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SEW-EURODRIVE’s best-fit solutions match miners’ needs, provides every-day assistance 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2022 Drives and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE offers customised best-fit solutions that match a mine’s application needs, which it achieves through providing the electric motors, gearmotors, gearboxes and girth gears that keep everyday mining equipment moving and working, along with the... 

SRK Consulting assisting clients with technological evolution of mining 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2022 While original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) tend to drive the technological evolution of mining equipment toward lower-carbon options, engineering consultancy SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl says the company assists clients to “understand exactly how these... 

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SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Robust AI-focused partnership improving downstream mining processes 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2022 Chemicals company BASF Mining Solution’s latest and “most exciting” new project is a partnership with service provider Intellisense.io, where the two companies are working together to develop dynamic and robust artificial intelligence- (AI-) based solutions for downstream mining processes. The... 

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BASF global digitisation in mining head Ken Plozza talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Fortescue signs A$90m contract with Schlam

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th May 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has awarded mining services provider Schlam, a multi-million-dollar supply agreement for both its product services divisions. The contract will see Schlam Payload Solutions supply Fortescue with dump bodies and buckets, while Schlam People Solutions will... 

Milestone ‘brings together all the pieces’ for video surveillance 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2022 Bringing together all the puzzle pieces for video surveillance, together with a “perfect combination” to create a solution that keeps people and property safe, software company Milestone Systems’ XProtect video management software (VMS) enables “critical infrastructure site operators to... 

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Milestone Systems Africa channel business manager Markus Bodenstein talks to Mining Weekly in studio, following this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Hytera advancing digital transformation in mining 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2022 Manufacturer Hytera is launching its first 5G terminal PNC560 as well as dual-mode device PDC680 and mobile radio MNC360 at this year’s Mining Indaba, says presales manager Hesse Ray. This, Hytera notes, falls in line with its strategic objective to empower mines in automation, in-pit mobility,... 

Hytera advancing digital transformation in mining
Hytera presales manager Hesse Ray talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba 2022. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Innovative technologies being developed in SA and Scandinavia to increase mining’s sustainability 

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2022 Innovative technologies to help the mining and minerals processing sectors transition to low-carbon operations and sustainability were the topic at a business breakfast hosted by the Embassies of Denmark, Finland and Sweden, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. The event was held on the fringes of the... 

Takeovers Panel steps into DRA tussle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th May 2022 Dual listed project management and operations management group DRA Global went into a trading halt on Tuesday, with Australian Takeovers Panel declaring ‘unacceptable circumstances’ around a management tussle within the company. In its declaration, the Takeover Panel pointed out conduct of... 

Spectrem Air pioneering ‘most advanced airborne electromagnetic tech’  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2022 Geophysical airborne service provider Spectrem Air has pioneered the industry’s most advanced airborne electromagnetic (AEM) technology to collect, process and deliver rapid understanding and reliable data for exploration operations, says geophysics manager Brad Pitts. He explains that the... 

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Spectrem Air geophysics manager Brad Pitts talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Impact Catalyst leverages collaboration, opportunities to achieve ‘impact beyond scale’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2022 The initiatives of the Impact Catalyst will leverage collaboration and pursue opportunities across sectors to achieve impact beyond the scale of individual participants, says CEO Charl Harding, who adds that the Impact Catalyst is a driver of change and large-scale socio-economic development... 

Impact Catalyst leverages collaboration, opportunities to achieve ‘impact beyond scale’
The Impact Catalyst CEO Charl Harding speaks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba 2022. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Mandela Mining Precinct focusing on rebuilding mineral extraction industry - director 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) focuses on, among others, facilitating the rebuilding of the mineral extraction industry, as well as research, development, and innovation (RDI) within South Africa. Within these focus areas, MMP director Johan Le Roux notes that the organization focuses on... 

MMP director Johan Le Roux
MMP director Johan Le Roux tells #MiningWeekly more at this year's #MiningIndaba2022.

CSIR working on multitude of new innovations for the mining industry, using world-class capabilities 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) mining cluster is working on a multitude of new technologies and is developing world class capabilities in various areas. In line with this, CSIR executive cluster manager Sibongile Ntsoelengoe says that the CSIR has recently developed... 

CSIR executive cluster manager Sibongile Ntsoelengoe
CSIR executive cluster manager Sibongile Ntsoelengoe tells us more at this year's #MiningIndaba2022

Transformers that give mines both safety, uptime 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 As mines aggressively pursue Zero Harm policies while seeking greater productivity and efficiency, dry-type transformers have much to offer, specialist company Trafo Power Solutions is seeing a substantial take up of this technology over traditional oil-filled transformers, with mines recognising... 

Pic of a mini substation featuring a 1250 kVA dry-type transformer built for a coal mine project
Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Dirty to clean, USP&E bridges the energy transition gap  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 The mining industry has always struggled with its image as being a dirty industry, especially considering that it is  responsible for between 4% and 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to Renewable Now. In advancing commitments to reducing carbon emissions by 2050, a growing number... 

Dirty to clean, USP&E bridges the energy transition gap
USP&E EMEA MD Johan Helberg talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba 2022. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Implementation specialist sees competencies increase, improves productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 Having worked with more than 1500 supervisors, business management consultancy OIM Consulting has seen competencies increase from 19% to 56%, and role execution improving from 51% daily to 89%, thereby improving productivity. This, company MD Arjen de Bruin says, is largely due owing to the... 

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OIM Consulting MD Arjen de Bruin talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba 2022. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Wärtsilä tech ensures increased efficiency, reliability 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 In leading the transition towards a decarbonized and 100% renewable energy future, innovative technology leader Wärtsilä Energy assists its customers by developing market-leading technologies, which include the likes of future-fuel enabled flexible power plants and hybrid solutions, or even... 

Pic of Wärtsilä Southern Africa business development manager Wallace Manyara
Wärtsilä Southern Africa business development manager Wallace Manyara talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

IDC eager to finance clean mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2022 As part of its drive to be a key player in South Africa’s just energy transition, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is open for networking at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is a physical event this year, and being held in Cape Town, from May 9 to 12. The... 

Akobo reaches agreement for gold processing plant delivery

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 Scandinavian gold exploration and mining company Akobo Minerals has reached an agreement with South African engineering company Solo Resources for the delivery of a processing plant for gold production at the Segele mine, in Ethiopia. The commissioning of the plant is expected to start by end of... 

First Quantum approves $1.35bn capex for Kansanshi expansion, Enterprise projects

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ board of directors has given the go-ahead for the immediate roll-out of two projects in Zambia – the S3 expansion at its Kansanshi copper/gold mine, as well as the roll-out of the Enterprise nickel project. “First Quantum has been working constructively with the... 

opencast mining at one of First Quantum's operations

Ramaphosa positive about electricity reform progress despite power cuts and procurement delays  

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa has attempted to put a positive gloss on the uneven progress being made under Operation Vulindlela to reform South Africa’s load-shedding-prone electricity supply industry. Writing in his weekly newsletter, he said that “a number of important, interconnected reforms are... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

How the mining sector can unearth SA’s most valuable resource with YES 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 The South African mining industry can play an important part in tackling the country’s unemployment crisis, particularly when it comes to youth employment and the upliftment of mining communities. The Youth Employment Service (YES) partners with mining companies to help them achieve the... 

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The Youth Employment Service partners with mining companies to help achieve objectives detailed in the Mining Charter
Yes4Youth CEO Ravi Naidoo talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba 2022. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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Photo by Creamer Media
McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

Machinery maintenance key to mitigating downtime

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th May 2022 Machine downtime – particularly for drill rigs – significantly impacts on the opencast mining industry, with the loss in productivity caused by scheduled and unscheduled downtime resulting in significant revenue losses for mining companies. Therefore, companies must prioritise the mitigation and... 

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DRILL RIG AT WORK ROS assists clients in returning to production and minimising risk

Supplier triples fleet as rains plague mines

6th May 2022 Flooding of openpit mines and quarries has become widespread following intense and unseasonal rainfall in many parts of South Africa recently, demanding added dewatering capacity. Dewatering pump specialist Integrated Pump Rental MD Lee Vine says that the rains have had a dire effect on many... 

Electronic detonators ensure effective blasting

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th May 2022 Opencast mines have to contend with rising costs as they go deeper. Efficiency is required to contain these costs and remain profitable, which is offered by digital technology such as blast planning software and electronic detonation systems. Electronic detonator systems, such as mining... 

An image of BME's new AXXIS Titanium
AXXIS TITANIUM BME's new detonator system offers many benefits

Pre-owned equipment demand spikes

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th May 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic, and its related impacts, has caused severe delays for mining companies procuring new opencast mining machinery. As a result, mines and related contractors have turned to purchasing pre-owned equipment. Since the beginning of the pandemic, mining contractors have experienced... 

An image of EarthCon Equipment's CAT 769D
BRIDGING THE GAP Mines have turned to pre-owned machinery as pandemic-related impacts delay new machinery procuremen

Technology assists in grade control

By: Anna Moross     6th May 2022 Grade control is an important part of any mining operation, and software company Seequent technical services manager Kathryn Gall says Seequent’s key products, such as Leapfrog Geo, Leapfrog Edge and Seequent Central, provide value for grade control workflows.  

An image of mine workers using technology on-site
GRADE CONTROL The impact of having a more accurate grade control model is a better understanding of the variation in grade and geology at certain depths

Company adds to its diversified product offering

6th May 2022 Leading openpit mining company Afrimat – a producer of industrial minerals, bulk commodities and construction materials – in December made an acquisition in the phosphate and rare earth minerals space. Afrimat acquired mining and fertiliser company Glenover Phosphate for a total purchase... 

Proactive measures ensure targets are reached

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th May 2022 Coal mining company Canyon Coal ensures that its Khanye Colliery, in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, follows a proactive approach to managing and mitigating the impacts of potential challenges. Implementing precautionary measures has enabled the colliery to continuously mine and process 200 000 t a... 

An image of mining operations at the Khanye Colliery
COAL TO GROW The coal industry significantly contributes to the local economy

Underground surveying critical in mining

6th May 2022 Specialist utility services company Bosch Munitech provides specialist utility services that include underground utility detection (UUD) which is essential for providing accurate information on underground infrastructure for many sectors, including the mining industry. 

An image of the underground infrastructure
SPECIALIST UTILITY SERVICES Bosch Munitech provides specialist utility services that encompass underground utility detection, which is essential for providing accurate information on underground infrastructure

Sorting tech unlocks value from tainted material

6th May 2022 Lithium mines often face the challenge of basalt contamination. The Mt Cattlin openpit lithium concentrate, or spodumene, mine uses a two-stage crushing system followed by dense medium separation (DMS) gravity recovery as the primary spodumene concentration process. Owing to basalt’s high density... 

An image of Galaxy Resources process enhancement coordinator Scott Green
SCOTT GREEN The TOMRA PRO Secondary Laser has exceeded Galaxy Resources' expectation

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Resource companies support Qld's STEM ambitions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2022 Resources companies Rio Tinto and Australia Pacific LNG will join a host of other companies in Queensland partnering with the state government on regional science and innovation hubs. Under the government’s Partner Up Queensland Regional Science and Innovation Network, the hubs aim to provide... 

Dwyka to make tech tangible at Mining Indaba, conduct live virtual walkabouts

By: Donna Slater     29th April 2022 Pan-African mining technology platform Dwyka Mining Services plans to have key technology partners join its team at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba 2022 to offer their view of mining technology in an effort to “make tech tangible” for Dwyka customers. “Making technology tangible... 

A drone in a mine
Technology, such as drones outfitted with LiDAR SLAM-based scanners, are helping miners map previously inaccessible areas. These will be showcased by Dwyka at Mining Indaba

Precinct pursues implementable solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Public–private partnership Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has strengthened its focus on developing and sourcing implementable solutions for the mining industry. The precinct has shifted its focus, from an investment and research perspective, towards the “latter technology readiness levels” to... 

An image of the Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine
MANDELA MINING PRECINCT TEST MINE The precinct is appreciative of the site as it will improve research and development

Precinct follows people-centric approach

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Public–private partnership Mandela Mining Precinct’s (MMP’s) recent mining research has resulted in increased capacity to analyse how modernisation and technology affect the people in the industry or mine-affected environment. The precinct runs the Strategic Application of Technology Centered... 

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MANDELA MINING PRECINCT The precinct offers guidance to mines navigating new technology impacts

Project unpacks 4IR skills-related needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Industry cluster organisation Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa’s (Memsa’s) Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Skills Study Project seeks to understand the 4IR skills-related needs of local manufacturers of mining equipment. 4IR and skills development is a relatively new exploration... 

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INAUGURAL INNOVATION AWARDS Many industry stakeholders lack awareness of the diversity and innovation taking place in South Africa

Bridging the gap between tech and its understanding

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 To unlock the full benefits and capabilities of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and ensure successful uptake, training programmes need to first assist mining operations and their employees in understanding where the challenges in the business operations are, says business management... 

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SiMINE SIMULATION CENTRE The centre supports the mining industry through research and training programmes
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