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MSA Group, partner see growth potential in Egypt’s growing mining industry 

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 The 82 exploration permits issued by Egypt to 11 junior and major mining and exploration companies, along with the country's underexplored, but promising, mineral resources and its location, bode well for the development of its mining industry and for its role as a mining exploration and services... 

Weir acquires leading mining tech company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 Global engineering company Weir Group has agreed to acquire Motion Metrics, a Canadian mining technology business, for an initial consideration of £89-million. Motion Metrics is a developer of innovative artificial intelligence (AI) and three-dimensional rugged machine vision technology used in... 

Training aims to enhance on-site safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 With businesses constantly evolving and adapting, safety training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety is also adapting and advancing its training solutions to ensure that it is creating value and positively impacting on its clients. Consequently, the company has created a new safety... 

KBC Health and safety COO Sian Thurtell
SIAN THURTELL Experiential training can enhance the retention of knowledge

Integrated control improves safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 In an underground mining environment, there is a dire need for an integrated approach to effective dust control for improve underground health conditions. Mine ventilation and cooling company BBE Consulting tells Mining Weekly that it is imperative to identify the correct dust control system for... 

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DUST IT UP Within an underground site, there are several sources from which dust can originate

Health, safety training increases productivity

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 Mining training company Prisma Training Solutions ensures that its customers can realise a return on investment by increasing productivity and efficiency through training. The company states that this is vital for all mining operations. Each mine and mining method offers unique risks. 

a head and shoulders shot of Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer
JACQUES FARMER Just because mining takes place on the surface, does not mean there are fewer health and safety riska

CIMIC secures major work contract from Chevron

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th November 2021 ASX-listed contractor CIMIC Group’s UGL subsidiary has been awarded a near A$400-million long-term maintenance contract from US energy major Chevron for work in the Pilbara. Under the master contract, UGL will deliver front-line and campaign maintenance, brownfield execution scopes and turnaround... 

AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use

By: Donna Slater     3rd November 2021 To help curb illegal use of explosives, AECI Mining Explosives has partnered with explosive detection patrol company Vapor Wake K9 South Africa (VWK9SA) by providing it with samples of explosives to assist in training its dogs. Criminal activities that involve the use of illicit explosives in... 

AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use

Anglo to use underground mine water to generate electricity   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American is planning to use water in its underground mines as batteries. The water will be pumped up when operations have excess renewable power and allowed to run back down when electricity is needed. 

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From top left clockwise are Mark Cutifani, Jon Samuel, Stephen Pearce and Zahira Quatrocchi.

Diamond producer reaps rewards of modernisation

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 v Russia-based diamond miner Alrosa’s significant investment in modernising and automating its manufacturing processes is aimed at improving operational performance and decreasing costs. 

A large yellow mine load dump haul truck entering a mine being directed by a miner at the Russian diamond producer Alrosa operations
BIG MOVER The modernisation drive being undertaken by Alrosa Diamonds across its operations is improving its efficiencies already

Explosives company achieves world-class rating

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, tells Mining Weekly it has achieved a record-low recordable case rate of 0.05% in the blasting sector for the last financial year. A recordable case rate is a well-established measure of safety... 

A yellow blasting mechanism linked to a cell phone being held in a hand, used to incorporate new technologies when blasting at mines
BLOWING UP The use of technology in applications such as blasting at mines has seen an increase in safety and blast accuracy

Company showcases tech innovations on new forum

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Industrial equipment multinational Siemens launched its inaugural Smart Mining Forum as an online event from August 3 to 5. The event highlighted Siemens’ technical expertise and showcased real examples of its software and technology solutions while current and future trends in sustainable mining... 

A cell phone and a deep groove ball bearing cross section highlighting Siemens SIDRIVE IQ application
DRIVING TECHNOLOGY Siemens offers numerous new technologies aimed at the mining sector which it highlighted its Smart Mining Forum

Viable project management for small-scale mining success

By: Claire O'Reilly     29th October 2021 The multidisciplinary nature of mining projects requires strict, iterative processes in terms of establishing what will make the project and its future operation viable, says Johannesburg-based consulting and project management company Bowline.  

Weighing the viability of in-house, outsourced project management

By: Claire O'Reilly     29th October 2021 The concept of project co-sourcing – a hybrid model that uses in-house management and outsourced project managers – is not yet readily practiced in South Africa because of perceived resource and intellectual property risks to both owner and contracting firms. During co-sourcing, the resources are... 

Picture of Giel Bekker, University of Pretoria project management Associate Professor
GIEL BEKKER n-house project management is strategically focused, while outsourced project management is implementation-focused and tactically orientated

Project managers’ skill set must evolve

By: Claire O'Reilly     29th October 2021 Project management in South Africa requires continued change in all facets of society, with projects having to consider and address the needs of a multitude of stakeholders while being successful and profitable, says consulting and contracting company ProjectWay director Reniel Engelbrecht 

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RENIEL ENGELBRECHT . The reality in projects is that more collaboration between client and contractor can be beneficial for project development, and allow for more flexibility and agility when facing varying external pressures

Nersa to oppose Eskom’s move to have MYPD5 rejection set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has notified the Gauteng division of the High Court that it will oppose Eskom’s application to have the regulator’s decision to reject the utility’s fifth multiyear price determination (MYPD5) revenue application reviewed and set aside. Eskom... 

A photo of Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting its case at a previous tariff hearing
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A photo of Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting its case at a previous tariff hearing

Qld miners urged to get jabbed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2021 The Queensland government the state’s peak mining body has called for resource communities to get vaccinated. Minister for Resources Scott Stewart said getting vaccinated was the best form of protection from Covid-19. 

Mitsubishi invests in Queensland skills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th October 2021 Mitsubishi Development (MD) and the University of Queensland (UQ) have joined forces to create a new digital technologies curriculum for mining engineering students, in a move that has been welcomed by both the state government and the resources sector. MD will invest A$750 000 over the next... 

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Diesel and load-shedding feature in summer outlook as Eskom's maintenance recovery takes longer than envisaged  

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says its reliability maintenance recovery (RMR) interventions have not yet succeeded in stabilising the performance of its unpredictable coal fleet and that more than year of ongoing maintenance is needed to address the poor performance of its generation... 

From left to right: Jan Oberholzer, Segomoco Scheppers, Phillip Dukashe and Monde Bala at the Eskom State of the System briefing. CEO Andre de Ruyter was not present as he was travelling to the COP26 climate talks
Eskom's Segomoco Scheppers, Jan Oberholzer and Phillip Dukashe on the outlook for the system this summer and the status of the reliability maintenance recovery programme. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 25.10.2021

Eskom to jointly develop solar projects with Exxaro, Seriti  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2021 Coal miners Exxaro and Seriti Resources are joining forces with State-owned power utility Eskom to jointly develop renewable energy projects. The landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the parties on October 25 spells out the companies’ development plan to lower their carbon... 

Matla coal mine surrounds
Matla coal mine surrounds

Commitment to Zero Harm unwavering

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa, and its member companies, remain unwaveringly committed to ensuring every mineworker returns from work unharmed every day through the goal of zero harm, says Minerals Council safety and sustainable development head Dr Sizwe Phakathi. In terms of safety... 

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DR SIZWE PHAKATHI Minerals Council believes it is possible to achieve Zero Harm

Plans to tackle transport risks

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa has remained steadfast in its goal of Zero Harm. However, as of September 23, 2021, 40 fatalities were reported compared with 32 during the same period last year. Along with fall-of-ground (FoG) incidents, transport and... 

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ACHIEVING ZERO HARM Along with FoG incidents, transport and machinery related challenges have contributed to fatalities

Studies show women benefit from modernisation

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 As more women join the mining industry in a professional capacity, more research and studies are analysing the various obstacles they have to contend with, as well as how employers can address these. Such research is instrumental in helping the historically male-dominated industry adapt so that... 

An image of female mine working in a mine shaft
WOMEN IN MINING Companies need to identify how high-risk occupations can be re-engineered to accommodate women

Targeted assistance improves workplace vaccination success

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd October 2021 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa champions vaccines as being integral to curbing the transmission of Covid-19 and protecting people. The Minerals Council is following the approach of saving lives and livelihoods, which is linked to assisting with vaccine access. 

An image of the Minerals Council health head Dr Thuthula Balfour
DR THUTHULA BALFOUR Minerals Council provided resources to help vaccine efforts

Solutions on offer for entire mining chain

22nd October 2021 From the beginning of mining operations to the end-of-life, distributor of bearings, power transmission and allied products in Southern Africa Bearings International (BI) has products that service the entire mining value chain.  

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ABB TAIL GEAR REDUCER Used in critical conveyor applications, feeding coal into the wash plant

Market responds well to high-pressure pumps

By: Claire O'Reilly     22nd October 2021 High-head pumps are the workhorses of many fluid control systems, and their role can often be mission-critical in dewatering applications in construction and mining, where the control and removal of surface water is a primary safety concern, says industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco... 

A picture of a centrifugal pump used in mining
High Head PAC H108 A centrifugal pump used for water transfer in the oil and gas sector, quarrying and surface mining, as well as construction and municipal applications

New RC sampling option available

22nd October 2021 Supplier of equipment, tools, parts, services, digital solutions and sustainability-driving technologies for the mining industry Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is introducing a new reverse circulation (RC) sampling option for its Leopard DI650i down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig. The new RC... 

Picture of a Sandvik Leopard DI650i drilling system on an opencast mine
SANDVIK LEOPARD DI650i Leopard DI650i with the RC drilling system is also easily mobilized for relocation, offering a valuable asset for streamlining mine operations

Illegal sand mines continue to profit

By: Claire O'Reilly     22nd October 2021 Statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) inaccurately reflect the volume of illegal mining operations in South Africa, says mining industry body Aspasa (formerly Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa).  

Image of sand blowing of the back of an open truck at a mine
DIRTY DEALINGS Illegal sand and aggregate mining threatens the financial sustainability of legal operations

How South Africa plans to secure backing for its ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ at COP26 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 South Africa aims to meet with other governments and multilateral finance institutions on the sidelines of the upcoming COP26 gathering to progress talks on raising concessional funding, in phases, for a Cabinet-endorsed ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the... 

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Cabinet wants ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the electricity, automotive and hydrogen sectors.

Bushveld Minerals enters fourth quarter on solid footing

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2021 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals achieved a 19% quarter-on-quarter increase in production for the third quarter, which the company said was underpinned by operational stability at Vametco. Bushveld, which is also an energy storage solutions provider with ownership... 

Pic of Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo
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Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Tribunal approves Sandvik SRP’s acquisition of Kwatani Global

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2021 The Competition Tribunal has approved the large merger whereby K2021544474 (South Africa), to be renamed Sandvik SRP, intends to acquire Kwatani Global. The tribunal has approved the transaction with conditions relating to broad-based black economic empowerment shareholding. 

Eskom seeks urgent court order to have 2022/23 tariff application adjudicated by Nersa 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has approached the Gauteng High Court to have the regulator’s recent decision to reject its revenue application for the period 2022/23 to 2024/25 set aside for being “patently irrational and unlawful”. Eskom approached the court this week for a review of the... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim, who deposed the  founding affidavit, speaking at a previous Nersa hearing
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim, who deposed the founding affidavit, speaking at a previous Nersa hearing

Explosives growth follows industry growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th October 2021 The African explosives sector remains steady, owing to an increase in African mining opportunities and positive market conditions, says BME Southern African Development Community (SADC) MD Ralf Hennecke. With the growing interest in battery minerals such as lithium and cobalt, there is a further... 

An image of BME's Double Salt Emulsion in beaker.
DOUBLE SALT EMULSIONS Highly stable formulations are robust and provide optimal blasting outcomes

Differential GPS brings much needed autonomy to blasting

15th October 2021 AECI Mining Explosives’ new, high-accuracy (sub-1m) Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) brings autonomy to the blast hole tagging process, thus maximising efficiency by eliminating potential human error on the bench and ensuring integrity of drill and blast operations.   Safety and good... 

An image of the Differential Global Positioning System on a mining blast site
PEAK ACCURACY The Differential Global Positioning System enables faster blast deployment, greater accuracy and increased efficiency

Explosives tech aims to humanise mining

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th October 2021 The lack of new investment in the form of new mining projects has resulted in little growth for the explosives industry, and while the expansion projects of existing operations have helped the industry somewhat, greenfield projects can facilitate more significant growth. The mining explosives... 

An image of a mine worker using Enaex's Mine I-Truck to delivers down-the-hole explosives
MINE I-TRUCK Tele-operated mobile mixing unit mixes and delivers down-the-hole explosives

Electricity wheeling can reduce load-shedding risk if legal, technical uncertainties are addressed

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 Tariffs and the legal framework governing the wheeling of electricity from independent power producers (IPPs), which are taking advantage of the recently declared 100 MW licence threshold, will be key factors in IPPs’ ability and willingness to feed surplus power into regional and national power... 

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Volvo Group says launches world's first fossil-free steel vehicle

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Truck maker AB Volvo said on Wednesday it had produced a prototype of what it said would be the world's first vehicles made of fossil-free steel. Volvo and steel-maker SSAB announced in April an agreement to produce the vehicles and start the production of prototypes this year. 

Downer completes mining services divestment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2021 Integrated services provider Downer EDI on Monday announced plans to sell its Open Cut Mining East business to an Australia subsidiary of mining services provider PT Bukit Makmur Mandiri Utama (BUMA). Downer will receive some A$150-million in cash from the transaction, subject to adjustments,... 

Explorer provides update on Senegal project

8th October 2021 West African exploration company Oriole Resources provided an update last month on its Senala gold mining project in Senegal, where joint venture partner IAMGOLD has the option to spend up to $8-million to earn a 70% interest.   IAMGOLD this year has completed more than 80% of a two-phase... 

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