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Project Management

Investment in new technologies in mining decreasing

By: Thabi Madiba     15th February 2019 The risk aversion of most mining companies has resulted in their being unwilling to invest in new technologies, which limits their competitiveness and growth potential, says emerging mining project management service provider Manhize Mineral Consultants (MMC) executive director Joel Mungoshi.... 

Economic climate poses threat to effective project management

By: Thabi Madiba     15th February 2019 Although there is much room for growth and the implementation of effective project management tools in mines across Africa, the current global economic climate has led companies to refrain from investing in project management software, says mining software solutions provider CCS Mining &... 

Economic climate poses threat to effective project management
PROJECT MANAGEMENT The right control helps mining companies understand where they have already overspent, but more importantly, assists them forecast the project-to-completion and highlight upcoming problem areas

Large New Tomra X-ray Sorter A Game Changer For Mineral Processing

15th February 2019 The contribution of X-ray ore sorting to the efficiency of mineral processing is growing, and TOMRA’s new COM XRT 2.0 sorters are taking the value added by this technology to another level. This upgraded model features higher belt speed and throughput, which translate directly into increased... 

Large New Tomra X-ray Sorter A Game Changer For Mineral Processing

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing

2nd November 2018 X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of mining companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense-media separation, for the treatment of middle- and coarse-sized... 

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT  sorting growing
A NEW ERA Mining companies are embracing new technology for diamond recovery and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies

Awards programme to promote innovation in project management

By: Paige Müller     2nd November 2018 Local project, programme and portfolio management practitioners’ association Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has introduced the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Awards Programme to honour and promote local innovation in project management offices. “This is an exciting step that... 

Awards programme to promote  innovation in project management
NATIONAL BIENNIAL CONFERENCE The Project Management South Africa national biennial conference is taking place from November 14 to 16 at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg

Demand for project management services expands

By: Paige Müller     2nd November 2018 Project Management South Africa (PMSA) CEO Taryn van Olden states that the project management adoption has begun to spread to a variety of unexpected industries and has become bigger than ever before. “Project management as an industry has a long history in construction and engineering. However,... 

Demand for project management  services expands
UNEXPECTED SECTORS At this years PMSA biennial national conference a speaker will highlight how the legal sector is looking to project management as a mechanism through which to manage legal matters

Project management service provider achieves Level 4 B-BBEE

2nd November 2018 Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has announce that its South African mineral project management division SGS Bateman Engineering Services achieved a Level 4 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) status in September. B-BBEE is a legislative initiative to... 

Project management  service provider achieves Level 4 B-BBEE
PROJECT LIFECYCLE SGS Bateman Engineering Services manages the complete mining project lifecycle, from concept to commissioning

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule 

By: Victor Moolman     16th February 2018 An 840-m-long, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline was installed in October last year to transport corrosive tailings to a tailings dam at the ore beneficiation plant located close to the underground Morula chrome mine – owned by ferrochrome company Hernic – in Brits, in the North West. 

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule
Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont explains the pipe specs and where they have been installed. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Effective drug and alcohol testing boosts project management

By: Victor Moolman     16th February 2018 Owing to the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996, the process of employees entering mines in South Africa is often slow because breathalyser and random drug tests need to be completed, subsequently hampering a mine’s productivity, explains drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company... 

Effective drug and alcohol testing boosts project management
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SAFETY CONCERN One entrance to a mine decreases the effectives of alcohol and drug tests owing to too many people passing through at a time

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Project management facility designed to  enhance every plant
ADDITIONAL OFFERING BMG also offers extensive customer training on site at mining operations or at its upgraded premises

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Technology to shift  project relations from  adversarial to cooperative
Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting strategy and business development GM Jacques Marais discusses the company’s KEY360 mobile application. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Turnkey solutions provided for gold mine in East Asia

3rd November 2017 Gauteng-based mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge Group recently supplied winches, winders and a range of ancillary products and services for a new service shaft at a gold mine in East Asia. This, the company notes, was carried out in collaboration with consultants from Australia and South... 

Turnkey solutions provided  for gold mine in East Asia
FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION Tech Edge Group offered a full turnkey solution service that included high-level design

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Scarce funding necessitates  effective project management
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JEREMY CLARKE A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management

Group to split to improve customer focus

17th February 2017 Swedish sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco will create a new company focused on mining and civil engineering, should it receive backing at its annual general meeting in April. 

Group to split to improve customer focus
STREGTHENING FOCUS Mining and Rock Excavation Technique and Construction Tools are expected to benefit from a more focused management responsibility

Coal terminal avoiding ‘catastrophic failure’, doubling equipment capacity

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Phase 1 of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) yard machine upgrade, in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed in February 2018, says engineering and infrastructure advisory services company Aurecon. 

Coal terminal avoiding  ‘catastrophic failure’,  doubling equipment capacity
Photo by Duane Daws
SHIP LOADER The Richards Bay Coal Terminal averaged 76 vessels a month in 2016, peaking at 95 vessels in November

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Rehabilitation should be included and budgeted for in a project’s initial mine plan to ensure proper project management over the entire mine life cycle, says nonprofit organisation Land Rehabilitation Society of South Africa (LaRSSA) president Raina Hattingh. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management
Photo by Victor Moolman
OFTEN NEGLEGTED Unfortunately, the need for including rehabilitation components early on in mine plans is often neglected in South Africa

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Business management consultant SSG Consulting will continue to focus on project management and execution as its core business this year, with the intent of increasing its drive to further improve operational throughput of organisations and projects by 30% to 50%, despite the challenges facing the... 

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success
Photo by Duane Daws
MINE UPGRADES The adoption of big data, cloud, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, mobile technology and the digitisation of business will be the primary driver of successful organisations over the next five years

Ethics, the foundation of project management

By: Malusi Mkhize     19th February 2016 An organisation’s ethics and, more importantly a project’s leadership is the very foundation on which its successful development is based, says Denver-based project management expert, course leader and author Terry Owen. In a handbook titled Project Management for Mining, published in 2015, which... 

Ethics, the foundation of project management
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TRUST IS KEY Project leadership must embrace the personal traits of integrity, fairness, faithfulness and honesty

Safety, risk ownership key to thriving projects

By: Malusi Mkhize     19th February 2016 Effective risk-mitigation measures and a sound safety-management system are integral to the development of a successful project, stipulates global mining and engineering planning and service provider WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff. The company has been operating in Africa for the past 20 years and has... 

Safety, risk ownership key to thriving projects
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BUYING INTO SAFETY Project managers are responsible for creating a culture of safety at project sites

Modikwa South 2 handover slated for July

By: Malusi Mkhize     19th February 2016 The completion of South African mining company African Rainbow Minerals’ (ARM’s) Modikwa platinum mine South 2 Phase 1 decline shaft is in its final stages and will be handed over to the mine in July. The execution project is contracted to Centurion-based project management and consultancy Fox... 

Modikwa South 2 handover slated for July
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PROJECT SUCCESS Fox Projects completed the execution of Anglo American Platinum/ ARM’s Modikwa mine north decline and handed over the project in December 2015

Industry association provides diverse professional certificate

19th February 2016 Nonprofit professional membership association Project Management Institute (PMI) is providing the Project Management Professional (PMP)certification which comprises rigorous process that shows the achievement, knowledge and skills of a project manager in the project management environment.... 

High-value projects key to success in economic downturn

By: Malusi Mkhize     19th February 2016 By identifying and concentrating on high-value projects as a positive project management practice, mining companies and project managers can help ensure the success of projects amid the current slump in the mining industry, local mining and exploration consultancy The MSA Group notes. MSA Group... 

High-value projects  key to success in economic downturn
EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT Project management companies must intensely interrogate a project’s ability to survive in tough financial times

Consultancy attributes growth rate to specialist teams

By: Malusi Mkhize     19th February 2016 Gauteng-based mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi grew by 29% in 2015, exceeding its average growth rate of between 22% and 23% recorded over the previous five and ten years.    According to Ukwazi director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen the company’s formal study... 

Multinational consultancy signs project management contract

13th February 2015 British multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company Amec Foster Wheeler in January entered into a three-year project management contract with Chinese coal mining company Shenhua Ningxia Coal Group. In terms of the contract, Amec Foster Wheeler will be part of an... 

Multinational consultancy signs project management contract
Photo by Bloomberg
EXPERIENCED Amec Foster Wheeler has more than 80 years’ experience of working in China, dating back to the 1930s

Aligning mining projects with financing requirements a challenge

By: Bruce Montiea     13th February 2015 Aligning mining projects in Africa with international project financing requirements, while ensuring that there is a direct link to the work conducted on the ground and that clients’ expectations are being met, can be challenging, says global consulting organisation Golder Associates head of... 

Aligning mining projects with  financing requirements a challenge
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INCREASED IMPORTANCE The issue of sustainability in the mining industry has become more prominent over the past ten years

Control over key performance criteria can reduce project costs

By: Bruce Montiea     13th February 2015 Mining companies can reduce a project’s final installed cost by 5% to 10% by effectively tracking key performance criteria, says consulting services company SNC-Lavalin project manager John Dixon. He explains that this can be done using a smart and accurate work- breakdown structure, budget and... 

Control over key  performance criteria can reduce project costs
PROFITABLE The fundamentals for mining projects in Africa remain lucrative and the industry continues to offer opportunities

MTS upgrades benefit mines

By: Bruce Montiea     13th February 2015 A mine technical system (MTS) running on a platform that is nearing its end-of-life creates risks in terms of planning and reporting on operational activities of a mine. It could render the mining company involved unable to keep up with advancements in technology, says EON Consulting principal... 

MTS upgrades  benefit mines
KEEPING UP A mine technical system is a crucial part of a modern mine, enabling it to keep up with advancements in technology

Companies to benefit from fishbone method

By: Bruce Montiea     13th February 2015 Mining companies stand to benefit from professional and specialist project management service provider VBKOM Projects’ “unique application” of the fishbone diagram, also known as the Ishikawa diagram, in providing project management services, says company senior mining decision support consultant... 

Companies to benefit from fishbone method
FISHBONE DIAGRAM VBKom projects has established that the reverse fishbone diagram can be effectively applied to structure any project brainstorming session

Company foresees growth in African shaft sinking opportunities

13th February 2015 Africa has the potential to create more shaft sinking operations opportunities in the near future, says engineering contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation. The company’s business development executive Allan Widlake says, as a result of the emerging opportunities, Murray & Roberts... 

Company foresees  growth in African shaft sinking opportunities
INCREASED OPPORTUNITY Murray & Roberts Cementation expects a growth in shaft sinking operations in Africa

Consultancy acquires specialist mining software

13th February 2015 Mining consultancy and software provider RungePincockMinarco (RPM) in January announced its acquisition of end-to-end spatial solution provider PrimeThought Software Solutions’ intellectual property rights for its specialist software products used in the management and reporting of geospatial... 

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