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Deal signed to test battery-powered haul trucks

21st June 2024 Forming part of its initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, iron-ore and nickel major Vale and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar have signed an agreement to test battery electric trucks and energy transfer systems, as well as to conduct studies on ethanol-powered trucks. This undertaking... 

Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AI weighbridge solutions combat coal corruption

By: Lynne Davies     31st May 2024 Weighbridge automation solutions provider JustWeighs recently developed and launched its new AI and surveillance equipment to combat coal transportation corruption and illicit trading. The company makes use of AI and data analytics to identify trucks with cloned numberplates or swapped trailers,... 

The above image depicts a truck that makes use of the JustWeighs system that provides coal producers with the ability to tract tonnages from pit to plant without the use of manual weighbridge slips
TONNAGE TRACKING The JustWeighs system provides coal producers with the ability to tract tonnages from pit to plant without the use of manual weighbridge slips

Skilled engineers key to customer satisfaction

31st May 2024 Industrial agitator and mixing specialist Mixtec’s dedicated field sales representatives, supported by consulting engineers specialising in mining applications, “resolutely” work to provide comprehensive support through the provision of detailed manuals and checklists, which the company says... 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Mixtec provides proactive aftermarket services such as maintenance, repairs and audits, including for third-party equipment
ADDITIONAL SERVICES Mixtec provides proactive aftermarket services such as maintenance, repairs and audits, including for third-party equipment

Single point-of-contact for efficient logistics

By: Lynne Davies     31st May 2024 A streamlined freight logistics management process, offered by integrated freight logistics solutions company Manta Freight Logistics, is being positioned as a possible solution to combat ongoing port logistics issues in South Africa, as well as the rest of Africa. Through Manta Freight... 

The above image depicts Manta Freight Logistics CEO Michael Tziranis
MICHAEL TZIRANIS Manta Freight Logistics’ freight management processes work by assigning customers a single point-of-contact when dealing with freight consignments

New LHD engineered for hard-rock mining

31st May 2024 In an environment where cost control and remaining competitive and financially viable are constant challenges for operators of underground hard rock mines, mobile machinery manufacturer Komatsu reports that employing new technology is the logical starting point for making every aspect of a mine’s... 

The above image depicts the WX07 LHD which has been engineered for demanding underground environments and designed for small, narrow-vein applications with limited manoevering space
LIMITED SPACE The Komatsu WX07 LHD has been engineered for demanding underground environments, designed for small, narrow-vein applications with limited manoeuvring space

Standardised conveyors improve productivity

31st May 2024 In April, sustainable technologies solutions provider Metso launched a productised version of its FIT in-plant, and Foresight, overland conveyors for reliable material transportation in the mining industry. The high-capacity Metso Foresight overland conveyors are fixed or relocatable, connecting... 

he above image depicts the Metso Crush
Photo by Metso
STANDARDISATION Standardisation of the conveyor’s modular design helps Metso shorten delivery time by up to 25% and set-up time by up to 15%

BHP, Rio Tinto collaborate to expand battery-electric haul truck development

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2024 In support of their shared ambitions to reduce carbon emissions and meet a net-zero operational greenhouse-gas emissions target by 2050, diversified miners BHP and Rio Tinto are partnering with heavy equipment original-equipment manufacturers Caterpillar and Komatsu to trial two large... 

BHP and Rio Tinto will receive Caterpillar and Komatsu battery-electric haul trucks for trialling purposes, with the outcomes to be shared between the two companies, as well as for further development purposes by the original equipment manufacturers
BHP and Rio Tinto will receive Caterpillar and Komatsu battery-electric haul trucks for trialling purposes, with the outcomes to be shared between the two companies, as well as for further development purposes by the original equipment manufacturers

Operations resume at coal mine

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th May 2024 Coal mining and trading company Minergy Coal has resumed production at its Masama coal mine, in the Mmamabula West coalfield of southern Botswana, after successfully entering a mining contract with a new end-to-end services mining contractor, Meropa Resources – a consortium of four Botswana... 

An image of the Masama Coal Mine at sunset
BACK ON TRACK Masama Coal Mine has resumed production following an unplanned shutdown in March 2023

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... 

Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Electrifying Elk Creek to reduce costs, accelerate production 

By: Mariaan Webb     21st May 2024 Electrifying the Elk Creek mine in south-west Nebraska could be a game changer for the critical minerals project, promising to not only reduce upfront capital and operational expenses, but also accelerate production timelines, says Nasdaq-listed NioCorp. A scoping study completed by engineering... 

The Railveyor system is a fully electric and autonomous bulk material handling system.
Photo by Railveyor
The Railveyor system is a fully electric and autonomous bulk material handling system.

Virtual training key to cost-effective skills development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th May 2024 The mining industry is increasingly turning to virtual reality (VR) training to equip employees with essential skills in a simulated environment that mimics real-life conditions while reducing risks, reports consultancy firm World Wide Industrial and Systems Engineers MD Muhammad Ali. VR training... 

An image of World Wide Industrial and Systems Engineers MD Muhammad Ali
MUHAMMAD ALI Companies can achieve additional cost savings through integrating virtual reality training

New limestone quarry under development

3rd May 2024 As the important mineral component of its cement, limestone will soon be mined from a new deposit by aggregates and construction materials company AfriSam’s Ulco cement plant, in the Northern Cape. The relocated quarry will be capable of providing security of supply for about 40 years, and will... 

Fuels, lubricants provider launches new brand positioning

3rd May 2024 African energy solutions group Engen has launched a new business-to-business brand positioning to cement the company as a preferred energy solutions provider to its commercial fuels and lubricants customers, including opencast mining companies – a significant user of fuels and lubricants owing to... 

Testing backlog as global interest in new flotation tech grows

By: Tracy Hancock     26th April 2024 Global interest in and the uptake of the new REFLUX Flotation Cell (RFC) from full flowsheet technology and service supplier FLSmidth has been gaining considerable momentum. As a result of this significant interest, the company is experiencing a backlog in paid-for test programmes at its Salt... 

Reflux flotation cell in an industrial coal application
RESOURCE OPTIMISATION Because of the shift in the grade recovery curve, the need for additional downstream cleaning stages is reduced, thereby, decreasing water and energy consumption

Conference drives mining innovation, skills

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2024 The second yearly Mind Shift Conference, hosted by industry association Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa), will delve into innovation, digital technology and skills in the South African mining supply chain. This year’s event will be held from May 15 to 16 at a new location –... 

Memsa CEO Lehlohonolo Molloyi standing at a podium addressing delegates and speakers at last year’s Mind Shift Conference
LEHLOHONOLO MOLLOYI South African industrial developments are gradually decreasing the country’s reliance on multinational developers, thereby further promulgating locally developed and manufactured technologies

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.

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.

Mauritanian iron-ore plant deal concluded

5th April 2024 Innovative technological and mining solutions provider TAKRAF Group recently concluded the signing of an extensive project with Mauritanian mining and industrial company Societe Nationale Industrielle et Miniere (SNIM) for the supply of a complete iron-ore crushing, screening, and materials... 

An image of Norbert Neumann, Ahmed Ould Mohamed and Mohamed Haidalla
SEALING THE DEAL The F'Derick project deepens our longstanding partnership with SNIM, which began over a decade ago and further strengthens TAKRAF's commitment to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the region

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... 

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
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

New ore sorting tech launched at Indaba

22nd March 2024 Collection and sorting systems developer Tomra Mining launched its Tomra deep learning solution OBTAIN, which is suitable for high-capacity ore sorting, at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town, from February 5 to 8. This newly developed software leverages deep learning to... 

A red XRT Sorter with the OBTAIN Sorting technology integrated into the machine
OBTAINING EXCELLENCE The new OBTAIN XRT sorting technology developed by Tomra Mining was showcased at this years Investing in Mining in Africa Indaba

Operational efficiencies highlighted at Indaba

22nd March 2024 The message from global energy management and automation supplier Schneider Electric at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – held in Cape Town, South Africa in early February – stressed that building operational efficiency and resiliency to address volatility across the value chain... 


A portrait photo of Schneider Electric mining, minerals and metals industries president Rob Moffitt
ROB MOFFITT Achieving sustainable operations is one of the most important challenges industries have ever faced

Mining innovators recognised

By: Halima Frost     22nd March 2024 In conjunction with this year’s yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town at the start of February, industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) held a virtual webinar – titled ‘Innovation, Digitisation and Collaboration in the South African Mining... 

A generated image of mine machines and thinking in blue on a black background
FUTURE FORWARD the future of mining will see companies and mines embracing new technologies and developments

Underground hard rock equipment launched locally

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2024 Mining and industrial machinery developer and manufacturer Komatsu launched, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in February in Cape Town, three new models in its underground range that are applicable to hard rock applications, following an expansion of its portfolio to... 

LOCAL LAUNCH
The first products to launch in South Africa include, among others, the Komatsu single boom ZJ21 jumbo drill rig and the Komatsu ZB21 medium-class bolter
LOCAL LAUNCH The first products to launch in South Africa include, among others, the Komatsu single boom ZJ21 jumbo drill rig and the Komatsu ZB21 medium-class bolter

Digital twins paving way to safer underground mining

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2024 Digital twins represent a “pivotal technological advancement” in underground mining, offering innovative solutions for safety, operational efficiency and environmental sustainability, says business intelligence and analytics company In2IT Technologies technology services group VP and MD Amritesh... 

AMRITESH ANAND
A digital twin model integrates real-time data from various sources to simulate, monitor and enhance the mining environment, operations and equipment for enhanced safety, efficiency and sustainability
AMRITESH ANAND A digital twin model integrates real-time data from various sources to simulate, monitor and enhance the mining environment, operations and equipment for enhanced safety, efficiency and sustainability

Mintek acquires laser bed fusion 3D printer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2024 National mineral research council Mintek has acquired a laser powder bed fusion three-dimensional (3D) printer, which positions the organisation as a unique player in the mineral processing and manufacturing industry. The acquisition of the machine, called the GE Additive Concept Laser Mlab... 

Mintek's GE Additive Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R machine
Mintek's GE Additive Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R machine

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.

Multotec optimistic about African mining 

7th February 2024 Despite economic challenges globally, international minerals processing specialist Multotec Group remains optimistic about the future of mining in Africa and the company is looking forward to a productive and insightful Investing in African Mining Indaba this year, says Multotec Africa MD Peter... 

Multotec optimistic about African mining

FLSmidth discusses innovations for sustainable mining 

By: Tracy Hancock     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

Weir Minerals discusses evolution of African mining 

By: Tracy Hancock     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

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.

Innovation, Research Battlefield returns to Indaba

26th January 2024 Making a comeback at the 2024 Investing in African Mining Indaba is the Innovation and Research Battlefield – a high-profile event convened by the organisers of the Investing in African Mining Indaba and global organisation the Development Partner Institute (DPI Mining) – providing a platform for... 

Circularity promoted

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 Bearings manufacturer and distributor SKF South Africa intends to promote its continuous drive towards reliability improvements and a circular economy to attendees of this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8.... 

a re-manufactured bearing which was made by SKF
PERFECT CIRCLE Bearings manufacturer SKF has adopted the circular economy concept in its manufacturing processes

Mining sector experiencing innovative shifts

26th January 2024 To support the evolving industry, and with deep roots in Africa, mining tyre services provider Kal Tire is participating as a partner at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. The company reports that amid... 

An image depicting a pick up truck
PARTNER UP Kal Tire is participating as a partner at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

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

Manufacturer secures new clients despite challenges

By: Halima Frost     24th January 2024 Despite the negative effects of illegal mining and copper scrap exports on the confidence levels of international investors and clients, South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has manged to secure a large number of new international clients. The company’s direct marketing... 

A pure copper component being packed and labeled for export
EXPORT QUALITY Thos Begbie has secured many new international clients for its copper and copper processing products
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