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Mantashe urges continued investment in clean coal tech   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday commended Sasol for the “good work” it was doing and the opening of its new Impumelelo Colliery. He said it was notable that the opening of the mine came at a time when coal is under siege and that it should counter the narrative that coal is... 

Aspasa encourages surface mines to join the association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th March 2019 The Aggregate & Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) says surface miners are facing a growing number of challenges and calls on mine owners to get behind the association and become part of a unified voice for the industry. “With profits under pressure as a result of ever-more... 

Ongoing Evolution Keeps Booyco Pds As Fit For Purpose

16th October 2018 In line with the Mine Health and Safety Act’s regulations on machinery and equipment, the onus is on mines to ensure that their proximity detection systems (PDSs) are ‘fit for purpose’ when it comes to preventing collisions between trackless mobile machines (TMMs) and pedestrians. In terms of the... 

Booyco Leads The Pack As PDS #5,000 Goes Into Witbank Coal Mine

5th March 2018 As South Africa’s leader in terms of the largest deployment of proximity detection systems (PDS) in the mining sector, Booyco Electronics has celebrated another massive landmark: its 5,000th PDS installation. Getting to this point has taken years of commitment to customers, and a dedication to... 

Booyco Brings New Technology To Fire Suppression Market

7th February 2018 Building on its established reputation in proximity detection systems (PDS), Booyco Electronics is now also offering the latest fire suppression technologies to help customers manage their health and safety risk. “It was a natural extension of our business to move into fire suppression,” says... 

Legal Concerns In Mine Roll-Out Of Proximity Detection Systems

15th February 2017 Moving machinery is the second highest cause of fatalities in South African mines after falls of ground, making the implementation of effective proximity detection systems (PDS) a crucial step, but there are still perceived grey areas in mine safety regulations. According to Anton Lourens,... 

Mines Must Choose Pds Carefully To Comply With Safety Law

26th January 2017 While many mines consider proximity detection systems (PDS) a ‘grudge purchase’ to comply with the revised Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA), there is still considerable legal onus on both users and suppliers to ensure that all equipment is fit-for-purpose. Anton Lourens, managing director of... 

Implats defers production target, reviews capex, ups new technology plans 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2014 Strike-impacted platinum-mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) has deferred its 850 000 oz Rustenburg production target, is reviewing its capital expenditure (capex) programme intensively and is going all out to ramp up its post-strike restart to 250 000 oz of platinum from Rustenburg in the... 

SA mines installing 170 000 safety bolts a day, 200 km safety netting

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2013 South Africa’s mines are installing net-and-bolt safety systems at a rate of 170 000 safety bolts a day and 200 km of safety netting a day as part of an initiative that last year slashed fall-of-ground fatalities by 80%. The industry also made great strides with new proximity detection... 

Mine safety step change needed to attain zero harm goal – Van der Woude 

By: Martin Creamer     19th November 2013 A step change is needed in the safety performance of the South African mining industry if it is to attain its zero harm goal before 2040. In 2003, the South African mining industry agreed to be world class by 2013 by reducing fatalities by 20% a year over ten years. As it turned out, South... 

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