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Cost savings crucial amid local industry decline

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th July 2019 The local mining industry declined by 10.8% in the first quarter of this year and the industry is on a huge cost-saving run, says bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) mining business development leader Shaun Combrinck. He tells Mining Weekly that BI is... 

New software makes tyre management easier

By: Halima Frost     5th July 2019 Global mining tyre services and tyre supplier Kal Tire has completed the installation of its technology-based tractability software, the Tire Operations Management System (TOMS), at a coal mine in Delmas, Mpumalanga, and will finalise an installation at a surface mining customer in Rustenburg, in... 

New software makes  tyre management easier
TREAD CAREFULLY Data on key performance indicators on haul trucks is collected for predictive maintenance purposes

New multipurpose drill rig launched

5th July 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has added a new surface top hammer drill rig – the versatile Commando DC300Ri – to its offering. The drill rig is ideal for drill and blast contractors as it suits multiple different applications, according to the company. 

New multipurpose  drill rig launched
DRILL SERGEANT The new Commando DC300Ri is a tough and manoeuverable drill rig for multiple applications

High-powered dump truck available in SA

5th July 2019 South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment has added a new model to its range of articulated 4 x 4, two-axle articulated dump trucks (ADTs). The Bell B45E 4 x 4 was introduced to the market in April and, like all Bell 4 x 4s, the trucks are produced in Bell... 

High-powered dump  truck available in SA
RING A BELL The new articulated dump truck is modelled on its predecessor but offers higher power for niche mining applications

Local sector needs to combat imports, enhance manufacturing

By: Halima Frost     5th July 2019 Imports, and not an inability to export, are currently the largest obstruction in the local earthmoving and surface mining capital equipment sector, says South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) CEO Eric Bruggeman. A machine can be imported and then either sold or hired at a... 

Local sector needs to combat imports, enhance manufacturing
IMPORTANT MESSAGE The message from South African Capital Equipment Export Council is that using locally manufactured equipment will help build South Africa's economy

Autonomous testing making strides

By: Halima Frost     5th July 2019 Information technology provider Vist Group is currently spearheading the Intelligent Mine project which entails large truck manufacturer Belaz Corporations’ autonomous trucks being used at a test site in the town of Zhodino, in Belarus, using fifth-generation (5G) technology. The test zone was... 

Autonomous testing making strides
NO DUMB DUMP The intelligent dump truck can be maneuvered autonomously which helps remove people from the dangerous mine site

New excavator reduces emissions, fuel use

By: Halima Frost     5th July 2019 The first Hitachi 20 t EX1200-7 excavator – one of Hitachi’s newest models in the EX-7 Series – arrived in South Africa at the end of May, construction and earthmoving machinery manufacturer Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa tells Mining Weekly. The excavator will be commissioned at the... 

New excavator reduces emissions, fuel use
INCOMING The new excavator has arrived in South Africa and will be delivered to the client before month end

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

New platform answers call for condition based maintenance, asset optimisation

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 The immense pressure to achieve production targets occasionally means that maintenance practices are difficult to implement in the mining industry and are often time based. Therefore, mines are looking for solutions to improve maintenance management, says Finnish industrial machinery company... 

New platform answers  call for condition  based maintenance,  asset optimisation
ADVANCING MAINTENANCE Through Metso Metrics, mining companies can expect lower overall maintenance costs

Metso offers product innovations, equipment

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 Mining equipment maker Metso Minerals’ Metso hybrid truck body, and an expansion to the MX multi-action cone crusher series, the MX3, were launched in April at the Bauma trade fair held in Munich, Germany. The Metso truck body and improved MX3 are available in South Africa and Southern Africa... 

Metso offers product innovations, equipment
RUBBER COATED The truck body tray is specially coated to absorb shock and increases the life span of the body

Tailgates a solution for haulage product loss

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 Since receiving an Autogate tailgate manufactured by specialised tailgate manufacturer Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL), aggregate business Caldwell Stone Company has reported an increase in productivity at its quarrying site. An upturn of between 12% and 15% in volumetric capacity on its haul truck has... 

Tailgates a solution for  haulage product loss
PHIL-ER-UP The installation of a tailgate allows for full loads to be transported without product loss

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa is encouraging suppliers, service providers and contractors, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to become associate members of the association to meet the industry’s future challenges. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar stresses that this... 

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised
COMPLIANCE GUARANTEE Procuring equipment from an Aspasa associate member will ensure compliance with the Mining Health and Safety Act of 1996, as well as the Consumer Protection Act of 2009

Cost-effective lubricant increases machine life

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 The change in lubricants on brick manufacturer KuluCrete’s excavator at its Port Shepstone quarry, in KwaZulu-Natal, has resulted in significant cost savings and a notable decrease in lubrication quantities and applications. KuluCrete is a supplier of bricks, blocks, roof tiles, kerbing, pavers,... 

Cost-effective lubricant increases machine life
NOTHING TO QUARRY ABOUT Using the Almagard 3752 grease on equipment increases maintenance intervals allowing technicians to focus on other aspects of the quarry

Slogging hammer, wheel slogger upgrades offer safer maintenance

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 The slogging hammer and wheel slogger from tools and equipment supplier BMG have been upgraded to provide operators with greater efficiency and improved safety when loosening and tightening bolts and nuts during maintenance on mining equipment. Productivity is significantly improved through the... 

Slogging hammer, wheel slogger upgrades offer safer maintenance
SIMPLER SETTINGS The clip on the wheel slogger enables the user to leave the tool attached to a wheel while selecting different torque settings

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast
Van Dykspruit Quarry

BI to expand offering in mining sector

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd March 2019 Bearings, power transmission and chain products distributor Bearings International (BI) hopes to increase its offering to the mining sector by providing various chain products to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that supply equipment to this sector, says BI mining business development... 

BI to expand offering in mining sector
BEST POSITION Bearings International is looking to bring stock holding to the mining sector to have stock in the branches, at the right place, at the right time

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector

15th March 2019 Supply chain solutions provider Makoya Group has celebrated a successful five-year relationship with heavy equipment supplier HPE Africa, the sole distributor of Hyundai construction equipment in South Africa, and has affirmed that the partnership has been integral in securing the company’s... 

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector
TOP OF THE PILE Wheel loaders help maintain order in the stockpiles

Solutions provider supplies granulators for upcoming mine

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 Solutions provider TAKRAF Africa, part of the global TAKRAF group, supplied two coal granulators towards the end of 2018 for a project to be commissioned in October this year, as part of the coal handling and preparation plant for a new mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The 660-mm-diameter... 

Solutions provider  supplies granulators  for upcoming mine
BREAKING THE MOULD The Bradford Breaker is a cost effective impurity removal processing plant

Aspasa encourages surface mines to join the association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th March 2019 The Aggregate & Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) says surface miners are facing a growing number of challenges and calls on mine owners to get behind the association and become part of a unified voice for the industry. “With profits under pressure as a result of ever-more... 

Aspasa encourages surface mines to join the association
Aspasa director Nico Pienaar

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation  

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the implications of Mining Charter 3 for equipment manufacturers. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Positive outlook for mining expected

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 There is a noticeably positive change in attitude in the mining sector with Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s showing signs of leading the sector towards a good recovery in 2019, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. Mantashe hosted the Mine Occupational Health... 

Positive outlook for  mining expected
HEAPED WITH HONOURS Pienaar was recognised for his long-standing service to health and safety in the mining industry

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Volvo launches 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities sectors

By: Schalk Burger     2nd November 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, will provide the support and services for the machines, says Volvo... 

Volvo launches 95 t rigid hauler for coal,  bulk commodities sectors
VOLVO 95 T RIGID HAULER The hauler has an array of sensors and systems to ensure safety, ease of use and productivity

Junior gold miner reports strong earnings for first half of year

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 UK-domiciled, London AIM-listed West African gold miner Hummingbird Resources has reported (in its unaudited financial results for the first half – H1 – of this calendar year) that its primary asset, the Yanfolilia Gold Mine in Mali, had recorded a solid performance that had been in line with the... 

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 Contractor Basil Read’s mining division has added four new excavators from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai to its fleet of mobile mining equipment. The excavators – a Hyundai R520LC-9S hydraulic crawler excavator, a Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavator, and two 22 T Hyundai R220LC-9S... 

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho
UNEARTHING POTENTIAL Basil Read is using Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavators for a diamond operation in Lesotho

MC Mining eyeing acquisition, project access, SEZ 

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2018 Coal exploration, development and mining company MC Mining, which has painstakingly removed many obstacles in its path in the last five years, is targeting the acquisition of a second suitable operational coal mine in the mould of the cash-generative Uitkomst, taking strong steps to secure access... 

MC Mining eyeing acquisition, project access, SEZ
MC Mining CEO David Brown interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones

20th July 2018 Three of Swiss mining and construction manufacturer Liebherr Group’s hydraulic excavators have been provided to the mining industry for up to 18 years. The R 9100, R 996B and the R 9350 have been available for between five and 18 years. The current range of Liebherr Mining hydraulic excavators... 

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones
PROVIDING SOLUTIONS Liebherr Group has been providing excavator solutions to the mining industry for more than 18 years

Bell Equipment extends excavator range, Kobelco partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment is expanding its partnership with Japanese excavator specialist Kobelco Construction Machinery (Kobelco) with a range of three mini excavator models and three larger models launched in April. Bell is the exclusive... 

Bell Equipment extends excavator range, Kobelco partnership
EXPANDING RANGE Bell Equipment is extending its excavator range with the addition of new Kobelco excavators

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 South African materials handling equipment supplier Bell Equipment has entered the Southern Africa tipper truck market through a partnership with Russian heavy duty truck manufacturer Kamaz. The new partnership was celebrated at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, held in March, in Johannesburg, where the... 

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership
KAMAZ TRUCKS The Kamaz tipper trucks were formally introduced to the South African market at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018

Skills needed in local quarrying industry 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 The surface mining association, Aspasa, raised awareness about skills shortages in the local opencast mining and quarrying profession through a presentation delivered to an international audience of peers at the Global Aggregates Information Network (Gain) conference, in Spain, last month. Skills... 

Skills needed in local quarrying industry
NICO PIENAAR Leadership and supervision skills are needed urgently in the local quarrying industry

New app launched for quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has launched a new application (app), the Vibration and Acoustic Calculator (VibrAc). VibrAc will assist local quarries in calculating the various elements involved in blasting and in... 

New app launched for quarrying industry
VIBRATION AND SOUND The AEL Mining Services VibrAc application is a simple tool to work out blasting parameters

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba
SERVICE OFFERING African Sun Mining offers a full package of opencast mining services

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

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

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... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson
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