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Odisha to clamp down on illegal coal, nonferrous mineral extraction

By: Ajoy K Das     19th September 2017 Close on the heels of imposing penalties on iron-ore and manganese miners, the government of the eastern Indian province of Odisha is readying for a clampdown on coal and other nonferrous mineral miners for production beyond approved mining plans. The Odisha government is preparing notices to be... 

Sandvik invests in local equipment facility, launches new low-profile load haul dumpers 

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology last week officially opened its new R15-million production unit in Boksburg. The opening of the new 1 500 m2 facility, which has ten production bays, coincided with the launch of the 5 t Sandvik LH115L low-profile load haul... 

Sandvik invests in local equipment facility, launches new  low-profile load haul dumpers
Sandvik Southern Africa sales area VP Simon Andrews and Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina discuss the importance of Sandvik’s new production facility

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

Zimbabwe Alloys hands over half of its mining claims to Mugabe govt

By: Reuters     13th September 2017 Zimbabwe Alloys, the country's second largest ferrochrome producer, has ceded half of its mining claims to the government, a State-owned newspaper said on Wednesday, ending more than a year of negotiations. President Robert Mugabe's government last June threatened to seize half of ZimAlloys 39... 

Assore posts record headline earnings

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Mining investment holding company Assore achieved a 199% increase in headline earnings to R5.2-billion for the financial year to June 30, compared with R1.7-billion in the previous year. Attributable earnings amounted to R5-billion, which was an improvement of 226% from 2016, which was also a... 

Assore posts record headline earnings
Photo by Assore
CHARLES WALTER Iron-ore and manganese ore prices have reflected improved global economic conditions

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.  

Mining production growth slows to 0.9% y/y in July

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2017 Mining production growth slowed to 0.9% year-on-year in July, compared with production growth of 1.3% year-on-year in June. Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest mining production report, published on Thursday, showed that manganese ore, chromium ore, diamonds and gold were the main... 

Sandvik unveils new R15m local production facility, launches new LHD line 

By: Ilan Solomons     5th September 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology on Tuesday officially opened its new R15-million production unit in Boksburg. The opening of the new 1 500 m2 facility, which has ten production bays, coincided with the launch of the 5 t Sandvik LH115L low-profile load... 

Sandvik unveils new R15m local production facility, launches new LHD line
Sandvik Southern Africa sales area VP Simon Andrews and Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina discuss the importance of Sandvik’s new production facility

Bauba swings to FY profit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum swung to a net profit of R95.53-million in the financial year ended June 30, compared with a loss of R5.23-million in the prior financial year. The company’s only operating mine Moeijelijk resumed mining activities in January amid a significantly improved chrome ore market. 

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

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

Palladium-propelled US buy quickly paying its own way – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2017 Not only has the palladium price soared by 64% since Sibanye began discussions for the acquisition of Stillwater Mining, the world’s largest primary palladium producer, but the Stillwater operation itself has also performed well under its new owner. At current basket prices, Stillwater will pay... 

Palladium-propelled US buy quickly paying its own way – Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the Stillwater mine’s palladium endowment. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Tharisa, Lonmin in PGM-rich metal alloys accord

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2017 Platinum- and chrome-mining company Tharisa is to commission a 1 MW pilot-scale furnace to produce metal alloys rich in platinum-group metals (PGMs). Tharisa, headed by CEO Phoevos Pouroulis, is taking this action through its beneficiation research and development subsidiary Arxo Metals, which... 

Tharisa, Lonmin in PGM-rich metal alloys accord
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Northam Platinum set to self-fund R1.3bn capex programme 

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2017 The capital expenditure of platinum-mining company Northam in this financial year is expected to reach the R1.3-billion mark, well above the R774-million in the 12 months to June 30. Northam, which is in the midst of significant expansion, sees project execution as the key to its foreseeable future. 

Northam Platinum set to self-fund R1.3bn capex programme
Northam Platinum CFO Ayanda Khumalo outlines financials to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Northam initiates R100m tailings retreatment project 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2017 A new R100-million tailings retreatment project has been initiated by platinum-mining company Northam at its Booysendal South asset, acquired from Aquarius Platinum. The project, which involves hydromining and the reprocessing of the of the Booysendal South tailings storage facility (TSF), aims... 

Northam initiates R100m tailings retreatment project
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne outlines tailings project to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Platinum, palladium, rhodium on 3-way price parity path – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2017 The platinum group metals (PGM) market may be heading for three-way price parity, Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne pointed out when the company presented a 60% rise in operating profit to R614-million in the 12 months to June 30, reflecting the benefits of the company’s growth strategy,... 

Platinum, palladium, rhodium on 3-way price parity path – Northam
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne and CFO Ayanda Khumalo at results presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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

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

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

Tharisa signs five-year chrome supply agreement with Tisco

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2017 Platinum group metals and chrome coproducer Tharisa Minerals has entered into a five-year strategic cooperation agreement with steel producer Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Tisco’s) joint venture (JV) company Shanxi Taigang Wanbang Furnace Charge. Under the terms of the agreement, Tharisa will supply the... 

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd August 2017 Following years of complex negotiations and several delays, the Ontario provincial government on Monday made the historic announcement that it would support and fund road proposals that will connect Northern Ontario’s far-flung First Nation communities and provide industrial road access to the... 

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp
The Ring of Fire’s rich ores are estimated to hold some C$60-billion worth of nickel/copper/platinum group metals mineral wealth

ARM FY headline earnings to increase; company sets R330m aside for silicosis claims

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st August 2017 Diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) expects its headline earnings a share for the 2017 financial year to be between R16.25 and R17.02, 229% to 245% higher than the headline earnings a share of R4.94 achieved in the 2016 financial year. The JSE-listed company noted in a trading... 

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

Firms joining forces to raise $500m for mining projects, particularly in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors and law firm Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa are collaborating to assist in raising about $500-million in finance for mining projects worldwide and for Africa based ones in particularly. MX Mining is focused on raising capital and... 

Firms joining forces to raise $500m for mining  projects, particularly in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
PRECISION PLANNING The way a project is structured is critical to ensuring whether or not it receives the needed finance

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

South Africa’s mining production down 0.8% y/y in June

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 South Africa’s mining production decreased by 0.8% year-on-year in June, driven by lower gold, iron-ore and platinum group metals (PGMs) output. Gold production was down 3.6% year-on-year, while iron-ore output slid 4.4% year-on-year and PGMs 13.7% year-on-year. 

Lab closer to international accreditation of proficiency testing

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Laboratory service provider Qotho is one step closer to receiving ISO 17043 accreditation for its proficiency testing scheme, having been audited by national accreditation authority South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), says Qotho director and proficiency testing (PT) scheme... 

Lab closer to  international accreditation of proficiency testing
NHLANHLA MAMBA Qotho's imminent accreditation is vitally important

LANXESS

     4th August 2017 Mining is an important contributor to the South African economy and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has come up with initiatives that actively support and promote women’s participation in the mining industry, says specialty chemicals company LANXESS, a member of volunteer nonprofit... 

LANXESS

DRA makes top origination appointment

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 Multi-disciplinary global engineering group DRA has appointed Pierre Julien to lead the company’s global origination team as executive VP origination. With more than 22 years of senior level industry experience, Julien has been tasked with identifying and accessing new business channels, seeking... 

DRA makes top origination appointment
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA Group Holdings CEO Wray Carvelas (left) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer in Johannesburg.

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the stance taken the day before by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). “We can only improve the situation if we work together and not against each other,”... 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri is interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the tough current passage of the struggling platinum industry. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 1.8.2017

ANC’s Mining Charter response ‘very constructive’ – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2017 The response of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party at its recent policy conference, that further discussion is required on the controversial Mining Charter Three, to ensure that investment and employment levels are not negatively affected, has been described as “very... 

ANC’s Mining Charter response ‘very constructive’ – Anglo
Mark Cutifani

Glencore’s half-year showing prompts analyst gusto

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2017 Thursday’s half-year production report from diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which is seen as offering particular leverage to copper and zinc’s currently attractive fundamentals, elicited favourable analyst comment. “Glencore remains our sector top pick,” Barclays Equity... 

Glencore’s half-year showing prompts analyst gusto
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
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