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MBE Minerals SA

24th July 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. 

Revathi Equipment Limited

24th July 2020 India’s leading blast hole drill manufacturer enters the African Market   Revathi Equipment Limited (REL) is India’s leading manufacturer of high power range of blast hole drills for mining and construction, water well, exploratory drill rigs, and allied products for more than four decades.  

Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the extension of the Brockman 4 iron-ore mine – demonstrates the adverse environmental and cultural impact... 

Miner steps up Covid-19 fight

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Global miner Anglo American’s iron-ore company Kumba Iron Ore has ramped up its readiness to respond to the expected increase in Covid-19 cases among its employees and host communities. 

Iron-ore-rich Guinea shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 With Guinea not being a producer of iron-ore as yet, the major challenge for its projects – which are under consideration, owing to changing supply-and-demand dynamics – pertains to the evolution of investors’ commitments in response to the iron-ore price. 

Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th July 2020 Mining projects in Africa, particularly those in the iron-ore sector, require deep pockets, lengthy feasibility studies and complementary infrastructure assets, such as efficient logistics channels, to get products from mine to markets. 

More skilled experts needed in hydraulics sector

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 The hydraulics sector in South Africa could benefit from more highly skilled hydraulics experts, says hydraulics company Axiom Hydraulics GM Eugene Tondolo. “The hydraulics sector is unique in that it is small in terms of the pool of skilled professionals, but big in terms of value,” he explains. 

Next-generation shovel designed for better performance

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar opened orders for its next generation Cat 6060 hydraulic mining shovel late last year, although none have been sold in Africa yet. Caterpillar hydraulic mining shovels senior product application specialist Dirk Tegtmeier explains that there are many... 

DRC hydropower construction to start within a year

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2020 With delays from Covid-19 taken into consideration, Mauritian hydropower provider Tembo Power CEO Raphael Khalifa expects construction on three hydropower projects and one solar photovoltaic project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to have started by July next year. These four... 

Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 Before the Covid-19 outbreak, major mining companies indicated that, for the first time in many years, government and the mining industry were having meaningful dialogue that could realise positive outcomes, says diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor Construction CEO... 

Less demand for outsourced labour

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 There has been a sharp decline in demand for labour for mining-related construction projects amid the Covid-19 outbreak, with some projects on hold, as mines focus on their core business. This is according to technical recruitment company Oxyon director Pierre Bekker, who tells Mining Weekly that... 

Moma to move 7 000 t plant along newly built road

By: Tracy Hancock     17th July 2020 The construction of a purpose-built, 23-km-long, 66-m-wide road for the relocation of wet concentrator plant (WCP) B and its dredge at the Moma titanium minerals mine, on the north-east coast of Mozambique, is on track to be completed in the third quarter of this year, says Ireland-headquartered... 

African interest in reclaimer chain

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Southern African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI), a member of Hudaco Industries, is working closely with the manufacturers of the reclaimer chains in its product portfolio to penetrate the African market. BI product manager Frikkie Ras tells Mining... 

Smart solution to Covid-19 business recovery

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 The online Smart Mining resource centre from digital solutions innovation hub Axora has piqued the interest of African mining companies, particularly those in South Africa. Axora chief commercial officer Dr Nick Mayhew says these companies mainly mine precious metals. 

Mines focus on existing assets

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Few of the capital projects planned for the development of new African mines will go ahead this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant uncertainty, says project management, engineering and consulting company Wood’s mining and minerals business development manager for Europe, the... 

Mining without Covid-19 safeguards harmful to communities

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Keeping mining operations Covid-19-free is crucial because all mine personnel return to different communities, which can extend the spread of the infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 over long distances, says global design firm Stantec global mining business line leader Jon Treen. “Several... 

Workforce plan invaluable in crisis

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Having an actionable and implementable workforce plan in these uncertain times is more important than ever, says workforce development solutions provider Immersive Technologies Europe, Middle East and Africa and Commonwealth of Independent States regional VP Johan Stemmet. “It is core to any... 

Coronal capping design being completed for Namibian mine

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Rope access specialist Skyriders is preparing to install a new coronal capping, with its design in the process of being finalised, for two smokestacks at a mine in Namibia. The company secured the contract earlier this year, having had previous experience with this client in 2018 when it... 

Compressed air expansion project completed at Mozal smelter

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 South African engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi has completed the upgrade of the compressed air installation plant at diversified mining and minerals company South32’s Mozal aluminium plant, as part of its expansion increase project. The system is currently functioning as... 

Company continues global growth

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Following growth in Australia, as well as expansions into other countries, Australian mining and heavy equipment trader Components Only is focusing on continuing its momentum in terms of global growth. “About 30% of our revenue is now international. Our international expansion is twofold – to... 

Automation technology solution can help smaller mines

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Earthmoving technology supplier Caterpillar’s new cloud-based technology platform, MineStar Edge, can be used to manage production cost effectively, particularly on small surface mines. “Many smaller mines rely on people, often haul truck operators, to manually record production information on... 

Equipment rentals benefit from dwindling economy

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Owing to the recent economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, many clients of heavy equipment solutions provider Bobcat Equipment South Africa are opting for short-term rental options, rather than the long-term commitment of buying. The rental segment has contributed significantly to... 

Company leverages 20 years’ experience to benefit clients

3rd July 2020 The selection of suitable equipment for specific earthmoving tasks is critical, not only to optimise productivity, but to also ensure efficient capital expenditure, minimal downtime and safety on site, notes Equipment supplier HPE Africa. It is also critical that the equipment that is selected... 

Sintech

3rd July 2020 Sintech services and supports a range of products, imported from around the globe. Since its establishment in 1984, four key suppliers have been instrumental in Sintech’s growth in the earthmoving and mining markets.  

Bigger, stronger filters advance tailings solution

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Metso has sought to advance its tailings management solution by launching the bigger and stronger VPX filter. 

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 With South America being rich in natural minerals, and communities having a strong relation to the land, mining companies have to approach communities correctly if they want projects to be sustainable, Washington-based law firm Miller & Chevalier tells Mining Weekly. 

Multotec expands global reach into South America

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 South African minerals processing company Multotec is expanding its global reach by investing in South America, where almost 30% of the world’s foreign direct investment is being funnelled. “South America is a very important mining jurisdiction. Multotec Chile’s official registration in 2014... 

Lithium feeling pandemic pinch

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 The lithium market is declining as a direct result of electric vehicle (EV) plans being pushed back and EV production plummeting, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants. 

Refinery prepares for ramp-up

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 In line with the Level 4 and Level 3 regulations announced by South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, precious metals refining and smelting complex Rand Refinery is preparing to ramp up its operations.  

Tanzanian miner expands to Kenya

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 Aim-listed Tanzanian gold mining company Shanta Gold has acquired TSX-listed Barrick Gold Corporation’s Acacia Exploration subsidiary, in Kenya. 

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 As almost all of South Africa’s gold mines are underground operations, the lockdown essentially brought this sector to a halt for some time, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Gold secure in times of crisis – WGC

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 The inflows into the gold exchange-traded fund products are indicative of the strength of gold’s “safe haven” appeal. 

WGC notes increased investor interest

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 The strength of investor interest in gold, particularly once Covid-19 lockdowns became more widespread, is clearly evident in the demand from institutions and investment professionals for gold-backed exchange-traded funds, says gold industry market development organisation the World Gold Council... 

Supplier trials new collector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has conducted multiple laboratory scale tests at a South African gold operation, to develop and select a collector that can benefit overall gold recovery. 

Time to ditch the rand for gold – SA Bullion

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 In the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, South Africa was subjected to a sovereign debt rating downgrade by ratings agency Moody’s, SA Bullion MD and analyst Hilton Davies notes. 

Mines invest in mobile solutions

19th June 2020 While mines are gradually ramping up to full production while adhering to Covid-19 protocols, it is safe to say that industry is experiencing the effects of the pandemic, says pumping equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) MD Franscois Steenkamp. “Over the last couple of months,... 

Research, development continues to enhance pumps range

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th June 2020 Pumps manufacturer and supplier Australian Pumps Industries MD Warwick Lorenz says the company is continuously working on improving its products by enhancing seal quality, self-priming characteristics and impeller design.  This will enable the company to pump more water with more pressure using... 

Urgent dewatering solutions needed during lockdown

19th June 2020 Pumps solutions supplier Integrated Pump Rental has continued as a secondary emergency supplier throughout the lockdown, including helping to dewater a coal mine in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The failure of one of the mine’s pumps under lockdown restrictions, which prevented pump repairs was... 

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