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Junior miner looks to stabilise production levels at Kiepersol project site

By: Ilan Solomons Mine operations at Indian multinational conglomerate Jindal Africa’s underground Kiepersol colliery in Mkhondo local municipality, Mpumalanga, are stabilising production levels at the mine, Kiepersol colliery GM Jock Nel tells Mining Weekly. “We have opened four adits – west, east, central and... 

African Reptiles & Venom

In addition to supplying snake venom to local polyvalent snakebite antivenom manufacturer South African Vaccine Producers, Gauteng-based snake venom extractor and supplier African Reptiles & Venom has secured several short-term contracts with various mines and industrial utilities, including... 

African Reptiles & Venom

Aus contractor has much to offer African mining industry

By: Ilan Solomons As an Australian company, underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco believes it has the right skills, new technology and knowledge of the mining industry and its operations to benefit the African mining industry, says Barminco business development executive GM Daniel Archer. Speaking to... 

Aus contractor has much  to offer African mining  industry
Photo by Centamin
SUKARI GOLD MINE Barminco is responsible for all underground developments at Centamin’s Sukari gold mine, in Egypt

Aussie blaster sets its sights on Africa

By: Ilan Solomons Australia-based drill and blast services provider Action Drill & Blast has developed significantly in Australia in the last four years, but the company told Mining Weekly at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the time was right for expansion into Africa. Action Drill & Blast... 

Aussie blaster sets its sights on Africa
CORRECT BLASTING IS CRITICAL Successful drill and blast operations begin with the correct blast design – holes need to be drilled in the right place and to the right depth

Auto supplier promotes new heavy-duty vehicle at indaba

By: Ilan Solomons Modified light- and heavy-duty vehicles and fleet solutions supplier RMA Automotive (RMAA) showcased its latest mine site vehicle modifications and fleet solutions at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town, last month. RMAA South Africa GM Andrew Fuller spoke to... 

Auto supplier promotes new heavy-duty vehicle at indaba
MINING SPECIFIC The Ford Ranger mine site heavy-duty double-cab pickup was developed in conjunction with mining houses and RMA Automotive South Africa

Bank seeks new African investment destinations

By: Ilan Solomons Investment banking services provider Nedbank Capital is seeking opportunities to invest in several greenfield gold projects in Africa, specifically in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. Speaking to Mining Weekly at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, Nedbank Capital mining and metals... 

Bank seeks new African  investment destinations
Photo by Bloomberg
LANGER HEINRICH MINE Nedbank and Standard Bank have jointly refinanced Paladin Energy’s Langer Heinrich uranium mine, in Namibia

China remains key to growth of African mining, says MD

By: Ilan Solomons Understanding Asia, particularly China, was key to ensuring sustainable growth for the African mining industry, said international advisory, procurement and sales activation firm The Beijing Axis (TBA) group MD Kobus van der Wath, who spoke to Mining Weekly at the Investing in African Mining... 

China remains key to growth of African mining, says MD
KOBUS VAN DER WATH His fifth consecutive keynote address at the Mining Indaba dealt with the potential to develop a global natural resources alliance between China and Africa

Company launches new portable, handheld mineral identifier at Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons Analytical X-ray diffractometer and spectrometer manufacturer and supplier Panalytical showcased its newly launched portable, handheld TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town last month. “The TerraSpec Halo, which is... 

Company launches new portable, handheld mineral identifier at Mining Indaba
ON DISPLAY The TerraSpec Halo provides increased accuracy and easy use for field geologists

Company upbeat despite mining industry challenges

By: Ilan Solomons Project management software and consulting company SSG Consulting was bullish about its 2014 prospects and intended to at least double its customer base this year, SSG Consulting CEO Steven Golding told Mining Weekly at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. The company’s business... 

Company upbeat  despite mining  industry challenges
SERVICING ISOLATED OPERATIONS Many of the new mining projects in Africa are in remote locations and require management platforms that can be accessed from a central hub

Construction company completes project work in the DRC, upbeat about African mining prospects

By: Ilan Solomons Privately owned and managed structural steel, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and piping (SMEIP) construction company Redis Construction Afrika is working on several copper projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), executive chairperson Wahab Suliman ‘Solly’ Ismail told Mining... 

Construction company  completes project work in the DRC, upbeat about African mining prospects
COPPER REFINERY PROGRESS In the last two years, Redis has completed construction of three separate copper refineries in the Democratic Republic of Cong

Consultancy showcases comprehensive service offering at Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons International environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy Environ showcased its services and solutions offering for the African mining industries at last month’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6. The company established an... 

Consultancy showcases comprehensive service offering at Mining Indaba
SERVICE OFFERING David Scott, Clinton Phaal, Glenn Mills and John Lambert

Copper investors advised to keep an eye on Zambia

By: Ilan Solomons Amid predictions that the copper sector would remain buoyant this year from a pricing and project development perspective, professional services firm EY suggested that investors kept a close eye on Zambia, as it was the largest copper producer in Africa. “While Zambia has large quantities of... 

Copper investors advised to keep an eye on Zambia
COMMODITY FOCUS As the largest copper-producing country in Africa, Zambia should be a focal point for foreign investors in 2014

Equipment supplier registers increased interest in mine mechanisation

By: Ilan Solomons Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining South Africa business development and technical GM Bjorn Gohre said at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba that the company received a significant number of enquiries about its equipment offering, owing to increased interest in the... 

Equipment supplier  registers increased  interest in mine  mechanisation
MECHANISATION ATTRACTION Companies’ increased interest in mine mechanisation is a direct result of the ever-increasing cost of labour and continued labour unrest, which have plagued South African mining operations in the last three years

European plastic piping company expands African footprint

By: Ilan Solomons UK-based pipe manufacturer Polypipe is ready to expand its presence in the African market and is homing in on the mining industry, having already secured contracts to supply pipework systems to major mining projects, in Kenya and Sierra Leone, in the last two years. Speaking to Mining Weekly on... 

European plastic piping company expands African footprint
PIPING SOLUTION INSTALLATION Polypipe supplied its Ridgidrain high-density polyethylene piping solution to an iron-ore mine in Sierra Leone

Firm seeks new opportunities in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons Convinced that copper was positively poised for future growth, energy-focused global private-equity firm Denham Capital Management was aiming to invest in new copper projects in Africa, said company director Caroline Donally, who spoke to Mining Weekly on the sidelines at this year’s Investing in... 

Firm seeks new  opportunities in Africa
SEEKING OPPORTUNITIES Denham Capital is aiming to invest in base metals, as they are sustainable in the long term

Indaba reflects state of SA mining industry

By: Carina Borralho While the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba 2014 was well managed, it was not as well attended as the 2013 indaba, notes offshore law firm Ogier, adding that most indaba exhibitors were service providers and not major mining companies. “The mood was subdued and there was no sense of deals being... 

Indaba reflects state of SA mining industry
SIMON DINNING Ogier will attend the indaba again, as it is a great opportunity to meet clients

New Mining ERP system promoted at Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons Local business solutions provider AccTech Systems launched its blueprint enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town last month. “Economic and socioeconomic pressures in the mining industry are forcing mining companies to... 

New Mining ERP system promoted at Mining Indaba
MORNÉ SWANEPOEL, JOHN PRETORIUS AND ANDRÉ CLOETE Sage ERP for mining offers a complete set of business management solutions designed to manage all aspects of the modern mining enterprise

Outsourcing group empowering HDSAs

By: Ilan Solomons Historically disadvantaged South African (HDSA) entrepreneurs are poised to benefit significantly, owing to local hospitality services and facilities management company Tsebo Outsourcing Group’s supplier development programme, which allocates 40% of its procurement spend to local black-owned... 

Outsourcing group  empowering HDSAs
TSEBO ON DISPLAY Denis Hourquebie and Clive Smith discuss tactics during the Mining Indaba

Planning for 2015 Mining Indaba already under way

By: Ilan Solomons Planning for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will again take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from February 9 to 12, is already under way, following the successful completion of the twentieth indaba last month. “This year’s conference brought... 

Planning for 2015 Mining Indaba  already under way
LARGE TURNOUT This years’ Mining Indaba attracted more than 7 000 delegates from 110 countries across six continents

Post-indaba ROI to take place

By: Carina Borralho While the Investing in African Mining Indaba was a success by most accounts, the popular mining conference’s return on investment (ROI) will be closely monitored over the next few months by supply chain solutions provider Panalpina Panprojects Africa, which says that attending the indaba was an... 

Post-indaba ROI to take place
ARNE FAYD’HERBE Panalpina Panprojects Africa is an international project logistics solutions provider that is regarded as the specialised and dedicated project logistics division of Panalpina World Transport

Proposed amendments to MPRDA a concern – global law firm

By: Ilan Solomons Some of the proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) will add additional red tape to mining companies’ deal-making and conclusion processes, which will introduce another layer of complexity and uncertainty to South Africa’s mining laws, says global law... 

Proposed amendments to MPRDA a concern – global law firm
Photo by Duane Daws
MAKING THE RIGHT NOISES Baker & McKenzie says Minister Susan Shabangu toned down rhetoric on the issue of forcing beneficiation, as this remained a concern for foreign investors

PV manufacturer promotes solar power use in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons Owing to the energy-intensive nature of mining operations, China-based solar cells and modules manufacturer Talesun Energy believes its photovoltaic (PV) solutions will enable mining operations to reduce the amount of power mines draw from national electricity grids, which will also reduce mining... 

PV manufacturer  promotes solar  power use in Africa
100 MW PROJECT IN GANSU PROVINCE, CHINA Talesun Energy believes it can deliver turnkey solar systems to Africa, particularly in the mining and heavy industrial sectors

Specialised skills for Africa

By: Ilan Solomons Local resources sector recruitment specialist Mecs Africa, a subsidiary of JSE-listed company MICROmega Holdings, has long-term plans to establish skills training centres across Africa to empower local workforces on the continent. Mecs Africa MD Roland Glass told Mining Weekly on the sidelines of... 

Specialised skills  for Africa
AIMING HIGHER Mecs Africa would like to play a constructive role in providing skilled labour

Sustainable growth programme a highlight at Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons Engineering, project delivery and advisory services group Aurecon’s Partnering for Sustainable Growth programme provided conference delegates who attended the programme at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba with a holistic approach to mine development, said Africa and Middle East... 

Sustainable growth programme a highlight  at Mining Indaba
GARTH HIGGO Aurecon using the lens of the Six Capitals approach developed by the global integrated reporting coalition the International Integrated Reporting Council, measured six capital models for sustainable growth

Technology innovator highlights mining product offering at Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons In the last three years, diversified technology innovator 3M has made a concerted effort to provide new technologies and solutions for the global mining industry, taking advantage of the opportunity to showcase its latest offerings during the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place... 

Technology innovator highlights mining product offering at Mining Indaba
3M INDABA EXHIBIT Through its comprehensive range of products and solutions, 3M believes it can help mining companies to increase productivity and safety levels at their operations

UK-based developer to further develop Ethiopian gold project

By: Ilan Solomons Exploration and development company Kefi Minerals has started a $3-million programme of trenching, reverse-circulation drilling and engineering at its newly acquired Tulu Kapi gold project, 28 km east of the town of Ayra-Gulliso, in Ethiopia’s Oromia state, as a precursor to the planned mine... 

UK-based developer to further develop Ethiopian gold project
ETHIOPIAN ENDEAVOUR The government of Ethiopia is keen for Kefi Minerals to expedite the financing of the Tulu Kapi gold project

Bulk grease truck boosts productivity and reduces costs in mining sector

Shell South Africa Marketing (Shell) is pleased to announce that its excavator grease replenishment process has now been revolutionised. This is according to Shell’s commercial technical manager, Raymond Abraham. “Shell identified a solution to improve mining customer’s stock replenishment... 

Mathunjwa confirms platinum strikers holding firm to wage demands

By: Kim Cloete The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is holding firm to its R12 500-a-month wage demand for workers in the platinum sector, AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa said on Wednesday. He told the Cape Town Press Club the union would keep pushing its demands to double the current... 

Mathunjwa confirms platinum strikers holding firm to wage demands

Sibanye Gold going all out to win workers’ hearts, minds – Froneman

By: Martin Creamer JSE- and NYSE-listed gold mining company Sibanye was going all out to win the hearts and minds of all of its employees, its CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Froneman, who was taking part in a panel discussion at the Investing In African Mining Indaba, together with Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi and... 

Sibanye Gold going all out to win workers’ hearts, minds – Froneman
Photo by Duane Daws
Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

Major global future demand for South African platinum – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer The future of the world is urbanisation and South Africa is uniquely placed to supply the major volume of the platinum metals that the world will need in large quantities to clean its air. “Platinum metals equal healthier air,” Ivanhoe Capital Corporation chairperson Robert Friedland told the... 

Major global future demand for South African platinum – Friedland
Photo by Duane Daws
Ivanhoe Capital Corporation chairperson Robert Friedland

Nigeria sets sights on re-emerging as key mining destination 

By: Kim Cloete Nigeria is hoping to become a much bigger player in African mining, following years of neglecting the industry in favour of oil. A Nigerian government delegation said it had introduced a range of incentives to investors and was keen to re-emerge as a key mining destination on the continent. 

Nigeria sets sights on re-emerging as key mining destination
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