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Booyco Electronics

17th May 2019 Understanding evolving customer needs as well as the legislative compliance requirements of differing sectors ideally positions Booyco Electronics to offer application-specific and safety-related solutions to customers across a range of industries. Booyco’s safety products portfolio has grown... 

Nokeng fluorspar mine expects first shipment by midyear

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Fluorspar mining company SepFluor’s new Nokeng fluorspar mine, in Gauteng, is in the final stages of commissioning, which is expected to take a further three to six weeks to complete. After a difficult period for the global fluorspar market, from 2011 to 2016, owing to the closure of high cost... 

Nokeng fluorspar mine expects first shipment by midyear
STANDING STRATEGY SepFluor has always planned to be a vertically integrated fluorspar company

BME shows product innovation at Limpopo mine

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Explosives and blasting company BME remains at the forefront in innovation with its modern electronic detonators, explosives and advanced technical services for optimising blast results and productivity on display at a platinum mining project in Limpopo. Involvement in the project led to the... 

BME shows product innovation at  Limpopo mine
EXPLOSIVE CAPABILITIES The XPLOLOG platform consists of a mobile device and website dashboard that integrates with a Cloud-hosted database

Legislation hampers small- to medium-sized surface miners

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Inflexible mining legislation that does not differentiate between small to medium-sized surface mining operations and larger, often underground, mining operations could cause the small surface mining sector to diminish, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. “Mines that... 

Legislation hampers  small- to medium-sized surface miners
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa is there to promote the industry and sustainable small and medium-sized surface mining industry

Upgrades to Khanye colliery complete

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Upgrades to private investment company Menar’s rail siding for its Khanye colliery, near Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng, are complete. The colliery is the company’s most recent opencast mine brought into full production. The greenfield project included the construction and commissioning of a 400 t/h... 

Upgrades to Khanye  colliery complete
KING COAL Possessing an average strip ratio of less than 2 to 1, and a uniform geology, coal can be extracted at Khanye at a low cost

Change management crucial for automation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 There is a need for effective change management in the opencast mining industry to assist clients in adapting to new technologies and technological capabilities, says equipment supplier Epiroc surface and exploration drilling business line manager Hedley Birnie. “Challenges facing the South... 

Change management  crucial for automation
SMART DRILL RIG The Epiroc Advanced Drilling Solutions division supplies surface drilling machines that are autonomous

New lease on life for Leeuwpan

26th October 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ Leeuwpan opencast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, was at risk of running out of coal, until last month a new road gave it access to coal reserves. “Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further... 

New lease on life  for Leeuwpan
LEEUWPAN MINE Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further ten years

Rio Tinto and partners to invest $1.5bn in Pilbara

26th October 2018 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto and its Pilbara joint venture (JV) partners Japanese group Mitsui and steel producer Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal have approved a $1.55-billion investment to sustain production capacity at two iron-ore projects that form part of the Robe River JV, in Western... 

Rio Tinto and  partners to invest $1.5bn in Pilbara
WEST ANGELAS Rio Tinto is investing $307-million in developing Deposits C and D at the existing West Angelas opencast iron-ore operation

Sandvik expands drill rig offering

26th October 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering with the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The company unveiled its first intelligent DTH surface drill rig for the first time at Electra Mining Africa... 

Sandvik expands  drill rig offering
SANDVIK LEOPARD DI650I Sandvik unveiled its first intelligent DTH surface drill rig for the first time at Electra Mining Africa

Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

26th October 2018 Mine operators have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining – the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. 

Surface miners  drive up savings  in coal mining
WIRTGEN 4200 SM Using Wirtgen surface miners delivers compelling improvements in final product quality, cost-efficiency, environmental protection and safety

Surface-mining opportunities lie in market-related commodities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Johannesburg-based mining equipment distributor Vermeer Equipment Suppliers is starting to focus on certain market-related commodities and associated opencast mines to market its Surface Miner surface excavation machines, says mining and pipeline sales segment manager Gareth Cramond. The... 

Surface-mining  opportunities lie  in market-related  commodities
ALL ACCESS Vermeer’s surface excavation machines can access areas of opencast mines where drilling and blasting cannot be done

Sintech

26th October 2018 Industrial clutch was established in 1930 in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. They offer a complete range of “wet” and “dry” running clutches and brakes for marine, mining and metal forming applications. They are today the sole supplier of Dragline and Rope shovel brakes to both... 

Sintech

Reutech Mining plans to expand product range

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Mining technology and geotechnical slope-stability-monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining plans to expand its product range in 2019, says executive manager Jan de Beer. The company provides equipment that can assist in real-time monitoring of the mine walls in opencast mines to provide... 

Reutech Mining  plans to expand  product range
QUICK SCAN The Reutech Mining Movement and Surveying Radar is the fastest scanning real aperture radar capable of detecting submillimeter movement of up to 4 000 m away from the rock face

SA company wins social services bid for Malawi graphite mine

11th May 2018 South Africa-based integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM has produced the winning bid for social services for mining company Sovereign Metals’ Malingunde graphite project in the Lilongwe district, in Malawi. The Malingunde graphite project is prospective for saprolite-hosted flake... 

SA company wins social services bid for Malawi graphite mine
GRAPHITE MINE The Malingunde graphite mine, in Malawi has a maiden mineral resource estimate of 65.1-milllion tonnes at 7.1% total graphitic carbon

Company moves to introduce new haulers for mining industry

11th May 2018 Engineering support services company Babcock is preparing to introduce a new line-up of rigid haulers into the mining, opencast and quarrying sector in Southern Africa. The new line-up follows vehicle manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE’s) announcement earlier this year that it... 

Company moves to introduce new haulers for mining industry
Photo by Bloomberg
OPENCAST USES The trucks made by Volvo and supplied by Babcock are used in the opencast mining industry across South Africa

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership

11th May 2018 Last month equipment supplier Epiroc delivered three FlexiROC D65 surface drill rigs to Northern Cape-based drilling specialists Booysen Bore. The delivery has increased Booysen Bore’s total drilling machine fleet to 51, while the addition of the new machines has strengthened the relationship... 

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership
STRONG RELATIONSHIP Epiroc has been supplying surface drill machines to Booysen Bore for several years

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry

11th May 2018 Automotive chip manufacturer VBox Africa, a division of automotive chip installer Automotive Technology Specialists (ATS), has added a range of measurement and control products to its range that is aimed specifically at the local mining industry. By combining new hardware and software, VBox... 

Manufacturer adds products to existing line aimed at mining industry
MINE OPTIMISATION VBox Africa provides solutions for the opencast mining industry that can reduce operating costs

New opencast mining monitoring products introduced

11th May 2018 Mining equipment manufacturer and geotechnical slope stability monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining introduced two new products, the Slope Vision georeferenced camera system and Movement and the Surveying Radar (MSR) Connect software suite, at the Slope Stability 2018 symposium and... 

New opencast  mining monitoring products introduced
SLOPE VISION The Slope Vision georeferenced camera system is used in openpit mines to monitor the slopes of the mines

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

11th May 2018 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

Cobra Projects

11th May 2018 Forming part of the Cobra group of companies, Cobra Projects is a family-founded company that boasts over 30 years’ experience in the mining and lubrication industries.  Cultivated from the ground up, we have developed into a substantial contributor to the mining industry across Africa and... 

Cobra Projects

Exploration company claims Botswana coal mines to become preferred supplier

11th May 2018 Botswana is set to play a more significant role in both the domestic and African coal industries, says coal exploration and emerging coal mining company Minergy, claiming that the company is ideally placed to become the preferred supplier to coal consumers across Southern Africa. The company... 

Exploration company claims Botswana coal mines to  become preferred supplier
Photo by Creamer Media
STEPPING UP Botswana coal mines could become one of the main suppliers in Southern Africa

Autonomous mining vehicle test at SA coal mine successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     11th May 2018 A global truck manufacturer in cooperation with multinational networking systems provider Cisco, has successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) for autonomous mining trucks at an opencast coal mine in South Africa. Speaking at an In2IT networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg, Cisco... 

Influence of association grows in surface mining sector

27th October 2017 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) says it has become a world leader in the proactive guidance and management of issues facing the surface mining industry, subsequent to gaining the recognition of its local and international stakeholders. Aspasa’s proactive... 

Influence of association grows  in surface mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
LOOKING LOCAL Aspasa advocates the recruitmet of workers living in close proximity to mining operations

Africa must innovate or risk being left behind

27th October 2017 South Africa remains a resource-rich region, but has missed opportunities to take advantage of the resources boom. As such, it has suffered more than other resource-rich regions during the industry downturn, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi.... 

Africa must innovate or risk being left behind
YOLANDA TORRISI Innovation, cost effectiveness and safety are factors that must be prioritised, to boost Africa’s opencast mining industry

Association educates mineworkers and communities

27th October 2017 With new technologies, increasingly stringent legislation and statutory compliance matters, education has become essential in surface mining operations, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director of surface mining Nico Pienaar. Modern surface mines require... 

Association educates mineworkers and communities
NICO PIENAAR The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa wants to encourage surface mine and quarry management to look beyond their boundaries

Diamond company invests in mining communities

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 There is a new language to be learnt and a new mindset to be adopted in South Africa’s opencast mining industry, says diamond mining company De Beers’ Limpopo-based Venetia mine GM Benford Mokoatle. As many underground resources have been depleted in the region, mining companies have been forced... 

Diamond company invests in mining communities
SOCIAL CAPITAL Investing in communities and involving them in important discussions is crucial to sustainable mining operations

Drill series evolved to increase cost effectiveness and productivity

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 Intelligence platforms have been added to Sweden-headquartered engineering company Sandvik Mining and Technology’s Ranger series of drills to allow for automation, data connectivity and improved drilling processes, increasing productivity for customers. An example of this integration and the... 

Drill series evolved to  increase cost effectiveness and productivity
DEVELOPED ON DEMAND The DX900i is Sandvik's latest answer to the evolving technological needs of the surface mining industry

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Openpit mining  prolific in recovery  of miner’s diamonds
ORAPA Orapa is the oldest operating mine in Botswana and the largest openpit diamond mine in the world. The mine is expected to produce 145-million carats from 157-million tonnes of ore during its 14-year life

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the mining industry in South Africa. Specifically, Mokoatle says the country must begin focusing on... 

Small-scale opencast  mining to boost industry
THINK SMALL Big industries and big underground mines are too capital intensive

Supplier takes on larger equipment market

27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) has entered the large excavator market and has chosen to represent international construction and mining equipment manufacturer Sany. GEM signed an agreement with Sany on 17 May last year, to be incorporated under GEM, to operate as a... 

Supplier takes on larger equipment market
SPECIAL CONDITIONS Sany equipment has been engineered specifically for African operating conditions

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance 

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 The Tharisa openpit platinum, gold and chrome mine, in the North West, has embarked on a value-add improvement project to extend the length of oil-drain intervals on a specific fleet of rigid dump trucks (RDTs) and, subsequently, reduce downtime and save costs. The project is being led by... 

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance
Tharisa mine technical advisor Stephen Watson discusses the benefits of extending service intervals on rigid dump trucks. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.
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