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Marginal decrease in ICMM members’ mining fatalities globally in 2021

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2022 Organisation for safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) reports that South African member companies accounted for 51% of the 43 fatalities recorded by ICMM member companies globally in 2021, at 27 fatalities. The US followed with four... 

Afrimat raises R680m in accelerated bookbuild

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2022 JSE-listed building materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities company Afrimat has successfully closed an equity raise of R680-million – about 8.5% of its current market capitalisation. Following strong demand, Afrimat elected to increase the size of the bookbuild it announced on July... 

DRA to sell G&S divisions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th July 2022 ASX- and JSE listed DRA Global on Friday announced an A$8-million agreement to sell the Queensland-based G&S Engineering Services and G&S Support Services divisions to Kaefer Integrated Services. G&S has a 25-year track record of delivering services to the Australian resources sector, with a... 

Global market to reach 2.5bn tonnes by 2026 – analysts

29th July 2022 Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the global market for iron-ore, estimated at 2.2-billion metric tonnes in the year 2022, was projected to reach a revised size of 2.5-billion metric tonnes by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.2% over the analysis, stated a report by market research... 

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ON THE RISE? Demand for iron-ore was expected to continue to grow

Development company acquires pelletising facility

29th July 2022 Cross-listed exploration and development company Champion Iron announced in May this year that it had entered into a definitive purchase agreement (DPA) for the acquisition of the Pointe Noire Iron Ore Pelletising Facility (pellet plant), located in Sept-Iles, Québec, through a wholly-owned... 

Iron-ore company receives strategic investment

29th July 2022 Canadian iron-ore company Labrador Iron Mines announced a $4-million strategic investment by NYSE-listed, integrated merchant banking company Scully Royalty. The strategic investment consists of a $3-million equity component alongside a $1-million convertible credit facility. Scully Royalty has... 

Purpose-built drive solutions for African mining

29th July 2022 Motors and drives original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) SEW-EURODRIVE notes the completion of the new multimillion local assembly facility in Johannesburg has resulted in lead time advantages.  The OEM is currently delivering on a R200-million investment in the expanded South African facility,... 

A visual representation of the DriveRadar Internet of Things predictive maintenance solution
COMPREHENSIVE VIEW In support of the reliability of mine equipment, SEW-EURODRIVE can also install its DriveRadar predictive maintenance management solution

Company celebrates one year of zero harm

29th July 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond, based in Midrand, has celebrated a year of zero harm at its diamond drilling operation at mining company Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, near Kathu, in the Northern Cape. Rosond senior site manager Clayton Coetzee attributes the achievement to close... 

An aerial image of Rosond employees at Kumba Iron mine
SAFETY FIRST Rosond creates a culture of caring and responsibility onsite

More high-grade iron-ore needed to accelerate steel decarbonisation

29th July 2022 Decarbonising the steel industry will require an increase in high-grade iron-ore production and improved beneficiation techniques, finds a new report from research institution Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, titled ‘Iron-Ore Quality a Potential Headwind... 

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NET-ZERO BY 2050 Steelmakers must switch to green-hydrogen-based DRI to reach net-zero

Project lets firm explore African opportunities

By: Mandisa Nyathi     29th July 2022 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider ICON Group states that a recent contract to install high-density polyethylene (HDPE) linings at a gold mine tailings project, in Burkina Faso, has provided an opportunity to explore projects, and entrench its footprint across... 

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SURFACE PREP ICON was appointed by geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax to install the HDPE linings for this project

John Deere brings redesigned ADT to South African shores

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2022 Heavy equipment manufacturer John Deere’s South African branch, having been in the country for 140 years, launched its redesigned 41.8 t, 460 series articulated dump truck (ADT) to the domestic market on July 26. Aimed primarily at the mining industry, the 460E-II series has been redesigned to... 

An image of John Deere's 460E-II series articulated dump truck
John Deere's newly redesigned 460E-II series articulated dump truck can carry more, is easier to operate and service, and has reliability improvements.

AECI posts record 573c HEPS in H1; Dytor to step down as CEO  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2022 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has delivered record revenue, earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30, which outgoing CEO Mark Dytor attributed to improved market conditions. The group declared an interim cash dividend of... 

Outgoing AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Outgoing AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Thiess strikes a deal with MACA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2022 ASX-listed mining services provider Thiess has made an all-cash takeover offer for fellow listed MACA. Under a recommended takeover offer, Thiess is offering Maca shareholders A$1.025 a share in cash, representing a 42.4% premium to MACA’s one-month volume weighted average share price. 

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Company introduces new hydraulic hose, fittings range

22nd July 2022 In view of continuous improvement of its products, hydraulic and industrial products supplier Alfagomma has introduced a new range of high-pressure hydraulic spiral hose, the Alfabiotech Evolution, and its Dunlop Hiflex equivalent Powerflexbio Extra, as well as the new Interlock fitting H17... 

Image of Alfagomma’s new hose range
CONSTANT IMPROVEMENTS Alfabiotech Evolution is specially designed for top performance and compatibility with biodegradable hydraulic oils

Hydraulic solutions for Africa

22nd July 2022 Equipment supplier BMG’s regional service centres (RSC), which are situated in the major city centres and commercial nodes throughout the country, play a critical role by providing engineering solutions – including hydraulics, lubrication, greasing and pneumatics services – designed to optimise... 

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HOLISTIC SOLUTIONS BMG’s RSCs play a critical role by providing engineering solutions - including hydraulics, lubrication, greasing and pneumatics services – designed to optimise productivity for every customer

SA market offers supply based opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd July 2022 Drilling equipment supplier Rock Drill Technologies (RDT) is aiming to grow its market share in the Southern Africa mining industry, based on its ability to supply affordable pneumatics products because of its reliable supply chain. The move north is owed to there being limited opportunities in... 

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VERSATILE DRILLING RDT’s drills are compatible with popular mainstream drills found in the Southern Africa mining and quarrying industries

Liontown moves ahead with Kathleen Valley

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st July 2022 Lithium developer Liontown Resources has awarded a A$35-million engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract to engineering firm Lycopodium Minerals at its Kathleen Valley lithium project, in Western Australia. Lycopodium will deliver the EPCM services for the processing... 

Centamin reports increased production at Sukari

By: Darren Parker     20th July 2022 LSE- and TSX-listed Centamin delivered increased gold production of 110 788 oz at its flagship Sukari gold mine, in Egypt, for the second quarter, which represents an 11% year-on-year and a 19% quarter-on-quarter increase. The company said on July 20 that this production increase was attributable... 

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Bellevue awards near A$90m EPC contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2022 Gold developer Bellevue Gold has awarded an A$87.8-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the one-million tonne a year processing plant at its namesake project, in Western Australia. The contract was awarded to ASX-listed GR Engineering on a fixed contract price basis. 

Capital sees strong demand for its services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th July 2022 LSE-listed mining services company Capital earned revenue of $138.1-million for the six months to June 30 – a 39.9% increase on the revenue of $98.7-million earned in the first half of 2021. Non-drilling revenue contributed 28% of total revenue for the first half of the year, compared with the... 

Scrap catalytic converters an important source of investment, company says

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2022 Although scrap catalytic converter prices vary according to the brand and model, refining systems provider Proses Makina notes that the precious metals contained in the catalytic converter influence the price and monetary value, meaning that the price of a catalytic converter could vary from... 

Graph of battery metals in the circular economy

Perenti settles historical damage claim

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th July 2022 Global mining services group Perenti on Monday announced that it would recover A$10-million as a settlement for historical damages to a property in West Africa. The property was damaged in 2004 by a fire on an adjacent property, and since then, the ASX-listed company has actively pursued a claim... 

Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2022 Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen. Olsen, the leader of SRK’s data engineering team, spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview from Canada.... 

How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PEM Electrolyser, Ironveld, Jubilee Metals make headlines   

15th July 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Australia’s PEM water electrolyser; Ironveld’s plans to acquire Ferrochrome Furnaces; and Jubilee Metals's Sable refinery.   

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PEM Electrolyser, Ironveld, Jubilee Metals make headlines

Mines opting for solar security lighting

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 Many African mines are opting for solar-powered perimeter lighting so that their security is not compromised during power failures, says luminaires manufacturer BEKA Schréder export manager Paulo Mamede. “Demand also depends on the mineral being mined, with security being stricter at gold and... 

QUALITY CONTROL
Low quality imports are one the most pertinent challenges that BEKA Schréder faces when working in Africa
QUALITY CONTROL Low quality imports are one the most pertinent challenges that BEKA Schréder faces when working in Africa

Prices driving upgrades, maintenance

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th July 2022 The current steep increase in commodity prices has led to mining clients’ upgrading and maintaining their equipment to reduce downtime and maximise output, says steel fabricator Hydra Arc project management office manager Tyrone van Heerden. While rising costs have had a negative impact on the... 

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SPARKS FLY Continuously refurbishing equipment can increase the life span by up to 120%

Market to reach $345bn by 2031

15th July 2022 The global mining equipment market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% during the forecast period of 2021 to¬¬ 2031, says a report by research and consulting services company Transparency Market Research. In 2020, the global mining equipment market was valued at... 

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EXPANDING MARKET Surface mining equipment will account for the major share of global market

Mine gains autonomous fleet

15th July 2022 Manufacturing company Komatsu – and subsidiary Komatsu Chile S.A. –  has announced plans for the Komatsu FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) to be deployed on a total of 62 930E ultra-class haul trucks by 2024 at Los Bronces, a Chilean openpit copper mine owned by diversified major Anglo... 

An image of Komatsu's FrontRunner AHS
HAUL TRUCK OF TOMORROW FrontRunner AHS is designed to help mines increase production

Company introduces versatile scalping screen

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2022 Local contractors can now deliver desired results across a variety of applications by taking advantage of Finnish industrial machinery company Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen. Taking the nomadic nature of contract crushing into consideration, Metso Outotec paid particular... 

COMPACT MOBILITY
The new Lokotrack ST2.3 mobile scalping screen is the most compact mobile screener with wide screen and aggressive stroke in the company’s product portfolio
COMPACT MOBILITY The new Lokotrack ST2.3 mobile scalping screen is the most compact mobile screener with wide screen and aggressive stroke in the company’s product portfolio

Proactive maintenance ensures max efficiency

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th July 2022 With about 45% to 60% of the repair and maintenance costs associated with a tracked machine involving the undercarriage, an effective preventative maintenance programme is essential to ensure operators get the maximum equipment life span at the lowest cost per hour, says manufacturer, distributor... 

An image of ground engaging tools form ITR Africa.
BREAKING GROUND Effective preventative maintenance programme ensures the maximum equipment life span at the lowest cost per hour

Demand outstrips tyre supply

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The African mining market’s demand for tyre solutions provider Bridgestone Southern Africa’s product has increased substantially and is exceeding supply, owing to global tyre supply constraints, says Bridgestone Southern Africa off-the-road business segment manager Nathan Fouche. “On the back of... 

DRIVING PRODUCTIVITY 
The real value comes from measuring the increases in mine production and reduced downtime when using a Bridgestone product
DRIVING PRODUCTIVITY The real value comes from measuring the increases in mine production and reduced downtime when using a Bridgestone product

Company automating Gabon manganese mine

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 Pretoria-based automation company Iritron is involved in an expansion project at a manganese mine in Gabon. Owner Comilog is the world’s second largest high-grade manganese producer, says Iritron CEO Alwyn Rautenbach. Adhering to system architecture, Iritron is supplying control systems, motor... 

ENHANCING EFFICIENCIES
Iritron is supplying Camilog's mining operation in Gabon with control systems, motor control centres and network panels
ENHANCING EFFICIENCIES Iritron is supplying Camilog's mining operation in Gabon with control systems, motor control centres and network panels

Lining installation under way

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 Civil engineering construction services provider ICON Group is currently progressing with work at a gold mine in Burkino Faso, where it is installing 200 000 m2, 1.5 mm high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lining as part of the construction of a greenfield tailings dam. The country is the... 

DAM DESIGN The tailings facility is designed to stack tailings 15 m high with an inward angle of not more than 20°
DAM DESIGN The tailings facility is designed to stack tailings 15 m high with an inward angle of not more than 20°

Electric concept rig showcased in Norway

15th July 2022 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions in May demonstrated its electric concept rig for surface drilling at the Vei og Anlegg 2022 exhibition, one of Scandinavia’s largest construction trade shows. The concept rig will also be showcased in Tampere, Finland, at Sandvik Mining... 

An image of Sanvik Mining and Rock Solutions's electric concept for surface drilling
ELECTRIC SURFACE DRILLING RIG The concept rig supports more sustainable and energy-efficient surface drilling

SA’s mining future rests on exploration turnaround

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The popular Junior Indaba, held in Johannesburg last month, highlighted once again that South Africa is losing ground on the exploration and junior mining front – with exploration being discouraged by a range of factors. Unlike many other jurisdictions, it appears that South Africa does not... 

ACTION NEEDED
Unless exploration increases very quickly, there will be a real lack of projects to replace the mines facing closure in the next decade
ACTION NEEDED Unless exploration increases very quickly, there will be a real lack of projects to replace the mines facing closure in the next decade

Mine water, waste skills deficit amid green mining transition

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The global green mining transition, which is driving a significant increase in demand for effective water and waste management in the African mining market, has highlighted a skills shortage, says WSP in Africa Earth and Environment MD Ralph Heath. “We can’t hire enough people and we are not... 

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
WSP has continued to work for mining companies across Africa while adapting to the challenge of keeping water and waste facilities operational remotely amid the Covid-19 pandemic
THE SHOW MUST GO ON WSP has continued to work for mining companies across Africa while adapting to the challenge of keeping water and waste facilities operational remotely amid the Covid-19 pandemic
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