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By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     6th July 2018 In the Santam television advert, the ever-so-twee sweet likkel girl says that the first person to live to 200 has already been born. Well, she would know, wouldn't she? These sort of statements are whipped out by the media in order to shock and amaze – almost so that we can say how clever we... 

Rescue Rod

6th July 2018 Trenchless specialist Rescue Rod notes that, after more than ten years of decisively shaping horizontal directional drilling practices within the company, this form of trenchless technology is widely becoming recognised worldwide as the most efficient, rapid and cost-effective method of... 

Precision processing of coils and flat sheets to the highest international standards

6th July 2018 Situated in Wadeville, Germiston, and operating from a  80 119 m2 site of which 48 700 m2 is covered, Macsteel Coil Processing is one of the leading coil and flat sheet processing facilities in Southern Africa. Equipped with ISO 9001 certification, Macsteel Coil Processing’s valued customers are... 

Centerra warns water shortage may slow Mt Milligan throughput in Q4

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2018 Toronto-headquartered Centerra Gold on Thursday warned that it might have to reduce the throughput level of its Mount Milligan operation, as the company continues to face water risks at the British Columbia mine. Centerra has applied for permits to access further groundwater and surface water,... 

Raubex Infra Paves The Rocky Road To Soft Living

5th July 2018 Work is well underway to open a second phase – Bergendal – at Bloemfontein’s sought-after Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate residential development. Raubex Infra’s civils division is currently putting vital infrastructure such as storm water pipes, water reticulation, sewers and streets in place.... 

How Booyco Use Of Vlf Technology Makes Mines Safer

5th July 2018 The application of very low frequency (VLF) technology in the development of underground safety equipment has been an important step towards achieving the mining sector’s objective of zero harm, according to Booyco Electronics engineer and developer Frank Schommer. Booyco Electronics began... 

dmg events open for business in Saudi Arabia

5th July 2018 dmg events establishes office to use as base for the company's events throughout the Kingdom att Denton Having been granted a Saudi investment licence by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) earlier this year, dmg events, a leading international events company, has now... 

Fire away with FOGMAKER fire-suppression system at Electra Mining 2018

4th July 2018 FOGMAKER South Africa (Pty) Ltd. will not only display its efficient triple-action fire-suppression system at the highly anticipated Electra Mining Africa 2018 but will also be conducting live demonstrations to show the remarkable effectiveness of water-mist technology. Intelligently engineered... 

Drilling resumes at Oldcastle zinc project in Ireland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2018 A new drill programme at the Oldcastle zinc project, in Cavan and Meath, Ireland, has been launched, with about 1 800 m of drilling planned, gold and zinc explorer Connemara reported on Wednesday. The Oldcastle project is a joint venture between Connemara and Teck Resources subsidiary Teck... 

Oposura gets 2.9mt initial resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th July 2018 ASX-listed Azure Minerals has reported an initial resource of 2.9-million tonnes, grading 5% zinc and 2.8% lead at its Oposura zinc/lead/silver project, in Mexico. The company told shareholders that 75% of the contained metal was within the indicated mineral resource category, with the resource... 

Chryso Solutions For Every Readymix Need

4th July 2018 The readymix sector faces a plethora of different demands daily for concrete applications, and CHRYSO Southern Africa has the solutions to ensure that every delivery meets the customer’s requirements. Common issues such as durability of concrete due to shrinkage cracking can be addressed by... 

Mathe Group jumps into the equestrian arena

2nd July 2018 Rubber crumb produced by Mathe Group’s rubber truck tyre recycling plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, has proved a highly successful addition to equestrian arenas, adding yet another innovative application to this highly successful company’s product range. A phone call from Stephanie... 

PERI Rail Climbing System reaches new heights at Katherine Towers

2nd July 2018 The complex core geometry at the Katherine Towers project in Sandton saw PERI South Africa deploy its RCS-CL (Rail Climbing System Carriage Light) to reduce crane time and maximise platform sizes for the complex core geometry. The project was designed by architecture and interior architecture... 

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

By: News24Wire      2nd July 2018 A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

PERI Rail Climbing System reaches new heights at Katherine Towers

29th June 2018 The complex core geometry at the Katherine Towers project in Sandton saw PERI South Africa deploy its RCS-CL (Rail Climbing System Carriage Light) to reduce crane time and maximise platform sizes for the complex core geometry. The project was designed by architecture and interior architecture... 

Venus shares rise as 'super pit' plans are revealed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2018 Metals developer Venus Metals Corporation has flagged a ‘super pit’ development at its Youanmi gold project, in Western Australia. The company on Friday reported a new Joint Ore Reserves Committee complaint resource estimate of 1.19-million ounces of gold. The near-surface deposit is estimated... 

Laser equipment extends design possibilities

29th June 2018 The increased popularity and use of square and rectangular section hollow steel tubing is a boon for consulting engineers, as it has opened up many new and innovative design opportunities, says steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode. This type of steel tubing has many advantages for the... 

Wescoal sells Intibane collieries

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 Coal miner Wescoal has entered into sale agreements with Tokata Resources and Banjosign to dispose of its Intibane 1 and Intibane 2 collieries, in Mpumalanga. The disposal will become effective on or about July 1. 

Unlocking the Potential in Aluminum can Revolutionize the World

28th June 2018 Aluminum has changed the face of the planet in the 20th century. As we unlock the potential of this abundant metal, our lives are on the fringe of an imminent revolution. We cannot imagine our current lifestyle without one particular element, aluminum. While steel and iron were the foundation... 

Skyriders scales new heights with hotel waterproofing project in Zambia

28th June 2018 Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. showcased the flexibility of its rope-access solutions at a recent waterproofing contract on a 19-storey hotel building, in Lusaka, Zambia for a major hotel group. The initial scope of work was to assist the primary contractor with waterproofing on one or... 

Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     27th June 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Nevsun announces inferred resource for Timok Lower Zone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2018 The Timok (Cukaru Peki) Lower Zone deposit contains 31.5-billion pounds of copper and 9.6-million ounces of gold, TSX-listed Nevsun Resources said on Tuesday, announcing an initial resource estimate for the project in Serbia. The Timok Lower Zone – a joint venture with Freeport-McMoRan – has a... 

Tips and Tricks to Remove Concrete Fasteners from Base Material

26th June 2018 Concrete fasteners, once set, are not designed to be removed from concrete, brick or block without damaging the base material into which they have been set. If pulled on hard enough, the base material will fail, the anchor will become detached and there may be a hole in the concrete that is the... 

Good Partnerships Can Lower Mining Contractors’ Cycle Times

25th June 2018 When planning and implementing load-haul mining contracts, the importance of close cooperation between contractor and customer cannot be over-emphasised, says Graeme Campbell, commercial and operations manager of Raubex Group company SPH Kundalila. “It begins with the customer providing relevant... 

Vast one step closer to final approval for Baita Plai

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd June 2018 Aim-listed mining company Vast Resources could start mining a 1.8-million-tonne-orebody in Romania in the near future, with the company only one regulatory step away from final approval for the Baita Plai polymetallic mine. Vast said Minister of Economy had approved the association licence... 

Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2018 It will take three months and cost R350-million for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just 1%. Yet the small amount of rain over the long weekend in April raised the dam levels by more than 1% – free of charge.... 

Copper mine planned for Utah National Monument shrunk by Trump

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 The red sandstone vistas in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument may soon be criss-crossed with dump trucks after a Canadian mining company announced plans to begin operations on land cut from federal protection by President Donald Trump. Vancouver-based Glacier Lake Resources... 

Rethinking Cities In ARID Environments

21st June 2018 Cape Town’s prolonged water shortage has thrown into sharp relief the need for the city and its residents to be proactive in the long-term management of its water demand and consumption, and to build a more water resilient future.  A new research report by Arup highlights the need for cities in... 

Erris starts brownfield exploration near historic Ireland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     21st June 2018 Mineral exploration company Erris Resources has started a surface diamond drilling programme 300 m south of the old Abbeytown zinc mine in Sligo, Ireland. The surface drilling will test for potential extensions of zinc/lead/silver/copper mineralisation extending south from the old workings at... 

Fast And Accurate Plotting

21st June 2018 Fast and accurate marking of openings, reservations and other cuts saves a bunch of money in the hollow core slab production process. But not only that - accuracy also saves people at the construction site from spending time struggling with unfitting duct installations. The new automatic Elematic... 

Avocado 'green gold' ripe and ready for South Africa's farmers

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Whether you like to squash it onto your toast in the morning, millennial-style, eat it to cut your cholesterol with healthy unsaturated oil, or moisturise your face with it - if you live in the West, you're probably rarely far from an avocado. And that is very good news for South Africa's... 

Alrosa to lower production at International underground mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Russian mining major Alrosa has revised the production plan of its International underground mine, near Mirny, as it takes a tougher stance on health and safety management. The production plan for 2018 remains unchanged at 36.6-million carats, but under the revised plan for 2019 to 2022, output... 

It’s time to get NAS

20th June 2018 By Joanne Weng South Africa Sales Manager of Synology The enterprise market has traditionally been seen as the one that sits up and pays expensive and complicated attention to cloud storage. It is, after all, only suitable for those companies that have large wallets, skill sets and... 

I-CAT plants seeds of success in agriculture, forestry, and horticulture

19th June 2018 A range of planting solutions for agriculture, forestry, and horticulture are designed and manufactured by I-CAT’s Agri-Forestry division, as part of its larger environmental solutions offering. Each division within I-CAT serves a special function, with the Agri-Forestry division focusing on the... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Albemarle receives approval for WA lithium plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2018 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the development of a lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant, outside of Bunbury. The plant, to be developed by global producer Albemarle, will produce up to 100 000 t/y of lithium hydroxide monohydrate from five 20 000... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th June 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have vowed to iron out their differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

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