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Growing explosives sales in a declining market

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     19th October 2018 Although rising mineral production costs have led to declining competitiveness for the South African mining industry, which has negatively affected the sale of explosives materials company MAXAM regional director Brett Wheatcroft says this has created opportunities for the introduction of... 

Algold assay results exceed expectations

19th October 2018 West Africa-focused junior developer Algold Resources’ preliminary assay results from drilling carried out in July and August on the high-grade Salma-Eleonore East Vein System (SVS) located at the company’s Tijirit gold project in Mauritania have exceeded expectations. The results released last... 

Algold assay results  exceed expectations
SAMPLING Exploration work is ongoing along Algold Resources' Salma project in Mauritania

Avesoro New Liberty mineral resources upgrades

19th October 2018 West African gold producer Avesoro Resources has successfully increased the measured and indicated mineral resource at its New Liberty gold mine in Liberia to more than 1.1-million ounces. “The completion of the infill drilling campaign at New Liberty has improved the confidence in the estimated... 

Avesoro New Liberty  mineral resources upgrades
FUTURE Avesoro Resources is evaluating the optimal approach for the mining of the New Liberty orebody to deliver strong positive cash flows

Company uses sonic drilling for core recovery in sand

19th October 2018 Geotechnical services company Geomech Africa, subsidiary of Geogroup, imported its 20 tonne, SDC 450-24 sonic drill rig from Canada at a cost of US$1-million specifically to handle deep borehole work in mineral sands at multinational diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) sands... 

Company uses sonic  drilling for core  recovery in sand
SONIC DRILLING Geomech Africa hired sonic drillers to assist in the new geological conditions found in the dunes of the Richards Bay Minerals site

MOD gets approval for new exploration project

By: Donald Makhafola     19th October 2018 Australian-listed copper exploration and development company MOD Resources has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs in Botswana to drill within a 700 km2 area in the northern section of the T20 dome complex. The approval is subject to the standard four-week public review... 

MOD gets approval for new  exploration project
EXPLORATION MOD Resources has no plans to explore outside the Kalahari Copperbelt in Botswana at this stage

Tekeledougou’s assay results show extended gold

19th October 2018 West African focused gold exploration company Cora Gold last month announced the final batch of assay results from the Tekeledougou project in southern Mali which confirm that the strike length of gold mineralised structures extends to at least 1.1 km at Kouroudian prospect and 350 m at Woyoni... 

Tekeledougou’s assay results show extended gold
INCREASE Cora Gold final batch of assay results from the Tekeledougou project in southern Mali show extended gold

Potential to expand mineral sands project

12th October 2018 The latest drilling results from Australian mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources show there is significant potential to expand its 100% owned Tanga South Tajiri mineral sands project in Tanzania. The reconnaissance drilling returned multiple intersections of high-grade... 

Potential to expand  mineral sands project
LUKE GRAHAM The latest drilling results will strengthen the economic outlook of Tajiri

Armadale releases half-year results

12th October 2018 Australian investment company Armadale Capital released its half-year report in September, showing a 25% resource upgrade proving that the Mahenge Liandu project is a significant discovery and detailing the completion of various projects. Armadale has been focusing on the scoping study and... 

Armadale releases  half-year results
PERFECT POSTCODE The Mahenge Liandu project is situated near some of the biggest graphite discoveries in the world

Shanta looking to positive future in Tanzania

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     12th October 2018 Amid recent changes to Tanzanian mining legislation that has emphasised localisation, Guernsey-based East Africa gold producer Shanta Gold remains optimistic about its future mining prospects in the country, says Shanta Gold CEO Eric Zurrin. “The new legislation has worked in our favour, as we... 

Shanta looking  to positive future in Tanzania
ERIC ZURRIN The changes in mining legislation prompted Shanta Gold to streamline some of its procedures and increase cash flow

Ivanhoe announces third major copper discovery in DRC

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has made an important new discovery of high-grade copper on its 100%-owned Western Foreland licences, west of the Kamoa-Kakula mining licence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This discovery, Makoko, is the first of multiple high-potential target areas identified... 

Ivanhoe announces third major copper discovery in DRC
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Ivanhoe executive co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Mining contracting and engineering services company Redpath Mining Africa has completed what it has dubbed the “milestone” Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project for Zambia-based copper mine, Mopani Copper Mines. Redpath Mining Africa’s Zambian branch, Redpath Zambia, was initially awarded the... 

Zambia ventilation shaft project finalised
REDBORE 100 The Synclinorium Ventilation Shaft project marked the entry of Redpath Mining’s Redbore 100 raise drill into Africa for the first time

Zambia’s operational investment spikes

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 A positive shift in Zambia’s copper and cobalt mining industries has resulted in an increase in much-needed operational investments by major mining houses, says mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing equipment and systems supplier TAKRAF Africa. TAKRAF Africa regional sales... 

Zambia’s operational   investment spikes
INCREASED DEMAND Tenova TAKRAF Africa has noted an increase in Zambian mining houses expenditure on operational investments

Sandvik launches Leopard DI650i drill rig

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2018 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering, with the introduction of the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The drill was unveiled to the market for the first time at Electra Mining Africa, being held this week at the Nasrec Expo... 

Sandvik launches Leopard DI650i drill rig
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Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s Leopard DI650i drill rig

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’
M&R Cementation aiming to become leading mechanised mining operator in Africa

Diamond drilling programme at Tanzania graphite project completed

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has completed a diamond drilling programme at its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, with eight holes for a total of 489 m drilled, ahead of an anticipated decision to mine in early 2019. All holes intersected mineralisation from surface over wide... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2018 Innovative drilling technologies company Master Drilling, which will next month launch a new blast-free mobile tunnel boring machine that is expected to have a far-reaching beneficial impact on mining, on Tuesday reported satisfactory results for the six months ended June 30. The Johannesburg... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer
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Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

Challenge on to develop new deep-level rock drill by early next year

By: Schalk Burger     20th August 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on Monday launched an open-innovation challenge to rapidly develop a new deep-level mining rock drill by the beginning of next year. MMP co-director Alastair Macfarlane explains that, for South Africa to retain its comparative advantage obtained through the... 

Challenge on to develop new deep-level rock drill by early next year
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RIIS executive Clen Cook, MMP co-directors Navin Singh and Alastair Macfarlane and Mining Equipment Manufacturing of South Africa CEO Paul Jourdan

Cable bolt technology to improve safety

17th August 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology continues to set the pace in underground mining with the launch of its rock-reinforcement cable bolter with automated one-hole drilling designed to improve safety and productivity. The Sandvik DS221L will significantly... 

Australia remains competitive in drillhole technology use

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Australia is often regarded as the battleground for new technologies, and is well recognised as an early adopter, says Australia-based supplier of drill-hole navigation and measurement equipment Axis Mining Technology director Paul Wilkie. “Following the post-boom gloom, we are now seeing... 

Australia remains competitive in drillhole technology use
DRILLING SOLUTION Mining and drilling companies regard Axis' high-end north-seeking Champ Gyro technology as essential for their drilling projects

Orion starts drilling at high conductance target at Rok Optel

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Drilling has started on a high conductance target at ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ Rok Optel nickel/copper target on the Namaqua and Disawell mineral rights in the Areachap Belt, in South Africa. “Our first intersection at Rok Optel demonstrated that geological conditions exist for the... 

New drilling fleet to launch all-women crew

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2018 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond will acquire a new fleet of fully remote controlled drills, which it will use as an opportunity to bring more women into the mining drilling arena by assembling its first ever all-women drilling crew, Rosond operations director Ricardo Cravo... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     20th July 2018 Following Germiston-based investment company iSipho Capital Holdings’ acquisition of 90% of Boksburg-based hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer Anderson & Kerr Engineering in 2017, the hydraulic manufacturer will actively focus on client and market expansion to increase turnover, market footprint... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets
SIPHO MDANDA Anderson & Kerr Engineering is working towards becoming a world class manufacturer

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times

20th July 2018 Kempton Park-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Hytec Engineering, which is part of the Hytec Group, has enhanced its service offering this year by purchasing four additional computer numerical control (CNC) machines to increase quality improvements and lower cylinder downtime with the... 

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times
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REDUCING TURNAROUND Hytec Engineering is taking steps to reduce turnaround time for clients

Construction project boosts services demand

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering service provider TDS Projects Construction has secured an integrated construction project, which has significantly boosted the company’s order book and the demand for construction services in the local mining sector. In June, TDS was awarded two distinct, but... 

Construction project boosts services demand
PROJECT OFFTAKE The Matla project is expected to start in September this year

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 The DrillSafe initiative will host its inaugural Drill Safe Drill Rig & Safety Innovation Forum at the Glen Hove Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, on July 20.  The forum will explore innovations in to drilling equipment and the exploration work environment, explains DrillSafe founder and Colin... 

Joburg to host ‘safe drilling’ event this month
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SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT Colin Rice notes that almost every accident in an exploration drilling environment is related to human error

TDS, Newrak awarded construction contract for Exxaro’s Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3

By: Nadine James     10th July 2018 TDS Projects Construction, in a joint venture with Newrak Mining, has been awarded the contract for two distinct but integrated mine development and infrastructure projects at Exxaro's Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3. The project will start on September 7, with the first blast taking place at Mine 3 for... 

Sandvik offers safe, dependable blast drilling

6th July 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has delivered and commissioned the first DR461i, now identified as the DR412i rotary blast hole drill, to the African continent.  According to Sandvik, the DR412i blast-hole drill improves productivity while returning fuel... 

Sandvik offers safe,  dependable blast drilling
SURFACE LEVEL The Sandvik DR412i is focused on the changing requirements of surface miners

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2018 The board of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has again guided shareholders not to accept ATON’s mandatory offer of R17 a share, which it argues undervalues M&R’s strategic platforms and business prospects. The board made the statement in a circular response to ATON’s... 

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

Mining, manufacturing sectors urged to focus on local content

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 There is a close relationship between mining and manufacturing, especially in terms of the equipment that is manufactured and supplied to the mining industry, Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth said at the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel session on... 

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project

8th June 2018 Emerging multicommodity miner Mustang Resources’ latest assay results for the Caula vanadium/graphite project in northern Mozambique continue to underpin a strong economic outlook for the project, with the miner noting that a maiden vanadium resource is due soon. Mustang Resources announced last... 

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project
HIGH-GRADE VANADIUM The latest assays indicate grades of up to 1.02% vanadium pentoxide and 24.2% total graphitic carbon

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2018 Investment company ATON, which is preparing a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has reiterated it steadfast opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, describing the proposed Aveng transaction as a “poison pill” to prevent a takeover... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal
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ATON says Aveng transaction would distract M&R from focusing on growth opportunities in mining

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) confirmed on Wednesday that it would be meeting with its largest single shareholder, ATON, to discuss the merits of M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, which it continues to describe as “highly strategic”. No date has been provided for the meeting, which is being pursued... 

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 The takeover battle for engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) by German investment company ATON intensified this week with ATON announcing its intention to make a new mandatory offer, following a Takeover Special Committee (TSC) ruling instructing ATON to withdraw its earlier... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba
SERVICE OFFERING African Sun Mining offers a full package of opencast mining services

Schramm appoints HUD as sub-Saharan Africa hammers, bits distributor

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Equipment manufacturer Schramm Hammers & Bits has appointed HUD Mining Supplies as its reverse circulation (RC) consumables distributor for sub-Saharan Africa.  

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership

11th May 2018 Last month equipment supplier Epiroc delivered three FlexiROC D65 surface drill rigs to Northern Cape-based drilling specialists Booysen Bore. The delivery has increased Booysen Bore’s total drilling machine fleet to 51, while the addition of the new machines has strengthened the relationship... 

Machine purchase increases fleet, strengthens partnership
STRONG RELATIONSHIP Epiroc has been supplying surface drill machines to Booysen Bore for several years

Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The modernisation of mining operations is essential to contribute towards the survival of the South African mining industry by enabling mining at increased depths and narrow, hard rock reefs. 

Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation
Beeuwen Gerryts interviewed by Martin Creamer.
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