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Mining in Africa

Africa a focus for energy solutions in mining

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The global mining industry risks wasting millions of dollars if greater emphasis is not placed on its employing renewable-energy solutions, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and biogas, according to global nonprofit organisation Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR).  

Australian company sees growth potential in African market

By: Sascha Solomons     4th November 2016 Australia-based mining safety solutions company Nautitech Mining Systems has chosen South Africa as its gateway into the African mining market, owing to the number of mining projects and opportunities available in the country and on the continent. When its products and brands are established in... 

Australian company  sees growth potential  in African market
DOMINANT PLAYER In Australia, the Nautitech Spitfire broadband power line modem has 100% of the shearer market. Pictured are Nautitech GM Alex Lester and MD Aga Blana

Coltan processing technology developed for Africa advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 Mining and metals company AB Minerals is introducing a new disruptive processing technology, which has been developed to assist African columbite–tantalite (coltan) mining countries with the low-cost production of metallurgical-grade tantalum powder and niobium oxide using an industrial-scale... 

Coltan processing technology  developed for Africa advances
FOCUS ON AFRICA The Great Lakes region is the world’s largest producer of coltan and a key location for AB Minerals' first processing plant

Focused on processing in Africa’s artisanal mining sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 While many large mining companies in Africa are processing sizeable mineral deposits, there is also a vast smaller scale and artisanal mining sector, requiring solutions tailored to their processing needs, such as those supplied by mining equipment supplier Appropriate Process Technology (APT). 

Focused on  processing in Africa’s artisanal mining sector
SHORT BUILD TIMES APT’s larger TT500 TriTank model was operational within eight weeks of delivery to site in Tanzania

Foreign demand still drives African mining

By: Sascha Solomons     4th November 2016 Africa’s mining and quarrying activities continue to be characterised by export-oriented activities and, as a result, the mining sector of this mineral-rich continent is driven primarily by the commodities appetite of the world’s largest economies. “While this is great for mining States in Africa... 

Foreign demand still drives African mining
JACQUES ERASMUS To become globally competitive, emerging economies in Africa are looking to leverage the latest technological advancements

Investment in mineral-rich Africa continues despite challenges

By: Sascha Solomons     4th November 2016 It remains possible to realise potential growth opportunities in the African mining industry despite the challenges of local economic constraints, volatile commodity prices, corruption and regulatory uncertainty, says international law firm Hogan Lovells. Hogan Lovells mining and natural... 

Investment in mineral-rich Africa continues  despite challenges
POTENTIAL IN THE MINING INDUSTRY Despite challenges for the African mining market, those in the industry continue to undertake significant capital investments

Investors focused on funding future base metals exploration

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 There is an increasing investment trend involving near-surface, easily mined base metal oxide deposits in Africa that can generate early cash flow amid current commodity prices to fund further exploration of the deposit at a later stage, advances specialist consultant to the mining industry The... 

Investors focused on  funding future base  metals exploration
SHORT-TERM FOCUS Oxidised near-surface deposits, such as high-grade secondary copper mineralisation in the oxide zone of Zambian copper deposits, are drawing investor interest

Mechanisation of mines inevitable

By: Aarifah Nosarka     4th November 2016 The African mining sector is under pressure to become three times more efficient in minerals processing to ensure its sustainability amid low commodity prices, producing more product at a lower cost to become globally competitive. All mines are being forced to adopt mechanisation, which is... 

Mechanisation of  mines inevitable
KEY TO MECHANISATION The effective mechanisation of a mine comprises three important factors – process excellence, operational excellence and energy efficiency

Mozambique coal project on track for 2017 financial close

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 Power development company Ncondezi Energy tells Mining Weekly it is making steady progress towards financial close in 2017 for its 300 MW power plant and integrated openpit thermal coal mine project, in Mozambique. 

Mozambique coal  project on track for  2017 financial close
SCALABLE POWER SUPPLY Ncondezi’s power plant and integrated coal mine project will initially supply 300 MW of power to Mozambique but will ultimately be scaled up to 1 800 MW

Need for greater focus on economic risks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 More scrutiny should be applied to economic risk factors amid contractions in the global mining sector when evaluating new mining projects, as a result of a prolonged downturn in commodities prices and uncertainty in global demand, South African risk insurance provider Export Credit Insurance... 

Need for greater focus on economic risks
TSIDISO DISENYANA Low-cost producers stand a better chance of success, even in a depressed commodity market, than those in areas where production costs are high

Partnerships lower cost of ownership

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 In response to the mining industry’s focus on lowering capital and operating costs, filtration and separations solutions provider Roytec Global, whose R240-million order book is predominantly filled by large African mining projects, has concentrated its manufacturing capacity in China, enabling... 

Partnerships lower cost of ownership
MAXIMUM RECOVERY The stainless steel thickeners in Roytec’s counter-current decantation circuit are designed to ensure the maximum recovery of copper and cobalt after each acid leaching step

Roytec Global 

     4th November 2016 South Africa-based liquid/solid and mineral separation equipment supplier Roytec Global is a leader in the supply of thickening, filtration and mineral flotation technologies for the mining industry.  

Roytec Global
Roytec Global Director Peter Sampson. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Roytec Global

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th November 2016 South Africa-based liquid/solid and mineral separation equipment supplier Roytec Global is a leader in the supply of thickening, filtration and mineral floatation technologies for the mining industry. Roytec is passionate about service excellence and prides itself on living up to its promises.  

Roytec Global

Zambian project achieves one-million lost-time injury-free work hours

By: Sascha Solomons     4th November 2016 Mining and exploration company Group R Mining & Exploration Zambia achieved one-million man hours without a lost-time injury (LTI), at its Synclinorium shaft expansion project on behalf of owner Zambian-registered copper miner Mopani Copper Mines. Group R is the operating partner of... 

Zambian project achieves one-million lost-time  injury-free work hours
SYNCLINORIUM SHAFT EXPANSION The project involves the construction of a 7-m-diameter main shaft and a 6-m-diameter ventilation shaft to depths of 1 277 m and 1 167 m respectively

African mining has potential to grow stronger

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 Africa is the most mineral-rich continent in the world and has the potential to become a mining mecca, says global consulting firm KPMG. 

African mining has potential to grow stronger
Photo by Bloomberg
CONDITIONAL SUCCESS Mining has a future in Africa if issues such as security, corruption and supply chains can be well managed and resolved

Bada’s initial drill phase set for August

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Resource company Essel Group Middle East (EGME) expects to start Phase 1 of its drilling programme for its Bada potash project, in Eritrea, next month. EGME CEO Punkaj Gupta says the remainder of its 2016 exploration campaign will primarily be focused on drilling test holes to examine the layers... 

Bada’s initial drill  phase set for August
HOT PROSPECT The Bada licence is located in the northern-most part of Danakil depression where temperatures can exceed 50 °C

Botswana’s uranium, coal reserves could breathe new life into mining sector

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Africa’s impending infrastructure boom, in conjunction with the persistent need for reliable power supply, indicates that Botswana’s coal and uranium reserves could provide new opportunities in terms of exploration, beneficiation and mineral exports, according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines... 

Botswana’s uranium, coal reserves could breathe new life into mining sector
CHARLES SIWAWA The Khoemacau copper project and the Letlhakane uranium project are the most significant projects under way in Botswana

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     8th July 2016 African mines are under pressure to increase their safety and efficiency standards, all the while adhering to tighter budgets owing to commodity price fluctuations, tyre and wheel service provider Kal Tire Southern Africa VP John Sims tells Mining Weekly. 

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines
STICKLER FOR SAFETY Innovations in the mining vehicle wheel and tyre service sector aim to make the servicing of components safer

Call for African mining professionals to attend event

     8th July 2016 Technology developer Maptek is inviting African mining professionals to gather at Switch on Innovation, the company's technology conference, to learn how Maptek technology can fulfil their productivity and safety goals. “African mines need solutions that help achieve their business goals,” says... 

Call for African mining professionals to attend event
SURVEYING TECHNOLOGY New three-dimensional scanning technology from Maptek allows maps to be made of a wide array of different mines

Canadian miner well positioned to build Houndé

     8th July 2016 The planned ramp-up of Canadian gold miner Endeavour Mining’s Karma mine in  north-central Burkina Faso and the strength of its other operations has ensured that the company is well positioned to build its Houndé project, which will further enhance the quality of its portfolio, CEO Neil Woodyer... 

Canadian miner well positioned to build Houndé
IMITATION GAME Houndé’s construction will replicate that of Endeavour’s Agbaou mine, in Côte d'Ivoire

Changing mining landscape shapes trends

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 During a mining industry downturn – which typically occurs every 10 to 15 years – the exploration and funding landscape changes; this has implications for Africa, which aims to drive development through mining, says mining consultancy The MSA Group. In 2011, iron-ore and copper were extremely... 

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso

     8th July 2016 Gold developer West African Resources has reported high-grade reverse circulation (RC) drilling results from the M1 prospect at its Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso. 

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso
VISIBLE GOLD Visible gold has been found in the core drilling samples from the Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso

Measured, indicated mineral resources increase at tin project

     8th July 2016 Tin explorer and developer Alphamin Resources has announced a 34% increase in the measured and indicated mineral resources at the Mpama North prospect at its Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Measured, indicated mineral resources increase at tin project
POSSIBLE CASH COW The Industrial Technology Research Institute is forecasting a significant shortage in the supply of tin from 2018

Miner signs biggest spherical graphite offtake agreement to date

     8th July 2016 ASX-listed Syrah Resources has signed a spherical graphite five-year offtake agreement with Japanese trading and investment conglomerate Marubeni Corporation, representing the largest spherical graphite offtake agreement signed to date, notes Syrah MD Tolga Kumova. Syrah’s flagship Balama project... 

Miner signs biggest spherical graphite  offtake agreement to date
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRIOUS MINER Syrah Resources' Balama operation will produce about 350 000 t/y of graphite over a mine life of 42 years

Mines need to overcome current challenges in the near future

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 The South African economy contracted by 1.2% quarter-on-quarter during the first quarter of 2016, dragged lower by the poor performance of mining and agriculture – the economy was also 0.2% weaker year-on-year. The performance of mining came amid a drop in volumes and weak commodity prices and... 

Mines need to overcome current challenges in  the near future
TRYING TIMES Mines have to improve operations to stay afloat in the global economy

Ncondezi contractor, financing yet to be finalised

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 Construction of the Ncondezi Power Company (NPC) coal-fired power plant and the Ncondezi coal mine, in the Tete province of Mozambique, is expected to start in the second half of 2017, once power developer Ncondezi Energy has finalised an engineering, procurement and construction contractor and... 

Ncondezi contractor, financing yet to  be finalised
THERMAL COAL Coal mined at the Ncondezi openpit coal mine will be used to power the new Ncondezi power plant

New cooling system creates safer working conditions

     8th July 2016 The Bulyanhulu gold mine near Lake Victoria, in Tanzania, owned by gold miner Acacia Mining has installed two new custom-built Frick ammonia water chillers from heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) company Johnson Controls. 

New cooling system creates safer working conditions
RUSSEL HATTINGH The chillers are custom-built ammonia units using screw compressors and plate-type heat exchangers

Ngualla project’s BFS on track for Q1 2017

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 ASX-listed development company Peak Resources expects the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Ngualla rare earths project, in Tanzania, to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, advancing the project close to production. Peak MD Darren Townsend says the slight delay in the start of the... 

Ngualla project’s BFS  on track for Q1 2017
LOW-COST PROJECT Peak Resources has spent a fraction of what other developers have spent on developing their projects

Peristaltic pump to be launched at Electra Mining

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 The Southern Africa launch of the VerderFlex Vantage 5000 peristaltic cased pump will take place at this year’s Electra Mining Africa at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, from September 12 to 16, says pumps supplier Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA). Electra Mining is the biggest mining... 

Peristaltic pump to be launched at Electra Mining
VANTAGE 5000 The peristaltic pump offers a flow rate of up to 6 600 ml/min at 7 bar, almost double the rate of other leading brands

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision

     8th July 2016 Policy implementation body the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) – established to support, promote and assist in the implementation of the objectives of the African Mining Vision (AMV) – has presented at workshops across Africa on initiatives that are expected to drive continental growth... 

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision
Photo by Reuters
COMMODITIES CORRIDOR The African Mineral Development Centre is advocating for for multistakeholder, and interdisciplinary collaboration on resource corridor development

Reactore Solutions

     8th July 2016 Reactore is a modular ERP system that is uniquely able to integrate with all major software and hardware systems in use at the majority of mines.  The solution is written with Scala, a reactive technology, providing real time data flow for timely scheduling and management of operations and... 

Reactore Solutions
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