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Base Metals News

After R680m iron-ore project, plans for zinc and titanium

By: System Author     31st March 2000 It is common cause that resources group Iscor Mining has serious plans to move beyond the bread-and-butter of its iron-ore and coal-mines into base and heavy minerals. 

Gamsberg zinc manganese options being explored 

By: System Author     31st March 2000 In an interview with Anglo Base chief operating officer: zinc Peter Smith and vice-president project management: Mick Furman, Deputy Editor Terence Creamer discussed the progress of the current R97-million feasibility study and Anglo’s reasons for choosing openpit mining and the... 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Editorial 

Zambian copper project awarded to local company

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Metorex 

Gamsberg back on the map

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The R97-million feasibility study being undertaken by mining giant Anglo American into a possible R5-billion-to-R6-billion zinc mine and refinery at Gamsberg in the Northern Cape is nearing completion. 

SA copper bug eats its way into Chilean boardrooms

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Former South African global minerals and metals group Billiton and giant Chilean copper-mining group Codelco have established a joint venture to exploit Billiton’s ‘BioCOP’ biological leaching technology on a worldwide basis. 

Promising African zinc prospect

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Junior mining company Metorex is continuing the development of the Perkoa zinc project in Burkina Faso following its acquisition from Billiton for an undisclosed sum last year. 

ZCCM privatisation set for this month

By: System Author     11th February 2000 The unbundling and privatisation of African mining monolith Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines has entered its final stages. 

Company surveys its success

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Nchwaning Manganese Expansion 

The man who’ll give new base to SA mining major

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Rugby-player-turned-mining-executive James Campbell and his team have been working to set up what is essentially a new business unit within the bigger Anglo American group. 

Aluminium takeover mania to have South African fallout

By: System Author     26th November 1999 The past three months have been tumultuous in the global aluminium arena to say the least, and more competition will in all likelihood enter the South African market very soon. 

Copper projects, South America and Southern Africa

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Anglo Base Metals is tackling six copper projects in South America and Southern Africa 

Technology targets remote areas

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Mining in Africa 

Chambishi is well on track

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Mining in Africa 

Searching the desert for zinc

By: System Author     19th November 1999 A joint exploration agreement between Iscor and PE Minerals, of Namibia, to explore base metal concessions held by the two companies in Southern Namibia was signed last month. 

SA taking zircon downstream

By: System Author     15th October 1999 A new home-grown processing technology could see South Africa earning millions of rands more from its 

SA technology opens door to lucrative Chilean copper market

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Resources group Billiton is in discussion with the largest producer of copper in the world, Chile’s Codelco, which could give the company entry into the lucrative Chilean copper market. 

Richards Bay smelter considers ‘stub-line’

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Over and above the R1,3-billion aluminium smelter project being built in Maputo, Mozambique, and the US$600-million expansion of the Worsley refinery in Western Australia, resources group Billiton is pondering three other aluminium-related initiatives. 

Chile vote spoils it for Zambia

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The decision by giant Chilean state-owned copper producer Codelco to walk away from a proposed joint venture with Anglo American to buy Zambian Consolidated Copper Mines was the result of domestic political factors in Chile. 

Copper bioleaching technology decision possible in two years

By: System Author     1st October 1999 South African resources group Billiton hopes to be in a position to take a decision to invest in a commercial copper project employing its bioleaching technology, BioCop, within two years. 

Can zinc make Anglo an ‘ace of base’

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Anglo American has a few interesting initiatives on the go in the metal. 

Nkomati Mine, South Africa 

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Mine 

Base metals better off than gold

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Base Metals 

Noteworthy African potential

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Base Metals 

Base-metal mines return to basics

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Base Metals 

BHP says a big mea culpa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Editorial 

Lean operating approach sinks in

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Drilling, tunnelling and shaftsinking 

Contract mining presenting big new growth prospects

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Cementation Mining 

Second sniff at Congo’s resource opportunities

By: System Author     20th August 1999 In the run-up to, and in the aftermath of the October 1996 rebellion in Zaire, which led to the overthrow of one of Africa’s most despised despots, Mobutu Sese Seko, international mining companies began swarming. 

Potgietersrust Platinums; South Africa

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Mine 

SA giant explores China

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Exploration for copper in the Zhongdian area of China’s Yunnan province is being undertaken by South African company Billiton. 

Base-metals target

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The Pan-African Belt’s rock formation is the primary focus of Anglovaal Mining’s (Avmin’s) R80-million-a-year diversified exploration programme, exploration manager Hilton Philpot tells Mining Weekly. The Pan-African, a 880-million- to-550-million-year-old metallogenic belt... 

Jhb dumps disappearing

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Depending on who you speak to, the remining of the golden dumps in and around Johannesburg is either the best or worst thing happening to the city. Its detractors suggest it is robbing the city of its character, while its advocates laud the projects for their environmental and aesthetic benefits.... 

Firm fans up business

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The launching of a new fan product, an order for a combustion fan to be exported to Europe, as well as the prospect of exporting to Central America are some of the opportunities which have presented themselves to ABB Rotek Fans this year, reveals MD David Kirkman. The company – which... 

Metallogenic map of subequatorial Africa

By: System Author     9th July 1999 July 1999 is an important month for anyone involved in mining in Southern Africa – for the first time, an extensive metallogenic map will be released for the Southern African region, including crucial information such as the detailed location of mineral deposits as well as the... 

Chileans take a shine to Zambian copper

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A team of 14 engineers and geologists from Chile’s state-owned copper company, Codelco, is now in Southern Africa, working with Anglo American plc staff on their proposed copper joint venture (JV) in Zambia. The Chileans, who include metallurgical engineers and mining engineers, are... 

The world’s biggest mining project

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In the remote interior of Peru’s Ancash department, north of Lima, what is believed to be the world’s biggest current mining development is under way – the US$2,26-billion Antamina copper and zinc project, Mining Weekly can today report. Antamina, which is jointly owned by... 

Gamsberg’s low grade a real impediment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The international trend in the zinc market towards the development of mines with higher grades could put pressure on the proposed R4-billion project at Gamsberg in the Northern Cape, which is a large low-grade orebody. Last year, Anglo American announced that it would pursue a study of the... 

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