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Schwalbe

     26th August 2016 Focused on providing products and services whilst ensuring competitiveness in quality, reliability and price, South Africa-based drilling equipment supplier Schwalbe’s product lines have been supplied to and tested, with favourable results, by companies such as gold producer AngloGold Ashanti,... 

Aviation company grows African fleet

     4th March 2016 The African division of Swiss aviation company ExecuJet Aviation Group is expanding Africa’s managed and charter fleet with the addition of a Cessna Supervan 900, ideal for accessing locations with short, unprepared landing strips, such as mining sites. “ExecuJet Africa are excited about adding a... 

Aviation company grows African fleet
SUPERVAN 900 Execujet anticipates high demand for its Supervan 900 not only for mining operations but also remote sightseeing and safari expeditions

Delegates weigh up value of event

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 In the current climate, participants at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba carefully balanced the investment they made in participating in the event with the value they derived from attending, say independent, international consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. SRK South... 

Delegates weigh  up value of event
PROSPECTS PONDERED Delegates of this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba were looking for insights into how long the commodity downturn was likely to last

Earthmoving solutions to launch in 2016

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 Several new Cat earthmoving products for the mining, construction and allied industries are scheduled to be released in South Africa during 2016 by Caterpillar’s Southern African dealer, Barloworld Equipment, a division of  Barloworld. An example is the 22 t payload Cat 6020B hydraulic shovel,... 

Earthmoving solutions to launch in 2016
THE CAT 6020B In the first phase of production, the Cat 6020B, with its 224 t operating weight, will be supplied only in backhoe configuration

Hackathon fast-tracks development

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 Technology implementation costs time and money – two critical resources that the mining sector currently requires to reinvent itself, says Anglo American Technology and Innovation head Jeannette McGill. “The Unearthed hackathon is the perfect platform to fast-track innovation and short-circuit... 

Hackathon fast-tracks development
PIETER HOLTZHAUSEN Team Middebosch took top honours for its visualisation of offshore diamond mining analytics for diamond miner De Beers

Infrastructure investment key to economic development

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 Addressing Africa’s infrastructure needs is the core aim of development finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), which emphasises the need for shared infrastructure development. One of the corporation’s main points of interest in terms of infrastructure development is the natural... 

Infrastructure  investment key to  economic development
OSAM IYAHEN The AFC has a very strong appetite for investing in infrastructure that is part of the mining sector, which, in Africa, is the key enabler for the success of many projects

Solutions for energy efficient, productive mining showcased

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 To further expand its mining and industrial solutions, global technologies and services supplier Bosch is now increasingly targeting markets in Africa and Oceania. “With positive economic development underpinned by a wealth of raw materials and an increasingly well-educated workforce and growing... 

South Africa must maintain relevance in global mining sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th March 2016 It is important that South Africa remain an integral player in the global mining sector to attract investors worldwide during the current constrained market environment, financial services provider Barclays Africa Group tells Mining Weekly. Barclays Africa head of mining Craig Brewer explains... 

South Africa must maintain relevance in global mining sector

Sustainable development a significant challenge faced by miners

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 Local stakeholders view the mining sector, the way in which it is funded and engages with governments and communities in Africa as fundamentally unsustainable in terms of the future development of the industry. This is mainly owing to a build-up of unrealistic expectations as to what mining will... 

Sustainable development a significant challenge faced by miners
LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY NEEDED The industry must be prepared to explore for decades to replenish the geological inventory to ensure a pipeline of mining projects and long-term sustainability

Stakeholders urged to embrace fast-approaching digital mining

By: Kim Cloete     11th February 2016 With the interplay between technological development and the mining industry becoming increasingly prominent, delegates at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba have been urged to embrace the concept of digital mining. Diversified metals and mining major Vedanta Resources CEO Tom... 

Royal Bafokeng King questions S African mining policy

By: African News Agency      11th February 2016 Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, King of the Royal Bafokeng nation, on Thursday questioned the South African mining policy. He called on government to examine the legislative and regulatory framework which he argued was taking away resources from communities when it was enacted to benefit them. 

Rutile production ramps up in Sierra Leone

By: Kim Cloete     11th February 2016 Sierra Rutile has risen above civil war and, more recently, the Ebola virus, to deepen its mining operations, with ambitions to become the largest global rutile producer. The Sierra Leone-based company currently supplies 17% of global demand. It sells to bitumen producers throughout the world,... 

Global interest in nuclear development on the rise, hears Mining Indaba 

By: Kim Cloete     10th February 2016 Amid declining nuclear costs, more nuclear power stations are being constructed now than in any other time in history, according to Australian energy major Peninsula Energy Limited (PEN) CEO Gus Simpson. Addressing delegates at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Simpson conceded that... 

Global interest in nuclear development on the rise, hears Mining Indaba

Platreef will be the largest PGMs mine in the world, promises Friedland

By: Kim Cloete     10th February 2016 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines is confident that its Limpopo-based Platreef mine, which is expected to produce 12-million tonnes a year, will be the largest platinum group metals (PGMs) mine in the world “by a massive margin”. Addressing conference delegates at the... 

Platreef will be the largest PGMs mine in the world, promises Friedland
Ivanhoe Mines CEO Robert Friedland

Mining Indaba is more relevant in bust than in boom – MD

By: News24Wire      10th February 2016 The mining crisis and subsequent job losses in the industry might have had an impact on the number of delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in 2016, but the dialogue between key leaders at the event meant this year’s event carried greater weight than other years. That is according... 

Mining’s stressed state moving govts, investors closer – Bristow

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2016 The current stressed state of the mining sector was prompting governments and investors to work together to sustain the industry and make it deliver real value for all stakeholders, Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow said on Wednesday. Speaking at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba,... 

Mining’s stressed state moving govts, investors closer – Bristow
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Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Innovation the key to success in troubled mining sector

By: Kim Cloete     10th February 2016 A study into innovation in Africa’s mining sector has shown that mining houses will need to innovate if they want to succeed in a sector marked by plunging commodity prices, deeper and more dangerous mines, greater geographical complexity and labour unrest. The ‘Innovation State of Play: Africa’... 

Innovation the key to success in troubled mining sector

Africa entering phase of becoming factory of world – Menell

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2016 Africa was entering a phase of becoming the factory of the world requiring the building of facilitating infrastructure, Credit Suisse Securities chairperson Rick Menell. Speaking  during a panel discussion at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Menell outlined how Africa’s large resource... 

Africa entering phase of becoming factory of world – Menell
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Credit Suisse Securities chairperson Rick Menell

Anglo engaging harshest critics, Indaba hears

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2016 Anglo American is engaging with its harshest critics because they are often the best people to learn from, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani said during a panel discussion at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Moderated by International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) CEO Tom... 

Anglo engaging harshest critics, Indaba hears
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

China has ‘very serious’ structural problem – Broadman

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2016 A very serious structural problem is playing itself out in China and not merely a reorienting to a consumption-led economy, says Council on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets director Dr Harry Broadman. Broadman, who delivered the second keynote address at the 2016 Investing in African Mining... 

China has ‘very serious’ structural problem – Broadman

Second-largest diamond ever recorded named 'our light'

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2016 The second-largest diamond ever recovered has been named ‘Lesedi La Rona’ which means ‘Our Light’. The 1 100 ct diamond – about the size of a tennis ball - was discovered at the Karowe mine in Botswana last November. Over 10 000 people entered a competition to name the gem, either by e-mail or... 

Miners owe it to host countries to invest in downturns – Randgold

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2016 Mining companies owed it to their host countries and their shareholders to invest in the troughs so that they could reap the benefits in the peaks, Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow said on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel discussion at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Bristow... 

Miners owe it to host countries to invest in downturns – Randgold
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Randgold CEO Mark Bristow

Vedanta rephases capex at Gamsberg as part of cost-cutting measures

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2016 In light of tumbling commodity prices, global diversified metals and mining company Vedanta Resources has had to restructure costs across all of its businesses, including South Africa-based Gamsberg zinc project .  Vedanta Resources CEO Tom Albanese told delegates at the Investing in African... 

Vedanta rephases capex at Gamsberg as part of cost-cutting measures
Vedanta Resources CEO Tom Albanese

Fuel cell technology fast-tracked with launch of feasibility study in S Africa

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2016 An extensive feasibility study of fuel cells has been launched in South Africa in a bid to make the most of South Africa’s vast platinum resources. If successful, Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) believes the manufacturing of fuel cell components could be up and running within two years. The... 

Fuel cell technology fast-tracked with launch of feasibility study in S Africa
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

S African company signs licence agreement to locally manufacture fuel cell components

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2016 Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) has acquired the rights to manufacture, use, market and sell licensed fuel cell components worldwide, using a portfolio of membrane-electrode assembly and membrane design, formulation and manufacturing technology. The South African company announced that it had... 

S African company signs licence agreement to locally manufacture fuel cell components
IPM CEO Vinay Somera

Unlock South Africa/Botswana coal in tandem, Exxaro urges at Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2016 All stakeholders should recommit to the development of the Waterberg coalfields in tandem with neighbouring Botswana in order to unlock the entire region’s coal potential and improve transport economics, Exxaro Resources CEO designate Mxolisi Mgojo urged on Tuesday. Speaking at the 2016... 

Unlock South Africa/Botswana coal in tandem, Exxaro urges at Indaba
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Exxaro Resources CEO designate Mxolisi Mgojo

Mining companies tread carefully when considering exploration

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2016 Mining companies are becoming more circumspect when they decide which countries to invest in when it comes to exploration, a panel at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town has heard. They are also faced with increasing attention from nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and... 

Need for mining’s reinvention as critical economic pillar – Biti

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2016 Mining needs to be reinvented as a mutually transformative win-win for countries and companies to put an end to the resource curse, which has destroyed the collective creativity of resource-rich economies, causing them to fall behind their resource-poor counterparts, former Zimbabwe Finance... 

Copper loses its shine, for now

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2016 Plunging copper prices have pushed the copper industry into a quandary, with global demand deteriorating to an even worse extent than many people realise, Bernstein senior research analyst Paul Gait told delegates at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba this week. Gait noted, however, that... 

M&R, EGMF set up DRC company at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2016 Underground mining services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation, together with Enterprise Generale Malta Forrest SA (EGMF), used the Mining Indaba as a setting to establish a new joint company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to serve the mining industry in Central Africa.... 

M&R, EGMF set up DRC company at Mining Indaba
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R Cementation business development executive Allan Widlake

Very positive long-term outlook for platinum – Hinkly

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2016 The outlook for platinum demand in the next five years is very positive, Anglo American Platinum executive head marketing Andrew Hinkly said on Monday. Speaking at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Hinkly said that the continued requirement for clean vehicle emissions would continue... 

Very positive long-term outlook for platinum – Hinkly
Amplats executive head of marketing Andrew Hinkly
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