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Pumps News

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

AVK Valves’ training, manufacturing facility promoting local manufacturing, job creation 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2022 Valve manufacturing company AVK Valves has reiterated its commitment to Africa through the expansion of its SAIMech.E accredited valve training facility in South Africa, which it has now expanded to accommodate the rest of the African continent. Industrial division manager Riaan Kloppers speaks... 

Industrial division manager Riaan Kloppers
AVK Valves industrial division manager Riaan Kloppers speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Pumps manufacturer proves its mettle at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Multinational pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves showcased its third-generation Mill Duty Xtra (MDX) heavy pumps to the African market at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. 

A large blue pump used in mills and mines for dewatering
A LITTLE XTRA The new MDX range of pumps has founded on three generations of success

Distribution deal favouring pumps supplier

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Engineering products supplier Integrated Engineering Services (IES) has been responsible for servicing pumps specialist Integrated Pump Technology’s growing customer base in the Zambian mining sector since January this year. Accounting for about 30% of the submersible pumps market in the country,... 

Grindex has been active in Zambia for the past 25 years, with its range of drainage pumps capable of handling water with abrasive solids up to 12 mm in size
A ROBUST RANGE Grindex has been active in Zambia for the past 25 years, with its range of drainage pumps capable of handling water with abrasive solids up to 12 mm in size

Local supplier sole distributor of specialised pumps

16th September 2022 Local pump importer and distributor AQS Liquid Transfer is the sole supplier of industrial pump manufacturers Sandpiper and Versamatic air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps for the South African mining sector. An AODD pump uses compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network. 

An underground mine with a pump in the shaft
SOLID TRANSFER Air-operated double diaphragm pumps use compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network

New pump launched at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Local manufacturer Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa, the South African division of global pumps manufacturer Goodwin International, officially launched its new submersible offering, the Goodwin SlurryChamp hydraulic submersible pump, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. The expo was... 

A large yellow submersible slurry pump
PUMP FOR THE WIN The design of the new SlurryChamp pump was based on Goodwins ANZE submersible slurry pump

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Company at forefront of engineer-to-order space

By: Simone Liedtke     1st July 2022 As industries have developed, customers’ equipment demands have increased. As such, equipment and solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has found that continuously engineering product solutions to meet these industry trends and demands has positioned it uniquely within the engineer-to-order... 

Pic of Weir Minerals Africa's Multiflo Mudflo pump in action
ENGINEERED EXCELLENCE The Multiflo Mudflo pump has been engineered for abrasive applications

Supplier replaces pump seals at coal mine

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st July 2022 Mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pumps products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) replaced expeller seals on centrifugal pumps at a coal mining company’s facility, in Mpumalanga, at the end of April and beginning of May; the pumps were registering poor mean time between... 

Image depicting Franscois Steenkamp, leaning against a door frame
FRANSCOIS STEENKAMP Fitting an incorrect sealing solution can cause damage to bearings, owing to excessive leakage from the pump

Local pumps manufacturer details successes

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st July 2022 Submersible industrial pumps manufacturer Amandla Pumps manufactures and designs its pumps locally, enabling the company to meet specific customer demands. The company has a state-of-the-art machining facility, equipped with computer numerical controlled equipment to accurately manufacture its... 

An image depicting the Amandla Pumps factory
FIRED UP The Jenny and Varkie pump series have been flameproof certified for underground use in fiery mines

Easy access to pump, hose flotation devices

1st July 2022 Every dewatering project is different, but most do require the using of accessories such as hosing and flotation systems. While these accessories may seem to be just that, it is essential that when selecting the hosing and flotation system it is correctly matched to the dewatering pump and the... 

An image depicting IPR's range of pump flotation devices
FLOATING STOCKS Integrated Pump Rental carries a comprehensive range of pump flotation devices

Ensuring pump reliability in abrasive service

1st July 2022 Maintaining and improving reliability of pumps used to transport abrasive media can be challenging in high-energy applications with players in the oil and gas industry aiming to optimise performance and minimise downtime. Fluid engineering company Sulzer says these objectives can be met through... 

An image depicting a silver pump
DESIGN CAPABILITIES The pumps responsible for delivering these materials are constantly under attack and their design directly affects their durability and efficiency

African diamond sector set for strong growth

17th June 2022 With China being Africa’s, and South Africa’s, most important trading partner, the Asian superpower’s expected economic slowdown in coming years is a cause for concern, unless these economies can find alternative drivers of growth from other emerging markets, says Standard Bank mining head Mark... 

A Bloomberg image of rough diamonds
Photo by Bloomberg
MINING GROWTH Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that the sector will continue showing resilience and growth, remaining financially sound in 2022

Venetia aims to address shortages

17th June 2022 Following the protests over water shortages in Musina last month, a meeting was convened between the Musina local municipality, the Vhembe district municipality and diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia mine to find ways to assist the municipalities in efficiently and safely resolving the issue. 

An image of Venetia mine's building
RESPONSIBLE ACTOR While the provision of water is the responsibility of the municipality, Venetia mine commits to working with the municipalities and host communities to address concerns in a responsible and consultative manner

Firm revamps pumps to support miners

17th June 2022 Revamping its distributorship base in recent years has given submersible pump specialist Integrated Pump Technology a solid foundation to support customers around sub-Saharan Africa. A key focus has been on mining areas, and the expansion has included new distributors in a number of Southern... 

 	An image of a man fixing a water pump
SMOOTH SUPPLY The company focuses heavily on the mining sector

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

OEM supporting sustainable Zambian mining

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2022 As Zambian mines move to adopt more sustainable mining practices, the reduction of energy use, water consumption and carbon emissions – as per global mining trends – is a significant priority, says original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals Africa Rest of Africa sales director Pieter van... 

An image of three employees in the Kitwe warehouse
KITWE WAREHOUSE Weir Minerals Africa keeps extensive stock of fast-moving wet-end components at its Zambian warehouse to support the Weir product footprint across the country

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Couplings demand up year-on-year

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 The demand for low-maintenance, cost-effective couplings has increased year-on-year, with the emphasis on ease of assembly to alleviate hours of downtime, says industrial products provider BMG power transmission product manager Brandon Bouillon. BMG supplies premium Timken Quick-Flex couplings to... 

A photo of a cross section of a Timken Quick-Flex coupling
GOOD PERFORMANCE The Quick-Flex couplings constitute about 30% of BMG's engineering couplings sales

Leveraging industry-leading brands improves technology offering

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 The Envirotech pumps range from pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals benefits significantly from synergies in research and technology development, as well as application knowledge sharing across a portfolio of industry-leading brands, says Weir Minerals Africa GM Marnus Koorts. “The Weir Minerals... 

A photo of an Envirotech pump with WRT technology in operation on site at a gold mine
PUMPING AWAY The Envirotech pump with WRT technology is being used in a gold application in Africa

Pump rental added to service offering

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 Mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pumps products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has added rental mobile pump sets to its core business offering. The company had its first rental enquiry at the end of November last year and officially launched the service on December 1. 

A photo of an MRS mobile pump set
MOBILE UNIT The MRS mobile pump set can not only control in-pit water levels but can also be stored in close proximity to operations

Pumps sector’s VSD adoption could improve

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 Some traditionalists in the mining sector are still reluctant to adopt variable-speed drive (VSD) technology for their pump operations, despite VSD technology being more than 20 years old, says digitalisation and automation technology company Schneider Electric South Africa product manager Jaque... 

A photo of Schneider Electric’s Altivar Process VSD range
VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES Schneider Electric’s Altivar Process VSD has an embedded pump management function and provides digital metrics to ensure better energy efficiency

New high-grade lode discovery at Kibali excites Barrick CEO

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Gold miner Barrick Gold revealed at a media briefing in Kinshasha, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on January 21, that underground drilling at the Kibali gold mine’s KCD orebody was defining a new high-grade lode above the base of the existing shaft infrastructure.  Barrick president... 

A photo of Kibali gold mine
Kibali gold mine in the DRC

Suppliers partner to deliver project

10th December 2021 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions, announced that it had been selected as one of the preferred pump suppliers for platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) new modular fines flotation pilot plant and had... 

An image of the feed pump to the modular pilot plant for the main plant
VERDERFLEX PUMPS The pumps selected for this project included the Verderflex VF65, Dura 25, Dura 35 and Dura 45

Anglo to use underground mine water to generate electricity   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American is planning to use water in its underground mines as batteries. The water will be pumped up when operations have excess renewable power and allowed to run back down when electricity is needed. 

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Photo by Creamer Media
From top left clockwise are Mark Cutifani, Jon Samuel, Stephen Pearce and Zahira Quatrocchi.

Local manufacturers struggle to secure business from miners

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The local mining industry fails to consider smaller, local manufacturers’ products, which have the potential to extend the life of equipment, reduce wear and tear and, consequently, decrease downtime, says pumps supplier Pumps for Africa co-owner Dennis Winslow. Companies are not prepared to give... 

An image of Pumps for Africa's Tuffee Imepeller
TUFFEE IMPELLER The impeller increases cost savings while also reducing electricity costs

Local supplier mitigates mines’ supply chain challenges

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The global disruption of supply chains has resulted in the local pumps industry having to increase stockholding to assist in mitigating production losses and increasing operational efficiency at mines. The lead times of imported spare parts and finished products, as well as other aspects of the... 

An image of AQS' Potoons
PONTOON The potoons are designed to float submersible pumps with a total mass of up t0 800kgs

Mines’ transition pushes industry to adapt

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The South African mining industry’s expansion and adapting in line with global demands requires the pumps industry to expand accordingly by offering various and robust pumping solutions for versatile applications, says pumps distributor Vansan SA’s marketing coordinator Riëtte Kotzé. Pumps are... 

An image of Vansan's submersible pumps
SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS Various factors need to be considered when choosing a pump

Novel solutions improve costs

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The South African mining industry “insists on value for money”, which has led to companies’ analysing entire life-cycle costs when making buying decisions, says pumps manufacturer, supplier and solutions company Centex Africa MD Theo Philippou. The increased attention to detail has resulted in... 

A graphic of Centex’s Lily Pad shallow water dewatering solutio
LILY PAD The Lily Pad pumps water without creating vortices in water

Robustness essential to avoid downtime

20th August 2021 Mining, drilling and quarrying equipment must be reliable and robust to minimise downtime, says Finnish hydraulic equipment manufacturer Dynaset. Dynaset manufactures hydraulic and hydraulic-driven equipment to high-quality European standards. The company’s product line-up comprises hydraulic... 

A photo of a Commachio drill rig equipped with Dynaset HPW hydraulic high pressure water pump
HAIL HYDRAULICS All Dynaset products are powered by hydraulics

Several pump solutions on show

20th August 2021 Pump manufacturer Abel Pumps will be exhibiting several solutions for the toughest mine pumping requirements at this year’s MINExpo International in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US. The company has several pumps for the removal of mine tailings, backfill, mine dewatering and filter press... 

A photo of Abel HMQ pumps for mining
MORE THAN ABLE Abel pumps are robust and built with user-friendly features that do not require special tools or many personnel to maintain them

Couplings provide durable, reliable service

16th July 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s extensive portfolio of Transfluid couplings comprises constant fill fluid couplings that have been designed to withstand operation in difficult conditions, including hazardous environments. The K series comprises three main elements – the driving impeller... 

Transfluid’s constant fill fluid couplings have been designed for hydrodynamic transmission
KEEP IT FLUID Transfluid’s constant fill fluid couplings have been designed for hydrodynamic transmission
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