Two UN blue helmets killed in attack in northern Mali

“A pedestrian patrol of MINUSMA was attacked in an ambush around 6:30 am this morning, five kilometres from Aguelhok,” the Mission announced. Strongly condemning “this murderous attack,” MINUSMA, chief Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali, said the Mission immediately deployed a rapid response force at the scene and proceeded to evacuate the wounded and the deceased.”This attack adds to a wave of violence that, over the past few weeks, has targeted the civilian populations, the Malian Armed Forces and the international forces without distinction. The violence is aimed only at undermining […] efforts to bring stability and unity to Mali,” Mr. Annadif said. He went on to reiterate the solidarity and determination of the Mission to support the efforts of the Malian Government, other signatory parties and the people of Mali in the implementation of the Peace Agreement.“MINUSMA is prepared to make all its contribution to the identification of the perpetrators of this attack so that they are promptly brought to justice,” he said.Later in the day in remarks to a meeting on Force generation for MINUSMA, Mr. Guterres paid tribute to the courageous peacekeepers who lost their lives in the ambush, calling it “a dark reminder of the dangers facing MINUSMA on the ground.” According to the UN chief, since the establishment of MINUSMA four years ago, Malians have made significant progress towards peace and reconciliation. However, tragically, this progress has not been translated into peace. Violent extremist groups are actively seeking to spoil and halt the peace process. New armed groups emerged, while some existing groups were divided into different factions. Instability has spread from the north to the center of the country and beyond the borders of Mali in neighboring countries, he explained.Peacekeeping operations, continued Mr. Guterres, must be equipped to meet the requirements of the new operational environments. “Mali is a test for the international community […] we cannot deploy MINUSMA peacekeepers to areas where terrorist groups and transnational criminal networks operate, without providing them with the means to cope with the difficulties they face.”As such, he said MINSUMA must be given the means to support the Malian institutions to gradually exercise their responsibility to restore stability. “We need armored personnel carriers and helicopters for peacekeepers to be able to intervene more effectively. We need the rapid reaction force and its integrated helicopter support team in Mopti to respond quickly to incidents, protect civilians and counter the spread of violent extremist elements.” read more

Weba Chutes move manganese for Tshipi Borwa mine in Kalahari

first_imgWeba Chute Systems are successfully transferring crushed ore at the Tshipi Borwa manganese mine and based on the successes achieved by these custom engineered transfer points the company has received an order to design another 40 chute systems. Tshipi Borwa, located in the Kalahari Manganese Field in the Northern Cape, is a modern low cost open pit manganese operation has been exporting ore since 2012.Wesley Hunkin, Designer at Weba Chute Systems, says that in total nine transfer chutes were supplied to the mine late last year and include an apron feeder/discharge grizzly feed chute, a crusher feed chute, a grizzly underpan chute and a dribble chute.“As an OEM recognised for our engineering skills we are able to leverage this technical expertise and provide transfer point solutions that are suited to arduous applications such as the one at Tshipi Borwa,” Hunkin says. “In addition to manganese being recognised as a heavy material, the large lump sizes being handled at this plant called for robust chutes that would provide extended wear life.”Commenting on the large lump sizes being handled, Hunkin says that particle sizes up to 800 mm by 800 mm enter the primary crushing circuit and have posed challenges. The Weba Chute Systems technical team is working closely with the mine personnel to solve these.The transfer points after the primary crusher cater for lump sizes of up to 350 mm and crushed material is transferred via conveyor flowing through inline chutes before it reaches the stockpile. Included in these chutes is a fixed tripper conveyor chute capable of splitting the flow of material to whichever side of the stock pile required. When material feed direction is changed it is obviously necessary that the flow of material through the chute does the same.It was necessary to ensure that the fines would not report to the primary stockpile and this was accomplished by incorporating a scraper fines dribble chute within this section of the transfer tower.The chutes are equipped with the Weba Quick Release Lip which facilitates quick changeout when the chute lip has become worn, saving on maintenance costs. A major advantage of this innovative wear resistant component is that only the worn section needs to be replaced and this further reduces costs. All chute systems are equipped with inspection hatches allowing the mine maintenance team to do visual inspections thereby preplanning such replacement.“The order received to engineer the additional 40 chutes can be attributed to the success being achieved with the chutes already installed, and our ability to custom engineer chute systems for both greenfields and brownfields projects,” Hunkin says.“It is always preferable to be involved in a project from the beginning as this allows the complexity of chute performance to be taken into account at the plant design stage, and material transfer can be optimised by defining the geometry of the chute to reliably convey material from one point to another,” Hunkin says.In reality this is not always possible, and Weba Chute Systems is often required to engineer systems for retrofit where existing transfer points have proved inadequate. The company’s depth of experience and technical skill have ensured that workable solutions can be applied in the case of replacement chutes.Weba Chute Systems can point to an installed footprint of more than 4,500 operational chutes worldwide. Transfer points are manufactured at the company’s Wadeville facility which is ISO 9001:2015 accredited.last_img read more