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African mining producers play a key role on the world stage

African mines represent 65% of the world’s diamonds and as such, Africa is a senior partner in the global diamond industry, and based on this, opportunities to capitalise on the resources exist for countries such as Zimbabwe and other diamond producing countries. Nonprofit organisation World... 

Battery Electric

Underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric is a proudly South African company with a focus on the design and development of microprocessor-controlled underground mine locomotive controllers for battery, overhead trolley line and hydrogen fuel cell-powered systems. Through... 

Battery Electric

Investment provides expanded opportunities in Zambia

Electrical engineering group Actom announced that it has made further investments to increase capacity and capability at its subsidiary company, manufacturer and repairer of electric motors and components Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) Zambia’s motor repair facility, in Kitwe, in July. Actom states... 

Investment provides  expanded opportunities  in Zambia
ENSURING NEW OPPORTUNITIES The additional investment created the “ideal platform” for the company to expand its market share in Zambia

Iron-ore major receives global awards

Mining major Anglo American iron-ore business unit Kumba Iron Ore announced in October that the Top Employers Institute has certified the company as a top employer in South Africa for its employee offerings. The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises... 

Mining company signs MoU for Ghana gold, diamond concession development

Ghana-based mineral extraction company Great Consolidated Diamonds Ghana (GCDG) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with process solutions provider Modular Process Technologies (MPT), in October, to develop its diamond and gold bearing mining concessions along the Birim river, in Ghana’s... 

Multimillion-rand lab installed in the DRC

By: Ilan Solomons Johannesburg-based mining laboratory services provider Tramecon in October completed the installation of a multimillion-rand container laboratory at midtier diversified miner Metorex’s Kinsenda underground copper mine, located in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),... 

Multimillion-rand lab installed in the DRC
CONTAINERISED LABORATORY The laboratory delivered to Kinsenda copper mine comprises four containers designed by Tramecon

New tax regime requires revision

The Zambia Chamber of Mines (CoM) reviewed the 2015 national budget in October and its position is that the new mining tax regime is entirely unsustainable, as it will have a negative effect on the growth of Zambia’s mining industry. “Our sincere appeal to government is that the mining industry... 

New tax regime  requires revision
Photo by Duane Daws
CONTINUING GROWTH The mining industry needs to be nurtured so that it continues to generate revenues to diversify the economy

Nigeria’s gas sector undergoes structural change

By: David D‘ Oliveira Nigeria’s oil and gas industry is going through significant structural change, owing to production levels not exceeding 2.5-million barrels a day of oil in the past ten years, says strategy and communications consultancy africapractice. Production levels have, in fact, often dipped below... 

Nigeria’s gas  sector undergoes structural change
HARD AT WORK The balance of ownership is changing with the significant empowerment of local operators

Pipes manufacturer increases focus on quality in Africa

By: Jonathan Rodin Plastic pipes and fittings manufacturer and distributor Marley Pipe Systems is prioritising “quality without compromise” and educating the market that the cheaper option is not always best, as increased maintenance increases the costs of a mine. Marley Pipe Systems sales and marketing manager... 

Power plant prefeasibility study to go ahead

Mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining appointed engineering, management, design, planning, project management and consulting company Aurecon to conduct a prefeasibility study (PFS) for a 300 MW coal fired power plant in Rukwa, Tanzania. Kibo Mining CEO Louis Coetzee says: “We... 

Power plant prefeasibility study to go ahead
Photo by Duane Daws
COAL-POWERED Aurecon will conduct a prefeasibility study for a 300 MW coal fired power plant in Rukwa, Tanzania

Several challenges hampering investment in Africa

By: Jonathan Rodin African mining is expected to remain depressed, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith, who believes 2015 will be characterised by depressed commodity prices, weakened demand and an oversupply in most commodity markets. Smith tells Mining Weekly that a price rebound is only... 

Several challenges hampering  investment in Africa
LARA SMITH The price of agriculture commodities, such as potash and urea, as well as energy commodities, such as coal, have declined sharply over the past quarter, driven by lower oil prices

State of local coal market to boost Grootegeluk prospects

By: Mia Breytenbach The current state of the local coal market will have a positive impact on mining and metals major Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP), once the project is complete, says Pretoria-based coal consultancy XMP Consulting senior analyst Xavier Prévost. He explains that the current... 

State of local coal market to boost Grootegeluk prospects
Photo by Duane Daws
INCOME-EARNING COMMODITY In 2013, South Africa’s local coal use totalled 25.9-million tonnes, while exports accounted for about 78.7-million tonnes

Underground mining platform most active shaft sinker outside China

With 22 active shaft projects under way globally, construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts’ underground mining platform is ranked the most active shaft sinking group in the world, outside of China, says Murray & Roberts Cementation business development executive Allan Widlake. The... 

Increases in iron-ore supply creating risk for market fundamentals

A growing oversupply in the iron-ore market is damaging the credit quality of producers and poses risks to the downside, says credit ratings, research, and risk analysis provider Moody's Investors Service in the sector comment ‘Iron-Ore Supply Increases Pose Risk to Market Fundamentals’. Owing to... 

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... 

2014 proves tough for  mining in Africa
ANDREW LANE Regulatory uncertainty continues across Africa, which causes nervousness among international investors

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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
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