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Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining and civil engineering, and the industrial market

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has started a process to divide the company into two separate entities – Atlas Copco and Epiroc. Epiroc will remain a subsidiary of Atlas Copco.  

Various Moz mining projects making progress

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2017 The Mozambican Government has approved a resolution authorising Capitol Resources, a subsidiary of British miner Baobab Resources, to undertake mining and related operations in the Chiúta district of Tete province, according to a statement by Cabinet spokesman Armindo Ngunga. The planned... 

Capabilities expanded to meet demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 Over the last few years, mineral testwork provider Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa’s laboratory capabilities have expanded in accordance with industry demand.  

Mato Products celebrates thirtieth anniversary 

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Conveyor belt solutions company MATO Products, a member of the Multotec Group, celebrates 30 years of supplying South African mining and industrial clients this year. At the November 8 function celebrating its success and longevity, MATO Products GM Benjamin Sibanda announced that the company is... 

Mato Products celebrates thirtieth anniversary
MATO Products GM Benjamin Sibanda discusses the MATO Clip Machine. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

South32 intent on resolving Appin, Cannington challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 Having acknowledged challenges at its Australia operations, particularly at the Appin metallurgical coal mine in Illawarra, New South Wales, diversified miner South32’s focus remains on resolving operational challenges and improving operational efficiency. “We had an unacceptable year as we... 

South32 bullish on aluminium, manganese, energy coal prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 With the price of various commodities having improved during the 2017 financial year, diversified miner South32 remains optimistic about the aluminium, manganese and energy coal sectors for the year ahead. “Manganese led the way [in terms of price increases], and metallurgical coal, energy coal,... 

South32 bullish on aluminium, manganese, energy coal prospects
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Edenville eyes efficiency rally at Rukwa on rising demand

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is reviewing options to further optimise the efficiency and throughput of its wash plant at the recently commissioned Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, on expectations of greater demand beyond its planned output of 10 000 t/m. The company started producing washed coal... 

Lemur secures State anchor offtaker for Madagascar project

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ coal and energy subsidiary Lemur has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Madagascar State-owned utility Jiro sy Rano Malagasy (Jirama). Lemur is developing the Imaloto power project, an integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer (IPP)... 

Coal India steps up logistics to ease short-term shortages

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd November 2017 Faced with dips in production growth and dwindling stocks to bank on, Coal India Limited (CIL) is hoping that a beefed up logistics and distribution solution will ease the clamour for dry fuel among various end-user industries. The miner reckons that increasing volumes transported by road and... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver
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Sasol joint CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell

NUM signs three-year wage agreement with coal producers

By: Reuters     23rd November 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has agreed a three-year wage agreement with coal producers, averting a sector-wide strike, the union said on Thursday. The union reached the agreement, which varies for each coal producer, after saying last month it would call a strike if wage demands were... 

In shadow of Opec's noisy oil cuts, Asia's miners quietly tightened coal supplies

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Australian and Indonesian miners have quietly done in the last two years what Opec has been shouting about: tighten coal markets and prop up prices. The informal coal output reductions, unlike the official cuts in place since January led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries... 

Resgen in talks with Noble for support extension

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2017 ASX- and JSE-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) is in discussions with Noble Resources International to extend its support to the coal company until April amid a prolonged funding gap. As Resgen has been working to secure an alternative funding source that is not linked to committed domestic... 

Parliament delays passing key mining law

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 South Africa's Parliament will miss a December target to pass changes to mineral resource laws, seen as key for greater investor certainty, a senior Parliamentary official said on Tuesday. In September, Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane told a mining conference in Australia that the new target date... 

Parliament delays passing key mining law
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Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Adani still seeking govt loan for rail link

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd November 2017 India’s Adani has denied that it no longer needs a A$900-million loan from the North Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) for its rail link associated with its Carmichael coal mine. Spokesperson Ron Watson said on Wednesday that Adani had held meetings with a wide-range of financiers for... 

Adani still seeking govt loan for rail link

Great Barrier Reef pitched against coal jobs in Queensland vote

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 The fate of Adani Group’s A$16.5-billion Australian coal mine hinges on weekend elections in Queensland state, as voters weigh the promise of new jobs against a potential environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef. The Labor government has vowed to reject A$900-million in federal funding for... 

Shanghai rebar jumps nearly 3% on demand hopes, lean supply

By: Reuters     21st November 2017 Chinese rebar steel futures climbed almost 3% on Tuesday, gaining for a second straight day on tighter supply and expectations that demand in the world's top consumer would bounce back when production curbs are lifted after winter. Chinese steel mills, mainly across the country's north, have been... 

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2017 A major topic of discussion during recent public hearings into Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application, was whether a further double-digit tariff hike could trigger a “utility death spiral”, whereby rising tariffs and utility costs spark an exodus of energy-intensive customers from the network,... 

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope

Oracle signs project funding MoU with Chinese SoEs

By: Mariaan Webb     21st November 2017 UK energy developer Oracle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Chinese State-owned enterprises for the funding of a $1.6-billion lignite coal mine and power station project in Pakistan. The MoU proposes that Sichuan Provincial Investment Group (SCIG) will be the majority... 

Tlou to list on Botswana Stock Exchange, raise £2.4m from new investors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st November 2017 Coal-bed methane project developer Tlou Energy has secured the support of new investors and plans to list on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) by mid-December. The Aim- and ASX-listed company will submit its application to list on the main board of the BSE this week. 

NUM seeks members’ mandate on new coal sector wage offer

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday said the latest wage offer by the coal mining companies was now being presented to its members. The NUM on Friday announced that it would postpone its planned strike in the coal sector, as some coal companies had decided to table a new offer to... 

Wescoal confident about coal market as it posts 42% boost in H1 profit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 A consistently strong operational performance from JSE-listed Wescoal’s projects has resulted in the miner posting a gross profit of R267-million for the six months ended September 30, a 42% increase from the prior year’s R188-million. It also maintained its gross profit margin at 17%. 

Wescoal confident about coal market as it posts 42% boost in H1 profit
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Wescoal CEO Waheed Sulaiman

Mining contributes A$55bn to Qld economy in 2016/17

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st November 2017 The resources sector continues to drive employment and investment in Queensland, having contributed A$55.1-billion to the state’s economy in 2016/17 and supported the equivalent of 282 633 full-time jobs. This is according to the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC’s) eighth yearly economic... 

Eskom rejects call for inflation-capped hike, as Nersa gears up for Dec 7 decision 

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has rejected calls for its 2018/19 tariff to be capped at the level of inflation, arguing that such a move would be financially unsustainable as it would result in a revenue reduction, which would further squeeze its liquidity and could place the country’s credit... 

Eskom rejects call for inflation-capped hike, as Nersa gears up for Dec 7 decision
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Nersa fulltime regulatory member for electricity Mbulelo Ncetezo says decision should be announced on December 7

India's US coal imports highest since 2015, seen up further on ban

By: Reuters     20th November 2017 India's coal imports from North America quadrupled to 2.1-million tonnes in October from a year ago, the highest since at least January 2015, Thomson Reuters data showed, and buyers are looking to boost purchases amid a domestic shortage of the fuel. A ban on the use of petroleum coke, a dirtier... 

SouthGobi CEO arrested as concern over Hong Kong's stocks rises

By: Bloomberg     20th November 2017 Mongolian coal producer SouthGobi Resources’ CEO was detained in China as a suspect in a fraudulent loan case, the latest Hong Kong-listed company linked to allegations of misconduct. SouthGobi shares fell as much as 13.6%, the most in four months, to the lowest level in more than a year on the... 

NUM postpones planned coal sector strike

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th November 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will postpone its planned strike in the coal sector, as some coal companies have decided to table new offers to NUM members. The union on Friday said the coal companies would present the new wage offers on Monday, after which the union would decide to... 

Corsa sees sales volume growth for sixth consecutive quarter

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2017 Even though the global supply chain for metallurgical coal remains challenged and prone to disruption, strong steel pricing and production levels have helped to sustain a high level of demand for raw materials, which include metallurgical coal, according to Corsa Coal CEO George Dethlefsen. In a... 

Eskom tariff hike a threat to mining jobs – CoM

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Friday opposed State-owned power utility Eskom’s proposed 19.9% tariff increase application, stating that the increase would send South Africa into a vicious downward spiral of higher electricity prices, lower growth and lower electricity consumption. Presenting at... 

Sasol shareholders approve new R21bn BEE structure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Sasol Khanyisa, a R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership structure, has been granted formal approval by Sasol shareholders. “We are delighted with this outcome as it marks a significant milestone in Sasol’s transformation journey. Sasol Khanyisa will be implemented... 

Lemur appoints owner’s engineer, technical advisers for Imaloto BFS

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary, which is developing an integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer asset in Madagascar, has appointed an owner’s engineer and technical advisers for  the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Imaloto power project.... 

Eskom’s business model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2017 Organised business made an impassioned plea this week for government to urgently review Eskom’s business model, which it said was “no longer fit for purpose”. In a presentation to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, business also warned that, in the absence of a holistic view within... 

Eskom’s business model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’
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Busa VP Martin Kingston

Wescoal expecting earnings drop for H1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 JSE-listed Wescoal expects to report a 29% year-on-year drop in headline earnings a share to around 20.5c apiece, when it reports its results for the six months ended September 30. Alongside this, the miner’s earnings a share were expected to fall by between 16.7% and 20.3% year-on-year to 23c... 

Polish coal miner JSW's Q3 profit falls short of estimates

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 JSW, the European Union's biggest coking coal producer, reported a net profit of 360-million zlotys ($100.3-million) in the third quarter compared with a net loss of 139-million zlotys a year ago, thanks to higher coal prices and lower costs. The third-quarter bottom line in the state-run JSW... 

Polish coal miner JSW's Q3 profit falls short of estimates

Need for collaboration in CSR initiatives emphasised

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 With the mining industry now recovering from the downturn in commodity prices, and a new balance emerging in the global demand and supply of minerals, now is the time to reflect, innovate and plan for a more resilient industry in the future, says Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey... 

'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Mining policies imposed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on local industry are creating increased uncertainty for investors, a growing number of whom are considering investing in mining projects and exploration in other countries, with a greater chance of a healthier return on... 

'A good number of investors' considering countries offering better return-on-investment prospects than SA
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PAUL MILLER A significant volume of additional capital needs to be earmarked for every new mining project to account for risk associated with policy uncertainty

Eskom’s ‘business-as-usual’ tariff application comes under fire 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2017 The “business as usual” stance adopted by Eskom in its application for a 19.9% increase in tariffs for 2018/19 came under sustained attack during the Gauteng leg of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) public hearings on Thursday. Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz kicked off the... 

Eskom’s ‘business-as-usual’ tariff application comes under fire
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Nersa's Chris Forlee, Khomotso Mthimunye, Mbulelo Ncetezo, Jacob Modise and Nomfundo Maseti

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