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Mining waste can boost alternative-fuels prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Certain wastes in the mining sector present an opportunity to create alternative fuels, which can alleviate the energy supply challenges in the local industry, says waste management solutions provider Interwaste. Repurposing waste for energy purposes can also reduce the reliance on landfills and... 

Investing in energy increasingly needs to be on mining agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th August 2020 With the stabilisation of South Africa’s energy crisis still years away, investment will be critical to ensure the country’s heavily energy-dependent mines remain operational and viable. While that investment can be, in some cases, significant, the productivity gains can be massive. 

Kapabrake

21st August 2020 Kapabrake is a specialist manufacturer of high-quality woven brakelining for mining, marine and industrial applications, proudly developed in South Africa to meet the demands of Africa’s tough, rugged conditions. As an original equipment manufacturer, Kapabrake supplies woven brakelining for... 

Ensuring productivity in tough conditions

By: Tracy Hancock     21st August 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) strata present some of the most unforgiving digging conditions imaginable for earthmoving equipment attachments, says earthmoving mining equipment and attachments expert VR Steel GM Dr Justin Martens. “It drains the protective ‘life force’ of the digging tools at an... 

PGMs recovery under way, but uncertainty remains

By: Tracy Hancock     21st August 2020 Many geographic regions active in the platinum group metals (PGMs) sector are in the early stages of recovery, following the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with platinum, palladium and rhodium expected to remain in deficit this year. However, a great deal of uncertainty remains, as... 

Foundry company ensuring safe platinum smelting

By: Tracy Hancock     21st August 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie expects to finalise production of the Phase B coolers for platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in the North West, by November this year. This will ensure the interchangeability with the... 

PGMs producer navigating Covid-19 market disruption

By: Tracy Hancock     21st August 2020 ‘Business unusual’ is expected to characterise much of the 2021 financial year, owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, says platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats).    The company expects to face increasing challenges in terms of its medical preparedness and operational resilience,... 

Water treatment technology available but costly

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2020 Although the technology to treat and purify mine water to acceptable standards already exists, the main challenge for the mining industry and society is affordability, says water and environmental consulting firm GCS regional director and senior hydrogeologist Pieter Labuschagne. Currently, the... 

Industry welcomes new water management tool

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2020 The uptake of a tool to assist the mining sector in implementing the principles of water conservation and water demand management (WC/WDM), has been “overwhelmingly positive”, Minerals Council South Africa head of environment Stephinah Mudau tells Mining Weekly. The WC/WDM self-assessment... 

New sewage treatment plants planned

By: Darren Parker     21st August 2020 Following the successful commissioning of a sewage treatment plant for coal mining company Canyon Coal’s Khanye colliery, in Gauteng, in early 2019, plans are under way to build similar plants at the company’s planned De Wittekrans and Palmietkuilen collieries. In a statement issued by the... 

Proceq Live: user-friendly, sophisticated mobile apps

14th August 2020 The demand for portable hardness testing instruments has seen a sharp increase, with a rapid shift from testing tasks being undertaken by stationary machines in a laboratory, to the development and application of mobile instruments that allow for on-site measurements during the production... 

Sustainability measures, partnerships to ensure sector’s longevity

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 As the research by the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) found, the demand for batteries is expected to increase 19 times by 2030, which constitutes one of the highest purchase orders the mining industry has seen to date. 

Positive metals markets to drive ERG’s asset development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 Diversified resources producer Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) portfolio of copper and cobalt assets in Africa, particularly those in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are key to its long-term development plans, and the current copper and cobalt market dynamics support its ambitions. 

Xanthates alternatives more effective – supplier

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 The differential flotation of polymetallic sulphide ores, including copper, lead and zinc, are a common practice where these metals are mined from the same ore deposit. 

More to zinc than what is commonly known

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 Baby bum cream, fertiliser and roof tiles all have one thing in common: the lesser-known, but incredibly pervasive mineral zinc. 

Tech-based solutions enable inspections amid restrictions

14th August 2020 Mineral processing experts from research institute Sustainable Minerals Institute’s (SMI’s) Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) have embraced technology to maintain site engagement and delivery of research outcomes to mineral processing plants amid Covid-19 restrictions. 

Rocketmine: Working with surveyors, not against them

14th August 2020 Mine surveyors are often concerned that drone technology will make their current jobs redundant. At Rocketmine, nothing could be further from the truth. Rocketmine’s latest drone technology powers a company’s data value chain, allowing all departments the benefit of an unlimited single source of... 

Digital twin manages mining assets with 3D technology

By: Theresa Bhowan     14th August 2020 Drone survey and inspection specialist Rocketmine has designed and developed the digital twin solution that enables mine operators to successfully visualise and monitor mining operations through three-dimensional (3D) technology. Mining assets and operations can be monitored and managed in real... 

Fluid testing, an aid for precise drilling

By: Theresa Bhowan     14th August 2020 Global mining technology company IMDEX developed the IMDEX MUD Automated In-field Diagnosis (AID) to optimise fluid management, as drilling fluids can be critical to how successfully the drilling programme runs, says IMDEX product development GM Michelle Carey. 

Solution enables contamination visualisation

By: Theresa Bhowan     14th August 2020 Global geoscience software company Seequent’s contaminants extension for its three-dimensional (3D) modelling and analysis solution, Leapfrog Works, was launched to provide users with accurate estimates and location of contaminants. 

System uses existing comms for data transfer

By: Theresa Bhowan     14th August 2020 Communication plays a vital role in mine operations, and mining safety solutions provider Strata Worldwide now offers DigitalBRIDGE Plus+, which allows mines to take existing leaky feeder infrastructure and add Ethernet devices such as WiFi access points and digital cameras. 

Harmony’s strength in diversity

7th August 2020 At Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony”), we are committed to building and maintaining a representative workforce and continuously promote a working environment which provides equal opportunities to all our employees without prejudice of any kind, especially gender- based. In FY19, a... 

Women representation in mining ‘getting there’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 Women have definitely been taking up more opportunities in the mining sector, and this is even evident when visiting underground operations, says explosives and blasting company BME. 

Women representation agenda is at even odds – WiMSA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 The South African mining sector has improved significantly in terms of the representation of women, compared with the situation ten years ago, says mining industry organisation Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA). 

Kenmare accelerates women-focused diversity agenda

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 Dual-listed titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources is focused on increasing the number of women in its workforce as the company recognises that diversity, particularly gender diversity, is a key driver of business success.  

Women forge ahead on level playing field

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 While the mining, construction, manufacturing, and health and safety sectors were once male-dominated, the women heading global solutions company SafetySA’s business units have upended the stereotypes, proving that South Africa’s women need nothing more than a level playing field to forge ahead.  

Forums advancing women representation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th August 2020 Specialty chemicals company Clariant – which is focused on sustainability and innovation – strongly believes in diversity and inclusion within the company. 

Levelling the playing field, changing the narrative

7th August 2020 South African women in mining have gradually become formal members of the mining fraternity, starting from 1996, when the South African government denounced the International Labour Organization convention of 1935 which prohibited employment of women in underground mining work. 

Autonomously connecting ecosystems can boost mine safety

By: Cameron Mackay     31st July 2020 Mining solutions provider Hexagon and its subsidiary, IDS GeoRadar, announced the release of the mining industry’s first straightforward integration of systems for safety and radar-based slope stability hazards last month. Hexagon’s Mining Division chief technical officer Rob Daw states that this... 

Analyser distributor aims for local brand recognition

By: Cameron Mackay     31st July 2020 Analysing and non-destructive testing equipment supplier GammaTec is the exclusive distributor of the handheld X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analysers, produced by handheld analyser provider SciAps, in non-Francophone African countries as of... 

Lockdown highlights importance of data governance in mining

By: Cameron Mackay     31st July 2020 Covid-19 and the subsequent national lockdown have driven the demand for digital technologies, which has highlighted the importance of data management, governance and quality in the mining industry, notes digital solutions provider Master Data Management MD Gary Allemann.   “People working from... 

Local industry pressurised by ‘cheap imports’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st July 2020 As multinational corporations continue to make inroads into the South Africa market, the thermoplastic valves sector is finding it challenging to compete in an already difficult business environment. 

New technology increases valve life

By: Theresa Bhowan     31st July 2020 With more than 28% of valves used and supplied to the metals and mining sector in South Africa, industrial valves supplier Brimis Engineering is collaborating with Swiss engineering company VENTRADEX AG and incorporating DISTRAN leak detection technology to service several mining projects. 

Local sourcing of valves reduces impact of lockdown

By: Theresa Bhowan     31st July 2020 Owing to the company’s ability to source products from local manufacturers, neither its operations nor its customers have been impacted on by the pandemic, says Valve Solutions Africa sales director Niven Persad. 

Mining trending toward thermoplastic valves

31st July 2020 Industrial manufacturing company BMG’s Fluid Technology division works closely with the mining sector in sub-Saharan Africa to ensure that all valves, strainers and flow control equipment supplied, meet the exact requirements of every application. 

Parts analysis, diagnostic tools avoid downtime

31st July 2020 Using structured control valve spares analysis and diagnostic tools enables a plant to identify its critical assets and plan for, rather than react to, valve maintenance needs. The result can be dramatic improvements in plant reliability and availability. 

Webinar discusses heavy-duty-mining-vehicle fire risk

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th July 2020 Vehicle fire suppression system solutions provider Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection hosted a webinar last month to discuss the most common fire risk trends for heavy duty mining vehicles, as well as present recommendations and best practices to ensure that these risks are minimised or eliminated. The... 

Active barriers part of guidelines on preventing explosions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th July 2020 Following the update on the prevention of flammable gas and coal dust explosions in collieries published in April this year by the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), active roadway barriers are now part of the MHSC guideline on preventing flammable gas explosions at South African coal mines.... 

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