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Environmental News

Seabridge gets federal law amendment to use fish-bearing streams for KSM tailings storage

By: Henry Lazenby     28th June 2017 The Canadian federal government has passed a regulatory amendment authorising project developer Seabridge Gold to use fish-bearing streams in the tailings management facility (TMF) for its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) project, in north-western British Columbia. The company announced on Tuesday... 

Sisson tungsten/moly play gets federal nod

By: Henry Lazenby     24th June 2017 TSX-listed Northcliff Resources’ majority owned Sisson Mines has received Canadian federal approval for the Sisson tungsten/molybdenum mine, in New Brunswick, following an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The federal Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the... 

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

Lonmin risk manager spells out four scenarios local mines may be exposed to in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 In the Institute of Risk Management South Africa’s (IRMSA’s) recently launched 2017 risks report, four scenarios laying out how the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) might potentially be executed are tabled. As part of ensuring that mining companies have a thorough understanding of the... 

Lonmin risk manager spells out four scenarios  local mines may be exposed to in 2017
Photo by Duane Daws
BUILDING BOUYANCY Despite being a ‘taker’, resilient mining companies are able to absorb certain factors as a result of their planning and execution processes

Mines urged to ensure their operations are socially, environmentally sustainable

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 Companies across all sectors are having to toe the line and create operations that are environmentally and socially sustainable; however, the path to sustainability is often unclear in a sector largely known for generating huge profit yields with equally huge negative environmental and social... 

Civil society takes Atha-Africa to court

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd June 2017 A coalition of eight civil society and community organisations has launched proceedings in the Pretoria High Court against India-owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures, asking the court to stop the miner from starting any activities inside the Mabola protected environment, located outside... 

Slow, bumpy market recovery on the cards for most commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2017 The global commodity market is probably in for a slow, drawn-out recovery following the five-year bear market, S&P Global Market Intelligence director for reports on the metals and mining sectors Dr Chris Hinde said during a webcast on Wednesday. According to S&P’s ‘State of the Market’ report,... 

Slow, bumpy market recovery on the cards for most commodities

SWC welcomes moratorium on Wild Coast mining, but remains sceptical

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2017 Activist group Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC) has welcomed a notice gazetted by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane which blocks any mining or prospecting applications on the Xolobeni mine area, in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape, for the next 18 months, “or until the Minister is satisfied... 

Unrehabilitated Mpumalanga asbestos mine tailings a possible health hazard – scientist

By: Ilan Solomons     16th June 2017 Asbestos mining was banned in South Africa because of the health effects linked to the inhalation of asbestos dust-fibres. However, asbestos mine tailings in Mpumalanga have not been rehabilitated and dust-fibres could easily be lifted and transported by the wind and then settle in sensitive... 

Unrehabilitated Mpumalanga asbestos mine tailings a possible health hazard – scientist
ASBESTOS MINE DUMP, MPUMALANGA Despite the cessation of asbestos mining, there is still a concern about possible environmental pollution by asbestos fibres

Company aims to solve Africa’s challenges with Aussie solutions

     16th June 2017 Pumps and pressure cleaners producer Australian Pump Industries, commonly known as Aussie Pumps, has been actively looking to the African continent for distribution outlets, says MD Warwick Lorenz. Australian Pump Industries, located in Sydney’s Norwest “Silicon Valley” area, operates a... 

Company aims to solve Africa’s challenges with Aussie solutions
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CONTINENTAL COUPLING Australian Pump Industries believes its experience in Australia can be applied to projects in Africa

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

Pumps companies among winners at awards ceremony

     16th June 2017 Family-owned, Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazelton Pumps has walked away with the Most Innovative Award and the Best Customer Service of the Year Award – as it did in 2015 – at the third annual Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence.... 

Pumps companies among winners at awards ceremony
Photo by Duane Daws
KAIZER NYATSUMBA In such turbulent economic times and a challenging business environment, it is critically important for those companies which excel at what they do to get the acknowledgement and recognition that they deserve

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa will be applying at the earliest opportunity for a court date for a declaratory order on continuing empowerment consequences, as well as immediately seeking an interim court interdict to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three, the devastating set... 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector
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Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo

Indian miner slow to respond to Mozambique court order

By: Keith Campbell     15th June 2017 Radio Mozambique has reported that Indian company Jindal Africa had failed to comply with a court order ordering it to stop coal stockpiling activities at its Chirodzi mine in the Moatize district of Mozambique’s Tete province. The order was issued by the Tete Provincial Court. The radio reported... 

Federal govt invests in mine rehabilitation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2017 The Australian federal government will invest A$4.9-million over the next five years through the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fund a research training centre for mine site restoration in Western Australia. Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham this week said the new ARC... 

Serendipity smiles on Mkango’s Malawian assets as renewables growth demands more REEs

By: Henry Lazenby     13th June 2017 Demand for rare earth elements (REEs) for use in magnetic applications such as electric vehicles and wind turbines is driving renewed interest in securing supplies of these hard-to-come-by metals outside of the world’s dominant supplier China. This is exacerbated by the fact that while REEs are... 

Serendipity smiles on Mkango’s Malawian assets as renewables growth demands more REEs

IHS Markit's materials price index registers 3.1% weekly decline

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2017 A broad basket of commodities tracked by market research house IHS Markit has declined the most in a single week since mid-April, falling 3.1% last week in a broad retreat. IHS senior economist Ben Orhan said in a news release to Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that the commodity price index... 

Hudbay receives US Forest Service final record of decision for Rosemont

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2017 Base metals producer Hudbay Minerals has received a positive record of decision (ROD) from the US Forest Service (USFS) for its 80%-owned Rosemont project, in Arizona. "This decision brings us another step closer to being able to build a modern mine that will fulfil the requirements of its... 

Montepuez production suffers owing to lower ore grade

     9th June 2017 The Montepuez ruby deposit in Mozambique, owned by gemstone mining and marketing company Gemfields, produced 1.2-million carats of ruby and corundum in the three months ending March 31, declining compared with the two-million carats produced in the previous year’s quarter. The company notes that... 

Montepuez production  suffers owing  to lower ore grade
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY Despite lower production, the quantity of premium-quality rubies recovered at Montepuez increased by 92%

Contract underpins ‘ongoing commitment’ to developing services

     9th June 2017 Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod Mauritius believes it is well positioned to assist with logistics services for the Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, owing to its long operational history in the country with regard to land transport coordination, agency services and port... 

Contract underpins  ‘ongoing commitment’  to developing services
Photo by Bloomberg
IN IT FOR LONG HAUL Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod will truck graphite concentrate product the 490 km from the Balama mine site to the Port of Nacala, in Mozambique

Mine tailings recovery can be value generator, says Council for Geoscience

By: Ilan Solomons     9th June 2017 Mine tailings have been identified as a major source of environmental impact for many mining operations and more stringent requirements have been placed on the management of these tailings. An aspect which is often overlooked in the life cycle of sustainable mine residues management is that mine... 

Mine tailings recovery can be value generator, says Council for Geoscience
Photo by Duane Daws
RESIDUAL VALUE Platinum group metals tailings contain a significant portion of aluminium, iron and calcium, which have the potential to serve as a secondary mineral source

Prefeasibility work progresses at Botswana copper/silver project

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th June 2017 Aim-listed Metal Tiger has progressed prefeasibility work at the T3 copper project in Botswana, which it holds in joint venture (JV) with ASX-listed Mod Resources. Key highlights in the work’s progress include the T3 Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that was expected to be lodged, which should... 

Prefeasibility work progresses at Botswana copper/silver project
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STUDY RESULT According to a scoping study released in December 2016, T3’s average production rate is expected to be 21 800 t/y of copper and 665 000 oz/y a of silver

Inca One gold output nearly doubles to record high despite bad Peruvian weather

By: Henry Lazenby     7th June 2017 Junior Canadian mineral processing company Inca One Gold has nearly doubled its gold output in Peru, despite dealing with a particularly harsh rainy season that has left its mark on the country’s economy. TSX-V-listed Inca One’s main asset is its Chala One gold milling facility, in Peru,... 

Strongbow appoints engineering firms for South Crofty water treatment plant design

By: Henry Lazenby     7th June 2017 Canadian project developer Strongbow Exploration has engaged engineering firms Siltbuster Process Solutions (SPS) and Nomenca to undertake process specification and outline design works for a water treatment plant at the company's South Crofty project, in Cornwall, in the UK. The TSX-V-listed... 

‘Auspicious’ time for M&A, yet difficult to secure capital – mining survey

By: Henry Lazenby     6th June 2017 There is a clear indication that mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity among smaller players in the mining sector will increase this year, while the majors will increase divestitures to focus on core commodities. This will, in turn, benefit some of the midtiers that are able to make... 

‘Auspicious’ time for M&A, yet difficult to secure capital – mining survey

Young bull run kickstarts cyclical mining industry into exploration mode

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd June 2017 With the commodity and equity markets in much better shape than a year ago, mining industry players are navigating the early days of a new bull run with renewed interest in exploration and mergers and acquisitions activity to secure future supplies. While the commodity market is perhaps not... 

Young bull run kickstarts cyclical mining industry into exploration mode
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Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston on a mining site visit

US decision to withdraw from climate change agreement problematic

By: African News Agency      2nd June 2017 The office of the United Nations Secretary-General says the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote global security. “The Paris Agreement was adopted by all... 

Demand up for conveyor belt fire protection solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT is seeing an uptick in demand for its fire-protection systems as global mining houses increasingly recognise that effective firefighting technologies at their operations are a primary component of mining safety. The Pretoria-based company’s T-Rotor... 

Demand up for  conveyor belt fire  protection solution
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDRO GIBHARD Effective fire protection solutions are imperative for high fire-risk elements on mining conveyor belts

Merger expands value of expo

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 This year is the first time Caminex and the Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) will be held as a combined event from June 6 to 8 at the Kitwe showgrounds, in Zambia, to create a more valuable trade expo by combining the shows’ resources and strengths. From 2018, the exhibition... 

Antimicrobial tech could bolster copper beneficiation

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is negotiating the use of antimicrobial copper technology at healthcare clinics in copper-rich African countries, which could aid the continent’s beneficiation goals. The initiative, launched in... 

Kumba aiming to achieve ‘whole new way of mining’ through new initiative

By: Dylan Slater     2nd June 2017 Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore business is embarking on modernisation using its FutureSmart Mining programme, which is aimed at bringing its overall mining business in line with new innovations and technology to mine safer and more efficiently.  

Enviro permitting processes for Western Cape uranium project advancing 

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 Uranium project developer Tasman RSA Mines says that draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management plan (EMP) reports for the company’s mining right applications Ryst Kuil and Quaggasfontein, which form part of the Karoo uranium mining project, in the Western Cape, will... 

Enviro permitting processes for Western Cape uranium project advancing
PROJECT PROSPECTS Uranium developer Tasman RSA Mines’ mining right applications include Ryst Kuil Quaggasfontein in the Western Cape and Kareepoort in the Eastern Cape

Waste management body discusses mine residue stockpiles

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) convened in Rustenburg, in the North West, last month to discuss a risk- based approach to planning and management of residue stockpiles and deposits at mines. The workshop also provided participants the opportunity to gain a better... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from Earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

AMD remains a major concern – Liefferink

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2017 The acid mine drainage (AMD) challenge in South Africa has been partially addressed, but a lot still needs to be done, Federation for a Sustainable Environment CEO Mariette Liefferink said on Wednesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of an integrated water management symposium,... 

Veladero strike ends; formal dialogue with trade union estabished

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2017 Workers belonging to the AOMA union at the Veladero mine, in San Juan province, Argentina, has restarted work on Monday afternoon after downing tools early on Sunday. Barrick did not elaborate on the union’s issues of concern, but said it is in dialogue with union leadership to “seek a timely... 

Canada publishes rules to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions, air pollution

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2017 Canada has introduced new rules aimed at reducing methane emissions and cutting air pollution from its significant oil and gas industry, a move that met with mixed reaction from the industry itself. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna introduced the new regulation on... 

Canada publishes rules to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions, air pollution

Botswana receives load bank system order

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 The first load bank system from power-generating brand supplier Vert Energy – the Southern Africa distributor of Asco power switching and control components – was supplied to private equity company Peter Investments, in Botswana, last month. 

Botswana receives load bank system order
SECURING SUPPLY Vert Energy plays a role in providing dependable power to companies, even in Africa’s most remote countries – such as Botswana

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