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Empowered Kwatani benefits local mining industry

17th January 2019 Industrial and mining vibrating screens manufacturer Kwatani has achieved a level-1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) score and is 51% black women-owned. This BBBEE accreditation affords significant benefits to its mining clients that can claim 135% of money spent on Kwatani.... 

Production at Botswana’s first opencast colliery to start this month

7th December 2018 The first opencast coal mine in Botswana, Masama, located about 70 km outside Gaborone, has sprung to life following the awarding of the mining licence at the end of August. The first soil was dug on September 9. The mine is expected to start selling thermal coal in the first week of February and... 

Platinum demand for jewellery catches up to automotive demand in US

29th November 2018 The demand for platinum from the jewellery sector in the US has risen to 22% of total demand, while the demand for platinum in the automotive sector has moderated to 30% of total US demand, said platinum jewellery organisation Platinum Guild International’s (PGI’s) Insight November 2018 report.... 

Minergy's Botswana opencast coal mine project springs to life

27th November 2018 The first opencast coal mine in Botswana, Masama, which is located about 70 km outside Gaborone, has sprung to life following the awarding of the mining licence at the end of August. The first soil was dug on September 9. The mine is expected to start selling thermal coal in the first week of... 

Competition Tribunal approves Randgold, Barrick merger

9th November 2018 The proposed merger between Africa-focused gold miner Randgold Resources and Canadian gold miner Barrick Gold has received unconditional clearance from the South African Competition Tribunal, Randgold announced late on Wednesday. The transaction was approved without conditions, as recommended by... 

Volvo launches 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities sectors

2nd November 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, will provide the support and services for the machines, says Volvo... 

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal approves Randgold, Barrick merger

1st November 2018 The proposed merger between Africa-focused gold miner Randgold Resources and Canadian gold miner Barrick Gold has received unconditional clearance from the South African Competition Tribunal, Randgold announced late on Wednesday. The transaction was approved without conditions, as recommended by... 

NUM members to strike as Gold Fields confirms retrenchment of 1 100 South Deep employees

1st November 2018 JSE-listed gold miner Gold Fields on Thursday announced that it had received a notice from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of the union’s intention to embark on a protected strike at its South Deep operation, in Johannesburg, to protest against planned retrenchments at the mine. The... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability

25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

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