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DoL to host workshop on explosives regulations amendments

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2016 The Department of Labour (DoL), in partnership with the University of South Africa (Unisa), will, on August 29, host a day-long workshop to sensitise explosives industry stakeholders to explosives regulations amendments. DoL deputy director of explosives Rudzani Ramabulana says the regulations... 

Omnia still pursuing North American entry after Nordex offer is withdrawn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings has withdrawn and terminated its offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives. The chemicals company on Monday said Nordex shareholders had approved the change of control private placement and going private transaction with... 

Nordex closes going-private transaction with EPC

By: Henry Lazenby     20th August 2016 Canadian explosives maker and distributor Nordex has closed a going-private transaction with Société Anonyme d’Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC). Nordex was amalgamated with 9867244 Canada, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of EPC, with an effective date of August 19. The company... 

Omnia asks TSX-V to deny or reprice Nordex going-private placement

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 Johannesburg-based Omnia Holdings has submitted a letter to the TSX-V asking it to consider denying or repricing a proposed change-of-control transaction through which Société Anonyme d’Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC) intends to take Canadian firm Nordex Explosives private. According to... 

Minister Jeff Radebe To Address The South African Building Industry

     11th August 2016 The 2016 annual Master Builders Congress will be taking place from 31 August to 2 September at the Durban International Convention Centre. Now in its 111th year, the annual Congress has become the premium gathering for building contractors, construction and project managers, built environment... 

Caterpillar launches first continuous miner for hard rock applications

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2016 Global construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat) has launched the first continuous mining and hauling system for underground hard rock applications, now commercially available. The new Cat Straight System features a hard rock shearer that uses Cat-activated undercutting... 

Gold wildcatters wooed as Peru leader swaps dynamite for dialogue

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2016 Peru’s former President Ollanta Humala used explosives to combat wildcat gold miners in the Amazon jungle in a bid to stem deforestation and mercury pollution. His successor is taking a more diplomatic approach. Less than two weeks after taking office, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski held talks... 

Omnia raises bid for Nordex

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2016 Shareholders of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives have one month to accept a now-formal fully funded, all-cash inflated takeover bid by JSE-listed Omnia Group. Omnia this week, through its mining division BME, raised the stakes with an offer of C$0.22 per Nordex share, taking the deal to... 

DiamondCorp gets DMR nod for Lace mining resumption

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2016 JSE-listed DiamondCorp has resumed mining operations at its Lace diamond mine after receiving the go-ahead from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The diamond mining, development and exploration company halted operations just over a week ago to have miners’ assistants undertake refresher... 

AECI reports lower H1 earnings, higher revenue

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2016 Specialty chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI on Tuesday reported higher revenue, but lower earnings a share for the six months ended June 30. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) fell 48% year-on-year to 293c, while earnings a share (EPS) decreased 50% year-on-year to 292c. 

Omnia urges Nordex shareholders to accept its buyout offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st July 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings believes its C$0.20 a share all-cash offer to acquire Canadian firm Nordex Explosives still provides the highest value to Nordex shareholders. This comes after Nordex on July 18 announced that another bidder, Société Anonyme d'Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC),... 

DiamondCorp suspends operations to have miner’s assistants’ training refreshed

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2016 Aim-listed DiamondCorp has suspended underground mining operations at its Lace diamond mine to have miner’s assistants undertake refresher training after a fall-of-ground incident in a development tunnel on the 310 m level. A miner’s assistant has been hospitalised for observation after suffering... 

South Africa’s BME to make play for Canadian explosives firm

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings will, through its BME subsidiary, make an all-cash offer to acquire Canadian firm Nordex Explosives for C$0.20 a share. “Today, we are announcing our intention to make this premium all-cash offer to Nordex shareholders. Unfortunately, the directors of Nordex were unable... 

Electrical engineering during WW2 – Part 4

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th July 2016 This is the last article in this column about electrical engineering during World War II. In point of fact, this article does not discuss electrical engineering, but flying bombs. For those of you who think that World War II was some time back in the period of fearful blank which existed before... 

First, find the world’s biggest diamonds; then don’t break them 

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2016 A black-and-yellow dump truck rumbles up from a giant pit in the mountains of southern Africa, carrying a load of freshly blasted slate-gray rock from the Letseng mine. With luck it will contain a golf-ball sized diamond worth perhaps $20-million. With even more luck the stone won’t get smashed. 

New Talisman raises $4.7m, embarks on bulk sampling programme

By: Samantha Herbst     5th July 2016 ASX-listed junior New Talisman has successfully raised $4.69-million through the issue of about 905-million shares, enabling the miner to transition from explorer to developer as it embarks on a bulk sampling programme at Talisman mine, in New Zealand’s Hauraki goldfield. “This result is one of... 

Despite volume slump, Omnia sees growth opportunities in mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th June 2016 Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading player” in the opencast mining industry on the African continent, group CEO Rod Humphris said on... 

Commodity markets entering period of stability, Orica CEO says

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2016 Orica, the largest supplier of explosives to the mining industry, has begun to observe stability in commodity markets that have been marked by volatility, sinking profits and job cuts after a global boom ended. “We still see a lot of volatility, but I think that I’ve seen more stability than... 

New way to mine hard rock impresses veteran researcher 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2016 A new way of breaking rock in Southern Africa’s narrow-reef mines is seen as safety and production enhancing. Veteran researcher Rod Pickering, who spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, says he has yet to come across a... 

On-site plugging possible using explosive welding 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa offers explosive welding and explosive expansion services to its clients. As part of this service, the company has increased its focus on on-site plugging which enables it to fix leaks in heat exchangers... 

German company develops four machines for blind-shaft construction, enlargement

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 German mechanised tunnelling engineering company Herrenknecht AG has developed a range of four shaft boring machines for the safe and rapid construction of blind shafts or shaft enlargements to a depth of 2 000 m.  

St Helena Airport development, St Helena Island

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The airport has been given approval to start commercial flight operations. 

Formalised status urged for artisanal, small-scale mining 

By: David Oliveira     22nd April 2016 Members of community organisations and artisanal mining and academic communities, as well as civil society groups, have called on government and mining companies to uphold the rights of all South African mineworkers, including artisanal and small-scale miners. ActionAid South Africa (AASA) mining... 

St Helena Airport development, St Helena Island

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The St Helena Airport has completed a successful five-day audit run. 

Iron Road reduces opex at Central Eyre

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2016 ASX-listed developer Iron Road has reduced the operating cost expectations of its planned Central Eyre iron project, in South Australia, on the back of market repricing. An October optimisation study resulted in a reduction in the expected life-of-mine free-on-board (FOB) costs from the... 

Five illegal miners die in blasting accident at KZN mine

By: News24Wire      18th April 2016 Five people have died in a blast during illegal mining activities at the Klipwal Mine in KwaZulu-Natal, the mining company announced on Sunday. "Despite extensive search and rescue operations… five illegal miners have lost their lives in a blasting accident," Birrell Mining CEO, Lloyd Birrell,... 

Petmin’s Somkhele lifts H1 headline earnings, impairment sinks basic earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2016 JSE-listed Petmin on Monday posted a 70% increase in headline earnings a share to 14.32c for the six months to December 31, as its Somkhele anthracite mine, in KwaZulu-Natal, continued to deliver a “solid” performance. However, a R115-million full impairment of an investment in the Veremo... 

Portfolio refocused to lean on chemicals business

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Integrated energy and chemicals provider Sasol is refocusing its portfolio to lean more on its chemicals business, following the division’s turnover of R105-billion, which accounted for 57% of the group’s total turnover for the 2015 financial year. Sasol executive VP: chemicals business Fleetwood... 

St Helena Airport development, St Helena Island

By: Sheila Barradas     26th February 2016 Basil Read is participating in a further round of desktop audits with the regulator Air Safety Support International for the St Helena Airport development project. 

Bulk land sale boosts AECI’s earnings to 6% a share

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2016 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose 6% to 894c for the year ended December 31, mostly owing to benefits gained from the company’s bulk property sale in Somerset West in June 2015, which contributed 230c to HEPS. Speaking at the company’s... 

Military training ground cleared for housing development 

     19th February 2016 Demining and clearance company Mechem, which is part of defence products and solutions company Denel, was called in to inspect vacant land next to Loftus Gardens in Pretoria that has been earmarked for a new housing development. Denel acting group CE Zwelakhe Ntshepe says the land was used as a... 

Great Panther restarts Guanajuato ops following explosives theft assessment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 2016 Great Panther Silver has restarted full operations at its Guanajuato mine complex, in Mexico, after the regulatory authority responsible for permitting and regulating the use of explosives concluded its investigation into explosives theft that took place at one of the operation’s mines in... 

Great Panther Silver fined for explosives theft at Mexican mine

By: Henry Lazenby     13th February 2016 Primary silver miner Great Panther Silver has paid a fine assessed by Mexican authorities after explosives were stolen from one of the mines at its Guanajuato mine complex. The company on Friday announced that the fine paid was not expected to materially impact on its financial results, though... 

AEL’s Simon Tose accepted as SAIMM fellow

By: Anine Kilian     1st February 2016 Local explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services mining optimisation manager Simon Tose has been accepted as a fellow of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).   Tose said he would take the opportunity to give back to the industry, especially the youth.... 

Maptek showcases innovative through-seam blast technology at ISEE

     1st February 2016 Maptek will showcase its innovative through-seam blast technology at the annual conference on explosives and blasting techniques, ISEE, in Las Vegas next week. Maptek BlastLogic easily handles critical design factors to ensure that coal seams remain intact even during complicated blasts where... 

AEL expands South American footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st January 2016 Local explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services is expanding its footprint in South America by now offering its full suite of products and technical expertise directly to its customers, rather than through distributors. This, AEL South America and West Central Africa business... 

Sumatra produces high-grade ore at Tembang

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd November 2015 ASX-listed Sumatra Copper & Gold has started underground production of high-grade ore at its Tembang gold/silver operation, in Indonesia. Construction of the Tembang project started in November last year, and first gold pour was achieved in September this year, about eight weeks ahead of schedule. 

Explosives industry needs knowledge management to close gaps  

By: David Oliveira     16th November 2015 Knowledge management was key to bridging the knowledge gap in the explosives industry, North-West University chemical and mineral engineering lecturer and explosives engineering programme manager Joe-Nimique Cilliers said at the inaugural Explosives Education and Research in Africa conference, in... 

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