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Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia BreytenbachWhile the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in minerals processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with... 

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

Editorial Insight

SA Mint should revisit plans for Mandela coin after Royal Mint blazes new platinum trail

By: Martin CreamerThe decision of the Royal Mint in the UK to launch its first ever platinum bullion products has rekindled hopes that the South African Mint will wipe the dust off its plans for a Mandela coin in platinum. In what is potentially a beneficial measure to boost platinum demand, the 1 000-year-old... 

SA Mint should revisit plans for Mandela coin after Royal Mint blazes new platinum trail

News & Insight

Brazilian miner expects less volatility in coal prices during the rest of 2017

By: Keith CampbellMajor Brazilian mining group Vale, which is the majority owner of the primarily metallurgical (or coking) coal Moatize operation in the Tete province of Mozambique, expects that there will be less volatility in both metallurgical and thermal coal prices during the course of this year. During the... 

Council for Geoscience launches near-shore mapping programme

By: Ilan SolomonsMineral resources are important to the economy and capacity building of South Africa and are being extensively exploited on land and there will likely be a shift towards the offshore environment, where exploration is currently focussed on diamonds and titanium sand, says Council for Geoscience... 

Council for Geoscience launches near-shore mapping programme

Digital fixed gas monitoring system launched

By: Ilan SolomonsAustralian mining-refuge chamber manufacturer MineArc Systems has released its new Aura-FX digital fixed gas monitoring system, which it says provides a “more convenient” solution to internal refuge chamber gas monitoring. The company believes that it is a “vast improvement” on current digital... 

Drilling at Cote d’Ivoire gold project showing promising results

By: David OliveiraWest Africa-focused gold producer Perseus Mining announced earlier this month the completion of a drilling programme at its Yaouré gold project, in Côte d’Ivoire, with the company having received assay results for about 29 300 samples from the programme, which confirm the tenor of mineralisation... 

Experts discuss Africa’s marine minerals potential

By: David OliveiraSeabed mining experts convened earlier this month in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss opportunities and explore the potential of marine mineral resources to contribute to Africa’s development goals. “This workshop on the marine mineral resources of Africa’s continental shelf and adjacent international... 

Ghana, Mauritania and Sao Tome make ‘meaningful progress’, Malawi publishes first EITI report

By: Ilan SolomonsAt a recent meeting in Bogotá, Colombia, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) board agreed to assess the performance of its 51 implementing countries against the EITI standard and found Ghana, Mauritania and Sao Tome and Principe to have made “meaningful progress”. The EITI is... 

Ghana, Mauritania and Sao Tome make ‘meaningful progress’, Malawi publishes first EITI report

Gold miner to expand exploration activities in Burkina Faso

By: Mia BreytenbachTSX-listed gold miner Roxgold expects its exploration activities to increase this year to support the company’s organic growth strategy, with an approved exploration budget of $8-million. Roxgold noted in a statement that a further round of drilling, totalling about 11 000 m, would be undertaken... 

Gold miner to expand exploration activities in Burkina Faso

Junior miners well placed to exploit better-performing commodities

By: Dylan SlaterAfter a downturn of several years in the mining and mineral resources sector globally, “green shoots” are appearing off the back of a recovery in commodity prices that began in 2016, with a corresponding improvement in investor sentiment, according to Botswana-based coal and energy development... 

Kumba boss calls for end to mining industry’s current operating model

By: Dylan SlaterThemba Mkhwanazi, CEO of diversified miner Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore sibsidiary, believes that a paradigm shift is needed to upend the current mining industry’s reliance on a generalised operating model that is rapidly becoming outdated and will ultimately lead to the demise of the ind 

Kumba boss calls for end to mining industry’s  current operating model

Local company progresses plans for nickel beneficiation plant

By: Mia BreytenbachBeneficiator Thakadu Battery Materials has taken significant steps towards progressing its high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate plant project, which is expected to produce up to 25 000 t/y of high-purity nickel sulphate from South Africa-focused platinum producer Lonmin’s crude nickel... 

Local company progresses plans for nickel beneficiation plant

Platinum market expected to be ‘broadly balanced’ this year

By: Ilan SolomonsThe platinum market is expected to be broadly balanced over the year with a deficit of 65 000 oz forecast for this year. Above ground stocks are expected to end the year at 1.89-million ounces, which is a 3% decline on 2016 and in excess of 54% down from 2012 levels. 

Platinum market expected to be ‘broadly balanced’ this year

Silver prices seen improving steadily in coming years amid renewed investor demand

By: Ilan SolomonsSilver prices are likely to continue to rise in 2017 and to do so over the next several years. This is according to New York-based research and consulting firm CPM Group’s recently released ‘2017 Silver Yearbook’ report. The report notes that in 2016 the downward cyclical move of silver appeared... 

Silver prices seen improving steadily in coming years amid renewed investor demand

‘Siloed’ approaches to mineral processing giving way to integration

By: David OliveiraTo keep abreast of the global drive towards system integration as a means of enabling lean production and process optimisation, State-owned minerals technology organisation Mintek is focusing on shifting the South African mining sector to increasing degrees of operation and control of the local... 

Mine Profile

Bolívar mine, Mexico

By: Thabi MadibaA copper/silver/zinc/gold mine located in Urique, in Mexico. 

Bolívar mine, Mexico

Photo of the Week

KIMBERLEY COMES TO BRAZIL

By: Martin CreamerThis is South America’s largest diamond mine and the continent’s first kimberlite diamond operation, which was previously owned by De Beers, but never developed by it. Today, the opencast Braúna mine, which is expected to produce at a rate of up to 400 000 ct a year, is wholly owned by Lipari... 

KIMBERLEY COMES TO BRAZIL

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