Mines across South Africa are consistently looking for ways to reduce operational costs and increase profits. This has become particularly pertinent recently with the coal industry facing up to 14-year low prices.
Mining operations are geared to achieve daily optimal production. But efficiency and productivity can be drawn to a sudden halt, or otherwise dramatically slowed, during and after significant weather events.
At Dust-A-Side, one of our core values is caring and this includes caring for the people and the places we work in. Our philosophy is to give back to local communities wherever we can, not only in areas where we operate, but throughout South Africa.
It is common for many South African mines to assume the responsibility of haul road management internally. This includes designing and constructing new haul roads, implementing dust control measures and conducting ongoing maintenance work.
The most common dust control method employed by mine operators for haul roads is the regular use of water bowsers spraying water to keep the surface of the road network damp and free of dust.