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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... 

New dewatering pumps enhance mine water management

10th May 2024 Although effective pump systems for water drainage are available on the market, the high sediment load of up to 5%, varying acidity value of mine water and the considerable energy consumption of dewatering pumps continue to pose a challenge to Australian plant manufacturer Murray Engineering. To... 

An image of the NETZSCH NEMO SY
NETZSCH NEMO SY NEMO SY progressing cavity pumps are efficient in pumping mine water that is rich in sediments, at a running speed with a consistent flow and pressure

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.

Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro  

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2024 South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up with a utility that supplies them clean water along with a store of cheap and reliable green energy. 

Karst MD Guy Richards.
Karst interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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.

Filter press aids in water sustainability

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      1st March 2024 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal reports that its newly commissioned 40 t/h filter press at its Mpumalanga-based Gugulethu mine is assisting in improving its sustainable use of water. Canyon Coal developed the Gugulethu mine as a greenfield operation within 12 months and extracted... 

An image of a mining plant
SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY Upgrades to the Gugulethu plant are designed to promote the sustainable use of water

Smarter mining key amid current market conditions

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd February 2024 Despite the boon of improved uranium demand, overall, depressed commodity prices and costly operating conditions are emphasising the need for Namibian mining companies to ensure that they mine a lot smarter, and more efficiently and sustainably. “We believe that our solutions meet that criteria.... 

Man in hard hat assessing Enduron high-pressure grinding rolls
THE SUSTAINABILITY FACTOR Enduron high-pressure grinding rolls is a crushing solution with low energy consumption and substantially reduced water consumption

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.

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

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.

Mobile pumps improve efficiency, sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2024 South African coal mining operations, particularly in openpit environments, are confronted with the ongoing challenge of managing water levels for seamless operations. Pumps supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) intends to address this challenge by improving dewatering processes through... 

EFFICIENCY UPGRADE
The company reduces the number of mobile pump sets through upgrading existing diesel pump units to move more water in less time
EFFICIENCY UPGRADE The company reduces the number of mobile pump sets through upgrading existing diesel pump units to move more water in less time

Dredging system positioned for sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2024 The integration of advanced technology, and precise customisation in mine dewatering and water treatment applications, not only contribute to efficiency and versatility, but present a practical asset to operations across diverse applications, improving water quality, preventing clogging and... 

BENEFICIAL CONTRIBUTION
The SlurrySucker contributes to cleaner ecosystems, healthier aquatic life and reduced ecological damage
BENEFICIAL CONTRIBUTION The SlurrySucker contributes to cleaner ecosystems, healthier aquatic life and reduced ecological damage

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

Efficient pump refurbishment reduces downtime, costs

2nd February 2024 The unexpected breakdown of essential equipment, such as pumps, can often entail significant downtime and substantial financial losses. Recognising this critical challenge, pump supplier Schurco Slurry says its specialised and comprehensive refurbishing programme, designed for Schurco Slurry... 

3D ADVANTAGES
Schurco’s cast high chrome slurry pump parts are manufactured using accurate three-dimensional modelling
3D ADVANTAGES Schurco’s cast high chrome slurry pump parts are manufactured using accurate three-dimensional modelling

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

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.

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

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

Pump-sizing calculator prevents costly mistakes

By: Tracy Hancock     15th September 2023 Identifying the correct pump for the job has historically been a time-consuming process. Pump dewatering and dredging solutions company IPR is helping its customers streamline the selection process with the introduction of Atlas Copco’s online pump-sizing calculator, the effectiveness of which... 

RIGHT CHOICE
IPR's pump selector algorithm can be used to size any pump in the Atlas Copco range for a customer's specific requirements
RIGHT CHOICE IPR's pump selector algorithm can be used to size any pump in the Atlas Copco range for a customer's specific requirements

Congolese pumps distributor appointed by local manufacturer

15th September 2023 Earlier this year, sub-Saharan Africa importer and distributer of submersible pumping solutions Integrated Pump Technology (IPT) appointed Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based pumps company Congo Pump Solutions as its sole distributor in the DRC. Congo Pump Solutions supplies a range of... 

Th above image depicts a Grindex Salvador sludge pump in action underground.
SLURRY APPLICATIONS A Grindex Salvador sludge pump in action underground

Flexibility top of mind for manufacturer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2023 With shifting operational conditions, including changing ore grades and the persistent need for increased throughput , original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals’ pump products GM Marnus Koorts highlights the importance of flexibility and interchangeability of components for large-scale... 

Weir Minerals Warman mill circuit pump
WHAT GOES IN Research and development is undertaken by not only an in-house team but also a group of the organisation’s own PhD engineering students

Digitalisation drive

By: Lynne Davies     15th September 2023 By incorporating advanced technology, such as Internet of Things (IoT) technology, into pump systems, pumps manufacturing specialist Verder Pumps South Africa can assist with pump monitoring. This ensures not only that pumps operate efficiently, but also increases the cost effectiveness of mining... 

The above image depicts the Verder Pumps South Africa range of Verder Flex Dura peristaltic pumps.
Photo by Verder Pumps South Africa
REDUCING RISK Peristaltic pumps eliminate the possibility of leaking seals, producing less chemical waste and pollution that could harm the environment

Company secures order for power plant

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2023 Pumps supplier Integrated Pump Technology recently secured an order for three Faggiolati stainless steel submersible pumps for a major coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga. The procurement showcases Integrated Pump Technology’s expertise in dewatering applications, but also underscores the... 

TAILORED VERSATILITY
The adaptability of Faggiolati pumps allows them to be designed to suit specific application needs
TAILORED VERSATILITY The adaptability of Faggiolati pumps allows them to be designed to suit specific application needs

Pump range accommodates midtier miners’ evolving needs

By: Tracy Hancock     15th September 2023 There is a sweet spot when selecting the correct pump for a specific application and the KREBS pump range from minerals processing and materials handling technology and systems supplier FLSmidth aims to offer a solution for every stage of a mid-tier mining operation’s life cycle. As mid-tier... 

KREBS quick release system
PROMOTING UPTIME The KREBS quick release system for pump rebuilds reduces downtime by up to 50%

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

Movable pump for iron-ore miner

28th July 2023 The Tornado T1 rotary lobe pump – designed by Germany-based pumps manufacturer NETZSCH for a variety of applications, including for the pumping of slurry – has had its use case for pumping process water in a reuse application demonstrated at an iron-ore mine in Peru. Until November 2019, pumping... 

An image depicting a process tank
PROBLEM AREA Mine process water is sourced from a 10 521 m3 process tank which accumulated solids over time owing to magnesium and iron-rich slurry being pumped

Upgrade pumps first when increasing minerals processing throughput

By: Tracy Hancock     7th July 2023 The demand for higher production rates is placing greater pressure on minerals processing plants to produce greater tonnages. Pumps play a crucial role in minerals processing and need to be correctly specified to accommodate increased production to maintain cost-effective, energy efficient... 

An image of a Weir Warman pump
WARMAN PUMP A Warman mill circuit pump operating in a copper mine

Pumps company targets expansion, bolsters skills training

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th July 2023 As pumping applications solutions provider Integrated Pump Technology continues its growth story across the African continent, part of its success is attributed to the empowering of its local agents with extensive skills training, a hands-on approach with customers and ensuring a large... 

Localisation, growth strategy helps supplier connect with customers

By: Cameron Mackay     7th July 2023 To address several challenges associated with mining in Africa and pumps applications, Germany-based technology company NETZSCH Southern Africa is implementing a growth strategy that includes opening an office in East and West Africa last year and this year respectively. The company also plans to... 

Image of NETSCH product range
ALLEVIATING SCARCITY As a result, NETZSCH’s product innovation focuses on the provision of energy efficient pumping products that can deal with complex fluids

Innovations help supplier service advancing industry

By: Cameron Mackay     7th July 2023 Integrating Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities into its pump technologies is one way through which industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa is keeping up with digital transformation, states Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall. Digital transformation remains one of the... 

IOT SUPPORTED PUMP CONTROL 
The Ds500 offers IoT enabled remote assistance monitoring and touch-screen control
IOT SUPPORTED PUMP CONTROL The Ds500 offers IoT enabled remote assistance monitoring and touch-screen control

Supplier expands domestic services

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     7th July 2023 To help customers overcome current engineering challenges, fluid engineering and chemical processing applications company Sulzer, with 100 years of expertise in the industry, is expanding its local support for electromechanical equipment and renewable-energy projects. Sulzer South Africa MD Henry... 

Supplier bullish about African growth

By: Cameron Mackay     7th July 2023 Pumps supplier Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa is optimistic about the company’s future business prospects in the mining sector of South Africa, as well as about the company’s growth potential in the wider Africa region. The company has “geared up locally” to support an existing network of pumps... 

Image of Goodwin ANZE pump product
LOCAL SERVICE CAPABILITIES Goodwin has geared up to support an existing network of pumps in South Africa by increasing its stockholding and bolstering its workshop capacity

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.

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.
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