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Company involved in plant construction for DRC mine

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 Local consulting firm Metallurgical Engineering Technology and Construction (METC) was approached in 2017 to provide detailed engineering and equipment supply for the Mutoshi copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). METC director Steve Cathey states that the main objective was... 

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 Local foundry company Thos Begbie opened a workshop in Solwezi, Zambia, in March last year to supply and service copper smelters in the region more efficiently; however, the impact of Covid-19 has forced the company to close its workshop indefinitely. “There has been a drastic decrease in... 

Manufacturing, lockdowns can mean more exports from Copperbelt

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 The Chinese manufacturing sector has recovered quickly from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which, complemented by a shortfall in raw materials in the country, has resulted in high demand for copper in China. Consequently, the lockdowns in South American countries and the challenges... 

Gammatec

4th December 2020 Gammatec NDT Supplies specialises in manufacturing, marketing, sales and support for the non-destructive testing (NDT) industry.  Headquartered in Vereeniging, South Africa, Gammatec is the proud distributor of Handheld Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (HH LIBS) devices from US-based... 

Non Ferrous Metal Works

4th December 2020 Non Ferrous Metal Works (NFM) Group is one of the leading non-ferrous metallurgical manufacturers and suppliers in Southern Africa. Established in 1947, NFM is a family-owned business employing over 300 people. With its head office and production facilities situated south of Durban and sales... 

XRT sorting can be adapted for Copperbelt mining

By: Cameron Mackay     4th December 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining’s experience in copper ore sorting globally came to the fore with its X-ray transmission (XRT) technology, with which the company has attained “ideal” results in the recovery of material and waste removal. TOMRA Sorting Mining area sales... 

Solid results, despite Covid-19

4th December 2020 Openpit mining company Afrimat released its interim results for the six months ending on August 31, in October. The group, which has built up a track record of “excellence in small-scale mining and materials supply”, delivered solid results despite the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. As... 

MBE Minerals SA

4th December 2020 Increasing throughput and decreasing maintenance in the iron ore sector  In a tightening economy the focus shifts to maximised return on investment. Increasing beneficiation process outputs whilst simultaneously adhering to safety regulations and minimising maintenance can be challenging. 

OLI South Africa

4th December 2020 We are surely living in some strange times. We are all forced to adapt to the changes and challenges needed to cope with 2020 and most companies are trying to find new ways to operate and to ensure their survival. 

Stilted supply boosts price

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     4th December 2020 In the past year, the price of iron-ore has recovered quite well, mainly on the back of constrained supply in South America and the economic recovery in China, with the latter driving consumption, explains international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She notes that there... 

Kumba’s sustainability drive fosters shared value

4th December 2020 Iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore presented its sustainability performance last month, as reported by Mining Weekly Online. At the time, Kumba CE Themba Mkhwanazi said: “Sustainability is at the heart of who we are at Kumba and core to what we do. We recognise that a sustainability mindset,... 

Chinese steel industry could jeopardise project

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     4th December 2020 The Chinese steel industry is close to peaking, as it is expected to exceed one-billion tons in 2020; consequently, analysts predict that iron-ore consumption in China will plateau and decline, owing to the abundance of scrap in the country. Commodities consultancy Roskill steel alloys principal... 

Sarens Siba introduces decentralized depot structure

3rd December 2020 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. 

Procurement boosts local economy

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 With low economic growth and high unemployment, South Africa’s economy is under intense pressure. Management consultancy Kearney’s research indicates that particularly mining and mining-related industries could improve the country’s economic outlook. Government has challenged the mining industry... 

Iron-ore, copper doing well amid pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Covid-19 negatively impacted the demand for all industrial commodities, but not all markets were impacted equally, explains investment management provider Sanlam Private Wealth. Commodities on which China has a greater import reliance, such as iron-ore and copper, generally fared better than... 

Reducing regulatory burden remains critical

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 When comparing the legislative environments of different mining regimes on the African continent, law firm Webber Wentzel notes that the two highest ranked countries in terms of the 2019 Fraser Institute Survey – South Africa and Guinea – have similarities. “The legislative environments of these... 

Sintech

27th November 2020 Since 1984, Sintech has delivered original-equipment products for a broad range of mining applications throughout Africa, specialising in the manufacture and service of brakes and clutches. Having assembled a unique range of products, all of which are market-leading brands in their respective... 

More 4IR integration needed from mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 The advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has had a significant impact on all facets of society, but international investment company StratisQ Group notes that the mining industry needs to participate more in the 4IR transformation. “Digitisation is not the future – it is here already.... 

Cloud-based system proves beneficial

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th November 2020 Amid fluctuating fuel prices, it has never been more important for businesses to ensure that they manage this “vital resource” correctly, says mining solutions provider Africa Mining Services Incorporated (AMSI). 

Consulting engineers boost project portfolio

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has appointed engineering, design and project management company COENG Consulting and Construction Engineers to provide ad hoc professional services at Amplats operations. “A formal tender process was conducted, whereby a certain number of... 

More communities to benefit from Moma mine following plant relocation

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Through constant involvement in and development of its surrounding communities, titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources notes that its increased ilmenite production, and the subsequent effect on Mozambique’s exports, will have significant benefits for the company, its host communities and... 

Manganese expertise boosts service to mines

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Geological service provider Minrom states that its dedicated team of geologists, with years of manganese mining expertise, can provide crucial decision-making services for manganese mines in the Northern Cape. Minrom’s services range from greenfield exploration and three-dimensional geological... 

Site training continues online during pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 The onset of Covid-19 resulted in many companies moving aspects of their operations to online and virtual platforms, and contractor and management solutions provider KBC Health & Safety has made similar adjustments. “Since Covid-19 more clients have adopted our computer-based training programmes.... 

Safe, custom-made ERCs increase safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Increased scrutiny on mine safety and targets for zero harm have ensured that emergency refuge chambers (ERC) have become vital to mining operations, and mining safety solutions provider Strata Worldwide has launched its new Global ERCX model. “This new ERC design uses a new manufacturing process... 

Gold tailings retreatment offers an environmental solution

27th November 2020 Owing to its gold mining heritage, Johannesburg is the most radioactive city on the planet, says nonprofit organisation Earthlife Africa. Uranium was considered “merely a waste product” in the late 1800s and was haphazardly discarded without any thought of recovery. Abandoned mines were not... 

Testing plant installed at Namibian gold mine

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 Magnetic and sensor sorting solutions company Steinert has set up a new modular testing plant at Navachab gold mine, near Karibib, in Namibia. The company commissioned the plant last month, following the plant’s arrival on-site in September. Steinert Southern Africa area manager John Knouwds... 

Gearboxes ideal for wet, dry cooling towers

20th November 2020 Industrial equipment provider BMG’s electromechanical team plays an important role in the dependable operation of wet and dry cooling towers in the mining sector, through the supply and support of many power generation components, including Hansen gearboxes. “Hansen units, which have been... 

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     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  

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     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... 

Company’s range increases, improves recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2020 The application of South African minerals processing company Multotec’s technologies in tailings and waste management streams allows for the recovery of resources – such as water, precious metals and by-products – in a way that maximises revenue and the manageability of the process, says product... 

Strides taken to improve environmental, community impact

20th November 2020 Worley Parsons mineral processing technology and expert solutions VP Mervyn Stevens states that the mining industry has taken big strides to improve its impact on both nearby communities, and the world. He explains that this has seen targets set around renewable energy, automation and zero... 

Demand for reliable monitoring systems on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th November 2020 The demand for early-warning systems for tailings facilities and/or dams has increased exponentially, subsequent to the Vale incident, suggests geotechnical civil and mining instrumentation company Terra Monitoring operations director Robin Schmidt. Therefore, the company – a member of... 

OEM offers mobile pumphouse solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th November 2020 The global shift in focus as to how mine operations can minimise their environmental footprint while improving productivity and complying with new regulations has brought about a need for increased sustainability in tailings processing. In line with this, original-equipment manufacturer Weir... 

Technology helps companies weather storm

By: Cameron Mackay     13th November 2020 Multinational consulting engineers SRK Consulting director Andrew van Zyl stresses that technology, through the efficiencies it enables, is an important tool for retaining jobs in mining. The sector has been in a long period of decline, and technology is an opportunity to arrest that decline by... 

High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity

By: Cameron Mackay     13th November 2020 Engineering consultant Knight Piésold is focused on providing technical advice for many local tailings dam facilities, says Knight Piésold technical director for mining services Africa Andrew Copeland. This increase in demand for tailings dam-related consulting can be attributed to several... 

Pandemic pushes more mines into care and maintenance

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     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... 

Williamson to remain on care and maintenance

13th November 2020 Diamond miner Petra Diamond’s Tanzania-based Williamson mine has been on care and maintenance since mid-April, with only essential services being carried out in order to protect the mine’s assets and resources. The original decision was announced in the Market Update on April 9, 2020, when the... 

Crime, health and safety concerns for mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     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... 

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