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Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing

2nd November 2018 X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of mining companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense-media separation, for the treatment of middle- and coarse-sized... 

Big power users call for inflation-linked tariff ‘compact’ and industry review 

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) has called for an electricity price compact that sustains tariff increases as close to consumer price inflation as possible for the coming five years. The proposal is made in a precursor to the EIUG’s official response to Eskom’s latest revenue application,... 

Glencore hikes coal cost savings forecast by 50%

By: Reuters     31st October 2018 Recent mine acquisitions have helped Glencore Plc achieve 50% more cost savings in its coal business than it had targeted, the world's biggest exporter of coal for power plants said on Wednesday. Glencore had expected to achieve annual cash savings of more than $300-million in its coal business... 

Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

26th October 2018 Mine operators have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining – the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. 

Ribbon cutting for Ontario’s first gold mine in a decade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2018 Harte Gold has officially opened Ontario’s first gold in ten years, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by Premier Doug Ford, for the Sugar Zone gold mine. Ford said in a statement that the opening of the mine signalled that Ontario was open for business. “It shows that... 

China cutting rare earth output, unnerving global manufacturers

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 The Chinese government is limiting domestic production of rare earth minerals in the second half of the year, a move likely to crimp international exports and send prices for the critical materials higher, according to data from Adamas Intelligence. China is by far the world's largest producer... 

Flow of LME nickel to hidden storage dents bull story

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 The bulk of nickel moving out of London Metal Exchange-approved warehouses in Asia is showing up in hidden facilities in Europe, analysts said, denting a bullish scenario of potential shortages. LME nickel stocks have shrunk by about 40% this year, largely from warehouses in Malaysia, Taiwan... 

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94-million factory in Portland, Oregon, an... 

South African slump batters smaller neighbours protecting rand peg

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 South Africans aren’t the only ones struggling through the country’s economic slump. The fortunes of Lesotho, Namibia, and eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are beholden to developments in their larger neighbor with their exchange rates pegged to the rand, the worst-performing major currency... 

Innovation reflects Victoria’s standing in world mining

18th October 2018 Carlton is better known for its boutique retail and dining than the production of niche mining equipment, but a locally owned and operated business is forging ahead in the earth resources sector, and it’s getting noticed. Leveraging localised design, development and production, Southern... 

Anglo American Platinum brings two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles into production at Mogalakwena Complex

17th October 2018 Technology will boost safety at operations and integrated systems that will deliver significant operational improvements Anglo American Platinum recently bought two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles into production at the Mogalakwena Complex. The Kom-Vision technology is a... 

Amplats sets new benchmark with two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles at Mogalakwena complex 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Platinum mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has acquired two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles that have entered into production at the Mogalakwena Complex, setting a new benchmark for the miner. Amplats’ safety strategy is based on four pillars, namely systems,... 

Global steel body hikes demand forecasts, but says risks remain

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 The World Steel Association on Tuesday doubled its 2018 and 2019 forecasts for growth in global demand for the material used in everything from cars to construction, but said that trade tensions were clouding the outlook for the sector. The caution over trade from a body that represents 85% of... 

Exxaro looks to fill Eskom coal shortage

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Exxaro Resources said on Friday it was looking to supply coal to state-owned power utility Eskom, which has been hit by supply shortages, posing a threat to the power supply in Africa's most industrialised economy. Eskom, which has fewer than 20 days of coal supply at 10 of its power stations,... 

Is the reign of Glencore’s billionaire copper king near its end?

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Aristotelis Mistakidis is one of the world’s most powerful commodity traders. For nearly 20 years, the brash, hyperactive Greek known to everyone simply as “Telis” has ruled over the global copper market, buying and selling enough of the red metal to supply every factory in the US twice over.... 

Alrosa finds 28.59ct yellow diamond

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa subsidiary AlmazyAnabara has extracted a large 28.59-ct rough diamond of deep greenish-yellow hue – its largest yellow rough diamond for the year. The diamond was discovered at Ebelyakh placer deposit in July. 

Mitak's capacity, technology and local manufacture underpins the quality of its high chrome white iron mill liners

8th October 2018 The Johannesburg-based company Mitak, which exhibited for the first time at this year’s Electra Mining 2018, ranks among the world's majors in terms of high chrome white iron (HCWI) foundries. Since its founding in 1973, the company has developed and capitalised on its extensive experience in... 

Tech advances poised to shorten prospecting-to-mine-development timelines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th October 2018 The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the minerals industry has not yet played out, but South Africa's, and the world’s, ability to generate massive amounts of data and integrate and use them will undoubtedly improve, leading to an acceleration in mineral exploration in the future,... 

Innovative technologies to enhance equipment monitoring, optimisation

5th October 2018 That the South African mining industry is at an inflection point, in which newer, innovative technologies have the potential to unlock new ways of managing variability and enhancing productivity, is no point of contention, says comminution and separation solutions provider IMS Engineering... 

Tech advances poised to shorten prospecting-to-mine-development timelines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th October 2018 The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the minerals industry has not yet played out, but South Africa's, and the world’s, ability to generate massive amounts of data and integrate and use them will undoubtedly improve, leading to an acceleration in mineral exploration in the future,... 

Macro disquiet drowns out signs of base metals shortages

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 Uncertainty about how metals demand will be hit by trade wars, rising US interest rates and a slowdown in China is weighing on industrial metals prices, submerging signals pointing to potential shortages. The index of copper and five other top industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange... 

Eskom, coal sector must collaborate to overcome challenges

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 Power utillity has not ruled out the possibility of introducing special tariffs for industry, Matleng Energy Solutions chairperson and Eskom nonexecutive director Nelisiwe Magubane noted in an address at the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. She stated, however, that, to date, the coal mining “industry... 

Peru's mining investment boom leaves political woes behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Peru’s ability to post eight consecutive months of investment growth is calming fears that political woes would derail mining activity in the world’s second-largest producer of copper, zinc and silver. Mining investment in Peru jumped 6.3% August compared with last year, to $395-million,... 

The Californian rare earths mine caught between Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2018 The only operating rare earths mine in the US - and once the world’s biggest -- is caught up in the crossfire of the Trump administration’s trade war with China. Rare earths, an esoteric group of materials used in everything from Tesla Inc. automobiles to high-tech military equipment, were... 

New AngloGold boss weighs asset sales to unlock value at miner

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2018 AngloGold Ashanti’s new CEO Kelvin Dushnisky said his goal of unlocking value at the world’s third-largest gold producer will involve focusing on its best assets and selling those that aren’t core to the business. Dushnisky, 55, took over at AngloGold on September 1 as the Johannesburg-based... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

India working on mechanism to check gold imports without customs duty hike

By: Ajoy K Das     19th September 2018 The Indian government is mulling measures to curb gold imports without having to increase import duties to rein in its rising current account deficit and rapidly depreciating rupee. Sources say that increasing import duty on gold to 12% or 13% from the current rate of 10% will be the last option... 

At the heart of innovation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 At the leading-edge in products and processes, Noberasco has chosen Markem-Imaje as its printing partner. SmartDate X60 printers are operating on the lines of the new site of Carcare, ensuring quality and reliability. Strong points include the benefits of SMILE long-term leasing and... 

Imilingo making strides at Electra Mining 2018

17th September 2018 As the final day of Electra Mining Africa 2018 themed ‘Diversity Day’ drew to  a close, the Imilingo Mineral Processing team were upbeat about their diversified Electra experience. “We came into this with a great deal of enthusiasm and it hasn't disappointed in terms of our overall objectives to... 

Controlling visitor access on mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Visitors to mining facilities, quarries and processing plants need to be carefully screened to ensure that their entry into the premises is valid. Concurrently, their identity needs to be verified to ensure that they are indeed the person they claim to be. By not confirming these two elements,... 

Top platinum mines keep digging even as price at decade low 

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2018 Platinum prices are languishing near the lowest in a decade, but the biggest miners are barely cutting production. Although about half of South African output is estimated to be unprofitable, few companies are reducing production by a meaningful amount, with top supplier Anglo American Platinum... 

Zambia’s operational investment spikes

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 A positive shift in Zambia’s copper and cobalt mining industries has resulted in an increase in much-needed operational investments by major mining houses, says mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing equipment and systems supplier TAKRAF Africa. TAKRAF Africa regional sales... 

Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats), which is collaborating closely with the South African government to preserve jobs at the heavily lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, is also working in very close cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe, where it has secured major tax... 

Sandvik 

13th September 2018 Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering advanced products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. 

Implats reports after-tax loss on impairments

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) on Thursday reported improved gross profit of R1.6-billion but an after-tax loss on impairments. Impairments of R13.6-billion, mainly due to the restructuring of Impala Rustenburg, resulted in an after-tax loss of R10.8-billion. 

Barrick to eliminate innovation role under decentralisation

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Barrick Gold Corp will eliminate the executive role of chief innovation officer (CIO) as part of a broad decentralization push, the company said on Wednesday, adding that it will continue to work on innovation and productivity improvements. Barrick did not officially announce the change, which... 

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