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MSA Africa launches new Workman® tripods for confined-space entry

10th October 2018 A leading manufacturer of high-quality safety solutions for hazardous environments such as mining, MSA Africa used Electra Mining Africa 2018 to display some of its latest products. These included the Workman® range of tripods, which are used specifically to facilitate confined-space entry via... 

African transport infrastructure insufficient for continental growth – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has said that if Africa wants to capitalise on its fast growth trajectory it needed better transport and logistics as current infrastructure was “insufficient”. Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference at the Inkosi... 

Botswana manganese estimate fires up aspirant battery supplier

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2018 A maiden mineral resource at the Kgwakgwe Hill manganese field in Botswana has given a Toronto venture exchange junior exploration company sufficient confidence to proceed immediately with a preliminary economic assessment, Mining Weekly Online can today report. The mineral resource estimate,... 

MSA Africa launches latest Bluetooth-enabled hearing protection

17th August 2018 MSA Africa has introduced Bluetooth technology into several product groups in its Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) range, such as hearing devices. This latest development in technology enhances health and safety even further in dangerous working environments such as underground mining.... 

Company extends offering

6th July 2018 Safety equipment manufacturer MSA Africa has extended its gas detection capabilities with the acquisition of gas detection technology manufacturer Senscient in the UK, and the launch of its new Ultima X5000 with Bluetooth communication. 

World-First Field-Serviceable Fall Arrestor Now Available From MSA Africa

29th June 2018 A significant addition to the range of fall-protection equipment supplied by MSA Africa is the world’s first completely field-serviceable standard Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) or fall arrestor from MSA Latchways. The MSA Latchways SRL range offers a dependable means of fall protection, comments... 

MSA Africa offers latest safety technology for hazardous environments

23rd May 2018 From hearing protection to integrated harness systems, MSA Africa offers industries such as petrochemicals and oil-and-gas the latest technology to guarantee worker health and safety in hazardous environments. For example, the Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD) integrated harness system from... 

Work starts on initial phases of Songwe feasibility study

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 Work has started on the initial phases of a feasibility study into Mkango Resources’ Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. Metallurgical optimisation is under way at laboratories in Australia and Canada, with the work programme having been scaled up following the receipt, in January, of... 

MSA Africa extends its gas-detection capabilities significantly

26th April 2018 MSA Africa has extended its gas-detection capabilities significantly with the acquisition of Senscient of the UK, and the launch of its new Ultima® X5000 with Bluetooth communication. High false-alarm rates, slow detection and poor reliability are frequent bugbears for on-site operations in terms... 

Aftan secures clearance to abstract water from Orange river

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 The Environmental Commissioner of Namibia has issued a clearance certificate to allow for the abstraction of water from the Orange river for African Tantalum’s (Aftan’s) Namibia Tantalite Investment (NTI) mine.  

Personal-issue facepieces are now an affordable safety measure

22nd March 2018 Personal-issue facepieces are now an affordable safety measure, thanks to the latest MSA G1 facepiece, designed specifically to eliminate expensive electronic components to enhance its cost-effectiveness. The new design also minimises the weight of the facepiece itself, which reduces stress and... 

Intrepid shareholders approve sale of Zambia project to Weatherly

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2018 Shareholders of ASX-listed Intrepid Mines have voted in favour of Weatherly International's acquisition of the Kitumba copper project, in Zambia. The proposed A$4.75-million deal was announced in December. 

Monash South Africa launches engineering offering  

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 Private higher education institution Monash South Africa (MSA) is extending its academic offering this year by offering engineering within its expanded faculty of business, engineering and technology.   MSA is the first private higher education institution to offer a Bachelor of Engineering... 

Monash South Africa to launch Engineering offering

11th January 2018 Now you can finally study a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at a private institution!   Monash South Africa (MSA) is proud to announce that they are extending their academic offering in 2018 by offering Engineering within their expanded Faculty of Business, Engineering and... 

MSA acquires US firefighter protective clothing, boot manufacturer

3rd November 2017 MSA has acquired Globe, a US manufacturer of firefighter protective clothing and boots. The acquisition of Globe strengthens MSA’s position as a clear market leader in North America for fire-service Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products. Combined with Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus... 

Lightweight and compact lanyard launched in SA

29th September 2017 Last month, equipment supplier MSA Africa launched a new self-retracting lanyard that is both lightweight and compact. The MSA Latchways 3 m personal fall limiter (PFL) has been designed specifically for environments where close anchorage is available. The lanyard uses multiple spring radial... 

No clarity on funding drawdown for mine rehab – Joburg Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2017 There is no clarity on the way that mining companies can draw down from their financial provision vehicles to undertake mine rehabilitation, the Joburg Indaba Breakfast heard on Wednesday during a discussion on the implications of the new National Environmental Management Act (Nema). Chaired by... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Latest compact, lightweight self-retracting lanyard launched

30th August 2017 MSA Africa has launched its most compact and lightweight self-retracting lanyard to date. The MSA Latchways 3 m Personal Fall Limiter (PFL) has been designed specifically for environments where close anchorage is available. The secret behind the lanyard is the use of multiple spring radial... 

MSA Africa gives a shout-out to latest advances in hearing protection

3rd August 2017 Hearing protection is vital to prevent long-term, irreversible hearing loss. However, due to the fact that there are no immediate consequences, hearing protection is often not taken seriously enough. MSA Africa has addressed this problem by introducing the latest technology in hearing protection,... 

Lifetime process approach required for successful mine closure

By: Dylan Slater     27th July 2017 A common misconception of mine closure is that it requires planning for an end-of-life event, when, in actual fact, it should be a life-long process that should be started as early as when the planning of a mine starts.  

MSA Africa, Africa Fire Mission donate essential firefighting equipment

19th July 2017 MSA Africa has teamed up with Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Africa Fire Mission and High Pressure Systems (HPS) to donate essential firefighting equipment to Machakos County in Kenya. The latest donation of an advanced, energy-efficient Bauer compressor to fill Self-Contained Breathing... 

High-specification, competitively-priced fall-protection harness launched

30th June 2017 Reinforcing its position as a leader in the most advanced and cost-effective Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), MSA Africa has launched its V-FORM safety harness for work-at-height applications. This is a high-specification, competitively-priced fall-protection harness that gives users the... 

Exploration needed to sustain Botswana diamond history

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2017 The only way that Botswana can have a long and continued proud history of diamond mining is to spend money on diamond exploration, Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell said on Tuesday, when he urged the country to consider adopting the Canadian flow-through incentive scheme to boost exploration... 

Modern exploration technologies to revive South African diamond mining

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th June 2017 With the application of third-generation exploration technologies, South Africa may prove to be the next diamond exploration frontier, says diamond explorer Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell. He notes that, as a result of low investor confidence in the country, little diamond exploration... 

XCell Sensor technology brings improved efficiency in gas detection

30th March 2017 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) can pose serious health hazards if inhaled by those working in harsh environments. MSA Africa’s Altair 5X has been improved to include XCell Sensor technology, which plays an important role in ascertaining safety, and significantly reducing the risk of exposure.... 

Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. The Mothae project is located about 5 km from Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine. 

Most rugged multi-gas detector yet sets new safety benchmark

22nd March 2017 The new MSA ALTAIR® 4XR multi-gas detector provides real-time event notification using Bluetooth connectivity. This sets a new technological benchmark for advanced features, boosting health and safety for workers operating in hazardous or dangerous environments. The latest multi-gas detector from... 

Integrated harness system set to revolutionise rescue at height

23rd February 2017 Any safety-related incidents when working at height often necessitate self-rescue as the front-line or most rapid-response tactic. In this regard, MSA Africa is introducing its Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD), an integrated harness system. This lightweight, unobtrusive rescue device is... 

Latest safety-helmet suspensions offer improved comfort

9th February 2017 Painful compression headaches due to safety helmets that don’t fit properly are now a thing of the past thanks to flush suspension tabs on the latest MSA Fas-Trac® III ratchet suspensions, available from MSA Africa for its V-Gard range of safety helmets. The latest suspensions can be ordered... 

Altair 4X is the only waterproof multi-gas detector on the market

6th December 2016 The Altair 4X multi-gas detector from MSA Africa is the only instrument of its kind with ATEX certification. This means the device has an IP67 ingress rating, which certifies it for water immersion. Visitors to MineSafe and Electra Mining Africa 2016 were treated to a special demonstration by MSA... 

STIHL continues it support in the fight to save the rhino

31st October 2016 1175 Rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2015 alone, bringing the total number of rhinos poached since 2008 to over 5000. In an effort to curb rhino poaching and protect this iconic part of our heritage against the threat of extinction, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) has started systematically... 

Trillian to investigate alleged pre-knowledge of ‘Nenegate’

By: Anine Kilian     27th October 2016 Following a Sunday Times article published last week alleging that a member or members of advisory group Trillian had pre-knowledge that President Jacob Zuma would replace former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with now Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen, Tokyo... 

MSA Africa invests R1.5 million in aftermarket service centre network

19th October 2016 MSA Africa, a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products, supplements its total solutions approach with a comprehensive aftersales and technical support service. Based at its Johannesburg premises, MSA Africa’s main aftersales service centre offers in-house... 

Siemens SA eyes global market entry with fourth-generation substation 

4th October 2016 Siemens South Africa has unveiled its new 11 MW fully automated direct current containerised trolley assist substation, which has been introduced at a mine in Namibia, to set the platform for an international entry.  

SCBA launched for SA market  

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th September 2016 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa launched the AirXpress 2 Fire – a new economical self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) – onto the South African market last month, officially unveiling it to the public at the 2016 Electra Mining Africa Expo that took place from September 12 to 16, at... 

Saab, Denel create joint air defence system from their products

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 Swedish security and defence group Saab has revealed that it and South African Defence group Denel have cooperated to integrate the former's Giraffe radar with the latter's Umkhonto surface-to-air missile. "It's producing a system that's going to be very hard to beat," affirmed Saab Country Unit... 

Development of mobile SHE management tool under way

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is currently developing a mobile safety, health and environment (SHE) management toolset that integrates with a client’s existing SHE management systems.  The company explains that, at present, many small mines and exploration sites run tedious paper based systems... 

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