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Pandemic survivors among juniors will face new reality

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the consequent national lockdown on junior miners is likely to be devasting, mining services provider Ukwazi Mining business development director Spencer Eckstein tells Mining Weekly. However, he believes that survivors in the real economy will occupy a vastly different... 

Acute understanding of regulations key for success

22nd May 2020 Strategic advisory and legal services firm Inmiso Consulting director Robert Botha believes that successful delivery of large mining, construction and energy projects requires an acute understanding and timeous incorporation of all applicable regulatory requirements during the project development... 

Juniors reach out for government support

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 A survey of about 25 junior miners, who are members of the Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners desk, conducted by the desk last month, showed that the majority of juniors intended to pay full wages for the first two weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown – docking it as paid leave –... 

Juniors should look for opportunities amid crisis

By: Darren Parker     22nd May 2020 While junior and emerging miners are experiencing tough times, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent national lockdown, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners forum chairperson and board representative Errol Smart says juniors and emerging miners should stop “licking... 

Menar’s Canyon Coal confident of new licence while due diligence continues on thermal coal assets being offloaded, but admits Coronavirus likely to cause drastic price falls

22nd May 2020 Local coal miner Canyon Coal, which is controlled by mining investment company Menar, has applied for a new water use licence (WUL), in terms of the National Water Act, to develop its De Wittekrans coal project. De Wittekrans has an environmental authorisation, a mining right and a WUL. The... 

Khoemacau Copper Mine

20th May 2020 In the first quarter of 2020, 14 months after the start of the Starter Project construction, mining began at the 3.65 million tonnes-a-year Khoemacau Copper Mine in the north-west of Botswana.  

‘Forgotten Act’ could spur economic development

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Government and industry should not forget the Infrastructure Development Act (IDA), promulgated in 2014, and the impact it could have on economic development, says legal service provider LNP Attorneys chief executive Nikita Lalla, especially now that the economy is slowly opening up. LNP... 

Consultancy rolls out automated measuring network

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting is rolling out automated vibrating wire piezometers (VWPs) on tailings facilities, says SRK Consulting principal engineering geologist Lyzandra Boshoff. These networks monitor seepage and the associated pore pressure regime in a tailings facility... 

Industry association weighs in on recovery plan to restart economy

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 In restarting the economy, government needs to implement a recovery plan that focuses on opening up different sectors that will enable them to partially operate during the ongoing pandemic while remaining cognisant of the risks associated with Covid-19, says industry association Consulting... 

Consulting company hopes to enter mining sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Engineering consulting and management practice Zimile Consulting Engineers intends to diversify into the mining sector and believes that it is equipped and skilled to deliver quality service, says Zimile Consulting Engineers COO Fergus Feltman. “Given the scale and nature of work that the company... 

GEOTHETA

15th May 2020 Consulting geotechnical engineering company GEOTHETA offers a variety of geotechnical and civil engineering consulting services. Based in Randburg, South Africa, GEOTHETA operates all over the world, with appointments in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Botswana,... 

Company appointed for substation construction

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th May 2020 Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firm COENG has been appointed for EPC services for the construction of a 40 MVA plant substation at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine, near Rustenburg, in the North West.                                                         COENG... 

World’s largest emerald mine not exempt from pandemic

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 The turmoil stemming from the global Covid-19 outbreak represents one of the most serious challenges that many companies face globally, and the world’s largest emerald mine, Kagem, is no exception, says emerald and ruby mining and marketing company Gemfields CE Sean Gilbertson. Kagem, in... 

Zambia resilient despite challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 The copper-dominant Zambian mining industry is resilient despite the impact of Covid-19, volatile commodity prices, a lack of foreign direct investment and poor, ill-advised government actions, says African Mining Network chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. Various larger companies, including China... 

Chamber paints bleak future

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 There remains no incentive for further investment in copper-rich Zambia’s mining industry, says the association for mining and allied companies Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM). In January, Mines and Minerals Development Permanent Secretary Barnaby Mulenga said government was upbeat about the... 

OLI South Africa

15th May 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has secured OLl’s position as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  Since its establishment as an industrial vibration technology company in 1961, OLI has remained committed to... 

Developing requisite leadership for mining industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 One of the major and critical challenges of the future – with regard to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – is ensuring the requisite leadership for the mining industry, says University of Pretoria (UP) mining engineering department head Professor Ronny Webber-Youngman. As a result, several... 

Free access to diamond course during Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2020 In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds, the diamond mining company’s education and training entity, is providing free access to its Diamond Foundation Course. The decision was taken to offer support and “play a small part” in helping those who are working from... 

Rope-access firm assists staff growth 

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Industrial rope access company Skyriders conducted in-house rope access training at its Midrand-based training academy in March, with human resource, administration and skills development facilitator Rethabile Mofokeng noting that the training targeted those who wanted to progress through the... 

Training programme to be launched in response to 4IR

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC) will launch a modern training programme – Artisan 4.0 – in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The launch of the programme is scheduled to coincide with the Electra Mining show in September. CTC MD Johan... 

Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

8th May 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC), is a training center for artisan and mining skills in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. CTC has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964 and is supported and owned by the prominent mining houses in the area namely Anglo-American Thermal Coal, Seriti, Exxaro,... 

Solutions provider develops ‘world-first’ VR stope  

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Virtual reality (VR) solutions provider Simulated Training Solutions (STS) is developing a “world-first” VR stope for diversified miner Anglo American’s  Amandelbult platinum operation, in Limpopo, says STS VR and new technology head Johan Bouwer. Phase 1 of this project started in August last... 

Service launched to analyse training needs, performance

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Global mining technology and workforce optimisation firm Immersive Technologies successfully launched its Operator Performance Analytics service at the end of last year, says Immersive Technologies regional VP Johan Stemmet. He notes that this service is the only platform currently available that... 

Water cleaning system modified for SA’s AMD

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th May 2020 Following its attendance at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in February and, having previously conducted research on the country’s acid mine drainage (AMD) problem, Finland-based company EPSE is now involved in several mine water purification projects in South Africa. “The mining industry... 

Water-related planning essential for mines

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th May 2020 As mining operations are extremely water-intensive and -dependent, it is important to have a good understanding of water sources, movement and discharge at the mine, say engineering consultants WSP, adding that the funding to treat and transfer water is equally important. “Maintaining an accurate... 

Active efforts to conserve water resources

8th May 2020 It is commonly accepted that South Africa is a water-stressed country but, as a developing country, the balance between growth and the exploitation of natural resources is a sensitive matter, says mining investment company Menar. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) noted that the 2017... 

Dewatering systems more than just pumps

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 Fit-for-purpose, ever-evolving, integrated dewatering systems are becoming increasingly important for miners to maintain sustainable operations in an era of significant technological developments. Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa, driving its evolving, flexible and mobile... 

Dredging unit shows its versatility

8th May 2020 A recent two-week trial at a mine on South Africa’s West Coast has reaffirmed the value of specialist pumps supplier Integrated Pump Rental’s (IPR’s) SlurrySucker dredging unit – even in saltwater and high-volume conditions. The mine’s main process water pond offered a significant challenge, as... 

Long-term treatment vital for water supply

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th May 2020 With the delay in the long-term treatment or desalination of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the integrated Vaal river system and the delay in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, interventions are required to reduce the risk of water restrictions, states mining environmental activist... 

Spillway gates increase dam capacity

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th May 2020 Increasing the capacity of return water dams results in additional water for mine use, particularly when considering the water-intensive nature of mining activities, and the consumption of water by staff and residential communities in and around a mine. Automatic water control equipment supplier... 

Contractor seeks to upskill staff

7th May 2020 Drilling and blasting contractor Blasting & Excavating (B&E) offers upskilling and certification opportunities for students and current staff. Owing to the lack of qualified blasters within the industry, B&E initiated a learner blaster programme in which 35 internal employees are being trained to... 

Subscription model launched for African clients

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     1st May 2020 Mining software solutions provider MICROMINE has launched a new pay-as-you-go subscription model for African clients to keep pace with industry needs. The company notes that the struggle that smaller African companies face is getting enough capital investment into their operations. As a result,... 

Future of mining requires efficiency

1st May 2020 The demand for raw materials is rising, and producers around the world are working towards the goal of generating more with less, says instrumentation and automation supplier Endress+Hauser. “While our planet boasts a wealth of natural resources, industrialised nations and the large emerging... 

Covid-19 to have outsized impact on mining – developer

1st May 2020 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic and, at the time of writing, there were more than 1.3-million confirmed cases worldwide. Mining companies have been affected by Covid-19 outbreaks, and global restrictions to encourage physical distancing have meant... 

Mining shifts focus to technology, automation

1st May 2020 Technology implemented alongside the correct logistics and strategy, makes a difference to age-old industries, automation company SICK Automation noted in a press release in February. As the mining industry is faced with numerous challenges relating to growth in a digitised economy, it is in... 

Miner implements enterprise, supplier development

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Ranked as one of the top five coal miners in South Africa, diversified miner Exxaro Resources has sought to implement leading practices in enterprise and supplier development  across the company’s core functional areas. Exxaro currently supplies local and domestic markets with thermal,... 

Autonomous rig to boost safety, efficacy

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Drilling and blasting contractor Blasting & Excavating (B&E) intends to add the REL C650 series of autonomous drill rigs to its portfolio to offer a higher level of safety and efficacy to the opencast operations it services. The first rig is being manufactured in India and will be handed over to... 

Zero harm difficult to attain – Aspasa

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Surface mining association Aspasa director Nico Pienaar tells Mining Weekly that the surface mining industry currently faces many challenges that need to be addressed so that mines can achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm. These include illegal mining not being adequately addressed by the... 

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