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Cover Story

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

By: Ilan SolomonsSouth African bituminous and anthracite coal miner Buffalo Coal is determined to repay all its debts and continue to improve safety standards while improving overall operating capacities to ensure its operations become optimally efficient, says interim CEO Rowan Karstel, who was speaking with... 

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

Editorial Insight

Minerals Ministry, DMR playing with fire, destroying industry, opening way for rampant illegal mining

By: Martin CreamerIn its current poor state, mining and the companies that depend on it are likely to disappoint the Treasury when it comes to next paying tax. What the Minerals Ministry and its errant Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) have failed to recognise in gazetting Mining Charter Three is that a... 

Minerals Ministry, DMR playing  with fire, destroying industry, opening way for rampant illegal mining

News & Insight

Aveng Mining gets health and safety thumbs up

By: David OliveiraTurnkey mining solutions provider Aveng Mining was awarded a safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) integrated management system (IMS) certification in May this year from multinational inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS. Aveng Mining initiated the development... 

Canada’s First Cobalt hoping to seal DRC exploration deal by next month

By: Mia BreytenbachCobalt asset group First Cobalt aims to close the transaction of a strategic alliance for a 70% interest in seven prospective copper/cobalt exploration properties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by next month and progress exploration in one of the world’s “high-reward cobalt... 

Canada’s First Cobalt hoping to seal DRC  exploration deal by next month

Chinese group increases stake in Moz graphite project

By: Keith CampbellChinese company Shandong Tianye Mining has invested a further $1.23-million into Australian junior Triton Minerals, buying shares (in a placement by Triton) at a price of $0.048 per share, Proactive Investors has reported. Shandong Tianye Mining was already the largest shareholder in the... 

Geophysical techniques touted as ideal for alluvial diamond exploration

By: Ilan SolomonsGround geophysical surveys have been carried out by the Council for Geoscience (CGS) on a farm that hosts an alluvial diamond mining operation near Schweizer-Reneke, in the North West. The North West is host to what were previously known as the Southwestern Transvaal diamond fields. The surveys... 

Geophysical techniques touted as ideal  for alluvial diamond exploration

Pallinghurst eyeing London listing following Gemfields acquisition

By: David OliveiraFollowing Pallinghurst’s restructuring and successful acquisition of emerald miner Gemfields, the JSE-listed diversified miner will now commence with the preparatory work to potentially obtain a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, with Gemfields delisting from London’s Aim stock... 

Pallinghurst eyeing London listing following Gemfields acquisition

Social media fuelling illicit diamond trade in Central African Republic – report

By: Ilan SolomonsA new undercover investigation by international watchdog organisation Global Witness has uncovered how diamond smugglers are making use of social media platforms as they seek to get diamonds linked to the ongoing violent conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) out of the country and into... 

Social media fuelling illicit diamond trade  in Central African Republic – report

Universal eyeing 3Mt coal output this year

By: Ilan SolomonsASX-listed coal miner Universal Coal anticipates that its Kangala and New Clydesdale Colliery (NCC) mines, in Mpumalanga, will deliver an estimated three-million tons of coal in the 2017 financial year, ended June 30. Kangala, near Delmas, produced an estimated 2.4-million tons and NCC, near... 

Universal eyeing 3Mt coal output this year

Zambian miners join forces to improve occupational health and safety

By: Dylan SlaterMetals mining company First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) subsidiary mining companies in Zambia, Kansanshi Mining and Kalumbila Minerals, together with gold and copper miner Barrick Gold’s nearby copper mine – Lumwana mine – have taken proactive steps to improve their mine safety procedures to save... 

Zim lithium, tantalum prospect returns ‘excellent’ test results

By: Ilan SolomonsDiversified exploration and mining company Premier African Minerals reported “excellent results” from the initial metallurgical testwork study, which was completed by German materials testing and analysis company Dorfner Anzaplan on its wholly-owned Zulu lithium and tantalum project, in Zimbabwe... 

Zim lithium, tantalum prospect returns ‘excellent’ test results

Zululand Anthracite Colliery unveils new 50 t/h wash plant

By: Ilan SolomonsInvestment company Menar Holding’s Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), near the town of Ulundi commissioned its new wash plant, last month. The new coal processing plant has 50 t/h processing capacity and is expected to wash three-million tons of discard material over the course of the next five... 

Zululand Anthracite Colliery unveils new 50 t/h wash plant

Mine Profile

Pilar mine

By: Thabi MadibaA gold mine located in the state of Goiás in central region of Brazil. 

Pilar mine

Photo of the Week

SUCKING UP TO DIAMONDS

By: Martin CreamerDiamond company De Beers finds some of its most valuable diamonds on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Namibia. It recovers the diamonds by sucking them off the seabed in a vacuuming action that creates angst among some environmental organisations and helicoptering them to shore.... 

SUCKING UP TO DIAMONDS

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