Capital Equipment News December 2022

Mining Indaba will feature top speakers

The world’s largest mining event is returning to Cape Town in February 2023 and its speaker line-up boasts business, government, policymakers and investors from across the mining industry. In February, attendees will hear from global leaders in the Mining Indaba network including Anglo American Chief Executive, Duncan Wanblad; Rio Tinto’s Chief Exec utive, Minerals, Sinead Kaufman; CEO of Exxaro Resources, Dr. Nombasa Tsengwa; Minerals Council South Africa CEO, Roger Baxter; Gécamines SA Chairman Alphonse Kaputo Kalubi, and CEO of ICMM, Ro hitesh Dhawan, as well as many other top executives deeply involved in Africa’s mining industry. Addressing the 2023 theme of “Unlocking the future of African mining”, next year’s Offering the same strength and durability as standard buckets, Cat bolt-together buckets for Cat load haul dump (LHD) loaders reduce the time and costs associated with transportation, assembly, and rework procedures for underground mining. The new bolt-together bucket does not require skilled maintenance operators for underground welding, resulting in a reduced safety risk. The design allows for efficient underground assembly, where the loader is working, to cut replacement time and lead to lower machine downtime and higher productivity. Optimised for moving abrasive under ground materials, the new bucket design includes improved material thickness for increased strength and a rigid bucket assembly to aid in easier edge installation and removal. High-grade, 400 BHN materials used for bucket assembly components and high-grade wear protection ground engage ment tools (GET) on the removable shroud assembly deliver a long bucket service life for better cost saving and productivity. With

speakers will consider the challenges and opportunities facing the continent’s mining industry as it seeks ways to bolster its economic power amid the global rush to secure supply for the transition to greener energies. Security of supply and the availability of power is a pressure point for the South Afri can economy and Mining Indaba is pleased to announce that André de Ruyter, CEO of South Africa’s state power utility Eskom, has been confirmed that he will address the event for the first time. Since joining Eskom in 2020, De Ruyter has had to contend with significant obsta cles, chief among them the power gener ation capacity. As the country’s coal-fired power stations age and are slowly decom missioned, the utility has had to juggle

growing demand with generation capacity. De Ruyter, who told COP27 that it is cheaper to move to green energy than build more coal fired plants, is working with the South Afri can Department of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs to plan for the utility’s energy transition. Also at Mining Indaba 2023 will be Former chairman of the Mining Indaba advisory board, Mpho Makwana, who will be joined by World Bank lead mining specialist Boubacar Bocoum and Newmont Corporation SVP – Africa Dave Thornton on a keynote panel to debate whether the issue of security of supply is a threat of opportunity in African metals and minerals supercyclic context. Investing in African Mining Indaba 2023 takes place in Cape Town from 6-9 February 2023. b

New Cat bolt-together buckets for underground loaders

proper GET selection and management, the Cat bolt-together bucket is designed to last through the first machine overhaul period to reduce replacement downtime. Modular in design for quick instal lation and removal, the numerous Cat GET available for the new bolt-together buckets include three edge options – bolt

on half arrow (BOHA), modular weld-on and Durilock – shroud segments, and rock guard to deliver reduced downtime and accelerated repair. They are built in the same factory and go through the same stringent quality control process as Cat equipment and are supported by the global Cat dealer network. b


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