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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... 

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.

Planning key to effective implementation

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2024 Planning and site-specific requirement evaluations can see comprehensive solutions deployed to assist mining operations to overcome significant challenges in water management that can disrupt activities if not addressed properly, reports mining technology company Weir Minerals Africa pumps GM... 

INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS
Weir Minerals offers a large portfolio of products to customers for an integrated dewatering solution
INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS Weir Minerals offers a large portfolio of products to customers for an integrated dewatering solution

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

Indaba theme apt for sector – explosives company

26th January 2024 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024 theme ‘Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining’ could not be more appropriate for the directions being forged in the field of mine blasting and explosives, reports mining explosives and blasting... 

Rock and gravel flying through the air in an optimally placed blast
BLASTING BOUNDARIES The safety and environmental aspects surrounding blasting in the mining sector will be addressed at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

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

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

Care, maintenance solutions customised for opencast mining

By: Simone Liedtke     8th December 2023 Reliable and adaptable services during care-and-maintenance phases in mining are crucial, says multi-disciplinary mining services and opencast mining contractor Zizwe Opencast Mining, emphasising that the success of this phase depends on a commitment to customising services to meet the specific... 

CUSTOMISED COMMITMENT
The success of mine care-and-maintenance depends on a commitment to customising services to meet the specific needs of every mine
CUSTOMISED COMMITMENT The success of mine care-and-maintenance depends on a commitment to customising services to meet the specific needs of every mine

Concerted effort required to address knowledge gaps

By: Simone Liedtke     8th December 2023 Mine care and maintenance, particularly in tailings management, require a concerted effort from regulators, operators and communities, especially as the mining industry continues to evolve. However, this can be achieved only by acknowledging and acting upon identified knowledge gaps, says... 

RESPONSIBLE FUTURE
Addressing knowledge gaps will ensure a fundamental shift in practices, and ensure a sustainable and responsible future for the mining industry
RESPONSIBLE FUTURE Addressing knowledge gaps will ensure a fundamental shift in practices, and ensure a sustainable and responsible future for the mining industry

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... 

Financial software simplifies data collection

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st December 2023 Finnivo software aims to simplify financial reporting processes for mining companies in Africa by automating the data collection process, thereby enabling finance teams to focus more on analysis and the effective presentation of results. The Finnivo software is developed and supported by a... 

An image of an accountant using the Finnivo platform
BRIDGING GAPS Finnivo is a ‘one-stop shop’ that caters for all reporting and planning aspects

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.

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

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

Afrimat continues to weather economic shocks through diversification

By: Darren Parker     26th October 2023 Mid-tier mining and materials company Afrimat’s strategy to diversify between commodities and revenue streams, coupled with stringent capital allocation, has enabled the group to continue to weather economic and commodity shocks in the six months to August 31, group CEO Andries van Heerden said... 

Afrimat group CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat group CEO Andries van Heerden

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... 

Strategy launched to double earnings in five years

29th September 2023 The part State-owned Botswana natural sodium and related products Botswana Ash (Botash) launched its “transformative” five-year strategy that aims to propel the company into an era of sustainable growth, innovation and expansion of its geographical presence. The new strategy, named the “Double... 

The above image depicts one of Botash's sodium mines
Photo by Botash
SODIUM MINING Botash produces 300 000 t/y of soda ash and 650 000 t/y of salt

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... 

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

Clean hydrogen could be virtually zero cost, US energy diplomat tells London Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2023 The main founders of the Inflation Reduction Act envision the US legislation as a clean energy bill to lower the costs of green energy technologies for everyone around the world as well as being emulated by especially those countries that have benefitted from emitting carbon into the air since... 

US Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources Office of Energy Transformation acting director Scott Woodard.
US Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources Office of Energy Transformation acting director Scott Woodard.

Graders for harsh environments

30th June 2023 Materials handling equipment manufacturer, distributor and supporter Bell Equipment, with over 70 years of developing products in South Africa, has designed a new range of graders set to deliver improved performance. The graders, production of which is targeted to start in the third quarter of... 

An image depicting the Model G200 Grader from Bell Equipment
MODEL G200 GRADER The Bell Equipment model G200 grader, the largest model in the range, is designed for bulk earthworks and the mining industry

Heavy dozer redesigned for better operability

30th June 2023 Manufacturer of earthmoving and mining equipment Caterpillar (Cat) has redesigned its D10 large dozer to burn less fuel, be more productive and help users improve uptime. Featuring a stator clutch torque converter and load-sensing hydraulics, the new design is up to 6% more efficient than the... 

The image depicts the improvements to the Cat D10 increase the material it can move per litre of fuel consumed
BETTER PERFORMANCE The improvements to the Cat D10 increase the material it can move per litre of fuel consumed

Private sector working with government on multiple work streams to end loadshedding  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2023 The private sector is so far working with government on six of the ten energy crisis work streams, for which business raised R100-million to procure skills and expertise for donation on an arm's length basis to the Presidency, within which the National Energy Crisis Committee (Necom) is housed.... 

Business for South Africa chairperson Martin Kingston
Business for South Africa chairperson Martin Kingston interviewed by Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

S African explosives maker anchors in Brazil

By: Halima Frost     23rd June 2023 South African company AECI Mining is currently undertaking an expansion project in two strategically significant mining states in Brazil, with an anticipated completion date in mid-2023. This venture aims to bolster the company's presence in South America and solidify its foothold on the... 

Afrimat diversifies further with Lafarge South Africa acquisition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th June 2023 The share price of mining and materials company Afrimat rose by more than 12% on June 20 after it announced the planned acquisition of Lafarge South Africa (LSA), including all its subsidiaries, subject to the fulfilment of conditions precedent relating to the receipt of customary regulatory... 

One of Afrimat's aggregate quarries

High efficiency mobile trommels available locally

16th June 2023 Crushing and screening solutions provider ELB Equipment has added a complete range of high efficiency trommels that are “set to change the way screening is done in South Africa”. Its Powerscreen scalpers and screens are already prevalent throughout the local market and the addition of “the... 

An image of a MDS trommel on site
VERSATILE OFFERING MDS track, static and recycling trommels, as well as apron feeders, are quick and can handle a wide range of media including blasted rock and riprap, as well as varying substrates such as clay, limestone and even recycled concrete rubble

I’ll somehow re-emerge in the mining sector at some point in the future, says Baxter  

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2023 I’ll somehow re-emerge in the mining sector at some point in the future, outgoing Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Tuesday, when spoke to Mining Weekly in a Teams interview. At the end of this month, Baxter will hand over to incoming CEO Mzila Mthenjane, who will inherit a... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter 
.
Outgoing Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen atlas results show enormous Southern African potential – Sasscal 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2023 The results of the green hydrogen atlas for Southern Africa, now readily available online, show enormous potential green hydrogen production throughout the region, the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (Sasscal) said on Monday. 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch of Namibia.
Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch of Namibia.

Need for advanced slope stability tech realised

By: Halima Frost     2nd June 2023 Having noted the industry’s need for more advanced slope stability, Seequent, the Bentley subsurface company, launched its advanced slope stability analysis tool, SLOPE3D, which empowers geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists to design safer slopes. The tool was developed on the back... 

An open pit mine with various sloped and surface
LEVELS OF QUALITY The new SLOPE3D technology allows for three-dimensional monitoring of slopes and surfaces in the mining sector

Sibanye-Stillwater funding Wits University’s carbon storage brainstorming ‘techathon’  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2023 Johannesburg- and New York listed platinum group metals, green metals and gold mining company Sibanye-Stillwater is funding a brainstorming ‘techathon’ on the challenge of storing carbon in suitable host rock environments in underground mines as part of an environmental protection imperative. “We... 

University of the Witwatersrand’s Wits Mining Institute DigiMine Laboratory head Ahsan Mahboob.
Wits Mining Institute DigiMine Laboratory head Ahsan Mahboob interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Copper prospecting project uses dual growth strategy 

By: Halima Frost     19th May 2023 Chile-based junior miner Marimaca Copper is implementing a dual growth strategy for the Marimaca copper project, located in the Antofagasta region of the country, which has already reported a notable geological and prospecting outcome. The mine has thus far reported measured and indicated... 

a rock made of copper ore being held in a mans hand in front of drilled ore samples.
To watch a video in which Marimaca Copper president and CEO Hayden Locke discusses the dual growth strategy being implemented by the company, scan the barcode with your phone’s QR reader, or go to 'Video Reports’ on www.miningweekly.com Recording: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26-04-2023
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