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Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South Africa's long-awaited mining cadastral system, a key tool for orderly mineral exploration... 

Hosted learnerships allow for collaborative skills development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th May 2024 Hosted learnerships play a crucial role in addressing the skills gap in the mining sector, particularly in areas with high unemployment rates, by upskilling local talent, providing additional workforce and offering employment opportunities outside the sector, says training services provider... 

An image of mining consultants at a site
CULTIVATING TALENT Hosted learnerships enable a three-way collaboration approach to skills development, ensuring various businesses can play their part in cultivating talent

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry  

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha.

Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro  

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2024 South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up with a utility that supplies them clean water along with a store of cheap and reliable green energy. 

Karst MD Guy Richards.
Karst interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities   

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2024 South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South Africa with the assistance of its Rock Engineering Technical Committee, and supported by the South... 

The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Action plan to end fall of ground fatalities covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Company improves efficiency, safety in underground operations

29th March 2024 There is a growing acknowledgement over the past few years that transfer points and chutes significantly influence overall process plant performance, says engineering company Weba Chute Systems, which adds that these components now command more attention owing to their potential to disrupt plant... 

Though transfer chutes may not be directly involved in the shaft sinking stage of development of a mine, they can used later during materials handling within the mine
TRANSFER CHUTE INSTALLATION Though transfer chutes may not be directly involved in the shaft sinking stage of development of a mine, they can used later during materials handling within the mine

Intelligent drilling solutions advance underground capabilities 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2024 The adoption of intelligent drilling technologies represents a critical step towards more efficient, safe and sustainable underground mining operations, though eco-efficient rock processing solutions provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions underground drills business line manager Khomotso... 

The Sandvik DD422iE drill offers intelligent and electric fully automated, top hammer longhole drilling performance
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions underground drills business line manager Khomotso Duiker

Capital achieves fourth consecutive year of strong growth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th March 2024 Mining services company Capital CE Peter Stokes says the company is excited for the year ahead after "another great year" in 2023, in which it achieved growth for the fourth consecutive year, despite a challenging market environment. The UK-headquartered company's services include exploration,... 

A Chrysos PhotonAssay unit
A Chrysos PhotonAssay unit

M&R weighing capital-light re-entry into Australian mining market

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2024 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it still intends to regain a foothold in the Australian mining market, which it lost when RUC’s Australian holding company entered voluntary administration in late 2022. However, CEO Henry Laas indicates that it will adopt a capital-light approach to the... 

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

M&R gets back on track with narrowed losses, lower debt

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2024 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has reported a significant year-on-year reduction in its attributable loss for the six months ended December 31, 2023, signalling a positive turn in its financial performance. The company recorded a substantially reduced attributable loss of R95-million for the... 

3 workers or engineers in PPE on a construction or mining site

Continued exploration, mine development in 2024

23rd February 2024 With Africa’s substantial and varied mineral endowment being undisputed, the year ahead will likely see ongoing progress in exploration and mine development, in both traditional metals and the minerals associated with the global energy transition, according to mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD... 

Mining consultancy SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl
ANDREW VAN ZYL The more important questions about mining’s prospects for the coming year relate to the foundation that the sector is creating for the longer term

No immediate plan to list Aveng in Australia, but future listing likely amid change in reporting currency to Aussie dollar 

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2024 JSE-listed Aveng, which recently relocated is management epicentre to Australia and changed its reporting currency from South African rands to Australian dollars, has no immediate intention of listing in Australia but acknowledges that such a move is possible in future. Incoming CEO Scott... 

Incoming Aveng CEO Scott Cummins
Incoming Aveng CEO Scott Cummins

Complex SA-DRC reactor project recognised

16th February 2024 The fabrication, in South Africa, of six large reactors for the Azmet Reactor project, being undertaken at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a “massive achievement” after it was awarded the Southern African Institute for Steel Construction (SAISC) 2023 Steel Awards Mining and... 

A three story high reactor manufactured by Viva Engineering with people in PPE under it to show scale
AWARD WINNING The supply of six reactors to a mine in the DRC has been met with an award from SAISC for the Mining and Industrial category

Human rights a key issue

By: Halima Frost     16th February 2024 Modern slavery risk mitigation data and research company Evidencity says although poor governance is an endemic issue in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the protection of human rights – primarily those pertaining to the use of child labour – is the greatest challenge.   

 A young boy miner stood in front of an openpit artisanal mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo
MINOR MINERS The use of children and disadvantaged people in the Democratic Republic of Congo mining sector is rampant

M&R Cementation unveils mock-up underground mine training facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2024 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has unveiled its new mechanised mining mock-up facility, which serves to provide equipment operators and supervisors with a more realistic learning experience. The facility simulates the conditions of a working underground mine and comprises... 

M&R Cementation's mock-up mine
M&R Cementation's mock-up mine

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Murray & Roberts Cementation techniques, tech advance positive disruption 

By: Tracy Hancock     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

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

PGMs, hydrogen think tank hosted

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 A discussion on platinum group metal (PGM) miners and the role of these resources in hydrogen technology will be presented at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. As a panellist involved in this... 

a Gloved hand holding a chunk of raw platinum ore
PLATINUM A PRIORITY The role that platinum group metals have in the development of a green economy will be discussed by Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

Capital positive about growth prospects in 2024

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2024 London-listed mining services company Capital continues to see strong demand across each of its business divisions, with the group expecting to report total revenue of $318-million for the year ended December 31. This marks a 9.7% year-on-year growth rate compared with the prior year.  

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

Perenti secures A$420m of contract extensions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2024 Mining services company Perenti has announced that its underground mining businesses have been awarded contract extensions valued at A$420-million. This includes a 12-month, A$125-million contract extension to continue underground development and production works at Gold Fields Agnew underground... 

Innovation, safety pave way for success

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th December 2023 As underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client, copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) continue their journey towards the 1 200-m mark in the construction of the ventilation shaft for the PMC Lift II expansion project, innovation and safety have taken centre... 

INNOVATIONInnovative approaches in shaft sinking, including tailored concrete mixes, have far-reaching implications for the future of shaft sinking projects in the mining industry
INNOVATIONInnovative approaches in shaft sinking, including tailored concrete mixes, have far-reaching implications for the future of shaft sinking projects in the mining industry

MRC, PMC reach new depths in Lift II ventilation shaft project

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th December 2023 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client, copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) celebrate a significant milestone in their partnership as they approach the completion of a notable project that can reshape the future of mining in Phalaborwa, in Limpopo, and... 

COLLABORATIONThe Palabora copper mine Lift II expansion project is expected to extend the life of mine to at least 2038
COLLABORATIONThe Palabora copper mine Lift II expansion project is expected to extend the life of mine to at least 2038

Greenfield investment lagging badly, mining’s contribution to economy halved 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2023 The growth of investment in fresh new greenfield mining projects is lagging badly and the contribution of the South African mining industry to the national economy has more than halved in the last two decades, Minerals Council South Africa’s latest Facts and Figures 2022 points out. Net fixed... 

Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.
Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.

Beament’s Develop wins Mt Marion contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2023 ASX-listed Develop Global, the mining start-up of Bill Beament, has won a A$46-million underground development contract to establish and develop an exploration decline at the Mt Marion lithium mine, in Western Australia. Mt Marion, which is a joint venture between Mineral Resources and Ganfeng... 

Mineral Resources' Mt Marion operation in Western Australia
Mineral Resources' Mt Marion operation in Western Australia

African Rainbow Minerals provides R20-million for Wits University research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2023 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is supporting postdoctoral research into water, energy and digitalisation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. The investment is firmly located within the university’s mining precinct and dovetails with the... 

ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.
ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.

Aveng shifts 'epicentre' to Melbourne as it names Cummins as new CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2023 The locus of JSE-listed construction group Aveng is set to shift to Australia following the appointment of Scott Cummins, who currently leads McConnell Dowell, to succeed Sean Flanagan as CEO, as well as the impending relocation of CFO Adrian Macartney to Melbourne. Flanagan, who was a... 

Scott Cummins
Scott Cummins

Larger premises boosts stockholding

By: Halima Frost     9th November 2023 Industrial electrical, electronic and mechanical product supplier Madacan Africa started operations last month at its new premises in the Northlands Business Park in Northriding, which is almost double the size of its previous facility in Kya Sands, both of which are in Gauteng. “The new 944 m2... 

A Blue Motovario Motor Gearbox unit which is being imported by Madacan to supply South Africa's mining sector.
THE FIRST OF MANY The Motovario single-stage gearbox units which are being imported by Madacan will be the first of this range to be stocked in its new facility

M&R describes past year as its ‘most difficult’ since 2008

By: Darren Parker     2nd November 2023 The financial year ended June 30 had been the most challenging period for Murray & Roberts (M&R) Holdings since the 2008 global financial crisis, the company said in a statement on November 2. In a business update published as part of its annual general meeting proceedings, the company said the... 

Murray & Roberts sign

Substantial Botswana contract awarded

27th October 2023 Diversified mining services group Perenti reports that its surface mining business in Africa, contract mining provider African Mining Services (AMS), was awarded a contract for openpit mining services at copper-focused miner Sandfire Resources’ A4 openpit operation, which lies within the larger... 

A sunset view of the openpit operations with a load dump haul machine in the background owned by Sandfire Resources in Botswana,
OPEN FOR BUSINESS African Mining Services has been awarded the operations contract at Sandfire Resources’ A4 openpit operation

Capital poised for further revenue growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2023 Mining services provider Capital remains on track to meet its revenue guidance of between $320-million and $340-million for the full-year, after having generated $79.7-million of revenue in the third quarter, ended September 30. Revenue for the quarter was 9% higher year-on-year and 4.2% higher... 

The Sukari underground mine

Collaboration to develop heavy-duty motors

13th October 2023 Industrial products supplier BMG’s electric motor designers and engineers have collaborated with global electric motor specialists to develop the Synergy IE3 range of electric motors that meet stringent quality standards and set the benchmark locally for arduous duty, high efficiency motors.... 

A large electric motor sat on the ground sealed in an orange corrosion proof and fire retardant paint at a mine in Africa
SYMBIOTIC SYNERGY The collaboration between two research ad development departments has led to the development of the Synergy IE3 range of electric motors

Ninth successful winding project completed

13th October 2023 Electric motor repair service provider Marthinusen & Coutts has performed its ninth on site gearless mill drive winding project for copper miner First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Cobre copper mine in the district of Donoso, in Panama, Central America. Marthinusen & Coutts, during October and... 

6 men stood in front of a large metal ball mill wearing PPE
TEAMING WITH EXPERIENCE The Marthinusen & Coutts team that helped complete the ninth on site gearless mill drive winding project for a mine in Central America

DRA makes major changes to its board

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2023 Dual-listed engineering, project delivery and operations management group DRA Global has announced the resignation of four of its directors from the company’s board, effective immediately. The ASX- and JSE-listed company on Thursday said that following engagement with the company’s largest... 

Conservation: if business-as-usual continues, world’s doomed – Oppenheimer conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2023 World-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall reminded hundreds of scientists present at the 12th Oppenheimer Research Conference in Midrand that if the world carries on with a business-as-usual approach to conservation, the planet is doomed. “Forests, wetlands, peatlands grasslands, all of which... 

Nicky Oppenheimer.
Oppenheimer Research Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Photographs: Donna Slater

M&R again fails to regain control of RUC

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2023 Engineering and contracting group Murray & Roberts (M&R) was unable to regain control of RUC, the Australian mining services business it lost when its Australian holding company and Clough entered voluntary administration in December 2022. M&R has, therefore, started to capacitate a subsidiary... 

M&R's offices in Bedfordview, Gauteng
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