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Ian Harebottle

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Ian Harebottle, the CEo-designate of Kropz, the phosphates exploration and mining company active on South Africa's West Coast 

JG Afrika supports KZN Wetlands Forum in devising a solution for endangered wetlands

     21st February 2018 This year’s World Wetlands Day (2 February) was celebrated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, by bringing together community leaders, municipalities, state departments, scientists and industry to discuss a workable solution to the rapidly declining water levels in the area. This includes... 

Contractors start FEED study at Stellar’s Sierra Leone project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 The front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the underground mine development at Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone, is now under way. Stellar on Tuesday said a team of five consultants from contractors Paradigm Project Management (PPM) and SRK Consulting... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 Gobal equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic sell-off of US stocks, which culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

Nico project potentially to start early next year

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The two-year construction of the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, could start in early 2019 on receipt of the project financing and remaining regulatory approvals, which are expected later this year. “The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approvals... 

Danie Burger

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Danie Burger, head of the company that is designing and manufacturing a new generation mechanised equipment for the hard-rock mining industry 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Cameco's 2017 headline earnings dive 59%; contracting to remain 'discretionary' in 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Long-term contracting, which is usually borne out of the requirement for power utilities to secure long-term uranium supplies, is not expected to see an uptick in 2018, as the market remains awash with too much uranium, Canada's Cameco said on Friday. In 2017, excess uranium supply continued to... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Platforms for mines ‘to talk to communities as partners, not beneficiaries’, lacking – consultant

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 Although prevailing perception between mines and communities are characterised by growing levels of mistrust, South Africa has seen breakthroughs with mining companies establishing community partnerships, says SRK Consulting’s corporate social responsibility and development consultant Tim Hart.... 

Energy from old mines, partnering communities, exploration awakening

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Abandoned mines sites can be used as pumped-storage powr schemes; a partnership approach can improve vital relations between mines and communities; and te exploration awakening is pleasing. 

Highland Gold publishes PFS results for Belaya Gora

By: Mariaan Webb     7th February 2018 London-listed Highland Gold Mining has published the results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its youngest mine, Belaya Gora, and the nearby greenfield Blagodatnoye deposit, in the Khabarovsk region of Russia’s Far East. The PFS, which was prepared by SRK Consulting, puts forward new mining... 

Cougar secures cobalt project in Chile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2018 ASX-listed Cougar Metals has secured a cobalt exploration project in Chile, which executive chairperson Randal Swick said on Wednesday was considered a complementary opportunity to its lithium prospect in Brazil. Cougar has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Antasitua Chile to acquire a 100%... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of copper/gold project proponent Northern Dynasty Minerals gained about 11% on Tuesday, after the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it had appointed a third-party contractor to undertake an environmental-impact assessment for the controversial Pebble project,... 

Cape Lambert appoints consultant for Kipushi engineering review

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2018 ASX-listed resource and investment company Cape Lambert has appointed South Africa-based engineering consulting firm GWCH Consulting to complete the detailed engineering review of the Kipushi copper processing plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Kipushi operation is run by... 

Elliott sees $22bn uplift in value with a simpler BHP

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2018 Activist investor Elliott Management Corp has called on BHP Billiton to immediately review its dual structure after commissioning research that argues reorganizing as a single company in Australia would add more than $22-billion in value to the miner’s shareholders. Creating a unified company,... 

Millennium to pursue new processing option for Nullagine

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2018 ASX-listed Millennium Minerals has appointed consulting engineering firm Ausenco to complete a feasibility study on an alternative processing option for the Nullagine gold project, in Western Australia, which could be more costs effective than its original expansion plan. The processing option... 

SA’s oldest gold mine shifts to refrigerated cooling as it reaches greater depths

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 A cool breeze of change has swept over South Africa’s oldest listed gold mine – the Barberton gold mine, in Mpumalanga – where a refrige- rated cooling system has been installed to improve underground conditions as the mine reaches greater depths, where ambient air temperatures become hotter. The... 

North Dakota Bakken oil rises again in shadow of mighty Permian

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 The Bakken shale is roaring back to life, and Kevin Black sees the evidence almost every day as he looks out the window of his blue Ford F-150 pickup truck. The president of Creedence Energy Services, which provides chemicals for oil wells, Black, 29, drives about two hours to Williston, North... 

SA’s oldest gold mine shifts to refrigerated cooling as it reaches greater depths 

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 A cool breeze of change has swept over South Africa’s oldest listed gold mine – the Barberton gold mine, in Mpumalanga – where a refrigerated cooling system has been installed to improve underground conditions as the mine reaches deeper depths where ambient air temperatures get hotter.  

Mining’s ‘flight of rebirth’ urgent, promotion of exploration essential

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 South African mining industry is in urgent need of a ‘flight of rebirth’. It is buckled and bent and made up of weakened growth prospects, with none of the cut and thrust of rival mining jurisdictions like Australia and Canada. 

Mining’s ‘flight of rebirth’ urgent, promotion of exploration essential

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 South African Deputy President and new African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa drew striking parallels between the renewal of the ANC and the tale of the rebirth of eagles when delivering the keynote address at the ANC Northern Cape conference in May last year. According to this... 

Exploration unit set to be launched at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Firm of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting (South Africa) will launch its specialised unit, SRK Exploration Services, in Southern Africa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held from February 5 to 8 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Presentation to bridge gap between mine planning and execution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 A presentation on how technology-based consulting can help bridge the gap between planning and execution will be delivered by mine management solutions’ provider Modular Mining Systems (MMS) solution manager for customer value Sergio Rojas at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be... 

Manufacturer expands offering

     26th January 2018 To fill a perceived gap between Japanese multinational manufacturing corporation Komatsu’s PC600 and PC850 ranges of excavators, the company launched its PC700LC-8R SE (PC700) excavator in December last year, after consulting with many operators engaged in the global mining industry.  

Botswana Diamonds to undertake further geological work at Limpopo project

By: Simone Liedtke     25th January 2018 Further geological work will be conducted at diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds’ Thorny River project, in Limpopo, to further refine grade and revenue estimates and extend volume estimates.  

Britain funds satellite hunt for new minerals

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 The British government has handed out £850 000 for research that uses satellites to identify deposits of minerals, including battery metal lithium, as part of efforts to bolster the economy after the exit from the European Union. The project named the Satellite Applications Catapult is seeking... 

Banro starts court-approved sales, investment solicitation process

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2018 Following the start of restructuring proceedings last month, Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused miner Banro Corporation and its Barbados subsidiaries have initiated a sale and investment solicitation process (Sisp). The company, which in December filed for bankruptcy protection in... 

China to drive another year of rapid developments in aluminium market

By: Anine Kilian     23rd January 2018 Buoyed by events in China, the aluminium market is expected to see rapid growth in 2018, according to global energy, chemicals, renewables, metals and mining research and consulting group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). In its latest aluminium report, the company highlighted that China supply reforms,... 

2018 minerals-focused financings off to slow start

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2018 In the wake of a slow start to mineral-focused financing activity, analysts are predicting more of the same for at least the first four months of 2018. This year is also not expected to surpass 2017 in the number and value of mineral-focused financings undertaken at the market, data company... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Bakubung Koepe rope-up procedure successfully completed

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, engineered for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, was successfully used at Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West. The system was designed and manufactured by the Tech... 

Up to ten midtier mineral deposits can still be discovered in South Africa – resources consultant

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 There is no reason why South Africa cannot build an exploration and junior mining sector, says resources consultant Dr John Bristow, who notes that while the country has vestiges of this sector, it is hampered by regulatory policy, and a preoccupation with a “Sunset” mining industry. Speaking at... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

TSX, NYSE American to delist Banro equities

By: Henry Lazenby     28th December 2017 Embattled miner Banro has received notice from both the TSX and the NYSE American exchanges that its trade-suspended equities will be delisted in the New Year. The Toronto-based miner, which operates two gold mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on Friday filed for bankruptcy... 

Amani Gold extends feasibility study for Giro project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 ASX-listed Amani Gold has secured an agreement with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned entity, Société Minière de Kilo Moto (Sokimo) for an extension to the deadline for completion of a feasibility study at the Giro gold project. The company’s DRC subsidiary, Amani Consulting and... 

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