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Scornful report on high-tech cobalt supply chains could prove a boon to Western producers

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2016 A report released this week by advocacy group Amnesty International has revealed human rights abuses by one of the world’s largest cobalt producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which raises the possibility of accelerating a looming supply gap. The report, 'This is what we die for:... 

Commodity consolidations, alternative end-user investment imperative

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd January 2016 Rationalisation and the resulting consolidation in the mining industry will become a key industry imperative, since little significant improvement is expected in commodity prices this year, states mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “The mining industry will have to see the start... 

Mining veteran calls for ‘zero deaths’ target as his own operation notches up 5 589 fatality-free shifts

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd January 2016 It is incumbent on all stakeholders to prevent deaths in South Africa's mines, says uranium and gold miner Shiva Uranium safety manager Koos Jacobs.   In May 1995 Jacobs was the chief safety officer when a massive tragedy occurred at Shaft No 2 at the Vaal Reefs gold mine, in the North West. A... 

Collaboration key to sustainable growth

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 Explosives suppliers and manufacturers needed to start establishing common goals, share knowledge on training, and standardise testing methodology and best practices to ensure sustainable economic growth, said integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol senior manager of technical services Ron... 

Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Cornell as joint-CEOs

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Friday that it had appointed Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell as joint-CEOs, with effect from July 1, 2016. The appointments follow the June 8 announcement that incumbent CEO David Constable had decided not to extend his contract with beyond June... 

Tramecon

     27th November 2015 Tramecon is a turnkey laboratory solutions provider, servicing mining projects worldwide from its wholly owned Randburg facility, comprising two mini factories covering 400 m2. The company has recently supplied South Africa-based product logistics monitoring for a Democratic Republic of Congo... 

Imported LNG set to kickstart gas-to-power vision – Sasol

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2015 Imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to initiate the greater use of gas in South Africa’s currently coal-dominated electricity generation. Anticipated is the establishment of infrastructure at South African ports, such as Saldanha Bay, Coega or Richards Bay, to facilitate the... 

Fluor opens office in Botswana as it expands footprint

By: David Oliveira     20th November 2015 Engineering construction company Flour Corporation last month launched its new office in Gaborone, Botswana, with Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa, among other dignitaries and business leader, in attendance. The new office will serve as the company’s operations base to expand and... 

KSB Pumps and Valves

     23rd October 2015 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps and Valves has been in operation since 1959, manufacturing a range of pumps, valves and related systems for sectors including water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, mining, energy and building services. Most of the products are manufactured under... 

Sasol promotes reading through book drive

     23rd October 2015 Chemicals and energy company Sasol is set to handover close to 20 000 books to the Maharishi Institute the Girls and Boys Club of Soweto, at the Jabavu Community Library and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), in the maiden project of its global ‘Sasol for Good’ initiative. “As our first... 

SA’s liquid-fuels economy to be sustained for next 40 years

By: Bruce Montiea     23rd October 2015 The coal-to-liquids (CTL) industry is going to be a core part of South Africa’s liquid-fuels economy for the next 40 years, says global management consulting firm AT Kearney principal Martin Sprott. He says the country’s CTL industry is centred on energy and chemicals group Sasol's CTL plant in... 

Fluor Opens Botswana Office

     19th October 2015 Fluor Corporation announced today that it has opened an office in Gaborone, Botswana, which will serve as the company’s operations base to expand and diversify business activities across sub-Saharan Africa.  Charles Siwawa, chief executive officer of the Botswana Chamber of Mines, participated... 

Botswana Mines Adopt South African Online Auction Mechanism

     13th October 2015 In a first for Botswana, major mines are now using online auctions to offload unwanted assets and recover revenue. This comes following the extensive success online auctions have experienced in South Africa.   The first Botswana auction set to take place, consisting of equipment belonging to... 

Canada becomes founding partner of historic Trans-Pacific Partnership, to boost resource sectors

By: Henry Lazenby     5th October 2015 Canada on Monday became one of the 12 founders of the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement (FTA) that could ensure an increase in Canadian exports and investment to member countries, supporting jobs for Canadians at home and abroad. The TPP was a multilateral trade... 

Impumelelo colliery receives new belt reeler

By: Bruce Montiea     2nd October 2015 Conveyor fastening and accessory specialist Flexco manufactured and delivered a new vertical belt reeler in June to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Impumelelo colliery in Secunda, Mpumalanga. Flexco project engineer Simon Curry says the belt reeler will be installed at the colliery once the... 

Sasol, Fluor team up to develop S African energy projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th September 2015 Sasol Group Technology has signed a three-year agreement with US-based engineering and construction firm Fluor Corporation to collaborate on small and mid-sized oil and gas projects at Sasol’s facilities in Secunda and Sasolburg. Fluor would share its expertise on proprietary engineering and... 

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2015 While dust prevention can be used in materials handling operations, dust suppression is the preferred option, owing to low water consumption, especially in areas where water is scarce, says dust-control company Dust-A-Side. Other benefits of using dust suppression include a reduced probability of... 

Handling equipment provider now offers dust-suppression systems

     25th September 2015 Dust-suppression systems for materials-handling operations at mines and storage facilities were, earlier this year, added to opencast mining and materials handling equipment company Tenova Takraf Africa’s product portfolio. 

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th September 2015 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that Keenan was an accomplished international executive with more than 20 years of global experience in... 

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2015 Welcome to Creamer Media’s Resources Watch, a weekly video round-up of the events and people making and shaping the news in the mining industry. This week: Sasol is ‘excited' by South Africa’s gas-to-power prospects. ARM declares a dividend despite the copper price blow. And, Kibo says Tanzania’s... 

Schrempp to step down from Sasol board

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has announced that Professor Jürgen Schrempp, who has served on its board for 18 years, will step down as director and lead independent director at its annual general meeting on December 4. Schrempp, who is best know internationally for his role in the... 

Sasol ‘excited’ by South Africa’s gas-to-power prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has again indicated a desire to participate in South Africa’s upcoming gas-to-power programme, confirming on Monday that it had responded to the Department of Energy’s recent request for information and that it was also considering investment options along the... 

Sasol sees low oil prices persisting to 2017, but expects strong upswing by decade’s end 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 17% fall in headline earnings to R49.76/share in the year to June 30, 2015, with a strong operational performance offset by a sharp weakening in market conditions, including a year-on-year oil price decline of 33%. Outgoing President and CEO David... 

Mine of the future, managing coal, manganese terminal

By: Martin Creamer     4th September 2015 Universities are designing the mines of the future; a call has been made for South Africa to ensure future coal reserves for essential domestic use; and engineering design is imminent for the new Ngqura Manganese Export Terminal 

SA coal reserves must be well managed to ensure industry’s long-term sustainability – researcher

By: Ilan Solomons     4th September 2015 Coal will remain the primary source of South Africa’s power generation for the foreseeable future; however, the country’s about 60-billion tons of recoverable coal reserves must be optimally used and managed to ensure the country receives maximum benefit from these reserves, states local... 

The indispensable nature of South Africa’s mining industry needs to be widely acknowledged

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2015 The modern world would be much the poorer without mining, which is something to be borne in mind as the industry takes huge strain under the collapse of commodity prices. As often outlined by Chamber of Mines of South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, mining and the minerals are integral to society and... 

Fortune Minerals sells remaining Hemlo equipment for $415 000

By: Henry Lazenby     26th August 2015 Project developer Fortune Minerals has replenished its coffers through the sale of the remaining equipment it salvaged from the Golden Giant mine, at Hemlo, in Ontario. While the equipment was originally meant for use at the proposed Nico gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper development, in the Northwest... 

BHP Billiton announces board changes 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2015 JSE-listed mining giant BHP Billiton has appointed Anita Frew as independent nonexecutive director, effective September 15, while Carlos Cordeiro, who has served as nonexecutive director since 2005, will retire from the board in November.  Frew had over 18 years’ experience as a director and... 

Weak oil price exacts toll on Sasol’s earnings

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2015 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that its earnings for the financial year to June 30, 2015, would be down on the previous year, despite a strong operational performance – the weaker result was largely attributed to the sharp fall in the oil prices during the... 

Pilot refinery testwork confirms positive results

     7th August 2015 Australian exploration company and emerging strategic metals producer TNG has successfully completed the pilot metallurgical testwork programme for the Tivan downstream refinery of its flagship Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the Northern Territory, the company announced last month,... 

Mining boom bolsters explosives, chemicals markets – research firm

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st July 2015 The rapid growth of Africa’s mining industry, and particularly in Central Africa, is being mirrored in the mining explosives and chemicals market, research firm Frost & Sullivan reports. Through new analysis, the firm has found that almost 65% of major and minor mining firms in the region... 

Expert highlights coal projects ‘likely to succeed’

By: Dylan Stewart     31st July 2015 The four new coal mines being developed by energy and chemical company Sasol are highly likely to succeed as a result of two fundamentals: reserves and market, says mining and project finance evaluator XMP Consulting chairperson Xavier Prevost. 

AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline earnings for the six months to June 30, up 45% to R632-million, compared with R436-million in the first... 

Europe to make proposal on carbon-capture cooperation with South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2015 European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič plans to follow up his recent visit to South Africa with a firm proposal on how the European Union (EU) and South Africa could cooperate on clean-coal technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS). In an interview with Engineering News Online... 

Process reliability of hydraulic connection technology crucial

     17th July 2015 The process reliability of hydraulic connection technology is crucial for the effective and economical operation of modern working machinery, says hydraulic coupling technology provider VOSS Fluid. To ensure that systems, which are subject to permanent stress, such as large excavators in mining,... 

Speciality chemicals demand rising

By: David Oliveira     10th July 2015 An appreciation of the differences in ore characteristics and the need to improve mine tailings are driving demand for speciality chemicals in African mining, says growth consultancy Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food research associate Lloyd Rubaba. He notes that demand for... 

Chrome miner notches up one-million fatality-free shifts

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2015 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS recently achieved one-million fatality-free shifts at its Rustenburg chrome mine. The last time this achievement was attained was in November 2012. As a global company whose core business comprises the development, manufacture and sale of plastics, rubber,... 

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2015 The rejection of a still-workable mine water and slimes dam plan at the stricken Grootvlei gold mine on Gauteng’s East Rand deprived 7 000 squatter camp dwellers of employment and set the mine on its downward trajectory, which has arguably ended up as the harshest aspect of the Aurora liquidation... 

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