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Mining Services News

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

Taking mining beyond 5D

24th January 2020 Global project and asset services provider Worley is taking digital design capabilities beyond five-dimensional (5D) modelling using building information modelling (BIM) as a means of digitally transforming the energy, chemicals and resources sectors. The digital age is ushering in change as new... 

Taking mining beyond 5D
SEVENTH HEAVEN 7D offers operational functionality for customer peace of mind in terms of due diligence in the commissioning process

Khoemacau begins decline development

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Development work is well under way at the Khoemacau copper and silver project in Botswana, with mining contractor Barminco beginning decline development for the new underground mine in Zone 5 this month. Early construction activities started in early 2019, with mine construction, development and... 

Khoemacau begins decline development
THE HOLE PICTURE The boxcuts are near completion, with decline development progressing well

Human-machine symbiosis to benefit mining

24th January 2020 The growing symbiosis between human and machine could deliver large-scale improvements to the mining sector, says mining technology platform Dwyka Mining Services CEO Jamie van Schoor. Van Schoor will be speaking at the Young Leaders in Mining Programme – part of the Investing in African Mining... 

Human-machine symbiosis to benefit mining
JAMIE VAN SCHOOR Dwyka Mining Services is focused on sourcing and deploying best-in-class technologies to solve the human and machine complexities of mining

Beneficiation plant wins international awards

24th January 2020 The wet processing solution designed and delivered by wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE, simultaneously won two awards in Australia and Ireland for exceptional achievement and resource productivity. In 2017, CDE commissioned two wet processing plants in South Australia to convert an... 

Beneficiation plant wins international awards
HARD WON The company won two awards on the same night almost 10 000 miles apart

Disruptive tech can take industry forward

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Mining industry decision-makers need to be more disruptive in their thinking to successfully bring optimisation and investment to the increasingly digitised African mining sector, says transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) business development leader Shaun Combrinck. “Our... 

Disruptive tech can  take industry forward
SHAUN COMBRINCK Improved efficiency and safety are part and parcel of embracing disruptive technology

Change management key to digital success

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 When investing in digitalisation and automation, change management is one of the key challenges that needs to be addressed globally, and not only in the African mining industry, says global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa automation business line manager... 

Change management  key to digital success
AUTOMATION GENERATION Part of the change management required is the need to upskill and reskill personnel

Sustainability, investment and digitalisation top agenda at 2020 Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     24th January 2020 The organising team of the 2020 iteration of the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba notes an increased appetite for engagement within the African mining sector, particularly for discussions around sustainability. Media company Hyve Group content head Tom Quinn says this is evidenced by the... 

Sustainability, investment and digitalisation top agenda at 2020 Indaba

Company introduces digital technology

24th January 2020 As an early adopter of digital technology in the energy, chemicals and resources sectors, global project and asset services provider Worley has been testing new technology to develop value-adding digital strategies that help customers make better informed decisions.  “There has been a lot of hype... 

Company introduces digital technology
ROBERT HULL Innovation is in our DNA

Miners sow seeds for success at Indaba

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein compares the Investing in African Mining Indaba to farming, as many delegates and companies attending the event are “planting seeds” and hoping for a “fruitful harvest” in terms of new deals and business leads. Aside... 

Miners sow seeds for success at Indaba

Celebrating 40 years of building local capacity

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The establishment of motor and controls manufacturer WEG in a remote area of southern Brazil in 1961 prepared its South African subsidiary, Zest WEG Group, for its localisation journey. WEG has a history of benefiting from available local resources, developing local capacity and supply chains to... 

Celebrating 40 years of building local capacity
LOCAL INVESTMENT Zest WEG has spent R25-million on skills development over the past three years

Climate change to amplify challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Economists agree that climate change risks have, to date, been underestimated by industry in general, including mining, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Consequently, he expects that challenges associated with... 

Climate change to  amplify challenges
IN-COUNTRY ADVANTAGE With offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana, SRK can closely follow industry developments cited at Mining Indaba ‘on the ground’

Equipment supplier advancing 4IR offering

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The development of an intelligent cyclone by minerals processing equipment supplier Multotec is at an advanced stage, Multotec South African Operations CEO Rikus Immink tells Mining Weekly. Through the instrumentation of its ceramic-lined cyclones, Multotec is aligning itself to the automation... 

Equipment supplier advancing 4IR offering
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS Multotec cannot do without its 1 600 factory workers, as the manufacture of some of its products is labour intensive

Local suppliers make financial sense for manufacturers

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Using South African suppliers can be far more effective financially when engineering and manufacturing locally and is not simply a matter of complying with Mining Charter III, says industrial and mining vibrating screens manufacturer Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. From a Mining Charter perspective,... 

Local suppliers make financial sense for manufacturers
LONGSTANDING LOCAL FOCUS Kwatani has relied heavily on local suppliers since going into production in 1976

Mechanised boring solutions making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The development of rock-boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel borer (MTB) and shaft-boring system (SBS) technology is advancing, with the machinery expected to reduce project development times by three to four times, says Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius. “These... 

Mechanised  boring solutions  making headway
MTB TESTING Master Drilling is undertaking field testing of its mobile tunnel borer at platinum producer Northam Platinum’s Eland mine, in the North West

Firm invests hopes in Indaba

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Mining investment firm Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu hopes that this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will “rise to the occasion” in addressing the challenges that are plaguing the South African mining industry. Some pressing challenges include the need to deal with regulatory uncertainty and... 

Firm invests  hopes in Indaba
VUSLAT BAYOĞLU Bayoğlu would like to see coal pricing become fairer

Efficiency focus can ease demand on Eskom

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has engaged local entities as well as the Embassy of Brazil to hold a roundtable in South Africa on energy efficiency early this year to encourage industry to use and promote energy-efficient products. “We... 

Efficiency focus can  ease demand on Eskom
REDUCE DEMAND South Africa needs to address its power supply crisis by implementing more energy efficient solutions on an industrial level

SA crane company buying local, expanding globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2020 South African company Condra Cranes & Hoists remains committed to supporting the local manufacturing industry, company MD Marc Kleiner tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly. “We buy locally from South African suppliers instead of importing components, and we believe other manufacturers should... 

Transformation under way at Rosh Pinah and Perkoa

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The African operations of global base-metals mining company Trevali Mining are big contributors to its overall portfolio and are important to the company’s future, says Trevali CEO and president Ricus Grimbeek, who will speak at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, from... 

Transformation under way at Rosh Pinah and Perkoa
ROSH PINAH The RP2.0 expansion at the Namibian mine is expected to increase production by 60% to 80%

Edenville raises £700 000

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has completed its fundraising, securing the necessary working capital to meet the current contracted production demands of up to 12 000 t of washed coal a month from its flagship Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania. Edenville has raised £700 000, before expenses, by way of... 

Power cuts take their toll on Amplats’ output

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 Power outages implemented by State-owned power utility Eskom continued to negatively impact on precious metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) platinum-group metals (PGMs) production for 2019, resulting in an overall unrecoverable loss of 38 000 oz of PGMs for the year. In the first... 

Power cuts take their toll on Amplats’ output
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Downer wins Meandu mining contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd January 2020 Mining services provider Downer EDI has been awarded a A$600-million mining and related services contract from Stanwell Corporation at the Meandu coal mine, in Queensland. The contract will run for a period of five years and will extend Downer’s current operations at the mine, which started in... 

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