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Sintech

1st May 2020 Sintech proudly services and supports a range of high-quality, original-equipment products imported from around the globe such as: Industrial Clutch 

Proper wash-bays prove beneficial

By: Halima Frost     1st May 2020 Investing in a ‘proper’ wash-bay water cannon can save money and time on vehicle upkeep and maintenance for an opencast operation, says fire protection supplier DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. He notes that operations often uses standard fire protection ‘monitors’ or water cannons, which are not fit for... 

Kwatani

1st May 2020 Established over 43 years ago, Kwatani is the largest independent privately owned original-equipment manufacturer supplying and manufacturing custom designed vibratory equipment in Africa, with over 15 000 units in more than 35 countries. More than one vibrating unit a day is dispatched from the... 

Adviser streamlines mine processes

By: Halima Frost     30th April 2020 Specialist mining advisory company Ukwazi Mining Solutions was selected to assist a major mining client with the streamlining and automation of its planning process for a sizeable Southern Africa openpit coal operation last year.   “The client had many challenges ranging from inconsistent data... 

Modernisation to address safety, efficiency of deep-level mines

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 South Africa has many “cutting-edge mines” and is a global leader in deep-level mining, says mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter. 

New blood key to Mining 4.0 transition

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Although driving youth participation and innovation in the mining industry is crucial, the advent of Industry 4.0 in the mining industry (Mining 4.0) often makes it challenging, as the youth perceives the industry as less attractive, when compared with other mainstream career fields. 

Precinct reaffirms R&D focus, test mine in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 The Mandela Mining Precinct, a public–private mining industry collaboration, remains committed to advancing people-centric processes and technologies, in the research and development (R&D) activities that it will be undertaking for the advancement of the South African mining industry. 

SA mining ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest – Wits Group

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 The South African mining industry remains a significant world player, as it continues to break new ground, says the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Mine Health and Safety Working Group. 

Transformation front and centre of precinct’s modus operandi

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Transformation, representation and inclusion are “key imperatives” for public–private mining industry collaboration the Mandela Mining Precinct, says research body The Coaltech Research Association (Coaltech) CEO Henk Lodewijks. 

Consider compliance when buying second-hand TMMs

By: Tracy Hancock     24th April 2020 Mining companies buying second-hand trackless mobile machines (TMMs) on auction need to ensure that only proximity detection systems (PDSes) from suppliers that have been approved by the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) are fitted to such machines when complying with the Mine Health and... 

Upswing in online mining auctions expected

By: Tracy Hancock     24th April 2020 Mining companies, like most industries, will investigate all methods of generating capital following the loss of trade caused by South Africa’s three-week lockdown to limit the spread of Covid-19, says South African Institute of Auctioneers (SAIA) chairperson John Cowing. Speaking to Mining... 

Acquisition enhances ability to service mining sector

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Operations management consulting firm DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) has acquired the assets of global consulting firm Lodestone Partners. The acquisition, effective as of February 29, reportedly deepens DSS’s knowledge and capacity for operational excellence, particularly in the natural... 

Consultative approach critical for heavy-duty applications

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2020 Considering that manganese, a base metal, is an abrasive material and demanding on equipment, industrial and mining vibrating screens manufacturer Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin highlights the importance of “getting to know the ore and the application”. Consequently, a “consultative approach” is... 

Additional copper/zinc target at Kosovo mine

17th April 2020 Minerals exploration and development company Beowulf Mining in February announced that exploration company Vardar Minerals had identified an additional copper/zinc exploration target at its Mitrovica licence in northern Kosovo, resulting in Beowulf investing a further £50 000 in Vardar. The... 

Sorting solution shows potential in metals sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining has provided X-ray transmission (XRT) sensor-based ore sorting technology for two local mining plant projects on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, which were commissioned recently. TOMRA Sorting Mining senior VP... 

Company assists manganese mine shaft refurbishment

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     17th April 2020 Mining solutions provider United Mining Services (UMS) is assisting with shaft refurbishment at a manganese mine, in the Northern Cape.  UMS COO Murray Macnab says the mine operators decided to extend the life-of-mine by refurbishing the old existing shafts and installing new shaft towers. The... 

Mechanised hard-rock shaft-sinking tech being developed

By: Darren Parker     17th April 2020 The development of a mechanised shaft-sinking solution for hard-rock applications through rock-boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling’s subsidiary, Master Sinking – a joint venture between Master Drilling and the Industrial Development Corporation – is well underway. The... 

Mechanised shaft-boring feasibility studies under way

By: Darren Parker     17th April 2020 Shaft sinking original-equipment manufacturer Herrenknecht is engaged in numerous feasibility studies with mining contractors in South Africa and other African countries, such as Zambia, for the potential use of the company’s mechanised shaft-boring machines. Herrenknecht business development... 

New gold shaft to be commissioned this year

17th April 2020 Gold mining company Caledonia Mining’s Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, expects to commission its new central shaft in the fourth quarter of this year, following which production will ramp up. Shaft sinking at the central shaft was completed in July last year to the target depth of 1 204 m. Since... 

Engineering company exploits gap in market

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     10th April 2020 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes explains that the shortage of capital in South Africa has forced mining companies to cut back on retaining full-time maintenance crews, instead outsourcing this critical service when necessary. This has... 

New technology displaces old drilling habits

10th April 2020 Global mining technology company IMDEX says it seeks to “drive change” through research and development capable of delivering innovations that enable drilling contractors and mining companies to test more targets and decrease the time it takes to define a resource. The company developed the... 

Junior miner ‘shortage’ concerning

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th April 2020 One of the key concerns for end-to-end supply chain management company ITM Katope South Africa (SA) is the “shortage” of junior mining companies in South Africa – with less than 20 listed juniors. 

IoT assists with challenges in mining operations

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     10th April 2020 Every mining environment poses different challenges, but mining houses tend to prioritise the enhancement of mine health and safety procedures, and technology service provider In2IT Technologies CTO Vishal Barapatre notes that the Internet of Things (IoT) is “a top choice” in this regard. He... 

Company provides flexible power for Tanzanian mines

By: Cameron Mackay     10th April 2020 Mining companies in Tanzania continue face the challenge of ensuring continuous and stable power to their operations, and that their carbon footprint is reduced. Global energy services provider Aggreko, a company specialising in temporary power solutions, aims to support its mining clients in... 

Covid-19 impact might extend to resource nationalisation

By: Cameron Mackay     10th April 2020 The spread of Covid-19 is likely to significantly impact on the Tanzanian mining and natural resources sector. This could be exacerbated by artisanal, small-scale and illegal mining, which could further pose health and environmental concerns, according to multinational law practice Eversheds... 

Gold miner announces doubling of resources

10th April 2020 Gold miner Tanzanian Gold Corporation announced last month that it had received an update of the estimated mineral resources in the company’s Buckreef Shear Zone, from engineering services provider Virimai Projects, the company’s technical adviser. The update more than doubles the estimated... 

Coronavirus one of several factors affecting mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd April 2020 The volatility caused by global events, such as the outbreak of Covid-19, otherwise referred to as coronavirus, and stock market turmoil have definitely impacted on the planning and execution of mining operations and related supply chains, says mine ventilation equipment manufacturer Terramin... 

Deep-level operations remain viable although concerns linger

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd April 2020 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa believes that there is still a viable future for deep-level operations in South Africa. 

Legislation, other factors have enhanced deep-level operations

By: Mamaili Mamaila     3rd April 2020 The deep-level mining sector in South Africa has “advanced significantly” from a health and safety perspective, says law firm ENSafrica mine and occupational health and safety executive Willem le Roux. 

Uranium exploration programme announced

3rd April 2020 TSX-listed Blue Sky Uranium last month announced that the company had started a 4 500 m reverse circulation drilling exploration programme at its wholly-owned Amarillo Grande uranium/vanadium project (AGP) in Rio Negro province, Argentina. The programme will include a total of about 100 holes in... 

Namibia’s plan assists in responsible uranium mining

By: Halima Frost     3rd April 2020 The Namibian Uranium Association (NUA) states that the global uranium community has taken note of the responsible way in which uranium in Namibia is explored for and extracted, says Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) executive director Dr Gabi Schneider. She states that this responsible method was... 

Green energy driving uranium market

By: Halima Frost     3rd April 2020 With the global commitment to work towards net zero emissions being reaffirmed, the realisation that the world must transition to using the lowest carbon sources is gaining traction, World Nuclear Association senior communication manager Dr Jonathan Cobb tells Mining Weekly. He points out that... 

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 Coal-focused Boipelo Mining Contractors – a Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment joint venture formed by Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) and the Amandla TM Group – having recognised the opportunity presented by divesting majors, is actively courting players in the midtier and,... 

Miner confident of new licence

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local coal miner Canyon Coal 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 reserve will be mined using opencast and underground mining... 

Coal remains vital to energy mix

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Despite increased regulatory pressure regarding the environmental impacts of its mining, storage and use in power generation, coal is still essential to the local energy mix, says engineering consultancy WSP power generation consultant Wayne Lindecke. “We are not naïve to the negative... 

Coal supplier receives UPS systems

27th March 2020 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered 12 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to a local coal mine to enhance safety and prevent unnecessary downtime. These specially designed UPS systems ensure continuous operation of the mine’s programmable logic... 

Coal faces funding troubles

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 While demand for coal is still rising, there has been a local trend towards financing more sustainable and ‘green’ projects. Through public and shareholder pressure and aligning with global trends, local financial institutions are also reconsidering their approach towards funding new coal... 

Flexibility, knowledge assist in cost reduction

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 The coal sector faces immense cost pressures, which are influenced and  exacerbated by uncontrollable macroeconomic factors, notes vibrating equipment solutions provider Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. However, she comments that Kwatani has sought to mitigate the impact of these factors by reducing... 

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