarbonisation

29th July 2022 Decarbonising the steel industry will require an increase in high-grade iron-ore production and improved beneficiation techniques, finds a new report from research institution Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, titled ‘Iron-Ore Quality a Potential Headwind... 

An image of iron-ore pellets
NET-ZERO BY 2050 Steelmakers must switch to green-hydrogen-based DRI to reach net-zero

Development company acquires pelletising facility

29th July 2022 Cross-listed exploration and development company Champion Iron announced in May this year that it had entered into a definitive purchase agreement (DPA) for the acquisition of the Pointe Noire Iron Ore Pelletising Facility (pellet plant), located in Sept-Iles, Québec, through a wholly-owned... 

Iron-ore company receives strategic investment

29th July 2022 Canadian iron-ore company Labrador Iron Mines announced a $4-million strategic investment by NYSE-listed, integrated merchant banking company Scully Royalty. The strategic investment consists of a $3-million equity component alongside a $1-million convertible credit facility. Scully Royalty has... 

Purpose-built drive solutions for African mining

29th July 2022 Motors and drives original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) SEW-EURODRIVE notes the completion of the new multimillion local assembly facility in Johannesburg has resulted in lead time advantages.  The OEM is currently delivering on a R200-million investment in the expanded South African facility,... 

A visual representation of the DriveRadar Internet of Things predictive maintenance solution
COMPREHENSIVE VIEW In support of the reliability of mine equipment, SEW-EURODRIVE can also install its DriveRadar predictive maintenance management solution

Company celebrates one year of zero harm

29th July 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond, based in Midrand, has celebrated a year of zero harm at its diamond drilling operation at mining company Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, near Kathu, in the Northern Cape. Rosond senior site manager Clayton Coetzee attributes the achievement to close... 

An aerial image of Rosond employees at Kumba Iron mine
SAFETY FIRST Rosond creates a culture of caring and responsibility onsite

Project lets firm explore African opportunities

By: Mandisa Nyathi     29th July 2022 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider ICON Group states that a recent contract to install high-density polyethylene (HDPE) linings at a gold mine tailings project, in Burkina Faso, has provided an opportunity to explore projects, and entrench its footprint across... 

An image of a tailings dam development
SURFACE PREP ICON was appointed by geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax to install the HDPE linings for this project

John Deere brings redesigned ADT to South African shores

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2022 Heavy equipment manufacturer John Deere’s South African branch, having been in the country for 140 years, launched its redesigned 41.8 t, 460 series articulated dump truck (ADT) to the domestic market on July 26. Aimed primarily at the mining industry, the 460E-II series has been redesigned to... 

An image of John Deere's 460E-II series articulated dump truck
John Deere's newly redesigned 460E-II series articulated dump truck can carry more, is easier to operate and service, and has reliability improvements.

AECI posts record 573c HEPS in H1; Dytor to step down as CEO  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2022 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has delivered record revenue, earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30, which outgoing CEO Mark Dytor attributed to improved market conditions. The group declared an interim cash dividend of... 

Outgoing AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Outgoing AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Photo by Creamer Media
Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment

By: Simone Liedtke     27th July 2022 Industrial equipment supplier Caslad is leveraging its industry experience and contacts to solidify themselves as a large player within the light industrial and materials handling market segment. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has seen a dramatic increase in sales through... 

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