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Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that there is still a lack of... 

New focus implies decarbonisation assent

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 In its seventh year, the 2019 Energy and Mines World Congress marked a “historic shift in conversations about energy in mining”, says Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker. 

New focus implies decarbonisation assent
NICK HOLLAND The Gold Fields CEO and congress keynote speaker committed to reducing emissions by 800 000 t from 2017 to 2020

Mines need energy alternatives

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although South African mines are not yet ready to fully adopt renewable energy, they are desperate for a reliable and cost-effective alternative to State-owned power utility Eskom’s monopoly, says energy equipment and solutions provider Vuselela Energy co-founder and director Jacques Malan. 

Mines need energy alternatives
WINNING STREAK In 2015, the Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting energy recovery plant was inducted into the South African Innovation Awards' Hall of Fame

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although renewables were perceived as expensive a decade ago, the same cannot be said today, says energy company Abengoa. The sentiment that renewable energy is unreliable and provides power only intermittently – when the sun shines or when the wind blows – has also since changed, says Abengoa... 

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability
DOMINIC JOSÉ GONCALVES With solar, you are able to create resilient plans because the sun will be highly predictable over the next 20 to 25 years

Integrated approach can ease load-shedding risks

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2020 As South Africa’s industry bears the brunt of devastating power cuts, Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is encouraging mining companies to start adopting integrated, holistic solutions that will reduce energy consumption while diversifying... 

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 Despite mining’s contribution to almost every aspect of modern life, the industry is still seen as an industry “that takes more than it gives”, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani lamented in his keynote address at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is taking place in Cape Town,... 

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani delivers his keynote address to delegates attending this year's Investing in Africa Mining Indaba. Source: Anglo American.

Policy certainty, load-shedding and illegal mining top of mind ahead of the Mining Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2020 With mining considered to be in an endless state of uncertainty in South Africa, EY Africa director and partner Khethiwe Cebekulu has named four key areas that need to be addressed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at the Investing in African Mining Indaba next week.... 

Celebrating 40 years of building local capacity

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The establishment of motor and controls manufacturer WEG in a remote area of southern Brazil in 1961 prepared its South African subsidiary, Zest WEG Group, for its localisation journey. WEG has a history of benefiting from available local resources, developing local capacity and supply chains to... 

Celebrating 40 years of building local capacity
LOCAL INVESTMENT Zest WEG has spent R25-million on skills development over the past three years

Efficiency focus can ease demand on Eskom

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has engaged local entities as well as the Embassy of Brazil to hold a roundtable in South Africa on energy efficiency early this year to encourage industry to use and promote energy-efficient products. “We... 

Efficiency focus can  ease demand on Eskom
REDUCE DEMAND South Africa needs to address its power supply crisis by implementing more energy efficient solutions on an industrial level

Edenville raises £700 000

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has completed its fundraising, securing the necessary working capital to meet the current contracted production demands of up to 12 000 t of washed coal a month from its flagship Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania. Edenville has raised £700 000, before expenses, by way of... 

Power cuts take their toll on Amplats’ output

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 Power outages implemented by State-owned power utility Eskom continued to negatively impact on precious metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) platinum-group metals (PGMs) production for 2019, resulting in an overall unrecoverable loss of 38 000 oz of PGMs for the year. In the first... 

Power cuts take their toll on Amplats’ output
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Lithium interest skyrockets, but battery advancements could leave mineral behind

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2020 Lithium interest has skyrocketed on the back of demand created by the battery industry, and while the mineral “shows no signs of slowing down”, analytics and consultant company GlobalData says that battery technology “is changing at an enormous pace” and the lithium market behind may be left... 

DRC President to attend Mining Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     17th January 2020 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi will be attending this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held in Cape Town next month. He will be accompanied by a large delegation from the DRC, including two newly appointed Cabinet Ministers, namely Energy... 

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government leaders to “salvage and revive” South Africa’s economy after noting the “increasing urgency of a range of critical steps needed”. In a statement released ahead of the Business Economic Indaba (BEI), which... 

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa
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Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Vanadium can boost South African mining, says GlobalData 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2020 New deposits are needed to promote the image of South Africa’s mining sector as that of a “sunrise industry”, despite years of falling production, strikes and upheaval, data analytics and consulting company GlobalData mining technology writer Scarlett Evans says. She notes, however, that surveys... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 Initiatives to drive growth and stabilise the economy will continue to be a focus in the coming year, especially as efforts to root out corruption and State capture progress, law firm Webber Wentzel says. Robust corporate governance for listed companies will also remain a focus area for the JSE,... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect

Minerals Council joins calls for govt to ensure increased electricity self-generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) statement that it is committed to the development of adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand in the interests of economic growth. However, the council said the industry... 

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 International project developer Juwi has successfully completed the first stage of the development of one of Australia’s largest hybrid renewable micro-grid projects. Juwi’s Australian subsidiary, Juwi Renewable Energy, had installed a 4 MW single axis tracking photovoltaic system at Gold... 

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid
Gold Fields' hybrid renewable energy project at Agnew gold mine

Afarak warns of retrenchments at South African subsidiaries 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Specialist alloy producer Afarak has said two of its South African subsidiaries – Afarak Mogale and Ilitha Mining – might retrench some employees. The subsidiaries have issued a notice, in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, to start to a 90-day period of consultations with workers... 

Kazatomprom bids farewell to Jon Dudas, appoints interim chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 Nuclear power company Kazatomprom bid farewell to independent board member Jon Dudas, who had been serving since 2015, and stepped down on Friday, December 6. Dudas, who had also been serving as chairperson of the company’s board of directors since August 2018, has been offered a position on the... 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Further advances in battery technology are expected as new options come to market and new economies of scale are achieved, says independent consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ Advancements in battery technology are likely to create the potential to reduce costs and environmental impact while providing a disruptive force as price volatility persists

Consultants prioritise energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd November 2019 With the mining industry shifting towards more energy efficient processes, mining consulting and engineering services provider BBE is observing increased demand for developing and implementing energy efficiency in ventilation and cooling processes. “Ventilation, cooling and pumping are the major... 

Consultants prioritise energy efficiency
RICHARD GUNDERSEN Ventilation on-demand is becoming more topical. One can switch fans on or off, and align cooling to where the activity is happening in a mine

Fan range redesigned to meet industry needs

22nd November 2019 Global ventilation fans and systems manufacturer TLT-Turbo GmbH has announced the redesign of its Auxiliary and Booster fan range. The new designs engender efficiency and cost effectiveness in a versatile product range able to meet the ventilation requirements of the mining industry. Development... 

Fan range redesigned to meet industry needs
UNDERGROUND DEMAND TLT-Turbo has received orders from a South African gold mine, and for the Kamoa Copper project

Checks crucial to continuing operations

15th November 2019 Specialist in electric power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission Vert Energy supports a wide range of components and systems, with the assistance of a repair, refurbishment and maintenance service throughout Africa. 

Checks crucial to continuing operations
IMPRESSIVE SKILLS Vert Energy has a highly-skilled team of technicians that is able to help with any on-site electromechanical breakdown or repair problem

SA mining urged to reform, embrace technology to overcome current challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2019 As a primary sector in South Africa’s struggling economy, government and industry must collaborate on policy and overcome a myriad of challenges to stimulate the South African mining sector and drive long-term investment. At the Joburg Indaba 2019, held earlier this month at Inanda Club, in... 

SA mining urged to reform, embrace technology to overcome current challenges

B2Gold approves $38m hybrid energy project for Mali mine 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2019 Canadian gold miner B2Gold has approved the $38-million implementation of an offgrid solar battery hybrid system at its Fekola mine, in Mali. Construction is set to start at the end of this year, with completion scheduled for August 2020. 

Drive system ideal for bulk handling

11th October 2019 German engineers Getriebebau Nord now offer the MAXXDRIVE industrial gear unit, a powerful drive system characterised by “maximum reliability, safety and robustness”, for the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems. MAXXDRIVE industrial gear units are suitable for installation on... 

Drive system ideal for bulk handling
MAD MAXX The Nord MAXXDRIVE is a powerful drive system suited to the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems.

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) was appointed as an official Danfoss DrivePro service partner for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in May. BMG subsequently sought to highlight the suitability of Danfoss’ VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 series to the African mining sector to... 

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa
PRO TIP Bearing Man Group is the first South African company to be appointed as a DrivePro service partner

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Subsequent to the launch of the new VDrivePlus and AlphaDrive-Micro variable speed drives (VSDs) from Hudaco Group company Varispeed, bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) has embarked on a training and sample-distribution campaign at its 50 BI branches in South Africa.... 

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa
ALPHA AND OMEGA The AlphaDrive Micro and VDrivePlus by Varispeed have been launched in South Africa by BMG

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Drive components manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive tells Mining Weekly that its projects department has maintained a continual state of growth and that the majority of its project work has been secured in the rest of Africa. In close collaboration with SEW-Eurodrive’s exports department, the projects... 

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa
NORMAN MALEKA The department’s core function is to respond to queries from either project houses or original-equipment manufacturers for specific project work

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid

11th October 2019 Regulating efficiency in motors by adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors can help stabilise South Africa’s power supply, and mitigate the risk of load-shedding. Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn highlights that a MEPS would significantly... 

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid
FULL OF ZEST The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa

FirstRand shareholders to vote on climate risk resolutions next month

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2019 Shareholders of financial services provider FirstRand will, next month, vote on whether the company must report on its assessment of its exposure to climate-related risks, and to adopt and publicly disclose a policy on fossil fuel lending. This will require more than 50% of shareholders to vote... 

Fekola mill expansion started

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2019 Canada-headquartered senior gold producer B2Gold has started the mill expansion at the Fekola mine, in south-west Mali. The expansion, which is scheduled for completion early in the fourth quarter of 2020, is expected to significantly increase yearly gold production and enhance the Fekola mine’s... 

Fekola mill  expansion started
CAPITAL SPEND The mill expansion is estimated to be about $50-million, with B2Gold splitting this capital spending evenly between 2019 and 2020

Queensland sits on $10bn worth of uranium, Macfarlane tells nuclear power inquiry

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 Queensland is missing out on a multi-billion dollar addition to its resources and energy industry, owing to bans on uranium mining, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Ian Macfarlane told an inquiry on Monday. In a statement issued following public hearings at the House of Representatives... 

Queensland sits on $10bn worth of uranium, Macfarlane tells nuclear power inquiry
Ian Macfarlane

Amplats continues to see positive demand for 3E PGMs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) continued to see positive demand for platinum, rhodium and palladium (3E) PGMs over the short and medium term, Amplats CEO Chris Griffith noted at the company’s interim results presentation, held in... 

Amplats continues to see positive demand  for 3E PGMs
CHRIS GRIFFITH Platinum has been boosted this year by very strong investment demand of more than 700 000 oz

Energy alternatives for mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 The demand for electricity in South Africa continues to increase and there is no certainty that State-owned power utility Eskom will be able to meet that demand at a cost-effective price, says international business law firm Fasken partner and finance and projects head Ashen Jugoo. It is highly... 

Energy alternatives for mining
ASHEN JUGOO We expect that there will be a remarkable increase in captive power projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Fuel cell export figures on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) tells Mining Weekly that the US Department of Energy (DoE) reported a global increase in fuel cell exports, from 650 MW in 2017 to 800 MW in 2018. The information, compiled by international strategic... 

Fuel cell export  figures on the rise
ALL THE HYPE Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally
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