Base Metals

The most common base metals are copper, lead,nickel, tin, aluminium, and zinc. Base metals are used in a wide variety of applications. For example, lead has proven to be a reliable source for batteries, and nickel often is used to strengthen and harden metal alloys, including stainless steel. Base metals also are used frequently to coat other metals. For example, zinc is used to coat galvanized steel.

DELIVERY WITH A DIFFERENCE

Vanguard convoy
The Vanguard convoy moving through
Namibia transporting a 140t cold box

Specialist heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard has been awarded a contract to transport a 140t cold box to a copper mine in Zambia.

ENGINE BLOCK RECLAMATION IS A VIABLE OPTION

Rottler machine
An engine block on Metric Automotive
Engineering’s Rottler machine

Pressure to deliver – in the mining industry and all other sectors, both locally and internationally – has caused lead times for plant and equipment to become excessive.

GRINAKER AND DRA MEET TATI FABRICATION NEEDS

Tati Nickel DMS
Structural steelwork for the Tati Nickel
DMS project being fabricated at
DSE’s Vanderbijlpark works

A close working relationship between DSE – a division of Grinaker-LTA M&E –and Dowding, Reynard & Associates (DRA), has ensured sufficient fabrication capacity to meet the needs of LionOre South Africa’s fast-track Tati Nickel dense media separation (DMS) project in Botswana.

ZEST’S MASSIVE MOTOR

Zest Electric Motors & Drives – the leading distributor and marketer of a wide range of low-voltage, highvoltage, direct current and special electric motors, variable speed drives, soft starters, switchgear and transformers in sub-Saharan Africa – recently displayed the biggest cast-iron motor of its kind at the Zaminex mining exhibition in Zambia. This was the 2500 kW, fourpole, 6600 V WEG HGF 630 motor.
Zest's massive motor
Seen here at the Zaminex mining exhibition in Zambia are: Tom Anderson-Slight of EC Mining Limited, James Blakemore of Zest and Edson Christofolini of WEG

 

S.A. CRANES FOR ZAMBIA

Condra Class
Two Condra Class-Three portal cranes
for Mopani Copper Mines near
completion at the company’s
Germiston works

EC Mining of Zambia is to install two Condra Class Three portal cranes as part of the comprehensive modernisation programme underway at the Mopani Copper Mines Mufulira metallurgical complex.

IMPROVED SECURITY SYSTEM FOR S.A. MINES

Canadian-listed diamond mining company Rockwell Diamonds Inc. has signed a major new deal with Cape Town-based security solutions company i to i technologies to establish the world’s first turnkey security initiative for its South African mining operations.

Roll-out of the state-of-the-art system is underway, with teams actively working at Rockwell’s Northern Cape mines, which include the Holpan Klipdam property, located 45 km from Kimberley.

NEW NON-EXPLOSIVE ROCK-BREAKING PRODUCT

Crackem
A ‘victim’ of the Crackem
rock-breaking process

A new product with certain applications in the mining, quarrying and construction industries has been launched on the South African market. The manufacturers claim that it can crack even the largest rocks overnight, with no flying debris and no danger to the surrounding environment.

NEW SERVICE TO MINING INVESTMENT COMMUNITY

Neels Engelbrecht
RSV’s new business director
Neels Engelbrecht

One of the leading mining engineering consultancies in South Africa, Read, Swatman & Voigt (Pty) Ltd (RSV), is expanding its client base to include investors and lenders in the mining industry to meet the increasing demand for high-level evaluations of mining projects. These include initial technical assessments, due diligence studies, competent person’s reports and feasibility studies.

IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY FOR MINERALS PROCESSING

In a move to enhance its technology offering in the field of minerals processing, Johannesburg– based IMS Engineering has entered into a partnership with Colognebased Steinert Elektromagnetbau GmbH – a global leader in separation technology for the recycling, metals and mining industries.

This partnership enables the South African company not only to offer the sensor-based separation and sorting systems it has become known for – like optical and X-ray sorting – but also the more traditional Steinert separation systems that use eddy current and magnetic technologies.

WORLD FIRST AT LUITA

Latest indications are that — once restarted — the Kinsenda copper mine in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the potential to become an exceedingly competitive copper mine.

This is the optimistic forecast in the latest update released by Australian-based Copper Resources Corporation (CRC), the majority 75% shareholder in Minière de Musoshi et Kinsenda (MMK), which holds Kinsenda and two other high-grade deposits in the Katanga province. The remaining 25% of MMK is held 20% by the state company, SODIMICO, and 5% by the Forrest Group, the largest private business in Katanga.

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