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Stator introduced for reduced energy and maintenance costs

     16th June 2017 Solutions provider for difficult pumping applications Netzsch Pumps North America has introduced the iFD-Stator 2.0, which it says combines efficiency, economy and environmental safety in one system. Featuring a two-part, reusable stator housing and replaceable stator, the iFD-Stator 2.0 is... 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa will be applying at the earliest opportunity for a court date for a declaratory order on continuing empowerment consequences, as well as immediately seeking an interim court interdict to suspend the implementation of Mining Charter Three, the devastating set... 

Chamber going to court to halt devastating charter blow to already battered mining sector
Photo by Creamer Media
Chamber of Mines of South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo

From Tesla cars to underwear, metal makers seek new markets

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2017 The world’s biggest mining companies would like you to put more zinc in your zucchini and copper in your socks and dental floss. While builders and manufacturers remain the biggest metals users, producers are confronting the end of a Chinese industrial boom that fueled surging global demand and... 

IHS Markit's materials price index registers 3.1% weekly decline

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2017 A broad basket of commodities tracked by market research house IHS Markit has declined the most in a single week since mid-April, falling 3.1% last week in a broad retreat. IHS senior economist Ben Orhan said in a news release to Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that the commodity price index... 

Andiamo Exploration raising funds to explore Eritrea licences

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Private UK-based junior miner Andiamo Exploration is seeking to raise $2-million to undertake exploration at its licences, in Eritrea, and continue the development of its mines. Speaking at the Junior Mining Indaba, in Johannesburg, CEO Tim Williams on Thursday said the company, in which mineral... 

Young bull run kickstarts cyclical mining industry into exploration mode

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd June 2017 With the commodity and equity markets in much better shape than a year ago, mining industry players are navigating the early days of a new bull run with renewed interest in exploration and mergers and acquisitions activity to secure future supplies. While the commodity market is perhaps not... 

Young bull run kickstarts cyclical mining industry into exploration mode
Photo by Resource Maven
Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston on a mining site visit

Lundin to trade on Nasdaq Stockholm

By: Mariaan Webb     1st June 2017 Canadian base metals miner Lundin Mining has been given approval for listing its shares on Nasdaq Stockholm, with trading set to start next week under the trading symbol ‘LUMI’. Lundin is converting Swedish Depository Receipts (SDRs) to shares for trading on Nasdaq Stockholm and will not be... 

Alba Minerals’ CEO to step down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th May 2017 Michael Nott will step down as CEO of Aim-listed Alba Mineral Resources, effective June 1. He will, however, remain on the company’s board as nonexecutive director. 

Zambezi Protocol to serve as guide for identity-changing chamber 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2017 The 128-year-old Chamber of Mines of South Africa provided an important indicator of its intended new direction when it revealed that the Zambezi Protocol would be its guiding light as it embarked on its identity and name-change programme. Under unanimously elected new president of Mxolisi Mgojo,... 

Zambezi Protocol to serve as guide for identity-changing chamber
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer asks new Chamber of Mines office bearers to spell out the influential institution’s decision to change its 128-year-old name and identity. Photographs and Video: Duane Daws. Video Editing : Lionel d Silva.

Peru allows Bear Creek to recover Corani tax

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2017 TSX-V-listed project developer Bear Creek Mining has signed an agreement with the Peru Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and ProInversion (an agent for the Peru government) that allows the company to recover, at its option and on an accelerated basis, the 18% taxes applied to engineering and... 

Botswana continues to value exploration activity, mining

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Exploration for minerals in diamond-dependent Botswana continues despite the tough economic conditions its mining industry faces, which has impacted negatively on the country’s economic health, says mining and exploration organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa. These minerals,... 

Botswana continues to value exploration activity, mining
ECONOMIC DRIVER Despite its struggles, the mining industry in Botswana continues to drive its economy, with trends pointing to the sector’s stabilisation

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider

     26th May 2017 With a focus on safety and supporting its customers, the process of integrating diversified industrial-use products and services provider Komatsu and high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global has begun, following the conclusion of a $3.7-billion deal in April. On May 8, executive... 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider
RETAINING FOCUS Newly renamed Komatsu Mining will continue to promote and invest in the Joy Global P&H, Joy and Montabert brands

Bolívar mine, Mexico

By: Thabi Madiba     26th May 2017 A copper/silver/zinc/gold mine located in Urique, in Mexico. 

Bolívar mine, Mexico

Orion continues Prieksa drilling programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 ASX-listed Orion Minerals on Thursday said its Prieska zinc-copper project, which it acquired in March, has delivered positive results from its ongoing deep sulphide target drilling programme. Orion is targeting dip and strike extensions to historical underground mining areas at the project, with... 

Oliphant on two-day visit to Vedanta zinc operations

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2017 South Africa’s Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Wednesday ended a two-and-a-half day visit to Vedanta Zinc International’s Black Mountain complex in the Northern Cape where he was able to take a detailed look at the developmental, operational and social components of the... 

Oliphant on two-day visit to Vedanta zinc operations
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant

Vedanta hits production high spot at Black Mountain

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta has achieved its highest quarterly production in four years at Black Mountain in South Africa, where the Gamsberg zinc project is on track to begin production towards the middle of next year. In addition, mobilisation on the Skorpion pit layback, in neighbouring... 

Vedanta hits production high spot at Black Mountain
Photo by Bloomberg
Vedanta chairperson Anil Agarwal

Inflated base case prices could dent confidence in mine development

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2017 Project valuations based on elevated price assumptions in the absence of more reasonable scenarios to provide a more balanced view to the market is potentially damaging to the credibility of management teams, their consultants and the mining industry as a whole, London-based boutique investment... 

Inflated base case prices could dent confidence in mine development

Time to get PDS-ready is now

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 As of June, all new original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) trackless mobile machines (TMMs) bought by mining houses need to be proximity detection system- (PDS-) ready. 

Time to get PDS-ready is now
PROXIMITY DETECTION SYSTEMS The Booyco PDS warns when pedestrians enter the area around a machine

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers  South Africa greater accuracy
FIBRE-MINI PYROMETER The fibre-optic sensing head withstands up to 200 °C ambient temperature

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Legislation plays  ‘big role’ in uptake  of healthcare services
International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg speaks about 'Duty of Care' and the company's services and products. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse
EFFECTIVE TESTING Testing needs to be carried out every single day as part of the mine’s standard health and safety policy to be effective

Trevali shareholders vote overwhelmingly in favour of African asset acquisitions

By: Henry Lazenby     18th May 2017 Trevali Mining reported Thursday that a majority of shareholders present and represented at the company’s special meeting have voted in favour of all resolutions presented, including the acquisition of a suite of African zinc assets from Glencore. 

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer forecasts that South Africa’s new minerals legislation and new charter will be “disastrous” for an industry already crippled by hugely diminished capital injection and massive year-on-year job loss. The Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP, who... 

Shadow Minerals Minister warns of ‘disastrous’ mining outlook
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

Report sketches optimistic outlook for BC mining sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2017 The mining industry in British Columbia is cautiously optimistic as prices of key metal and resource commodities either rose or stabilised in 2016, new analysis by professional services firm PwC Canada has found. The trend continued into the first quarter, building on net mining revenues rising... 

Golden Arrow, Silver Standard JV ‘a match made in heaven’ as explorer turns producer 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th May 2017 Canadian explorer Golden Arrow Resources has made the leap from project developer to revenue-earning miner in record time through its novel partnership with senior miner Silver Standard Resources, after the latter exercised its option to form a joint venture (JV) with the company that will... 

Golden Arrow, Silver Standard JV ‘a match made in heaven’ as explorer turns producer
Golden Arrow president and CEO Joseph Grosso discusses the creation of a joint venture partnership between itself and Silver Standard Resources to combine the prospective Chinchillas project with the depleted Pirquitas mine, in Argentina’s Jujuy province. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Trevali Q1 earnings rise on higher sales, price support

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2017 Canadian base metals producer Trevali Mining has reported higher first-quarter earnings, as revenues were boosted by significantly higher sales volumes on the back of the Caribou mine declaring commercial production in the third quarter last year, and higher prices. Vancouver-based Trevali, which... 

India's Vedanta swings to profit after metal rally, zinc payout

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2017 Vedanta reported a fourth-quarter profit as India’s biggest base metals producer benefited from a rally in prices and a special dividend announced by its zinc arm. Net income attributable to owners was 14.1-billion rupees in the three months through March and revenues were Rs246.1-billion, the... 

India's Vedanta swings to profit after metal rally, zinc payout
Vedanta outgoing CEO Tom Albanese

Lundin approves €257m Portugal zinc expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     12th May 2017 Base metals miner Lundin Mining has approved the €256.5-million Zinc Expansion Project (ZEP) at its Neves-Corvo mine, in Portugal, which will more than double the operation’s zinc production. Announcing the results of a positive feasibility study for ZEP, CEO Paul Conibear reported this week... 

Lundin approves €257m Portugal zinc expansion

Down 2.1% last week, IHS Materials Price Index tracks lower for third week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2017 Lacklustre Chinese manufacturing data, coupled with moves by regulators to crack down on risky investments, is fuelling concern that Chinese demand growth is set to decelerate and that it had pushed down commodity prices over the last three weeks, market intelligence firm IHS Markit said in a... 

Trevali deploys new underground mining fleet at Caribou zinc mine

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2017 Zinc producer Trevali Mining is currently phasing in some C$20-million of new underground mining equipment at its Cariboo zinc mine, in the Bathurst Mining Camp of north-eastern New Brunswick. The fleet upgrade is part of an operation-wide optimisation drive, in partnership with Sandvik Mining,... 

Mine planning software a must for modern miners

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 In the face of numerous technical challenges, as well as the overall drive to reduce mining costs and improve efficiency amid commodity price volatility, miners globally can no longer afford to operate without using modern analytical, modelling, simulation and optimisation software, says mining... 

Mine planning software a must for modern miners
BOOSTING DEVELOPMENT MICROMINE’s fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, is assisting Mongolian copper and gold mine Oyu Tolgoi to restart its underground development

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 The demand for mine planning solutions is on the rise in Africa, with mining solutions developer Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter noting that there is particular interest in new technology that can be integrated with current systems. 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered
NEW FRONTIERS The I-Site XR3 laser scanner allows for greater coverage with fewer scans, allowing for the surveying of otherwise out-of-range areas on mine sites

Improved geology function advances mine planning

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Adding the GeoLogic software solution to the MineSight mine planning suite provides geologists with smart, time-saving modelling and allows for a reproducible, auditable geological model that can be quickly updated with new information, says mining technology developer Hexagon Mining. 

Improved geology function advances mine planning
BETTER VISUALISATION GeoLogic helps geologists build complex shapes, using mathematical algorithms to create a surface or a solid from drillhole data

Dust regulations hinder productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Regulations implemented by governmental authorities, including municipalities, and environmental bodies, are impacting significantly on productivity in the global mining industry at a time when opencast operations are running tight margins, says Johannesburg-based mining equipment manufacturer... 

Dust regulations  hinder productivity
IDEAL SOLUTION The T1255III Terrain Leveler surface excavation machine is ideal for use in surface mine applications with drill-and-blast restrictions

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 By loading, transporting and offloading draglines for opencast mining clients in one piece, global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet is driving project feasibility by saving its clients time and money. 

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time
ADDITIONAL SERVICES Mammoet is also capable of moving rock trucks and hydraulic shovels

More technical skills needed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Without more technical skills, the future of the Southern African mining industry cannot be secured, says Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Cuthbert Musingwini. Skills development will, therefore, be included on the agenda at this year’s SAIMM Mine Planning... 

More technical skills needed
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Mines are required to continuously innovate how they plan and operate their production systems

MMG starts staffing Dugald River

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2017 Metals miner MMG has started the recruitment process for its A$1.4-billion Dugald River zinc project, in Queensland, which is expected to start production in the first half of 2018. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham welcomed the boon for local jobs in... 

Orion starts drilling at Prieska to define resources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th May 2017 ASX-listed Orion Gold has started a major new phase of drilling at its Prieska zinc-copper project, in the Northern Cape, where the first two holes of the programme are designed to test mineralisation in the north-west target area. The programme will further evaluate the main deep sulphide target... 

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