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Products meet mining lubrication challenges

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) is offering industrial equipment manufacturer ROCOL’s range of wire rope lubricant products to solve vital and complex lubrication challenges for local miners. “Where lubricants are put through the most challenging... 

Lubrication packs cater for customised needs

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Local lubrication solutions supplier Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is making its leading products available in value packs, specifically designed to meet the lubrication requirements of everyday users in the local mining industry. LE national marketing manager Callum Ford states that... 

Lubrication packs cater for customised needs
UNIQUE LUBRICATION NEEDS Load, environment, temperature and machine speed are the variables considered when deciding on an appropriate lubricant

Rented mobile equipment presents opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 With the resumption of activities in different economic sectors, such as the mining industry, local lubrication equipment supplier Industrial Fluid Solutions (IFS) CEO Gustav Fourie states that there has been an increase in demand for fluid-handling equipment which would reduce manpower... 

Roskill says mining equities have outperformed other sectors, despite economic dislocation

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2020 Despite the Covid-19-related economic dislocation that is under way, consultancy Roskill says prices in several metals markets have gone up year-to-date, and that mining equities have outperformed that of many other sectors. Despite this, the mining sector is far from immune to the Covid-19... 

New METS center to open in Mackay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th June 2020 A A$7-million Resources Center of Excellence will open in Mackay, in Queensland, at the start of next week. The centre, jointly funded by the Queensland government and the Mackay Regional Council, is a strategic investment in job creation for the resources sector, and the region. 

Western Australia hopes to lure FIFO workers

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th June 2020 The Western Australian government and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) of Western Australia have joined forces to lure eastern states-based fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers to relocate to the state. Premier Mark McGowan on Tuesday said that between 5 000 to 6 000 FIFO workers currently... 

Western Australia hopes to lure FIFO workers

Master Drilling expects earnings fall 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2020 Rock boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling has advised shareholders of an earnings fall. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company advised in a stock exchange news service (SENS) announcement that earnings per share for the six months ending June 30 were expected to be... 

Master Drilling expects earnings fall
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

Adani awards A$350m Carmichael contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th June 2020 Indian major Adani has awarded a civil construction works contract worth more than A$350-million for the Carmichael rail network, in Queensland. Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said the construction contract would see Queensland-based BMD deliver civil works for construction of the rail network. 

Company delivers remote solutions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th June 2020 Covid-19 and the consequent physical-distancing requirements have raised challenges for every mining company, especially in delivering effective training and face-to-face coaching, says global mining technology and workforce optimisation firm Immersive Technologies regional VP Johan Stemmet. He... 

Company delivers remote solutions
CONTINOUS IMPROVEMENT Provides immediate recognition of return on investment through workforce development techniques

Ilmenite production continues despite Covid-19 operational impact

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th June 2020 Covid-19 restrictions have caused delays to its growth project, titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources noted in its first-quarter production update, released in April. It operates the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. 

Ilmenite production continues despite Covid-19 operational impact
WET CONCENTRATOR WCP B in operation at Namalope

Ukwazi launches sustainable mining, environmental and mine closure management division

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2020 Mining service specialist company Ukwazi on June 1 launched a new division to provide solutions for environmental and closure liability management, including post-closure plans. New approaches in environmental and social governance are required to successfully manage complex country, market and... 

This year's Electra Mining cancelled

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 Organisers of Southern Africa’s mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition Electra Mining Africa, Specialised Exhibitions, reports that the 2020 edition of the trade fair has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s show had been scheduled to... 

Global mining industry will need to operate, sustain itself under new normal post Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2020 The mining and metals industry will need to operate under a new normal post Covid-19, one in which it can operate and sustain itself under the new constraints and challenges that a post-pandemic world brings with it, says industry research company Fitch Solutions. The pandemic and its aftermath... 

RealWear makes working remotely easier

By: Theresa Bhowan     29th May 2020 Maintenance of conveyance equipment and other regular fixed and mobile asset inspection is made easier with remote assistance through RealWear products, technology service provider Dwyka Mining Services tells Mining Weekly. 

RealWear makes  working remotely easier
JAMIE VAN SCHOOR Mission-critical breakdowns, remote technical support and mentoring are just some of the applications of the RealWear products

Furnace company supplying two rebuilds

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Furnace technology designer and fabricator Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC) is currently supplying technology equipment, including water-cooled roofs, water-cooled off gases and water-cooled shells, to two large rebuild projects in South Africa. The projects service both the ferrochrome and... 

Furnace company supplying two rebuilds
TOO COOL Water-cooled roofs, off gasses and shells are being supplied by Allied Furnace Consultants on two local rebuilds

Incinerator installation continues

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces tells Mining Weekly that it will soon continue with the final stages of an incinerator hand-over, as the client has started phasing in contractor access to its site after South Africa’s moving to Level 4 of the Covid-19... 

Incinerator installation continues
TRIED & TESTED The testing facility at Thermopower Furnaces facility help the company offer a full turnkey solution to its clients

Company facilitates efficient furnace shutdown projects

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition offers specialised demolition services and machines that are easily adapted to the challenging conditions of furnace-related shutdown projects. “Furnaces have a finite lifetime before requiring significant maintenance and repair work,” says Jet... 

New technology, remote functionality advancing materials handling

By: Theresa Bhowan     29th May 2020 The shift towards a technological revolution in the mining sector has occurred just in time to facilitate functionality in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, explains mining logistic solutions provider Mixcorp. 

New technology, remote functionality advancing materials handling
SHIFTING UPWARDS The technological revolution in the mining sector has occurred at the perfect time

Pallet-free goods transportation now an option

29th May 2020 Pallet-free bulk bags manufacturer Tellap has been developing bags for the safe and efficient packaging and transport of dry, loose and bulk products – including high-value minerals. 

Pallet-free goods transportation  now an option
HEAVY LIFTING Tellap bags have two strong plastic sleeves that are integrated into the base of the bag to replace the conventional wooden pallet

System boosts operation

29th May 2020 Equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa’s McCloskey conveyor systems, which complement HPE’s range of crushing and screening plants, have been designed for high productivity and easy mobility in many industries. 

System boosts operation
HIGHLY ACTIVE HPE’s McCloskey conveyor systems have been designed for high productivity and easy mobility in many industries

Chute design’s complexity necessitates credible supplier

29th May 2020 The prevailing perception that anyone can build a transfer chute, and that the construction is little more than platework, is one that has lured companies into thinking that chute manufacture poses, “an easy opportunity to fill a gap in their broader product offering”, Weba Chute Systems MD Mark... 

Chute design’s  complexity necessitates credible supplier
SMOOTH OPERATOR Custom engineered Weba Chute Systems offer major advantages to mining operations

Hauling solution expands to Brazil

29th May 2020 Global leader in “off-highway” truck customisation Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) in a press release in April announced that production of its patented Rear Eject Body would begin in Brazil, this quarter. 

Hauling solution expands to Brazil
GREAT EXPANSION PHIL announced that production of its patented Rear Eject Body will begin in Brazil in the second quarter of 2020

Richards Bay Minerals continues to assist communities

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2020 In keeping with its commitment of spending R1.5-million to meet critical food supply in the King Cetswayo district, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) is delivering food parcels totaling R900 000 to the uMfolozi and uMhlathuze municipalities for distribution among communities. On May 28, food parcels... 

Richards Bay Minerals continues to assist communities

Juwi starts work on fourth hybrid renewable energy project in Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2020 Juwi Renewable Energy has signed an agreement with Perth-based Contract Power to build the solar and wind power components of a new hybrid generation solution for the town of Esperance in, Western Australia. The hybrid project comprises a renewable energy hub, including a 4 MW solar farm and... 

Juwi starts work on fourth hybrid renewable energy project in Australia
Juwi Renewable Energy's hybrid project at Degrussa mine

Organisations say Covid-19 should not further delay universal access to energy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2020 In a report, 'Tracking Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7): Energy Progress', international organisations have warned that universal access to energy by 2030 will fall short unless efforts are scaled up significantly. According to the authors − the International Energy Agency (IEA), the... 

Organisations say Covid-19 should not further delay universal access to energy

Nondigital mines losing out on R213bn in value 

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2020 An updated version of a 2017 study conducted by professional services firm Accenture in collaboration with the World Economic Forum – the 'Extracting Value and Building Resilience with Data-led Mining in South Africa' report – highlights that, with a combination of seven digital initiatives,... 

Nondigital mines losing out on R213bn in value
Accenture Africa Industry X.0 MD Eric Croeser talks to Mining Weekly about how mines can enhance their digital technologies to unlock further efficiencies, improve safety and cut costs

Australia's Downer EDI secures $295.7m Eliwana mine contract from Fortescue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th May 2020 Australia's Downer EDI has secured a A$450-million ($295.70-million) contract from Fortescue Metals Group for early mining and maintenance services at Eliwana iron-ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the engineering contractor said on Tuesday. Fortescue, the world's No. 4... 

ELB shareholders vote in favour of Australian business disposal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 JSE-listed capital equipment and solutions provider ELB Group will proceed with selling its Australian business, after a majority of shareholders voting in favour of the disposal. The company hosted a general meeting on May 25 for shareholders to vote on the proposed disposal of ELB Australia.  

ELB shareholders vote in favour of Australian business disposal

Renewables associations call for green hydrogen focus in upcoming EU plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 Ten solar and wind associations, along with industry leaders, have launched a joint initiative − Choose Renewable Hydrogen − and are calling for the European Commission to prioritise renewable green hydrogen in its upcoming recovery and strategy decisions. The initiative aims to highlight the... 

M&R says order book remains healthy, despite delayed projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says few of its projects have continued with little or no disruption as a result of Covid-19-related suspensions and restrictions. As a result, the company is reasonably certain that its earnings per share (EPS) for the... 

Trainer to benefit from investment, mature sector

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 Virtual mining training solutions provider Immersive Technologies is encouraged by the “maturity level” of companies in Botswana, particularly in terms of technology. It is, therefore, looking forward to contributing to the wave of development in the country, spurred by continued investment from... 

Trainer to benefit from investment, mature sector
MAUN TRAINING CENTRE The mining simulators are deployed to optimise operational techniques for new hires

Safer breathalyser testing developed amid pandemic

By: Halima Frost     22nd May 2020 Increased concerns over the spread of Covid-19 have spurred medical equipment supplier ALCO-Safe to develop a safer way in which to conduct breathalyser tests on workers in heavy industrial sectors. “Workers and security personnel are at risk as testing must be conducted in close proximity,” says... 

Safer breathalyser testing  developed amid pandemic
BIG BLOW Covid-19 has caused enough problems, mining should not need to worry about testing as well

PDS provider ready to implement Level 9 systems

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2020 South African-based equipment supplier Booyco Electronics is well advanced in testing its proximity detection systems (PDS) to comply with Level 9 safety standards – despite the fact that, while the Mine Health and Safety Act regulations pertaining to Level 9 implementation have been promulgated,... 

PDS provider ready  to implement  Level 9 systems
EARLY WARNING SYSTEM Booyco Electronics' control unit provides audio and visual displays

Acute understanding of regulations key for success

22nd May 2020 Strategic advisory and legal services firm Inmiso Consulting director Robert Botha believes that successful delivery of large mining, construction and energy projects requires an acute understanding and timeous incorporation of all applicable regulatory requirements during the project development... 

Copper Belt exploration enables diversification

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 Renewed exploration interest in the Kalahari Copper Belt, in Botswana, can help the country diversify its mining economy and industrialise, says mining consulting services provider MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson. He emphasises that diamond mining has been the mainstay of Botswana’s... 

Copper Belt exploration enables diversification
RENEWED EXPLORATION INTEREST Improvements in exploration techniques have resulted in a pipeline of exploration projects

SA rail can aid Botswana coal miners

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 A joint effort by the South African and Botswanan governments, as well as their respective rail agencies, to support rail infrastructure to facilitate coal exports from Botswana could enable Botswana-based coal miners, such as Minergy, to become more competitive, says Minergy CEO Morné du... 

SA rail can aid Botswana coal miners
UNTAPPED RESERVES Minergy have emphasised the potential in exporting of the country’s coal reserves, which amounts to more than 200-billion tonnes

Afrimat says all its mines will be at full operating capacity in June  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2020 JSE-listed openpit miner Afrimat says it entered the Covid-19 lockdown with a strong balance sheet that will help it weather the uncertain and volatile business climate that is expected to prevail in the immediate future. The company points out that the partial reopening of the Demaneng... 

Afrimat says all its mines will be at full operating capacity in June
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

PEA estimates 'robust' economics for Deep-South's Namibia copper project

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 TSX-listed Deep-South Resources reports that, using a heap leach treatment operation, its openpit Haib copper project, in Namibia, demonstrates robust economics. An updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA), conducted by METS Engineering Group, considered an indicated mineral resource of... 

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