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On-The-Air (19/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2018 Diamond mining in the diamond city of Kimberley has been given a sparkling new lease of life thanks to smart new technology; The Industrial Development Corporation is calling for smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing to pull South Africa ahead; and The Constitutional Court... 

Harvest to expand Arapua fertiliser capacity

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 Brazil-focused fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals is planning a significant expansion at its Arapua fertiliser project, with the addition of four knife mills and associated infrastructure that will push production capacity above the 320 000 t/y level. The LSE Aim-listed company announced on... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Canadian companies struggle to plan for post-NAFTA world

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Canadian industries that would be most acutely impacted by the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement are unable to meaningfully plan for a possible post-NAFTA world given the uncertainty of what could replace it, analysts and executives said. With three quarters of Canadian exports... 

World's top commodity engine roars to record with Xi at helm

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 China continues to gobble up the world’s commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans. In a year of flux marked by industrial capacity cuts, environmental curbs and financial deleveraging, demand for raw materials has continued to grow in the world’s... 

Centerra finally receives Turkish pastureland permit

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Centerra Gold has received the Turkish pastureland permit for its Öksüt growth project, paving the way for the project’s future development. The Toronto-based company advised on Thursday that its Turkish subsidiary Öksüt Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret (Omas) took receipt of... 

Nutrien gains on first trading day as Agrium, PotashCorp complete merger

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of freshly minted fertiliser producer, distributor and retailer Nutrien gained nearly 6% on Tuesday – its first trading day following closure of the transaction on New Year’s day. The ‘merger of equals’ has created a new top-tiered fertiliser company with a total market... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Africa development body, funds see opportunity in mining infrastructure

By: Reuters     22nd December 2017 With some mining companies increasingly reluctant to own outright the infrastructure that keeps their projects going, an African development institution is linking up with investment funds to help fill the gap. The Nigerian-based Africa Finance Corporation has already expanded its debt or equity... 

Christo Visser

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Christo Visser, the newly appointed senior VP origination covering Australia, South East Asia, Russia and the CIS 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Accelerating growth and development on the Copperbelt

     8th December 2017 By the end of day two of the three-day Caminex trade show, many exhibitors had already booked their stand for 2018. “Feedback from exhibitors was extremely positive,” says Caminex. 

DRC event promises to be bigger, better in 2018

     8th December 2017 The third edition of the DRC Mining Week exhibition and conference in 2018 will welcome mining experts to a unique platform for the enhancement of mining investment and operations in the heart of mining hub the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The event is to be held in June, in Lubumbashi,... 

Wuhlf Equipment

     8th December 2017 Started in 2005, South African heavy-duty equipment manufacturer, supplier and importer Wuhlf Equipment has supplied more than 2 000 pieces of equipment over the years. The company operates from its facility in Wallmansthal, Pretoria, where it will manufacture its recently launched 70 kW... 

Wuhlf ready to fill orders for its Africa-tough TLB

     4th December 2017 The new locally manufactured 70 kW 4 x 4 Skerpioen tractor loader backhoe (TLB) will provide businesses in Africa with an affordable, low-tech solution that is robust enough to withstand the harsh operating environment synonymous with the continent. After developing the machine for the past two... 

No opencut mining at Drayton South, but underground allowed

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 The New South Wales government on Friday announced that it would amend policies to ban opencut coal mining in the Hunter Valley, where a heated battle between horse stud owners and major miner Anglo American has been raging over the Drayton South coal project. The New South Wales government,... 

Omnia delivers double-digit H1 growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2017 JSE-listed Omnia on Tuesday posted double-digit growth in earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year as the agriculture segment normalised after harsh drought conditions ended and the mining segment started to show signs of improvement. Profit after tax increased by 27% to... 

BHP, Goldman hunt for energy fix amid remote banana plantations

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 The world’s biggest miner and Wall Street’s top-ranked merger firm are among the high-profile backers of a remote solar project nestled among banana crops in Australia’s far tropical northeast. For BHP Billiton, it’s a chance to unlock renewable technology for the global mining sector. As... 

Latest industry survey holds out promise but challenges persist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has flatlined, stagnating at 6.7% for 2016 and 2017. However, India’s GDP has increased from 6.8% to 7.2% for the same period, which bodes well for the offtake of South Africa’s commodities market.  

Rally behind Ramaphosa’s inspiring ‘New Deal’ speech

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa made several crucial points in his highly significant ‘New Deal’ speech in Soweto last week. Delivered only week’s away from the important 54th National Conference of the African National Congress, the 'New Deal' speech has all the hallmarks of a blueprint for the... 

Glencore is said close to creating mining royalty company

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2017 Glencore is close to finalising a $700-million deal with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to create a new base-metals royalty company, according to people familiar with the matter. The Swiss commodity giant will bring royalty agreements from about 10 mines, while Ontario Teachers’ will... 

Rwanda President sees growth accelerating on banking, mining

By: Bloomberg     3rd November 2017 Rwandan economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next as the outlook for industries including financial services, tourism and mining improves, President Paul Kagame said. The pace of expansion is expected to increase to 7% next year from about 6% this year, Kagame said Thursday in... 

Zwane must be probed on State capture and Gupta relations – DA 

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 There are enough grounds to establish an ad hoc committee of inquiry into Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s relationship with the Gupta family and allegations of State capture, said James Lorimer from the Democratic Alliance (DA). Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the... 

KSB Pumps & Valves

     27th October 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

Chamber of Mines championing rooftop agriculture in Joburg inner city

By: Ilan Solomons     20th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) hosted the launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, last week, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for... 

On-The-Air (13/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 Australia is leading the way in agromining – and now South Africa is being prodded to engage in hot pursuit; This week’s general election in Liberia will have a strong bearing on the country getting its first diamond mine; and South Africa’s R20-billion Swaziland rail link is being prepared for... 

Building presence in East Africa through Tanzanian office

     13th October 2017 Drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive is adding to its existing presence in Tanzania, its main hub in Eastern Africa, by opening a new office in Kenya and starting a recruitment drive in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SEW-Eurodrive’s Tanzanian branch, in Der Es Salaam,... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Company highlights cost benefit of brand

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) – a member of Hudaco Group – highlights the cost benefits of its KML bearings offering amid local economic conditions. The current economic climate, characterised particularly by the suppressed mining sector, has... 

CoM shows off potential of rooftop agriculture in Johannesburg inner city

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Wednesday hosted the launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for... 

South Africa should consider agromining – US professor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2017 South Africans, who have been mining for metals for more than a century, were this week urged to farm for metals. South African-born Stephen Haggerty, a distinguished research professor of Florida International University in the US who spoke to Mining Weekly Online while in Johannesburg, outlined... 

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46% 

     6th October 2017 In this opinion article, independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey argues that the mining industry and coal industry need to fight for their very future otherwise all is lost. Few people realise that future economic, political and social prosperity are at currently stake. Decisions made in... 

Partnership to provide $12m for African development minerals producers

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 Five-thousand small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development minerals operators will have access to more affordable finance as a result of a partnership between the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF), the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP),... 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 South African capital equipment manufacturers that are supplying offshore markets, and have survived the ongoing turmoil in the mining industry and the domestic economic environment, have showed resilience and bear testament to the lifeline provided by exporting products and not relying solely on... 

Zambia mines deny they are being subsidised by domestic electricity consumers

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 The notion that Zambia’s mines are being subsidised by domestic consumers is  “wholly untrue and completely at odds with the facts”, states Zambian Chamber of Mines president Nathan Chishimba, in response to a number of recent articles in the Zambian media suggesting that the government and... 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 South African capital equipment manufacturers that are exporting, and which have survived the ongoing turmoil in the mining industry and domestic economic environment, have showed resilience and bear testament to the lifeline provided through exporting products and not relying solely on sales... 

Guatemala court clarifies consultation area, denies action on export permit

By: Henry Lazenby     27th September 2017 The TSX-listed stock of beleaguered miner Tahoe Resources fell as much as 13.5% on Wednesday, after the Guatemalan Supreme Court issued a ruling clarifying the specific geographical areas that needs to be included in a fresh round of indigenous consultations; the court also denied action to force... 

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Nonprofit organisation, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aiming to invite more German companies to Zambia to display digital solutions for mining and Industry 4.0, following the success of its German-Zambian Business Forum. SA-German Chamber Lusaka office head... 

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