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AECI still turns healthy profit, dividend owing to a robust response plan   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th July 2020 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has declared a gross interim cash dividend of 100c apiece for the six months ended June 30, owing to its well managed cash resources and despite the negative effects of Covid-19. The negative impact of Covid-19 on the company, in the six months under review, was... 

Webinar discusses heavy-duty-mining-vehicle fire risk

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th July 2020 Vehicle fire suppression system solutions provider Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection hosted a webinar last month to discuss the most common fire risk trends for heavy duty mining vehicles, as well as present recommendations and best practices to ensure that these risks are minimised or eliminated. The... 

Webinar discusses heavy-duty-mining-vehicle fire risk
MINIMISING DOWN TIME A well-integrated fire suppression system minimises the risks of costly downtime that a fire can entail

Active barriers part of guidelines on preventing explosions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th July 2020 Following the update on the prevention of flammable gas and coal dust explosions in collieries published in April this year by the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), active roadway barriers are now part of the MHSC guideline on preventing flammable gas explosions at South African coal mines.... 

Active barriers part of guidelines on preventing explosions
FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM Active roadway barriers are automatic explosion-suppression systems designed specifically to stop and suppress methane gas and coal dust explosions at the point of ignition

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the extension of the Brockman 4 iron-ore mine – demonstrates the adverse environmental and cultural impact... 

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship
Photo by Reuters
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Mining projects in Africa, particularly those in the iron-ore sector, require deep pockets, lengthy feasibility studies and complementary infrastructure assets, such as efficient logistics channels, to get products from mine to markets. 

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant
Photo by Kumba Iron Ore
LOCAL IS LEKKER China imports some of its iron-ore for its steel manufacturing and construction industries from producers in the Northern Cape, such as Kumba Iron Ore

Afrimat continues pursuit of UCP

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2020 Industrial minerals and construction materials company Afrimat on July 22 announced its firm intention to acquire Unicorn Capital Partners (UCP). UCP’s business comprises of mobile crane hire, exploration drilling services, drilling and blasting, opencast and underground mining and earthmoving... 

Master Drilling breaks world record with 1 382 m hole at Zondereinde mine

By: Donna Slater     23rd July 2020 JSE-listed drilling technology company Master Drilling Group has broken the world record for depth of a hole drilled after the successful completion of the pilot hole – at 1 382 m, for raise-boring at platinum group metals miner Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine in Limpopo. Drilling of the... 

Master Drilling breaks world record with 1 382 m hole at Zondereinde mine

Engie joins Mining3 to develop renewable hydrogen-based solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2020 Global energy company Engie has become the newest member of leading global mining industry research organisation Mining3. Engie says it joins Mining3 in its next phase of hydrogen research to co-create hydrogen solutions to help reach carbon neutrality for the mining sector in the coming... 

Downer raises cash as it weighs mining divestment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2020 ASX-listed Downer has successfully completed the institutional component of its 1-for-5.58 accelerated pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer, raising A$339-million. The institutional entitlement offer, which was priced at A$3.75 a share, was strongly supported by shareholders, with a... 

BME highlights efforts to secure mining supply chains under lockdown

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2020 Covid-19 lockdown restrictions around Southern Africa have put the spotlight on mines’ supply chain security, especially with regard to key inputs like explosives and specialised blasting services. According to blasting specialist BME GM Albie Visser, mines have relied heavily on the flexibility... 

Northam completes first phase of raise-bore drilling for third Zondereinde shaft  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2020 JSE-listed Northam Platinum, together with Master Drilling, has successfully completed a record raise-bore pilot hole for the planned Number 3 Shaft at the Zondereinde mine. The new shaft system will provide additional access from surface to the underground workings for hoisting of men,... 

Northam completes first phase of raise-bore drilling for third Zondereinde shaft
Northam's Zondereinde mine

Transnet Freight Rail introduces decentralised operational model

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has introduced a new operating model that will bring about greater efficiencies for customers, it says. The model has decentralised key responsibilities to ensure a more responsive rail freight network that is better equipped to service the South African economy.  

Altura and Civmec ready for legal stoush

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2020 Lithium miner Altura Mining on Monday said that it would "vigorously defend" legal proceedings brought by construction and engineering services provider Civmec for the recovery of payment for work undertaken at the Pilgangoora lithium project. Civmec in 2017 was awarded the civil, construction,... 

Miners welcome A$2bn training fund

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th July 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the federal governments A$2-billion JobTrainer skills package, saying it would assist the nation’s mineral employers to boost the rate of economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the JobTrainer package... 

More skilled experts needed in hydraulics sector

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 The hydraulics sector in South Africa could benefit from more highly skilled hydraulics experts, says hydraulics company Axiom Hydraulics GM Eugene Tondolo. “The hydraulics sector is unique in that it is small in terms of the pool of skilled professionals, but big in terms of value,” he explains. 

More skilled experts needed in hydraulics sector
DEPARTMENT OF MYSTERIES Hydraulics is often perceived as a somewhat mysterious field of expertise

Next-generation shovel designed for better performance

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar opened orders for its next generation Cat 6060 hydraulic mining shovel late last year, although none have been sold in Africa yet. Caterpillar hydraulic mining shovels senior product application specialist Dirk Tegtmeier explains that there are many... 

Next-generation shovel designed for better performance
BUCKET-LOAD OF IMPROVEMENTS The new Cat 6060 features updated engines, improved hydraulics, heavy-duty structures and undercarriage, Cat electronics and a state-of-the-art cab

DRC hydropower construction to start within a year

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 With delays from Covid-19 taken into consideration, Mauritian hydropower provider Tembo Power CEO Raphael Khalifa expects construction on three hydropower projects and one solar photovoltaic project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to have started by July next year. These four... 

DRC hydropower construction to start within a year
Photo by Reuters
KEEPING ELECTRICITY FLOWING Tembo Power has nine hydropower projects under way in three African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Kenya

Less demand for outsourced labour

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 There has been a sharp decline in demand for labour for mining-related construction projects amid the Covid-19 outbreak, with some projects on hold, as mines focus on their core business. This is according to technical recruitment company Oxyon director Pierre Bekker, who tells Mining Weekly that... 

Less demand for outsourced labour
CONSTRUCTION CURTAILED The reopening of South Africa’s mines has been staggered and construction projects have been delayed to focus on production

Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 Before the Covid-19 outbreak, major mining companies indicated that, for the first time in many years, government and the mining industry were having meaningful dialogue that could realise positive outcomes, says diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor Construction CEO... 

Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19
COLLABORATION EXPECTATION A more collaborative approach regarding the development of mining infrastructure is expected in future, as well as more involvement by the State

Moma to move 7 000 t plant along newly built road

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 The construction of a purpose-built, 23-km-long, 66-m-wide road for the relocation of wet concentrator plant (WCP) B and its dredge at the Moma titanium minerals mine, on the north-east coast of Mozambique, is on track to be completed in the third quarter of this year, says Ireland-headquartered... 

Moma to move 7 000 t plant along newly built road
THE ROAD AHEAD The road for the relocation of wet concentrator plant at Moma has a weight-bearing capacity of 8.4 t/m2

GR Engineering contracted to restart Davyhurst

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th July 2020 Contract miner GR Engineering has won a A$10.8-million contract from ASX-listed Ora Banda Mining to restart operations at the Davyhurst gold processing plant, in Western Australia. The scope of the contract will include the refurbishment, optimisation and recommisisoning of the existing... 

DMRE budget slashed by R1.5bn

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’S) budget for the 2020/21 financial year has been reduced by R1.5-billion, from the initial R9.3-billion, owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, taking the revised yearly budget for the financial year to R7.8-billion. The Portfolio... 

Minerals Council welcomes B4SA’s economic recovery strategy 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th July 2020 Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the accelerated economic recovery strategy published on July 10 by Business for South Africa (B4SA), which is aimed at achieving higher levels of inclusive economic growth to recover from the Covid-19 crisis and the economic crisis that preceded it.... 

Thiess wins A$2.5bn contract extension

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th July 2020 ASX-listed project house CIMIC Group has been awarded a five-year contract extension to continue providing mining services at the Lake Vermont coal mine, in Queensland. The contract extension, with Jellinbah Group, is expected to generate revenues of some A$2.5-billion for Thiess, CIMIC said on... 

Smart solution to Covid-19 business recovery

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 The online Smart Mining resource centre from digital solutions innovation hub Axora has piqued the interest of African mining companies, particularly those in South Africa. Axora chief commercial officer Dr Nick Mayhew says these companies mainly mine precious metals. 

Smart solution to Covid-19  business recovery
TECHNOLOGY THEMES Tech-enabled ore sorting, autonomous machinery and remote monitoring for health and safety are some of the specific technology themes emerging as key priorities

Workforce plan invaluable in crisis

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Having an actionable and implementable workforce plan in these uncertain times is more important than ever, says workforce development solutions provider Immersive Technologies Europe, Middle East and Africa and Commonwealth of Independent States regional VP Johan Stemmet. “It is core to any... 

Workforce plan invaluable in crisis
BREAKING BOUNDARIES The Remote Training Station solution enhances physical distancing while preserving quality outcomes and learning engagement

Compressed air expansion project completed at Mozal smelter

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 South African engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi has completed the upgrade of the compressed air installation plant at diversified mining and minerals company South32’s Mozal aluminium plant, as part of its expansion increase project. The system is currently functioning as... 

Compressed air expansion project completed at  Mozal smelter
COMPRESSED AIR EXPANSION PROJECT Lesedi upgraded the compressed air installation plant by adding an extra compressor with its own heat of compression dryer

Mines focus on existing assets

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Few of the capital projects planned for the development of new African mines will go ahead this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant uncertainty, says project management, engineering and consulting company Wood’s mining and minerals business development manager for Europe, the... 

Mines focus on existing assets
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Wood has received requests from Ghana’s gold mines, owing to the high gold price

Mining without Covid-19 safeguards harmful to communities

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Keeping mining operations Covid-19-free is crucial because all mine personnel return to different communities, which can extend the spread of the infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 over long distances, says global design firm Stantec global mining business line leader Jon Treen. “Several... 

Mining without Covid-19 safeguards harmful  to communities
SAFETY MATTERS Masks make up and important part of personal protective equipment in the age of Covid-19

Coronal capping design being completed for Namibian mine

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Rope access specialist Skyriders is preparing to install a new coronal capping, with its design in the process of being finalised, for two smokestacks at a mine in Namibia. The company secured the contract earlier this year, having had previous experience with this client in 2018 when it... 

Coronal capping design being completed for Namibian mine
TIME’S UP The coronal capping structures for two smokestacks had reached the end of their service life, and it was deemed necessary to replace them

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

10th July 2020 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

African interest in reclaimer chain

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Southern African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI), a member of Hudaco Industries, is working closely with the manufacturers of the reclaimer chains in its product portfolio to penetrate the African market. BI product manager Frikkie Ras tells Mining... 

JSE says ETFs a haven for institutional investors

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2020 Professional and institutional investors wishing to gain exposure to different sectors, asset classes such as equities, commodities or government bonds are being encouraged by the JSE to use exchange-traded funds (ETFs).    

JSE says ETFs a haven for institutional investors

Second iteration of Aameg Africa Awards to be hosted in November

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2020 The Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group’s (Aameg’s) premier event for recognising best practice in mineral exploration across the African continent will be having its second iteration on November 4 as part of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference in Perth, Australia. The event was founded... 

Osborn completes first equipment installation in CIS region

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment specialist Osborn has completed an export order to Kyrgyzstan, which extends its reach into the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. The equipment supplied by Osborn has been installed at the country’s second-largest gold mine, the Jerooy gold project.  

Pensana Rare Earths lists on LSE

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2020 ASX-listed Pensana Rare Earths started trading on the LSE on July 6. The company has more than 188.2-million ordinary shares in issue and is not raising any funds. Chairperson Paul Atherley says the $16-trillion post-Covid stimulus programmes that have been announced globally are “transforming... 

Pensana Rare Earths lists on LSE

Company continues global growth

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Following growth in Australia, as well as expansions into other countries, Australian mining and heavy equipment trader Components Only is focusing on continuing its momentum in terms of global growth. “About 30% of our revenue is now international. Our international expansion is twofold – to... 

Company continues global growth
EARTHMOVING COMPONENTS IMPORTING Currently, Components Only is a net importer of product for many countries the company works with

Automation technology solution can help smaller mines

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Earthmoving technology supplier Caterpillar’s new cloud-based technology platform, MineStar Edge, can be used to manage production cost effectively, particularly on small surface mines. “Many smaller mines rely on people, often haul truck operators, to manually record production information on... 

Automation technology solution  can help smaller mines
MINESTAR EDGE Automating the production recording process and provides access to business insights in near real-time. This provides an opportunity to improve operations within each shift
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