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Cimic continues on acquisition trail with Macmahon bid

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 28 minutes ago Contracting group Cimic on Tuesday unveiled a planned takeover of Perth-based project house Macmahon, only months after it made a bid for engineering firm UGL. Cimic advised Macmahon shareholders that it intended to offer A$0.145 a share for all the shares that it did not already own in the... 

Antofagasta swaps 40% Alto Maipo stake for cheaper electricity

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2017 London-based Antofagasta announced Friday that its subsidiary Minera Los Pelambres had agreed to transfer its 40% stake in the Alto Maipo hydroelectric project to controlling shareholder Gener in return for cheaper electricity. Los Pelambres has been in partnership with Gener in the Alto Maipo... 

Adoption of new technologies can benefit mines, local communities

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 A raft of highly-matured existing technologies are available to miners in the quest to transform their operations, enhance efficiency, improve productivity, elevate safety levels, and revitalise a struggling mining industry, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm... 

Adoption of new technologies can benefit mines, local communities
INADEQUATE TECHNOLOGY UPTAKE While the technology is available, South African mining organisations are largely not ready to embrace it

Company looks back on its first decade, upbeat about future fortunes 

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 South African geospatial solution and aerial survey company Southern Mapping celebrated its tenth anniversary last month, reflecting on its many achievements while outlining its aims for the future. “Our aim is to remain the leader in the field of aerial surveying airborne remote sensing and... 

Company looks back on its first decade, upbeat about future fortunes
Southern Mapping CEO Norman Banks discusses the company’s achievements over its first decade of operating, and plans for the future. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Crippled Zimbabwe the leading African lithium producer

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Zimbabwe, a country which is facing a food security disaster, high levels of unemployment, skilled and semiskilled emigration and a cash-starved economy, having issued its own bond notes in November to solve its liquidity crisis, is leading Africa in lithium production. Bikita, a district in... 

Crippled Zimbabwe  the leading African lithium producer
DEMAND TO INCREASE The battery market accounts for about 36% of lithium demand and is expected to grow to 73% by 2025

Explosives reloading system helping Gold One to reduce mining costs

By: Dylan Slater     20th January 2017 An innovative infrastructure to use emulsion explosives for all 70 of gold miner Gold One’s underground narrow-reef stope panels at its Modder East mine has been initiated as part of the miner’s strategy to reduce its cost per ton mined.  

Explosives reloading system helping Gold One to reduce mining costs
JAMES MCARDLE Modder East’s move to emulsion explosives has increased its campaign goal for 2017 to a 0.8 m advance per panel per day, up from 0.65 m per panel per day

Investors still confident of return on investment in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 The level of investment activity in Africa is still good, but there are high risks involved, says legal firm Hogan Lovells. Despite these risks, various investors remain confident in the return on investment that Africa can offer and are subsequently taking greater risks, but Hogan Lovells... 

Investors still confident of return  on investment in Africa
CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC The current improvement in investor confidence is expected to be sustainable regardless of the risks involved in doing business in Africa

Metso launches ‘comprehensive’ in-the-pit solutions

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 Mines are continuously being challenged to rethink how to shape their operations to be more sustainable and profitable. It is for these reasons that diversified engineering group Metso has launched its “comprehensive” in-the-pit solutions (ITPS) which seek to optimally improve the entire mining... 

Metso launches ‘comprehensive’  in-the-pit solutions
IN-THE-PIT SOLUTIONS Metso’s in-the-pit solutions are advanced options for conventional production processes where truck haulage has hitherto been used

New laboratories opened based on demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Oil and fuel analysis expert WearCheck has shown considerable growth in Africa in 2016 establishing three new laboratories around the continent’s mining hotspots, a move largely driven by demand from mining operations looking to cut operational costs. As a result of this expansion, the company... 

Roytec Global

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2017 South Africa-based liquid/solid and mineral separation equipment supplier Roytec Global is a leader in the supply of thickening, filtration and mineral floatation technologies for the mining industry. Roytec is passionate about service excellence and prides itself on living up to its promises.  

Roytec Global

Specialist supplies 20 drives to Liqhobong mine

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive has successfully filled an order for the delivery of 20 drive systems and a gear motor from its X series range for the newly constructed Liqhobong diamond mine, in Lesotho. The drives and gear motor were installed for a conveyor application.... 

Specialist supplies 20 drives to Liqhobong mine
COMPLETE CUSTOMISABLE SOLUTION All conveyor systems on the Liqhibong diamond mine have been fitted with SEW-Eurodrive products

Mining Indaba secures empowerment fund sponsor for junior miners

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2017 A new empowerment fund, JSS Empowerment Mining Fund, has signed on as sponsor of the new Junior Miners Pavilion and the Investment Battlefield Competition at the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba. The newly-launched empowerment mining fund, a partnership between boutique corporate finance... 

Mining Indaba secures empowerment fund sponsor for junior miners
JSS executive director Gaurav Nair

Outa questions timing of publication of energy efficiency strategy, requests extension for comments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday called for an extension for public comments on the New Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES), which was gazetted on December 23. The organisation believes the timing of the gazette’s release and the rationality of publishing an energy strategy... 

Outa questions timing of publication of energy efficiency strategy, requests extension for comments

Sweden's Atlas Copco proposes splitting group, appoints new CEO

By: Reuters     16th January 2017 Swedish mining gear and compressor maker Atlas Copco plans to split the group into two listed companies in 2018 and distribute the equity in the new company to shareholders. The news, which was not expected, is another piece in a wider European trend where a wave of spin-offs through initial... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites
Photo by British Columbia Government
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark

Booysendal North mine expansion to add 30 000 oz/y

By: Simone Liedtke     16th December 2016 The deepening of platinum producer Northam Platinum’s Booysendal North upper group two (UG2) mine is expected to add 30 000 oz/y of saleable 4E (platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold) product to the Booysendal mine when completed in 2018. 

Booysendal North mine expansion  to add 30 000 oz/y
INCREASING OUNCES The project is expected to increase North mine yearly production to 190 000 oz

Bulk of Cullinan C-Cut Phase 1 nears completion

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 Mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation will complete its contract at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Gauteng-based Cullinan mine this month, concluding the largest portion of the R4-billion Phase 1 expansion project that will initially extend the diamond mine’s life span by about 15 year 

Bulk of Cullinan C-Cut Phase 1 nears completion
DELICATE OPERATION Detailed planning was undertaken to deepen the shafts at the Cullinan C-Cut project without disrupting the existing infrastructure and operations

Difficult drilling proves rewarding at Koffiefontein

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 Diamond producer Petra Diamonds’ geological team has gained access to the kimberlite deposit between the 60 m level and 72 m level at its Koffiefontein project, in the Free State, owing to diamond drilling services provider Lesedi Drilling and Mining Contracting Company’s assistance in... 

Difficult drilling proves  rewarding at Koffiefontein
PRODUCTIVITY LIFTED Production at Petra Diamonds’ Koffiefontein project increased by 37% this year, as the result of more run-of-mine tonnage being treate

Gold miner and varsity form R&D partnership

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 The signing of a memorandum of understanding to form a partnership between gold tailings retreatment company DRDGold and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering is one of first steps in the uptake of in-sourcing research and development (R&D)... 

Gold miner and varsity form R&D partnership
SHAKE IT OFF The signing of the memorandum of understanding cements efforts to capitalise on youthful research and development to enhance gold mining industry

Integration of IoT platforms in mining seen as way to enhance productivity

By: Ilan Solomons     16th December 2016 The adoption and implementation of exponential technologies will increase productivity and ensure greater efficiencies throughout the mining sector globally, asserts advisory firm Deloitte digital transformation in Africa head Gareth Rees. He points out that the mining sector has been developing... 

Junior miner to complete facility expansions this year

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 All of the facility expansions under way at the Krone-Endora project, in Limpopo, are on track for completion by the end of the year, says Canadian junior mining company Diamcor Mining CEO Dean Taylor. 

Junior miner to complete facility expansions this year
DEAN TAYLOR The current upgrades under way should address all optimisation opportunities identified by past testing and commissioning exercises at Krone-Endora

JV plant to process Kimberley underground ore by H2 2017

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 Diamond miner Petra Diamonds expects all ore from its Kimberley underground operation to be processed through the combined treatment plant associated with its Kimberley Ekapa Mining (KEM) joint venture (JV) from the second half of fiscal year 2017 onwards. 

JV plant to process Kimberley underground ore by H2 2017
POSITIVE SIGNS Global diamond supply remains tight while demand from the US has been stable, with growth in emerging markets detected

New ocean mining vessel fitted with dust-extraction system

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 Ocean mining vessel, the deep-water diamond exploration and sampling motor vessel (MV) SS Nujoma has been fitted with a dynamic scrubber to assist with wet dust extraction on board, once the vessel goes into operation. The dynamic scrubber was provided by mining, bulk materials handling and... 

New ocean mining vessel fitted with dust-extraction system
OCEAN MINING The MV SS Nujoma entering Cape Town before the installation of the dynamic scrubber system

Systems thinking game aims to bring change to mining industry

By: Ilan Solomons     16th December 2016 Mining industry stakeholders knows that the industry must become more productive and efficient if it is to remain competitive and achieve the returns on investment required by shareholders. Local management consultancy Vuuma Collaborations has been researching other complex industries that have... 

Systems thinking game aims to bring change to mining industry
Photo by Duane Daws
SERIOUS GAMING SiMINE provides a systems thinking approach for mining through modern game technology to understand the complexities of an interconnected mining value chain

Work on Booysendal South Central access decline to start in April

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 Platinum producer Northam Platinum earlier this month awarded JSE-listed Murray & Roberts Cementation the Phase 1 contract for the Mpumalanga-based Booysendal South Central complex, a new mine that will be established on the same mining lease as Booysendal platinum mine. Murray & Roberts... 

Zondereinde smelter expansion due H2 2017

By: Simone Liedtke     16th December 2016 Work on integrated platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde smelter expansion project to increase the smelter’s capacity remains scheduled for completion by the second half of 2017. The 16-month project started in February and has a R750-million budget, of which, to... 

‘Exciting prospect’ awaits decision

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 Diamond explorer and project developer Botswana Diamonds is in discussions with its joint venture (JV) partner, Botswana State-owned copper and nickel producer BCL, to undertake essential verification drilling on a cluster of diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes at the Maibwe exploration project in... 

‘Exciting prospect’  awaits decision
JOHN TEELING There are currently powerful fundamentals driving the international diamond market, with analysts predicting a diamond supply deficit in future

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues
Lenny Govender & Vees Moodley

NRW gets Yandi contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th December 2016 Mining major Rio Tinto has awarded a A$40-million bulk earthworks and civil works contract to ASX-listed NRW Holdings at the Yandicoogina mine, in Western Australia. The contract is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018, and NRW said on Tuesday that the company would use its... 

Murray & Roberts secures Phase 1 Booysendal South Central complex contract

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Platinum producer Northam Platinum this week awarded JSE-listed Murray & Roberts Cementation the Phase 1 contract for the Mpumalanga-based Booysendal South Central complex, a new mine that will be established on the same mining lease as Booysendal platinum mine.... 

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 To ensure sustainable operations in drought sticken Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, diversified miner South32 has invested R74-million in a seawater desalination plant that uses membrane technology to produce cooling process water for its Hillside aluminium smelter. The diversified miner appointed... 

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

New engine oil promises significant cost savings

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Global petroleum company Shell’s latest heavy-duty diesel engine oil, Rimula R4L, coupled with its customer value proposition (CVP), aims to improve cost efficiency at mining operations amid the current tough economic climate. Shell South Africa commercial lubricants sales GM Anton Niemann... 

Possible commodity price upturn, cost-cutting innovations augur well for mining sector, BME conference delegates told

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 The possibility of an upturn in commodity prices may be positively turning, as well as news of cost-saving innovations for mines as they struggle to remain profitable, were the highlights of the yearly BME Drilling and Blasting Conference, held in Pretoria last month. The volume of total mining... 

Possible commodity price upturn, cost-cutting  innovations  augur well for mining sector, BME conference delegates told
Roelof Botha Compared to 2013, the volume of total mining production has shown signs of stabilising in 2016

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking

By: Ilan Solomons     9th December 2016 The South African mining industry requires a paradigm shift in its fundamental approach to mining processes to ensure that it can move away from the use of explosives, says diversified miner Sibanye Resources safe technology and innovation project engineer Alex Fenn. He argues that explosives are... 

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking
Photo by CMTI
NONEXPLOSIVE MINING ENABLER The Multi-Track1000 is 930 mm in height and has four independent track assemblies, which are capable of three different degrees of motion

Caterpillar will consider retaining jobs in US under Trump

By: Bloomberg     8th December 2016 Under a Donald Trump government, Caterpillar will consider keeping jobs in the US that may have otherwise been shifted abroad, CEO Doug Oberhelman said. Tax changes and other policies proposed by president-elect Trump would help generate more jobs and it’s “reasonable” to think the economy can... 

Aveng wins Gamsberg zinc mining contract

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2016 A contract to establish and mine the Gamsberg opencast zinc operation has been awarded to Aveng Moolmans by Black Mountain Mining, a Vedanta Zinc International operation. Vedanta acquired zinc assets including Gamsberg from Anglo American in 2010 for $1 338-million. 

Aveng wins Gamsberg zinc mining contract
Photo by Duane Daws
Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo

Ritchie Bros rakes in $40m from final auction of 2016

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th December 2016 Industrial auctioneer Ritchie Bros held its fifth and final Fort Worth, Texas auction for the year last week, selling 4 950 items over two days for more than $40-million. These items included oil, gas, power and utility equipment, as well as general construction equipment, vocational trucks and... 

Aus company grows share in DRC project

     2nd December 2016 ASX-listed minerals company Regal Resources has entered into an unconditional agreement with joint venture partner, Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) registered La Generale Industrielle et Commerciale au Congo (GICC), to acquire from it additional shares in Kalongwe copper project’s holding... 

Aus company grows share in DRC project
KALONGWE ORE Kalongwe hosts a near-surface resource of 302 000 t copper and 42 000 t cobalt as predominantly oxide ore
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