Through integrated solutions, Bearing Man Group (BMG) Namibia – engineering solutions provider – expresses their focus this year will be on developing the Namibian mining industry.

Since 1996 BMG has had an existence in the country and presently hires roughly 40 locals at its branches in the country’s capital, Windhoek as well as Swakopmund and Oranjemund.

An illustration of the incorporated solutions that the business provides the mining industry is its participation in retro-fitting a dense media separation (DMS) plant and in plant development at the Okorusu fluorspar mine. This mine is located on the brink of an extinct volcano.

BMG’s scope of work on the venture incorporated the mechanical design and supply of 15 conveyors, with a total length of virtually 2 000 m. This operation is different due to the supply of all the conveyor gear, including idlers, head and tail pulleys, complete with bearing and plummer blocks, as well as the geared drives and conveyor belt.  The complete apparatus had a projected worth of R6-million and last year June the plan was completed and commissioned.

BMG provides a vendor- managed inventory system, where the company stocks and manages the mines’ stock on site. BMG Namibia adopts the approach of utilising their own gear on the mine; thus ensuring that the apparatus certainly brings on the designed capacities.

When working in Namibia, like every country there are challenges that one needs to overcome.  Generally speaking, such obstacles include the existence of merely a few customers in the big country, implying that great and long distances need to be covered, and increased competition from South African and other multinational businesses.

The future of the Namibian mining industry looks extremely optimistic, with amplified action in all areas of the country. Mining company Glencore is evaluating the introduction of an enlarged project at its zinc mine, and Skorpion Zinc is evaluating the extension of its current mine life.

Uranium mining business Husab Uranium is on the rim of launching a new mine in Swakopmund, which will lift the economy. Additionally copper smelting company, Namibia Customs Smelter, intends to increase tonnages at its plant in Tsumeb, in northern Namibia.

The building of an acid plant and the reopening of the mine at the Tschudi copper deposit are additional new developments: