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Khutso Maphatsoe

Khutso Maphatsoe

Khutso Maphatsoe is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions

20th November 2020 Thermal engineering solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) recently supplied a field-erected bulk air cooler for a mine site in Burkina Faso, in addition, supplying the associated condenser cooling towers for the associated refrigeration plant. Further to this, several cooling towers... 

Company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines

20th November 2020 Specialist mine refrigeration and ventilation consultancy group Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) is fully committed to the underground mining project for De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. The consulting and projects divisions of BBE are both involved in the project, with the former... 

Crime, health and safety concerns for mines

13th November 2020 Theft, as a consequence of mining equipment and machinery remaining idle for a long period, is an issue for operations on care and maintenance, says law firm ENSafrica mine and occupational health and safety director Pieter Colyn. In many cases, mining operations retain third-party security... 

Pandemic pushes more mines into care and maintenance

13th November 2020 A downturn in the global demand for certain minerals, uncertain and cyclical commodity prices and the increasing costs of production have resulted in several mines and beneficiation operations being placed on care and maintenance. These factors have been prevalent since late 2017, and... 

Declining demand breathes new life into breathalysers

6th November 2020 Covid-19 has resulted in reduced demand for breathalysers, as “clients immediately assumed that there would be significant danger for people using breathalysers because of the way the virus is spread”, says ALCOSafe MD Rhys Evans. Consequently, the company had to find innovative ways of... 

Powder a new solution for spills

6th November 2020 Strict health and safety regulations in the mining industry mean that any liquid spills in workshop areas or elsewhere need to be cleaned quickly and effectively. To cater for such spills, South African manufacturer Pratley created the Gunge Spunge powder, which is “ideal” for spills, including... 

Software solutions to ensure health, safety at mines

6th November 2020 Business management consultant Decision Inc. has implemented health and safety software solutions at iron-ore and manganese mines in the Northern Cape, amongst others. The company offers their hiDocs, Contractor Management, and Risk Management solutions, all of which are compatible with any... 

Covid-19 measures hinder production

6th November 2020 Health and safety measures at Canyon Coal mines have changed drastically since the emergence of the pandemic, and this has had an impact on production, says Canyon Coal health, safety and environment manager David Masilela. He explains that employees have had to change the way they operate and... 

Expected e-commerce growth to stir demand for warehousing

30th October 2020 A local increase in online sales owing to the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to stir demand for warehousing in Africa, says architecture firm Paragon Group director Estelle Meiring. “Traditionally, South Africa has been far behind the growth curve for e-commerce internationally, especially... 

Maintenance management in mining is essential

23rd October 2020 With the lockdown causing severe restrictions for mining operations in South Africa, mining companies have had to revisit strategic planning and adjust objectives for the current financial year, states former University of Pretoria (UP) Graduate School of Technology Management Professor Krige... 

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