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Minetec Smart Mining (Pty) Ltd

29th January 2021 Minetec Smart Mining (Pty) Ltd is an international information technology company that aims to revolutionize the mining sector by providing smart, comprehensive solutions that optimize management, operation and communication processes. These solutions range from automated resource management to... 

Multotec

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2021 As a recognised industry leader in metallurgy and process engineering Multotec assists mining houses across the world process mine­rals more efficiently, effectively and reliably. Our equipment and expertise are used on six continents to optimise recoveries and reduce total cost of ownership for... 

OLI South Africa

29th January 2021 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product range, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa... 

Raubex

29th January 2021 Firmly entrenched as an Africa-based diversified heavy engineering company, Raubex Group continues to excel as a world-class player in the heavy construction sector, with a focus on infrastructure development. Founded by industry legend Koos Raubenheimer in 1974, the company has a proud record of... 

SkyTEM

29th January 2021 Unmatched airborne electromagnetic (EM) technology! SkyTEM is the leader in innovative airborne electromagnetic geophysical surveying services. We engineer advanced data collection systems to meet the high-data-density and high-data-quality requirements of earth scientists for a wide range of... 

Weba Chute Systems

29th January 2021 Chute systems have an enormous impact on production and profitability. Our world-renowned Weba Chute Systems are used for bulk materials transfer in the industrial and mining sectors. We are the leading manufacturer of bespoke transfer chute systems. Leveraging our extensive experi- ence and the... 

Blockchain carbon tracing proof of concept released

29th January 2021 The World Economic Forum’s Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative (MMBI) announced in December that it had released a proof of concept that uses distributed ledger technology to track embedded greenhouse gas emissions with a focus on end-to-end traceability. The initiative, a collaboration... 

De Beers adopts strategy to meet carbon-neutral ambition 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2021 The De Beers Group is on its way to becoming a miner and marketer of carbon-neutral diamonds. The world’s largest producer of diamonds by value is setting out to achieve – by 2030 – carbon neutrality at its mines in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa, as well as in its other operations... 

Sustainable PGM producer Sedibelo poised for strong growth

28th January 2021 Having produced 1.5-million ounces of platinum group metals (PGMs) since inception, with more to come, fully integrated producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines has successfully weathered the storm of depressed metals prices and emerged cash positive, ready to grow responsibly and take advantage of... 

Sintech

21st January 2021 Tritec Sintered Products started as a closed corporation in Johannesburg in 1984. Its name was shortened to the simpler ‘Sintech’, becoming a proprietary company in 1996.  

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion

By: Cameron Mackay     19th January 2021 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... 

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety

15th January 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa in October last year successfully installed and commissioned its first, upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel, which enhances the reliability of the Becker chairlift systems. The PLC, which was launched at the... 

Pandemic heightens compliance awareness

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 KBC Health & Safety has identified positives that arose during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a heightened awareness of the need for up-to-date safety, health and environmental (SHE) accreditation. “Having conducted SHE and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) assessments for... 

Community wellbeing drives sustainability strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 Diamond company De Beers’ holistic Building Forever sustainability framework is bearing fruit, with tangible results recorded for its health-related efforts over the last year.  

Remote health and safety audits gaining traction

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 The unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has fast-tracked technologies and methodologies across all sectors, especially those pertaining to mining health and safety regulations and compliance, accredited certifications provider JC Auditors compliance specialist Oliver Naidoo tells Mining... 

Chamber motivates for local participation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th January 2021 With the current liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way in Mozambique, Mozambique Oil and Gas Chamber executive chairman Florival Mucave notes that government needs to ensure that there are rules and regulations in place to encourage local participation. Mozambique has a unique... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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