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Equipping, changeover on track for March

1st April 2022 Diversified mining company Ivanhoe Mines is expected to complete the equipping and changeover of its Platreef Project Shaft 1 by the end of last month. The construction of the 996-m-level station at the bottom of Shaft 1 was completed in July 2020. Shaft 1 will initially be used to access the... 

New initiative to optimise cross-border transit

1st April 2022 Financial technology insurance consultancy Askari has concluded an agreement with Hollard Mozambique Insurance to launch its digital strategy, which targets cross-border trucking fleets. 

Detection system ensures safety on coal mines

By: Anna Moross     1st April 2022 The Drill Platform Detection system aims to assist that coal mine personnel on or around the drill platform are safe while the drill is in operation, says safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech chief sales officer Nick Murray. 

An image of the Drill Platform Detection system implemented in a mine
DRILL PLATFORM DETECTION SYSTEM The system can be adapted to suit the application and the mine. Monitech collaborates with clients to find solutions to problems and resolve their challenges regarding safety

Company develops dust suppressants to assist miners

1st April 2022 Leading fine particle specialist Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST Solutions) is assisting mine site operators to comply with tougher workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants. 

An image of spray and foaming systems above a conveyor carrying coal
DUST SUPPRESSION METHODS Dust suppression methods involve a surface-active agent added to water that is applied to the bulk material through spray or foaming systems to lift the dust extinction moisture levels

Pre-sinking complete at Karowe mine

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st April 2022 Shaft pre-sinking at Canadian-headquartered diamond mining company Lucara’s Karowe mine, in Botswana, was completed at the end of February. “Each shaft is approximately -52 m below collar. The final depth for the ventilation shaft is -730 m below surface, and -767 m below surface for the... 

Image of a stage being lowered into the shaft
HOOK, LINE AND SINKER Lucara has completed shaft pre-sinking on its Karowe mine

No ‘mucking about’ with safety for UMS

1st April 2022 Shaft sinking company United Mining Services (UMS) boasts shaft sinking innovations that the company is applying across its international projects, says CEO Digby Glover. Throughout its 60-year history, UMS has helped its clients extract value from the world’s most challenging ore bodies. Over... 

An image depicting construction at a shaft
SAFETY FIRST UMS CEO Digby Glover says it is now possible to sink shafts without accidents, owing to innovations of equipment and methodology

Critical minerals, infrastructure and jobs big takers in Budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th March 2022 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the government’s investment initiatives unveiled in the 2022-23 Budget. The 2022-23 Budget measures include a A$200-million spend over five years for the Critical Minerals Accelerator Initiative, and a A$50.5-million spend over three years for a... 

Image shows Australian flag and crest

WA working to address resource skills shortage

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2022 The Western Australian government is working to address skills shortages in the resources sector, Mines, Petroleum and Energy Minister Bill Johnston said. Speaking at the Global Iron Ore and Steel Forecast conference, in Perth, Johnston said that the state government had expanded the occupations... 

Image shows an assembly of mining boots

Tsodilo eyes Trans-Zambezi Railway extension for ore transport benefits

By: Donna Slater     28th March 2022 Diamond and metals explorer Tsodilo Resources is enthused about the completion of the final feasibility study (FFS) for the Trans-Zambezi Railway extension project between the towns of Grootfontein, Rundu and Katima Mulilo in Namibia. Tsodilo chairperson and CEO James Bruchs says the proposed... 

Miners welcome more apprentice investments

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th March 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the federal government’s extension of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program, saying it will help create more qualified trade workers, critical for Australia’s workforce of today and tomorrow. Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the... 

Mandela Mining Precinct showcases newly trialled drilling innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2022 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) this week displayed two lighter, faster, quieter and more energy-efficient rock drills at its premises in Johannesburg, showcasing new technology that could improve safety in South African mines. The drills were manufactured by two local original-equipment... 

Australia mining employment surges

25th March 2022 Employment in the mining sector has continued to surge, with female participation reaching record levels, up from 19% in November 2021 to 21% in February 2022, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said. The industry body noted that the combination of strong demand and need for advanced skills... 

Drilling contractor plans to evolve grouting services

By: Claire O'Reilly     25th March 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond’s grouting services are one of the foundations on which the company has built its reputation in the mining industry and, as such, it is a critical part of its complete service offering. 

Company secures $31m contract

25th March 2022 Exploration drilling company Geodrill in February announced that it had been awarded significant multi-rig, long-term drilling contracts with multinational gold miner Endeavour Mining. 

Miner supports SMME with diamond drilling equipment

25th March 2022 Diversified miner Glencore Ferroalloys’ Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM) announced last month that it remains committed to developing and supporting local small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to contribute to local economies.   

Educational institute boosts simulator training

25th March 2022 Australian educational institution Holmesglen Institute – a “leading and diversified” technical and further education institution – will acquire two “highly-advanced”, fifth generation CYBERMINE simulators, to train underground equipment operators.  

Company secures three-year agreement with iron-ore miner’s village

25th March 2022 Australian network solutions provider Swift announced earlier this month that it had secured a new three-year partnership agreement with holding company Roy Hill Holdings to service its “world-class” Roy Hill Mine Permanent Village. Swift’s flagship product, Swift Access, will be installed in 2... 

Battery electric mining vehicles can boost efficiencies, sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will play a role in improving health and safety, boosting efficiencies and achieving sustainability goals, including by combining on-mine renewable energy generation with BEVs, says mining equipment company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. “In countries where... 

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions' 18 t LH5188 loader
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions' 18 t LH5188 loader

More countries approve FLSmidth's buyout of thyssenkrupp's Mining business

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2022 Industrial engineering and equipment multinational FLSmidth has received regulatory clearances from the Australian, South African, Peruvian and Chilean authorities in relation to its acquisition of industrial and technology multinational subsidiary thyssenkrupp’s Mining business. FLSmidth first... 

Master Drilling posts good results, to continue technology pursuit

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2022 JSE-listed drilling technology company Master Drilling achieved a 40% year-on-year increase in revenue to a record $171.8-million for the year ended December 31, 2021. It generated $32.5-million in cash from operating activities, reduced its debt to $32.1-million and grew its operating profit by... 

Takeovers Panel called into DRA power struggle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2022 The Australian Takeovers Panel has been urged to enter an internal melee at ASX and JSE-listed DRA Global. Three senior management members at DRA in February formed a consortium and introduced resolutions to remove Andrew Naude and Peter Mansell as directors of the company. 

Australian METS gets backing into India

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st March 2022 The federal government on Monday unveiled a A$1.5-million government program to create new export opportunities in India for Australia’s mining equipment and services (METS) companies. Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said Tthe Global Mining Challenge - India will identify key... 

Arbitrator delivers mixed outcome in DRA, LMDC contract dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2022 JSE- and ASX-listed mining consultancy DRA Global has advised of a mixed outcome from an arbitration process between itself and Liqhobong Mining Development Company (LMDC) in disputes over a contract. Notably, the final award, handed down by arbitrator Advocate Michael Kuper, determined that... 

Company faces import/export challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     18th March 2022 Mine ventilation and cooling specialists BBE Group tells Mining Weekly that the biggest challenge it currently faces in delivering projects is the global supply chain and logistics. “Delays on the import front result, in turn, in delays on the fabrication and manufacturing fronts. Especially our... 

Training provider focuses on safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     18th March 2022 Mining training solutions provider Prisma ensures that it takes a “deeper look” into the safety aspects of its training for individuals operating machines on site or those who are part of a blasting crew. “As a training provider, we focus on the safety element to ensure that, once learners are... 

Image of workers conducting training on site
KEEPING ON Despite Covid-19, Prisma has been considering a distance learning approach for the purpose of assessments

Battery tech can curb emissions

18th March 2022 Commercial vehicle electrification technology company Proterra and equipment manufacturer Komatsu, in the last quarter of 2021 announced a new collaboration to electrify next-generation underground mining machines using Proterra’s battery technology. Under the collaboration, Proterra will supply... 

Underground graders coming to Africa

18th March 2022 Underground equipment manufacturer MacLean Engineering announced last month that the first-ever MacLean GR5 underground road grader has been shipped to Africa and that additional units have been scheduled for factory production. The newest addition to MacLean’s Mine-Mate utility vehicles, which... 

A yellow grader used for underground roads and pathways part of MacLean’s Mine-Mate utility vehicles range, this is teh GR5
HIGHER GRADE The MacLean GR5 underground road grader is coming to African shores and mines

Brazilian mine benefits from cooling system installation

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling engineering consultant BBE Group has successfully completed the installation of a ventilation and cooling system at the Caraíba mine in the Curaçá river valley, in Brazil. The deepening of a shaft to open up a new orebody in the mine had put the... 

Large yellow pipes and a filtration system in a mine in Brazil that allow for fresh air to be pumped into the shaft for better breathing
DEEP BREATH BBE have successfully installed an underground ventilation system at a mine in Brazil

More women entering underground mining

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions has noted a marked increase in women being trained and employed in the mining sector. “At times, we have a class filled entirely with women, and some of our training components are being facilitated by women,” says Prisma MD Jacques... 

Two men in PPE in front of a mine's processing facility with a document which they are reading
LEARNING CURVE Prisma Training focuses on career path development for the underground, opencast and mineral processing sectors

New blasting system improves safety

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Having developed, and now busy testing its second-generation WebGen™ 200 in Australia and Canada, mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica says its trials have shown improved safety and productivity across operations.   The WebGen™ 200, a wireless electronic blasting system with... 

The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems form small to large, in orange, yellow and green
EXPLOSIVE STUFF The second-generation WebGen 200 range of wireless initiating systems is being tested in Australia and Canada

Abandoned mines can be used for energy storage

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Sweden-based sustainable power transition enabler Mine Storage co-founder and CEO Thomas Johansson notes that the company’s concept of using abandoned underground mines – or those under care and maintenance – as energy storage facilities has progressed to the prefeasibility phase. He explains... 

A photo of Mine Storage CEO Thomas Johansson stood in front of a lake and wooded area
THOMAS JOHANSSON The first underground mine storage facility will be constructed in Sweden

Mining offerings entrenched

18th March 2022 Professional services firm WSP in Africa provides mining houses across the continent with access to a full spectrum of “world-class” engineering, environmental sustainability advisory and implementation services. The firm states that it has the experience and breadth of offering in place to... 

Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates 

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2022 Johannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater extent, the services it provides to curb critical infrastructure theft and vandalism. Cable theft for... 

An image of a drone and stolen cables
UAV & Drone Solutions provides eyes in the sky, day or night, to deter infrastructure criminals and identify areas of concern

DRA Global starts search for new CEO after Naude resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2022 ASX- and JSE-listed consultancy DRA Global says its MD and CEO Andrew Naude has resigned and will step down once a hand-over process to interim CEO James Smith is finalised. Naude, who jointed DRA as a senior executive in 2013, has been the longest-serving director in the company’s history.  

Control valves offer multiple advantages

11th March 2022 Triple Eccentric Valves, also known as Triple-Off-Set valves (TOV), are gaining  popularity owing to interest in zero leakage valves for open/close functionality. German valves manufacturer Zwick developed its TRI-SHARK Triple-Off-Set valves to extend its range and create an efficient high... 

An image of Zwick's TRI-SHARK Triple-Off-Set valve
TRI-SHARK TRIPLE OFF-SET VALVE The valve has many advatages including zero leakage and maintenance-free operations

German actuators brought to South African shores

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th March 2022 The increase in demand for low-voltage, failsafe electric actuators prompted actuator supplier DEMCA Actuation Solutions’ collaboration with Germany-based actuator manufacturer PS Automation GmbH, to bring the latter’s smart actuator range to South Africa. DEMCA Actuation Solutions sales and... 

DEMCA Actuation Solutions supply of PS Automation GmbH's smart actuator range
SMART ACTUATORS MEET DEMAND Electricity instability has led to increased demand for low-voltage actuators

Water pretreatment can protect RO plants

11th March 2022 Reverse osmosis (RO) is a separation technique that is suitable for a wide range of applications, especially when salt and/or dissolved solids need to be removed from a solution. It is one of the most common types of water treatment.   South African boiler manufacturer and water treatment... 

Coatings key to optimal -operation

11th March 2022 Local mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pump products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) commends the Belzona 1321 two-part ceramic-filled epoxy coating for its ability to provide erosion- and corrosion-resistance in metal surfaces. Recently, MRS was called to repair a badly... 

An image of a swing check valve prior to MRS repairing it
SWING CHECK VALVE PER-REFURBISHMENT The valve had cavitation damage which could result in process failures
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