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Zambian chamber lauds Chile as model of what mining can achieve with the right policies

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 A two-person team from Chile’s mining industry recently visited Zambia and met with the Zambian Chamber of Mines (ZCM), the Presidency, the Zambia Revenue Authority’s Mineral Value Chain Monitoring Project and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings. The ZCM believes that Zambia can... 

Equipment maintenance, repair products showcased

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 Adhesives technology company Henkel South Africa hosted its first conference – Repair and Protect Your Mine with Loctite Conference and Exhibition – to showcase ways in which its products could be used in the mining industry to maintain, repair, protect and prolong the life span of equipment.  

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Proving its growing strength in the graphite market, Australian industrial mineral concentrate producer Bass Metals – the only graphite producer currently listed on the ASX – last month sold, in advance, 50%, or 3 000 t/y, of flake graphite concentrate from the first stage of its Graphmada mine’s... 

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success
A MODERN MINE In addition to the establishment of a new processing plant and significant earthworks and site works, a new modular drying system has been implemented at Graphmada

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Mechanisation of the South African mining sector is a major priority for all stakeholders. However, with the introduction of mechanised mining technologies come several new challenges, one of which relates to the brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining (TMM) equipment, says... 

Call for better understanding of trackless mobile mining equipment regulations
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DANIE BURGER There are currently a number of problems relating to the standards for the testing of brakes and in-service brake testing of trackless mobile mining equipment

Positive signs for African miners with transparent regulations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 While the African mining industry is in a downturn, countries that boast favourable mining regulations will capitalise once the industry improves, says global engineering, project and technical services firm Wood Mining & Minerals EMEA business development director Trevor Anderson. Wood is a... 

Positive signs for African miners with transparent regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
SPECIALITY COMMODITIES Over the past 12 to 18 months, there has been a much larger focus on commodities such as lithium and graphite

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology, which will reside within the Department of Mining... 

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology  chair at University of Pretoria
CHAIRED PROJECT The first project from AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology will be to determine safe blast-clearance radii for blasting

Favourable policies key to attracting mining investment

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 Sentiment from the Hogan Lovells Africa Forum, held in September, in Sandton, in Johannesburg, culminated in a call for mining policy change, and especially policy that affects the South African mining industry. The event was hosted by law firm Hogan Lovells.  

Modular Reflux Classifier launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier (RC) plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. This integrated engineered modular solution is based on a fundamental component – FLSmidth’s... 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched
Photo by Duane Daws
DEON DE KOCK With this modular plant, we can really live our vision by delivering that extra value

Mining production contracts while sales soar – Stats SA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Local mining production decreased by 0.9% year-on-year in September, Statistics South Africa Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke revealed on Thursday. The largest negative contributors were platinum-group metals (PGMs), with output down 8.3%, followed by iron-ore, which was down by 7.5%. 

Mining technology gets boost from new Wits-Sibanye partnership

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2017 Mining technology is being given a Fourth Industrial Revolution boost through the new partnership struck between precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute. Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood outlined in a news release on Thursday that... 

Phoenix Global embarks on ambitious plan to restart Empire copper mine, Idaho

By: Henry Lazenby     8th November 2017 Aim-listed copper junior Phoenix Global Mining has formulated an ambitious growth strategy to restart mining at the brownfields Empire copper mine, in Idaho, by 2020. The company made its debut on the LSE's Aim market late in June, with the aim of bringing the historic mine back into production,... 

Phoenix Global embarks on ambitious plan to restart Empire copper mine, Idaho
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Drilling underway at Phoenix Global Resources' Empire mine, Idaho

Mining industry should review business models, CSR collaboration – DMR

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th 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... 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2017 Dr Mark Bristow of Randgold Resources and Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines may go head-to-head in a live on-stage gold-versus-copper debate at the Investing in African Mining Indaba event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose disclosed... 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate
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Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose (right) and Martin Creamer

Altus Strategies gets go ahead for Liberia exploration

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 Africa-focused exploration project generator Altus Strategies has been granted an exploration licence over the 732 km2 Zolowo project, in the Lofa county of north-western Liberia. The licence targets Archaean greenstone-hosted gold deposits and contains numerous and extensive artisanal alluvial... 

Canadian junior mining sector riding renewed wave of confidence

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 Despite signs of improved investor confidence in Canada's prolific junior mining sector – mainly driven by rising consumer technology demand for resources – analysts are warning that the market recovery is in a delicate phase and will require discipline to survive until more substantial commodity... 

Canadian junior mining sector riding renewed wave of confidence

Rio creates new commercial role

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th November 2017 Mining major Rio Tinto has appointed Simon Trott as its chief commercial officer (CCO), reinforcing the miner’s focus on driving value across the business. Trott, who is currently the salt, uranium and borates MD, will report directly to the company’s CEO and will form part of Rio’s executive... 

Rwanda President sees growth accelerating on banking, mining

By: Bloomberg     3rd November 2017 Rwandan economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next as the outlook for industries including financial services, tourism and mining improves, President Paul Kagame said. The pace of expansion is expected to increase to 7% next year from about 6% this year, Kagame said Thursday in... 

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits

     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components from manufacturer Fenner Drives includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime, compared with conventional V-belts.... 

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits
STRONG STRETCH The elasticity of the PowerTwist's woven polyurethane fabric enables these belts to be stretched over a pulley drive without any damage

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Project management facility designed to  enhance every plant
ADDITIONAL OFFERING BMG also offers extensive customer training on site at mining operations or at its upgraded premises

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Technology to shift  project relations from  adversarial to cooperative
Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting strategy and business development GM Jacques Marais discusses the company’s KEY360 mobile application. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Turnkey solutions provided for gold mine in East Asia

     3rd November 2017 Gauteng-based mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge Group recently supplied winches, winders and a range of ancillary products and services for a new service shaft at a gold mine in East Asia. This, the company notes, was carried out in collaboration with consultants from Australia and South... 

Turnkey solutions provided  for gold mine in East Asia
FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION Tech Edge Group offered a full turnkey solution service that included high-level design

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

     3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

Mkango pushes forward with research programme, upbeat about Malawi prospects

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 Dual-listed Mkango Resources is upbeat about its research on the development of neodymium iron boron alloys, which are “critically important” for environment-friendly sectors, such as that of electric vehicles, states CEO Will Dawes. Mkango has started Phase 2 of its research and development... 

Mkango pushes forward with research programme,  upbeat about Malawi prospects
Caption: NEODYMIUM ALLOY POWDER Mkango and Metalysis are jointly researching, developing and commercialising neodymium iron boron alloy powders for use in permanent magnets

Kumba’s September-quarter iron-ore output 2% down year-on-year

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Kumba’s September-quarter iron-ore output 2% down year-on-year
SOLID SISHEN Sishen iron-ore mine maintained its consistent performance, with ongoing improvements that have resulted in a revised production guidance for 2017

Vale’s Moatize coal operation’s Ebitda falls significantly quarter-on-quarter

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of the coal business of major Brazilian mining group Vale came to $46-million during the third quarter of this year (3Q17), the company announced in its report “Vale’s Performance in 3Q17”. To all practical... 

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Scarce funding necessitates  effective project management
Photo by Duane Daws
JEREMY CLARKE A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management

Elandsfontein mine to assist in alleviating West Coast water challenges

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 Emerging miner Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine, near Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape plans to supply the drought stricken West Coast region with additional clean water, while offsetting its own water-use over the course of the next three years. The project is located on land adjacent to... 

Elandsfontein mine to assist in alleviating  West Coast water challenges
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SEEKING TO BE MISERLY Kropz has revised down its water-use requirements to 1.6 megalitres a day and it is the company’s intention to further revise this down to 1 meglitres a day

IHS Markit materials price index up 0.5% as technology leads

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit gained 0.5% over the past week, building on a 1.6% gain the previous week. The main drivers last week were technology, with IHS's computer chip-based DRAM sub-index climbing a significant 5.2%, while oil and lumber were up 1.3% and... 

Shedding past while tackling present 

     2nd November 2017 A collective national vision, which must be viable, inclusive and transformative, is urgently needed to unleash mining’s latent ability to energise the entire South African economy. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer joins senior deputy editor Tracy Hancock in studio to discuss this statement by... 

Shedding past while tackling present
Shedding past while tackling present

Guptas inflated Oakbay price through trading by Singapore firm

By: Bloomberg     2nd November 2017 The Gupta family inflated the share price of a company it controlled on its Johannesburg Stock Exchange debut by lending money to a Singapore firm to be used to trade the equities. That came ahead of plans to raise funds for a uranium mine. The Guptas, who are embroiled in a corruption scandal... 

Ivanhoe hits shaft-digging milestone at Platreef

By: Henry Lazenby     1st November 2017 Africa-focused megaproject developer Ivanhoe Mines has reached the 500-m level below surface, during construction of the first shaft of the Platreef platinum-group meals (PGM) project, in South Africa's Limpopo province. The 7.25-m-diameter Shaft 1, which is expected to reach the Flatreef... 

Ivanhoe hits shaft-digging milestone at Platreef
Photo by Ivanhoe Mines
Platreef's Shaft 1 sinking headgear and related surface infrastructure

Strandline hunts for JV partner in WA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st November 2017 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has launched the hunt for a joint venture (JV) partner at its Coburn project, in Western Australia, to oversee the funding, development and operation of the project. Strandline MD Luke Graham told shareholders on Wednesday that the recent strong... 

Glencore sees quarterly production decreases

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 While dual-listed Glencore’s copper and nickel production fell in the third quarter, the diversified miner said on Monday that this would not impact full year earnings. Copper production of 946 500 t for the quarter ended September 30 was 11% lower than the comparable quarter in 2016, owing to... 

Glencore sees quarterly production decreases

Glencore Congo deals are said to be part of latest offshore leak

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2017 Glencore could face renewed scrutiny of its business in the Democratic Republic of Congo after confidential information was released in the data breach of a major offshore law firm, according to people familiar with the matter. The documents relate to Glencore’s acquisition of Katanga Mining,... 

IHS Markit's materials price index rises 1.6% as commodities lead the way

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit gained 1.6% last week, its strongest increase since late August, breaking a two-week streak of losses, the research firm revealed on Friday. According to IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay, the expansion was broad-based, with seven... 

Exxaro spending R20bn on coal projects

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 One of South Africa’s largest and foremost black-empowered mining companies, Exxaro Resources, is implementing a five-year, R20-billion capital expenditure (capex) programme on coal mining projects in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The black-led JSE-listed company has seven coal projects under way, four... 

Exxaro spending R20bn on coal projects
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Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Deep sea mining viability gets boost as prices rise, land-based ore depletes

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2017 As demand for rare earths and precious minerals increase amid a drive towards a low-carbon economy, depleting land-based reserves are increasingly boosting the commercial viability and attractiveness of the “last frontier” of deep sea mining. With growing demand driving the prices for copper,... 

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