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Focus turns to water ice extraction as attempts to source minerals from space take back seat

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th November 2019 Incredible as it might seem, one can, without too much exaggeration, argue that the space mining sector has already gone through its first boom and bust cycle. Of course, it was, by the standards of the conventional mining industry, a tiny boom, and consequently a tiny bust (although no less... 

M&R sees 2020 as ‘a year of consolidation’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2019 Following several acquisitions in the prior financial year, the 2020 financial year will be “a year of consolidation for all three business platforms”, with the focus on growing the order book and on successful project delivery, multinational engineering and construction services provider Murray... 

NRW buys BGC Contracting

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th November 2019 Mining services provider NRW Holdings has inked an acquisition agreement with fellow services provider BGC Contracting. Under the terms of the agreement, NRW would acquire BGC Contracting for A$116.4-million in cash, with NRW also assuming A$193.6-million worth of debt related to asset finance.  

Barloworld Equipment opens new Isando showroom

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2019 Heavy-duty machines and services company Barloworld Equipment inaugurated a new 3 200 square metre showroom at its Isando campus, in Ekurhuleni, on Wednesday, and renamed its ten-year old learning academy in honour of Peter Bulterman. Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela, alongside Ekurhuleni mayor... 

Exxaro records mixed performance in year-to-date 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 A slowdown in global economic growth, supply-side disruptions, escalating US-China trade tensions and energy transition themes have, in the year-to-date, all impacted on the commodities that diversified miner Exxaro Resources produces. In a pre-closed-period trading update for the financial year... 

Exxaro records mixed performance in year-to-date

Wescoal confident it is on the road to recovery, despite 'disappointing' results 

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2019 South African coal miner Wescoal on Tuesday reported its performance for the first half of the 2019/20 financial year (April-September). While, in comparison the previous six months, revenues stayed static at R2.1-billion, gross profit fell to R195-million from R276-million, total comprehensive... 

Wescoal confident it is on the road to recovery, despite 'disappointing' results
Wescoal CEO Reg Demana

Invicta interim earnings, cash generation increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 Investment holding and equipment distribution company Invicta on Monday reported a 1 046% year-on-year increase in basic earnings a share to 149c for the six months ended September 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 2 029% to 149c apiece. 

Kavango advances exploration in Botswana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd November 2019 LSE-listed Kavango Resources on Friday announced that core and reverse circulation drilling on its Kalahari Suture Zone Project (KSZ), in Botswana, had intersected a high-level gabbroic intrusive at 53 m from surface in one of the holes (RIT50) drilled. The 1 000 m drilling programme is designed... 

Consultants prioritise energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd November 2019 With the mining industry shifting towards more energy efficient processes, mining consulting and engineering services provider BBE is observing increased demand for developing and implementing energy efficiency in ventilation and cooling processes. “Ventilation, cooling and pumping are the major... 

Consultants prioritise energy efficiency
RICHARD GUNDERSEN Ventilation on-demand is becoming more topical. One can switch fans on or off, and align cooling to where the activity is happening in a mine

Fan range redesigned to meet industry needs

22nd November 2019 Global ventilation fans and systems manufacturer TLT-Turbo GmbH has announced the redesign of its Auxiliary and Booster fan range. The new designs engender efficiency and cost effectiveness in a versatile product range able to meet the ventilation requirements of the mining industry. Development... 

Fan range redesigned to meet industry needs
UNDERGROUND DEMAND TLT-Turbo has received orders from a South African gold mine, and for the Kamoa Copper project

Industry keen on cleaner, fuel cell-based ventilation

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd November 2019 The local mining industry has shown keen interest in research center Hydrogen Infrastructure South Africa’s (HySA’s) offering of cleaner ventilation systems for underground mines, says HySA director Dmitri Bessarabov. He explains that this can be achieved by replacing diesel-powered underground... 

Industry keen on cleaner, fuel cell-based ventilation
CLEANER VENTILATION OPPORTUNITY Hydrogen Infrastructure South Africa produces and stores renewable energy on site and aims to integrate existing mini grids with batteries and fuel cells

Solar, private sector, new rock drill prototypes make headlines  

21st November 2019 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks developments around solar energy, the private sector and new rock drill prototypes.   

Solar, private sector, new rock drill prototypes make headlines
Solar, private sector, new rock drill prototypes make headlines. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Exxaro, Barloworld partner to help contractors acquire equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2019 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources and industrial equipment provider Barloworld Equipment (BWE) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalise a partnership that will see contractors gain access to mining equipment at competitive rates and terms. The three-year,... 

Two new South African-developed rock drills unveiled 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2019 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on Tuesday unveiled the two new rock drill prototypes that are set to enhance drilling operations and reduce the exposure of operators to dangerous conditions. The prototypes, born under the Isidingo Drill Challenge, launched in 2018, and based on industry needs,... 

Two new South African-developed rock drills unveiled
Photo by Cremer Media's Dylan Slater
Novatek's Buffalo rock drill

Sasol, Enaex conclude negotiations to establish explosives JV

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2019 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol and Enaex, a subsidiary of the Sigdo Koppers Group, have concluded negotiations to establish a joint venture. The companies will file an application with the South African Competition Commission to seek approval for the merger. 

Barloworld pursuing R500m-plus acquisition targets as it seeks to rebuild growth momentum 

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2019 JSE-listed industrial group Barloworld is eyeing several further acquisitions as it closes in on the purchase of a Caterpillar dealership in Mongolia, the due diligence on which has been completed. CEO Dominic Sewela tells Engineering News Online that the company, which has sold various noncore... 

Barloworld pursuing R500m-plus acquisition targets as it seeks to rebuild growth momentum
Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela

Shaft maintenance integral to operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     15th November 2019 Mining solutions provider United Mining Services (UMS) suggests placing significant emphasis on the operational maintenance of a mine shaft, as this can ultimately optimise the functionality of the mine, negating the potential financial and time-based losses that occur when shafts are not... 

Shaft maintenance integral to operations
MAINTENANCE OPTIMISED United Mining Services aims for mining houses to save on capital costs and downtime when conducting maintenance on the shaft infrastructure

Shaft capping prevents illegal mining, improves ground safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     15th November 2019 Redundant mine shafts are becoming a growing risk for mining companies, owing to a sharp spike in illegal mining activities. 

Shaft capping prevents illegal mining, improves ground safety
COVER UP Shaft capping and sealing is undertaken to reinstate land to unrestricted use

OEM introduces new range of crusher wear parts

15th November 2019 Finnish industrial machinery company Metso is expanding its crusher wear part offering by launching a new range of original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) crusher liners. Available for select markets from September 2019, the company notes that the new Metso O-Series offers the right balance between... 

OEM introduces new range of crusher wear parts
METSO O-SERIES Metso’s new range of crusher liners complements the company’s existing wear parts offering

Checks crucial to continuing operations

15th November 2019 Specialist in electric power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission Vert Energy supports a wide range of components and systems, with the assistance of a repair, refurbishment and maintenance service throughout Africa. 

Checks crucial to continuing operations
IMPRESSIVE SKILLS Vert Energy has a highly-skilled team of technicians that is able to help with any on-site electromechanical breakdown or repair problem

Company expands production footprint, manufacturing capabilities

15th November 2019 Mining equipment manufacturer and supplier Metso announced in a press statement that it has expanded its global production footprint in its minerals consumables business area, after reviewing its manufacturing capabilities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. As part of the initiative,... 

Video: Hyve portfolio head discusses the 26th Investing in African Mining Indaba 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th November 2019 Media company Hyve Group portfolio director Simon Ford speaks to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online about the twenty-sixth edition of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held in Cape Town over four days in February 2020. In acknowledging the increased appetite for engagement... 

Video: Hyve portfolio head discusses the 26th Investing in African Mining Indaba
Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer

Organisers see increased appetite for engagement for upcoming Indaba 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2019 Media company Hyve Group content head Tom Quinn on Tuesday told the media that the organising team of the 2020 iteration of the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba has seen an increased appetite for engagement within the African mining sector, particularly for discussions touching on... 

Organisers see increased appetite for engagement for upcoming Indaba
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Hyve Group content head Tom Quinn (left) and Hyve portfolio director Simon Ford (right)

South African miners should counteract labour challenges, adopt more tech – EY 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2019 Licence to operate and disruption are two of the biggest risks facing mining companies in Africa, a research report by EY, titled ‘Top risks and opportunities facing miners in Africa 2020’, has found. “Social responsibility and stakeholder needs are intensifying, as are the needs for digital... 

South African miners should counteract labour challenges, adopt more tech – EY

Blockchain solutions available to African mining

By: Darren Parker     8th November 2019 Australian software developer Blockhead Technologies has partnered with South African mining technology provider Dwyka Mining Services to distribute the full suite of Blockhead software solutions to the resources sector across sub-Saharan Africa. The distribution agreement, announced last month... 

Blockchain solutions available to  African mining
JOSH HORNEMAN Africa is an attractive destination for new systems because it is much easier to create a new system for an as yet unserved client than to convert an existing one

Co-opting Canadian strategies to create investor awareness

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 International commodities consultancy Core Consultants states that African mining jurisdictions can create investor awareness through initiatives that have been successfully carried out in Canada. 

Co-opting Canadian strategies to create investor awareness
Photo by Creamer Media
BE AWARE, BE VERY AWARE Investor awareness can be created in Africa through initiatives that have been successfully carried out in Canada

Digital transformation will benefit African mines

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 Commodity pricing volatility and global demand variability are two profitability pressures mining companies, especially Africa-based mining companies, have to deal with. This creates a need for smarter and more efficient operations, which can be engineered through the application of leading-edge... 

Digital transformation will benefit African mines
TECH SAVVY Wabtec’s technologies can enable miners to optimise people, processes and technology

Contractor says equipment provider critical to its success

8th November 2019 Engineering solutions provider Babcock’s transparency, combined with its range of leading construction equipment and its successful collaborations with customers, struck a chord with Lomeza Mining Services, who required reliable construction equipment to fulfil its obligations for a long-term... 

Roof bolt placement critical to safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 Roof bolts, in helping to create a stable rock structure, are the first line of defence to protect mineworkers from fall-of-ground-related hazards, which highlights the importance of correct roof bolt placement in underground mining, South African mining safety and monitoring solutions provider... 

Roof bolt placement critical to safety
NICK MURRAY The principal objective of roof bolting is to help the rock mass support itself

Altus’ shares rise on ‘transformative’ deal with La Mancha

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2019 The LSE share price of Aim- and TSX-V-listed Altus Strategies rose by nearly 27% on Tuesday morning after it announced that private gold investment company La Mancha planned to buy a stake in the company. Altus and La Mancha have executed a nonbinding letter of intent (LoI) for La Mancha to... 

Saracen awards GR Engineering expansion contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th November 2019 Gold miner Saracen has awarded a A$24.5-million contract to ASX-listed GR Engineering for the engineering design, procurement and construction of expansion works on the mineral processing plant at the Carosue Dam mine, in Western Australia. GR Engineering will upgrade the existing processing... 

Govt unveils training plan for new miners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st November 2019 The Australian government on Friday announced a Skills Organisation Pilot aimed at giving trainees and apprentices skills to better match the needs of the mining industry. The pilot programme forms part of a A$525-million reform of the vocational education and training system. 

Consortium heading up alumina refinery project

1st November 2019 PT Borneo Alumina Indonesia, a subsidiary of State-owned enterprise PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium has appointed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Black & Veatch-led project management consortium (PMC) as a technical consultant to lead its alumina refinery project. The... 

Consortium heading up alumina refinery project
ON TRACK CONTRACT PT Borneo Alumina Indonesia appoints Black & Veatch as technical consultant for Indonesia's first alumina refinery

Compressor company caters well to shutdowns

By: Halima Frost     1st November 2019 With the mining sector accounting for about 30% of its business, generator and compressor rental company Rand-Air notes that it has proven its ability to mitigate some of the challenges that local mines face during scheduled and unscheduled shutdowns. Rand-Air supplies various equipment items to... 

Compressor company caters well to shutdowns
PRESSED FOR TIME Rand-Air's compressors are supplied to mines for unexpected shutdowns saving time and money

Project management software enhances financial planning

By: Halima Frost     1st November 2019 Construction Computer Software’s Mining and Industrial (CCSMI) division MD Joe de Klerk notes that two CCS software packages can be used simultaneously throughout a mine’s project management phase to maximise its profitability. He notes that the key to the overall success of any capital-intensive... 

Project management software enhances financial planning
DRIVING SAVINGS The two software packages available from Construction Computer Software help keep track of all financial aspects on the project

Autonomous drone technology hovering in Africa

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Australian technology startup Emesent has introduced its Hovermap drone payload to Africa by finalising a distribution agreement with local mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services last month, Emesent CEO and co-founder Dr Stefan Hrabar tells Mining Weekly. Although new to the continent,... 

Autonomous drone technology hovering in Africa
EYES IN THE DARK The Hovermap’s SLAM-based LiDAR mapping technology enables it to see sites in ways human eyes cannot

Digital platform improves zinc miner’s operations

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Global engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is commissioning a comprehensive data analytics and information management system called OptiMine for base metals miner Vedanta Zinc International’s Black Mountain Mining (BMM) operation, in the Northern Cape. The OptiMine platform will... 

Digital platform improves zinc miner’s operations
MOUNTAINS OF DATA The Black Mountain Mining operation will now be able integrate relevant operational and maintenance data into one source

Mechanised equipment supplier wins award

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Coal cutting machinery and gearbox supplier Eickhoff South Africa was recognised for operational excellence as a supplier of mechanised equipment at the inaugural Exxaro Supplier Excellence Awards, held in Johannesburg, last month. The other two finalists nominated in this category were... 

Mechanised equipment supplier wins award
SMOOTH OPERATORS Exxaro presented Eickhoff with a supplier award for operational excellence
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