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Maintenance management in mining is essential

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd October 2020 With the lockdown causing severe restrictions for mining operations in South Africa, mining companies have had to revisit strategic planning and adjust objectives for the current financial year, states former University of Pretoria (UP) Graduate School of Technology Management Professor Krige... 

Phased approach key for digital twin adoption

By: Mamaili Mamaila     23rd October 2020 It is important that the creation of a digital twin be conducted in stages, with every stage building on the previous one, drone survey and inspection specialist Rocketmine business development manager Devon Hasenbroek tells Mining Weekly. A digital twin is a digital replica of an operation that... 

Aspasa weighs in on corruption

23rd October 2020 Surface mining industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has thrown its full weight behind mining industry employers’ organisation the Minerals Council South Africa’s call for visible leadership in the eradication of corruption. 

Dealer maintains Northern Cape stronghold

23rd October 2020 Atlas Copco dealer Zenith Mining and Industrial Supplies recently secured an order from one of their longstanding key mining customers in the Northern Cape for the supply of five Atlas Copco HiLight light-emitting-diode (LED) H5+ light towers mounted on double axles. 

Companies to advance wireless monitoring systems

23rd October 2020 Wireless industrial monitoring systems provider Ackcio announced this month that it has joined forces with US-based global Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cloud technology company sensemetrics. This alignment, Ackcio believes, supports its goal of providing advanced data analytics and... 

Realise the true potential of your site with Rocketmine

23rd October 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... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

23rd October 2020 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, as well as the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully-owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssen-krupp Industrial... 


23rd October 2020 Sintech proudly services and supports a range of high-quality, original-equipment products imported from around the globe such as: Industrial Clutch 

Victor Industrial Equipment

23rd October 2020 Victor Industrial Equipment (VIE), is an electrical connectors manufacturer with more than 80 years’ experience in the mining industry. We are at the forefront of innovative designs and supply a range of products to suit the mining industry’s needs. Technical support, international certification,... 

Collision avoidance system installed, investment on track for Menar

By: Mamaili Mamaila     23rd October 2020 Mining investment firm Menar recently procured a collision avoidance system (CAS), which has been installed in all the company’s opencast mobile equipment, notes Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela. 

Pandemic amplifies trend toward inclusive modernisation

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has forced mining companies to “fundamentally rethink” the way they operate, says Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude. He adds that the shift to remote working and flexible working hours has highlighted humanity’s... 

Research critical to addressing Covid-19

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2020 Having recognised that fundamental research is critical to supporting the mining industry and others in dealing with the impact of Covid-19, the Minerals Council South Africa’s CEO Zero Harm Forum reallocated research funding to focus on three Covid-19-related areas. Research 

Council continues to advance women’s agenda

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa health head Dr Thuthula Balfour believes that Covid-19 has provided a springboard to drive change within companies –  which have had to adapt to a ‘new normal’ by automating certain work processes, while enabling flexible working hours – adding that this adaptation... 

Oxygen initiative assists in fight against Covid-19

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa  health head Dr Thuthula Balfour explains that the Minerals Council and its members recognised early on that the Eastern Cape would need assistance in addressing Covid-19. It is a mining-affected province, without mines. Historically, the industry has drawn many... 

New service offering can help plug skills gap

16th October 2020 Australian engineering consultancy firm MEC Mining last month launched a new geotechnical engineering division, as part of the company’s in-house services, to cater for industry demand in the mining sector. The division will be led by MEC Mining technical services and Western Australia manager... 

SA company aims for preferred supplier status in Australia

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 Australia is abundant in minerals, with more mines being established every year; this results in more mined ore having to be processed, says local foundry company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes. He states that the company’s goal is to be the preferred supplier of components for... 


16th October 2020 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... 

Company supplies excavator to gold mine

16th October 2020 Australian mining group National Group, through its earthmoving equipment supplier subsidiary National Plant & Equipment, continues to be a key supplier to the mining industry, including its supplying the multinational equipment manufacturer Liebherr R 9200 Excavator to an opencut gold mine in... 

Key market for fatigue monitoring technology

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 The Australian mining industry has been a key contributor to the growth of fatigue-monitoring technology provider SmartCap Technologies. SmartCap CEO Tim Ekert says that Covid-19’s impact on other key markets has further reinforced Australia’s importance to the company’s growth. “SmartCap has... 

New software provides diverse equipment supply options

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 Australian mining and heavy equipment trader ComponentsONLY is aiming to broaden its product offering as it begins to incorporate new supply solutions. This includes the commercialisation of an asset manager and customer relationship software package for the heavy earthmoving and mining industry,... 

Walkabout projects on course in Tanzania

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 In spite of the 2017 Tanzanian Mining Act Amendments, Tanzania remains a “premium mining investment destination” for Australian energy minerals developer Walkabout Resources, says Walkabout Resources director Allan Mulligan. “Our relations with government and ministries in Tanzania is excellent,... 

Diverse offering key for Australian mines

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th October 2020 Conveyor roller technology specialist Conveyor Products & Solutions (CPS) first sought to change the bulk materials handling market by introducing all-polymer rollers – the Yeloroll product range – to the conventional and stagnant roller industry. 

Africa Mining Summit launches mapping project

16th October 2020 World leaders in gravity gradiometry Bell Geospace and the Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) announced the launch of their new Mineral Prospectivity Mapping project at the 2020 Africa Mining Summit last month.  

Covid-19 mining regulations affect exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th October 2020 While there were no exploration-specific regulatory changes because of Covid-19, the regulations applied to the mining industry ultimately affected exploration projects. 

Service provider returns to exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th October 2020 With an existing and substantial fleet of exploration drill rigs, geotechnical service specialist Geogroup intends to get back to the exploration space. “Geomech Africa, a subsidiary company of Geogroup with its Level 1 B-BBEE, has not been involved in any exploration drilling projects in the... 

AI analytics give greater insight into exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th October 2020 Geospatial analytics specialist Descartes Labs offers a unique and powerful analytics platform that provides its clients with a wide range of geospatial and non-geospatial data for visualisation and predictive analytics. 

Prelim results bode well

16th October 2020 Aim- and Botswana Stock Exchange- (BSE-) listed diamond explorer Botswana Diamonds (BOD), last month announced the preliminary results of the next phase of its drilling campaign on the Marsfontein project.  “The objective of this limited exercise was to test an historical anomaly identified as... 

Equipment mobilisation for Bibemi project starts

16th October 2020 West Africa-focused metals exploration company Oriole Resources last month announced that mineral drilling solutions provider Capital Limited had started mobilising equipment for a 3 000 m diamond drilling contract for the Bibemi exploration licence in Cameroon. The press release notes that... 


16th October 2020 Global technology company MAXAM specialises in the manufacture and distribution of energetic materials.  As a value-creation company, MAXAM strives to develop the most advanced adaptive solutions to ensure quality, safety, environmental care and improved productivity. 

High demand for TES in blasting sector

By: Tracy Hancock     16th October 2020 The use of temporary employment services (TES) is common among South African blasting companies, and demand for this service is high, says TES provider Workforce Staffing area manager Hendri Poolman. The scarcity of skills in the field presents a challenge for blasting companies. 

Explosives manufacturer helps fight illicit explosives

16th October 2020 To promote the fight against the illegal use of explosives, commercial explosives supplier AECI Mining Explosives has partnered with private-sector canine programme Vapor Wake K9 South Africa (VWK9SA) by providing explosives samples to assist in the training of its dogs.     Criminal activities... 

FRAGTrack wins international Good Design award

16th October 2020 Explosives and blasting systems provider Orica announced last month that its innovative fragmentation measurement technology FRAGTrack was awarded a Good Design accolade in the engineering category, for outstanding design and innovation.  The yearly Good Design Awards recognise and celebrate... 

Company sets detonator new record

16th October 2020 The Enaex Africa team set another record for the highest number of detonators (3 876 units) fired in a single blast in South Africa, using DaveyTronic detonators at United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK). The average hole depth of the 1 938 holes was 14 m, with two detonators per hole. 

Sustaining security of supply, efficiency amid state of disaster

By: Tracy Hancock     16th October 2020 Adapting to the ‘new normal’ bought on by the Covid-19 outbreak will require companies to listen to and meet the changing needs of customers by adopting new working methods and complying with evolving lockdown regulations, says explosives and blasting services provider BME technology and... 

Power transmission solutions boost productivity, profit

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th October 2020 Power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB’s Dodge line of bearings, gearing and power transmission components have helped customers in numerous industries to increase the productivity and profitability of their operations, says ABB product manager Lucas Pretorius.   “By focusing on... 

Supplier stocks diverse range of drives

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th October 2020 Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) caters for a variety of industries through its extensive range of drives. EM product manager William Cameron says despite the company not always offering bigger drives for mining applications, it has... 

Company offers compact bell-housing solution

9th October 2020 In an underground mining environment, solutions that are easy to manoeuvre are key, says drive and control technologies specialist SEW-Eurodrive, adding that it offers the “most compact bell-housing solution currently available on the market”. 

Energy-efficient drives offer solution for green recovery

9th October 2020 The mining industry must forgo its traditional energy consumption patterns to ensure that it decarbonises toward a greener and sustainable method of exploration, says mechanical products and controls manufacturer Danfoss Drives Turkey Middle East and Africa business development manager Stephen... 

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