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Mining in Africa

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... 

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

Pockets of potential bode well for future

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The expected turning point in the African mining sector has not yet occurred, owing to continued soft economic growth in emerging economies allied to uneven global economic recoveries, divergent monetary policies and significant geopolitical/social issues, which continue to create further... 

Pockets of potential bode well for future
PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY The boiler emission abatement plant at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s refinery, in Springs is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 In Southern Africa, power is becoming a far higher input cost in industries and processes than it was in the past, says mining ventilation solutions provider TLT Actom director Craig Johnston, highlighting that one of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of... 

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining
TOTAL VENTILATION One of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of ventilation or air used in the process

South African simulators commissioned in Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Mining company Sherritt International’s Ambatovy operation, in Madagascar, has commissioned its Cybermine heavy equipment operator training simulators from South African surface and underground mining simulator supplier ThoroughTec Simulation. 

South African simulators  commissioned in Madagascar
NEED FOR SAFETY The Cybermine high-fidelity training simulators answer the need for safe training of heavy equipment operators

Support for multicommodity potential of Malawi project

     14th July 2017 Sampling at dual-listed explorer Mkango Resources’ Thambani heavy minerals project, in southern Malawi, supports the notion that Thambani has significant multicommodity potential, says president Alexander Lemon. He noted in a May statement that not only were the uranium results highly... 

Support for multicommodity potential of Malawi project
GOOD TIME TO INVEST Renewed interest in uranium projects has been sparked by Kazakhstan’s cut in uranium production and a supply shortfall for new rectors coming on line in the next five years

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload

     14th July 2017 South African process equipment supplier MIP Process MD Phillip Hoff is positive that 2017 will be a good year for the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). “Our pricing and [the level of] quality mean we are still highly competitive, compared with Asian and Chinese manufacturers.” 

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload
PHILLIP HOFF Seventy-five per cent of MIP Process’s business is outside of South Africa, as opposed to 25% about a year ago

Obsideo Consulting

     14th July 2017 Mineral processing facilities and associated infrastructure evaluation, engineering design, project management and construction specialist Obsideo Consulting has recently expanded its business into Africa, where it has done several mineral processing studies and is constructing a rare earths... 

Obsideo Consulting

Largest-diameter hole reamed in Africa – contractor

     14th July 2017 The reaming phase of a 7.3-m-diameter hole at South African integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine, in Mpumulanga, has been completed, setting an African record for the largest-diameter hole reamed to date, says South African mining company Redpath Mining. Mining... 

Largest-diameter  hole reamed in  Africa – contractor
DRILLING WORK Redpath Mining's Redbore 90EX is being to raisebore the shafts at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Impumelelo coal mine

Golden prospects following exploration in Mali and Senegal

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Privately owned UK-based gold exploration company Cora Gold believes there is strong potential to ultimately  increase the scale of the discovery at the Sanankoro project to a size suitable for consideration as a standalone gold mine hence the project being the primary focus of the company’s... 

Golden prospects following exploration in Mali and Senegal
SANANKORO ARTISINAL MINING Cora Gold’s Sanankoro project is currently its primary focus, and it anticipate further discovery to yield over one-million ounces of in-situ gold

Africa remains tough but attractive mining destination

By: Nica Schreuder     13th July 2017 Despite potential risk factors associated with mining in Africa, mining services provider Fraser Alexander executive business development head Ken Bouch says the rewards make it worth investing in the mineral-rich continent. 

Africa remains  tough but attractive mining destination

Roytec Global

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2017 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

Investors still confident of return on investment in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 The level of investment activity in Africa is still good, but there are high risks involved, says legal firm Hogan Lovells. Despite these risks, various investors remain confident in the return on investment that Africa can offer and are subsequently taking greater risks, but Hogan Lovells... 

Investors still confident of return  on investment in Africa
CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC The current improvement in investor confidence is expected to be sustainable regardless of the risks involved in doing business in Africa

Crippled Zimbabwe the leading African lithium producer

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Zimbabwe, a country which is facing a food security disaster, high levels of unemployment, skilled and semiskilled emigration and a cash-starved economy, having issued its own bond notes in November to solve its liquidity crisis, is leading Africa in lithium production. Bikita, a district in... 

Crippled Zimbabwe  the leading African lithium producer
DEMAND TO INCREASE The battery market accounts for about 36% of lithium demand and is expected to grow to 73% by 2025

Zambian copper mine to receive upgraded refuge chambers

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 A Zambian copper mine is set to receive delivery of 12 MineSAFE underground refuge chambers from manufacturer and supplier MineARC, incorporating its new System Intelligence package, including the GuardIAN remote monitoring system, compressed air management system and Aura-FX digital gas... 

Zambian copper mine to receive upgraded refuge chambers
Photo by Duane Daws
ENHANCED SAFETY The GuardIAN secure online interface is hosted on an internal server within the refuge chamber so that no client software installation is required

Specialist supplies 20 drives to Liqhobong mine

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive has successfully filled an order for the delivery of 20 drive systems and a gear motor from its X series range for the newly constructed Liqhobong diamond mine, in Lesotho. The drives and gear motor were installed for a conveyor application.... 

Specialist supplies 20 drives to Liqhobong mine
COMPLETE CUSTOMISABLE SOLUTION All conveyor systems on the Liqhibong diamond mine have been fitted with SEW-Eurodrive products

New laboratories opened based on demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Oil and fuel analysis expert WearCheck has shown considerable growth in Africa in 2016 establishing three new laboratories around the continent’s mining hotspots, a move largely driven by demand from mining operations looking to cut operational costs. As a result of this expansion, the company... 

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

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

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

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

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

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
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