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Technology a beneficial partner for consulting engineers

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 Consulting engineers have tended to welcome technology, owing to its multiple benefits, including the gathering and analysing of large amounts of data, which can inform responses to industry challenges and assist in finding more sustainable solutions, says engineering consultancy SRK director and... 

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nersa to implement Operation Vulindlela recommendation to drop PPA as 100 MW registration requirement 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that it will implement the Operation Vulindlela recommendation that power purchase agreements (PPAs) should not be a requirement for registration of embedded generation projects below 100 MW. The regulator tells Engineering News... 

A large-scale solar farm

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Develop hoping to add to its capacity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th May 2022 ASX-listed Develop on Wednesday announced plans to acquire mining provider Premium Mining & Civil and Premium Mining Personnel for a total consideration of A$7.46-million. Develop has inked a letter of intent (LoI), under which the parties have agreed to negotiate and enter into a formal share... 

Dwyka gets its clients hands on technology to showcase capability

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 In its endeavours to “make tech tangible”, mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services hosted a mining technology showcase on May 18 to get clients and potential future clients physical hands-on technology to help them understand its capability and potential. Dwyka MD Jamie van Schoor says... 

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Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van Schoor with a DJI Matrice drone and Hovermap payload at Dwyka's Midrand offices

Construction materials miners ready to assist in rebuilding flood-hit KZN infrastructure

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 Aspasa, formerly known as the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa, reports that miners of building material commodities are standing ready to assist the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and construction firms to repair roads and essential infrastructure that was damaged in... 

An image of Aspasa director Nico Pienaar
Aspasa director Nico Pienaar

Metso Outotec launches new padded truck body  

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2022 Industrial technology company Metso Outotec has launched its new truck body, which is a one-piece, lightweight, hybrid truck bowl that combines the benefits of high-strength steel and rubber. It was designed to lower hauling costs, in addition to offering a safer working environment and... 

SAIMM positioning industry for next-gen metals with upcoming PGMs conference

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2022 In positioning itself for the next generation of precious metals - such as palladium, rhodium, iridium, and others - which fulfill catalytic roles, the eighth iteration of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (SAIMM’s) Platinum-Group Metals (PGMs) Conference is looking to... 

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PGMs Conference chairperson Gary Lane

Nersa confirms registration of first two 100 MW projects  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed the registration of the first two 100 MW projects following the August 2021 amendment of Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act allowing sub-100 MW projects to proceed without a licence. Both solar photovoltaic projects are... 

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Junior mining regulations need to be amended, says law firm

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th May 2022 Regulations impacting on junior miners must be amended to address the unique challenges and needs of the various types of miners currently classified as juniors, says law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. Through more targeted regulations and a streamlined application process, the junior... 

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WARREN BEECH Targeted regulations can assist the junior mining sector in growth

Exploration sector has not received enough investment

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th May 2022 The specialised exploration sector in South Africa has not been fully developed or invested in, which has resulted in the junior mining sector mainly comprising of medium-sized producers as opposed to specialised exploration companies, explains mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council... 

GRANT MITCHELLThe exploration sector needs to have a regulatory environment geared towards its growth
GRANT MITCHELLThe exploration sector needs to have a regulatory environment geared towards its growth

Cobalt development an exciting prospect

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 While copper is still the main commodity driving reagent demand in Zambia, mining reagent manufacturer and supplier Axis House MD Justine Stubbs is also excited by the prospects presented by the country’s largely unexplored and unexploited cobalt reserves. Along with copper, of which Zambia is... 

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MARKET DEMANDS There has been a big drive to reduce the hazardous nature of reagents

OEM supporting sustainable Zambian mining

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 As Zambian mines move to adopt more sustainable mining practices, the reduction of energy use, water consumption and carbon emissions – as per global mining trends – is a significant priority, says original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals Africa Rest of Africa sales director Pieter van... 

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KITWE WAREHOUSE Weir Minerals Africa keeps extensive stock of fast-moving wet-end components at its Zambian warehouse to support the Weir product footprint across the country

Calix receives funding for low emissions lime project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th May 2022 ASX-listed environmental technology company Calix has been awarded an A$11-million grant from the federal government’s Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies programme, to develop the world’s first commercial-scale process for low emissions lime. Patterning with ASX-listed Adbri,... 

SRG wins major contract with Alcoa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2022 Mining services provider SRG Global has been awarded a A$95-million civil infrastructure maintenance term contract with aluminium major Alcoa. The services will be provided at Alcoa’s Kwinana alumina refinery in Western Australia with a contract duration of five years comprising an initial... 

Caterpillar eyes energy transition as growth driver for mining business

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 Construction equipment maker Caterpillar believes demand for critical minerals as the clean energy transition gathers pace will translate to solid returns for its mining business, CEO Jim Umpleby said in an interview on Tuesday. The company is aiming at a global market worth about $5-trillion for... 

UP Centre for Future of Work to produce publications, provide advisory services and training

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 The Centre for the Future of Work (CFoW), launched by the University of Pretoria (UP) on May 17, will be Africa’s centre of excellence on the future of work, producing scientific and popular publications, advisory services and training, said CFoW director and UP Faculty of Economic and Management... 

Minexx appoints responsible sourcing manager

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 Minerals blockchain platform Minexx has appointed Dominique Kayigire responsible sourcing manager – a newly created position – to further accelerate the company’s ability to secure mineral supply chains, from being mined to the point at which they are used in electronic products.   He joins... 

MIC Khulisani Ventures concludes first allocation with tech companies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th May 2022 The Mineworkers Investment Company’s (MIC’s) Khulisani Ventures has concluded its first allocation of R43.5-million to technology companies Kelo and Rentoza. In July 2021, MIC launched MIC Khulisani Ventures, a R150-million early-stage investment vehicle targeting black-owned innovative,... 

IPP Office head says stakeholder alignment key to regular, investment-promoting procurement rhythm 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office believes that improved stakeholder management and alignment are key to overcoming delays to the introduction of urgently required new electricity capacity and to creating the predictable “procurement rhythm” required to attract... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro

Takeovers Panel makes final orders relating to DRA Global

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2022 The Australian government’s Takeovers Panel has made final orders in relation to an application dated March 21 by Haydn Von Maltitz in relation to the affairs of JSE- and ASX-listed DRA Global. On May 9, the panel made a declaration of unacceptable circumstances in relation to the affairs of DRA. 

Godongwana says work under way to unblock R54bn embedded generation pipeline  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports that work is under way with the private sector to unblock the remaining obstacles to investment of about R54-billion in embedded generation projects. Speaking during a presentation of Operation Vulindlela’s first quarter progress report, Godongwana said... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Trident’s lithium-powered locomotives engendering benefits for mining operations  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2022 Original-equipment manufacturer Trident SA has diversified its offering and is now providing lithium-powered batteries for locomotives used by global mining operations. During a visit to the company’s site in Germiston, Gauteng, where the locomotives and battery packs are assembled, Trident... 

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Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Trident SA lithium battery pack for locomotive

BHP plans to double spending with Indigenous vendors

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th May 2022 Diversified miner BHP’s iron-ore division is aiming to more than double its spend with Indigenous vendors to more than A$300-million by the end of the 2024 financial year. BHP asset president Western Australian iron-ore Brandon Craig said BHP wanted to do much more to build sustainable,... 

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Dedicated training facility improves services

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2022 Designed to train customer-facing Weir Minerals Africa employees, the company’s Mill Circuit University (MCU) equips its learners with the fundamental knowledge to better understand the end-users’ processes and to switch employees’ mindsets from selling products, to focusing on selling solutions.... 

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FUNDAMENTAL LEARNING This innovative initiative is ensuring that customer-facing personnel are well-equipped with the basic knowledge and fundamentals

Weir presents water management offering

13th May 2022 Optimising water use is a priority for equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa – it is an area that can often be overlooked but contributes significantly to a mine’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) drive, as well as its bottom line. “Our product and service offering aims to... 

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COMPREHENSIVE WATER SOLUTIONS Weir Minerals offers engineered to order pontoon barges to suit their customers’ dewatering requirements

Academy’s ‘vibrant learnership’ advances training in critical aspects  

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2022 To underpin evolving digital strategies in a business, training must evolve to cover critical aspects from enhanced safety to productivity in mining, says engineering company Murray & Roberts Cementation education, development and training executive Tony Pretorius. Murray & Roberts Training... 

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MRTA’s Tony Pretorius discusses the academy’s “vibrant” skills development and training programmes

Webinars provide free practical knowledge for engineers

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2022 There is a growing need to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the minerals processing sector, with metallurgical engineering graduates quickly realising their lack of practical experience once they enter the workforce. By attending the free online training workshops offered by... 

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HOLISTIC APPROACH Collaborating with other industry stakeholders provides participants of Multotec’s online training sessions with a better overview of minerals processing

More turbulence reported at DRA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th May 2022 ASX- and JSE-listed DRA Global on Thursday announced that its CFO Adam Buckler was no longer employed with the company. GM for corporate finance, Michael Sucher will now assume the role of acting CFO while the company undertakes a management search to fill the role on a permanent basis. 

De Beers an industry leader in innovation, technology 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 FutureSmart Mining, together with its longstanding innovation and technology programmes, is part of what makes diamond company De Beers stand out as “the world’s leading diamond company”, says De Beers Group managed operations MD Moses Madondo. “De Beers has been an industry leader in innovation... 

Venetia Mine in South Africa showing the headgear
De Beers Group managed operations MD Moses Madondo talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Probe Mining Group leading the way for integrated solutions for productivity, safety 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 As escalating challenges erode profits, the pressure is on for mining organisations to achieve new levels of performance, efficiency and productivity, while maintaining safe and sustainable operations, says Probe Mining Group of Companies. The company, however, notes that digital technology, with... 

Probe Mining Group leading the way for integrated solutions for productivity, safety
Probe IMT's business development manager Henry Esbend talks to Mining Weekly at the Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

B&E shares mines’ load, risk with broad offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 With buoyant commodity prices attracting considerable investment in mine expansions and new projects, B&E International is growing its support to the sector with a suite of services in mining and processing. “More than ever, mines are looking to their technical partners for efficiency,... 

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B&E plant and engineering director Ken Basson talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Lesedi continues to execute projects in mining industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 Multi-disciplinary projects organisation Lesedi Nuclear Services is active at clients in the mining sector and has, over the last six years, executed several projects for mining industry clients focusing on support systems in mining processes. These include, among others, a focus on environmental... 

Lesedi continues to execute projects in mining industry
Lesedi Nuclear Services GM Bernhard Wilcocks talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Murray & Roberts continues raise boring activities in Africa  

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 Murray & Roberts’ Mining Platform, one of the world’s leading mining contracting businesses, is fast putting the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic behind it, with its order book has now recovered to pre-pandemic levels. “Our order book was eroded in the immediate aftermath of the global... 

Murray & Roberts continues raise boring activities in Africa
Murray & Roberts Cementation MD Mike Wells talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

High expectations drive Multotec’s Africa journey 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2022 Two decades of concerted investment in subsidiaries across Africa gives minerals processing equipment specialist Multotec a world class foundation from which to serve mines. Multotec MD Jaco du Toit highlights that mining companies in Africa expect not only the highest performance from equipment,... 

Multotec’s subsidiaries in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana employ over 200 local people
Multotec MD Jaco du Toit talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

DRA warns of falling revenue, launches optimisation review

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th May 2022 ASX and JSE-listed DRA Global has flagged lower revenue and earnings for the 2022 financial year, with the board resolving not to declare a special dividend for 2021 and deciding instead to launch an optimisation review. The mining services group on Wednesday told shareholders that revenue for... 

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