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Waning investor confidence, weak commodity prices among factors limiting growth of African mining sector

By: Jade DavenportAlong with the Arctic, sub-Saharan Africa remains the most underexplored and highly prospective mineralised region on earth. However, despite its ‘open-for-business’ approach and myriad investment opportunities – in terms of green- and brownfield projects across the commodity spectrum – Africa’s... 

Waning investor confidence, weak commodity prices  among factors limiting growth of African mining sector

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Mining step change needed, factorylike mining advised, mineworker numbers to fall

By: Martin CreamerThe mining business model needs a step-change; mines need to be run like factories; and mineworker numbers are set to fall 8% a year for the next two years 

Mining step change needed, factorylike mining advised, mineworker numbers to fall

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Academic says mines will need to be run like factories to be profitable in the future

By: Anine VermeulenMines needed to run like factories to become more profitable in the future, the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems director Declan Vogt said at the Swedish mining initiative conference in Pretoria earlier this month. He explained that mechanisation in mining... 

Amendment places additional reporting obligations on employers

By: Chantelle KotzeChanges to the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA) have been made, which the mining industry must heed to ensure it is compliant going forward, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier. 

Amendment places additional reporting obligations on employers

Another Indian miner set to start coal production in Mozambique

By: Keith CampbellIndian State-owned miner Coal India is to soon start mining in Mozambique, The Economic Times newspaper has reported from Kolkata (Calcutta). Although the company is a partner in another Indian miner, International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL), which now owns and operates the Benga mine in... 

Construction company close to completing R60-million contract

By: Ilan SolomonsMedium-sized civil, earthworks and construction company M3 Construction Projects is nearing completion of a R60-million contract with diversified miner Glencore to develop mine site infrastructure at the Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP), in Mpumalanga, M3 site agent Darren Joubert tells... 

Construction company close to completing R60-million contract

Crude oil blending and storage facility to break ground in 2015

By: David D‘ OliveiraSouth Africa-based black-owned infrastructure and service provider Mining, Oil and Gas Services (Mogs), through its joint venture (JV) with Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, is in the process of applying to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for its tariff for its crude oil blending... 

Crude oil blending and storage facility to break ground in 2015

Future sustainability hinges on step change in mining business model

By: Chantelle KotzeA complete step change in the current mining business model in South Africa is required for the industry to survive in future, believes global consulting firm Deloitte Africa energy and resources leader Andrew Lane, adding that the only way to ensure sustainable growth and deliver a return to... 

Industrial processes’ expensive-to-capture CO2 can tackle AMD, says Royal HaskoningDHV

By: Chantelle KotzeUnwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) produced in industrial processes, which is often too expensive to capture, can effectively be used in the mining industry to treat the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD), using the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR’s) Alkali Barium Calcium (ABC)... 

Kibo Mining appoints Aurecon for Tanzania power plant prefeasibility study

By: Anine VermeulenTanzania-based minerals exploration and development company Kibo Mining has appointed Aurecon to conduct a prefeasibility study (PFS) for a 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Rukwa, Tanzania. Kibo CEO Louis Coetzee says the company is pleased with the acceleration of this study and the appointment... 

Legislative uncertainty impacting on mining, worrying investors

By: Chantelle KotzeRegulatory and legislative uncertainty – with specific reference to gaps created by the amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) – is not only one of the key challenges that the South African exploration and... 

Legislative uncertainty impacting on mining, worrying investors

Miners ‘covering their eyes’ as Chinese commodities demand is forecast to slump

By: BloombergAfter spending $1-trillion since 2002 on projects to feed China’s commodity boom, the world’s mining companies have a lot riding on their biggest customer. While commodities may be trading at five-year lows, the heads of three top miners – BHP Billiton, Vale and Rio Tinto Group – last week all... 

Subcontractor makes good on R400m contract

By: Ilan SolomonsMultidisciplinary construction company SMEI Projects is progressing well towards completing its various projects totalling about R400-million for diversified miner Glencore’s Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP), in Mpumalanga. The company was initially contracted in 2012 to undertake an... 

Subcontractor makes good on R400m contract

Waterberg JV prefeasibility study to be completed in first quarter of 2015

By: Zandile MavusoVancouver-based Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has scheduled to complete the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Waterberg joint venture (JV) project in the first quarter of 2015. 

Mine Profile

Red Mountain mine

By: Sheila BarradasA gold and silver mine, situated about 18 km east-northeast of Stewart, in north-western British Columbia, Canada. 

Red Mountain mine

Photo of the Week

OFFTAKE SECURED

By: Martin CreamerHancock chairperson and billionaire Gina Rinehart on site at the Roy Hill iron-ore project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The 67%-complete project is a joint venture with Korea’s Posco, Japan’s Marubeni and Taiwan's China Steel. A remote operations centre will strive to keep the... 

OFFTAKE SECURED

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New booklet on the historic cemetery of Pilgrim’s Rest

By: Martin ZhuwakinyuIt will, perhaps, come as little surprise that I have a penchant for historical cemeteries. On a personal level, I find that cemeteries, and the graves in them, provide a unique and fascinating opportunity to learn more about not only one’s ancestors and family heritage but also the communities... 

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