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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... 

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... 

ANC says law-making powers trump courts in South Africa mine ownership fight 

By: Bloomberg     10th March 2017 South Africa’s ruling party said mining companies should seek agreement with the government over ownership rules rather than challenging them in court because even if they win a legal battle, legislation can still be changed to further the aim of spreading wealth to the nation’s black majority.... 

ANC says law-making powers trump courts in South Africa mine ownership fight
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ANC economic policy head Enoch Godongwana

Certification grows company’s sales, ups market share

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve and steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa (S&L SA) has grown its market share in South Africa after receiving South African National Standards (SANS) certification for its RSV gate valves, reporting a 40% increase in SANS-approved valve sales since receiving certification last year. 

Certification grows  company’s sales,  ups market share
SERVICE DELIVERY Stewarts & Lloyds attributes its strategically located branch network to always being able to ensure minimal downtime for customers

African mining delegation closes TSX

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 An African mining delegation, comprising government officials and mining companies, rang the closing afternoon bell of the TSX on Wednesday afternoon during the yearly Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada international convention. The delegations joined TMX Group global equity markets... 

African mining delegation closes TSX

Merafe hits high spots with record results

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2017 Ferrochrome company Merafe Resources on Tuesday reported record production, record revenue and a major jump in headline earnings in the 12 months to December 31. Production hit the 393 000 t mark, revenue lifted to R5.7-billion, headline earnings a share soared 53% to 21.2c, safety improved and... 

Merafe hits high spots with record results
Photo by Duane Daws
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

‘What a difference a year makes’ – analysts outline mostly strong commodity fundamentals despite uncertainty

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 “What a difference a year makes,” John Butcher, principal economist at commodity consultancy Wood Mackenzie exclaimed during a technical programme at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s yearly convention this week. While global economic growth came in at a disappointing 2.3% in... 

Stakeholder engagement key to African development success

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 Capital for development ebbs and flows with global economic cycles, pushing to the fore the need for long-term regulatory security when it comes to multinational miners developing projects in Africa, said Ashanti Gold CEO and director Tim McCutcheon during a panel discussion on Africa’s mining... 

Stakeholder engagement key to African development success

Facilitating investor support ahead of upturn in cautious market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 The main goal of the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba was to help position businesses in industry to take advantage of the expected market upturn by securing investor support, event organiser Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose tells Mining Weekly. 

Facilitating investor support ahead of upturn in cautious market
HEART OF DEALMAKING The Investing in African Mining Indaba provides a platform for mining companies to communicate their objectives with investors

Water resources under increasing pressure, bad news for mining

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Global water resources are being placed under increasing pressure, driven by factors like climate change and population growth, and mines risk having ‘stranded assets’ that cannot be developed without water, despite concerted corporate action and technological improvements. 

Water resources under increasing pressure,  bad news for mining
CLEMENCE MCNULTY Water is becoming a critical constraint to mine and socioeconomic development

Proactive healthcare can yield a return on investment for miners

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Cost containment is one of the key drivers for mining companies in the current economic climate, causing medical and healthcare services to become reactive purchases, according to medical and healthcare service provider International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg, who spoke to... 

Proactive healthcare can yield a return on investment for miners
NOT GRUDGE PURCHASE There are tangible benefits in investing in a healthcare strategy

Drilling services provider declares Indaba ‘great success’

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 The 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba was a “great success” for drilling services and equipment, including for performance tooling provider Boart Longyear, as it secured deals and has several prospective projects to follow up on, says general sales manager Andre van Heerden. 

Drilling services  provider declares  Indaba ‘great success’
TRUCORE The core-orienation tool is easy-to-use, highly accurate and features wireless communication, a corrosion-resistant steel body and a field-replaceable battery

Tough times call for cost-saving measures

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Mining in South Africa is tougher and costlier than ever, with investment flowing out of the country, instead of into the industry, says transport, industrial and heating fuel provider Shell South Africa commercial lubricants business-to-business marketing manager Tendani Ndwamise. 

Tough times call for cost-saving measures
INCREASING COMPLEXITY Heavy-duty machinery and equipment in the mining sector are becoming more complex and require the highest levels of professionalism from operators and servicing technicians

Amplats chrome plant contractor looks to local community first for skills

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 Local skills and expertise played a key role in helping to develop a marginalised community during the development and construction of platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) new chrome recovery plant, according to project engineering, procurement and construction company Logiman.  

Amplats chrome plant contractor looks to local community first for skills
Photo by Duane Daws
CHROME RECOVERY PLANT Design and construction of Amplats’ new chrome recovery plant involved extensive input from the local community

New minerals head appointment sets cat among mining pigeons 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 The Chamber of Mines said on Thursday that it had been caught by surprise by the appointment of the new director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). While the chamber acknowledged that the appointment of the director-general was the prerogative of the Minister, it believed that... 

New minerals head appointment sets cat among mining pigeons
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter with Senior Public Affairs Executive Tebello Chabana

Cabinet discusses new minerals director-general, mine water and mine town steps

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 The Cabinet this week endorsed the appointment of Advocate Thabo S Mokoena as the new director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), a position that has been vacant for more than a year, and also approved the gazetting of a draft mine water management policy for public comment, as... 

Cabinet discusses new minerals director-general, mine water and mine town steps
Eastern Basin acid mine drainage plant in Springs

Price weakness stemmed from excess capital dole out – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2017 The commodity price weakness from 2012 to 2015 was the result of an over-allocation of capital from 2006 to 2012, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg told an American audience on Monday. In an address to the BMO Metals and Mining Conference, in Miami, Glasenberg said that capital over-allocation in the... 

Price weakness stemmed from excess capital dole out – Glencore
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Bauba exceeds first production target at Moeijelijk after restarting activities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2017 At end-January, JSE-listed Bauba Platinum had exceeded its production target of 12 000 t of run-of-mine (RoM) ore at its Moeijelijk mine, after having resumed mining activities earlier that month. The mine was placed on care and maintenance in January 2016 as a result of low prices, but mining... 

Global mining-sector resurgence predicted 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th February 2017 Given that the global economy is expected to grow by 3.4% this year and 3.5% in 2018, the health of global macroeconomics is good, which bodes well for a resurgence in the global mining industry during the course of this year. This is according to Standard Bank mining and metals research head Tim... 

Global mining-sector resurgence predicted
Standard Bank's Tim Clark and Sandra du Toit discuss their perceptions of the state of the global mining sector and give their predictions for the year ahead.

Rapid energy access needed in Southern Africa

24th February 2017 The rebound in commodity prices should usher in new projects as well as the expansion of existing operations in Southern Africa’s mining industry, but the region, counteractively, has an insufficient power supply, says fast-track mobile turbine power provider APR Energy regional sales director... 

Group to split to improve customer focus

17th February 2017 Swedish sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco will create a new company focused on mining and civil engineering, should it receive backing at its annual general meeting in April. 

Group to split to improve customer focus
STREGTHENING FOCUS Mining and Rock Excavation Technique and Construction Tools are expected to benefit from a more focused management responsibility

Convention aims to bridge communication gap

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 As a continually evolving industry that operates globally, sometimes the biggest difficulty for the mining industry is getting the right people together in one place to discuss their challenges and find ways to address and, ultimately, overcome them, says Prospectors and Developers Association of... 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap
EIGHTY-FIFTH CONVENTION Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2017 convention will feature more than 400 exhibitors at the investors exchange and 500 at the trade show

New US President may benefit the resources sector

By: Henry Lazenby     17th February 2017 While US President Donald Trump is likely to lower US corporate taxes, bringing US dollars back into the country and rebuilding American infrastructure through a massive $1-trillion spending programme, Trump is coming in at the “US midnight” Euro Pacific Capital analyst Peter Schiff says. Markets... 

New US President may benefit the resources sector

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Rehabilitation should be included and budgeted for in a project’s initial mine plan to ensure proper project management over the entire mine life cycle, says nonprofit organisation Land Rehabilitation Society of South Africa (LaRSSA) president Raina Hattingh. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management
Photo by Victor Moolman
OFTEN NEGLEGTED Unfortunately, the need for including rehabilitation components early on in mine plans is often neglected in South Africa

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Business management consultant SSG Consulting will continue to focus on project management and execution as its core business this year, with the intent of increasing its drive to further improve operational throughput of organisations and projects by 30% to 50%, despite the challenges facing the... 

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success
Photo by Duane Daws
MINE UPGRADES The adoption of big data, cloud, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, mobile technology and the digitisation of business will be the primary driver of successful organisations over the next five years

New Bill on way to boost State involvement in mining

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2017 A new Bill is to be presented to the South African Parliament to strengthen the State’s role in the industry, currently dogged by legislative, regulatory and administrative tensions between government, business and labour. The Mining Company of South Africa Bill will be presented to Cabinet and... 

New Bill on way to boost State involvement in mining
President Jacob Zuma

Jubilee delivers first chromite production at Hernic

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2017 Mine-to-metals specialist Jubilee Platinum has achieved the first chromite production at its Hernic ferrochrome project, following the successful tie-in of the chromite recovery plant into the operational stream. Commissioning of the platinum group metals (PGMs) recovery plant – the natural... 

Chamber calls on mining to renounce its apartheid past

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2017 Mining is the foundation of the South African economy. Much of the manufacturing and services sectors exist because they were initiated to service and provide inputs to the mining industry since the second half of the 19th century. However, mining was also one of the foundation stones of South... 

Chamber calls on mining to renounce its apartheid past
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke

Amendment Bill in limbo, but processes crucial

By: Sascha Solomons     3rd February 2017 While stakeholders are waiting for the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill to pass into law, it is important to not only comply with the current version of the MPRDA, but also to take into account the proposed amendments, comments Hogan Lovells partner and head... 

Amendment Bill in limbo, but processes crucial
WARREN BEECH Renewed consultation might eliminate some of the concerns on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Amendment Bill

Merafe improves production, cuts debt levels

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture for the year ended December 31, increased by 4% to 107 t, compared with the 101 t produced in 2015. Merafe said in statement last week that it expects to report basic earnings a share of... 

Merafe improves production, cuts debt levels
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED VALUE Merafe Resources expects to report basic earnings a share of between 20c and 23.5c for the full year, compared with the 13.7c recorded in the prior year

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