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Westwater CEO expects continued uranium price rise

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Nasdaq-listed Westwater Resources, which owns uranium project in Texas and New Mexico, is upbeat about the uranium market and says he believes that prices will continue to rise in the near term. In a news release on Friday, CEO Christopher Jones laid out a case for higher prices detailing how... 

US sanctions driving Russian billionaires into Putin’s arms

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 The Trump administration is helping Vladimir Putin achieve a goal that’s eluded him for almost two decades—getting Russia’s billionaires to start repatriating some of their assets. Relatively muted sanctions imposed during the Obama era over the conflict in Ukraine have only widened in scope and... 

Local coal future depends on economic situation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 Coal mining currently provides more than 86 000 jobs locally, and this figure will increase as more junior mines are expected to open in the future, provided that the economic situation “does not deteriorate further”, says coal consulting company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost.... 

ADVISIAN appoints Mervyn Stevens to Mining & Mineral Processing lead role.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 Advisian, the independent consulting business of WorleyParsons, has appointed Mervyn Stevens as Managing Consultant, Mining & Mineral Processing, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mervyn has specialist expertise in design, commissioning, process optimization, mine production management and... 

Eskom delays finalisation of new strategy to mid-November 

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2018 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has delayed the publication of a new strategy blueprint to mid-November from an initial deadline of the end September to allow for greater consultation with external stakeholders. Following the appointment of a new board in February, a strategy review was... 

EIA for Maricunga lithium brine project submitted

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Power International (LPI), through its joint venture (JV) company Minera Salar Blanco (MSB), has submitted the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Maricunga lithium brine project to the Chilean environmental authority, Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA). The... 

PIC foresees great opportunity in investing in early stage tech-driven companies

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has outlined its vision for its recently launched R2-billion fund aimed at early-stage tech-driven companies. PIC executive head of research Sholto Dolamo told a Frost & Sullivan CEO Think Tank, in Cape Town, that the PIC was venturing beyond its... 

Gold Fields plans to extend life of Peru mine through 2040

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 South African miner Gold Fields aims to extend the life of its Cerro Corona gold mine in Peru through 2040 with an investment of at least $240-million, the company's vice president for the Americas said late on Wednesday. "We're doing studies with Peruvian consulting firms and international... 

Ryonic Robotics 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Ryonic Robotics was founded in South Africa in 2014 and is at the forefront of developing and building the latest robotic technology worldwide. We develop state of the art robotics that include all hardware, software reporting and control components.  A key focus for us is to deliver top quality... 

Vitaglass - ‘reinforcing’ the trend toward maintenance-free, glass fibre reinforced gratings

13th September 2018 For nearly 80 years, Vital Engineering has been providing clients across various industry sectors – from food and beverage, marine exploration, minerals sands processing, architectural, construction, petrochemical, mining, and power generation – with a range of products. This comprises non-slip... 

Dachser 

12th September 2018 As one of the global leaders in the logistics industry, DACHSER has successfully proven for decades that a family-owned company can achieve much with committed employees and innovative thinking. The foundation for this corporate thinking and acting rests on the initiative of the founder, Thomas... 

Tesmec 

11th September 2018 Tesmec provides efficiency, digitalisation, safety and sustainability, for the modernisation of infrastructure worldwide. The group’s mission is to be an integrated, value-added solutions provider in infrastructure markets for transporting energy, data and material. Thanks to years of experience... 

Ausenco leads the charge to address slurry pipeline failure rates

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th September 2018 Consulting, engineering and project delivery firm Ausenco has organised the first, focused pipeline user’s symposium, to be held in Santiago, Chile, at the end of October, to discuss a framework to address the high mean failure rate of slurry pipelines. Ausenco VP for pipeline consulting, JP... 

Henry Jonker

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Henry Jonker, Vice President Mining & Minerals of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region of Wood plc, the 240-employee project house 

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous recovery of mining sector – govt urged

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM is well-poised to make inroads into the mining industry, says AECOM Africa strategy and growth director Fadzai Nyamasve. She tells Mining Weekly that  although there  is still uncertainty in the market regarding the Mining Charter, AECOM expects... 

Advisian, WorleyParsons’ consulting business optimises project delivery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 Advisian, the independent advisory and consulting arm of WorleyParsons, is leading the way in optimising project delivery across Africa. Adam Boughton, Sectors Director for EMEA, elaborates on how Advisian is helping its customers change their game, by providing solutions to their critical... 

Bigen wins two Standard Bank Top Women Empowerment Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 The Bigen Group, an innovative and solutions-focused infrastructure development group, earned two sought-after Standard Bank Top Women Awards. Bigen was named Top Gender Empowered Company in Infrastructure Development and CEO Anton Boshoff the Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment at the annual... 

Uranium set for best run since 2014 as miners buy after halts

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Uranium is heading for its longest run of monthly gains since November 2014 as global supply tightens after mine closures and as producers and investors boost purchases in the spot market. Spot uranium is up 2.1% this month, set for a fourth monthly advance, and has climbed more than 30% since... 

Lack of regulatory guidance stymies Climate Change Bill preparations

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 While industry and environmental practitioners have welcomed the first draft of the Climate Change Bill, there is mounting impatience at the absence of the regulatory detail that organisations need to guide their preparations to comply, mining and environmental consultants SRK Consulting noted in... 

Constantine assembles team for Alaska project PEA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2018 TSX-V-listed Constantine Metal Resources has selected engineering, project and construction management firm JDS Energy and Mining to prepare a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the potential viability of the mineral resources at the Palmer copper/zinc/gold/silver project, in south-east... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

29th August 2018 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment. A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

Gibellini ‘years ahead’ of other N American primary vanadium projects – Prophecy

By: Mariaan Webb     24th August 2018 Canada-based Prophecy is on track to transform the Gibellini project in the Battle Mountain region in north-eastern Nevada into the first primary vanadium producing mine in the US, executive chairperson John Lee affirmed on Friday. The company, which is listed on the TSX, has set out a plan to... 

Protecting the mining industry from effects of lightning

24th August 2018 Lightning threatens production in every industry in South Africa and the mining industry is no different, says the newly appointed national director of the Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA), Richard Evert, urging the industry to comply with regulations to protect their assets. 

WPIC, Hengfu launch platinum bars in China

24th August 2018 Global organisation for the physical platinum market investment World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) and diversified enterprise Shenzhen Hengfu Yingjia last month launched the first platinum bar products in China. The organisation announced that the launch is part of a new strategic... 

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for mines, states global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch.... 

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings

By: Nadine James     24th August 2018 SRK Consulting’s Cape Town office, in conjunction with SRK Consulting’s Vancouver office, has conducted preliminary groundwater modelling to assist a South American mining client in finding an environmentally sustainable solution for tailings-based brine management. SRK principal hydrogeologist... 

New-gen scanning technology released, interest from SA companies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global corporate engineering and consulting group DMT has released the new-generation Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) technology for imaging extra-slim drill holes with a diameter of 23 mm, with keen interest from local mining companies, says DMT director Sodhie Naicker. One of the SBS’s primary... 

Wits to host earthmoving, maintenance courses

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems – part of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) – will present three-day courses in mechanised earthmoving and in maintenance management in November.  WMI director professor Fred Cawood is delighted to introduce the first two... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project 

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2018 At the inaugural gold pour at its Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment project, in Mpumalanga, on Thursday, Pan African Resources announced the company's next big project, Royal Sheba, which will be built within the company's existing mining right at Barberton, Mpumalanga, before the end of 2019.... 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

Alt eyes future production

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2018 Mineral explorer Alt Resources on Friday told shareholders that the potential for near-term gold production existed within the tailings dam operations at the Bottle Creek project, in Western Australia. Preliminary testing on the Bottle Creek tailings dams have estimated an average grade of 0.16... 

Mining should bolster environmental, social sustainability

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 The Australian mining industry’s challenges pertain to environmentally sustainable practices, rather than community sustainability, which is the case in the African mining industry, says global engineering consulting firm Aurecon Brisbane technical director Andrew Keith. “However, in places such... 

Miners set to spend $11bn in search of the next jackpot

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Miners and investors are poring over satellite images, tracking drilling rigs and quizzing company executives for clues on whether the sector’s heavyweights are close to a new jackpot discovery. As Rio Tinto Group searches Australia’s Great Sandy Desert for copper and Anglo American scours a 19... 

TRI opens subsidiary in South Africa  

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 Global independent third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental launched its new African subsidiary, TRI Africa Environmental Services, last month.   Owing to an increase in demand for its third-party quality assurance geotechnical testing services on the African... 

First tin concentrate to market in Q4 – AfriTin 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2018 Emerging tin mining company AfriTin is on track to place its first tin concentrate into the market in the fourth quarter of this year. The Aim-listed company is going all out to put Africa, once the fourth-biggest exporter of tin but now without an industrial-scale mine, back on the global tin... 

SA’s richest startup programme seeks financial services entrepreneurs for R16m in support

30th July 2018 AlphaCode, an incubation, acceleration and investment vehicle for early-stage financial services businesses powered by Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI) is looking for businesses or ideas that could change the face of financial services. It is inviting applications for its prestigious... 

Lack of investment stymies SA coal producers

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 A lack of investment is hindering the South African coal industry’s ability to capitalise on a period of relatively stable demand for thermal and metallurgical coal locally and abroad, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. The local coal industry is experiencing a challenging... 

SA needs passive fire protection

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Safety in mining is a high priority in South Africa, and the country needs to adopt stricter regulations regarding passive fire protection systems, says global technologies company Hilti South Africa mining, business development manager Hector Cerdio. More awareness should also be created... 

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