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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... 

Prefab offering expanded with quick-assemble kits

By: Lynne Davies     21st June 2024 In the mining industry, where time is of the essence, there is a need for fast and efficient solutions when it comes to the construction of permanent structures or fully mobile units for temporary purposes. To cater to these needs, prefabricated buildings supplier Kwikspace has created a... 

The above image depicts one of the Kwik Kit buildings supplied by Kwikspace
SECTOR INTEREST Kwikspace has recorded good interest in its solutions from South Africa’s mining sector

Sound ESG performance a non-negotiable in quarrying

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      14th June 2024 Environmental performance holds particular significance in the quarrying industry, with quarries re-evaluating their strategies and operational models, driven by an imperative to align with customer and industry sustainability goals, reports bulk emulsion explosives and blasting solutions... 

An image of a quarrying machine at a quarrying site
DIGITAL SOLUTIONS The significance of technology is underscored as a way of reducing the environmental impact of quarrying practices

Lead removed from electronic blasting products

14th June 2024 Commercial explosives and blasting systems manufacturer Orica is expanding its lead-free non-primary explosives detonator (NPED) technology through the manufacturing of what it claims is the world’s first lead-free electronic blasting system range, at its plant in Gyttorp, Sweden. This... 

An image of Orica's fully lead-fee electronic blasting systems
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS Orica's new, fully lead-free variant will integrate the company's non-primary explosives detonator technology, removing lead azide in the detonator, while the product range will not contain any substances of very high concern

Organisation looks into industry challenges

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      14th June 2024 High regulatory and legislative barriers in the quarrying sector are constraining its growth, says quarrying and surface mining professional body Institute of Quarrying Southern Africa (IQSA) chairperson Jeremy Hunter-Smith. This is compounded, he says, by the 20% downturn in the construction... 

An image of Jeremy Hunter-Smith
JEREMY HUNTER-SMITH High regulatory and legislative barriers in the quarrying sector are constraining its growth

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

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

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.

Surface-mining skills shortage a concern – association

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      3rd May 2024 Amid the current economic challenges in South Africa, local mining and quarrying industry representative organisation Aspasa stresses the importance of discovering smarter ways of mining economically and calls for the creation of platforms for young people to develop in the industry. The... 

An image of Letisha van den Berg
LETISHA VAN DEN BERG The opencast and surface mining sector can supply all the products to fix the construction and maintenance issues currently associated with road and water infrastructure

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... 

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.

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

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.

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
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