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Modern Mining December 2017In this month’s news section we provide updates on a number of mining projects around Africa, including B2Gold’s new Fekola mine in Mali, Syrah’s Balama graphite project in Mozambique, now entering production, Vedanta Zinc’s Gamsberg project, which will have a ‘Smart Ore Movement’ system, and Firestone’s Liqhobong diamond mine in Lesotho, which has adopted a new nine-year revised mine plan.

Mine cooling and ventilationWe also look in this issue at the topic of mine cooling and ventilation, covering both a new system now operational at one of South Africa’s oldest gold mining operations and one that is to be installed at the Subika underground gold mine of Newmont in Ghana.

Materials handlingOur feature this month focuses on materials handling and includes a profile of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, which has the products and systems to provide materials handling solutions for even the biggest mining and power projects. Other companies featured include Weba Chute Systems, a leader in the field of chute design, and Mato Products, which offers the Mato belt fastening system.

Comment – Is 2018 likely to be a better year for Africa’s miners?

Although there is unlikely to a major upturn in African mining in 2018, there are probably enough projects in the pipeline – particularly in West Africa – to keep the mining industry reasonably active in the year ahead. Read more...

Fekola races into commercial production

B2Gold’s new Fekola open-pit gold mine in Mali, which will produce in the region of 400 000 ounces a year in its first three years of operation, has achieved commercial production well ahead of schedule. The metallurgical plant at the mine is currently delivering above-budget recoveries of around 95 %. Read more...

TAKRAF Africa poised for further growth in 2018

Our cover story focuses on TAKRAF Africa, which comfortably met its profit and turnover targets for 2017. The company, which sees further growth ahead in 2018, is a major supplier of minerals processing and materials handling equipment and systems to the mining industry. Read more...

BBE Projects commissions cooling system at Fairview

A refrigeration and air cooling system has been commissioned at the Fairview Shaft of Barberton Mines to provide much-needed cooling for the on-going expansion into the deepening orebody. At the heart of the system is a refrigeration plant comprising two York refrigeration machines. Read more...

Significant increase in ore reserve at Arcadia project

Prospect Resources has announced a further increase in the ore reserve estimate at its Arcadia lithium project east of Harare in Zimbabwe to 26,9 Mt at 1,31 % LiO2, a 70 % increase compared to the Pre-Feasibility Study estimate. Prospect is planning a 1,2 Mt/a mining and processing operation at Arcadia. Read more...

Mechanisation gains momentum

Hemmed in by low commodity prices, ever-increasing labour costs and safety concerns, South Africa’s mining companies are probably more receptive now to the benefits of mechanisation than they’ve ever been. We look at some of the systems for autonomous and mechanised mining available from Sandvik. Read more...

Local engineering for a true pit-to-port solution

Part of the global thyssenkrupp group, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa can deliver not just individual machines for materials handling – such as a full range of stackers and reclaimers – but entire ‘pit-to-port’ solutions. The company has a track record in South Africa extending back to the 1950s. Read more...

Scientific approach to chute design lowers end-user costs

Weba Chute Systems says that its scientific approach to the design of chute systems can result in major savings for its customers as a result of better plant efficiencies, longer equipment life and easier maintenance. Read more...

Maptek provides the tools for stockpile measurement

Maptek I-Site solutions provide reliable and repeatable stockpile measurement, reducing the time for survey and enhancing safety as there is no need to physically access the stockpile. Read more...

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