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Underground work resumes at Northern Ireland gold project

By: Mariaan Webb     15th May 2017 Underground development is set to resume at the Omagh gold mine, in Northern Ireland, after the police agreed to supervise blasting operations in line with anti-terrorism rules. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has agreed to increase the availability of its required anti-terrorism... 

Huge tech rewards for SA opencast mines, but underground operations lag behind

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 The adoption of new technology, aimed at improving operational efficiency and lowering costs, is driving the future of the resources sector globally. However, South Africa’s deep-level underground platinum and gold mining sectors, with their unique challenges, have proven to be slower in adopting... 

Increased demand for SD flooring

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Static control solutions provider Altico completed two static dissipative (SD) flooring installations last month for the electronic repairs franchise weFix at Balito Lifestyle Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as at the Vaal Mall, in Gauteng. 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Shell Australia moves to help ease domestic gas supply constraints

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed news from major Shell Australia that its QGC joint venture (JV) has signed two new gas sales agreements with domestic customers, saying that it was a clear demonstration that the Queensland gas industry was doing... 

Endeavour Silver a step closer to developing fifth mine based on positive reserve estimates, PFS

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 The TSX-listed stock of primary silver producer Endeavour Silver rose as much as 7% on Monday after the company released an updated National Instrument (NI) 43-101-compliant reserve estimate and positive preliminary feasibility study (PFS) for its Terronera silver/gold project, located 40 km... 

Avesoro turnaround strategy to start bearing fruit this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 In “a year of transition”, dual-listed Avesoro Resources has posted revenues of $63.6-million for the year ended December 31, generated from gold sales of 50 264 oz at an average realised price of $1 266/oz. “While the period was challenging for the company, the new leadership team [introduced in... 

Reviving king of gold means getting mine workers off their knees

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 During his early years as a miner in South Africa, Joas Mahanuque spent six hours a day on his knees drilling for Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. The dust-filled tunnels half a mile underground were too low for him to stand, and temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).... 

New Cat® MD6250 Blasthole Drill Cuts Costs and Improves Drilling Efficiency with Rugged Design, Integrated Technology

     13th March 2017 The new Cat® MD6250 blasthole drill delivers optimum drilling efficiency in single- and multi-pass applications for both rotary and down-the-hole (DTH) modes. Featuring automated operation, the drill runs within ideal operating parameters for maximum bit life, hole accuracy and reduced total cost... 

Difficult trading conditions dull Clover’s H1 financial performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2017 As branded consumer goods and beverages group Clover Industries works its way through muted trading and economic conditions, the JSE-listed group is progressing a number of strategies to set it back on a growth path. Unpacking the lacklustre financial results for the half-year ended December 31,... 

One-off items impact AECI’s top-line performance in FY16

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2017 JSE-listed AECI on Tuesday said its core operating segments, explosives and specialty chemicals, have delivered “commendable” performances in 2016, despite a difficult domestic and global trading environment. Group revenue grew by 1% year-on-year to R18.6-billion for the 12 months to December 31,... 

Great variety of security and fire technology at Securex 2017!

     13th February 2017 Maintaining its promise to bring the latest security and fire technology and service innovations to the local market, Securex 2017 has an exciting lineup of exhibitor offerings. Being held from 30 May to 1 June at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Securex is undoubtedly Africa’s largest... 

Master Drilling readies for international roll-out of new horizontal raiseboring technology

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday that its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology is ready for international roll-out after a successful pilot test at the Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. Master Drilling CEO... 

Marlin ships record gold as La Trinidad output ramps up

By: Henry Lazenby     7th February 2017 Junior miner Marlin Gold has shipped a record 10 121 oz of gold from its cornerstone La Trinidad mine, in Mexico, in January. The Vancouver-based miner attributed the improved performance to consistently accessing the higher-grade HS Zone since September, allowing it to stack more ore on the heap... 

Koeberg contract and SA’s covert nuclear arms programme

By: Jade Davenport     3rd February 2017 One of the most fascinating aspects of the construction of South Africa’s first nuclear energy project, the 1 800 MW Koeberg power station, in the Western Cape – and an aspect that will always differentiate it from any future nuclear build programme in the country – was that it was undertaken at... 

Motors shielded in hazardous environments

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracting company 52 Engineering, a member of the South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association, has employed various methods to protect motors from the dangerous and harsh environments in which they function. 52... 

Industrial Explosives Market Is Expected to Reach $196,299 Million, Globally by 2022

     19th January 2017 Industrial Explosives Market by type (High Explosives, ANFO, Emulsions and Others), end-use industry (Metal Mining, Non-Metal Mining, Quarrying, Construction and Others) is projected to reach $15,888 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2016 to 2022, according to a new report by... 

Clover expands product offering through acquisition of olive oil manufacturer 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 JSE-listed Clover has acquired the Olive Pride business from Southern Canned Products (SCP), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI. SCP will dispose of Olive Pride to the newly formed Clover Pride, in which Clover South Africa holds 51% and AECI the... 

OR Tambo first African airport to implement digital security checkpoint  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2016 To improve passenger security and speed up the process of moving through airport security checkpoints, the OR Tambo International Airport will implement a new digital security system – the first airport in Africa to do so. The pilot implementation of the Scarabee smart security system, which uses... 

As we pray for rain, let’s plan for possible flooding

     28th October 2016 Municipalities around the country are introducing water-use restrictions, increasing such restrictions or contemplating introducing them where none are in place. As the drought continues, there is so little water around that trees are now chasing dogs. In farming towns, cattle are eating traffic... 

UK enterprise interested in building relationships with SA companies

By: Keith Campbell     7th October 2016 British science and high-technology company QinetiQ used this year’s recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition to investigate the local market. QinetiQ is a technology development, technology services and niche manufacturing company predominantly but not exclusively operating in the... 

Illegal mining out of control – Mine Rescue Services

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2016 A surge in the number of mine rescues and recoveries at abandoned and disused operations is an indication that the illegal mining scourge is starting to spiral out of control, and the recorded incidents are just the tip of the iceberg. The Chamber of Mines and Mine Rescue Services (MRS) on... 

St Helena Airport development

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 An external expert has been appointed to review the process that has resulted in delaying in the starting of the air services to St Helena Airport. 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

Fit-for-purpose military truck unveiled at AAD as concept for African scenarios

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2016 South African defence group Denel unveiled its conceptual Africa Truck at Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) this week as a potential logistical support vehicle for African militaries and defence organisations.  

Downer wins A$250m in mining contracts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th September 2016 Project house Downer EDI has been awarded five contracts worth a combined A$250-million in the resources sector. The company’s blasting services division has been awarded three contracts for the supply, manufacture and delivery of explosives and down hole blasting services, including at the... 

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 regulation amendments. DoL deputy director of explosives Rudzani Ramabulana says the regulations are... 

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),... 

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