New computer centre aims to better mining community
30 June 2016
RUSTENBURG HERALD – During the opening of the Faranang Computer Training Centre at 54 Heystek Street on Friday, 11 November, Evelyn Ramoroa of Faranang Business and Training Solutions explained how far she and her team had come – from an office in Phokeng to a fully equipped computer training centre in Rustenburg – with the help of New Concept Mining.
NCM recognised as major contributor in the development of the WITS School of Mining Digital Mine Laboratory
30 June 2016
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Innovative technology solutions for the struggling mining sector will be the focus of a new unit at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), which brings together various disciplines under former School of Mining Engineering head Professor Fred Cawood. The new Wits Mining Institute will house the school’s already advanced digital mine project – the development of a mock mine within the Chamber of Mines building on Wits University’s West Campus – and a college network tasked with the development of twenty-first century artisan and technician skills.
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Hand over of model stope to Wits School of Mining Engineering
06 March 2015
A life-size mining stope panel was handed over by New Concept Mining (NCM) to the Wits School of Mining Engineering on 6 March 2015, to help students learn about stoping activities through a better visualisation of how a real mine looks.
The stope panel– sponsored to the tune of R250 000 by NCM – is part of a range of simulated facilities sponsored and developed at the School’s premises on West Campus, in partnership with companies active in the mining sector such as Aveng, Gold Fields and Sibanye. These include a mine tunnel, mine shaft steel work and a lamp room.
Said Professor Cuthbert Musingwini, newly appointed Head of the School of Mining Engineering at Wits said: “We are delighted to add this new facility to our School’s resources and grateful to be partnering with far-sighted stakeholders like NCM who share our dedication to skills and technology development.”
NCM marketing director, Brendan Crompton said the sponsorship of the model stope panel was driven by their commitment to safety, efficiency and productivity in South African mines. The SA-based company is a market leader in narrow-reef stope support products, having expanded into a number of countries worldwide.
“As a quality-focused company rooted in South Africa, we recognise that the future of our mining sector is built on the calibre and skills of graduates from institutions like Wits University,” said Crompton. “Partnering with the School of Mining Engineering at Wits is one of the ways that we contribute to sustainability and safety in mining, especially as we both prioritise technological innovation as a key factor in the success of the sector.”
Measuring some seven metres long, the model stope was constructed from a metal framework, mesh and concrete, and is the work of sculptor Russell Scott. He used various materials and techniques including hessian, hand-packed cement and layers of paint to achieve the realistic effect of a working stope face in an underground platinum mine.
The panel dips at 10 degrees, has a stoping width of one metre and extends some three metres on strike. It has been equipped with various items of support infrastructure to demonstrate to students the variety of technologies employed underground. These include timber props, timber packs, rockbolts and safety nets suspended near the working face.
NCM has contributed roof support equipment both from its own range of products and from other sources. It is also making available some of its electronic monitoring and warning devices in the stope, augmenting the School’s focus on digital, remote monitoring technologies to enhance safety on mines.
Like the recently completed model mine tunnel, the stope panel is situated in the basement of the School of Mines premises, where it incorporates one of the building’s beams as a geological feature.
Former Head of School Professor Fred Cawood had initiated the stope panel construction as part of his digital mine research at Wits Mining. These simulated facilities form part of the ‘digital mine’ environment which is providing invaluable tools for learning and research, bringing a real mine experience to mining engineering students at Wits.
“Most of the 200 first-year students we welcome into the School each year are straight from school and have never been in a mine before,” said newly appointed Head of School Professor Cuthbert Musingwini. “While mine visits are arranged from time to time, this facility gives easy access to students – so that they can visualise and test what they are studying theoretically.”
“While the facility is invaluable for our teaching work, it will also be made available to our research students as they push the boundaries of productivity with digital and other technology in mining,” said Professor Cawood. “Now more than ever, SA needs to encourage and facilitate research that can stimulate our mining sector; through facilities like these - Wits School of Mines is showing its commitment to doing that.”
NCM takes first place in Quality Category in the South African Premier Business Awards 2013/14
19 March 2014
The second annual South African Premier Business Awards Ceremony was held in Johannesburg on Wednesday 19 March 2014. This was a chance for South African companies to shine, and it was here that New Concept Mining was awarded first place in the Quality Category!
The awards recognise business excellence and honour businesses which promote the spirit of success and innovation, as well as job creation and quality. President Jacob Zuma gave the keynote address at the ceremony which was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South African and Brand SA.
"The success of the recipients of these awards this evening demonstrates that our country promotes innovation and success, and that opportunities are being utilised to grow businesses and prosper," said President Zuma at the awards.
Criteria for Quality Award
The award recognises enterprises which strive to conduct their business activities with high quality assurance and management standards. The award aims to promote the production of high quality products and services, good business practices, industrial competitiveness and economic growth. The award will be presented to an enterprise which has pro-actively implemented quality management principles / systems.
- This category is open to South African-registered enterprises/individuals in all manufacturing and related sectors.
- The entrant must provide documentation which illustrates/proves that it generates products and/or offers services of outstanding quality.
- Evidence needs to be supplied to show how the enterprise/organisation has contributed towards Quality Assurance in terms of Standards, Accreditation and Metrology efforts.
- The entrant is required to demonstrate the impact of its quality efforts i.e. what business opportunities are being created or expanded.
- The entrant must supply documents to show how it utilises quality management principles/ systems in its activities for growing the business.
- The entrant must provide evidence of what it does to improve the quality of products, services and operations.
This award reaffirms NCM’s commitment to quality products and services as expected by, and developed in partnership with, our customers.
List of other Categories in SA Premier Business Awards:
- Manufacturer Award
- Rural Development Award
- Exporter Award
- Media Award
- Most Empowered Enterprise Award
- SMME Award
- Technology Award
- Young Entrepreneur Award
- Women-Owned Enterprise Award
- Investor Award
- Proudly South African Enterprise Award
- Green Award
- Corporate SME Supplier Development Award
- Play Your Part Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
To find out more about the awards visit www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.za
NCM wins at Anglo American Supplier Awards
09 November 2011
Anglo American recently held its annual Supplier Awards ceremony in London and New Concept Mining was awarded first place in the Safety category! This category recognises outstanding achievements in improving Anglo American's safety regulations, safety record and safety culture.
The Awards ceremony, now in its fourth year, provides Anglo American with the opportunity to acknowledge supplier excellence in the areas of safety, sustainability, innovation and partnership, and highlights the successes of the Group. At the 2010 Awards last year, NCM was announced as joint winner in the Sustainability category and runner-up in the Innovation category.
Congratulations to all at New Concept Mining on a fantastic achievement, it is something to be really be proud of!
NCM news article in GORNAJA PROMYSHLENNOST (Mining Industry Journal)
31 August 2011
GORNAJA PROMYSHLENNOST (MINING INDUSTRY) is an international specialized scientific and technical trade journal dedicated to the progress and latest engineering developments in mining, mining engineering and related industries in the former Soviet Union and other foreign countries.
NCM accredited again in Best Employer Awards
13 October 2010
New Concept Mining has been accredited again by the Corporate Research Foundation (CRF) as a Best Employer™ for 2010/11. This follows the initial accreditation for 2009/2010. CRF is an international publishing company that conducts research into best business practice in twelve countries. CRF BEST Employers™ SA researches and identifies the best companies to work for based on the employment framework offered to top talent i.e. pay and benefits, working conditions, career development, training and development and overall employment experience from a corporate culture perspective. They compare the company's employment offering to the very best local and international standards and ensure that they have proven themselves to be on the leading edge of growing professional careers.
NCM’s core values of integrity, innovation and investment set it apart from other industry players, ensuring that employees are ever cognisant that their efforts play a role in improving the safety of the mining industry.– www.bestemployer.co.za
Remarkable Achievement for Quality
12 March 2010
NCM recently participated in the inaugural SA Quality Awards hosted and adjudicated by the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) with entries in a number of categories including Best Enterprise, Best Quality Product and Best Quality Exporter. The Awards ceremony held on the 10th of March at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg was attended by Vito d’Amico and Brendan Crompton from NCM.
The standard of entries from companies was high with entrants from a variety of industries including calibration and instrumentation laboratories; pharmaceutical manufacturing; medical laboratories; and weapons manufacture. A number of these companies are also compliant with a number of international quality standards and regulations (such as the FDAD). Approximately sixty companies submitted entries in the five award categories from which nine winners were announced (in four of the categories winners were announced for SMMEs as well as Large Enterprises). For each award three Finalists were nominated from the entries received and from these finalists the winner was chosen for each category.
Of the three categories entered NCM was chosen as a finalist in both the Best Quality Product Award and the Best Quality Exporter Award, and was the only company to receive recognition in two categories.
Given the level of competition it is a remarkable achievement for NCM to have been nominated as a finalist in two categories. This achievement is to the credit of all at NCM working together to ensure the quality of the products produced to improve the safety of our customers working underground.
New Concept Mining advertises in the third edition of Deep South Africa
03 November 2009
Focusing on Health and Safety, the book reflects on the progress the South African mining industry has made in this regard, while examining issues and challenges pertinent to improving health and safety in this country.
In the foreword by May Hermanus, Director of the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSIM) says that although various hazards are often present when mining this does not necessarily follow that mining is dangerous. “Whether mines are safe or not depends on how well safety and health risks are controlled.”
The issue of health and safety is a critical one for the industry. Starting with the Leon Commission in 1994, the book traces the development of health and safety initiatives to 2008 – the country’s most successful year in terms of health and safety.
However while 2008 was a record year for safety, the industry still has much work to do in this arena to guarantee safe working conditions for its employees.
Key initiatives are profiled in the book as well as the key organisations and associations that are working hard to accomplish a safer and healthier working environment in the industry. Key health and safety figures are also introduced.
The book examines the regulatory landscape of health and safety, the initiatives undertaken by government, labour and the employers to get to zero harm and the actual state of health and safety in the industry.
Publishers of Deep SA, Nelida Publishing, have ensured that Deep SA – Health and Safety presents the reader with a comprehensive picture of the health and safety situation in the mining industry.