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Mining Weekly Features

Coal still a lifeline for South Africa

17th September 2021 While the global focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues looks set to phase out coal as an energy resource, the prospects for South African coal production remain strong for decades to come. Following the third Coal Industry Day, held online in July, consulting firm SRK... 

SOE challenges hamper growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th September 2021 The South African coal industry is broadly divided into domestic and export consumption. Export coal is sold primarily to India and China markets while coal for domestic consumption is mainly sold to State-owned electricity utility Eskom. The export market currently generates better prices when... 

Sewerage project brings hope

17th September 2021 To address the water and sewage challenges at Emalahleni Local Municipality, diversified miner Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) handed over the Thubelihle Ext.5 Sewerage Infrastructure Project to the municipality in July.   

Trend towards decarbonisation discouraging coal investment

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th September 2021 South Africa’s coal production, sales and exports reached a plateau some years ago; however, the lockdown last year caused a noticeable decline. The main reason for this local decline is that the industry had reached the ‘coal cliff’ years ago, says advisory firm XMP Consulting senior coal... 

Modular Mining’s DISPATCH® Fleet Management System optimises further down the value chain at large S African coal mine

17th September 2021 Improving drill and blast and load and haulage are critical upstream processes that need to be optimised to enhance downstream processes such as crushing and conveying. However, another critical factor to improving downstream efficiencies is ensuring that crushers are evenly fed, as poor feed... 

Committed. Capable. Consistent. Coal.

17th September 2021 Aproud member of the Botswana Stock Exchange, we are a coal mining and trading company pioneering the Botswana coal industry. We are committed to providing high-quality coal to industrial customers and power utilities across southern Africa. We pride ourselves on being capable of providing steady... 

Infrastructural challenges impede coal industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th September 2021 South Africa is a major coal-exporting country, with its coal sector also providing baseload capacity for the country. However, infrastructure challenges negatively impact on the local industry, says coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal COO Clifford Hallatt. Locally mined coal is... 

S Africa well positioned in green economy shift

By: Theresa Bhowan     17th September 2021 With the global drive towards the green economy, law firm Beech Veltman tells Mining Weekly that South Africa is ideally positioned to benefit from this global trend. Owing to its having access to renewable energies and platinum-group metals (PGMs), South Africa can become an exporter of... 

S Africa steps into its global hydrogen potential

By: Theresa Bhowan     17th September 2021 With moderate estimates suggesting that South Africa could secure 10% of the global export market share in the green hydrogen economy (GHE), the local industry will undoubtably experience a boom, says engineering consultancy WSP. The country will be exposed to opportunities in the green hydrogen... 

Hydrogen at forefront of SA’s RDI horizon

By: Theresa Bhowan     17th September 2021 Given the commercial potential of hydride-based hydrogen solutions, research development and innovation (RDI) programme Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems tells Mining Weekly that, within the next five to seven years, it will be feasible for South Africa to realistically develop the necessary... 

First hydrogen station commissioned in Chile

17th September 2021 Diversified major Anglo American last month announced its Chilean copper business making history by commissioning the country’s first green hydrogen station for zero carbon vehicles. This is another step towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 as a part of Anglo’s Sustainable Mining Plan... 

Coal-fired plant achieves five years of supply

10th September 2021 Zambia’s largest coal-fired thermal power plant, owned by coal mining company Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL) and located in the Sinazongwe district, in the Southern province, last month celebrated five years since its commissioning and start of supply to the national grid.  

Predicted growth to bolster services demand

By: Claire O'Reilly     10th September 2021 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, expects growth opportunities that will run parallel to the predicted growth of the Zambian mining sector. 


10th September 2021 Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling.... 

Copper miner celebrates silver jubilee

10th September 2021 Around 25 years ago, the company that would grow to become one of Zambia’s largest copper miners – First Quantum Minerals (FQM) – was born, as it was during the privatisation era of the 1990s that the FQM CEO and chairperson Philip Pascall and local businessman Lamaswala Kwalela decided to... 

Solutions aid decentralisation

10th September 2021 International Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company, Instacom, has increased its international footprint to Zambia, introducing reliable solutions for the mining industry. 

Election result ignites opportunity to participate in supercycle

By: Claire O'Reilly     10th September 2021 With copper in the midst of a supercycle, and the recent ousting of Zambian President Edgar Lungu and the election of President elect Hakainde Hichilema, the potential for rapid reform to increase production and “seize what remains of the super cycle, should not be overlooked”, says law firm... 

Local manufacturers struggle to secure business from miners

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The local mining industry fails to consider smaller, local manufacturers’ products, which have the potential to extend the life of equipment, reduce wear and tear and, consequently, decrease downtime, says pumps supplier Pumps for Africa co-owner Dennis Winslow. Companies are not prepared to give... 

Local supplier mitigates mines’ supply chain challenges

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The global disruption of supply chains has resulted in the local pumps industry having to increase stockholding to assist in mitigating production losses and increasing operational efficiency at mines. The lead times of imported spare parts and finished products, as well as other aspects of the... 

Dewatering needs proactive management

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th September 2021 For surface mining operations, dewatering open pits is a critical component and proactive management should be prioritised to ensure cost effectiveness and maximum efficiencies, says equipment rental agency Integrated Pump Rental rental development manager Steve du Toit. Discussing the integral... 

Innovation key as mill circuit pumps perform

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th September 2021 Weir Minerals’ focus on development and continuous product improvement has contributed to the success of the company’s Warman mill circuit (MC) pumps. Mill circuit pumps, the largest pumps in the milling circuit, manage large-size particles in highly abrasive slurries in large volumes, which... 

Mines’ transition pushes industry to adapt

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The South African mining industry’s expansion and adapting in line with global demands requires the pumps industry to expand accordingly by offering various and robust pumping solutions for versatile applications, says pumps distributor Vansan SA’s marketing coordinator Riëtte Kotzé. Pumps are... 

Novel solutions improve costs

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The South African mining industry “insists on value for money”, which has led to companies’ analysing entire life-cycle costs when making buying decisions, says pumps manufacturer, supplier and solutions company Centex Africa MD Theo Philippou. The increased attention to detail has resulted in... 

Sarens Siba introduces decentralized depot structure

9th September 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. 

Integrated Pump Technology

7th September 2021 Established as the sole importer and princi­pal distributor for sub-Saharan Africa for the Grindex range of submersible pumps, Integrated Pump Technology has grown to offer tailor-made solutions for vacuum pumps, as well as dry and submersible pumping applications. With its head office, warehouse... 

Location tech adds real value

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Since the installation of a real-time intelligent location system – developed by global location technology platform company Quuppa – the mine in which it has been installed has reported a reduction in downtime and an uptick in productivity, communications device provider Ya Batho tells Mining... 

New contracts awarded to services provider

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 A division of Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies, Dickinson Copperbelt Services (DCS), has successfully established new contracts with two separate copper smelting plants in the Kolwezi district, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The... 

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Unique refinery concept enters first phase 

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Global industry body the International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa desk spokesperson Simon Norton says the first phase of its “bold plan” to implement South Africa’s own zinc refinery has started. This includes raising the much-needed funding for the research phase, he stresses. 

Mining reform can alter bleak economic outlook

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd September 2021 The short- to medium-term outlook for Zimbabwe’s mining and natural resources sector is bleak and can be mitigated only if urgent reforms – such as taking a hard stance against criminal activity and a general overhaul of the paper-based cadastre system – are undertaken, says Beech Veltman CEO... 

PGMs create opportunity for Zim

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd September 2021 Mining consultancy company the MSA Group says platinum group metals (PGMs) price recovery has benefited mining operations in Zimbabwe, in that the price recovery has been largely towards palladium rather than platinum, consequently resulting in renewed focus on the industry. Palladium has been... 

Centre bridges gap between technology, people

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Mining engineering multinational Sandvik Mining and Rock Solution’s Zimbabwe-based Technology Centre is assisting the mining industry’s journey into the digital future by bridging the gap between technology and people. The centre, Sandvik territory manager Ian Bagshaw explains, is the “human... 

Adverse political climate affects mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd September 2021 Despite Zimbabwe’s vast mineral wealth, including gold, platinum, chrome, coal, diamonds, nickel and lithium, the country is in an extremely fragile state, mining law firm Beech Veltman tells Mining Weekly. “Zimbabwe boasts not only a diverse range of over 40 minerals but also some of the world’s... 

Machine learning reaches mineral prospecting

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 The partnership between mining consulting services provider The MSA Group and Canadian mining software developer Koan Analytics has resulted in machine learning being available to minerals explorers in South Africa and throughout the world. “The partnership offers access to the most advanced... 

Real-time ore analysis set for African market

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense is establishing offices in Africa and Europe to introduce its real-time ore analysis technologies to the African Copperbelt by the fourth quarter. “Once we have successfully introduced the technology to the upper Africa region, we intend on filtering... 

Testing facility expansion under way

27th August 2021 Swiss multinational metals and minerals trade commodities group SGS has seen a rising demand for testing services to meet client requirements and, to facilitate the needs of its clients, it announced the construction of its new, state-of-the-art laboratory in April this year. 

Metallurgical tests prove profitable

27th August 2021 Gold mining company African Gold Group in July announced the final metallurgical test results from its comprehensive sulphide testwork programme, which incorporated variability testing to determine the optimal process route of the ore across the extent of the orebody at its Kobada mine in Mali.... 

Company introduces world-first sustainable lithium power solution

27th August 2021 A new power system, developed by automation company Schneider Electric and smart technologies provider Wärtsilä, enables sustainable and otherwise impossible lithium mining in areas without grid access, thereby unlocking global market supply. 

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