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Project Management News

Mines pledge to assist RAL with provincial road infrastructure delivery projects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Provincial road infrastructure delivery agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) has identified four opportunities for potential future strategic partnerships, which are valued at an estimated R1.12-billion, based on a preliminary technical assessment. This follows the RAL's stakeholder engagement and... 

Mining sector unloved as investors find it hard to trust

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 Investors are shunning the mining sector, data from Thomson Reuters shows, as they struggle to forget the string of multi-billion dollar takeovers and expensive development projects that left them empty handed. A decade-long commodity boom coincided with years of economic growth when China took... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTONY HARWOOD Fear of the other could become fear of the robot

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

Lengthy permitting  process affecting  investment in US mining
SAFETY IS CORE The National Mining Association's mining safety initiative, Core Safety, registered zero fatalities for its 29 participating companies last year

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule 

By: Victor Moolman     16th February 2018 An 840-m-long, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline was installed in October last year to transport corrosive tailings to a tailings dam at the ore beneficiation plant located close to the underground Morula chrome mine – owned by ferrochrome company Hernic – in Brits, in the North West. 

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule
Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont explains the pipe specs and where they have been installed. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Nico project potentially to start early next year

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The two-year construction of the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, could start in early 2019 on receipt of the project financing and remaining regulatory approvals, which are expected later this year. “The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approvals... 

Nico project potentially to start early next year
ROBIN GOAD Canadian mining and exploration companies operate in a globally competitive market and are price takers

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Local PGMs industry at risk, but service provider optimistic 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2018 South Africa – which accounts for about 80% of the global platinum-group metals (PGMs) reserve – is at risk of receiving less valuable foreign exchange, owing to ever-increasing mining costs and the uncertainty created by the socio-political strife on the local platinum belt, states South African... 

Local PGMs industry  at risk, but service  provider optimistic
Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer and Thos Begbie sales director Piet du Preez discuss platinum-group metals. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Connectivity can help PGM mines’ sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     9th February 2018 Underground connectivity in platinum-group metals (PGMs) operations in South Africa is expected to increase, assisting the struggling sector in predicting failures before they take place, thereby reducing the impact on operations, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining & Rock... 

Connectivity can  help PGM mines’ sustainability
NEIL MCCOY Greater adoption of underground connectivity is required to develop smart mines in the platinum-group metals mining industry

Overlooking TCO costs companies money

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Misconceptions about reducing mining companies’ total cost of ownership (TCO), including those in the platinum-group metals (PGMs) sector, result in reduced equipment life and an increase in overall operating costs, says Stilfontein-based polyurethane-moulded products designer and manufacturer... 

Overlooking TCO costs companies money
POLYURETHANE TECHNOLOGY The new Prothane Industrial Denva pump range which makes use of Polycombo technology has been well received by the market

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 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
DIGGING IT Through the Digger app mining professionals are informed of available positions globally, directly on their mobile devices

Platforms for mines ‘to talk to communities as partners, not beneficiaries’, lacking – consultant

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 Although prevailing perception between mines and communities are characterised by growing levels of mistrust, South Africa has seen breakthroughs with mining companies establishing community partnerships, says SRK Consulting’s corporate social responsibility and development consultant Tim Hart.... 

Platforms for mines ‘to talk to communities as partners, not beneficiaries’, lacking – consultant
TIM HART It is not the mining sector’s place to meddle in community politics, rather it should try to provide the platforms that enable the formation of partnerships

'Canada-Mexico relationship more important than ever' – Quebec Mines Minister

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2018 Against the backdrop of heated North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) negotiations between trading partners Mexico, the US and Canada, relations between Mexico and Canada are more important than ever, Quebec Energy and Natural Resources Minister Pierre Moreau told an audience at the Mexico... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of copper/gold project proponent Northern Dynasty Minerals gained about 11% on Tuesday, after the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it had appointed a third-party contractor to undertake an environmental-impact assessment for the controversial Pebble project,... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
An environmental assessment is underway on Northern Dynsaty Minerals' Pebble low-grade copper/gold project, in South-West Alaska

US stocks sink most since 2011 as rout deepens: markets wrap

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2018 US stocks plunged the most in 6 1/2 years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sinking more than 1 100 points, as the equity selloff reached a fever pitch amid rising concern that inflation will force interest rates higher. Treasuries rallied and gold rose on haven demand. Volatility roared... 

US stocks sink most since 2011 as rout deepens: markets wrap

Glenover signs heads of agreement for potential offtake deal

By: Anine Kilian     5th February 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources’ 36%-owned Glenover Phosphate subsidiary has signed a heads of agreement for a potential offtake deal with an undisclosed major phosphate and fertiliser producer. Under the terms of the agreement, Glenover will supply the fertiliser producer with raw phosphate rock in... 

Joi Ito to headline #DisruptMining finale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 Tech mogul Joi Ito will deliver a keynote address at the #DisruptMining finale on March 4, during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, in Toronto. A director of the MIT Media Lab and professor of the Practice of Media, Arts and Sciences at MIT, Ito is an... 

Institute emphasises empowerment alternative

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd February 2018 Government’s predilection for black economic empowerment (BEE) policies, which will be intensified should the new Mining Charter be implemented, will never achieve proper empowerment and transformation in the mining industry, posits research and policy organisation South African Institute of Race... 

Institute emphasises  empowerment alternative
Photo by Duane Daws
ALTERNATIVE POLICY An Economic Empowerment for the Disadvantaged policy would assist South Africans currently hampered by poor schooling, bad housing and a failing healthcare system

Pumping solutions positioned to address most pressing needs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd February 2018 Mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa has invested heavily in developing its infrastructure and resources to meet the challenges that the mining industry has faced over the past five years, modifying its products and streamlining its service offering to ensure that its pumping solutions... 

Pumping solutions positioned  to address most pressing needs
BETTER WEAR With the addition of advanced wear technology, the Warman WBH offers improved efficiency and equipment life

Aligning business, stakeholder expectations a lingering challenge

By: Nadine James     2nd February 2018 There is renewed impetus for the private sector to contribute to societal sustainable development and demonstrate impact, especially against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. However, aligning business and stakeholder expectations to create shared value remains a challenge, says... 

Mining companies need to become disruptors – Deloitte

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 The key to a future in the mining sector increasingly lies in overcoming innovation barriers, embracing digitisation and unlocking the workforce of the future, as well as anticipating the digital mine of the future, Deloitte Global’s latest mining report shows. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s tenth... 

Brazil, Peru to lead LatAm mineral project development to 2020

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2018 Boosted by higher commodity prices in general, miners are increasingly focusing on project development as healthier balance sheets allow them the opportunity to return to their long-term growth strategies. According to data supplied by Fitch-affiliated research firm BMI, two countries are... 

Brazil, Peru to lead LatAm mineral project development to 2020

Stakeholders can look forward to reinforced offering

     26th January 2018 With countless networking opportunities vying for the attention of the numerous decision-makers flocking to Cape Town in February to attend the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the event’s organiser has reinforced its offering with the introduction of a Junior Mining Showcase as well as... 

Stakeholders can look forward  to reinforced offering
YOUNG PERSPECTIVE Reflecting the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the imperative remains to operate sustainably alongside young people’s expectation that mining delivers value for all stakeholders

Achieve sustainability through long-term budgets, risk assessments on health

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 For operational sustainability in the mining industry, mining decisionmakers need to take a proactive approach to protect and promote worker health, supporting productivity and to reduce legal liabilities associated with occupational disease. All of these could have significant direct and... 

Achieve sustainability through long-term  budgets, risk assessments on health
OFTEN OVERLOOKED International SOS says health risks are not always easy to quantify and end up being under-appreciated in mining companies’ budget allocations

African mining off course to achieve bullish growth forecasts

By: Nica Schreuder     26th January 2018 The short-term mining cycle looks positive for Africa, but the continent is “way off achieving bullish growth forecasts”, largely owing to regulatory and infrastructural constraints, advisory firm Deloitte energy and resources leader Andrew Lane tells Mining Weekly.  

African mining off  course to achieve bullish growth forecasts
EXPERT ACCESS It is important for Deloitte and its clients to engage on topical issues during the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, with clients also enjoying having access to global experts

Company prefers sponsoring event, expands African footprint

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth will be the exhibit hall title sponsor for the Investing in African Mining Indaba for the third consecutive year.  

Company prefers  sponsoring event, expands African footprint
EXPANDING NETWORK FLSmidth is reaching out to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Angola and Cameroon to appoint agents and representatives

Exploration unit set to be launched at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Firm of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting (South Africa) will launch its specialised unit, SRK Exploration Services, in Southern Africa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held from February 5 to 8 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Exploration unit set to  be launched at Indaba
Photo by Duane Daws
MARCIN WERTZ Miners and explorers need to move decisively in terms of initiating new ventures and optimising current projects

Major mining software previewed at Indaba

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Mining software company MICROMINE will provide previews of its major product releases – Geobank 2018 and Micromine 2018 – at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. The company will showcase its entire... 

Major mining software previewed at Indaba
PITRAM SOFTWARE Micromine launched a new version of Pitram in October 2017

Manufacturer expands offering

     26th January 2018 To fill a perceived gap between Japanese multinational manufacturing corporation Komatsu’s PC600 and PC850 ranges of excavators, the company launched its PC700LC-8R SE (PC700) excavator in December last year, after consulting with many operators engaged in the global mining industry.  

Manufacturer expands offering
EXCAVATING INTEREST The first two units of Komatsu’s PC700 excavator range to reach South African shores are already hard at work

Online auctions free up working capital fast

By: Nica Schreuder     26th January 2018 Online mining equipment auctions have the potential to help stimulate growth in the African mining sector, says independent online auction solutions company Clear Asset MD and cofounder Ariella Kuper.  

Online auctions free up working capital fast
WARREN SCHEWITZ & ARIELLA KUPER Clear Asset strongly encourages the move to an online auctioneering space, arguing that it enhances returns, as acquiring equipment becomes more efficient and easy to manage

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Junior projects  lighting bright path  into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group
LOIUS MEIRING Zest WEG is in the 'very fortunate position' of being involved in all project phases

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants  as they acquire  Tier 1 coal assets
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer discusses Mining Indaba plans with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Presentation to bridge gap between mine planning and execution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 A presentation on how technology-based consulting can help bridge the gap between planning and execution will be delivered by mine management solutions’ provider Modular Mining Systems (MMS) solution manager for customer value Sergio Rojas at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be... 

Presentation to bridge  gap between mine planning and execution
OVERALL OPERATION Modular Mining Systems will exhibit its mining management platform at the Investing African Mining Indaba 2018

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 State-owned financial services provider Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) is keen to deepen partnerships with South African exporters who offer their capital goods and services in international and emerging markets, including in Africa.  

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba
PAUL MOJALEFA PAUL MOJALEFA The Export Credit Insurance Corporation will exhibit to further promote and position its brand in the mining sector

ArcelorMittal to spend C$70m to upgrade Quebec-based Contrecoeur mill

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2018 Multinational steel producer ArcelorMittal will spend C$70-million to 2020 to upgrade its Contrecoeur steel mill, in Quebec. The upgrade plans include expanding rolling capacity by 100 000 t/y by replacing two reheating furnaces at its Contrecoeur-East wire rod mill for about C$30-million, and... 

Ford complains rising metals costs hurt profits, rivals unphased

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 When Ford Motor reports fourth-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, it is expected to fret that rising metals costs have cut into profits, even as rivals say they have the problem under control. Aluminium prices have risen 20% in the last year and nearly 11% since December 11. Steel prices... 

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