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Fortescue spends big on trainee programme

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has unveiled a A$25-million investment to create some 200 new traineeship positions across its operations. The miner on Wednesday said that the traineeship positions would cover a range of new entry-level positions across autonomous operations, safety, business... 

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Impala invests R10m in bursary programme, launches new bursary

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2021 South African miner Impala Platinum (Implats) will be investing R10-million over the next four years into the 2021 intake of bursars. The funding will cover tuition, accommodation, books and pocket money, as well as paid vacation work for many of the students. 

Impala invests R10m in bursary programme, launches new bursary

System offers tunnel support

19th March 2021 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s locally manufactured steel arch roof support systems provide reliable tunnel support and safe working conditions in mining, as well as in underground civil engineering projects where unstable ground conditions exist.  These support... 

System offers tunnel support
BACK SUPPORT In the mining sector, these steel arch roof support systems are used in various tunnel applications, including x-cuts haulages, incline shaft portals and special shafts

Significant attendance expected for virtual event

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Business events organiser Hyve Group is expecting a significant number of attendees, specifically from North America, to take part in the Mining Indaba Virtual Investment Programme meetings, says Hyve Group director of investor relations for Mining Indaba Kael O’Sullivan. This is owing to the... 

Initiatives have increased women’s participation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th March 2021 Drilling contractor Rosond drill rig operator Veronica Mofokeng highlights that, through continuous encouragement from government and the private sector, industries in all sectors – especially those that previously excluded or disadvantaged women – have accelerated the sustainable participation... 

Initiatives have increased women’s participation
OPENING DOORS Mofokeng believes that the opportunity to be trained as a drill rig operator for Rosond presented new opportunities for her and other women who are yet to be appointed

Company to supply drill brands to Central and West Africa

19th March 2021 Drilling machine and equipment manufacturer Euroforgroup and engineering and construction machinery distributor BIA have signed a distribution agreement for the Furukawa and RTDrill brands in Central and West Africa. This agreement aims to strengthen their presence in these territories, BIA... 

Company to supply drill brands to Central and West Africa
ONE FOR ALL By offering a complete range of drilling machines and equipment, Euroforgroup meets the most specific needs of its customers in various industries

New tool saves time, fuel consumption

19th March 2021 Rock drilling tool manufacturer Mincon’s latest addition to its range of rock drilling solutions “redefines performance” with proven speed increases of up to 40%, depending on ground conditions, and fuel consumption improvements of up to 11.5%. “The MP40 is an evolution of our popular four-inch... 

Diamond mine’s 5 000 m drill programme under way

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th March 2021 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling was appointed to explore the Kimberlite country rock contacts underground at a Limpopo-based diamond mine in January, with the programme scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2022. A Boart Longyear LM90 electrohydraulic drill rig will be used... 

Capital's West African expansion pays off as earnings rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2021 London-listed Capital posted basic earnings a share of$0.178 apiece for the year ended December 31, 2020 – a 130% increase on the basic earnings of $0.077 apiece reported in the prior year. The company’s net profit after tax was 139% higher year-on-year at $24.8-million, driven by strong... 

Taye Consulting partners with Polish drill bit, mining equipment supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     17th March 2021 South African multisector consulting company Taye Consulting has teamed up with Polish drill bits and mining equipment supplier Niuw Glinik. Through the partnership, Taye is aiming to increase participation in the mining sector by previously disadvantaged South Africans. 

Taye Consulting partners with Polish drill bit, mining equipment supplier

Institute of Auctioneers reports increase in complaints against unethical auctions

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2021 Industry organisation the South African Institute of Auctioneers (SAIA) says there has been an increase in complaints levelled at auctioneers who do not fulfill their obligations to deliver goods, or who choose to provide alternative goods that are not what the customers bid for. Problems... 

Institute of Auctioneers reports increase in complaints against unethical auctions
SAIA chairperson John Cowing

1 000 miners wanted in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th March 2021 More than 1 000 resources jobs were currently available across Queensland, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said on Tuesday, proving that despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and commodity price fluctuations, the sector continued to hire staff. “The resources sector already... 

1 000 miners wanted in Qld

Opportunities for mines to decarbonise and South Africa's coal exports to China make headlines  

12th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Royal Bafokeng Platinum's proposed plans to generate its own electricity; China having become the largest importer of South African coal; and the opportunities for miners to invest in green energy and decarbonisation. 

Opportunities for mines to decarbonise and South Africa's coal exports to China make headlines
Opportunities for mines to decarbonise and South Africa's coal exports to China make headlines

Custom wireless required for mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Wireless communication technologies cannot be adopted from other industries and forced to function in an underground mining environment, states mining technology company Ya Batho. “Technology from other industries is not designed for mining and cannot, by law, be deployed in hazardous areas. All... 

Custom wireless required for mining
HIGH TECH Although Ya Batho does have on-the-shelf products, the company insists on conducting a site visit and signal propagation testing

Upgraded chairlift increases mine safety

12th March 2021 Mining sector technology specialist Becker Mining South Africa has recently launched a new upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel that enhances reliability of Becker chairlift systems, which are used to safely transport personnel on mines worldwide. These locally... 

Upgraded chairlift increases mine safety
HEAVY LIFTING Becker Mining South Africa has recently launched a new upgraded chairlift PLC panel that enhances reliability of Becker chairlift systems

Compressors are worth ‘their weight in gold’

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th March 2021 Rand-Air recently secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining industry; when underground compressors were required, Rand-Air met the customer’s specific requirements, explains Rand-Air sales consultant Marinda Enslin. She adds that Rand-Air was the only company then and now... 

Compressors are worth ‘their weight in gold’
SUPPLY AND DEMAND Rand-Air is supplying a gold-processing and refinery plant with three electric oil-free compressors on a long-term rental basis

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities

12th March 2021 Despite the severe disruption of the global movement of goods during the early stages of Covid-19, most countries and companies were able to introduce mechanisms to allow for activity to resume, notes independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Lisl... 

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities
TEAMWORK A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support

Plant installs thickeners to dewater tailings

12th March 2021 Engineering company FLSmidth was chosen as the preferred provider for four large bolted thickeners for a large coal customer in Mozambique. Two of the thickeners are designed to reduce water load on the filters allowing for a drier filter product, while the other two thickeners recover water from... 

Plant installs thickeners to dewater tailings
QUICK AND EASY A bolted thickener is quicker and safer to construct on-site, saving on costs and improving quality control

Favourable prices enable survival

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Considering the risks involved in underground mining operations in general, and currently amid the Covid-19 pandemic, commodity analysts Core Consultants states that many marginal mines only survived because of favourable commodity prices. For example, when the gold price exceeded $2 000/oz, many... 

Favourable prices  enable survival
LARA SMITH With the risks involved in underground mining operations in general, many marginal mines only survived because of favourable commodity prices

PVC doors keep it cool

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Design, development and fabrication company Unique Ventilation & Support Systems (UVSS) has developed automated, high-pressure roll-up polyvinyl chloride (PVC) doors to control airflow in underground workings. The doors can also be integrated with new mining technologies. 

PVC doors keep  it cool
GREAT FLOW The automated UVSS Roll Up PVC doors are installed to control ventilation and airflow in a ventilation district at each level of the underground mine

Supplier aids safety record

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has played a pivotal role in a South African underground gold mine’s unbroken safety record during its seven-year business relationship with the mine. Considering the demanding conditions and potential dangers in mines, Rand-Air has... 

Supplier aids safety record
COMPRESSED AIR Considering the demanding conditions and potential dangers in mines, Rand-Air has assisted in achieving a safe mining environment

New blasting system to be launched in 2021

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Explosives and blasting systems provider Orica will launch the next generation of the wireless blasting system solution, WebGen 200. The WebGen 200 is set for commercial release in late 2021; with availability subject to the regulatory approvals. Orica initiating systems VP Adam Mooney describes... 

New blasting system  to be launched in 2021
BLAST OFF Since the launch of WebGen in 2017, Orica has executed more than 1 550 blasts that have been detonated using the wireless technology

Scraping systems reduce dust contaminants

12th March 2021 German conveyor solutions provider ScrapeTec-Trading has developed advanced solutions for conveyor systems – its AirScrape, TailScrape and SpeedScrape products – which comprise technology that prevents dust formation, reduces material spill, enables thorough belt-cleaning and minimises the risk... 

Scraping systems reduce dust contaminants
NO MORE DUST ScrapeTec-Trading has developed advanced solutions for conveyor systems which prevents dust formation, reduces material spill and enables thorough belt-cleaning

Solar reduces reliance on grid, generators

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th March 2021 Solar energy equipment supplier Valsa Trading reports that the solar photovoltaic (PV) ground-mounted structures that it recently supplied to a large mine, in the Northern Cape, reduced the miner’s dependency on the local electricity utility in addition to making the mine eco-friendly. The... 

Coal mine extension on the horizon

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Coal mining company Kangra, a subsidiary of mining investment company Menar, is expected to extend its Kangra mine, in Mpumalanga, through the Kusipongo project. The Kusipongo resource is situated directly west of the existing mine and is expected to extend Kangra’s life-of-mine (LoM) significantly. 

Coal mine extension on the horizon
SIDING WITH COAL The Kusipongo extension project, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, will proceed now that coal markets have recovered. It will extend Kangra Mine's life significantly

ERG appoints Shukhrat Ibragimov to board

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2021 Shukhrat Ibragimov has been appointed to Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) board of managers with effect from March 3. Ibragimov will also serve as a member of the board’s audit committee, remuneration committee and the sustainable development and mergers and acquisitions committee. 

ERG appoints Shukhrat Ibragimov to board
Shukhrat Ibragimov

Danakali enthused by wind, solar potential for geothermally-endowed Colluli project

By: Donna Slater     10th March 2021 ASX- and LSE-listed potash developer Danakali, in evaluating the potential of incorporating renewable energy into its 100%-owned Colluli sulphate of potash (SoP) project, in Eritrea, reports early sound feasibility to incorporate wind and/or solar into the project. Danakali is continuing to... 

Master Drilling acquires 40% interest in AVA Solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2021 Drilling services provider Master Drilling has acquired a 40% interest in data-driven mining fleet management solutions specialist AVA Solutions. Founded in 2015 by Anton Fourie and Jason van der Watt, two engineers with over 25 years of combined mining industry experience, AVA has created a... 

Merafe loss decreases, electricity risk remains, logistics challenge intensifies  

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Although the loss suffered by ferrochrome company Merafe Resources decreased in 2020, its electricity risk remains and its logistics challenges are intensifying. Merafe’s revenue and operating income is primarily generated from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, which has a total capacity of... 

Merafe loss decreases, electricity risk remains, logistics challenge intensifies
Merafe Resources results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Specialised valves business established

5th March 2021 Consumable products distributor Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), which is part of Invicta Holdings, has established a new company – Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) – that specialises in the design and manufacture of slurry related valves. “ESG’s strategy to further expand its fluid technology... 

Specialised valves business established
EXTENSVE SUPPLY Through BMG’s broad branch and distributor network, industry has easy access to a comprehensive portfolio of locally manufactured and imported valves

Improved valve design, helps mine save water

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Local valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) is manufacturing a valve based on the Valvtron Titan design and has incorporated improvements to make “one of the most abrasive-resistant valves currently available”, says UCV managing member Peter Telle. He explains that local valves company Natal... 

Improved valve design, helps mine save water
GOING WITH THE FLOW UCV supplies a range of ratio-reducing valves, which reduce pressure in a ratio between upstream and downstream pressures

Support needed for black owned downstream players

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Black-owned businesses and industrialists in the local mining valves industry need better domestic coordination and support to protect them, while black industrialists who want to own and manage such businesses should be encouraged, says valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) CEO Tumi... 

Support needed for black owned downstream players
RF PINCH VALVE The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2021 Considering engineering and construction services firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) “all time high” order book of R60.5-billion, and near orders of R19.9-billion, CEO Henry Laas says the group is “well positioned” for a return to profitability in the 2022 financial year. He adds that the firm is... 

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability

Brikor acquires 40% stake in Zingaro

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2021 Brick manufacturer and supplier Brikor has acquired a 40% shareholding in multiproduct road transportation services provider Zingaro Holdings for R50-million. Zingaro primarily operates in South Africa and mainly services short to medium distance routes in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and... 

Mantashe sees new industries emerging from South Africa’s renewables-led drive to boost electricity supply 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2021 South Africa’s move to increase electricity generation capacity provided a “unique opportunity” for the development of new industries, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said this week. Addressing delegates virtually during Canada’s annual Prospectors and Developers Association... 

Mantashe sees new industries emerging from South Africa’s renewables-led drive to boost electricity supply
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Macmahon wins Gwalia contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2021 Gold miner St Barbara has appointed ASX-listed Macmahon Holdings as the underground mining contractor for its Gwalia operations, in Western Australia. Macmahon said on Wednesday that the five year contract would add some A$500-million in value to the company’s order book, with the contract to... 

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