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Conveyor belts tackle Botswana diamond mining conditions

1st September 2017 Rubber and plastics technology specialist ContiTech’s conveyor belts are in use by Botswana’s largest diamond producer. ContiTech’s conveyor belt technology is known for its high-impact-resistant conveyor covers, providing an extended belt life in real-field applications, that use advanced... 

Prominent diamond miner invests in Botswana’s people

1st September 2017 Diamond mining major De Beers announced in August that it has secured a $3-million, three-year partnership with tertiary education entity US-based Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) to empower young entrepreneurs and established business owners in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The... 

Prominent diamond  miner invests in Botswana’s people
LIFE EXTENSION Debswana’s Letlhakane mine tailings project will extend the life-of-mine by 25 years

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing

1st September 2017 Industrial solutions company thyssenkrupp’s Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist Minopex, owing to the oven’s fast-drying capability. Since installation, Minopex has reported great satisfaction with the IR oven.... 

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing
HEAT RETENTION The oven does not lose heat, even with the door open

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Opportune time to invest in Botswana

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The subdued global mining industry, owing to depressed commodity prices, has prompted Botswana to find alternative economic growth areas in other sectors of the country’s economy, simultaneously providing a prime investment opportunity, says Botswana Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Charles Siwawa.... 

Opportune time to invest in Botswana
Photo by Bloomberg
LIMITED OFFER Diamonds are a finite resource, which has prompted diamond-rich Botswana to diversify its economy

EnviroLeach strikes global Jabil partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2017 TSX-V-listed Mineworx Technologies announced on Wednesday that EnviroLeach Technologies has entered into a strategic global partnership with NYSE-listed Jabil Inc, to use the company’s patent-pending formula and processes to recover metals from circuit boards and electronic waste (e-waste). The... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 In a new era of ever-advancing technology and increased legal certainty, ocean floor mining is set to take off in the next decade as several juniors jostle to be first to exploit the wealth hidden on the deep ocean floor. DeepGreen Resources chief development officer Anthony O’Sullivan believes... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

Atlantic Gold pushes ahead towards first production at Moose River Consolidated

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 Vancouver-based project developer Atlantic Gold is nearing the end of dry and wet commissioning of the 87 000 oz/y Moose River Consolidated (MRC) mine, in Nova Scotia. The TSX-V-listed emerging miner announced on Monday that commissioning activities started late in July, as originally scheduled,... 

Atlantic Gold pushes ahead towards first production at Moose River Consolidated
Photo by Atlantic Gold
Atlantic Gold is nearing the end of dry and wet commissioning of the Moose River Consolidated mine, in Nova Scotia

Goldsource expands easy-to-mine saprolite resource at Eagle Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 Canadian junior Goldsource Mines is expanding the known saprolite gold deposit at its flagship Guyana-based Eagle Mountain mine, the company announced on Monday. The Vancouver-based company is completing geotechnical, metallurgical and cost estimation studies at Eagle Mountain, in support of a... 

Atlatsa remains in financial filing default

By: Henry Lazenby     28th August 2017 South Africa-focused miner Atlatsa Resources remains in default of filing its mandatory interim financial statements, owing to the recently announced financial restructure plan with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Atlatsa said it was uncertain when the company would be able to file its... 

Feasibility update on Fortune’s Nico project delayed by laboratory congestion

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2017 Investors will have to wait a little longer to review an update of the 2014 feasibility study on project developer Fortune Minerals’ Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based explorer said on Thursday that the feasibility study update by... 

Feasibility update on Fortune’s Nico project delayed by laboratory congestion
Photo by Fortune Mining
Fortune Minerals' Nico project is a primary cobalt project with about 60% of projected revenues from cobalt at current commodity prices

Largo chalks up thousandth shipment of vanadium as prices surge

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2017 Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources has shipped its thousandth consignment of the steel-hardening and catalytic compound from its flagship Maracás Menchen mine, in Bahia state, Brazil. The shipment represented about 44-million pounds of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) dispatched from the operation. 

Largo chalks up thousandth shipment of vanadium as prices surge
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Vanadium pentoxide produced by Largo Resources, at the Maracas Menchen mine, Brazil

Improve efficiencies before adopting new energy solutions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 For many mines, there is still significant work to be done in terms of improving operating energy efficiencies, and a sound understanding of the benefits of digitalisation could be the key to unlocking considerable value in this endeavour, says professional services firm EY South Africa advisory... 

Improve efficiencies before  adopting new energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS With a thorough understanding of its daily energy requirements, a mine can achieve clarity on where an injection of renewable energy can provide maximum benefit

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines
READY TO GO Aksa’s new generator rental fleet is well stocked and designed to operate in harsh conditions, providing the ideal interim power solution for mines expanding in Africa

Appointments follow acquisition of only US PGMs miner

25th August 2017 Independent mining group Sibanye has appointed three executives following its acquisition of the only platinum group metals (PGMs) miner in the US, Stillwater Mining, in May, when its organisational structure subsequently repositioned from a divisional commodity structure to a geographical... 

Appointments follow acquisition of only US PGMs miner
POSITIVE PLAY Sibanye boasts a substantial South African platinum group metals portfolio and, with Stillwater enhancing this, is positioned to play a leading role in the international industry

Narrow-reef mining solutions in the works

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2017 With the platinum mining industry in South Africa experiencing tough times, technology has become a major driver in reducing costs and facilitating improved productivity, and global engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is assisting in this regard through its strides in... 

Narrow-reef mining solutions  in the works
Photo by Ilan Solomons
NIEL MCCOY Sandvik believes that platinum is the toughest mining equipment application to manage

Seventh platinum conference to be held in October

25th August 2017 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum mining head Frik Fourie is scheduled to present a keynote address on how to make the South African mining business globally attractive again at the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM’s) seventh International Platinum Conference –... 

Seventh platinum conference to be  held in October
TECHNICAL TOURS The first of the Platinum 2017 conference's technical tours will take place at Mogalakwena, the world’s largest openpit platinum mine

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency
Zest WEG Group integrated sales executive Johan van Niekerk discusses the group’s energy efficiency technologies. Video and Editing: Lionel da Silva

First Cobalt, CobalTech ratify deal to create world’s largest cobalt-focused explorer

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 On the same day that cobalt posted the highest-ever recorded price at $60 250/t – up some 127% since the start of 2017 – explorer First Cobalt (FCC) on Monday executed a definitive merger agreement with fellow TSX-V-listed CobalTech Mining. The transaction, in combination with its separate... 

Rising prices signal end of ‘hand-to-mouth’ CREE market 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 Higher prices for critical rare earth elements (CREE) are marking a return of confidence to the industry and the end of the so-called “hand-to-mouth” market as users increasingly turn to contracting to secure long-term security of supply. “For several years users were unsure about the market... 

Rising prices signal end of ‘hand-to-mouth’ CREE market

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is answering South Africa’s call for broader economic participation and transformation. The local company, which is part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed WorleyParsons engineering group that serves the resources and energy... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer

Integra Resources created to replicate Integra Gold’s success

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 Shell company Mag Copper has rebranded and appointed three former executives of Integra Gold, which was acquired by Eldorado Gold last month for C$590-million, to replicate the former company’s success elsewhere in the Americas. The company, to be rebranded Integra Resources, plans to acquire a... 

IHS materials index posts sixth gain in seven weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has recovered about half the losses it suffered between February and June. The latest reading of the MPI, an index measuring the weighted average of weekly spot prices for a basket of globally traded manufacturing inputs comprising... 

Simulators to facilitate training on new mining equipment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Tertiary education institution the Canadian Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) plans to initially offer two mining programmes through its newly launched Mine Training Centre in September, after taking delivery of six military-grade Cybermine simulators in March. 

Simulators to facilitate training  on new mining equipment
CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING Servicing the construction, military and mining industries allows for the cross-pollination of technology, keeping ThoroughTec’s products up to date with the latest international simulation trends

Local mine to adopt new generation jumbo drill rig

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining company Vedanta Resources’ Black Mountain base metals mine, in the Northern Cape, will later this year become the first local mine to adopt a new generation jumbo drill rig equipped with an intelligent control system from high-technology engineering group Sandvik. 

Local mine to adopt new generation jumbo drill rig
SANDVIK DD422i The drill rig, which includes bit-navigation and tele-remote tramming readiness, also employs software for blasting optimisation

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 South Africa-based mineral extrusion processing company Mineral Agglomeration Solutions (MAS) is offering its Briquettes By Extrusion (Brex) technology to the international mining industry. 

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer
USEFUL WASTE The Briquettes By Extrusion technology allows mining and smelting companies based worldwide to exploit the waste/by-products from all commodities

New tech combination to solve communication lag

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mines of the future will have fewer people and a higher level of automation, but to be successful, Australia-based mining system designer and manufacturer Nautitech GM Alex Lester says mines will need reliable communications as well as visibility of underground operations. 

New tech combination to solve communication lag
SURFACE ACCESS The Wingman technology allows mines to configure, monitor and diagnose all underground equipment from a computer on the surface

Producing hydromining technology for greater productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining services provider Fraser Alexander is developing two technologies – a jet-pump system and an automated hydraulic re-mining unit – for the efficient reclamation of gold or platinum tailings through hydro mining. 

Producing hydromining technology for  greater productivity
EASIER OPTION Jet-pump technology is being introduced for tailings reclamation owing to the difficulty of reclaiming coarse- and high-specific gravity tailings using conventional techniques

Proximity detection system installation in final stages

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in... 

Proximity detection system installation in final stages
Photo by Monitech
INTELLIZONE PDS After a successful trial in 2015, the proxmity detection system was launched in South Africa in April last year

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech Piping Systems has supplied “next-generation” plastic pipe butt-welding technology for the installation and commissioning of a 15-km-long, 315-mm-wide, high-density polyethylene water supply pipeline for the Balama openpit graphite mine being... 

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track
Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont discusses the Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 machine. Video and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Technology helps mines ‘do more, with less’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 In a world of disruption, mines need to be more agile and implement improvements more readily as new technologies are introduced, says software developer IoT.nxt, which is looking to enter the US market early next year, when it hopefully launches its services and technology strategies from... 

Technology helps mines  ‘do more, with less’
Software development company IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser talks about how technology can benefit mining. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Coal India building new railway links to efficiently evacuate production

By: Ajoy K Das     17th August 2017 Coal India Limited (CIL) is undertaking three critical railway infrastructure projects that will enable the miner to efficiently evacuate 282-million tons a year of production. According to a directors’ report of the company, the railway infrastructure projects form part of the miner’s ‘Synergy... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Industry outlines major policy issues as Canada’s minerals ministers meet

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2017 The Canadian mineral and mining industry on Monday outlined six important policy areas it would like to see addressed during the seventy-fourth annual conference of federal and provincial ministers of energy and mining in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, this week. A national coalition of mining... 

Industry outlines major policy issues as Canada’s minerals ministers meet

Continued reciprocal trade between S Africa, Australia predicted

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Despite the current economic climate in South Africa and the global downturn in mining owing to low commodity prices, South Africa and Australia will continue to build their reciprocal trade relationship, says law firm ENSafrica.  

Continued reciprocal trade between S Africa, Australia predicted
LLOYD CHRISTIE There has been a 10% yearly average increase in trade between South Africa and Australia in the past five years

Tech trade between Australia, S Africa can be mutually beneficial

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Owing to the global mining downturn, lower commodity prices are forcing manufacturers and suppliers to expand into international markets to take advantage of more supply opportunities, a wider demand base and favourable exchange rates. 

Tech trade between Australia,  S Africa can be mutually beneficial
INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS SSG Consulting says South African mining goods and services suppliers need to enter new markets through distribution deals or establishing international offices to remain competitive

Integrated tech solution aims to advance mine planning methods

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Mining software and solutions provider RPMGlobal says that it has demonstrated the value of the connected digital mine through the integration of its AMT and XERAS Enterprise software systems. RPM highlights that it is the only vendor globally that delivers a fully integrated production,... 

Integrated tech solution aims to advance mine planning methods
Photo by RPMGlobal
UNIQUE OFFERING RPMGlobal is the only vendor globally that delivers a fully integrated production, maintenance, simulation and financial planning offering to the mining industry

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

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