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Mining Weekly Features

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... 


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... 

Renewed strategies, collaboration needed to address challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th June 2020 The mining sector is one of the toughest operating environments, driven by a constant need to maximise on yield for profitability while ensuring safety and meeting stakeholder expectations, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl MacDougall.   He says the sector... 

Manufacturer aids entities during lockdown

19th June 2020 Pump manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps South Africa is able to assist municipalities and contractors to ensure essential services continue during the national lockdown. “At Werner Pumps, our offices and manufacturing facilities remain open to assist our customers working in essential... 


19th June 2020 Tritec Sintered Products (Pty) Ltd commenced business in Johannesburg in 1984 as a closed corporation, converting to a Propriety Company in 1996 trading under the much more sensible name of Sintech. The name “Sintech”, in turn, is an abbreviation of ‘Sintered Technology’ which when applied to... 

Supplier saves mining industry time, money

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th June 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) is supplying bearings manufacturer Dodge ISN bearings to the quarrying sector to address contamination – the leading cause of premature bearing failure in the industry. 

Miner works at lower capacity owing to demand, not legislation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2020 Demand for premium-grade aggregate material is dwindling and so is production from quarrying operations, says building material company AfriSam.  

Dust, spill control now an attainable solution

19th June 2020 Plant operators want to eliminate dust and spills on belts and transfers as well as minimise maintenance requirements of the conveyor system. Further, the ability of plants to efficiently cope with the challenges of moist and sticky materials related to quarrying is also desired. 

Mobile screening plant proves highly efficient

19th June 2020 Earthmoving equipment supplier HPE Africa’s McCloskey S250 screener – one of the largest tracked-mounted mobile vibratory screening plants available – has been designed for highly-efficient aggregate material screening. 

New compressors provide faster drilling, reduced fuel costs

19th June 2020 Compressor and generator supplier Rand-Air has acquired two Atlas Copco DrillAir Y1260 variable high pressure (21 bar to 35 bar) compressors. This new technology – from the world’s leading manufacturer of compressor and generator equipment – has been scientifically designed around pressure and... 

Products meet mining lubrication challenges

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) is offering industrial equipment manufacturer ROCOL’s range of wire rope lubricant products to solve vital and complex lubrication challenges for local miners. “Where lubricants are put through the most challenging... 

Lubrication packs cater for customised needs

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Local lubrication solutions supplier Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is making its leading products available in value packs, specifically designed to meet the lubrication requirements of everyday users in the local mining industry. LE national marketing manager Callum Ford states that... 

Rented mobile equipment presents opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 With the resumption of activities in different economic sectors, such as the mining industry, local lubrication equipment supplier Industrial Fluid Solutions (IFS) CEO Gustav Fourie states that there has been an increase in demand for fluid-handling equipment which would reduce manpower... 

Diamond market outlook at even odds

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 The diamond industry has been dealing with an oversupplied market since upstream production hit a multi-year high in 2017 and as the mid-stream segment delivered inventory in 2018 and 2019. 

Diamonds are forever in times of crisis

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 Some mined commodities, particularly precious metals, such as gold, have increased in value, owing to the perception that they can be safe-haven assets during times of crisis. 

Diamonds’ upward trend to resume post pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 Although diamond prices were gradually recovering from their low during the 2008/09 financial crisis, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the lockdowns in many countries have caused trading to come to a halt. 

Sector ahead of the sustainability curve, challenges remain

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 With many local diamond mining operations reaching their end of life, the rehabilitation and remediation of such sites – in a closure and liquidation context – has been a particular focus in recent years, says law firm Bowmans partner Wandisile Mandlana. 

Approval for ruby licence acquisition granted

5th June 2020 Coloured gemstone mining and marketing company Fura Gems received formal approval from the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique (MIREM) for the acquisition of a ruby licence, the company said in a release last month. It noted that it had completed the previously announced... 

Operations restart following suspension

5th June 2020 Australia-based industrial minerals and technology company Syrah Resources will restart operations at the Battery Anode Material (BAM) plant in Louisiana, in the US, the company said in a release last month. This follows the temporary suspension of production in March of both the BAM plant, as... 

Strides made at graphite project

5th June 2020 Significant advances were made by ASX-listed Triton Minerals at its flagship Ancuabe graphite project in northern Mozambique, the company announced in an ASX announcement in April. The announcement outlined its activities for the three-month period ending March 31, 2020. 

Company delivers remote solutions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th June 2020 Covid-19 and the consequent physical-distancing requirements have raised challenges for every mining company, especially in delivering effective training and face-to-face coaching, says global mining technology and workforce optimisation firm Immersive Technologies regional VP Johan Stemmet. He... 

Ilmenite production continues despite Covid-19 operational impact

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th June 2020 Covid-19 restrictions have caused delays to its growth project, titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources noted in its first-quarter production update, released in April. It operates the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. 

Furnace manufacturer ‘fired up and ready to go’

By: Halima Frost     2nd June 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... 

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