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Grads’ community involvement an upside during lockdown

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 For original-equipment manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa, a positive consequence of the Covid-19 lockdown last year was that graduates in the company’s graduate programme were introduced to more community work than they otherwise would have been. “It has become one of the highlights in terms of... 

Academy’s upgrades embrace Industry 4.0 approach 

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) has invested in a series of additions and upgrades to further ensure that learners are better prepared for the digitised, mechanised and automated future of mining. One of the most significant... 

Business skills offered at platinum mine

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is providing business skills development training for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) at the Mogalakwena platinum mine, in Limpopo. The three-month development programme, presented by COENG in partnership with platinum... 

Learnerships benefit entire economy

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Providing education in the form of learnerships, apprenticeships or internships should not be regarded as merely a means of achieving skills development points or ensuring a good broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) rating, but rather as a means of benefiting and strengthening the... 

Mechatronics added to training offering

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ South African operation has introduced a 12-month mechatronic training programme. The first intake of ten apprentices was in January and the second intake will take place in July. “There is a shift across the market towards using more intelligent machines. The... 

New training centre for diamond mine

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Diamond mining company De Beers Group – majority owned by diversified mining major Anglo American – is constructing a new training facility at its Venetia Diamond Mine, in Limpopo, to facilitate the transitional training of personnel for the Venetia Underground Project (VUP). The VUP is under way... 

Pandemic highlights value of digital learning

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic made all sectors realise just how powerful the online technology at our disposal truly is, says University of Pretoria (UP) project management associate Professor Giel Bekker. “Platforms, such as Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting and Microsoft Teams, were available, but the real... 

Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

7th May 2021 The Colliery Training College (CTC), is a training center for artisan and mining skills in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. CTC has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964 and is supported and owned by the prominent mining houses in the area namely Anglo-American Thermal Coal, Seriti, Exxaro,... 

Skills development integral to sector mandate

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 The mining industry needs to employ more skilled workers with higher qualifications to progress and modernise, which will, in turn, enable the industry to operate safer and more efficiently, says mining investment company Menar group social licensing manager Xolile Mankayi. Menar runs several... 

Pumps acceptance testing achieved remotely

7th May 2021 Local pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has launched an innovative online acceptance test procedure that no longer requires customers or their engineering teams to be present when acceptance testing takes place. “Acceptance tests and final inspection are an essential proof of compliance... 

Substantial water savings add up

7th May 2021 Solid liquid separation specialists Watercare Mining, in a case study published last month, highlighted cost savings of about R760 000 a month, following its upgrade of a mine’s water treatment plant. The upgrade of the existing water treatment plant entailed the optimised use of abundant and... 

Company offers engineered solutions for pump systems

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2021 Specifying pumps for mine water applications is not as simple as it would first appear, and these applications often require a bespoke solution, says original-equipment pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa. Incorrect specification could result in poor performance, excessive operational and... 

Local clarification, dewatering system going global

By: Halima Frost     7th May 2021 Water treatment specialist Watercare Mining tells Mining Weekly that it is in talks with mining houses in Australia, Canada, India and Europe to incorporate  the Watercare Integrated High-Rate Clarifier and Dewatering (IHRC&D) system as part of early feasibility studies for various mine... 

New mining filtration solutions launched

7th May 2021 Minerals and metals processing technology company Metso Outotec announced last month that it would be launching a comprehensive range of smart and sustainable filtration solutions to meet the needs of the mining industry. The filtration solutions will also address the needs of demanding... 

Plant destined for coal mine

7th May 2021 Water solutions provider Clean TeQ Water, in March, announced that it had been awarded a contract to design, procure, deliver and install a BIONEX water treatment plant at a coal mine in inner Mongolia, China. “We have persisted for a long time to make inroads into the very large Chinese water... 

Local mine planning on par with global offering

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th April 2021 South African mine service providers are on par – or even slightly advanced – compared with international peers in terms of mine planning and software offering, says Ukwazi Mining business development manager Spencer Eckstein. “Mine planning is a fundamental discipline for mining companies and,... 

Mines shift towards cloud-based ERP

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th April 2021 With mining companies often operating in remote locations and having to adapt to poor communications infrastructure and sensitivities regarding data security, companies must have a deployment strategy that allows for flexibility in choosing which business operations should run on cloud-based... 

Group introduces new blasting brand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th April 2021 Blasting technology is moving mining towards a more sustainable future, a trend spurred by the recent launch of blast services provider BME’s Blast Alliance brand on April 1, says BME MD Joe Keenan. Member of the JSE-listed Omnia group, BME announced during the launch that the Blast Alliance... 

Miner’s plans bolstered by positive gold market

30th April 2021 Dual-listed major Gold Fields’ subsidiary Gold Fields Ghana (GFG) is always seeking opportunities to expand its portfolio within the West Africa region, explains  Gold Fields executive VP and West Africa head Alfred Baku. “Gold has performed very well on the global market since 2020, which could,... 

New excavator hits local shores

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment, which through its Southern African distribution network is the exclusive distributor of Japanese OEM Kobelco excavators in Southern Africa, has introduced the tenth-generation Kobelco SK220XD excavator to South Africa. Bell Equipment marketing... 

New drill promises better efficiency

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions launched its new Top Hammer XL large-hole drilling system for large-scale surface mining and quarry applications through a global virtual event on March 24. The new machines are available to order, with the first machines ready for... 

Sintech

30th April 2021 Sintech proudly services and supports a range of high-quality, original-equipment products imported from around the globe such as: Industrial Clutch 

Minetec Smart Mining

By: Yolande Botes     30th April 2021 Minetec Smart Mining (Pty) Ltd. is an inter- national information technology company that aims to revolutionize the mining sector by providing smart and comprehensive solutions that optimize management, operation and communication processes. These solutions range from automated resource... 

Menar extends opencast coal operations

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Mineral resources investment group Menar’s subsidiary Canyon Coal is ploughing ahead with plans to begin the development of two new coal mines – De Wittekrans near Hendrina, in Mpumalanga, and Bekezela Colliery in Springs, Gauteng – this year. Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu said in a statement issued in... 

Demand high for automated fuel system

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Since the launch of a fuel automation system at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in February last year, mining technology company Minetec Smart Mining has seen significant demand for the technology. The fuel automation system allows for the management of fuel allocation and expenditure to... 

Industry test mine piques interest  

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Of the initiatives and programmes implemented by the Mandela Mining Precinct, its industry test mine has garnered the most interest and positive sentiment from mining companies, universities and other interested parties. “About 40 companies have already expressed interest in using the real-life... 

4IR technologies key focus for precinct, council

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Mandela Mining Precinct Real-Time Information Management Systems (RTIMS) programme manager Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe tells Mining Weekly that its focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies for mining. The RTIMS programme, one of six... 

Local procurement crucial to economic recovery

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Local procurement will be crucial if local companies are to benefit from the increased gold mining activity and the resultant increase in mine-related purchases, stresses industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). “We support the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery... 

Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

World-first mineral export under financial transparency

16th April 2021 Global blockchain platform Minexx has exported minerals with full financial transparency from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by processing $250 000 of blockchain certified payments. This is a milestone for the company and the sector, as it secures the supply chain from the moment a... 

DRC exploration ongoing

16th April 2021 Global mining house Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun announced in February that the company plans to commence an expansive 2021 exploration programme on its 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences. The exploration programme will include about 2 550... 

Gamsberg ramp-up exceeds expectations

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 Diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) says its Gamsberg mine and processing plant have successfully ramped up to full production, with the plant currently exceeding its projected design capacity of four-million tonnes a year.   The ramp-up was scheduled after a shutdown period from... 

New collectors released

By: Halima Frost     16th April 2021 South African chemical company Axis House has developed and released a new polymetallic range of collectors  – PolyQ – to be used in the floatation process to recover base metals from polymetallic ores. “The PolyQ range of collectors are not only safer than standard reagents (xanthates) but also... 

Machines help Belarus mine reach new depths

By: Cameron Mackay     16th April 2021 Dortmund-based shaft construction specialist Redpath Deilmann has used two Shaft Boring Roadheaders (SBR) from mechanised tunnelling company Herrenknecht, for the first time in Europe. The recently developed technology “inspires new top performances” in the mechanised construction of... 

Covid affects use of platinum miner’s shafts

By: Cameron Mackay     16th April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic and its impact in terms of health and safety regulations has significantly affected the use of two underground mine shafts at local platinum miner Wesizwe’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West province of South Africa, as well as the development of the mine project.... 

Sarens Siba introduces decentralized depot structure

15th April 2021 Sarens is the global leader and industry reference in crane rental services, heavy lifting and engineered transport. With state-of-the-art equipment and value engineering, Sarens offers its clients creative and intelligent solutions to any heavy lifting and engineered transport challenges. 

Company secures local fabrication contract

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     9th April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is ordering a bill of materials to begin fabrication for a contract that it secured in October 2020, under the leadership of Thos Begbie sales engineer Ethienne Erasmus. The contract is set for completion by June 2021. The company was invited to... 

Industry’s appetite for automation, digitisation to increase

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     9th April 2021 It is expected that the services sector will continue to grow rapidly after Covid-19, as a result of the mining industry’s increased appetite for automation, digitisation and “all things Industry 4.0”, says University of Pretoria graduate school of technology management senior lecturer Dr Taryn... 

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