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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... 

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

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

Motuku to head Mintek for another five years

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2024 National mineral research organisation the Council for Mineral Technology (Mintek) has reappointed Dr Molefi Motuku as CEO for the next five years. Motuku has stewarded Mintek since 2019 and remains committed to driving development and inclusive economic growth through mineral innovation.  

Mintek CEO Dr Molefi Motuku
Mintek CEO Dr Molefi Motuku

Crumbling South African rail prompts Botswana to forge new route

By: Bloomberg     19th December 2023 Botswana has received unsolicited bids from investors to build a rail line to a Namibian port that will help avoid South Africa and its disintegrating logistics network. The 1 500 km Trans-Kalahari Railway project is gathering momentum as Transnet, the State rail and ports monopoly in Botswana’s... 

Coal shipments on Transnet freight-rail network have plunged to 30-year lows and iron-ore railings are at their lowest in a decade
Photo by Bloomberg
Coal shipments on Transnet freight-rail network have plunged to 30-year lows and iron-ore railings are at their lowest in a decade

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.

Smart technology for mobile explosives units

1st December 2023 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME is leveraging smart technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning as a key aspect of its automation efforts to enhance the productivity and safety of its mobile manufacturing units (MMUs). The smart MMUs provide realtime data on... 

Angolan rare earth project construction progressing

24th November 2023 Magnet metals miner Pensana, continuing with the site development works for its rare-earth elements Longonjo project, in Angola, reported towards the end of August that it was progressing with site infrastructure development underway, in preparation for main construction. Being largely unaffected... 

An aerial view of load haul dump trucks carrying sand and rubble from the construction site of Pensana's Longonjo Mine in Angola
IN FOR THE LONG HAUL The construction at Pensana's Longonjo project in Angola will take the mine through to a projected life of 20 years

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.

Wear liner manufacturer Tega ventures into capital equipment production 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2023 Mining engineering solutions company Tega Industries Africa will start manufacturing capital equipment following its acquisition of US-based McNally Sayaji Equipment.  The merged and rebranded Tega McNally Minerals will supply a broader range of solutions for the global mining market, including... 

Tega Industries Africa CEO Vishal Gautam
Tega Industries Africa CEO Vishal Gautam discusses the company's diversification into capital equipment manufacturing. Video production: Shadwyn Dickinson

Copper mine receives 20 new pumps

By: Halima Frost     17th November 2023 Heavy-duty centrifugal slurry pump manufacturer Schurco Slurry has successfully supplied 20 new pumps to a copper mine, in the Northern Cape, and has received an order for spares – valued at over R600 000 – from a copper company in Zambia. The products supplied will be used across the two... 

A segmented image of a Schurco Slurry Pump wet end pump made using a special polyurethane compound
END TO CORROSION The polyurethane compound used in Schurco Slurry's wet end pumps and components decreases the degree of corrosion found in the highly corrosive copper processing process

Always prioritising miner safety

By: Trent Roebeck     10th November 2023 Since its establishment by Don MacLean in the 1970s and 80s, underground mining equipment manufacturer MacLean Engineering has kept its promise of producing mining equipment that ensures improved safety practices and boosts productivity. To achieve the safety pledges made to clients, the company... 

An image of the MacLean Engineering GR5 Grader in an underground mine
UNDERGROUND EQUIPMENT SAFETY MacLean Engineering strives to produce mining equipment that ensures improved safety practices. The company's GR5 grader is seen here in an underground mine

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

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

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

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

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

Local agitator order a world first for global drive engineer

By: Tracy Hancock     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... 

X.e series agitator on display, painted red
EARLY ADOPTER The tough African mining environment will be the first to put SEW-EURODRIVE’s new X.e series to the test

Energy management platform increases efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2023 While West Africa is home to a thriving mining industry, miners in the region face challenges, which are multifaceted in nature and range from power quality issues to supply chain concerns, coupled with the growing importance of environmental sustainability, says digitalised industrial power... 

VOLTVISION CUBE INSTALLATION
VoltVision is transforming energy management in West African mines
VOLTVISION CUBE INSTALLATION VoltVision is transforming energy management in West African mines

Smart conveyor system boosts safety

6th October 2023 Positioned as the “future” of idler roller monitoring in conveyor systems, the Smart Mine’s artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) Smart Conveyor solution from automation, hydraulics and mobile machinery products company Bosch Rexroth helps achieve streamlined safety and efficiency processes.... 

Protection systems simplify safety

By: Nadine Ramdass     6th October 2023 Conveyor materials handling original-equipment-manufacturer Electrotron’s ScanBelt suite of conveyor belt protection systems helps to improve safety and efficiency while decreasing downtime and damage to machinery. The range comprises monitoring and safety systems designed in accordance with... 

An image of Electrotron's ScanBelt pull key system
EVOLVING FEATURES Electrotron continues to improve its systems to meet customer needs

Powerful system commissioned at Chile mine

6th October 2023 While attending this year’s Beltcon International Materials Handling Conference in Johannesburg over August 2 and 3, mining equipment manufacturer TAKRAF showcased what it claims is the “world’s most powerful belt conveyor system” that was commissioned in Chile. At the conference, TAKRAF... 

An image of of TAKRAF's conveyor system commissioned for the Chuquicamata Underground Mine
CAPABLE SYSTEM TAKRAF’s 58 MW belt conveyor system at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile transports ore along a 7 km underground tunnel that overcomes 1 km of vertical elevation change

Kropz reports $14.1m in interim revenue

By: Cameron Mackay     28th September 2023 African phosphate developer and producer Kropz Group recorded revenue of $14.1-million for the six months ended June 30. The interim period also saw it record the first sales from the trial production phase. 

Gemfields expects lower 2023 financial performance 

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd September 2023 Gemstone producer Gemfields has demonstrated robust financial performance during the first half of 2023.  However, CEO Sean Gilbertson cautioned on Friday that the company is unlikely to replicate last year’s standout performance owing to its recent decision to cancel the November auction. The... 

Gemfields’ rough emeralds and rubies continue to be in demand after the step-change in market pricing seen across last year
Gemfields’ rough emeralds and rubies continue to be in demand after the step-change in market pricing seen across last year

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

Ian Cockerill appointed Descycle chairperson

By: Cameron Mackay     18th September 2023 Metals recovery company Descycle has appointed mining and metals industry veteran Ian Cockerill as nonexecutive chairperson. He succeeds Geoff McNamara, who will remain on the board as a nonexecutive director. 

Descycle non-executive chairperson Ian Cockerill
Descycle non-executive chairperson Ian Cockerill

Gemfields’ latest emerald auction generates $25.5m in revenue

By: Cameron Mackay     18th September 2023 Gemstone producer Gemfields earned revenues of $25.5-million from its latest auction of commercial-quality rough emeralds recovered from the Kagem mine, in Zambia. All 43 lots put on offer were sold, resulting in an average price of $7.51/ct. 

The rough emeralds sold were extracted by Kagem, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia
The rough emeralds sold were extracted by Kagem, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia
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