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Mining Services News

Equipment provider awarded BHP contract

3rd December 2021 Mining products and services provider Schlam announced last month that it had been awarded a multimillion-dollar national contract to supply its Hercules dump bodies to diversified miner BHP Minerals Australia. 

African Copperbelt a good mining destination – consultants

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The Central Africa Copperbelt is the obvious choice for miners looking to expand their copper portfolios, with the region being known for “world-class” deposits, says mining consultants The MSA Group. “Mining companies looking for a foothold in the region always focus on two things – prospective... 

Chrysocolla and malachite exposures on a rock face in Zambia both are copper ores
N PLAIN SIGHT Chrysocolla and malachite are so prevalent in the Central Africa Copperbelt it can be seen above ground in rock formations

Company boasts substantial supply increase

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The  average monthly turnover and tonnage throughput of Zambia-based steel product supplier Afrope Zambia has increased sixfold since its acquisition by South African logistics and trading company Inter Trade Africa in 2019. The company has expanded its product offering to the mining consumables... 

A man welding a steel mes screen used in the copper mines as a support underground, at the Afrope manufacturing plant in Zambia
STEELY SPARKS The amount of steel used in products used in mine support systems such as screen mesh Central Africa Copperbelt has increase exponentially

Transport group eyes Copperbelt

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Specialist logistics group Unitrans Africa plans to use its copper handling success, in Botswana, as a launchpad to enter into mining operations in the Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Our recent success in on-mine copper materials handling and pit development, paired... 

A large yellow mining machine with EV capability used to load ore onto Unitrans road trains
POWER PUSH The use of electric power vehicles in the mining sector is being successfully pushed further up into the Central African region by Unitrans

Rising demand for separation compound 

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Since the partnership between global chemicals producer 2M Holdings and speciality materials company Celanese, established in 2014, demand for its methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound, used to separate copper from ore, has grown substantially in the Central Africa region. 2M Holdings South... 

Large plastic containers of methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound which is used in the separation or flotation of ores on the African Copperbelt
2M Holdings South Africa MD Denzyl O’Donoghue discusses the use of MIBC as an effective flotation agent in the separation of copper

Minerals Council, SAAFF outline requirements to get Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border congestion resolved

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 With delays at the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post on the Maputo corridor between South Africa and Mozambique having cost trucking companies R1.3-billion in lost revenue this year, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and the Minerals Council South Africa have requested... 

An image of freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards Komatipoort in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post in South Africa

Judge to rule next week on latest Eskom-Nersa legal wrangle 

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2021 Judge Jody Kollapen has reserved judgment in Eskom’s application to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) rejection of its latest revenue application set aside as irrational and unlawful. Following a virtual hearing on December 1, Kollapen indicated that he expected to... 

Nersa Public Hearings Poster

Master Drilling to report higher full-year EPS, HEPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS), in dollar terms, for the year to December 31 to be more than 400% higher than the EPS of $0.022 and HEPS of $0.026 reported for the 2020 financial year. In rand terms, EPS and... 

Electric vehicles, battery chargers set to offer more sustainable mining

26th November 2021 Specialist mining services provider Becker Mining South Africa has been appointed distributor in Southern and Central Africa by leading mobile mining equipment supplier Miller Technology. Becker Mining South Africa now supplies and supports Miller’s new range of Relay electric mining vehicles –... 

An image of Miller Technology's new Relay electric mining vehicle
REACHING NEW DEPTHS The Relay electric mining vehicles were developed especially for the underground mining environment

Supply resilient amid Covid

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 Despite the ongoing global impact of the pandemic on various industries, including the African mining industry, power systems provider Cummins has prioritised measures to ensure that it meets client requirements. Cummins mining GM and director Victor Masuku says that the company ensures that the... 

Recycled rubber can reduce environmental impact

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th November 2021 Recycled rubber manufacturer Xtyre Global provides patented products made from recycled tyres that can replace wood and plastic products, particularly in the industrial environment. Xtyre Global notes that its rubber pallets and safety products are ideal for the mining industry’s harsh conditions... 

An image of Xtyre's recycled Tyre Pallet
RECYCLED TYRE PALLET Xtyre's products are durable, stornger alternatives to plastic or wood products

Industrial AI needed to enable mining to meet future demands

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2021 Mining operations must be rejuvenated with the correct innovation, in preparation for projected future demand, says enterprise asset performance and optimisation company AspenTech metals and mining VP and GM Jeannette McGill. AspenTech notes that longer-term demand for metals will continue to... 

NextSource signs power supply contract for Madagascar graphite mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2021 Canadian miner NextSource has awarded a 20-year power supply contract to independent power producer CrossBoundary Energy to supply solar and thermal power to the Molo graphite mine operations, in Madagascar. The agreement has been set up so that the power generation can scale up along with the... 

Despite accelerated IoT adoption, unreliable connectivity still a key barrier

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 Research by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat reveals that, despite the accelerating speed of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, poor or unreliable connectivity is a key barrier limiting the success of IoT projects for most organisations in... 

Minerals Council members could deliver up to 3 900 MW of supplementary electricity supply  

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa member companies could deliver up to 3 900 MW of renewable energy projects worth an estimated R60-billion, which, if built, would relieve pressure on State-owned power utility Eskom and go a long way towards meeting the industry’s commitment to achieve net-zero... 

Pic of SA flag fading into solar panels

Miners warn against change in fuel rebate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2021 The resources sector has warned that scrapping of the existing diesel fuel tax credit could damage the Australian mining and exploration industry. The warning comes after reports emerged that iron-ore founder Andrew Forrest was privately lobbying the federal government to phase out the diesel... 

Image shows a smiling Andrew Forrest
Photo by Bloomberg
Fortescue founder and chairperson Andrew Forrest

Dog-like robot launched in South Africa to automate hard-to-reach mining environments 

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2021 Mining technology integration partner Dwyka Mining Services this week launched US-based robotics developer Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, known as Spot, in South Africa, targeting specifically a variety of mining applications. Dwyka MD Jamie van Schoor says Spot can be used in the mining... 

An image of Boston Dyanamics' Spot Enterprise with charging and data-offloading station
Spot Enterprise with charging and data-offloading station

Free software creates safer mine ventilation

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     19th November 2021 With specialist mine ventilation simulation software VUMA-network available at no cost, mining companies, particularly junior miners, can enjoy the benefits of this simulation technology. This is further underpinned by the continuous development and support of VUMA. “The safety of mineworkers is... 

High-strength belts work well in mining

19th November 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer dependable performance in demanding heating, cooling and ventilation applications in the mining sector. These transmission belts ensure... 

V-belts in operation in a mine
V-BELTS V-belts are the ideal solution for permanent replacement and fitment into inaccessible locations

Intrinsic testing tools a necessity – manufacturer

By: Halima Frost     19th November 2021 Using intrinsically safe testing tools in the mining and industrial sectors is of the “utmost importance” amid the explosive gases, vapours and dust in those industries, says testing and measurement equipment provider Comtest technical sales manager Gerrit Barnard. Devices that are certified as... 

The Comtest 28II Ex range of intrinsically safe testing equipment
INTEGRAL The need for safe testing tools is a priority in environments with highly explosive gases present

Flame-detection series in demand

By: Halima Frost     19th November 2021 Since the launch of its new Det-Tronics X-Series range of flame detectors earlier this year, multinational home and industrial appliance manufacturer Carrier Global has noted a marked increase in demand for the detectors. Carrier Global sub-Saharan Africa sales manager Randhir Seodutt attributes... 

A Carrier Infrared and ultraviolet sensor which detects hydrogen gases or flame
EXPLOSIVE GROWTH The X-series range of flame detectors offered by Carrier has seen a growth in popularity

Company leverages sorting technology to treat local mine dumps

By: Cameron Mackay     19th November 2021 Mining technology company Acrux Sorting Technology wants to use its sensor-based sorting technology to help local miners improve their environmental, social and governance (ESG) processes, as well as their bottom line, through resource enhancement, states Acrux Sorting Technology chairperson Sean... 

Image of an ESG infographic from Acrux
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION Acrux is confident that it will be able to roll this technology out to local commodity sectors, including bulk commodities

Software helps miners manage tailings, waste

By: Cameron Mackay     19th November 2021 Software company IsoMetrix’s tailings management solution has been developed over many years to help miners manage their incidents, obligations and risks related to mine waste facilities. The solution also reduces the administrative burden of conducting audits, inspections and reporting, states... 

Cooling solution provided for Brazilian mine

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     19th November 2021 The Pilar mine at the Caraiba mining complex in north-eastern Bahia, in Brazil, will soon own a turnkey, “high-tech, safe and efficient” underground mine cooling system, supplied by air and gas handling equipment supplier Howden. The complex, owned and operated by base metals mining company Ero... 

Bulk air coolers being installed at Brazilian mine
COOL OFF Bulk air coolers are used to chill large quantities of air to cool the working areas underground, thereby improving working conditions

Solution offered for shaft cooling

By: Halima Frost     19th November 2021 Mining engineering turnkey solutions provider United Mining Services (UMS) Group has successfully completed the delivery of a fast, innovative solution for gold miner Harmony Gold’s Target 1 mine, which will optimise the shaft’s cooling capability. The Target 1 shaft is used to transport people,... 

Workers in PPE using a Hilti cutting blade to cut out the brattice in a shaft of a gold mine
CUTTING IT UP A portion of the brattice in the shaft at Harmony Gold’s Target 1 mine had to be cut from the surface down to 9 m below

China withdraws funding from Limpopo 3 GW SEZ power project

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2021 The Chinese government has confirmed that the country will no longer be funding a new 3 GW coal-fired power plant in the planned Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MM-SEZ) in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Chinese Premier Xi Jinping announced China’s end to funding of overseas coal projects... 

Orica and Alpha HPA sign up for Qld clean energy agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th November 2021 Mining equipment, technology and services provider Orica and high purity alumina (HPA) producer Alpha HPA have signed the Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation with the state government. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Orica and Alpha HPA would join... 

WA to grant registered interstate workers recognition

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2021 The Western Australian government has made moves to address a severe skills shortage in Western Australia with the introduction of the Mutual Recognition (Western Australia) Amendment Bill 2021 into Parliament to allow for the state’s participation in the Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme... 

Barloworld hands over Caterpillar equipment to Tharisa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th November 2021 Barloworld Equipment South Africa on November 16 handed over two CAT 785D Mining Trucks to platinum group metals and chrome concentrates producer Tharisa for its mining operations near Rustenburg in the North West province. Tharisa is longstanding customer of Barloworld Equipment South Africa. 

Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis and Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa CEO Emmy Lekka during the ribbon cutting and key handover
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Ribbon cutting and key handover

Saudi Arabia continues talks with South African investors to further support mining ecosystem 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2021 Saudi Arabia recognises the importance of building lasting international partnerships to support its minerals ecosystem – a move that will ultimately result in the mapping of the kingdom’s mineral-rich territories for the benefit of all local and international investors. Saudi Arabia Vice... 

Pic of Saudi Arabia Vice Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Mudaifer
Saudi Arabia Vice Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Mudaifer

Thirty entrepreneurs graduate from De Beers’ enterprise coaching programme

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 Diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia mine, in partnership with the Small Enterprise Development Agency, hosted a graduation ceremony for participants of its Enterprise Coaching Programme on November 11. The programme enrolled 30 entrepreneurs who went through ten months of intensive coaching and... 

Pic of graduates from DeBeers Venetia Mine's enterprise coaching programme
DeBeers Venetia Mine celebrates the completion of its enterprise coaching programme

Consulting engineers influential in mining success

By: Anna Moross     12th November 2021 Consulting engineers play an important role throughout the mining process, from the exploration phase to the construction and operation of the mine, says Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Christopher Campbell.  

An image of Christopher Campbell, CEO of CESA
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL Consulting engineers, play a major role in ensuring the entire ecosystem functions at peak performance

Renewable power a viable option for mining operations

By: Anna Moross     12th November 2021 Integrating renewable power after construction in mining operations aims to enhance efficiency and decrease costs while minimising environmental effect, says consulting engineers Zutari technical director Daniel Chelopo.  

An image of solar PV panels
SOLAR PV PANELS Renewable-energy consultants assist clients in exploring, comprehending and managing the process of integrating renewable energy into existing grid netwok

Challenges in mining exploration in the DRC

By: Anna Moross     12th November 2021 Determining resources and reserves in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), although known for its significant mining potential and “world-class” deposits in various commodities, has its challenges, says SRK Consulting Congo chairman and geological consultant Dominique Sambwa. 

An image of the exploration phase of mining
RESOURCE AND RESERVE DETERMINATION Investors interested in the DRC's mining potential generally have to embark on a risky phase of exploration

New tech calculates ventilation recovery

By: Halima Frost     12th November 2021 Mine ventilation, refrigeration, and cooling engineering consultants BBE Group, in August released the 2021 version of its flagship Vuma-network, free of charge, to the mining sector and other interested parties worldwide. BBE’s in-house product, called Vuma-transient, used by BBE engineers,... 

Six different photos of shafts and tunnels in a mine where BBE have installed the Vuma-network sensors and technology for ventilation
CLEARING THE AIR The Vuma-network of technologies is being offered free of charge to the mining sector to help ensure that ventilation post care and maintenance is up to scratch

Care, maintenance must be communicated correctly

By: Halima Frost     12th November 2021 Environmental consulting company Environmental Assurance (Envass) director Emile van Druten says it is “absolutely imperative” for a mine to correctly communicate its care-and-maintenance plan to not only staff and stakeholders but also the affected communities and suppliers. He tells Mining... 

A sunset picture of a mine with yellow machines in operation, with a laptop, plans and cell phone in, while there is a green belt of natural vegetation in the background
THE WHOLE PICTURE The care and maintenance period of a mine entails so much more than just telling staff

Mining sector looking toward hydrogen, battery storage to decarbonise 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2021 The global energy landscape is changing amid a rush to net-zero emissions by 2050, and renewable energy is going from strength to strength, with these projects having captured nearly 50% of all new generation build capital in 2020. Energy services company Wärtsilä Canada business development... 

A graphic depicting green hydrogen generation

Procurement rules and liquidity constraints hold back Eskom’s maintenance roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2021 Liquidity constraints and procurement problems continue to impede Eskom’s reliability maintenance recovery (RMR) programme, with CEO Andre de Ruyter reporting that South Africa’s public procurement rules have undercut the utility’s efforts to swiftly appoint the competent contractors needed to... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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