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30 000 t/y output in three years targeted

     24th February 2017 Aim-listed copper mining company Weatherly International is targeting production in Namibia of 30 000 t/y within three years at a production cost of less than $2/lb with minimal capital expenditure (capex). This is according to the company’s November investor presentation in which it notes that... 

Canadian miner achieves record smelter production

     24th February 2017 Canada-based international gold mining company Dundee Precious Metals’ (DPM’s) Tsumeb copper smelter, in Tsumeb, in Namibia, achieved record smelting production in December, with quarterly concentrate production also at a record high of 61 270 t, DPM said when it announced its mine and smelter... 

Growing need for rental service in Namibia

     24th February 2017 Industrial equipment supplier and rental company Renttech South Africa has been meeting a growing demand for its rental equipment in Namibia’s mining industry, particularly its range of diesel generators and welding equipment.  The company reported in June that it had been supplying a major... 

Growing need for rental service in Namibia
GERRIT VAN ZYL Being able to offer on-site technical and project support for as long as required is an important part of Renttech’s customer service offering

Otjikoto 2017 production guidance up on that of stellar year

     24th February 2017 Canadian midtier gold producer B2Gold expects its Otjikoto gold mine, in Namibia, to produce between 165 000 oz and 175 000 oz of gold this year, compared with 166 285 oz produced in 2016, a record year for the mine, when its production guidance range was 160 000 oz to 170 000 oz. In achieving... 

South African wear solutions specialist appoints Namibian sales agent

     24th February 2017 South African wear solutions specialist RioCarb has appointed a new sales agent in Namibia and is confident this will improve its customer service and product delivery, as well as rapidly grow its market share in the country this year. The chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert signed an... 

South African wear solutions specialist  appoints Namibian sales agent
CRC PIPES Rio-Carb expects Wesco Engineering Services' knowledge of industry to afford it more opportunities to increase the supply of its R-C700 CrC wear plates and CrC pipes

Tantalite Valley mine shareholder appoints global supply-chain-savvy CEO

     24th February 2017 Aim-listed investment company Kennedy Ventures, a shareholder in the Tantalite Valley mine (TVM), near Warmbad, in Namibia’s Karas region, appointed a new CEO whose knowledge of the international tantalum market is expected to facilitate future investments as the company grows. The company... 

Three main challenges facing sector

By: Johane Turkstra     24th February 2017 There are three main challenges facing the Namibian mining sector: rail services, water shortages and the introduction of policies that could stunt investment. Chamber of Mines of Namibia CEO Veston Malango tells Mining Weekly that these challenges will be key topics of discussion at the... 

Three main challenges facing sector
LUCRATIVE SECTOR Mining accounts for 11.5% of gross domestic product, but provides more than 50% of foreign exchange earnings

Uranium, diamonds present potential amid challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th February 2017 The biggest potential for growth in the Namibian mining industry is uranium, notes professional services firm KPMG Namibia senior partner Robert Grant, highlighting that the country is facing tough economic conditions in addition to the impact of drought. He tells Mining Weekly that this growth... 

RamPiping Systems

     14th October 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

RamPiping Systems

Aukum exclusive prospecting licence conditionally renewed

     13th May 2016 Graphite exploration and development stage company Next Graphite has received the conditional renewal of its exclusive prospecting licence for its Aukam property, in southern Namibia.  

Confidence in Namib project builds despite drill rig issues

     13th May 2016 Aim-quoted mineral resource exploration and development company North River Resources notes that reliability issues with drill rigs at its Namib project, in Namibia, have put pressure on the scheduled completion of the project’s drilling campaign by end June.  

Confidence in Namib project builds despite drill rig issues
DRILLING DEVELOPMENTS The contracted Diamec rig at the Namib project continues to be used for longer drill holes, while the company’s Kempe drill continues with shallower infill and extension targets

Event heads back to Swakopmund, Namibia

     13th May 2016 The African leg of mining software developer and provider Hexagon Mining’s MineQuest 2016, the company’s global user event series, will be hosted by Namibia in Swakopmund from June 22 to 24.  

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities for mining sector

     13th May 2016 Fuels, lubricants and oil-based products producer and marketer Engen Petroleum was scheduled to complete the construction of a fuel storage and dispensing facility at the Husab uranium project, in Namibia, in late March.  

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities  for mining sector
POWERFUL PROSTECTS Once in full production, the Husab uranuim mine will be one of the largest in the world

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine

     13th May 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Kombat Copper president and CEO Paul Bozoki is confident that the Kombat copper mine, in the Otavi Mountainlands of Namibia, will start production in late 2016 and begin generating cash flow for the company.  

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine
CONFIDENT CONTRACTOR EBM is confident that it will meet the commissioning date of the production facilities at the Kombat copper mine

Rössing mineworker health study under way

     13th May 2016 Namibian uranium producer Rössing Uranium is undertaking a “comprehensive epidemiological study” of former and current employees of the Rössing mine, in the Namib desert, which has been planned since 2011.  

Rössing mineworker health study under way
DETERMINING RISK The aim of the Rössing mine's epidemiological study is to determine whether there is an excess work-related cancer risk

$782m zinc project investment approved

     15th May 2015 Diversified mining company Vedanta Resources, in November last year approved $782-million in investment over a three year period, to fund the conversion of the Skorpion Zinc refinery in Namibia, and to develop an openpit zinc mine in Gamsberg, South Africa. 

Chamber of Mines to hold yearly mining expo and conference

By: Dylan Stewart     15th May 2015 The Namibia Chamber of Mines is set to host its yearly mining expo and conference on May 20 and May 21. 

Contractor, training organisation sign Memo of Understanding

     15th May 2015 The collaboration between vocational training organisation the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and mining, construction and engineering contractors Murray & Roberts Resources & Industrial and Murray & Roberts Electrical & Control Systems will enhance the involvement of Murray and Roberts at the... 

Contractor, training  organisation sign  Memo of Understanding
MILES SOFIJANIC By engaging local resources, the technical training also promotes operational excellence and the safe working environment in which Murray and Roberts operates

Dust-control company grows its Namibian business

     15th May 2015 Dust control company Dust-A-Side is currently providing its Total Dust Management service to various players in the Namibian mining industry enabling them to reduce costs and improve productivity, reveals corporate marketing manager Lolly Chibi. Chibi explains that Total Dust Management is a... 

Dust-control company grows its Namibian business

Engineering company innovates to save money and time

By: Dylan Stewart     15th May 2015 Multidisciplinary engineering company LogiMan has successfully completed its work on the Tschudi copper project, in Namibia, ahead of schedule and within budget. 

Gold mine achieves first commercial production

     15th May 2015 Vancouver-based gold producer G2Gold’s Otjikoto gold mine, 300 km north of Windhoek, had its first month of commercial production in March this year. 

Major mining commodities show decline in worker fatalities

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th May 2015 In February this year diamond producer Namdeb Diamond Corporation was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) of tertiary education institute Polytechnic for exposing students to a real work environment under Polytechnic’s Work Integrated Learning programme. 

Major mining commodities show decline in worker fatalities
Photo by Duane Daws
DAVID MSIZA Emphasis should be placed on reducing transport-related fatalities at mines

Namibia diamond producer fuels education

     15th May 2015 In February this year diamond producer Namdeb Diamond Corporation was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) of tertiary education institute Polytechnic for exposing students to a real work environment under Polytechnic’s Work Integrated Learning programme. 

Namibia most attractive African resource destination

     15th May 2015 Namibia is now considered the most attractive African country for mineral resource investment, according to research and education organisation The Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2014. 

Rare earths prospecting licence renewed

     15th May 2015 Rare earths exploration company Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) announced on December 1, 2014 that Namibia’s Ministry of Mines has renewed its Lofdal rare earths project’s exclusive prospecting licence for a further two years. 

Rare earths prospecting licence renewed
SPECIAL STRATEGY Rare earths have been deemed 'strategic minerals' by the Namibia government

Uranium becoming a spearhead of Namibian mining

By: Dylan Stewart     15th May 2015 Uranium has played a leading role in driving the Namibian mining industry, says audit, tax and advisory service provider KPMG Namibia senior partner Robert Grant. 

Uranium mine feasibility study yields even more positive results

By: Dylan Stewart     15th May 2015 The feasibility study for Canadian uranium exploration and development company Forsys Metals’ wholly owned Norasa project, in Namibia, has found the project’s mineral reserves to be higher than initially expected, confirming the economic viability of the project. 

Work under way to achieve pilot production

By: Dylan Stewart     15th May 2015 The Tantalite Valley (TV) project near Warmbad, in Namibia’s Karas region, is undergoing refurbishment and preparation work to reach first pilot production by mid-year, resource and energy investing firm Kennedy Ventures chairperson Giles Clarke tells Mining Weekly. 

Work under way to achieve pilot production
GILES CLARKE Owing to the robust demand for electronic consumer goods, the demand for tantalum will remain steady for the forseeable future

Dust-control company grows its Namibian business

     12th May 2015 Dust control company Dust-A-Side is currently providing its Total Dust Management service to various players in the Namibian mining industry enabling them to reduce costs and improve productivity, reveals corporate marketing manager Lolly Chibi. Chibi explains that Total Dust Management is a... 

Dust-control company grows its Namibian business

Crane Link Zoomlion

     16th May 2014 Local crane supplier Crane Link Zoomlion, which sells and services Zoomlion truck, rough-terrain and crawler cranes, is the sole agent for Zoomlion in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. MD Mark Bates, who owns 100% of the company, started importing Zoomlion cranes into South Africa in... 

Crane Link Zoomlion

Diamond mining may threaten Namibia’s coastline

By: Carina Borralho     16th May 2014 The Benguela Current Commision (BCC), a multisectoral intergovernmental initiative of Angola, Namibia and South Africa, could play a role in coordinating studies that monitor the impact of mining on the marine environment. The BCC is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Angola, Namibia and... 

Diamond mining may threaten Namibia’s coastline
HASHALI HAMUKUAYA Namibia has placed a moratorium on mining the seabed for phosphates
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