Most mine operators in South Africa are actively investigating and implementing ways to reduce their carbon footprint or offset their diesel fuel consumption through various carbon neutral initiatives.
It has been well documented that underground and open-cast mining activities have an impact on local biodiversity throughout the mining life cycle, from exploration to closure.
A well maintained haul road network is the backbone of any South African mine, so its condition and subsequent productivity needs to be kept at an optimal level. Therefore, high maintenance and operating costs for haul roads is quite often accepted as a necessary burden by the mine operator.
Case study background: Fog cannons (sometimes known as mist cannons) are an effective option for achieving dust suppression in mine sites, quarries, construction sites, demolition sites and other industrial areas. This is because they can be easily set up, are portable and are also ideal for controlling visible dust.
The complications associated with the overwatering of haul roads for dust suppression purposes are well documented. These highlight safety issues such as uncontrolled vehicle movements that can have serious consequences for operators and the mine. These hazards are also present during extended periods of wet weather on haul roads (particularly after long periods of dry weather).
Dust-A-Side Coal is proud to announce that it has now been successfully serving local clients and communities in Mpumalanga for two years. The company was first born out of a strategy by the Dust-A-Side Group of companies to be locally owned and operated. As such, the Group ceded it’s dust suppression businesses in Mpumalanga to Dust-A-Side Coal during 2019.