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Mining in Africa

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Fire-suppression solutions supplier Fire and Security Techniques is eager to introduce the African mining industry to a new fire-suppression solution, Tunnel Safe, which will allow for safer evacuation of mineworkers underground during a fire, to the African mining industry.  CEO Neil Hughes... 

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market

19th January 2018 Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has ensured improved zinc recoveries at its zinc/copper/gold Bisha mine, in Eritrea, through its decision in August to allocate additional capital to the mine and delay the delivery of the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Serbia-based Timok copper/gold to the... 

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market
STRATEGY PAYS OFF Nevsun was able to provide an additional $24-million for Bisha to improve recoveries and increase the total material movement to meet requirements for the updated life-of-mine plan

Bakubung Koepe rope-up procedure successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, engineered for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, was successfully used at Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West. The system was designed and manufactured by the Tech... 

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Several major international independent power producers and power generation developers are interested in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme (GPP), for which direction in the form of request for quotations and request for proposals from the Department of Energy (DoE) is keenly awaited.... 

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors
Photo by Reuters
OILY CHALLENGES Owing to external issues, such as global market decline, some African oil-producing countries are facing increased challenges

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe
Photo by Duane Daws
ADVANCING UNKI SMELTER Thos Begbie has completed several parts of the Unki platinum smelter being constructed in Zimbabwe

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 On-site nitrogen generator supplier NitraLife has supplied numerous opencast mines across Southern Africa with nitrogen generators, and has noticed increased nitrogen use to inflate large off-the-road (OTR) tyres of mining vehicles. The company has established its client base in the region over... 

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen
OPENCAST UPTAKE Most large opencast mines in South Africa and several opencast mines in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo are using nitrogen generators from NitraLife

New Alliance to ensure responsible cobalt supply from Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Joining other international businesses and organisations at the inaugural World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit, held in New York from September 18 to 19, diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) helped launch the Global Battery Alliance. 

New Alliance to  ensure responsible cobalt supply  from Africa
CONFLICT-FREE OPERATION ERG’s Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation project will supply 14 000 t/y of responsibly mined cobalt to the global market in 2018

Uranium producer progresses mine consolidation strategy

10th November 2017 Canadian uranium miner GoviEx Uranium will acquire the uranium mineral interests of independent power producer African Energy Resources in Zambia, with the Zambian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission announcing in June that it had reviewed and provided its approval for the transaction. 

Uranium producer progresses mine consolidation strategy
Photo by GoviEx Uranium
PROJECT PROGRESSES GoviEx has received expressions of interest from export credit agencies and project finance banks to arrange senior debt financing for the construction of the Madaouela uranium project

Opportunities persist in sub-Saharan Africa, despite unfavourable mining sector

10th November 2017 Opportunities remain in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), despite a spate of regulatory changes and policy uncertainty across major mining countries in the region eroding investor sentiment, highlighting the region’s mining sector as the riskiest in the world, according to Fitch-affiliated BMI. The... 

Opportunities persist in sub-Saharan Africa, despite unfavourable mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT Sub-Saharan Africa remains challenged by underdeveloped infrastructure and small mining sectors

Africa’s first coltan smelter established in Tanzania

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Mining and metals company AB Minerals is partnering with the African Minerals and Geoscience Centre (AMGC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to establish the first columbite-tantalite (coltan) smelter in Africa. 

Bold steps taken to ensure growth in West Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 With the development of a strong project pipeline and exploration prioritised in the underexplored Birimian belt, in West Africa, gold miner Endeavour Mining is on a clear path to achieving its 2019 goal of becoming a premier African gold producer, says Endeavour Mining CEO Sebastien de Montessus. 

Bold steps taken to ensure growth in West Africa
FLAGSHIP PROJECT Once in production, Houndé will rank among West Africa's top-tier cash-generating mines

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto

10th November 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has selected capital equipment giant Caterpillar (Cat) and global industrial company Barloworld to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Otjikoto mine, Namibia, which will provide 7 MW of solar power to the mine. “For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable,... 

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto
ARRAY OF SUNSHINE Solar power will be used to reduce reliance on heavy fuel oil currently powering the Otjikoto mine

Digitalised in-house communications to benefit African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa need to think innovatively about how to reach their workforces and consider different access and communication models to ensure healthy and effective employee relations that can significantly improve their bottom lines, says communications provider Wyzetalk... 

Digitalised in-house communications to benefit African mines
GYSBERT KAPPERS There is a strong focus on employees, communities and investing in technology that contributes towards empowerment, inclusivity and sustainability in mining operations

In-house focus ensures continued growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Industrial minerals and construction materials producer Afrimat is developing new marketing initiatives to strategically reposition some of its established products as it navigates the effects of rand volatility, market contraction and regulatory uncertainty in South Africa, and continues to... 

In-house focus ensures continued growth
A FORGOTTEN TREASURE CLC Builders Lime produced at Afrimat’s Cape Lime business, in the Western Cape, has been identified as a marketing priority

New merger boosts offering for Africa’s mining industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 Multinational consulting, engineering and project management firm Amec Foster Wheeler has merged with industrial facilities specialist Wood Group to form a new company – Wood – that will specialise in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services in the energy and industrial... 

New merger boosts offering for Africa’s mining industry
DRAWING ON PAST SUCCESSES Amec Foster Wheeler has enjoyed a favourable experience in the African mining industry thus far, drawing on project successes from various projects

Political tension slows mining activity in Tanzania

By: Victor Moolman     10th November 2017 Despite the fact that political tension in Tanzania has impacted the mining industry, with several operations subsequently closing, SEW-EURODRIVE continues to have a strong presence in the country, with Tanzania as its main hub for East Africa. SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager... 

Political tension  slows mining activity in Tanzania
NORMAN MALEKA There will be demand for after-sales support in Tanzania, owing to new industries established in the country

Room to improve stakeholder collaboration in African mining

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 African mineral resources Ministers speaking at this year’s Africa Down Under Conference reiterated the importance of creating meaningful stakeholder collaboration, achievable only through continued efforts to open dialogue between government, the private sector and civil society, stresses law... 

Room to improve stakeholder  collaboration in African mining
Photo by Bloomberg
MORE THAN MINING Mining companies must take the time to interact with the people affected by their operations

Tailored equipment advances mine safety in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 With a growing global health and safety culture developing, large mining companies are driving new safety standards in African mines, creating opportunities for mine safety equipment producer DEZEGA to extend the reach of its fit-for-purpose, self-contained self-rescue (SCSR) equipment on the... 

Tailored equipment advances mine safety in Africa
MODIFIED FOR MARKET Dezega is confident that demand in Africa for its SCSR products – which have undergone some key improvements over the past year – will continue to grow

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Proving its growing strength in the graphite market, Australian industrial mineral concentrate producer Bass Metals – the only graphite producer currently listed on the ASX – last month sold, in advance, 50%, or 3 000 t/y, of flake graphite concentrate from the first stage of its Graphmada mine’s... 

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success
A MODERN MINE In addition to the establishment of a new processing plant and significant earthworks and site works, a new modular drying system has been implemented at Graphmada

Colliery supply success guides safety solutions provider’s African expansion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 Leveraging its success after 15 years of working with the Botswana-based Morupule colliery, South African mining safety and monitoring solutions provider Monitech is considering further expansion into Africa. Benoni-based Monitech supplied both eight-channel controller systems and Laser Guard... 

Colliery supply success guides safety solutions provider’s African expansion
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITATING SAFETY The eight-channel controller and the Laser Guard system have aided in meeting underground coal mining safety regulations in Botswana

Positive signs for African miners with transparent regulations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 While the African mining industry is in a downturn, countries that boast favourable mining regulations will capitalise once the industry improves, says global engineering, project and technical services firm Wood Mining & Minerals EMEA business development director Trevor Anderson. Wood is a... 

Positive signs for African miners with transparent regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
SPECIALITY COMMODITIES Over the past 12 to 18 months, there has been a much larger focus on commodities such as lithium and graphite

LANXESS

4th August 2017 Mining is an important contributor to the South African economy and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has come up with initiatives that actively support and promote women’s participation in the mining industry, says specialty chemicals company LANXESS, a member of volunteer nonprofit... 

LANXESS

Beneficiation remains key to realising African Mining Vision

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 The key to the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) achieving its goals is to bring processing to the source of mineral production, says African Union Commission senior industry adviser Frank Mugyenyi, noting that this amounts to adding industries where African countries are exporting raw material. 

Beneficiation remains key to realising African Mining Vision
FRANK MUGYENYI The African Mining Vision calls on African countries to add value to mineral resources in Africa by taking advantage of backward and forward linkages

Accelerating growth of services in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Mining services company Fraser Alexander is focused on expanding its presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, both prime locations of high-grade copper deposits. With more than a century of experience, the company has been expanding into most gold- and copper-producing... 

Accelerating growth  of services in Africa
CONTRACTS CAPTURED In the past eight months, Fraser Alexander has secured two new hydraulic mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one tailings deposition contract in Zambia

Africa needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Owing to challenges, such as depressed commodity prices, declining revenues, increasing production costs and high energy costs, the African mining industry needs to embrace new solutions based on the Industry 4.0 industrial transformation, states engineering company Bosch mining key account... 

Africa needs  to embrace Industry 4.0
LANDRY MEYA Industry 4.0 cannot be prevented, as many challenges are resolved or addressed by this trend

Burundi rare earths project on track for first production

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Rare-earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths says it has made significant progress towards achieving first production at its Gakara rare earths project in Burundi, East Africa, with about $6-million has been invested in the project to date. Bolstered by Rainbow’s completion of an... 

Burundi rare earths project  on track for  first production
MAIN VEIN Rainbow Rare Earths is focused on exposing Gasagwe’s main vein, at the Gakara project’s initial mining site

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 African mining has entered into the new up-cycle for commodities, which is fuelled by the economic growth profile in the eastern hemisphere – which includes China, Mongolia and the Pacific rim region, as well as the global uncertainty over the value of and the sustained availability of ‘cash-money’. 

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed
A CASE FOR MAJORS Bulk commodities are for major investors only, as these require substantially ‘deep pockets’

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary openpit mining company Afrimat intends to develop its strategy of growth through diversification further by exploiting new opportunities in Africa by remaining “agile and entrepreneurial”. 

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth
DIRO IRON-ORE MINE Afrimat is aiming to reach a production rate of one-million tons a year of saleable product

Greater demand for rope access

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Inspection and maintenance work is increasing for rope-access technicians across the African mining industry, says industrial rope-access solutions company Skyriders, which boasts a zero-fatality rate. Maintenance and inspection budgets are under strain due to the current tough economic... 

Greater demand for rope access
EFFECTIVE INSPECTION Inspections carried out by means of rope access offer a safer, more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional inspection methods

Industrial gear gaining traction across Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The X Series is quickly establishing a footprint in Africa, as it is the preferred industrial gear unit specified by drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive for the mining industry, says the company. SEW-Eurodrive head of projects Rudi Swanepoel notes that the completion of a project for a... 

Mali gold project production targeted for December

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multi-asset gold company Hummingbird Resources is developing the advanced Yanfolila gold project, in Mali, as a low-cost, high-grade openpit mining operation, with first gold production targeted for December. 

Mali gold project production targeted  for December
YANFOLILA GOLD MINE The overall investment to bring the project into production will be around $88-million
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