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‘Staggering’ uncertainty driving gold – World Gold Council

24th June 2016 With Britain voting to exit the European Union, the World Gold Council expects to see strong and sustained inflows into the gold market driven by the "staggering" level of protracted uncertainty that investors now face. The council said on Friday that gold’s surge to $1 313.85/oz was providing... 

Waheed Sulaiman

24th June 2016 This week we feature Waheed Sulaiman, CEO of Wescoal, the 200-employee coal-mining and coal-trading company that has a market capitalisation of R300-million 

Botswana mine closures highlight need for low-cost production

24th June 2016 The closure of mines in Botswana had placed emphasis on the absolute necessity for low-cost mining production, Econsult Botswana MD Keith Jefferis said on Wednesday. “If we think we can continue as a mining country without being a low cost producer, that will be a big mistake,” economist Jefferis... 

Private equity seen as key to Africa’s infrastructure speed-up

24th June 2016 Mobilising private equity to help fill Africa’s $31-billion infrastructure expenditure gap is key to the continent’s future, says Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers regional director Vuyo Ntoi. Ntoi, who addressed the Botswana Resource Sector Conference here, outlined the funding case for... 

Finland assisting Botswana’s geoscience

24th June 2016 Botswana is in consultation with the Geological Survey of Finland in the restructuring of its geoscience, which forms part of its developmental planning. “By August, a team of scientists from Finland will come over to Botswana to map things out,” Tiyapo Ngwisanyi of the Botswana Geoscience... 

Botswana Minerals Minister extends offer of help to stressed mines

24th June 2016 Botswana's Minerals Minister Onkokame Kitso Mokaila on Tuesday expressed his Ministry’s willingness to assist stressed mining companies on a case-by-case basis during the severe mining downturn and called on the industry to let his government know where it might be falling short in decreasing... 

New way to mine hard rock impresses veteran researcher

24th June 2016 A new way of breaking rock in Southern Africa’s narrow-reef mines is seen as safety and production enhancing. Veteran researcher Rod Pickering, who spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, says he has yet to come across a... 

BACK FROM THE BRINK

24th June 2016 In October last year, 120 people assembled for five weeks to develop a strategy for South Africa’s beleaguered mining industry. They did so under the banner of Phakisa or Hurry Up and one of this initiative’s tangible outcomes has been the reopening of the old Comro mining research organisation.... 

Botswana’s new coal plans, the return to mining research, breaking hard rock with foam

24th June 2016 Botswana is planing to export coal-fired power to South Africa; the old Camber of Mines Research Organisation is being reopened as a public private partnership; and foam is the main ingredient of an impressive new rockbreaking technology.  

Bank of England, offshore centres holding SA gold worth R75bn

23rd June 2016 The Bank of England and other official sector institutions at offshore bullion centres are holding a large percentage of South Africa’s gold. At last count, these holdings totalled four-million ounces of South Africa’s gold, worth nearly $5-billion. 

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