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Awards programme to promote innovation in project management
Published: 02 Nov 18
Local project, programme and portfolio management practitioners’ association Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has introduced the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Awards Programme to honour and promote local innovation in project management offices. “This is an exciting step that celebrates the great work being done by local PMOs within a range of industries in South Africa,” enthuses PMSA CEO Taryn van Olden.
Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing
Published: 02 Nov 18
X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of mining companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense-media separation, for the treatment of middle- and coarse-sized material, according to engineering and project management consultancy Imilingo Mineral Processing. “The emergence and success of XRT technology has changed the diamond industry and continues to do so,” says Imilingo Mineral Processing MD Jaco Prinsloo.
MC Mining, industry reinvention and EVs in mining Has Video
Published: 31 Oct 18
Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses MC Mining’s coking coal offtake agreement, the need for the industry to reinvent itself and electric vehicles being used underground.
On-The-Air (26/10/2018) Has Audio
Published: 26 Oct 18
South Africa is ahead of the world in the new race to develop innovative ‘power fuels’ that prevent climate change. An Australian company is selling its four big South African coal mines in Mpumalanga to new black owners. The Mandela Mining Precinct this week took its first steps towards the modernisation of South Africa’s outdated mining industry.
Surface-mining opportunities lie in market-related commodities
Published: 26 Oct 18
Johannesburg-based mining equipment distributor Vermeer Equipment Suppliers is starting to focus on certain market-related commodities and associated opencast mines to market its Surface Miner surface excavation machines, says mining and pipeline sales segment manager Gareth Cramond. The machines are being used in Africa at, amongst others, molybdenum producer China Molybdenum’s Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and exploration and mining services company Société Minière de Boké’s bauxite mines, in Guinea. In South Africa the machines are being used at diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk opencast coal mine, in Limpopo.
Sandvik expands drill rig offering
Published: 26 Oct 18
Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering with the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The company unveiled its first intelligent DTH surface drill rig for the first time at Electra Mining Africa which took place at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, from September 10 to 14.
Change management crucial for automation
Published: 26 Oct 18
There is a need for effective change management in the opencast mining industry to assist clients in adapting to new technologies and technological capabilities, says equipment supplier Epiroc surface and exploration drilling business line manager Hedley Birnie. “Challenges facing the South African market regarding technology are change management and the perception that automation will take away jobs,” he tells Mining Weekly.
MMP announces shortlist of three in rock-drill innovation challenge
Published: 25 Oct 18
The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has announced the three winners of phase 1 of its Isidingo Drill open innovation challenge. They are Novatek, HPE and Fermel. Fermel is a Gauteng-based manufacturer of mechanised machinery for underground hardrock and flameproof mining operations.
MOD gets approval for new exploration project
Published: 19 Oct 18
Australian-listed copper exploration and development company MOD Resources has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs in Botswana to drill within a 700 km2 area in the northern section of the T20 dome complex. The approval is subject to the standard four-week public review period, which began on September 21.
Synfuels, manganese production train and Morila mine make headlines Has Video
Published: 18 Oct 18
This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa’s synfuels know-how, Transnet’s manganese production train and Morila mine’s agribusiness conversion.
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