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Canada’s First Cobalt hoping to seal DRC exploration deal by next month

21st July 2017 Cobalt asset group First Cobalt aims to close the transaction of a strategic alliance for a 70% interest in seven prospective copper/cobalt exploration properties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by next month and progress exploration in one of the world’s “high-reward cobalt... 

New local fluorspar mine set to lead globally in production volume, quality and cost

18th July 2017 The new R1.7-billion Nokeng fluorspar mine in Gauteng, the development of which got under way last month, is expected to lead in terms of production volume and quality, and to rank “in the bottom cost quartile when it reaches full production in 24 months”, says SepFluor CEO Rob Wagner. Speaking... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Mining ups y/y output in May, but down again month on month

13th July 2017 South Africa’s headline mining production grew 3.6% year-on-year in May, but contracted -0.2% from the downwardly revised month-on-month decrease in April over March, of -1.4%. The three largest positive contributors to the headline improvement in mining activity came from iron-ore production,... 

Harmony achieves fatality-free quarter, exceeds yearly production guidance

13th July 2017 JSE-listed Harmony Gold’s South Africa and Papua New Guinea operations achieved a milestone fatality-free quarter in the June 2017 quarter.  Moreover, gold production for the financial year ending June 30 is estimated to be 1.09-million ounces, which exceeds the company’s production guidance of... 

New waterless separator improves iron recovery by 10%-plus

7th July 2017 To deliver enhanced iron content in high-grade magnetite production, processing company Innovative Mineral Processing Technologies (Imptec) has developed the Cyclomag planar magnetic separator, which can produce up to 71% iron-grade products, or 66% iron, or shipping grade in one pass. The... 

Improved iron-ore market bodes well for Congo project – developer

7th July 2017 The global iron-ore industry's performance improved significantly in 2016 from a cost and pricing perspective, providing a much more positive platform going into 2017, Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) nonexecutive chairperson Clifford Elphick said in a company results statement last week. Industry... 

Deloitte unpacks Mining Charter ahead of High Court hearing into Chamber’s application to halt its implementation

5th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane on Wednesday said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

3D printing could improve mining uptime and productivity

30th June 2017 Forward-thinking mining organisations are realising that industrial-scale, three-dimensional (3D) printing of equipment used in mines could make operations more cost effective and reduce the frustrations of equipment downtime, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm... 

Lonmin showcases nonmining career opportunities to youth

30th June 2017 In launching its Youth Month initiatives, London- and JSE-listed platinum mining company Lonmin has convened a series of career guidance workshops for learners at schools in communities around the company’s mines and in labour-sending areas to showcase a career life “beyond mining”.   Lonmin... 

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