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Donald Makhafola

Donald Makhafola

Donald Makhafola is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Stringent regulations may impede coal industry growth

16th March 2018 While key challenges facing the coal mining industry make the future of coal in South Africa uncertain, when considering the weight of coal in South Africa's energy mix, the coal mining industry is likely to remain an important one, says credit insurer Coface group economist Ruben Nizard. South... 

Association focuses on clean coal technologies

16th March 2018 While the development of clean coal energy is an imperative amid climate change, the worthwhile gains are more in the downstream use of coal than in the mining and beneficiation of raw coal, says South African coal mine research association Coaltech CEO Henk Lodewijks. He tells Mining Weekly that... 

Coal mining needs effective extraction means

16th March 2018 The best process for extraction of coal depends on the geographical and geotechnical information of the deposit, says Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary engineering consulting company GO Holistic Engineering engineering consultant Kevin Jacobs. He tells Mining Weekly that South Africa's diverse... 

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

S Africa’s coal mining set for growth

16th March 2018 Coal mining and mining in general have received a boost in confidence following the inauguration of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who has committed to transforming mining from "a sunset to a sunrise industry". This is likely to solve policy uncertainty and lure investors, says... 

Canyon Coal hones in on SA coal projects

16th March 2018 South African coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal says five new opencast and two new underground projects are at an advanced planning stage as part of the company's vision to achieve coal output of 10-million tons a year and so become a midtier coal miner by 2019. "We are also very... 

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset

16th March 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is at an advanced development stage, being fully explored and ready to start mining, subject to environmental approvals, says Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati, who reiterates that all effort and development... 

Coal remains a main source of energy in Africa

16th March 2018 Coal will maintain its status as a robust, baseload energy source for the foreseeable future in Africa,  says South Africa-based diversified resources company Exxaro coal operations executive head Dr Nombasa Tsengwa, who tells Mining Weekly that coal is cheap and that more than 1 600 coal-fired... 

Innovative sizer equipment added to product range in SA

16th March 2018 Key mining equipment supplier Takraf Africa will officially launch the Takraf sizer equipment range onto the southern African market later this year, following its official launch in Europe in 2016. The sizer equipment, which has potential for application in coal mining, is already available on... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America

14th March 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

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