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Mining Weekly Features

Furnace manufacturer ‘fired up and ready to go’

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie restarted its entire facility, in line with the regulations to facilitate the shift to Level 4 of the national Covid-19 lockdown, earlier this month. The company has implemented various shifts to maximise the physical distancing... 

Furnace company supplying two rebuilds

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Furnace technology designer and fabricator Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC) is currently supplying technology equipment, including water-cooled roofs, water-cooled off gases and water-cooled shells, to two large rebuild projects in South Africa. The projects service both the ferrochrome and... 

Incinerator installation continues

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces tells Mining Weekly that it will soon continue with the final stages of an incinerator hand-over, as the client has started phasing in contractor access to its site after South Africa’s moving to Level 4 of the Covid-19... 

Company facilitates efficient furnace shutdown projects

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition offers specialised demolition services and machines that are easily adapted to the challenging conditions of furnace-related shutdown projects. “Furnaces have a finite lifetime before requiring significant maintenance and repair work,” says Jet... 

RealWear makes working remotely easier

By: Theresa Bhowan     29th May 2020 Maintenance of conveyance equipment and other regular fixed and mobile asset inspection is made easier with remote assistance through RealWear products, technology service provider Dwyka Mining Services tells Mining Weekly. 

New technology, remote functionality advancing materials handling

By: Theresa Bhowan     29th May 2020 The shift towards a technological revolution in the mining sector has occurred just in time to facilitate functionality in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, explains mining logistic solutions provider Mixcorp. 

Pallet-free goods transportation now an option

29th May 2020 Pallet-free bulk bags manufacturer Tellap has been developing bags for the safe and efficient packaging and transport of dry, loose and bulk products – including high-value minerals. 

System boosts operation

29th May 2020 Equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa’s McCloskey conveyor systems, which complement HPE’s range of crushing and screening plants, have been designed for high productivity and easy mobility in many industries. 

Chute design’s complexity necessitates credible supplier

29th May 2020 The prevailing perception that anyone can build a transfer chute, and that the construction is little more than platework, is one that has lured companies into thinking that chute manufacture poses, “an easy opportunity to fill a gap in their broader product offering”, Weba Chute Systems MD Mark... 

Hauling solution expands to Brazil

29th May 2020 Global leader in “off-highway” truck customisation Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) in a press release in April announced that production of its patented Rear Eject Body would begin in Brazil, this quarter. 

Trainer to benefit from investment, mature sector

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 Virtual mining training solutions provider Immersive Technologies is encouraged by the “maturity level” of companies in Botswana, particularly in terms of technology. It is, therefore, looking forward to contributing to the wave of development in the country, spurred by continued investment from... 

Copper Belt exploration enables diversification

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 Renewed exploration interest in the Kalahari Copper Belt, in Botswana, can help the country diversify its mining economy and industrialise, says mining consulting services provider MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson. He emphasises that diamond mining has been the mainstay of Botswana’s... 

SA rail can aid Botswana coal miners

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 A joint effort by the South African and Botswanan governments, as well as their respective rail agencies, to support rail infrastructure to facilitate coal exports from Botswana could enable Botswana-based coal miners, such as Minergy, to become more competitive, says Minergy CEO Morné du... 

Stepping up safety in times of crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 A safety and health culture should be an enabler for all employees and stakeholders across any operation to live safely, says construction materials supplier AfriSam Group subsidiary Tanga Cement Company MD Reinhardt Swart. “We should enable our people to live the safety culture,” he tells... 

Safer breathalyser testing developed amid pandemic

By: Halima Frost     22nd May 2020 Increased concerns over the spread of Covid-19 have spurred medical equipment supplier ALCO-Safe to develop a safer way in which to conduct breathalyser tests on workers in heavy industrial sectors. “Workers and security personnel are at risk as testing must be conducted in close proximity,” says... 

Covid-19 response built on successful holistic approach

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2020 The De Beers Group’s ‘Put Safety First as our Number One Value’ way of work – driven by management and mainstreamed into the operations – has led to numerous successes in terms of the holistic health and safety of its employees, and now forms the basis of its Covid-19 response, says  De Beers... 

PDS provider ready to implement Level 9 systems

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2020 South African-based equipment supplier Booyco Electronics is well advanced in testing its proximity detection systems (PDS) to comply with Level 9 safety standards – despite the fact that, while the Mine Health and Safety Act regulations pertaining to Level 9 implementation have been promulgated,... 

Event organisers adopt flexible approach

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 This year’s Junior Indaba is one of many conferences that have been postponed because of the international Covid-19 crisis, and although a new date has been set for November 3 and 4, the organisers have to remain flexible and adaptable to an uncertain and unprecedented set of circumstances.... 

Pandemic survivors among juniors will face new reality

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the consequent national lockdown on junior miners is likely to be devasting, mining services provider Ukwazi Mining business development director Spencer Eckstein tells Mining Weekly. However, he believes that survivors in the real economy will occupy a vastly different... 

Acute understanding of regulations key for success

22nd May 2020 Strategic advisory and legal services firm Inmiso Consulting director Robert Botha believes that successful delivery of large mining, construction and energy projects requires an acute understanding and timeous incorporation of all applicable regulatory requirements during the project development... 

Juniors reach out for government support

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 A survey of about 25 junior miners, who are members of the Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk, conducted by the desk last month, showed that the majority of juniors intended to pay full wages for the first two weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown – docking it as paid leave –... 

Juniors should look for opportunities amid crisis

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 While junior and emerging miners are experiencing tough times, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent national lockdown, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners forum chairperson and board representative Errol Smart says juniors and emerging miners should stop “licking... 

Menar’s Canyon Coal confident of new licence while due diligence continues on thermal coal assets being offloaded, but admits Coronavirus likely to cause drastic price falls

22nd May 2020 Local coal miner Canyon Coal, which is controlled by mining investment company Menar, has applied for a new water use licence (WUL), in terms of the National Water Act, to develop its De Wittekrans coal project. De Wittekrans has an environmental authorisation, a mining right and a WUL. The... 

Khoemacau Copper Mine

20th May 2020 In the first quarter of 2020, 14 months after the start of the Starter Project construction, mining began at the 3.65 million tonnes-a-year Khoemacau Copper Mine in the north-west of Botswana.  

‘Forgotten Act’ could spur economic development

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Government and industry should not forget the Infrastructure Development Act (IDA), promulgated in 2014, and the impact it could have on economic development, says legal service provider LNP Attorneys chief executive Nikita Lalla, especially now that the economy is slowly opening up. LNP... 

Consultancy rolls out automated measuring network

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting is rolling out automated vibrating wire piezometers (VWPs) on tailings facilities, says SRK Consulting principal engineering geologist Lyzandra Boshoff. These networks monitor seepage and the associated pore pressure regime in a tailings facility... 

Industry association weighs in on recovery plan to restart economy

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 In restarting the economy, government needs to implement a recovery plan that focuses on opening up different sectors that will enable them to partially operate during the ongoing pandemic while remaining cognisant of the risks associated with Covid-19, says industry association Consulting... 

Consulting company hopes to enter mining sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Engineering consulting and management practice Zimile Consulting Engineers intends to diversify into the mining sector and believes that it is equipped and skilled to deliver quality service, says Zimile Consulting Engineers COO Fergus Feltman. “Given the scale and nature of work that the company... 


15th May 2020 Consulting geotechnical engineering company GEOTHETA offers a variety of geotechnical and civil engineering consulting services. Based in Randburg, South Africa, GEOTHETA operates all over the world, with appointments in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Botswana,... 

Company appointed for substation construction

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firm COENG has been appointed for EPC services for the construction of a 40 MVA plant substation at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine, near Rustenburg, in the North West.                                                         COENG... 

World’s largest emerald mine not exempt from pandemic

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 The turmoil stemming from the global Covid-19 outbreak represents one of the most serious challenges that many companies face globally, and the world’s largest emerald mine, Kagem, is no exception, says emerald and ruby mining and marketing company Gemfields CE Sean Gilbertson. Kagem, in... 

Zambia resilient despite challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 The copper-dominant Zambian mining industry is resilient despite the impact of Covid-19, volatile commodity prices, a lack of foreign direct investment and poor, ill-advised government actions, says African Mining Network chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. Various larger companies, including China... 

Chamber paints bleak future

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 There remains no incentive for further investment in copper-rich Zambia’s mining industry, says the association for mining and allied companies Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM). In January, Mines and Minerals Development Permanent Secretary Barnaby Mulenga said government was upbeat about the... 

OLI South Africa

15th May 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has secured OLl’s position as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  Since its establishment as an industrial vibration technology company in 1961, OLI has remained committed to... 

Developing requisite leadership for mining industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 One of the major and critical challenges of the future – with regard to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – is ensuring the requisite leadership for the mining industry, says University of Pretoria (UP) mining engineering department head Professor Ronny Webber-Youngman. As a result, several... 

Free access to diamond course during Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2020 In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds, the diamond mining company’s education and training entity, is providing free access to its Diamond Foundation Course. The decision was taken to offer support and “play a small part” in helping those who are working from... 

Rope-access firm assists staff growth 

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Industrial rope access company Skyriders conducted in-house rope access training at its Midrand-based training academy in March, with human resource, administration and skills development facilitator Rethabile Mofokeng noting that the training targeted those who wanted to progress through the... 

Training programme to be launched in response to 4IR

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC) will launch a modern training programme – Artisan 4.0 – in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The launch of the programme is scheduled to coincide with the Electra Mining show in September. CTC MD Johan... 

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