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DRDGOLD reports near R1bn operating profit despite 7% production dropoff

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2024 Despite its gold production for the six months to December 31, 2023, having decreased by 7%, owing to a 13% drop in throughput, DRDGOLD managed to return an operating profit of R909.3-million, with cash operating costs of about R2-billion. CEO Niël Pretorius, during the company’s interim... 

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.

Heavy equipment manufacturer adopts cutting-edge innovations for sustainable mining

By: Shannon de Ryhove     13th February 2024 Leading heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu provided insights into the company's pioneering development in the mining sector during an exclusive interview at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, earlier this month. Komatsu GM for mining operations Hermann Hollhumer said the... 

Komatsu’s 4800XPC rope shovel is not only an engineering marvel but once fully assembled, will also be the first of its kind in Africa
Komatsu’s 4800XPC rope shovel is not only an engineering marvel but once fully assembled, will also be the first of its kind in Africa

SANY to showcase extensive mining solutions at Mining Indaba 

6th February 2024 Heavy equipment manufacturer SANY will attend the 30th annual Investing in African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, exhibiting at stand L41. SANY debuted at the event last year and has quadrupled its stand size to present its technologically... 

SANY to showcase extensive mining solutions at Mining Indaba

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.

Recycling jetting and vacuum unit redefining maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2024 With optimising operations, reducing costs and embracing eco-conscious practices being imperative in the mining industry, pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps’ truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit “not only redefines maintenance protocols but also directly tackles the specific hurdles... 

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT
The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector
MAINTENANCE SUPPORT The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector

Underground hard rock equipment launched

26th January 2024 Set to be launched at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba is underground hard rock mining machinery from mining and industrial machinery developer Komatsu, following an expansion of its portfolio to develop and make available such equipment to the African market. Komatsu,... 

a yellow Komatsu WX07 wheel loader underground in stark lighting
WHEELING AWAY The new Komatsu WX07 wheel loader will make its debut at this years Investing in African Mining Indaba

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

Epiroc secures SKr280m equipment order for Türkiye copper mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2023 Productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and construction industries Epiroc has won a SKr280-million order from Eti Bakir, Türkiye’s largest mining company, for underground mining equipment that will be used at a new copper mine.  Eti Bakir is a long-time customer of Epiroc and has... 

Epiroc's Simba E70 S production drilling rigs
Epiroc's Simba E70 S production drilling rigs

GM, Komatsu to develop hydrogen fuel cells for electric mining truck

By: Reuters     12th December 2023 General Motors and Komatsu said on Tuesday they will jointly develop a hydrogen fuel cell power module for the Japanese construction machinery maker's 930E electric drive mining truck. "Mining trucks are among the largest, most capable vehicles used in any industry, and we believe hydrogen fuel... 

A Komatsu 930E hydrogen fuel cell mining truck
A Komatsu 930E hydrogen fuel cell mining truck

Sunward expands presence in South Africa with new distribution, service centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2023 Drilling, earthmoving and construction equipment supplier Sunward South Africa has unveiled its dedicated distribution facility in Jet Park, Boksburg, to serve the Southern African mining and construction markets. Sunward South Africa is part of the Sunward Equipment Group, which is a... 

Sunward South Africa launch

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.

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.

Barloworld expects slowdown in mining equipment sales as commodity cycle cools

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2023 Barloworld expects a 10% to 15% decline in the 2024 Southern African mining equipment industry on the back of slowing commodity demand and weak commodity prices. “Having said that, we are encouraged by activity in the construction space,” says Equipment Southern Africa CE Andronicca Masemola.  

Image of Barloworld emblems and flags

Specialist develops economical solutions

3rd November 2023 Multi-disciplinary specialist underground mining and metallurgical processing services company United Mining Services (UMS) Group has equipped its operations in preparation for the surge in demand for specialist underground mining skills. Among other efforts, the company offers refurbished... 

An image of the commissioning of five-boom drill-rig (drill-jumbo)
FORWARD THINKING SOLUTIONS UMS refurbishes equipment with the latest electrical technology to make the machines fit for the specific application

Supplier addresses challenges through product offering

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd November 2023 The mining industry requires innovative and automated solutions to mitigate the impact of various challenges, which industrial product supplier Bolts and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) provides through customised technology solutions. Mining companies adjust to lower commodities demand and... 

An image of the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise drone
MAVIC 3 ENTERPRISE DRONE The drone offers several advantages for surveying and mapping purposes

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

Sorting technology exceeds client expectations

27th October 2023 An X-ray transmission (XRT) sorter employed at magnesia products producer Queensland Magnesia’s (QMAG’s) Kunwarara openpit operation in Australia since 2016 has shown positive results, exceeding expectations in terms of its sorting capabilities. QMAG mines ore using an openpit method and... 

Queensland Magnesia’s Kunwarara openpit operation in Australia which mines magnesia products
NEW TECH By implementing new sorting technologies, Queensland Magnesia’s Kunwarara openpit operation in Australia continues to show positive results

Exploration starts at Namibia prospect

27th October 2023 This month, Namibia-based lithium, tin and tantalum miner Andrada Mining confirmed its starting of an initial exploration programme at the Brandberg West exploration licence, at the opencast Brandberg West mine, in the Erongo region. The new prospecting programme will involve drilling over 3 000... 

Three men in PPE at a core sampling drill near the Brandberg West mine, in the Erongo region
PROSPECTIVE NAMIBIA Andrada Mining conducting drilling activities in Namibia in search of technology metals

Larger incline screen delivered for growing sand mine

By: Halima Frost     27th October 2023 A new Chieftain 2200 mobile inclined screen was delivered in August by mining equipment supplier ELB Equipment to the Jongiliziwe sand mine, in Sasolburg, in the Free State. Manufactured by mobile crushing, screening and conveying equipment company Powerscreen, the Chieftain 2200 replaces a... 

An aerial view of the new Chieftan 2200 mobile incline screen in action at the Jongiliziwe sand mine, in Sasolburg
UPPING PRODUCTIVITY The new Chieftan 2200 mobile incline screen in action at the Jongiliziwe sand mine, in Sasolburg

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

Complex openpit modelling sees geologist awarded

27th October 2023 Awarded for her work in modelling complex geological structures for an openpit operation, Australia-based ground modelling, engineering and design services company GMEK engineering geologist Caroline Burden won the Geology Challenge of mining technology developer Maptek earlier this month. The... 

Three portrait images of Caroline Burden, Anthony Bottrill and Evelyn Charlesworth who won first, second and third places respectively for their submission in the Maptek's Geology Challenge
THE WINNING TRIFECTA Three research geologists have been awarded with Maptek's Geology Challenge's top honors

Mobile crusher manufacturer adds to portfolio

27th October 2023 Mining and construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group’s Kleemann brand announced in August that it will launch its mobile impact crusher, the MOBIREX MR 100(i) NEO and NEOe gradually, starting with the European and North American markets, in the first quarter of 2024. Mobile crushers are used... 

A solo image of the Kleeman MOBIREX MR 100(i) NEO and NEOe developed by Wirtgen
GETTING TO THE CRUNCH OF THINGS The new Kleeman MOBIREX MR 100(i) NEO and NEOe range of crushers will be rolled out early next year

Sector can flourish – association

By: Halima Frost     27th October 2023 Despite small-scale surface miners being negatively affected by the prevailing subdued economic climate in South Africa, surface mining nonprofit organisation Aspasa director Letisha van den Berg says the sector is agile and resilient and will continue to go from strength to strength.... 

A large yellow grader in an opencast mine with a blue sky in the background
LOOK TO THE HORIZON Surface mining nonprofit organisation Aspasa says that the future of the sector looks promising

Nonelectric detonators gain traction

By: Halima Frost     20th October 2023 Since the launch of mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME’s new Viperdet MS series of detonators in August, the products have been used in 11 successful blasts in the South African quarrying sector. According to BME, the mining segment of chemicals company Omnia, the series is an... 

An explosion with ground being blown up in a controlled explosion using the BME Viperdet MS series of Detonators
BLOWING UP IN POPULARITY The new BME Viperdet MS series of detonators has been used in 11 successful blasts since its launch in August

New explosives innovation prioritises safety

20th October 2023 The DigiShot Ranger, designed by South African mining explosives manufacturer AECI Mining Explosives has been designed to cater specifically for smaller mines, quarries and civil blasting operations, offering inherent safety features and improving functionality for operators. Technological... 

A detonator and charge placed on the wall of an opencast mining operation with
TOP SHOT The DigiShot Ranger offering inherent safety features and improving functionality for operators

Karo Mining updates shareholders on mine construction, management changes

By: Darren Parker     3rd October 2023 London- and JSE-listed Tharisa Mining subsidiary Karo Mining, in Zimbabwe, has confirmed that the first concrete pour at the Karo mining project took place in June after construction of bulk earthworks began in December. The Karo mine low-cost, open-pit platinum group metals (PGM) asset under... 

Bell placing strong new emphasis on underground mining equipment advance  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2023 With a legacy spanning decades and a reputation for pioneering advancements, South Africa’s Bell Equipment is now placing strong new emphasis on advancing underground mining equipment. Currently a producer of low-profile underground mining trucks as well as underground rockscalers, Bell is... 

Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen.
Bell CEO Leon Goosen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

New railway to include Zambia minerals line

22nd September 2023 Inclusive of a stretch of railway extending into Zambia’s copper-producing district, the start of the transfer of the concession of railway services and support logistics of the Lobito Corridor to joint venture (JV) Lobito Atlantic Railway was announced in July during a ceremony hosted by the... 

A copper mine at night in Zambia
MINE TO PORT The new and improved rail line in the Lobito Corridor will help get minerals to port quicker and safer

New wheel loader improves efficiency

15th September 2023 The new Liebherr L 566 wheel loader, part of construction machine manufacturer Liebherr’s 5.1 wheel loader family, is an upgrade of the previous 5.0 generation range, and benefits from significant performance improvements, such as being able to handle an increased tipping load, having the option... 

LIEBHERR L 566
The new Liebherr L 566 wheel loader is an upgrade of the previous 5.0 generation range
LIEBHERR L 566 The new Liebherr L 566 wheel loader is an upgrade of the previous 5.0 generation range

Bell looks to diversify production at Richard Bay plant through BHI launch 

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2023 Bell Equipment is set to launch a new business, called Bell Heavy Industries (BHI), at the Mining Indaba in February next year. BHI will be an arm of Bell Equipment Company South Africa, which is 51% black-owned, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. 

Image of outgoing Bell CEO Leon Goosen
Bell CEO Leon Goosen

Epiroc wins its largest order ever at Kamoa-Kakula

By: Darren Parker     5th September 2023 Original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc has won its largest-ever order for the expansion of the Kamoa-Kakula copper mining complex, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).   Mine owner Kamoa Copper – a joint venture (JV) between base and precious metals developer Ivanhoe Mines, with 39.6%... 

epiroc mining machines

Mines embrace digital transformation

18th August 2023 The mining industry in South Africa has embraced digital transformation, according to  corporate and commercial law firm Werksmans Attorneys head of regulatory Ahmore Burger-Smidt. South Africa’s mining industry uses digital mediums, such as machine learning, Big Data and artificial intelligence... 

Modern tech incorporated

By: Lynne Davies     18th August 2023 Modern technologies are increasingly being incorporated into original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc’s range of mining machinery and systems as it embraces newer and safer ways of using its equipment. Traditionally, companies relied solely on the skill of equipment operators to execute... 

The above image depicts the equipment set on display at the Epiroc Customer Day event on June 30, 2023
EPIROC CUSTOMER DAY Equipment put on display for Epiroc customers at the Epriroc Customer Day event, on June 30, 2023

Women-centric mine contracting company launched

By: Halima Frost     11th August 2023 With a clear goal to become a reputable service provider to pre-selected blue chip mining companies, black woman-led and women-centric mine contracting company, TseboKgadi has been launched. TseboKgadi – which means “women with knowledge” in Sotho – has been established by mining advisory company... 

A photo of Maria Mogenadi wearing PPE at the forefront of a mining operation with load haul vehicles in the background
MARIA MOGANEDI Moganedi has gone from being one of the first ladies to complete a blasting training certificate in the mining sector to being the CEO of a women-centric mine contracting company

New colliery promotes women’s empowerment

By: Halima Frost     11th August 2023 Within the first few months of operating, coal miner Canyon Coal’s R600-million Gugulethu colliery, in Mpumalanga, has employed 21 women, with the intention of increasing that number going forward, says Gugulethu mine GM Jarmi Steyn. Canyon Coal is a subsidiary of private investment company Menar. 

A load haul machine driving in a sparse mining terrain with the sun shining brightly in the sky
BRIGHT FUTURE Canyon Coal's Gugulethu colliery looks to hire even more women in various positions as the mine develops

Funding closes for gold project with potential to be shining modern mining exemplar  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2023 Funding has closed for the gold-from-dumps mining project west of Johannesburg, which has the potential to make the surrounding towns thrive once again, and be a shining example of what modern mining can be. The full upfront capital of R2.5-billion for the project’s development has been secured,... 

Pan African Resources chairperson Keith Spencer.
Pan African chairperson Keith Spencer on Mogale Tailings Retreatment, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Picture: Donna Slater.

Most of 500 employees for constructing gold-from-dumps project will be local  

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2023 Employees for the construction of the Mogale Tailings Retreatment project on Gauteng’s West Rand will be largely locally sourced. “We aim to employ approximately 500 employees during construction and our aim is to source 60% of them from the local community and we also would like to train and... 

Mogale Tailings Retreatment project operations manager Oriel Shikwambana.
Mogale Tailings Retreatment project operations manager Oriel Shikwambana presentation covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson. Picture: Donna Slater
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