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Mining in Africa

African mining has potential to grow stronger

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 Africa is the most mineral-rich continent in the world and has the potential to become a mining mecca, says global consulting firm KPMG. 

Bada’s initial drill phase set for August

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Resource company Essel Group Middle East (EGME) expects to start Phase 1 of its drilling programme for its Bada potash project, in Eritrea, next month. EGME CEO Punkaj Gupta says the remainder of its 2016 exploration campaign will primarily be focused on drilling test holes to examine the layers... 

Bada’s initial drill  phase set for August
HOT PROSPECT The Bada licence is located in the northern-most part of Danakil depression where temperatures can exceed 50 °C

Botswana’s uranium, coal reserves could breathe new life into mining sector

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Africa’s impending infrastructure boom, in conjunction with the persistent need for reliable power supply, indicates that Botswana’s coal and uranium reserves could provide new opportunities in terms of exploration, beneficiation and mineral exports, according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines... 

Botswana’s uranium, coal reserves could breathe new life into mining sector
CHARLES SIWAWA The Khoemacau copper project and the Letlhakane uranium project are the most significant projects under way in Botswana

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     8th July 2016 African mines are under pressure to increase their safety and efficiency standards, all the while adhering to tighter budgets owing to commodity price fluctuations, tyre and wheel service provider Kal Tire Southern Africa VP John Sims tells Mining Weekly. 

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines
STICKLER FOR SAFETY Innovations in the mining vehicle wheel and tyre service sector aim to make the servicing of components safer

Call for African mining professionals to attend event

     8th July 2016 Technology developer Maptek is inviting African mining professionals to gather at Switch on Innovation, the company's technology conference, to learn how Maptek technology can fulfil their productivity and safety goals. “African mines need solutions that help achieve their business goals,” says... 

Call for African mining professionals to attend event
SURVEYING TECHNOLOGY New three-dimensional scanning technology from Maptek allows maps to be made of a wide array of different mines

Canadian miner well positioned to build Houndé

     8th July 2016 The planned ramp-up of Canadian gold miner Endeavour Mining’s Karma mine in  north-central Burkina Faso and the strength of its other operations has ensured that the company is well positioned to build its Houndé project, which will further enhance the quality of its portfolio, CEO Neil Woodyer... 

Canadian miner well positioned to build Houndé
IMITATION GAME Houndé’s construction will replicate that of Endeavour’s Agbaou mine, in Côte d'Ivoire

Changing mining landscape shapes trends

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 During a mining industry downturn – which typically occurs every 10 to 15 years – the exploration and funding landscape changes; this has implications for Africa, which aims to drive development through mining, says mining consultancy The MSA Group. In 2011, iron-ore and copper were extremely... 

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso

     8th July 2016 Gold developer West African Resources has reported high-grade reverse circulation (RC) drilling results from the M1 prospect at its Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso. 

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso
VISIBLE GOLD Visible gold has been found in the core drilling samples from the Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso

Measured, indicated mineral resources increase at tin project

     8th July 2016 Tin explorer and developer Alphamin Resources has announced a 34% increase in the measured and indicated mineral resources at the Mpama North prospect at its Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Measured, indicated mineral resources increase at tin project
POSSIBLE CASH COW The Industrial Technology Research Institute is forecasting a significant shortage in the supply of tin from 2018

Miner signs biggest spherical graphite offtake agreement to date

     8th July 2016 ASX-listed Syrah Resources has signed a spherical graphite five-year offtake agreement with Japanese trading and investment conglomerate Marubeni Corporation, representing the largest spherical graphite offtake agreement signed to date, notes Syrah MD Tolga Kumova. Syrah’s flagship Balama project... 

Miner signs biggest spherical graphite  offtake agreement to date
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRIOUS MINER Syrah Resources' Balama operation will produce about 350 000 t/y of graphite over a mine life of 42 years

Mines need to overcome current challenges in the near future

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 The South African economy contracted by 1.2% quarter-on-quarter during the first quarter of 2016, dragged lower by the poor performance of mining and agriculture – the economy was also 0.2% weaker year-on-year. The performance of mining came amid a drop in volumes and weak commodity prices and... 

Mines need to overcome current challenges in  the near future
TRYING TIMES Mines have to improve operations to stay afloat in the global economy

Ncondezi contractor, financing yet to be finalised

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 Construction of the Ncondezi Power Company (NPC) coal-fired power plant and the Ncondezi coal mine, in the Tete province of Mozambique, is expected to start in the second half of 2017, once power developer Ncondezi Energy has finalised an engineering, procurement and construction contractor and... 

Ncondezi contractor, financing yet to  be finalised
THERMAL COAL Coal mined at the Ncondezi openpit coal mine will be used to power the new Ncondezi power plant

New cooling system creates safer working conditions

     8th July 2016 The Bulyanhulu gold mine near Lake Victoria, in Tanzania, owned by gold miner Acacia Mining has installed two new custom-built Frick ammonia water chillers from heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) company Johnson Controls. 

New cooling system creates safer working conditions
RUSSEL HATTINGH The chillers are custom-built ammonia units using screw compressors and plate-type heat exchangers

Ngualla project’s BFS on track for Q1 2017

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 ASX-listed development company Peak Resources expects the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Ngualla rare earths project, in Tanzania, to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, advancing the project close to production. Peak MD Darren Townsend says the slight delay in the start of the... 

Ngualla project’s BFS  on track for Q1 2017
LOW-COST PROJECT Peak Resources has spent a fraction of what other developers have spent on developing their projects

Peristaltic pump to be launched at Electra Mining

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 The Southern Africa launch of the VerderFlex Vantage 5000 peristaltic cased pump will take place at this year’s Electra Mining Africa at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, from September 12 to 16, says pumps supplier Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA). Electra Mining is the biggest mining... 

Peristaltic pump to be launched at Electra Mining
VANTAGE 5000 The peristaltic pump offers a flow rate of up to 6 600 ml/min at 7 bar, almost double the rate of other leading brands

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision

     8th July 2016 Policy implementation body the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) – established to support, promote and assist in the implementation of the objectives of the African Mining Vision (AMV) – has presented at workshops across Africa on initiatives that are expected to drive continental growth... 

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision
Photo by Reuters
COMMODITIES CORRIDOR The African Mineral Development Centre is advocating for for multistakeholder, and interdisciplinary collaboration on resource corridor development

Reactore Solutions

     8th July 2016 Reactore is a modular ERP system that is uniquely able to integrate with all major software and hardware systems in use at the majority of mines.  The solution is written with Scala, a reactive technology, providing real time data flow for timely scheduling and management of operations and... 

Reactore Solutions

Vibration equipment supplier commissions R3m moulding system

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Africa-focused vibration equipment supplier Aury Africa has commissioned a hand-cast gravity-pour polyurethane (PU) system to start the local manufacture of PU panels to reduce imports, saving on costs and improving turnaround times. “Local manufacture will enable us to remain competitive while... 

Vibration equipment  supplier commissions  R3m moulding system
MARK HOUCHIN The ability to manufacture panels locally enables Aury Africa to remain competitive while upskilling staff

West, Central African expo emphasises recalibrating for growth

     8th July 2016 The theme of this year’s West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit & Expo ‘Recalibrating for Growth’ has been specially selected to reflect the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in the region as it overcomes challenges such as low prices, volatile demand and fickle global sentiment. 

West, Central African expo emphasises  recalibrating for growth
CORNERSTONE EVENT The West and Central African Mining Summit & Expo attracts mining professionals from over 30 countries in and around the WaCA mining community, as well as from Asia, Australia, Canada, South Africa, the US and the UK

Collaboration key to sustainable growth

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 Explosives suppliers and manufacturers needed to start establishing common goals, share knowledge on training, and standardise testing methodology and best practices to ensure sustainable economic growth, said integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol senior manager of technical services Ron... 

Collaboration key  to sustainable growth
BLASTING INDUSTRY TRIALS Problems in the mining sector have forced stakeholders in explosives to re-evaluate education and research standards within the explosives industry

Eqstra Heavy Lifting Equipment

     15th January 2016 Eqstra Heavy Lift Equipment (EHLE) is the industrial heavy lifting and port equipment arm of Eqstra Industrial Equipment, which distributes and provides after-sales support for best-in-class brands in advanced lifting and hauling solutions and machine transport systems. EHLE’s product line-up... 

Eqstra Heavy Lifting Equipment

Flowsheet selection paying off in pilot phase

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 ASX-listed development company Peak Resources – which has started piloting beneficiation at its Tanzania-based Ngualla pilot plant – is so far “well-pleased” with its flowsheet selection, which allows for lower operating costs and the potential improvement of the leach recovery process, says MD... 

Flowsheet selection  paying off in pilot phase
DARREN TOWNSEND Peak Resources intend to conclude the bankable feasibility study for is Tanzanian rare-earths project by the end of the year

Investors wary of volatile mining industry – African mining marketer

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 Mining projects need to be “exceptional” to attract investors in the current global mining climate, states business development company MineAfrica president Bruce Shapiro. “A project would need to be a low-cost producer with excellent potential returns and present minimal risk before parties... 

Investors wary of volatile mining industry – African mining marketer
INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION Up to nine African delegations are expected to attend the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention on March 8, the biggest African mining event in North America

Mechanisation plans should consider socioeconomic impact

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 The planned introduction of new mining technologies, such as mechanisation, should take the socioeconomic conditions in South Africa into account – particularly to enhance job opportunities in the mining industry and the country, says the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). These employment... 

Mechanisation plans should consider socioeconomic impact
Photo by Bloomberg
ENGAGING MINING COMPANIES The Department of Mineral Resources has held talks with sevral mining companies in an attempt to address the challenges plaguing the industry in South Africa

Miner sees eventful Q1 ahead, remains focused on flagship

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 Financial close of the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), part of the Tanzanian government’s National Energy Strategy, and advancement of the exploration process at Haneti nickel project, are likely to start at the end of the first quarter of 2016, says Tanzania-based mineral explorer and... 

Miner sees eventful  Q1 ahead, remains focused on flagship
LOUIS COETZEE Focusing on Kibo Mining’s current projects will enable the company to build momentum and position itself for 'further potential corporate dealings in the future'

Africa should boost exploration before new supercycle

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2015 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... 

Africa should boost exploration before  new supercycle
Photo by Bloomberg
CHANGING GEARS Mining companies now have to strike a balance between optimising the current mines and a focus on looking for opportunities to grow

African mining industry increasingly considering renewable energy

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2015 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     6th November 2015 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     6th November 2015 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     6th November 2015 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     6th November 2015 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
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