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Kwatani casts spotlight on innovation, digitalisation 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2022 In response to the innovation imperative in the mining sector, mining equipment manufacturer Kwatani will use Electra Mining Africa 2022 as the platform to cast the spotlight on its modern multi-slope screen design and the company’s strides in digital innovation.  While multi-slope screens –... 

Trafo’s flexibility on show at Electra Mining 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2022 Owing to the individual nature of mines, a one-size-fits-all solution is often unfeasible. With that in mind, dry-type transformer specialist Trafo Power Solutions will use Electra Mining Africa 2022 to showcase its ability to customise its solutions for mine-specific conditions. 

A photo of Trafo's equipment
Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen and Trafo national sales and marketing manager Andrea Ghidini speak to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining Africa. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Draft regulations removing licensing cap for distributed generators released for comment 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has published for public comment proposed changes to South Africa’s electricity regulations, exempting distributed generation facilities of any size from applying to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a licence. The... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sasol, Itochu sign MoU to develop green ammonia industry

By: Darren Parker     2nd September 2022 Global chemicals and energy company Sasol and Japanese trading group Itochu have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly study and develop the market and supply chain for green ammonia, with a focus on its use as a bunkering fuel and for power generation. The parties will also... 

Sasol building

Capital appoints new CEO

By: Darren Parker     2nd September 2022 London-listed mining services company Capital has appointed Peter Stokes as its new CEO, with effect from October 3.  Stokes will be based in Perth where the company has an established office and presence. He will also join the board as an executive director. 

Dry-ice blasting service provider underscores advantages of dry ice blast cleaning

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2022 Similar to sand blasting, bead blasting or soda blasting, dry ice blasting service provider Dry Ice Blasting Services underscores the advantages to dry ice blast cleaning, which it says is “not well known”, although it is a time-saving, green and cost-effective cleaning method. The modernized... 

Dry-ice blasting service provider underscores advantages of dry ice blast cleaning

Group of companies collaborate on delivering innovative solutions in the industrial space

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2022 Using innovative solutions that reduce project risk and increase productivity will help to drive schedule and budget compliance, says mechanical contractor Prommac. This focus, it adds, also will see “happy employees [being] more likely to give their best in all aspects of their work” as a... 

Prommac offers innovative maintenance, shutdown and multi-discipline project solutions
Photo by Prommac
Prommac offers innovative maintenance, shutdown and multi-discipline project solutions

Miners pleased with Skills Summit outcomes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd September 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the outcome of the federal government’s Jobs and Skills summit, held this week. The federal government at the end of the summit agreed to 36 immediate initiatives, including modernising Australia’s workplace relation laws, amending the Fair... 

Motor manufacturer helping to reduce load on grid 

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2022 In focusing on energy efficiency, Zest WEG, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is helping the South African mining industry reduce its load on the country’s fragile energy generation system through the uptake of its products. For example, the company started... 

CONSIDERED CAPACITY
Before developing manufacturing capacity locally, Zest WEG endeavours to understand the end-users’ needs first
Mining Weekly talks to newly appointed Zest WEG CEO Eduardo Werninghaus, who gives his first media interview in South Africa

Transformers to be installed at local gold mine

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2022 Gauteng dry-type transformer specialist Trafo Power Solutions is on track to supply three transformers to a local underground gold mining operation for commissioning this month, despite the challenges manufacturers have been facing globally. While there is a global shortage of raw materials, from... 

TAKE THE HEAT
Dry-type transformers comply with class F1 fire certification, meaning that, in the case of a fire, they do not exacerbate the fire or release harmful emissions
TAKE THE HEAT Dry-type transformers comply with class F1 fire certification, meaning that, in the case of a fire, they do not exacerbate the fire or release harmful emissions

Manufacturer to showcase industrial lighting range at Electra Mining

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2022 Lighting manufacturer Visionware will be showcasing its industrial lighting range at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, which will be held in September. The Kempton Park-based company focuses on the in-house design and local manufacturing of products for the electrical switchgear and... 

The V-Light range in a parking bay area
The V-Light range in a parking bay area

South African energy issues need joint effort - Minerals Council  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2022 South Africa’s energy conundrum will require a concerted effort by both industry and government, the Minerals Council South Africa said. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of Paydirt’s Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter said that the solution... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

DRA Global swings to A$14m interim loss over legacy contracts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2022 ASX- and JSE-listed consultancy DRA Global has posted an underlying loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of A$14-million for the half-year ended June 30. This compares with underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of A$32.5-million in the... 

Power Metal signs deal with Botswana drilling company

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2022 London-listed Power Metal Resources has signed a diamond drilling contract with 100% Botswana citizen-owned Mindea Exploration and Drilling Services to carry out a planned programme of about 2 600 m of diamond drilling across an expected six drill holes at the Molopo Farms complex project, in... 

Master Drilling lists diversification plans as it reports stellar interim performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2022 JSE-listed Master Drilling had one of the best interim periods in its 36-year history in the six months ended June 30, with all business units having contributed positively to earnings, while healthy demand for drilling services continued globally. CEO Danie Pretorius tells Mining Weekly that... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

AZ-Armaturen continues to engineer fast, dynamic solutions to customer specification

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2022 During the 50 years that industrial equipment supplier AZ-Armaturen has been in existence, it has continuously developed its portfolio to meet the increasing demands of globally active customers. “The tradition of being a partner and meeting the highest demands of our customers is inextricably... 

Pic of  some of AZ-Armaturen's industrial equipment
Pictured is some of AZ-Armaturen's industrial equipment that's available to customers

Melco rolls from strength to strength thanks to bulk unit handling capabilities

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2022 Goods conveying is a critical aspect of production, packaging and distribution of numerous large consumer products and industrial components, says conveyor equipment manufacturer Melco Conveyor Equipment. Part of the Rulmeca Group, Melco supplies rollers, idlers, pulleys and motorised pulleys for... 

Pic of Melco's Germiston-based manufacturing facility
Melco's Germiston-based manufacturing facility

Wits Mining Institute to host three-day technology seminar

By: Donna Slater     29th August 2022 The University of the Witwatersrand’s Mining Institute (WMI) is set to host a three-day seminar on mining technology, from September 27 to 29, on the theme of “Turning research curiosity into twenty-first century minerals industry performance, relationships and technology”. The seminar, to be... 

An image of the DigiMine
The Wits Mining Institute's DigiMine

LRQA helps businesses mitigate ever-evolving challenges

29th August 2022 Amid an ever-more uncertain macroeconomic environment, the vast majority of leading global organisations must also navigate exacting stakeholder demands, increasing competition and rapidly changing business conditions, says assurance provider LQRA South Africa. However, the firm emphasises that... 

MLT Group announces new generation of Super-Screw range for conveyor splicing

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2022 The new generation of manufacturer MLT Group’s Super-Screw range allows for a reduction in conveyor downtime, while also improving productivity, the company says, noting that it is “an optimal way to splice conveyor belts”. In order to meet the needs of all its customers, the permanent endless... 

Pic of the company's Super-Screw in use at a quarry conveyor belt
The company's Super-Screw in use at a quarry conveyor belt

Thiess increases offer price for MACA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th August 2022 Suitor Thiess has increased its takeover offer for fellow listed MACA from A$1.025 a share in cash to A$1.075 a share, days after MACA fielded a competing offer from NRW Holdings. Thiess and MACA have now entered into an amended deed to the bid implementation previously announced, with the... 

Afrimat CEO upbeat on group’s interim financials despite lower iron-ore prices

By: Darren Parker     26th August 2022 Although precluded from divulging any specific financial information during a pre-close briefing held on August 26, JSE-listed midtier construction materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities mining company Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden said the group’s financial situation was “very... 

Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

BTECH Process, Diemme® Filtration partner for joint exhibition at EMA 2022

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2022 Liquid/solid solutions provider BTECH Process and filtration specialist Diemme® Filtration will be undertaking their first joint exhibition in South Africa at the 2022 iteration of the bi-annual Electra Mining Africa (EMA) exhibition, which will be held in September. The decision to co-exhibit at... 

Diemme Filtration and BTECH's GHT5000F Domino Filter Press

KonNx portfolio ensures constant connection, safety

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2022 In an effort to ensure constant connection between power cables, the relevant equipment and electricity, high voltage cable coupler manufacturer KonNx designs, manufactures and distributes high and low voltage cable couplers and connectors for use in heavy industrial applications (such as... 

Pic of KonNx product with South African flag overlay

SA poised to benefit from PGMs growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th August 2022 South Africa is strategically poised to benefit from the growth trajectory of the platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, as it holds about 80% of the world’s PGM resources. The country demonstrates a unique competitive advantage, as a result of the increasing demand for platinum in hydrogen fuel... 

An image of electric vehicle parking allocations
ZOOMING AHEAD Increasing demand for platinum in cell-powered vehicles offers growth opportunities for local PGM sector

Used oil programme reflects ESG drive

26th August 2022 The recent solid financial performance by chemicals manufacturer Omnia Group’s explosives subsidiary BME, is underpinned by its environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) commitment, says MD Ralf Hennecke. Omnia’s mining division – where BME is the main asset – delivered a 29% increase... 

Company on track to complete furnace rebuild

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th August 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is on track to conclude the rebuild of the new furnace of multinational precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter this month. The first matte tap is set to be conducted also by the end of this month. This... 

An image of Thos Begbie workers at the Sibanye smelter
FROM THE GROUND UP Thos Begbie built on their role of manufacturing the smelter parts by going on to rebuild the smelter

Africa-focused conference will provide key ESG insight for industries

By: Nadine James     26th August 2022 The importance of embedding environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles into any modern business cannot be understated, which is why an Africa-focused ESG conference, which situates ESG considerations within the African context, will take place in October. The ESG Africa... 

ESG to evolve from charity to ‘sustainability’

By: Nadine James     26th August 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) in mining initially “took a bit too long” to transition from a form of charity to an industry imperative, says professional services firm Accenture sustainability lead for Africa Thandekile Matenga. “When I say charity; ESG in the old days in... 

An image of Accenture's Thandekile Matenga
THANDEKILE MATENGA Mines now understand that ESG means investing in new technologies, decarbonising operations and most importantly, thinking about the future beyond mining

A2C Distributors grows from strength-to-strength, attending EMA2022

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2022 Still going strong since it was established in 1997, business support services provider A2C Distributors has grown its range progressively. The company supplies a variety of tools and solutions to suit a customers’ needs and requirements. 

A2C Distributors grows from strength-to-strength, attending EMA2022

EDS promoting patented Multishaft Mill at EMA2022

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2022 Mining equipment manufacturer Energy & Densification Systems (EDS) has developed and patented its new technology crushing and milling equipment, the EDS Multishaft Mill. EDS will be exhibiting at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, in September, and will be promoting its Multishaft Mill... 

The EDS Multishaft Mill
The EDS Multishaft Mill

Epiroc to acquire South Africa’s AARD Mining Equipment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2022 Swedish mining and infrastructure equipment manufacturer Epiroc has signed an agreement to acquire South African mining equipment manufacturer AARD Mining Equipment. AARD, based near Johannesburg, designs, manufactures, services and supports a range of mining equipment, specialising in... 

Rockwell Automation underscores the importance of maintenance to improve asset availability

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2022 Considering that high-capital assets have such a huge impact on production, they cannot be under maintenance or downtime without production being affected to some extent. Unscheduled downtime or maintenance in heavy asset industries, therefore, lead to a number of cost drivers within an industry,... 

Rockwell Automation underscores the importance of maintenance to improve asset availability

Tech startup to launch flagship 3D metal printer at Electra Mining

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2022 South African tech startup Aditiv Solutions will be launching its flagship three-dimensional (3D) metal printer, the HYRAX, at the upcoming Electra Mining Africa (EMA) exhibition, to be held at Expo Centre Johannesburg in September. A live demonstration of metal parts being ‘printed’ is also on... 

Aditiv's HYRAX 3D metal printer
Aditiv's HYRAX 3D metal printer

BSSC Radiators continues to ensure diverse, efficient product delivery

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2022 Privately-owned BSSC Radiators continues to develop and transform itself into a market leader, with over four decades of diverse experience and service in the mining industry. Through this experience servicing the mining industry, among others, BSSC aims to ensure efficient product delivery –... 

The
The "After" of a flag ship rebuild that was done in the BSSC workshop on a Komatsu 960E

Plans progressing for 744 MW energy for alloys business – Merafe 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2022 Construction of the Swedish Stirling plant that converts off-gas to electricity will take place at the Lion ferrochrome smelter near Steelport starting in the second half of this year, Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala said on Tuesday, when the ferrochrome company announced a dividend-yielding... 

Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and Merafe FD Ditabe Chocho.
Photo by Creamer Media
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and Merafe FD Ditabe Chocho.

Sosimple Energy provides cheap, clean energy that reduces electricity costs

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2022 Clean energy provider Sosimple Energy is protecting businesses in South Africa against rising electricity prices, helping them to save money through its solar installation offerings. The offering, which requires no investment and no costs for maintenance or insurance, provides businesses with an... 

Sosimple Energy provides cheap, clean energy that reduces electricity costs

Bonfiglioli promoting local engineering capability at Electra Mining

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2022 Machine industry company Bonfiglioli continues to leverage global best practices across its wide product range, while simultaneously tailoring its offering to local needs. This approach, the power transmission industry leader says, has allowed Bonfiglioli South Africa to “capture a significant... 

Pic of some of Bonfiglioli's products.
A combination of some of Bonfiglioli's products.
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