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Aveng’s strong full-year performance positions it well for long-term growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd August 2022 JSE-listed Aveng says improved revenues, gross margins and operating earnings, combined with strong cash generation, were underpinned by a stronger capital base in the financial year ended June 30. The construction and engineering group has completed its recovery and turnaround to profitability... 

Austin to buy mining equipment firm

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2022 Global engineering firm Austin Engineering has struck a A$19.6-million agreement to acquire Australian mining equipment manufacturer Mainetec. ASX-listed Austin said that the acquisition would give the company access to Mainetec's Hulk range of high-performance mining buckets, increasing the... 

Specialist inspection, non-destructive testing company continues providing quality through experience

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2022 Over the past 41 years De-Tect Unit Inspection & Cooperheat of Africa has grown into one of the leading companies providing specialised inspection, non-destructive testing (NDT), and thermal services to various industries. The company, which strives to provide quality backed by its extensive... 

Specialist inspection, non-destructive testing company continues providing quality through experience

JV company offering complete thermoplastic piping system solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2022 South African joint venture (JV) company African Pipes, Valves & Fittings (APVF) Piping Systems offers a complete thermoplastic piping system for the industrial, gas and mining markets. The JV between fuel supplier Bohlale Energy and investment company African Rainbow Capital (ARC) is a Level 2... 

JV company offering complete thermoplastic piping system solutions

Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2022 Industrial equipment supplier Caslad is leveraging its industry experience and contacts to solidify themselves as a large player within the light industrial and materials handling market segment. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has seen a dramatic increase in sales through... 

Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

MACA still open to talks with NRW

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th August 2022 Takeover target MACA on Friday confirmed that it had rebuffed a takeover offer from NRW Holdings, saying it was not superior to a takeover offer from Thiess. NRW this week confirmed it had launched a rival bid for MACA, offering combined cash and share merger valuing MACA shares at A$1.085 a... 

Results show potential for beneficiation

By: Cameron Mackay     19th August 2022 Mineral exploration company Mount Burgess Mining MD Nigel Forrester says ongoing metallurgical and mineralogical testwork, conducted at the company’s Kihabe–Nxuu zinc/lead/silver/gallium/germanium/vanadium mine project, in western Ngamiland, Botswana, indicates the feasibility of metals... 

Choosing the right ESG paths is critical

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th August 2022 The Australian mining industry is facing hampered growth owing to domestic and global system backlogs. With ESG now a non-negotiable in the sector, explorers are having to quickly adapt to changing policy and guidance with miners now focussing on their environmental, social and corporate... 

An image depicting green fields with wind turbines
SECTOR CHALLENGES Sweeney says ESG-related changes will require companies to rethink old processes and take some big swings on emerging technology

Rig to revolutionise drilling

19th August 2022 Emerging drill rig manufacturer Geomagnetic Design has announced results from field trials on its specialty, patented reverse circulation (RC) and diamond GM1 drill rig. Now in advanced stages of research and development (R&D), field testing in Western Australia’s Pilbara Region have confirmed... 

An image depicting the GM1 drill rig
PROMISING PERFORMANCE GM1’s performance in exploration drilling programmes at six separate sites across the state showed a significant reduction in fuel consumption

Geophysical sensor remains unmatched

By: Tracy Hancock     19th August 2022 Mining and infrastructure solutions company Orica has yet to see anything similar to its RHINO autonomous drillstring-mounted geophysical sensor on the market since introducing the first version in Canada in 2018, says Orica digital solutions VP Raj Mathiravedu. RHINO responds to the rock only,... 

ROCK RESPONSIVE 
The RHINO autonomous drillstring-mounted geophysical sensor provides a reliable source of information about the rocks being drilled, unaffected by the bit, rig or driller
ROCK RESPONSIVE The RHINO autonomous drillstring-mounted geophysical sensor provides a reliable source of information about the rocks being drilled, unaffected by the bit, rig or driller

Exploration company completes drilling project

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th August 2022 Australia-based exploration and development company Thor Mining has completed the second phase of drilling at its Ragged Range project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, in July. Owing to the territory being unexplored, a systematic exploration programme was conducted, starting with... 

An image depicting Nicole Galloway Warland at the Rim Rock prospect
RIM ROCK PROSPECT, WEDDING BELL PROJECT Thor Mining will start drilling later this year on its uranium and vanadium project in Colorado, in the US

EVDS supports productivity

By: Tracy Hancock     19th August 2022 Mining houses are increasingly realising the value of using emulsions in underground and surface blasting applications, and the addition of an emulsion vertical delivery system (EVDS) further contributes to the ever-growing strategy of improving and increasing productivity and efficiency. “The... 

DEBOTTLENECKING DELIVERY
The emulsion vertical delivery system contributes to efficiency, as it frees up cage time, consequently enabling mines to not only increase hoisting capacity but also productivity
DEBOTTLENECKING DELIVERY The emulsion vertical delivery system contributes to efficiency, as it frees up cage time, consequently enabling mines to not only increase hoisting capacity but also productivity

AfriTin completes construction on Phase 1 of processing plant expansion

By: Darren Parker     15th August 2022 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining has completed construction for the first phase expansion of the processing plant at the company’s flagship polymetallic Uis mine, in Namibia.  "The AfriTin team has [completed] the construction milestone for the Uis Phase 1 expansion project despite challenging... 

AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen

Barloworld plans gender-bond sale in first for South Africa

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2022 Barloworld, the South African car dealer and supplier of equipment to the mining industry, is marketing the nation’s first sale of debt linked to gender-diversity targets. The Johannesburg-based company is planning to raise as much as R1-billion in three-year and five-year bonds, with the rates... 

Company exploiting post-pandemic freedom with automation solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2022 With the Covid-19 pandemic mostly a thing of the past, process automation solutions provider Ana-Digi Systems is using the new level of freedom to alleviate some of the problems caused by the worldwide shortage of electronic components by offering its various automation equipment products and... 

LS XGi PLC offering high speed processing power
LS XGi PLC offering high speed processing power

Comprehensive range of engineering solutions provided to various industries globally

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2022 Established in 1978, UV+IR Engineering continues to adapt its products to customers’ special requirements offering numerous design, manufacture, install and commission options for various engineering solutions. UV+IR Engineering’s host of turnkey solutions includes its mineral driers range, which... 

Comprehensive range of engineering solutions provided to various industries globally

FLSmidth’s acquisition of TK Mining to conclude end of August

By: Darren Parker     12th August 2022 The final closing of mining engineering, equipment and services company FLSmidth’s acquisition of multinational engineering company ThyssenKrupp’s mining business TK Mining will take place on August 31, now that all conditions and requirements for the transaction have been met. FLSmidth confirmed... 

Doors opened by women engineers, scientists

12th August 2022 Women working as consulting engineers and scientists are opening doors of opportunity in mining by breaking down discriminatory attitudes and creating role models for the future, with the consulting engineering sector being an important contributor to gender transformation in mining, said mining... 

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Photo by SRK Consulting
CONSULTANTS’ CONTRIBUTION Mining will undoubtedly become a more inviting environment for women

Employing females could help address labour shortage - King

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has urged the resources industry to do more to encourage female employment in the sector, hosting a roundtable on jobs and skills in the sector. King heard from industry about what they are doing to invest in, develop and attract skilled workers so the... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BBE Projects nearing delivery of Venetia underground cooling system

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2022 Project delivery company BBE Projects is in the final stages of completing its delivery of a turnkey air-cooling system for diamond miner De Beer’s Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo, which is currently approaching the final stages of its transition from openpit to underground mining. BBE Group,... 

Renergen, CEF one step further in advancing agreement for Virginia gas project 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2022 South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) has completed its due diligence on its R1-billion investment in emerging integrated energy producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project. Marking a major step towards finalising the agreement between Renergen and the CEF, both parties have now started engaging... 

Eskom makes case for major overhaul of retail tariff structure in submission to regulator 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2022 Eskom has submitted a tariff restructuring application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in which the utility is proposing a major overhaul of the prevailing retail tariff structure, including a separation of energy, network and service charges and the introduction of... 

Eskom head office at Megawatt Park
Eskom head office at Megawatt Park

Master Drilling to report higher interim earnings

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2022 JSE-listed drilling services company Master Drilling expects its earnings per share (EPS) for the first half of this year to be between 47.2% and 67.2% higher year-on-year, at between R1.28 and R1.45. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) are expected to be between 45.5% and 65.5% higher... 

New Bill pressures mines to comply with water regulations

5th August 2022 In a release published in May by law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kirsty Kilner and senior associate Tendai Bonga it is said that the pressure on South African mining companies to raise their standards of environmental, social and corporate governance behaviour is expected to gain momentum this... 

A body of polluted or waste water in the foreground of a mine
WATER AT THE FORE Water and environment issues are being highlighted by the new environmental bill signed earlier this year

Sensible water management more evident at mines

By: Halima Frost     5th August 2022 Professional services provider WSP Earth and Environment in Africa, previously Golder Associates, water treatment lead Peter Wille says there has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives and local pressure from... 

A river being affected by mine water seepage with brown and orange tinges
SOLVING SEEPAGE There has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives

New telemetry product effective for mines

By: Halima Frost     5th August 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric software leader Johan Potgieter says the company’s telemetry systems can be “highly effective” in mines’ water treatment and purification systems, owing to their meeting the rigours and demands of the mining sector. Mines are constantly... 

A picture of two gentlemen with hard hats sat at a station with three screens in front of them displaying telemetry data and statistics
TELLING TELEMETRY The new EcoStruxure Geo Scada Expert system offered by Schneider Electric is perfect for mine water treatment and purification applications

New solution helps mines achieve 'optimal' blasting results

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2022 Blasting technology and services company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has launched the next generation of its XPLOLOG blasting control real-time data solution to help mines achieve optimal blasting results to support mining efficiency. “It is important to have quick access to data on drill holes,... 

CHRISTIAAN LIEBENBERG
Users can explore specific data on every hole, such as comparing the design depth and charge versus the actual depth and charge, and the tool giving users customised reports
CHRISTIAAN LIEBENBERG Users can explore specific data on every hole, such as comparing the design depth and charge versus the actual depth and charge, and the tool giving users customised reports

Commodities surge boosts demand

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 The global increase in commodity prices is motivating local mines to spend capital on new and existing projects, while the long delivery times of imported products have shifted their focus to South African-manufactured valves, says slurry-related valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS)... 

SUPPLY STRATEGY
AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time
SUPPLY STRATEGY AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time

Local demand lower than rest of Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 The demand for valves specified for mining applications in the rest of Africa is much higher than demand in South Africa, says valve manufacturer RGR Technologies MD Marinus Ras. “New underground mines are starting to come on stream in certain parts of the continent, where greenfield construction... 

CUTTING COSTS
RGR Technologies has developed products that are less costly to manufacture as price is the determining factor when mining companies procure equipment and not local content
CUTTING COSTS RGR Technologies has developed products that are less costly to manufacture as price is the determining factor when mining companies procure equipment and not local content

Manufacturers feeling pressure as payment delays continue

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 Local valve manufacturers continue to struggle with delayed payments from the mining industry, which comprises 55% to 60% of the South African valve manufacturing market, says South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association chairperson Pam du Plessis. Implemented during the Covid-19... 

OVER BORDER OPPORTUNITIES
South African manufacturers are looking to export their valves in light of the volatile local business environment as the rest of Africa presents huge opportunities
OVER BORDER OPPORTUNITIES South African manufacturers are looking to export their valves in light of the volatile local business environment as the rest of Africa presents huge opportunities

Platinum-based fuel cells key for heavy-haul industry – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that interest in using hydrogen fuel cells in the heavy-haul industry is growing rapidly, with several interesting developments currently under way. Platinum-based, proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells provide zero emissions... 

Orica completes A$650m raise for Axis buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th August 2022 Mining solutions provider Orica has completed its A$650-million fully underwritten share placement to fund the acquisition of digital orebody intelligence business Axis Mining Technology. Orica this week announced the A$350-million deal for Axis, with the acquisition to comprise an up-front cash... 

Orica strikes acquisition deal, raises major cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2022 Mining solutions provider Orica has announced the acquisition of digital orebody intelligence business Axis Mining Technology for up to A$350-million. The acquisition price would comprise an up-front cash component of A$260-million and a deferred earn-out payment of up to A$90-million,... 

Woodlawn resource confirmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2022 An independent assessment has confirmed the size of the Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales. ASX-listed Develop on Tuesday reported that the independent assessment had estimated a Joint Ore Reserves Committee complaint resource of 7.3-million tonnes, at 13.2% zinc equivalent for the... 

Image of Develop MD Bill Beament
Develop MD Bill Beament

Second contractor appointed at BBM

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2022 Coal developer Cokal Coal has appointed a secondary mining contractor at its Bumi Barito Mineral (BBM) mine, in Indonesia. Contractor PT. Citarum Borneo Quantum (CBQ) has been appointed to undertaken openpit overburden mining services, and has already started mobilising equipment to the mine site. 

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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