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Ore Corp increases shareholding

12th October 2018 Australian development company Ore Corp received approval from the Tanzanian Fair Competition Commission (FCC) to increase its interest in the Nyanzaga Mining Company Limited (NMCL) to 51%. However, the move remains subject to the approval of the newly established Mining Commission. The... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

Mines urged to do ‘all they can’ to limit pollution from used oil

By: Nadine James     5th October 2018 The mining industry consumes about 25% of the country’s lubricants - accounting for approximately 300-million litres of oil a year, of which 40% is potentially recyclable used oil, notes the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (ROSE) Foundation. The organisation notes that used-oil is classified... 

Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines 

3rd October 2018 MC Mining has an eye on acquisition and project access, Botswana manganese estimate fires up aspirant battery supplier and the Bokamoso Barona initiative is promising to show how mining and agriculture can go hand-in-hand. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines
Acquisition, manganese and agriculture in mining make headlines

Vale, BHP reach final deal with prosecutors over Brazil disaster

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Brazilian prosecutors in Minas Gerais state said on Tuesday they reached a final compensation deal with mining companies Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton regarding a 2015 dam burst, Brazil's largest ever environmental disaster. According to a statement from prosecutors released late on Tuesday, the... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Damage to West Coast beaches from mining can be kept to 'acceptable' levels, say consultants

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Consultants employed by Australian company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) have acknowledged that the massive expansion of mining for mineral sands on 10 West Coast beaches north of the Olifants River estuary will cause unavoidable environmental damage, but claim that the damage can be reduced to... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology
POWER SUPPLY South African government could legislate the use of fuel cell mini-grid systems to electrify rural communities

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 A compressor exposed to abrasive dust, such as those used in mining environments, could become increasingly inefficient and fail internal damage caused by clogged and compromised intake filters, notes RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Additionally, opencast mine dust frequently enters... 

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life
IAN FRASER Mining companies use spin filtration for effective dust extraction from compressors' air intake filters and for direct ventilation of variable speed drives

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

R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair... 

R&D on clean  coal technologies crucial in SA
Photo by Christo Greyling
ROSEMARY FALCON Coal is a vital element in South Africa's economy

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities
Minergy CEO Andre Bojé

BHP seeks approval for $50m US pact over fatal Brazil dam burst

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 BHP Billiton has asked a US judge to approve a $50-million settlement of claims that it fraudulently inflated its share price by overstating its ability to manage safety risks before a fatal 2015 dam burst at a Brazilian mine. The Anglo-Australian mining company's preliminary settlement of... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells
CNN-flighted advertisement projecting fuel cell growth.

Rand Water loses appeal on provision of piped water to Blyvooruitzicht village

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal, brought by Gauteng water utility Rand Water, against an order of the Pretoria High Court preventing the disconnection of the piped water supply to the Blyvooruitzicht mining village, a distressed mining community of about 6 000 people located west of... 

DRDGold projects boost Ergo efficiency, lower costs

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2018 Three major projects completed by surface gold mining company DRDGold are expected to boost the fortunes of the company’s Ergo plant on the East Rand. The three projects made up the bulk of the company’s capital spend of R125.9-million in the 12 months to June 30. 

DRDGold projects boost Ergo efficiency, lower costs
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
DRDGold CFO Riaan Davel

DMR approves amended EA for MC Mining’s Makhado project

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has approved the environmental authorisation (EA) for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project, in Limpopo. The approval by the DMR follows confirmation earlier this month that the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and... 

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies has been appointed as an agent for Danish chemical industry company Haldor Topsoe in Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dickinson Group will promote, sell and strategically warehouse... 

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering
HANDLING THE LOAD Dickinson Group's state-of-the-art heavy duty vacuum truck is used for catalyst handling

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

Platinum miner starts construction of SO2 abatement project

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Construction of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) sulphur dioxide (SO2) abatement project at its Polokwane smelter, in Limpopo, has started. Amplats will implement new wet sulphuric acid (WSA) technology at the smelter, which the company predicts will ultimately reduce SO2... 

Platinum miner starts  construction of SO2  abatement project
TURNING THE TIDE Hatch Africa MD Welekazi Cele, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith and Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha at the sod-turning ceremony

Adani-owned Abbot Point Bulkcoal faces A$2.7m fine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2018 The Queensland environmental regulator will be taking further action against a subsidiary of Indian major Adani over an unauthorised discharge of sediment water from the Abbot Point coal terminal during Cyclone Debbie, in 2017. It is alleged that Abbot Point Bulkcoal (APBC) discharged sediment... 

DRDGold expecting rapid gold output from West Rand tailings project 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 The high quality of the gold tailing retreatment infrastructure that surface gold mining company DRDGold has acquired on the Far West Rand in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater is enabling the company to get into production very quickly, DRDGold CEO Niél Pretorius said on Wednesday. Speaking in... 

DRDGold expecting rapid gold output from West Rand tailings project
DRDGold CEO Niél Pretorius talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater

DRDGold shares leap on higher-grade fillip 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 A 10% increase in gold production provided an important fillip for surface gold mining company DRDGold, which benefitted from high-grade sand material in the 12 months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which saw its share price rise by 6.09% in early morning trade,... 

DRDGold shares leap on higher-grade fillip
DRDGold CFO Riaan Davel talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Treasury must abandon carbon tax plan in light of IRP

By: Martin Creamer     4th September 2018 National Treasury must abandon its plans to introduce carbon tax, which will result in the closure of smelters at a time of desperate need for job retention and export promotion. This is the consensus of opinion canvassed by Mining Weekly Online following last Friday’s release of the Integrated... 

Treasury must abandon carbon tax plan in light of IRP

Continuous ion exchange technology projects achieve milestones

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2018 Minerals processing equipment supplier Multotec Process Equipment (Multotec) has secured its first two projects for the continuous ion exchange technology it offers, and is achieving notable progress in both, Multotec senior process engineer Carien Spagnuolo tells Mining Weekly. The technology is... 

Continuous ion exchange technology projects achieve milestones
PIONEER PROJECT Multotec installed and is commissioning an effluent treatment plant for the treatment of wastewater at an antimony roaster in Oman, in the Middle East

New technologies to treat wastewater

31st August 2018 Scientific research and development organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed and patented two wastewater technologies. One of these technologies purifies mine wastewater to a standard that is suitable for domestic, agricultural and industrial use; while... 

New technologies  to treat wastewater
Photo by Creamer Media
INDUSTRY ISSUE Acid mine water is a by-product of the mining and mineral industry

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies Climate Change Bill preparations

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 While industry and environmental practitioners have welcomed the first draft of the Climate Change Bill, there is mounting impatience at the absence of the regulatory detail that organisations need to guide their preparations to comply, mining and environmental consultants SRK Consulting noted in... 

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies  Climate Change Bill preparations
ASHLEIGH MARITZ & ESTIE RETIEF Large carbon emitters face immense technical and financial challenges in repurposing their operations to meet new carbon emission requirements – a process that is hindered by a lack of regulatory clarity

Mintek showcases developed water rehabilitation technologies

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     31st August 2018 South African research and development company, Mintek, showcased the Savmin, NICMembrane, biological sulphate reduction and MetRIX technologies on 14 to 16 March. They use different methods to deal with different types of mine water and rehabilitate water to different standards. At the Mintek... 

Mintek showcases   developed water  rehabilitation technologies
WATER WISE Mintek recently showcased its water rehabilitation technologies

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway
Photo by NYSE
Bloom Energy CEO and founder KR Sridhar ringing bell at New York Stock Exchange

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for mines, states global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch.... 

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels
RENEWABLE PROLIFERATION Renewable-energy sources could transform electricity supply for mines in Africa

Rising oil prices fuelling renewables

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 The key drivers of an increased uptake of renewable and alternative energy sources by mines in Africa are an increasing oil price and the steadily decreasing price of renewable technologies, claims renewable energy supply company juwi Renewable Energies. This drive for renewable energy... 

Rising oil prices  fuelling renewables
GREG AUSTIN Redeployable solar power solutions can be reused, justifying investment in multiple applications on mines

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings

By: Nadine James     24th August 2018 SRK Consulting’s Cape Town office, in conjunction with SRK Consulting’s Vancouver office, has conducted preliminary groundwater modelling to assist a South American mining client in finding an environmentally sustainable solution for tailings-based brine management. SRK principal hydrogeologist... 

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings
GROUNDWATER MODELLING The groundwater modelling evaluated the likely pressure increases and brine plume migration associated with deep aquifer injection

Backup power to ensure safety, continuous production 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 There has been increased interest in the generator sets of Himoinsa Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Spain-based power solutions provider Himoinsa. This is a good sign from the mines, as it indicates that they are prioritising their safety requirements,” claims Himoinsa Southern Africa services... 

Backup power to ensure safety,  continuous production
Himoinsa Southern Africa head of services Chris Davison discusses energy solutions for mines. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

African Chrome commissions Zimbabwe plant

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Zimbabwe-based chrome producer African Chrome Fields (ACF) launched a new aluminothermic plant last month, thereby assisting in the creation of new jobs and enhancing production capacity, enabling the company to produce 300 t of ferrochrome a month before  ramping up to 600 t at full production.... 

Mafube colliery trialling use of mining-impacted water for agriculture

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Anglo American Coal South Africa’s Mafube colliery has been selected as the first trial site to determine the long-term sustainability of using mine-impacted water in agriculture. While irrigation with perceived poor-quality water frequently occurs in arid countries such as Israel, the South... 

Mafube colliery trialling use of  mining-impacted water for agriculture
Photo by Bloomberg
AMAZING EFFORT The first maize crop was irrigated with water from the Mafube pit and has since been harvested. The area yielded 14.5 t/ha, compared with 8t/ha from dryland crops

Mining should bolster environmental, social sustainability

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 The Australian mining industry’s challenges pertain to environmentally sustainable practices, rather than community sustainability, which is the case in the African mining industry, says global engineering consulting firm Aurecon Brisbane technical director Andrew Keith. “However, in places such... 

Mining should bolster environmental,  social sustainability
Photo by Bloomberg
COOPERATION CONSCIOUSNESS Many mining companies now recognise the benefits of proactive early engagement with their affected communities

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2018 Government must play a role in limiting large-scale retrenchment in the platinum sector by potentially incentivising companies to curb job loss. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has objected strongly to the retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum in particular and Royal Bafokeng Platinum... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed
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