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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A leading supplier of mobile and semi-mobile crushing, screening and materials handling products – South African-based Pilot Crushtec – has cornered the silica mining market in South Africa. This is the claim by sales manager Graham Kleinhans, who says there are currently more than ten Twister vertical shaft impact crushers in operation at silica mines in the country.
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.
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.
IMS Engineering (IMS) is in a joint venture with its comminution technology partner, EarthTechnica Company Limited (ETCL) of Japan – manufacturers of the EarthTechnica Kawasaki KG 5525 HD-S primary gyratory crusher, which is to be installed near the Foskor south pit by July 2009.
Foskor currently processes pyroxenite from the north and south pits and reclaims foskorite from depleting surface stockpiles, all of which contain phosphate. The phosphate rock is used to produce phosphoric acid, which, in turn, is used in a number of applications including fertilisers, animal feed and food preservatives.