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New report reveals insights into 4IR in mining 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2021 As the mining sector undergoes significant technological shifts, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report reveals an encouraging people-centric, Fourth Industrial Revolution- (4IR-) enabled approach to the modernisation of the sector. The first edition of ‘10 Insights into 4IR’ report,... 

Perenti's contract at Agnew extended

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2021 ASX-listed Perenti Global’s hard rock mining subsidiary Barminco, has been awarded a A$200-million contract extension at gold miner Gold Fields’ Agnew mine, in Western Australia. The contract extension covers full underground mining services, where Barminco has been operating since 2010. 

MACA completes Downer buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2021 Mining services provider MACA has completed the acquisition of fellow-listed Downer EDI’s Mining West business. The acquisition would cover all assets, contracts, employees and liabilities comprising the Mining West business, which currently include four large contracts at the Karara, Eliwana,... 

Australia mining employment remains high

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2021 The mining industry remains an important sector for employment, federal Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said, pointing to a big increase in the number of Australians employed in the sector. Pitt said the figures were a testament to how crucial the resources... 

Tirupati awarded first commercial contract to develop processing tech

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2021 Graphite producer Tirupati Graphite has announced that its research centre, which is focused on graphene manufacturing, graphene applications development and minerals processing technology development, has secured its first commercial contract. The contract involves Tirupati Graphene and... 

Minerals Council partners with Indaba organisers

29th January 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa announced in December that it had entered into a strategic partnership with the Investing in African Mining Indaba in support of the virtual event held on February 2 and 3. The Minerals Council has a long track record of supporting, partnering and participating... 

Minerals Council partners with Indaba organisers
Photo by Creamer Media
SIMON FORD Supporting South Africa to build a stronger mining industry is a priority for the Mining Indaba organisers

Lower attendance but further reach for Indaba

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 This year’s two-day Investing in African Mining Indaba virtual conference is expected to host about half of the usual attendance figures at the seven-day event, held in Cape Town in years prior. A spokesperson for event organiser Hyve tells Mining Weekly that about 3 000 delegates are expected to... 

Lower attendance  but further reach for Indaba
CYRIL RAMAPHOSA The South African President will one of the keynote speakers at the virtual event

Company’s pump systems an ‘ideal solution’

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 High-pressure jetting equipment specialist Werner Pumps continuously supplies systems, such as power jetting pump systems, to several gold mines in South Africa. These systems include the trolley- and trailer-mounted units, says Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. 

Company’s pump systems an ‘ideal solution’
IDEAL SOLUTION The units are manufactured locally and offer an “ideal solution” for cleaning sewer lines, as well as water sandblasting and pressure cleaning

Supplier extends range, suitable for various sectors

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has introduced two robust and durable pump ranges suitable for use in a variety of applications, including within the mining sector.  The new ranges include the Weda electrical submersible pump, which features low to medium heads, and... 

Supplier extends range, suitable for various sectors
COATED AND COVERED The impellers on the pumps are coated and highly durable, making them able to withstand corrosive materials, to a point

Pump maintenance vital to minimise water leaks

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 As one pump can spill up to 8 820 kℓ of water a year, saving water is coming to the fore as one of the most important aspects of mining and the granting of mining permits and licences, highlights industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) CEO Franscois Steenkamp. He... 

Pump maintenance vital to minimise water leaks
BREAKING IT DOWN Cavitation causes wear and tear and sometimes serious damage

Pumps rental agency ready for dewatering demand

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2021 Equipment rental agency Integrated Pump Rental is well positioned to cater for the rise in urgent dewatering requirements, as a result of the rainy season and subsequent heavy downpours in South Africa and its neighbouring countries, through its market-ready range of dewatering solutions. While... 

Pumps rental agency ready for dewatering demand
EASIER MOBILITY The Sykes CP units weigh only about 1.5 t on a road trailer, which allows easy mobility on-road and off-road

Range brings higher flow rates, delivery heads addition

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2021 Pump manufacturer Grundfos’ CR185 vertical, multistage centrifugal pump range – which has suction and discharge ports on the same level – allows for higher flow rates and delivery heads. The uptake of the CR185 pump – launched in October 2020 – has been “really positive”, as it can operate in a... 

Range brings higher flow rates, delivery heads addition
NEW GENERATION The CR185 pump is a new generation of the Grundfos CR pump range

Africa’s battery potential remains untapped

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Africa’s mining sector holds significant untapped potential for battery-powered equipment, which original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions aims to explore, says Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions MD Simon Andrews. Following the opening of Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

Africa’s battery potential remains untapped
SIMON ANDREWS The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe

Good vibrations for the year ahead

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Vibrating original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani’s capital project pipeline is “exceptionally strong against the back-end of weak markets”, which Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin says is a result of time spent actively working with mining and project houses during the worst of the pandemic. For... 

Good vibrations  for the year ahead
KIM SCHOEPFLIN The pandemic has not affected Kwatani’s business as negatively as originally expected

Contractor learns lockdown lessons

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 The main lesson learned over the past year is that, regardless of the challenges and new limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, good relationships are key to keeping businesses well-enthused and optimistic, says mining services company Basil Read Mining CEO Nathan Williams. “Even... 

Contractor learns lockdown lessons
BIG PLANS Basil Read Mining aims to diversify beyond the commodities it currently works in, while expanding its geographical footprint

Technology presents opportunities for company, industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 While it will always be important for people in the mining sector to interact regularly in a forum where they seek new business opportunities, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that virtual events can replace many aspects of physical conferences that representatives were accustomed to attending. 

Technology presents opportunities for company, industry
MARCIN WERTZ As a conference that focuses on business networking, the Mining Indaba is certainly compromised by being limited to a virtual format

Industry expected to shoulder heavy responsibility

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Much is expected of pioneer industries, such as mining, which often have to establish themselves and operate in environments that are less than ideal, lacking, for instance, in energy and transport infrastructure, local expertise and reliable supply chains, says independent consulting firm of... 

Industry expected to shoulder heavy responsibility
ANDREW VAN ZYL The African mining sector will, similar to other regions, face uncertainty around supply and demand dynamics

Tech keeps MDG going despite Covid-19 pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling Group (MDG) has always been keen to get involved in the digitisation aspect of technology advancement in the mining industry, with 2020 having shown how important this aspect is, and for the organisation to have an adaptive culture. 

Tech keeps MDG  going despite  Covid-19 pandemic
EXPANDED HORIZONS The mobile tunnel borer (pictured above) has expanded Master Drilling Group’s offering into rapid horizontal blind hole development using mechanised methods without blasting

Conducive environs offer lucrative prospects despite difficulties

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th January 2021 Many of Africa’s mineral deposits can deliver good yields to investors, even after the additional costs that are often incurred when operating in regions without sufficient infrastructure. 

Conducive environs offer lucrative prospects despite difficulties
ALBIE VISSER The state of the global economy has been an important external factor, leading to weak commodity prices that weighed on mining pre-Covid. However, several commodities have recovered well in recent months.

Gold to remain ‘well supported’ in 2021, despite uncertainty, says World Gold Council 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2021 While 2021 will likely continue to be characterised by uncertainty, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, gold investment will remain well supported by the interest rate environment, which World Gold Council (WGC) market intelligence manager Krishan Gopaul says, “is likely to stay low for some time... 

Gold to remain ‘well supported’ in 2021, despite uncertainty, says World Gold Council

Sibanye boosts investment in tertiary education 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2021 Dual-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to invest a further R33-million in tertiary education aimed at bolstering mining research and development in South Africa. The gold and platinum miner has extended and increased its existing partnerships with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and... 

South African law team advises Saudi Arabia on mining legislation

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2021 A South African mining law team, led by Herbert Smith Freehills’ Johannesburg partner and Africa cochair Peter Leon, has advised Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources on implementing regulations and guidelines supporting the recently promulgated New Mining Investment Law,... 

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’ 

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2021 The evaluation of the 28 bids received under South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) is anticipated to be concluded by February 2021, the IPP Office has confirmed with Engineering News. The preferred bidders, it adds, will be announced as soon as... 

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’

Capital appoints Giles Everist CFO

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2021 LSE-listed Capital has appointed Giles Everist CFO. He will take up the position from March 1. Everist will succeed Andre Koekemoer, who has resigned to return to South Africa for personal reasons. 

Raising distributed-generation licensing threshold to 50 MW would unlock at least 5 000 MW in five years, survey shows  

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2021 Lifting the licensing threshold for distributed-generation projects to 50 MW or higher could unlock an estimated 5 000 MW of additional capacity in five years and go a long way to rapidly easing South Africa’s debilitating power supply constraints. This is the conclusion of a Meridian Economics... 

Raising distributed-generation licensing threshold to 50 MW would unlock at least 5 000 MW in five years, survey shows

After baptism of fire, empowered valves manufacturer on road to recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2021 After fulfilling, in November 2019, all the conditions precedent to finally consummate the R165-million acquisition of valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) from Aveng the new black owners faced a true baptism of fire. CEO and co-shareholder Tumi Tsehlo, who previously headed the South... 

After baptism of fire, empowered valves manufacturer on road to recovery
Tumi Tsehlo

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion

By: Cameron Mackay     19th January 2021 Local foundry company Thos Begbie opened a workshop in Solwezi, Zambia, in March last year to supply and service copper smelters in the region more efficiently; however, the impact of Covid-19 has forced the company to close its workshop indefinitely. “There has been a drastic decrease in... 

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion
ALEX NHLAPO As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output

FLSmidth in talks to buy Thyssenkrupp's mining unit

By: Reuters     15th January 2021 FLSmidth is in negotiations with German engineering group Thyssenkrupp to acquire its mining business, the Danish mining equipment maker said on Friday. The negotiations are at a non-binding stage, FLSmidth said, and there can be no assurance as to their result. 

Exxaro appoints independent nonexecutive director

By: Donna Slater     15th January 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro’s board of directors has approved the appointment of independent nonexecutive director Chanda Nxumalo, effective February 1. She has 15 years of experience in the renewable energy and power sector, having worked across North America and Europe gaining experience in... 

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety

15th January 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa in October last year successfully installed and commissioned its first, upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel, which enhances the reliability of the Becker chairlift systems. The PLC, which was launched at the... 

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety
HEALTHY PLC The upgraded PLC is used in conjunction with Becker’s chairlift system to safely transport personnel on mines

Pandemic heightens compliance awareness

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 KBC Health & Safety has identified positives that arose during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a heightened awareness of the need for up-to-date safety, health and environmental (SHE) accreditation. “Having conducted SHE and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) assessments for... 

Pandemic heightens compliance awareness
The capacity of classes for each course has been reduced, yet classes are offered more frequently

Remote health and safety audits gaining traction

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 The unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has fast-tracked technologies and methodologies across all sectors, especially those pertaining to mining health and safety regulations and compliance, accredited certifications provider JC Auditors compliance specialist Oliver Naidoo tells Mining... 

SMS Group to buy Andritz Maerz's copper furnace business

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2021 Industrial furnace company Andritz Maerz and plant supplier SMS Group have entered into an agreement to transfer the global copper furnace business, including the related intellectual property and service activities, from Andritz Maerz to SMS. SMS states that the acquisition further strengthens... 

M&R subsidiary Clough secures Waitsia Stage 2 construction, engineering contract

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts reports that its subsidiary, construction and engineering company Clough, has been awarded a A$400-million contract for an engineering, procurement and construction scope of work on the Waitsia Stage 2 development project in Western... 

Drone-mounted scanner visualises Finsch ore pass to determine serviceability 

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 Owing to the use of drone-mounted light detection and ranging (Lidar) equipment, diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ mine engineers have been able to visualise the condition of ore passes for the first time at the Finsch underground mine, in the Northern Cape. The use of Emesent’s Hovermap Lidar... 

Drone-mounted scanner visualises Finsch ore pass to determine serviceability
A Lidar scan of the ore pass at Petra Diamonds' Finsch mine provides detailed visualisation of the condition of the infrastructure

MACA completes capital raise for Downer buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th January 2021 Mining services provider MACA has raised A$15.5-million following the completion of the retail component of its 1-for-8 renounceable entitlement offer. MACA in December announced plans to raise A$75-million through a fully underwritten institutional placement and an accelerated pro rata... 

Appian Capital Advisory’s second fund reaches $775m cap

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2021 Investment advisor Appian Capital Advisory’s second fund was oversubscribed and reached its hard cap of $775-million following strong support from both new and existing Tier 1 investors globally. Called Fund II, the fund will pursue the same proven strategy as Appian’s first fund (Fund I),... 

Appian Capital Advisory’s second fund reaches $775m cap
Atlantic Nickel pit at night

Xtract restarts drilling programme at Bushranger

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2021 Aim-listed Xtract Resources has restarted the Phase 1 drilling programme at the Racecourse mineral resource at the Bushranger copper/gold exploration project, in the Lachlan Fold Belt (LFB) of New South Wales. On December 22, the company announced that the drilling programme had been temporarily... 

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