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Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock is Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Standby gensets not viable option while loadshedding persists

12th April 2024 Selecting a generator set with a standby power rating might have been sufficient ten to 15 years ago but is no longer a viable option to cope with the current severity of local power disruptions owing to South Africa’s energy crisis, says generator manufacturer WEG Africa senior gensets manager... 

Greater energy efficiency demand in growing food, bev industry

15th March 2024 Demand for drive solutions specialist SEW-EURODRIVE’s energy efficient product offering is currently strong and increasing steadily with end-users in the growing food and beverage industry and the original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that supply them, says SEW-EURODRIVE Cape Town branch... 

Greater energy efficiency demand in growing food, bev industry
PRODUCING TARGETS SEW-EURODRIVE has assisted with meeting capacity requirements to achieve production targets at a local fish processing facility through the correct gearbox selection and specification

New service centre opened to back Normet Africa’s growth

15th March 2024 To support the continued success of its African expansion, underground mining technology company Normet Africa has officially opened its custom-built 4 800 m2 service centre at the Equites industrial development, in Jet Park, Gauteng. 

New service centre opened to back Normet Africa’s growth

MineShift highlights the importance of advancing African beneficiation

14th March 2024 The need to ensure that Africa realises the vast potential for socioeconomic upliftment presented by the on-continent beneficiation of its abundant endowment of precious-metals and stones was emphasised at the inaugural MineShift event, hosted at Cape Town’s ZEITZ Mocaa Museum of Contemporary Art... 

MineShift highlights the importance of advancing African beneficiation

Valves are critical components that should not be overlooked

8th March 2024 Viewing valves as insignificant components and, consequently, failing to procure the most suitable solution for a robust application is a common occurrence that impacts negatively on the uptime of any minerals processing operation. “During plant operations, companies often experience the regret... 

Valves are critical components that should not be overlooked
HERMAN BRITZ Starting with a premium product lowers total cost of ownership and eliminates buyer’s remorse down the line

Smarter mining key amid current market conditions

23rd February 2024 Despite the boon of improved uranium demand, overall, depressed commodity prices and costly operating conditions are emphasising the need for Namibian mining companies to ensure that they mine a lot smarter, and more efficiently and sustainably. “We believe that our solutions meet that criteria.... 

Smarter mining key amid  current market conditions
RYAN FITZPATRICK The trend at the moment is about reducing total cost of ownership

DRDGOLD’s business model is ESG in action

20th February 2024 Considering that environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects have become increasingly important over the years, especially in the mining industry, gold producer DRDGOLD emphasises that its tailings retreatment business model was built to realise ESG compliance. “Essentially what we do is... 

DRDGOLD’s business model is ESG in action

Digitisation is key to contractor transparency, says Saryx

7th February 2024 Compliance, health and safety, and environmental awareness are central to long-term sustainability and are achieved by maintaining rigorous standards and improved visibility and/or transparency. However, some mines still employ old-fashioned lever arch, paper-based files in pursuit of this... 

Digitisation is key to contractor transparency, says Saryx

FLSmidth discusses innovations for sustainable mining

7th February 2024 With technological advancements expected to disrupt the traditional African mining sector, full flowsheet technology and service supplier FLSmidth outlines the most promising innovations on the horizon in a video interview at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. FLSmidth PCV sales head... 

FLSmidth discusses innovations for sustainable mining

Improve the ease of ESG management with Bureau Veritas

6th February 2024 With companies making greater environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments, often going beyond regulatory disclosure, managing sustainability goals may be time-consuming and complex and impeded by poor data quality. Creating and monitoring the implementation of codes, processes and... 

Improve the ease of ESG management with Bureau Veritas

Fluor ready to address carbon tax challenges

6th February 2024 One of the most significant focus areas for the mining and metals industry in the next decade, and into the future, will be the management of carbon emissions, says global engineering, procurement and construction company Fluor. Fluor process technology director Etienne Bredell discusses the... 

Fluor ready to address carbon tax challenges

Weir Minerals discusses evolution of African mining

6th February 2024 Mining technology company Weir Minerals discusses how it expects the African mining industry to evolve in the context of positive disruption while attending this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. Weir Minerals SA MD Rajen Govender unpacks the key disruptions the company has experienced... 

Weir Minerals discusses evolution of African mining

Murray & Roberts Cementation techniques, tech advance positive disruption

6th February 2024 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation is integrating innovative techniques and technologies to drive positive disruption in the African mining sector. Murry & Roberts Cementation MD Japie du Plessis discusses the company's initiatives towards sustainable mining practices and how... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation techniques, tech advance positive disruption

Booyco Electronics embraces positive disruption

6th February 2024 Mine safety equipment manufacturer Booyco Electronics is embracing the concept of positive disruption to redefine the African mining industry. In a video interview with Mining Weekly at this year’s Investing in Mining Indaba, Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens discusses how the company ensures... 

Booyco Electronics embraces positive disruption

Wärtsilä experiencing ‘great success’ across Africa

6th February 2024 International energy company Wärtsilä’s GEMS Digital Energy Platform has successfully provided the integration between solar photovoltaic and thermal installations for mining customers in Africa, most recently in Mali, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. “Further, working with flexible energy solutions... 

Wärtsilä experiencing ‘great success’ across Africa

Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions enabling positive disruption

5th February 2024 Eco-efficient rock processing solutions provider Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions is playing a key role in embracing the power of positive disruption in the African mining industry. Sandvik Rock Processing sales area Africa VP Tarynn Yatras tells Mining Weekly in a video interview at the... 

Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions enabling positive disruption

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions drives positive disruptions

5th February 2024 Equipment and technical solutions provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has introduced key technological innovations and advancements in Southern Africa to drive positive disruption in mining operations. Speaking to Mining Weekly at the Investing in Mining Indaba, Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions drives positive disruptions

Shell committed to support sustainable mining

5th February 2024 Oil and gas company Shell is showcasing and recommitting its support to sustainable mining through its products and solutions that help customers achieve their performance and profitability objectives with minimal impact on the environment, says Shell service manager Mpho Mokwena in a video... 

Shell committed to support sustainable mining

OIM launches new payoff line at Mining Indaba

5th February 2024 Operational improvement management specialist OIM Consulting has launched a new payoff line at the 2024 Investing in African Mining Indaba – ‘Refining Lives. Releasing Value.’ – which captures the value added by the company’s Supervisory Development Programme. More than 2 000 supervisors have... 

OIM launches new payoff line at Mining Indaba

TAU Mining’s turnkey solution delivers sustainable mining projects

31st January 2024 With more than 30 years of experience in hard and soft rock environments, top tier opencut mining contractor TAU Mining has proven that turnkey solutions provide operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness, effective risk management and consistent quality throughout the mining process. “This... 

TAU Mining’s turnkey solution delivers sustainable mining projects

TAU Mining targets continued success in 2024

14th December 2023 By forging strategic alliances, leveraging industry expertise and demonstrating operational excellence through its commitment to innovation and sustainability, turnkey opencast mining contractor TAU Mining has positioned itself favourably for continued success in 2024 and beyond.  With more than... 

TAU Mining targets continued success in 2024

Local agitator order a world first for global drive engineer

13th October 2023 Drive engineering specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has secured the world’s first order for its new X.e series agitator unit, launched in July, from a participant in the South African mining industry. The order for nine X.e agitator drives was placed in early August. The units are expected to... 

Local agitator order a world first for global drive engineer
WELCOME RESPONSE The pre-sales launch of the X.e agitator in April at the Hannover Messe trade fair, in Germany, was well received by industry

Pump range accommodates midtier miners’ evolving needs

15th September 2023 There is a sweet spot when selecting the correct pump for a specific application and the KREBS pump range from minerals processing and materials handling technology and systems supplier FLSmidth aims to offer a solution for every stage of a mid-tier mining operation’s life cycle. As mid-tier... 

Pump range accommodates midtier miners’ evolving needs
DIREN LALLA FLSmidth is a strategic technology partner, and its technical expertise is sought after by members of the mining industry

Pump-sizing calculator prevents costly mistakes

15th September 2023 Identifying the correct pump for the job has historically been a time-consuming process. Pump dewatering and dredging solutions company IPR is helping its customers streamline the selection process with the introduction of Atlas Copco’s online pump-sizing calculator, the effectiveness of which... 

Pump-sizing calculator prevents costly mistakes
RIGHT CHOICE IPR's pump selector algorithm can be used to size any pump in the Atlas Copco range for a customer's specific requirements

Common agenda needed to better address gender inequality

17th August 2023 While working conditions for women have improved greatly compared with those of the previous generation, gender inequality is still a considerable issue locally and needs to be tackled uniformly by corporate South Africa. A panel of influential women leaders discussed the topic of gender equality... 

Common agenda needed to better address gender inequality

Decentralised drive tech specified for US manufacturer

28th July 2023 Automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE has secured an order to supply the latest decentralised drive technology in its Generation C range to automate a new storage and retrieval system being constructed for a US-based vehicle manufacturing plant. The facility will feed an existing manufacturing... 

Decentralised drive  tech specified for  US manufacturer
SIMPLIFYING SYSTEMS SEW-EURODRIVE’s MOVI-C modular automation system is capable of every automation task, and in particular, storage and retrieval is made far less complex with the modular MOVIGEAR Performance and the DDI cable

Upgrade pumps first when increasing minerals processing throughput

7th July 2023 The demand for higher production rates is placing greater pressure on minerals processing plants to produce greater tonnages. Pumps play a crucial role in minerals processing and need to be correctly specified to accommodate increased production to maintain cost-effective, energy efficient... 

Upgrade pumps first when increasing minerals processing throughput
WARMAN PUMP A Warman mill circuit pump operating in a copper mine

PDS data evolving beyond original use case

30th June 2023 The data captured by original equipment manufacturer Booyco Electronics’ proximity detection systems (PDS) not only helps enhance safety at surface mining operations but can also be used to improve efficiencies on site when input into a digital twin simulation model. Whether acquired by early... 

PDS data evolving beyond original use case
IMPROVED MODELLING Booyco Electronics has an extensive footprint of customers facilitating harnessing of technology for digital twin modelling

Starlink addresses issue of presence in S Africa at Dwyka Tech*Carnival

19th May 2023 The ambition of Elon Musk’s global satellite Internet service Starlink is to be available worldwide, said Starlink enterprise sales director Phillip van Essen at the Dwyka Tech*Carnival this week when questioned about the high-speed, low-latency broadband Internet service provider’s presence, or... 

Starlink addresses issue of presence in S Africa at Dwyka Tech*Carnival
Starlink enterprise sales director Phillip van Essen at the Dwyka Tech*Carnival, hosted at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand

Company driven to help meet Zambia’s energy efficiency goals

19th May 2023 Drive technology specialist SEW-EURODRIVE is helping industry implement energy efficient systems in line with Zambia’s Energy Efficiency Strategy and Action Plan (EESAP), says SEW-EURODRIVE business development representative in Zambia Francis Musaba, a certified energy auditor. The plan was... 

Company driven to help meet Zambia’s energy efficiency goals
FRANCIS MUSABA The Zambian government is supporting any industry that implements effective energy management and savings and is penalising those which do not

Dwyka Tech*Carnival highlights the importance of adaptability

18th May 2023 The flexibility humans have to deal with the unexpected has become one of the most crucial skills for any organisation today, as technology continues to play a greater role in business globally, emphasises Amy Hervey from think tank Future Crunch. Speaking on the first day of the inaugural Dwyka... 

Dwyka Tech*Carnival highlights the importance of adaptability
Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van Schoor and Emesent CEO Stefan Hrabar at the Dwyka Tech*Carnival, hosted at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand

Specialist fabricator stronger than ever in tough market conditions

12th May 2023 While the local economic climate weighs heavily on many manufacturers, specialist fabrication company Efficient Engineering’s order book has never looked better. “We've never experienced such an order book at the beginning of a financial year. Our financial year started in March and we have... 

Specialist fabricator stronger than ever in tough market conditions
COAL CATALYST There is increasing demand for truck bodies from the mining industry, owing to growing demand for coal in Europe

Venetia prioritises critical skills as first production pressure mounts

12th May 2023 Critical skills are being prioritised at the Venetia training centre to ensure that diamond mining giant De Beers’ $2.2-billion Venetia Underground Project (VUP), in Limpopo, achieves first production this year. “We are prioritising the training of long drill operators, who are key to advancing... 

Venetia prioritises critical skills as first production pressure mounts
STOFFEL MOLOKWANE The training centre is continuously evolving as technology advances in line with the progression of the Venetia Underground Project

Local interest soars, despite obstacles

7th April 2023 Local deep-level mining equipment manufacturers are noticing increased interest in their product offering on the back of Russian sanctions, but are being weighed down by the country’s ongoing energy crisis and recent greylisting, says industry cluster organisation Mining Equipment Manufacturers... 

Local interest soars, despite obstacles
DRILLING THE WAY Hydro Power Equipment’s Isidingo Drill is believed to be the lightest high-performance rotary percussive rockdrill in the world and paves the way for female operators

Wireless networks tested at Venetia underground

7th April 2023 US-based Kinetic Mesh wireless networks developer Rajant Corporation conducted digital mining tests in collaboration with multinational engineering company Sandvik to ensure that wireless communication can be used with the teleremote and autonomous vehicles destined for diamond major De Beers’... 

Wireless networks tested at Venetia underground
UNDERGROUND NETWORK Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh network is deployed at about 50 mines in sub-Saharan Africa, most of which are underground operations

VUP remains on schedule amid energy crisis

7th April 2023 Major diamond miner De Beers’ $2.1-billion Venetia Underground Project (VUP) is on track to start production in the second half of this year, despite the National State of Disaster, declared to deal with South Africa’s energy crisis, disrupting the country’s business environment. “This disruption... 

VUP remains on schedule amid energy crisis
A MINE OF THE FUTURE To optimise productivity and enhance safety underground, the Venetia Underground Project will introduce several digitised and mechanised innovations to Venetia’s operation

Delivering a mine of the future while creating jobs

7th April 2023 The Venetia Underground Project (VUP) is vital to ensure that Venetia remains one of the largest diamond producers not only in diamond mining major De Beers’ global portfolio but also for the South African economy, and the hundreds of employees who will work for the mine into the future, says... 

Delivering a mine of the future while creating jobs
LEVELING UP The training management system being implemented at Venetia will host simulator training results, as well as store all electronic training records of every employee

Local mines adopting Hydrovessel drilling system

7th April 2023 Another two local deep-level mines will completely remove compressed air from their operations over the next 18 months, equipping 120 mining crews with drilling equipment supplier HydroPower Systems’ (HPS’) HV212 EOD Hydrovessel drilling system. This includes operations in both gold and... 

Local mines adopting Hydrovessel drilling system
IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY The HV212 EOD helps mines transition from using conventional compressed air, which is proven to decrease crew efficiencies and, ultimately, threatens the viability of underground mines and the livelihood of local communities

Major player moving to secure power purchase agreements

31st March 2023 As South Africa’s energy crisis continues, global renewable resource company Sappi is actively engaging with independent renewable-energy producers to secure renewable energy as and when it becomes available, through power purchase agreements. Buying renewable energy is one of three investment... 

Major player moving to secure  power purchase agreements
SUSTAINABLE SAICCOR An expansion project at Sappi's Saiccor mill has significantly reduced its reliance on coal-based power

Global demand for paper, pulp and board softens

31st March 2023 Global demand for paper, pulp and board is expected to soften in the first half of this year, compared with the highs of last year, where severe supply chain constraints created paper shortages worldwide, says global renewable resource company Sappi. “This significantly boosted sales orders, as... 

Global demand  for paper, pulp  and board softens
THE GREEN FACTOR The underlying demand for dissolving pulp, packaging, office paper and tissue, in South Africa, and speciality papers abroad, remains strong, driven by global sustainability trends

Mining BEVs set to launch

17th March 2023 Underground mining mobile equipment specialist MacLean Engineering is expanding its battery electric vehicle portfolio this year with the launch of three new mining vehicles that further address ventilation-related energy costs, improve health and safety through diesel-free work environments, and... 

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