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Mining Weekly Features

Gold tailings retreatment offers an environmental solution

27th November 2020 Owing to its gold mining heritage, Johannesburg is the most radioactive city on the planet, says nonprofit organisation Earthlife Africa. Uranium was considered “merely a waste product” in the late 1800s and was haphazardly discarded without any thought of recovery. Abandoned mines were not... 

Testing plant installed at Namibian gold mine

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 Magnetic and sensor sorting solutions company Steinert has set up a new modular testing plant at Navachab gold mine, near Karibib, in Namibia. The company commissioned the plant last month, following the plant’s arrival on-site in September. Steinert Southern Africa area manager John Knouwds... 

Gearboxes ideal for wet, dry cooling towers

20th November 2020 Industrial equipment provider BMG’s electromechanical team plays an important role in the dependable operation of wet and dry cooling towers in the mining sector, through the supply and support of many power generation components, including Hansen gearboxes. “Hansen units, which have been... 

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Thermal engineering solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) recently supplied a field-erected bulk air cooler for a mine site in Burkina Faso, in addition, supplying the associated condenser cooling towers for the associated refrigeration plant. Further to this, several cooling towers... 

Company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines  

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Specialist mine refrigeration and ventilation consultancy group Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) is fully committed to the underground mining project for De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. The consulting and projects divisions of BBE are both involved in the project, with the former... 

Strides taken to improve environmental, community impact

20th November 2020 Worley Parsons mineral processing technology and expert solutions VP Mervyn Stevens states that the mining industry has taken big strides to improve its impact on both nearby communities, and the world. He explains that this has seen targets set around renewable energy, automation and zero... 

Demand for reliable monitoring systems on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th November 2020 The demand for early-warning systems for tailings facilities and/or dams has increased exponentially, subsequent to the Vale incident, suggests geotechnical civil and mining instrumentation company Terra Monitoring operations director Robin Schmidt. Therefore, the company – a member of... 

OEM offers mobile pumphouse solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th November 2020 The global shift in focus as to how mine operations can minimise their environmental footprint while improving productivity and complying with new regulations has brought about a need for increased sustainability in tailings processing. In line with this, original-equipment manufacturer Weir... 

Company’s range increases, improves recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2020 The application of South African minerals processing company Multotec’s technologies in tailings and waste management streams allows for the recovery of resources – such as water, precious metals and by-products – in a way that maximises revenue and the manageability of the process, says product... 

Technology helps companies weather storm

By: Cameron Mackay     13th November 2020 Multinational consulting engineers SRK Consulting director Andrew van Zyl stresses that technology, through the efficiencies it enables, is an important tool for retaining jobs in mining. The sector has been in a long period of decline, and technology is an opportunity to arrest that decline by... 

High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity

By: Cameron Mackay     13th November 2020 Engineering consultant Knight Piésold is focused on providing technical advice for many local tailings dam facilities, says Knight Piésold technical director for mining services Africa Andrew Copeland. This increase in demand for tailings dam-related consulting can be attributed to several... 

Pandemic pushes more mines into care and maintenance

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th November 2020 A downturn in the global demand for certain minerals, uncertain and cyclical commodity prices and the increasing costs of production have resulted in several mines and beneficiation operations being placed on care and maintenance. These factors have been prevalent since late 2017, and... 

Williamson to remain on care and maintenance

13th November 2020 Diamond miner Petra Diamond’s Tanzania-based Williamson mine has been on care and maintenance since mid-April, with only essential services being carried out in order to protect the mine’s assets and resources. The original decision was announced in the Market Update on April 9, 2020, when the... 

Crime, health and safety concerns for mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th November 2020 Theft, as a consequence of mining equipment and machinery remaining idle for a long period, is an issue for operations on care and maintenance, says law firm ENSafrica mine and occupational health and safety director Pieter Colyn. In many cases, mining operations retain third-party security... 

Zincodic

13th November 2020 Zincodic creates locally manufactured, environment-friendly corrosion protection products of the highest quality.   As a highly innovative company, Zincodic produces specialised corrosion and chemical resistant coatings that are non- isocyanate, non-flammable and do not contain any volatile... 

Company launches new range of fall arrest equipment

6th November 2020 Safety equipment supplier BOVA launched a new range of locally manufactured fall arrest equipment, in September. The new range has extended the brand from an entry-level category player into the midtier working at heights category, the company stated at the time. 

Improvements in rock engineering reduce accidents

6th November 2020 Rock-related accidents have reduced significantly in recent decades, owing to incremental improvements in rock engineering practice, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson William Joughin. He states that the company’s contribution in this field... 

Software solutions to ensure health, safety at mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Business management consultant Decision Inc. has implemented health and safety software solutions at iron-ore and manganese mines in the Northern Cape, amongst others. The company offers their hiDocs, Contractor Management, and Risk Management solutions, all of which are compatible with any... 

Covid-19 must not derail Level 9 compliance

6th November 2020 Efforts to advance safety in the mining sector through improved collision avoidance standards have been severely hampered by the Covid-19 lockdown, says electronics manufacturer Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens.  The company is playing a leading role in testing proximity detection systems... 

Powder a new solution for spills

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Strict health and safety regulations in the mining industry mean that any liquid spills in workshop areas or elsewhere need to be cleaned quickly and effectively. To cater for such spills, South African manufacturer Pratley created the Gunge Spunge powder, which is “ideal” for spills, including... 

Declining demand breathes new life into breathalysers

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Covid-19 has resulted in reduced demand for breathalysers, as “clients immediately assumed that there would be significant danger for people using breathalysers because of the way the virus is spread”, says ALCOSafe MD Rhys Evans. Consequently, the company had to find innovative ways of... 

Company assists in off-site screening

By: Darren Parker     6th November 2020 Following the resumption of mine operations at the beginning of May, onboarding and compliance solutions provider KBC Health and Safety partnered with occupational health and safety services provider Workforce Healthcare to assist mining clients in improving the onboarding process for contractors... 

Covid-19 measures hinder production

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Health and safety measures at Canyon Coal mines have changed drastically since the emergence of the pandemic, and this has had an impact on production, says Canyon Coal health, safety and environment manager David Masilela. He explains that employees have had to change the way they operate and... 

Mining contractor adjusts well as Covid-19 shifts HSE goal posts

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th November 2020 Mining contractor Concor Opencast Mining has added a new layer to an already strong foundation in its health, safety and environment (HSE) strategy as the world adjusts to new operating procedures under the Covid-19 pandemic. Concor Opencast Mining HSE and training manager Niel Fourie says there... 

African decarbonisation remains a distant ideal

By: Darren Parker     6th November 2020 The complete decarbonisation of Africa will not occur in the short or medium term, although some progress will be made in the long term, says professional services firm Deloitte Africa energy and resources leader Andrew Lane. As the rest of the world increasingly shies away from fossil-fuel-fired... 

Opportunities abound in Moz gas projects

By: Darren Parker     6th November 2020 Employment, training, healthcare and financial services provider Workforce Holdings is part of a consortium that has successfully won a recruitment tender from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company TechnipFMC to supply Mozambican staff to various positions in several large-scale... 

Pipeline development welcomed in Tanzania

By: Darren Parker     6th November 2020 Following the completion of an extensive independent resettlement action plan (RAP) and valuation survey for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project at the end of last year, one of the key takeaways for environmental consulting firm Digby Wells Environmental divisional manager for... 

Licence management software to be aligned with South African law

By: Darren Parker     30th October 2020 Geological services company Minrom Consulting plans to expand the capacity of its new exploration and mining licensing management software (LMS) system to become fully aligned with South African legislation, although a completion date has not yet been confirmed. The LMS system currently complies... 

New tool launched for mining project management

By: Darren Parker     30th October 2020 Industry consortium Construction Industry Institute (CII), based in the US, has launched a project definition rating index (PDRI) tool for mining projects, which was showcased during a CII-hosted webinar last month. The PDRI tool was originally going to be revealed and demonstrated during the... 

Legal collaboration critical in mining project management

By: Darren Parker     30th October 2020 In-depth specialist legal expertise and analyses are often not adequately considered or invested in at the outset of mining projects, which inevitably lead to delays and project cost overruns, says Inmiso Consulting director Robert Botha. “Often the operational personnel simply want to get on... 

Interactivity key to digital shift

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 The combination of human interactivity and technology can play a crucial role in supporting and securing operational excellence, says Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik digital business development, crushing and screening division head Petra Sundstrom. She explains that... 

Sandvik launches Rock Drill Centre

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik officially launched its Finland-based Rock Drill Innovation Centre during the company’s virtual ‘Innovation in Mining’ conference, held last month. The grand opening was initially planned for 2020 but has since been delayed owing to the... 

The best flowmeter solution for Mining

30th October 2020 As the technological leader in non-invasive flow measurement with ultrasonics, FLEXIM strives to offer flexible, reliable, and accurate measurement systems. For over 30 years, FLEXIM has set the standard in clamp-on ultrasonic flow measurement and continues to improve upon existing technology to... 

App boosts company performance

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     30th October 2020 Providing advanced and effective drilling solutions and services across geographies and sectors sets South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling apart from its competitors, says Master Drilling group business development manager Izak Bredenkamp.  “We are flexible and provide specialised... 

Autonomous mining vehicles to improve efficiency, reduce cost

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     30th October 2020 Using artificial intelligence and robotic mining systems – such as autonomous vehicles – in the mining sector is an interesting development that could have a significant impact on mine efficiency going forward, says mining advisory company Ukwazi Northern Cape mining head Jaco Mans. “The use of... 

Bolt reduces downtime in mining

23rd October 2020 Industrial equipment provider BMG’s Superbolt multi-jackbolt tensioners – part of the Nord-Lock range – are designed to reduce downtime in the mining sector and eliminate unsafe and laborious bolting methods, particularly in harsh operating conditions and in areas with limited working space.... 

Covid-19 halts nonessential projects

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent impact on industry have halted all non-essential projects. However, demolition contractor Jet Demolition contracts manager Kate Bester expects that projects will resume as industries recover. “Jet Demolition typically assists large mining companies with... 

Predictive maintenance key for fleet management

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd October 2020 The mining industry is trending towards the adoption of predictive maintenance, intelligent prognostics and the leveraging of the Industrial Internet of Things, all of which assist in improving asset reliability. These technologies can pinpoint the components of machines that are likely to fail,... 

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