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Mining Weekly Features

Rest of 2022 holds many potential demand outcomes

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2022 Amid heightened economic and geopolitical uncertainties, the remainder of the year holds a range of potential outcomes for gold demand, says World Gold Council (WGC) Europe, the Middle East and Africa senior analyst Louise Street. “Looking at investment demand, there is a ‘push-and-pull’ effect... 

Alignment breeds success

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2022 There seems to be a misperception that if South Africa mechanises and/or digitises its mines, all the country’s problems will disappear, according to business management consultant company OIM Consulting. But this is not the case, states OIM Consulting MD Arjen de Bruin, whose company has been... 

Gold miner’s journey producing results

By: Tracy Hancock     1st July 2022 After 14 months, South Africa’s largest gold producer by volume, Harmony, is just under halfway through its humanistic transformation journey called ‘Thibakotsi’, which aims to embed a culture of safety across its operations, says investor relations head Jared Coetzer. “The most significant... 

Company at forefront of engineer-to-order space

By: Simone Liedtke     1st July 2022 As industries have developed, customers’ equipment demands have increased. As such, equipment and solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has found that continuously engineering product solutions to meet these industry trends and demands has positioned it uniquely within the engineer-to-order... 

Novus Gear – Pump Couplings

1st July 2022 Mechanical power transmission specialist Novus Gear was born from a wealth of experience and based the success of the business on a passion for service and customer satisfaction. With a historical core business as gearbox repair specialists and designers, it created the ideal platform for Altra... 

Victor Industrial Equipment

1st July 2022 Victor Industrial Equipment, which has been serving the mining industry for more than 80 years, welcomed its pumps division in 2018 and has henceforth displayed year on year growth. The company offers a wide range of dewatering solutions for the flameproof and non-flameproof markets.   Our pump... 

Supplier replaces pump seals at coal mine

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st July 2022 Mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pumps products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) replaced expeller seals on centrifugal pumps at a coal mining company’s facility, in Mpumalanga, at the end of April and beginning of May; the pumps were registering poor mean time between... 

Local pumps manufacturer details successes

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st July 2022 Submersible industrial pumps manufacturer Amandla Pumps manufactures and designs its pumps locally, enabling the company to meet specific customer demands. The company has a state-of-the-art machining facility, equipped with computer numerical controlled equipment to accurately manufacture its... 

Easy access to pump, hose flotation devices

1st July 2022 Every dewatering project is different, but most do require the using of accessories such as hosing and flotation systems. While these accessories may seem to be just that, it is essential that when selecting the hosing and flotation system it is correctly matched to the dewatering pump and the... 

Ensuring pump reliability in abrasive service

1st July 2022 Maintaining and improving reliability of pumps used to transport abrasive media can be challenging in high-energy applications with players in the oil and gas industry aiming to optimise performance and minimise downtime. Fluid engineering company Sulzer says these objectives can be met through... 

Investment for global mining hub sought

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 At this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, Saudi Arabia was represented by a high-level delegation from its Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources (MIM), led by Minister Bandar Al-Khorayef, and including senior representatives from the Saudi Industrial Development Fund, the Saudi... 

Mining transformation pivotal for sector

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba was an important opportunity for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources (MIM) to share its mining transformation experience, says Saudi Arabia’s Mining Affairs Vice Minister in the MIM Khalid Al-Mudaifer. “This... 

Booyco Electronics

24th June 2022 Booyco Electronics, South African pioneer of Proximity Detection Systems, offers safety solutions for underground and surface mining, quarrying, construction, forestry and materials handling. Underpinned by years of experience, substantial support infrastructure and its continued focus on... 

Energy transition highlighted at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 With the energy transition in mining having been topical at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, advisory firm Deloitte participated in discussions such as self-generation opportunities available for mining companies amid issues of local energy supply. “The ability to self-generate up... 

Remote sensing specialist successful at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 Berlin-based remote sensing technology specialist ILV participated in the Investing in African Mining Indaba for the first time this year, owing to the company’s involvement in different African and Middle East mining projects. Projects in the region include contracts awarded in Algeria, the... 

Firm hosts successful event at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 Global auditing and consulting firm Mazars participated in guest speaker sessions and hosted a joint event for more than 100 guests with financial services company Investec at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in May. “We found the Indaba to be a great opportunity to interact... 

Decarbonisation strategies necessary for mining

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 Global climate consultancy the Carbon Trust attended this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, and supported a World Bank Climate-Smart Mining Initiative round table event. Carbon Trust director Christelle van Vuuren, manager Renata Lawton-Misra, and senior analyst Reinhardt Arp attended as... 

GE Gas Power addresses the energy trilemma to foster a more sustainable energy transition in mining operations

24th June 2022 Multinational industrial company General Electric (GE)  has been collaborating with energy stakeholders to deploy innovative technologies tailored to respond to the needs of the mining sector. Energy intensive industries, such as the mining and minerals sector, are under pressure from... 

Manganese project closer to its goal

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th June 2022 Battery metal development company Giyani Metals aims to have the feasibility study for its K.Hill project, located near the town of Kanye, in Botswana, completed in the third quarter of this year. Following the completion of the study, the TSX-V-listed company will begin development on its... 

Green economy will require more commodities – specialist mining director

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th June 2022 Rather than requiring fewer commodities, the green economy, and its resulting technological developments, will actually require more commodities, says specialist mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein. Consequently, mining companies, including manganese... 

In-country beneficiation opportunities rise on back of EV growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th June 2022 Growth in the electric vehicles (EVs) market has led to increasing interest and demand for materials, such as manganese, used in the production of EV rechargeable batteries. This increased interest has also led to EV manufacturers aiming to diversify their battery material suppliers, owing to a... 

Specialised miller grinds down challenges

By: Nadine Ramdass     22nd June 2022 Specialised milling and base minerals processor African Pegmatite uses its 50 years of experience in milling and grinding to meet customer requirements while mitigating various industry challenges using creative solutions and its honed milling knowledge. The company prepares minerals that cannot... 

Strong investment case for country’s mining sector, but issues must be addressed

21st June 2022 There are a myriad of opportunities that can be capitalised on in South Africa’s mining sector and there has been notable progress in improving the state of the industry; however, to further enhance this and attract more investment, it is critical that several issues be resolved.  This was the... 

Specialised Milling by African Pegmatite

20th June 2022 African Pegmatite has been at the forefront of toll milling and the grinding of all types of products since 1971.  Specialising in the milling of dark materials such as iron ore, manganese, chrome, slag and many others, African Pegmatite uses state-of-the-art, in-house, custom equipment to... 

Innovative tech is changing industry trends

17th June 2022 The last half century has seen a massive shift in geological thinking, and technological innovation and developments, in all facets of diamond exploration, mining, processing, recovery, manufacturing, marketing and sales, says exploration, evaluation and mining geologist Dr John Bristow. He notes... 

African diamond sector set for strong growth

17th June 2022 With China being Africa’s, and South Africa’s, most important trading partner, the Asian superpower’s expected economic slowdown in coming years is a cause for concern, unless these economies can find alternative drivers of growth from other emerging markets, says Standard Bank mining head Mark... 

Venetia aims to address shortages

17th June 2022 Following the protests over water shortages in Musina last month, a meeting was convened between the Musina local municipality, the Vhembe district municipality and diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia mine to find ways to assist the municipalities in efficiently and safely resolving the issue. 

Diamond miners require supportive regulation

By: Mandisa Nyathi     17th June 2022 Government needs to provide regulatory laws that protect the interests of natural diamond owners with the rise of laboratory-grown diamonds in the market, Aim- and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell tells Mining Weekly. 

Firm revamps pumps to support miners

17th June 2022 Revamping its distributorship base in recent years has given submersible pump specialist Integrated Pump Technology a solid foundation to support customers around sub-Saharan Africa. A key focus has been on mining areas, and the expansion has included new distributors in a number of Southern... 

Pandemic revives diamond industry

By: Mandisa Nyathi     17th June 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the diamond industry, as supply constraints caused by the knock-on effects of the restrictions resulted in increased prices, after sustained periods of subdued commodities prices, says minerals processing plant supplier Bond Equipment business... 

Infrastructure improvements, coherent legislation could boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     10th June 2022 Foreign direct investment in Mozambique has been in decline since 2013, owing to political uncertainty, falling commodity prices and security concerns. Law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech says domestic investment has, however, remained steady throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and the... 

Firm part of offshore project

10th June 2022 Global leader and reference in heavy lifting and engineered transport Sarens, in a press release released in May, reaffirmed its position as an important partner in large-scale projects, citing its involvement in operations for oil and gas in Mozambique. Sarens was involved, in Maputo, on... 

Firm offers labour solutions to mines

By: Cameron Mackay     10th June 2022 Integrated employment management solutions company Quyn will use its presence, contacts and previous experience in projects in Mozambique to supply bespoke employment management solutions to the mining sector, says Quyn Mozambique country manager Nelo Teixeira. Quyn provides a range of tailored... 

Mandate will aid project’s progress

10th June 2022 Graphite miner Triton Minerals announced in April that it had entered into a mandate with financial solutions provider Taurus Capital Group, pursuant to which Taurus agreed to act as a lead manager of a placement to raise up to about $4.1-million (before costs). Taurus will act as a lead manager... 

Hybrid energy system benefits mine, indicates sustainable momentum

By: Cameron Mackay     10th June 2022 The approval of a solar and battery system at miner Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, reflects an ongoing shift in the African mining sector towards sustainability, self-reliance and cost control, states energy investment company CrossBoundary Energy mining business... 

Quarrying under pressure, owing to lack of road builds

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 A lack of genuine infrastructure development over the past ten years has reduced demand for aggregates, placing significant pressure on local quarries, says construction materials supplier AfriSam. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue, which is epitomised by the lack of road... 

Quarries upgrading to next-gen detonation tech

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME is steadily upgrading local quarries that have been using its AXXIS GII electronic detonation system for years to its latest-generation electronic detonation technology, AXXIS Silver. “The conversion of one to the other is straightforward, as... 

Aggregate prices to rise with fuel price

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 The rising cost of fuel in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict is placing increased pressure on South Africa’s quarries, which are at pains to limit the impact on the price of their aggregates. “Aggregates are low-value commodities with comparatively low profit margins. Therefore, rising fuel... 

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