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Alcohol, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers  South Africa greater accuracy
FIBRE-MINI PYROMETER The fibre-optic sensing head withstands up to 200 °C ambient temperature

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome

     19th May 2017 As a result of the upward trend in ferrochrome prices, Krugersdorp-based processing plant Mogale Alloys – owned and operated by global vertically-integrated producer of speciality alloys Afarak Group’s African subsidiary, Afarak Mogale, has converted two of its four furnaces to facilitate... 

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome
NIMBLE OPERATION Mogale's swing plant operation, enables it to change its production capacity in line with market expectations

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Legislation plays  ‘big role’ in uptake  of healthcare services
International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg speaks about 'Duty of Care' and the company's services and products. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Time to get PDS-ready is now

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 As of June, all new original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) trackless mobile machines (TMMs) bought by mining houses need to be proximity detection system- (PDS-) ready. 

Time to get PDS-ready is now
PROXIMITY DETECTION SYSTEMS The Booyco PDS warns when pedestrians enter the area around a machine

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum
Photo by Duane Daws
Pallinghurst chairperson Brian Gilbertson (centre), Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen (right) in an earlier discussion with Martin Creamer on the new platinum technology.

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer forecasts that South Africa’s new minerals legislation and new charter will be “disastrous” for an industry already crippled by hugely diminished capital injection and massive year-on-year job loss. The Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP, who... 

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

Mining starts at new Kazakhstan chrome deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     17th May 2017 Ferrochrome producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has started mining a new chrome deposit with mineable reserves of more than three-million tonnes. Located within the site of Kazakhstan's 10th Anniversary of Independence mine, in Khromtau, the deposit is expected to produce 300 000 t/y of... 

Solid operational performance drives Tharisa’s H1 earnings higher

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 Platinum and chrome producer Tharisa’s platinum group metals (PGM) concentrate production for the six months to March 31 increased by 15.2% year-on-year to 69 100 oz, as ore mined increased by 3.8% to 2.45-million tonnes. CEO Phoevos Pouroulis noted that the solid operational performance... 

Solid operational performance drives Tharisa’s H1 earnings higher
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Down 2.1% last week, IHS Materials Price Index tracks lower for third week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2017 Lacklustre Chinese manufacturing data, coupled with moves by regulators to crack down on risky investments, is fuelling concern that Chinese demand growth is set to decelerate and that it had pushed down commodity prices over the last three weeks, market intelligence firm IHS Markit said in a... 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 The demand for mine planning solutions is on the rise in Africa, with mining solutions developer Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter noting that there is particular interest in new technology that can be integrated with current systems. 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered
NEW FRONTIERS The I-Site XR3 laser scanner allows for greater coverage with fewer scans, allowing for the surveying of otherwise out-of-range areas on mine sites

Dust regulations hinder productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Regulations implemented by governmental authorities, including municipalities, and environmental bodies, are impacting significantly on productivity in the global mining industry at a time when opencast operations are running tight margins, says Johannesburg-based mining equipment manufacturer... 

Dust regulations  hinder productivity
IDEAL SOLUTION The T1255III Terrain Leveler surface excavation machine is ideal for use in surface mine applications with drill-and-blast restrictions

Improved geology function advances mine planning

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Adding the GeoLogic software solution to the MineSight mine planning suite provides geologists with smart, time-saving modelling and allows for a reproducible, auditable geological model that can be quickly updated with new information, says mining technology developer Hexagon Mining. 

Improved geology function advances mine planning
BETTER VISUALISATION GeoLogic helps geologists build complex shapes, using mathematical algorithms to create a surface or a solid from drillhole data

Mine planning software a must for modern miners

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 In the face of numerous technical challenges, as well as the overall drive to reduce mining costs and improve efficiency amid commodity price volatility, miners globally can no longer afford to operate without using modern analytical, modelling, simulation and optimisation software, says mining... 

Mine planning software a must for modern miners
BOOSTING DEVELOPMENT MICROMINE’s fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, is assisting Mongolian copper and gold mine Oyu Tolgoi to restart its underground development

More technical skills needed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Without more technical skills, the future of the Southern African mining industry cannot be secured, says Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Cuthbert Musingwini. Skills development will, therefore, be included on the agenda at this year’s SAIMM Mine Planning... 

More technical skills needed
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Mines are required to continuously innovate how they plan and operate their production systems

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 By loading, transporting and offloading draglines for opencast mining clients in one piece, global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet is driving project feasibility by saving its clients time and money. 

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time
ADDITIONAL SERVICES Mammoet is also capable of moving rock trucks and hydraulic shovels

Glencore maintains steady Q1 production

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2017 Production in the first quarter of the year across several of triple-listed Glencore’s operations worldwide was marred by adverse weather conditions, including Cyclone Debbie in Australia, flooding in Peru and higher-than-average rainfall in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Hunter... 

Positive prices buoying ferrochrome business – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2017 Ferrochrome prices for the first half of 2017 are providing ongoing momentum for the ferrochrome business, which is poised to benefit from this year’s stainless steel production growth rate forecast of 3.5%. The demand for ferrochrome is driven overwhelmingly by the production of stainless steel,... 

Positive prices buoying ferrochrome business – Merafe
Photo by Duane Daws
Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala in conversation with Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer.

Tharisa expects interim earnings to surge on higher commodity prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2017 A significant recovery in commodity prices, particularly chrome, during the six months to March 31, is expected to bolster the first-half earnings of dual-listed Tharisa. Tharisa expects to report basic earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months under... 

Platinum's process leap given Parliamentary pep

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2017 A significantly improved platinum group metals (PGMs) processing method has been developed with the assistance of South Africa's State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has informed Parliament. In response to questions posed by Shadow... 

Platinum's process leap given Parliamentary pep
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Positive prices buoying ferrochrome business – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2017 Ferrochrome prices for the first half of 2017 are providing ongoing momentum for the ferrochrome business, which is poised to benefit from this year’s stainless steel production growth rate forecast of 3.5%. The demand for ferrochrome is driven overwhelmingly by the production of stainless steel,... 

Positive prices buoying ferrochrome business – Merafe
Photo by Duane Daws
Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala in conversation with Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer.

KWG, Marten Falls First Nation to establish equal partnership to kick-start RoF development

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 Junior project developer KWG Resources has undertaken to strike an equal partnership with the Marten Falls First Nation to kick-start infrastructure development in the remote emerging mining district known as the Ring of Fire, in Northern Ontario. The parties envision the establishment of... 

Competition Commission approves buyout of ASA Metals' ferrochrome production assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed merger between ferrochrome producer ASA Metals and Newco. Newco is a newly created joint venture between Sinosteel and Samancor. Sinosteel operates globally in the production, supply and procurement of a... 

Despite slower growth, China still key market for miners and Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There can he no doubt that, for the past two decades-and-a-half or so, the biggest single influence on the global mining industry has been China. Between 2002 and 2012 that country experienced an annual average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 10.4%, as against India’s 7.6%, the... 

Despite slower growth, China still key market for miners and Africa

Noront, Marten Falls First Nation ink exploration and project advancement agreement

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 The largest landholder in the so-called Ring of Fire, an emerging base and precious metals mining camp in Northern Ontario, has signed an exploration and project advancement agreement with the Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN). The accord stipulates compensation for work already completed on... 

LatAm water scarcity, pollution to drive more stringent enviro rules

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2017 New analysis by the research arm of the Fitch Group, BMI, forecasts water scarcity and contamination in Latin America will drive increasingly stringent environmental regulations in the region over the coming years. While increasing the costs for miners and delaying certain projects, the focus on... 

LatAm water scarcity, pollution to drive more stringent enviro rules

Tharisa on track to meet full-year guidance, reports solid Q2 production

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 Posting strong production of 34 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) and 314 000 t of chrome concentrate for the quarter ended March 31, dual-listed Tharisa on Monday said it remained on track for full-year production of 147 000 oz of PGMs and 1.3-million tonnnes of chrome concentrate. During... 

Bauba secures 20yr water-use licence for Moeijelijk

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2017 JSE-listed Bauba on Friday announced that the Department of Water and Sanitation has granted a 20-year water-use licence (WUL), effective March 30, for the farm Moeijelijk 412. This is an upgrade from the general authorisation for water use, which limited the extent of Bauba’s chrome mining... 

Platinum has best price improvement prospects – Major

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2017 Platinum has better price improvement prospects than virtually any other commodity, Cadiz Corporate Solutions mining director Peter Major said on Thursday. Speaking at a breakfast to publicise the upcoming Junior Indaba on June 7 and 8, Major cast doubt on gold going much higher, said iron-ore... 

Platinum has best price improvement prospects – Major
Cadiz Corporate Solutions mining director Peter Major

Tharisa switching to in-house mining

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2017 Platinum- and chrome-mining company Tharisa is transitioning from contract mining to owner mining at its Tharisa operation, taking over the employees and equipment of contractor MCC. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Tharisa, headed by CEO Phoevos Pouroulis, said on Tuesday that it had been... 

Tharisa switching to in-house mining
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

New cost-slashing platinum technology ready to roll – Pallinghurst

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Years of diligent research and development have paid off for Pallinghust group platinum mine Sedibelo, which is now ready to implement an amazing new technology that will send platinum processing costs tumbling down the cost curve, use a fifth of the electricity... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology ready to roll – Pallinghurst
Photo by Duane Daws
Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen

New pumps range lowers costs, enhances performance at integrated ferrochrome producer

By: Dylan Slater     31st March 2017 Following the launch of heavy-duty pump solutions company Pump and Abrasion Technologies’ (PAT’s) new Curve range of pumps in September 2016, a North West-based ferrochrome producer has installed the new Curve series pumps at its plant. 

New pumps range lowers costs, enhances performance at integrated ferrochrome producer
CURVE PUMP The Curve pumps installed at Hernic Ferrochrome operate 50% slower than the previous pumps, lowering costs while not limiting performance

Mining showing tentative improvement off low base – chamber

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2017 The fourth quarter mining financial statistics data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) confirm the tentative improvement in the sector’s financial conditions during 2016, but off a very low 2015 base and with huge swings in performance. In 2016 rand terms, mining’s profits before... 

Mining showing tentative improvement off low base – chamber
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines economist Henk Langenhoven

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 With the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in the prevalence of deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of... 

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining,  but environmentalists fret

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms

Take community engagement seriously, ARM’s Motsepe advises 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2017 The South African mining industry must take community engagement extremely seriously to prevent this country’s global competitiveness from being negatively impacted, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe urged on Thursday. Speaking at question time after ARM... 

Take community engagement seriously, ARM’s Motsepe advises
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe’s presentation of interim results. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

High Q1 ferrochrome price settled at lower Q2 level – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2017 The European benchmark ferrochrome price has been settled at US$1.54/lb for the second quarter (Q2) of 2017, a decrease of 6.7% on the high-flying US$1.65c/lb first quarter (Q1) price, Merafe Resources announced on Wednesday. The settled Q2 price is well up on the average 2016 European benchmark... 

High Q1 ferrochrome price settled at lower Q2 level – Merafe
Photo by Duane Daws
Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala

Chrome ore price improvement delivers good results for Bauba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Embattled junior miner Bauba Platinum has had a strong start to the calendar year since resuming production at its Moeijelijk mine, selling around 20 000 t of free-on-truck (FoT) chrome, for R79-million in the first two months. In its results for the six months to December 31, the company noted... 

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