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Mining Weekly Features

New-generation loader set for South Africa

27th March 2020 Orders have already been placed by major South African coal miners for solutions provider Sandvik’s new LS312 flameproof underground loader. The first active units will start rolling off the local production line in the second quarter of this year, according to Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

Sector rich in opportunities, despite recent trends

27th March 2020 In South Africa, as well as globally, there has been a trend towards renewable energy sources and away from thermal coal. Empowered coal miner Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke states that, as the company aims to become State-owned power utility Eskom’s largest coal supplier and also has hopes to... 


27th March 2020 For the foreseeable future coal will continue to dominate as the principal fuel source for our power generation. It will also contribute significantly to our petroleum demand with supply from Sasol. Not to mention valuable foreign exchange on the exports of both. 

Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local bulk earthworks solutions provider Icon Group finalised the stormwater and civil infrastructure earthworks at the end of February this year for an expansion of coal miner Canyon Coal’s opencast Phalanndwa Colliery, which situated east of Delmas, in Mpumalanga. Icon’s work on the site is... 

Dual-purpose building solution benefits mines

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Formwork solution provider Moladi not only offers a fast and effective housing solution to African and South African mines but also uses mining slag as construction material sustainably. The solution entails a reusable, patented, recyclable, lightweight plastic injection moulded formwork system.... 

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has to date invested almost R1-billion, of a projected R2.8-billion, in the housing project devised for its staff, in line with its aspirational creed to engage in “More than Mining”. The intention with the housing project is... 

HUD Mining Supplies

20th March 2020 HUD Mining Supplies (HUD) is a South Africa based specialist manufacturer  and supplier to the exploration and geotechnical drilling industries.  HUD has over 75 years’ heritage in this industry, and today serves African and global markets from its modern manufacturing facility in Isando,... 

Necessity drives drill bit innovation

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling and Contract Mining, in collaboration with its subsidiary, drill bit supplier Thriftline, has developed a removable reaming shell for its diamond drill bits, which the company believes will significantly reduce drilling consumable expenses. The reaming... 

Company varies drill offering

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling equipment and consumables supplier Galison Drilling, part of original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Galison Group, is pinning its 2020 growth strategy on the supply of consumables for the mechanised, or extension rod, drilling sector in South Africa. “We feel the time is right for... 

Geotechnical drilling improves safety at phosphate mine

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling company Geomech Africa, part of geotechnical services holding company GeoGroup, has completed its geotechnical investigation at phosphate product producer and distributor Foskor’s phosphate mining operation in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. The Foskor phosphate mine comprises the North and South... 

Autonomous drills improve safety for contract miner

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 JSE-listed Basil Read’s mining arm Basil Read Mining subsidiary Blasting and Excavating (B&E)has entered into a partnership with India- based original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Revathi Equipment and other local partner Paramount Tracks to acquire several C650 autonomous drills. 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 The local mining industry, while dealing with challenges stemming from production decline over the past few years, is witnessing an evolving regulatory landscape, particularly with the development of an integrated carbon and air-quality regulatory framework. According to the Intergovernmental... 

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Having researched the design and management of opencast mine haul roads locally and globally for the past 30 years, retired University of Pretoria civil engineering professor Alex Visser highlights a specific road construction system for mine haul roads which can reduce fuel emissions and save... 

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Information technology (IT) solutions provider EDS Systems, a subsidiary  of   Economic Development Solutions (EDS), is set to provide a cloud-based IT solution to help local miners calculate and comply with the Carbon Tax Act regulations. EDS provides services to  the local mining,... 

Kangra awaits licence approvals

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Local coal miner Kangra Coal is planning an extension to its Savmore/Maquasa coal mining operation, in Mpumalanga, with Kangra Coal environmental specialist Niketiwe Dlamini noting that the company is awaiting the approval and issuing of the necessary environmental licences. The miner is required... 

Current prevention unable to mitigate explosions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th March 2020 Explosion, fire and dust suppression system original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Explospot Systems MD Arend Späth warns that current prevention used in underground coal mines is not enough to mitigate all methane and gas explosions or related fires during mining operations. He adds that methane... 

Safety paramount at gold mine

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th March 2020 Gold mining company Harmony’s portfolio of operations is “a tribute to its commitment to complex underground mining in South Africa” and the most stringent of safety measures are required to offset the risks that accompany this complexity, the company stated in its safety fact sheet, that was... 


13th March 2020 Since 1984, Sintech has supplied the South African market with clutches, brakes and engineering solutions for a range of applications in mining and mining-related industries.  PT Tech’s A+ hydraulic brake outperforms the competition 

Medical testing for cannabis in mining sector

13th March 2020 Since the Constitutional Court’s 2018 cannabis judgment, it has become widely known that adults may, privately, use, possess and cultivate cannabis in South Africa. The judgment raises critical questions around medical testing in the workplace, especially at mines –  whether openpit or... 

Blast software boosts productivity, reduces costs

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th March 2020 Commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems manufacturer Orica launched its SHOTPlus Underground solution, two months ago. SHOTPlus Underground is the company’s latest blast design and modelling software which specifically targets “advanced underground blast design” and “complex... 

Education shift could bridge skills gap

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 South Africa has “excellent artisans” who have valuable experience in the mining industry, says end-to-end supply chain management company ITM Katope South Africa (SA) country manager Loraine Potgieter. 

Turbochargers critical for mining equipment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 Turbochargers are “critical components” for almost every diesel engine in production, says automotive turbocharger distributor and service provider TurboDirect South Africa (SA). 

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 Clean, uncontaminated fuel is key to optimal fuel system performance and engine longevity in the mining industry, says filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. 

Operations resume after safety threat

6th March 2020 Diversified major Rio Tinto initiated processes to resume operations at South Africa-based Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) at the end of December. This followed discussions, led by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, which included all stakeholders and focused on securing stability so as to address... 

Lining solutions increase plant availability

6th March 2020 Two African mines are achieving increased production time and plant availability after converting to engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals’ Linatex and Linard rubber lining solutions. A mineral sands operation in Mozambique approached Weir Minerals just over two years ago, after... 

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent

By: Halima Frost     6th March 2020 Monitoring solutions provider MineWare this month announced the launch of its Argus wheel loader monitoring system in Australia and the US, with a global roll-out to follow this year to meet industry demand. “The omnipresent wheel loader plays an important role in heavy minerals mining and its... 

JV looks to expand rare earths mining

6th March 2020 Rare earth miner Namibia Critical Metals (NCM) announced details of the Term 1 planned work programme for the Lofdal Heavy Rare Earths Project in northern Namibia last month. While heavy mineral sands projects tend to be associated with titanium and zirconium minerals such as rutile, ilmenite and... 

Supplier expands footprint

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Valves supplier Invincible Valves has bought another property to expand its operations, along with accompanying plant equipment and machinery. The new property, in Germiston, is on the same street as the current facilities. 

Valves body hopes for surge in course enrolments

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 The South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association’s (Savama’s) valves training courses are poised for increased enrolments this year through a renewed effort to raise awareness. Savama has three online correspondence courses available, all of which initially were accredited by the... 

Local company becomes authorised Saunders distributor

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI), in conjunction with sister hydraulic and pneumatic engineering company Ernest Lowe, have become authorised distributors for the Saunders valve range. The distribution arrangement came into effect in 2019. 

Valves industry continues to struggle

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 The valves sector in South Africa has shrunk every quarter since 2017, with about 9 000 jobs lost since the start of 2020. South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) chairperson Pam du Plessis tells Mining Weekly that the outlook for 2020 is bleak. 

New valves premises on the cards

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Industrial valves supplier Brimis Engineering is planning a new facility in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, which will include a new head office, and will be strategically positioned to service the surrounding industries, including steel, energy petrochemicals and mining. Brimis Engineering will complete... 

Societal and other pressures affecting gold

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th February 2020 Apart from the generational shifts in attitude towards gold in some key markets, notably China, a bigger risk facing the gold industry is its perception by society and how it responds and adapts to societal expectations, says international association World Gold Council (WGC) member and market... 

Gold strong despite dip in demand

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th February 2020 Despite gold demand declining by 1% to 4 335 t in 2019 – as reported by international association the World Gold Council (WGC) – central bank demand for gold and gold exchange traded fund (ETF) purchases remained strong, says WGC member and market relations director John Mulligan. Referencing the... 

Award recognises innovative tailings management

28th February 2020 Satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat, with its collaborator engineering consultant Knight Piésold UK, won London-based industry publication Mining Magazine’s 2019 Editor’s Award for their innovative tailings dam monitoring solution, last month. The award celebrates companies that have... 

Mines’ demand for hybrid energy increases

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th February 2020 As the mining industry is continuously striving for sustainable extraction – and with high electricity costs and environmental impact as key factors – power provider Aggreko has seen increased interest in its hybrid energy microgrids, says Aggreko Africa MD John Lewis. Since launching the... 

Price outlook does not offset gold sector’s challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th February 2020 Despite the challenges that the local gold sector faces, the gold price remains strong, which is likely to continue in the short term, notes multinational professional services firm EY Africa energy and natural resources leader Wickus Botha.  He points out that these challenges primarily lie in... 

Engineering firm secures large plant order

28th February 2020 Engineering company FLSmidth will supply a new gold processing plant to JSC Pavlik in the Magadan region in the east of Russia. The order, valued at around R626-million, will be booked in the first quarter of 2020. The planned seven-million-tonne-a-year plant will operate alongside the highly... 

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