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BHP on track for 7% volume growth in FY18; guidance intact

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2017 The world’s largest mining house BHP Billiton said on Wednesday it remained on track for a 7% volume growth in the 2018 financial year, leaving its full-year 2018 guidance unaltered. The Melbourne, Australia-based miner reported its operating results for the three months ended September 30,... 

Rio Tinto produces more iron-ore and coal, but cuts copper guidance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th October 2017 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported increased production across its iron-ore and coal assets, but has adjusted its copper output expectations for the full year on the back of delays at the Escondida operation. “The business performed very well in the September quarter, with a strong... 

Rio Tinto produces more iron-ore and coal, but cuts copper guidance
Photo by Bloomberg
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques

Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2017 Unless South Africa starts exploring again and finds new ore deposits, the country will continue to turn out the lights of the mining sector. With poor policy added, disinvestment and lack of interest will ultimately stop South Africa’s mining industry in its tracks, which will deal a colossal... 

Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining – Bristow
Top resources consultant Dr John Bristow outlines the urgent need for exploration to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Iron-ore rallies as China imports bust 100Mt level

By: Bloomberg     13th October 2017 Iron-ore imports by China surged above 100-million metric tons to a record, smashing the previous high set in 2015, as the country’s concerted push to clean up the environment stoked demand for higher-grade material from overseas while hurting local mine supply. Prices rallied. 

Merafe’s year-to-date attributable volumes from Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture stable

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2017 JSE-listed Merafe Resources on Friday reported a marginal increase in its attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture for the nine months to September 30. Attributable production increased to 286 000 t in the period under review, from 285 000 t in the comparable... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system
CONVEYING CHROME The IE3-compliant DRN electric motors will propel a chrome producer's main incline conveyors, which carry mined ore to the surface for handling and stockpiling

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity
COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance

Self-starters share secrets to success in the South African mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     13th October 2017 There are many ways for entrepreneurs to enter the mining industry, including as project developers, service providers and product suppliers – all of which hold great opportunities and challenges, states mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors director Dr Mike Seeger. The... 

Self-starters share secrets to success  in the South African mining sector

South African mining production surges 6.9% in August, exceeds expectations

By: African News Agency      12th October 2017 Mining production in South Africa increased by 6.9% year-on-year in August whilst seasonally adjusted mining production increased by 5.3% in the same month compared with July, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Thursday. StatsSA said the biggest contributors to the jump in production were... 

China gobbles Amazon rainforest ore to clean polluted skies

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2017 A bid by China to clean up pollution in its biggest cities and industrial towns is fueling a push to mine resource riches on the other side of the globe in the Amazon rainforest -- one of the most environmentally sensitive areas on Earth. Smog-laden skies across the world’s most-populated country... 

South Africa should consider agromining – US professor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 South Africans, who have been mining for metals for more than a century, were this week urged to farm for metals. South African-born Stephen Haggerty, a distinguished research professor of Florida International University in the US who spoke to Mining Weekly Online while in Johannesburg, outlined... 

South Africa should consider agromining – US professor
Florida International University distinguished research professor Stephen E Haggerty talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on the potential to farm for metals. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

ARM appoints two nonexecutive directors

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Wednesday announced the appointment of two new nonexecutive directors. They are David Noko, who has been appointed as an independent nonexecutive director, and Jan Steenkamp, who has been appointed as a nonexecutive director. 

ARM appoints two nonexecutive directors
David Noko

Exxaro sells Tronox shares for R6.5bn

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources has completed the sale of a portion of its shareholding in American mineral sands company Tronox for R6.5-billion. Exxaro, headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, said on Wednesday that it had raised $474-million from the sale of 22 425 000 class A ordinary shares... 

Exxaro sells Tronox shares for R6.5bn
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Meridian reports record Q3 output, sales; new offtake accord

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 Manganese miner Meridian Mining has reported new record production and sales at its flagship Espigão project, in Rondônia, Brazil. London, UK-based Meridian achieved production of 18 488 t in the third quarter ended September 30, compared with 13 445 t in the comparable period a year earlier – a... 

Gamsberg zinc prestrip close to halfway mark – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2017 The prestripping of waste rock at the Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape is close to the halfway mark, Vedanta Resources reported on Tuesday, when its interim CEO Kuldip Kaura described as “strong” the quarterly production performances of the London-listed, India-rooted mining... 

Gamsberg zinc prestrip close to halfway mark – Vedanta
Photo by Duane Daws
Activity at the Gamsberg zinc mine project.

Tharisa reports best production year

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2017 Platinum group metals (PGM) and chrome co-producer Tharisa on Tuesday reported a record fourth quarter, which nudged the company to its best yearly production performance to date in the 12 months to September 30. The JSE-listed company, headed by CEO Phoevos Pouroulis, said in a release to... 

Tharisa reports best production year
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Swedish govt goes back to Norbotten CAB over Kallak project

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2017 Explorer and developer Beowulf Mining should have more clarity about Kallak North exploitation concession application in the next few months. The company, which is listed on the Aim, reported on Tuesday that the Swedish government had gone back to the County Administrative Board (CAB) for... 

Dismal outlook casts pall over new iron-ore mining season in Goa 

By: Ajoy K Das     10th October 2017 A slump in international prices, an absence of buyers and high carryover stocks have cast a pall of gloom over the new mining season in western Indian province of Goa. So much so, that no miner in Goa have resumed operations even though a new mining season officially started on October 1 – the of... 

South African mining industry still not spending enough on R&D

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 While South Africa has increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment is still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba, on... 

South African mining industry still not spending enough on R&D
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA Group CEO Wray Carvelas

Steelmaking commodities, thermal coal prices to buoy Australian export earnings

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th October 2017 The Australian government is forecasting record resources and energy exports in 2017/18, but says exports will decline in 2018/19. The Industry, Innovation and Science department forecasts resources and energy exports of A$211-billion in the current financial year and exports of A$201-billion... 

Steelmaking commodities, thermal coal prices to buoy Australian export earnings

Company investing in new tech despite challenging market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 Mining solutions provider Harcliff Mining Services has installed a German-made Hӧfler Rapid 2000 cylindrical gear grinding machine at its manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. The machine, bought from Switzerland-headquartered Swiss-German gear technology company Klingelnberg Group was... 

Company investing in new tech despite challenging market
ON THAT GRIND The Hӧfler Rapid 2000 cylindrical gear grinding machine manufactures high-accuracy pinions for mill and kiln open gearing applications

Capital-saving solutions for crushing and screening

     6th October 2017 Rising commodity prices reinvigorate the potential of new mining projects, but raising enough finance still remains a challenge; however, crushing and screening plants specialist B&E International has a toll model that reduces capital demands on mining entrepreneurs. “This concept appeals to the... 

Ferrexpo pellet production down owing to maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2017 Baar, Switzerland-headquartered Ferrexpo produced 2.49-million tonnes of iron-ore pellets in third quarter, down 1.7% on the 2.54-million tonnes in the second quarter, in line with ongoing pellet line maintenance. Production for the first nine months of the year was 7.65-million tonnes, compared... 

BofAML updates mined commodity price forecasts as Chinese policies prop up prices

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 The Global Research team at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has updated its price forecasts for mined commodities, saying on Wednesday that its prior price outlook had been too bearish for cyclical raw materials, while the near-term outlook for gold and silver looks less bullish than... 

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 Mining Charter Three should be ripped up, proper tax incentives introduced and junior mining enterprises supported to restore investment in the mining industry, which is a stimulator of the South African economy as a whole, Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.... 

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane
Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, addressing delegates at the Joburg Indaba conference. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister – Mkhize 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 The majority call by the Joburg Indaba for the government to replace Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane with a new Minister would be communicated to the African National Congress (ANC), which was committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the South African mining industry, ANC... 

ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister – Mkhize
ANC treasurer general Dr Zweli Mkhize addresses delegates at the Joburg Indaba about Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Chamber criticised for no-show at Joburg Indaba gala dinner

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Officials of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa were criticised for opting to not attend Tuesday night’s Joburg Indaba’s gala dinner, which was addressed by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who stated that he would not discuss the controversial but agreement-fettered Mining Charter... 

Chamber criticised for no-show at Joburg Indaba gala dinner
Photo by Duane Daws
Bernard Swanepoel

Bushveld plans to spin off standalone tin listing

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Diversified mineral development company Bushveld Minerals, which has a Southern African portfolio of vanadium, tin, coal, titanium and iron-ore assets, is taking steps to demerge its tin assets into a stand-alone tin listing on the London Aim. The principal tin assets of the Bushveld group are... 

Bushveld plans to spin off standalone tin listing
Photo by Duane Daws
AfriTin nominee CEO Anthony Viljoen

Exxaro begins Tronox sell-off

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources on Tuesday commenced the sell-off of a portion of the shares it holds in US mineral sands mining company Tronox. The JSE-listed Exxaro, headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, is monetising its Tronox stake to focus on its core activities as well as provide... 

Exxaro begins Tronox sell-off
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Rio completes first fully autonomous haul

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd October 2017 Mining major Rio Tinto has successfully completed the first fully autonomous rail journey at its Pilbara iron-ore operations. The miner on Monday said that the nearly 100-km pilot run was completed without a driver on board, making it the first fully autonomous heavy haul train journey ever... 

South Africa’s mining companies return to profitability, but sustainability remains a concern

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th September 2017 Despite wading through what is being dubbed the year of regulatory conflict, South Africa’s mining industry in 2017 has seen a turnaround in financial performance and the first substantial increase in revenue in five years, the latest PwC SA Mine report has shown. Spot price increases for bulk... 

Interest building in attractive tax incentive for mine owners

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2017 Interest is building in the Section 12J of the Income Tax Act incentive structure introduced by Treasury to promote venture capital investments and stimulate growth and job creation in the South African economy, Mining Weekly Online can report. The aim of Section 12J is to encourage investment... 

Interest building in attractive tax incentive for mine owners
Photo by Jaltech
Possible structure for Section 12J tax incentive

Odisha to auction six iron-ore blocks next month

By: Ajoy K Das     29th September 2017 The government of the eastern Indian province of Odisha will put up six iron-ore blocks for auction by the end of October. The Mineral Exploration Corporation has completed the two advanced exploration stages, with a final report expected to be handed to the government. Government officials said... 

BC Iron invests in new Pilbara tenements

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 ASX-listed BC Iron has acquired a number of exploration tenements in the Pilbara from Mineralogy for A$9-million. BC Iron said on Friday that the tenements are within trucking distance of the company’s proposed Cape Preston Port, and had been subjected to minimal exploration work. 

Trust and confidence key to advancing S African mining

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th September 2017 With uncertainty reigning in the South African mining landscape, it is imperative that the private sector maintain a positive approach to transformation, says consulting engineering and scientist firm SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. 

Trust and confidence key to advancing  S African mining
ANDREW VAN ZYL The mining industry needs to prioritise the rebuilding of reserves, the stimulation of new exploration and the process of consolidation

Noticeable increase in use of in-cab video surveillance

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Internet of Things solutions provider Orbcomm has seen a noticeable increase in mining companies requesting in-vehicle video solutions for their earthmoving and bulk handling equipment. Orbcomm VP of sales for Africa Henry Smith notes that, since the company launched this solution late last year,... 

Noticeable increase  in use of in-cab  video surveillance
HENRY SMITH Stringent mine health and safety requirements are driving the use of in-cab video surveillance

Gigantic SA-made ore scrubber destined for Sierra Leone mineral sands mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Mechanical process equipment and solutions provider MechProTech has completed the manufacturing of one of its largest pieces of mining process equipment – the multimillion-rand, Titan 3596 mineral ore scrubber – which will be delivered to a mineral sands mine in Sierra Leone. MechProTech focuses... 

Gigantic SA-made ore scrubber destined for Sierra Leone mineral sands mine
Photo by Duane Daws
SIZABLE PROCESSING Titan 3596 mineral ore scrubber is used to wash and break up alluvial gravels, clay and sand

Stakeholder cohesion crucial to change trajectory of South African mining

By: Robyn Wilkinson     29th September 2017 Chamber of Mines of South Africa (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter will consider the role that the CoM and mining companies can play in increasing investment in South Africa’s mining sector, despite current challenges, by creating an enabling business environment through the building of trust between mining... 

Stakeholder cohesion crucial to change trajectory of South African mining
ROGER BAXTER Key to encouraging cohesion between mining stakeholders is a continued commitment to driving transformation in the industry at all levels

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