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African governments misjudge impact of volatile global commodity prices

By: Pimani Baloyi African countries that host mining projects have often sought to renegotiate contracts during periods of high commodity prices, when they should have seized those opportunities to develop the capital intensive projects that only high price environments make possible, says strategy and... 

Commodity prices impact on mineral rents

By: Pimani Baloyi Mining companies operating in Africa need to understand that fluctuating commodity prices impact on mineral rents, says mining risk analysis company Eunomix MD Claude Baissac. Baissac was the guest speaker at an event hosted last month by Africa mining relationship facilitator the African Mining... 

Commodity prices impact on mineral rents
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CLAUDE BAISSAC It is better to leave minerals unexploited than to dig them out with zero benefits for anyone

Decline in new mining projects

By: Pimani Baloyi Last year saw a decline in the number of new mining projects worldwide, with Africa contributing 29% of the total, although these projects were small, on average, compared with the global norm, says global financial information provider SNL Metals & Mining (SNL). In its ‘State of the market... 

Exploration work continues on base metal projects

By: Ilan Solomons Africa-focused iron-ore mining company Cavalla Resources, which is owned by private investment holding company Jonah Capital, has completed a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on its Buchanan iron-ore project, in the City of Buchanan, in Liberia. Jonah Capital CEO John Barton-Bridges tells... 

Exploration work continues on base metal projects
GBARNGA PROJECT The mining licence on the project will not be renewed

Explorer optimistic about Guinea

By: Ilan Solomons Drilling is under way at Australian gold and base metals explorer Drake Resources’ Seimana gold project, in the Siguiri province of northern Guinea. CEO Jason Stirbinskis tells Mining Weekly that the company expects results that reflect the high-quality gold surface samples collected thus far... 

Explorer optimistic  about Guinea
SEIMANA GOLD PROJECT Drake Resources has decided to fast-track its work on the project

Gabon, Morocco pen co-op agreements

By: Ilan Solomons Gabon and Morocco signed two major agreements in March to develop their respective natural resources and increase the industrialisation of both countries’ economies. The first agreement is between Gabon’s State-owned mining company Société Équatoriale des Mines (SEM) and Morocco’s State-owned... 

Gabon, Morocco pen co-op agreements
FABRICE NZÈ-BÈKALÈ Gabon’s soil contains large amounts of phosphate, which will be mined to allow for the establishment of an integrated fertiliser production industry

Increased demand for safety and security in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons The African mining industry is increasing its demand for integrated safety and security solutions, as more companies are valuing health and safety, and are regarding the installation of new systems and the modifications of existing ones as a core operational concern, says security solutions... 

Increased demand for  safety and security in Africa
CEDRIC GREEVES Tyco has deployed integrated and standalone fire and security solutions in 20 African countries, across several sectors

Infrastructure deficit thwarting investment

By: Pimani Baloyi A lack of infrastructure in several African countries continues to hinder investment in new mining projects and efficient operations at existing mining operations, says multidisciplinary mining and engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting. Company chairperson and corporate consultant Roger... 

Infrastructure deficit thwarting investment
ROGER DIXON A lack of well-maintained infrastructure in many African countries remains a serious obstacle to new mining investment

Insufficient infrastructure a challenge for Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi African governments should prioritise infrastructure development to attract foreign investment to the continent, which boasts a wealth of mineral resources, says South Africa-based midtier mining consultancy Ukwazi Group. Company director Hugo Tukker tells Mining Weekly that the lack of... 

Insufficient infrastructure  a challenge for Africa
HUGO TUKKER African countries should work on creating standardised legislation that cuts across all mining operations

Maintenance specialist homes in on Tete

By: Ilan Solomons Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of global multidisciplinary organisation DRA Group, is moving its head offices from the Mozambique capital of Maputo to Tete province, the company tells Mining Weekly. This move, which follows the establishment of an... 

Maintenance specialist homes in on Tete
TARGETING TETE Minopex has established an R18-million camp site and the Ensermo services division workshop in Tete, Mozambique

Mining companies to follow holistic approach to infrastructure development

By: Pimani Baloyi Mining companies operating in Africa are starting to understand the importance of developing infrastructure that will not only enable easy access to their operations but also benefit their host communities, says newly established logistics and materials management consultancy Greiner Mendi and... 

Mining companies to  follow holistic approach to infrastructure development
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NECESSARY MEASURE Infrastructure development needs to be prioritised above everything else, including mining

New Gabon mining code in effect by year-end

By: Ilan Solomons Gabon will soon adopt a new mining code, which will include provisions for the protection of the environment, corporate responsibility, a new ‘investor- friendly’ tax regime, simplified procedures for the granting of exploration permits and the establishment of a mining cadastre, Gabon... 

New Gabon mining code  in effect by year-end
MANGANESE DEVELOPMENT Nouvelle Gabon Mining is developing a 60-million-ton, 40%-grade manganese project in the City of Franceville

Power supply deficit hindering African mining

By: Pimani Baloyi The deficiency in power generation on the African continent is impacting on the mining industry’s ability to reach its full production potential, thereby impacting on the industry’s ability to boost the continent’s economy, says Dubai-based temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global CAT... 

Power supply deficit hindering African mining
ROBERT BAGATSING Africa’s mining industry needs an immediate solution for its power supply issues

SADC countries have significant growth potential

By: Ilan Solomons While the mining industry across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has continued on a positive growth path – despite the tough economic climate – some investors have indicated that South Africa is losing its status as the “gateway to Africa”, according to professional... 

SADC countries have significant growth potential
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STILL RAKING IT IN The strength of Southern Africa as an investment destination is derived largely from the power of the South African economy

South African strike won’t affect global mining performance

By: Pimani Baloyi While South Africa remained the world’s largest platinum producer, industrial action in the local platinum sector – which lasted for five months and the longest in South African history – will not affect the market capitalisation of the world’s top 40 mining companies in 2014, said professional... 

South African strike won’t affect global  mining performance
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SA PLATINUM Industrial action which lasted for five months and the longest in South African history will not affect the outcome of PwC's 2014 mine report

SRK Consulting

Founded 40 years ago in South Africa, SRK Consulting is a global leader in natural resource and development solutions, providing independent technical advice and services, with a staff complement of 1 500 working from over 50 offices, across 22 countries, on all six continents. In Africa, SRK has... 

SRK Consulting

Women in mining still a challenge in SA

By: Pimani Baloyi Despite efforts to increase the participation of women in the mining industry, mining companies operating in South Africa face the continuous challenge of high turnover of women mineworkers and are dogged by hostile work relations between male and female employees, says transformation and... 

Women in mining still a challenge in SA
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SLOW TRANSFORMATION Employing women in the mining industry is still regarded as a compliance issue

A long journey ahead for the African mining industry

By: Carina Borralho Africa’s mining industry still had a long way to go, compared with the other global mining majors Australia and Brazil, said banking group Standard Bank London iron-ore head Melinda Moore, addressing the Metal Bulletin Events second African iron-ore conference, in Johannesburg, in November. She... 

A long journey ahead for the African mining industry
LARGE-SCALE PRODUCERSouth Africa is the seventh largest iron-ore producer, while Africa, as a whole, has a growing market share of about 6% to 7% of the world’s total iron-ore production

Company launches dust suppression cannon

Johannesburg-based environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions in October formally launched its largest-ever misting cannon at global diversified mining major Anglo American business unit Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in Kathu, Northern Cape. I-Cat Environmental Solutions... 

Company launches dust suppression cannon
THE DUSTMONSTER 100 I-Cat’s DustMonster product line creates an ultra-fine mist that attracts dust, encapsulating airborne particles and driving them to the ground

E-learning can improve the quality of Africa’s mining operations

Electronic learning (e-learning) design and development company The Training Room Online says that e-learning has the ability to improve efficiency and literacy and, in turn, improve the quality of life for mineworkers across Africa. “If e-learning is correctly applied within the mining sector,... 

Improved communication technology at mines

By: Carina Borralho The current trend of mechanisation in the global mining industry means that mining companies require information to be transferred conveniently and quickly while saving costs, says communication cables supplier to the mining and construction industries Lonspeare. “Lonspeare’s blown-fibre... 

Iron-ore miner increases production by 250% in Sierra Leone mine

By: Carina Borralho UK-based high-grade iron-ore concentrate producer London Mining reports that production at its Marampa mine in Sierra Leone’s Port Loko district has risen by 250% since the inception of the mine in 2011.  In the first year of mining operations, 1.5-million tonnes were mined, with a... 

Shale gas industry lacking legal framework

By: Carina Borralho Mining companies that claim shale gas exploration in South Africa, including hydrogeological studies, is regulated under the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) of 1998, are incorrect or being misleading, says environmental law firm Cullinan & Associates senior associate and... 

South African mining services provider homes in on the Copperbelt

South Africa-based mining industry products and services provider Multotec is increasing its focus on the Zambian and Central African markets, including the southern and eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Malawi. Its customers in these areas are serviced out of Multotec... 

Study shows that several challenges remain for women in mining

By: Carina Borralho Most women in the mining industry still feel excluded from the industry and that they are not treated equally by their male colleagues, according to a study conducted by organisation Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA), in conjunction with the School of Mining Engineering at the University of... 

Study shows that several challenges remain for women in mining
FEMALE INFLUENCEWomen in powerful positions can serve to inspire other women to become a part of the mining industry

African sector issues discussed at iron-ore conference

By: David D‘ Oliveira The South Africa-based division of global consulting engineers, project management and implementation group Hatch Goba attended the second African Iron Ore Conference, which was held in Johannesburg on November 5 and 6. “The conference considered several issues involving iron-ore, specifically in... 

Angolan diamond industry to regain record production

By: Jonathan Rodin The Angolan diamond mining industry could be poised to regain record production levels in the next few years, say economic geology consultants Sínese and sub-Saharan Africa investment bank Eaglestone. 

Association emphasises importance of industry standards

By: Jonathan Rodin The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has recently begun promoting the development of specific standards as a means of improving the overall quality of supply of materials. “With correct specifications, suppliers can more easily grade existing materials, as... 

Coal sector key to Southern Africa’s economic growth

By: David D‘ Oliveira Coal-fired electricity is key to South Africa’s and Southern Africa’s economic growth, which has resulted in increased interest in the country’s and the region’s coal sectors, says SRK Consulting coal team principal geologist Lesley Jeffrey. “While the sector has slowed down dramatically, owing... 

Company’s products a match for tough mining conditions in Africa

With massive growth prospects and investment opportunities in Africa, supplier of steel products to mining companies Vital Engineering believes that a major mining investment shift is currently taking place on the continent, and it has strategically positioned itself to meet strong demand for a... 

Contractors need to meet mining companies’ business aims

By: David D‘ Oliveira Mining contractors have an important role to play in helping to drive the business objectives of mining companies, says professional services firm Deloitte Africa mining advisory leader Abrie Olivier. He adds that contractors form an intrinsic part of the South African mining landscape, as they... 

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