Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2017, hydraulic excavator takes on the toughest working conditionsGoscor Earth Moving (GEM), part of the Goscor Group, is continuing its introduction of the latest SANY equipment into the local market with the launch of a new hydraulic excavator for the toughest African operating conditions. The SY215C hydraulic excavator is one of five models developed specifically by SANY for the international market, GEM Sales Director Andre Steenkamp explains. It is equipped with a Mitsubishi 6D34TL engine. The positive flow controlled hydraulic system means that the main pump’s displacement is directly proportional to the signal pressure from the operator’s joystick. This means that the controller determines the real-time flow demand and variation trend of the actuator, in addition to regulating the displacement. With a 0.93 m3 bucket capacity, a ground pressure of 47 kPa, an operating weight of 22 200 kg, and 2 000 rpm, the SY215C hydraulic excavator has been developed and designed to perform in the toughest working conditions. An X-beam..., 12 Oct 2017 09:59:03 GMTHow to get involved in the mining industry In the startup scene, few entrepreneurs will look to the mining sector. The industry is a giant and competes on the world stage. But because South Africa is so confident in its natural reserves this sector offers ample opportunity to innovators and self-starters. South Africa has rich natural reserves The mining industry in 2016 attributed to 8 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). And the mining sector is considered to be the fifth largest mining sector, in terms of GDP, globally. South Africa has the world’s largest reserves of manganese and platinum group metals and is home to some of the biggest reserves of gold, diamonds, chromite ore and vanadium. The gold and diamond mining industries are one of the most important foreign exchange earners for the country and gold accounts for more than one-third of the exports. South Africa can also boast enormous coal and chrome production. And, there’s still potential for more exploration in some..., 03 Oct 2017 08:34:47 GMTBunker lashing and cleaning services undertaken at MatimbaSkyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. has provided specialised confined space access and rescue-service standby to a bunker lashing and cleaning company at Matimba Power Station near Lephalale in Limpopo for electricity utility Eskom as part of its ongoing preventative maintenance programme. Matimba is the largest direct dry cooling power station in the world. Supplied by the nearby Grootegeluk opencast mine, the coal-fired power station has six 655 MW units, with a total installed capacity of 3 990 MW. Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn reveals that the rope-access specialist has been involved with a range of projects at Matimba since 2003, from Non-Destructive Testing and inspection, welding repairs, and coal-silo maintenance to control bin inspection, providing standby rescue on coal bunkers, and stormwater downpipe sealing. The latest project encompassed providing confined space access and standby rescue services, while internal lashing of boiler coal bunkers was carried..., 29 Sep 2017 11:34:56 GMTBobcat Equipment South Africa offers zero deposit, prime interest rateBobcat Equipment South Africa, well-known for some of the toughest machines in the compact construction equipment sector, has teamed up with Merchant West Working Capital Solutions to offer a special financing deal on all new equipment. The financing is being offered at a zero deposit, in addition to prime interest rate. At the end of the deal, customers have the option of acquiring the equipment for a minimal 6.5% of the original invoice value. The ‘Zero Deposit’ campaign is aimed at giving customers easier access to earthmoving and compact construction equipment in constrained economic conditions, with financing in particular not being readily available. “The idea was to provide a financing option for customers whereby they were not required to put any cash down. Effectively this translates into a long-term rental, with an attractive option at the end to buy the machine,” Bobcat Equipment South Africa Managing Director Barry Owen explains. The financing..., 29 Sep 2017 11:30:04 GMTWirtgen SA to debut new MS 953 EVO triple-deck mobile screenWirtgen South Africa will soon introduce the new Kleemann MOBISCREEN MS 953 EVO triple-deck mobile classifying screen to its Southern African customers. Characterised by short tooling times, particularly good transport and quick setup properties, its key value proposition is, however, the very big safety feature of being able to be moved, unfolded and operated via remote control. Following the recent launch of its Kleemann MS 703 EVO screen, Wirtgen South Africa is expanding its tried-and-tested Kleemann MOBISCREEN EVO series available for the local market with the arrival of the of the new MOBISCREEN MS 953 EVO classifying screen in South Africa. Having recently rolled off the Kleemann production line in Germany to make its official international debut at the SteinExpo trade fair in Homberg from August 30 to September 2, the new MS 953 EVO screen will make its first appearance in South Africa on September 15. With its precise classification of different feed materials across a number..., 20 Sep 2017 11:02:52 GMTGoscor plans to move the earth with SANY equipmentGoscor Earth Moving (GEM), a leading player in the compact construction market, has entered the larger excavator and roadworks equipment market through its representation of the SANY brand. This augments GEM’s total product offering, providing customers with a single option for both smaller and larger equipment, Managing Director Barry Owen comments. “We have been a leading player in the compact construction market for many years through our Bobcat range. Taking SANY on-board now means that we also compete in the larger equipment market.” Part of the Goscor Group, GEM offers SANY excavators, motor graders, and rollers for the construction, mining, agriculture, sand and stone, forestry, roadworks, and plant hire sectors. Technical Expert Simon Zhu highlights that SANY is the number one heavy-equipment brand in China, with 500 000 units supplied in 180 countries. “We expect SANY’s market share in South Africa to increase significantly as a result of..., 20 Sep 2017 11:00:46 GMTWomen engineers rule the roost at MIP Process TechnologiesProcess equipment manufacturer and supplier MIP Process Technologies of Sandton features women in prominent engineering roles, reflecting the ongoing transformation of the mining industry. South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August, which is an ideal opportunity for MIP Process Technologies to highlight the importance of gender inclusivity in the mining industry, Managing Director Philip Hoff comments. Prominent employees paving the way forward for women are Process Engineer Jodi Mackenzie and Project Engineer Sacha-Li Pretorius. Mackenzie explains that, upon graduating as a qualified chemical engineer from the University of Pretoria, and currently pursuing BSc (Hons) in Metallurgical Engineering, she entertained dreams “involving pristine white laboratory coats, and the development of lush formulations for one of my favourite cosmetic brands.” Ironically, the first job she accepted, however, focused on dirt and rust. “I was later sent to site to..., 18 Sep 2017 16:20:41 GMTProximity Detection System commissioned for Sasol Mining coal fieldsMonitech Mining Monitoring Systems, specialist provider of safety and monitoring solutions to the mining sector in South Africa and globally, was recently commissioned to supply and install a Proximity Detection System to a number of Sasol Mining’s underground operations. The project, completed in good time, was an initiative by Sasol Mining to have a Proximity Detection System (PDS) put in place to assist with the compliance of the Department of Mineral Resources’ regulations requiring integrated proximity detection systems on underground Trackless Mobile Machinery (TMM) at its underground operations in South African coal fields. The project, which included supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the Proximity Detection System as well as associated training, was awarded to Monitech Mining Monitoring Systems, whose portfolio spoke to the project’s need for a reliable, effective, accurate, low-cost-of-ownership solution backed by around-the-clock..., 04 Sep 2017 15:12:27 GMTSEW-EURODRIVE builds on its East African presence with new offices in Tanzania, KenyaSEW-EURODRIVE is building on its presence in Tanzania, its main hub in Eastern Africa, by opening a new office in Kenya, and commencing with a recruitment drive for Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). East Africa represents a major growth area for the drive and automation technology specialist, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa MD Raymond Obermeyer comments. “We have managed to secure a lot of business in Africa, and I see it contributing a large percentage of our turnover going forward.” This growth is largely due to the fact that the SEW-EURODRIVE brand is well-entrenched in Africa, especially in diverse sectors such as mining and agriculture. In addition, the outward focus on expansion on the continent is necessary to counter the prevailing socio-economic climate in South Africa. “That is the determining factor. We need growth, political stability, and business confidence in order to ensure the continued sustainability of the business.” SEW-EURODRIVE..., 31 Aug 2017 12:48:09 GMT15 km HDPE water supply pipeline for new Mozambican graphite mineConfirmed in 2013, by Syrah Resources, Australian industrial minerals and technology company, to represent the largest graphite resource ever known at the time, multiple projects at Balama in Mozambique have since been under way to leverage this unique mineral. One such project is the recent construction of a new graphite mine, which involves the installation and commission of a 15-kilometre-long 315 mm HDPE pipeline for the supply of water. Originally discovered more than 120 years ago, the rich deposits of graphite were described by Nyassa Company geologist and engineer, John H. Furman as, “the greatest deposits of graphite, of a most excellent quality, which I think have ever been found. They extend several miles in length and will aggregate more than 700ft in thickness.”1 The project, whose main stakeholders are IEPS, Tayanna Mozambique and Syrah Resources, required a reliable water supply pipeline, for which Plasti-Tech Piping Systems, provider of world-class thermoplastic..., 31 Aug 2017 12:46:29 GMT