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Opencast Quarries News

Mineral sands to host private function at indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 In addition to attending the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral Commodities (MRC) will host a private function for government officials, investors and the press on February 5, concurrently with the Mining Indaba, to discuss developments at the... 

Contractors hand over huge Sishen haul truck maintenance workshop

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th January 2014 Mining contractors WorleyParsonsTWP and Stefanutti Stocks handed over a medium- and long-term haul truck maintenance facility of more than R1-billion last month to iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of mining major Anglo American. 

The facility was built to correctly, safely and efficiently maintain the mine’s extensive fleet of ultra-class mining equipment  (Source: Duane Daws)
Photo by Duane Daws
MAMMOTH MAINTENANCE (Source: Duane Daws) The facility was built to correctly, safely and efficiently maintain the mine’s extensive fleet of ultra-class mining equipment (Source: Duane Daws)

Company launches dust suppression cannon

17th January 2014 Johannesburg-based environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions in October formally launched its largest-ever misting cannon at global diversified mining major Anglo American business unit Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in Kathu, Northern Cape. I-Cat Environmental Solutions... 

I-Cat’s DustMonster product line creates an ultra-fine mist that attracts dust, encapsulating airborne particles and driving them to the ground
THE DUSTMONSTER 100 I-Cat’s DustMonster product line creates an ultra-fine mist that attracts dust, encapsulating airborne particles and driving them to the ground

New scheduling solution receiving exceptional initial feedback

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th December 2013 Mining consultancy RungePincockMinarco’s (RPM’s) latest commodity-based solution, Open Pit Metals Solution (OPMS), which is a comprehensive, end-to-end openpit metals mine scheduling solution, has received exceptional reviews from initial customer feedback, supporting the company’s view that... 

Keaton Energy aiming to produce 5 Mt/y of coal by 2017

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th December 2013 JSE-listed coal junior Keaton Energy's medium-term goal is to develop into a five-million-ton-a-year saleable coal producer by 2017 – a step closer to its longer-term strategy of becoming a mid-tier coal producer. 

The opencast coal mine has delivered 1.2-million tons of washed 2- and 4-seam thermal coal to Eskom in the first half of the 2014 financial year
VANGGATFONTEIN MINE The opencast coal mine has delivered 1.2-million tons of washed 2- and 4-seam thermal coal to Eskom in the first half of the 2014 financial year

New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Local manufacture of Gravico-branded surface mining equipment to be launched this month

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th November 2013 The production of a new range of Gravico-branded aftermarket attachments for surface mining equipment is expected to start this month, after officially being launched onto the Southern African market last month. 

Australian tungsten project to restart within the year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2013 Junior tungsten producer Carbine Tungsten is hoping to restart the historic opencast operations at its Mount Carbine project, in Queensland, within the next 18 months. MD Jim Morgan told Mining Weekly that the permitting process for the restart of the opencast mine, which was estimated to host a... 

Equipment manufacturer supplies products, expands African footprint

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th October 2013 Manufacturer of compact equipment and light equipment Wacker Neuson reports that it has supplied skid steer loaders for general pit maintenance tasks, mini excavators with attachments for various applications, dirty-water dewatering pumps and light towers for illumination to various opencast coal... 

Financing partner secured for Canadian tungsten project

25th October 2013 Tungsten/molybdenum project developer Northcliff Resources reports that it has secured a partial financing partner for its Sisson opencast project, in New Brunswick, Canada. 

Industrial plant rental solution effectively used in mining industry

25th October 2013 The success of companies undertaking and executing large-scale projects in the mining sector, such as opencast mining activities, is heavily dependent on the capacity and reliability of its suppliers, says compressor hire company Rand-Air. 

Largest wheel loader launched in Southern Africa

25th October 2013 Construction and crane equipment manufacturer XCMG Africa, which forms part of the Chinese XCMG Group, reports that it has launched its largest yet XCMG wheel loader, currently available in Southern Africa.  “The new LW900K wheel earth loader, which was introduced to the local market at bauma... 

Mining solutions company aims to launch software

By: David Oliveira     25th October 2013 Mining solutions company CAE Mining will start regional releases of its CAE Summit Web- and cloud-based strategic openpit mine planning software solution later this year, says CAE Mining technical director Andy Lapworth. CAE Summit assists mining companies in determining the best mining strategy... 

New screen expanding into the quarrying industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     25th October 2013 Manufacturers of screening and recycling attachments built for skid steers, excavators, wheel loaders, backhoes and telehandlers, Flip Screen reports that it is in talks with various companies to expand into the South African quarrying industry. 

Opencast mining challenging, but lucrative

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th October 2013 Although faced with, and cognisant of, the challenges of opencast mining, almost all African governments are mindful of the investment opencast mining could generate, which, in turn, will increase these countries’ gross domestic product (GDP). For this reason, opencast mining is not likely to be... 

Software solution targets opencast and underground mines

By: Jonathan Rodin     25th October 2013 Australian software, hardware and services for the mining industry provider Maptek reports that its laser scanner and processing software is being used successfully across opencast and underground mines in Southern Africa. 

Demand for surface mining equipment increasing with development

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th July 2013 Work opportunities and infrastructure development are increasing across South Africa, resulting in increased activity across the quarry industry and a growing demand for earthmoving and surface mining equipment. “The acquisition of new earthmoving and surface mining equipment is starting to... 

SA company clinches Republic of Congo openpit mining contract

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     10th May 2013 Opencast mining provider Diesel Power, in techinical and management support of its fellow group subsidiary Diesel Power Congo, has been awarded an openpit mining and quarrying contract, in the Republic of Congo. 

Fox shares soar on sales news

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th May 2013 The shareholders of ASX-listed junior Fox Resources has smiled on the news that the company had entered into two agreements to sell and transfer a portion of its Mount Regal tenement, in Western Australia. The company signed agreements with quarry operators Hanson Construction Materials and... 

EIA under way for new tailings dam – Phoenix Platinum

By: Samantha Herbst     1st February 2013 Precious metals miner Pan African Resources has started with an environmental impact assessment (EIA) amid plans to construct a long-term offsite tailings dam for its Phoenix Platinum chrome tailings retreatment plant (CTRP) in the North West province. This will enable Phoenix Platinum to bypass... 

Contract renewed for one year

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th October 2012 The observance of safety standards by mining contractor Concor Opencast Mining has resulted in its contract for JSE-listed mining group Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) opencast mine near Rustenburg being renewed for another year. 

Techniques developed to optimise fleet use 

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th October 2012 The elimination of low-grade, uneconomical gravel material has helped mining solutions and process design company Manhattan Corporation to reduce its diesel consumption and enhance its machine efficiency significantly, states Manhattan Corporation chairperson Chris Pouroullis. 

Last-stage programme initiates poverty alleviation and promotes sustainable development

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th October 2012 The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) identified the need to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development through rehabilitation processes in opencast mining at its international conference on September 26 to 29 at the Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre, in Benoni. 

Concern over proposed two-year opencast iron magnetite mine

26th October 2012 The Democratic Alliance (DA) is concerned that mining company Ngwenya Mining and Exploration intends to start an opencast iron magnetite mine in Heidelberg, Gauteng, without conducting an environmental-impact assessment (EIA). 

Demand for rehabilitation skills from opencast coal miners

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th October 2012 South Africa’s coal industry has increased its appetite for rehabilitation services to ensure compliance with environmental legislation, says mining consultancy VBKom Consulting Engineers, which is undertaking a rehabilitation planning and scheduling project for an opencast operation in... 

Concor Opencast’s Impala Platinum contract renewed

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     14th September 2012 Concor Opencast Mining is renewing its contract with Impala Platinum at its opencast mine near Rustenburg.  

Interest in qualifications bolstered by DMR

By: Yolandi Booyens     11th May 2012 The skills gained through opencast-mining qualifications are in high demand in the mining industry, owing to the Department of Mineral Resources’ stricter requirements for competency in the industry to improve safety, says training company Xtract Training Services. 

Updated expertise to be made available to industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     11th May 2012 The third edition of the reference book ‘Blasthole Drilling in Open Pit Mining’, which serves as a guide to mining engineers in the opencast mining industry, will be released in September this year, mining services company Atlas Copco reports. 

Growth experienced after 2009 workload shedding

By: Yolandi Booyens     11th May 2012 After shedding 90% of its workload in 2009, owing to the economic downturn, mining services company Trollope Mining Services has experienced a 92% growth rate with the promise of a further 27% growth by the end of June 2012.  

Tenova to give Bateman wider market presence in Chile, Australia 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2012 Mining project house Bateman Engineering is expected to be given a wider market presence in both South America and Australia following its acquisition by Tenova of Italy. Tenova CEO Gianluigi (Gigi) Nova reports that Tenova’s $150-million (R1.2-billion) acquisition of Bateman has already secured... 

Caterpillar shatters profit records in 2011

By: Matthew Hill     26th January 2012 Caterpillar Inc, the world's biggest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, on Thursday shot the lights out with its fourth-quarter earnings announcement, unveiling its biggest year-on-year revenue increase since 1947 – the year the Paris Peace Treaties were signed. The company... 

Sentula headline earnings flat, CEO sees volatile period ahead

By: Henry Lazenby     18th November 2011 JSE-listed mining services provider and coal miner Sentula Mining on Friday reported a R230-million loss for the half-year ended September 30, despite a 10% revenue increase to R1.35-billion. Headline earnings, which strip out certain one-off costs, remained unchanged at 10.6c a share when... 

Key to success lies in education

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Employing the right people for the job at hand is the key to the success of plant hire company ALS BEE, part of the ALS group, says ALS BEE MD Bethuel Mokotedi.  

Sustained infrastructure work needed to support aggregate, sand miners

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2011 A stable period of sustained work for the construction industry will boost aggregate and sand miners and will help to counteract the moderation in projects that followed the 2010 construction programme, says industry body Aggregate & Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director... 

Resource increase at Rössing

6th May 2011 Rio Tinto has strengthened its global uranium resources with the upgrade of its mineral resources and ore reserves at its 69%-owned Rössing Uranium, in Namibia. 

Intensive investment in training needed

6th May 2011 The declining level of blasting skills and understaffing of planning departments involved with planning and coordinating blasts at opencast mines is costing the mining industry millions of rand each year in lost productivity, says mining explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) director... 

Coal miner reports solid growth pipeline

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2011 JSE-listed coal mining company Optimum Coal has a robust portfolio of mining assets, a solid growth pipeline and is working towards increasing the life-of-mine of its operational footprint, while sustainably addressing its responsibility towards the environment, the company reports. 

Opportunities in industry but on the back of rising costs

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2011 There are currently more opportunities for opencast mining companies and contractors than in 2009, but costs are expected to gradually increase, says opencast mining contract company Diesel Power CEO Kobus van Biljon. 

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