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ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister – Mkhize 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 The majority call by the Joburg Indaba for the government to replace Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane with a new Minister would be communicated to the African National Congress (ANC), which was committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the South African mining industry, ANC... 

Metalworkers to intensify wage strike at South32 smelter in South Africa

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday vowed to intensify the strike against Australian miner South32 in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, after a marathon negotiation session to resolve the strike was deadlocked. The global mining company has an aluminium smelter in... 

Interest building in attractive tax incentive for mine owners

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2017 Interest is building in the Section 12J of the Income Tax Act incentive structure introduced by Treasury to promote venture capital investments and stimulate growth and job creation in the South African economy, Mining Weekly Online can report. The aim of Section 12J is to encourage investment... 

Interest building in attractive tax incentive for mine owners
Photo by Jaltech
Possible structure for Section 12J tax incentive

Gigantic SA-made ore scrubber destined for Sierra Leone mineral sands mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Mechanical process equipment and solutions provider MechProTech has completed the manufacturing of one of its largest pieces of mining process equipment – the multimillion-rand, Titan 3596 mineral ore scrubber – which will be delivered to a mineral sands mine in Sierra Leone. MechProTech focuses... 

Gigantic SA-made ore scrubber destined for Sierra Leone mineral sands mine
Photo by Duane Daws
SIZABLE PROCESSING Titan 3596 mineral ore scrubber is used to wash and break up alluvial gravels, clay and sand

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 South African capital equipment manufacturers that are exporting, and which have survived the ongoing turmoil in the mining industry and domestic economic environment, have showed resilience and bear testament to the lifeline provided through exporting products and not relying solely on sales... 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy  amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

No clarity on funding drawdown for mine rehab – Joburg Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2017 There is no clarity on the way that mining companies can draw down from their financial provision vehicles to undertake mine rehabilitation, the Joburg Indaba Breakfast heard on Wednesday during a discussion on the implications of the new National Environmental Management Act (Nema). Chaired by... 

No clarity on funding drawdown for mine rehab – Joburg Indaba
Photo by Joburg Indaba
Panellists from left to right are Pan African CEO Cobus Loots, MSA MD Ben Burnand, PwC's Dr Ferdi Linde, ENSafrica's Andries Myburgh, DMR's director of mine closure Reuben Masenya and Cenviro Solutions MD Leentie Smit

Lower metals prices weigh on materials price index – IHS

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has slipped 0.1% last week, the first decline in four weeks, as metal markets finally began to slide, the firm advised on Friday. The strength of the last few weeks has been mainly attributable to a surge in metal prices and the... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical, technological diversification

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 Raise-boring and drilling solutions provider Master Drilling continues to extend its service provision capacity and technology reach, with the company focusing on diversifying into new markets and industries and advancing technologically. “Diversification across geographies, commodities,... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical,  technological diversification
KEY COMPONENT Master Drilling aims to grow business not only in underground mining, but also in openpit mining, which makes up the majority of mining

London's black cabs going electric spurs aluminium restart

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 London’s black cabs going electric shows the new wave of automobile technology is already reshaping the metals industry. After being closed for three years due to a weak market, Sapa SA’s aluminium plant in south Wales will reopen this week to supply lightweight parts for automakers such as... 

Improved fundamentals prompt Moody’s to adjust higher several commodity price sensitivity ranges

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Improved fundamentals amid global economic growth are expected to sustain a higher pricing environment for the global base metals industry, prompting credit ratings firm Moody’s Investors Service to adjust higher the price sensitivity ranges for copper, iron-ore, and metallurgical and thermal... 

Improved fundamentals prompt Moody’s to adjust higher several commodity price sensitivity ranges

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2017 The Chamber of Mines advises that, following an approach by legal counsel representing Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, it has reached an agreement with him through his legal counsel in respect of the chamber’s urgent interdict to prevent the implementation of Mining Charter Three, as... 

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

Poor market conditions lead to diversification

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Owing to tough ferrochrome and ferromanganese market conditions globally, process and engineering service provider Metix has had to widen its focus beyond ferrous metals and target the processing of other commodities.  

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

Rusal says prices second tranche of its Panda bonds

By: Reuters     1st September 2017 Russian aluminium giant Rusal said on Friday the second tranche of its Panda bonds with the principal of 500-million yuan had been priced, with a tenor of 2+1 years and a coupon rate of 5.5% per year. The proposed offering of the Panda bonds is expected to be completed before Sept. 5, 2017, the... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Caldas Engineering

     1st September 2017 South Africa-based quality spare parts specialist for fixed and mobile crushing plants Caldas Engineering has been serving its customers for 21 years and ensures customer satisfaction while meeting the demands of its industry. With a comprehensive range of replacement wear parts for leading... 

Caldas Engineering

Red Metal Mining

     1st September 2017 Diversified project engineering house Red Metal Mining (RMM) is focused on the specialised design of cast resin dry-type transformers, mini substations and electrical automation systems required by mining and associated industries. “Wherever electricity is generated, distributed, or required, we... 

Red Metal Mining

Show expected to achieve further growth

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The number of exhibitors and visitors taking part in the Electra Mining Botswana exhibition and conference, since its inception in 2013, has increased by 17% and 8% respectively, with this years’ event expected to attract further key industry players in the mining, industrial and power generation... 

Show expected to achieve further growth
PROMISING PODIUM Electra Mining Botswana is said to be fast becoming a major mining exhibition and networking platform

Vedanta appoints interim CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources has appointed Kuldip Kaura interim CEO, effective September 1. Current CEO Tom Albanese will step down on August 31. 

Queensland grants Metro leases for Bauxite Hills mine development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th August 2017 The Queensland government has granted ASX-listed Metro Mining three mining leases over its Bauxite Hills mine. Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the granted leases were critical for the A$35.8-million bauxite mine project to proceed into... 

Queensland grants Metro leases for Bauxite Hills mine development

Higher aluminium prices lift Rusal Q2 core earnings

By: Reuters     25th August 2017 Russian aluminium giant Rusal reported a 48% rise in second-quarter core earnings on Friday due to a higher aluminium price, and pointed to a positive outlook for the second half as supply in China tightens. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to... 

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 There needs to be ongoing open dialogue between the corporate sector and government to ensure that energy supplies for mining projects are secured and stabilised timeously to take advantage of valuable economic opportunities in Africa, says Johannesburg-based consultancy Core Consultants founder... 

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability
LARA SMITH Governments’ lead times for approving new power plants in African countries are often too long, resulting in a failure to realise the full potential of valuable mining projects

Improve efficiencies before adopting new energy solutions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 For many mines, there is still significant work to be done in terms of improving operating energy efficiencies, and a sound understanding of the benefits of digitalisation could be the key to unlocking considerable value in this endeavour, says professional services firm EY South Africa advisory... 

Improve efficiencies before  adopting new energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS With a thorough understanding of its daily energy requirements, a mine can achieve clarity on where an injection of renewable energy can provide maximum benefit

Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Modular, mobile  dry-type transformers ideal for Africa
SAFER OPTION Dry-type transformers are completely flame-retardant and emissions free, using resin and vacuum-pressure impregnation to insulate windings and air as a cooling agent

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines
READY TO GO Aksa’s new generator rental fleet is well stocked and designed to operate in harsh conditions, providing the ideal interim power solution for mines expanding in Africa

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines

     25th August 2017 Fuel solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions strongly urges companies to take advantage of the Section 12L Energy Tax Incentive, under South Africa’s Income Tax Act, before it is too late, as this opportunity is limited until 2020. 

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines
FUEL FOCUS Masana offers mines high-performance products and fuel management systems for improved haul road efficiencies and reduced heavy equipment maintenance

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency
Zest WEG Group integrated sales executive Johan van Niekerk discusses the group’s energy efficiency technologies. Video and Editing: Lionel da Silva

South32 sees upswing in South African, Mozambique aluminium production

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 Diversified miner South32 reported solid performances across its aluminium supply chain for the financial year ended June 30, with record production from Mozal Aluminium, in Mozambique, and near-record production at the Hillside aluminium smelter, in South Africa. “Our aluminium smelters and... 

South32 sees upswing in South African, Mozambique aluminium production
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Metallica gets federal approval for bauxite project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd August 2017 ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has received environmental approval from the federal government to develop its Urquhart bauxite project, in far north Queensland. “This is an important milestone in the development of the Urquhart bauxite project and clearly demonstrates that the environmental plan... 

Aluminium market deficit on the cards this year; price reacts to Chinese curtailments – BofAML

     22nd August 2017 The Chinese government has so far this year ordered 4.3-million tonnes of aluminium capacity closures at smelters in Inner Mongolia, Shandong and Xinjiang, pointing to the potential for a global aluminium market deficit to emerge before year-end, the latest analysis from Bank of America Merrill... 

Aluminium market deficit on the cards this year; price reacts to Chinese curtailments – BofAML

Portland smelter approaching full capacity

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st August 2017 The Portland smelter, in Victoria, is expected to return to full production shortly, securing the future of more than 650 employees and contractors, Industry and Employment Minister Wade Noonan reported on Monday. Aluminium major Alcoa in January initiated work to restart smelting capacity,... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is answering South Africa’s call for broader economic participation and transformation. The local company, which is part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed WorleyParsons engineering group that serves the resources and energy... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer

Proximity detection system installation in final stages

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in... 

Proximity detection system installation in final stages
Photo by Monitech
INTELLIZONE PDS After a successful trial in 2015, the proxmity detection system was launched in South Africa in April last year

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Growth aids new sales platform

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 There is cautious optimism worldwide in the future demand for valves, owing to investment in major industries, such as, besides others, mining and oil and gas, as well as related infrastructure, which has prompted growth in the valves industry this year. Industry players are hoping that this... 

Growth aids new sales platform
COMPLEXITY Despite the sophisticated nature of valves, ValveConnect emphasises that they are still commodity items accessible through an online platform

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

     11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

Efforts to reposition balance sheet, price improvements lift Glencore’s H1 earnings

By: Ilan Solomons     10th August 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore said “extensive efforts” to reposition its balance sheet and propel the company’s industrial asset portfolio improvements over the last two years were reflected in its strong interim financial performance. The group on Thursday published its... 

Efforts to reposition balance sheet, price improvements lift Glencore’s H1 earnings
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce 

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 The local mining industry has made significant strides in executing transformation and promoting gender diversity in terms of women representation, with the number of women having increased from an “extreme minority” to exceeding 10% across different levels. According to the Chamber of Mines... 

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce
Vedanta Resources Zinc International and CMT CEO Deshnee Naidoo discusses the progress made in increasing women representation. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.
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