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Sylvania on track to meet 70 000 oz production target for the 2021 financial year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2021 Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum says its operational performance in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, continued to stabilise from previous quarters as the operations teams had embraced a “new normal” of production incorporating Covid-19 protocols. The Sylvania Dump Operations (SDO) produced 18... 

Partnership approach to tech collaboration at De Beers Venetia underground project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 Partnership will be the watchword in the technological collaboration between global diamond leader De Beers Group and engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions on the Venetia Underground Project (VUP). South Africa’s largest diamond mine, Venetia has been mined as an open pit since... 

Hydrogen economy presents considerable opportunities for South Africa, but social compact imperative 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th November 2020 There is considerable potential for South Africa to be a supplier of green hydrogen and leverage its platinum group metals (PGM) resources; however, it is imperative that there is a social compact when building this industry, a panel of speakers noted during independent think tank, the Mapungubwe... 

NUM ‘shocked’ by growing number of mine fatalities in Limpopo

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed shock about the increasing number of fatal incidents in the Limpopo province’s mines this week.    

Pepperl+Fuchs’ Rugged and Compact— BTC14 for Quad-Monitor Thin Client Applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2020 The control room is the hub for technical production, planning, and control processes. Using established thin client technology, current production statuses are transmitted to multiple monitors in real time so that all plant statuses can be monitored and operators can respond quickly. With... 

Wheel alignment crucial to ensuring end-carriages last longer

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2020 End-carriages are key subassemblies in overhead cranes, and customers are advised not to attempt their own end-carriage assembly using individually sourced wheel blocks, as wheel alignment is critical to ensuring the longevity of these ‘feet’ of overhead cranes, says crane and hoists specialist... 

Avoid extended downtime due to inadequate preparation prior to start-up after lockdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th May 2020 Evaluate the risk the shutdown posed to Critical Electrical Equipment (CEE) before you start up your plant after lockdown. During normal circumstances, a plant shutdown is a thoroughly planned event where several processes are precisely orchestrated to take equipment out of service, maintained... 

Planning for the ‘last mile’ in underground connectivity

15th April 2020 Planning for underground connectivity is never a simple task. The modern make-up of a mine and its reliance on transferring large amounts of data to multiple points over multiple levels means a robust and reliable connected network has become a central part of any operation. 

Transnet bemoans cable theft at Pretoria Complex, rolls out diesel locos 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 Another incident of overhead cable theft at State-owned Transnet’s Pretoria Complex has further crippled the group’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsidiary’s ability to deliver goods to customers on time. It said in a release on Wednesday that the Pretoria Complex, which is one of the country’s... 

Time for govt to consider new strategies to get economic growth going, says Baxter 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 In what has been the longest economic downturn for the country since 1945, it has become necessary for government to consider alternative strategies and change various policies to allow business to grow the economy, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said during a media briefing on... 

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