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R2.7bn approved for Gloria project – Assore

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Capital expenditure (capex) of R2.7-billion has been approved for the modernisation and optimisation of Assmang’s Gloria Manganese Mine at Black Rock in the Northern Cape, Assore CEO Charles Walters told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday. Assore owns 50% of Assmang, which it controls jointly with... 

Manganese star performer, more stability in iron-ore price – Assore

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2018 Manganese was the star performer for diversified mining company Assore in the 12 months to June 30, when the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed record-performer experienced greater stability in iron-ore pricing but also chrome price volatility caused by global tariff uncertainty. In reporting... 

Assore posts record sales, output, earnings, dividend

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2018 Diversified mining company Assore on Thursday posted record-upon-record in what has been an outstanding 12 months for the JSE-listed chrome ore, manganese ore and iron-ore producer that also bettered its lost time injury frequency rate in the period but sadly suffered a fatality. The 12 months to... 

Transnet signs manganese capacity allocation contract with Assmang

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed a seven-and-a-half-year Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (MECA2) contract with Assmang as part of its strategy to secure 95% of manganese volumes on rail. The contract, which will see the transportation of export manganese from pit to port, offers Assmang, the... 

Mining, industrial contracts for ELB in SA and abroad

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) announced last week that it had been awarded the drying system for the M.V. Grand Banks life extension project for marine mining company De Beers Marine. Additionally, the company noted that it had completed train loading station (TLS) and stacker projects for the... 

Innovative mobile toilet solutions suit mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Cape Town-based premier mobile ablutions and toilets supplier Absolute Ablutions is offering the mining industry an innovative range of toilets, providing the most effective and affordable sanitation for remote mining sites. A variety of high-quality toilet units, including basic non-flush,... 

NUM, Solidarity sign three-year wage agreement with Assmang

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th September 2017 Trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity have secured a three-year wage agreement with iron-ore and manganese miner Assmang at its operations in the Northern Cape. Assmang, a joint venture between Assore and African Rainbow Minerals, operates the Khumani iron-ore mine,... 

Assore posts record headline earnings

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Mining investment holding company Assore achieved a 199% increase in headline earnings to R5.2-billion for the financial year to June 30, compared with R1.7-billion in the previous year. Attributable earnings amounted to R5-billion, which was an improvement of 226% from 2016, which was also a... 

Assore posts record headline earnings of R5.2bn as commodity prices rebound

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2017 Mining investment holding company Assore achieved a 199% increase in headline earnings to R5.2-billion for the financial year to June 30, compared with R1.7-billion in the previous year. Attributable earnings amounted to R5-billion, which was an improvement of 226% from 2016, which was also a... 

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 South Africa-based mineral extrusion processing company Mineral Agglomeration Solutions (MAS) is offering its Briquettes By Extrusion (Brex) technology to the international mining industry. 

Mines continue to drive sustainable value creation

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The African mining industry is increasingly focusing on generating as much value as possible from mining projects to benefit all mining stakeholders and strengthen its position as a sustainable contributor to the continent’s economies, says consulting engineer Aurecon resources client director... 

Fatigue-monitoring system installed at Anglo coal mines

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Mining safety systems company Expert Mining Solutions is rolling out a wearable fatigue-monitoring system at Anglo American’s thermal coal opencast mines, in South Africa, to assist in monitoring fatigue levels of equipment drivers.  

Beeshoek mine, South Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     28th April 2017 An iron-ore mine located in Postmasburg, in South Africa’s Northern Cape. 

Khumani mine, South Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     21st April 2017 An iron-ore mine located 30 km south of Kathu, and about 65 km north of Assmang’s Beeshoek mine, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. 

Impairments drag ARM into narrowed loss

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2017 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Thursday reported a narrowed basic earnings loss of R254-million in the six months to December 31. The loss resulted mainly from attributable impairments of the Nkomati nickel and Modikwa platinum mines totalling R1.4-billion after tax... 

Assore earnings down on global iron-ore, manganese oversupply

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2016 Base mineral and metals mining company Assore, which released financial results for the 12 months to June 30 on Wednesday, reported 11.7% lower headline earnings to R1.7-billion for the financial year. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company, chaired by Des Sacco, reported a poor ongoing... 

Electronic fire panel remotely monitors systems

26th August 2016 Fire engineering design specialist Failsafe Fire Projects, which provides mines and industry with fire detection and suppression systems for heavy vehicles and machines, will be using Electra Mining Africa 2016 as the platform to launch its newly developed electronic fire panel. 

Oversupply, low prices dent Assore’s H1 earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2016 Oversupply and low prices in the commodities in which it trades have contributed to a 25.4% decline in JSE-listed Assore’s headline earnings a share to 715c for the six months ended December 31, compared with 959c in the six months to December 2014. This translated into a decrease in headline... 

Assore, ARM enter agreements for R450m Dwarsrivier sale

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th June 2015 Definitive agreements have been inked for Assore’s R450-million buyout of African Rainbow Minerals’ (ARM’s) 50% indirect interest in the Dwarsrivier chrome mine, in Mpumalanga. The deal would see Assore gain full ownership of the mine, which was owned and operated by Assore and ARM’s joint... 

Malaysia ferroalloys project EPC 71% complete

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 Process and engineering service provider Metix is on schedule to complete the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an infrastructure smelter complex for ferroalloy producer Sakura Ferroalloys, in eastern Malaysia, by March next year. 

Company foresees growth in African shaft sinking opportunities

13th February 2015 Africa has the potential to create more shaft sinking operations opportunities in the near future, says engineering contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation. The company’s business development executive Allan Widlake says, as a result of the emerging opportunities, Murray & Roberts... 

Assore’s H1 headline earnings down nearly 60%

By: Ilan Solomons     11th February 2015 JSE-listed mining holding company Assore’s headline earnings for the six months ended December 31, had declined by 59.2% to R990-million, mainly owing to the lower headline earnings recorded by its 50%-owned iron-ore and ferroalloy subsidiary Assmang. The subsidiary’s headline earnings fell by... 

Firm reflects on 2014 success story

23rd January 2015 The prefeasibility study (PFS) for gold miner Morobe Mining’s Wafi-Golpu project, in Papua New Guinea, was recently completed by project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons, the company announced in December. The Wafi-Golpu project involves the development of a new greenfield... 

Enviro solutions supplier secures iron-ore contract

By: David Oliveira     5th December 2014 South African ferrochrome producer Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine ordered two additional Dry Mist dust suppression water mist systems – manufactured by mist technology provider Telesto Mist Systems – from environmental management company I-Cat in September, following I-Cat’s successful design,... 

Global effort delivers iron-ore shiploader

By: David Oliveira     5th December 2014 Openpit mining and underground solutions provider Tenova Takraf will receive final acceptance for a 10 000 t/h shiploader and the associated conveying system in the Port of Nouadhibou, Mauritania, this month, as part of a contract awarded by Mauritania-based iron-ore export company Société... 

Increased uptake of PT schemes

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2014 Coupled with year-on-year growth for mining laboratory quality-control services provider Qotho Laboratory Services, market uptake of the company’s interlaboratory proficiency testing (PT) schemes for various commodities has been successful over the past 12 months, says MD Hannelie de Beer. “Qotho... 

Solidarity, Assmang discuss alternatives to proposed retrenchments

By: Leandi Kolver     17th September 2014 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday said it had been in discussions with the management of mining company Assmang, in Machadodorp, Mpumalanga, in an attempt to find alternatives to the retrenchment of as much as 60% of its employees. Solidarity said Assmang had, this month, sent the union a... 

Enviro company limits dust at Zambia copper mine

By: David Oliveira     12th September 2014 Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions is supplying Zambian copper mine Kansanshi, owned and operated by mining companies First Quantum Minerals and ZCCM-IH, with its GreenGrip gravel road sealant. The sealant eliminates dust on the mine’s semi-permanent roads, improving... 

Platinum, iron-ore, manganese boost ARM’s earnings

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th September 2014 The headline earnings of black-controlled JSE-listed African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) increased 10% to R4.11-billion for the year ended June 30, the diversified mining company reported last week. 

Platinum, iron-ore, manganese boost ARM’s FY earnings

By: Chantelle Kotze     4th September 2014 The headline earnings of black-controlled JSE-listed African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) increased 10% to R4.11-billion for the year ended June 30, the diversified mining company reported on Thursday. This increase was primarily owing to a significant improvement in ARM Platinum and ARM Ferrous, the... 

Assore announces record full-year earnings

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd September 2014 JSE-listed mining holding company Assore posted record headline earnings of R4.2-billion for the year ended June 30, up 19.7% on that of the prior year. It attributed the higher headline earnings to the fact that its 50%-owned subsidiary Assmang had recorded a 16.6% year-on-year increase in... 


By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2014 Environmental management company I-CAT offers specialised services and products in dust suppression, wastewater treatment and management, carbon footprint management, agricultural and forestry products, environmental management and compliance and fire suppression. 

Sustainable accommodation for SA mineworkers

By: Bruce Montiea     29th August 2014 Operational campsite design specialist Akhani Group has signed an agreement with alternative housing solutions provider Lightweight Energy Panels Africa (Lepa) in June to market and distribute Lepa’s lightweight construction panels. The panels are used to build temporary and permanent living... 


25th August 2014 With branches nationwide, portable sanitation company Sanitech is renowned for its service and superior product technology in the sanitation and hygiene solution markets. Founded in the early 1980s, Sanitech was the first portable toilet hire company to supply sanitation facilities to areas where... 

Assmang expects 2014 earnings jump despite price declines

By: Natalie Greve     8th August 2014 Despite volatile and declining iron-ore prices during the second half of the 2014 financial year, mining holding group Assore expects headline earnings to increase from R3.5-billion in 2013 to between R4-billion and R4.5-billion for the year ended June 30. Average prices for the group’s products... 

Increased demand for wear solutions

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th July 2014 South African wear and corrosion solutions provider Nordbak says there has been a significant increase in demand for its lagged pulleys and ceramic pipe linings from South African iron-ore mines over the past two years. “The significant increase in demand for the ceramic lining of pipelines can... 

Contractor moving ahead with R330m Nchwaning mine projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th June 2014 JSE-listed construction company Stefanutti Stocks started work last month on two projects awarded to it earlier in the year by ferrous-metals miner Assmang. The contracts have a combined value of about R330-million and are being carried out at the Nchwaning mine, near Hotazel in the Black Rock... 

Local company completes Malaysian project

By: Pimani Baloyi     30th May 2014 South Africa-based materials handling services provider DemcoTech Engineering has completed a four-year contract for the multimillion-dollar iron-ore import/export facility in Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, for Brazilian major mining group Vale. The complex includes an ore storage yard and a marine... 

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