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Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Mining contractor activity progressing at Moz gold project

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 The mining contractor activity at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession area, in Mozambique, is progressing “favourably”, with initial mining of the alluvial gold deposits expected to start at the end of this month, the company reports. Xtract’s Mozambique subsidiary Explorator concluded... 

Mining contractor activity progressing at Moz gold project
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ALLUVIAL MINING Mining contractors Omnia Mining and Moz Gold and Sino Minerals Investment Company will exploit the alluvial gold deposits

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2017 Restructured engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which offers project lifecycle services in selected natural resources markets globally, is actively pursuing a US acquisition, which it hopes to consummate during the company’s 2018 financial year. CEO Henry Laas tells... 

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Henry Laas

M&R reports ‘low’ order book of R26.9bn, but says outlook more promising

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) said on Wednesday that its “low” order book of R26.9-billion was reflective of tough conditions in the natural resources markets it serves internationally. However, the company described the near- and medium-term outlook as... 

M&R reports ‘low’ order book of R26.9bn, but says outlook more promising
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Simulators to facilitate training on new mining equipment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Tertiary education institution the Canadian Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) plans to initially offer two mining programmes through its newly launched Mine Training Centre in September, after taking delivery of six military-grade Cybermine simulators in March. 

Simulators to facilitate training  on new mining equipment
CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING Servicing the construction, military and mining industries allows for the cross-pollination of technology, keeping ThoroughTec’s products up to date with the latest international simulation trends

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech Piping Systems has supplied “next-generation” plastic pipe butt-welding technology for the installation and commissioning of a 15-km-long, 315-mm-wide, high-density polyethylene water supply pipeline for the Balama openpit graphite mine being... 

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track
Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont discusses the Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 machine. Video and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

M&R warns ‘costly’ Middle East exit will drag 2017 earnings lower

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2017 Engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which sold its Southern African infrastructure and building units to a Southern Palace-led consortium in November, has warned that its earnings will fall by more than expected in 2017, owing to additional costs associated with four remaining building... 

Mining contractors progressing work at Xtract’s Mozambique gold project, alluvial mining to start soon

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 The mining contractor activity at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession area, in Mozambique, is progressing “favourably”, with initial mining of the alluvial gold deposits expected to start at the end of this month, the company reported on Wednesday. Xtract’s Mozambique subsidiary... 

Mastermyne awarded Whitehaven contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 Mining contractor Mastermyne has been awarded a roadway development contract at coal miner Whitehaven’s Narrabri mine, using place change methodology. Mastermyne will manage the project and supply personnel to execute works under the contract. The company said on Friday that the 18-month project,... 

Gamsberg zinc project on course for first production in mid-2018

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape, remains on track for first production in mid-2018. Prestart activities and waste stripping at the project have progressed well, with the completion of the north access ramp – a critical milestone and part of the... 

Gamsberg zinc project on course for first production in mid-2018
ON TRACK Vedanta has excavated more than 22.5-million tonnes of waste rock while orders for the integrated process plant, water and power and mining activities have been placed

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent
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M&R CEO Henry Laas

Accelerating growth of services in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Mining services company Fraser Alexander is focused on expanding its presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, both prime locations of high-grade copper deposits. With more than a century of experience, the company has been expanding into most gold- and copper-producing... 

Accelerating growth  of services in Africa
CONTRACTS CAPTURED In the past eight months, Fraser Alexander has secured two new hydraulic mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one tailings deposition contract in Zambia

Burundi rare earths project on track for first production

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Rare-earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths says it has made significant progress towards achieving first production at its Gakara rare earths project in Burundi, East Africa, with about $6-million has been invested in the project to date. Bolstered by Rainbow’s completion of an... 

Burundi rare earths project  on track for  first production
MAIN VEIN Rainbow Rare Earths is focused on exposing Gasagwe’s main vein, at the Gakara project’s initial mining site

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 African mining has entered into the new up-cycle for commodities, which is fuelled by the economic growth profile in the eastern hemisphere – which includes China, Mongolia and the Pacific rim region, as well as the global uncertainty over the value of and the sustained availability of ‘cash-money’. 

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed
A CASE FOR MAJORS Bulk commodities are for major investors only, as these require substantially ‘deep pockets’

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary openpit mining company Afrimat intends to develop its strategy of growth through diversification further by exploiting new opportunities in Africa by remaining “agile and entrepreneurial”. 

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth
DIRO IRON-ORE MINE Afrimat is aiming to reach a production rate of one-million tons a year of saleable product

Africa remains tough but attractive mining destination

By: Nica Schreuder     13th July 2017 Despite potential risk factors associated with mining in Africa, mining services provider Fraser Alexander executive business development head Ken Bouch says the rewards make it worth investing in the mineral-rich continent. 

Africa remains  tough but attractive mining destination

Xtract subsidiary signs second contractor mining agreement for Manica project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 Xtract Resources’ subsidiary Explorator has completed a mining contractor agreement with Sino Minerals Investment Company for the exploitation of alluvial gold deposits at the Manica mining concession, in Mozambique. Xtract and Nexus Capital in February agreed that the alluvial gold deposit at... 

WPG picks contractor for Challenger Deeps

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th July 2017 Gold miner WPG Resources has tapped contract miner Byrnecut Australia as the preferred contractor for the Challenger Deep development, in Western Australia. WPG reported on Friday that rehabilitation work at the bottom of the Jumbuck decline at Challenger had been completed, and development... 

Fortescue extends Thiess contract at Solomon Hub

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th July 2017 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has awarded project house Thiess a A$650-million contract extension at the Solomon Hub, in Western Australia. The contract extension will involve Thiess continuing to deliver mining services at Solomon until 2020, including maintenance of mobile and ancillary... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Association applying changes to expand representation

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 Owing to it being approached by various other opencast mining and quarrying companies and bodies, private-sector producers’ association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will from now on only be known as Aspasa as it has dropped the ‘aggregate and sand’ from its... 

Association applying changes to expand representation
SEVERE NEED There is a severe need for services to be delivered from a central and well-organised body to the opencast mining sector

Loaders drive down cost

     23rd June 2017 An investment in three Bell wheel loaders to drive down the rand-per-ton cost of aggregate production, is paying off handsomely for the owners of Flanders Quarry, in Mount Edgecombe, Durban, enthuses South African mining machinery and equipment manufacturing company Bell Equipment. 

Loaders drive down cost
BIGGER AND BETTER The first Bell Loader supplied to Flanders Quarry improved its productivity substantially because it was a bigger machine, quicker and more robust

Multidisciplinary mining company says market is challenging

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 With the general depletion of natural sand reserves around South Africa, especially within large cities, multidisciplinary materials openpit mining company Afrimat has invested in sand producing plants – especially in Gauteng – to produce high-quality concrete sands to ensure higher concrete... 

Multidisciplinary mining company says market  is challenging
CHALLENGING CONDITIONS Overall, the construction materials sector remains relatively flat

Process-focused solution ups output

     23rd June 2017 North West sand and aggregate supplier CNC Crushers raised throughput by 45% at its Roadstone Shaft 5 crushing plant while simultaneously cutting back on maintenance, after implementing a full process-focused solution from industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa. 

Process-focused solution ups output
NEW TECHNOLOGY PAYS The installation of the Cavex hydrocyclone at CNC Crushers’ Stilfontein operation has resulted in increased production and reduced slimes to the tailings dam

eXtract Group, enX provide further details of restructure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 As part of its restructure and recapitalisation, contract miner eXtract Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary MCC Contracts will remain indebted to enX Group for R250-million, with the remaining R1.87-billion MCC owes to enX to be repaid by enX subscribing for new ordinary shares in MCC. enX then plans... 

Brierty suspends work at Rio's Western Turner Syncline

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2017 Contract mining has been suspended at mining major Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline Stage 2 iron-ore project, in the Pilbara. Mining contractor Brierty said on Wednesday that the company had received a notice of default from Rio Tinto, with the diversified miner raising safety concerns. 

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

JV contract secured  to desilt acid ponds
CAUSE AND EFFECT Acid ponds and dams that have become silted have serious repercussions for a mining operation

Consolidation of efforts key to increasing youth participation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     16th June 2017 South Africa’s mining sector needs to consolidate its current youth development initiatives to ensure meaningful upliftment of the country’s youth, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa skills development head Mustak Ally. The pooling of resources will provide a more focused and centralised... 

Consolidation of efforts key to increasing youth  participation in mining

Former Sentula director approaches Netherlands court in fraud case

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2017 A former director of Sentula Mining is approaching a court in the Netherlands over R383-million ($30-million) in civil damages awarded against him in South Africa. Sentula won a civil suit against Casper Scharrighuisen in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg in November 2010, seeking... 

Sentula said to identify assets to recover money after fraud

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2017 Sentula Mining has identified assets that could be sold to recover some of the R383-million ($30-million) in civil damages being sought from a former director, the first significant progress in the case since the amount was awarded more than six years ago, according to a person familiar with the... 

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2017 While outsourced mining services specific to the resources sector are adequate for now, the depressed commodity cycle in South Africa has masked the need for outsourcing to robustly position itself for the future, says Independent process industry consultant, business analyst and chemical... 

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success
SANTOSH GUNPATH Global, rather than local macroeconomics will be the driver for the outsourced mining services sector

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Botswana's mining industry will see steady value growth as government continues its efforts to diversify away from the diamond sector, encouraging foreign investment, particularly in coal projects, says industry analyst BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. 

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds
STEADY AS SHE GOES Government's efforts to develop Botswana’s coal mining sector are also expected to yield steady progress

Botswana to adopt Canadian model of sustainability

     26th May 2017 A Canadian model aimed at improving the sustainability of mining through environmental and community outreach practices is being introduced in Botswana, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Botswana to adopt Canadian model  of sustainability
CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT TSM requires miners to continuously assess their mining practices and report them to the community

Diamond recovery projects scheduled for Q3 completion

     26th May 2017 Canadian diamond producer Lucara Diamond’s capital expenditure for 2017 is forecast at between $33-million and $35-million, and will largely fund the completion of its mega diamond recovery (MDR) and X-ray transmission (XRT) projects at the Karowe mine, in Botswana. 

Botswana agency to support installed base, new projects

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Key mining, materials handling and minerals processing equipment supplier Takraf Africa – part of the global Tenova Takraf group – has appointed engineering service agency Etuba Engineeringits agent in Botswana. Takraf Africa engineered technologies GM Richard Späth tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Botswana agency to support installed base, new projects
PROMOTING UPTAKE Etuba will market the full range of Takraf Africa’s mining, materials handling, dust control, comminution and Delkor solid/liquid separation equipment

‘Attractive’ copper project advances on back of $50m loan

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Copper miner Cupric Canyon Capital has secured $50-million to develop its Khoemacau underground mine in north-west Botswana and bring the copper-silver project into production. 

‘Attractive’ copper project advances on back of $50m loan
Photo by Bloomberg
OUTPUT OUTLOOK The first shipment of the red metal to markets is expected in 2019

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

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

     21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

Strategic mining alliance  to clients’ benefit
SINGLE SOURCE Through the Redpath Mining and Stefanuti Stocks alliance, mining clients benefit from a single role-player taking responsibility for an entire project

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