Modern Mining December 2017





MINING NEWS 4 Fekola races into commercial production 4 Rainbow ships its first rare earth concentrate 5 Balama produces its first flake graphite 6 Pre-Feasibility Study on Malingunde now underway 6 Sizes determined for re-discovered kimberlites 7 De Beers puts Voorspoed on the market 8 ‘Smart Ore Movement’planned for Gamsberg 9 Firestone adopts a new mine plan for Liqhobong 10 Mutamba pilot plant officially opened 11 Danakali advances Colluli bidding process 12 GSR shines in Ghana Mining Industry Awards 13 Battery Minerals prepares for Montepuez development PRODUCT NEWS 36 Two new versatile tools in BMG range 36 Circuit breakers designed for harsh environments 37 Functional and affordable ‘comms’for underground 37 Valve sleeve changed in just 80 minutes 38 Heavy Kwatani screens for Gamsberg 39 Ranger drill rigs push the envelope 40 Vortex pump range from Becker Mining 40 SKF supplies dual solution toWest African gold mine COVER 14 TAKRAF Africa poised for further growth in 2018 COOLING AND VENTILATION 18 BBE Projects commissions cooling system at Fairview LITHIUM 20 Significant increase in ore reserve at Arcadia project TECHNOLOGY 22 Mechanisation gains momentum FEATURE – BULK MATERIALS HANDLING 26 Local engineering for a true ‘pit-to-port’ solution 30 Scientific approach to chute design lowers end-user costs 33 Training the key to the safe use of splicing equipment 34 Maptek provides the tools for stockpile measurement REGULARS

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Cover Installation of a 2,74mx 4,88m semi- mobile Bradford Breaker at Black Wattle Colliery in Mpumalanga. The breaker was supplied by TAKRAF Africa. See page 14 for a profile of the company.



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