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Supplier stocks diverse range of drives

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th October 2020 Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) caters for a variety of industries through its extensive range of drives. EM product manager William Cameron says despite the company not always offering bigger drives for mining applications, it has... 

Energy-efficient drives offer solution for green recovery

9th October 2020 The mining industry must forgo its traditional energy consumption patterns to ensure that it decarbonises toward a greener and sustainable method of exploration, says mechanical products and controls manufacturer Danfoss Drives Turkey Middle East and Africa business development manager Stephen... 

Energy-efficient drives offer solution for green recovery
STEPHEN BROWN Given the need to increase energy supply in a globally carbon constrained environment, the mining trade needs to improve its energy-efficient technologies

Company notes West African mining potential  

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 West Africa holds notable mining potential, with exploration and mining consulting services provider The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson noting the company’s short- to medium-term goal of expanding further into the jurisdiction. “MSA sees West Africa as an increasingly appealing... 

Company notes West African mining potential
MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson discusses the company’s investment in West Africa and the challenges faced in doing so.

Robust wedge belts transmit 30% more power

9th October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s extensive range of Fenner power transmission components now comprises Fenner Quattro Plus Twin Wrap (TW) wedge belts, which transmit 30% more power than conventional belts. These maintenance-free wedge belts, made from wrapped chloroprene rubber, have a... 

Robust wedge belts transmit 30% more power
HIGH PERFORMANCE BMG’s Fenner Quattro Plus TW heavy-duty wedge belts offer high performance, maximum drive efficiency and extended service life in tough conditions.

Oriole says Bibemi, Wapouzé licences renewed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 Aim-listed Oriole Resources says the Bibemi and Wapouzé exploration licences in Cameroon, in which the company is earning up to a 90% interest, have been renewed. The licence tenure at Bibemi has been renewed for a third two-year term, covering a licence area of 177 km2. 

Hummingbird completes 95% of 2020 drilling programme

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 Aim-listed gold developer and explorer Hummingbird Resources has now drilled over 21 509 m this year, and is 95% through its budgeted $5-million drilling and exploration programme for 2020. The exploration and drilling programme is set to further refine Hummingbird’s mine expansion plans and show... 

Caledonia appoints Voltalia to build Blanket mine’s solar plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2020 Aim-listed Caledonia Mining has appointed Voltalia to build a 12 MW solar power plant at the Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe. This follows after the company last month secured the $13-million in required funds to invest in the construction of the project.  

Company meets demands amid pandemic challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th October 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has received multiple orders to manufacture components for the pyrometallurgical industry. The company continues to manufacture copper components for this industry despite the constraints of limited resources in the engineering industry. 

Company meets demands amid  pandemic challenges
TEAMWORK Thos Begbie has adapted operations to use virtual platforms to conduct meetings, inspections and webinars

Virtual event showcases new screening solutions

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s new Peak Screening solution – an integrated system designed to help ensure every square meter of a customer’s screening is as productive as possible – was showcased at the company’s Innovation in Mining virtual event, hosted... 

Virtual event showcases new screening solutions
AMPLE SCREEN TIME Screening equipment needs to be optimised for seamless operation

New tech boosts productivity

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2020 Comminution, separation and sorting technology provider IMS Engineering now supplies process systems and equipment manufacturer General Kinematics’ STM-Screen – which can replace a brute force screen and provide an increase of up to 40% in circuit capacity, helping mines to improve their... 

New tech boosts productivity
SHAKE IT The two-mass vibrating screens are modifiable to accommodate higher tonnages and deeper material bed depths

Crushing plant fabrication completed

2nd October 2020 Steel fabrication and structure erection company Betterect has successfully completed the fabrication of a semi-mobile crushing plant (SMCP) for a coal mine in Mozambique. The SMCP project was required as part of the mine’s goal to increase production. The mining business unit of diversified... 

Crushing plant fabrication completed
A MOVING PROJECT The semi-mobile crusher plant is a pan-African infrastructure project that required collaboration between African industrial suppliers

OEM renews strategy to promote various brands

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2020 Multinational original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) group Astec Industries, based in the US – which has had a presence in South Africa since 2000 through its acquisition of South African crushing and screening OEM Osborn Engineered Products – is renewing its focus on a strategy to consolidate its... 

OEM renews strategy to promote various brands
MAXIMUM UPTIME Customers should support OEM parts to ensure the longest life possible for machinery

Virtual symposium pending for wet processing industry

2nd October 2020 Wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE has announced plans to host a virtual trade event for the global materials wet processing industry. Continuing its engineering insights education series, the major two-day virtual event will take place on October 14 and 15. 

Virtual symposium pending for wet processing industry
ALL PART OF THE PROCESS At the symposium, topics covered will include improving operating economics and profits across various minerals

Safety a major driver for innovation in crushing

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2020 An increased focus on safety is one of the key driving factors behind innovation and development in original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s crushing and screening product ranges. “We’ve seen an evolution around the safety aspect of technology developments in our... 

Safety a major driver for innovation in crushing
CRUSHING IT The Sandvik 800i series cone crushers come with the new generation automation and connectivity system as standard

Tracker negates challenges linked to conveyor belts

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD’s comprehensive range of bulk materials handling equipment encompasses conveyor components designed to enhance productivity, minimise downtime and ensure extended service life of conveyor systems. 

Tracker negates challenges linked to conveyor belts
GAME OVER BLT WORLD’s Scrapetec PrimeTracker eliminates problems normally associated with conveyor belt systems, including misalignment of the belt, which results in costly downtime and abrasion and belt damage

Company raises bar with innovative components

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering, mining services and industrial manufacturing specialist NEPEAN Conveyors recently unveiled two ground-breaking conveyor component solutions in South Africa - a conveyor belt monitoring system (ROXON HX270) and an extreme environment liner material (ROXDUR). The company also locally... 

Company raises bar with innovative components
LOCAL IS LEKKER NEPEAN has locally developed a range of standard plant conveyors with the aim of delivering these conveyors in as short as possible time to the market at competitive pricing

Versatile cam clutches ensure broad application

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s range of Tsubaki cam clutches comprises the backstop reducer high-torque (BR-HT) series, designed for use in equipment that includes inclined conveyors and bucket elevators. 

Versatile cam clutches ensure broad application
SAFETY FIRST Tsubaki backstop cam clutches, which are designed for safety in high- or low-speed applications, meet the requirements of the Mine Health and Safety Act

Increased focus on mining sector during pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) was heavily focused on the mining sector during all stages of the South Africa’s national lockdown, which was triggered by the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

Increased focus on mining sector during pandemic
SHAUN COMBRINCK The main challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic for businesses was also to mitigate the economic impact of the associated lockdown

Protect conveyors against lightning

2nd October 2020 Mining conveyors are prone to being struck by lightning, owing to the vast area they cover and the varying heights of the conveyor structure, says earthing systems, lightning, surge and overvoltage protection specialist Advanced Lightning Protection (ALP). 

Components provider launches ‘improved’ chain range

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division has launched the new Tsubaki Titan chain series, which offers “significant improvements” in wear-life in demanding applications. 

Components provider launches ‘improved’ chain range
INCORPORATED FEATURES The Tsubaki Titan chain’s use of seamless bushes incorporate lube grooves

Kibo one step closer to finalising Baobab PPA

By: Donna Slater     1st October 2020 Multi-asset, Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has proceeded with several steps to progress ongoing negotiations regarding a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Baobab Resources to supply about 200 MW of energy to Baobab’s Tete steel and vanadium project, in Mozambique. The Baobab power... 

Hydropower becoming increasingly viable for miners in DRC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2020 Mining companies are increasingly considering hydropower as a power source for their mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Hydropower, whether pumped storage or run-of-river, is a low-cost, clean form of energy in areas with rivers or dams.  

Hydropower becoming increasingly viable for miners in DRC
Photo by Reuters
Inga Dam, in DRC

SRG wins Worsley work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st October 2020 Engineering and construction firm SRG Global has secured a new eight-year, A$100-million contract with diversified miner South32 at its Worsley alumina operation. The contract would see SRG Global provide specialist refractory services, including gunning and casting and installation of... 

Sandvik intelligent drill series continues to meet evolving customer demands

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 As rotary blasthole drill technology continues to advance, Sandvik’s iSeries family of intelligent drills continues to grow to meet evolving customer demands – as can be seen with the Sandvik DR410i drill rig. Considered a “compact, powerful, technologically advanced rig designed to produce the... 

Sandvik launches new RDX5 rock drill

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 Following the virtual grand opening of its Rock Drill Innovation Centre, in Finland, Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik launched its RDX5 rock drill on September 30. The rock drill builds on the success of “the most dependable rock drill in the market”, the HLX5, and... 

Sandvik digitises mechanical cutting equipment to improve safety 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th September 2020 In addition to performance and extensive safety features, engineering company Sandvik says its mechanical cutting equipment also offer effective digital solutions to boost productivity, reduce operating costs and maximise equipment lifetime. One such mechanical cutting equipment solution is... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Newtrax gives insight into its Collision Avoidance System during Sandvik conference

By: Simone Liedtke     29th September 2020 Heavy traffic, large equipment, poor visibility and blind spots create the potential for accidents in an industry that demands world-class operational performance and has the expectation of zero harm. Underground mining Internet of Things (IoT) service provider Newtrax believes its Collision... 

EPC awarded at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2020 ASX-listed Primero Group has been awarded preferred engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) status at fellow listed Strandline Resources’ Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The EPC work would amount to some A$150-million in revenue for Primero, and would cover the EPC,... 

Thiess wins contract extension at Mt Owen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has awarded mining services provider Thiess with a contract extension to provide mining services at the Mount Owen coal mine, in the Hunter Valley. The 18-month contract extension will generate revenue of A$340-million to Thiess, and would see the company continue to... 

Used equipment gaining traction

By: Theresa Bhowan     25th September 2020 Earthmoving equipment supplier Goscor Earthmoving, an accredited dealer of heavy equipment manufacturer SANY equipment, has noted an increase in the popularity of used materials-handling equipment amid the current economic constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown. 

Used equipment gaining traction
GOOD AS NEW SANY has sold a significant number of machines during the lockdown period and have very few pieces of used equipment on hand

Improved offering, delivers remotely

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged geological services provider Minrom to focus on streamlining its in-house systems and enhancing its remote management capabilities, says Minrom senior geologist Graham Duncan. He emphasises that these enhancements will enable mining companies working with... 

Improved offering, delivers remotely
GEOLOGY FROM HOME Systems with remote capabilities have become crucial for mining companies active in remote regions that are difficult to access regularly

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions

25th September 2020 The discovery and development of natural gas projects in northern Mozambique over the past decade could have a significant impact on the economic landscape of Southern Africa, says analytical services provider Deloitte. The group has released a series of reports to examine the different sectors... 

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions
Photo by Reuters
STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE LNG requires specialised infrastructure to manage. It is vital that southern Africa has the capability to move LNG from ship-based transport to land-based storage

New manganese mine edges closer to opening

25th September 2020 East Manganese, diversified miner Menar’s first manganese asset, located near the Northern Cape town of Hotazel, was recently granted Amendment to Environmental Authorisation, along with plant and tree removal permits – which are the latest statutory approvals. The R250-million project holds... 

Remanufacturing centre benefits from overhead crane system

25th September 2020 Multinational construction manufacturing corporation Komatsu’s equipment remanufacturing centre is a critical element in the company’s new campus in Tunney Industrial Estate, Edenvale. 

Remanufacturing centre benefits from overhead crane system
A JIB AND SHAKE Each jib crane is used to transfer the completed components to various operating lines along its travel length

Minerals Council aids E Cape response

25th September 2020 Mining industry employers’ organisation, the Minerals Council South Africa announced in August that several of its members contributed a combined R4.7-million towards oxygen and oxygen-related products for the Eastern Cape. The R4.7-million was jointly raised by African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo... 

Minerals Council aids E Cape response
TEBELLO CHABANA For many who become ill from Covid-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable, oxygen is what is most needed and will, quite simply, represent life

Pallet-free logistics rising slowly but steadily

By: Theresa Bhowan     25th September 2020 As society at large becomes more aware of the environmental concerns of using traditional wooden pallets, pallet-free bulk bags manufacturer Tellap tells Mining Weekly that it has observed a trend away from using traditional wooden pallets. 

Pallet-free logistics rising slowly but steadily
EASY MOVING The Tellap pallet-free bulk bags have been developed for the packaging and transporting of dry, loose semi-bulk products, including high-value minerals

Trommel supply available throughout continent

25th September 2020 Trommel technology leader MDS trommel screens and apron feeders, which have been designed especially for mineral processing and recycling applications, are available throughout Africa from branded machinery supplier BLT World. “These flexible systems are used to remove the small fraction – fines... 

Trommel supply available throughout continent
ADVANCE MECHANISMS M515 trommels are designed to clean rocks in all weather conditions
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