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Webinar Energisation, Digitisation and Automation: The Rise Of The Smart Mine

15th October 2021 ​As mining and resources activities ramp up, so do the associated safety risks. The digital investments of today will be paving the way for a safer, more efficient, smart mine. 

Smart pumping solves infrastructure problems

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 Outdated water management infrastructure is threatening to “spiral out of control” as the global population grows, says digitalisation and automation technology company Schneider Electric South Africa product manager Jaque Mare, who claims that smart pumping technology is the solution. According... 

Explosives growth follows industry growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th October 2021 The African explosives sector remains steady, owing to an increase in African mining opportunities and positive market conditions, says BME Southern African Development Community (SADC) MD Ralf Hennecke. With the growing interest in battery minerals such as lithium and cobalt, there is a further... 

WGC unpacks the benefits of mandatory gold hallmarking

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th October 2021 The mandatory hallmarking for gold jewellery and gold artefacts that became effective in June, has been positive for India’s gold market, says the World Gold Council (WGC). The council says mandatory hallmarking improves transparency and gives consumers more confidence in the purity of the gold... 

Digital Transformation | A reality check

11th October 2021 Digital transformation is high on the agenda of many companies across the world and all industries. The manufacturing industry has been flooded with IoT and digitalisation-based content, including videos, webinars and articles. The solutions often seem too advanced and very pricey. IoT is not new... 

Kibali continues to advance automated mining

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2021 The Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, remains on track to achieve its production guidance for the full-year and grow its mineral reserves net of depletion, securing its future as a Tier 1 operation for at least another ten years, Barrick president and CE Mark Bristow has... 

Machine learning can enhance manufacturing productivity

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th October 2021 The South African manufacturing sector is diverse and contributes 11.8% to gross domestic product and 10.3% to employment. Although these figures are small, compared with the figures of other countries, embracing machine learning could enhance the sector and assist in its growth, says University... 

Load-shedding hinders holistic growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th October 2021 For custom plastic injection moulding company Bambisana Plastics, a subsidiary of Bambisana Holdings, the biggest challenges it has to contend with are labour and electricity. However, despite these challenges, along with the effects of the pandemic, the company has managed to not only avoid... 

Consultancy emphasises the role of employees as mines modernise

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th October 2021 To reap the full benefits of mining modernisation in South Africa, the industry needs to start with its people rather than the technologies, says business consulting firm OIM Consulting MD Arjen de Bruin. Mining companies are positively embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution in South Africa;... 

BBE releases 2021 version of leading VUMA ventilation simulation software — free to industry

7th October 2021 Mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling engineering consultants BBE Group have released the 2021 version of their flagship VUMA-network software to industry — at no cost. It’s a bold move that puts an advanced, industry-leading interactive mine ventilation network simulation tool into the... 

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