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Technology group installs mill drives in Panama mine ahead of schedule

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st November 2019 Swiss-Swedish multinational technology group ABB has announced that it has commissioned six gearless mill drives (GMDs) at the open pit Mina de Cobre copper mine, in the Central American Republic of Panama, ahead of schedule. Installation of the GMDs started late last year. ABB describes them as... 

Mobile emulsion pumps technology goes global

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 South African explosives company BME is taking its MP2 mobile mechanised emulsion pump technology for underground blasting applications to international markets. BME product manager Neil Alberts tells Engineering News that demonstrations of the MP2 emulsion pump technology are being planned for... 

Mobile emulsion pumps technology goes global
EXPLOSIVE PUMPING The MP2 emulsion pumping system is ideal for large-scale mechanised underground operations

Rosond achieves safety milestone

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th October 2019 Mining services contractor Rosond has successfully achieved one full year with no lost time injuries (LTI) across all of its operations. During its 2019 financial year, which ended on September 30, about 1 100 employees completed their shifts and returned home safely, working a total of more than... 

Mill drives installed in Panamanian mine ahead of schedule

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2019 Swiss-Swedish multinational technology group ABB has announced that it has commissioned six gearless mill drives (GMDs) at the openpit Mina de Cobre copper mine, in the Central American Republic of Panama, ahead of schedule. Installation of the GMDs started late last year. ABB describes them as... 

Russia looks to supply Africa with industrial robots for mining

By: African News Agency      25th October 2019 The opportunity for Russia to supply industrial robots, dump trucks and bulldozers to the African mining industry, as well as other digital technologies, was discussed on Thursday at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. The panel discussion included Sierra Leon mining minister Foday Rado Loki,... 

Canyon implements carbon tax mitigation measures

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th October 2019 The South African government has put pressure on industries to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the Carbon Tax Act, which came into effect in June. The Act provides for the imposition of a tax on the carbon dioxide equivalent of greenhouse-gas emissions, and addresses matters connected... 

Canyon implements carbon tax mitigation measures
PHALANNDWA OPERATION The Phalanndwa opencast operation's plant is fitted with carbon-reduction technologies, among other measure to mitigate environmental impact

Exploration contracts near finalisation

25th October 2019 Base metals exploration and development company Force Commodities announced last month that it expected to finalise key exploration, mining and beneficiation contracts for the new openpit lead/silver mine in Malawi by the end of September. At the time of writing, Force Commodities had yet to... 

Outsourcing mine health, safety aspects more practical

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th October 2019 While safety is a key concern, mining companies are realising that it is not always one of their core competencies, says mine safety systems and equipment manufacturer Schauenburg Systems sales and business development director Martin Marais. Outsourcing aspects of mine health and safety tends to... 

Outsourcing mine health, safety aspects more practical
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AVERTING DISASTER Schauenburg Systems offers both tag-based and tagless collision avoidance systems

SA mining urged to reform, embrace technology to overcome current challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2019 As a primary sector in South Africa’s struggling economy, government and industry must collaborate on policy and overcome a myriad of challenges to stimulate the South African mining sector and drive long-term investment. At the Joburg Indaba 2019, held earlier this month at Inanda Club, in... 

SA mining urged to reform, embrace technology to overcome current challenges

‘Resurgent’ sector crucial to growth

By: Cameron Mackay     25th October 2019 Pumps manufacturer and supplier Australian Pumps Industries has a prominent presence in the Australian mining industry, particularly with 6-inch pumps in diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations, in Perth, Australia, as well as large trash pumps operating in gold and copper mines in... 

‘Resurgent’ sector crucial to growth
HYDROSTATIC RANGE Aussie Mine Boss hydrostatic testers are vital for verifying the integrity of water, as well as gas and oil pipelines

Caterpillar blames global economic uncertainty for sales dip

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Caterpillar lowered its earnings forecast for 2019, blaming heightened “economic uncertainty” for slowing customer purchases. The world’s largest maker of mining and machinery equipment reported the first decline in quarterly profit in almost three years. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

22nd October 2019 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

Multiple factors hampering local exploration

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th October 2019 Multiple elements are slowing down exploration activity in South Africa. “There have been pockets of activity . . . but, overall, the industry has slowed down to a point where retrenchments are rife and new investment is slow to materialise,” says South African exploration and geotechnical... 

Multiple factors hampering local exploration
AWAITING THEIR RETURN There are many exploration companies in South Africa – many drill rigs and people are waiting to get back to work

Growth, emerging contractors positive on exploration

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th October 2019 New contractors entering the industry with “lucrative contracts” present an opportunity for the exploration industry to grow, Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) sales executive Murray Leith tells Mining Weekly, referencing the 14.4% growth in the mining sector during the April to June 2019 period.... 

Growth, emerging contractors positive  on exploration
EXPANSION PLANS Goscor Earth Moving is working towards increasing SANY’s presence in the South African market

Transition depends on mineralisation

18th October 2019 Stakeholders have been trying to alter the perception of South Africa’s mining sector from that of a “sunset industry” to a “sunrise industry”, but such a transition inherently depends on the country’s mineral potential, states the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). “This... 

Transition depends on mineralisation
UNLOCKING POTENTIAL Through active participation and a collaborative approach South Africa’s mineral potential can be unlocked

Industry changes impact on explosives sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 Owing to low overall business confidence, year-on-year mining production declining by more than 4% and volatility across all mineral commodities, the explosives industry has remained relatively undynamic, says explosives and blasting company BME commercial marketing GM Ralf Hennecke.  

Industry changes impact on explosives sector
MINERAL POTENTIAL South Africa’s reserves of key minerals are still high, but that it will take a long time to unlock them

Transformation in explosives sector yet to ignite

By: Cameron Mackay     18th October 2019 Economic transformation in the mining, drilling and blasting industry remains slow and requires greater engagement from critical roleplayers, such as government, who should encourage the industry to realise the benefits of transformation, says rock blasting and demolition company Master Blasters... 

Transformation in explosives sector  yet to ignite
TRANSFORMATION TROUBLES Despite legislation, emerging black-owned companies still struggle with access to larger mining projects, owing to a lack of resources, experience and support

Is S Africa’s regulatory framework supportive of junior mining?

18th October 2019 Whenever the mining industry experiences a downturn, exploration spending usually plummets, a phenomena best illustrated by South Africa, whose exploration budget, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, decreased from $404-million in 2007 to $87-million in 2017. From a global perspective,... 

Drill project assists in resource optimisation

18th October 2019 Chemical manufacturer Foskor awarded drilling contractor Geomech Africa a contract to conduct geotechnical drilling at the Foskor Mining Division in Limpopo in July, with completion set to happen in October. The aim of the project is to obtain sufficient geotechnical data for optimisation of the... 

Drill project assists in resource optimisation
THRILLS AND DRILLS The main purpose of this drilling programme is to obtain sufficient geotechnical data for optimisation of the north and south pits

Water-gel technology allows for customised blasting solutions

By: Cameron Mackay     18th October 2019 Global blasting solutions provider MAXAM’s premium bulk water-gel technology range of blends, referred to as RIOFLEX, has been well received by the South African market and will allow the company to build on its presence in the country for over 20 years, says MAXAM Southern Africa regional sales... 

Water-gel technology allows for customised blasting solutions
CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT MAXAM has been implementing continuous improvement programmes targeting cost reduction over the mine-to-mill process

Master Drilling sees encouraging results from testing of new shaft boring system 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th October 2019 Jse-listed Master Drilling is recording progress with its pursuing of a shaft boring system that it is pioneering, with the company recording positive results from pilot concept validation tests that are currently being undertaken. The system that is being pursued is in response to industry... 

Master Drilling sees encouraging results from testing of new shaft boring system

Kavango starts drilling in Botswana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2019 LSE-listed Kavango Resources has started drilling at the first of its three targets in the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) in Botswana. The objective of the drilling is to verify the company’s geological model, aimed at discovering a Norilsk-style magmatic sulphide orebody. 

Anglo’s autonomous truck fleet at Quellaveco will not impact jobs 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2019 The planned introduction of an autonomous fleet at the Quellaveco copper mine in Peru will not impact jobs, Anglo American Peru CEO Tom McCulley told a visiting international media contingent on Monday. Quellevaco has a north and south pit and the automation will begin with seven trucks at the... 

Anglo’s autonomous truck fleet at Quellaveco will not impact jobs

B2Gold approves $38m hybrid energy project for Mali mine 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2019 Canadian gold miner B2Gold has approved the $38-million implementation of an offgrid solar battery hybrid system at its Fekola mine, in Mali. Construction is set to start at the end of this year, with completion scheduled for August 2020. 

Kalium Lake awards gas pipeline work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th October 2019 ASX-listed Kalium Lakes has awarded contracts for the construction of a A$20-million gas pipeline to supply gas to its recently approve Beyondie sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia. The scope of the gas pipeline has been divided into three major contracts, including the... 

Omnia seeks to reset course as it emerges from financial distress

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2019 JSE-listed Omnia, best known for the production of fertilisers, explosives and specialty chemicals, expects a strategic review of the business to be completed during the first quarter of 2020. The outcome of the review could result in the sale of certain product lines or units, as well as the... 

Omnia seeks to reset course as it emerges from financial distress
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy

Drive system ideal for bulk handling

11th October 2019 German engineers Getriebebau Nord now offer the MAXXDRIVE industrial gear unit, a powerful drive system characterised by “maximum reliability, safety and robustness”, for the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems. MAXXDRIVE industrial gear units are suitable for installation on... 

Drive system ideal for bulk handling
MAD MAXX The Nord MAXXDRIVE is a powerful drive system suited to the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems.

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) was appointed as an official Danfoss DrivePro service partner for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in May. BMG subsequently sought to highlight the suitability of Danfoss’ VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 series to the African mining sector to... 

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa
PRO TIP Bearing Man Group is the first South African company to be appointed as a DrivePro service partner

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Subsequent to the launch of the new VDrivePlus and AlphaDrive-Micro variable speed drives (VSDs) from Hudaco Group company Varispeed, bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) has embarked on a training and sample-distribution campaign at its 50 BI branches in South Africa.... 

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa
ALPHA AND OMEGA The AlphaDrive Micro and VDrivePlus by Varispeed have been launched in South Africa by BMG

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Drive components manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive tells Mining Weekly that its projects department has maintained a continual state of growth and that the majority of its project work has been secured in the rest of Africa. In close collaboration with SEW-Eurodrive’s exports department, the projects... 

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa
NORMAN MALEKA The department’s core function is to respond to queries from either project houses or original-equipment manufacturers for specific project work

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid

11th October 2019 Regulating efficiency in motors by adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors can help stabilise South Africa’s power supply, and mitigate the risk of load-shedding. Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn highlights that a MEPS would significantly... 

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid
FULL OF ZEST The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa

Venetia Underground on track to start production in 2021

By: Nadine James     11th October 2019 The $2-billion Venetia Diamond Mine Underground project remains on track and within budget to achieve first production in 2021. At steady-state production, 5.9-million tonnes of ore will be treated in the existing process plant to produce some 4.5-million carats a year.  Anglo American subsidiary... 

Venetia Underground on track to start production in 2021

11kV VSD adds significant flexibility and versatility to product offering

By: Nadine James     11th October 2019 e newly developed WEG 11 kV variable-speed drive (VSD) – which forms part of WEG Automation Africa’s new MVW3000 product line – is particularly suited to retrofit applications, notes WEG Automation Africa projects and engineering senior manager Kirk Moss. He explains that the 11kV VSD complements... 

11kV VSD adds significant flexibility and versatility to product offering
KIRK MOSS The WEG MVW3000 is particularly suited to applications where there are standard motors with no special insulation

Uncertainty, capital constraints holding South Africa’s junior miners back  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th October 2019 A research report, commissioned by the Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk of the Minerals Council South Africa, has found that junior miners, including small-scale and micro miners, hold up to 80% of the mining licences in South Africa. The research indicates that the Department of Mineral... 

AMCU calls for more whistle-blowers to come forward in Samancor Chrome case  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Wednesday called on more whistle-blowers to come forward and provide it with reliable information to further strengthen its legal case against miner Samancor Chrome. The union, together with its partners, law firm Richard Spoor Inc... 

FirstRand shareholders to vote on climate risk resolutions next month

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2019 Shareholders of financial services provider FirstRand will, next month, vote on whether the company must report on its assessment of its exposure to climate-related risks, and to adopt and publicly disclose a policy on fossil fuel lending. This will require more than 50% of shareholders to vote... 

Capital Drilling secures mining services contract at Côte d'Ivoire project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2019 Mining services company Capital Drilling has entered into agreements to provide a full range of mining services at private gold mining and development company Allied Gold's Bonikro mine, in Côte d'Ivoire. In addition to an existing exploration drilling contract between the companies, Capital... 

Adapting to circular economy makes ‘good business sense’ – Accenture 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2019 With economies seeking to tap into the $4.5-trillion opportunity that the circular economy presents, mining companies are under pressure to adapt faster and embrace change in order to remain relevant,  Accenture senior MD Rachael Bartels said last week. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the... 

Adapting to circular economy makes ‘good business sense’ – Accenture
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Accenture senior MD Rachael Bartels
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