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Mining Services News

Unified systems enable optimal analysis

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st February 2020 Mines typically use various disconnected systems, which creates silos or pockets of disparate information, necessitating that an employee manually collate and analyse the information to reach a conclusion – a time-consuming process that could last for weeks. This has resulted in mining companies’... 

Short-termism hinders project management

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st February 2020 Developing strategies is much easier than implementing them, which is why many strategies are never successfully implemented, says University of Pretoria (UP) Graduate School of Technology Management project management specialist Professor Herman Steyn. He adds that project portfolio management... 

Short-termism hinders project management
GET THE JOB DONE project portfolio management is an effective way of implementing company strategy through projects

Leaders must adapt to seize opportunities

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st February 2020 Africa’s status as a continent of abundant resources crucial to global development has prompted foreign investors to increase their presence in Africa to capitalise on growth opportunities, says Project Management South Africa (PMSA) director Robert Best, adding that project leaders need to focus... 

Leaders must adapt to seize opportunities
ROBERT BEST Project managers need to focus on a success-building mindset in the mining sector

Perenti considers BTP future

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th February 2020 Diversified mining services provider Perenti on Thursday told shareholders that the company was considering the sale of its earthmoving parts and equipment business BTP, but had not received any binding offers for the asset. The company was responding to a report in The Australian Financial... 

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that there is still a lack of... 

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo chats to Engineering News & Mining Weekly about the energy transition, how vanadium plays a role in this as well as how this fits into the company's growth plans. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Commission finds in favour of Enaex, Sasol Explosives merger

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2020 The Competition Commission has unconditionally approved a proposed merger whereby international explosives distributor Enaex intends to acquire JSE-listed petrochemicals company Sasol’s Explosives business. Enaex commercialises, distributes and manufactures explosives and blasting agents. It... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Mineral exploration and mining’s role in the global shift towards a low carbon future could dominate discussions at this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, PDAC executive director Lisa McDonald tells Mining Weekly. “To meet demand for electric vehicle... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks
CRITICAL GATHERING Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs

Centenary milestone spurs ‘new dawn’ for genset specialist 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Global diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins celebrated its hundredth year in 2019, which Cummins South Africa application engineer Rodney Naidoo states has resulted in a “new dawn”, as the company embarks on a mission to find alternatives to fossil fuels to supply back-up power. 

Centenary milestone spurs  ‘new dawn’ for genset specialist
Cummins South Africa mining leader George Mahlangu and Cummins South Africa applications engineer Rodney Naidoo discuss the company’s role in the mining sector. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.02.2020

Integrated approach can ease load-shedding risks

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2020 As South Africa’s industry bears the brunt of devastating power cuts, Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is encouraging mining companies to start adopting integrated, holistic solutions that will reduce energy consumption while diversifying... 

New focus implies decarbonisation assent

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 In its seventh year, the 2019 Energy and Mines World Congress marked a “historic shift in conversations about energy in mining”, says Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker. 

New focus implies decarbonisation assent
NICK HOLLAND The Gold Fields CEO and congress keynote speaker committed to reducing emissions by 800 000 t from 2017 to 2020

Mines need energy alternatives

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although South African mines are not yet ready to fully adopt renewable energy, they are desperate for a reliable and cost-effective alternative to State-owned power utility Eskom’s monopoly, says energy equipment and solutions provider Vuselela Energy co-founder and director Jacques Malan. 

Mines need energy alternatives
WINNING STREAK In 2015, the Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting energy recovery plant was inducted into the South African Innovation Awards' Hall of Fame

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although renewables were perceived as expensive a decade ago, the same cannot be said today, says energy company Abengoa. The sentiment that renewable energy is unreliable and provides power only intermittently – when the sun shines or when the wind blows – has also since changed, says Abengoa... 

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability
DOMINIC JOSÉ GONCALVES With solar, you are able to create resilient plans because the sun will be highly predictable over the next 20 to 25 years

NUM members allegedly being ‘held hostage’ at Rustenburg mine

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday voiced its concern that more than 100 of its members were allegedly “being held hostage” underground at the Lanxess chrome mine, in Rustenburg. According to a statement issued by the NUM, this was as a result of members of the National Union of... 

ICMM launches enhanced mining principles, membership requirements

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has launched its enhanced membership requirements, called the ICMM Mining Principles, which now include site-level validation and transparent disclosure. These requirements seek to maximise the industry’s benefits to host communities and... 

Unions launch ‘rise up’ campaign as SoNA, National Budget approach

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2020 South Africa finds itself looking over a precipice as the economic malaise currently being experienced all but places the nation at a point of no return, trade union federation, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said in a statement published on Wednesday. With the country... 

Exxaro, Bell partner up to enhance supplier development offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2020 Empowered resources company Exxaro Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with equipment dealer Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) to enhance the offering of its enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme. The MoU, intended to formalise a partnership within its... 

Exxaro, Bell partner up to enhance supplier development offering
Exxaro stakeholder affairs executive head Mzila Mthenjane and Bell Equipment MD Duncan Mashika.

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine

7th February 2020 The last of nine units of a comprehensive drive package were successfully delivered to a major greenfield copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive. The five main 500 kW drives weighed 12 t each while the remaining four... 

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine
BIG FAN A cooling unit had to be installed to the drives because of the extreme temperatures they would encounter in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Cobalt demand drives illegal trade

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 Increased global demand for cobalt is spurring mining activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), specifically illegal and artisanal operations. The southern point of the DRC is reported to contain about two-thirds of the world’s natural cobalt reserves. 

Cobalt demand drives illegal trade
IN THE TRENCHES Dire living and working conditions found in the Democratic Republic of Congo drive the artisanal and illegal mining sector

Gold paper released at global forum

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 The collaborative paper, titled Kibali Gold Mine sulphide concentrate treatment – understanding the pre-oxidation of sulphide concentrates, was presented by dual-listed miner Barrick Gold’s Kibali gold mine technical manager Dr Thamsanqa Mahlangu at the World Gold 2019 conference held in Perth,... 

Gold paper released  at global forum
RAMP UP The separators at Kibali will be ramped up to full sulphides in future

Land agreement in motion for cobalt producer

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 Katanga Mining, the Glencore subsidiary that operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has, as reported by Mining Weekly Online last month, reached an agreement to acquire land where it could build a new long-term tailings facility for its 75%-owned Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) operation.... 

Palladium, rhodium prospects strong

By: Cameron Mackay     7th February 2020 While palladium and rhodium prices increased last year and continue to do so this year, prices are expected to stabilise and decrease once political factors and tension in the global economy decline. Despite this, international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith notes that the... 

Palladium, rhodium prospects strong
SUPPLY CONSTRAINTS The main local PGM supply risk comes from Eskom’s power supply shortages, and mine closures on the Bushveld Complex where shafts have reached their end-of-life

NRW wins Fortescue work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2020 ASX-listed NRW Holdings has been awarded a A$70-million bulk earthworks contract at the Iron Bridge magnetite mine, being developed by iron-ore major Fortescue Metals. The contract scope will include the bulk earthworks and drainage for roads, processing plant and infrastructure for the new... 

Perenti weighing Downer deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2020 Mining services provider Perenti on Wednesday confirmed that it was considering the potential purchase of ASX-listed Downer EDI’s mining services division, but dismissed claims that it would be offering up to A$700-million for the division. A report in The Australian Financial Review this week... 

Perenti weighing Downer deal

Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions 

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 High-tech and global engineering group Sandvik is helping greenfield mining projects in Africa to power ahead through automation and digitalisation aimed at making mining safer and more efficient and sustainable.   “If you look at the global automation footprint, Africa is using some of the most... 

Mining companies embrace Sandvik’s high-tech solutions
Mining Weekly correspondent Kim Cloete interviewed executives from global engineering group Sandvik on the sidelines of the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Barloworld to acquire Mongolian equipment businesses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2020 JSE-listed equipment supplier Barloworld’s Mongolian subsidiary has entered into an agreement with Wagner International to fully acquire its subsidiary Wagner Asia Equipment and 49% of SGMS. The total consideration for the acquisitions is $216-million, or R3.2-billion, which Barloworld says... 

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 Despite mining’s contribution to almost every aspect of modern life, the industry is still seen as an industry “that takes more than it gives”, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani lamented in his keynote address at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is taking place in Cape Town,... 

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani delivers his keynote address to delegates attending this year's Investing in Africa Mining Indaba. Source: Anglo American.

ISO 9001 success for pumps company

31st January 2020 UK-based pump manufacturer Atlantic Pumps is celebrating after achieving ISO 9001 accreditation. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised quality management system standard that is issued to companies that can demonstrate a continual ability to provide strong levels of service and products that... 

ISO 9001 success for pumps company
MEETING INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS Atlantic Pumps is a specialist in pumping abrasive and aggressive fluids and works closely with the quarrying, mining, recycling and aggregates industries

Mechanical seal solution saves water at mine

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Pump solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) contributed to a Limpopo-based platinum mine’s water-saving initiative towards the end of 2019 by replacing the existing pump gland packing with AESSEAL single cartridge seals.   The replacement project resulted from the mine’s... 

Mechanical seal solution saves water at mine
SEAL OF APPROVAL MRS can provide affordable seal conversion kits to upgrade seals or change the OEM equipment seal environment to improve seal life

Mines required to provide suitable housing for mineworkers

31st January 2020 Surface mining industry body Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) has called for further engagement with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) following last year’s release of the Draft Review of Housing and Living Conditions Standard, which requires... 

Mines required to provide suitable housing for mineworkers
CHALLENGING TIMES Smaller mines with turnovers of between R2-million and R150-million are challenged in meeting housing demands by their financial position

Global pumps manufacturer brings training and expertise to SA

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Pump manufacturer and independent maintenance specialist Sulzer is investing in its South African operations to ensure that it is well positioned to cover the needs of the mining sector locally and in Southern Africa. “Sulzer is continually investing in its personnel and facilities to enhance its... 

Global pumps manufacturer brings training and expertise to SA
HANDS-ON TRAINING Training can involve using a cut-away model to help explain the function of the internal components and how they interact

Local company expands service offering as pumps service centre

31st January 2020 Mpumalanga-based mechanical engineering contractor Brimis Engineering has been accredited as a service centre for pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in South Africa. The company received a certificate from KSB after a thorough inspection. The audit comprised a review of internal processes,... 

Local company expands service offering as pumps service centre
ANDILE NQANDELA Our capabilities as an end-to-end supply, fitment and maintenance organisation mean that we are ideally placed to be part of KSB SA’s service offering

Slurry pump’s enhanced wear resistance reduces TCO

31st January 2020 Pumping fluids with high solids concentrations is far more complicated than pumping water. To avoid sedimentation in the system, the correct pump size with appropriately dimensioned hoses and pipes must be selected, notes local Grindex pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology. Adding to the... 

Slurry pump’s enhanced wear resistance  reduces TCO
FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS The Grindex Bravo submersible slurry pump is proving its worth in slurry pumping applications, as the hydraulic components are made from Hard Iron

Pumps supplier aims to grow footprint of ‘technical excellence’

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa is focused on expanding its footprint in Africa by growing its network of local facilities and distributor partners. “With a history of over 18 years on the continent, we have a proud tradition of technical excellence and being committed to... 

Policy certainty, load-shedding and illegal mining top of mind ahead of the Mining Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2020 With mining considered to be in an endless state of uncertainty in South Africa, EY Africa director and partner Khethiwe Cebekulu has named four key areas that need to be addressed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at the Investing in African Mining Indaba next week.... 

Renewed call for artisanal mining in South Africa to be formalised  

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2020 There has been a renewed call for government to support formalising the country’s artisanal mining sector in efforts to address challenges including unemployment, as well as health and environmental challenges experienced in former and current mining areas. This was expressed in a report, titled... 

Renewed call for artisanal mining in South Africa to be formalised

Mantashe to open Mining Indaba 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe will officially open the twenty-sixth edition of the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town, next week. According to a statement issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on Thursday, the... 

Mantashe to open Mining Indaba 2020
Gwede Mantashe

SRG wins Alcoa contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2020 ASX-listed services provider SRG Global has inked a A$90-million multi-disciplinary asset services contract with aluminium major Alcoa. The services will be provided at Alcoa’s Kwinana refinery, in Western Australia, with the contract to run for a period of five years.  

No boom expected for battery metals

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 The battery metals market is not expected to show a significant upturn this year, says blasting solutions and explosives manufacturer BME Southern Africa operations GM Albie Visser. “We do not anticipate a massive increase. However, BME will follow the lead of the electronic vehicle (EV)... 

No boom expected for battery metals
BATTERY EMPOWERMENT In focus at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba is the leveraging of precious metals and battery metals to create economic stability and thriving communities
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