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Project Management News

Taxation, labour laws under spotlight at Caminex

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     17th May 2019 This year’s CAMINEX trade expo, which will be held from June 4 to 6 at the Kitwe Showgrounds, in Zambia, will focus on key topics such as taxation and labour laws, says event organiser Copperbelt, Agricultural and Commercial Show Society (CACSS) chairperson London Mwafulilwa. The discussions on... 

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... 

STANDING STRATEGY
SepFluor has always planned to be a vertically integrated fluorspar company
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... 

EXPLOSIVE CAPABILITIES

The XPLOLOG platform consists of a mobile device and website dashboard that integrates with a Cloud-hosted database
EXPLOSIVE CAPABILITIES The XPLOLOG platform consists of a mobile device and website dashboard that integrates with a Cloud-hosted database

Micromine software upgraded to increase performance

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Following the positive effect of current worldwide exploration on the demand for mining software solutions specialist MICROMINE’s products, the company will release the latest version of its three-dimensional (3D) modelling and mine design software, Micromine 2020, in the last quarter of this... 

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The upgraded Micromine 2020 offers enhancements to implicit modelling and pit optimiser modules
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The upgraded Micromine 2020 offers enhancements to implicit modelling and pit optimiser modules

Sector focuses on cost, project control solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 While the mining sector is mainly focused on old production methods, the economy has changed the market in terms of commodities, labour structure and technology. This has led to the sector being more sensitive to cost and expenditure, which has resulted in the focus on better financial or cost... 

PLANNING PROCESS Correct project control tools manage costs better to ensure that there is no overspending on projects
PLANNING PROCESS Correct project control tools manage costs better to ensure that there is no overspending on projects

First factory-fitted payload management system launched

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Japanese yellow metal equipment manufacturer Komatsu and its subsidiary, mining equipment solutions provider MineWare, launched the first factory-fitted payload management system – the Argus PLM – during the bauma 2019 trade fair, held in Germany last month. The Argus PLM drives whole-of-mine... 

GROWING DEMAND More than 280 MineWare systems currently support more than 130 surface mining operations throughout South Africa, North and South America and Australasia
GROWING DEMAND More than 280 MineWare systems currently support more than 130 surface mining operations throughout South Africa, North and South America and Australasia

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... 

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
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

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Tailings facility designs can save water at mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 At the start of the design process, the design problem and solution have to be conceptualised to allow for the design objectives for a tailings facility to be formulated. A range of techniques can then be used and applied to undertake the design, including appropriate analyses, to ensure water... 

ADRIAAN MEINTJES Mining houses, consulting engineers and TSF contractors have refocused on new best-practice principles for design of tailings dams
ADRIAAN MEINTJES Mining houses, consulting engineers and TSF contractors have refocused on new best-practice principles for design of tailings dams

Mandela Mining Precinct enhancing collaboration 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 The Mandela Mining Precinct, officially launched in September 2018 by the departments of Science and Technology, and Mineral Resources, has been hailed as one of the most defining public–private partnerships in South Africa. The Mandela Mining Precinct has been successful in coordinating... 

NAVIN SINGH Everyone talks about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how we embrace it in the mining sector is particularly exciting for us
Mining Mandela Precinct co-director Navin Singh discusses revitalising the South African mining sector.

Precinct establishing platform for all stakeholders

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 The Mandela Mining Precinct – which industrial cluster Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) is an inherent part of – has been very successful in establishing a platform for all mining sector stakeholders, says MEMSA CEO Ossie Carstens. “MEMSA and the Mandela Mining Precinct are... 

REAPING BENEFITS
MEMSA needs to take full advantage of the newly published Mining Charter III and the “massive advantage” that it has created for local suppliers
REAPING BENEFITS MEMSA needs to take full advantage of the newly published Mining Charter III and the “massive advantage” that it has created for local suppliers

Canadian miner finds new high-grade zinc and gold deposit

19th April 2019 Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals has announced the discovery of 35.6 m of high-grade mineralisation including both zinc-rich massive sulphides and gold. The deposit is located between the old Chisel North mine and the producing Lalor mine in Manitoba, Canada, at a down hole depth between... 

ALAN HAIR 
These zinc-rich and gold-rich intersections highlight the ever prospective nature of the Flin Flon greenstone belt and demonstrate the value of our Manitoba assets
ALAN HAIR These zinc-rich and gold-rich intersections highlight the ever prospective nature of the Flin Flon greenstone belt and demonstrate the value of our Manitoba assets

China’s scrap regulations important factor in copper market

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 New legislation and regulations by the Chinese government for the import of scrap materials could be a significant factor in the copper market this year, suggests international metals and minerals consultancy Roskill associate consultant Jonathan Barnes. China announced plans in April last year... 

RESTRICTED REGULATIONS 
As a result of regulations and a trade war, China will need to replace copper scrap units with imports of more refined copper
Photo by Bloomberg
RESTRICTED REGULATIONS As a result of regulations and a trade war, China will need to replace copper scrap units with imports of more refined copper

Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 Africa will struggle to keep up with major lead-producing countries, such as China and Australia, owing to a lack of new projects in the pipeline, says credit and macro intelligence solutions provider Fitch Group commodities industry expert Diego Oliva-Velez. There are currently only four new... 

ENVIRONMENTAL RESTRICTIONS 

As a highly polluting and toxic metal, global lead production will remain under pressure over the coming years
Photo by Bloomberg
ENVIRONMENTAL RESTRICTIONS As a highly polluting and toxic metal, global lead production will remain under pressure over the coming years

Murray & Roberts Cementation wins Palabora contract

19th April 2019 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a contract by copper miner Palabora Mining Company for a 1 200-m-deep ventilation shaft. The shaft, with a lined diameter of 8.5 m, will reach a final blind sink depth of 1 190 m before a drop raise takes it to its final depth,... 

CONSTRUCTION 
A surface headgear and winder installation will be constructed from January to March 2020
CONSTRUCTION A surface headgear and winder installation will be constructed from January to March 2020

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th April 2019 Ivanplats, the South African subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, is expected to complete early-works construction at Shaft 2 of the Platreef palladium/platinum/nickel/copper/gold/rhodium project, near Mokopane, in Limpopo, South Africa, in the second quarter, says Ivanplats VP and project director... 

SHAFT 2 
Aerial view of the Shaft 2 box cut early works with the concrete hitch under construction
SHAFT 2 Aerial view of the Shaft 2 box cut early works with the concrete hitch under construction

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 The cheerful mood among operators at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, coupled with some proactive and innovative governments competing for attention, suggests that the West African mining sector’s vast potential may increasingly be realised through the successful development of new... 

POTENTIAL PERFORMANCE
The West African mining sector’s vast potential could be realised through successful proactive project development
POTENTIAL PERFORMANCE The West African mining sector’s vast potential could be realised through successful proactive project development

Secondary mine ventilation system cutting costs

5th April 2019 Australian base water evaporator and ventilation solution provider Minetek has made available its patented secondary mine ventilation system, based on a high output axial fan system. The new technological solution, engineered and manufactured in Australia, categorically offers power savings and... 

I’M A FAN
The newly launched secondary mine ventilation fan cuts costs of underground operations
I’M A FAN The newly launched secondary mine ventilation fan cuts costs of underground operations

New underground loader sets productive pace

29th March 2019 Capital equipment giant Caterpillar’s Cat R1700 underground mining loader, with its completely new design, has proven its high productivity and efficiency in extended field trials and in production studies. The R1700 carries a size-class-leading payload of 15 t (16.5 tons), 20% more than its... 

LIKE A MEERKAT
The Cat R1700 is an efficient and productive underground loader
LIKE A MEERKAT The Cat R1700 is an efficient and productive underground loader

Programming interface for interoperability to be launched

29th March 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will develop an interoperable platform for its AutoMine automation system for underground loaders and trucks. The development of the platform for AutoMine was proposed at #DisruptMining, a presentation on March 3 during the Prospectors... 

ALL UNDER CONTROL
The AutoMine Access application programming interface will provide standard, pre-defined interfaces for connecting third party loaders and trucks for control by Sandvik’s AutoMine system
ALL UNDER CONTROL The AutoMine Access application programming interface will provide standard, pre-defined interfaces for connecting third party loaders and trucks for control by Sandvik’s AutoMine system

Kibo provides update on four key projects

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy on Monday confirmed that it is developing four key projects – two thermal coal power projects, in Botswana and Mozambique; a UK-focused flexible energy portfolio; and an advanced coal-to-power project, in Tanzania – in parallel. The projects fall in line with the... 

Quicker manufacturing of rope attachments provides competitive edge

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd March 2019 Mining equipment manufacturer and supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s short turnaround time for the manufacturing of rope attachments provides the company with a competitive edge to take on large projects in the local mining sector, Becker Mining SA capital senior GM Tom Searle tells Mining... 

SAFETY FIRST

Rope attachments are used in several vertical shafts where they provide a safe method of terminating the winding rope
SAFETY FIRST Rope attachments are used in several vertical shafts where they provide a safe method of terminating the winding rope

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... 

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
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

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 &... 

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
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

New data management solution to be exhibited

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Mining software solutions specialist MICROMINE will exhibit its new data management solution, the Geobank 2019, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba.  “Geobank 2019 has thus far been a closely guarded secret, but it will be available for delegates coming to our booth at this year’s... 

DIGITISATION POPULARISED 
The increased demand for digitised monitoring solutions indicates a push towards digitisation in the African mining industry
DIGITISATION POPULARISED The increased demand for digitised monitoring solutions indicates a push towards digitisation in the African mining industry

Digital technology to be showcased

25th January 2019 Digital mining technology is the name of the game as the African mining industry moves toward ever greater efficiency to optimise production within deep and narrow reefs, according to digital mining technology provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. The mining industry and visitors to this... 

REAL-TIME ACCESS
Access to real-time data allows mining companies to detect trends, improve performance and enhance maintenance of mining machinery
REAL-TIME ACCESS Access to real-time data allows mining companies to detect trends, improve performance and enhance maintenance of mining machinery

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Long-time attendee and exhibitor at the Investment in African Mining Indaba engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting will showcase the full range of its mining-related expertise and solutions at this year’s Indaba. “SRK will once again exhibit at the 2019 Indaba, having exhibited at all the... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL, MARCIN WERTZ AND HENNIE THEART
The delegation that will lead SRK South Africa’s participation at this year’s African Mining Indaba
ANDREW VAN ZYL, MARCIN WERTZ AND HENNIE THEART The delegation that will lead SRK South Africa’s participation at this year’s African Mining Indaba

Orion Minerals to restart Prieska production in 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2018 Polymetallic minerals exploration and development company Orion Minerals’ flagship Prieska zinc/copper mine, in the Northern Cape, is expected to start production by 2021. This is notwithstanding any potential challenges and delays, Orion COO Walter Shamu said during a media briefing on Thursday. 

Orion COO Walter Shamu
Orion Minerals COO Walter Shamu speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the miner's flagship Prieska project, located in the Northern Cape. Video & Editing: Nicolas Boyd

New Mining Indaba competition draws attention to young talent in mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 Mining Indaba, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 4 to 7, will introduce a new feature for 2019 – the Leaders of Tomorrow competition. The competition is part of the event’s young leaders programme, which is being produced in partnership with... 

Kibo secures exclusive option to buy three peaking power sites in the UK

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 Kibo Energy’s 60%-owned UK subsidiary, MAST Energy Developments (MED), has secured an exclusive option, for a nominal fee, to undertake due diligence and negotiate the potential acquisition of three peaking power sites, totalling 31.3 MW, in the UK. 

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Crucial iron-ore line back on track after rapid bridge restoration
Crucial iron-ore line back on track after rapid bridge restoration

Researcher forecasts a consistent price for iron-ore

7th December 2018 Macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – formerly known as BMi Research – has maintained its average iron-ore price forecast for 2018 at $6.0/t. However, despite the recent August rally – which stemmed from a combination of stocking up of ore by Chinese steel producers as low-grade polluting... 

HARD TO PORT
Ore ready for export at the Saldanha Port
HARD TO PORT Ore ready for export at the Saldanha Port

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.... 

 Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand (right) interviewed by Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer
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.

Sector remains significant for mobile buildings company

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 The oil and gas industry will remain a significant focus for prefab and modular buildings in 2019, says rental buildings manufacturer Kwikspace, rentals executive Andre Prinsloo. 

KWIKSPACE MODULAR BUILDINGS Kwikspace provides a range of modular buildings and rental fleet buildings to rapidly accommodate people during shutdowns
KWIKSPACE MODULAR BUILDINGS Kwikspace provides a range of modular buildings and rental fleet buildings to rapidly accommodate people during shutdowns

Company expands offering to include hydraulics test, measurement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 Amid a “recessive mining market”, industrial equipment and services provider Hydromine Projects & Marketing has expanded its offering by opening a test and measurement division that caters for valves in hydraulic systems.  

AUTOMATION READINESS Hydromine Projects & Marketing has added test and measurement expertise, such as condition monitoring and equipment and installations on site, to its service offering
AUTOMATION READINESS Hydromine Projects & Marketing has added test and measurement expertise, such as condition monitoring and equipment and installations on site, to its service offering

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... 

A NEW ERA
Mining companies are embracing new technology for diamond recovery and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies
A NEW ERA Mining companies are embracing new technology for diamond recovery and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies

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 LIFECYCLE
SGS Bateman Engineering Services manages the complete mining project lifecycle, from concept to commissioning
PROJECT LIFECYCLE SGS Bateman Engineering Services manages the complete mining project lifecycle, from concept to commissioning
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