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Africa should boost exploration before new supercycle

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite the imperative for African mining companies to preserve, or consolidate their assets, these companies also need to prime themselves for a new commodity super cycle and potential growth, through boosting exploration projects, states multinational services firm EY mining and metals sector... 

African mining industry increasingly considering renewable energy

By: Mia Breytenbach As the issue of access to power becomes increasingly elevated in importance for the African mining industry, being highlighted as a key business risk or challenge, South African renewable-energy unit of giant US electricity utility NRG, NRG Renew Africa, notes that it has seen a significant... 

African mining industry increasingly considering renewable energy
Photo by Bloomberg
BOOSTER SOURCE By potentially reducing diesel use and substituting it with alternative energy sources, such as solar, a substantial portion of the operational risk of a mine can be reduced

African mining retains positive outlook

By: Mia Breytenbach Africa is awaiting a “gold rush”, similar to the mineral revolution and birth of Johannesburg at the end of the nineteenth century, international law firm Hogan Lovells partner, mining head and regional head Warren Beech states. He reaffirms to Mining Weekly that the exploitation of the minerals... 

African mining retains positive outlook
TAPPING INTO THE MARKET Countries such as the US, Japan and Korea are showing increasing interest in Africa, with large investments focusing on primary metals

Africa’s mineral wealth remains a conundrum

By: Malusi Mkhize The African continent ranks as one of the richest natural resources and mineral-endowed continents with vast opportunities for wealth for mining companies and investors. Fully exploiting Africa’s minerals continues to be problematic for mining companies, says mining consultancy The MSA Group... 

Cost-effective mining can be achieved through technical collaboration

By: Malusi Mkhize Mines should invest more in effective operational plans to counteract high off-site costs, which in some bulk commodities could be as high as one third of the products total free-on-board product cost, says consultancy, the Ukwazi director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen. He notes... 

Diamond developer to submit mining licence application

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite the current lack of an active diamond mining industry in West Africa, the effects of political instability and the impact of the Ebola outbreak in the past year, London-listed diamond company Stellar Diamonds remains committed to bringing its key diamond projects there into operation in... 

Diamond developer  to submit mining  licence application
SPARKLING POTENTIAL Production from underground mining at the Tongo kimberlite project from years 4 to 18 is forecast to yield 838 124 ct and revenues of $358.2-million

DRC copper mine eyes increased output

Copper producer, developer and explorer Tiger Resources is targeting to boost production by more than a third at its 95% owned Kipoi project in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga province by activating the first drawdowns of its revised $137.5 million credit facility in the last quarter... 

Eqstra Heavy Lift Equipment

Established in 2011, Eqstra Heavy Lift Equipment (EHLE) is the industrial heavy lifting and port equipment arm of Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), which forms a part of the JSE-listed Eqstra Holdings Group. EHLE provides the industrial sector with a comprehensive range of services, including... 

Eqstra Heavy Lift Equipment

Ghana mine expects first gold pour in Q2 2016

West Africa focused aspiring mid-tier gold mine Asanko Gold, expects to achieve the first gold pour from its Asanko gold project, in Ghana, by the second quarter of next year, the company says noting Phase 1 of the mine development is nearing completion. The first phase of the project will be a... 

Gold project on track for 2016 production

By: Mia Breytenbach Aim-listed investment company Armadale Capital reaffirms that its 678 000 oz Mpokoto gold project, in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is on track for production in the first half of 2016. “Armadale is working towards completing the funding for the project and... 

Gold project  on track for  2016 production
ON TRACK Drilling at the Mpokoto gold project will include deeper drilling and sulphide sampling, particularly at a drill hole referred to as hole 64, estimated to contain high ore grades

Kenya mining project to increase processing capacity

By: Mia Breytenbach To continue its mining and gold processing operations and increase gold production, Goldplat has completed, and continues to implement, a number of capital projects to improve capacity and efficiencies. Goldplat has a different model to the usual gold producer, in that in addition to mining gold... 

Kenya mining project to  increase processing capacity
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UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH Goldplat Recovery is on track to establish Ghana as a West African regional hub to process and recover gold from by-products of the mining industry

Mali gold project earthworks completed

By: Mia Breytenbach Following the completion of the planned earthworks at its 1.8-million-ounce Yanfolila gold project, in Mali, the key focus for gold miner Hummingbird Resources is to finalise the debt drawdown from West African gold exploration and mining company Taurus Gold to start full-scale construction of... 

Mali gold project earthworks completed
Photo by Duane Daws
LOW COST, HIGH GRADE Yanfolila’s first gold pour remains on track for 2016, with full production capacity expected to be 100 000 oz

Mineral sizer manufacturer to focus on turnkey solutions

By: Mia Breytenbach In line with its aim to provide green mining solutions to the African mining industry to improve efficiencies and increase productivity, mineral-sizing technology company MMD Mineral Sizing Africa has installed and commissioned its mineral sizing technology at a copper mine in Zambia. To date,... 

Mineral sizer  manufacturer to focus on turnkey solutions
Photo by MMD Mineral Sizing Africa
PROVEN CONCEPT The MMD 1150 mineral sizer will be paired with a MMD D7 apron plate feeder and steel structures and placed over an ore pass

Mining equipment supplier expands to Botswana

By: Malusi Mkhize South Africa-based, custom build equipment supplier Joest Kwatani has established operations in Botswana to better supply the country’s mining industry with vibrating screens and feeders. Joest Kwatani partnered with local mechanical engineering company Lucient Engineering and Construction... 

New cadastre to take Guinea mining to the next level

By: Malusi Mkhize   The Republic of Guinea decided to implement Spatial Dimension’s enterprise scale land management solution FlexiCadastre, as its new mining cadastre to increase the capacity and performance of government institutions in the mining sector, following an international tender process.  

Process Pipe

With 46 years of expertise in the pipes field, wholesale carbon- and mild-steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Sebenza, Johannesburg; Jacobs, Durban; and Bellville South and Montague Gardens, Cape Town.... 

Process Pipe

SA engineering company tackles multimillion dollar Zimbabwe project

A team of technicians, artisans and engineers from heavy engineering services provider Baldmin Projects is currently on site at gold producer Metallon Gold Mines’ Mazowe mine, in Zimbabwe erecting structures, for the installation and commissioning of the mine’s flotation and leach plant scheduled... 

Sensitive commodity price environment continues

By: Malusi Mkhize Amid negative commodity demand and continued production at fairly high output levels, commodity prices for the near future will be stable at best and sensitive to any news that might be perceived as negative, such as the slowdown of China’s manufacturing sector and the recent Volkswagen diesel... 

Service provider sustains holistic approach to mining projects

By: Malusi Mkhize Despite Africa being considered a high-risk mining environment, professional multidisciplinary services provider SMEC South Africa has sustained its holistic approach to African mining projects on account of its company profile, says SMEC South Africa resources GM Gerrit Lok.   Our profile... 

Technical guidance needed to realise Nigeria oil and gas potential

By: Malusi Mkhize Nigeria’s petroleum industry is the largest in Africa, and it ranked thirteenth in the world as of December 31 2014 however, the country’s industrial sectors are faced with the challenge posed by low oil prices, security concerns in the oil region and the perceptions of the difficulty of doing... 

Zimbabwe mine accommodation project ahead of schedule

By: Mia Breytenbach South African prefabricated building manufacturer Kwikspace is ahead of schedule in providing its building solution to a platinum mine in Zimbabwe and expects to complete the project by the end of November. Kwikspace international operations executive Andy Harris tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Zimbabwe mine accommodation project ahead  of schedule
ACCOMMODATION FAST-TRACKED The project scope for the Zimbabwe mine will house 500 people and entails offices and accommodation

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
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