Platinum Group Metals

The platinum-group metals, more commonly known as PGMs, are iridium, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium. Platinum group metals incorporates, mining, exploration, processing, precious metals. Electric vehicles use both palladium and rhodium, as well as platinum for use in the manufacture of the catalytic converter. Platinum and palladium are used in jewelry manufacture. PGMs are usually mined in deep level, narrow reef mines, where safety is of utmost concern.

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.

GOODYEAR ENGINEERED PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES BEE PARTNERSHIP

Founded in October 1915, and operating from headquarters in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg with a manufacturing plant in Uitenhage, the company employs more than 400 people. It supplies superior quality conveyors, hose and power transmission products, with approximately 80% of production dedicated to producing conveyor belts for both the mining and industrial sectors.

Goodyear1
Goodyear produced the world’s first steel
cord belt in 1942 and still remains at the
forefront of steel cord belt innovation

A WIN-WIN BEE MODEL
In 2005 GEP began its move towards empowerment. For the next 18 months the company worked closely with the Secretariat of the South African Preferential Procurement Forum to form a win-win model for BEE compliance, the challenge being to implement transformation initiatives while at the same time educating a foreign shareholder base which remained largely uninformed about the previous imbalance in economic distribution.

THUTHUKA WINS ELANDS WATER CONTRACT

Thuthuka
The floating barge which transfers
water from the quarry to the
treatment plant

The Thuthuka Group – a Gautengbased South African engineering company – has been awarded the contract for all of the onsite water reticulation for the new Elands platinum mine near Brits, in the north-west province of South Africa. Both process and potable water will be delivered to the mine.

POWER UNITS GAIN ACCEPTANCE IN SA

SPX STONE range
The SPX STONE range of DC
power units from Power Team

The SPX STONE range of DC power units is gaining increasing support in the South African mining industry.

“This year, we have sold this range of power components for applications ranging from mobile lifting systems to carryout maintenance on overhead power lines to emergency locomotive brakes,” reveals Power Team general manager Ian Bennett. “On the latter, the SPX STONE unit is used to charge the accumulator on the emergency brake system. The accumulator, in turn, is connected via a solenoid valve to the brake calliper, for instant, reliable response when needed,” he explains.

R5 MILLION ORDER FOR MINE LOADERS

Doosan
The new Doosan Infracore Mega
300-V loader used in mining
applications

Transport and earthmoving company Highlander has called on Doosan Infracore SA for loaders to meet its contract with large mines in the northwest province of South Africa.

NEW UNDERGROUND LOADER FOR MINING

SFL60
The new SFL 60 XLP
underground loader

A newcomer to the mining industry is the SFL 60 XLP – a specially developed prototype for an extremely low-profile underground loader. It has been developed by Schopf Maschinenbau GmbH of Ostfildern near Stuttgart – manufacturer of specialised loading machines for underground use for more than 60 years.

NEW ACCESS TO WORLD CLASS MINING TECHNOLOGY

Beck Arndt 3D
Examples of Beck Arndt
Engineering analysis – 3D
open pit modelling

Australian-based Coffey Mining – now operating out of South Africa as well – has gained access to new world-class technology and expertise which will improve extraction sequencing and mine design for open pit and underground mines in Africa.

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