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2014 proves tough for mining in Africa  

By: Bruce Montiea This year has been tough for the African mining industry, owing to ongoing challenges and threats, such as resource nationalisation, regulatory uncertainty and labour unrest, says Deloitte energy and resources leader Andrew Lane. “Regulatory uncertainty continues across the continent, which... 

African mining sees uptake in international investment

By: Bruce Montiea Africa is attracting growing volumes of international mining capital, owing to the global economic downturn, which has impacted favourably on international investors perception of the continent as a favourable and reliable region for investment, says international law firm Allen and Overy.  

African mining sees uptake  in international investment
MEREDITH CAMPION Many African States are adopting new mining laws with provisions that facilitate participation in mining activities by international companies

Central Africa highlighted as key region

Central Africa could become an “economic engine” for the African continent, as the region has similar potential to Western Australia’s Pilbara mining region, which currently produces about 30% of the world’s iron-ore, states ASX-listed iron-ore explorer and developer Equatorial Resources.... 

Central Africa highlighted  as key region
RESOURCE OUTLOOK Equatorial Resources' exploration activities have defined a resource of 917-million tonnes at 31.4% iron for the Mayoko-Moussondji project

Company executes Mozambique’s heaviest lift

By: Bruce Montiea Engineering and construction specialist Kentz in August successfully installed a 250 t mechanical assembly in one lift at Brazilian mining major Vale’s Mozambique-based Moatize coal mine industrial complex, which, says metals and mining project manager Steven Gouws, was the heaviest lift executed... 

Company executes Mozambique’s heaviest lift
LARGE-SCALE Once complete, the Moatize coal project will be one of the largest coal mining projects in the world

Company sees increase in African business

The African mining market is faring better than its counterparts in Australia and South-East Asia and, as a result, project management services company Tenova Mining & Minerals subsidiary Tenova Delkor Sub-Saharan Africa has seen an increase in service enquiries from the continent’s mining... 

Company sees increase in African business
READY TO SPIN Tenova Delkor is an industry specialist in solid/liquid separation and mineral processing applications

Development of Africa’s first niobium project under way

By: Bruce Montiea The $8-million prefeasibility study (PFS) for the development of Africa’s first niobium mine, the $185-million Panda Hill project, in Tanzania, is expected to be complete by the first quarter of next year, says the mine’s owner and operator, niobium development company Cradle Resources. “At a... 

Development of  Africa’s first niobium project under way
OUTPUT Panda Hill could deliver niobium at $16.67/kg at a base case throughput of two-million tons a year

Divestment indicative of local industry challenges

By: Bruce Montiea Recent restructuring and divestment moves by mining majors Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), BHP Billiton and Gold Fields are indicative of the difficulties that mining companies operating in South Africa are facing, says strategy and communications consultancy africapractice consultant... 

Divestment indicative of local industry  challenges
SINETHEMBA ZONKE Mining companies are trying to shield their foreign investors from volatility in South Africa

Guinea is open for business

The Republic of Guinea is prepared to work with international mining investors to develop the country’s mining sector, says Minister of Mines and Geology Dr Kerfalla Yansane. “We want to build strong partnerships for mutual success and we are predicting $50-billion in mining sector investment in... 

Guinea is open for business
Guinea holds the largest untapped iron-ore deposits in the world – 20-billion tonnes of reserves

Infrastructure development to grow Zambia mining sector

Mine consultancy SRK Consulting states that the Zambian mining sector is headed for a growth phase owing to planned infrastructure improvements. According to SRK Consulting principal mining engineering consultant Boniface Mwila, mine expansion and new projects in Zambia are already reflected in... 

Infrastructure development to grow Zambia mining sector
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A RISE IN COPPER Zambia managed a 6.5% growth rate in 2013, supported by a 20% rise in copper output

Iron-ore project unaffected by price

By: Jonathan Rodin The fluctuating global iron-ore price will have no bearing at all on the success of iron-ore company Sundance Resources’ Mbalam-Nabeba iron-ore project, in Central Africa, says Sundance Resources MD and CEO Giulio Casello. “The fluctuations in iron-ore price - past or current - literally have no... 

Local company completes heaviest lift to date

South Africa-based heavy-lift specialist Vanguard completed its heaviest strand-jacking lift, in May, the heaviest lift of its type ever done in the region. Two prefabricated conveyor trusses in excess of 1 200 t each, have been lifted from their assembly position at ground level to their working... 

Local company completes heaviest lift to date
TRUSS LIFT Vanguard successfully lifted two prefabricated conveyor trusses in excess of 1 200 t each

Logistics group opens transport depot in Copperbelt province

Logistics and supply chain group Imperial Logistics has extended its African footprint into northern Zambia, with the establishment of a transport depot in Ndola, in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, the company announced inJune. The new Zambian registered business forms part of group company... 

Mali mine set for production after $650m merger

ASX-listed gold developer Papillon Resources expects to complete its definitive feasibility study and start mine construction on the Fekola gold project, in Mali, this quarter, the company reported at the Paydirt 2014 Africa Down Under conference, which took place from September 2 to 4 in Perth,... 

Mali mine set for production after $650m merger
DUE TO START Work at the Fekola project is planned to begin towards the end of this year

Maxiflex Door Systems

East Rand-based Maxiflex Door Systems, which has been in operation since 1990, is a manufacturer, supplier and installer of strip curtains, protection screens, flexible impact doors and rigid impact doors. The 72-employee company is also the sole distributor in South Africa of the ASSA ABLOY... 

Maxiflex Door Systems

Mining supercycle highlighted at trade expo

By: Dylan Slater Mining companies need to adopt an increasingly sustained and strategic approach, using end-to-end processes and systems to enhance the productivity and profitability of their ore deposits, says France-based software company Dassault Systèmes. 

Mining supercycle  highlighted at  trade expo
FRANCOIS DU TOIT Employing technology early in the mining process is a key component to mitigating business risks

New iron-ore mine planned for Liberia

By: Bruce Montiea Iron-ore-focused company Tawana Resources is planning a 2.5 million-tonne-per-year (Mtpa) iron-ore mine, in Liberia. Executive chairperson Wayne Richards believes the Mofe Creek iron-ore project, which is expected to start commercial production by the end of next calendar year, will be “the most... 

New iron-ore mine  planned for Liberia
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PRODUCTION IMMINENT The Mofe Creek iron-ore project is located in one of Liberia’s historical premier iron-ore mining districts

Ownership transfer in line with Gabon’s plan to promote mining sector

In line with its Strategic Plan for an Emerging Gabon (SPEG), the Gabon government in September transferred its 28.45% stake in French mining company Eramet’s Gabon-based subsidiary, Compagnie Minière de l’Ogooué Comilog Société Equatoriale des Mines (Comilog) to the Gabon State-owned mining... 

Ownership transfer in  line with Gabon’s plan to  promote mining sector
MOANDA METALLURGICAL COMPLEX Compagnie Minière de l’Ogooué Comilog Société Equatoriale des Mines started operations at the Moanda Metallurgical Complex in August 2013

Oz company to establish new gold mine in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea Australia-based gold explorer and developer Gryphon Minerals plans to start constructing a new gold mine, in Burkina Faso, in the first quarter of next year. Gryphon Minerals COO Steve Zaninovich says the company is on the cusp of obtaining project finance from Macquarie Bank that will enable the... 

Oz company to establish new gold mine in Africa
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NEW GOLD Maiden production at the Banfora gold mine is expected to be about 80 000 oz of gold for the first four years

Potential increase in African exploration projects

By: David D‘ Oliveira Mining software solutions and services company MICROMINE Africa aims to generate business for its geological data management solution, Geobank, and its exploration and mine design solution, Micromine, amid a significant increase in potential exploration leads in Africa over the past three months,... 

Potential increase in African exploration  projects
EXPLORATION ON THE UP Exploration is starting to increase, particularly in Africa, with nine exploration projects under way in Ethiopia, for example

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime

In response to the high incidences of workplace injuries, mining services company Group R Mining & Exploration runs training courses and safe work procedures workshops to assist its clients in empowering their workers to prevent workplace injuries, says company director Hein van Staden. “A... 

Safety training prevents injuries, downtime
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PAYING ATTENTION Group R Mining & Exploration offers training courses and safe work procedures that are in line with its clients’ safe working structures

South African quantity surveyor completes DRC project

South African quantity surveying company Professional Cost Consultants (PCC) in September completed a surveying contract for the construction of the Kibali gold project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says MD Christo Fourie. The Kibali gold mine, valued at $1.7-billion, is a joint... 

South African quantity surveyor completes DRC project
Photo by Bloomberg
KIBALI GOLD MINE Professional Cost Consultants was appointed to provide pre- and post-contract quantity surveying services for Phase 1 of the Kibali project

Zambian mining to regain ‘world class’ status

Specialist mining engineering and project management company Roymec Technologies is working with Zambia’s mining and minerals sector to implement government initiatives aimed at “getting the sector to regain its world-class status” as a top producer of minerals, particularly copper, says Roymec... 

Zambian mining  to regain ‘world class’ status
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MUFULIRA COPPER MINE, ZAMBIA Roymec has supplied flocculant plants for integrated copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines

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... 

African governments misjudge impact of volatile global commodity prices
Photo by Duane Daws
THOMAS WILSON Africa has the world’s largest unexploited high-grade mining assets

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
Photo by Pimani Baloyi
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
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