Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2018, unlocks full potential of real-time data in the mining industryBig Data can be applied to mining operations with greater efficiency and accuracy than ever before, thanks to software innovations such as Pitram from MICROMINE, a fleet management and mine control solution. With the quantity of data collected and its complexity in the mining industry rapidly on the increase, the ability to handle these large, complex data sets is critical. This has highlighted the need in the mining industry for easy-to-use, fast, function-rich, and fit-for-purpose solutions such as Pitram, MICROMINE South Africa regional manager Renier Strydom comments. Pitram is a fully-configurable solution that captures, monitors, and reports on operational and production data. It provides real-time analytical capabilities to enable improved decision-making on critical areas such as safety, development, and asset utilisation. The major advantage of Pitram is that it is both scalable in its approach and agile by design, providing a world-class customised solution for any mining..., 24 Apr 2018 11:18:34 GMTAECOM Provides Social Services for Malawi Graphite ProjectIntegrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM produced the winning bid for social services for Sovereign Metals’ Malingunde graphite project in the Lilongwe District in Malawi. AECOM received a request for proposal from Sovereign Metals’ Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP), Dhamana Consulting of Perth, Australia. The EAP had approached three consulting firms, namely two in South Africa and one in Malawi, based on industry intelligence and recommendations from other professionals in the field. Dhamana Consulting is the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) service provider, while AECOM is conducting two of the more than ten specialist studies, in addition to the stakeholder engagement for the ESIA process. “This makes us, with support from our local consultant, the sole provider of social services for the project,” AECOM Senior Specialist Karien Lotter comments. Not only was the scope of work in line with the company’s core business,..., 11 Apr 2018 14:59:10 GMTHarmony Gold Mining Fatality at JoelHarmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony” and/or “the Company”) regrets to advise that two of its employees were fatally injured in a seismic related fall of ground incident at its Joel mine near Welkom in the Free State on Tuesday morning. An investigation into the accident is underway. Management express their deepest condolences to the deceased employee’s family, friends and colleagues. Source: Sharenet..., 28 Mar 2018 08:16:38 GMTEnvironmental Compliance is Important for Both Mines and CommunitiesEnvironmental compliance is extremely important in the mining industry due to the fact that dust suppression affects not only the health and safety of mine workers, but that of surrounding communities as well. Another factor is that mines often use water as a solution to supress dust. This is costly due to the fact that water only supresses dust for a short while, I-CAT Environmental Manager Rachelle Botha points out. “Dust-suppression systems aid in the reduction of water usage – a current environmental issue, especially in the Western Cape.” This, in effect, assists with water licences for mines, and reduces the long-term costs due to excessive water usage. Dust suppression on mines is important in promoting environmental compliance due to the fact that dust fall-out affects the air quality for not only mineworkers, but also for surrounding communities and plant life. Breathing in dust can result in a range of occupational illnesses and diseases, depending on..., 22 Mar 2018 15:59:09 GMTSafety Equipment Every Construction and Mining Worker NeedsIn the construction or mining industry, where the risks of physical injury are higher than most other occupations, the safety of construction workers or miners is extremely important. Without them, a project wouldn’t finish and the quality of the work would be compromised. There’s a reason that there are different varieties of safety equipment and clothing that are required on any construction site. Accidents happen and it would be better to have everyone in the immediate (and even surrounding) areas protected. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required of all workers who operate in fields where the equipment is necessary for them to do their, otherwise dangerous, job safely. This includes, but is not limited to, firefighters, police officers, construction workers and miners. We’ll start with the equipment needed for the head and work our way right down to the worker’s toes. Include the costs of these specialised items of safety equipment in the construction..., 16 Mar 2018 10:53:34 GMTRobust Valves and Actuation Accessories for the Mining IndustryThe range of valves and actuation accessories from AR Controls of Vanderbijlpark is very robust and extremely well-suited for typically harsh mining environments. Here valves and accessories often suffer environmental attack and can perish as a result. AR Controls provides pneumatic enclosures in various materials to house and protect valve instrumentation, and to ensure that valves installed in hard-to-reach areas can be operated with ease from an accessible and clearly-marked remote area. AR Controls stocks ball, butterfly, knife gate, and check valves, as well as a range of actuators and actuation accessories. It also supplies a range of gate, globe, and air valves. Common materials of construction include carbon steel, ductile iron, 316 stainless steel, 2205 duplex stainless steel, 17-4 stainless steel, CD4MCuN stainless steel, and various super alloys. “Mining customers can rest assured that AR Controls has a valve in the correct material and of the correct design..., 12 Mar 2018 16:02:57 GMTRestating the value of Research & Development in innovationResearch and development (R&D) plays a critical role in the innovation process, especially considering the increasing pace of technological progression and the ever-changing needs of end users. It is that strong commitment to R&D that is further propelling Monitech to the summit of the mining safety and monitoring solutions industry. R&D plays a very important role in the success of a business. Many companies do not grasp the significance of R&D until it’s too late. The role and relevance of R&D is paramount; it is the R&D function that provides a platform for creativity and innovation to flourish in an organisation. Based on this understanding, Monitech, a South African industry leader in mining safety and monitoring solutions, has put in place a strong R&D regime over the years, which General Manager Renier Rautenbach maintains is the cornerstone and a critical arm of the company’s business. “Monitech has always focused on its customers’..., 12 Mar 2018 15:38:26 GMTIllegal miners denied bail for illegal processing of goldForget Mwatutsa (28), Forward Kavunga (23) Orbet Nyaora(29) and Arming Mcucune(32) were denied bail by Orgies Magistrate’s Court on Friday 2018-03-09 for illegal processing of gold The three suspects were arrested by Members of Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit Middelburg, Secunda and South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) on Thursday 2018-03-08 during an operation conducted at a farm in Orgies area. Mwatutsa, Kavunga, and Mcucune were found at the farm working and they alleged that they were employed by Nyaora. Nyaora was phoned and upon arrival at the farm he tried to bribe the police with R6 000.00 and he was immediately arrested. Following a search at the farm, gold bearing material estimated to worth R400 000.00 and a vehicle were seized. The four suspects were remanded in custody and they are expected to appear again at the same court on the 16th March 2018 for verification of addresses and further investigation. Source:..., 12 Mar 2018 11:43:21 GMT33 Illegal gold miners nabbed by the HawksA disruptive operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit, the Department for Mineral Resource (DMR), Provincial Organised Crime Unit, Public Order Police Unit, the Air Wing and Local Criminal Record Centre resulted in the arrest of 33 alleged illegal gold miners at Ellerton rehabilitated mine at Nhlaniki Village outside Giyani last week Friday. The multi-disciplinary operation ensued following an outcry by the local community about the alleged illegal mining of gold at Ellerton mine that was closed by DMR in 2016. The team swooped on the abandoned mine and seized gold bearing material, 5 vehicles and several mining equipment including two generators, mining drill machines, camping tents, industrial hammers and a sieve valued at about R500 000-00. All suspects will be processed to ascertain their correct identity. The 33 suspects are expected to appear before Giyani Magistrate’s Court today for contravention of Section 5 (4) (a) (b) and (c) read with..., 06 Mar 2018 08:21:21 GMTLatest Acquisition Extends Concord Cranes’ Reach in NamibiaConcord Namibia, which forms part of the Concord Cranes Group, has expanded its geographical reach in Namibia through the strategic acquisition of a Walvis Bay-based company. Concord Cranes recently acquired Walvis Bay-based plant hire company Rent-A-Plant Namibia, a Namibian based-and-run company with an in-depth knowledge of the country due to its 19 years’ experience in the Namibia. Concord Namibia’s operations are based in Okahandja, primarily servicing the northern and central territories. This undertaking expands the group’s geographical reach significantly. Rent-A-Plant Namibia is currently in the process of being merged into Concord Namibia. Its fleet consists of 55 forklifts, five mobile cranes, four access platforms, and three trucks, which complements Concord Cranes’ product and service offering. Cranes range in size from 25 t to 35 t. Concord Namibia CEO Francois Smith comments that Rent-A-Plant Namibia boasted a good order book prior to the..., 23 Feb 2018 10:55:10 GMT