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Custom wireless required for mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Wireless communication technologies cannot be adopted from other industries and forced to function in an underground mining environment, states mining technology company Ya Batho. “Technology from other industries is not designed for mining and cannot, by law, be deployed in hazardous areas. All... 

Upgraded chairlift increases mine safety

12th March 2021 Mining sector technology specialist Becker Mining South Africa has recently launched a new upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel that enhances reliability of Becker chairlift systems, which are used to safely transport personnel on mines worldwide. These locally... 

Countrywide

12th March 2021 Countrywide specialises in the repair of tractors, forklifts, earth moving equipment, cranes, load-haul-dump (LHD) machines, graders, loaders and  flameproof underground mining machinery.  We have a variety of Service Exchange Units available: 

Favourable prices enable survival

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Considering the risks involved in underground mining operations in general, and currently amid the Covid-19 pandemic, commodity analysts Core Consultants states that many marginal mines only survived because of favourable commodity prices. For example, when the gold price exceeded $2 000/oz, many... 

PVC doors keep it cool

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Design, development and fabrication company Unique Ventilation & Support Systems (UVSS) has developed automated, high-pressure roll-up polyvinyl chloride (PVC) doors to control airflow in underground workings. The doors can also be integrated with new mining technologies. 

Supplier aids safety record

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has played a pivotal role in a South African underground gold mine’s unbroken safety record during its seven-year business relationship with the mine. Considering the demanding conditions and potential dangers in mines, Rand-Air has... 

New blasting system to be launched in 2021

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Explosives and blasting systems provider Orica will launch the next generation of the wireless blasting system solution, WebGen 200. The WebGen 200 is set for commercial release in late 2021; with availability subject to the regulatory approvals. Orica initiating systems VP Adam Mooney describes... 

Scraping systems reduce dust contaminants

12th March 2021 German conveyor solutions provider ScrapeTec-Trading has developed advanced solutions for conveyor systems – its AirScrape, TailScrape and SpeedScrape products – which comprise technology that prevents dust formation, reduces material spill, enables thorough belt-cleaning and minimises the risk... 

Coal mine extension on the horizon

By: Theresa Bhowan     12th March 2021 Coal mining company Kangra, a subsidiary of mining investment company Menar, is expected to extend its Kangra mine, in Mpumalanga, through the Kusipongo project. The Kusipongo resource is situated directly west of the existing mine and is expected to extend Kangra’s life-of-mine (LoM) significantly. 

Compressors are worth ‘their weight in gold’

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th March 2021 Rand-Air recently secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining industry; when underground compressors were required, Rand-Air met the customer’s specific requirements, explains Rand-Air sales consultant Marinda Enslin. She adds that Rand-Air was the only company then and now... 

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities

12th March 2021 Despite the severe disruption of the global movement of goods during the early stages of Covid-19, most countries and companies were able to introduce mechanisms to allow for activity to resume, notes independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Lisl... 

Plant installs thickeners to dewater tailings

12th March 2021 Engineering company FLSmidth was chosen as the preferred provider for four large bolted thickeners for a large coal customer in Mozambique. Two of the thickeners are designed to reduce water load on the filters allowing for a drier filter product, while the other two thickeners recover water from... 

Solar reduces reliance on grid, generators

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th March 2021 Solar energy equipment supplier Valsa Trading reports that the solar photovoltaic (PV) ground-mounted structures that it recently supplied to a large mine, in the Northern Cape, reduced the miner’s dependency on the local electricity utility in addition to making the mine eco-friendly. The... 

Ya Batho

11th March 2021 Ya Batho has been a leading supplier of advanced, performance-driven, scalable, and reliable communication solutions engineered to improving efficiency, safety, and productivity in the mining, petrochemical and oil and gas industries in Southern Africa for the past 11 years. Ya Batho maintains a... 

Titanium feedstocks market up despite pandemic onset

5th March 2021 The titanium feedstocks market enjoyed a strong year in 2020, according to mineral sands miner Kenmare Resource’s fourth quarter financial statement, issued in January. Despite the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter of last year, Kenmare achieved higher average prices for its... 

Failure to consummate titanium smelter deal triggers $18m break-up payment

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 Multinational mining and metallurgical company Eramet expects to receive an $18-million payment from titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox, following the collapse of a proposed smelter acquisition. This payment arises as a result of the unilateral termination of the $300-million proposal... 

Second phase under way

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 Multinational mining and metallurgical company Eramet’s rutile exploration and development project in Cameroon is progressing steadily, with the second phase of exploration under way. A pilot rutile processing plant is also planned, according to a statement issued by Cameroon Ministry of Mines,... 

New titanium processing plant headed for South Africa

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 UK minerals technology company Fodere Titanium is taking substantial steps towards the commercialisation of a pilot project in South Africa, through which it expects to commission a small industrial process plant in the fourth quarter of this year. A larger plant will developed thereafter to... 

Specialised valves business established

5th March 2021 Consumable products distributor Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), which is part of Invicta Holdings, has established a new company – Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) – that specialises in the design and manufacture of slurry related valves. “ESG’s strategy to further expand its fluid technology... 

Improved valve design, helps mine save water

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Local valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) is manufacturing a valve based on the Valvtron Titan design and has incorporated improvements to make “one of the most abrasive-resistant valves currently available”, says UCV managing member Peter Telle. He explains that local valves company Natal... 

Additional government support could boost industry growth

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Mpumalanga-based industrial valve specialists Brimis Engineering technical director Moeketsi Mpotu emphasises the significant growth opportunities available through government’s offering support to the mining valves industry. He states that the local industry has remained on a “positive upward... 

Support needed for black owned downstream players

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Black-owned businesses and industrialists in the local mining valves industry need better domestic coordination and support to protect them, while black industrialists who want to own and manage such businesses should be encouraged, says valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) CEO Tumi... 

Company reduces environmental risk through greener blasts

26th February 2021 For over three decades, chemicals manufacturer Omnia Holdings’ subsidiary Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has been incorporating used oil in its emulsion explosives, making blasting greener and reducing environmental risk. Consequently, the company is the leading consumer of used oil in the... 

Association develops new audit programme

26th February 2021 Industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is in the process of completely redeveloping its renowned environmental audit system, creating a robust new system that is more user friendly and better aligned with the requirements of smaller-scale... 

ESG principles integral to addressing carbon tax challenges

26th February 2021 Attracting new investment will increasingly depend on having a strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) culture, and mines aiming to reduce their carbon footprint through capital-intensive technology programmes will thus need to implement better ESG programmes to help raise... 

Environmental trend spurs green financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th February 2021 The green financing market is gaining traction in South Africa, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment senior associate Mihlali Sitefane. Green financing promotes the funding of projects that contribute to sustainable development by requiring the integration of social, economic... 

Gold sales are up, but production is declining

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 In its ‘2020 Facts and Figures’ pocketbook, published last month, Minerals Council South Africa notes that despite a total increase in gold sales of 2% South Africa’s gold production figures decreased by 13.7%. The Minerals Council attributes this to “structurally weak fundamentals underpinning... 

Positive results after gold remains resilient

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 The worth and resilience of gold has been proven, yet again, with midtier gold producer Pan African Resources reporting very strong results for the financial year ended in June 30, 2020 (FY20), and reasserting its aim to be debt free during 2021. Pan African Resources investor relations head... 

On track to meet production guidance

26th February 2021 Harmony Gold Mining Company announced last month that it is on target to meet yearly gold production guidance of between 1.26-million ounces and 1.3-million ounces after producing 23 183 kg in the six months ended December 31, 2020. Total production for the quarter ended December 31, 2020... 

Global gold event taking place in SA

26th February 2021 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) has announced that, together with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, it will be hosting the World Gold 2021 conference in August. The conference will be... 

Webinar highlights aims for artisanal gold project

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 Zahabu Safi project deputy chief of party Lazarre Potier highlighted the three key objectives of the project during a webinar held last month on ‘Exploring gold potential in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’, which was aimed at drawing attention to the gold prospects of a country renowned... 

Identifying gold and associated elements with the SciAps Z-300 handheld analyser

26th February 2021 It is now possible to map elemental distribution in geological samples in the field, using the SciAps Z-300 handheld laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyser, available from Gammatec.  LIBS is a form of atomic emission spectroscopy (AES) that can produce a comprehensive spectral... 

Colliery installs filter press systems at processing plants

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th February 2021 Mining investment firm Menar will implement a programme comprising the installation of filter press systems at both of its Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) processing plants to maximise water reuse and recycling. The commissioning of the first filter press system is planned for next month, with... 

Namibia suspends new mining right applications

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 The Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) will not consider or process new applications for mineral rights from November 18, 2020, to August 17, 2021,  the ministry said in a statement last year.   The reason is to enable the ministry to review requirements and procedures for right... 

Uranium industry awaits price increase

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Despite the prolonged period of low uranium prices, wrought by the Fukushima tsunami and the subsequent oversupply caused by the shutdowns of nuclear power plants, the Namibian uranium sector, unlike those in other countries, has not stagnated, states Namibian Uranium Institute executive director... 

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Namibia is a water-scarce country in most areas; therefore, minimising water consumption in ore processing is a focus area, especially for tailings disposal, which can account for over 50% of all new/fresh water used in processing, states engineering and environmental consulting firm Knight... 

Contractor onboarding creates safe mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Onboarding solutions provider KBC Health & Safety has been hired by coal and minerals mining company Exxaro to oversee the onboarding of contractors for its Grootegeluk Six (GG6) expansion project, in Limpopo, South Africa. The new GG6 plant will enable an additional 600 t/h of throughput o‌n the... 

Digital tech advances project management

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Since the development and application of critical chain methods, no real new project management techniques have been developed, but information, digital and design technologies have accelerated. This has resulted in improved application of existing project management methodologies, says tertiary... 

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