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New smartphone suitable for mining environments New smartphone suitable for mining environments
Published: 17 Aug 18
Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and mobile phone and consumer electronics company Bullitt Group have released the new Cat S61 smartphone – that can withstand harsh elements and tough terrains, such as those in the mining environment. The phone was launched in Sandton, in South Africa and went on sale locally, last month.
Digitisation brings innovation opportunities Digitisation brings innovation opportunities
Published: 17 Aug 18
Digital transformation brings opportunities for innovation and doing business in new and exciting ways – elements that are critical to business success in a volatile economic market, says global communications provider BT Global Services major deals lead and mining, oil and gas head Stephen du Preez. He notes that technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and developed and emerging economies alike are coming to terms with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and what this adaptation will mean in their industries and regions.
Cable bolt technology to improve safety
Published: 17 Aug 18
Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology continues to set the pace in underground mining with the launch of its rock-reinforcement cable bolter with automated one-hole drilling designed to improve safety and productivity. The Sandvik DS221L will significantly improve safety in mines by removing operators from the danger zone and providing immediate and active reinforcement on hanging walls when cable bolts are installed. This means the rock is already secured when the cable bolt is attached and mining can safely continue underneath areas where the grouting – which protects the bolts from corrosion – cures and hardens.
Angola seeks to stimulate diamond, ornamental stone exports
Published: 17 Aug 18
The Angolan newspaper “Jornal de Angola” has reported that diamond mining companies operating in the country will, in future, be able to sell up to 60% of their production in the free market, under the country’s new Diamond Commercialisation Policy. Under the previous system, adopted in 2007, miners had to sell their diamonds to “preferred buyers” designated by the State-owned Empresa Nacional de Comercialização de Diamantes de Angola (National Diamond Commercialisation Company of Angola), better known by its acronym, Sodiam.
CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces  in push to improve safety and productivity CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity
Published: 17 Aug 18
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela Mining Precinct is to coordinate research activities towards the modernisation of South Africa’s mining operations through the development of next-generation mechanised mining systems.
Wits to host earthmoving, maintenance courses Wits to host earthmoving, maintenance courses
Published: 17 Aug 18
The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems – part of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) – will present three-day courses in mechanised earthmoving and in maintenance management in November.  WMI director professor Fred Cawood is delighted to introduce the first two courses in mechanised mining under the WMI umbrella. “These courses are aimed at engineers and technicians, and will be followed up by a best practice workshop on South African mechanised mining lessons and more courses on digital, mechanised and sustainable mining in 2019”. 
Zinc developer secures offtake, funding for Nigeria project Zinc developer secures offtake, funding for Nigeria project
Published: 17 Aug 18
Australian zinc-focused mineral exploration company Symbol Mining has executed an offtake and marketing agreement for its shipping and sales programme for the Macy zinc project in Nigeria, with international commodities group Noble Resources International. The shipping and sales programme is expected to start this quarter.
Zambia’s refined copper outlook positive Zambia’s refined copper outlook positive
Published: 17 Aug 18
Zambia will remain one of the fastest growing refined copper producers in the world over the coming years, owing to strong domestic smelting capacity, rising mine output and continuing government support, according to economic research company BMI Research, a member of the Fitch Group. As the copper mined in Zambia is refined locally before being exported, Zambia – unlike other markets – will remain a regional player and an important global player in refined copper, BMI notes in its Industry Trend Analysis titled ‘Positive Refined Copper Outlook Ahead For Zambia’.
Miner looks to meet Southern Africa’s zinc deficit Miner looks to meet Southern Africa’s zinc deficit
Published: 17 Aug 18
While the zinc industry is poised to have a structural deficit until 2022, diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) is well positioned to meet the needs of South African zinc users, says VZI and Vedanta Resources Africa Base Metals CEO Deshnee Naidoo. “The feasibility study currently under way for Phase 2 at the Gamsberg zinc project in the Northern Cape (which will double its production) will assist the industry in addressing the current shortages.”
Laboratory to expand services, product range Laboratory to expand services, product range
Published: 17 Aug 18
Sandton-based chemical reagents supplier and distributor, Axis House, plans to considerably expand its metallurgical laboratory in the Western Cape, as well as its laboratory services and product range, as it believes that using specifically developed chemical reagents in the base metals flotation processes can significantly improve efficiencies and productivity. “The current plan is to improve and expand on the analytical techniques to accommodate Axis House’s expansion into other minerals and base metals, especially with regard to wet chemistry,” explains Axis House Group GM Justine Stubbs.
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