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Chinese OEM supports Aury Africa with second major visit

15th February 2019 The parent company of Aury Africa, Dadi Engineering Development Group (DDEDG), holds the African market in such high regard that senior management will pay a second visit to South Africa from 13 to 22 February. The aim of the visit is to engage with potential customers in the mining industry,... 

South African foundry involved in product development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th February 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm. Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Mining Weekly that the development is “top secret” and that the... 

Constant improvement crucial for the mining industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th February 2019 Industry organisation the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC’s) is to hold its annual convention in Toronto, Canada from March 3 to 6, and PDAC president Glenn Mullan says the convention must constantly improve to benefit people in the industry. “Staying relevant is... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation 

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

ArcelorMittal, Vale dam inspections trigger evacuations

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2019 Two Brazilian towns near iron-ore tailings dams in Minas Gerais state were evacuated on Friday as a precautionary measure while inspections of the structures were under way. Vale, which is reeling from a deadly dam wall burst last month, said that the area downstream of the Sul Superior tailings... 

Kim Schoepflin

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2019 This week Mining Weekly features Kim Schoepflin, the CEO of Kwatani, an original equipment manufacturer of custom vibrating equipment for the mining industry  

Aury Africa aims for expansion into PGMs sector

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa is planning to expand its operations into the platinum group metals (PGMs) market this year with the introduction of radio-frequency identification (RFID) audit and inspection solutions. Aury Africa regards the local... 

Gra-Tech to add value in PGMs industry

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Precious metals recovery company Gra-Tech is aiming to assist companies that are active in the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry, particularly mines and Nitric Acid plants, as it looks to expand into other emerging markets. “Industry has not realised the massive value contained in old and... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Inaugural Two-Day Meeting Signals Major Growth in Opportunities and Economic Ties between Canada and Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2019 The Canada–Africa Chamber of Business is pleased to announce the inaugural Canada-Africa Business Conference, taking place on 26 and 27 March 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana. Global Affairs Canada, comprising the Canadian government’s international and trade departments, is a leading partner at the... 

Latin American miners digital journey starts with Finnish ZYFRA IIoT and AI solutions developer

28th January 2019 Finnish digital solutions vendor ZYFRA Group has opened an arm of its subsidiary VIST. The company is an industrial leader in development and implementation of information technologies for digital mining. Together, ZYFRA Group and VIST will initiate a business tour as the primary step to fulfill... 

Updated La India estimate includes new openpit resource

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2019 Dual-listed Condor Gold has received the results of an updated mineral resource estimate (MRE) for its La India project, where drilling proved two new satellite openpit resources.  The mineral resource update, prepared by SRK Consulting, includes 8 222 m of drilling completed since the previous... 

Bigen – Top Honours as Best Managed Company!

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2019 Bigen, a socio-economic development (SED) company driving socio-economic change  through innovative, infrastructure development solutions, has been ranked number one in the Consulting Engineers sector of the 2019 Top 500: South Africa’s Best Managed Companies listings. In the selection process,... 

Commitment crucial to achieving transformation objectives – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 The local mining industry needs to commit to achieving the transformation objectives of the country, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment director Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame. “Although the transformation of the mining industry continues to progress, the pace at which the industry... 

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to expand its mining capability and market share, especially in tailings, as well as assist mines in developing renewable-energy projects in remote areas where grid power is unavailable or unreliable, says Knight... 

Step change for Indaba

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 The twenty-fifth anniversary of the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba will have a major focus on how growth in Africa and African mining can be supported and achieved, says event organiser Mining Indaba content director Harry Chapman. The theme of this year’s event is Championing... 

Firm to exhibit mining related expertise at Indaba

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Long-time attendee and exhibitor at the Investment in African Mining Indaba engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting will showcase the full range of its mining-related expertise and solutions at this year’s Indaba. “SRK will once again exhibit at the 2019 Indaba, having exhibited at all the... 

Medical services can evolve with mining project life cycle

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Scalable and innovative on-site and telemedicine services can evolve with a mining company’s project lifecycle to help manage health at every stage, says global medical and security assistance provider International SOS Africa regional medical director Dr Fanie Jute. International SOS can... 

Genrec Engineering booms its capabilities in specialist steel fabrication and engineering

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd January 2019 Genrec Engineering again demonstrated the depth and extent of its skills and capabilities in steel fabrication and engineering when it successfully repaired a damaged dragline excavator boom in record time for one of South Africa’s leading coal mines. Importantly, this project also marks yet... 

Gemfields ‘encouraged’ by most recent CPR report, despite declining results

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2019 JSE-listed Gemfields is “particularly encouraged” by the increased level of mineral resource base and confidence underpinning the company’s most recent competent persons reports (CPR), despite results showing a decline since 2015. The CPR, which was produced by SRK Consulting in respect of... 

Goldcorp names #DisruptMining semi-finalists

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 The six semi-finalists for #DisruptMining 2019 and the five 'sharks' who will judge the live finale of Goldcorp's yearly innovation challenge have been named. 

SA company wins international award for ventilation shaft repair and waterproofing

By: Nadine James     18th January 2019 On the November 9, 2018, for the first time in more than two decades, a South African company won the Award of Excellence at the International Concrete Repair Institute Awards, which took place in Omaha, Nebraska, in the US. The Award of Excellence was presented to Sanika Waterproofing... 

Robots go to the "bottom": development forecasts for automated mining systems in 2019

15th January 2019 It is not a secret that the mining industry has historically been extremely conservative, and it has always been difficult to bring miners to experiment in the production, which has been developing for centuries. But the 21st century dictates its terms and to stay afloat, traditional businesses... 

Newfield Resources marks progress at Tongo project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 ASX-listed Newfield Resources is, along with its technical partners PPM, SRK Consulting and Datamine, nearing completion of the front-end engineering design study for its Tongo diamond project, in Sierra Leone. The outcome of the study is expected to be released in the first quarter of this year. 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 The surprise outcome of Congo's election - a vote meant to bring closure to years of turmoil under President Joseph Kabila – has done little to ease uncertainty for miners and investors in a country crucial to the electric vehicle revolution. Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's leading... 

Too early to bet on mining policy change: Congo vote reaction

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 In a surprise twist, Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner of last month’s Presidential election, although his victory is being marred by claims by a rival that the poll was rigged. The African country is the world’s main supplier of battery... 

Cora appoints WAI to undertake metallurgical test work at Mali project

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2019 West Africa-focused gold exploration company Cora Gold has appointed independent consultancy Wardell Armstrong International (WAI) to undertake a preliminary metallurgical test work programme at the company’s Sanankoro gold discovery, in southern Mali. The test work programme has been designed to... 

If you can't pipe it, refine it: Alberta seeks oil glut solution

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 What’s worse: Too much oil, or too much gasoline? The government of Alberta, weighing the potential of a new refinery for the province, may be on its way to finding out. In 2018, surging crude production in the Canadian province ran into limited space on export pipelines, creating bottlenecks and... 

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 Transnet acting CEO Tau Morwe is prioritising the restoration of trust, internally and externally, which he acknowledges has been affected by the “turbulence” associated with recent action taken by the board to tackle corruption and recover money “siphoned” from the State-owned company. However,... 

New lease on life for Leeuwpan

26th October 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ Leeuwpan opencast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, was at risk of running out of coal, until last month a new road gave it access to coal reserves. “Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further... 

Jeff Christian

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Jeff Christian, the managing partner of CPM Group LLC, a firm engaged in commodities market research, consulting, financial advisory and asset management. 

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 The gazetting of South African Mining Charter 3, while welcomed as a step forward in creating certainty in the industry, has left gaps regarding its interpretation and its affects on mining communities, says black economic-empowerment advisory firm NPI Governance Consulting founder and CEO Israel... 

MMP announces shortlist of three in rock-drill innovation challenge 

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has announced the three winners of phase 1 of its Isidingo Drill open innovation challenge. They are Novatek, HPE and Fermel. Fermel is a Gauteng-based manufacturer of mechanised machinery for underground hardrock and flameproof mining operations. 

I-CAT misting system for dust suppression, fire prevention in coal mining

25th October 2018 About 75% of coal mines in South Africa have to contend with the risk of the spontaneous combustion of coal dust when material is tipped from load haul dump trucks (LHDs). The I-CAT Dust Division has devised a bespoke solution for a major coal-mining client that it intends to introduce as its... 

Busy year for exploration in Africa

19th October 2018 Exploration in gold has been the main driver of its busy work schedule in Africa this year, while precious gems have also seen strong demand, says engineering consulting firm SRK Exploration Services (SRK ES) senior exploration geologist Oliver Bayley. “We have worked on 25 African exploration... 

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 As the economic mood in the global mining industry turns towards the better, SRK Consulting’s Accra office, in Ghana, has been making inroads into new markets in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, SRK Ghana country manager John Kwofie noted in a release last week. He believes that there is potential for... 

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