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Tongon permit review confirms opportunities to extend mine life

By: David Oliveira     24th April 2017 A review of Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources’ Nielle permit, which hosts the company’s Tongon mine, in Côte d’Ivoire, has confirmed a number of opportunities to extend the life of the operation beyond the current four-year projection, company CEO Mark Bristow said during a site... 

Kal Tire buys Tyre Corporation’s South African operations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 North American company Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group has acquired Tyre Corporation, expanding its footprint in South Africa, with 800 team members across 80 mine sites. “Tyre Corporation is a recognised market leader in underground mining tyre services and sales and we are excited to bring their... 

Universal posts record sales

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st April 2017 South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal has reported record sales and record operating cash flows during the three months to March, despite an 11% drop in production. Run-of-mine coal production for the quarter fell to 905 000 t, from 1.02-million tonnes in the December quarter, with... 

Bushveld subsidiary, Chinese firm to build coal-fired power plant in Madagascar

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese State-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro Corporation to codevelop an initial 60 MW independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power plant and an... 

Focus on construction at Bisie conflict-free tin project

     21st April 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources’ current focus is on preparing its 80.75%-owned Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for construction. According to a presentation by Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra at the 2017 Investing in African... 

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

     21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

Ascendant lifts El Mochito mill throughput 17% since Dec buy; sees output rise 41% by Q4

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 Since acquiring the west-central Honduras-based El Mochito zinc/lead/silver mine about four months ago, Canadian miner Ascendant Resources has leveraged its management team’s experience to immediately turn the operation around, giving it a growth platform generating free cash flow. Once the crown... 

Eastern Goldfields raises A$25m for Davyhurst

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 ASX-listed Eastern Goldfields will raise a minimum of A$25-million through a share placement to complete the commissioning of the Davyhurst operation, in Western Australia. The company on Tuesday said that it will issue up to 80-million shares, at a price of 35c each to sophisticated, profession... 

Noront, Marten Falls First Nation ink exploration and project advancement agreement

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 The largest landholder in the so-called Ring of Fire, an emerging base and precious metals mining camp in Northern Ontario, has signed an exploration and project advancement agreement with the Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN). The accord stipulates compensation for work already completed on... 

Dominion Diamond's sales slump 21% in FY17

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 Canada’s largest diamond producer Dominion Diamond Corp has reported a 21% decrease in diamond sales for the 2017 financial year ended January, as a fire at its flagship Ekati mine, in the Northwest Territories, and lower-value output weighed on the bottom line. The Yellowknife-based producer,... 

Early milestone reached at Guinean bauxite project

     14th April 2017 Aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has achieved an early milestone in the development of its bauxite mining and export project in Guinea, following the completion of land-raising work in Kamsar. The work is the first contract to be completed on its $1-billion investment in a mine,... 

Funding under way for revival of old Prieska zinc-copper potential

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2017 Funding efforts aimed at reviving the old Northern Cape mining area endowed with significant zinc and copper potential are gaining momentum. Acknowledged as the host of one of world’s most noteworthy volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) base metal deposits, the Prieska area has a well-recorded... 

Kerr Mines appoints new top management

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2017 TSX-listed project developer Kerr Mines has appointed Claudio Ciavarella as CEO and Martin Kostuik as president and director with immediate effect. "The additions of Claudio and Martin to Kerr's management team will provide invaluable business and technical leadership as we advance our flagship... 

R2.3bn Anglo coal sale to Seriti may hit Eskom ownership snag 

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2017 A new aspirant South African mining champion on Monday announced its intention to purchase Anglo American’s Eskom-tied domestic thermal coal operations in South Africa, which would position the majority black-owned start-up as the potential second-largest provider of coal to the State electricity... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Cautious optimism prevails in mining as prices rise, shallow growth returns

By: Ilan Solomons     7th April 2017 For the first time in a number of years, there is a mood of cautious optimism in the mining industry, with commodity prices on the rise, shallow growth returning to different end markets and most mining companies in better cost positions than in the recent past, says advisory firm Deloitte.... 

Digitalised mining can allow for deeper mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, will test its latest developments in digitalised mining technology in underground mining conditions in the next two months at the Sterkfontein caves, a World Heritage Site in Muldersdrift, near Krugersdorp.  

Lonmin committed to R500m expenditure on employee apartments

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 Platinum-mining company Lonmin is committed to spending R500-million over five years on its Infill Apartment Project, which develops the areas between converted hostel blocks. In 2014, all 128 single-sex hostel blocks were converted into renovated single and family apartment blocks at a cost of... 

Preparing to keep top producer spot in S Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     7th April 2017 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti has recommissioned a section of its Mine Waste Solutions operation, located in Stilfontein, in the North West, in order to maintain its current uranium production levels in anticipation of potential future upturns in the international market. 

Bigen Africa – your socio-economic development partner

     6th April 2017 At Bigen Africa the core focus of infrastructure development is to create sustainable social and economic benefits for countries, regions and communities – this has been the philosophy of the leading infrastructure-development group since its inception more than four decades ago and it has been... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Bushveld’s Lemur, Sinohydro to build coal-fired power plant in Madagascar

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th April 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese State-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro Corporation to codevelop an initial 60 MW independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power plant and an... 

Orbite Technologies to file for bankruptcy protection

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 Quebec clean-technology firm Orbite Technologies has filed a notice of intention (NoI) to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, thereby imposing an automatic 30-day stay of proceedings that will protect the company and its assets from the claims of creditors while the company... 

Crushing Solutions For Mines, From Start-Ups To Majors

     3rd April 2017 Designing and building its own crushing and screening plants, Raubex company B&E International brings over four decades of experience in contract crushing to its mining sector offerings, which are tailor made for applications from small to large. With most major mining firms already on its... 

Orex acquisition ‘last puzzle piece’ for Anaconda to solidify regional presence

By: Henry Lazenby     31st March 2017 The acquisition by gold junior Anaconda Mining of Orex Exploration represents the “last piece of the puzzle” that Anaconda has been missing, adding a third compliant resource and geographically diversifying the portfolio. The all-scrip deal, valued at about C$13-million, is part of Anaconda’s... 

Housing strategy bears fruit

     31st March 2017 Platinum group metals producer Northam Platinum has completed its hostel conversion programme, announcing the achievement in its 2017 half-year results, which were released last month. Northam CE Paul Dunne said the company’s reinvigorated housing strategy is delivering pleasing results. “The... 

Iron-ore mine builds 1 000-person changehouse at mine

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 Prefabricated accommodation specialist Speedspace is expected to complete the construction of  a 1 000-person change house for Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela project, in Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape, on schedule. As of March 14, the project was on track for completion by the end of March, barring... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Training on the move with Atlas Copco RCS Mobile Trailer

     29th March 2017 Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique has invested in a RCS (Rig Control System) Mobile Trailer to make training more accessible, convenient and affordable by taking it to the customer’s doorstep. RSC is all about faster fault detection, lower maintenance costs and enhanced rig... 

Armadale starts graphite exploration programme at Tanzania mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 An exploration programme at dual-listed Armadale Capital’s Mahenge Liandu graphite project in Tanzania, aimed at upgrading its resource estimate, has kicked off. The project currently has an existing Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant inferred mineral resource estimate of 40.9-million tonnes... 

Radisson chases potential ‘game-changing’ discovery at high-grade O’Brien project

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2017 Following on the heels of a successful 2016 exploration campaign, junior explorer Radisson Mining Resources has doubled its current drill programme to 20 000 m and added a second drill at the O’Brien project, cut by the prospective regional Larder-Lake-Cadillac Fault, in Quebec. Emboldened by... 

Swedish miner says Donald Trump doesn't hold key to metal prices

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2017 The operator of some of Europe’s largest copper and zinc mines expects President Donald Trump’s plans to spend on US infrastructure to have much less impact on base-metal prices than the needs of burgeoning middle-class populations in emerging markets. That’s because projects in the US and other... 

CRG raises funds for working capital, concentrator circuit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Central Rand Gold (CRG) has raised £300 000 through the issue of 60-million new ordinary shares at an issue price of 0.5p apiece. The proceeds will be used for working capital and building a 60 000 t/m concentrator circuit aimed at upgrading the gold grade of mine waste dumps materials before... 

Tanzania gold export ban costing Acacia $1m a day in lost revenue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 The recent implementation of a gold and copper exports ban by the Tanzanian government is costing its largest gold miner, Acacia Mining, an average of $1-million a day in revenues. LSE-listed Acacia Mining on Friday said it was now taking a “range of actions” at its Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi mines... 

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 With the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of Scientific and... 

Five PhD students graduate from Wits mining engineering school

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 Building on its focus of high-level research and innovation for the mining sector, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has had another productive year with the graduation of five doctoral students.  

New programme increases environmental stewardship awareness at quarries

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 Environmental stewardship by private sector producers association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) member quarries, across South Africa, has improved significantly since the inception of the Aspasa About Face environmental management programme in 1994.  

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 With the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in the prevalence of deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of... 

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