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Confronting Africa’s corrupt business culture

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 Corruption is a huge challenge with regard to the supply of cross-border mining services in Africa. Corruption seems to be entrenched in the culture of the way things are done in Africa, as anticorruption laws are not necessarily well enforced, with Pretoria-based professional ethics advisory... 

In-country partnerships vital to traverse cross border challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are several constraints that hinder the cross-border supply chain in Africa, but the most daunting are the logistical challenges, given the vast distances that need to be covered – primarily over very poor roads – and congested and inefficient border crossings, says facilities management... 

In-country partnerships  vital to traverse cross border challenges
POSITION OF STRENGTH Sub-Saharan Africa has a reputation for historically having high barriers to entry, so International Facilities Services' presence has always been a competitive advantage

Digitalisation, automation to increase across Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th March 2018 Digitalisation and automation in the mining industry have become a reality, says mining and equipment services provider Sandvik Southern Africa sales VP Simon Andrews, who tells Mining Weekly that industry “has stepped beyond the conceptual phase and entered the operational phase”. He suggests... 

Digitalisation, automation to increase across Africa
DIGITALISATION EMPHASIS The OptiMine information management systems are suitable for surface and underground mining applications

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is at an advanced development stage, being fully explored and ready to start mining, subject to environmental approvals, says Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati, who reiterates that all effort and development... 

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset
NEW COAL ASSET Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is ready to start mining

Gaps in measures against mineral resource misreporting

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Addressing delegates at a seminar at SRK’s Johannesburg office last month, corporate consultant and SRK Australia chairman Mark Noppe advised that there are still surprisingly large gaps in the assurance systems that companies use to protect against inaccuracy of reporting mineral resources and... 

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions

16th March 2018 The pricing for the mineral sands product suite continued to improve throughout 2017 with the zircon market in particular benefitting from improving demand dynamics and emerging supply side shortfalls, says mineral sands miner Mineral Deposits (MD). Further, within the high-grade titanium dioxide... 

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions
Photo by Bloomberg
SHUTDOWN SLOWDOWN A gearbox failure caused a slowdown in operations at the TiZir titanium and iron ilmenite upgrading facility, in Norway

Angolan railway and port restarts exporting minerals after 30 years of disruption

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 The export of minerals from the interior of south central Africa through the port of Lobito in Angola, by means of the Benguela Railway (Caminho de Ferro de Benguela – CFB) restarted during the first week of this month. This marked the resumption of a service that was disrupted more than 30 years... 

ELB posts R52m interim profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 Solutions provider and capital equipment supplier ELB on Wednesday announced interim profit of R52-million, a 13% year-on-year increase on the R46-million reported in the same period of 2016, with headline earnings a share increasing from R1.42 to R1.58.  

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision, on Tuesday, to hold off on the signing of power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPPs).  

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Copper/gold miner OZ Minerals on Friday unveiled its power strategy, which includes a new high voltage power transmission line to secure electricity for the Prominent Hill and Carrapateena mines, as well as any future developments in South Australia. “Infrastructure in the region does not support... 

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

Chemical-resistance valves an imperative for processing plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 To meet mines’ and processing plants’ continuous need for robust and chemical-resistant products, thermoplastic pipeline products supplier Astore Keymak will start supplying Italian thermoplastic valve manufacturer Formatura Iniezone Polimeri’s (FIP’s) flanged DIALOCK (DK) diaphragm valves to the... 

Chemical-resistance valves an  imperative for processing plants
MULTIPLE MATERIALS The DK valves are available in unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene homopolymer and polyvinylidene fluoride

Thermoplastic valves lightweight and cost saving

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Where steel valves do not meet mines’ process requirements, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG says thermoplastic valves, such as those of UK-based manufacturer SAFi Thermoplastic Valve Solutions (SAFi), can be offered instead.  

Thermoplastic  valves lightweight  and cost saving
MINING READY SAFi’s lightweight polymer materials are integrated with a robust valve design to handle abrasive materials in demanding industries

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire & Security Techniques (FST) has introduced its Fire-Eater ZSV-25 local zone valve (ZSV-25) to the local market for use in systems where multiple zones in mines are protected by one fire-extinguishing cylinder bank.  

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost
FREE-FLOWING The ZSV-25 valve acts as a selector valve, directing the flow of Inergen fire-extinguishing agent to the correct zones, should a fire break out

BASF opens new lab in Joburg

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 Specialised chemicals company BASF Mining Solutions South Africa, last month opened its new agglomeration laboratory, based at research organization Mintek’s premises, co-located with BASF Mining Solutions’ existing sample preparation and solid-liquid separation laboratory. Following the... 

BASF opens new lab  in Joburg
NATURAL PROGRESSION The agglomeration lab was a natural progression for the company, which has been exploring means of enhancing recoveries for the last five years

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

Master Drilling warns of lower FY17 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2018 Master Drilling on Thursday said its earnings per share (EPS), in rand terms, for the year ended December 31, were likely to be between 22.1% and 32.1% lower year-on-year at between 142.60c and 163.60c. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) are, similarly, expected to decrease by between 20.2% and... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Sustainability raising the bar in mining industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 Mining companies are taking an increasingly leading role in improving sustainability across the industry, and a proactive approach towards ensuring long-term sustainability, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch chief technical officer Dennis Gibson.... 

Sustainability  raising the bar in mining industry
Photo by Duane Daws
REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT Technologies, such as solar photovoltaic, hydro and wind can deliver clean energy and aid sustainability

Mining Indaba achieves ‘support’ goal, sees increase in investor interest

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 The goal of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba – to support junior, midtier and major miners through investment and finance while enhancing the platform to include more discussion on sustainability – has been met, says event organiser Mining Indaba director of content Harry Chapman. He... 

Mining Indaba achieves ‘support’ goal, sees increase in investor interest
INVESTOR CONFIDENCE There was a 23% increase in international investor attendance at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

Disruptive MTB solution to provide for continuous operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 JSE-listed raise boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling launched its new mobile tunnel boring (MTB) system at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which was held from February 5 to 8, in Cape Town. The system, specifically designed for the mining sector, is suited to the... 

Disruptive MTB solution to provide  for continuous operations
Photo by Duane Daws
DANIE PRETORIUS Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel boring system is due to arrive in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 and it will be used at a local mine

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 South Africa needs stability, continuity and fairness in the mining industry, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure division MD Dr Terence Milne, who tells Mining Weekly that presenters at the Investing in African Mining Indaba highlighted “political stability, fair... 

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth
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CLEAN ENERGY WSP aims to explore green energy for miners in the year ahead

MTE celebrates 25 years of success

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Travelling exhibition specialist MTE celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, and the company – founded by Tony Wightman in 1993 – owes its success to its deep engagement with the mining industry, subsequently enabling MTE to establish long-standing relationships with mines and... 

Mineral flowsheet development completed at Prieska zinc-copper project

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2018 JSE- and ASX-listed minerals exploration company Orion Minerals has successfully completed the development of a mineral flowsheet for the treatment of sulphide zinc/copper mineralisation at the Prieska project, in the Northern Cape. The derived mineral processing flowsheet achieves high zinc and... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2018 The oil and gas unit of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is actively pursuing projects in “complementary markets”, owing to a slowdown in new project activity in the Australasian oil and gas sector. The value of M&R’s oil and gas order book has fallen to below R4-billion,... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown
M&R CEO Henry Laas

AECI mining division reports improved operating profit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI's mining solutions segment's revenue declined by 2.2% to R9.7-billion in the year ended December 31, owing to lower ammonia prices and a stronger rand against the dollar - more than 50% of revenue in this segment is dollar based. Profit from... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam, which is in a strong organic and acquisitive growth phase, will be generating 6 500 new mining jobs in the next four to five years, which dovetails with President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'sunrise' aspirations expressed in his well-received State of... 

Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne presented financial results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Namibia mining sector is investor friendly

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 The Namibian mining sector has become more investor friendly than South Africa, as the country has clear policies that have been consistently applied, explains Sandton-based law firm Webber Wentzel partner Jonathan Veeran. Namibia has four policies governing mining and mineral prospecting: the... 

Namibia mining sector  is investor friendly
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW IN NAMIBIA Namibia has attracted investment in new mining ventures, including new uranium mines

Energy efficiency can be profit centre for mining

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 South African mining companies must embrace modern energy-saving technologies and new thinking on reducing carbon emissions if they hope to remain competitive in the global commodities market, warns international energy and carbon emissions solutions specialist Ensight Energy Solutions. “Business... 

Energy efficiency can be  profit centre for mining
Energy Saving Ideas Competition Ensight Energy Solutions believes a profitable energy future for the mining industry is possible through a combination of advanced energy management and renewable energy

De Beers unit’s density measurement system now commercially available

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2018 De Beers Group of Companies’ innovation division De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech SA) has developed a novel density measurement system that can provide process plants with fast and accurate data on material density profiles of particle samples. The availability of this data, in turn,... 

De Beers unit’s density measurement system now commercially available
ACCURATE MEASUREMENT The RhoVol has a process rate of approximately 1 000 particles an hour, which is generally sufficient for a representative sample

Flare-gas-harnessing solution to be on show at Infacon XV

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Swedish clean technology company Ripasso Energy will be presenting its PWR BLOK 400-F solution to the international ferroalloys industry at the fifteenth International Ferro-Alloys Congress (Infacon XV), which is taking place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, from February 25 to... 

Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2018 With investors continuously scouring worldwide for new opportunities and countries scrutinised for their investment attractiveness and monitored in terms of economic growth, currently, new light has been cast on the re-emerging and growing Nigerian mining sector, while South Africa’s mining... 

Nigerian mining’s GDP contribution seen increasing  sixfold to 3%, cautious optimism takes hold in SA

Himoinsa solutions provide light, power to Southern African mines

23rd February 2018 Designer and manufacturer of diesel and gas generator sets, hybrid generators, lighting towers and control panels Himoinsa Southern Africa is delivering solutions to power mines across Southern Africa, emphasising that its generators and lighting towers are robust and durable enough to provide... 

Himoinsa solutions provide light, power to Southern African mines
HIMOINSA APOLO START 4006 Five Himoinsa Apolo Start 4006 lighting towers and a T5 HFW250 soundproof generator set are in operation in the Tavan Tolgoi coal mine

Digitalisation to impact on every aspect of mining – Schneider

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Of all the trends impacting on the mining industry, none will be as critical as digitalisation, says power management and automation systems Schneider Electric South Africa mining, minerals and metals (MMM) Africa business VP Wilhelm Swart.  

New directive will affect mining vessels off the shore of Namibia

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will implement a low sulphur fuel directive (LSFD) that will impact on the availability of fuel for ships and mining vessels off the coasts of African countries, including Namibia. The LSFD will require ships to use low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO),... 

New directive will  affect mining vessels  off the shore of Namibia
BALANCING ACT The adoption of low-sulphur fuel in much of Africa is a delicate balance between cost, responsibility and profitability

Biodiesel not an affordable solution for SA mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler. He says that, while many renewable-energy product producers and suppliers boast of the benefits of biodiesel... 

Biodiesel not an affordable  solution for SA mines
BIODIESEL IN MINING The main ingredient for the production of biodiesel in South Africa is used cooking oil, and once processed the oil has the ability to power TLB’s for the mining industry

Green bonds appealing funding opportunity for mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 The adoption of increasingly stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets globally will dramatically boost the issuance of green bonds, forecasts Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research power and renewables head Georgina Hayden. In the wake of the landmark United Nations 2015 Paris Agreement... 

Green bonds  appealing funding  opportunity for mines
GEORGINA HAYDEN The issuance of green bonds will increase proportionately with the ongoing galvanisation of global sentiment towards achieving stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets

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