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African countries becoming more investor friendly

By: Dylan Stewart Senior lawyers from Zimbabwe and Uganda are confident that African countries, including Uganda and Zimbabwe, are becoming more investor friendly through the implementation of more liberal economic policies, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.  

African mining investment low, but infrastructure, consumer market boom could help

By: Dylan Stewart Owing to the slump in the commodities market, there has been restricted growth in mining worldwide, including in Africa, with mines consolidating their existing assets rather than expanding, says multinational services firm EY mining and metals sector leader Wickus Botha. 

African mining investment low, but infrastructure, consumer market boom could help
WICKUS BOTHA Although the drop in commodity prices has really impacted many governments’ ability to fund big projects, Africa has to work through these economic headwinds and continue to invest in infrastructure

Approval received to extend Ghana mining operations

The Ghana Environmental Protection Agency in May approved the supplementary environmental impact statement for West African gold producer Perseus Mining’s Edikan gold mine, in Ghana. 

ARB Electrical Wholesalers

Spearheaded by founder and current chairperson Alan Ronald Burke, ARB Electrical Wholesalers is one of Southern Africa’s largest black-empowered electrical wholesalers, playing a pivotal role in providing the essential materials required for the electrification of large-scale industrial and... 

ARB Electrical Wholesalers

Australian junior starts Gabon exploration

By: Dylan Stewart Australia-based iron-ore junior IronRidge in May hired exploration consultancy firm SRK Exploration Services to conduct exploration on its flagship Tchibanga project, in south-west Gabon, and the Belinga Sud project in the north-east of Gabon, states IronRidge CEO Vincent Mascolo. 

Australian junior starts Gabon exploration
PANGEA Before the separation of the continents, a rich iron belt formed billions of years ago from what is now Carajas, Brazil, through central Africa and India into Western Australia

Company counters third-party backlog

African gold producer Goldplat in June announced that significant progress has been achieved at its gold recovery businesses Goldplat Recovery Limited (GPL), in South Africa, and Ghana Gold Recovery Ghana (GRG) in Ghana. 

Company counters third-party backlog
PLAN B Rand Refinery's lack of capacity to process Goldplat's backlog material has now been resolved by Goldplat having set up multiple contingency plans

Digitalisation expands specialist skills requirements at mines

By: Dylan Stewart Digitalisation across the spectrum of mining processes could create various new jobs, thus promoting skills development, says information technology consulting and system integration services company Wipro energy and natural resources director Gerhard Greyling. 

Digitalisation expands specialist skills requirements at mines
GERHARD GREYLING Digitalisation will increase the need for desktop technicians, process integration specialists and trainers

Engineering firm to design front-end operations of Moz graphite project

In June Perth-based mineral sector engineering services provider CPC Engineering was appointed by ASX-listed explorer Syrah Resources to complete the front-end engineering design for the Balama graphite and vanadium project, in Mozambique. 

Global infrastructure projects could spur copper’s return

By: David Oliveira Mining in the Central African Copperbelt is likely to experience an upswing in the near future, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. He notes that securing mining investments in the Copperbelt, which runs through the southern Democratic Republic of... 

Global infrastructure projects could spur  copper’s return
WORLD-CLASS OPPORTUNITY Copper demand from the Central African Copperbelt is set to experience a revival, owing to increasing infrastructure development

Locals should take advantage of healthy African exploration industry, says CoM

By: David Oliveira More than 100 exploration projects are currently ongoing in Africa, particularly in the commodities of copper, diamonds and gold, Chamber of Mines (CoM) president Mike Teke noted at the inaugural Junior Indaba, which took place in Johannesburg last month. However, he expressed concerns over the... 

Locals should take  advantage of healthy African exploration  industry, says CoM
Photo by Duane Daws
MIKE TEKE The proliferation of exploration currently under way in Africa offers significant opportunities for South African junior miners and exploration companies

Mali gold producer raises £3.5m

Aim-listed West African gold exploration and development company Hummingbird Resources announced last month that it had raised about £3.5-million, before expenses, through the placing of 10 606 060 new ordinary shares at 33p a share.  The funds raised will be used primarily to advance... 

Miners face complications and opportunities in Burundi

By: Dylan Stewart Burundi law firm, Shonubi, Musoke and Gilbert & Partners managing partner Gilbert Nibigirwe, states that Burundi’s political conflict, which mainly occured in the capital city Bujumbura in April and May, did not have a direct impact on mining activities, but security and risk factors have had a... 

Mining company showcases gold project

Aim-listed West Africa-focused gold mining company Amara Mining hosted a site visit in May to its 6.8-million-ounce Yaoure gold project in central Côte d’Ivoire for equity analysts, investors and journalists. The group viewed the Yaoure central pit, which was previously mined by Amara, where a 6... 

Moz coal and agriculture offer significant opportunity for local companies

The discovery of an estimated 23-billions tons of coal in Mozambique has attracted a lot of foreign investors and presents a great opportunity for South African firms, said Tete province First Secretary Lina Portugal at a trade and investment seminar held as part of the Department of Trade and... 

MPRDA needs to make room for juniors, says law firm

By: David Oliveira The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) needed to differentiate between mining majors and emerging juniors, in recognition of junior miners’ inability to meet certain MPRDA requirements, said South African law firm ENSafrica director Otsile Matlou while addressing delegates at... 

PFS announced for Mali gold mine

ASX-listed gold miner Resolute Mining announced last month the results from an independent revision of the underground prefeasibility study (PFS) at its Syama gold mine in Mali. Completion of the updated study confirms an early move to underground mining in 2016 will produce robust economics with... 

Project financing focused on power related resources

By: Dylan Stewart Owing to robust demand and acceptable hard currency returns, there has been a swing towards private equity funds and banks providing project financing for power-related projects in Africa in the last two years, says multinational financial services provider Barclays Africa head of natural... 

Rare earths company hopeful despite political conflict in Burundi

By: Dylan Stewart Mining exploration and development company Rainbow Rare Earths is closely monitoring events in Burundi, hoping for a peaceful resolution to political upheaval, including a failed military coup last month. 

Rare earths company hopeful despite political conflict in Burundi
WICKUS BOTHA Although the drop in commodity prices has really impacted many governments’ ability to fund big projects, Africa has to work through these economic headwinds and continue to invest in infrastructure

Record production recorded at Kipoi

ASX-listed copper miner Tiger Resources last month announced the  operating performance of the solvent extraction and electrowinning (SX-EW) plant at its Kipoi copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following completion of the first 12 months of cathode production, noting that... 

Risk in Africa is manageable – gold miner

By: Dylan Stewart Africa is generally considered a high-risk mining environment, but gold explorer and miner Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow argues that the problem is rather that companies are not flexible enough to adapt their management techniques to different mining environments.  

Risk in Africa is  manageable – gold miner
MARK BRISTOW Africa is slowly gaining more stability

Speciality chemicals demand rising

By: David Oliveira An appreciation of the differences in ore characteristics and the need to improve mine tailings are driving demand for speciality chemicals in African mining, says growth consultancy Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food research associate Lloyd Rubaba. He notes that demand for... 

Speciality chemicals demand rising
NEW PROJECTS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES Mining chemicals companies are eager to take advantage of the 30 mining projects, which are scheduled to start production by 2018

Updated mine compliance report submitted

ASX- and TSX-listed West African gold producer Perseus Mining announced that an updated National Instrument 43-101-compliant technical report has been prepared and filed with Canadian regulatory authorities following the recent release of its feasibility study for the development of the Sissingué... 

Zambia copper mine blast company’s biggest blast to date

By: Dylan Stewart Explosives supplier and service provider BME achieved its biggest blast to date in March at Kansanshi copper mine, in the north-west of Zambia, detonating 4 141 electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in a single blast in the operation’s north-west pit. 

Zambian resource company appoints new director

By: David Oliveira To support technical operations at Zambia-based private resource company Zamsort’s Kalaba Cu-Co copper and cobalt project, UK-based resources company Ortac CEO Vassilio Carellas joined the company’s board of directors last month. This move follows Ortac’s $600 000 convertible loan investment in... 

Zambian resource  company appoints  new director
KALABA CU-CO RESOURCE The Zambian mine has recorded a noncode compliant resource of 16.59-million tons with a copper equivalent content of 0.94%

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... 

African mining producers play a key role on the  world stage
Photo by Duane Daws
SUPPLY AND DEMAND There will be a medium- and long-term shortage of diamonds on a global scale as demand outstrips supply

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
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