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Mining Weekly Features

Fan efficiency bolstered by systems approach

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2020 As mining operations increasingly look to optimise energy use, Zest WEG rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn suggests a more holistic approach toward fan system efficiency in mine ventilation. While South African fan manufacturing companies design the most efficient fan solutions worldwide and... 

Robust wedge belts transmit 30% more power

9th October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s extensive range of Fenner power transmission components now comprises Fenner Quattro Plus Twin Wrap (TW) wedge belts, which transmit 30% more power than conventional belts. These maintenance-free wedge belts, made from wrapped chloroprene rubber, have a... 

Nigeria incentivises new mining investment

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adagbite highlighted the incentives being offered to investors in Nigeria’s mining sector during a webinar on Driving Investment in the Nigerian Mining Industry in a Pandemic Situation, held in August. Government intends to reignite... 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results

9th October 2020 Multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet 2020 half-year results, released on July 29, noted that its Grande Côte Operation (GCO) built on the “excellent operating performance” of 2019, producing 371 000 t  of mineral sands over the period. Notably, GCO is the largest single dredge... 

Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Environmental consulting firm Digby Wells Environmental Mali country manager Mamadou Dembele says a dearth of opportunities drives the artisanal mining sector in Mali, and in West Africa. He tells Mining Weekly that a study conducted in June 2019 in the region by Digby Wells Environmental, which... 

Processing plant progressing well amid slowdown

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Despite Covid-19 having an adverse effect on the greenfield development of a mine and metallurgical plant, in Sierra Leone, local consulting firm METC Engineering director Dr Steve Cathey says the project is progressing well. He explains that construction on the Tongo diamond project – located in... 

Freight forwarder growing reach in West Africa

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Following the successful logistics for a mine in Sierra Leone, deugro, a highly-specialized expert in freight forwarding and an independent company of the deugro group,  intends to further expand its offering in West Africa. “We are excited and look forward to engaging with more clients in this... 

Company notes West African mining potential  

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 West Africa holds notable mining potential, with exploration and mining consulting services provider The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson noting the company’s short- to medium-term goal of expanding further into the jurisdiction. “MSA sees West Africa as an increasingly appealing... 

Company meets demands amid pandemic challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th October 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has received multiple orders to manufacture components for the pyrometallurgical industry. The company continues to manufacture copper components for this industry despite the constraints of limited resources in the engineering industry. 

Virtual event showcases new screening solutions

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s new Peak Screening solution – an integrated system designed to help ensure every square meter of a customer’s screening is as productive as possible – was showcased at the company’s Innovation in Mining virtual event, hosted... 

New tech boosts productivity

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2020 Comminution, separation and sorting technology provider IMS Engineering now supplies process systems and equipment manufacturer General Kinematics’ STM-Screen – which can replace a brute force screen and provide an increase of up to 40% in circuit capacity, helping mines to improve their... 

Crushing plant fabrication completed

2nd October 2020 Steel fabrication and structure erection company Betterect has successfully completed the fabrication of a semi-mobile crushing plant (SMCP) for a coal mine in Mozambique. The SMCP project was required as part of the mine’s goal to increase production. The mining business unit of diversified... 

OEM renews strategy to promote various brands

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2020 Multinational original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) group Astec Industries, based in the US – which has had a presence in South Africa since 2000 through its acquisition of South African crushing and screening OEM Osborn Engineered Products – is renewing its focus on a strategy to consolidate its... 

Virtual symposium pending for wet processing industry

2nd October 2020 Wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE has announced plans to host a virtual trade event for the global materials wet processing industry. Continuing its engineering insights education series, the major two-day virtual event will take place on October 14 and 15. 

Safety a major driver for innovation in crushing

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2020 An increased focus on safety is one of the key driving factors behind innovation and development in original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s crushing and screening product ranges. “We’ve seen an evolution around the safety aspect of technology developments in our... 

MechProTech (Pty) Ltd.

2nd October 2020 MechProTech (MPT), your Original Equipment Manufacturer and supplier of mineral processing solutions, tailormade to your unique needs. MPT’s equipment is sized and designed for, amongst others, the metallurgical processing of gold, diamonds, iron ore, copper, chrome, cobalt, ferro metals, coal,... 

VIBRAMECH: Improving engineering design for superior vibrating equipment

2nd October 2020 Southern Africa’s largest manufacturer of vibrating mineral processing equipment, Vibramech, is proud to announce its biggest single order in its 43 years of operation.  During the course of 2020, Vibramech will supply over 30 units of vibrating equipment to a state-of-the-art marine diamond... 

Tracker negates challenges linked to conveyor belts

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Materials handling equipment specialist BLT WORLD’s comprehensive range of bulk materials handling equipment encompasses conveyor components designed to enhance productivity, minimise downtime and ensure extended service life of conveyor systems. 

Company raises bar with innovative components

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering, mining services and industrial manufacturing specialist NEPEAN Conveyors recently unveiled two ground-breaking conveyor component solutions in South Africa - a conveyor belt monitoring system (ROXON HX270) and an extreme environment liner material (ROXDUR). The company also locally... 

Versatile cam clutches ensure broad application

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s range of Tsubaki cam clutches comprises the backstop reducer high-torque (BR-HT) series, designed for use in equipment that includes inclined conveyors and bucket elevators. 

Components provider launches ‘improved’ chain range

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division has launched the new Tsubaki Titan chain series, which offers “significant improvements” in wear-life in demanding applications. 

Increased focus on mining sector during pandemic

By: Mamaili Mamaila     2nd October 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) was heavily focused on the mining sector during all stages of the South Africa’s national lockdown, which was triggered by the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

Protect conveyors against lightning

2nd October 2020 Mining conveyors are prone to being struck by lightning, owing to the vast area they cover and the varying heights of the conveyor structure, says earthing systems, lightning, surge and overvoltage protection specialist Advanced Lightning Protection (ALP). 

Wieland SA

30th September 2020 Wieland SA celebrates 45 years of supplying high-quality, semi-finished copper and copper alloy products to the local and export markets.  Based in Edenvale, Johannesburg, Wieland SA specialises in producing high-performance low- and high-finned mono- and bi-metal tubes. 

Used equipment gaining traction

By: Theresa Bhowan     25th September 2020 Earthmoving equipment supplier Goscor Earthmoving, an accredited dealer of heavy equipment manufacturer SANY equipment, has noted an increase in the popularity of used materials-handling equipment amid the current economic constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown. 

Remanufacturing centre benefits from overhead crane system

25th September 2020 Multinational construction manufacturing corporation Komatsu’s equipment remanufacturing centre is a critical element in the company’s new campus in Tunney Industrial Estate, Edenvale. 

DM Minerals Group

25th September 2020 DM Minerals Group™ is your professional integrated mining and mineral processing outsourced services Partner. Our vision is; To be the best in class end-to-end mining Partner.  We are a unique total and focused solution outsourcing company that offers innovative, integrated solutions to the... 

Pallet-free logistics rising slowly but steadily

By: Theresa Bhowan     25th September 2020 As society at large becomes more aware of the environmental concerns of using traditional wooden pallets, pallet-free bulk bags manufacturer Tellap tells Mining Weekly that it has observed a trend away from using traditional wooden pallets. 

Trommel supply available throughout continent

25th September 2020 Trommel technology leader MDS trommel screens and apron feeders, which have been designed especially for mineral processing and recycling applications, are available throughout Africa from branded machinery supplier BLT World. “These flexible systems are used to remove the small fraction – fines... 

Li-ion developments driving standby power system

By: Theresa Bhowan     25th September 2020 With the increasing demand and overall benefits of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, industrial Li-ion battery supplier CHASE Technologies is developing a standby power system. 

Improved offering, delivers remotely

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged geological services provider Minrom to focus on streamlining its in-house systems and enhancing its remote management capabilities, says Minrom senior geologist Graham Duncan. He emphasises that these enhancements will enable mining companies working with... 

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions

25th September 2020 The discovery and development of natural gas projects in northern Mozambique over the past decade could have a significant impact on the economic landscape of Southern Africa, says analytical services provider Deloitte. The group has released a series of reports to examine the different sectors... 

Mining can play active role in Covid-19 recovery

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 Multinational professional services network Deloitte senior partner Andrew Lane emphasises the importance of the private sector, particularly the local mining sector, in addressing socioeconomic challenges in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. "The private sector needs to take a proactive role in... 

New manganese mine edges closer to opening

25th September 2020 East Manganese, diversified miner Menar’s first manganese asset, located near the Northern Cape town of Hotazel, was recently granted Amendment to Environmental Authorisation, along with plant and tree removal permits – which are the latest statutory approvals. The R250-million project holds... 

Covid-19 drives demand for skills

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on the local mining sector have highlighted the importance of supervisory-level staff using organisational, analytical and problem-solving skills in mining operations, says heavy industry business consulting company OIM Consulting MD Arjen de Bruin. He adds... 


25th September 2020 Leading geological consulting company, MINROM, provides geological services throughout Africa, specialising in exploration, mining and groundwater.   MINROM has also completed projects across the globe, thanks to its extensive experience, use of the latest technologies and highly skilled... 

OIM Consulting

25th September 2020 Operational Improvement Management (OIM) partners with clients to create long-term value and shape companies into sought-after investment opportunities, employers of choice and solid business partners. Founded in 1985, OIM has a long track record of delivering sustainable business success in the... 

Minerals Council aids E Cape response

25th September 2020 Mining industry employers’ organisation, the Minerals Council South Africa announced in August that several of its members contributed a combined R4.7-million towards oxygen and oxygen-related products for the Eastern Cape. The R4.7-million was jointly raised by African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo... 

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