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Mining Services News

Developer acquires Burkina Faso projects

8th April 2022 UK-based natural resource developer Red Rock Resources in January announced the acquisition of two prospective exploration projects by the Red Rock Group in the prolific Boromo and Banfora greenstone belts of Burkina Faso. The assets are held by Faso Greenstone Resources (FGR), a wholly-owned... 

Miner maintains steady production, ESG focus despite challenges

8th April 2022 Despite challenges experienced during 2021, gold miner Gold Fields had a solid operational performance, achieving both production and cost guidance for the year. “Last year, we undertook a detailed review of the company's strategy and determined that this was the time to build on a previously... 

Training provider opening centre in Ghana 

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions is finalising its applications to open a formal training centre in Accra, Ghana together with a local partner. Prisma offers customised and sustainable education, training and organisational development solutions to the African mining... 

A picture fo Prisma Training MD Jacques Farmer Looking out onto an Open cast mine wearing PPE
Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer discusses its plans to offer training and upskilling services to the West Africa mining sector. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining capital project success can be secured by implementing digital platform – webinar

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2022 The success of mining projects largely depends on thousands of interconnected decisions made every day, at every level, across multiple organisations, thereby making them highly complex. As such, inefficiencies and risks can inevitably lead to additional project costs and delays that can grow... 

Combined pic of Deon Stassen, Lerato Mazibuko and Pieter Bouwer
(From left to right) Deon Stassen, Lerato Mazibuko and Pieter Bouwer

Mining a big driver of Victoria economy - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2022 New analysis undertaken on behalf of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has revealed that mining companies generated A$1-billion in value to the Victorian economy in 2020-21 while supporting thousands of jobs and businesses across the state. Victoria’s mines directly injected A$510-million... 

Memsa Innovation Award announces winners, recognises innovative tech in South African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2022 In recognition of the innovative spirit of Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa’s (Memsa’s) members, in particular, and the manufacturing industry as a whole, Memsa on April 6 awarded six awards to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in South Africa. Supported by the South African... 

Pic of attendees at Memsa's Innovation Awards 2022
(From the left) Innocent Masinga Memsa director (Paramount Tracks); Lehlohonolo Molloyi Memsa CEO; Tshepiso Kadiaka Department of Trade, Industry & Competition and Bruce Ndlela Memsa chairperson (Bell Equipment).

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Trevali rolls out digital technologies to further digitalisation goals

By: Donna Slater     4th April 2022 Canada-headquartered base metals miner Trevali is increasingly rolling-out its use of the Emmesent Hovermap simultaneous localisation and mapping light detection and ranging scanner, both underground and on the surface, as the miner moves towards increased digitalisation of its mines. With its... 

RBPlat’s Maseve to serve as test mine for tech demonstration, research 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2022 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) to establish a “test mine” at RBPlat’s Maseve mine, 50 km north of Rustenburg, in North West. The test mine will be developed as an industry site for research, development and... 

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... 

An image of construction activities taking place at the Platreef project site, with shaft 1 depicted on the left, and the high-to-collar advancement for shaft 2 portrayed on the right
Photo by Ivanhoe Mines
SHAFT CONSTRUCTION Construction activities at the Platreef Project site, including Shaft 1 on the left, and the hitch-to-collar advancement for Shaft 2 on the right

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... 

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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... 

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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
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