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Automation technology solution can help smaller mines

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Earthmoving technology supplier Caterpillar’s new cloud-based technology platform, MineStar Edge, can be used to manage production cost effectively, particularly on small surface mines. “Many smaller mines rely on people, often haul truck operators, to manually record production information on... 

Supplier saves mining industry time, money

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th June 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) is supplying bearings manufacturer Dodge ISN bearings to the quarrying sector to address contamination – the leading cause of premature bearing failure in the industry. 

Miner works at lower capacity owing to demand, not legislation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2020 Demand for premium-grade aggregate material is dwindling and so is production from quarrying operations, says building material company AfriSam.  

Miner works at lower capacity owing to demand, not legislation
AVI BHOORA Demand for aggregate material from the quarrying operations that produce them will continue to decline

Mobile screening plant proves highly efficient

19th June 2020 Earthmoving equipment supplier HPE Africa’s McCloskey S250 screener – one of the largest tracked-mounted mobile vibratory screening plants available – has been designed for highly-efficient aggregate material screening. 

Mobile screening plant proves highly efficient
MOVER AND SHAKER The McCloskey S250 is one of the largest mobile screens on the market

New compressors provide faster drilling, reduced fuel costs

19th June 2020 Compressor and generator supplier Rand-Air has acquired two Atlas Copco DrillAir Y1260 variable high pressure (21 bar to 35 bar) compressors. This new technology – from the world’s leading manufacturer of compressor and generator equipment – has been scientifically designed around pressure and... 

New compressors provide faster drilling, reduced fuel costs
CRAIG SWART The new compressor units are ideally suited for applications such as mineral exploration drilling, geothermal drilling, construction and blast hole drilling

This year's Electra Mining cancelled

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 Organisers of Southern Africa’s mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition Electra Mining Africa, Specialised Exhibitions, reports that the 2020 edition of the trade fair has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s show had been scheduled to... 

Nondigital mines losing out on R213bn in value 

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2020 An updated version of a 2017 study conducted by professional services firm Accenture in collaboration with the World Economic Forum – the 'Extracting Value and Building Resilience with Data-led Mining in South Africa' report – highlights that, with a combination of seven digital initiatives,... 

Nondigital mines losing out on R213bn in value
Accenture Africa Industry X.0 MD Eric Croeser talks to Mining Weekly about how mines can enhance their digital technologies to unlock further efficiencies, improve safety and cut costs

Afrimat says all its mines will be at full operating capacity in June  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2020 JSE-listed openpit miner Afrimat says it entered the Covid-19 lockdown with a strong balance sheet that will help it weather the uncertain and volatile business climate that is expected to prevail in the immediate future. The company points out that the partial reopening of the Demaneng... 

Afrimat says all its mines will be at full operating capacity in June
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

PEA estimates 'robust' economics for Deep-South's Namibia copper project

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 TSX-listed Deep-South Resources reports that, using a heap leach treatment operation, its openpit Haib copper project, in Namibia, demonstrates robust economics. An updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA), conducted by METS Engineering Group, considered an indicated mineral resource of... 

Miners learning lessons from global Covid-19 experiences

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2020 Information gathered from across the globe is paving the way for South Africa’s surface mines to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease in the workplace and mitigate its effects during and after the pandemic, Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) says. With the... 

Miners learning lessons from global Covid-19 experiences
Aspasa director Nico Pienaar

Aspasa advises on preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2020 Surface mining industry association Aspasa has advised its members to use the time between the reopening of surface mines and the delivery of products wisely, by preparing smart stockpiles, internal roadway systems and traffic separation measures to deal quickly and safely with a pickup in demand... 

Aspasa advises on preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

Miner implements enterprise, supplier development

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Ranked as one of the top five coal miners in South Africa, diversified miner Exxaro Resources has sought to implement leading practices in enterprise and supplier development  across the company’s core functional areas. Exxaro currently supplies local and domestic markets with thermal,... 

Miner implements enterprise, supplier development
STEADFAST Exxaro's Belfast operation if one of its numerous opencast mines adding to its large coal contribution in South Africa

Autonomous rig to boost safety, efficacy

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Drilling and blasting contractor Blasting & Excavating (B&E) intends to add the REL C650 series of autonomous drill rigs to its portfolio to offer a higher level of safety and efficacy to the opencast operations it services. The first rig is being manufactured in India and will be handed over to... 

Autonomous rig to boost safety, efficacy
PARAMOUNT PARNERSHIPS B&E partners with Paramount Equipment to maximise its efficacy in supply

Zero harm difficult to attain – Aspasa

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar tells Mining Weekly that the surface mining industry currently faces many challenges that need to be addressed so that mines can achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm. These include illegal mining not being adequately addressed by the... 

Zero harm difficult to attain – Aspasa
HARMLESS Aspasa aspires to achieve a goal of zero harm in all surface mining operations including that of pedestrians

Proper wash-bays prove beneficial

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Investing in a ‘proper’ wash-bay water cannon can save money and time on vehicle upkeep and maintenance for an opencast operation, says fire protection supplier DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. He notes that operations often uses standard fire protection ‘monitors’ or water cannons, which are not fit for... 

Proper wash-bays  prove beneficial
WORKING AT THE WASH BAY A well-equipped wash bay has multiple benefits for an opencast operation

Adviser streamlines mine processes

By: Halima Frost     30th April 2020 Specialist mining advisory company Ukwazi Mining Solutions was selected to assist a major mining client with the streamlining and automation of its planning process for a sizeable Southern Africa openpit coal operation last year.   “The client had many challenges ranging from inconsistent data... 

Adviser streamlines mine processes
COAL-ITION Ukwazi Mining Solution's has partnered with a major coal mining client to maximize the efficacy of its planning processes

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 Opencast mines are permitted to return in phases to 100% operation from May 1 but underground mines must continue at 50% of production capacity, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Saturday. Speaking during a media briefing covered by Mining Weekly on South Africa’s easing from the... 

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel
Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.

Post-Covid delivery of crane for colliery’s dragline excavator 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd April 2020 A contract won by Witbank company GTB Industrial Services will see Condra manufacturing a technically complex crane to service an Mpumalanga colliery’s dragline excavator. Condra will deliver the dragline maintenance crane during the month following the easing of Covid-19 quarantine restrictions. 

Post-Covid delivery of crane for colliery’s dragline excavator
Dragline excavator.

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Satellite imaging helps monitoring of remote mining operations

By: Donna Slater     9th April 2020 Satellite imaging of remote mining operations can be used to track and visually represent surface changes, ranging from the areal extent of surface operations, surface water, surface disturbances and the addition or removal of surface infrastructure – a vital component of mining management amid... 

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

By: Donna Slater     20th March 2020 Regulations governing drones, officially referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), have been stagnant since July 2015, when the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) first introduced regulations to formalise the industry.  

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

Pilot Crushtec launches compact mobile crushing, screening equipment from Metso

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment specialist Pilot Crushtec launched a new range from mining equipment manufacturer Metso’s mobile and compact crushing and screening equipment last month that is well suited to local economic conditions. Pilot Crushtec CEO Sandro Scherf says that contracts have been... 

Pilot Crushtec launches compact mobile  crushing, screening equipment from Metso
MOBILE JAW CRUSHER The compact, mobile jaw crushers in the range are suited to contract mining and small to medium-sized operations

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent

By: Halima Frost     6th March 2020 Monitoring solutions provider MineWare this month announced the launch of its Argus wheel loader monitoring system in Australia and the US, with a global roll-out to follow this year to meet industry demand. “The omnipresent wheel loader plays an important role in heavy minerals mining and its... 

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent
WATCH IT The ARGUS WL monitoring system enables wheel loaders to accurately and safely monitor their load

Cobalt demand drives illegal trade

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 Increased global demand for cobalt is spurring mining activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), specifically illegal and artisanal operations. The southern point of the DRC is reported to contain about two-thirds of the world’s natural cobalt reserves. 

Cobalt demand drives illegal trade
IN THE TRENCHES Dire living and working conditions found in the Democratic Republic of Congo drive the artisanal and illegal mining sector

Khoemacau begins decline development

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Development work is well under way at the Khoemacau copper and silver project in Botswana, with mining contractor Barminco beginning decline development for the new underground mine in Zone 5 this month. Early construction activities started in early 2019, with mine construction, development and... 

Khoemacau begins decline development
THE HOLE PICTURE The boxcuts are near completion, with decline development progressing well

Firm invests hopes in Indaba

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Mining investment firm Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu hopes that this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will “rise to the occasion” in addressing the challenges that are plaguing the South African mining industry. Some pressing challenges include the need to deal with regulatory uncertainty and... 

Firm invests  hopes in Indaba
VUSLAT BAYOĞLU Bayoğlu would like to see coal pricing become fairer

Anglo’s polyhalite entry likely to hit MoP more than SoP – Danakali 

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2020 The proposed entry of Anglo American into the fertiliser industry is more likely to impact the muriate of potash (MoP) market than the sulphur of potash (SoP) market, says Danakali CEO Niels Wage. MoP production is relatively concentrated with single-channel CanPotex group of companies in Canada... 

Anglo’s polyhalite entry likely to hit MoP more than SoP – Danakali
Niels Wage

Automated tech implemented at iron-ore project

6th December 2019 The trial of the Smart Mine technology project at iron-ore mining company Sokolov-Sarbai Mining Production Association’s (SSGPO’s) Kacharsky opencast site has been successful. SSGPO, a subsidiary of international metals and mining conglomerate Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), says that it plans to... 

Automated tech implemented at  iron-ore project
SMART MINE The Kacharsky site is now home to a range of intelligent solutions that help improve efficiency

Imminent trade war truce positive for iron-ore

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Economic research institute Afriforesight expects the US and China to reach a trade war “truce” near the end of the year, providing some support for iron-ore. This anticipated resolution of the trade war is expected to have a positive effect on economic activity in general, including for steel... 

Imminent trade war truce positive for iron-ore
IRONING OUT THE ISSUES The resolution of the US/China trade war should mean an improvement for economic activity

Nearing zero fatality milestone

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Coal and iron-ore miner Exxaro Resources is making a final push to achieve its goal of being fatality free for three consecutive years. To better ensure that milestones like this can be reached, the mining company launched its Khetha Ukuphepha – Zulu for Choose Safety – campaign at its conneXXion... 

Nearing zero fatality milestone
DR JOSEPH MATJILA We believe that zero harm is possible

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Where some might see cause for concern, mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein believes that the uncertain future of iron-ore demand and pricing could mean opportunity. Some of this uncertainty is exemplified by the announcement last month of the proposed... 

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market
Photo by Bloomberg
BALLS OF STEEL Pelletised iron is made from waste dust and can be used in the manufacture of steel

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated

By: Darren Parker     29th November 2019 Mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens is anticipating a surge in demand for proximity detection systems (PDS) next year. In 2017, the Department of Mineral Resources, as it was known then, issued a 2020 deadline for mining companies to implement stipulations laid out... 

Imminent surge in demand for PDS anticipated
ANTON LOURENS As the 2020 deadline approaches, many late adopters are going to rush to be made compliant

Mechanised equipment supplier wins award

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Coal cutting machinery and gearbox supplier Eickhoff South Africa was recognised for operational excellence as a supplier of mechanised equipment at the inaugural Exxaro Supplier Excellence Awards, held in Johannesburg, last month. The other two finalists nominated in this category were... 

Mechanised equipment supplier wins award
SMOOTH OPERATORS Exxaro presented Eickhoff with a supplier award for operational excellence

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

Crusher manufacturers focused on improving longevity

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2019 Technological advances in the crushing industry are few, with some machines based on old technology that has been used for decades, says surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. “Crushers remain basic,” he says, noting that the industry is in the Second Industrial Revolution and... 

Crusher manufacturers focused on  improving longevity
ECONOMY DICTATES DEMAND The demand for crushing depends on infrastructure development, which, in turn, relies on the economy

Earthmoving supplier launches new excavator series

27th September 2019 Earth-moving and construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has launched two new series of excavators from automotive manufacturer Hyundai, namely the R480LC-9S range and R330LC-9S machines. Both series are designed for high performance in tough conditions in various... 

Earthmoving supplier launches new  excavator series
SMOOTH OPERATOR HPE Africa’s new series of Hyundai excavators are designed for high performance in tough conditions

Energy-saving VSDs ideal for mining conveyors

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 The two new variable-speed drive (VSD) product offerings from bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) – to be launched in the third quarter of this year – are ideally suited to applications in the mining industry. The AlphaDrive-Micro VSD and the... 

Energy-saving VSDs ideal for mining conveyors
SIZE MATTERS The larger VDrivePlus features advanced motor control, as the size and range of the VSD makes it ideal for harsh environments like mining

Excavator series well received by local mining sector

27th September 2019 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Doosan’s DX800LC-5B tracked excavator series, which was launched early last year, has received a positive market response from the local mining industry. Doosan is part of the Capital Equipment Group (CEG) division of investment holding and... 

Excavator series well received by local mining sector
MADE FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS The excavator has an operating weight of 78 500 kgs and is the largest machine in the Doosan’s range of construction and mining equipment
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